My First Pregnancy | The Third Trimester

My First Pregnancy | The Third Trimester

34 weeks and 39 weeks

I can’t believe I have a three week old baby girl as I sit down to write this post. The whole pregnancy feels like a lifetime ago. I’m glad I took notes through it all because I don’t think I’d remember everything that happened if not!

So up until the third trimester I would say my pregnancy was smooth sailing. It kind of got a bit crazy though once I got to 28 weeks. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining; I know so many woman have to go through much worse things, but I still want to share my experience!

The first day of my third trimester I was booked in for a scan to check up on bub. At the 20 week scan there were some choroid plexus cysts present on her brain, so the scan was to check that they were gone, which they were! But the scan also showed that bub was measuring below the 10th percentile in size, which was about 2-3 weeks behind. We saw the doctor soon after the scan and we were told that they couldn’t see any obvious reason why bub’s growth was behind but they would do fortnightly scans to keep an eye on it. At each scan bub crept up in the percentiles and by the 38th week she was back up to the 40th percentile! The doctor just put it down to the fact that she was a small baby. It was still stressful nonetheless, especially those first two weeks after the first scan when we didn’t really know what was going on!

Another problem arose when I saw the midwife at 29 weeks. My blood pressure reading was 150/90. My bloods and urine tests came back showing no signs of preeclampsia but from then on I was monitored weekly to keep an eye on it. My blood pressure never got much worse but it never got much better either! It became mentally exhausting, all the appointments and not knowing what each one would bring. On more than one occasion a check up with the midwife in Smithton ended up being a trip to Burnie to be monitored for a few hours. I know it was all worth it to keep bub safe and healthy, but I definitely was sick of the hospital by the end of it! At 34 weeks the doctor put me on blood pressure medication which helped somewhat, but towards the end my blood pressure crept back up. I saw different doctors each week which meant I kept getting told different things. One doctor told me I’d be induced at 37 weeks and another told me I wouldn’t have to be induced at all! I ended up being booked in to be induced at 39+3 weeks. I was so glad to make it that far because things felt so uncertain at times.

As for the normal pregnancy symptoms, there were plenty of those too! I felt awful while I was still working. Getting through each day was a struggle. I finished working at 35 weeks and within a few days I started feeling great! And I did for the rest of the pregnancy! My body just really needed the rest. Some other symptoms I experienced include:

• Pelvic Bone Pain – This was awful! Most days I was so sore, I felt like someone had whacked me in the crotch with a cricket bat!

• Increased IBS – I’ve suffered from IBS since I was in high school. While pregnant, it was so much worse. Not sure if this was from the anxiety of everything happening or the pregnancy itself. Probably both!

• Lower Back Pain – I think this was definitely a given. The more weight that went out the front, the more painful my back was!

• Bad Circulation – I noticed in the last few weeks that all the veins in my feet and hands started to bulge, and my legs would go purple if I stood still for too long. I was definitely swollen all over towards the end too.

Sitting here now with my healthy and happy baby in my arms makes all this seem so insignificant, but at the time it did seem like a big deal. It sure is a relief to be able to hold my precious girl and not have to worry if she was okay or not while she was inside my belly!

My next post will be my birth story, which I am so excited to share!

Thank you for reading!

Shona Mimi xx

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My First Pregnancy | The First & Second Trimester

My First Pregnancy | The First & Second Trimester

As I’m writing this post I am 37 weeks pregnant! Now that I’m on maternity leave I seem to have all this extra time that I haven’t had for a long time. I’ve decided to jump back on this blog and start writing again. This next coming year is going to look very different as I enter into the journey of motherhood with my little baby girl due on the 21st of January. I hope I can find the time to continue writing and sharing my experiences through 2019 and beyond.

In this post I’ll be sharing the first six months of my pregnancy, from finding out I was pregnant, finding out we were having a girl and all the fun symptoms that I’ve experienced! After the birth I will share what’s happened in the third trimester and hopefully my labour and delivery story too.

I found out I was pregnant on Sunday the 20th May 2018. I had taken a pregnancy test a week prior after feeling “off” but it must have been too early to tell because it was negative. The day before I got the positive test I had said to a friend I really thought I was pregnant because I was soooo tired and soooo hungry. My period wasn’t due until the 22nd of May so I was going to wait to see whether it came or not but when I woke up on the 20th of May I decided to take a test anyway as I was home alone and had no plans all day, so I could take the day to let the news sink in if it was positive… and positive it was! Cameron came home from work on his lunch break and I didn’t even wait for him to come inside – I ran and met him at the car and I think he knew what was going on before I even got to him. We were absolutely stoked.

I had a dating scan at 7 weeks, another scan at 13 weeks and then another at 20 weeks. Our baby was looking healthy and well at all three scans. At the 20 week scan we got the lady doing the ultrasound to put the sex of the baby in an envelope. We passed this onto a cake maker and later that week we got together with our families and had a “gender reveal” party. When we cut the cake open the middle contained PINK sprinkles! I wasn’t surprised at all; I’d had a gut feeling from the beginning I was carrying a girl.

