Wednesday, 20 August 2014

My babyshower

As promised, here's my post about my babyshower which happened last week.  So, it started a couple months ago when I had a text from my friend saying she was going to start organising it, who I'd like to attend and their phone numbers.  Other than getting a date nailed, this was pretty much the last I heard about it :)

On the night, my friends turned up at the house to blindfold me and drive me to the secret venue.  After 20 mins of driving around (and feeling a little sick, lol) we rocked up at my mother-in-laws house (which was 10 mins away) :)  For me, this was perfect, they have a lovely house which I'm really comfortable in, so this was perfect.

After I arrived, the father-in-law headed over to surprise my hubby by taking him out for a meal :)

I walked in to find a vintage tea party with bunting everywhere, it was so pretty.

tea party

bunting

diabetic carrot cake with sugar icing

tea with vintage china

selection of teas

My mother-in-law was amazing, she hired in some vintage crockery (all proceeds go to a local charity) and made food to suit my vegetarian/diabetic diet.  My friend who'd organised the shower had also had made a carrot cake, where the top tier was sugar-free :)  So thoughtful :)

After we'd eaten and consumed a lot of tea, it was time to open some presents, I was quite overwhelmed with just how generous everyone had been.  Here's a few snaps of the gifts :)

Gorgeous presents, some handmade

More gorgeous gifts

Lovely clothes and bibs

All in all it was a lovely evening, one I'll certainly never forget.  Thank you to everyone who helped organise, it was such a special evening and everyone who was there made it all the more special.


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Monday, 18 August 2014

32 week pregnancy update

32 week pregnancy update
1.  Our moses basket arrived - it's the Olive and Henri one from Toys R Us, kindly bought by Squidge's grandparents
2.  Look out for Wednesday's baby shower post :)
3.  My favourite diabetic friendly breakfast
4.  Car trouble - well, not really, but the battery did go and we had to buy a new one, bye bye the best part of £100!

MY WEEK
Well, it's been a pretty wonderful week.  On Wednesday it was my baby shower, I'll be writing up a whole blog post about that which will go live this Wednesday.  We had another couple of hours spent at the maternity assessment unit because Squidge was being quiet, he was still moving around, just less than normal.  That was followed up with a scan the next day to check my amniotic fluid levels, they'd dropped a tiny bit from the last scan, but it was still a good level, considering the baby is growing.  The big bonus to that scan is we had the nicest scan pic we've seen - you can really see Squidge's profile :)


I've also done my last 5 day week at work (whoop!), only 6 weeks to go until I'm on maternity leave and I can't wait.  I'm finding working getting harder and harder now, I get very tired very quickly so the sooner I can finish work the better.

SYMPTOMS
I've had a pretty achy lower back this week on and off, and every night when I go to bed the heartburn returns, at least when I sleep on my right side.  One evening I also had period-like cramps for about half an hour, they were pretty uncomfortable - I've read up that it's likely to be the baby moving down in the uterus - I hope not though as he's breech still!

SLEEP
It's getting worse - the last few nights I've been having a terrible nights sleep, very interrupted, tossing and turning a lot and just lying in bed awake for what feels like hours, as well as being really achy.

DIET & WEIGHT
I didn't weigh myself this weekend, so we'll have to see next weekend how my weight is :)  My diet is good, although I have discovered this week that bran flakes and weetabix really don't mix with my diabetes, so I'll be avoiding them from now on.  I'm loving having strawberries, blueberries and kiwi's for breakfast with greek yoghurt and a touch of truvia sweetener.

NEXT APPOINTMENT
Tomorrow! I have a big antenatal appointment tomorrow where I'll have a growth scan, see my consultant, the medics and maybe the diabetes nurse - it's safe to say I'll be there for a good 4 hours, I'm going to try and remember to bring a book with me this time (the 2nd Harry Potter book - yes, I'm reading them for the first time at the age of 35 :P)

BABY STUFF
Well, as you can imagine, with a baby shower there's been quite an influx of baby stuff this week :P It's all at the in-laws so I'm not able to photograph it, but I do have some nice pics of the evening which I'll be putting into Wednesday's post.


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Monday, 11 August 2014

31 week pregnancy update

31 week pregnancy update
Left: My first proper bump pic taken at 30 weeks & 2 days :)
Top Right: Matilda looking for the cable tie she was playing with
Bottom right: A knitting magazine I bought for my mother-in-law that has a pattern and materials with it to knit a red squirrel :)

MY WEEK
It's been a really good week :)  I had an antenatal appointment on Tuesday that went really well.  The baby is growing well, his head and legs are still measuring 2 weeks ahead (long legs like his Daddy) and his abdomen is spot on (which is the most important).  They also measured my amniotic fluid and it's gone up again, whoop!  It's now 13.something up from 8 then 10, so in normal ranges now, which is great.  I also saw the diabetic nurses who are really happy with how I'm controlling it with my diet which is great - a really great appointment :)  And as an added bonus, we were done there about 2 hours quicker than normal, which was fab.

SYMPTOMS
The heartburn has been getting me this week, and I've been pretty uncomfortable.  I think Squidge has been in some funny positions.  I've been getting pretty tired too, when it gets to about 10:30 at night, I all of a sudden get completely sleepy and need bed asap, and it's really hard getting out of bed in the morning as I'm so tired.  I think here is where things start getting harder...

SLEEP
I'm definitely more tired and get tired a lot more easily, it's hard work growing a baby :)  I'm waking up a lot in the night with really achy sides too, I'm not sure if that's just the pregnancy or the dying 10-year old mattress.

DIET & WEIGHT
At my appointment on Tues I'd noticed they'd recorded another weight loss - and weighing myself yesterday, I've now lost half a stone on my pre-pregnancy weight.  So not only have I negated the gains I should see from carrying a baby, but I'm getting lighter all the time.  I think the diabetic diet has a lot to do with that, and the fact I've had a reduced appetite since getting pregnant.  It'll be interesting to see after the baby is born how much weight I'll have actually lost :)

BUMP
Growing all the time, getting bigger and bigger as the weeks roll on - just have a look at the pic :)

NEXT APPOINTMENT
Tuesday 12th August - seeing the midwife for my 31 week appointment.

BABY STUFF
Not bought anything new this week, we moved all the baby stuff to hubby's parents house so we have room to start sorting the spare room.  What I'm looking forward to most this week though is my surprise baby shower :)  It's on Wednesday, all I know is that I'm being picked up at 6:30 and I don't know anything about what will happen, all very exciting :)


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