This week we decided we should take a look at some prams to get an idea of 1. how much they are and 2. what we were looking for. I had done some research online and had got some recommendations from friends but it seemed like a bit of a mine field so we headed down to John Lewis to check some out. This was just as much of a mine field and we were stood staring at a field of prams for a while before one of the assistants came over and asked us if we were first time parents and needed some help… how could she tell!? I’m quite small and with my arthritis wanted something that was lightweight and compact to fit into our car boot (which we had yet to buy but I definitely wouldn’t be opting for a beast of a car!).
I knew from my research and spotting a few women with them in the high street (admittedly once following a woman around m&s admiring it!) that what I really wanted was a Stokke Crusi in grey however our budget just won’t stretch that far. So instead we looked at the Uppababy Vista and the iCandy which I really liked but was quite heavy. I also liked the Bugaboo Bee as it was nice and small, lightweight and compact however the wheels were quite small and we’re hoping to go on some walks with the baby and pram so need something that can stand a bit of a rougher terrain! Eventually we ended up at the Babystyle Oyster 2 which is what a few of my friends have and looks very much like the iCandy. They also do it in slate grey (an added bonus for me after missing out on the beautiful Stokke grey!) so we decided on this.
I also met up with my university friends this weekend as I hadn’t seen them since announcing the baby news and it was also one of their birthdays. It was a nice chilled day and we went for brunch in London then visited other friends for some tea and a catch up and later ended up back at the birthday girl’s house for a party (I however left about 9.30 as I knew I wouldn’t be able to stay up too late and had to get the last train home). Everyone was amazed by my little bump and I ended up on my friends kitchen floor whilst they performed the whole ring on a string gender prediction test…a girl apparently!
The rest of the week I felt very tired from my busy weekend!
This week I went along to my first ante natal yoga lesson. It was a lot slower than the yoga i’m used to but as the teacher said, when we get bigger we’ll be thankful! There were only a few of us which was really nice and a few that are around the same stage as me. It was mostly stretching and breathing and at the end we did a relaxation where we had to think about and send messages to our babies which of course just made me cry!
I also had all my hair chopped off this week! Supposedly your hair is supposed to grow like mad and be all thick and shiny during pregnancy but mine has unfortunately done the opposite! I don’t think it is the pregnancy though as I have been on a lot of medication including steriods for arthritis for over a year now and my hair had been getting very thin, falling out/breaking off for some time. As the state of my hair was so bad, the hairdresser insisted it needed to be cut into a pixie cut so I went for it. Luckily I really like it and I actually look a bit older so at least I won’t look too much like a teen mum in a few months time!
This week I had my 16 week midwife appointment (slightly early). Baby brain has obviously started to kick in as I forgot the purple folder that I’m supposed to bring with me to every appointment and was so late I was rushing around like crazy! However my blood pressure was still very very low (it has been the whole time) and I mentioned I had been feeling quite dizzy and thirsty so this will have been why. I also was able to listen to the baby’s heartbeat for the second time as I had previously heard it with the obstetrician but this time the midwife wrote it down so I was able to have a quick google when I got home as to whether this means a girl or a boy! It was 135bpm which apparently means a boy. She also asked me if I had felt any movement yet, which I haven’t but have been eagerly waiting for. However she said I should start to feel it soon as I’m very small and petite so likely to feel it earlier.
Although i’m still fitting into my jeans, they are definitely getting a bit tight so I have taken to wearing dresses with tights instead which have a little more give! However my brothers girlfriend recommended Mrs Meldrum to me, she is one of her friends sisters and she has a parenting blog and also does YouTube videos so I took a look back to her very first videos of ’15 weeks pregnant’ and she recommended the Belly Belt. It hooks onto your jeans button and has lots of buttons on an elasticated strip which hook through the button hole on your jeans so they can grow with you – it’s on order!
This weekend involved lots of babies, it was a bit of a look into what the next few months might hold for me and H! Our friends had their baby on the 15th Feb so we went and visited them. He was 2 weeks old but already was half the size of me at 10lbs, I can’t imagine having a baby that big, there would be nowhere for it to fit! The following day we went to a Christening with our friends, their new baby and 18 month old daughter. We all piled in one car and I was between the two. All was fine until half way there when the baby needed feeding and all hell broke loose! It was amazing to see how our friends worked together like a military operation to sort out both children, I’m hoping I’ll be just as organised…!