Monday, 29 May 2017

8 days to go...

No baby yet, although she still has time before her eviction is served.
I've now started thinking about the advice I've been given to bring on labour - sex and curry apparently, although I'm not particularly convinced by this. I'm pretty sure curry will give me serious heartburn, as would sex probably (most things do). Then there are more unusual labour inducing methods such as drinking raspberry tea or eating pineapple. Both of these are likely to also come with indigestion and you would probably have to eat a large number of pineapples before anything happened and drink an awful lot of tea - I spend a lot of time in the toilet as it is! And I don't like tea.

I went for a walk yesterday - another suggestion - it was quite a short walk but was enough to leave me barely able to move as the evening went on. I don't think my pelvis is up for much movement anymore. My hip pain, along with a dreadful stitch and severe cramp in my leg this morning all led me to think that maybe the babe was on the way. Unfortunately the agonising pain has now gone and little Heinz seems to have returned to her comfortable position for at least the near future.

While in pain last night, Si was trying to be helpful and looking up 'hip pain in pregnancy' and how to improve it, which is a helpful thing to do until the suggestions go from 'resting and doing gentle exercise' to 'do the ironing sitting down' - really?? Doing the ironing is not the first thing that springs to mind when I think my pelvic area is about to fall out of my body :s Maybe other women are different...

In other news my feet are now spending their days inflating like balloons, luckily they still tend to improve over night, despite the fact I get up and walk around so often. Spent a few more hours on the sofa last night, largely because I have now started making snorting noises if I sleep in certain positions. So very attractive. My body had better return to its normal state, I feel like I've become some sort of human alien - not long now.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

13 days to go...

Well the babe is still inside, nothing exciting has happened yet. I think she is moving down slowly though, as I sometimes feel she is trying to break free, pushing down on my pelvis and making me walk like John Wayne :s I see the midwife again on Friday and am really hoping she has some different news to 'she is on the brim' - which is where she has been for weeks!

I have taken to sleeping on the sofa more often - it's actually quite comfortable once you are awake at 2am and fancy a change of scenery. I've never wandered around the house so much in the middle of the night, not that it's really any different to the daytime. I thought I would be more tired due to my night time excursions, however I don't think I feel any different to when I have a good night's sleep. My body is obviously fully prepared for being woken up by a baby - that's just something Si will have to get used to!

Baby Heinz (and myself, oddly) went to her great grandmother's funeral yesterday. She was so very close to meeting her but at least when little Heinz is older I can tell her she did go to the funeral. I feel like I am starting the next generation, which is quite a special thing. Although I don't anticipate replacing all her great grandparents with babies, they would not all fit in the car for one and Si would not be happy with all that time I would take off work!

The 'pregnancy bible' has not been particularly informative as of late. It talks about how uncomfortable I will be getting (I know) and how I must make sure I make time to rest (I know) and how doing shorts bursts of exercise - swimming/walking - is good to get the baby moving. I am trying, I go swimming, little walks, clean, shop - surely she must be coming soon.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

19 days to go...

We went for our last scan yesterday, all seems fine and her dodgy kidney might not be as dodgy as they first thought - always a bonus!
We were in a teeny tiny room for the scan with no fewer than 6 people in there, it got a bit hot and being made to lie on my back for 15 minutes was hard work. You get constantly told to lie on your side but go in for a scan and there is no other option but to be on your back - there must be a better way! After about 5 minutes my insides started to feel crushed, even the midwife (one of the many people who was in there with us) said that my stomach was looking very stretched - there is a monster in there squashing my lungs!!
What was slightly worrying was that the woman who started scanning me was having terrible trouble finding the baby kidneys and then was having even more trouble deciding which was the left one and which was the right one - fills you with confidence! Thankfully the consultant man took over eventually.
We got the report at the end and little heinz is generally average size except her stomach is almost off the 'normal' scale and appears larger than her head - slightly worrying maybe when it comes to pushing her out. They have also estimated her current weight at just over 7lbs - she had better not be thinking about coming out late. It is bad enough thinking how much more weight this giant child can put on in the next 2 and a half weeks :s hopefully it won't all go to her stomach!
I was reading up on how the can estimate the weight of the baby and apparently it really is quite an estimate and can often easily go a pound either way - either way??? This means she might be near 8lbs - my body will never be the same again. I'm giving birth to a baby elephant.

In other pregnancy news I keep bashing my stomach on things, mainly doors where I forget they need to be opened wider than what I'm used to. I have discovered that when using a public toilet you walk in with your stomach almost overhanging the toilet and quite easily can shut the door behind you. However, when walking out there is no where for the stomach to hide before you open the door towards you. You then have an awkward few minutes where you realise you are stuck behind the door and have to do a twisty round maneuver to get out of the toilet. It is actually easier to exit the toilet backwards, as this gives you much more room, if a few funny looks.

Less than 3 weeks to go and these issues will all be in the past! Although, more than likely to be replaced by new issues - it is not an easy ride!

Monday, 15 May 2017

22 days to go...

Another weekend been and gone. Maybe our last weekend where we 'go out' before the baby - how scary. Little Heinz is considered perfectly safe to arrive any time as of tomorrow, let's hope we are not waiting too long after that, as the anticipation is getting too much!

