Babykins · Pregnancy

Last OB visit..

Wow!! I can’t believe it,I had my last OB visit today. Last time,we never got to that part..:)
Today I had all my last maternity appointments- Last monitoring,last OB visit and finally the last Endo visit.The next time I go to the hospital,will be to have the baby..:)
So 7 days or less 🙂
And I dunno why,but today of all the days,I saw the nicest OB and the sweetest midwife and both of them,are going to be on call in Maternity,next week..So,they promised to stop by and check 🙂
I can’t describe this of excitement,trepidation,kind of like the day before your major exam..:)
I have been getting some major contractions since last night..and they were even picked up during monitoring but they weren’t close enough for me to be admitted..So,I was sent home with instructions to check-in..when the contractions get regular!!
So.. I dunno whether the next post will be me cribbing about being uncomfortable or SD announcing the arrival of Babykins!! For all you know,as my brother and SD have been betting.. I will be online even from the hospital..:) and I might just update the blog from there:P
So,until next time.. love and hugs to all of u..:)

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37 weeks update and observations from the Hospital waiting room!

Wow! another week closer to holding that baby 🙂
I am positively bigger-even Babushka has been commenting on it..and she was the one person,who thought I was PERFECT! Last couple of days,every time Babs is sitting next to me or kissing my belly,she says..’WOW Mumma your tummy is soooo big! LIKE a huge watermelon!’ umm yeah thanks baby!
The other day,I was trying on some pants to put in my hospital bag and they refused to go up.. and both SD and Babs,said,together.. ohh yeah its too small.. you are too big!! umm as if I can’t see/feel that!
Anyway,so last week,we had to go into the hospital because for no apparent reason,my blood pressure shot up and I went in for monitoring..spent a couple hours there and then for no apparent reason,it came down on its own..:)
The appointment today was pretty routine..everything looked as it should.. and since I have already scheduled my C-sec,there is not much to discuss with the OB.She did say,that if I go into labour naturally and if they think there is a chance of normal delivery,they will give me that that’s good:)
I have been cramping last two days and have a terrible back ache..which is a good sign at this time,said the OB! Last time,after I was cramping for two days,Babushka made an appearance!:D So,I have hopes!
So lets see.. my observations from the hospital waiting room..I mean really.. we were there from 1:30 to 5:00 pm for various appointments..I have lots of fodder for a blog-post of its own.. but I am a good person and will spare you the minute by minute details!
First appointment was the CTG,where they are supposed to monitor the baby’s heart rate and my contractions,if any! And the OBs insist on doing it on Monday,before seeing them.. that way,if there is a problem,they can take action,immediately..So,Mondays are very busy in the day stay unit,where this test is carried out..So,I can’t just understand,why they can’t keep competent and experienced staff on their busiest day! 2 weeks back,I spent nearly 8 hours in the day stay unit..why? because there was a swap nurse,who didn’t know what she was doing! She monitored my heart-rate for more than half an hour,despite me telling her 4 times,that its too low for the baby’s heart-rate! Anyway,today,started off nice..I had a nice mid-wife,she hooked me and said,she’d check back in half an hour. At around 20 minutes,came the midwife,I have dubbed as Ms.Panicked.I was reading a magazine..The baby was moving a she asked me to stop reading,because,it might move the monitor…I swear if she could,she would have asked me to stop breathing!!LOL! So, anyway,the monitoring took around 1 hour..towards the end,the baby moved and there was no heartbeat on the screen and,I hurried put my phone away,where I was checking FB statuses.. simply because if Ms.Panicked caught me with the phone,she would tell me to stop moving my fingers too.Seriously,last week or the week before,when she was on call, and I dozed off,she woke me, no don’t sleep.. I want u to be awake…so that Your breathing stays steady! OK!!
Another mid-wife came and checked and said,we had already got a continuous 20 minutes read before the baby moved the first,it was fine!*rolling eyes*
We finished that and went off to the main reception to sign in and wait for our appointment. And I cannot tell you how annoyed I was at the Desi girl who jumped the line. She was going to the toilet..I was up next..Babs came running to give me a cuddle and this girl,changed her mind and sneaked in between me and the person before me! It took both of SD’s hands to restrain me from giving her a piece of my mind.
SD stood in the line and sent me off for a blood test.This time it was a Russian lady..She looked so stern,like a school matron!She asked me my name and address in the most stern voice and then asked me..if I was a resident or overseas soon as I said,Resident,her whole demeanor changed..:P I wonder why!! Anyway,the next thing she asked me was..”Do you have one baby or two inside?” Gulp!OKKKK now I knowww..I am reallyyyyyy huge! When I said,’ONE’,she shook her head and said,’hmmm biggggggg baby’..I was sure she was going to narrate a tid-bit of her own..but she didn’t.Instead,she grabbed a big needle and poked me,without even the slightest warning.. Here I was….waiting for the sharp scratch of a delicate butterfly needle..and instead there was this huge needle,sticking in my arm…phew..the blood draw done..I went back to the line,where SD was waiting.
The Desi girl was at the counter and we were up next..the other receptionist called us.. and we were done in a jiffy.. and poor desi girl was still at the counter!!yayy there is justice after all!LOL!
While we were waiting,there was another nice lady..dressed up in the smartest clothes..a lovely green woolen skirt and tights and she was there with her 3-4 yo too.. expecting her second too.. we exchanged some pleasantaries and notes on 3-4 yos and finally after a long wait,when her turn came,she raised her eyebrows and I raised mine,in solidarity of motherhood!!
Then there was this family-I think they were Sudanese or Africans.. There were 3 boys and the mother was expecting her 4th.The father spent most of the time,outside the waiting room…and the boys,ran around the waiting room.. between rows of chairs,pushing smaller of them hit Babushka on the head,SD was on his haunches,instantly and called her away,and gave her his phone to play with.I was amazed,how the mother and the father(when he was present in the room) never even raised their eyebrows or asked the boys to sit still. One of the men,got up to stop them,when they pushed his little girl and SD,said Hey! and glared at them,when one of them pushed at my belly,when they were running between the chairs. I couldn’t help but get annoyed at the father.. he was anyway,waiting outside,he could have taken one or two of the boys with him and given his wife a break. Even when she was called in to see the doctor,all 3 of them went with her,while the father,sat outside reading a newspaper!
Ohh and last but not the least,I got mistaken for a Hijabi! When we got down from the car,I realised that I had forgotten to take my coat.So,I just wrapped my scarf around my head and neck really tight.I was wearing a full sleeves T-shirt inside my top..When I looked up,I saw another Muslim family walking by-the lady was wearing a hijab too.The Man looked at me and wished me,Salaam-wa-laikum.It gladdened my heart 🙂
Ohh! And how can I not mention this…
When we were driving back,we saw the most beautiful sight.. golden sunlight peeking through the clouds..It was really really beautiful… It also reminded me that on the last appointment before Babushka’s birth,we had to wait a long time,to see my OB and when we left from the OB’s office,we saw the moon and it wasn’t even dark…Somehow,these two sightings sound similar to me..:) May be Babykins will be here soon..As it is Babushka came at 37 weeks and 2/3 days!
I still want to write a couple posts before Babykins comes..I hope I can:)
More later….

