Just a quick one as it's way too nice a day to be stuck inside on the computer. Have been thankfully able to sleep really well in the lat few weeks, but that run seemed to come to an end last night. I don't know if it's the warm weather or the baby's endless wriggling, but I had a pretty bad night and was in a lot of discomfort with the baby in the ribs and braxton hicks. Couldn't get to sleep until after 3 and then was awake every hour after that and up at 8 to get to the doctor's. Still I've had a good run for the last few weeks so even if I don't sleep from now until the baby comes I think I've probably got off relatively lightly, and as I can now sleep during the day if need be it's really not a problem.
The doctor said this morning that the cervix is still closed, but from now on I'll see her every other weekday (yikes) and then if nothing has happened at the end of next week then they'll book me an appointment at the clinic for the week after, I imagine to be induced if I go beyond 10 days. I'm pretty determined for that not to happen though, so I'll be trying every trick in the book - short of castor oil and anything else unpleasant - as of next week to encourage baby to decide to get out.
Good news for F, is that as of next week he's being put on holiday as they've delayed the start of phase two of the project. So, he has a month off and at least 2 weeks of that should be with the baby. Yet another reason for baby to get his or her skates on.
Mum's having a few problems sorting out a flexible ticket so that she can 'get on the very next plane' when she hears that labour is underway. Will probably be sorted today though.
Right, I'm off out into the sunshine - next entry will probably be me moaning about being late.
Less than 2 weeks until due day and another long gap between blog entries, entirely unintended. Have been on Maternity leave for a week and that happily coincided with F getting a bonus week off work as they didn't need him on the project for a few days. It would usually be a real nuisance for him to have to take a holiday at no notice, but as it was my first week off it was perfect. We had plenty of time to sort things out for the baby together and enjoy a bit of time to ourselves.
I'm really glad I got all the painting and stuff out of the way earlier as it would be tough to handle right now. I have bursts of energy where I go mad cleaning or preparing etc. for a few hours, and then conk out completely. My brain has gone even more to mush as well, F has got used to me saying really silly things by now.
The crib is up and I've sewn a hanging for it so that it will feel nice and cosy, finished it yesterday. Despite oodles of measurements one side appears to be longer than the other but hey, I suppose it doesn't look shop-bought at least.
I finally got round to packing my hospital bag a couple of days ago and yesterday I bought some pre-shaped reusable nappies, nappy nippas and plastic pants, so all ready for the baby pooh.
We're also making progress, of sorts, on the name front, but boys' names are turning out to be more problematic than girls' names it seems. Also finding that we quite like names and then go off them after a week or so, so it's quite good that we still have time.
Apparently the entire family has decided that they want to come and visit as soon after the birth as possible, which will be interesting as there's 6 siblings on my side and as we live abroad people will be coming to stay with us. Will have to try to space people out somehow. Will be pretty expensive given the world cup, but that might be quite useful in helping space people out.
I've had a few strong BHs last night and this morning, but not coupled with back pain (at least no more than usual) and not regular, so I'm not worried that it's all kicking off yet. But, baby does seem to have quietened down a little in the last couple of days, so s/he might just be ready to put in an early appearance, which to be honest would suit me just fine. I think F would be happy about it too, he can't wait to get going.
The baby seems to be both down in the pelvis and simultaneously up in the ribs, I suppose the doctor did say that s/he has long legs!
Needless to say it's been a busy month. The good news is that after a trip to the doc's yesterday it seems that the baby's head has now engaged, and that the placenta hasn't got in the way, so it's gone from looking very likely that I'll need c-section to very likely that I won't need one. Very happy about that. Still have to check with the obstetrician when we go to the clinic for the first time tomorrow, but am very optimistic. Now need to re-brush up on all the other pain relief options, I might even get a shot at a water birth!
The last couple of nights I've had strange pains in the abdomen, not quite like any pains I've had before, but they probably are BHs. I'm still taking the magnesium twice a day, but getting the pains none-the-less. It's not constant pain, but it's not easy to tell whether it's a regular pain or not, I don't think so, just think it's on and off and sometimes mostly on. When I told the doctor about the pains yesterday she gave me the number for the ambulance, just in case.
I'm sure it's just BHs and I'll get used to them, in any case, at least I'm not being kept awake with itching too, as the rash seems to have almost completely disappeared after over a month.
So I'm a bit sleepless and tired at the moment and even finding pregnancy yoga more of a challenge than I used to - I used to find the meditation part a bit of a waste of time and now I look forward to it all lesson... I'm consequently resting more and spending more time in front of the telly in the evening than I usually every would - though at least it's good for my German, at least when I'm not watching P&P that is.
I'm missing F more than usual at the moment, though maybe that's partly because he was away for most of the weekend as well last week. I think after he came to part of the partners' antenatal class he's got more of an idea just how close things are.
The four antenatal classes were ok, not really much new information, and there wasn't as much chance to chat with other women as I expected. There wasn't much encouragement to get to know each other either as most of the class was the midwife holding forth. A bit of a pity really. Still, there's a post-birth meet in June so we'll have to see how we get on then. They were all really long, mostly 3.5 hours each, and you could see that at the end of each one people were dying to get up and go.
The nursery is nearly ready now, just a few things to clear out of the room and the swinging crib to put up. I've washed nearly all the baby clothes and put them in the cupboard ready and bought the first eco nappies for the clinic.
The other new thing is that we've decided to change clinics after hearing some not so great things about the one that's around the corner from us (where the antenatal classes are). So we're going for one that's about 20 minutes away (that's a long way for Munich!) but one that we both really liked when we went to the open evening and we've heard nothing but good reports of.
Another busy week. Mum was here again for the weekend, last time I'll see her before the birth now. We built more furniture, I started painting, oh and celebrated my 33rd birthday. We did try to do a little more baby shopping, like getting the maxi cosi car seat that my brother and his girlfriend are very kindly, and generously, giving to us as a baby present, but the car died on the way there, so we ended up back home empty-handed. Luckily we were right across from a petrol station when smoke started pouring rather dramatically from the hood, so we could sort the radiator out enough to limp home.
Mum had brought plenty of things with her again, including quite a few things that weren't on the M&P list - like a changing mat and 2 extremely cute cuddly toys. We tried the curtains up and they look great, so it's all beginning to come together slowly.
Unfortunately while unwrapping the Ikea changing unit I realised that we hadn't bought the changing unit at all, but a coordinating shelf. Oops.
Luckily the car is already back from the garage now, so we should be able to correct the mistake this weekend.
I've had a pregnancy rash (I think) of some sort for over a week now, so went to the doctor's on Monday to get it checked out. It started on the thighs and is now on my belly, breasts and a little on the arms too. The doc thought it was probably just a reaction to something, but took blood tests just in case it was a liver problem where the liver can't cope with the pregnancy. I don't have yellow eyes and skin, so I think I'm ok. It is a bit of a nuisance though, keeping me awake at night with the itching, but thankfully is seems a lot calmer during the day.
I've done so much painting this week as we decided it made sense to paint everything that needed it while we were at it. I now can't get all the paint off my hands because they're quite raw from being scrubbed. Will be great when the changing table is finished too and I can finally stack the tins of paint away in the cellar and clear up all the newspaper.
Been quite religious about taking the magnesium this week and have felt no BHs, so it seems to be working well. I have felt the baby plenty though, s/he seems to like settling in awkward positions and poking mum as much as possible. There's still an amazing amount of movement, and it sometimes really feels as though the baby is dancing around in there.