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~ Week 27 ~

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This week marks the end of my second trimester and baby is, in the fruit n’ veg world, the size of a turnip! {Mmm turnip!}

Baby officially has brain activity, sleeping at regular intervals and even opening  and closing his/her eyes. Hiccups  are now a regular thing too, which I’ve realised are those rhythmic movements close together. Super cute to imagin  –  night time is still the prime time for kicks and wiggles but I do feel those movements during the day too and I even see my bump move at times. Baby is definately getting stronger every week! We might have a future Riverdancer on our hands ^_^  Next week I will start to make note of babies movements and how often it happens which is recommened up until birth.

All that round ligament pain from last week has eased drastically and I could walk about and up and down those hills like normal again. Yeah! Though I am more aware now of feeling stretched and sore , so I am taking it easier and not pushing myself too hard.

The the new thing with me now is stretching my entire body during the night in my sleep which makes my right leg cramp up, which in turn wakes me up – FAIL!   All my reading sources say leg cramps are pretty common around this time due to the extra weight I am carrying so that probably explains it, but it’s funny that I seem to be triggering them for myself.  I think I will have to start stretching before bedtime and see it that helps.  Oh and nose bleeds. I never get nose bleeds but again that’s another pregnancy trigger.

All in all week 27 has been a good one and without too much discomfort which in pregnancy is always a good thing!

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~ Week 26 ~

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Week 26 and baby is the size of a head of lettuce! In terms of development a few significant things have taken place. His/her  previously sealed eyelids are beginning to open and start to blink, eyelashes are now grown too. The eye colour is becoming more apparant and retinas are forming aswell! Though that eye colour baby is born with won’t be permanent until approx 6 months old.

Babys spine is getting stronger as he/ she grows and is now the span of an adults hand and those little lungs are really starting to develop as baby takes in amniotic fluid in small breaths! And little one can not only hear sounds but respond to them in movements or increase in pulse rate as brain-wave activity is really kicking in.

This past week hasn’t been the brightest for me compared to previous ones and I have experienced a lot of round ligament pain and pelvic pain but hey that’s pregnancy and it can’t be all plain sailing.  As I am used to walking a lot (not being a driver ) getting these sharp stretching pains has been kind of restricting especially  walking uphill or at a brisk pace but when your body tells you to take it easy you have to listen and have a lot of Epsom Salt baths, a hot water bottle and plenty of tea   ^_^  On the good side,  babys movements are getting stronger and Robin has been able to feel a few good kicks now too which I think makes it all more real for him.

 

Here’s hoping the next week will be less stretchy!

 

{ I asked Robin did I look fat in this picture and he said lovingly ‘No hun, you look like a ‘fat fairy princess’  ^_^ Good job I haven’t lost my sense of humour eh! }

 

 

~ Week 21 ~

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This week according to my reading sources baby is starting to gulp down amniotic fluid which is not only hydration and nutrition but practise for swallowing and digesting.  They say (those scientist folk I presume) that after birth babies are more interested in tastes they have already experienced in the womb! I take this to be a good sign as I do eat a lot of fruit,veggies and dairy but it sure does make you think that what you eat can influence your child already! Which reminds me that I still don’t have any cravings yet. But I do miss Brie cheese, and I really look forward to having that again…nomnom!! Maybe Santa will bring me a big chunk of it ^_^

Project nursery is now underway and our crib/cot is assembled and looks beautiful! I adore the Jenny Lind . It really is a timeless crib and the spindle bars are so old fashioned which I love. We were very lucky to find it online with Diapers.com not just for the best price out there but in the Honey Oak colour too. Robin had it put together in half an hour! It was very straight forward and it’s also on wheels and light to move around the room if necessary – more bonus points for the Jenny Lind!  I will do a little shoot of it  this week to post on here.

This week I have most definately started to feel movement  (yay!)  It’s still mostly if I wake during the night  or during certain stretches and deep breathing in yoga! Soxy walked across me in bed one night, and that woke me and baby up as I couldn’t go back to sleep straight away with all the ‘wiggling’ sensations inside.

I can’t wait for it to get stronger now, so Robin can feel it too.  He keeps saying ‘are you sure it’s not wind?’   Nice eh!  In a word…NO!

Bump Progress!

~ Week 16 ~

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This week I am really feeling pregnant I must say! Baby is now the size of an avocado, this means in length as all these fruit/veg references are definately more of a head to rump size comparison. I was weighed last week at my monthly OB appointment and am 3lbs heavier than my last visit, which doc said was good and right on track, but my am I feeling it now! I am so much slower at moving and walking up hills especially, and the breathlessness that comes with being pregnant sure doesn’t help.

The bones in babys ears are now forming and he/she will start to hear us speak or sing! I really want to get some ‘Belly Buds’ or a ‘Lullaband’ to wear and play music through my tummy.I have read great reviews but  Robins not convinced yet. He thinks it isn’t fair and torturous to force our taste in music on the little ‘un in case they end up being born hating The Beatles or The Shins or something awful like that.  (!)

Eyebrows. lashes and hair are also starting to fill in. I had a dream this week (Oh yes the crazy dreams and restless nights continue) that it was a boy and had a full head of hair which made me really happy! It’s not that I hold a great importance on hair but I  do love babies born with mops of hair. My own great-nephew Eli, had a mop of curls at birth and I was looking at old pictures of him (he’s three now)  so that probably influenced my graphic ”hairy” dream!

The decision of names is well underway too. I have a few favourites and turn to various sites online for inspiration but Robin has found a ‘cool’ app called Munchkin Names with 1000s of names to choose from which he is loving because you can add some to faves and share them. (!)  Under his encouragement I installed it too but it only annoys me, as a lot of the names are very American (sorry!) and by that I mean, completely made up and often nouns. Then going by culture categories, like when they  say Irish or Scottish for example, It really is just an everyday word plucked from the air and made into a name. Or a surname. With the spelling changed here and there.  I have to stop. It annoys me so much *deep breaths*  🙂 Anyway, I shall continue with my lists which are much better than any phone app if you ask me!

I am still not sure if I have felt baby move yet. I had a few nights when I was lying down in bed that I though I had that ‘quickening feeling’ but it may have just been wind. I won’t really be sure I think until it becomes more kick-like!

So all is well so far this trimester. Aches an pains are still there and now I can add my back to that list but I truly am enjoying being pregnant. I didn’t have any migraine this week -wahey! But hey,  I won’t speak too soon. Especially as now I have the ‘Munchkin App’ to ‘enjoy’ at my leisure.