Week 33 – To pee or not to pee…

…That is no longer the question because the answer is ALWAYS to pee these days! I struck a new personal best (worst) a few nights ago where I got up during the night to pee FIVE TIMES! Let’s just say that was not a good night for sleeping.

I feel like the total cliche third trimester pregnant woman with this peeing.  I always thought it’s an exaggeration, but the increase in the need to pee practically came overnight.  I have tried to fight it so I don’t have to keep getting up but all this results in is me being awake and still feeling like I need to pee.  Better just to get up and get it over with.

I’ve also noticed recently that the pregnancy apps have gotten really boring. It’s like as though all the exciting stuff has already happened and essentially all they can talk about now is labour (not relevant to me), breastfeeding (obviously not to be dismissed, but how many times can you read about the importance of breastfeeding), and what to pack in your hospital bag. Zzzzzzz!

Overall this week has been pretty unremarkable pregnancy wise, however a new heatwave has hit town which means that I need to take care to not get too hot and to keep hydrated. Meanwhile it’s hard enough to maintain energy levels at this stage of pregnancy without the temperature hitting or exceeding 38 degrees (100F). This also severely limits my exercising as not only is the heat draining but it’s practically impossible to do anything that is not water-based.

I have skipped a trip to the beach today even as I thought it would be too much for me.  Tomorrow though looks like it might work out okay, albeit I think we might need to go early and come home if it gets too roasting out there.

Weight gain: I’ve seen a small gain this week and I’m up a total of 13kg (28 pounds) overall, which is not so bad.  My target had originally been 12-15kg and I think I’m more likely to hit 18kg given I have 5-6 weeks of pregnancy left (baby is coming out at 38-39 weeks). Who knows though as it’s too hot to eat a lot here anyway so that’s probably working in my favour.  The doctor estimated the baby is weighing in at 2.2kg (nearly 5 pounds) at the moment (he’s long/tall) so there’s a chance he will grow by at least 1kg before he arrives.

Symptoms: Peeing every 20 mins, breathlessness from doing practically nothing, dizziness (when I’ve not eaten regularly enough), generally tired and over-hot.  I actually don’t think any of these symptoms are that bad and I am not hugely impacted by any of them.  Sure I’ve slowed down a bunch but I’ve not really stopped doing anything, except perhaps walking outdoors as it’s impossible in this heat without going all dizzy. I’ve not been too affected by contractions this week and I think this is because I’ve been taking it a bit easier generally (shocking for me, I know).

Eating: Nothing interesting to report here.  Watermelon season has started to kick off and so hubby has been preparing me a lot of it which is lovely and refreshing. I ate a whole bunch of crisps (potato chips) last weekend and they were amazing, but I don’t think I have been particularly naughty otherwise.

Sleep: Ohhhh my old friend sleep! How I miss those days of actually being able to sleep for longer than 3 hours at a time!  How it usually goes on most weeknights is that I head to bed around 10.30pm or 11.00pm and have a lovely 3-4 hours of proper sleep.  Then I wake up to pee and from that point onwards I kind of cat-nap/lightly sleep in periods of 1.5 hours.  I regularly wake up feeling like I have not been to bed at all.  I cannot say I enjoy this aspect of pregnancy.

I also had a new business pitch during the week which I was leading so I had to drive a round trip of about 3 hours and give a two hour pitch presentation in the middle. I thought I’d be totally fine and I was, but on the way home in the car I was sooooo incredibly sleepy that I literally smacked my cheeks a few times to perk myself up.  I came home instead of returning to the office (it was mid-afternoon by the time I got back anyway) and managed to make it to 5pm before I unintentionally passed out on the sofa. The combination of this meeting and the driving clearly took a lot out of me than I had expected!

As a side note, in this meeting the (potential) client did not even offer me a glass of water for the entire duration of the meeting.  Let me remind you that a) offering a drink to a guest is generally considered polite, b) it’s really hot here and c) I am clearly VERY pregnant!  I continue to be appalled about this.  I could have asked, but I didn’t as they had already seemed a bit funny about my request to use the ladies room before I started my presentation (seriously, I had to go).

