Hello chums and welcome to my 33 week pregnancy update.
I know these updates are sometimes more a description of my week but I kind of feel that my pregnancy dictates how my weeks go. For example, if I have a really bad day it’s usually because I couldn’t sleep due to that huge bump or kicks from the little lady.
Anyways. I’ve been doing a little more prep this week for baby’s arrival. I finally figured out how to get the covers off the Maxi-Cosi car seat and wash them, all the baby’s newborn and up to 3 month clothing has been washed and I’ve just ordered the swing/bouncer seat type thing. We found a bouncer invaluable with Florence so hoping it’s a hit this time around too. We opted for the Ingenuity Convert Me Baby Swing to Seat.
As the name suggests it’s a swing but it can also be locked in position as a seat with a vibrating function. The seat comes with a couple of toys but there are some extra loops too for your own toys or accessories. The price tag (from John Lewis) was pretty hefty at £89 but I had a gift card to use so we splurged a little.
The main event this week was our Easter treat for the kids; a trip to Alton Towers for the night. I’ve produced a little vlog of our stay and hope to have that published by the end of the week. I didn’t realise how much footage I’d taken! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to ride on too many things due to pregnancy but it meant I got a few good shots of the kids and Matt on the rides and caught their reactions when they came off them.
The waterpark was great; a little chaotic to start with but once we’d found our way around and worked out what was what it was great. The kids both adore swimming and loved being pushed around the lazy river by water jets. Sadly I couldn’t really photograph in the pool as my camera cost far more than I’m willing to risk losing – this is the sort of time you need a Go Pro.
My sleep has been hit and miss the last week or two. I’ll have a couple of decent nights sleep and then insomnia. It’s so frustrating as I go to bed feeling shattered only to lie there for six hours wide awake. I’m trying to just roll with it, tomorrows a new day and all but it’s hard when you have to get up and be on the ball with a three year old in tow.
Florence has been a little star though; she understands I can’t do as much as I used to and helps me where she can. Yesterday she helped unload the shopping when Tesco arrived, she put all the pillows back on the bed after I’d put the fresh covers on them and whilst out for a short walk (Flo on her scooter) she asked if we could go to the small park by our house. I said no as I didn’t really have the energy to stand around or the ability to lift her into the swings and she just said “Ok mummy – shall we start walking home?” It made my heart melt a little – she’s going to be the best big sister.
Yesterday Florence and I went to collect a few bits from Next which I ordered in the sale and I had a very brief look around womenswear. It got me wondering about my wardrobe come June. What on earth am I going to wear? I was lacking summer clothing anyway and whatever I do have won’t fit. I certainly won’t be up to baring myself in the first month or two but I also don’t want to swamp myself in huge, baggy tops and leggings. I’ve lived in leggings for almost 9 months and I’m quite ready to hang them up. I need to get on Pinterest and start a post partum fashion board.
I’m on to my third week of maternity leave now and I said to Matt that I was worried I’d be bored but that definitely hasn’t been the case. I’ve loved having the time to think straight. To plan things to do with Florence, to tidy the house and prepare for baby. The thought of waiting another six weeks sounds like a lifetime but I think in three weeks time I will be starting to see signs of labour and that’s when it gets exciting, the time will fly and I shall be thinking I should have taken Matt up on the offer of a lie in more often!
Finally, I can’t sign off from this week without mentioning my Braxton Hicks contractions. They were so strong the other night I did wonder for a moment if I was in labour as my body had also had a little clear out that day…..TMI right?! The contractions didn’t hurt but they were definitely uncomfortable and rendered me unable to move/bend for around 20-30 seconds. I had them on and off for a couple of days but they seem to have settled now and I feel like baby has moved as the side of my belly which felt hard where her back was now feels soft and empty. I’m seeing the midwife before I write my next pregnancy update so I wonder if she can tell me whether baby has moved around or perhaps even started to engage. I’m not really expecting that at this stage however as I believe subsequent babies can engage at any stage before labour. It’s all good signs though and after reading some fellow pregnancy bloggers have lost part of their mucus plugs I’m checking the toilet paper like a mad woman.