This is the next instalment of our pregnancy journey. The below are extracts from my journal which I have written each week (I am now 25 weeks). You can read about how I felt when we found out here and our 20 week scan here. I will be posting other weeks extracts in the coming days.
Its the week before Christmas and I am not at work but there is so much to do and I am trying not to get stressed about it! I have realised that I am needing to take things much slower this time round. I went into town to pick up some last bits as most of our shopping has been done online. I would normally walk from town to a superstore about 10 minutes away so I didn’t need to repark. Which I did. I brought the bits I needed – crackers, table napkins, table presents and some more wrapping paper etc and walked back. On re-entering the shopping centre I needed to sit down! It took me 10 minutes to catch my breath! I was mildly entertained by how much energy the force had knocked out of me, walking up the stairs had obviously been the last straw. I decided to take it a bit easy over the Christmas period there and then! I really don’t remember it this bad last time round, I walked a four mile hike over metre high styes the day before I went into labour. I was 16 days over and the walk had been intentional, one last ditched attempt before having to be induced. It worked! Now I couldn’t even walk 10 minutes down the road and back?
I also visited the Chiropractor to see how my alignment was doing. Although I didn’t suffer with pelvic pain or anything with Monkey being that bit older this time round I want to make sure I am limiting any potential problems straight away. She was very happy with me and I scored some brownie points for wearing proper boots instead of ballerina pumps. There was a little adjustment needed on one side, which is probably down to the sheer amount of driving I do for work. Normally she would want to see me very 4 weeks but because I’m doing so well I have booked in for 6 weeks time. I will be on my way into the 3rd trimester then!
I finally got tough with my old maternity clothes accepting that some of them I just won’t wear either size wise or I don’t like them, we needed to access the spare bedroom for Christmas so it gave me the kick I needed. I also re bagged up the last of Monkey’s clothes. We had done some initially but I still had the older bits to go through. We ended up with two black bin liners of things we didn’t need, but still good enough to be passed onto a friend of a friend rather than being dumped. It was really therapeutic.
Christmas day itself was as I had hoped, Monkey had a great time and I am sure I will always remember the little squeal as he realised Father Christmas had brought him what he asked for. I wanted to make it extra special as next year we will be a family of four and potentially Pip could be moving! Suddenly the thought of weaning hit me over Christmas dinner and made me smile, its a time with Monkey I really enjoyed and feel blessed to have the experience again. I had one small very weak white wine spritzer on Christmas day itself. Other than that I caused issues and avoided all the no go foods, we even had four starters to accommodate everyones preferences. My appetite is slowly improving and I managed to eat all of Christmas dinner including a tiny bit of homemade Christmas pudding, Ive even managed to put on 400grams!
We have decided to go for a 3D scan so I am looking forward to booking that in after the Christmas period. I also need to chase down our old hypnobirthing practitioner for an appointment in the new year and make the final payment to the NCT antenatal class.