New Baby, New Home, New Routines

Sicily is 4 Months Old!!! Actually she has been 4 Months Old for a week already ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Where did that time go? I swear it was Easter last weekend!

Sicily Valentina has completed our little family. I plan on writing a solo post for her soon so I’ll tell you more about her soon. But life with 2 is Amazing. It’s hectic, crazy but ohh so fun and our girls will grow up together and just love each other already.

This year has been hectic for our little family. It’s been amazing and every bit worth it but we haven’t stopped.

12 months ago we learned that we were expecting Sicily and we would outgrow our first home. It was never meant to be our forever house and so we made the decision in Jan/Feb to go to Auction in March.

Our first home.

Our listing

SOLD! Goodbye our first home

We started the process of decluttering and preparing the house for sale while I had the energy of my second trimester of pregnancy.

We were extremely happy with the result and because we hadn’t yet bought a house we had decided to move in with Adams parents in between houses. (We were there 3.5 Months)

This truly was the best decision ever with a new baby and a 17 month old that wants lots of attention. Adam works afternoons/evenings so I solo parent 5 nights a week. Having those extra hands at bedtime were the biggest blessing and I will be forever grateful.

About a month after selling we found our dream home. We had a massive list of must haves and this one ticked every box! Big, security, more than one toilet (we now have 4!!) , low maintenance and a big kitchen. This house will hold all of our memories as a family of 4. We are so proud of our home and can’t wait to watch our girls grow up here.

Hello New House!!

We have lived here for a month and it already feels like home.

Last week we properly started to set up Alessia’s bedroom and the girls toy room. They’re both a working progress but certainly an improvement and we have now worked out what we are wanting to do in both rooms so it’s going to be full steam ahead with setting both up in the coming week/s.

Last week after realising how disruptive Alessia was becoming to us as a Co sleeper, I decided it was time to cut the cord and transition her into her big girl (queen size) bed. We had purchased the side bedrails before we moved in as it was always the plan to move her into her own room.

We have to admit though, we both secretly loved Co sleeping. We have never had disruption at night with Alessia. She slept through the night from day 1 of Co sleeping. And even before that she used to sleep well, she would just end up in our bed after she woke at around 3-4am as she was still breastfeeding and it was easier to just feed her whilst I slept. But lately she has started rolling around in her sleep and it’s waking us both up several times during the night. So the time had come!

We upgraded to a king bed for this new house as our master bedroom is too big for a queen. We have Sicily’s cot in our room and we still have room. We gave Alessia our Queen bed, it’s the bed and mattress that she has always Co slept on and as such it made the transition a smooth one.

I did a double whammy and moved Sicily from bassinet to cot on the same day I moved Alessia into her room. They’re both little legends as no complaints from either one of them! They both went down in their respective beds without a hitch.

Occasionally Alessia will wake up during the night when she realises we aren’t there but she simply calls out “mum” and I go and get her. It’s generally after Sicily has woken and so I put her in with us and we all just go back to sleep.

Co sleeping isn’t for everyone but it has worked so well for us and our family and lifestyle. We love sleep and our kids have learned to love it too.

Getting 2 kids into a good night time routine isn’t easy when you’re outnumbered by them but by creating sleep cues and associations for them it’s working.

I don’t worry about the clock. I just stick to the same routine. We have dinner, we play and read, the girls had a nice splashy bubble bath together, put on their pjs, (by this point they’re both generally screaming because they are exhausted and just want their milk and to go to bed). I heat up Alessia’s bottle of cows milk, pop her on the couch with a recorded episode of Play School while I breastfeed Sicily, we all sit in the loungeroom with just the lamp on in the corner and kitchen light on in the distance, Sicily feeds to sleep, not ideal but it works so whatever!

I cuddle Sicily and sing to her “you are my sunshine” and place her into her cot. She stays asleep for around 5-6 hours lately before waking to feed. Pre leap 4 (see wonder weeks if not familiar) she was sleeping through for 8-9 hours solid at night, feeding and going straight back to sleep.

