Weeks Gestation – 27+ 3
Due Date – 24th Jan
Size of baby – 14 and a half inches in length and weighing in at almost 2lb. Although she feels like she weighs a lot more and when they last measured my bump they marked her at ‘estimated’ 2.6 lbs so who knows?! Apparently she’s the size of a cauliflower head.
Stretch marks – No more marks but I’m beginning to expect them. I can really feel my skin and muscles stretching. She’s really starting to pull on me. I may have a look at getting one of those support things. Any recommendations?
Sleep – I rarely get a full night. If it’s not me waking up it’s Dexter and I’m a light sleeper anyway.
Baby developments – Well, it feels as though she’s in training to be an olympic gymnast. She kicks and wriggles all over the place so it’s like she’s doing star jumps as she’s reaching out in all directions. Her lungs would be capable of functioning with help if she were to be born now. Her brain is going through it’s final stages of fine tuning and development.
My bump – It’s amazing to watch it jiggle about when she moves and watch how she twists and turns about. It is starting to really get in my way now tho. I don’t think I’ll be squeezing into my shower cubical for much longer. She’s starting to get hiccups which, in a strange way, I’m kind of sad about. When I was pregnant with Dexter, I was working full time, sitting with a bunch of girls that loved feeling him kick. It was very exciting. This time round, I’m sat at home with Dexter, nobody else around during the day to share it with and I don’t sit near anyone at work that would want touching my bump. Plus because we don’t work long enough to get tea breaks, I don’t get time to talk to anyone either. It makes me feel a bit lonely if I’m honest.
Me – Oh you know, I’m fine really. I sound convincing don’t I? Haha. I still have really bad heartburn and it seems to be getting worse. The doctor gave me a bottle of jollop for it and it was the smallest bottle I’d ever seen! It was more like the size of a calpol bottle!! What am I supposed to do with that? It wont even last 2 days. If anyone else is suffering with this I do highly recommend the Tesco own brand bottle! It’s way cheaper than leading brands. It works very well and almost instantly.
I had a consultant appointment last week,(I’m under consultant care due to the high blood pressure and suspected pre-eclampsia last time) all my bloods, urine, BP and everything are fine so far, so there is nothing to worry about there. No glucose or proteins or anything that shouldn’t be there. They are continuing to monitor my blood pressure every few weeks but as long as it stays where it is, everything should be fine for me to have a normal delivery (well, depending on the placenta at the 32 weeks scan). If my blood pressure goes up, they are going to put me straight back on the labetalol and then look at inducing me again. I’m hoping for the first option. Being induced the first time round made me feel kind of robbed of the experience. I didn’t get to wait for contractions and then have the excitement of having to rush off, already in labour. I didn’t get people keep asking if he was here yet, I didn’t get the “Oh shit! My waters have just gone” I got none of it.
What I got was the “Call us Thursday and we’ll see if we have a bed for you“, “We have no beds, call back tomorrow”, “We still have no beds but should get you in tomorrow” ” We may have a bed by lunch time, come in and we’ll see..” So I finally got a bed on the Saturday and then it was a lot of waiting around for him to be born on Tuesday. I really don’t want all that this time. I want her to come as naturally as she wants to. I’d also really like to try a water birth.
Exercise – I’m too exhausted for that now. I took Dexter to preschool last week and had to stop to rest 3 times in a half hour journey. When I finally got him there, I broke down in the middle of the car park with complete exhaustion and cried. Mum took me home in the car so I didn’t have to walk back and from that point I decided to change my mat leave and bring it forward. I wouldn’t mind going swimming again as thats a lot more relaxing but I don’t have money for that this close to Christmas, especially not with baby due straight after.
Baby items purchased – Nothing more. There is a nearly new sale at the end of November I’d like to go to but to be honest, I just don’t have the energy for trailing round shops. I would really like to get some of those milestones cards for when she’s here. I think they would look lovely on the blog as I write up her developments. I also need to get on with stocking up on nappies, muslins, vests and all the other bit’s we use every day. Crikey.. I’m a bit far behind on this aren’t I!?
Baby Names – I have decided to do a name reveal IF I hit 800 followers on twitter by Christmas day. I’m thinking I’ll reveal one letter at a time and mix them up so you have to work it out for yourselves. There are a few people that know but please don’t give it away and spoil the game. Besides, I might not even get to that many followers that quickly so I might not even tell you ha ha.
What I’m looking forward to – Finishing work on the 19th of November and being at home with Liam and Dexter in the evenings. My mat leave doesn’t start until the 25th but I have some holiday to use up too so my last working day is the 19th. Then I can start to relax an get the house in order for Christmas and start sorting out Baby’s room.
How is Dexter dealing with it? – He isn’t as involved as he was, I think maybe we told him too early and its taking too long for him. He doesn’t really see much of a change but he still kisses my belly and talks to the baby occasionally. I think after Christmas we can work on explaining the changes to him like how the baby may cry at first and will need Mummy a lot but then will get bigger and be able to play. I’ll show him how we change nappies too so he has an idea of how he can help Mummy and be included with things like passing nappies and wipes etc. We’ve decided too that when Baby is finally here, we want visitors to talk to him first and not go straight for the baby when they visit so maybe ask him to show them ‘his’ new baby. If they bring a gift for baby, maybe ask him to give it to her for them and perhaps help her open it. Also to bring him something too just something small like a bit of chocolate or a toddler magazine or something. Its going to be a big change for him and I don’t want him feeling pushed out.
That said, I’d love to know if you have any tips on this part. He will be 2 and a half when she arrives so If you have had a baby while your first was around the same age, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
As always, thanks for reading xx