Pregnancy update: Overview & Final countdown

9 months…wow…such a long time, right?

The first few months seemed to have lasted an eternity but then suddenly time didn’t stand still anymore and here I am expecting my baby boy any time now 🙂  Well, in a few weeks. I’ve been blessed with an easy pregnancy so far or maybe I just have a no-nonsense attitude towards it. I’m hoping for an equally easy and fast delivery though.

So what to expect when you’re expecting? I’ll share with you my story 🙂

The worst part was the waiting bit. The wait for that first ultrasound which proved that I’m pregnant and that the baby is doing okay. I had morning sickness all day long during the first trimester. But I didn’t vomit. I just felt sick. However, I could eat and when I ate I felt better so I ate. A lot. And gained a few kilograms in a period when you’re not ˝supposed˝ to gain weight. Other changes included dry skin and bleeding when brushing the teeth. All normal occurrences during the first trimester (bleeding when brushing your teeth comes back in the last trimester). There were occasional bouts of exhaustion and sleepiness and emotional insecurities. At one point I felt very trapped and worried about my future career prospects especially since I had to cancel some freelance work and decided not to look for a new job whilst I’m pregnant. On top of that we decided to cancel our travel plans too so at one point I literally cried my eyes out when my husband went on a short trip and I stayed at home. I also did a course in that period and successfully passed all the exams. I got my tourist guide licence! But then again, it was just another thing I couldn’t pursue at the moment. However, this pregnancy didn’t come easy to us so we decided that I need to focus on the baby.

The second trimester started with heartburn. I liked those less than the morning sickness because I didn’t feel better when I ate. I felt worse. But I just had to endure it and in the retrospect it didn’t last that long. I was happy to see that I started to show. I no longer looked like I ate too much chocolate. I looked pregnant. There was my baby bump getting more visible by each day. I got first leg cramps in that period too. And first swelling of my feet. That’s not a nice sight to behold. There was also mysterious throbbing pelvic pain which sometimes felt unbearable (perhaps the stretching of ligaments, I didn’t have any urinal infection). But that passed too. My boobs got bigger pretty early on actually and they even started to leak. Already, I know. And my belly button? It changed too. The good change was that my hair looked fuller. During pregnancy your hair falls out less so you have fuller hair but then after the delivery your hair falls out a lot. But you won’t get bald!

I spent a day in Trieste with my best friend and that was actually the only trip abroad I took this year! Yeah, very exciting for a travel blogger! Especially when I see so many other pregnant travel bloggers still travelling a lot during their pregnancy. Then we found out that I’m expecting a baby boy! So happy! We decorated the baby’s room and I started to do some baby shopping back in June. And I felt first baby’s kicks! Very gentle at the beginning and then more forceful.

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Pregnancy update: It’s a boy!

bought it last year in London when I even didn’t know whether we’ll finally get to have a baby:) this t-shirt is for 1-2yr, can’t wait to see my boy wearing it:)

I thought I might share with you my baby news. Recently I had an ultrasound and we finally found out that we’re expecting a baby boy 🙂 My husband was over the moon. He was rooting for a boy so much that we only came up with a boy’s name and we have no clue whatsoever about a girl’s name. Don’t get me wrong, the most important thing is that the baby is healthy. We’d have been equally happy if the doctor told us it was a girl but as it turned out we got our wish. Perhaps, we won’t be so happy when he becomes an angry teenager with the love of motorbikes but for now..

I’m so looking forward to meeting my baby boy. It seems like this pregnancy is lasting forever! On the other hand I’m already in 23rd week (almost 6 months). I’m feeling all right, mostly. I don’t work since the start of the pregnancy so I just busy myself with the housework and friends and this blog (occasionally). And beach! I’ve been to  the beach a couple of times and even though I enjoy swimming I can’t spend too much time in the sun now. I’ve found the heat and the humidity of the past week a bit overwhelming. I’m glad I don’t have to give birth during the summer!

from Nice, France 🙂

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Home (June #Travellinkup)

my cat Munchkin

Home is where the cat is

Very true, right? At least all the cat owners know this very well. I got a cat named Timmy when I was 15. Then my home was my parents’ home in my hometown. Briefly I considered England my home too but when I got back my cat was furious and ignored me for days. Then, when I moved in with my future husband I decided to convince him to get a cat to make our home a real home. Even though he never had a pet previously, apart from a turtle, he agreed and now our cat Munchkin loves him to death. Not me, him. Injustice! But ginger cats have a mind of their own, as really all cats do.