As soon as Sicily is tucked in, I grab Alessia and we say goodnight to everything, couch, toys, table, stairs, toy room, bath, you name it! Just something we have always done since she started talking, she loves it and it’s one of her sleep time cues.

Alessia has a rabbit lamp on her bedside table that Adam bought for her when she was born. We turn that on and lay in her bed and talk about our day. I let Alessia do all of the talking, she tells me what she did, who she saw, what she ate. I then tell her all the exciting things we are going to do the following day and tell her that she has to get a “BIG sleep” for the day ahead.

I touch her hair and wipe it away from her face while singing her favourite “you are my sunshine” (she started singing it back to me the other night and I legit balled my eyes out!)

She rolls over and I rub her back, pat her bum until she falls asleep, as soon as her breathing changes she is sound asleep and I get up and walk out. Closing the door behind me.

I have never been quiet around my kid when they’re sleeping, and it’s the best way as I can accidentally drop something or my phone might ring, we could have friends/family over and they both sleep through it.

Only if it has taken me ages to get Sicily down do I go all mumma bear and “shhhhhhhhhhh!”

It’s taken a solid week to get the girls into what I consider OUR perfect routine. It’s just me with them 5 nights a week unless I have visitors and so it needs to work for me.

Today Alessia had a big play date and only a 20 min nap in the car on the way there so we had dinner by 4:30pm and she was sound asleep by 8pm.

I’m going to make another hot cuppa and pop on a face mask and try and get some rest. I also have the worlds biggest basket of folding sitting beside me that is staring at me.

I’ll try and write more over the weekend, if the kids keep up this bedtime you’ll be hearing more from me very soon!

Here are some pictures of the last few months

Thanks for following along x

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New Baby, New Home, New Routines

Alessiaโ€™s First SleepOver

Last night Alessia had her first ever sleep over.

It did not go very well…

Alessia was fine, me… not so much! ๐Ÿ˜‚

I have never wanted her to have a sleep over as I don’t like the thought of being away from her overnight, and she is such a good sleeper that I haven’t felt like I’ve needed a “break” from her.

But due to needing to be separated when we go into hospital to have Bub, we reluctantly agreed that she needs to have a night away from us to make sure that she would be ok when the time comes.

We had originally planned to go to Gold Class Cinemas as our Obstetrician has gifted us tickets, when we checked the sessions though there was nothing that we wanted to see so decided to just have a night at home.

We ended up staying at my mums for dinner as I wasn’t ready to leave her for such a long period just yet.

It was nice as both my brothers were also there too so it was an impromptu family dinner.

At 8pm we decided it was time to go as Alessia goes down anytime between 8:30 – 10pm depending on how her naps went during the day.

Alessia was completely unphased by us leaving and waved to us as we drove off.

One thing my mum taught/told me was if we are ever leaving our kids, is to make sure we say goodbye to them and never sneak off. This way they understand that you have left rather than look for you and get upset later. Alessia has never cried when we have left her, and knows we will always come back for her.

We didn’t even make it to the end of mums street and I was crying my eyes out! I cried for a good 5 mins and was a mumbling mess. A combination of mum guilt, pregnancy hormones and realising I wouldn’t see my baby girl for 12 hours! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

We talked about it in the car on the way home and agreed that whilst we would happily go back and get her, it is necessary in the lead up to Bub number 2.

When we got home, the water works started again! And I struggled to turn them off… I had a nice shower (#TooFatToFitInOurBath ๐Ÿ˜‚) and wiped my tears away, washed my face and convinced myself to try and just enjoy the night off.

Thank god for Netflix! We binge watched 5 episodes of How to get away with Murder before calling it a night at 12:30am

I was texting mum every half hour or so until she told me to “watch my shows or go the f*ck to sleep” ๐Ÿ˜‚

I made her send me a photo of my sleeping Bub as proof that she was ok.

I had one of the worst night sleeps I’ve had in months. Despite getting 7 hours sleep with a quick 4am thanks to a very active Bub Number 2, I woke up feeling tired, and lost despite being in our own home.

For the first time in almost 16 months, I didn’t wake up to my daughter and her delicious cuddles. And I was sad.

