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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bumpdate @ 37 Weeks


Baby is now considered TERM!


Friday evening was scary! I'd taken the kids out for the morning, we were all tired when we got back and all slept all afternoon. Then in the early evening me and my eldest started being sick. We couldn't eat or drink without being sick.

By bedtime I was in agony! My belly and back we're cramping. Baby has dropped quite low now so when I was sick and made my belly tense up, baby was upset and kicked me in the belly and what felt like my coccyx area. Pain beyond words! I couldn't stand, lie down, curl up, or squat. Hubby was worried the baby coming, but it didn't feel like early labour. 

I was in tears from the pain and on the verge of calling the midwives at the hospital when I remembered the Tens machine we'd recently been given - I've never had one before so it wasn't the first thing I'd thought of. Hubby set it up and I was able to cope again. Amazing thing! Now all I had to concentrate on was getting rehydrated! 

Fun! 

Here's what Fertility Friend says about baby this week:
On average, at this time, a baby weighs about 6.8 pounds (3100g) and measures about 14 inches (35cm) from crown to rump and 21 inches (47cm) total in length.
Your baby is still growing and gaining weight. Your baby may gain as much as 1 ounce (28g) a day at this point.
If your baby is a boy, his testes should have descended into the scrotum by this time. Your doctor will check that his testes have descended after delivery. About one percent of boys will have undescended testes.
Your baby has been building up waste in his intestines for the past few weeks. Called meconium, this waste is greenish-black and is made up of material from blood cell break down, shedded cells from the lining of the intestine, skin cells and lanugo shed into the amniotic fluid and swallowed, as well as other sources. Meconium is the first waste your baby passes and the first diapers that you change will probably be comprised of this greenish-black, tar-like substance. There is also a chance that your baby will excrete meconium before delivery and have some covering his body. 

Oh... And I guess I should mention this too: Baby is measuring 4333g / 9.55 lb! And my induction date is AUG 5TH!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Traumas of a first time at Scout Camp

Jack has joined the Scouts. Well, as he's 6 he has joined the Beavers, but it's all the same thing. He's only been to a couple of meetings, with it being the end of the season, but he's really taken to it.

This weekend he wanted to go on he Scout Camp.

It's only an over-nighter, nothing major. Not like he's away for a week or anything. But it's the first time he's been away from home overnight without being with family. And it's made me nervous. Very nervous! I know he's perfectly safe, and I know he has loads of friends already, and that he will make a load more with every meeting and trip away. But he's my baby! My first baby!

And he ran off to join his mates without a hug or a proper good bye.

I wanted to cry all the way home, and I don't think it's just the pregnancy hormones.

I was pretty quiet all evening in truth. Tom & George were a bit "where's Jack?" But it was nothing new to them for him not be about 24/7 because of the amount of time they spend at home while he's at school. They go to bed before Jack too so that was no different for them.

I spent half the night waking up convinced I'd heard the phone ring downstairs, which is stupid because if there had been a problem they would have called my mobile which I keep by my bed. And doubly stupid because NOTHING WAS GOING TO GO WRONG!

Sunday morning, just after breakfast and the house phone does ring. I jump out of my skin, Hubby answers it. It's my Mum & Stepdad ringing up to say thanks for his birthday cards and presents.

At 2pm I set off to fetch my boy. I'm not waiting long before he materialises with his kit bag and rucksack "oh, there you are" he says in an impatient tone. I'd arrived on time, but it's a long hot walk from the car park to the lodge when you're pregnant. Then I'd waited in the mud room for him to come out. I asked if he'd had a good time and he bombarded me with tales of adventure and fun, including a story of staying up till 1am laughing with his room mates. Then he handed me the three badges he had been awarded (to be sewn onto his jumper when we get it in September) and assorted prizes for being Good and Brave. The leader who saw him off said he had been "absolutely perfect". My heart swelled with pride!

We were back at the car before I got a hug.

But after dinner he came and cuddled on the settee with me. He said sorry for not hugging me good bye, he had just been too excited and keen to get started. I said I understood, and I hadn't chased after him for a cuddle because I didn't want to embarrass him in front if his new mates. I also told him how very proud I was of him for being so big and grown up.

He was totally exhausted when we got back. How he kept his eyes open is a mystery to me! Oh to be 6 and full of energy (instead of almost 35, pregnant, and lacking in any energy at all). I'm just glad he's home again having had such a great time! And I won't be so stressed when he goes away again in September. Honest!



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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bumpdate @ 36 Weeks


Where is the time going?


I am torn between feeling like time is dragging - like when I'm hot and swollen and can't sleep - and wondering where the heck time is going! I'm back at the GD Clinic this Wednesday and this time..... Please let it be this time.... This time SURELY she will give me my actual induction date! She said 38 weeks. That's just two weeks away!

Things on my countdown list are passing. Jack has been on his first overnight with the Beavers (over emotional post to follow), the kids all finish school & nursery half way through this week, this time next week I'll be considered "term". I only have a maximum of 4 days left at work too, which is more likely to be 2 1/2. 

It's all getting quite real! Eek!

Here's what Fertility Friend says about baby this week:
Your baby is now considered full term. He weighs approximately 6.5 lbs (2950g) and his total length is about 21 inches (47cm). Your baby's crown to rump measurement is about 14 inches (35cm).
By now, your baby's head may have engaged into your pelvis.
You may feel that your baby occasionally has hiccups from his "practice breathing".
Though your baby is considered full term, he is still growing and developing both his body and his brain.
He is still laying down fat at a rate of more than half an ounce every day. 
Fingers crossed for an induction date on Wednesday!


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