I was in the swimming pool the other day with the mother when she asked what I would do if I went swimming one day and went into labour while I was in the pool..I hadn't really given this much thought. As of then I now only go swimming with a swimming buddy :s At least I would be in the right environment for giving birth, as the whole being in water thing appeals quite a bit! Maybe other swimmers would not be so keen on the idea, can't think why?!
This got me thinking, what would I do if I was driving down the motorway and went into labour? Or I was in the supermarket or anywhere else that was away from home where I was on my own? This is something else that is not mentioned in the 'pregnancy bible' - I'm finding there are many many gaps in this book! I suppose I'm not planning on ever going very far and I can't imagine that going into labour and actually ending up with a baby happen particularly close together. Maybe this is why I'm wanting to spend more and more time at home. Perhaps it is an instinct thing as the time gets ever closer. I'm sure cavewomen were banished to caves when giving birth time got closer - no-one wants to be out hunting mammoths when labour starts.

Anyway, last scan coming up on Wednesday - another 'last' approaching - after that we have to wait to see her for real, yay!  

Thursday, 11 May 2017

26 days to go...

This morning I made a discovery...I do have ankle bones after all! I think the warm weather yesterday made me swell up a bit leading to my mother exclaiming how fat my ankles were - abnormally so apparently - how kind. In comparison to today's ankle width I think they may have been a bit on the chubby side but I think the water has drained back into the system. I wonder if last nights 500 trips to the toilet had something to do with the diminishing chubbiness?
Anyway, today's woe has been a reoccurring stitch on the lower right side - I think I may have pulled a muscle, unfortunately this has happened whilst lying on the sofa (a way to prevent ankle swelling) and rolling over like the whale woman that I am, to go and get my lunch. Why is procreating this hard?? I am actually surprised that the world is, apparently, overpopulated. I'm sure no one needs to put themselves through this more that a couple of times!

Enough of woes: today's installment in the 'pregnancy bible' is all about nesting. How we apparently get all the house clean and tidy in preparation for the babe. I'm pretty sure little Heinz is not going to be too worried if the cupboards aren't cleaned, however I have been spending the day clearing out the wardrobe - oh no, I am an accurate statistic :s It also mentions that the man may start to 'nest' as well and he might do things like 'clean the car' or 'tidy the shed'. It is good to see that gender stereotypes have not died! There is also not much chance of any 'male nesting' in this house - a. we haven't got a shed and b. I don't think the car has been cleaned since 2011, so a baby Heinz is unlikely to change a habit of a lifetime!

Can't believe I have now been off work for 2 weeks - where did that time go? I think it is all lost in a haze of pain, going to the toilet and cleaning tasks! I should make the most of this time as it will all be different once she is here - not long now and all very exciting :)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

28 days to go...

Yesterday was my last visit to the theatre before little Heinz makes an appearance. It was quite uncomfortable and we did have to get there really early to give me plenty of time to get up all the stairs - maybe sitting in the upper circle was not the best of decisions! It was worth it though and little Heinz was asleep throughout most of it which stopped me needing the toilet every 5 minutes.

Sleep is still eluding me, I never realised a person could be so tired but so awake at the same time, it is like being a zombie - I'm sure this is something that won't change when she is born. I suppose I am now well practiced in the art of functioning on tiredness and I hopefully won't have indigestion once she is out, so maybe it won't be too bad.

Baby room is now pretty much complete. During my surprise 'baby shower' at the weekend I made the most of having some help with furniture moving, which made up for the fact that the 'baby shower' really was very much of a surprise and little Heinz almost made an early appearance due to the shock. At least if she had arrived the baby room would have been all ready for her!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

33 days to go...

The days are rolling by in a bit of a haze of tiredness. I am looking forward to waking up in the night because there is a baby crying rather than because I have indigestion, hip pain, back ache, stomach ache, needing the toilet or I'm so tired that I've done a full circle and am actually wide awake again. I think I spend more time heaving myself in and out of bed than I do actually sleeping in it!
In other news little heinz has been perfecting the art of stretching. I'm not sure which body part is where but my stomach has been creating very weird shapes - I am quite ticklish as it is, I never realised a person's insides could be ticklish too :s

Oh and we may have made a breakthrough when it comes to naming Heinz...'we must sit down together and write a list'. I believe this is progress and a step in the right direction from 'what do you think of Doris' and 'I quite like Pepper as a name' - she is not a condiment!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

35 days to go...

35 weeks done and 35 days left. I think they might be the longest 35 days and probably the most painful. Picking things up from the floor gets more and more difficult and I find myself dropping things and then debating with myself whether or not it is worth the effort to bend down and pick it up!

Today's 'pregnancy bible' update is all about being worried about going into labour, however I have so far not read anything about just how painful the whole experience is going to be - is that some big secret? Or maybe it's not painful at all and I'm just blowing things all out of proportion. The book says how it is all about going into the unknown, like some sort of spiritual journey, which is why it is a worrying time. I'm certainly more worried about the pain and the amount of time the pain will last, but like I say no-one ever mentions this, so I will just leave that to my imagination.

We still don't have a name for the child. I keep saying that we can't call her Heinz forever, but there is, obviously, still plenty of time to pick a name :s I think despite the next 35 days dragging on a bit, we will still get to D-day without having decided on anything. I am hoping that with the amount of pain I experience on my 'spiritual journey', the name choice will end up on my shoulders!

-5 days to go...

Still here...getting a bit bored now, think my boredom threshold is only so long and I'm now running out of things to keep me occupied! ...