FaceTime to the rescue! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

Alessia woke just before 6am at mums, but slept well and was loving playing with her nan nan and enjoying her choc chip toast and banana for breakfast.

We woke at 7:30am. Alessia’s usual wake time, my body clock has adjusted and I’m automatically up at that time now.

We got up, had some breakfast, got ready and left home on route to get our girl! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Thankfully the traffic had eased and we got there relatively quickly. I was so excited to see her, we was she to see us.

Being a daddy’s girl, she was more interested in cuddles with Adam than me but I was just excited to be with her that I didn’t mind.

I am glad we did it but certainly not doing it again unless absolutely necessary anytime soon!

I knew I would hate being away from her, I just didn’t realise how badly I would handle it.

I’m not a helicopter mum but my attachment to this kid is off the charts.

I’m not sure if it’s because we tried so hard to conceive her that I can’t bear the thought of being away from her, or just the type of mum I am #Clingy.

Either way, she is stuck with me…. at least until she’s 35. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Currently 32Weeks+2 Days pregnant so home stretch now ๐Ÿ™ˆ

My Hospital bag is now ready to be packed, bubs newborn stuff is all washed and ready for her.

Alessia is so ready to be a big sister, and whilst the adjustment period may take a little while to understand that she now shares us with her sister, I know she will thrive.

Only a few more weeks left of work now, looking forward to a break before bubs. And by break I mean moving out of our home. We sold it 2 and a bit weeks ago. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

2018 is certainly going to be a year to remember.

X

Alessiaโ€™s First SleepOver

Gestational Diabetes

2 Weeks ago I completed the dreaded GTT (Glucose Tolerance Test), I didn’t come even close with my first pregnancy so I thought I’d be in the clear again.

The following day I received a call from my Obstetrician to advise that my blood tests show that I have Gestational Diabetes and that I would receive a call from a diabetes educator to make an appointment.

Sure enough, within minutes my phone was ringing again. It was Emily – my diabetes educator to explain my results and book me in for an appointment to meet with her.

Emily explained that in order to be in the clear of Gestational Diabetes my fasting levels needed to be under 5.1, unfortunately my levels were bang on 5.1

So whilst I have Gestational Diabetes, I only just have it – if that’s even a thing.

What this now means for me is using a glucose monitor to check my blood sugars 4 times a day.

First thing in the morning (after a period of 8-10 hours fasting) , 2 hours after breakfast, 2 hours after lunch and 2 hours after dinner.

In order to avoid insulin assistance I am diet and exercise controlling my diabetes which so far is working well for me.

My numbers need to be under 5 at first test in the morning and under 6.7 after meal fasting.

I am allowed to have morning tea, afternoon tea and supper after testing/before the next meal if I feel like something. I can also have water at any point of the day.

Most days I enjoy a cup of tea or Milo as “morning tea” or supper if I don’t have a little snack instead.

I’ve only gone over 6.7 twice since I started testing, once with pasta and the other with Pizza, foods that I am sure I’ll have plenty of in my lifetime so it’s a small sacrifice to make in removing them from my diet for the next few months.

I’ve discovered that Nando’s 1/4 chicken and chips is a meal that I can enjoy without impacting my numbers so that will be my treat meal for the remainder of my pregnancy. I was craving Vietnamese Pho today, since they have rice noodles I only ate half of the noodles but it still hit the spot and my numbers came in at 6.4! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

I’m slowly working out what I can/can’t have, if I’m unsure I’ll go for a 30 min walk after my meal which has so far helped to ensure my numbers are under 6.7.

Cold Grapes have been a refreshing sweet treat that I have enjoyed or the occasional small bowl of strawberry yoghurt on the couch after Alessia goes down as my supper.

Toast with Banana and a cup of hot milo or multi grain weetbix have been my go to breakfast.

Adam is home for lunch each day so I tend to eat my main meal at lunch and have a small serve of veg and chicken or meat for dinner. Tonight was pork schnitzel and a stir fried veggies.

If there is something that I really feel like eating then I just make sure I eat a smaller portion of it and load up on veggies to fill me up.