I was quite lucky throughout the first and second trimester to experience nearly no sickness. I had a few days where I vomited but I never had a constant feeling of nausea, which I am so grateful for. Working as a hairdresser would have been so tough if I felt sick the entire time! Some other symptoms I did experience include:

  • Sore Breasts – This was one of the first things I noticed and it never really went away completely.
  • Bad Skin – I broke out on my chin and the skin went really itchy and dry. This cleared up by 28 weeks. The skin on my chest was also really irritated.
  • Dizziness – This lasted until about 16 weeks. Anytime I would put my head down or bend over I would get light headed.
  • Turned Off Coffee – Before getting pregnant I would drink 2-3 coffees a day. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I couldn’t stand it! This only lasted until 14 weeks though.
  • Exhaustion – I feel like the lack of sickness was made up for in tiredness. I could have 10 hours sleep through the night and still feel exhausted. This got a little better after 20 weeks.
  • Leaking Breasts – My breasts starting leaking clear fluid at 23 weeks. This is certainly something I was not expecting!
  • Cravings – I didn’t have too many crazy food cravings, but I did eat a lot of honey joys, peanut butter on toast, coke spiders and national meat pies which I never really liked before being pregnant.

I’m the type of person who likes to know exactly what I’m getting myself into so as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started doing lots of research. I read Bec Judd’s book “The Baby Bible”, I listened to every episode of the “Australian Birth Stories” podcast and I have watched plenty of birthing vlogs on YouTube.

The third trimester has been a little more full on, so I will write a post about that when it is over!

Thank you for reading.

Shona Mimi xx

Prom Makeup Look

Prom Makeup Look

Hey guys! First of all I have some exciting news! I got a hairdressing apprenticeship! So I will be finishing year 10 in just over a month, then starting work full time soon after. And with finishing year 10 comes the leavers dinner which I am so excited for! I had a makeup trial at my local beauty salon a couple of days ago and I really liked the makeup; it just wasn’t how I liked it. So today I played around and came up with a look that I liked! Also, sneak peek of my dress in the photos…

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Eyes & Brows

I started off with eyes just in case I mucked up or had any fallout so it didn’t mess up my foundation. I also used a piece of sticky tape for an outline between my outer corner and brow bone to get a defined eyeshadow line, and I think it worked quite well! I used the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded as a base, then the Avon Smokey Eye Quad for the rest of the eye. I used a silver all over and a darker grey in the inner corner and underneath my eye. I then used the Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black with an angles brush to line my upper lash line. For my lashes I used the L’Oreal So Couture Mascara. Earlier I dyed my brows with the 1000 Hour Brow Dying Kit in Dark Brown. I would highly recommend this product if you would like to do your own eyebrows; I think it turned out better than when I got it done at a salon! I then filled them in with MAC Charcoal Brown Eyeshadow.

Base

I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15 with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for my foundation. (I forgot to conceal, whoops!) I used the Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 for bronzing/contouring and MAC Mineralize Blush in Azalea In The Afternoon on my cheeks.

Lips

I used the MAC Frost Lipstick in Angel all over my lips and then added some of the Maybelline Elixir in 100 Petal Plush in the centre of my lips.

Extra Editions

On the day of my leavers dinner I want to add some purple to my eyes, but I need to find the perfect colour first! I also think I’ll find a new lip colour when I next go into a MAC store, so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

Thanks for reading, Shona Mimi xx

 

MAC All About Plum Look In A Box

MAC All About Plum Look In A Box

Long time, no post! The past month and a half has been crazy busy, so my blog has unfortunately taken a seat in the back. But not to worry because I have plenty of new posts ready!

About a month ago I was on the MAC website and came across the new “Look In A Box” range, and instantly fell in love… And bought one. I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to use it yet, but so far I am loving the things I have tried. The one I got is called “All About Plum” – It was an easy decision because all the rest were sold out! It comes with two blushes, six eye shadows, two lipsticks, and a double ended brush. It also wasn’t too pricey: only $115! Now onto the photos…

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From Left to Right:

Lesson in love blush, All races eye shadow, Elementary pink eye shadow, Lingering dusk eye shadow, Dress to impress lipstick, Style cast blush, Fashion beat eye shadow, Stormy sunset eye shadow, Black board eye shadow & Up the amp lipstick.

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Thanks for reading, Shona Mimi xx

 

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

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Today was the best day I have had in a long time! I went to Cradle Mountain with my three sisters, my mum, and some close family friends. And it was snowing! It was the second time I have ever seen snow, so I was like an excited little kid! I thought I would just share some photos of what we got up to… Enjoy!

First we stopped at the Information Centre to have some lunch.

