How the little bean has developed;
- I now about the size of a honeydew melon
- I’m 46.2 cm long and I weigh 5.25lbs now
- I’m going to start putting on a lot of weight from now on, building up my fat layers so I stay warm after I’m born
- I’ve finished growing everything that I need to grow, I’m just going to get bigger so I’m nice and squidgy for you to cuddle.
- I am running out of room and I’m not moving quite as much as I was but I’m still pretty active
What a busy week it has been I don’t know whether I’m coming or going at the moment. I had my last midwife appointment who has confirmed that baby is head down and about 2/5 engaged. I can certainly feel that she is much lower now and there’s a lot of pressure in my pelvis. Hopefully this means she may decide to come a little bit early, although I know with 2nd and 3rd babies they have a habit of engaging and moving back up again.
On Monday I was concerned that baby’s movements had slowed down quite a lot, on previous posts I wrote what a wriggler she was but over the weekend this seemed to decrease. I went into the ante natal day assessment ward and the midwife Brenda was fantastic. She hooked me up to a monitor and after about 15 minutes and changing position baby finally woke up and was moving well. I then went and had a scan to check everything was OK, fluid levels look good and baby is measuring well. Her head and legs are around the 50th percentile but her stomach is on the 95th!!! They said she could weigh around 6lbs already, so let’s home she does come a week or so early if she’s about to start gaining weight rapidly.
Day to Day life
This was the last week of school and Will took part in an excellent Christmas Carol Service before they both finished school last Friday. They are so excited about Christmas, maybe a bit to excited at the moment. At least school is finished so I don’t have to worry about all the after school activities, pick ups and homework, which takes the pressure off me. Now we can just have some fun.
The building work is nearly finished and hubby and mum & dad are all full steam ahead with the final finishing touches which are so time consuming The floor is half laid and looking fantastic so I’m hoping when I write my 36 weeks update next week I’ll be saying we’ve finished!
The baby bits have started to arrive and we’ve built the nursery furniture, except from the cot. I wanted to use the cot I had for Will and Ben however we’ve mislaid the screws and fixings and Mothercare can’t offer replacement parts as it’s a discontinued model, so I’m not sure what to do. Anyone else had this before and know of a good solution?
The pushchair and the car seat have arrived which was very exciting and now I’m just starting to wash all the baby clothes and bits. Next week my job is to pack the hospital bag, if I can remember what I need.
The back and pelvis are causing quite a bit of pain now. Although bearing in mind the surgery I’ve had it has really only been from week 33 that the pain has got severe, I think I’ve done well to get this far without having more problems. I know I’ve been on crutches for what seems like forever but I have coped pretty well up to now. If other women who suffer from back conditions are reading this I promise it’s not been as bad as I thought it would be, I’ve tried to stay pretty positive throughout which has helped.
On Saturday I had a bit of a melt down, well actually a major pregnancy breakdown and hysterical tantrum. Everything got a bit to much, I was convinced the baby was going to come early and started to panic that I wasn’t ready and the house wasn’t finished and that nothing was clean enough….. I cried hysterically and shouted at my poor hubby, my mum was there to calm me down and once I regained my sense of normality I did apologise to both of them. I did also start a mammoth cleaning session of the bathrooms and my bedroom, they now look fantastic although at the end of the day I couldn’t move. I guess this is a serious nesting instinct kicking in.
I’m in hospital quite a lot this week too. I’ve got the heart monitor on that I need to wear for a week. It’s not too bad or big, but the sticky pads are very itchy. Thanks for all your kind comments from my week 33 update about the funny turns I’ve been having, it’s put my mind at rest a lot. I don’t think there’s anything serious wrong at all but think the hospital are being extra careful in case I run into problems during labour.
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