Pregnancy and Birth

Pregnancy Update – 27 weeks

October 28, 2015

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.IMG_20151027_231610

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.

Food cravings –  No not really, though I’m losing interest in cooking lately.

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.IMG_20151020_111042

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.IMG_20151027_231820

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

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  • Reply @rockingmother October 28, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Amazing baby bump. Enoy every bit of this life changing experience!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 28, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Hehe Thanks, I’m trying lol

  • Reply Kate October 28, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    You have such a beautiful bump! I’m 17+ 1 and I can’t wait for mine to look like yours 🙂

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Congratulations and thank you. She’s totally in my way but at least she looks good while doing it hahaha Such a diva!

  • Reply Charlotte October 30, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Awww I remember these times! thanks for giving us a sneak peak into your pregnancy – you must be getting excited now though! – wishing you well with everything #binkylinky

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 30, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Excited? Exhausted? Same thing right? Hahaha Excited to finish work, lets say that hahaha

  • Reply Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies October 30, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Not too much longer to go now 🙂 Seeing your bump makes me miss being pregnant! Bet you’re looking forward to your upcoming mat leave! #binkylinky

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Very mush so!! Can’t wait to go now. I’ll feel a lot better when I can just sit down! Haha

  • Reply Emily October 30, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Your bump is so cute. I miss my bump, but no more kiddies for me! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 30, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      Yeah I totally missed mine when Dexter was born, Thanks x

  • Reply Helen Gandy October 31, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Ahhh you have a lovely bump…..not long to go! Pregnancy is knackering isn’t it! I had the opposite with Elarna and had low blood pressure! Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst and see you soon hun X

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 31, 2015 at 1:09 am

      Yes! Completely knackering! Thankfully not long to go. Roll on mat leave!

  • Reply Mummy's Blog November 2, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I know how you feel with the exhaustion, it’s been a shock for me as I was never this bad first time around. My doctors is a 10 min walk when I’m not pregnant, now it’s 30 min and I have to go via the main road so I can sit in the bus stops for a rest if I need to! I’m at the point I’ll be glad when it’s all over! Mine is due 28th, so I’m 4 days behind you 🙂 x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 3, 2015 at 12:59 am

      Ohh they could be born on the same day!!! How exciting! Baby blog twins! Haha

  • Reply Farmerswifeandmummy November 2, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    He he I’m going to keep retweeting to get you to 800 😉 so pleased you found #MaternityMondays I’m going to go andcreadcall if your other pregnancy posts x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 3, 2015 at 12:58 am

      Hahaha Thanks you so much! hope you enjoy!

  • Reply Jaime Oliver November 3, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Hi Leslie .. i am about a week behind you and i am feeling the same with the tiredness now, was hoping to be still super active but i am lagging and sleep is my biggest thing right now! … i can’t wait to read more of your journey x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 3, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      I’ve been nodding off all morning! Toddler has so far been entertaining himself and I’m trying not to fall asleep I’m so tired! I’ll follow along with yours too. I think that makes 3 of us due around the same time!

  • Reply Polka Dot Family November 19, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    I tried to delay my maternity leave thinking that I would be able to work until a week or two before baby arrives, however my exhaustion levels peaked and I’m pleased I left sooner rather than later #BlogBumpClub

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 20, 2015 at 12:53 am

      Yeah I’m definitely done now. Don’t think I could still do another months worth, let alone any more!

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