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Pregnancy Diary | Week 35

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think pretty much everyone I’ve encountered this week has commented on how quickly my pregnancy is “just flying by!”

Seriously, even the Hermes delivery man said it to me – although, to be fair, the Hermes delivery man is more or less part of our family now, we see him so often. (Totally not joking, btw – I’ve actually wondered if we should get the guy something for Christmas…)

Every time I get this comment, meanwhile, I just laugh hollowly and think, “LOL, NOPE.” Honestly, I suspect pregnancy only ever really “flies by” for the people who AREN’T pregnant. At this point, though, I currently feel like I’ve been pregnant for at least 100 years – with twice as long still to go. I think these last few weeks are shaping up to be some of the longest of my life: I’m 36 weeks today, which is SO close to the end – especially given that my c-section has been booked for 39 weeks, so I know I won’t go over that – but those three little weeks feel like an entire lifetime to me, and I’ve basically just resigned myself to being pregnant forever.

I know: dramatic, much?

On the plus side, though, time may have stopped moving forward – and I’m 98% sure it HAS – but, symptom-wise, week 35 has actually been not too bad, all things considered. For one thing, the baby moves so much (and feels so hyyyyugge) now that I haven’t been having quite as many “OMG, I haven’t felt him move in 30 seconds, WAH!” freak-outs as usual. I mean, I DO still have them, obviously – mostly in very public places, in fact, which makes me think the baby is just trolling me at this point- but, for the most part, he’s big enough now that when he moves it sometimes feels like he’s trying to fight his way out of my belly, which is as reassuring as it is occasionally uncomfortable. Like, seriously, what are you DOING in there, baby?

week 35 pregnancy diary
Little outfit – J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams, c/o my parents!

For another thing, although I’m feeling very, very large and clumsy, and walking up the stairs sometimes feels like an impossible task to me these days – like, can this girl get a medal or what? – for some reason I’ve actually been sleeping a little better this week, which is good, because, honestly, lying awake in those dark hours before dawn, and thinking about all of the things that could go wrong is NOT fun, let me tell you.

With that said, I may be sleeping better,  but I’m still not sleeping great, and, as for Terry, I’m not sure he’s been sleeping at all: not only has the poor soul come down with a bad cold this week, which he’s manfully pretending not to have (Terry doesn’t get ‘Man Flu’ – instead he just lies his face off and says he’s feeling totally fine, even when he’s blatantly not…), I’m also apparently snoring so much that at one point this week I woke up to find him huddled on the rug next to the bed with a pillow clamped over his head to try to block me out: whoops!

The irony of this situation, of course, is that Terry has ALSO been snoring lately – in fact, when I woke up that night, I was really confused, because I couldn’t SEE him, but I could most definitely HEAR him. So, basically, we now have ourselves a situation whereby at least one of us is being kept awake by the other one’s snoring every night: some times it’s me, sometimes it’s him, but either way, only one of gets to sleep on any given night. (And no, we don’t have a spare bed one of us could go to, just the couch – which is looking increasingly like a good option!) So, yeah, that’s fun, too.

In more positive week 35 pregnancy news, though…

Maxi-Cosi Pebble car seat
The car seat arrived!

This is the Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus, and, as well as going into the car, it also clips onto the base of our stroller, so you can take the baby out of the car, and then wheel him around without having to wake him up by transferring him from car to pram:

Maxi-Cosi Pebble car seat attached to stroller base

The arrival of this car seat was actually a pretty big moment for us, because it basically means we’re all set now for the baby’s arrival. The nursery is done, the closet is fully stocked, the hospital bags are packed. In fact, all we really needed was a little toy elephant (Well, you do, don’t you?), and, as luck would have it, one turned up on my doorstep this week, courtesy of the kind people at WWF:

WWF elephant toy

This was sent to me as part of their #justlikeus campaign, which reflects the fact that, just like us, elephants are complex mammals, who feel a wide range of emotions. Unlike us, though, these beautiful creatures are being killed every day for their tusks, so while I’m very happy to have this little guy for our little guy, I’m even happier to show my support for the campaign. The elephant toys are currently out of stock on the WWF website, but you’ll also receive one if you decide to adopt an elephant (And yes, I did decide to adopt an elephant while I was looking at the website so, er, Terry, we have an elephant now, and no, I’m not referring to this toy one…), so GO GO GO help an elephant, people!

(Random week 35 pregnancy symptoms: dissolving into floods of tears over the plight of the elephants. Wanting to adopt ALL the elephants. Also all of the dogs, cats, and random other animals that need it. Trying to convince Terry we need a micro pig. Being told that no, we cannot have a micro pig. Wanting to cry over  this. Trying to convince Terry we should keep our old car, because cars have feeeeeeeelings too, and we cannot possibly hurt ours in this callous way by selling it. Being told NO. Actually crying over this. Being told that if I want to take over the monthly payments for the car, I can keep it. Realising I can’t really afford it. Buying a lottery ticket instead, even although the website made me open an account and add £10 to it, and I’d literally JUST bought that elephant. I mean, adopted that elephant. Writing this long, stream of consciousness paragraph, even although I know I should stop now. Stopping now.)

