Tuesday, 20 January 2015

36 Weeks & Maternity Leave

I am currently 36+5 weeks {in my 37th week}, and the baby is the size of a winter melon!


My bump is growing a lot but I don't think I'm much bigger than I was with Holden at this stage, although she is definitely higher up.


I finished work last Wednesday at the end of my usual working week, so yesterday was my first actual day of maternity leave. Technically I'm using my last two weeks of holidays first before my official maternity leave begins on the 2nd of February. I'm not sure how long I will take this time, but I think by the time I use my 9 months then my holidays, I probably won't return to work until January 2016! Holden is going to continue to go to nursery his usual 2 days while I'm off which I think will be good for him to keep a bit of a routine and he enjoys seeing all of his friends there.

I saw the midwife again on Friday 9th, when I was 35 weeks. It wasn't my usual midwife, but she was lovely and sorted out a prescription for my heartburn, which is my only real complaint at this time. Otherwise everything was fine, I heard the baby's heartbeat again and I measured 34.5, which is perfect at this stage. I received a date for my planned (elective) section on Thursday, exactly at 36 weeks as the consultant had said. Although it will be between 39 & 40 weeks as we expected, we are not going to share the date as I'm aware that things may change beforehand or could be delayed.

We've made lots of progress sorting the spare room and the baby's room the last few days. We cleared the spare room then moved the double bed from the other room in to it so that the empty room could become the baby's. Graham and my dad built the drawers and cot on Saturday, then the wardrobe after an Ikea trip on Sunday. We bought Holden a bigger 4x4 kallax unit for his toys so we could move the smaller 2x4 expedit unit in to the baby's room to use as a changing station. We've also put a smaller 2x2 expedit in our downstairs toilet as another changing station so that I'm not having to keep going up the stairs. Today, since Holden is at nursery, my dad put the wallpaper up and my mum and I sorted through Holden's old clothes to see what we could keep then we got the new curtains and lampshade put up. We are waiting on the new cot mattress and the different pram hood being delivered then its only the shelves and pictures to go up on the wall. 

We had a wonderful Christmas, hosting at ours for the first time, followed by a few busy days seeing all of our family and friends. After my midwife appointment, I spent the night at Stobo Castle with my mum, aunt, best friend, her mum & her mother in law. We enjoyed a nights stay and use of the spa, as well as dinner, breakfast and lunch before we came home. We all enjoyed a treatment in the morning, when I had a lovely mother to be massage, even if the therapist seemed surprised I was 35 weeks. My sister and her family are going to be coming over from Dubai for the whole summer, so we are starting to make plans for when they are here, with a week at Center Parcs already booked for 14 of us!

The next couple of weeks I'm going to enjoy my maternity leave, meet friends, pack my hospital bags and prepare for Holden's 3rd birthday which is on the 1st of February. We are having his party at a soft play centre this year as I didn't want to have it at home when I will be 38 weeks pregnant.

Monday, 22 December 2014

32 Weeks & My Birth Choice

I am currently 32+4 weeks {in my 33rd week}, and the baby is the size of a durian!


I am getting a lot bigger now as you can see. I've had to get a new winter coat to last me through the winter months.


I'm not due to see the midwife again until 9th Jan, when I will be 35 weeks, as the surgery is shut the week before when I should normally have seen her. However, last week I saw the consultant for my appointment to discuss options for the birth.

I have decided to have a planned (elective) caesarean section, as I was given a general anaesthetic during Holden's birth and by the time I woke up everyone else had met him. I would like to make sure I'm awake for this birth and get to see and cuddle my baby first. They would not induce me again, and I would probably have refused it anyway and they also said they would be fairly quick to perform a section if the baby was in difficulty, so I feel better having it planned so we know exactly what will happen. The consultant was lovely and completely understood why I would want another section. I had thought I would need to give lots of reasons to explain but no, they said they would completely support it after what happened last time.

The section will be sometime between 39 & 40 weeks and I should get a date when I'm around 36 weeks. It feels a bit strange that we will know the babies birth date beforehand but I definitely feel this is the right decision for me this time, and at least we know beforehand what to expect. That's not to say I won't be nervous when the time comes but hopefully everything will go as expected.

Although we have cleared a bit more of the spare room,the baby's room progress has been put on hold until after Christmas, when my dad is going to put the wallpaper up. We are hosting Christmas for my family this year although there will only be 8 of us including Holden. Thankfully we then have plans for most of the days between Christmas and new year so we don't have too many days to cook.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

28 Weeks

I am currently 29+5 weeks {in my 30th week}, and the baby is the size of a cucumber!