Movement: Yes, still being a ninja! I’ve started to notice that if I haven’t eaten for a while he gets a bit more aggressive.  It used to be that he’d move around a bunch after eating something, especially something sweet (which he still does) but I’ve noticed the new trend to remind me to eat.  Pregnancy never stops being a combination of amazing and weird!

Emotions: I think tired should be considered an emotion.  Because if I’m not tired my emotions are pretty stable.  If I am not well-slept then watch out as I can be a Cranky Monster!  I’ve had a really tough week at work so read into that as you choose…

Missing: My waistline.  Going to the beach and seeing all these fabulous bodies in cute bikinis is a bit depressing.  Saying that, when I was at the beach last year in my cute bikini and I saw pregnant women I hated them so clearly I am just overly dramatic.

A couple of times at work this week when I was struggling I said to myself that if I wasn’t pregnant I would have been drinking wine at my desk, so I’m also adding wine to the list this week.  You know summer and wine just go together so beautifully too and no matter how many pieces of fruit and mini-umbrellas you put into my sparkling water it is STILL not a proper cocktail!

Purchases: Nothing, but I did receive a few lovely things in the post from my Mum.  As she’s in the southern hemisphere she was able to pick up some nice things in end of summer sales.  I think she’s clearly enjoying all this new baby shopping!

Looking forward to: MY BABY SHOWER!!  Yes, you read that right!  After all my moaning that I wouldn’t get to have a baby shower because none of my close friends or family are here, hubby decided that I needed to have one (a small one) anyway and he has set out to make sure I have one.  Honestly, I didn’t think I wanted a baby shower but the fact he’s gone out of his way to make me able to have one is just the most beautiful thing ever and I love him for it.

I know the husband is not meant to throw the baby shower, but sometimes we need to be a bit unconventional.  So he’s invited a bunch of friends and a few of his nice, female cousins and it will be hosted at his parents house – they have a huge garden and pool so it will be perfect for an early evening gathering.  He’s even hiring a party planner so it looks pretty and we have catering and whatnot.  The party planner is the same lady that organised our wedding here (we had a wedding in both locations – this is the best way to get around being from different countries/hemispheres) and she’s great! Also, it may be that hubby’s American aunt will be in town (and uncle but obvs men are banned) and I think she might have some great ideas to contribute (in my head, Americans are the queens of baby showers).  So I’m very happy!

Best moment: The highlight this week was probably when hubby told me about the baby shower because it was such a beautiful gesture and I had a little cry. Otherwise, seeing the small guy on the scan this week and finding out he is growing beautifully.  Also, getting a date for our c-section is very exciting and making me freak out a little bit.

Exercise: Pffffffttttt!  It’s too hot! Monday was a holiday here and we were at the beach so I guess going swimming there technically counts.  I did go swimming in my (free) pool again on Tuesday night and it was beautiful!  Wednesday night was when I passed out on the sofa after the big meeting described above.  Thursday was hubby’s birthday so I stayed home and chilled with him (if he’d gone to the gym I think I might have gone to the pool again) and Friday night I came home really late from work as I was so busy and then I had a dinner to go to for hubby’s birthday so there was no time.  So I have excuses.  Maybe next week will be better.

Bump update: Bump is getting BIG!  I’m now at the stage where people ask is he coming soon which is new.  It used to be when are you due?  Clearly I’ve graduated to a new level of large.  I’ve also found now that people want to carry my stuff all the time which is great.  The guy at the supermarket today not only packed my trolley after I’d paid for it, but also wheeled the trolley to my car and packed the groceries in my boot.  Suddenly pregnancy is not so bad!  Haha!

Also, my boss told me yesterday that my pregnancy fashion has been really great and flattering (not that you’d know as I only post underwear photos here).  In a brilliantly bitchy side-note she also said my other colleague who is pregnant looks quite frumpy in comparison.  Of course this was super-mean to her but a massive compliment to me so I decided to focus on the positive. 🙂

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Shiny, shiny bump!

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My inny is on the verge of being an outy! 

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Bump view: Bye toes! See you next month! 

 

 

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Grow baby, grow!

We had a little scheduling change this week bringing forward my next doctor’s appointment to today. There was nothing dramatic about this, just that the original appointment time was not so convenient for my hubby.  In any case I was delighted as it meant not having to wait so long to see the small dude again!

