Week 37: Full Term!

This week I am feeling very happy to have finished work. I’m exhausted! Full term has brought with it huge feet, fat fingers and an incapability to use my legs.

I no longer fit into any of my shoes. I had to buy a pair of size 6 flats. Size. Six. I’m usually a 4. I’m just praying that this is temporary and that my feet will go back to normal once the boy has arrived. I’m also unable to wear my wedding and engagement rings, and my hands feel like they’re 90 years old.

For that reason, it was a great idea to treat myself to a manicure & pedicure this afternoon. My feet were starting to look pretty knarley, seeing as I can barely reach them, and it was lovely to relax and be pampered for an hour or two.

So here’s what’s been going on in my baby countdown…

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Day 8: July 8th

Kitty is patiently awaiting the arrival of her new friend, curled up on the pram.

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Day 9: July 9th

Delivery from Bob & Blossom! I can’t wait to get some use out of this amazingly cute spotty hat and blanket.

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Day 10: July 10th

Full Term!


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Day 15: July 15th

I spent the day with my brother and nephew. We took a train to Blackheath and wandered through Greenwich park, to the Royal Observatory and then into Greenwich for lunch with a friend. I was unbelievably knackered once I got home. But it is always nice visiting Greenwich.


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Day 17: July 17th

Pedicure time! A much needed treat. Blue for my boy! I wonder if it will last until he arrives.

Follow the rest of my baby countdown on my Instagram 🙂

Sparrow x

Week 36: Month of Baby

Wowzer, week 36 already! On Friday I will be full term. I could have a baby any day now.

This is all quite overwhelming, and baby has (of course) been taking over life in the past few months.

What with decorating the house, getting baby things ready, winding down at work, midwife appointments, baby showers… it’s all very exciting!

So it is July, and I am due on the 31st. So I’ve started a little photo-a-day countdown over on my Instagram.

Here’s a peek into my first week of what I shall call Baby Month.

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Day 1: July 1st

How apt. I spotted a little gaggle of baby geese on my adventures. It must be that time of year 🙂

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Day 2: July 2nd

We enjoyed a trip to a new Korean restaurant nearby while we can still leave the house! Nothing too spicy.. just in case.

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Day 4: July 4th

Our new buggy has arrived! I’m very excited about this. We went for the Joolz Day Studio Gris.

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Day 7: July 7th

A lovely present from my lovely mother-in-law; Mothers Bath Oil. This will certainly come in handy!

We’ve started taking guesses on which date baby will arrive.

At the moment they range from 20th July to 4th August. I’m hoping he’ll be fairly close to his due date, but am expecting him to be a July baby rather than August. But only time shall tell!

The countdown continues…

Sparrow x

NCT: 1st Pregnancy Must!

 

We’ve started and finished our NCT course since I last posted, and I have to say that it was so helpful. A must for all new parents. I find that the midwife appointments are good for checking baby is ok, but advice for the parents is rather limited, unless you know what you need to ask about.

NCT has really helped us to know what we want to put into our birth plan, what we want in terms of pain relief, and generally understanding labour and what to expect. The course is designed around the group, so any particular queries you have will be covered, and the course leaders really know their stuff. It’s also a great chance to meet lots of lovely couples in your area, who are in the same position as you.

So really I just wanted to have a thumbs up post for NCT, and if you’re debating booking yourself into a course at the moment, I say go for it!

Sparrow x

Week 28: Painting & Pain

We’ve been busy preparing our house for the arrival of baby. We have so much to do, it’s consuming us. 

We’re living in what was my grandfather’s house, and the room we are decorating as the nursery used to be my mum’s bedroom when she was a little girl. 

In that room, we have one wall where we’ve stripped back wallpaper to the bottom layer, to the wallpaper that was up in the mid 50s. It’s amazing! Lots of cats playing sports on a pink background. Before we got pregnant, this was our crafty room, and we’d planned to keep the cats up. But now… With a little boy on the way, what should we do?  

  
It seems such a shame to take it down, so instead we’re planning to wallpaper over the top. When we started renovating the house, we found lots of memories that had been covered over rather than removed. Waiting to be found by a future generation, perhaps. Maybe if we cover the cats, we’ll find them again in years to come. 

Other than painting, this week, pregnancy has brought some pain and discomfort. Sitting at a computer at work all week is getting increasingly uncomfortable. My ribs have felt like a balloon is being blown up beneath them, and they’re trying to burst through my skin. When I sit up straighter to give my ribs more room, the pain just moves around to my back. Gah! Constant aching. Just six more weeks at work… I hope I can last. 

On top of rib pain, the bloating seems to have gone up a notch. I’ve been getting trapped wind that hurts like never before. It’s like a stabbing pain. I keep pushing my belly around to try and move things around – I must look like a nutter. I’m now testing out peppermint tea – supposedly the best solution to this problem. Let’s hope it works! 

Until next time,

Sparrow x

Week 26: The Infinite Sadness

Evening, blogsville.

Just checking in to say hey. I don’t really have any pregnancy news, other than it feels like the hormones are starting to kick in.

I’ve been crying more over the past week or two. Sometimes for silly things (Britains Got Talent) and sometimes for being scared and anxious for what is to come. I’ve started worrying that I’m letting pregnancy pass me by too quickly. I really want to enjoy it, make the most of this amazing time, but instead I’ve been feeling immensely lonely.

I really need to kick myself in the butt and get out, see my friends, and do things that are going to be ultimately more difficult once baby arrives.

I need a little inspiration! I’d love to hear of some amazing things you’ve been doing to make the most of pregnancy?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts 🙂

Week 24: Things I Didn’t Know About Pregnancy

Ok, if I’m honest, I didn’t really know much at all about pregnancy 24 weeks ago. My attitude has mostly been ‘see what happens’ while keeping up with the main protocols; passing on the booze, etc.

Also, I’ve had a very straight forward pregnancy so far. People are constantly asking if I’m tired, but to be honest, most of the time I don’t feel much different to before I was pregnant. In fact, I probably feel better. It’s like having a huge detox. I can’t even remember the last time I was hungover, and for me, that’s pretty incredible.

But, as time goes on, I’m starting to get the odd ‘niggle’. Here are some of the things I didn’t expect during pregnancy.

1. Itchy & Scratchy.
So. Annoying. This started early on, probably in the first few weeks. My back is constantly itchy, so much so that when it first started I was scratching so much that I made myself bleed. I’m used to it now, and no longer bleeding, but its still pretty damn annoying.

2. I got gas.
There’s no nice way of putting this. I’ve been trumping like a trooper for a number of weeks now. Sometimes its a bit awkward, like I can’t stop myself. I hope this calms down once the boy has arrived, it’s getting embarrassing!

3. Rib-tastic.
My ribs hurt. Who knew that your ribs could hurt.

4. Hairy Belly.
Wow, making this list is making me realise how attractive pregnancy is. So, I don’t (yet) have the line of dark hair down my belly, but I have grown a little collection of random hairs all over my bump. How lovely.

5. Hangin’ Out
More of an obsession than a ‘symptom’, I’ve taken to sitting with my belly out whenever I’m just chillin’ at home. Maybe not alllll the time, but if boy is kicking, I’m getting the belly out. I love seeing my bump jump up and down every now and then.

What have been your most unexpected experiences of pregnancy?