Following my ‘worst week ever’ last week, things haven’t got much better so I decided to move my maternity leave forward a week this week. I had two weeks annual leave to use up so I have managed to take these first and then start maternity leave officially on the 26th August. This now means I finish work on August 7th, three weeks before the due date and I can’t wait. I already have plans to deep clean every room in the flat, start actually putting things in the baby record book and cook a load of meals that I can freeze to limit on cooking once Baby G is here!
I went for a lovely afternoon tea with my school girl friends at the weekend and they bought us a very snazzy monitor that has a camera so you can watch the baby and talk to it and it also plays womb sounds (interesting!), white noise and music so hopefully we’ll have a lovely content baby…! They also bought Baby G a beautiful Burberry white cardigan (one of my friends works there – this isn’t usual baby gifting protocol!).
All the baby antics and presents got Harry and I excited so we got out the pram for a practice run on Sunday which was fun! There are so many attachments and combinations it’s a bit confusing but I’m sure I’ll get used to it! I’ve also now added some artwork to Baby G’s bedroom which is now almost complete.
The cramping has continued this week, nothing too painful just like period pains low down combined with my pelvic pain just walking around Dunelm with my mum for about 20 mins on Sunday was more than enough! Sleeping has become increasingly difficult as it’s as if my pelvis completely comes apart at night and moving positions is agony let alone trying to get out of bed every hour to go to the toilet. I was in so much pain Tuesday night that I could barely walk from the bed to the en suite just a few feet away so had to work from home – luckily this is something I can actually do quite easily! The lack of sleep also means I’m completely shattered most of the time and it doesn’t take much to tire me out. I’m also SO hot ALL the time – H thinks this is hilarious as this is how he feels all the time when I’m usually freezing apparently!
It was our last class of NCT this week and a previous couple bought in their new baby with them so that we could all ask them questions. Baby Molly was just 5 weeks old and I couldn’t believe how tiny she was! She was born at 6lb12 and was now about 7lbs (she lost some weight in the first few weeks) and all I kept thinking was Baby G is scheduled to be even smaller! Being able to quiz someone who had so recently gone through birth and was a new mum was really helpful, even if her birth was a bit traumatic! She had ended up getting induced which sounded very painful so I’m praying Baby G will come on time and I can have the water birth I want…wishful thinking?