Well, 33 weeks gone now… we’re getting towards that home stretch very quickly now!
I cannot explain how quickly it has gone. Every cliche in the book is true – it has flown! In fact, I’m just gobsmacked as to how quickly i’ve reached this point. When I was pregnant with Lilly it felt like a lifetime – I was so impatient and thought of nothing else but being pregnant and my new baby. This time, I’ve already got one baby, and she takes up a lot of my time and my thoughts, and so the pregnancy has just carried on without me paying such close attention!
I am finishing work in two weeks!!!! And I cannot wait. I decided to bring it forward a week to the 14th, rather than the 21st. Tony, my mum and his mum all kept tempting me into an earlier finish, and I’ve been feeling fairly tired the last few weeks, especially with Lilly being a little bit ‘challenging’ in the sleeping department lately (more of that in a minute, no doubt). I think I always knew that finishing at 36 weeks might have been ambitious. In fact, I’d have been happy to finish work at about 30 weeks if I could have! I do feel heavy and big and slow and tired… but I know I’m very lucky as, aside from that, I’m feeling very good.
I haven’t got around to ringing the Supervisor of Midwives yet to make an appointment r.e. my VBAC. I must do that in the next few days as I don’t know how long it takes to get seen.
My birthing ball has arrived and I have had a few bounces! I’m trying to second guess which way up baby is. Some pregnant women seem so confident they know everything that’s going on on in there – they say they know whether it was an arm or a leg kicking them, for example. I’m afraid I’m not as knowledgeable as that!! I *think* baby might be head down judging by the kicks I’ve been feeling, but it’s really hard to tell. Going back to the midwife in a week’s time, so we’ll see what she thinks.
I’ve also started buying some of the baby bits and bobs. Most exciting of all, the pram! Have decided to go for a Mamas and Papas Sola, which is now ordered and we’re waiting for it to arrive in a few weeks time. Also bought some of the more boring baby bits – dummies, muslins, bottles, maternity pads, breast pads… all the glamourous stuff!
Meanwhile, Lilly’s sleeping is still up the wall. She wakes up at least once in the night. If we’re lucky, she settles back down with a few ssssshhhhes. If not, we have to sleep on a sofa bed on the landing. If we’re really unlucky, she has a screaming fit and won’t settle for ages. Last night was one of those nights. I am knackered! She is also having plenty of toddler tantrums during the day – especially when she’s tired and it’s coming towards bedtime. She had one of those yesterday, too. Huge screaming hysterics at bedtime. Took an hour and a half to get her quiet. Exhausting. Then she was awake at 5.50am. Grrrrrrrr. I’ve been left seriously wondering how the hell I’m going to manage toddler and baby bedtime at the same time on my own once Tony is back at work after the birth. It just doesn’t bear thinking about!!
Oh, and Lilly is back in her cot. The big girls bed just made the sleeping worse. And she could get out, which just added and extra element to the bedtime/nighttime battle. Now, as far as I’m concerned, she can stay in that cot as long as she needs to – even if it means buying another one for her sister!!