Babushka · Babykins · Pregnancy

36 weeks and counting!!

This post has been in the drafts since Monday now!So,I am past the 36 week mark now..yayy baby! I can’t believe it,a couple weeks back,even this looked so far off!
I went for my check up on Monday and all seemed well.. now,we’ll have weekly appointments.The first time,I never got around to going for weekly check ups,because, Babs was born as soon as I hit the 37 week mark.
Babykins is doing well and his/her weight is around 3 kgs now.So,we are just counting days till the 25th or labor,whichever comes first.
Gosh!I feel so tired.. and yesterday,was the first day,I went out wearing my maternity jeans after many weeks- last couple times I went out,I wore just my super-stretchy pants..and thats when I realised how much my belly has popped.. the T-shirt was riding up,the belly belt was riding low and somehow I loved the roundness of the belly..Babs noticed it too and came and kissed my belly..:P Someone recently asked me,if I will be happy,to get rid of my big belly and big body… Surprisingly,I think not!I lurveeeeeeeeeee being pregnant and love my pregnant body 🙂 Even with all the hurts and pains,everything:D
Even despite Gestational diabetes to the C-sec everything!:) I think I am weird like that..GD or C-sec was never a big deal for me.. Ok may be GD was a little bit of a bummer the first time..but this time,I was OK..
But the C-sec..the first time,round itself,I was quite calm,I prepared for a natural birth but was ready mentally for the possibility of a C-sec..and boy!Am I glad,I was prepared.. simply because,I ended up having an emergency C-sec! And I waited and waited and I waited some more,but the disappointment never came..:P Like I said,I am weird like that!
This time as well,I did everything possible to avoid getting GD,I ate the right stuff right from day of positive pregnancy test.. and luckily for me,I found out quiet early..(5 weeks!) but in the back of my mind,I always knew that the chances of me getting GD,are high..and so,when it did come up,I was alright..:)
Anyway,just a couple more weeks and I will have the new bub in my arms:) and it will all be so worth it:) I don’t know why I am writing all this today..I guess I just want to get it off my head:)There are so many things,I want to write.. but just soo tired.. I blog mentally and forget to hit enter:D

