I am pretty sure you guys are probably glad this blog post is not about 100% Optical because there have been a few over the last week or so and before I start I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year. To me Chinese New Year is always a special time of the year and every year I wish I am back in Hong Kong spending it with all my family but that has only happened twice since I’ve lived here which has been 22 years!  I wish everyone good health and wealth in the year of sheep (Or goat, whatever you want to call it) and because it is the year of sheep that will make my little baby a little lamb. How cute!

Now 32 weeks pregnant I am definitely not far from the “D” day and as the day is approaching there are a few things I am wondering. How big will I get? What will this baby look like and how long will I be in labour for, possibly the bit I am dreading the most! I have been trying to prepare myself by reading books and my antennal classes start next month. The book I am reading (thank you to my sister-in-law) has been an interesting read and few days ago I have read a bit about baby eye colour. As I have mentioned before apparently every baby starts of with blue eyes in the womb… I would love to know if that is true to Chinese as well because it seems strange to me, you never see Chinese with blue eyes.

 

Me at 32 Weeks Pregnant

Me at 32 Weeks Pregnant

So here are some facts on what determines your babies eye colour. Melanin is a pigment which is present in our iris and a baby with blue eyes will have less compared to a baby with brown eyes. According to the book no matter what ethnic group we are, we do all have blue eyes but maybe darker or lighter depending on our ethnic background. A baby’s eye colour will only develop fully once they are around 3 years old. So when my baby is born I am so going to check out the eye colour because I am curious to see if they will change. My brown genes are more dominate compared to my husbands blue genes. However, even with two brown genes it is still possible the baby will have blue eyes because every person who has brown eyes does carry one blue gene. Sounds confusing doesn’t it? So basically it is pot luck and that is how even if both parents have brown eyes their baby may still have blue eyes. I have not seen this yet amongst Chinese people.

I am totally fascinated by this and I cannot wait to meet this baby. It has been brewing in my belly for so long and there certainly have been tears, pain and just general pregnancy discomfort which many pregnant women don’t warn you about! I find most women only tell you the positive but not the negative ESPECIALLY on social media!  I think over time women have this idea in their heads that pregnancy is the most amazing time EVER and they should feel bad if they are not enjoying it. I can put my hands up and say I am not one of those who “enjoy” it just because, who seriously enjoy aches and pains everyday for like 9 months? Especially when you have got work to do as well. Not my idea of enjoyment that is for sure!  One thing I do enjoy is feeling it move, kick and wriggle, that is quite cute!