Two months later

Week 23+4days

It may have something to do with the fact that I saw you both in israel or that I’ve felt so normal that I haven’t felt inclined to write anything. But now that there’s full on baby movement happening and that one of the friends has given birth and the the second is due to any day now, that I realised how quickly it was all going and that I should be keeping track of how things were going so you knew what to expect when you come back in July.

I’ve been feeling great. Not too big, lots of energy and a great appetite. People at work know so I can relax and wear nice tight fitting things that show my tummy and smile when people wish me congratulations. I’m fully out of denial but not at the stage where all I can talk about is being pregnant and birth. I’ve been doing pregnancy yoga so that’s where I get my fill of baby talk. The weather is warming up and wE’re walking to the station every morning (and usually back too) and the only thing that gives it away is that i can’t quite keep up with T when he’s setting a good pace and it takes us 10minutes longer to walk anywhere.

Week 24+5days

We’ve had our second and final scan, seen the midwife, booked antenatal classes and have a pile of 3 baby books on my bedside table. ‘what to expect when you’re expecting’, ‘hypnobirthing’ and my favourite ‘up the duff’. So much information and so much you think you should remember that I think that’s enough not to overload me – seriously, how much more can they expect you to retain!

But the whole reason for writing this is that I’m finally starting to properly grow and have a constant companion which enjoys resting on my bladder, exercising its arms and legs against the wall of my stomach and generally writhing around when I’m relaxing – be that sat at my desk or sitting in bed typing. We’re communicating with tummy rubs and singing Motown tunes (or rock if tom’s around) because the bass sets it off. sometimes is just the odd wriggle but often it’s movements are big enough that you can watch my tummy moving around. I thought I’d be more freaked out but because it’s taken quite a while to get to this stage and I saw it on the scan, then felt the very earliest signs of movement that now it’s quite fun and I like trying to figure out which way up it is and what parts of its body it’s moving.

Right, must go to sleep with my tummy propped up on a jumper so it doesn’t flop onto the bed. Am sleeping on an extra duvet to cushion my hips and at some point will have to sleep with a cushion between my legs so as not to crush the bump. I’ll be mostly sleeping on my left hand side because the books scare you into not sleeping on your right (may crush your vena cava) or back (other major arteries). And enjoy a little thing having a kicking match with my uterus.

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