In the week and a bit since adjusting my diet I have lost 1kg which means that my total weight gain this pregnancy is now 3kg and will likely drop more as the weeks progress, given the baby already weighs half that – plus there is fluid and a placenta in there too I guess I haven’t technically gained anything. I’m very lucky as I’m already heavier than I would like to be and don’t need any added “baby weight” to lose later.

I’ve checked with both my Obstetrician and Diabetes Educator and confirmed that it’s safe to be losing weight, Baby is growing beautifully and that’s all that matters.

I gained 6.7kg my whole pregnancy with Alessia and ate anything/everything I wanted (including a tonne of pasta), by the time she was 10 days old I had lost 11kg so given that I’ve removed sugar and most carbs from my diet it’s expected that weight will start to drop off.

I actually think that the diagnosis is the best thing for me as I tend to have quite a sweet tooth and am enjoying making better choices in meals, a lifestyle change that I hope to continue once bubs arrives.

It was hard to resist having a bit of Birthday cake on Monday for Adam’s Birthday and with Easter being next week doing the grocery shop is torture but my babies health is much more important than a sugar hit.

I will be looking forward to some icecream post delivery that’s for sure!

Any Low Carb/ Low GI recipes – send them my way

X

Gestational Diabetes

A New Year

When the clock strikes 12, we welcome 2018, the year our second baby girl is due to enter the world, the year we say goodbye to our first home and begin our next chapter as a family of 4.

2017 has been one of the most incredible years of my life. I have spent it raising another human and watching her grow into the most adorable and loving little girl. I have also been lucky enough to share magical moments and create amazing memories with my wonderful husband who really is my rock.

The last year has been one that I will treasure forever, so many beautiful moments, milestones and celebrations.

I’m not one to make resolutions, as whenever I have I have failed miserably. I do however hope that those that do make a resolution are able to stick to it and fulfil their goal.

2017 has taught me a lot, I learned a lot about myself this year. I found an even deeper love and appreciation for my husband, I realised just how hard our parents did it when raising us and a new found respect for both my mother and mother in law as not only parents but women.

I developed beautiful new friendships with women that I didn’t even realise I needed in my life and created a sisterhood that I hope lasts forever.

For the last 2.5 months I’ve been back at work part time and juggling motherhood, work and a household. I truly take my hat off to working parents who somehow make it all work despite the chaos.

Today i went though my Facebook memories and I cannot believe just how far we have come in the last few years.

2013/2014 , we were set to marry and it truly was one of the most exciting times of my life.

2014/2015 , newlyweds that wanted to create a family and had just been delivered a blow that it may not be possible.

2015/2016, a year of heartache and disappointment of yet another 12 months of infertility without a hope in sight.

2016/2017, welcoming our miracle Alessia Lucia, who just 12 months earlier we truly never though we would have.

2017/2018, preparing to welcome another blessing and sharing a magical year as a little family.

My point here is, nothing is permanent. Unfortunately sometimes we are faced with difficulties and heartbreak in our lives but living through them truly does make you a stronger individual/couple.

To the couples trying for a baby, keep praying, don’t lose faith, continue to love each other through the pain and build an unbreakable bond that will one day be the backbone of your family unit.

2018 May very well be your year. You just don’t know it yet.

From my family to yours – Happy New Year. Stay Beautiful, Be Grateful, Be Kind, Stay Safe.

Angelucci Family x

A New Year

ONE

They say time flies when you’re having fun…. it does even more so when you’re a mum.

Our baby girl is 1!

1 year and 1 day Ago our lives changed in the most amazing way, we welcomed our little miss Alessia Lucia into the world at 1:56pm on 19th December 2016. She weighed just 3.16kg and instantly became the apple of our eyes.

What an incredible year it has been!

On Saturday 16th December 2017 we celebrated Alessia’s First Birthday with our nearest and dearest.

The party was held at home, we had a donut wall, a jumping castle, lots of yummy food and thankfully, great weather.

Alessia was soooooo spoilt! She received so many beautiful thoughtful gifts and will have hours of endless fun with them. I have put all of her cards in her Baby Box that contains lots of little keepsakes from her first year of life. I can’t wait to gift it to her when she older and sit with her and read through all of her cards.

