We’ve had a beautiful 16 days in Sydney, getting to relax and explore in equal amounts depending on how I was feeling on any given day. The highlight was definitely the b’day dinner we had with my bestie who is also turning 40 this year. As her b’day is in May we decided to celebrate both together with a flash dinner that my gorgeous Mum took us out for. We went to Cafe Sydney and had a divine meal:
Starting with some Naan bread (plain, garlic, goats cheese and spinach and caramelised onion)
Next were entrees with a Poached prawn, spanner crab, avocado cream, fennel, prawn mayonnaise, crouton and lemon dish for me and a Black market beef carpaccio, truffle dressing, baby rocket, Parmesan, caper and aioli for John:
Next were mains with the BEST Ricotta gnocchi, pumpkin cream, mushroom, sage butter and Parmesan dish for me and Roasted pork belly loin, black pudding, bacon, peach, prune purée with hazelnut praline for John:
We finally finished our meal with yummy dessert which we both had a Salted caramel chocolate peanut tart with banana fritter and chocolate ice cream the only difference being mine had a Happy Birthday message on it:
The view from this restaurant is amazing and it was a special night with special friends and family.
So after our lovely time in Sydney we returned home for a brief few nights in which the pussy cat was a big sook begging us not to leave him again (don’t worry we had someone looking after him and the house 🙂 ) but we were off to Dongara camping in our new camper trailer – which is where this update comes to you from.
Our new set up is really good and I love our kitchen as it is really easy to use to prep and cook meals. I even made sushi today!
The caravan park we are staying at we had a few years there where we used to come with a lot of friends and their kids and it was a bit of a drunken holiday and hectic with more kids and adults due to it being the school holidays, we are now here in non school holidays and it is peaceful…in fact I’d be comfortable saying John and I are the youngest in the caravan park at the moment lol!
It is such an awesome caravan park with grassed sites, en-suite toilet and shower block for every site and its literally a 10 metre walk to the beach where you can swim, fish or just wander. I seriously want my family to consider us starting a new tradition in a few years where we maybe come here for holidays once a year.
Whilst all this has been going on my brother next down from me and his wife have also announced that they are pregnant due 8 days after me! It will be awesome to have cousins born around the same time and hopefully growing up together!
On that front I have decided I don’t like the 2nd trimester part where everything sort of settles down but it’s before you can feel the baby move. I am starting to get that worry again and the need to see that the baby is ok and hear its heartbeat again. Luckily I have my next OB appointment next Monday and I shall be able to see my little peanut again. I had to have my Gestational Diabetes test on the day after returning from Sydney (I was exactly 15 weeks), I was super worried about it both about the GD and about the icky stuff they make you drink but seriously it wasn’t that bad, just like super sweet lemonade which you could just skull down and be done with it. I have decided however that I do seem to have an iron stomach and not much makes me want to puke and in fact there isn’t really anything that has ever made me puke….well cept excessive consumption of alcohol. They took blood tests at the start, 1hr in and 2hrs in. My OB is awesome and rang me yesterday with the results even though she knows I’m coming in on Monday because as she put it she thought I’d want to know so I could enjoy my holiday. So the results were:
Fasting level 4.3
1hr in 8.4
2hrs in 4.6
Apparently this was all really awesome and low and normal and I don’t have GD which is great news! I think I have to test again at around 28 weeks though but hey whatever is needed!
Monday we are starting the Michelle Bridges 12WBT again but doing the pregnancy program to have some structure to our meals and exercises that are safe to do during pregnancy so this will hopefully help me lose some weight, I know my OB has said she’d be happy to see me just maintain but I have put on 5kgs since falling pregnant so I’d like to at least lose those kgs. I’m feeling like a big blob at the moment and would love to claim its baby but being overweight already you just cant seem to tell how much of my bloat at the moment is baby and how much is just my fat belly. I know when I lay on my back I can feel a bit of a hard lump but no one could really tell from looking at me they would just think it’s fat! It does make me a bit sad but it’s my own fault and you know what I sorta almost am at the point where I don’t care it is hard though especially as all the skinny biatches post up their cute little bumps on the facebook preggers groups I’m on. Anyways moving on…….
So thats where we are at, me with another 20 days holidays to go and once home these will be filled with sorting out the nursery!
Oh in other news Mum and Dad bought me the most beautiful Harmony Ball for my b’day and I’m so in love with it I want to wear it all the time. It took all my restraint to not bring it camping with me as I just wanted to keep it home safe but really also wanted to wear it 100% of the time….here’s a pic:
Anyways thats enough waffle from me for now! Hope everyone is keeping well and not catching any of these nasty bugs that seem to be going around!