Blood Pressure issues & Our Nursery 

This last few weeks Little Miss Angelucci has been kicking and punching up a storm! It is so nice to feel her moving around and experience the miracle of pregnancy. It really is the best feeling in the world and I hope that everyone that wants it gets an opportunity to experience it. 

Some mornings I just lay in bed in the early hours with my hand on my belly receiving high fives from our baby girl, I love my sleep but gosh I love her so much more. It’s moments that I don’t want to miss and make the most of every opportunity. 

26weeks 3 days here

Over the last 10 or so weeks I have experienced headaches on and off, On Saturday 24th September my head was really sore, ordinarily I just sleep it off but it was like bubs was telling me to go to see a doctor, so at 8:30pm on a Saturday night I threw on a jacket and drove myself to a 24/7 medical centre in a neighbouring suburb. After a short wait I was seen by a GP who after I advised I had a headache and was 26 weeks pregnant proceeded to check my blood pressure and was concerned when it showed 148/90. He handed me a specimen cup and asked me to provide a urine sample for the nurse to test. A few minutes later I was sitting there being told I need to go to the hospital!  There was protein present in my urine, the combination of headache, high blood pressure and presence of protein was a great cause for concern…. they suspected Pre Eclampsia! 

I immediately called my Obstetrician who called ahead to the Epworth Freemasons and instructed the midwife to prepare an ante-natal room for me where I would require secondary urine test, bloods, blood pressure monitoring and fetal monitoring. 

I called Adam in a panic and asked him to come home immediately, a call I hated making as I knew he would be so worried! He didn’t hesitate and was in the car within minutes. I left the GP after calming myself down, I drove home and waited for Adam to get home to take me into the hospital. 

A few minutes later we were on our way to Epworth Freemasons, a drive that felt like forever. We parked the car and went straight up to the Maternity Ward, we were greeted by a lovely midwife who had been pre-informed about the concerns. Within 30 seconds of walking through the doors I was in a private room being monitored. Poor Adam was sitting on the edge of his seat with worry. 

My blood pressure had dropped to 130/80 which the midwife was happy with, bubs heart rate was nice and strong and steady and she was moving around like crazy so I was reassured that she was fine. Secondary urine sample showed there was no longer any protein. 🙌

They ran some bloods but they all came back fine. Such a relief 

It was a very stressful few hours. I was ordered to go home and rest which is exactly what I did.

Adam had a GP appointment on Tuesday night (27/9)to get his Whooping Cough injection as our Nephew is due in 10 days time 🙈! As I also know his GP we asked if he could check my blood pressure,( I had an appointment to see the same GP for my injection today – 29/9). The GP checked my blood pressure and it was back up! 145/80 😔 

Back to resting for me! I took yesterday off work and spent the afternoon having a 3 hour nap! It must have done the trick as this morning my blood pressure was back down to 130/80 👏🏼

I am seeing my Obstetrician on Tuesday 4/10 and will discuss where to from here. My blood pressure is something that clearly needs to be monitored more frequently now and I am doing everything possible to keep it at bay. 

The GP suggested that I may have to finish work earlier than anticipated but I will see what my Ob says and simply follow his orders, if he says stop work and rest in a few weeks then that is what I will be doing, I am not taking any chances when it comes to this Little Miss. 

On another note, plans for my baby shower are well under way! 99 beautiful women are invited to attend and so far I have had more than 30 respond that they will be attending! Cannot wait to celebrate my baby girl with all the women in my life. 

The theme is very pink!

Our nursery is now complete! The only item yet to arrive is the change table that we purchased that has been ordered and will arrive within the next fortnight. Bubs has a cot, bassinet, pram, chest of drawers,(overflowing with amazing little outfits!) rug, toys, books,bouncer, nappies, wipes and lotions. 

Little Miss Angelucci’s Nursery

My mother in law even found her lace christening gown from 1960! We are going to have it professionally cleaned and will use it when we baptise our little miss 😍 how special is that! 

56 year old christening gown from Nonna Cathy

I will continue to blog updates over the coming weeks with details of how my blood pressure is tracking. 

We have our 28 week scan on Monday 10th October. We hope our little baby nephew (AKA – Little Man) is here by then! I am desperate to snuggle him. 

Blood Pressure issues & Our Nursery 

What a difference a year makes…

Yesterday Facebook alerted me to a memory, not a happy memory. But that of our third failed IVF cycle. 

12 months ago we were beyond devastated to learn that we had experienced a Bio-Chemical Pregnancy / Early Miscarriage. In hindsight it was only the beginning of a heartbreaking journey that we would continue. 6 more embryos would be implanted and fail. 

A year ago I became a broken woman, I was starting to dip into what I now realise was depression. A year ago I had pushed my body to its limits in a quest to achieve our baby dream. I was so sore, I endured a painful surgery to remove my eggs which involved puncturing my uterus to avoid damaging my bowel. I was physically and mentally drained.

a few days before egg collection.

I looked around 23 weeks pregnant which was even worse as I had people look at me suspecting that I was pregnant when i definitely wasn’t. It was like a kick in the throat everytime they gave me ‘the look’.

12 months on, actually 23 weeks pregnant

Around 7 days after our 3rd embryo transfer I passed a tissue type clot which I can only assume was part of what was deemed to be a miscarriage according to bloodwork. 

Needless to say, 12 months ago our lives were very different. Whilst we were happy together, as individuals we were fighting to stay sane, to continue with the heartache. Each not wanting to give up for fear of disappointing the other. 

As I sit here and write this my daughter is contently kicking me from inside the womb and I have tears because I have waited for this moment, and whilst I know there are people out there who have waited far longer for this than what we have, I feel like we earned this. We fought damn hard for this! 

