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 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?

Week 18: Feelin’ Pumped

It’s been a fairly uneventful week, with hubby away and me just plodding along at work.

One new thing I’ve noticed this week is my extremely heavy pulse, that I can literally feel pumping through me at times, usually just after I’ve eaten. My tummy enlarges throughout the day with food (ok, and gas.), and at times it feels like my belly is this massive pulsating bulge. A quick google search and a looksie on some of the mummy noticeboards tells me that its all to do with the increase of blood moving around my body. This (in hindsight quite obvious) revelation has made me feel a little better – I’ve been getting paranoid about any little thing lately.

It’s been six weeks since my scan, and I suppose it just feels like a long time. I’m ready for the next one, to check everything is ok. But not long now, just a week to go until we meet baby Lupin again. So now I need to think of how to break the news. The boy or girl news. How did you share this with people?

Boy or Girl?

Image from Pinterest

Our 12 Week Scan

Last week hubby and I went along for our 12 week scan.

I have to say I was quite nervous about this. I was desperate for the confirmation that I was pregnant. Peeing on a stick and a lack of period didn’t feel like enough. What if I’d got it all wrong? I was terrified of going in there not finding anything. So it was a great relief, and almost numbing to see that tiny baby on the screen.

I was a bit quiet and nervous, and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw baby so clearly. Somethings weren’t so clear, to us at least. The sonographer kept saying “…and thats the tummy, see?” well, no I didn’t really get what I was looking at, but I smiled and nodded, and was very pleased when she showed us baby’s two arms and two legs.

I had to go straight to work after the appointment, and was basically waiting the whole day to go home and look at the pictures again, take it all in. I love our little print out – our first baby portraits. And so clear! I was expecting to see a bit of a blur, but I can see a real outline of baby’s face.

Phew. 12 weeks complete, and I couldn’t be happier.


The Best of Birth Announcements

As you can imagine, I’ve been going crazy on Pinterest recently, looking at cute baby type things. Nurseries, outfits, accessories etc.

One thing that has caught my eye are these adorable birth announcement photos. What a cute way of sharing your news! And a lovely little keepsake for baby, and yourselves, once they’re all grown up.

Husband and I went travelling around New Zealand at the beginning of this year, and hubby was obsessed with neatly presented photographs of the contents of his bag. It was like his way of saying ‘Look, I’m going on an adventure’. Well what bigger adventure can there be, than becoming a parent!?

We’ll definitely be creating our own version of this, once our little Sparrow arrives.

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When life gives you lemons…

…I’d usually say make gin and tonic, but that isn’t really appropriate right now.

I’m yet to see a doctor about pregnancy, and so I’ve been doing a lot of wondering about how things should be feeling. Is this right, is it normal?

I’m about six weeks. I haven’t had any morning sickness or nausea yet (touch wood), but I have been having some kind of pains, similar to period pains in a way, but not quite as severe. I feel like I’ve put on loads of weight in the past few weeks, but thats probably more to do with eating far too much pizza.

I did the home pregnancy test a week ago, and it’s almost like the symptoms switch flicked on. Maybe it’s all in my head? Maybe I thought I should be feeling tired, and that’s why I’ve been passing out straight after dinner.

Apparently at this stage, my womb is roughly the size of a lemon. So now I can’t get the image out of my head that I have a little lemon sitting inside me, and every now and then, baby gives it a squeeze just to remind me he’s there.


Illustration by Emma Lewis and sourced from One Sheepish Girl

I’ll be seeing the doctor in the next few days, and will get more of an idea of what’s going on. But how did you feel at six weeks? Were there any big changes – anything noticeably different?

A little cross can make all the difference…

This weekend, hubby and I found out we’re pregnant!

Although we’ve been trying, and I’ve half expected that it’s happening for the last few weeks, it was still a shock and a little bit scary to see that little cross on the home pregnancy test. It’s real. It has begun!

A million things have been going through my head ever since. But one thing I could do with a little help with, is how to tell people?

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Here are a selection of my favourite pregnancy announcements that I’ve found on Pinterest so far. Which do you like best? Have you seen any other ideas that you really love? I’d love to do something creative, to look back on once baby has arrived.