Week 22 – Day 0

New week, and let’s start off with a little bump pic update seeing as it’s been a while. 

There’s a bit more there right? I can definitely feel more than before. Some days it’s a soft drumming and last night was like kicking and punching for dear life. Even Dave got some really good kicks! 

We had another check up and everything seems to be developing good! I really really hope that it just continues to go well. We signed up to pre-natal classes as well starting early September! Not quite sure what to expect from that but will keep an open mind. 

On a more annoying note, the rash on my legs is being very stubborn? Sort of settling down and coming back again all the time… Not sure what’s causing it still or what to do about it :/


Week 21 – Day 5

Several updates in a row – cause things are happening! Last night in bed as I was about to fall asleep if felt my whole uterus turn rock hard, something that hasn’t happened before and that I couldn’t control It was a little bit uncomfortable and not scary but… unknown. The whole thing lasted for maybe a minute, although it felt longer. It didn’t hurt, but when feeling my stomach, it was as if someone had just put a completely solid stone in there.

Google is my friend, and this morning me and Dave came to the conclusion that it was most likely Braxton Hicks contractions. Apparently very common from early pregnancy, but usually not felt until the second trimester. Ans although everyone gets them, some women never feel them at all. They are totally harmless, and it’s the body’s way to “practice” contractions for when it’s really time. So now we know a little bit more that we did yesterday.

I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t come very often though, it wasn’t a particularly nice experience.

Week 21 – Day 4

Apparently pregnancy rash it a thing… Yet another unexplained thing that only women go through. It came from nowhere when I was in the shower, only on the back of my right calf. It itched like crazy and then it was gone… The annoying thing is that for the short duration that it was there I scratched it like crazy, so now my skin is all sore 😦

Week 21 – Day 3

No bump pic today… Sorry, this morning was unreal. It was the first time since I stopped feeling sick and tired that I felt a real physical effect of this pregnancy, and I just had to lie back down instead of getting ready for work. Seems there’s been some kind of growth spurt over the weekend. I look pregnant beyond doubt now, and must have gained two kilos in the last two days. Gravity felt extra strong this morning. So in total it’s a weight gain of 4 kg now, which I think is perfectly normal… It’s just that three out of the four came in the last week or so.

Is this the beginning of the end of the dream 2nd trimester? I technically have a whole month left before entering the last stage, and this might be a one off symptom that I’m feeling while I re-adjust. Man I hope so…

On top of the growth spurt it feels like my whole uterus has moved, sort of upward, pushing everything aside even more. I usually have a bowl of yogurt, fruit and granola for breakfast which does me really well, but today I felt so sick after. Not nauseous, but as if I’d gone all out at an all you can eat buffet. I imagine this is what it feels like after having one of those gastric band surgeries, and it takes a while mentally to catch up with the fact that you just can’t each the same amount. Need to re-plan my whole daily routing to fit in lots of little meals instead, if this is gonna continue… to be continued…

Week 21 – Day 0

Something I’ve learned about myself from being pregnant is that I’m actually quite good at taking it easy and not worrying. My initial thoughts when describing myself is that I like to plan things and have stuff under control, and when I imagined what I would be like as pregnant I thought it would be a lot harder to not know, and to worry about stuff. But having gone more than half way through now I can honestly say that I haven’t freaked out or worried about much at all. Yes, there are a million rules to follow, and yes I do wonder if everything is ok in there. But I’ve been quite good at trusting my gut instinct, and to not listen to all the “good advice” out there. I’ve taken things at my pace, not compared (too much), and have just accepted that if things feel ok, then most likely they are!

It might have helped quite a bit that I’ve had a super straight forward pregnancy so far, and that everything has been on track. But I’m actually really proud of myself for just letting things be, and accepting that I don’t know, and don’t have to know everything!

Week 20 – Day 5

A daughter ❤ the thought makes me infinitely happy and scared at the same time. I will try to gather my thoughts more and get them down on paper.

But for now I can report that the scan went well. She looks healthy and all the organs are where they are supposed to be. She’s a little bit on the small side of average, but the midwife said that it was still within the acceptable range, so nothing to worry about. I was small when I was born, so maybe it’s genetic. Also, as I’m the one who needs to push her out, I don’t mind that the head is on the small side, as long as she’s actually ok.

We’re looking more seriously at names now, mostly space/star names… But I don’t actually want to decide or settle on anything until I see her face. Really can’t imagine what it will even be like!

Week 20 – Day 5

All quiet on the baby front? Not exactly, I’ve just been on holiday! A super relaxing week in the middle of nowhere in Finland. Cabin by the lake, hot-tub, sauna and lots of fun games (plus one million mosquito bites). Oh and we bought a super cute moomin outfit for the baby!

I was starting to panic a little bit as we’re now over the half way point and we haven’t prepared anything yet, but we’ve decided to wait until after all of the holidays are done. We’re off to Malmo in a couple of weeks, so will be looking at lots of baby shops there for things, and to compare prices. Not to mention rummaging through my parents basement for cute 80’s baby clothes, and potentially a pram. Then in August we’re going to Liverpool where we’re booked in with John Lewis who do a free two hour consultation with expecting couples. During that time, they talk you through things you may or may not need (obvs they wanna sell stuff, but there’s no obligation to buy), and we get to test out their assortment of all things baby. Hopefully after that we’ll have a clear picture of what we actually want.

Other than that I’m happy to say that there’s finally some movement coming from the baby. I started feeling in almost a week ago now, just after we got to Finland, so pretty much at the half way point! And not I can feel it all the time. It’s sort of like bubbles bursting, or how you’d imagine that that would feel. Very cool actually! And yesterday when we got back and were just relaxing on the sofa, it got so powerful that Dave could feel it too! So happy about that, as he doesn’t feel excluded now.

Today we have the next ultrasound, to do a foll check on the development of the baby. Hopefully they will determine how accurate the due date is, and we’ll get to see a bit more of who’s in there 🙂