I really can't believe I'm now past week 30 (in fact as I write this I'm 30 weeks and 5 days). This pregnancy seems to be flying past way quicker than my first with LO. Perhaps it's because I'm not working full time and I am spending my days having lots of fun with this little monkey. Yes, he is indeed driving his toy Gordon from Thomas the Tank Engine over the hill that is my huge belly. He has become really aware of my growing belly, and it makes me giggle when he says things like "Mummy no fit, Mummy too big!". He's also incredibly affectionate and loves resting his head against bump when he's tired and resting on the sofa in front of the TV. And he loves giving baby brother (my bump) a good night kiss too.
Even though I've found it to fly by so far, I am half expecting these last 10 or so weeks to drag a little bit. November can always feel like a slightly long month with the anticipation of Christmas. This year though, it may fly by as quickly as the rest of the year has done, as we do have quite a lot to do. I'm constantly nagging at Mr F that we really ought to start getting the new nursery ready, which I cannot wait to get started on. It's also my 30th birthday coming up and to celebrate, we are having a child-free weekend away in a couple of weeks which I am super excited about.
At the start of last week, Mr F and I had an appointment with the consultant midwife at the hospital to discuss my anxieties surrounding the birth. These anxious feelings have been very strong the entire pregnancy, after having had quite a traumatic birth and post-natal experience with LO. I had an awful experience with induction and nearly 40 hour labour, and so it was suggested we meet with the consultant to discuss what happened last time, what went wrong and how we can avoid such a situation happening this time.
It was quite an emotional meeting and reading through the dossier of medical notes and seeing all the complications LO had, it brought it all flooding back. The induction and drugs didn't seem to agree with my body, and therefore it's been decided that I should not to be induced if I go overdue this time, and instead, the plan of action is if i don't go into labour naturally, I will have the stretch and sweep again, and if it doesn't work, then I will be booked in for a Caesarian section. And while the thought of a C-section really terrifies me, at least I'll feel in control and baby won't be as stressed as LO was when I was in labour with him.
How far along? 30 weeks + 5 days
Weight: 9 stone 13 (I have lost a few pounds since last week?!)
Maternity clothes? I am even finding maternity jeans uncomfy so have been wearing lots of leggings.
Stretch marks? Yes, they've got worse and my skin sometimes feels a bit burned like sunburn.
Sleep: Not well since the clock change, although I've got a new pregnancy pillow which arrived today which i can't wait to try.
Best moment this week: My sister's reaction at seeing baby move in my belly.
Miss anything? Not having itchy sore skin.
Food cravings: Not really, although I feel a bit off sugary things bizarrely.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing at the moment.
Labour signs: Not labour signs, but sometimes I feel so achey that I walk around the house with my back bent over. I think my belly has started to drop as well.
Symptoms: Heartburn, stretch marks, aching back and top of my tummy aching
Belly button in or out? Out, but less so now my skin is stretching more
Wedding rings on or off: On.
Happy or moody: Generally I've felt tired and a bit moody.
Looking forward to: Starting the nursery and washing baby's clothes.
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