Sorry for the lack of pregnancy diary updates over the last few weeks. It has flown by! I have now finished work and have been busy preparing for Christmas and the new baby at the same time. The last few weeks have had a few ups & downs pregnancy wise too.
On the Thursday I was 35 weeks pregnant exactly, I thought that my waters had broken prematurely. Thomas made me laugh and there was a ‘burst’ and I thought I had wet myself. I went to the toilet and discovered the liquid was not urine. My waters broke early on in my labour with Thomas last time so I know what they smell like. We put Thomas to bed, got my sister to babysit then went up to the hospital to be checked out. ‘Baba’ was monitored for 40 minutes or so and then a doctor checked me to see if my waters had broken. Unfortunately, they could not find any evidence of waters breaking and as I was not leaking, they sent me home and told me to come back in if I was worried about baby’s movements. I do not know whether it was my waters or not but immediately after it happened, the baby started to engage and my bump has noticeably dropped. The picture above was taken in hospital in case it was the last bump picture we were going to get.
Thomas was only engaged for a week before I went into labour so I have been quite uncomfortable for the last week or so as the baby slowly engages further. It has been quite a challenge on some days as I keep on having Braxton Hicks whenever the baby engages more.
Due to concerns over the baby’s size, I have now been moved onto consultant led care at my local hospital. The baby’s weight has dipped below the 50th centile but is above the 10th centile. I have had both growth scans and a Doppler scan to make sure the placenta is doing its job properly. I have another growth scan this coming Thursday when I am 37 weeks exactly. We are seeing the consultant on Friday morning. If the baby is still small on Thursday and they want to get the baby out and do not do this straight away, then they may put our Christmas into chaos which I really do not want. Thomas is really aware of Christmas for the first time and I do not want to miss a second of it unless the baby decides to make a natural appearance of course!!
On a more positive note, I had a bump cast done at 36 weeks. It was done by my friend and doula Manie of Opal Aura. It was a really relaxing experience and I would highly recommend it. The baby kicked throughout and seemed to have a great time too. Last weekend, we took Thomas to see Santa and his elves at Kiddicare Merry Hill. I wore my new ‘Santa Baby‘ t shirt from New Look and very cheekily asked Santa if ‘Baba’ could have his picture taken with him. Santa said ‘Baba’ was the youngest child they had seen so far and very kindly gave him a Christmas present. I would like to thank the staff at Kiddicare for a wonderful time and going the extra mile as always.
On Sunday evening, my friend Manie very kindly hosted a baby shower for me. We played lots of games including ‘guess the celebrity mum’, ‘guess the chocolate poo’, had to put a nappy on a teddy bear with one hand behind our back and drink orange squash as fast as we could out of a baby bottle. We were served a lovely afternoon tea by Mom N Co Cakes in Stourbridge where it was held. The mince pie cupcake was my favourite. I am definitely going back there again once the baby has arrived. The cupcakes above were kindly given to me by my friend Vandana who has a cake business herself. We also had a maternity/family photoshoot with Pincher Photography yesterday and I cannot wait to show you the results. We had a great time!!
I will update you with the next growth scan/consultant news as soon as I can.
Have you had your waters break prematurely or thought they had. What was your experience like?
Place your bets now folks! Will ‘Baba’ arrive before or after Christmas??