Pregnancy Update – Weeks 29 to 32

Hello everyone!

Today I’m back with a pregnancy update.

I mean to post weekly or biweekly updates but I haven’t been feeling well at all, which means I’ve been doing the bare minimum and not blogging if I don’t feel like it.

Let me tell you, being pregnant is hard work and the third trimester is no joke. I’m at the point where I don’t understand how people put themselves through this more than once. Maybe I’ll forget how uncomfortable it is?

Anyways, today I got dressed, took a bump picture and decided I should post an update.

How far along: 33 weeks today.

Due Date: 15 May 2022.

Baby size: By the end of week 32, baby is as big as a squash.

Weight gain: Weight loss, actually. I’m weighing less than I did before I got pregnant. Baby is fine and gaining weight, though.

Maternity clothes: Maternity leggings are a godsend and very comfortable but I’d rather wear pajamas all day every day.

Stretch marks: A couple and they don’t bother me at all.

Sleep: I fall asleep easily and sleep well but I take a while to find a comfortable position.

Gender: Girl!

Best moment: Just showing off my bump in general, having my mom feel her kick and feeling her little feet kick my ribs.

Looking forward to: I’m looking forward to holding her and looking at her little face.

Food cravings: Chocolate. Meat. Pringles.

What I miss: Being able to walk properly, no pelvic pain, being able to sleep on my stomach and back, eating whatever I want.

Symptoms: So, a month ago, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes which means I have been on a very strict diet and checking my blood sugar levels 4 times a day. This has been hard, because I want to eat ALL THE THINGS and simply cannot.

I’ve also mentioned the pelvic girdle pain, which makes it quite painful to walk and move in general.

A couple of weeks ago I got heartburn and it has yet to go away. I get it several times per day and it’s brutal.

What else? Sore nipples, swollen feet and hands, excessive peeing and general tiredness.

Mood: I must admit I’ve been a bit cranky and sensitive. Not feeling well physically makes me feel a bit depressed and upset.

The highs: Feeling her kick, feeling her little feet poking my belly, getting everything ready for her.

The lows: Every physical symptom and my strict diet.

My February Purchases – A Haul: Journaling, Beauty and More

Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re all having a great weekend!

It’s rainy and cold here so we’re pretty much just chilling at home.

I’m crazy about a good haul post, so I thought I might as well write one myself. I’ve compiled all the little things I bought back in February and came up with a list of purchases plus reviews to share with you.

These are the things I bought in February.

My Bucket List: Journal – If you’ve been following for a while or if you happen to know me in person, you know how fond I am of lists in general. I love having a bucket list because it helps keeping my goals in perspective. I feel like if I write down my goals they’re more likely to happen. This bucket list journal couldn’t be more perfect. I love that it is divided in categories. It cost 5€ at Flying Tiger.

Knitting Journal – This will double as a crochet journal because I’m more into crochet than knitting. I forgot to take pictures but I love how it has space to catalog your yarn and all your projects (including pictures as well as a few helpful guides such as stich abbreviations in different countries. It cost 5€ at Flying Tiger.

The cutest plant – I don’t really know what kind of plant she is but I absolutely love her and her beautiful flowers. She’s currently at my home office where she’s happy and thriving.

Belei Rich Eye Cream – I was in the market for an anti-ageing eye cream and decided to try this one. It’s Amazon’s own brand and very affordable (I paid around 6€ for it). It’s supposed to “improve elasticity and plump skin”, which I’m not yet sure it does. I like that it is pretty fluid and not greasy at all and that you only need a couple of drops.

What the Fake: Plumping lip filler by Essence – I have to say I’m very happy with this product. It does actually make your lips look fuller and plumper and I’ve even gotten compliments while wearing it. I’ve been wearing it as a lip gloss but I might start wearing it as a lip primer, under regular lipstick too. It does sting your lips a little bit because it contains chili extract. Just like every other Essence product, it is super affordable at less than 4€.

