Big news: life’s about to change (and there’s no going back)

Baby fever/biological clock, whatever you want to call it, hit me hard in the past couple of years. It just crept up.

But I have always been acutely aware of the pressure that being the breadwinner places on me. What if health issues meant I had to stop work early? What if I went into labour prematurely (as happened to a coworker at my last job, whose waters broke at the office weeks early)? or what if my own, or the kid’s health, stopped me returning to work as planned?

I’m really lucky to currently have an employer that provides good benefits, including paid parental leave over and above the (pretty pathetic) legal requirements. I won’t lie, this was a big draw for me. Which brings me to my point…

I’m growing a human!

Terrifying, but exciting.

Which means … I’ve survived the first trimester, and you’ll get to hear all about my experiences with the maternity system, gripes about gender and societal stuff, and the financial side too. I Have Thoughts. And I will be sharing them.

But for now, all I have to say is: carbs are life. The aversions and appetite changes/ups and downs are no joke. I’m living for super plain food (cereal/toast etc) … or curry (what can I say, Malaysian/Indian is my comfort food). And lemonade – so much lemonade.


31 thoughts on “Big news: life’s about to change (and there’s no going back)

  • Reply Cassie May 1, 2018 at 00:21

    That’s wonderful! Congratulations!! 😀 I hope you’ve been feeling alright throughout the pregnancy.

  • Reply Michelle May 1, 2018 at 01:59

    What wonderful news!! Congratulations 🙂

  • Reply Gwen @ Fiery Millennials May 1, 2018 at 02:05

    Congratulations! I hope everything proceeds well!

  • Reply Kara May 1, 2018 at 03:10

    Congratulations!! Becoming a parent is so worth the roller coaster of emotions. Wishing you a happy & healthy pregnancy!

  • Reply Lily | The Frugal Gene May 1, 2018 at 03:29

    Can’t wait to hear those Thoughts! Curry and lemonade?? Is that one of those weird combos pregger peeps get?

    • Reply eemusings May 2, 2018 at 22:24

      Haha well not necessarily together, but also not opposed to it – I was at an Indian wedding this weekend and definitely had lemonade with curry there!

  • Reply Leigh May 1, 2018 at 04:43

    Congrats! Hope your pregnancy is smooth.

  • Reply Linda May 1, 2018 at 05:37

    Congrats to you and T! Your off on a new adventure together!

  • Reply Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life May 1, 2018 at 07:18

    Congratulations!! I’m excited for you all!

  • Reply Bonnie May 1, 2018 at 09:32

    Congrats!!! I also ate nothing but cereal for first trimester. Nothing else “sounded” good. And lemonade was a fave of mine, too!

    • Reply eemusings May 2, 2018 at 22:23

      That makes me feel better 🙂 Whatever it takes right?

  • Reply Diamonds In the Rough May 1, 2018 at 09:33

    Congratulations! Wishing you all the best. Speaking as a fellow breadwinner, I started hardcore saving as soon as we found out and built up a small emergency fund. We managed to get by without dipping into it which is good because we can now use that money towards nursery fees.

  • Reply Stephanie May 1, 2018 at 12:20

    Congratulations! Don’t forget to reach out to all of us other moms on twitter 🙂 We’ll guide you through the ups and downs of pregnancy/parenting.

    So happy for you!

    • Reply eemusings May 2, 2018 at 22:23

      I will – thanks for the reassurance 😀

  • Reply Little Miss Moneybags May 1, 2018 at 13:30

    Yay, congrats! Parenthood is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Also the hardest, by a mile. But I have never laughed so hard or been hugged so tightly. You are in for a wonderful journey!

  • Reply Sarah | Smile & Conquer May 1, 2018 at 15:37

    Congrats, that’s such exciting news! Eat your carbs, drink your lemonade and take care of yourself <3

  • Reply Yet Another PF Blog May 1, 2018 at 15:44

    Congratulations!!! I hope you have an easy pregnancy.

  • Reply Funny about Money May 1, 2018 at 17:34

    Lovely and wonderful and amazing! <3

  • Reply Sense May 1, 2018 at 23:14

    Huge congrats! All the best of luck on your new journey!

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  • Reply Jane May 2, 2018 at 02:09

    Oh my goodness! So exciting! How far along are you? I’m a little over 13 weeks pregnant myself. (I’m “advanced maternal age” –lovely term– so I will be delivering on or before 10/31.)

    • Reply eemusings May 2, 2018 at 22:19

      Oh we’re basically twins! I’ll hit 15 weeks in a couple of days – started showing at about 13. Yay congrats!!

  • Reply cantaloupe May 2, 2018 at 03:02

    Yay! Congratulations and happy pregnancy!!

  • Reply Amber May 2, 2018 at 08:21

    CONGRATULATIONS! So very happy and excited for you guys. Having a baby is the best <3 <3

  • Reply Hayley May 2, 2018 at 16:12

    Congratulations! That’s such lovely news.

  • Reply Formerly Newlyweds on a Budget May 3, 2018 at 07:59

    CONGRATS! Welcome to the dark side 😉

    all i ate were carbs pretty much my entire pregnancy. Also, start growing a thick skin now for all the unwanted comments people will say about your body–you’ll need the thick skin for all that unwanted parental advice you’ll get when the baby gets here! (haha I guess this is sort of unwanted advice too, so there you go!! )

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  • Reply SP May 6, 2018 at 00:52

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts coming up, and hope you have a boring and healthy pregnancy! 🙂

  • Reply Stephany May 6, 2018 at 11:51

    Oh my goodness, what fun news! Congratulations!!

  • Reply Amanda of My Life, I Guess May 8, 2018 at 12:07

    I saw this on Twitter but wanted to take a minute to come here and say congratulations!! Such exciting news!

  • Reply Riley Mark June 26, 2018 at 22:47

    I begun hardcore saving as soon as we established out and made up a small urgent situation fund. We managed to obtain by without reducing into it which is fine because we can now utilize that money towards nursery charge.

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