Growing a rainbow baby: 23 & 24 weeks pregnant

Growing a rainbow baby: 23 & 24 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 24 weeks gestation Baby BN is nearly as long as an ear of corn and weighs about 600g. (Length: 30cm, head to heel.)

Symptoms: 

Acid reflux (usually in the evenings before I eat dinner).

Bleeding gums when brushing my teeth.

Sore boobs.

Loss of appetite.

Tiredness.

Needing to wee lots – I think Baby BN is using my bladder as a hammock!

I’ve also noticed that it’s getting increasingly harder for me to bend over to tie my shoe laces or pick stuff up off the floor. I’ve started making a very attractive grunting noise whilst doing so – ha!

Lots of pregnancy-related dreams. Last night I dreamt that somebody announced our baby had been born to friends and family before we’d had the chance to do it ourselves. Worst of all – they’d given out a completely different name to the one we’d chosen for our baby (who in this dream, was a girl). I woke up feeling really angry! Bizarre.

Mood: 

Hmm, not great – I’ve felt very emotional this week. Some weeks just seem so much tougher than others and as always I’m missing my friends and family a lot. I have moments where I wonder how on earth I’m going to cope with two little people (in the winter, when it’s harder to get outside) whilst having no other adult company all day.

Aside from that, I’ve felt very tired this week and struggled to keep up with Jasmine’s demands to play constantly which is pretty exhausting at the best of times. I’ve snapped at her far too much this week and then I end up feeling even worse.

Basically, I’d describe my mood of late as ‘meh’. I hope next week will be better.

Highlight of the week(s): 

Totally unrelated to pregnancy but Jasmine keeps saying ‘I lub you, mummy’ totally unprompted.

Baby movements: 

Button Nose is pretty active throughout the day most of the time. Although, sometimes I get to the end of the day and panic that I’ve not felt them move enough. I’ll take a few minutes to lay on my back (always gets Baby BN moving) and then I feel them start to wriggle. The kicks are getting quite strong now but not still ‘take your breath away’ kinda strong.

24 weeks pregnant (with text)

Food cravings: 

None.

Food aversions: 

On a few days over the last week or so I’ve been totally off food which is strange because I’ve had quite a big appetite throughout most of this pregnancy so far. I’m still as thirsty as ever.

Things I’m missing: 

Bristol. Adult company.

Sleep:

Not too bad but I still keep going to bed late. The evenings always seem to disappear.

Pregnancy/baby related purchases: 

None of my non-maternity shorts seem to fit me any longer so I popped into H&M and bought some denim shorts from their MAMA range (pictured below). They were in the sale for £7. There were a few others that I liked but annoyingly they didn’t have my size in stock. The maternity section in my local H&M is tiny so it’s a bit pot luck as to what you’ll find. I did also pick up this simple jersey dress for £14.99 which is another good option for hot, summer days.

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That’s all for weeks 23 and 24 – hoping to feel a bit more positive going forwards. I have my midwife appointment on Thursday, it seems like ages since my last one. I’m determined not to cry the whole way through this time.

 

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Contemplating a homebirth

Contemplating a homebirth

If you’d ask me to describe my previous labour experience, I’d tell you that it was quick (particularly for a first baby), calm (for the most part) but ultimately, it was a positive experience. I gave birth to Jasmine at our local midwife-led birthing unit (attached to a hospital) which had been the plan all throughout my pregnancy.

Despite my positive birth experience at the MLBU (midwife-led birthing unit), I am seriously considering having a homebirth with baby number two. This post is basically me thinking out loud about the reasons I do and don’t want to give birth at home. Hopefully by the end of it, I’ll be a step closer to making a final decision. Of course, a lot could happen between now and then which may mean that the decision is taken out of my hands… but it’s still good to think about these things and prepare.