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We then went on the “Enchanted Walk”…

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And we also stopped to take some photos!

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Next we went on another walk to see a waterfall…

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And of course, we had to build a snowman!

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Thanks for reading, Shona Mimi xx

 

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Review

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Review

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At the end of my Fiji trip, we were in the airport to go home and I had a small amount of money left to spend. Without thinking I walked straight to the makeup counters! After hearing all the hype about these, I thought I’d try them out. The moment I swatched them onto the back of my hand, I was impressed. They are really pigmented and rich, with a “balm” like texture, just as the name suggest. There is also a large colour range to choose from, so it made it hard to narrow down! I only have three currently, but I am keen to try some more colours. The staying power is also considerably good. I put some on before going out for a meal and towards the end it had barely moved. I also find that the crayon-like shape makes it much easier to apply and get a nice, defined lip line. If you’ve heard all the great reviews, but still aren’t convinced, check them out for yourself and I promise you won’t be disappointed! Please comment below if you have any other great colours that I might be interested in trying!

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220 – Showy Flamboyant – A bright, blue-toned pink.

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245 – Audacious – A bright coral, with a hint of orange.

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210 – Unapolagetic – A muted pink, with a hint of red.

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Swatched in order: 220 – Showy Flamboyante, 245 – Audacious, 210 – Unapologetic

Thanks for reading, Shona Mimi xx

 

MAC Haul & Review

MAC Haul & Review

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I’m am super excited about this post! I have been meaning to do it since I got home from Fiji and I’ve finally gotten around to doing it! So when we walked into the international airport I wasn’t expecting too many shops or anything… But as soon as we got through the door I saw the MAC counter, and oh my, I was excited! I was planning to buy some ugg boots but that certainly did not happen! The first time I went to the counter I bought three products, but after tea we still had some time left… So I went back and bought some more! Let’s not actually talk about how much this would have cost though… All in all I was super excited because it was the first time I had brought MAC products. The closest place to buy it is five hours away from where I live! So this post will be a review / haul on all the stuff that I bought. Let’s get on with it! Enjoy…

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The first thing I bought, and actually needed, was the Studio Fix pressed powder in NW20, and I literally have no words for this stuff. It is flipping incredible! It is by far the best powder I have ever purchased. It covers so well even without a foundation underneath which is perfect for school mornings when I’m in a rush. And it stays on all day! It is just the perfect consistency and colour for my skin and I will definitely be buying again when it runs out! I highly recommend this!

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So the next thing I picked up was this Mineralize Blush in the colour Azalea in the Afternoon, and it is to-die-for! I actually spent ages looking for a blush colour and this one wasn’t actually on display; the lady working at the counter got it out to show me and I am so glad that she did! It is just a gorgeous pinky rose colour with a hint of gold, and it looks quite subtle on the skin, which is exactly what I wanted. I did think it would be slightly darker, but now I am glad that it isn’t, because I do have a natural blush. I am so happy with this product and would also recommend it, but if you’re going to buy it, be quick because it is limited edition!

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The next product is the Matte Eye Shadow in the colour Charcoal Brown. So far I have only used this to fill in my brows and I really like it. It stays on all day, doesn’t smudge and is the perfect colour for my brows! I like to apply it with an angle brush to get a good shape too. If you’re looking for a good shadow to fill in your brows, this is a great choice! I didn’t really see the point in buying one of the brow trios that other brands make because I knew I’d only use one colour, so this is perfect!

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The next product I’m not really sure why I bought… There is just something about hot pink lip stick that draws me in! Looking back on it, I wish I had of got a nude pink colour, but none-the-less I still really love this colour. It is the Cremesheen Lipstick in the colour Lickable by the way! I haven’t had a chance to wear this all day yet, but when I did put it on, the consistency and pigment was so amazing, so I am very keen to try this out!

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The last thing I bought was the Cremesheen Glass Lip Gloss in the colour Pagoda and it is so gorgeous! I have worn it to school everyday since I bought it! It is quite a sticky lipstick which is a little annoying but I love the colour, which is why I have been wearing it so often still. I also have a lipstick in a similar colour so I will try it over top of that sometime soon. I’m not sure if I would buy this exact product again, I would have to try some other glosses to see if I find anything better!

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Above are some swatches of the blush, lip gloss and lipstick in that order.

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This last thing isn’t MAC and I didn’t buy it while I was away, but I wanted to share it anyway! I bought this ‘purse’ from Forever New a couple of days after I got back with no idea what I was going to use it for but I decided that it was the perfect thing to put my make-up touch ups in to fix my makeup after school and before work. The outside feels like leather and I absolutely love the floral print on it. The inside is silky and also has a small pocket. It is the perfect size and doesn’t take up too much room in my school bag or hand bag, plus it was only $15, which I thought was cheap for Forever New! Definitely buy this if you’re looking for a new compact make-up bag.

Thanks for reading, Shona Mimi xx