Feeling Natalie's kicks brings such a calm and peaceful feeling over me (even though her kicks are getting stronger and wakes me up in the middle of the night and in the wee hours of the morning haha) and I'm constantly reminded of this little miracle inside of me and how amazing the human body is to be able to create another life. I'm telling you now, women are amazing!! I've honestly never in my life been so happy, content, and grateful  -- I absolutely LOVE being pregnant and I love the feeling of being one with Natalie. In a way I'm a bit sad that this journey is coming to an end soon (Natalie weighs 2606g at 37 weeks and has been packing on 200g every week for the past 3 weeks; I'm already 1cm dilated apparently) and that Natalie and I will be two separate individuals when she's born.. Don't know if everyone feels this way when they're about to have their first baby and it might sound strange and even a bit selfish, but if I could I want her inside a bit longer!! I'm not ready for her to come out yet even though I can't wait to meet her and actually be able to hold her in my arms. It's a strange feeling and I get a bit emotional when I think about it.. All I know is that I'll probably cry just like her when she's born lol. It's a whole new kind of love that only a mother can have for their child and it's so fulfilling it's incredible. It fills me up completely :) And one more thing that would make all of this even more perfect is if Oli was here so he could be with me when I go into labor and meet Natalie at the same time, but alas that's not going to happen..sadness... We'll just have to make do with photos and skype for now!

Oh, and I've fiinnaaalllyy packed my hospital bag! Cutting it a bit close but I can now say I'm fully prepared to go to the hospital
I started knitting a baby blanket for her recently. It took me more than a week to decide on colour, thickness of yarn, design, and size and drove my mum crazy by asking her her opinion on all of the above. I just want it to be perfect even though I'm a beginner knitter and a self-taught one at that. I must admit it's not too shabby and I'm excited for the finished product. The yarn itself is 100% organic wool and it's so incredibly soft. I didn't want the yarn too thick because it doesn't get very hot in Australia but am planning to make it a bit big so I can wrap her around a few times in case it does get chilly in the winter months. I'm so into knitting now and considering a lot of my friends are pregnant or already have little babies, might start knitting some for presents :) Also want to try knitting beanies and clothes if I have the time to teach myself after Natalie's born hehe!!

5/17/2013 12:26:33 pm

I love your blog Yoki. I don't feel like I'm missing out on everything that is happening since you're all the way over in Japan. Much more private than Facebook :) I can't wait to see Natalie! Love you xo

5/25/2013 05:45:15 pm

Thanks Kat! Well that was at 37 weeks and now Natalie's here. Crazy how things have changed in just over a week!! I'll be writing a blog about my labor and whatnot soon so keep your eye out ;) Love you xoxo

5/25/2013 04:48:23 pm

I'm loving reading your blog! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to read all about your labor and delivery and all the coming adventures! Love you!

5/25/2013 05:47:16 pm

Heyyy Becca! Thanks for taking your time to read my blog :D I don't know how different things are in America but would be interesting to know some of the differences. How did your labor and everything else go?? I'll be writing another blog soon when I have time and give all the gory details so don't worry ;)
I hope all is well with you! When are you going to have your 3rd baby?? hehehehe

Love and miss you lots!! xoxo

5/26/2013 10:50:43 pm

I know what you mean by wanting the baby to stay inside a little longer. I could have gone on being pregnant another month or two hahaha. But it's a whole new journey when she's here, I'm sure you are experiencing that right now ;-)
I wish I knew how to knit...I mean I wish I got around to learning before!!! I'm going to try crochet, I knew how to when I was little but haven't done any in like over 15 years....wish me luck! And please post a photo of your blankie! Something tells me it's...purple? ;-)
kissessss xxxx

5/31/2013 01:01:59 pm

I want to try my hand at crocheting too! My blanket has been put on hold for the past 3 weeks or so lol. I will put a photo up and unfortunately it's not purple although I looked real hard for a nice soft purple. It's more coral pink, a very cute color :)

5/9/2018 10:07:52 am

Great blog post! Wishing you a healthy delivery and great motherhood.


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