Our gift to Alessia were 1/2ct Diamond white gold Studs, with her birthday being in such close proximity to Christmas we wanted to get Alessia a sentimental first birthday gift that she can have forever and as such felt that they were the perfect present. Who doesn’t love diamonds! ๐Ÿ˜

Yesterday we had Alessia’s Maternal & Child Health Nurse Appointment, Alessia weighs 11.37kg & is 77cm Tall.

She is in the 90th percentile and is the cutest little chubby bubby. Once she starts walking she will lose her puppy fat so we are enjoying all the jiggly cuddles we can.

Alessia has 7 Teeth (4 Top, 3 Bottom) , she says “Mum, Dad, Nan-Nan, Nonna, Yes, Bye & Bubba”. Waves her finger when told “No No No”, standing up and walking with assistance – first steps within a week I reckon.

Alessia co-sleeps and has since we got back from Bali. We absolutely love the snuggly cuddles, she sleeps through the night. Generally from 9pm-7/8am. We will look at transitioning her into her big girl bed before the baby comes but we are in no rush to kick her out of our bed. They’re only little once and there will come a time when she won’t want to be cuddled all the time and we will miss it.

Alessia loves spending time with her grandparents. Since I’ve been back at work she spends at least 1 day a week with each.

Yet to have a sleep over, We can’t bear to spend the night away from her. We will look at letting her between now and her sister arriving as she won’t be able to stay with us at the hospital overnight so I need to cut the cord eventually but to be honest we haven’t needed a night off.

Parenthood is the most amazing thing we have ever done. This last year has been an incredible ride and an absolute pleasure watching our baby girl grow in front of our eyes.

Alessia’s little personality is starting to really shine, such a cheeky bum who we just adore.

Happy Birthday Baby Girl. Thank you for choosing us to be your Mummy & Daddy.

X

ONE

From Infertile to Two under Two!

If you told me 3 years ago that I would have 2 Children in under 2 years I would have said “BULLSHIT!”

Yet, here we are!

On Thursday 28th September 2017 we got those 2 beautiful lines show up.

I’m Pregnant!

As you all know, conceiving Alessia was quite a journey. But we got our girl, and now we are getting another.

Tomorrow I will be 12 Weeks Pregnant with Daughter Number 2! That’s right, it’s a Girl! And she is perfect.

I’m not sure if it was our relaxed approach to having another baby that made it so easy or the fact that my body has worked out what to do, but either way I’m not complaining.

Our dream of Two under 2 is a reality and we are so excited to share that come June 2018 Alessia will have a baby sister.

Baby Number 2 was conceived in our Third Month of trying. From our 6 week check up post delivery with Alessia our first question to Dr Sgroi was “when can we try again”, Dr Joe said ideally there would be an 18 Month age gap between bubs however as we had difficulties conceiving Alessia he was happy for us to start trying when she was 6 Months Old.

We decided that in Bali we would stop all precautions and just see what happens. We had destroyed our embryos months prior and had the mentality that if it didn’t happen naturally again then it was ok, we were blessed with Alessia and if she was it then we were lucky.

Of course we wanted to give her a sibling but I never wanted to go back down the IVF path and we didn’t know if it would or could happen again.

The morning of 28th September 2017, my period was 9 days late…. I had an inkling but the month before it had been 7 days late and I ended up getting my period and a negative test so I didn’t get my hopes up.

As soon as I finished testing Adam took the test off me and I went back to bed to lay down for cuddles with Alessia. Adam said the positive result showed almost immediately, he knew for a minute or so before he showed me and I love that he had a moment whereby he knew we were having a baby and he got to be the one to tell me. Usually it’s the other way around and it was such a special moment that I’ll never forget.

I’ve since had a few scans and bloods done, bubs is perfect and we have our 12 week scan booked for when we are 13w1d.

Our percept results came back low risk and we found out that it’s a girl. We were happy with either gender but we are so excited that we will have 2 girls especially so close in age! Alessia will have just turned 17 Months when her sister arrives.

