26 April 2018

I'm 37 weeks pregnant. Full-term. On maternity leave. And very excited!

First things first. 


I really can't believe I am already 37 weeks pregnant. This pregnancy has just passed by ridiculously fast like I mentioned the last time I wrote about my pregnancy. 10 weeks ago. I was hoping to write more about the pregnancy as I went along but you know, full-time job, an older kid and the general hustle and bustle just got in the way.

mum posing with pregnancy belly and light box

Last Friday was my last day at work. It is weird being back home now, with nothing other than baby stuff to do. And don't get me wrong - I have PLENTY of baby stuff to do. Still need to sort out the cot, the pram, the car seat, the clothes, the hospital bag, nursery, visiting the maternity ward... You know, bits and bobs. Bits and bobs I tell myself not to get too stressed which might push out the baby out sooner rather than later. *shudder*

In that sense I am glad I am now on maternity leave, but on the other hand, it does also feel weird. I was completing a big project at work and didn't quite manage to finish it. Almost done, but not quite dusted, and it bothers me a little bit. But such is life. On Friday before I left we discussed keeping in touch scheme, KIT days and so on, and got a lovely little gift for my new baby. 

child looking at a pregnant mum

child hugging a pregnant mum

As for how the pregnancy has gone, I have been keeping remarkably well over the third trimester. Nothing to complain of. I haven't felt big at all, in fact, I am quite comfortable. Sure, touching my toes is a bit difficult and bending over to pick stuff off the floor is getting uncomfortable, but I am moving and shaking just fine, perhaps a little slower. No pains, no aches. Sleeping fairly well, with minimum nightly bathroom breaks.  I was actually thinking that I could very well have continued working much later, had I had my baby prep ducks in a row and known that I would be so well ahead of time. The only issue I've had have been swollen feet - especially in the heat.

The baby has been moving very very strongly - I quite often have had fairly painful movements and they have been very very visible from outside. It's been almost like in Alien. This one is a real wriggler. I have nearly yelped a few times with unsuspected kicks, and I am particularly tired of the long stretches where the little one seems to extend both legs and arms at the same time...

showing a pregnant belly

Aili, my nearly five year old princess, has been very very excited about the newcomer. Everyday she wants to give a cuddle to the baby. She creeps into our room in the morning to cuddle the baby (i.e. my tummy), gives it a kiss at each school drop-off, and wants to sing a lullaby song to it when I put her to bed. It is so unbearably sweet.

She has also been writing some letters to the baby, which are not quite so sweet, one saying "I know baby is bad" and has made a sign for her room door denying her baby sibling the entrance. So as far as welcoming her new sibling goes, we shall see. I am sure she will be very happy, although the excitement might wear off after night time wake-ups and baby crying. We shall see.

mum holding a light box with 37 weeks written on it

But yes, I am very very excited, and looking forward to both prepping for the baby now, and meeting our newcomer! Exciting times!

When did you start prepping for your babies?

7 April 2018

"The best Easter ever!" said our daughter

This Easter we tried something a bit different. We did our Easter egg hunt at our local park - and had some very special non-chocolate Easter eggs to boot too. 

On Monday (no judging, we were just too tired on the Sunday!) we finally decided to grab the bits and bobs I had prepped and go and stage an Easter egg hunt. Somewhat unluckily, after a fairly nice Sunday, it was actually raining on Monday. But as needs must and our daughter insisted, the hunt had to be done and off we went baskets in hand. 

As the whole family drudged ahead in the drizzle avoiding puddles as best they could, mummy went ahead to check whether she could see Easter Bunny anywhere. Luckily, after about 5 minutes of quick staging, mummy could announce that she saw the tufty tail of the Easter Bunny disappear behind a bush and that it looked like he had been leaving some clues in the park... 

easter egg hunt sign

girl finding an easter egg

Easter egg and a sign saying start here

little girl holding an Easter egg

Easter egg with sign this way

Little girl picking up an Easter egg under a tree

Easter egg hunt sign saying go back

She absolutely loved the hunt for the Easter eggs - as non-chocolate prizes we had filled these little see-through Easter chicks with a variety of small items. There were Easter stickers, bunny hairbands, bunny hair clips, some little princess bracelets, little Easter decorations and two new bag decorations, a fluffy Easter chick and a fluffy bunny. It was so much fun, and she shrieked with joy as she found the little chicks filled with special gifts.