London
London

As every traveller I quickly feel at home in most of the places I visit. As soon as I unpack my suitcase in a hostel/hotel room I feel at home. At least for the duration of the trip that place is my temporary home even though my cat isn’t there. Although my real home is in Croatia I consider England and London my soul home. A place where I feel at ease, a place where I feel I belong, a place where rules are obeyed and where everything stops when you have a cup of tea. Of course, my family and friends make a place truly my home. But  you can feel at home at another place too, can’t you?

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Why we cancelled our Munich trip

recently in Trieste, Italy on a day trip with my best friend:)

So close, no matter how far…the lyrics of Metallica’s song Nothing else matters relate to my wish to visit Germany. I’d really like to go to Munich but somehow there’s always something that gets in the way whether it’s another trip or something completely different. I booked the hotel for Munich finally and planned our Bavarian trip for March. But then I had to change our plans because of two reasons and I’ve decided to postpone our Munich trip for May. The first reason was that I’d have my tourist guide exams in the first week of April just after a few days of our planned trip. The second reason was.. well, it’d be really early to travel in March because.. I’M PREGNANT! 🙂

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30 random facts about me

in front of the Royal Courts of Justice in London last year

So I’ve noticed lately these all about me / 50 facts about me posts from several of my favourite bloggers and I’ve decided to give it a try too. I don’t often write about myself and since I’ve gained a lot of new readers/ subscribers I thought it might be fun to tell you more about me. If you’re interested, read on 🙂 If not, just skip this post until my next travel post 🙂

Here are some random facts about me:

  1. I’m a chocoholic. I love all sorts of chocolate, cakes, and sweets. The best ever? I’d probably do a Maths test quicker than answer that question
  2. I love dogs and cats but I guess I’m more of a cat person because I have a cat that treats me like his servant and I like it 🙂
  3. My first cat’s name was Timmy. I named him after the dog from the Famous Five books. My husband named our current cat after a board game (Munchkin).
  4. I’m totally crazy about London. I guess you knew that 🙂  I’ve visited London 11 times!
  5. I still buy postcards wherever I travel.
  6. I keep a travel journal too but I’ve neglected it a bit since I started this blog.
  7. My husband introduced me to the joys of playing board games. We’ve got a substantial collection of over 60 titles.
  8. I love reading books. I enjoy classics, detective stories, chick-lit, children’s books, fantasy, …but I rarely read SF books.
  9. I can’t drive. I’ve got a driving licence but I haven’t driven in ages. I think the roads are safer if I don’t drive.
  10. I rarely wear make up. I just can’t be bothered unless it’s a really special occasion.
  11. I often get compliments about my youthful looks (hopefully that’ll continue after I hit 40, I’m now 33).
  12. I love swimming and spending time at the beach.
  13. I like wearing red. I’ve got a red skirt, a red coat, red shoes, a red shirt…
  14. I can’t play a single instrument yet my dad’s a professional musician.
  15. I did ballet when I was a kid. Actually I’ve practiced it for 7 years.
  16. I studied History and English language and literature.
  17. I’ve worked in education and tourism.
  18. I lived in England briefly.
  19. I enjoy going to the cinema.
  20. I love Christmas markets.
  21. I speak Croatian, English and some French and Italian.
  22. My mum speaks Hungarian but she’s never taught me a word of it.
  23. I can’t imagine my life without travelling.
  24. I enjoy baking.
  25. The best thing I ever did while at uni was to join AEGEE.
  26. I don’t remember my first trip to Venice since I was only 4 or 5.
  27. I always buy souvenirs.
  28. I still find flying exhilarating.
  29. When I was living in England I discovered Walker’s salt & vinegar crisps. Best ever 🙂
  30. I’ve never really drunk much tea until I moved to England. Now I drink it as often as I can (except in summer when it’s really too hot for tea).

 

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My London Anniversary

London
just one of the many beautiful streets of London, photo taken in May 2016

Exactly ten years ago I visited LONDON for the first time. I’ve spent amazing time discovering London with my best friend M. and vowed to visit it again. After ten years and 11 visits to London I’m still in love with the best city in the whole world. And there’s still so much to do and to see. This year I went to London on my own and after initial missing-my-best-friend-to-share-London-with feeling I actually enjoyed wandering around London by myself. However, I do want to share my 12th visit to London with my best friend! When will it be? I don’t know. I don’t actually have plans of visiting London in 2017 ( shocking! I know 🙂 ) since there are other cities I want to explore in 2017 which have been pushed aside because of my constant visits to London (you can read all about my London adventures on my London Posts  page).

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