Strong Hardener: Nail Advanced Treatment by Essence – My nails have always been extremely weak, soft and breakable and, even though they’ve gotten much better with pregnancy, they’re still quite pitiful. I decided to try this hardener, which I’ve been using as a base coat. To be honest, I haven’t worn it enough to tell you if it actually works, but for 2,50€ it is definitely worth a try.

Lip Care Booster: Lip Peeling by Essence – This might be my favorite beauty purchase of the month. It is said to “moisturize, condition, renew and smooth” and I can confirm it does all those things, while also lightly exfoliating. My lips are super dry and so I have to exfoliate them quite often, otherwise they become flaky. I’ve been applying this every night before bed and I can tell a difference. My lips are less chapped and much softer. Priced at about 2€, it costs like nothing and it works so well. Will definitely be buying again.

Ink Liner: Intense Black by Essence – It is my dream to be able to draw a perfect winged liner though I don’t think I ever will. I still bought this and intend on practicing my eyeliner skills. Have yet to try it as I haven’t been wearing much makeup at all. Will report on it later. Like every other Essence product, it’s rather cheap at less than 3€.

Read Harder: Reading Journal – I’m very into journals and keeping track of all activities lately so I’ve been looking for a reading/book journal for a while. I do track all my reading on both Goodreads and The StoryGraph and they’re great apps but I like having something I can actually write on. Besides a reading log it comes with many reading challenges which I plan on taking on. It cost about 12,50€ on Amazon.

Moisture Meter – An absolute lifesaver for a convicted plant killer, either by drowning or extreme dehydration. All I need to do is stuck this in the soil and it will tell me if it is too wet, moist enough or too dry and then water accordingly. I’m pretty sure some of my plants are only alive because of this purchase. I bought it on Amazon for about 12€ and it is worth every cent.

Even though most of my purchases have been baby items, I still like to treat myself to a couple of things each month, nothing fancy or expensive, just a few cute items that bring me joy.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my Pregnancy Update for weeks 29 and 30!

Love,

Cheila

5 Goals for March 2022

Hello Everyone!

I hope you’re all as excited for March as I am.

February a bit tough and I was so ready for it to be over. I love a fresh start and I feel like I get one on the first of every month. I’m also looking forward to Spring.

These are the things I’d like to accomplish in March.

One

Finish a 5K walk on 20/03.

I’m confident I can do this, even though I haven’t been walking that much lately. The other day I ended up walking 5 km without planning it and it wasn’t so bad. My pelvic pain and heavy belly make it harder but not impossible.

Two

Get everything ready for the baby.

We’re pretty much done with the things we need to buy and the changes around the house but I still need to get a few things and wash all her clothes.

Three

Finish and pass my Training Course.

This training course I’m taking is ending next week and I need to prepare my final presentation. Fingers crossed it will go well and I’ll get my diploma by the end of the month.

Four

Go on a weekend getaway to celebrate our 9th anniversary.

I’m not sure where we’ll go yet but it will double as our babymoon.

Five

Deep clean the whole house.

I’m excited for Spring cleaning. My nesting instincts are kicking in and I feel like getting rid of all the clutter and cleaning every nook and cranny until the whole house is sparkling.

So, yeah. If you need me, I’ll be working on these goals.

What about you? Any goals for March?

Love,

Cheila

5 Goals for February 2022: An Update

Hello everyone.

February is over (finally!) and so I wanted to check on my goals for the month.

We’ve been thrown a few curveballs this month, so I don’t think I worked hard enough on some of my goals. Let’s check them one by one.

One

Follow our weekly meal plan.

Well, this definitely didn’t happen. Between my husband getting covid, us being quarantined for a week and me getting recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes (I’ll update on that later), our meals have been all over the place. Hopefully, we’ll do better in March.

Two

Follow our budget.

Not sure. Still need to check with my husband and do our monthly budget meeting but I’m pretty sure we overspent on a few categories.

Three

Walk every single day.