We went for a 4D scan when I was 26 weeks so that we could see the baby again, show Holden what a scan was like and confirm it was a girl before we buy anything else.


It was lovely to see the baby again and show Holden the baby in mummy's tummy. The sonographer confirmed it was as girl and think she thought around 2lb. She wasn't really in the best position for the pictures but we managed to get a few after wriggling around a bit and eating some sweets and fizzy juice. Although my placenta is also at the front this time around, I'm definitely feeling a lot more movement than I ever did with Holden and this time I can even see her moving at the front, and Graham can feel some kicks, which we never really did with Holden. On the way home from the scan we stopped at Gap so I could buy a dress I had seen for the baby.

As you can see my bump is growing a lot and there are only some of my normal tops that I can still wear. Im stretching out wearing my coat but I'm definitely going to have to look for another to last me through the winter months.


I saw the midwife at 28 weeks and everything is going well. Graham's parents came to watch Holden so I could go alone as I had to get blood taken and my Anti-D injection. I heard the heartbeat again and am measuring slightly under at 27 weeks but again the midwife isn't concerned. I won't see the midwife again until January, when I am 35 weeks but I was given an appointment to see the consultant in December, so that we can discuss options for the birth, after what happened during Holden's. (I might actually write about that soon!) I also had an appointment last week to get my whooping cough vaccine.

We haven't got much further with sorting the spare room or the baby's room, as we are currently storing a lot of Christmas presents in there, but we have got the wallpaper, shelves and a changing mat ready. One of my friends has just had her baby and i'm looking forward to meeting the new arrival.

We have just got back from a weekend in Grassington at their Dickensian Festival with family and friends which was a lovely way to get in to the christmas spirit. This weekend I am looking forward to meeting the B6 girls in Edinburgh for our annual Christmas secret santa swap.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

24 Weeks

I am currently 25+6 weeks {in my 26th week}, and the baby is the size of a lettuce!


My bump is definitely growing but I still don't feel too big yet.


I had another midwife appointment at 22 weeks and everything was fine. Holden came with me and we got to hear the heartbeat and I was measuring slightly under at 20 but the midwife wasn't concerned. A couple of weeks ago both Holden and myself also had our flu vaccines. I will see the midwife again when I'm 28 weeks. I have arranged to finish work in the middle of January, taking 2 weeks holiday before my maternity leave begins at the start of February.

This time around, Graham's sister is also pregnant too, about 10 weeks behind me and due at the end of April. It's lovely to be able to compare as we go along. I'm excited to be an Auntie again and it's lovely that Holden and our new baby will have another cousin who lives a bit closer than the others. I'm already looking forward to our next family holiday with all the kids.

My sister and her family have just moved from Australia to Dubai so they are a bit closer than they were before and it will be a lot easier for them to come over and for people to visit them there. My parents are going over next week to see them before Christmas.

Just yesterday my dad papered a wall in Holden's room with robot wallpaper for us and he is also going to do a wall in the baby's room once we have the wallpaper, have cleared the other spare room and moved the bed! We have managed to sort our room which was required so that we can move some of the stuff from the spare room in to it. 

This weekend Holden has a birthday party and we have a 40th to attend before our 4D scan which we have booked for Sunday. We are hoping they can confirm its a girl before we buy anything else. We are planning to have Christmas at our house this year so that Holden can play with all his toys, rather then dragging him somewhere else for the day. My family are also going to come which will make 8 of us for dinner. Although I said our trip to Grassington would be our last until the baby arrives, I've just booked a night away at Stobo Castle with my mum, aunt, best friend, her mum & mother in law in January. It's just the girls so we plan to enjoy the spa, have dinner and relax.

Monday, 6 October 2014

20 Weeks: Its a...


...GIRL!

I am currently 21+4 weeks {in my 22nd week}, over half way and the baby is apparently almost the size of a papaya!


We had our 20 week scan last Monday and all was well, its a girl, and we could see her wriggling around. I had to go out halfway through the scan to get some chocolate to eat and hope that she would turn as the radiographer was having trouble getting some of the measurements.


I'm growing now as well and have a definite bump, as you can see from the photo below. I will try and keep a record from now on, the same as I did with Holden. I don't think I showed as early this time which I was quite surprised about.



