It took 8 months and 14 days to finally get the time to post this! Our beautiful boy Benjamin Daniel Ludick was born the 30th of August 2013. We are so blessed with this gentle, beautiful and healthy boy.
It is quiet here in “Ludickville” we are all patiently waiting for Mr little Ludick to arrive. He can come any day at any time. My bunnies started sleeping underneath his mosses basket… patiently waiting for him to arrive home. One bunny has become very attached to me and she keeps on licking my belly (I will soon post a video). Almost like she is reassuring little button that it is okay to come out. Danie just wants the baby to arrive on the expected due date… that way he can be prepared.
Our boy is now full-term and it will be absolutely normal if he comes anytime soon! Last week he weighed 3.1kg and today the doctor did not want to tell me what his weight is… because I am freaking out and the Doctor can be +/- 10% off. I am currently gaining about 1kg a week so either button or me are getting bigger… I think it is him. HA! I have now gained 10kg in total. I know he is only 3kg out of that 10kg, so I think the remaining amount is my boobs! Okay maybe my bum too.
I don’t feel so big though but when Danie took my picture for this week’s blog I could not believe how big my belly is. When I look down at my belly it appears to be a lot smaller than the picture. The only time I can feel my weight is when I exercise…then I really feel the 10kg’s. So I am swimming at the gym but I do feel l little uncomfortable when I notice people staring at me. It is especially uncomfortable or funny (depending how you look at it) when little girls put on their goggles and stairs at my belly under the water… thinking that I cant see them!
Although I love every moment of being pregnant, the sleepless nights and going to the toilet every 20min is getting on my nerves. Poor Danie, he has developed a lot of patience with me. My lack of sleep makes my tolerance for anything disappear! So everything pretty much has to go my way.
I’ve been getting a bit anxious thinking about the birth. Some nights I even have to take “relaxing” pills (don’t worry they are herbal/natural…no need for any lectures just to take the anxiousness away. Not my proudest moment to admit this but I am so scared. I suppose the unknown is freaking me out.
It is scary! And at the moment I am having anxiety just to think I have to part from my baby in my belly! I can’t believe time is going by so fast and all I want it to do is to slow down. I know it is more exciting to see our baby boy, but I just love being pregnant so much that … that I just want to be pregnant for the rest of my life! HA! I also don’t thing Danie will mind? I mean when your husband tells you, you look beautiful when your 36 weeks pregnant, has big boobs, a round belly and a flabby bum (modified Freshly ground song) while you are getting dressed in your most comfortable, oversized ugly, clothes…. Then you know he loves you! EVEN if you are pregnant for the rest of your life … hehehehe.
My favorite activity each day is taking a bath, pouring the water over my belly and seeing our boy moving around. It is so cool to see when his leg, hand or bum moves in my belly. The funniest is when he moves his hand right under my belly button… my belly button then pops out even more!
My least favorite thing to do… well that is putting on socks and shoes… the reach is so uncomfortable!
Our boy is around 2.3kg and 32 cm long. I don’t know what his birth weight will be, but I will find out on Tuesday and let you know. He is apparently as big as Crenshaw melon? Just go to this link http://www.babycenter.com/slideshow-baby-size?slideNumber=34 to see what it is.
A nurse in the hospital told me something very interesting. A mommy should try and feel her baby move at least 5 times in one hour. That is a lot as the baby already has a sleeping pattern and will move less when he sleeps. Anyways so I started being more aware of the movements of my baby (counting each movement in one hour). She then said if I don’t feel the baby move I should lay on my left side then the baby will wake up and start moving. AND it works! I don’t know why? I am going to ask my doctor and share the medical reasons with you next week.
Danie came back from America on Sunday and we hit the ground running. We have been so busy that I had to skip the 33 weeks post. We went for another scan on Monday and Button is looking good! He now weighs 2.1kg and he’s up to date with all his development. It is always a relief! In the scan it appears that button has cute fat little cheeks. I am really curious to see him. Danie’s aunt (Tannie Elize) called me the other night and told me when Danie was born he was covered in fine black hair (that eventually went away … sjoe). This is a concern for me; I HOPE button only has hair on his head!
