'Cute but weird at the same time': A-Bundlely Blessed Diaries #11
From mother of one to expectant mom of triplets plus one, Chantelle Whittles shares her pregnancy journey with us in The A-Bundlely Blessed Diaries.
"Just as the doctor showed him his first sibling, he excitedly asked where the baby's penis is? I mean really?" (Supplied)
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7 months (28 weeks) in and it’s the start of my third trimester! Whoop whoop!  Reaching yet another milestone, because the babies now have a 95% chance of survival if they are born prematurely.  

The babies are the size of an eggplant and are putting on layers of fat as they continue to grow.

They also move more frequently throughout the day and make fists/bumps against my tummy. It’s so cute to see, but also weird at the same time.  


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'They thought the nurse wanted to play hide and seek'

I’ve been struggling with low iron levels for the past three weeks. This has resulted in me feeling dizzy coupled with no energy at times.

According to my gynae, if my iron levels should stay this low, my healing process after the babies’ birth could take much longer than expected.  

After a consultation, my gynae scheduled an intravenous iron infusion as it’s crucial that my iron levels increase.

He said getting the iron delivered directly into my bloodstream will increase my haemoglobin levels quicker as opposed to increasing the dosage of my iron tablets.

Time is also not on our side to increase the dosage of my iron tablets, as we’re in the final stretch now.  The iron infusion was a once-off session, and it took six hours to complete.

It went well, except the baby monitoring.

My three munchkins didn’t always want to play along. I think they thought the nurse wanted to play hide and seek because as soon as she thought she had all three heartbeats, the one would disappear, only to reappear after a while (haha). 

My gynae reassured me that we should be able to see a difference in my iron levels in two weeks.  

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'The doctor burst out laughing'

In my last blog, I forgot to mention how Nikolai reacted when he went with me to the gynae. Just as the doctor started the session, he excitedly told my sister that we’re going to see the babies on the doctor’s TV.  

Just as the doctor showed him his first sibling, he excitedly asked where the baby’s penis is, I mean really? The doctor burst out laughing and showed it to him.

When he saw his sister, he wanted to know where her teeth were, to which the doctor smiled and replied that she doesn’t have any yet.

When we moved on to the third baby, I could see that Nikolai was feeling a bit overwhelmed as he sat in silence and quietly watched the doctor measuring the baby. 

After the scan, he was excited again when the doctor handed him the sonar photos. Nikolai asked me if the doctor said the babies are pretty. Of course, I said yes. Rule number one of being a parent – never lie to your kids!

And I didn’t! Guess he’s slowly adjusting to the idea of three siblings, and not two.  

'I did not suspect a thing'

On the flip side, my colleagues surprised me with a baby shower at work.

I thought I was attending a meeting to do my final handover and did not suspect a thing when I arrived at work. 

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It was a Springbok themed baby shower, and we received the cutest little Springbok rugby jerseys and Springbok mascots.

Nicolyn is of course super chuffed with the gifts and is already talking about a photoshoot. Now I just need to find myself a Springbok t-shirt otherwise I’ll be the odd one out! This is officially my last week working from home.

My maternity leave starts on Monday. And I STILL need to start with my list of things I need! Let’s just blame it on the preggie brain.  

The weight of my preggy belly is getting heavier by the week, and the pain in my lower back has become real. Nowadays you’ll always find me sitting, more often than usual.

But overall, we’re healthy, and everything is going well.  

Until next time!  

A-Bundlely Blessed and me.   

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