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The Mummy Diaries: 39 Week Update!!

I’m still here, still waiting, still no baby!!

So 39 weeks, not a lot has happened this week really, he’s still pretty high up, making it super uncomfortable to sleep most nights and when he’s really in my ribs it makes even sitting painful, but hey only a few more weeks to go at most!

This week was Arran’s week of holiday, sadly though he has to go back to work today cause baby hasn’t shown up yet, however his paternity starts as soon as he is born, which is awesome cause it means he will get the full two weeks with him and not just a few days like I had feared, so now it’s just a case of waiting for him! Was hoping he would be a May 4th Star Wars baby but we well and truly missed that deadline!

I did have a nice little trip out with my friend this week, went to Lichfield for a few hours and got some lunch and had a little look around the shops, was nice to get out of the house for a bit and see her, I don’t plan on going out again now though til he is born, walking is getting painful and tiring so just plan on spending my time til he is here relaxing!

People keep asking if I’m fed up, or frustrated, I mean it would be nice if he had come early or if he came soon, but I’m not stressing about it, I don’t see the point, some people get really impatient and frustrated but it won’t help, might as well just relax and enjoy the last few days/weeks of feeling him move around inside me cause soon enough he will be here and probably screaming his head off!!
Same goes for labour, everyone keeps asking me if I’m scared or nervous but I’m not, the way I see it, loads of women have done it before me and loads will do it after me, it’s no big deal, I mean sure it is probably going to hurt and be tiring but that’s what pain meds are for and midwives, everything is there to help make it easier and more comfortable, so I’m just going to just take it as it comes and not stress out about it too much, I just really don’t see the point or how it will help me, calm is the way forwards!

On the name front we are a little closer to picking one I think, we have a few that we like but I think mostly we are just going to wait til he gets here and then decide, hopefully that way it will be easier… maybe… that or he’ll have no name for a few weeks!

Today is my due date! Happy Due Date to me, sadly though baby doesn’t appear to have gotten the invite, but nevermind he will be here soon!

The Mummy Diaries: The Nursery Is Finished!

It is finally finished, clothes are all washed, pictures are hung, Moses basket is here and the room is tidy! 

It’s not a very big room but it will do, baby will mostly be in my bedroom for the first few months anyway so it’s not like he will need a ton of space. We did it fairly neutral although I have sort of gone with a bit of an animal theme, I like animals and baby’s like animals so why not, also that way I get to add colours to the room subtly without making the room look smaller by using bright colours on the walls!

Here are some pics!

His cot is mine from when I was a baby and has just been repainted and had a new mattress bought for it, the pictures on the wall my mom made for us and the colourful door knobs I painted myself, so a lot of effort and love has gone into it and I think it looks pretty damn good!!

Anyone else decorated their nursery with mostly handmade/hand me down items?

The Mummy Diaries: 38 Week Update!!

38 Weeks! I honestly never envisioned going past 37 but here we are and with no signs of him showing his face anytime soon either, I guess he’s all warm and cosy in there!

I had a midwife appointment on the 25th, it was just your usual run of the mill appointment, nothing eventful happened, she took my blood pressure, checked my pee sample, felt for baby and listened to his heartbeat, everything is perfect so all is good on that front, he is also now 3/5ths engaged, which really doesn’t mean all that much cause he was the same 4 weeks ago and then decided to move out of my pelvis, which is annoying but ah well, the braxton hicks contractions have now all but stopped too so I am pretty positive this is going to be a long wait!

He is just as wriggly as ever which is wonderful, I really am going to miss feeling his little kicks inside of me when he’s finally here, but, I am so excited to meet him!
According to Ovia this week he is the same size as a Ukulele, weighs roughly 7lbs and is about 19 and a half inches long! lets hope he doesn’t get too much bigger than that! also apparently if he has hair it has a colour by now and his eye colour is also coming in! although I am thinking he will have lovely blue eyes because both me and Arran have blue eyes, I do hope he has lots of dark hair though, but thats not something you see very often, dark hair and blue eyes, but who knows we shall see, I’m sure he will look utterly adorable whatever he looks like!

Arran starts his paternity leave this week! I can’t wait, its going to be so nice to have him around for a whole 3 weeks, we just gotta hope that baby decides to show up in good time so that Arran gets to spend as much time with him as possible!

Here we go into 39 weeks! I might start taking bets on when he will arrive, feel free to leave your guess in the comments!

P.s. my appetite is out of control… please tell me this is a sign!

The Mummy Diaries: Choosing A Name…

We still haven’t picked a name… Infact our shortlist is not even short and keeps changing!

How? How do people pick names? It is such a huge decision and so hard knowing we have to pick something good and that it will be with him for the rest of his life!!

What if he doesn’t like it? what then!

I do know we don’t want to give him one of these trendy names that will date and sound silly when he’s 60 or when he’s working in a professional setting, we are definitely going to give him something traditional, but also not too old fashioned, though we do like some of the old fashioned names like Arthur, but we aren’t naming him Arthur.