Definitely not. We were stuck at home for 7 whole days and then I didn’t really manage to do much walking the rest of the month because I simply wasn’t in the mood.

Four

Visit both our families.

We were able to see Rui’s family twice and some of his extended family (unfortunately, while attending a funeral) which was quite lovely as we don’t see them often. I saw my sister a couple of times too. Didn’t see my mom but I’m meeting her later this week for lunch.

Five

Keep up with my journaling.

Not at all. I’ve been on a journaling block for the last couple of weeks. I’ll do my best to get back to it this month.

After reviewing my monthly goals and the month of February in general, I have to say it was pretty meh. I’m hoping March will be better.

Love,

Cheila

My February Books – Simple and Honest Book Reviews: 5 Books

Hello there!

I hope everyone is doing well!

Today I’m posting my February book review. In February, I read five books.

One

Book Title: The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

Number of pages: 354

Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Summary: By Goodreads

On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz. A prison guard’s only daughter—one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island—has gone missing. Tending the warden’s greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl’s whereabouts, and that both of their lives depend on the search’s outcome.

Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world.

Skillfully weaving these two stories, Kristina McMorris delivers a compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to San Francisco Bay. As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell—and believe—in order to survive.

Dates: January 30th to February 4th

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Review: I quite liked this book, especially because I love books where you can follow the characters over a long period of time. I fell in love with Shan’s character as a child and particularly liked how he was able to maintain his integrity and true self as an adult man.

Two

Book Title: The Little Book of Cottagecore: Traditional Skills for a Simpler Life by Emily Kent

Number of pages: 241

Genre: Non Fiction; Arts and Crafts;

Book Summary: (by Goodreads)

Unplug, relax, and return to the simpler life with these easy, step-by-step ideas for your favorite cottagecore activities including baking from scratch and easy container gardening.

Returning to the simpler life has never been easier. If you’re craving the aroma of freshly baked bread, spending more time in nature, or seeing the sunlight filtering through homemade curtains, then cottagecore is for you!

The Little Book of Cottagecore helps you make simple living a reality with delightful cottagecore activities you can enjoy no matter where you live. Whether you’re interested in baking pies from scratch, basic sewing and cross stitch, gardening, beekeeping, or making candles and soaps, this book is full of fun, hands-on activities that make it easy and enjoyable to unplug from modern life.

Full of step-by-step instructions and homegrown inspiration, you’ll find fun, practical ways to enjoy rustic and relaxing cottagecore activities in your everyday life.

Dates: February 5th to February 13th

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Review: This is a cute little book where you can learn many useful things.

I had absolutely no idea there was an actual science behind tea making and that some people actually take the time to choose the best water, to filter it, to measure temperature and so on.

I was tempted to try making some bread from scratch (I didn’t get suck into it during lockdown) but I still have the scar from the second degree burn I got while attempting to make bread back in 2015.

I love the idea of making candles and soap from scratch but decided I’m way to clumsy and prone to domestic accidents to be handling hot paraffin and lye.

Three

Book Title: Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

Number of pages: 570

Genre: Romance; Contemporary Romance;

Book Summary: (By Goodreads)

Bearded, bad-boy barber Knox prefers to live his life the way he takes his coffee: Alone. Unless you count his basset hound, Waylon. Knox doesn’t tolerate drama, even when it comes in the form of a stranded runaway bride.

Naomi wasn’t just running away from her wedding. She was riding to the rescue of her estranged twin to Knockemout, Virginia, a rough-around-the-edges town where disputes are settled the old-fashioned way…with fists and beer. Usually in that order.

Too bad for Naomi her evil twin hasn’t changed at all. After helping herself to Naomi’s car and cash, Tina leaves her with something unexpected. The niece Naomi didn’t know she had. Now she’s stuck in town with no car, no job, no plan, and no home with an 11-year-old going on thirty to take care of.

There’s a reason Knox doesn’t do complications or high-maintenance women, especially not the romantic ones. But since Naomi’s life imploded right in front of him, the least he can do is help her out of her jam. And just as soon as she stops getting into new trouble he can leave her alone and get back to his peaceful, solitary life.