It’s going to be a very busy time in our lives but we certainly aren’t the first to have 2 under 2 and knowing that they will always have each other and hopefully be the best of friends makes us so excited.

Adam has said he will definitely need a man cave in our next home as in 15/16 years we are going to have two teenage girls in our house and if they’re anything like me he will need an escape during “that time of the month” ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’ll continue to share our pregnancy journey with you all over the coming months. This one is flying by

I’m trying to be super organised but my gosh it’s hard with an almost 1 year old, planning a first birthday, Christmas, looking at building a new family home, preparing for the arrival of a new baby girl in 6 Months time but somehow it all works out.

Our days are filled with cuddles, naps, swimming lessons, Walks, story time, wiggles and lots of washing.

I promised myself that I would fill in Alessia’s baby book each month, so far I have kept that promise, I am also now filling in a pregnancy journal each week. I have just ordered a beautiful matching baby book for the new baby but they now stock them in pink! So of course I got her a pink one.

If you’re after beautiful keepsake journals. Check out @writetome on instagram. You won’t be disappointed!

Until next time x

From Infertile to Two under Two!

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Tomorrow marks the last day of my maternity leave. As of Friday, I am officially a working mum. 

There will be tears, so many tears! 

Not from Alessia though, she will be fine! Haha 

I haven’t left my girl for more than 4-5 hours at a time, and when I have it’s a rare occasion, so the thought of spending 10 hours away from Alessia two days in a row will be torture! 

I have been meaning to do a trial run for months, to see how she goes being away from me. But truth be told, I’m obsessed with this kid and hate being away from her unless absolutely necessary so I never did it , now I somewhat regret it, despite knowing that she will be in the best hands with my mum and mother in law this weekend, I’ll constantly worry, but I probably would have anyway even if I was used to leaving her.  

My first few shifts will be in the office so that I can find my feet again and get up to date with communications etc. 

Once I am working from home, Alessia will be home with her Daddy for the first few hours of my day before he drops her off at either my mums, or his. I’ll be able to sneak in a kiss and cuddle on my break. 

I have been so lucky to have had 10.5 months of paid leave to bond with my baby, to watch her grow. I am fortunate that I am only returning 3 days a week so that I can still have work/life balance. 

As much as I would love to be a stay at home mum forever, I love having my own money and contributing to our household. It will mean that we can continue to go on holidays every year and live a comfortable life. It’s a small sacrifice to make for our family’s future. 

Alessia will get a chance to bond with her grandparents who just absolutely adore her. I loved spending time with my grandmother when I was a kid. I still have a very strong bond with my nan. A bond that I hope Alessia shares with both her Nan Nan & her Nonna. 

Work will provide me with a bit of routine that I am missing. Currently we don’t have a routine in our house. And whilst it suits us, a bit of structure to our days will be refreshing I’m sure. 

We are now busy planning Alessia’s First Birthday, invitations will be going out next week! So excited! 

I can’t believe that Christmas is just around the corner ๐Ÿ™ˆ. 

Thankfully my Christmas Shopping for Alessia is all done! Thanks to Big W Layby & Mattel Sale. 

I’ll be blogging more in the coming weeks about Party Prep, How I’m transitioning to being back at work, Christmas etc. 

I have been meaning to blog a 9 month update of Alessia , I’ll aim to get it done soon. Hopefully before she turns 1 haha 

Alessia is now 9.5 Months Old, Approximately 11kg and growing taller by the day. 

Alessia has started swimming lessons on Wednesdays at Windy Hill. She absolutely loves the water and is doing so well already! 

Loves to feed herself! Blueberries are her favourite snack. We are going through a few punnets a week at the moment. 

Still Breastfeeding. I’m actually proud of myself for continuing feeding. I plan on Breastfeeding her until at least age 1. Then wean her to cows milk. But I’m in no rush to make her stop Breastfeeding. I do love the bond we share when feeding and it’s such a beautiful feeling knowing your body is nourishing your child.

I’ll save the rest of her update for her own blog entry. 

Thanks for Reading!

Here are some pics from the last month or so. 


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