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! 😝
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.
A week ago today we welcomed our baby girl into the world 👶🏻
On Monday 19th December 2016 at 1:56pm our little bundle of joy arrived (by scheduled c-section). Weighing in at a teeny 6lb 9oz (3.16kg). 49cm long
Alessia Lucia Angelucci
She is just the littlest love of our lives!
I plan to write a few posts over the coming weeks about delivery, our experience with Epworth Freemasons and my first weeks of motherhood.
I had started writing a post earlier but as I had stopped and started all day and it deleted 😩 #mumlife
We are loving being a little family.
We are so lucky to have been able to celebrate Christmas 2016 with our baby girl.
I am recovering well, we requested an early discharge and came home on Thursday 22nd December instead of Christmas Eve, I was no longer taking pain relief and the hospital had offered us to move to the Park Hyatt for the last 2 nights, we figured if we are well enough to go to a hotel we are well enough to go home.
So far, Motherhood is bliss. It’s definitely hard work and you don’t get as much sleep as you used to but when you look at that little face it makes it all worth it!
Seeing Adam as a dad is by far the greatest view! The love he has for her just warms my heart. Hearing her say “Alessia – Papa loves you” is music to my ears. Watching him kiss her little face is my favourite thing.
Alessia pretty much just sleep all day, poops, feeds, looks around and then sleeps again.
So far Alessia is exclusively breastfeeding however we have purchased a tin of formula for if we feel like she needs a “top up” feed. One thing I will add here is my disbelief at how many people actually ask “are you breastfeeding?” – yes I am but what would they say if I said no? I have always been of the belief that ‘fed is best’ and won’t hesitate to switch her to formula if that’s what is best for her.
She had a night (Friday) where she wouldn’t sleep in her bassinet and just wanted to be held. She has been sleeping well every other day/night so it’s not concerning me in the slightest. Plus – I love the extra cuddles.
We are loving our new roles as ‘mum’ & ‘dad’, we waited so long for her to enter the world, it still seems so surreal. But we just can’t imagine our lives without her.
I will try and get another blog done in the next few days but I make no promises as I am finding myself spending hours on end just staring at our baby girl.
Little Miss Angelucci is finally here! It has been quite a journey to get to this point. Thank you so much for following.
I will continue to share Alessia’s updates and milestones in the coming weeks, as well as my experience with c section and Epworth Freemasons.
Yesterday we celebrated my baby shower, it was such an amazing day. I had a beautiful afternoon surrounded by family and friends.
We had around 65 women attend the day to celebrate with me. Safe to say our Little Miss was spoilt rotten!
I actually forgot to take a photo of the gift table but I was worried that it was going to collapse it was that full…
There wasn’t really a theme except for ‘All Pink Everything’ , lots of pink, flowers and girly touches to the day.
Complete with a pink candy bar, pink cookies, cupcakes and macarons, personalised napkins, water bottles,chocolates and lolly bags.
I love event planning and was certainly in my element co-planning the day with my mum.
Special shout out to my amazing Mum Sue, Stepdad Glen , my cousin Megan, Aunty Linda & Mother in Law Cathy for making the day possible.
The shower was held at my in laws house as they have the perfect party space. We decorated the area with pink and white. It started at 1pm and so we catered lunch for everyone, platters of assorted rolls, dips, cheeses, fruit, vegetable sticks, quiches and party pies/sausage rolls etc.
The dessert/candy bar table all went between attending guests and take home treats.
I had seen on Pinterest months ago the little champagne bottle favours and just had to have them! My mum bought me 3 slabs of 200ml pink minchinbury champagne bottles and I ordered the tags on etsy.
The tags read:
“Little Miss Angelucci is coming, the time is near…. When you get the big news, open your bottle and send a cheer!”
All of my guests took a bottle home and were asked to toast our baby girl on news of her arrival. I am hoping to see some selfies posted when the time comes.
It was 31 degrees in Melbourne yesterday and as it was the first real hot day of the season it made it so much worse as we just weren’t used to the heat. Everyone still seemed to have a nice afternoon and catch up.
I had ordered my dress from ASOS Maternity and absolutely loved it! I felt beautiful wearing it. I had my make up professionally done and wore a flower crown to make the look extra girly!
There were some games played which were hilarious! I thought I was going to go into early labour seeing my cousin with a pair of depends undies over her dress!
I love that everyone got involved!
I opened my gifts a little late as I was so busy trying to chat to everyone and mingle. I am absolutely blown away by everyone’s generosity. Too many gifts to name, Little Miss is soooooo spoilt! Our lounge room floor was covered last night and it took us 3 hours this morning just to sort through them and work out where they will live. Thank You!!!
I am very much looking forward to reading through the “Wishes for Baby & Advice Cards” later this week. I know there will be tears so I’m preparing myself for it.
I had a Polaroid camera set up with a guest book and I am so glad I did as we captured some beautiful photos, so many kind words. I truly do have an amazing sisterhood of women around me.