At least, that’s the plan until the trouble turns to real danger.

Dates: February 6th to February 16th

My Rating: 1 Star

My Review: BAD! RUN!

I simply cannot understand how this book is loved by so many and rated 4.49 on Goodreads.

The story is predictable and boring, full of cliches.

The writing is horrible.

These are actual quote from the book:

“He was too much. Too skilled. Expert-level. Professional ruiner of vaginas. And I didn’t know if I could keep up.”

“A thick, purple-headed leader in the world of erect penises. I got a little dizzy when Knox fisted it.”

Now, I’m no prude and I can appreciate a well written erotic novel or sex scene but this just sounds like cheap porn to me.

Plus, the book went on and on for 570 very long pages and I kept begging someone to put me out of my misery.

Four

Book Title: The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Number of Pages: 420

Genre: Fiction; Historical Fiction;

Book Summary:

A deeply moving and masterfully written story of human resilience and enduring love, The Plum Tree follows a young German woman through the chaos of World War II and its aftermath.”Bloom where you’re planted,” is the advice Christine Bölz receives from her beloved Oma. But seventeen-year-old domestic Christine knows there is a whole world waiting beyond her small German village. It’s a world she’s begun to glimpse through music, books–and through Isaac Bauerman, the cultured son of the wealthy Jewish family she works for.
Yet the future she and Isaac dream of sharing faces greater challenges than their difference in stations. In the fall of 1938, Germany is changing rapidly under Hitler’s regime. Anti-Jewish posters are everywhere, dissenting talk is silenced, and a new law forbids Christine from returning to her job–and from having any relationship with Isaac. In the months and years that follow, Christine will confront the Gestapo’s wrath and the horrors of Dachau, desperate to be with the man she loves, to survive–and finally, to speak out.
Set against the backdrop of the German Homefront, this is an unforgettable novel of courage and resolve, of the inhumanity of war, and the heartbreak and hope left in its wake.

Dates: February 16th to February 22nd

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review: My favorite book this month.

Gosh, this book left me a wreck. Christine’s life is not an easy one and you get to experience her fear, her hunger, her desperation, her grief. I felt this book deeply and loved every minute of it.

Five

Book Title: When Never Comes by Barbara Davis

Number of pages: 363

Genre: Fiction; Romance;

Book Summary: (by Goodreads)

Author Barbara Davis deftly explores an emotionally charged landscape of pain, loss, and despair—and the risk one woman will take in the hope of loving again.

As a teenage runaway and child of an addict, Christy-Lynn learned the hard way that no address was permanent, and no promise sacred. For a while, she found a safe haven in her marriage to bestselling crime novelist Stephen Ludlow—until his car skidded into Echo Bay. But Stephen’s wasn’t the only body pulled from the icy waters that night. When details about a mysterious violet-eyed blonde become public, a media circus ensues, and Christy-Lynn runs again.

Desperate for answers, she’s shattered to learn that Stephen and his mistress had a child—a little girl named Iris, who now lives in poverty with her ailing great-grandmother. The thought of Iris abandoned to the foster care system—as Christy-Lynn once was—is unbearable. But she’s spent her whole life running—determined never to be hurt again. Will she finally stand still long enough to open herself up to forgiveness and love?

Dates: February 22nd to February 27th

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Review: To be very honest, I neither loved nor hated this book. It was pretty much just meh for me. I can feel for Christy-Lynn as a young girl, teenager and adult woman but was unable to fall in love with the character. I hated that there had to be a male savior and that she even needed a random guy to take care of her. I think she could have gone on her journey all by herself and do just fine. The ending was predictable too.

Conclusions

Favorite Book of February: The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman.

Main Mood: Emotional.

Main Genre: Both Historical and Contemporary Romance.

Total of Pages Read: 1,921

Average Rating: 3.0

March Reading List

The Lobotomist’s Wife by Samantha Greene Woodruff

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

The Last Green Valley by Mark Sullivan

The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

That’s it for February!

