39 Weeks

39 WEEKSThe first time around after giving birth and viewing the aftermath, which looked like a scene from The Chainsaw Massacre, I vowed ‘Never Again!’ Fast forward three years later and I am about a week off from doing it all over again. I am still trying to contemplate whether a) Am I more anxious going through this a second time around? As I already know what to expect or b) Am I more relaxed as I already know what to expect? Maybe it’s a combination of both and watching episodes of ‘One Born Every Minute’ does not really help. All in all, I am thrilled, pumped and nervous to meet our little one soon and to surround him with unconditional love.

This past week, a call from my lovely agent suggested that I do a maternity photo shoot with a well known Australian fashion brand in the first week of September, but no can do as I’m pretty sure I will be all jelly belly that month! Instead I have been focusing on wrapping up my design work, finally getting around to packing my hospital bag and now super keen to answer your ‘Ask Shirlene’ questions on pregnancy. So here goes…

* Did you find out early if you were having a boy or girl?
Of course! 40 weeks is just too long to wait in my books, plus it really helped with choosing a name, what sex to read up on, baby clothes and the family dynamics in general. In ways, it also helped with bonding while the child is still in utero. Plus it’s always nice to have two surprises throughout the pregnancy, rather than just the one at the end!

My little tip for those that are as impatient as me: There is no longer a need to wait to the 20 week scan to find out the sex of bubs. Go to a reputable sonographer and they will be able to tell you at the 12 week scan. This is the place we attended were we received the news early Monash Ultrasound.

12 WEEK SCAN

* Have you had any cravings?
Funny you should ask. First time I was pregnant, I couldn’t get enough of sniffing the freshly laid concrete in our apartment block. This time around, I keep imagining the sensation of eating dirt. Yes pregnancy hormones do strange things!

* How have you avoided stretch marks?
No matter how much cream or oil you rub on to your skin or how convincing the marketing for a product to rid you of stretch marks is, I personally believe it all comes down to your skins elasticity. I knew of a woman who had been blessed with seven kids and yet her skin still remained stretch mark free and firm.

* What skin care products do you recommend?
These are the products that I have tried and tested that I would recommend.
Skin Products
* How did you announce your pregnancy?
I knew the second time around was going to give me a good challenge to get creative. So instead of announcing the pregnancy back in February, I drummed up our 10 year anniversary to our family and friends with a timeline story board. I absolutely loved some of the reactions I received, especially from my sister who was viewing this timeline at a maternity ward tour and burst out crying with the news as it was very unexpected (I convinced her to meet me at the hospital to volunteer in the children’s ward that night very convincingly!)

Hope you have enjoyed the read and maybe the next time I post here, I will have some news for you all!

– Shirlene Lai Allison xo