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~ Week 36 ~

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Week 36 has flown by and without too many changes from the last, with the exception that now baby has officially reached full term and me the 9th month of pregnancy.  These last weeks are not really about me anymore but all about getting those last vital bits n’ pieces together for babys arrival!  I am trying to take everyones advise and rest as much as possible, but I find it hard to stop some days and do just that when there is still so much to do.. Now that the nursery is finally coming together I think I might be able to relax a bit more about it all. *sigh*

Physically I am doing well, apart from Oedema  which has been my only major pregnancy complaint (My Mum tells me, she had this too in all her pregnancies)  and also pelvic pressure which is really a good sign for baby, but an absolute b**ch to deal with daily for me.  But I will keep waddling on for the next 21 days! Emotionally we are so excited now and I am trying not to dwell on labour and pain too much.

Bring on the pain relief is all I can say!

 

 

Bump Progress from Week 36!

 

 

 

 

 

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~ Week 34 ~

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Another recap/update this week as I have been so tired but I am going easy on myself as the weeks edge nearer to D-day and just keeping up with this project of mine at all,  makes me happy.

– Week 34 was the size of a Butternut Squash – very seasonal ! Baby is still getting fatter – I can feel heavier each week that passes and slower! Sometimes when I catch sight of my own reflection in a shop window I am surprised at how much larger bump looks and even though I don’t forget I am pregnant it’s still a shock for a split second ^_^ This past week I was able to breathe slightly easier again but trips to the loo have increased due to pressure which means baby has begun it’s descent lower into my pelvis. Speaking of trips to the loo, baby is now passing up to a pint of urine daily! That extra pressure ‘down there’ has added to the attractive pregnancy waddle and some days can feel very uncomfortable and pinchy.It’s a hard one to describe!

All the reading sources say that baby can recognise simple songs I am singing to him/her which is endearing. I like the idea of our baby being born with a familiarity of musicals, traditional folk ballads and Indie rock!

Back aches, Oedema,Braxton Hicks and fatigue are the main complaints I have now,  sometimes all at once, and will probably continue to have until D-day. Shoes/boots are a no-no, and I can just about manage to wear my chucks on the cooler days (every other day it’s flip-flops – thank goodness I am in a climate that allows summery footwear I must say!) really loose and only  if Robin ties my laces for me. I tried one day to do them by myself and after much huffing, puffing and straining followed by being nearly close to tears I gave in and called himself to take over. All in all though, this last trimester is going really well for me. It is hard to believe the end is nigh! This has been the fasted 8 months of my life.

Over the past few months, thoughts on pregnancy in general have popped into my head randomly – nothing unusual about a pregnant lady thinking of pregnancy, I know! But I really am loving the whole experience and thankful for it too. I think I may even miss being pregnant once it’s all over. Nature is mind blowing and this reminds me of how much so, daily. To be able to grow another person and go through so many physical and emotional changes in a reasonably short space of time, is in itself mind blowing!  I can understand the whole ‘miracle’ references now. I suppose it feels like that in a sense, especially the end result – a healthy baby, another person who is an extension of both of you.. Maybe this is just the hormones talking, but hey I’m allowed to sound a little bit high on life I reckon.

I have many sleepless nights and my mind is in over-drive but I feel happy and excitment is building now for both of us! We can’t wait to finally meet our baby and know if it’s a boy or a girl.

Gender guessing continues especially from strangers. Even the barista guy in my local Starbucks had his guess this week too – he reckons it’s a boy as I am looking more ”round” now. His words, not mine.

50/50 must seem like very tempting odds,  not so sure about risking calling any woman ’round’ though!  * smile *

Bump Progress!  (I hope to have our ‘real’ camera back next week -yay!)

~ Week 31 ~

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At week 31 baby is the size of a pineapple! He/she is now their birth length but still steadily gaining weight until D-day.

This past week I have experienced a variety of those symptoms that are typical to the third trimester of pregnancy.  I get out of breath so easily now as baby is taking up so much more room in there and pubic bone pain strikes many times during the day.  The cankles too are back with a vengeance and don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon and I have the trademark pregnancy waddle going on –  so an attractive combination eh!

Tiredness and crappy memory is something I am struggling with a lot now too esp as I don’t sleep through the night anymore (also explains my lateness at posting this week!) Both take getting used to esp the ‘Mummy brain’ part as I normally have a really good memory and now I just struggle to think of simple words (!)

Project Nursery is back underway again and this week we managed to get our Arms Reach mini bassinet that baby will sleep in the first few months and will help with nursing feeds during the night as I won’t even have to get out of bed. I have even started on my hospital bag. The car seat is ready to be installed now too and we are slowly building baby’s wardrobe which has led to the realisation that we need a chest of drawers for the nursery too. ^_^  I hope to have at least all the basics sorted by week 35 just in case! Who knew such a teeny person would need so much stuff!

