It's been a while since I last talked to you about my pregnancy. In fact, it's been more than a while. My last pregnancy update was at 20 weeks when I found out the babys gender. Just in case you didn't read that post then I'll bring you up to speed, we are having a baby boy! It's all very exciting. Many members of my family were so sure I was having a girl. Perhaps that was wishful thinking on their behalf as my first is a boy. As lovely as it would've been to have one of each though, it's just as exciting knowing I am going to have two beautiful little boys to look after.
It's insane to see how much time has flied as I am now 38 weeks & 1 day so it's just under two weeks until little man is due to make his arrival into the big wide world. I have to admit it is becoming quite daunting as time goes by as I am half expecting him to arrive early just like his big brother.
Everything has seemed to go rather well with the pregnancy over the last couple of months, although there has been the odd dip in my blood pressure, but that seems to have picked right up again. Little boo is growing rather well and seems to be on the right path with his height and weight which is a really good sign. However I had my 37/38 week scan last week and I was told by the sonographer and consultant that the fluid around the baby seems to have reduced. Now, I'm no doctor so I can't be entirely sure what that means but I am having another scan on Thursday to see if there's any change. I'm hoping there's nothing to worry about. On the positive side it was wonderful to see little man again and hearing that tiny heart of his beating away. I was also told that he was in the head down position which is such a relief, I'm just hoping he doesn't move again and go breech. That would not be ideal.
I also have what may be my last midwife appointment this morning as well. My birth plan is all sorted. I am hoping to give birth with as little pain relief as I can, but that may not be the case if I'm in labour for more than a few hours. I think I had it quite easy with Alfie as labour only lasted three hours so I didn't have the opportunity to take anything. If I can't cope with the pain then I'll be taking all the gas and air I can. Last time around I did have gas and air, but that wasn't even when I was in labour. Unfortunately I ended up having a tear and had to be stitched up(sorry, tmi). I also had to stay in hospital for two days as they were concerned I had pre-eclampsia. It was horrific having to stay in the hospital for whole two days, not being able to get out of the bed, or even being able to take Alfie home straight after. It was horrible for me watching other mothers taking their newborn home after a few hours of giving birth, knowing I couldn't do the same. It was devastating. Don't get me wrong, it's not that big a deal compared to what others go through, but it's just how I felt at the time. I'm just hoping and praying that there's going to be no complications this time around. I'm thinking positive!
Now, let's talk about cravings. I have been obsessed with cheese and bacon burgers. I loved them pre-pregnancy and I love them even more so now. They're just delicious. I've also been eating tonnes of ice lollies to help my body cope with the heat. Alongside that I've been enjoying a cold glass of orange juice with ice cubes and milkshake too. I just can't get enough.
My bump is pretty big right now. I really wish I took more photos to keep for myself and show you too, although I did share a photo of my bump on twitter a few days ago if you want to see how big he's growing. I feel like a balloon that is about to burst, honestly. Nothing fits me, I'm living in leggings and oversized tops which isn't very 'me'. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to get back into my 'normal' clothes, although I know it would take quite a while until I fit back into my favourite pair of skinny jeans.
I can barely move around either. I am constantly tossing and turning in bed, but even turning over in bed is a struggle as little man is putting so much pressure on my pelvis, it's so painful. I can't even see my feet anymore and I'm even struggling with the simplest of tasks like putting my shoes and socks on, it's ridiculous and so embarassing. I am walking like a bloody penguin too, no joke. The extra weight of a baby really does take a toll on your body. I've had to take one of my rings off too as my finger had swollen up. Don't get me wrong, pregnancy is an absolutely beautiful experience but when you've been pregnant for 38 weeks you kinda get a bit frustrated. I am ready to have this baby now.
I am honestly so so excited though, especially now that there's not long to go until the big day. I don't want this post to sound entirely negative as I have enjoyed the pregnancy so far. It's just these last few weeks that things have become difficult for me with the baby preparing himself for his arrival.
Hopefully my next pregnancy update will be to let you know that he's arrived and he's safe and well. I am just overwhelmed with excitement. I've been asking everyone what they think little man will look like. Will he have blonde hair like me? Green eyes or blue eyes? Do you think he will look more like me or Josh? I seriously can't wait. I am counting down the days.
I am so glad that you've been on this pregnancy journey with me, although I do wish I kept you all up to date more.