And that was week 35 of pregnancy: it was a strange mix of elephants, car seats and lottery tickets, but I’m 100% sure I’m going to catch Terry’s cold now, so I’m sure I’ll look back on it with fondness when I’m lying in bed feeling like death warmed up soon.

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4 Comments
  • Rosie von Waldherr
    December 7, 2017

    I actually do think babies stop moving so much when we’re in public just to taunt us!! Mine does the same thing and then I freak out, only to have him doing karaté once we get home…

    xo, Rosie //Curvy Life stories

  • Jennifer
    December 7, 2017

    Terry has always sounded like a really cool guy, but the fact that he doesn’t get man flu makes him the best! Oh do you know how lucky you are? My husband gets man flu when Other people are sick. When he is sick I don’t even know what to call it. Anyhow I’m glad that you’re in the home stretch and feeling pretty good, hang in there.

  • Ghalia
    December 7, 2017

    Your random symptom was very Bridget Jones and I loved it. Too funny. Off to adopt an elephant & buy a lottery ticket…

  • Myra
    December 8, 2017

    Another week bites the dust, only three more to go.

AD | We’re spending a few days at @highlandheatherlodges in beautiful Perthshire, for what Terry is optimistically referring to as his ‘birthday week’. (I say ‘optimistically’ - we’re only here for three days, and his birthday was yesterday, but don’t stop believing, Terry!)⁣
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There’s a hot tub for us and a playpark for Max, so needless to say, we’re having a fantastic time, and I’m already dreading having to leave. Today’s big question: can I pass as an under-12, so I qualify for a pony ride at the nearby wildlife centre? 🤔 (On second thoughts, don’t answer that one...)⁣
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AD | Time for a quick game of “Where’s Amber?”⁣
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It’s another rainy Monday, so I’m throwing it back to our trip to @universalorlando ‘s amazing Volcano Bay water park last month. I’m a bit of a scaredy when it comes to water flumes, but this park had tons of stuff for pretty much everyone: plenty of rides for me, and an amazing splash pad for Max 👶In fact, I’d still be on The Fearless River right now if I possibly could be. Still, doing the laundry and turning the heating on will be just as good, right? Right?! 🌋 🏊‍♀️ .
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Good news! We took Max to hospital this morning, and saw two different surgeons, who agreed there was no need to go ahead with the surgery as his lip is healing really well on its own 😅  He’ll definitely have a scar, unfortunately, but that would’ve been the case whether he’d had the surgery or not, and if it turns out to be worse than anticipated, we’ll have the option to have it corrected under local anaesthetic when he’s older. ⁣
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I’m still really upset that this happened in the first place, obviously, but so relieved that we don’t have to put him through a general anaesthetic, and just incredibly grateful that it wasn’t anything worse. I know some parents have to deal with much more serious stuff than this, and my heart goes out to you all: it’s been a rough couple of days, and I’m really grateful to everyone who took the time to comment on yesterday’s post - your stories were so comforting when I was panicking yesterday ❤️ ⁣
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(Old photo, obviously: every time Max sees the selfie camera, he thinks it’s going to be one of those filters where you open your mouth and something happens 😂)⁣
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Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve just spent the morning in Accident & Emergency with Max, who fell on the path outside the house and split his lip open 😥 ⁣
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They tried to stitch it up at A&E, but it was totally impossible with him awake, so they’ve booked him in to have it done under general anaesthetic tomorrow ... Max is absolutely fine: the bleeding stopped quickly, he doesn’t seem to be in pain, and is just his normal, happy little self. I, on the other hand, am a complete wreck: the plastic surgeon he saw today reckons if we don’t have it fixed, his lip will be crooked when it heals, but I’m absolutely *terrified* of the thought of my baby having to have a GA. ⁣
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If you’re a long-time follower, you might know that I have a full-blown phobia of general anaesthetic (I literally had an elective c-section in order to eliminate the possibility of an emergency one, which might have had to be done under GA), so I just can’t get my head to accept that it’s safe and he’ll be fine 😥 ⁣
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Positive stories and advice very welcome: I’m just so terrified, I can’t even imagine how to get through the next 24 hours 😥😥😥

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#throwbackthursday to last week, when I needed a sunhat and SPF 50 to leave the house, rather than the current raincoat and wellies situation. Can you tell the post-holiday blues are still in full swing over here? 🌧 .
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I posted this on Stories over the weekend, but he looked so cute in it I figured it deserved a spot on the grid, too! This is Max all ready for his friend Eleah’s 1st birthday party on Saturday: despite the jetlag and his continuing obsession with doors of all kinds (He had an entire soft play at his disposal, but he mostly just wanted to open and close the gate into it...) he had an absolute ball, and spent the whole drive home shouting, “HAPPY! HAPPY!” Thanks to @thestirlingstyle for a great party 🥳 🎈 🎉 . (Oh, and that’s his hairbrush in his hand - boy likes to look his best 😉)
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