Wow, there have been so many posts to read. It all sounds so close now! Love all the bump pictures: you could all do a Demi Moore pose, you are all that neat and tidy. I feel huge in comparison!
For those of you that have heartburn: my sincere sympathies. I really know how you feel. I have had it non-stop for about 10 weeks. I should have bought shares in Rennie (Gaviscon doesn't seem to touch it, just tastes awful!). We just have to think that it isn't for much longer!
Love your 3D scan pics Rach. Your little boy is so cute. I had one on Saturday, but was a bit disappointed as my little boy was hiding his face with his hands and had his face buried down in my pelvis! Still, I got to see his cute chubby cheeks and she estimated his current weight at about 3 and a half pounds! I am glad I went as she did a wellbeing check aswell (and I had extra reassurance that there is definitely a boy in there!
Wow, you all seemed to have had a pretty difficult time last time around. I am sure that means you are all due lovely, serene labours this time!
I have had a look at all your prams when I was doing my 'research', and I like them all and I think they are all very similar. I guess it then comes down to which one feels right for you. Rach and Jen, I am hoping to have more children, so this pram will have to last as well! What will you do for the older tots? Will you have to buy a buggy, or make them walk everywhere?! Lol!
Laura - I can't believe that you have only got 56 days left, but then I realised I only have about 70 days left! It's kind of going quick, but then not quick enough, if that makes sense? It is lovely holding a friend's newborn as you can't help thinking of how you will feel when it is your own child. Won't be long!
Jen - I have had terrible heartburn for about 2 months. It seems whatever I eat or drink, I get it. When I was in Spain, I ran out of fruity Rennie (the only thing that seems to give me relief) and had to go to a pharmacy. Firstly, they don't do fruity Rennie nor Gaviscon and secondly, they are really anti you having any medication for heartburn relief. I managed to persuade them to give me some minty Rennie (yuk!) without having to go and see a doctor first! It was torture! When I got back, I went to the doctors as I was really worried that I was harming LO with all the Rennies, but she reassured me that it was ok. I guess as the doctor advised, you just have to keep downing the Gaviscon! I have avoided all pastries and limited chocolate etc. and that seems to help. I know how you feel: I hope that it stops soon for you!
Wendy - I have thought about hypnobirthing, and apparently it has had some good reviews (it was on BBC news not so long ago, and I think a few NHS trusts are giving it a go). Like you, I am not sure if the cost will be worth it as I am always a bit sceptical about some alternative therapies. But, if you have the time and the money, it can't hurt (literally!) to give it a go.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and that the weather is good wherever you are!
Wow, you have all been busy with posts - I am trying to keep up !
I feel for you all with the toddlers: I know from friends that it's not easy potty-training (especially when pregnant!). I understand that you probably feel that you want to get it nailed before little babas come along! But, little ones will potty train when they are ready: like Rach says, they make up the rules !
Sorry to hear you are having a bit of a miserable time Sarah. Don't be too hard on yourself. The baby will get what it needs, and your appetite will return when you feel a little better. You probably need a little time to yourself (if that's possible!). I find even shutting myself in the bathroom for an hour can do it!
Re: birth plans - I had a go at the NHS one (online). It is a little regimented, but as it is my first, I thought it might help me to think about my options. But they say that nothing ever goes to plan anyway, so will probably end up tearing it up on the day! I'd love to have a natural birth and try to work my way through the pain, but I just don't know what kind of a challenge I am going to be presented with or what pain level I am going to be able to tolerate. We'll see!
Rach and Jen - I have the opposite problem with size: everyone says that I appear to be about right for 29 weeks, however, when I went to the midwife yesterday (I am a week late for my 28 week appt!), she measured me at 31 weeks! EEK! I'm scared that I am growing a monstrous size baby inside me!
Laura - I have ordered the Uppababy Vista. It scored highly in the Which reviews and I just loved it when I went to look at it. It is a little higher than some of the other multi-systems and it looks so cute and cosy. I have gone for intense red colour (you can tell I am a first-time mum!).
Hope you are all doing ok and not suffering too much in this sweltering heat !
Thank you for all the warm welcomes! I am very happy to be sharing the journey with you all .
Rach - glad to hear that you didn't get sick from the burger! I was sick on holiday recently for 24 hours and DH was trying to fly us home! Thankfully, I recovered the next day and LO is fine. It is a worry though. Sorry to hear that you are suffering with your hip. It must be really hard for you, especially with a DD to contend with aswell. Have you called the physio again? Well done with the potty training! I understand it can be a bit more of a challenge with boys though: still, at least we have a couple of years before we have to worry about that one!
Laura - you lucky thing! I can't believe you only have 2 weeks left ! How can you concentrate? As I work with my DH and we are self-employed, I don't know when I am going to finish - I'll probably be taking my laptop in to the delivery suite with me!! I know what you mean about your shoulder - I always sleep on my side anyway, but I presume because I am heavier now, I am getting pressure sores (or that's what it feels like). I believe you can sleep on your back, as long as you are at about 45 degrees (so propped up with lots of pillows). Again, I suggest that you call your maternity physio. I don't know what they are like in your area, but they seem to actively encourage support at my hospital.
Hi Nat - good luck with turning the baby. I am sure s/he will probably be trying to get a few more somersaults in before your time is up. I have also heard that getting on all fours and rocking gently can help. Has your midwife given you any exercises? Try not to worry .
I am very excited today as I have ordered the pram, nursery furniture and bedding. Yippee ! DH and I cleared out the room that will be the nursery, so I feel much more organised. I never know when is the best time to do all this preparation, as I know some ladies leave it until the last minute: but I couldn't wait any longer! I just hope that I can be more patient waiting for my DS !
Hope you are all happy and healthy !
With love, Lidi xx (Sorry for the long post: I do get carried away!)