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?
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 😛 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!
Since my last update (28 Weeks) not much has changed really, I had a blood test on the 15.02.17 which was just an ordinary midwife appointment for me with the added blood test, this was to test my immunities and to see if I am anemic, that was just over two weeks ago and my midwife told me no news is good news, I haven’t heard from her so I’m assuming all is good on that front! I did have the most awesome bruise though from said blood test, I don’t usually bruise but for some reason this time I did…
The picture doesn’t really do it justice, it was much better in person…
…That makes me sound like some kind of weirdo that gets a kick out of injuries… I assure you I don’t but, I can appreciate a good bruise from time to time…
Other than this really the last two weeks has been pretty easy, I’m suffering with extreme tiredness again which seems to have returned from the first trimester but that is to be expected, I’m growing an entire human inside of me so yeah that is going to be pretty damn tiring, I just tend to have nice long lie ins after Arran gets up and goes to work!
Next weekend (the 11th) is my Baby Shower! I am pretty excited about it but also kinda anxious too, I’m not the kinda person who likes to be the centre of attention, which is what a baby shower is all about really, I probably would have been better off waiting til little dude was here and then having a party for him, that way then everyone can fuss over him and I can just watch from the sidelines, but ah well, I can do both right!
Some things I have been stressing over this past two weeks:
Finishing the nursery
Finding a newborn photographer (this one the most)
What I will need to pack for the hospital for me
What I will need to pack for the hospital for him
Giving birth unexpectedly in the car on the way to the hospital… (don’t ask why)
Him in general (this goes without saying, I constantly worry if he’s Ok in there, if he’s moving enough etc.)
So yeah, that is my life at the minute! Oh also the heartburn is real! I’ve cut out fizzy pop and spicy food and anything that I know gives me heartburn but my god, I still get it, it is not nice! although I find drinking milk has really helped when I do get it!
Here is an update pic of my bump progress!
If I remember rightly the left pic I took at 16 weeks, top right 19 weeks, middle right 26 weeks and bottom right at 30 weeks! I don’t feel like there has been much change between 26 and 30 weeks though…
Other than the stress, heartburn and tiredness I am enjoying being pregnant, however I am ready and super excited for him to get here! I now have between 7 and 12 weeks til I get to meet him… It’s gone SO fast! I feel like it was only yesterday that we were at the first scan looking at him, trying to guess whether he was gunna be a boy or a girl! though I suppose I will be looking back in 5 years time going “It feels like only yesterday that I was giving birth to him!”
So yeah, that is my latest update, my next one will be at 32 weeks when I will talk about all the fun stuff from the baby shower and share some pics!
If anyone has any suggestions on how to cope with heartburn, I would love to hear them!
So the other day I decided to go through all of the clothes that baby boy has, I wanted to take stock of them so I photographed them all and figured why not write a baby haul post about them!
He has quite a lot of things already but I imagine he will have even more after the baby shower, I will do another haul then to show off all the new stuff!
Anyway here are all of his clothes so far!
So yeah as you can see he has quite a few things already! This little dude is going to be spoiled!
He has some lovely hand knitted cardigans made by Arran’s Grandma, quite a few pairs of shoes, including some Uggs which i am super jealous of! I don’t even own a pair of Uggs!! and some cool bits that my family brought home from Vegas, all in all he is doing well so far and he is definitely going to be a trendy kid!
So The Mummy Diaries is the name that I have decided to use for my posts about pregnancy and beyond, I feel like it is fitting as I will be a mummy very soon! and I wanted to distinguish these posts from my others, so there we have it, The Mummy Diaries is my new series! I was considering starting a whole new blog for this series but I struggle to keep up with this one sometimes so having two that I’m trying to post on would probably be a bit of a nightmare!
Anyway, keep an eye out, i will post an update on my pregnancy every two weeks and then there will be other random posts inbetween!
So as my second trimester draws to a close I am finally on the home stretch! I am so excited, I have enjoyed being pregnant mostly but I can’t wait to finally meet our little dude! I have been imagining what he might look like and what his personality might be and I am just so ready to finally meet him!
Right now though I’m going to write down how I’ve felt over these last two trimesters, I should probably have done it sooner when it was all clearer in my mind but hey ho I feel like I can remember it pretty well…
Trimester 1, I missed a fair few weeks of this trimester cause I had no idea I was pregnant! I got a positive test on the 20th of September last year, which really doesn’t seem that far away! That would have made me 7 +1 weeks pregnant, some people are lucky/unlucky (depending on how you look at it) and find out at like 1/2 weeks, I couldn’t handle that I’m too impatient, waiting til 12 weeks would have felt like a millennia! Anyway, the thing that was hardest for me during this trimester was the food aversions and constant nausea, literally everything I ate made me feel sick and when I wasn’t feeling sick I was constantly exhausted and had no appetite, so it wasn’t great but I muddled through on toast and really bland food! I started feeling baby move around 14 weeks which I understand is pretty early so I feel very lucky, it’s amazing how much reassurance it brings 😁 My 12 week scan was great, baby was upside down and full of life, it’s awesome seeing them for the first time, knowing that’s your baby and you’re going to meet them! Creating life is incredible to me, I just go about my life while he grows away inside me!
Other than this my first trimester was pretty uneventful thankfully, the nausea slowly went away and towards the second trimester I started to feel much better which was a welcome relief!!
