Pregnancy update – 29 weeks: Growing an elephant

November 8, 2015

Weeks Gestation –

Due Date – 24th Jan

Size of baby – Apparently the size of a baby elephant! I had a midwife appointment on Friday, she measured my bump 3 times and marked her down as being way above the 90th centile and with a significant jump from her last measurement. She contacted the hospital for them to call me to to arrange a growth scan for this week. I’m expecting to hear from them on Monday but if I haven’t heard by Tuesday morning, I’m to call them and find out whats going on.

BabyGirl growthchart

Sleep –  Dexter has developed a habit of coming in to our bed in the middle of the night. Anyone that’s slept with a toddler knows how fidgety they are and so I not only have BabyGirl wriggling around on the inside, I have him kicking and poking about and arms flailing everywhere while both Liam and I cling on to the edge of the bed for dear life and have no room.. So no, sleep is not currently being had. Once I’m on mat leave tho, we’ll be getting him back into routine and then hoping we might get some kip before BG arrives.

Food cravings –  Fancying more fruit lately which is good.  I saw this in our local Tesco and ended up eating a plum, a few grapes and 2 satsumas just while wandering around getting 1 basket of shopping!

tesco fruit

Baby developments – Her teeth are now in her gums and ready for when she starts teething, her eyes are open and she can see. Her brain can now control her temerature and breathing. I’ve looked at belly mapping so I could work out where she is and at first I couldn’t work it out. Then she moved positions and I knew straight away where she was. Her head is down and her back curves round on the right side of my bump (my right) and her limbs are in the left. My midwife also confirmed this at my appointment.

My bump – is getting far too big. I know I’ve mentioned it before my shower cubical is becoming a bit tight. Let me show you what I mean…
This is my shower… and then me trying to get in it. Excuse the mirror pics, I know they’re horrible but I cant find my selfie stick 🙁
As you can see, she’s getting in the way a bit.


Belly button – Is no longer an inny. It’s not an outy either but it’s on it’s way. I think it will be sticking out by the time she’s here

Me – Feeling better this week. It may have something to do with having 6 days off work and then only having 6 shifts left at work!
I’ll be sad to leave my friends but so happy to have my evenings with the boys and not be on a time limit to get things done each day.
I’m a bit nervous about what they’re going to say at the growth scan when I get the appointment for it. I’ve only heard of growth scans for when baby is too small, not when they’re too big. I’m hoping there isn’t any reason to induce me or to give me a caesarean.  I’ve got another midwife appointment on the 27th and then the scan for the placenta on the 30th to see if its moved so this growth scan is another appointment to add to the ever growing list.29 weeks

Exercise – I think I might have to start looking up antenatal exercise videos. Not working will mean I don’t get that 15 mins walk each way every day. I have a gym ball so I might look for something that uses that.

Baby items purchased – I have a pack of new born nappies and some cotton wool ready for the hospital. To be honest, I seem to have forgotten what I needed from last time so my heads a bit fuzzy. Need to get on with looking at this, at least make a shopping list for the more necessary bits.

Hospital bag – So far has a colouring book for me, along with toothbrush, toothpaste and face wipes. For her, I’ve got 3 vests, a few onesies, nappies, cotton wool. I know I’m way off  it being ready but at least there something in there should anything unexpected happen.

Baby Names – I have 23 twitter followers to go to reach my target of 800 before Christmas before christmas for me to reveal her name. I’m quite excited at revealing it for you.

What I’m looking forward to –  This hasn’t changed from the last update… 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 talks about her and can say her name. He plays with his dolly and feeds her so he’s got a good grasp on things so far. Oh and of course he’s still kissing my belly and helping with the coconut oil 🙂

As always, thanks for reading xx

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  • Reply Jaime Oliver November 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Awww honey i think its a lovely bump! … and elephants are cute too! .. sending hugs to you for this weeks scan, i am sure all will be well lovely x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 8, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Hahahahahahaha That made me laugh. Cute as they are, I can’t imagine breast feeding one!