Except he’s not that much of a small dude anymore with the doctor saying he is measuring long.  He also estimated the current weight at 2.2kg but explained because the baby is long that doesn’t mean he’s oversize for his development stage. We are both delighted as we are hoping this means he will grow up to be tall, but of course who really knows!

Otherwise the scan was pretty unremarkable.  The umbilical cord was in front of his face so the 3D pictures didn’t really show much other than one eye. I asked the doctor if our baby is cute and he laughed while saying “Of course!”. As if there is any other response! See for yourself here.

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Definitely cute, right? 

We also finally confirmed the date of the scheduled c-section and I am so happy as it was the date we wanted all along.  I’m not going to specify it here as I’m generally keeping it a secret, suffice to say it’s between week 38 and 39. Our next appointment with the doctor will be in three weeks time and I felt a bit emotional when he said it will probably be our last appointment before delivering the baby.

I suddenly realised WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BABY!!  This is kind of unbelievable, despite my growing belly. Like wow!

I also requested the whooping cough vaccination, which was interesting because the doctor didn’t offer it to me, I had to ask for it.  In any case he was really supportive of having it and made my hubby have it too.  I might have been a little too happy and excited about hubby also getting to suffer for once. Saying that, it wasn’t even painful (I was almost disappointed)! In any case, for those of you who are thinking what whooping cough vaccination, read more here:
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/whooping-cough-vaccination-pregnant.aspx

I also got my second jab for the RH negative blood.  The last time I had this done hubby wasn’t there, but this time I had an audience.  It is a jab that’s given to your butt (nice) and so as I turned around and hitched up my knickers on one side to flash a cheek, hubby helpfully commented “Now that’s a fine ass!”. The midwife administering the jab was very diplomatic and said nothing, just focused on the job she had to do. He is very naughty! Haha!

This week has been otherwise pretty unremarkable.  I’m a bit tired and slow to move, especially in the super-hot weather, but I’m otherwise doing really well.  The contractions keep coming, especially in the evenings but they are clearly just practice contractions (at this stage anyway) and not really stressing me out too much. Long may it stay that way!

 

 

Week 32 – “… but my butt is ok”

I can’t tell you how many times this week people have told me that my bump is getting bigger.  Wow!  What a surprise! So I tend to be responding to that with “Yeah, but my butt is ok.” Maybe it’s now my catchphrase!

In any case, hello Friday! The working week has seemed to go on forever this week and so I am really ready for the weekend, especially as Monday is a holiday here. I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated long weekends as much as when being pregnant. I’ve now only got four working weeks left until my maternity leave kicks in which is pretty great. Sometimes it feels like it’s practically no time, and other days it feels like an eternity away.

My maternity leave cover had her first day yesterday and I am very happy to report that she is brilliant! I really like her and she has a great attitude. I’m sure she will do the job differently to me, but I have confidence that she will take care of my projects and clients very well. This does mean for the next few weeks I am essentially trying to offload everything I know to her so that she gets the handover she needs.

I am also continuing to recover from my back injury and I’m very happy with the progress. I am still finding some stiffness in my back at times, but in general I am feeling so much better.

Weight gain: Very little again this week which is very strange as the bump has clearly grown. What is going on? This doesn’t seem right! I’ve gained about 200gm this week so I am still about 12.5 kg up overall. I think the lack of weight gain might be tied to the weather. It’s really heating up here with 30+ degrees from now on in. Hot weather in general doesn’t make me very hungry and with less and less space for my stomach I am not eating a lot at any given mealtime. I am the queen of snacks though so hopefully all is okay with baby.

Symptoms: Is generally feeling like you can’t breathe a symptom? Baby seems all up in my lungs these days and sometimes I literally finding myself leaning back just to breathe. Over the past couple of days I have found myself needing to pee more frequently than before, although that is hardly a surprise when you consider I have a giant pumpkin sitting on my bladder. I get out of breath quite fast and so I find myself having to take little rests all the time and walk slowly when I’m going about. This whole having zero endurance thing is very weird for a sporty person!

