Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written any bump updates. In fact, it’s been a while since I wrote anything. Whenever I have a spare 5 minutes it’s usually taken over by nesting or just resting (which I’m not very good at) and I’ve been overloaded with stuff that needs doing that the blog has had to take a back seat, because as much as I’d love to be able to do it all I can’t.
Anyway, I think my last update was at about 18 weeks, and then our gender reveal after that. So it really has been a while, hasn’t it? Bump is a very big bump now and I’ve got a lovely waddle going on too thanks to the SPD that cropped up just before the summer holidays.
Since I last posted I have had my antenatal care taken over by the Leeds HomeBirth Team, which is very exciting and we have done a hypnobirthing course with the ever so lovely Hannah from Reframing Birth. The course was fascinating and has made me feel really confident going into whichever birth we end up having, although I have everything crossed it is my dream of a home birth. I’m going to post all about the hypnobirthing course later on but it’s been worth every penny so if you’re pregnant and thinking about hypnobirthing I highly recommend checking out Hannah.
In my last update I mentioned that my hips had started to hurt, well that’s ramped up a level or two and I’ve since been diagnosed with SPD. It’s so draining being in pain constantly and it’s really making me fed up at times, especially if it’s been too painful to sleep. But on a positive note, I can drink coffee again so that is helping. Although one cup a day is a bit rubbish when I could drink gallons of the stuff some days to try to keep me awake.
Since I’m in so much pain on a regular basis I’ve had to stop my personal training sessions and stop the daily dog walks as it all aggravates the pain too much. So now I’m starting to feel really sluggish and unfit, which is a massive help when I already struggle to feel like myself when pregnant. But it’s not for much longer now, I’m already looking forward to chilly dog walks all wrapped up with baby.
In the past week or so we have finally come up with a name that we both like. It’s still not 100% confirmed but it’s definitely the main contender. We have found it so difficult this time around to find a name we both like, that feels like it’s a good fit for our family and goes well with Luca. If we don’t settle on this name we are a bit screwed and will probably end up with Luca’s choice of Huckleberry.
The bump has really come on in these last few weeks as well, and last time I saw the midwife I was measuring a bit big for dates, but it’s not like my husband is little so it’s no surprise this baby might be a big one really. Having said that, I don’t have much faith in the measurements as they told me I was small for dates when I was having Luca and he was so long and weighed in at 7lb 10 and two weeks early. Not sure it’s an exact science to be honest so we shall just have to wait and see.
Next week is my home birth appointment at home when they come and see if the house is suitable for a home birth and talk me through the process of what happens, what we need and all the other stuff. I can’t wait, and can’t really believe it. I was worried I’d get Obstetric Cholestasis again with this pregnancy and so when I started to itch a few weeks ago and had to go for some blood tests to check, I was convinced the results would come back positive. But thankfully, at this point in time, I’m still in the clear. Which means in two weeks time I will be full term and the home birth is mine for the taking. I’ve ordered our birth pool which will be delivered in a few weeks time as well.
I really do need to get my act together with everything else though. We still have bits to buy for baby, I don’t have a birth bag ready yet, I still need to get bits for the home birth and I haven’t written my birth plan either. So much to do. Thankfully it’s my last week at work so I’m hoping I can get loads of that sorted next week.
That’s it I think, only a few more weeks left really now until we get to meet our little boy. I’ve still not quite got my head around the fact I’m going to be a mum to two very soon but he’ll be here before I know it. How mad is that?