Sunday, May 18, 2014

A new addition to the family is on the way!

Jason and I are really excited to announce that sometime in November we will be welcoming another little baby into our home!

Like last time pregnancy for me means extreme tiredness and significant nausea. Which is made all the more difficult with a toddler... no more 4 hour nana naps each weekend day and sometimes I feel that I am barely functioning. But this eased at 16 weeks with Ethan so I am hoping it will this pregnancy as well!

It's been a tough road this pregnancy, at my dating scan they found a cyst on my ovary. As you can see from the dimensions in the scan below it is quite big (nearly 9cm by 7cm by 8cm). There was discussion of having this removed at 16 weeks pregnant but we are going to try and hold on and get it removed at 6 weeks post partum.
Then at around 9 - 10 weeks pregnant I was knocked off my bike, luckily the baby was ok and it was the cyst that took the brunt of the impact... there was a concern about rupture but all was ok.

However last week we had our choromosomal testing scan and while my risk factors are slightly higher than last time, mostly due to maternal age, we are still classified as low risk.

Here are some shots from the ultrasound!
 The next three shots are 3D and look pretty cool I think!

We haven't told Ethan yet as 9 months is a long time for us to wait, it would be an eternity for a toddler to wait. We will probably tell him after the 20 week scan (or even later if we can).

Friday, May 9, 2014

What do you do when unable to go to daycare - visit a reptile farm of course!

 Last Friday Ethan was unable to go to daycare due to a suspected case of conjunctivitis. Jason stayed home with him in the morning and I took the afternoon shift. When I got home I asked Ethan what he wanted to do and he said that he wanted to visit a farm with Snakes and Rhinos....which is essentially the zoo. However I had been meaning to take him to a reptile farm here for a while so I thought it was an opportune time to go so we headed out for an "adventure" (Ethan likes adventures).

We were the only ones at the park so we spent a good half hour exploring the snake and lizard enclosure.
The snake keeper then bought out some lizards and snakes for Ethan to hold, while doing so he taught both Ethan and I lots of things about snakes and what to do if you come across a snake.

I think Ethan was a little uncertain about the lizards tongue!
 Ethan was so brave with the snakes though - here he is with the little snake.
 And here he is with the bigger snake! My heart was in my throat the whole time and I had to fight all my instincts to not grab Ethan away from the snake!
 After the snakes and lizards the keeper bought out a dingo for us to pat and then Ethan and I were left to explore.

We saw crocodiles, peacocks, wombats, a fox and some kangaroos.

Soon it was time to head home, but not without a stop at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory for an ice cream!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A day in Freo - Ferris Wheels, Pirate Ships and Little Creatures!

Now that we live in Joondanna we very rarely get to Fremantle. However when I saw there was a replica tall ship of the Duyfken (the first European ship to reach Australia) holding an open day with a pirate theme I thought we really needed to make the trip down!

It was a beautiful clear day in Fremantle and we were pleasantly surprised to find a Ferris Wheel in the park. We had 20 minutes to kill before the Pirate Ship opened so we decided to take a ride!
 Ethan really enjoyed the ride! He was fascinated with the views.
 Its always interesting looking at a place from a different angle!
 As you can see Ethan enjoyed the Ferris Wheel!
 Then it was time for the Pirate Ship! Ethan was very excited about this (as were we).
 Entry was a gold coin donation (or treasure).
 Its hard to believe how people survived many months at sea in the cramped spaces.
 It was great to see how they lived back in the 1600s.
 Ethan had a ball playing and would have stayed on the ship forever (but lunch was calling).
 As it happened we were right next to Little Creatures brewery which has a great kids playground! As we arrived before 12pm we scored a table right beside the kids sandpit so Jason and I were able to enjoy some downtime while Ethan played and we all waited for our food! A win win all around!
 Cheers everyone!
All in all it was a lovely outing to Freo! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!