The Braxton Hicks continue but they don’t stress me out. They are mainly weird. Heartburn has also made an unwelcome occasional return. It’s not so bad and is usually triggered by the likes of houmous and chocolate, so if I dodge them and other trigger foods I am ok. Milk tends to calm it down for me too so if I really want chocolate I follow it with a milk chaser. Classy.

Eating: I seem to have missed the whole pregnancy cravings thing for the entire duration of my pregnancy. I’m more or less eating like I always have, with the exceptions of things you are not allowed to eat when pregnant and staying away from too much meat. We had homemade beef burgers one night this week that were made by my mother-in-law and they were very nice, but my digestive system did not appreciate them. Therefore, burgers are now out for the foreseeable future.

Sleep: Actually this week has been a pretty good week for sleep if you don’t count the three visits per night to the loo. I can practically sleep walk (sleep pee?) the whole process now anyway. The new skills you learn!

Movement: The small dude continues to make his presence known by various movements throughout the day. Sometimes his movements are so strong that I find them verging on painful. He hasn’t seemed to have kept up his 2am aerobics this week though so I hope that is now behind us.

Emotions: I’ve been way less cranky this week – what a difference it makes when you are not in constant pain. What I have been though is very easily tipped to the emotional side. I have ALL the feelings!

Missing: Being physically able to do the things I’m used to doing and like to do. This breathlessness is ridiculous!

Purchases: None! But we did take delivery of the baby room furniture and then had about an hour’s debate last night about where everything should go in the room. I ended up doing more lifting than I would have liked but it was either that or scratch the floor with the furniture. I think we have the furniture in a nice arrangement now but I’ll share photos once we get it decorated properly. It’s still a bit bare in there as we’ve not put any wallpaper or anything else on the walls. I have officially given up on having a chair in the baby room for nursing though as it won’t fit. I am resigned to nursing either in bed or on the sofa. I’m sure we will all survive this.

Looking forward to: My next doctor’s appointment which is about a million years away (12 June). That will make almost 5 weeks in between my last appointment (which you may remember was the evil glucose tolerance test and where my scan was cut short due to puking) so I really feel like it’s been a big gap. However, it’s not like I’ve had a lot of actual need to check in with the doctor so that’s a good thing. I’m hoping at this appointment we get to decide on the c-section date. I have my eyes on one date in particular, but I am not sure if it’s going to work out practically.

Best moment: There were many good moments this week. Watching my husband struggling to put a nappy on a doll was pretty hilarious! I also felt happy when we finally agreed on an arrangement for the baby furniture. I went in the baby room a few times last night with just a small lamp for light and it did look and feel like a baby room. I never thought we’d have a baby or a baby room so these landmarks are very emotional!

Exercise: I went swimming and it was great! I headed to a local pool at a hotel which is part of a well-known chain, fully expecting to have to pay the casual visitor rate. However, I turned up looking like a total tourist with my swimsuit under shorts and a t-shirt, and wearing flipflops. I think the combination of being pregnant (I feel I generally get away with more now thanks to the bump), looking foreign and being dressed down made the hotel staff think I was a guest… so they didn’t charge me! Hahahahahaha! I just went up to the lifeguard (who was so young I could have been his mother) and asked for a towel and he passed one over with no questions asked.

I then proceeded to do about 35 laps of the outdoor pool as the sun started to go down. I am not sure the exact length of the pool but it was probably about 20m long so that was quite a nice workout. Towards the end I felt some lower back pain so I stopped. I would have happily kept swimming but I am so terrified of hurting my back again that I took a conservative approach. I was really heavy-legged when I got out and I think actually the back pain was from some contraction-like cramping. Given I’ve done practically no exercise for a week or so I think this was my body’s way of telling me to ease into it. I’ve got to say though that water is amazing for pregnant ladies so I will be going again for sure. What I’m not certain about though is how long I can get away with not paying before someone catches onto me…

Here is my lovely (free) outdoor pool:

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Bump update: I’ve compared this week’s bump pic to last and it’s definitely a lot bigger this week. With 6 or so weeks to go I am wondering what kind of gigantic bump I am going to have by then?!  It’s a bit scary!

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Bumpalicious! 

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This is the view if I look down while standing up straight (I can of course see my feet if I lean forward)

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