Week 32. Baby is a napa cabbage
I feel heavy this week. I can’t remember what it’s like to have energy or be able to bend easily. My cankles and podgy wrists and would give the Michelin man a run for his money. But I wouldn’t change a thing. I know how unbelievably fortunate I am to be in this position. I thank my lucky stars every day that the baby attempts to beat me up from the inside out.
Sitting here with a foot in my ribs I still can’t believe this is actually happening to us. I have learnt not to moan about my blimp like figure and embrace it. So what if I resemble the pillsbury doughboy, this is so worth every ounce of squidgy flab
I’m getting to the stage where I can’t hide it anymore. People are starting to ask the common questions like when is it due and do we know what we’re having. It’s an everyday occurrence. I’m starting to get a few niggly cramps now and again. I’m putting the pain down to braxton hicks. While I’m trying so hard not to waddle around it’s probably making it look a million times worse!
Paul and I will sit most nights and talk about the little things that will change when baby S arrives.
We already have 3 mini holidays booked for when it’s here. First we have my birthday weekend in a caravan in Skegness. Then we have a week in a log cabin in Minehead along with a couple of nights in Scotland. We have decided to stay in the UK so we don’t need to fly. It seems easier and I honestly can’t wait to have little adventures as a family of 4 ?
Other things that will change is how easy and laid back our household is. We like to go out a lot but we also like to chill in equal measures. Thomas always behaves himself; he’s so easy that we never have to run around after him. That will definitely change when this little bugger arrives.
As we know things are going to change quite drastically. So we are currently making the most of the down time. This weekend we haven’t really doing much at all. We’re usually off seeing family or friends and having people over for dinner. It’s new for me. I like to make the most of my weekends normally by going here there and everywhere. Although I have to admit putting the brakes on has been lovely. Especially with my ever-depleting energy levels.
We have a couple of weekends planned where were away but they’re relaxing trips. There ones at hotels with a pool so I plan on not venturing out much at all. This next weekend we are at Ruthin castle in north wales. It’s a treat from Paul for Christmas. Thomas is at my sisters with his cousins all weekend so he’ll love it. I can’t wait to get there, and just chill. It’s surprising how quickly I’m learning to relax.
However it’s one of the reasons I’m so worried about finishing work.
I don’t want to fall into the trap of being a lazy slob who cannot be arsed to do anything at all. Ill end up in my pjs all day and wanting to sleep. I’ll be happy watching Jeremy Kyle or box sets until I realise I haven’t ventured outside for a week! Let alone brushed my hair!
Paul says that this is exactly what he wants to happen when I finish work. I’ve been told I need to relax before the baby arrives. One of my biggest concerns is waking up in the morning (or whenever because it won’t matter) and not having a clue what to do with my day. I just know I’ll get in a right flap about it.
I like having a routine during the week. One where I know pretty much where I’m supposed to be from one hour to the next. I say I like it, but I moan like mad about it at the time. I’m forever wishing it was the weekend so I can do what I want! You can’t win with me! Plus with a countdown to maternity leave pretty much on, time seems to be dragging a little now.
We’ve been brave and watched a couple of episodes of ‘one born every minute’. I’m a little anxious about the birth to say the least. Watching helps give me a bit of a reality check that this happens all the time. It’s also giving Paul a good insight into childbirth although I’m not sure how prepared he is to see me go through it all. I just hope I don’t turn into some mad woman like last time. I do want to end up with a baby, a Thomas and a Paul at the end of it all!
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