I really would like to do more of an update, but as I already mentioned, these days I am just too deprived of zeds … zzz

 

 

Bump Progress!

 

 

~ Week 30 ~

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Week 30 and baby is the size of a cucumber. Which is probably from head to toe, as other comparisons I have come across have said head of cabbage as he/she is approx 3 lbs in weight now. But seeing as I am late posting this week and I am technically 31 weeks today It probably is a bit more! Anyway..

This week, up until last night was just like previous weeks more or less. Lots of kicks and jabs from baby, stronger than ever, spells of tiredness and the odd feeling of breathlessness but then last night I had my first Braxton Hicks {false labour pains} experience and it was  really sore!  It only lasted for a few minutes but It stopped me in my tracks and was nothing like anything I have ever felt before. I found myself just breathing through it until it passed. Now all I can imagine is how painful the real thing will be! (!)   Afterwards baby moved non-stop for about two hours, so much so, I could not only feel it but see it too. The round ligament twinges are starting again so baby is probably having another growth spurt which means more Mederma and Palmers massages with a hot water bottle for me.

I most definately feel heavier and slower when I move around now, I even find myself waddling along – tres attractive I know. But now I understand why pregnant women get that way and  it’s not just due to the fact that you look and feel like a heffalump but due to pelvic pain and pressure too.

Bending down is now just so uncomfortable that I am pretty sure soon I won’t be able to give Lucky and Sox cuddles, or paint my toe nails and that one day whilst doing those things I won’t be able to get back up again!  Clumsy is now my middle name too, which is again apparantly normal at this stage of pregnancy and something to do with your centre of gravity being changed from all the extra weight. During the week I dropped the phone handset and it flew across the kitchen nearly hitting Soxy who sat even more wide-eyed than the norm under the kitchen table as it slid across the floor towards him in what seemed like slow motion. I kind of wished I had been able to record the whole incident because he is super cute when he’s freaked out  O_O   Another clumsy moment happened while I was making tea and I broke one of our favourite cool mugs that Robin got at a Christmas fair in Nuremburg a few years ago, to which he reacted in his usual chilled manner but resulted in me bawling crying like a ..um baby!  So yep the emotional rollercoaster of hormones have returned with a vengeance too ^_^  {yay} !

 

 

Bump progress – shot on a dark day so the light was shitty and it’s not very sharp..I won’t dwell on it or I might cry! eek!

~ Week 20 ~

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20 Weeks down only 20 more to go! This week marked the halfway point of pregnancy! I am starting to feel like time is really flying by now and there is just so much to do. The nesting mode has well and truly kicked in. It may seem confusing moving from the comparison of last weeks mango  to this weeks banana but after reading a bit more on babys growth progress it makes sense. Starting this week we begin to measure from head to toe and not head to rump anymore

This week we ordered our crib (yay!) and we will be putting that together over the weekend – very exciting. I knew as soon as I researched nurserys  which one I wanted and hopefully next week I will have a picture update on what it looks like ^_^  I ordered the matching changing table  but it ended up being unavailable from the site I used (Diapers.com) so I must source it from somewhere else. Hopefully that won’t be too hard!

Slowly I think we are getting all the important stuff though and many have been really good thrifty purchases, which is a good thing in light of how much one has to buy for such a teensy wee being!  I have started looking at baby clothes this week also (who could resist!?)  but mostly only white stuff as it has to be gender neutral afterall.

Most websites on pregnancy, say baby is now the size of a cantaloupe this week so that’s the fruit I am sticking with for our ‘size visual’. Health wise I am still feeling groovy. The textbook symptoms are heartburn/indigestion and I have felt that a couple of times but nothing too bad  and no surprise leg cramps during the night either – phew! Prenatal yoga is going well I really hope to stick with it after the birth as I love the place (Yoga Tree SF) and the teachers are really amazing. Many are trained doulas so they really know how to get you stretching and breathing in ways that will help with labour and birth come the time. I hope that I can remember it once the sheer agony kicks in *smile*

This week also,  I nearly bought myself and pregnancy pillow to help with sleeping on my side all the time now, and spent a few hours one evening online researching them like mighty, I read  positive review after  positive review etc, but I just could not justify spending nearly $60 on a pillow, so I dug out one of our spares and that seems to be doing the trick for the hip discomfort and bump support.

All in all it’s been a quiet week.  I printed off all my bump shots thus far to send to my Mum so she could  see how I am progressing which she loved. It’s very emotional for both of us, as I probably won’t be home during my pregnancy and she won’t actually get to see me pregnant which is very strange to think but I try not to dwell on it too much or I’ll be sad.  I just look forward to being able to go home with baby and showing him/her off to all our family and friends  ^_^  AND I try not to think about the flying part for that one (!)

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Bump && Chuck !