We have at most 3 weeks til we meet him, I just hope that when we finally have him here with us we will be able to look at him and say he looks like a “insert name here” and all will be good!

Hopefully also people will stop asking us what we are going to name him soon, cause
1. we don’t know
2. even if we did we aren’t telling anyone because everyone has an opinion on every name and no doubt someones opinion would taint it for us!

Fingers crossed we think of something soon!!

The Mummy Diaries: 37 Week Update!!

So we finally made it, 37 weeks! I am officially classed as full term now and baby could come any day! Super excited doesn’t even come close to how I feel right now!

Last week I had my 36 week midwife appointment, everything is looking good, however, he had decided to move up out of my pelvis a bit instead of going further in, which was a little disappointing but ah well such is life right, can’t rush these things, he will come when he is good and ready! My next appointment will be tomorrow at 38 weeks, so fingers crossed for a bit of downward movement!!

According to my app Ovia, baby is the size of a tackle box at 37 weeks, weighs just over 6lbs and is about 19 inches tall! All of his organs are fully formed and he is totally ready to come into this world and meet us, hurry up dude!

I finally finished his bedroom this week and his new moses basket arrived as well, I will do a separate post with some pics of the nursery and his moses basket all set up, we also finished washing all of his clothes… he has so many clothes it is insane! ooh and I also finished packing his hospital bag and made a start on packing my own, though most of the stuff going into my bag is stuff that I am still using so will have to all be put in last minute!

Definitely starting to feel a lot more tired now, sleep hasn’t been easy, I tend to wake up loads of times in the night and then once I wake up it takes about an hour or so to get back to sleep, but it will all be worth it, I am definitely looking forward to being able to sleep somewhat normally again once he is here, the things you don’t appreciate like sleeping on your back instead of your side all the time are the things you miss the most I think, so I am really looking forward to being able to do that again and just generally have my body back!

Ooh, I almost forgot, we had a breastfeeding class on the 13th, it was pretty interesting, though the jury is still out on whether I will breast feed or formula, I think I will give it a try for sure for at least a week but my heart is not set on it being the only way I feed him, if I end up bottle feeding I won’t be disappointed, fed is best after all and as long as he is happy it doesn’t matter.

So yeah, I think that is all I have for this weeks update, I am thinking of doing weekly updates now until he arrives, so I guess my next one will be next Sunday/Monday for 38 weeks!

P.s. we still haven’t picked out a name!!!

The Mummy Diaries: 35 Week Update!ο»Ώ

So I am a week later than intended with this update but nevermind, things have been super busy recently, me and Arran moved home and have had a ton of packing and unpacking to do but we’re almost done, thankfully… I hate moving house, it’s so stressful but needs must right!

Anyway, my last update was at 32 weeks, things have been pretty boring really, not much has changed, braxton hicks have ramped up a little and are starting to get more painful, baby is now engaged which is exciting! but also painful sometimes, pretty sure he is using his head as a drill and trying to grind his way out of my pelvis…. not nice!!

We did have a birth class last Thursday, it was quite informative, they went through all the possible scenarios that could happen during labour/delivery, we did a few quizzes and they taught the dads some massage techniques, which was really nice!
I also learnt why I am in so much pain all the time when I’m walking etc. turns out my pelvis has separated a little too much and apparently that is super painful, the best way to deal with it according to my midwife is to tie something tightly around my hips because then it will push it all back together! so yeah it’s all good times over here, but, I’m still enjoying feeling my little dude moving around, even if he is hurting me a little!

The closer we get to his due date now though the more excited I am, I’m like wishing it along faster, I want to know how much hair he will have, what colour his hair will be, what his little face will look like! ah man I’m just super excited for him to be here!

I have another midwife appointment today which will be my 36 week appointment, I wasn’t supposed to have another now til 37 weeks but unfortunately today was the only day my midwife was available, I have also changed midwives, which is a little sad I really liked my midwife in Burton she was lovely, oh yes I almost forgot to mention at my last appointment with her I almost fainted… I have no idea why, I am going to blame it being super warm that day, but she did also take some of my blood too and I am not good with that sort of thing so it could have also been that… but anyway, I am sure my new midwife will be just as lovely!

So according to the app on my phone baby is now the size of a kids backpack this week(35), he weighs between 5 & 6lb and is roughly 19inches long! he is focusing on putting on lots of baby fat ready for when he is born because now all of his major development is complete and he is most definitely running out of space in there!

I wonder how much longer I have left?!

 

The Mummy Diaries: Baby Shower!

So it’ll have been 3 weeks tomorrow since my baby shower 😱 I definitely planned on writing this post a lot sooner than now but I have been super busy with baby stuff!

