At the start of this week I was telling everyone that asked that baby felt really comfortable in my tummy and I wasn’t expecting anything to happen until after my due date. Then on Sunday evening I went for a little walk and when I got back I had terrible back ache and cramps and just felt awful. I woke up with a headache Monday and still felt pretty crappy.
Then I had a podiatrist appointment that morning and while I was there I suddenly felt really sick. I started sweating and thought I was going to vomit and pass out at the same time. Where I see the podiatrist is also a doctor’s surgery, so there was a nurse and doctor available to check me out. It was just a blood pressure drop, which is not unusual for a pregnant lady. I had a rest, some water and jelly beans and felt much better. So all was fine, but it did really hit home to me that things are changing with my body and a baby is on the way. I know it shouldn’t take me 36 weeks to realise this, but I have obviously been a little in denial.
I told AJ what happened, because he gets upset with me when I hide any health incidents from him, so he surprised me by meeting me at the hospital (where I just happened to have an obstetrician appointment next) and then we got an Uber back to the hotel and it was nice to have him home to wait on me while I put my feet up. And I think he mostly just liked using me as an excuse for an afternoon off work. So it was a win/win.
Weight: It’s still going up!
This week: 90.5 kilos (199 lbs)
Up: 300 grams (0.6 lb)
Total pregnancy gain: 10.5 kilos (23 lbs)
How far along: 36 weeks… 4 weeks to go. I always thought 36 weeks sounded crazy pregnant, I can’t believe I am here now.
How big is baby: Apparently it’s the size of a large cos lettuce. Approximately 2.7 kilos and 45 cm. My app tells me that the baby is still gaining about 28 grams a day, so the longer I can keep it cooking, the better.
Sleep: It’s not great to be honest. I’ve had increased lower back ache and pelvic cramps. It helps a little when I put a pillow between my legs, but the nights feel quite long at the moment. At least I am on maternity leave, so I can rest up during the day, so the lack of sleep is not really bothering me.
Symptoms: Mostly just back ache and cramps, which always seem to be worse after going for a walk or doing too much. For most of my pregnancy, nice gentle walks have really helped my swelling, back aches and cramps (especially after a long day at work) but now it suddenly seems to have the opposite effect and cause me pain and discomfort.
Best moment of this week: Just lazing about in bed with AJ on Saturday morning, drinking tea and eating crumpets and watching 90’s music on Rage. I’m guessing we have limited lazy Saturday mornings ahead for a little while.
I also got myself organised and bought myself some nice pyjamas, slippers and a dressing gown for the hospital (and basically to live in over the next 6 months). I don’t normally splurge on sleepwear, but Peter Alexander had a very good sale on, so I treated myself.
Miss anything: Being able to see past my belly. I stupidly tried to do some grooming of my downstairs areas this week, which ended in a bloodbath. Lesson learned, do not put a blade on sensitive areas that you cannot see!
Movement: So much kicking under my ribs on the right. Plus the usual punches, hiccups, twists and turns. AJ can’t believe how much this baby dances about all of the time!
Food cravings: I’m all about the crackers and the crumpets. Chocolate never hurts too. 🙂
Anything making you queasy or sick: The thought of healthy food is just turning my stomach a bit. I just have to stick with pretty bland carbs and I feel much better.
Gender: We still don’t know!
I have said all along that I would like to have a girl. I think this is because I really want that female bond. Since losing my mum I really feel the loss of a close female relationship. I don’t have any sisters and we all know that men can be useless with maintaining relationships (or maybe that is just my dad and brothers). I love female bonding and have always been a ‘girl’s girl’.
At the same time, I will be really happy for AJ if it is a boy because he is in the same boat as me. He was really close with his dad, who he lost 10 years ago, and he doesn’t have brothers and really misses that father/son relationship.
Honestly though, we will both be really happy if it’s a boy or girl. Sometimes I look at AJ and picture having a mini him and my heart almost bursts with happiness at how awesome that would be.
How’s your mood: Last week I was almost having a nervous breakdown about the house and the car, it was so bad that I pulled all my eyelashes out. Now I’m feeling much better because my BIG news is that we might be able to move our stuff into our new house on the 3rd July. We won’t actually be able to move in because the occupancy certificate won’t be issued yet, but we can start unpacking, then hopefully move in a week later. Please keep everything crossed for me that this works out!!!
Looking forward to: Seeing AJ become a dad. He is going to be such an amazing father. This is him with his niece (and a stuffed toy) learning how to use a baby carrier. He loves every minute of it already. Lucky for me, I will be able to half-arse this parenting thing with him around to pick up the slack.
The Bump: I wore by most “pregnant lady” dress for this photo and it makes the bump look massive. It’s mostly just the style of the dress, it’s one of my only maternity dresses and really highlights the bump. I wore it because I was going to go to the police station to try and sort the issue with our car and the person who hit it going AWOL. I was hoping if I looked more pregnant I would illicit more sympathy. 🙂
This week I have started to look like all kinds of shit. I feel puffy and washed out and like I look just awful. Maybe it would help if I washed my hair and put on some make up… but let’s not get carried away…