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36 Week Update – almost there now!

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Slightly late with this update but we’re nearly there now – 4 weeks and counting!

I have been so lucky this time and really haven’t had much to grumble about but this past fortnight has been a bit stressful, I’ve been to the midwife twice and the hospital three times to monitor baby’s growth as I am now measuring 7 cm under (how measuring the bumps of all women and expecting a similar result, regardless of their body size/shape can be accurate I have no idea?!)

Thankfully everything is fine.

However, little one is exactly that so the monitoring must continue. I have a week off but then at 37/38 Weeks we’re back in to another round of midwife and scan appointments.

Our new addition is definately going to be dinky but not super tiny, around the 5-6lb mark they’ve predicted. Everything is showing as perfectly healthy at the moment, there is enough fluid and the placenta function is fine but because now I haven’t grown at all for 8 weeks (that’s me – I know baby has as I’m soooo much more uncomfortable with every kick and squirm!) it has to be checked that all continues OK.

I’m really pleased everything is being taken seriously now after my earlier concerns and as I’m hoping for a home birth still it is great that so far everybody I’ve encountered has said there is no reason as things stand that we can’t proceed with those plans. In fact, after feeling my midwife was not concerned enough she now seems more so than my first and has been very thorough in going through with me the reasons why I or baby may need to be transferred either during or after delivery, one being if baby is under 2.5kg as they will want to monitor blood sugar levels.

I’m trying to block out a lot of the ‘what ifs’ as although I understand it’s necessary to touch upon things I don’t feel it’s very helpful to dwell. I’m going to plug in my Natal Hypnotherapy and drift off into my little bubble where I’m in control.

In other news…we have been continuing to turn the house upside down with reorganisation, part of this has been turning the ‘spare room’ into Ted’s new bedroom, complete with new big boy bed (and bed guard!) We had no idea how he’d take to moving to a bed and swapping his beloved sleeping bag for a proper duvet but he couldn’t have responded better – we’ve had no resistance or disturbances at all which at only 20 months I thought was pretty amazing. These little people really are awesome!

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How gorgeous is the Next Car Bedding??

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The baby’s room looks like a storage dumping ground at the moment but actually it’s just all the things we’ll need when they arrive complete with birthing pool and homebirth boxes and a lifetimes supply of towels! We are 100% ready now and have nothing left to buy…just the final bit of waiting to do!

Ted and I have been having a lovely time together recently and I am having twinges of sadness that we don’t have many more 1:1 days remaining. I have been encouraging him to concentrate on activities like painting, drawing and reading in the hope that these will help in the early days. He’s loving them all, we’ve always shared books but now he really listens and points out things in the pictures too and he loves climbing into the book box to pick the next story!

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As for making a mess and then getting to sit in the sink and help wash up after too…that’s been a massive hit! 🙂

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So, on to things I’ve loved over the past few weeks…

Omperazole – oh my do I love this stuff! When gaviscon just isn’t hitting the spot these little magic pills make all the difference. Without them, nothing stays down but one little yellow tablet and I can actually enjoy both my meals and sleep at night, bliss!

The Mokee Woolnest

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Wow, finally a stylish moses basket that isn’t covered in gross frilly covers! This is what we have been waiting for, well what I have been anyway and I can’t be alone, surely? My thoughts…
– They’re a great price,
– I love, love, love the coloured handles,
-The liners and sheets are gorgeous and ridiculously reasonable
-AND I can’t believe the stand is included too!

I think it’s fantastic that the brand has shunned the big stores to allow them to keep prices lower but they really need to up their advertising as people need to know about this cool, stylish alternative to the standard frill fest baskets! Mokee, take note – step 1, get with the times and start tweeting, your silence is madness!!

Finally…the Sunshine, it has made washing and drying all those final bits (that there are so many more of than I realised) a lot easier so thank you Mother Nature for that final burst of October sun!

Until Next time…38 weeks, eekk!

These opinions are purely my own and completely independent, no products or financial gain have been received from featured companies.

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A letter to my Little Love

My darling,

I’m sorry but life is going to change soon, as we sit together on a lazy Sunday morning snuggled on the sofa I’m a little bit scared and beginning to wish it wasn’t but we’re kind of committed now, 22 weeks down the line!

You currently have no idea what’s in store and to some extent nor do we, it’s unchartered territory but we’ll face it together and try and minimise the disruptions for you as much as possible. I promise we will try not to get cross if you struggle to adapt or tell you you’re a ‘big boy’ because we know you’re not yet but we will do everything we can to make the transition smooth and happy for you…bear with us though even the best intentions can slip when severe sleep deprivation hits!

It may take you a while to appreciate this but we’re doing this for you too. When you’re sharing us, having to wait around and just want some peace to climb up on my lap and share a story together on your terms it might feel hard to believe but one day we hope you’ll think this was the best decision we ever made.

For 21 months it will have been just us, the three amigos, you have had our undivided attention and been the sole focus of our thoughts and plans – soon there will be another. One thing is for certain, our new addition won’t change how we feel about you but realistically it will change our daily routine and the amount of attention you get (a 2:1 ratio the wrong way round, oh the horror!)

Somebody told me this week to imagine my feelings if Daddy came home with a new wife and expected me to be happy, told me nothing would change and that he still loved me just as much with no room for discussion or option to opt out – I can imagine we’d have a few teething problems with that new way of life!!

I will remember this every day as our family grows and try to give you the compassion such a life change deserves (P.S…don’t worry Daddy couldn’t handle two wives, that’s not changing too!)

We never cease to be amazed by the things you understand and can communicate and love every second of watching you grow and change, even if the start to our life as a four is bumpy we know that you’re going to be the best big brother and before long this little invader is going to be your partner in crime. We can’t wait to see you love each other while you play and learn together.

For now, I apologise for being tired and for the little digs in the back peanut gives you when we’re enjoying a cuddle but I hope you know we are and always will be doing our best for you and that you both will remember our family as being one filled with love, laughter and fun as you grow.

Love Mummy xx

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22 Weeks

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