It’s time for another flashback :)
I found out I was pregnant some time in October last year, a few days before Aariz’ 1st birthday. I cant remember the exact details except that I kept the news to myself for a few days before breaking it to hubby. I knew he was gonna be in for a shock, so I kept dropping him hints that whole week. When I finally told him, he was ecstatic although he did say ‘I thought we were only planning to have two!’ Hehe. Yes, we were very happy with the 2 boys but I guess Allah has better plans for us.
At the end of October, we held a simple 1st birthday celebration for Aariz and there I was in my early stages of pregnancy with very few symptoms apart from very bad mood swings. In my heart, I couldn’t believe that Aariz who just turned one, is gonna be a big brother soon. Infact Aidan was only 3, in my eyes, he was still my little baby.
We went home early November to Malaysia to be with our families and told them the news. Everyone especially my mum, was praying our third baby would be a girl. I, on the other hand was hoping and praying for a healthy baby, this after having vivid dreams of my unborn baby that still haunts me until today. It was then, in that 3rd week of November, we decided to go for a dating scan to find out how far along I was in the pregnancy. And imagine my surprise when I found out I was already 10 weeks along and saw the little bub dancing on the screen, the pregnancy suddenly felt so real then. It then hit me, oh my! Im going to be a mother of 3 soon. The obstetrician confirmed a healthy fetus and gave me an EDD of the 7th June 2013.
We went back to Dublin and life continued as usual. I went back
to work but kept the pregnancy news from everyone. Mid December my SIL and her batalion arrived. We had a wonderful time showing them around Dublin. I still didnt look quite pregnant at the time as you can see from the photos below.
I think I was about 16 weeks along then.
On Christmas day, we held another party in our home and invited friends over.I ordered a big 40 euro turkey from the halal shop. It was not only big, it was HUGE and took me 4 hours to roast in the oven.
It was during that party, I broke the news to our friends that I was already 4+ months along. No one could have guessed from the belly though. And once again, everyone hoped I was carrying a girl. This was because amongst my close group of friends, we all had boys. All our mummy talk was centered around trains and cars, it would be nice to talk about dolls and ponies instead.
Knowing that our 3rd baby was going to be born in the summer, all the winter bargains didnt appeal to me and plus we weren’t entirely sure about the gender. But at the same time, I couldnt help looking at all those tiny dresses and tutus. My gut feeling was, we were going to have a girl but I still played it safe.
By mid January, the growing belly was getting very obvious to work colleagues. They were surprised of course, with this 3rd pregnancy being so soon after my 2nd. Have I ever mentioned I have very understanding employers? I guess working with children has it advantages that they took my 3rd pregnancy ( in 4 years!) very well. I then started planning my maternity leave so that they could get a replacement by May. It was such a big relief to let the cat out of the bag!
On days that the sun was kind enough to come out, we brought the kids out to the park. It was bitter cold but sunny. I wanted to spend as much time with the boys before the baby came out.
February was an awesome month for us because we went on a short, well deserved holiday to Paris. When I told my mum we were going to Disneyland, she nearly freaked out and ask me a million questions. ‘How can you handle the boys’, ‘You’re 6 months pregnant’, ‘Can you stand the cold’ etc. Mum gave me a fright with her questions but I knew my body could handle the stress. My last 2 pregnancies was a breeze and back in 2011, we also made a trip to Disneyland and at that time, I was also 6 months pregnant with Aariz. The only difference was we had an extra toddler to handle this time.
People say go to Disneyland when the kids are a little bit older but I believe you’re never too young to go to Disneyland. Aariz had so much fun watching all the characters at the parades, clapping his hands and singing. Both the boys enjoyed the rides. Thank god the queue wasnt as long like in the summer months.
We were lucky that it was also Disney’s 20th Anniversary so every night, they was a spectacular fireworks display. I insisted we stayed on for the evening parade and also the fireworks at 8pm. We were literally on our feet from 9am to 10pm. I dont know where I got my energy from!
Then came the months of March and April, meaning I was finally in my 3rd trimester. Alhamdulillah. Went for my routine scans and it showed that the baby was growing well although slightly tiny. I wasnt worried, what’s most important is the baby is fine and healthy.
We made one final quick weekend getaway with the family before I popped.
I was 32 weeks pregnant at the time and still had an abundance of energy. My apetite was growing steadily too. A lot of people commented I looked much bigger this time round. I must have been 60kgs in this photo!
Until next time, toodles!
ps: And please excuse typos etc. No time to check! :)
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