Before I hit publish.. something that Babushka said today-
I asked her to call up SD to ask him something..I dialled the number,put the phone on speaker and asked her to talk..she told me,”why should I?you could do it!!” I said ‘No!I am mad at Papa and I am not being friends with him’..She shook her head and said,’Awww but you don’t have to be friends with are his WIFE!!’ LOL!!! I burst out laughing.. and told SD about it,forgetting that I was not talking to him!LOL Why was I not talking to him?I don’t remember.. and u know the funny thing.. he didn’t even know that I was not talking to him..uggggggggggh… but I guilt tripped him and he did say the usual sweet things so I forgave him.. for whatever it was that I was angry about*still scratching my head,wondering what it was*

Babykins · Pregnancy


So I spend two days gloating happily and how can things stay like that?? huh? huh?
On Sunday,SD backed the car into the garage shutter and so the garage shutter is like stuck-the car can’t get out of the garage..and I haven’t driven AtALL since receiving my licence.
And today I went for my weekly monitoring..And spent the whole day in the day stay unit! First they couldn’t get the baby to move and when it finally moved,it wouldn’t stop!!! The baby’s pulse rate kept accelerating and they refused to let me go home.The midwife on-call called up the Pregnancy assessment unit asking to transfer me this point,they asked us to put in atleast 2 hours worth of coins in the parking meter and stock up on more,because they didn’t know how long I would have to stay.
Babushka was so tired and flustered..SD was at work and I had gone there with my brother. I sent them both to pick up SD and asked SD to drop them home and come back to the hospital.Finally at around 4:30 the mid-wife was satisfied with the readings and said,I could go home.By this time,SD had been picked up and he decided to come to the hospital to see me first..Thank God for that! Finally we got back home at 6:30 pm! We had left home at 8:30 AM! SD joked that I spent a full working day at the hospital..I was so tired,I didn’t laugh..glared at him instead!
Good Friend M made some lovely tea for us,so we made a pit-stop at her place,before coming home.
As of now,I have been asked to take it as much as I can..HORIZONTALLY! LOL! yeah if thats possible!

On a happy note.. SD and baby bro set up Babykin’s crib on Saturday..And seeing the crib there makes me feel soooooooo WOWWW!! Now,to wash his/her clothes and bedding!! Oh and today,we complete 35 weeks and enter the 36th!!YAYYY!
As for my mood- I am soo irritable..specially with SD.. so irritable like I want to bite his head off!!LOL! And don’t you go saying nice things about him! Coz I am just so irritated.. and here’s the thing..I dont even know why!!! LOL Poor guy,he has been pretty patient so far.. the only thing he has said so far is..’You can forget about baby#3 because,I don’t know a pregnant you!’ Yeah right!
And Gosh!I am soo tired!Like even my face hurts.. even my brain hurts! I should stop writing.. hopefully,I will feel better after a good night’s sleep!

Babykins · driving · Pregnancy

Sharing some happiness!

