Diary for Weeks 26 – 30 (August 2017)
Gestational Diabetes. I had never even heard of this till recently but due to my rubbish ovaries the doctors confirmed that I was at risk and I had to be checked. Gestational Diabetes can mean that your blood sugar levels as a pregnant woman can be too high and can result in a higher birth weight for the baby, a premature baby and pre eclampsia. I had the test on Monday. You have to fast from 10pm the night before so no water or food and then off to the hospital for a blood test at 8:45am. After you have had the blood test they give you a sugary drink and then you have to sit for 2 hours in the hospital. This was very dull after 2 hours, its time for another blood test and then you are excused. The nurses were lovely but it is a tedious test. The nurse told me that someone would call by the Thursday if I had diabetes and luckily for me nobody has called me so no news is good news!
Baby Brain is a very real thing. I get tired and when I am tired my words are lost and I lose my train of thought. Example I went to the supermarket to buy the ingredients for Shepherds Pie. I came out with a new nightie, some candles, mince beef, peppers, rhubarb crumble, Hot Chocolate sachets and a flapjack. Brain not really working that day! I visited friends this weekend in Birmingham. This was my last trip before baby as I want to be resting more at weekends. It was lovely to see them and we had a great time. Next time we drive down there as we do 2 to 3 times a year I will have baby in tow!
Third trimester time and I do really feel the difference from the second honeymoon trimester. I have come to the acceptance that I need to start slowing down and looking after myself. I have been getting very stressed, getting bad headaches and I’ve been so tired which means I come home and go to sleep and I don’t have any life outside work. I decided to reduce my hours at work by 1 hour to finish earlier and get the earlier train home. 1 week of this and my life is so much better. I am home by 5:15pm so I can do simple things like see my husband and family more, see friends, be home to cook and just be at home, go to my Mummy Natal classes easily, it has just taken away a lot of stress and my weekends are better as I am not so tired. So I’m pretty happy with this. It is a paycut but the baby and my health come first at the moment. I refuse to be stressed.
I’ve been to the Midwife as well and she is very happy with me and the baby. He is growing and is a good size. I like going to the midwife it makes me feel so much better about things and I can ask her stuff that I’m a bit embarrassed to ask my friends. Baby has had a growth spurt since last time and he is on the higher growth line but I want him to grow I want him to be healthy and strong. We also heard his heartbeat again and I recorded it to play to my family. I can’t stop listening to it. I have another appointment in 3 weeks and then they speed up even more. He’s nearly here and I can’t wait.
Exciting times this week, we have started work on the nursery! Firstly my husband and Dad have built a new closet to hang the babies clothes in and for some much needed storage. We built it over the stair space so it’s a real space saver. My Dad is also painting a mural on the wall and it’s been sketched out ready to be painted. It’s going to be a woodland tree with rabbits and little mushrooms and other little things. I love it. I can’t wait to see it finished. I took a trip to Ikea and bought his cot. I know baby won’t be using the cot for the first few months but I want everything ready. The cot is white and has three drawers underneath for more storage solutions. My colour theme for the nursery is white walls with bright splashes of primary colours. I also picked up some suitcase style storage boxes, sheets and little hooks for the back of his door. I’m so excited to actually be getting the nursery ready. It means he’s actually coming soon!
I got some more presents this week as well from my Aunty and Uncle. We got some lovely clothes including a babygrow with a history theme. Perfect for us. As well as some little teddies for him. My friend also bought a gorgeous set from M&S in the first size which I think would be perfect to bring him home in. It’s in my woodland theme too. Spoilt rotten. I’m running out of room in my wardrobe his will have to be finished soon. I also went to meet my friends new little baby boy born on the 8th August. He is lovely and so tiny. Although I didn’t enjoy her labour story the end product is definitely worth it.
So this week I picked up two exciting large items for baby! The first is a car. Now we did not go and purchase a car outright we were looking at doing this but after my husband and Dad (the dream team) visited the showroom they got offered a very good deal. So we were able to trade in our old small cute rollerskate car for a much larger, and more practical, Dad-mobile. We have got a Citreon C4 Cactus. It’s very nice and most importantly it is big enough for the baby and all his stuff which was concerning me. I have written a post on The Dad-Mobile here.
The next large purchase was his pram! I have bought a Silver Cross Pioneer pram in the Henley colour way. Its described as graphite and is a blue grey colour with brown and chrome hardware. We loved this pram because of the large multi terrain wheels we live in quite a rural place with lots of hills so we wanted to make sure it would be able to get about. The Silver Cross prams are great because they are modern with the way they change as baby grows and the way they support the baby but they are also traditional in the way they look and I really like it. The only downside was that the shop messed up my pick up and we had to build it ourselves but with the help of my Mum we built this in no time and I love it! I will be writing a proper post on the new wheels once I’ve had more time to play with it.
This week was Bank Holiday and on Monday I went on a gorgeous walk around the hills where I live. This is a walk I have done before a number of times but this time at 30 weeks it was tough. I then paid for it on Tuesday as I had pulled a ligament in my tummy and I was so tired I could hardly move. I took Tuesday off work and did nothing all day. I’ve spoken to my Midwife since and she said that as your tummy grows the ligaments do soften and stretch so it is easy to pull them. I need to learn to take it easy.
This week I also went to a Mummy class with MummyNatal. My friend recommended this place to me as it has a gorgeous little pool built purposely for babies and Mums. It’s called Aqua Nurture and is in Hyde. Link is here. They do pre-natal classes for Mums to be and then swimming classes and post natal for babies. The class I went to is all about mindfulness, relaxation and connecting with baby for a positive birth. This is just what I needed and it really helps me relax as well as teach me skills for birth. I loved it. I have 5 more weeks paid up. August has been a long long month now I’ve hit September I only have 9 weeks left till the birth!