I would definitely recommend this approach, as we always feel like post-Easter is spent in a slump of chocolate. As the non-chocolate gifts I tried to choose little things that would either keep her occupied (stickers) or were anyway needed (you can never have too many hair clips!), and admittedly, did pick up some small bits and bobs from her toy box that she hadn't played with in ages and had forgotten all about. 

little girl smiling

little girls holding a fluffy easter chick toy

little girl with fluffy easter chick toy

It was getting quite wet in the end and us parents were glad to start making our way home. As we did though she insisted she would have to check the last few remaining potential hiding places. Because maybe, just maybe, the Easter Bunny had left a few eggs in this flower field. Or perhaps in that other flower field... She enjoyed it so much she didn't really want it to end! It didn't matter that it was drizzling, it didn't matter that she had already soaked her wellies and trousers by jumping in the puddles - it was all about the egg hunt now. 

little girl holding a basket of easter eggs

little girl walking amongst flowers

And as we got home I asked her if the Easter Bunny should have left her chocolates... And apparently, no, the toys were much more fun and that this was "The best Easter ever!".

Did you do an Easter egg hunt?

1 April 2018

What happened in our lives in March 2018?

Well - Easter is sure one thing that happened! We don't really celebrate Easter much, although we do give into chocolate and we do enjoy the long long weekend. Two-day weekends are just far too short, I never feel like I have managed to recuperate enough for the following week of work, so a long bank holiday break was very welcome. 

Easter blackboard with easter egg drawn on it

I have been:
  • Coming up with new Easter things for us - and planning a non-chocolate Easter egg hunt! Some other things planned are baking bunny buncakes and of course some more blackboard art. 
  • Feeling the baby kick more and more - it is crazy feeling and seeing those strong movements and makes me remember we are going to get a new little one here soon!
  • I have been impatiently waiting for the start of my maternity leave, and pretty much counting the days. Not long to go anymore, just a few more weeks. Can't wait. 
  • At work I am starting to turn towards finalising things, thinking about handover, finishing long-standing mini-projects and generally just feeling like I am ready to move on. I've already said I want to move teams when coming back, so I get to try something new. 
  • As far as pregnancy goes, I've been feeling really good. Getting more tired now yes, but as opposed to previous months, I've actually felt healthy and normal, which has been such a change! No aches or pains of which I am very grateful for.  

family picture in front of easter blackboard

Aili has been:
  • Loving bunnies. Anything to do with bunnies is her thing now. She has long loved them, but her fascination with all-things-bunny has really ramped up recently. apparently she wants to have a bunny birthday... 
  • Drawing - everyday we get fantastic little drawings. I am loath to throw any of them away but we are drowning in paper!
  • Writing - she absolutely loves writing and we get little notes of all sorts all the time. She is particularly keen on writing stories now. 
  • For the World Book Day Aili wrote and illustrated her own book, "The cow girl is happy" and went as the cow girl. In the book there was a queen, king, prince and princess. Princess went for some travels with a unicorn, met lion cubs, went on a swing with her prince brother, and got a balloon and there was a rainbow. It was a fantastic little book. Next thing to practice is to have a beginning, a middle and the end to the story!
  • Consequently, for her Easter holiday homework, she had to do a book report. She did it about her own book...  

girl pointing at an easter egg drawn on a blackboard

My husband has:
  • Enjoyed getting his back finally sorted and going back to rugby. Unfortunately the joy didn't last long as he then broke his little finger after just three training sessions. 
  • Loved feeling the baby move - especially kick directed at his hand. 
  • Been happy that I have been feeling much better now with my pregnancy - it isn't easy when your other half is constantly feeling a bit under the weather!
  • Had so much fun at the Secret Cinema Blade Runner we went to last weekend - it was such a fun experience for both of us!
  • Making a paper guitar for Aili to go with her World Book Day costume - and of course being a very proud father seeing his little girl write her own book!

How was your March?

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