  • Reply sarah November 9, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Just followed you on twitter to find out the name – not many to go now! Hope things get easier x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 9, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Hehe I’ve been trying to think of a way to reveal it and today I just had a brilliant idea! I’m looking forward to it now

  • Reply Lisa BacksnBumps November 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Lovely post and you’re bump is not looking too big, maybe you’ve just had a growth spurt. I’m waiting for mine, my due date is 20th Jan and I’m having a little girl too 🙂 Exciting that you’re finishing work soon, you can make the most of a little rest before bubba arrives. Looking forward to finding out the name! #maternitymondays

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      It wont be too long now!
      Do you have a name sorted yet?

  • Reply Naomi November 9, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I really hope your growth scan is ok. I would have really liked one this time round (currently pregnant with my second) as I’m anxious about having another big baby, but they wouldn’t refer me for one. Off to find you on Twitter now! #maternitymondays

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 9, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Well so far today I haven’t had the call from the hosp about booking it so I shall be calling them in the morning. Followed back on twitter too 🙂

  • Reply Mummy's Blog November 9, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I also have a toddler in my bed and know exactly what you mean! Hope the growth scan goes well, I had one this week and the doctor said I’m having a big baby too. He did an evil laugh when he said it which was a bit worrying! x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 9, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Oohh he sounds sinister! How big is big? Did he predict a weight at all or say what might happen?

  • Reply Farmerswifeandmummy November 9, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Oh you poor thing. I did have a little chuckle about the shower though 😉 you’re always bigger with your second. Thanks for linking up and hope toddler goes back to bed soon- I often wish we had got a bigger bed 🙂

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 10, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Hahaha That shower is getting a bit silly now lol
      Give it a week and we’ll be getting D back to routine.

  • Reply Silly Mummy November 10, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Love the name reveal idea – just followed you (yes, I’m nosy)! I had growth scans for the opposite reason – my babies were way below the 9th & I measured very small (& I’m 5’11” so was expected to have big babies). I was really worried with second as had to keep having traces & seeing consultant & they were threatening to induce early, which I didn’t want. But it was all fine – she was growing steadily (just small), all traces fine, & in the end they just concluded I was a bit unusual but all fine! She was born naturally, 4 days after due date, and actually a little bigger than predicted! Hope yours is fine too. I think mostly it is just that they like to be cautious and make sure – but there always has to be some people at the top and bottom of those percentile ranges, doesn’t there? I was getting small measurements on scans as well as my fundal, so they kept checking, but actually my consultant told me that the bump measurements are hopelessly inaccurate. He said he doesn’t trust his own let alone anyone else’s! So maybe baby measurements will be much lower percentile than bump measurement was recorded as anyway. Good luck!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 10, 2015 at 8:54 am

      I still haven’t heard from the hospital to book it so I’ll have to ring them in a bot to see whats going on.

  • Reply Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby November 11, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Oh, I hope your growth scan goes well.
    I love those shower pics; I can definitely see the problem you have. Maybe baths from now on? You wouldn’t want to get wedged in the door frame!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 11, 2015 at 8:38 am

      yeah Looks like baths for the next 2 months now. they just take so long and the bathroom is right next to Dexters room.

  • Reply Helen Gandy November 13, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    You are looking fab hun, not long to go now!!! You must be getting excited 🙂 Looking forward to following your next few updates and thanks for linking up to the #bestadnworst x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 13, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Only 4 more shifts at work. Really looking forward to my last day. I shall be taking my selfie stick! Haha

  • Reply Life as mum November 16, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    You look great and glowing! Posts like this always make me feel broody! xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 16, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you. I get like that too! Lol I’m just in a constant state of broodiness haha.

  • Reply Polka Dot Family November 19, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Whenever I’m pregnant I always get a huge bump quickly then it seems to slow down towards the end – it doesn’t stop all the questions like ‘are you sure that you’re not having twins’ etc. You look beautiful #BlogBumpClub

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 20, 2015 at 12:52 am

      Funnily enough I got that question this evening! I’m pretty sure theres just one in there! Haha Thank you x

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