I saw the midwife at 16 weeks and got to hear the heartbeat. Graham and Holden were able to come too. We already knew from last time that I'm AB negative so will need an anti-D injection at 28 weeks, probably at the same time as the new whooping cough vaccine and the flu vaccine. I had an appointment to see the hematologist last Friday and I've to have the 6 weeks of blood thinning injections after birth that I had with Holden. I will see the midwife again this Friday when I will be 22+1 weeks.

I'm still feeling good and am now wearing all maternity trousers, mostly the ones from last time, although I have bought another couple of pairs of jeans and a swimming tankini that I needed for our holiday to Center Parcs.

We haven't really bought anything yet apart from a chest of drawers for the babies room but we need to work on clearing the spare room so that we can make that the guest room / study and make what is currently the guest room the babies room.

As last time, I know quite a few others that are pregnant at the same time as me and my two best friends have both recently had baby girls.

We've just come back from a holiday with my parents in the UK. We started at Alton Towers, then Lytham St Anne's then went to Center Parcs for the last 4 nights. We've got a weekend away planned at the end of November to Grassington for their Dickensian Festival with my family and friends but that will be the last trip until baby arrives.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

My Life in Transition: "Moms Make it Work"

At the end of last month I wrote a guest post for Julia at My Life in Transition for her "Moms Make it Work" guest blogging series. She had put a call out on Instagram looking for some international mums to take part and as I've followed Julia's blog for ages, I thought it would be a nice series to contribute to.


I did write the post quite a while ago so of course there are now some changes that I could also have written about since baby 2 is now on its way. Go and take a look if you have a chance, I hope you enjoy reading and would love to hear your thoughts. There have been loads of other posts from mums in lots of different situations and how they all make it work!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

#100happydays - Weeks 13 & 14: 17th July - 1st August 2014



Day 85: Helping build the new shed!

Day 86: Lots of fun on the jumping pillow with My Spare Thoughts & A Dizzy Girl at the farm today!


Day 87: Fun with second cousin Amy at uncle Brian's birthday lunch!

Day 88: Garden slabs almost finished; just the cut ones to do!


Day 89: New cube table & chairs, final bit for the garden!

Day 90: First dinner outside!


Day 91: Ready for nursery!

Day 92: Enjoyed another lovely day in the garden!


Day 93: Loving the big ball outside granny & grandad's!

Day 94: Scotland v New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens!


Day 95: Watching the rugby sevens final after seeing the preliminary matches yesterday!

Day 96: Love the timehop app!


Day 97: Coffee catch up with friends after work!

Day 98: Seats on the train for a couple of days this week since I went further to a station!


Day 99: On our way back from a lovely afternoon with friends!

Day 100: Baby 2 due 12th Feb; Holden's going to be a big brother!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Coming soon (version 2)...

...the newest member of the family; Holden's going to be a big brother!


Due to make an appearance 12th February 2015!

Monday, 21 July 2014

#100happydays - Weeks 11 & 12: 3rd - 16th July 2014



Day 71: Nap time in the car!

Day 72: Soft play fun with Lucy


Day 73: Auntie Hazel & Uncle Jake brought Olaf back from London!

Day 74: Got to meet 4 day old gorgeous baby Grace tonight!


Day 75: Free ginger loaf from the sandwich shop at lunchtime!

Day 76: Mummy best friend me!


 Day 77: Finding Nemo!

Day 78: Luca's salted caramel ice cream is amazing!


Day 79: Lovely hot day for a picnic in the park with friends!

Day 80: Garden progress thanks to my mum & dad!


Day 81: BBQ in the sun at my parents this afternoon!

Day 82: Sweet & salty popcorn bar!


Day 83: Catching up with Masterchef Canada!

Day 84: Our local station getting in the spirit of the games!

Monday, 7 July 2014

#100happydays - Weeks 9 & 10: 19th June - 2nd July 2014



Day 57: Much better this morning so we got to come home!

Day 58: Attempting to help daddy wash his truck this afternoon!


Day 59: Lots of fun at the Highland Show today!

Day 60: Finishing Graham's birthday chocolates!


Day 61: Popcorn!

Day 62: Center Parcs booked for September!


Day 63: Another new necklace from A Weathered Penny

Day 64: Ice cream!


Day 65: Putting more bits into Holden's baby book; might actually get it done before he's 3!

Day 66: Tucking in to the duck & pancakes!


Day 67: Strawberries!

Day 68: Catching up with Modern Family!


Day 69: Trip to Alton Towers booked!

Day 70: Found my favourites at lunchtime again!