Week 39. Baby is a watermelon
Okay so this week’s read will be a little dull due to the fact that I cannot really do much while we wait…and wait……and wait!
Here’s a rundown of the old wives tales we’ve been using to try and get this baby out:
- A bumpy car ride – This is every day anyway during the school run. It’ll be surprising if our car has any suspension left. Apparently I’m like Nigel Mansell!
- Spicy curry – Well maybe I failed this one after opting for a Tikka korma. However I’ve tried all sorts of hot foods since then. I had a whole load of jalapenos on Friday night. I did think I was in full blown labour that night, but no. I’ll not go into any more detail about that!
- Pineapple – Eating chunks of this doesn’t seem to do anything but was very nice all the same. I’ll keep on with this one
- Bouncy ball – Actually this is more comfortable than being in any other position. Although bouncing on it just makes me feel dizzy! I’m going to get more use out of this once labour starts I reckon
- Walking – I have tried not to sit on my fat ass all week as I think keeping active will get this started. Meadowhall was maybe a step too far though and nearly finished me off!
- Rumpy pumpy – We don’t need to go into any detail there! Put it this way…poor Paul!
Maternity leave has been more fun than I first thought and I have had lots of visits from friends which have done well to stop me going mad.
I’ve also been able to go to Sheffield to see my family a few times which has been nice. One thing I’ve missed about working full time catching up with my mum especially. My dad is also at work during the day so it’s been nice to have time with her chatting over a coffee or shopping.
I know I shouldn’t be thinking about this already but I can’t help it. I’m really going to miss things like this when I go back to work. When I was on maternity leave last time I was living with Thomas’s dad down in West Sussex. I was nowhere near anyone I knew. It was quite a lonely times so I really appreciate having people I have around me this time. Being able to nip half an hour up the M1 to see mum is so nice. It was a 5 hour trip each way last time around.
It has been so lovely for people to stay in touch since leaving work. It’s nice to know I haven’t been forgotten about, yet anyway!
I haven’t managed to get into any sort of routine with my day yet. I am up early in the week as Thomas goes to school for 8am. The day between dropping him off and picking him up seems to be sooooo long! Especially Wednesdays and Thursdays when he stays behind for after school club. I have taken to an afternoon nap if I don’t have plans but end up sleeping for ages so need to set my alarm. I have no idea why I need so much sleep but in the words of Dave from the full monty…’amazing how tiring it is doing nowt’.
Sitting and laying down is so uncomfortable now that it is frustrating that I can’t sleep for longer. Getting out and about seems to wipe me out so I sleep better at night. Although then the pelvis pain takes over so I can’t seem to do too much. It’s as though my body is working against me doing what I need to. Not long to go though hopefully!
On Friday, Thomas went to spend the weekend with my Aunty and Uncle on the coast. He likes to go help set up the caravan for the new season so we thought it would be great for him to get away from the mundane waiting. I know he was worried it would show up while he was gone but we assured him we would be able to get him home if anything happened.
He had a great time with them and I was so jealous that I couldn’t go along. I’m so looking forward to being able to go to the seaside when the baby is here. Anywhere as far as that is a little too risky at the moment! Sheffield is the boundary as to how far I can travel. This means I can’t even go see my grandma across the Pennines which is hard.
I don’t want to go into labour and then try to make the journey home though. I remember from last time that being in the car is the worst thing ever.
On Saturday Paul and I realised we had forgotten a couple of essential baby items so decided to brave Meadowhall. It was horrendously busy and hot. I was in so much pain in my hips that I wanted to cry. We got everything we needed but i definitely don’t want to go there again in the near future.
Sunday was a day of spending time with Paul and not doing much else. We had a day of relaxation while waiting for Thomas to come home. It was bliss and just what we both needed.
This week I’m seeing the midwife on Wednesday and having a membrane sweep. Who knows, that could be my last pregnancy diary and I can finally meet the little bugger!
We’re all just waiting now and I wish with every little twinge that it is on it’s way. Fingers and toes crossed but I will update next week!
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