I know I knoww..I shouldn’t keep disappearing like that.. but please bear with me,these last few weeks:)
Before I say anything else,let me just tell you,how happy I was to see your comments on the date post..really..that is the reason why I love blogging.Its so nice to see so many like-minded people..and no you don’t have to always agree with me.. all I want is for you to see where I am coming from 🙂
So,as for the date,I assumed the Queen of Practicality mode and thought I would let the doctor decide- because the only person who should have a say in a medical procedure,is a medical professional and if at all he asked me for a preference,I would tell him the 22nd of July as my aunt is arriving that evening..So,even if I go to the hospital in the morning,we could leave Babushka with either my cousin or my good friend M and after the hospital visiting hours end,SD and Babushka could go to the airport to pick up my aunt.
But a big part of decision making relied on which Dr.I go to see. This is a public medical system and everytime,I see a different Dr. I just had a gut feeling that if I get the old Vietnamese Dr. from the last time,things will go smoothly and sure enough,I got him! Then,I just let him take the call.
The first date he suggested was… LO! Behold! 22nd!!!! But unfortunately there were already 4 surgeries planned that day and they had to keep some slots open for emergencies too. So, 22nd was ruled out. 23rd and 24th,which were his next preferences were ruled out too,because of the weekend.One of the dates my sister’s astrologer suggested was 26th..but the Dr. thinks it will be too late..soo 25th of July is going to be the day when Babykins makes an appearance,unless s/he comes early 🙂 I am soo excited.. another 30 days to go!!
Speaking of excitement.. the other exciting news on my front is that I had my driving test yesterday and I PASSED!!!YAYYYYYYYYYY ME!!!!
I spent the previous 2-3 nights,tossing and turning and driving around in my mind:) I took lessons every day of the week,this week and even on the morning of the test and Dee,my instructor commented,that most people are so nervous on the lesson before the test and end up making more mistakes but I seemed cooler than usual and it was freaky..LOL!! Yeah I am freaky like that,I told her and I hoped the coolness stayed on during the test! I was hoping to get a tester that Dee had mentioned about- him being all cool n stuff.. and imagine my joy! when the person to call my name was him! I think that was the first positive sign!
We started the test and I made my first silly mistake.. He asked me show him the wipers and I got confused!!LOL!!! and finally got it right after 2 tries.We got out of the parking lot and all was well till I had to reverse park..which is where I made my next mistake and I tried to be calm and correct it and just then the examiner told me that I could start over again,if I liked..and that took away my nervousness.I tried again and parked PERFECTLY- Dee’s words(later!)
There was one instance when I was too close to the car coming from the opposite side but,both the cars got out of there safely. And at one time,I had to actually be almost over on the other side because someone had parked wrongly..and I hoped and prayed that no-one should turn in my street,because that would have freaked me out totally and again,NO-ONE turned! That was my next positive sign.
Then,we got to an intersection,where there is a turning arrow that flips off and then its a matter of your judgement..luckily for me,it flipped off.. the other cars moved but there was one more car before me and so,I had to wait..and when the arrow came on again,I happily completed my turn! Gosh!I really felt like the stars had aligned and all the things were going my way!!Soooooooooooooooooo yayyyyy here I am- Happy and excited!!!
Thanks for boosting my morale when I first posted about the driving licence!


What is a good date???

So,tomorrow I have an appointment with the OB and he told us,we have could pick a date and everyone has a say about it.. so much so,its driving me nuts!
I asked SD what he feels and he says, we should find out an auspicious date.. I vetoed.. simply because,if for some reason we can’t get a slot on the said date,then,I don’t want to feel bad.
My aunt arrives here on the 22nd and I feel,that practically that will be a good date to fix up..Again,there is a possibility that we may not get a slot on this day.. but again,this date is picked purely based on convenience,so I won’t feel bad.
I was talking to my sister and mentioned SD’s intents to her and she went a step ahead and consulted her face reader and called back with a couple of auspicious dates and according to her,the most auspicious date is right in the 40th week! There is no way,the OB is going to let me go that far.. and again,if I get to pick,why would I want to wait that long-specially given the last few weeks.
Now,SD is convinced we should pick one of the other dates she told us… which is fine.. only not practical..I mean if my aunt is coming all the way.. and if we can pick a date.. then I would rather have it closer to when she arrives,instead of a week before her arrival!
SD feels its not a big deal and he can manage,without any family around.. but I can’t wrap my head around it..
Ofcourse,there is the thing that despite all this permutation and combination,the baby can chose to arrive on a totally different date..just like his/her sister..who arrived a good 3 weeks early!
So now,tell me my lovely readers,what do you think??

Babykins · Pregnancy

33 Weeks and counting….

Sooo,I didn’t want to just disappear…but the crazy universe conspired and I had to stay away from you lovelies..:(
After this day,I spent every alternate day in bed or at the Dr.’s office or the hospital.To add to it,my laptop crashed..yet again!
So,I will spare you the gory medical details..except one..that is a torn abdominal muscle,which I JUST CANNOT FORGET OR IGNORE..coz it hurts sooo bloody much…when I cough,walk,get up,lie down..pretty much all the time..So,you see,I can’t not talk about it!LOL! And before you there is not much I can do about it..It will heal itself a few weeks after yayy!
Ohh and now that you have sent some love and hugs my way,let me give you a reason to go Awww..:) We got to see the baby again 🙂 last Saturday.We even got a profile picture of Babykins and I think S/he looks like SD.. and he thinks S/he looks like me..:) But Babushka doesn’t care.. according to her,Babykins looks just like HER!LOL! The Ultrasound tech told us that the baby has a head full of hair! When Babs was born,everyone in the hospital,couldn’t stop gushing over her hair..:D And both SD and I love babies born with a full head 🙂 Lets see how accurate the ultrasound is.
Thanks to the multiple complications going on,currently,I need to go for weekly monitoring,which is actually quite reassuring..and hopefully,next week,when I see the OB,we’ll have a date for my scheduled C-sec..:)
If you are still reading,I think,I should ask you,how have you been? Please tell me,you have had a more exciting time than I did:)

Babushka · Babykins · parenting · Pregnancy

Didi got kicked!!

