Week 38. Baby is a length of rhubarb.
So I survived a week on maternity leave. I haven’t gone insane, yet, but i have refrained from hours of sitting around watching Jeremy Kyle so far which may have helped! I’ve managed to keep myself fairly occupied visiting friends and family. The baby doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to appear so have been trying desperately to pass the time while I wait patiently.
Time does seem to have slowed right down while we whittle down the last few weeks. I think it is because we are so close to the finish line that we absolutely cannot wait to meet the baby now. Everything is ready (famous last words!) and the bump is now so active and heavy that it even leaves me winded at times!
Being mobile is more difficult than I remember from my first pregnancy. It’s probably down to the fact that I’m a decade older although my bump was a lot bigger with Thomas along with all the water retention. This time it is more my hips and back that ache like mad under the strain. If I walk any sort of distance, my pelvis feels like it is under so much pressure as well.
The only thing I can compare it to, is when you are desperate for a wee and it is soooo close to the point where you might wet yourself.
With every single pang of pain and I’m getting my hopes up that the baby is coming, but no such luck so far ?
Along with gaining my leisure time being off work, I seem to have simultaneously lost some of my independence. This frustrates me as I’ve been planning on using my time off productively. The garden is on my to do list and we also have a couple of rooms to decorate. Although at the moment I can’t even shave my own bloody legs! I knew the day would come but I thought I was doing so well. Paul has had to stand in to help me out which is the beginning of the end of any dignity I had left. ? I don’t mind that much though.
I had my 38 week appointment with the midwife this week. All seems well with the baby. The heart rate seems to be slightly lower. Apparently this is normal but my blood pressure was also quite low again. I think this is just down to a different pace of life this week. Also my sleep pattern is pretty rubbish lately. The midwife has booked me in for a membrane sweep for 2 weeks time. Fingers crossed this will give the baby the kickstart it needs!
At the weekend Thomas and I met up with my mum and dad. We had a day catching up with them. Paul had a well deserved day to himself. He got to go to the football match. Then spent his afternoon watching football on TV to his heart’s content without us bothering him. I just hope baby S appreciates how much his/her dad loves football and allows him to indulge in it as much once he/she arrives!
I did realise a while back that I hadn’t had chance to catch up with a few of my friends for a while.
Apart from the girls from my baby shower, I don’t particularly have one circle of friends that know each other. More a select few that independently I am really close to. Girls that I have met at different stages of my life. That are special to me for many different reasons but who all have busy lives and families of their own. I don’t need to see them often for them to know how much they mean to me but I try to make an effort where I can.
So with the impending arrival, I thought best to try and have one last girls night. Get to see them all in one go. We all met up at an Italian in Sheffield that I love. It has tables outside in the terrace which allow you to talk without the bustle and noise of the restaurant. It was so lovely to see everyone and they all got on so well. Some of my friends were there during my first pregnancy. They commented on how much more settled and happy I am this time around. Thomas was also there with my cousins boy but they didn’t mind being part of the girls night ?
On Sunday I was eager to spend as much time with Paul and Thomas as I could. after dinner at Paul’s parents, we locked ourselves in at home and watched films all day. It was perfect. It made me realise that the hardest thing about maternity leave is the fact that they are not there with me during the day. They’re off living their busy lives at work and school. While I’m home alone cooking the baby and learning how to relax! Maybe I am slightly jealous but I’m going to work hard on being the best stay at home mum. Mini Smedley will hopefully give me the routine and purpose I need while the boys are out.
Hurry up baby!!
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