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

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” 😂

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!

Being a Mum on Mother’s Day 

Today marks the fourth Mother’s Day since she we started trying to conceive. I am eternally grateful that this year I share it with my little family. 

Last Mother’s Day I was completely unaware that my miracle was already growing inside me and as such, I spent the day feeling sorry for myself, laying in bed crying and wondering if I would fill the void I had in my heart and my arms. 

I had no idea that only a few days later my life would change forever in the most amazing way. 

On 11th May 2016 we found out we were pregnant and it’s a date I will never forget. 

I wish I could truly explain to those trying to conceive the feeling but it’s just something you have to wait for, because when the time is right and it’s meant to be then it will be…. and I will be worth every tear you shed. 

I endured more IVF in 12 months than some people do in 10 years, 3 x full ICSI cycles. 9 embryo transfers, all unsuccessful… only breaking between because my heart couldn’t cope anymore and my husband begged me to allow my heart to heal. 

I know the heartache, but I also know the joy that follows. It’s indescribable! 

Last year on Mother’s Day I truly believed I may never be a mum, it broke my heart to think that it may never happen but if that was my reality then I had to accept it. And it was only after I accepted the “whatever will be , will be” that it happened. 

I had 100 people telling me “relax! It will happen” and when all you want is a baby it is the hardest thing to hear, even if it is the truth. 

The advice I want to give to anyone trying to conceive is this, people don’t know how to address infertility… so they say the generic things that we probably have all been guilt of saying: “just relax” “it will happen” “go on a holiday”. 

The ironic thing for me was that those words pissed me off so bad when we were experiencing infertility, yet it was when I relaxed and “let it happen” that it happened. 

I know that every pregnancy is a blessing but I truly believe that when you’ve waited so long for it, you appreciate it more. You’ve fought hard to get there and it’s that little bit extra special. 

Don’t ever give up! Speak up to your nearest and dearest about what you’re going through. As having that extra support makes all the difference.

And remember, I’m always here! 

I cherish every moment I have with my daughter, she is almost 5 months old and every morning I wake up to her beautiful little face. I look forward to that smile when her daddy says “Good Morning My Beautiful Girl”, she smiles so hard that her eyes close a little. 

This Morning my beautiful husband gifted me lovely new PJs, a gorgeous Glasshouse Candle & the most special card that I truly will treasure forever!!!!!! 

We ate waffles and I drank a full mug of HOT Tea 🙌🏼 – Only Mums know how sacred this is! 

I spent the afternoon with my mum, my grandmother and dinner with my inlaws. 

The only tradition I want on Mother’s Day is to spend it with the ones I love. I don’t need a new bag, or expensive gift to celebrate. I want the $5 Mother’s Day Gifts that my daughter picks at school because she looked at it and thought I would love it! Even if it’s the ugliest fucking thing on offer, I’ll treasure it and show her how special I think it is because it’s a gift from my child. I want the extra kiss and cuddle from my hubby and baby. That to me is what Mother’s Day is about. 

New PJs however are a great gift! Thanks Hun – feel free to keep that tradition too 😉

I know how lucky we are to have conceived naturally and had a healthy pregnancy that resulted in this beautiful girl.

No words can describe what you feel when you hear your baby laugh, or the pain in your heart when you know they’re crying in pain. You feel that shit in your soul! 

The same way only a mother knows this feeling of hurt when their child is hurting, only a woman who is desperately trying to conceive knows the true torture that is another period or negative pregnancy test. 

Alessia is truly the best thing to ever happen to us. I absolutely love being her mum. I love her smells, her smile, her beautiful blue eyes, her chunky thighs and little toes, her kissable lips and chubby fingers. She is my perfect little princess. 

I think I’m actually obsessed with her haha and I’m pretty sure Adam is too! 

