36 weeks pregnant and counting

Sunday, October 25, 2015

My belly seems to have a life of it's own these days as little Kódai shuffles from side to side searching for a comfortable position. She's head down now, and preparing to come into this world soon, and already I'm wondering if she's going to be a restless soul or just very full of energy as there never seems to be a moment when she's not moving, kicking, turning...

She also gets the hiccups at least twice a day. Normally about twenty minutes after I've eaten something. She must really love the taste of my amniotic fluid!

My favourite time of day is early in the morning when I'm often woken well before my alarm by her kicking me awake. I think this maybe a preview of the months and years to come. I like to put my hands on my belly as I wake up and feel her squirm beneath them. Pregnancy really is a full sensory experience.

36 weeks pregnant - getting ready

Although there has not been any travel recently in my life that hasn't meant I haven't been making travel plans. Old habits die hard! I'm slowly pulling together a list of places that I want to take Kódai in her first year. Here's where I have so far...

1. New Zealand. This goes without saying. Kódai needs to meet her grandparents and other family living down under in the Land of the Long White Cloud. I'm still working out what this holiday will look like, and where I want to take her so watch this space.

2. Cornwall. Unfortunately I didn't make it to Cornwell this summer, even though it was top of my travel wish list for 2015. Pregnancy, lack of annual leave for hubby and life in general (have I mentioned we are buying a house?) meant we just ran out of time. On the up side I can't wait to take little Kódai there next summer so we can explore the beaches, towns and countryside together.

I've found this great blog post by Darwin Escapes called Top 5 Child friendly attractions in Cornwall, which includes The Eden Project (the largest indoor rainforest in the world) - a place I've been wanting to visit ever since moving to the UK six years ago.

Cornwall, England
Cornwall - photo via Earthoria

3. Isle of Wight. The landscape reminds me a lot of New Zealand, and I'm constantly inspired to visit there after reading Junkaholique - one of my favourite blogs written by Artemis who lives on the Isle of Wight with her husband and daughter.

Isle of Wight, England Isle of Wight - photo via the lazy travellers

4. Mayfield Lavender Farm. An organic lavender farm in Surrey only thirty minutes or so from London. Here's hoping Kódai won't have a lavender allergy!

Mayfield Lavender Farm - Surrey, England

Mayfield Lavender Farm - photo via Made by Mrs M

Do let me know if you have any other UK or Europe baby friendly suggestions.

When I look out of the window now the world is coloured red, gold and brown. I'm surprised at how fast summer disappeared. Winter is definitely on the way but I'm glad. There's something truly comforting about snuggling up indoors with a nice cup of tea. And soon I'll have my daughter to snuggle up with. I can't wait to tell her everything I know about this wonderful world.

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

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