What have you been reading? What was your favorite book of the month?

Love,

Cheila

What’s Up Wednesday – 24.02.22 (a day late)

1: What we’re eating this week:

I just ate 4 donuts because I saw someone eating donuts on YouTube. That’s how pregnancy cravings work.

As for our meals this week, they’re all over the place. I haven’t made a decent meal plan and so we’re just winging it and making whatever we have the ingredients for. Rui made some tuna lasagna on Monday, which we had for dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday as well. Today I made some pasta and we have leftovers for both Rui’s lunch tomorrow and our dinner tomorrow evening.

2: What I’m reminiscing about:

January. I feel like I had my shit together in January and was super organized and productive. Not so much in February.

3: What I’m loving:

Getting the house ready for the baby and buying all her things.

Our prenatal classes. Just had our 4th class yesterday and learned A TON about breastfeeding.

Having shorter hair.

All the baby kicks.

Random people noticing that I’m pregnant and being extra nice.

4: What we’ve been up to:

Getting everything ready for the baby.

Visiting my in laws last weekend.

Unfortunately, attending a funeral on Wednesday. Even though it was a very sad day, we got to spend time with family and to see our cousins who are here from the US to attend the funeral.

5: What I’m dreading:

Rosa getting spayed soon. I absolutely cannot deal with health issues/procedures when it comes to animals. Fortunately, my husband knows how anxious it makes me, so he’s taking her by himself.

The third trimester of pregnancy and whatever crazy symptoms I’ll soon be dealing with.

Whatever is going on with Russia and Ukraine. Very scary.

6: What I’m working on:

My “things to get done before baby” list.

My February book review.

My “February goals” review.

7: What I’m excited about:

A new month and a fresh start.

Spring.

Getting everything ready for the baby.

Spending time with family and friends.

8: What I’m watching/reading:

I’ve just finished reading The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman, which I absolutely loved. I’m currently reading When Never Comes by Barbara Davis but I’m not sure I like it yet.

As for what I’m watching, nothing spectacular or useful. Reality TV, mostly. Married At First Sight Australia, 90 Day Fiancé and Love is Blind.

9: What I’m listening to:

Nothing. Except for the music we listened to on our 2 hour trip to visit Rui’s family. I came up with this game where we’d each choose one random year and play one of the most famous songs of that year. It was quite fun.

10: What I’m wearing:

If I’m home, either pajamas or leggings and a sweater. If I’m going out, a dress.

11: What I’m doing this weekend:

Friday: Appointment with an endocrinologist in the morning; Lunch with my mom and sister; Trip to IKEA in the afternoon;

Saturday: Cleaning the house; Laundry; Assembling furniture and moving things around the house; Hosting dinner for my friend Catarina, her husband and their daughter.

Sunday: In the morning, Rui is training for the half marathon with a friend; We’re then having lunch with said friend and his wife.

12: What I’m looking forward to next month:

Spring.

A bigger bump.

New ultrasound.

Post Covid Catching Up To Do List – Update

Happy Twosday, everyone!

A week later, I’m updating my “Post Covid Catching Up To Do List”

This is what I was supposed to do and what I actually managed to get done:

