How the little bean has developed;
- I’m now the size of a papaya
- I’m 34.6 cm long, so I’ve grown 4.6cm in a week, I weigh 1.46lbs now
- My memory is developing and the music and voices I can hear now I will remember when I’m born
- I’m still moving lots and I can do somersaults but maybe not for much longer as I’m slowly running out of room
- My spine has developed and has 1000 ligaments, 150 joint and 33 vertebrae – that’s amazing
- Mummy shone a light on her belly and I started kicking to tell her I could see the light, how clever am I!
I’ve started to feel a bit better this week as I’ve been taking things a lot easier, especially after last weeks hospital visit. My bump is getting bigger and to me it seems really high, I can already feel the baby up by my ribs which seems quite early on for this.
The doctors have signed me off work for the next four weeks so I am mostly staying around the house and resting. Although the building work we have going on is noisy and messy I’m relegated to the lounge or bedroom so there isn’t much I can do at home anyway. I’ve got great friends and family around me helping out with the boys and also taking me out for coffee to get a change of scenery.
I’m getting more used to the babies movements now and can almost gage a pattern of when she’ll be at her most active. Typically as soon as the boys put their hands on my tummy to feel her she stops!
Day to Day life
Time is going really quickly and I need to get myself more organised. No 2 son Ben is turning 7 in November and I haven’t got a clue what to get him, trip to the toy shop this weekend for some inspiration! His party is all organised but only because he’s having a joint party with three other children in his class. He’s having his party at a local big soft play centre and they get to do some teddy bear making as well which is fantastic as Ben loves his teddies.
The building work is coming along really well. The massive steel to hold up the back of the house has arrived and they have started joining the new extension to the house so I have two rather large holes in the back of the house at the moment! As I said it is noisy and very messy but at least it’s being done now and not when I have a newborn or crawling baby to worry about. I’m hoping it’ll be finished by Christmas and all ready for when the little bean arrives.
Not so doom and gloom this week thank goodness, I need to look for the positives and get out of my misery that has been the last few weeks. As I mentioned I have been signed off work for the next 4 weeks which has taken a huge amount of pressure off me, I still feel really guilty for not being there and like I’m dumping my work on my team. It has forced me to rest up at home and take things easy though.
This has definitely been helping me and I’m now no longer in constant pain, I can even manage to get around the house without crutches and crawling on the floor which is a big improvement. The slow release morphine I’m taking is also starting to work and help manage the pain with minimal side effects to me which is great. I have accepted the fact that I really need to limit my activity and this is just how it will be until the baby arrives. The boys and hubby have been great at supporting me around the house and Ben earned a fortune in house points fetching and carrying for me this weekend. I’m so lucky to have their help and the boys are very accepting of the fact that mummy can’t do much and needs help.
I saw my physio and whilst the advice for the pelvic pain is rest, my back actually isn’t looking too bad and is relatively level, which is good for me. I’m trying to be more upright when using my crutches as I’m concious that I’m starting to lean forward when walking which is something I did before the operations. All of this I can work at correcting after the baby is born and I can start pilates again. As much as my lovely physio pushed me hard in pilates and I’d curse her for the pain I was in 48 hours after each class, I really miss doing it and am looking forward to getting back into it.
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