Trimester 2, this one has been pretty smooth sailing, in fact so much so I feel quite lucky! Pregnancy has been kind to me… so far! Still all of my morning sickness disappeared at the start of this trimester which was wonderful! All of my midwife appointments have gone great, baby is doing wonderfully, I’ve felt him lots more during this trimester, he likes to sit really low and kick my cervix 😝 which can be pretty painful sometimes! We did have a bit of a scare though towards the end of Jan, I spent my birthday in hospital due to stomach pains, had to get 2 steroid shots in my bum as they were worried I may be going into early labour, I didn’t fortunately, I was 25 weeks when that happened I think I handled it quite well, though I wasn’t keen on staying in hospital but it was for the best. I had my whooping cough injection last week, I hate injections, but it was alright, the worst thing was it made my arm feel bruised for about 3 days after! But I think that was the last of my injections for this pregnancy… maybe! The best thing by far about this trimester though was feeling him move all the time, I love it, both in the reassuring sense and because it’s a constant reminder that I’m going to be a mommy!
And so today I am 28 weeks, officially in the third trimester guys! 12 weeks to go, I am excited and nervous all at the same time, we have so much to do and so much to look forward to!
Coming up this trimester I have a wonderful blood test! At least one that I am aware of, looking forward to that… not! I also have my baby shower in March which I am super excited for and by then I’ll only have 8 weeks left to go! Exciting times ahead!
A bump pic! Taken at 16 weeks, 19 weeks & 26 weeks!
I have some big decisions to make in the next few weeks, one in particular is going to impact my life quite significantly the other not so much…
I think I’ll start by talking about the smaller of the two decisions, that being I want to post a lot about my pregnancy so far and updates on it in the future and then continue on after baby is here, kinda like a mommy blog, but, I don’t really want to change the overall theme of this blog, I like that I can just come on here a write about whatever I like, so I was thinking about starting a separate mommy blog, but I’m not sure, I don’t want to start it and then neglect this one or vice versa… so maybe I will just stick to writing on this one, start a mommy series maybe, who knows, maybe this blog will eventually evolve into a mommy blog! I guess it’s something I need to think about a bit more, read other people’s mommy blogs, get some ideas, I will say im not going to start a new one until im certain that is what I want to do.
So now onto the decision that is the important one, the one that will change my future…
My parents have offered to let myself and my OH move in with them on a short-term basis, 2 years max probably, with the intention that we save the money we are currently spending on rent and bills etc. and put it away to go towards buying our own house in the future, there are so many positives to taking them up on this offer that I am 100% for it, my OH however is not…
At the minute we live in a one bed flat in a built up area, on a main road where all of the schools are rubbish, my parents live in a reasonably nice area where schools are good, now I know school is a good five years away yet, but still this is something that bothers me. I want our son to go to a nice school in a nice area where he can go out and play with friends and I won’t have to worry about him, this is possible where my parents live, here though not so much. So that being one of the positives, here are the rest, in my eyes:
Better job prospects for me
OH can use some savings to learn to drive
Possibility for me to go back to college
I won’t be alone for 10 hours a day with a newborn
So yeah those are the positive how I see it, the biggest one for me being not being on my own all the time, here I am completely alone, family are a good 40 minutes away, I have no proper friends where I currently live so my days are spent inside on my own, which can be quite isolating and lonely now let alone when I’m taking care of a new baby and have no idea what im doing, at least if we move home I will have all of my family around me to help out and I won’t be alone all day every day. However, moving home would mean the OH would have to commute to work, which obviously costs money, but nowhere near as much as we are paying out currently, but, he doesn’t want to commute, he says he would rather pay the extra money for us to have our own space, but that could mean we end up struggling and nobody wants to do that if they can help it, he says that he will get a better paid job, but I know he enjoys his job where he works now and I don’t want him to move somewhere else and be unhappy, I’d rather he be happy and us move in with my parents for a while to get ourselves into a better financial position… I just need to find a way to convince him that it is our best option… Any suggestions?
About 14 weeks ago we got the biggest most unexpected surprise, we found out we were having a baby, we were scared and confused and generally just in shock, especially after what we had previously been through, for it to happen again so soon after was terrifying but I knew this time it was for real, there was no way I was going to give him up again!
I am now 22 +4 weeks pregnant and loving it, I think so far I’ve had a pretty easy ride, my bump is still tiny though, I was kind of expecting to be bigger by now but I guess everyone is different! The two pics above are from both of my ultrasounds, the one on the left is from 14 weeks and the one on the right is my most recent pic at 20 weeks, we decided pretty early on that we wanted to find out the gender and from then on the wait was excruciating, I needed to know! but we got there in the end, the 20 week scan was the Monday before Christmas so it was like a lovely little early present to ourselves, we had a bet going between us, I was convinced we were having a boy but OH thought we were having a girl…. I was right! my prize was his next days advent calendar chocolate!
So now we have the enormous task of picking the right name for him! My mom bought us a baby names book, it has literally hundreds of names in, how on earth are we supposed to pick one when there are so many good ones?! How do people narrow it down to one?!
We have also been given a ton of stuff for him… like how can such a tiny person need so much stuff?! my family have been nagging me for a list of things we will need so they can get us things but I don’t even know where to start, apart from the obvious, clothes, nappies, cot and pushchair!
So many things to do and only 18 weeks left to do them in! one of those things is going to be huge, we need to move house, currently we live in a smallish one bedroom flat, up a flight of stairs, not too keen on bringing him back here cause
1. getting him and the pushchair up and down the stairs is going to be a nightmare and
2. there is just not enough room, currently im keeping all of his stuff at my parents house as they fortunately have room to store it!
Cannot wait to meet our little dude and, I can say for sure that my 2017 is going to be better than 2016!