And I am sooo soo excited!!
Today,after Babushka woke up from her nap,she was sitting in my lap! Ohh Look! I made a rhyme!!LOL!
And just before,she climbed up,Babykins had jammed her hand or leg at an angle and somehow I knew that he/she is going to kick now.. OMG! I must have just finished the thought and came a solid kick-from my tummy to Babs!!
Babs opened her eyes and frowned,I told her it was the baby.. and a smile lit up her face-just as I knew,it would!
I loved,loved the moment.. and the fact that I knew,what both my babies were going to do at the very moment-I can’t even put it in words,how that made me feel!!


Crazy Tuesday-post 22

Today was a crazy crazy day.I woke up feeling sick..actually sicker than yesterday..I was feeling flu-ish.
After Babs left for school,I actually came to the bedroom to lie down- A rarity in itself..but I was tired.Dee sent a text to postpone my drive lesson by an hour and I was,I could sleep for a while.When I woke up,I was still feeling sick.Luckily,I had already booked an appointment with the Dr. for my blood work.
After the driving lesson,picked up Babs and went to the Dr.s office.I was just too tired. Sent a text to SD,saying I was feeling horrible..The Dr. checked me and said,it was a chest infection and my wind-pipe was constricted too.He prescribed antibiotics and asked me to take the inhaler too.By the time we finished,both of us were famished..I got my prescription filled and we grabbed a bite at the food court.
By then I was feeling even sicker. So,called a cab.the effing cab took 20 mins to arrive.I swear i could have reached home in that time..but it was too windy,I had no energy to walk.So,we waited out in the cold for 20 mins..Luckily,it was sunny we picked a sunny spot.
At home,I switched on the TV for Babs n stretched out on the couch.I dunno when I dozed off.SD came home by 6:30-he took an earlier train,Thank God,because by then,I started to get breathless..I took the inhaler,but still no use..and I realised that I hadn’t felt the baby move in quiet sometime.
We decided to just go see the GP.. and again Thank God we did.. because by the time I reached there I couldnt say 2 words without panting.The GP checked me,heard the baby’s heartbeat n then gave me the nebuliser. Then she made me wait there for sometime..All in all,after spending a good two hours,we are home,with instructions to go straight to the hospital,if it happens again in the night or in the next couple days.I have an appointment with the OB anyway on Monday..Gosh! I can’t express the relief I felt when I felt the baby move,after the dose of nebuliser!
My immunity is at an all time low,this add to it,Gestational diabetes and Melbourne weather don’t help at all.. the Dr. told me, ” you have a very challenging 7-8 week period ahead of you!” Yikess! that reminds me,I am in my 31st week now!!
I have to mention,I got a very very encouraging email from one of my readers,about how she was admired me for having handled everything with Babs,all by myself…and Everytime I feel discouraged,I read it.Thanks S.
Oh and R’s mom.. thank you for your encouraging comment about gest.diabetes too.. everytime I get sick of injecting myself..I remember that atleast someone thinks I am cool to not freak out..:)
For now,I am just going to think of getting past the 36 week mark.. think 36,EVERYONE!

Babushka · Babykins · Knitting · Pregnancy

Baby Knit :)-Post 11

I finished knitting this vest(pattern here) last week for Babykins 🙂 I finished knitting a cardi for Babushka in the same yarn,2 months back. Gosh!I am turning into my mom..:) When we were growing up,my mom used to dress my sister and me,in matching dresses..sometimes made from the same fabric:) or if it was ready-made,same dress/pattern in different colors! And we used to hate it..I swore,I will never subject my kids to the same humiliation..but now that Babykins is coming along,I can’t help but feel,that they will look so cute in matching outfits..even if its a boy,the siblings can wear similar sweaters/jackets for a few years:D or at least they can be color co-ordinated!!

Oh,we placed the order for a whole bunch of baby stuff..the baby crib,the stroller,car-seat,a glider for me to rock the baby to sleep. We can’t help but compare prices..Ofcourse,when we shopped for Babushka it was 4 years back and in another country..but still,Australia is SOO expensive!Oh! well no point complaining!

Edited to add :the pattern link.