Week 28, baby is a large aubergine.
This week I got to see our little monkey again, as I was booked in for a scan while having my GTT (glucose tolerance test).
Paul couldn’t get the day off as it was just before the bank holiday weekend. So instead I invited his mum along. This was a lovely opportunity for her to see her first grandchild and witness first-hand how much of a little bugger it is already ?
I couldn’t to hide my initial shock at how big the baby had grown. You can forget about the days where its entire body would fit on the screen. This time all we could see were snippets, one bit at a time. Not that bit though…it’s still a surprise! As Paul was missing out, I really wanted to get a picture for him. However our little monkey had other ideas and would not keep still. The midwives even commented that we were going to have our hands full!
It was so amazing to see how much it had grown. We could even see its chubby cheeks and little button nose when the light reflected on it. In the end, the only picture we could manage was of the baby’s face looking straight at us. Like as if to say…hope you’re ready for me!
While we were there, we also got a chance to speak to the doctor. She said they’d still not managed to get my notes from Jessops. As I can barely remember my drug fuelled birth with Thomas, I didn’t want to hazard a guess as to what had happened to cause the emergency C-section. So instead we opted to make a plan to go with it and try to labour naturally. The doctor’s only concern was with me going overdue. To prevent me from being induced, she’s provisionally scheduled a planned section to take place 10 days after my due date.
It’s nice to finally have some sort of plan of action. When my notes finally arrive we can make more of an informed decision but for now, this will have to do. She also said that the pregnancy was going so well she didn’t see the need for a 32 or 36 week scan. So instead she just booked me in for one at 34 weeks to check all was still well. I can’t wait!
Thomas was due to go to his dads for the weekend. He always spends NYE with his dad as we have him for Christmas. So Paul and I planned a weekend down in London to celebrate the New Year. We set off Friday night and decided to stay in a hotel in Milton Keynes to break up the journey. We always try to stay in the double tree by Hilton hotels. They are always brilliant and very reasonable in price. Although I did wonder why Paul suggested we stop at one in Milton Keynes. As it turns out the hotel is part of the MK Dons football stadium! ?
After meeting Thomas’s dad, we dropped him off and went to check in. I thought it looked busy and sure enough the team were playing at home. Apparently Paul had NO idea but I’m still not convinced! To his delight the receptionist asked if we would like a pitch view room. This took no persuasion on Paul’s part and we made our way to the room, to find we were looking straight out over the game. Obviously this made Paul extremely happy so I couldn’t really argue. We got room service and I vegged in front of the telly while he watched the game. Perfect ?
The next morning we headed straight into London. We arrived at the Double Tree, Docklands and to my surprise got upgraded again! This time with a suite overlooking the Thames River and Canary Wharf. The hotel has its own boat port where you can get a boat to the other side every 10 minutes. The service is free while you’re a guest at the hotel.
After dropped off our bags, we headed to Oxford Street for the sales. We soon realised London was already on shut-down, ready for the NYE party that night. Security staff were everywhere closing roads and bridges. It was a little daunting so we made our way back to the hotel to get ready.
Heading out, we found it was more difficult than we had anticipated getting over to the South bank. We took the boat to embankment but then had to walk away from the river to the nearest open tube station. The press had taken over the bridge we needed to cross so taking the tube was our only opt to cross the river. Finally we found where we needed to be. We grabbed a bite to eat and a few drinks (mocktails for me) before the big countdown at midnight.
Having already bought tickets meant we had a prime spot right next to the London eye and the atmosphere was amazing. Paul pointed out that it was our last new year before the baby. We were glad to have made the most of doing something special. It was incredible; the fireworks were absolutely breath-taking and quite emotional. Although that could have been the hormones!
On Sunday morning Thomas’s dad brought him to meet us (he lives in Kent) and we headed to Bury. It was my Grandmas 80th birthday party, so I couldn’t wait to see my family.
We left London at 11am but didn’t arrive until 5pm. This was no thanks to being at a standstill in Birmingham for over 90 minutes. What also didn’t help was the bouncy baby making me need a wee every few minutes!
We had a brilliant night and my Grandma was suitably spoiled. It was lovely to see everyone but when we eventually arrived back in chesterfield it didn’t take much to get us to sleep ?
With Christmas and New Year over with, we’ve been itching to get started on the nursery. So what better way to spend the bank holiday than touring the DIY shops! I’m quite proud that we managed to get all the wallpaper, light fittings and a canvas for the wall. Plus we even managed to get 2 coats of paint on the walls in the afternoon. I did the painting although Paul kindly volunteered to pose for a picture ;-)!
Once the nursery is complete we’ll be that little bit closer to being ready for the arrival of baby Smedley!
Did you miss last week’s instalment? Here’s week 27 just in case!
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