I think it's safe to say I've 'popped' this fortnight. Feeling the glow...
We explored the seaside markets with Coco at the weekend, the mid-way point for weeks 24 and 25 of this beautiful pregnancy. The warm autumn air hummed with the murmurs of the crowd as nearby children ran about the soft grass chasing bubbles. Barefoot. Wild hair. Laughter.
Our neighbours, Jules and Dave have a natural skincare stall and I was gifted with a bottle of aloe vera to spray on my skin after a warm shower. Jules taught me how to properly apply cocoa butter (smear a tiny amount on the palm of your hand and rub your palms together before applying to the desired area- I've been doing it wrong all these years!) after aloe vera to ensure even coverage of the butter. I have to say, it worked a treat and I spent the rest of the afternoon smelling delicious.
This was our last weekend at the seaside before our holiday to Tasmania. Coco will be staying with Dave and Jules for the week and I was having a rather difficult time adjusting to the idea that I'd be without her for such a long time. Thankfully, she didn't know we would be leaving so soon. The only other thing on my mind was that my clothes have really started to feel more snug around my belly. My comfortable black singlet felt stretched over my growing bump, which I must admit has started to look more like a pregnant mama's body and less like the bloated belly I've had in previous weeks. Every now and then I would pull the singlet down, only to expose the top of my bra. Must start to wear some of Byron's shirts...
We explored the break wall after lunch, sipped a chai tea I made at home and talked about our upcoming travel plans. Coco trotted up to every child who passed us, no doubt ecstatic to be outside in the sun with so many new smells and happy faces. These weeks I've felt more movement from Pecan, subtle little wriggles that come more frequently and remind me that Yes, I am indeed pregnant. The nausea has all but left my body and I feel more energy to walk, stand for extended periods and play with this gorgeous little dog.
Byron, honey, you certainly found me a special little friend in this tiny rescue pup.
I'm one content mama-to-be.