As I’m now 38 weeks into this pregnancy thought I had better get a wiggle on and update you on the last few weeks. I have a sneaky suspicion this may be my last update! yikes. (edit: I was right!)   A few things have changed since my last update. Sadly Matt has missed the deadline to qualify for Shared Parental Leave by 2 days. Part of the criteria to qualify states that you have to have been with your current employer for a certain length of time prior to the birth. This does seem grossly unfair to those who…

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I’ve made it to 35 weeks pregnant but I must admit it’s starting to feel like 350 weeks! As you know, I’ve been generally well and had no major complaints but I’m just getting a little bored now. We’ve read the books, had the meltdowns, bought the gear – now we just need to have the baby! I’m trying to be mindful of my posture and getting up and down more carefully so I don’t strain my back or stomach but it’s easier said than done. I think I might need to relocate myself to the other side of the…

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“baby has a tight wee bottom” – midwife extrordinaire, April 2015 I really do love my midwife. She might always be insanely late but she’s a lovely lady! This week I went for a checkup by myself as Matt had to work. The usual blood pressure and urine checks came back fine. MW spent a bit of time checking babies position and really dug down into my pelvis which was not pleasant! Head is down but not engaged just bobbing around apparently. This week has brought swelling of epic proportions – A result of third trimester fun and the hot…

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Hello 🙂 When this baby is born i’m going to bite it right on the butt. Yes, you read that correctly. I am going to bite my infant directly on the bum with my adult human teeth. My main motivation for this is revenge. For the last few weeks I’ve had a pinched nerve in my right ass cheek that makes me hobble, trip over and wince like there is a bat up my rectum, usually with no warning. Don’t judge me. So today I am 32+2 and firmly established in the third AND FINAL trimester. I know everyone says this…

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Howdy! Today I am 16+4 and it’s time to check in with you all. Your baby is now around 10cm long from crown to rump, about the size of an avocado, and weighs about 100g. In the next three weeks she’ll go through a tremendous growth spurt, doubling her weight and adding centimetres to her length. Now that their backbone has become stronger your baby will start to straighten out their head and neck more. Tiny bones in your fetus’s ears are in place, making it likely that the baby can hear your voice when you’re speaking at 16 weeks pregnant.…

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Today I’m 15+4 and not a lot has changed in my opinion since last week. I’m just generally feeling tired and hoping for that second trimester energy surge to come in any day! Your baby weighs in at only about 70g. He measures nearly 9.1cm long, crown to rump. You may not know it when it happens, but your tiny tenant frequently gets the hiccups, which babies learn to do before breathing. Your baby’s legs are growing longer than his arms now and all his joints and limbs can move. Symptoms? I’m still feeling tired! I’ve had a bit of…

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Hello there (: Today I am 14+4 and I just had my second ever midwife appointment. It was a little underwhelming if I’m honest. There were a few contributing factors that made it less exciting than I though it’d be… My expectations were a little high Matt had to work and so I was flying solo There was a 40 minute delay to the start of my appointment A trainee obstetrician was sitting in and I felt a little out-numbered. On to the positives! I got to hear the babies heartbeat which was fantastic (: My midwife explained she didn’t…

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Well once the news that we were going to have a baby had begun to sink in we quickly began talking about how and when we’d share the news. There were a few nerves as we felt that some family members may not be very happy about our news – more on this another time. The first decision we made as parents was that we would wait until the first scan which is generally between 11 and 13 weeks in the UK. This scan marks the point when most health professionals feel it is ‘safe’ to begin telling people as…

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