I could go on and on about how fabulous my day was but I’ll end it here, with a massive Thank You to everyone that attended. We truly are so grateful to have you all in our lives.
I cannot believe it has been 3 weeks since we announced our news to everyone! Time is Flying!!
We have now known for 9 weeks!
We are Currently 15 weeks 4Days Pregnant! I will never get sick of saying that… PREGNANT!
As my previous post mentioned, I was medicated from the moment we found out (6w5d), i have now stopped the pessaries and weaned off the Dexamethasone (Steroids) 🙌, I am still taking an aspirin daily as well as Megafol & Calcium/Vitamin D combo.
I had been taking Clexane which is a blood thinning injection however I had a severe allergic reaction to it at the end of week 12 (despite taking it since 6w6d). I ended up with Urticaria which is Hives. And I was covered from my neck to my knees in a painful/itchy rash!
I initially thought I had copped a bad batch of meds so I got the Pharmaceutical Company to exchange the box of meds. After a trip to my GP, Emergency Department and countless late night drives to the pharmacy I am happy to say that it has gone!
I tried everything to ease the itch and rash. The only thing that worked in the end was MooGoo 👏🏼, I had been taking Pinetarsol baths 2-3 times a day, initially I tried Calamine Lotion, I then switched to Dermeze, my Obstetrician recommended I use a pregnancy safe antihistamine (Polaramine) every 6 hours then a Zyrtec at night as well as a 5mg Valium every second night to help calm me and ease the itch. All of which did nothing! I used the Valium twice as I felt I slept better on the nights that I didn’t take them. My GP & Ob assured me that Valium is pregnancy safe but I figured if it’s not helping then the less medicine I put in my body the better.
A family friend recommended MooGoo, and I wish I had heard of it sooner! It was instant relief and the first good night sleep in over a week when i discovered it. Silvana – I owe you one!
Adam was very concerned that Bubs would somehow be impacted by the hives given it got so much worse before it started to get better, I have to admit I was just as concerned. So we presented at Emergency and had them scan Bubs (my Ob was on holidays for a week and my GP was unavailable that day). The ER Dr confirmed that she was unphased by what was happening to my body, we were both very relieved!
My Morning Sickness stopped exactly 2 weeks ago. I experienced it from 7 weeks to 13w3d. I have to admit I miss my morning reassurance haha
I have started to feel little flutters and can’t wait to feel her moving around in there, especially for her daddy to feel her kicks.
We have put her car seat on Layby as it was on sale , and Adam’s parents have ordered her cot (on pre-order and due to arrive early September) 👏🏼, my parents are buying our pram which we are so grateful for!
We have bought so many clothes and little shoes for our little miss! She is going to be so spoilt!
I have started a book collection for her as I want to start reading to her soon. I have bought the classics that I read as a kid, Dear Zoo, Possum Magic, Hungry Catterpillar, There’s a Hippopotamus on the roof eating cake. I still have my original copy of Dear Zoo from 1989.
We will be waiting until around 25-28 weeks to start setting up her room as anything earlier just seems ridiculous. She isn’t going to be here for months.
We are so anxious to meet our baby girl and look forward to parenthood.
It’s amazing how much I can love someone that I have never met. I can only imagine the love I will have for her when I get to meet her in a few months time.
I am pleased to say I have only gained between 500g-1kg in my first 16 weeks of pregnancy and my bump is definitely out and proud now!
I am feeling well and trying to enjoy every moment of being pregnant as I know how blessed I am to be carrying this gift of life. Too many people take their pregnancies for granted, I know of so many people that are struggling. My heart breaks for them as I know their struggle.
To those still trying, don’t ever give up! To those expecting, appreciate the miracle you have created.
Here are the words we have waited so long to share WE ARE PREGNANT!! And better still…. Our baby was conceived naturally!
On May 11th I felt like I was pre menstrual, it had been 28 days since my surgery and so I figured my period was coming. I felt shitty and laid on the couch feeling sorry for myself.
My last period was on 22nd March 2016, I assumed a partial D&C done in surgery on day 24 of my cycle (April 14th) was the reason I didn’t get a period that month… Never in a million years did I suspect that I was pregnant! I had sore boobs for weeks , again I put it down to hormones post op.
So when at 9:30pm on Wednesday May 11th my period still hadn’t come, I decided to do a home pregnancy test, don’t ask me why, I didn’t think I was pregnant but something deep inside me told me to test.
I sat the test on the bathroom counter and decided to jump in the shower, as I was about to hop in, I glanced at the test and nearly fainted when I saw 2 strong lines! 😳 I looked at myself in the mirror, cried and just said “How?”
• Literally 6 days earlier my gynaecologist had delivered the news that conceiving would be almost impossible – I blogged about it!, Mother’s Day was spent feeling sorry for myself wondering if I would ever be a mother… This prompted a very heartfelt discussion between Adam and I. After deep thought and conversation we agreed to give IVF 3 more goes, and if that didn’t work… We were done trying. We would rather be happy just the two of us forever than bankrupt ourselves pursuing a dream that may never come true. •
As I stood in the bathroom crying, I called Adam at work “Hi honey, so you know how I thought my period was due today… Well it’s not and I’m pregnant!” His response “Yeah Right! Send me proof!” 😂😂 he didn’t believe me – I didn’t believe it! When I sent him a photo he was shocked, called me to tell me to keep calm and that he would be home soon.