  • Water my plants. I got this wonderful Moisture Meter that tells you if your plants need watering. I’m very hopeful I’ll never murder another plant. – Done
  • Reschedule all my cancelled driving and driving theory lessons, so I can hopefully be done with my driving theory exam by the end of March. – Tried to but they won’t schedule them via email or phone, which is the most annoying thing ever. I’ll have to actually drive (obviously my husband and not me lol) 30 minutes to get there and schedule my lessons.
  • Review my course materials from last week, which I definitely half assed. – Didn’t get to it yet. I haven’t felt like studying at all for the past few days.
  • Do some grocery shopping. We desperately need toilet paper and a few other essentials.  – Done.
  • Come up with a healthy meal plan for the next two weeks. – Haven’t done it. We have been eating out a lot due to different plans or outings.
  • Catch up on laundry. – Still have a bunch of laundry to do.
  • Mail out a dress I sold online. – Done.
  • Order a new maternity support belt as the one I ordered was too small. – Done.
  • Get my husband’s Valentine’s gift from the post office, where it’s being held since I couldn’t leave the house to pick it up. – They sent it back, unfortunately. Not buying it again because it was just a naughty postcard.
  • Reschedule our second prenatal class we had to miss last week. – Waiting for them to contact us.
  • Catch up on reading my favorite blogs. – Oops, nope.
  • Schedule a dental appointment. – It turns out I don’t need it.
  • Get a haircut and color. My roots are getting scary. (Scheduled for Friday the 18th!) – Done. Feeling much better.
  • See my doctor about my glucose test results, which seem to be a bit off. (Scheduled for Friday the 18th.) – Done. The levels are borderline so I have an appointment with a Endocrinologist on Friday.
  • Buy all the furniture we need for the baby; plus some items we are getting in order to change the way we store things around the house. (Trip to Ikea this weekend.) – We ended up visiting my in laws for the weekend, so we got nothing done but spend time with family. Still want to get this done before the end of the month, though.
  • Go and check baby strollers. (Probably on the weekend too.) – Didn’t get done either as we were away for the weekend. Probably going to do it this weekend.
  • Clean the bathroom. – Not yet. It’s getting harder and harder to clean or do anything where I have to bend over.
  • Get my eyebrows done. – Not yet. They’re looking wild.
  • Check our budget and write down all our expenses from last week. – Kind of. Just need to add some shopping I did on Friday.
  • Schedule an appointment with my psychiatrist for (roughly) two weeks after my delivery (I had a videocall appointment on Thursday and my doctor said I’m doing extremely well so I don’t need to see her until after the baby is born). – Totally forgot about this one. Need to call soon.
  • Organize my email box and computer folders. I absolutely hate a messy computer. – Done while watching reality TV.
  • Take a few 3-4 Km walks. – I took one 5K walk and that was it.
  • Clean the house. – Didn’t happen because we ended up going away for the weekend. Definitely doing it this weekend.

I’m definitely still catching up on things. Now that I’m on my third trimester, I’m probably going to be doing less and less but there are still a few things I’d like to get done before the baby is here, including a good Spring cleaning.

Wishing you all a lovely week!

Love,

Cheila

Pregnancy Update – Weeks 27 and 28: Officially in the Third Trimester

How far along: 28 weeks.

Due Date: 15 May 2022.

Baby size: A head of lettuce.

Weight gain: 700g or 1.54 pounds.

Maternity clothes: Even my maternity tights are becoming too tight so I think I’ll skip them as soon as it warms up. Still wearing all my regular dresses.

Stretch marks: Nothing new.

Sleep: Not the best. It’s getting hard to find a comfortable position to sleep.

Gender: Girl!

Best moment: Showing off my bump. People are starting to notice that I’m pregnant which is nice.

Looking forward to: Bringing her home.

Food cravings: Strawberries. Coca cola. Chocolate. Bread.

What I miss: Not being in pain every time I walk, sit down, get up, turn in bed, get in the car, get dressed.

Symptoms: Pelvic girdle pain and heartburn.

Mood: Worried about how mobile and comfortable I’ll be in the next three months. Very excited about meeting her!

The highs: Feeling her kick, talking to her.

The lows: Definitely all the pelvic pain.

Throwback Thursday: Random Photo February 2021

Hey there!

I hope you’re all having a lovely week!

For Throwback Thursday I decided to pick and comment on a random photo from last year:

21.02.2021 – 2.30 PM

By looking at my computer I can see that I was working but, most importantly, Rosa is looking at me like she wants to join me on the sofa but I haven’t asked her, so she’s giving me the sad puppy eyes.

2022 Update: She still begs to be on the sofa quite often and plans on keep doing it for years to come.

Love,

Cheila