What to Do Past Your Due Date

Here is a list of what to do past your due date:

1. Answer the stupid questions because they are part of life and “do not sweat the small stuff”; it is not the first time in your life that you get questions you would rather not receive.

2. Control your thoughts. Do you have time to worry or think about how to naturally induce labor when you are busy changing diapers, five times in an hour?! This is what happened to me but it is an example of course, my point is that if you occupy your mind, you will not have time to get anxious.

3. You must be passionate about something! Make the most of the little time you have, to do those two or three things, you really love to do.

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I like taking pictures and baking. And eating. See?! Three things I am passionate about…

4. If you think being past your due date is “something big”, you can always make a memory of it. Record it. Ask someone to take a video of you, pictures… whatever rocks your boat.

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Bra and nursing hoodie can be ordered from BoobDesign. You can also shop for maternity wear here!

5. Pamper yourself. And be a hamster or an ant… Meaning, this is the time to get ready for what is ahead of you. And you are fortunate, you have more time than others might have had, to collect nuts and berries for later. If I lost you on that one, no worries! Have your nails done and put more food in the freezer. Yes, freezing pumpkin pie does no harm to your pie. You can open my freezer…

Thanks for reading my blog and feel free to share any other ideas you might have. And I will answer your stupid questions for sure. HAHA But first let me change Zoard’s diaper for the 6th time.

Find me on Instagram @zoardminiboy

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40 weeks pregnant with Assya

I just announced to Zoard that I am starting my alone time. He was not happy about this but now he is reading Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson so we are on good terms again.

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This is me and Assya. Today is my due date so I was at the hospital this morning for a routine appointment. My next one is a week from now. I am allowed to wait for Assya without being induced for 41 weeks and 5 days. Which means, I have 12 more days… I was also advised to eat sweets to encourage Assya to move more. That is a good one! HAHA

Since I have plenty of time, I will ask my “cameraman” to take more pictures of me over the weekend. I will be advertising nursing clothes so it will be our practice. I hope I will have enough eyebrow gel until my mother visits us because a couple of days ago, a hair dresser left the bleach on too long, when I asked her to make my eyebrows the same shade as my hair…

Let me brag for a second and AFTERWARDS I will give you some hardcore facts about this pregnancy. Deal?!

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This picture I took for Instagram was among the winners of the theme “yellow” on a page called @JJcommunity. This Instagram page has 636k followers and it is the largest photography community which I have been trying, for over a year, to be featured on. I have been nominated several times but yesterday, I was featured.

This is a big achievement for me and I am really happy about it. My Instagram account is called @zoardminiboy. It would be great to see more people show interest towards it. This account is really a nice way for me to use up my creative energies. I also enjoy the interactions with others but I have been banned from commenting for a week now so I guess, I will have to start reading more blogs instead. Instagram never explains why they restrict a user’s interactions so it can easily be a mistake made by them, nevertheless, I doubt they will make a correction on their part.

PREGNANCY FACTS

Zoard was born at week 41.
I just reached week 40 with Assya.

Total weight gain with both children: 12 kg-s. 26.45 pounds.

Conceived…
Zoard is the fruit of the 10th IUI in Bangkok.
Assya conceived naturally after trying for the first time to have a second child (in Barcelona).

First Trimester…
Both times, we were on Koh Samui. I slept a lot, I was nauseous but never vomited.
Both times, the doctor guessed our baby to be a boy.

Food cravings…
Craving something is part of who I am so it is nothing extra but if I had to name something that was seen more on my plate:

POTATOES (potato and carrot soup with sour cream or plain yogurt)

Second Trimester…
I was in Spain with Zoard and in Hungary with Assya. I regularly swam for 40 minutes. With Zoard I even visited the gym time to time for some light workout.

Third Trimester…
With Zoard, I had to put my feet up for a rest, many times.
With Assya, I had issues with my veins (found close to my bikini lines) but not wearing underwear helped this problem.

Sleeping…
I mostly sleep on my left side. I put a pillow between my knees and I am propped up with lots of pillows. (At the time I was pregnant with Zoard, I had a maternity pillow which is great if you do not move homes a lot.)

Clothes…
With Zoard I bought pretty expensive maternity clothes and this time around, I planned on buying absolutely nothing. What does this mean in practice?!
I borrowed maternity clothes.
I wear some of my husband’s cardigans and sweaters.
I wear my looser non-maternity clothes.
But overall, my body appreciates maternity clothes for tops and as far as pants go, I really dislike the ones that have a special belly part to put on your tummy. I wear low cuts.

Hair and nails…
I had my hair and nails done a couple of times. I really think this is a matter of what you feel comfortable about. The last time, I had my roots colored was less than a week ago and the only reason, why my nails are left naturally at the moment is the price I would need to pay for them, here in Barcelona.

Eating…
I read the latest views on what you cannot eat while being pregnant and I follow the recommendations. I stopped eating liver for example, I do not eat a lot of canned tunas, I say no to tiramisu. I try to eat more fruits even if they mean frozen ones.

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Drinking…
I drink decaf coffee, occasionally but nowadays with Assya, it is slightly different because I became good friends with a warm drink called chicory.

Do I miss anything…
I was skinny and athletic looking before I became pregnant (I was still breastfeeding Zoard) and I think that look suited me. And I miss it at times.
It was nice to be able to walk up on steps or hills without running out of breath.
I miss picking up Zoard or being more free with him without worrying about Assya.
I would love to spend non-pregnant quality time with my husband but I truly feel that is more of a question of spending childless time together and it is not strongly in connection with having a pregnant belly or not.

Looking forward to…
Breastfeeding. Getting to know Assya. Eating a lot of comfort food. Enjoying the interactions of my husband and Assya, Zoard and Assya. Taking pictures for my Instagram account @zoardminiboy.

Thanks for reading!