Anyway, my baby shower! It was a great day, if not a little overwhelming but I still had a ton of fun and am very thankful to all of my family and friends who came to celebrate with me! Baby boy got lots of lovely pressies, more clothes than he will ever need and I even got a couple of presents too! Which I wasn’t expecting πŸ˜›

My baby shower was at my parents house as it is a lot bigger than my flat, my mom organised it and my sister and Arran’s mom bought the decorations. It was such a good day, my mom organised some quizzes and a few other games like pin the dummy on the baby and we had a guess how many jelly babies are in the jar too, definitely one of the most fun days I’ve had in a long time! However, I’m not one for being the centre of attention so it was rather overwhelming for me too, having everyone watching me opening presents and just having everyone there to celebrate me and the baby was crazy, I definitely slept well that night cause I was just physically and mentally exhausted!! Still a ton of fun and for anyone who’s thinking of having one I would definitely recommend it, its a great way to get all of your family together!

We had about 25 guests but I didn’t take many pics during the day cause I was just so busy and distracted but here are a few 😊

And some pics of the lovely gifts we received!

So yeah overall it was an awesome day! and now I only have just over 5 weeks to go til my due date!!!

Excited and scared!

The Mummy Diaries: 32 Week Update!

So it’s week 32 already!! Not much has happened in the last two weeks, I haven’t had another midwife appointment yet, my next is at 34 weeks, that will be my last one with my current midwife before I move home and have to change 😒 I love my midwife she’s so nice and never makes me feel silly when I ask dumb questions, but needs must sadly, I’m sure my new midwife will be just as lovely! 

Sleeping has gotten a little more uncomfortable these past two weeks, I’ve had a stuffy nose since about 14 weeks and now that we are getting to hayfever season it just feels even worse, I also can’t sleep on my back anymore, it makes me lightheaded πŸ˜› so I’m stuck with sleeping on my sides which is not exactly comfortable! Ah well only 8 more weeks to go til my due date!

I use Ovia as my pregnancy app, I love all the lite tidbits of info it gives you, so now apparently baby weighs in at almost 4lbs and is roughly 18inches long!! Hes a perfect little person, just needs to put on a bit more chub! I had my baby shower on the 11th, it was overwhelming and great all at the same time, I got so much stuff it’s ridiculous and now I have to sort all of it out into size order! I will do a separate post about my baby shower with all the juicy details at some point this week! 

Here’s some pics from my Ovia app about baby πŸ‘ΆπŸ» 


Hopefully I don’t give birth to an Armadillo… 

Moving House… Again!

It’s official, we are moving house, again, for the 2nd time in a year, but hey needs must right, where we currently live is not big enough for us and a baby, it’s also not in the greatest of areas to be honest, It’s Ok for just the two of us but I wouldn’t want to bring a kid up around here really.

So yeah, we are officially moving home on the 8th of April, we plan to live with my parents for a while so that we can save up some money and afford something bigger and in a nicer area, also we will have the support of all of my family around us to help out with the baby as and when we need it, which lets face it, we will need it at some point!

I gave our landlord our months notice on the 14th of March, so now we gotta get packing, there is so much to do now before baby makes his appearance, here is my To Do list for the next 5-10 weeks:

  • Pack
  • Move House
  • Clean
  • Unpack
  • Wash all of the baby clothes
  • Steralise bottles & dummies
  • Put together a Chest of Drawers
  • Put away baby clothes in size order
  • Buy any last minute things we still need
  • Pick baby’s coming home outfit
  • Pack baby’s hospital bag
  • Pack my hospital bag
  • Get my nails done

Most of this I won’t be able to do though until we move back in April, by then I will have 1-5 weeks to get it all done… that is not scary at all… that is also a lie, oh jeez!!

Are we crazy for moving house this late?!

April The Giraffe…

April
April The Giraffe!Β 

The Internet star broadcast through YouTube and CBS Denver on Facebook, possibly the most anticipated birth on the internet right now… (Maybe), April the Giraffe from NY along with her baby daddy Oliver!

Such a cute couple wouldn’t you say?

Roughly 5k people all over the world tune in every day in the hopes of catching a glimpse of this spectacular mommy give birth, it’s insane! She has no idea how famous she is and if she did do you think she would want the entire world watching her give birth?! I know I wouldn’t!! but she takes it like a trooper and just goes about her day, I wonder how she would feel if she knew we were all watching her?

She even has her own page on the Animal Adventure Park NY website… April The Giraffe

I have been checking in more or less every day since probably the last week of Feb, I’ve never seen a Giraffe give birth before, but I’m not obsessed like some people are, some stay up til’ all hours of the day watching, not wanting to miss the grand event, there is so much anticipation surrounding her birth, people speculate when it will happen, question if its even real and some just watch silently enjoying the up close and personal perspective we are getting into the life of a Giraffe!

GiraffeCam

It’s great and gives me something to kill time with, come join us crazies who are all eagerly awaiting this baby!!

Now the next big question is, boy or girl?!