I wish everyone going through a journey of trying to conceive had a crystal ball. I wish I had one… I wouldn’t have endured the pain, the heart ache that was our IVF journey. But I am grateful of what I learned about myself and my husband. We are strong! We are resilient! And we are sooo ready for this! 

12 months ago my tears were of grief for the baby that would never be, and now the tears I shed are of pure joy of the baby that is on its way. 

I guess the point behind this post is to encourage people to embrace the hand you’re dealt, life isn’t meant to be easy for all of us. Some of us have to endure the worst things in order to appreciate the best things. 

We don’t take for granted our pregnancy. We know how lucky we are to have been able to conceive naturally. Especially after receiving my auto immune results. We know of so many people that are still struggling and it hurts my heart to know that they’re only just beginning their journey. I just pray that their dreams come true soon. 

I hope people read our story and keep faith that anything is possible. And what is meant to be will always find a way! 

I am grateful that Facebook reminded me of just how far we have come. 

To the couples reading this who are yet to achieve their baby dream – I hope in 12 months time that it’s you that is reflecting on how much has changed. 

Sending baby dust to all those trying to conceive. Keep positive and never give up! 

What a difference a year makes…

Baby Brain & 24 week update 

Today I am 24 Weeks Pregnant, our baby is kicking her little heart out and growing beautifully. She is also making me lose the plot! 

I used to think Baby Brain was just a myth….. Ohh how wrong I was! I am lucky to remember what day it is at the moment and will forget something within minutes of hearing it. I am repeating myself constantly as I forget that I have already mentioned it which I can imagine is driving my darling husband just as crazy. 

I now need to write EVERYTHING down! And I am constantly checking the calendar. 


Lately I have had horrible headaches which have knocked me for six and I’m so lethargic I could literally sleep all day! Just the other night I fell asleep at 7:30pm and didn’t wake up until 10am! I then proceeded to have a nap before work for another hour 🙈. 

Morning Sickness is still as horrible as ever…. It even tricks me. Just the other day I thought I may not vomit, haha yeah right! I then projectile vomited from both my mouth and my nose 😩

My Ob is very happy with the way my pregnancy is going and has just given me the referral for Glucose Tolerance Test to complete just before our next catch up in 4 weeks time. (28w check up)

So far, no swelling at all. If anything my hands/feet are smaller than they were pre-pregnancy. My rings still fit and are actually a little loose  🙌

My boobs are huge and my nipples are ohh so sore! I think it’s time to buy a nipple cream and start using it! 

 

I have booked in my maternity leave 🙊 I have just 10 weeks of work to go. I have applied to have 12 months off with the option to take a further 12 months if I wish. I am going to take my maternity leave at 1/2 pay and get twice as long paid 👏🏼 all in all I will have 10 months off with pay. 

Baby Shower is booked in and invitations are with printers. They’re so gorgeous! I can’t wait to send them.

Today we went to One Fine Baby , I was a little disappointed as I expected there to be more there but we spent $300 in 45 mins so it can’t have been too bad haha 

Our One Fine Baby purchases

I just purchased this beautiful Numero 74 Canopy for our nursery. It works perfection with our Incy Interiors Cot. I cannot wait to receive it! Currently on pre-order for October.

numero 74 dusty pink canopy

Once our nursery has a few more bits and pieces that we are after we will share photos of our set up. If I remember haha 

Until next time X 

Baby Brain & 24 week update 

Happy Father’s Day! 

The first Sunday in September is here! A day that last year made me sad. This year, I am filled with excitement! 

Whilst our baby is still brewing, (23weeks,1Day) Adam is very much a father already.

He has been a father in my eyes since we first started IVF. Since our first embryos were created and transferred.

But especially since that first positive pregnancy test that shocked the shit out of us. The first scan when he cried with me knowing the miracle we had created, and the 10 weeks scan when we heard her heart beating for the first time. And the look on his face just last week when he felt his baby kicking. 

In a few short months he gets to hold our baby girl in his arms, and whilst he waits in anticipation I decided to buy him a little gift to celebrate what I am declaring his first Father’s Day just to show him how much of a great dad I know he is going to be. 

You know you’re a dad when you get socks and jocks!

Now that bubba is kicking, it is our morning ritual to lay in bed and feel her moving and talk to her. Adam will often kiss my belly and tell her Good Morning and how much he loves her already. It absolutely melts my heart and I just know how much he will dote on her when she arrives. I recently joked with a girlfriend that we will probably punch on over who gets to cuddle her 😝. 

Trying to conceive can become a process where it feels like your heart is ripped right out of your chest, but it’s moments like these when we celebrate the upcoming arrival of our Little Miss that make every heartache we endured worth it. 

Plans for my baby shower have commenced, we have a cot in her nursery and a baby seat (and an overflowing wardrobe and chest of drawers – oops!)  🙈. It is sooo exciting preparing for the arrival of a little one, especially since we have waited so long for her! 

My nephew is due in a few weeks and I can’t wait to smooch him and give him the biggest cuddles. He will no doubt make the time between his arrival and hers fly. As I could stare at babies all day! 

23 week bump update

We have an appointment with our Obstetrician on Tuesday for a general check up (24weeks appt). Our next scan is on 10th October (28 weeks). We are so excited to see our little miss again. 

Morning sickness is still here and doesn’t appear to be pissing off anytime soon. We have my morning routine down pat. The minute I lift my head off the pillow I make a mad dash for the bathroom and projectile vomit. I think I’m one of the lucky ones who is going to cop it until the last day. All worth it though! All for love.  

I will try and check in fortnightly as my belly continues to grow and baby movements become stronger and stronger. 

Happy Father’s Day!