I tested again, two perfect lines appeared on the test yet again, one thing was for sure… I was pregnant!
I called my mum crying, she was more shocked than I was I think. Hearing her tell my StepDad was hilarious!
The next call I made was to my Gyno! I had him paged at 10pm , I didn’t know what to do! He advised me to get bloods done first thing in the morning and get a dating scan. I was told to start Megafol (High Dosage Folic Acid), call Monash IVF and start Nick Lolatgis’ protocols immediately. he congratulated me and said to be in touch once I have results.
Adam got home from work a short time later and inspected the tests intently. I wish I recorded his face!
We drove to the pharmacy a few suburbs away (still shaking and in a complete state of shock) that is open until midnight and bought the digital pregnancy test to determine how far along I was. When I did the test and it showed Pregnant 3 Weeks + I was even more shocked as that meant that I was pregnant when I had my surgery!
We hugged and we cried and we hugged and we cried. We just laid in bed in silence with the biggest smiles on our faces.
I think we slept 3 hours that night, we woke up early and went to my GP to get bloods done, I also got a referal for a dating scan. We did the scan that afternoon. The lady who scanned me advised that i was already 6weeks5days pregnant ! My baby has a beautiful strong heartbeat and I am due 31st December 2016! Happy New Year!
Ohh the tears we shed in that room! No words can truly describe the feeling, that moment we shared. When the lady left the room we gave each other the biggest bear hug and kiss. We are finally gonna be parents! And we did this all on our own!
I called my gyno’s office and told him the news. I was then booked to see him the following week. I’m still in absolute shock at this point. I feel like we are dreaming! How can this be?
That night we went to see Adam’s parents to break the news, months ago I had wine labels made on Etsy – we were finally able to use them! We placed the wine on the bench and let them read it – their reaction “You did it!” Followed by tears – lots of tears!
We asked Adam’s brother to come over after work and gave him bottle too – his face was shocked! Probably similar to ours the night before. I love that I captured this photo of them. The boys are really twinning here with their matching tops ( and beards) haha
After speaking with Nick Lolatgis’ nursesOn Thursday 12th May,I was told to come in Friday 13th May to start my first Intralipids treatment , the nurses would have my scripts ready for all the meds I would need to start taking as a precaution to keep Bubs safe given my recent biopsy and blood results.
My daily routine would involve 6 tablets (2 steroids, 1 baby aspirin, 1 Megafol, 2 vitamin D & Calcium tablets) , 1 blood thinning injection and 2 pessaries. Until I am 13 weeks.
On top if that, until week 15 I will need Intralipids IV fortnightly- it’s a soy/fat emulsion that is run into my veins via IV for 2 hours. I don’t fully understand the reason for it but from my understanding it is good for me and for Bubs and therefore I do it.
We had another scan at 8weeks3days for peace of mind, Bubs is growing perfect and heart beat is strong! Our hearts are so full!
Saturday 14th May, week 7 – Morning Sickness begins – I never thought I would be so excited to vomit! I’m thankful that mostly its first thing in the morning and then I am fine for the day. I have had some nausea throughout the day occasionally but it’s such a good sign that I embraced it all!
Boobs are still ohh so sore! And huge!
My medications are giving me insomnia, that is the only part that I am hating as I work late and when it catches up with me, I’m truly exhausted.
I’ll sleep 2-3 hours a night for 3 nights straight then sleep for 15 hours solid the next night. Again, all worth it !
We got referal for Percept/Harmony Scan and bloods from Stan (Obstetrician)
And on Wednesday 8th June at approx 10:50am we heard the sweetest music of our lives. Our babies beating heart! 😍
The Sonographer congratulated us on a very strong and healthy looking baby. We made our 12 week scan appointment for Monday 20th June (Today – 12weeks2days)
Our closest friends and supporters knew within a few days of us knowing.
It’s so surreal to write this post, I have waited so long to be able to share with you all, I have had some incredible support along my journey. Women have opened up to me about their experiences and I am so grateful as you have all kept me going!
I hope that our positive news gives hope to couples who are going through a struggle in trying to conceive, or have been given news by doctors that may have caused them to lose faith.
We are proof that anything is possible! We have overcome 99% abnormal sperm, NK Cells, DQ Alpha Gene Match, MTHFR Gene, Endometriosis and managed to conceive naturally! Despite being told it couldn’t happen!
Never Ever Give Up! It’s not an easy road but I can confirm that it is a road worth travelling!
*I wrote this post when I was 11 weeks pregnant. Today ( day we are sharing) I am 12w2days, we now know that we are expecting a baby girl. Her due date is still showing as 31/12/16 and she is just perfect! We love her so much already and safe to say she will be her daddy’s little girl *