Sunday, 21 August 2011

Tip of the day

Whilst napping today I have finally found a way to prevent me rolling onto my back (I've already tried pillows and my partner prodding me every time he notices)...

Keep my hair in a ponytail! It means I have to have my head on it's side so the rest of me is as well.  Hopefully I wont have long before I can sleep however I like without any problems.  Assuming the little one allows me to have any sleep :-)

Next I just need to find a way to control my heartburn whilst sleeping

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Move update

Due to being incredibly busy after moving and not having the internet for a while I didn’t follow up on my move post, but I guess I have no excuses now.

So the house.

It’s great.  I love finally owning my own home (well approximately a door, the bank owns the rest).  We are unpacked and I am really happy with the house.  There are things that need doing, but they’ll wait.  We even have a family of hedgehogs in the garden.  The baby hedgehogs are extremely cute.

And the cats.

One of our cats was in hospital for nearly a week after the move and when we eventually got him home we had to give him 6 different types of drugs.  For anyone who doesn’t have a cat be advised cats do not like being given drugs, so that was fun.  He was fine when we got him to the new house though and he and his brother have recently been enjoying playing in the garden (hopefully away from the hedgehogs).

Today the same cat is in a bit of a sulk because it is a lovely sunny day and I’m not letting them out.  For some reason one of them (the same one who was in hospital with stress induced bladder problems) has half a swollen face.  He seems completely fine and he isn’t in pain, but I’d rather keep him in so I can keep an eye on him.  

I know the cats are far less work than a baby, but I suspect they are pretty good training with the constant demands for attention.  I'm hoping they don't mind the competition too much.

Friday, 19 August 2011

One Month to go...

After a stressful month at work I decided to bring forward my maternity leave by 4 weeks.  This means that today is my first day of maternity leave.  While I’m glad I don’t have to deal with the work stress or the commute to work I am finding it all rather scary. 

When I say “I’m scared” people think that I’m scared about having the baby.  I’m not.  Not yet anyway.  I’m scared that I won’t be going into work for nearly 8 months.  Work is my identity, my structure, the thing that I am good at that makes me feel of value. 

Now I have up to 7 weeks of feeling uncomfortable before baby comes, increasingly less able to do anything.  At least when the baby comes I’ll start to have some purpose. 

So what do people do when they are on maternity leave? By mid next week I reckon I can have every bit of the house spotless, everything washed and the nursery sorted.  And I won’t even be 37 weeks. 

Anyone got any ideas of what I do next?

Monday, 15 August 2011

35 weeks update

I'm 35 weeks today.
I've come a long way, but it feels like there is going to be a long and uncomfortable time ahead. If in the normal window I have between 2 and 7 weeks of waiting left. I'm working towards the 7 weeks as I need to plan for the worst (obviously there are a lot of things far far worse than having a healthy baby in 7 weeks time, but I refuse to think about those).

So a snapshot of how I'm feeling right now about the pregnancy:

I want to be able to lie on my back
I want to drink orange juice without getting heartburn
I want to be able to run across the bridge for a tube without needing a 10 minute recovery time
I want to be able to bend and pick things up without discomfort
I want to be able to lie on my front
I want to be able to sit on the sofa in the evenings watching tv or knitting and not get restless legs (alternatively I want to be able to knit successfully whilst walking around).
I want to be able to last more than a few hours without needing a toilet
I want a rare steak 
I want sashimi
I want to sleep through the night (I should give up on that dream)
I want to be able to go to 2 of my friends weddings next month
I want to meet my baby

I love being given a seat on the tube (most of the time)
I love people carrying things for me (eg the man in Argos who took my purchase to my car for me).
I love watching my bump go a bit crazy when I've had chocolate or some unknown thing has stimulated her.
I love the current feeling of "oh sod it, I can't be bothered" at work as I only have a few days left
I love maternity tights. I seriously think I'll never go back.
I love not feeling fat and everyone telling me how "healthy" I look
I love how caring my partner is being and his concern (like when he rushes up stairs to see if I'm alright when I drop something)
I love how excited friends and family are about meeting my baby
I love that I'm going to have a baby