Week 36 – Day 1

It’s getting so close now. 27 days til due date. And after this week, the chances of going into labour go up significantly with every day. The first one out of our pre-natal course gave birth, 10 days early. I still haven’t got my head around the fact that there will be another person here. Just in bed this morning I was trying to picture a baby lying next to me, and I just can’t see it. It seems so unrealistic.

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I don’t think my tummy has gotten much bigger in the last couple of weeks. It feels bigger from the inside, but it looks kind of similar. Except maybe it’s hanging down a bit more…

My maternity leave has properly started and I’m taking it easy. Pottering around the house, and doing little bits here and there. This week it’s only two days which I think will be a good start, cause then I have the weekend with Dave around. Will have to see how it goes next week when I have a full 5 days of doing nothing.

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Week 35 – Day 6

Month 9, last day in work and 4 weeks til due date!

Woke up this morning feeling so ready to just do nothing. Feels like my stomach has blown up this week. Every day it’s just so big, and pushing out more and more.

This weekend, the last bits on the to do list is definitely getting ticked off. So that’s just adjusting the cot to make sure it’s the correct height, and getting the last bits for the hospital bag. The first baby from our pre-natal class has arrived, 10 days early, so that really made it hit home, that the baby does not care about due dates! Which means we should be as prepared as possible.

So, plans for maternity leave:

  • Study dutch and complete the course and exam
  • Get massages / pedicure / facials etc. (lols)
  • Attempt to make a play mat for the baby (I impulse bought a sewing machine for this…)
  • Meet up with people for lunches, trying new places
  • Bake more bread

Sounds pretty chill right?

Week 35 – Day 4

One month left! Three days left in work!

I had the most lovely weekend 🙂 It was Dave’s birthday on Saturday, but he had organised a surprise baby shower! I knew something was going on cause he’s been very inconsistent and slippery with answers about his birthday, but when I saw all the people there, and Orsi all the way from London, I got proper teary and overwhelmed! It was so nice to see everyone, and we got some brilliant stuff too! Super happy and very thankful ❤ Then on the Sunday we took the boat out and just chilled and enjoyed the awesome October weather!

Today though, I feel absolutely knackered and dead. Haha, must be the long days and late nights that have caught up with me. Gonna take it easy today, skip my Dutch class, and just relax this evening.

Tomorrow we go into month 9, and the last month of this pregnancy. It’s gone so fast up til now, but I have a feeling that once I go one leave, time will slow down a a bit. And once we have sorted through all the things we need to do, it’s just a waiting game!

Week 35 – Day 1

34 days to go! Pram is here, car seat is ordered! Just the final stuff for the hospital bag and making sure the cot is the correct height and then we’re ready!

Spoke to Cris a couple of days ago who’s has a slightly less straight forward pregnancy than me. She’s getting induced on the 27th. THAT’S TWO WEEKS! It really hit me then that it’s very very soon. And then we will have babies and no longer be pregnant, and everything will be different. Shit is getting very very real indeed.

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Some very good news we had is that she’s already engaged head down into my pelvis which makes it extremely unlikely for her to turn the wrong way. Technically she still has enough space to turn until about next week, but hopefully she’ll stay where she is which is the correct way.

Week 34 – Day 5

Allow me to brag for one post (with the hopes that I’n not jinxing the rest of my pregnancy or the actual delivery). My midwife today described me as the “textbook pregnancy”. Steady growth, solid hear beat, no fluctuation of my blood pressure, minimal side effects. She showed me to box where they normally keep comments of additional tests that might be required, or stuff that’s going on with the mother. In my box it only says “English speaker”.

There, I’ve had my little moment in the sun where I’m immensely proud of how my body is doing! Now I hope that it will keep doing good for the next month and see me through a birth that’s perfectly painless and results in no damage! One can dream right :p

No, in all honesty, I know exactly how much it’s down to luck, and I am incredibly happy that this has gone so well, and I really don’t take it for granted at all. As time runs out I hope more and more, that I’m mentally prepared enough to face whatever comes at the end of this. And I hope that I can take the unpredictability as it comes, and go with the flow as it happens.

Week 34 – Day 4

I read an interesting fact today… My uterus is 1000 times bigger now than what it was at conception! 1000 TIMES!!!! This is insane!

Anyway… the pram problem was not solved this weekend, but we did end up finding one online that we have ordered and it’s been dispatched! I’m not going to fully celebrate until I have it in my possession, but it’s one step closer. And we know which car seat to buy now, which also feels like a big win.

Another thing I read that I hadn’t really thought of at all is that it could be a good idea to start making more food than we need, and freeze stuff, so that once she’s here, we can just take stuff out of the freezer and heat up for us. Seeing as cooking might not be a top priority at the start. Or, just ask every single visitor to bring take away for us 🙂

In the spirit of making life easier, we got a cleaner in the weekend, and my only thought after was why have we not done this earlier?! It’s so nice to come home to a clean flat. And she mopped the floors which is something we never do, and it was just so clean!! Definitely keeping this perk until further notice!

I’m counting down the days I have left to work, 8 including today! Feels like very little, but I wish it was here already.

Week 34 – Day 2

40 days left until due date!! Pram-gate might have come to an end with a woman in Rotterdam selling one that’s never used. Please let us be able to get this sorted so we can tick it off the list already. I’m so sick of prawns already… bet she’s gonna hate lying in it anyway. 

Yesterday at dinner she was properly pushing my ribs outwards. It hurts. I think she’s now actually filling up the entire space in the womb and it’s getting very tight. 

I randomly started calling her “trollet”. That’s the troll in Swedish. Not like a big evil mean trolley, but a small cheeky mischevious one. I have a really old carved out troll in my room back home at my parents… and under it it says: Ut i varje sinne, finns ett troll längst därinne. Not quite sure how to translate “sinne” it’s sort of the like soul/essence of a person  and the quote says that deep down in everyone there’s a little troll lurking… sort of. Meh, it works in Swedish. Anyway, enough about trolls. Here’s the bump! Plus Dave!