Cat update: She seems to have recovered, and we’ve been incident-free for six whole days now! She’s back to her naughty self, when she’s not busy posing magnificently (see below).
I saw the midwife on Monday. The last time I saw her two weeks ago, my blood pressure was slightly up and there was + protein in my pee. So I was pretty anxious about the appointment today, even though I tested the pee sample at home to make sure it was negative for protein, which it was. But I thought my blood pressure would be up again, just from cat illness-related stress or whatever else.
Anyway, the appointment ended up going really well. My blood pressure was normal, pee was normal, heartbeat sounded good, belly measurement was good. She told me that as long as I make it to 37 weeks, there should be no problem with me going to the birthing centre instead of the maternity unit, which is what I’d like, ideally. So it was a really good appointment, and I was so relieved that it went well.
What sucks right now is that I caught a cold off my brother at the beginning of the week. I’ve felt weak and hot and mucus-y and I’ve had a sore throat and my nostrils have felt like they’ve been on fire. It’s frustrating because he didn’t TELL me he had a cold – if I’d have known I would have kept well away and would have been super paranoid about touching anything he’d touched – but no, he didn’t tell me, and now I have this cold. And he didn’t look ill, and wasn’t doing any ill things – so I had no idea until he had a cold until he casually dropped it into conversation. I did so well to make it this far without getting sick. Hopefully it will go soon, but right now I feel like shit and have done for several days.
M. and I went to our first antenatal class last night. There are two more sessions over the next couple of weeks. Neither of us had any idea of what to expect, apart from what we’d seen on tv or in movies. Well, there were a lot of ‘activities’ and ice-breakers with the other couples – which is NOT my cup of tea. It was kind of nice to see some other pregnant people though, and everyone was pretty friendly, apart from one couple. But yeah, I was kind of hoping it would be more… informative. The session started off with the midwife telling us how 2 in 5 relationships get worse after birth, and 1 in 5 get better. Oh, good. Later on, one of the activities had us plan out our ‘perfect Sunday’, as we are right now with no baby. And then we had to add in 10 half hour feeds, 2 hours of crying and 1 hour of grumpy baby time. I guess the aim was to make us all realise how our lives are over and it’s just going to be awful? It wasn’t a terribly helpful activity – it’s not like I haven’t already thought about how much things are going to change. But there was some more useful information at the end of the session. I think M. found some bits of it quite informative, and so we’re going to go to the next one.
I have to admit that I was a little jealous of the other women who were apparently all on maternity leave already. As for me, I still have another 4 weeks of work to go – because I haven’t been in my job for long and I can’t afford to take unpaid maternity leave. Ah well. I’m getting there.
Next week I have another scan. Scared and excited, but mostly scared. I can’t believe it’ll have been 14 weeks since my last scan. I’ll be terrified of looking at the screen, just like I was last time. I just hope it goes okay. Trying not to think about it too much.
I haven’t got much done on my ‘things to do’ list from my last post. All I’ve done is make a list of hospital bag stuff, and I’ve printed out a rough draft of a birth plan. Still need to dangle all the origami cranes from the branch in the nursery, which I’m definitely going to make happen this weekend – so I should have some photos of the finished nursery for next week’s update!
How far along: 35 weeks and 1 day
Symptoms: This week has mostly been about heartburn. I’ve been trying (and mostly failing) to eat less, because I get full so quickly and as soon as I’m too full, I feel heartburny. Feels awful. Chewing gum helps, though. Generally, this has been my most uncomfortable week so far, which is to be expected – but it has been made much worse by having to deal with this cold at the same time. I’ve been quite emotional this week, which was most apparent when I actually cried because M. beat my score on a game we’ve been playing on our phones. He found this quite amusing. (By the way, I eventually beat his score and he hasn’t yet managed to beat my mine because it’s a ridiculously high score that he’s never going to be able to beat).
Weight gain: Didn’t weigh myself. I actually meant to, this morning – but forgot. Probably for the best…
Stretch marks: Still about the same as last week. Just trying to make it through these last weeks without them suddenly tearing up the rest of my belly.
Movement: Still a fair amount of movement. I try not to worry too much when things are quieter, because I know there’s less room in there. I felt the baby’s bum (hopefully not a head) below my ribs on the right earlier this week. The midwife felt it too and said she thinks it’s a bum – it’ll be good to hopefully have it confirmed at the scan next week.
Sleep: Sleep has been awful this week, and I think this is the first time in all my updates that I’ve said that. I’m sure it’s mostly down to this cold I’ve got, but I have definitely noticed that it’s become a lot more difficult to get comfortable, and a bit of an ordeal to change which side I’m laying on. And sometimes I wake up and my hip hurts because I’m laying on it with all this weight. It’s definitely more uncomfortable, and I feel more fragile. There’ve been a few nights this week where I’ve just woken up at 3ish in the morning and haven’t been able to get to sleep, so I just lay there looking at Facebook or Mumsnet on my phone (exciting stuff).
On the whole, I’m feeling pretty positive. Anyway, that’s all for now. Oh – big thanks to Tots100 for mentioning my blog in their roundup of new bloggers this month!