Danie really spoiled us with some fantastic gifts! He bought a pram in Chicago, just look at the pictures below! I am loving it. It is a jogging pram and it is so light and easy to operate. The only thing I now need is an infant seat! It is a little ridiculous that it is cheaper for South Africans to buy baby essentials in America than it is buying it in South Africa. Breast pumps, pacifiers, blankets, clothes etc. everything is cheaper!
We are still struggling to select a name. The other night we decided that we will call out a list of names and the first name Little Button kicks to will be his. Jack, Jean, Jacques… nothing! Then Danie made a joke and said Jakoppie and there was a big fat kick! Jakoppie! Seriously! Of all the names why that one!? So now Danie is calling our little boy Jakoppie! Don’t worry, I will not allow that this will be his name!
We are now preparing for the final arrangements of the big day, getting the hospital things finalized, the medical aid payments, etc. It is quite overwhelming and we are really hoping that our medical aid will cover most of the birth. Thumbs crossed.
In the end, we are just happy that the scans are showing Button to be a strong, healthy little boy.
Yes …he is the size of a jicama. What it that?… hmmmm, well don’t ask me. Never heard of it. Anyone know what it is in Afrikaans? Here is a picture of a jicama:
Apparently button now has real hair! … Fingernails and toenails! He is very active and already has a sleeping pattern. At the moment I feel him move around at midnight, at 6am, noon, and then around 6pm again. I really hope that he keeps to this sleeping pattern once he is born. Someone gave me this great tip to play music at certain times of the day to start sleep training him. It sounds great so I am doing it! I am sure many mommies out there are now laughing at me, thinking that is not the way it is with a new born. That’s okay. Let me still enjoy the fairy-tale of a new-born baby and let the reality kick when he is here. Sometimes ignorance is bliss!
This week I want all the focus to be one our maternity shoot. Some of you have probably already seen some of the pictures taken by Lara Scott. They are absolutely breath taking! We were not sure about doing a maternity photo-shoot but when Lara offered the photo-shoot to us, I jumped of joy! She is an amazing photographer and has the talent to bring something special and mystical to the pictures she takes. Every time I see pictures that she has taken it is unique and beautiful. We feel so blessed to have such beautiful pictures! Thank you Lara Scott (http://larascottphotography.com/) for our amazing pictures!
I am posting some of the pictures on my blog but I think it is best that you visit her Facebook page to see all the wonderful pictures! Here is the link:
Just a few pictures from our hard working week
This post is a little late for 31 weeks
Boy is he getting bigger! He loves music, kicking me on my bladder and sticking his head right under my ribs (like he is almost trying to get out or something). He is like a giraffe with his head. He will move around kicking and turning and then he will stop for a while…then suddenly he will push his head just below the right side of my ribs. My belly goes lopsided while he does this. He will keep on pushing with his head for almost a minute. He is either trying to stretch his space out or climb out! Either way it is funny. I think he is going to have my stubborn personality… if it doesn’t work for me I will make it work with whatever I have. In his case his big head!
From this week on he can start moving his head from side to side. He is also gaining weight (oh and me too) as apparently he can now store fat underneath he’s skin. I am getting nervous about this weight gain thing. I have now gained 7kg and I still have 9 weeks to go! And if he only starts to picking up weight now I don’t know how much I am still going to gain!
I eat very healthy. Everything I smell I pretty much want to eat… but don’t want to eat because I am not hungry. So I don’t really have an appetite as I feel full most of the time. Sounds confusing even when I write this! I walked through Pick ‘n Pay yesterday. They were cooking this pasta dish… smelled divine and I thought …oh I should go get some. But then the smell of the freshly squeezed oranges got my attention and I really wanted that too. Then I smelled the roast chicken hmmmm hmmmmm. This left me in a bit of a situation! Everything smells great but when I think of having it together it discusses me. I couldn’t decide what to get so left with nothing! This pretty much happens all the time. I don’t know what to get in a restaurant as I can smell all the food and don’t know what to choose! I also don’t enjoy cooking at the moment. I don’t know what I want so I don’t want to cook. People should just choose and cook for me. Maybe I can demand this as pregnant women?… can I? Anyone want to cook for us every night? Anyone?
Danie and I started with painting the baby room this week!!! Stefan, my brother, had to help as I got lazy half way through the project. Oh sorry I mean I am pregnant so I can’t do it …hehehehe. Can’t wait to finaly complete everything in the baby room! I am so excited to see it all come together! I have attached some picture for you to look at.…