A little update on Alessia: 

Alessia has developed my love of sleep (and food 😝) , Alessia sleeps between 11-13 hours a night – waking once to feed. Her sleep regressed slightly at 4 months however is slowly going back to normal and she generally goes down between 8:30-9:30pm , waking between 8-9am. 

Still Breastfeeding which I am loving, the bond you share when feeding your child is indescribable, to know they’re nourished by your body is an amazing feeling. I know not everyone is able to or wants to Breastfeed but I wanted to and truly love being able to do it. This is my experience.

Foods that Alessia has tried and loves are: Pumpkin, Zucchini, Carrot, Pear, Apple, Mango, Apricot, Peas, Spinach, Banana, Avocado, Sweet Potato, Broccoli. 

The other day we were eating Vietnamese Bao and she was watching us eat and cracked it and screamed at me until I gave her some…. they say to give them what is on your plate, it was nothing that could hurt her, she absolutely loved it!!!! 

The only thing that she hasn’t liked and it really hurt her little tummy is Rice Cereal.

As much as I want her to stay little forever I am loving watching her grow and each day gets better and better. 

I cannot believe that she is almost 5 months old! Where on earth did the time go? 😩

Until Next Time x 

Being a Mum on Mother’s Day 

Hello Home Stretch 

150 Days…. that’s how many days I have vomited – straight! 

This morning we celebrated by it coming out my nose a little bit too – woot woot! 

I’m not complaining, it’s reassuring that our baby girl is growing and my hormones are remaining high. I’m fortunate that it’s only first thing when I get out of bed. I projectile vomit the water I consume – roughly 1L everyday then I’m good to go. 

With a little over 10 weeks to go I’ve accepted that I’m going to suffer morning sickness until the end. So with 150 days down and 70 or so to go… I’m over 2/3 of the way there – YEAH! 

This post is a bit of an update but also to share the changes I have experienced in the first two trimesters. 

So far….. 

• Morning Sickness 

• Stretch Marks – don’t even care! They’re a reminder that my body created a life. 

• Sore/Cracked Nipples – OUCH! I have since been using a nipple cream and it has helped significantly 

• Sore Groin – mainly late at night and eases after a good rest. 

• Constipation 😩 

• Hair & Nails growing like crazy!!! (mainly on my legs) haha 

• Dry Skin – mainly on my hands 

• Thirsty – All Day! I drink 2-3L of water everyday 

• Must Clean Everything! Nesting has definitely begun… I have days where I just want to clean everything and generally do but then bubs reminds me that I need to calm down and it’s generally followed by a 2-3 Hour nap haha 

• Snoring!!! OMG it’s so bad that I wake myself up. (I sleep on my side) – Poor Hubby 

Yesterday, (10/10/16) we had our 28 weeks scan. It was supposed to be a 3D scan but bubs didn’t want to co-operate at all! She is facing backwards and refused to turn. Which meant we got a nice look at her bum and long legs but that’s about it. We are booked for a 4D scan on Monday 17/10/16 and hoping she has turned around by then. 

28 Weeks Scan showed that bubs is measuring 2 days ahead and estimated cureent weight is 1.2kg.

In recent weeks I have felt so much movement. Little Miss has swapped sides. Kicks are now on the right. She also prefers me to sleep on my right now that she has moved so most nights are spent tossing and turning but generally I just give in so she will lay still and let me sleep. 

My nephew was due to come 3 days ago – he is a stubborn little man who is too comfy. I’ve tried telling him I really want to cuddle him – I’ve even yelled at him to “GET OUT!” – he won’t budge! Hoping he arrives in the next few days so I can give him a big kiss and cuddle! I love him already and know that he will be my babies bestie! It will be so nice to have a little man to cuddle until our little Miss arrives. I already have part of his Christmas present picked but need him to come out and be named so I can order it. 

Baby Shower Prep is well under way and my application for Maternity Leave has been submitted. Just over a month to go…. WOO HOO! 

I’ll hopefully post a 4D picture of our baby girl next week! 

Until Next Time 

Hello Home Stretch 

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