Reasons why I’d like to have a homebirth:

Childcare (or lack thereof):

From the moment I got my positive pregnancy test I have worried about what would happen to Jasmine when I went into labour with my second baby. Obviously I’d want my husband, Stephen, to be my birthing partner. Trouble is, we live several hours away from friends and family and there is nobody else that we know who we’d feel comfortable leaving Jasmine with. A homebirth means we could all stay together, under the same roof. In an ideal world, I’d give birth at night, whilst Jasmine slept through in her own bed, completely oblivious. I’m aware that it probably won’t happen that way though!

I’d love to be able to afford to hire a Doula to be with us at home so there was somebody else to help take care of Jasmine and allow Stephen to focus on being my main birthing partner. Financially, it’s not an option for us which is a real shame.

If I did end up being transferred to hospital then it would most likely mean that I’d have to go by myself whilst Stephen stayed with Jasmine. But that’s the worst case scenario, and if that happens, I’m sure I’d be more focused on getting the baby out safely by whatever means necessary, rather than who is holding my hand at the time.

I won’t be told that there’s ‘no room’ for me at the Birthing Unit/hospital:

One thing I never expected to happen when I went into labour the first time was to be told that there wasn’t any room for me on the birthing unit. But that’s exactly what happened and it meant that I had to stay at home longer than I would’ve liked. When they finally made space for me, I had to endure a speedy car journey to the hospital whilst fully-dilated. At this stage my body was pushing my baby out all by itself. I very nearly had myself a car park baby! Part of me wishes that I’d just stayed at home.

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There’s no place like home:

I was quite impressed with the room we had at the midwife-led birthing unit. They’ve tried to create a home-from-home atmosphere. It’s spacious, comfortable and doesn’t really have much of a hospital feel to it at all. I remember at one point Stephen describing it as being like a “nice hotel room”. That said, nothing quite beats the comfort of being in your own home, does it?

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I can only imagine that being familiar and comfortable with your own surroundings whilst in labour must help massively in terms of staying relaxed and calm. I also love the idea of being able to snuggle in my own bed with my new baby, soaking them up without the distraction of strangers walking into the room constantly or beeping machines. I’d have to make sure that I had some celebratory cake and bubbly on standby towards my due date!

Reasons why I wouldn’t like to have a homebirth:

The mess:

There are two types of ‘mess’ that concern me when it comes to having a homebirth and they are ‘general house mess’ and ‘post-birth mess’.

My house is a mess most of the time. I have a two-year-old and it kinda comes with the territory. The closer I get to my due date – the bigger and more exhausted I’m going to feel. Part of me wonders if I will find it stressful, trying to keep the house tidy enough leading up to the big day in order to ensure that I have a clean, clutter-free space to give birth in. And I know – I know – when it comes down to giving birth, the tidiness of my house will be last thing on my mind. That said, do I really want to give birth surrounded by Megabloks and miscellaneous puzzle pieces?

And then there’s the post-birth mess. You know – bodily fluids, the placenta etc.

I’ve read a lot of conflicting information online about just how messy a home birth is – some websites suggest that you cover your entire house in plastic sheeting (think Dexter’s kill room) whilst other people are adamant that home births really aren’t that messy at all.

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Because I’ve experienced birth once already, I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what to expect in terms of the mess (I’ll admit, it did shock me first time around). I’m sure a few cheap shower curtains and plenty of towels will be enough to contain the mess. I believe the midwives also provide a lot of that kind of stuff too (assuming they get there in time, that is!)

I might scare/upset Jasmine: 

I didn’t have a ‘shouty’ kind of labour with Jasmine – in fact, I was pretty much silent the entire time. But I know that every labour is different and I might not act the same way next time. With the idea being that Jasmine will be in the house with us, I do worry that I might scare her with the noises I make during the birth. And even if I’m quiet again, I’m sure she’d be able to pick up on the fact that I’m in pain and it could scare or upset her. Aside from it being a horrible experience for her, having an upset toddler on our hands is hardly conducive to a relaxing atmosphere, is it?

I am sure there are ways I could prep Jasmine for the birth though – by talking about what might happen to mummy, what noises I might make, what positions I might get in. That sort of thing. It’s definitely something I’m going to research more if I do decide on a homebirth.

No option of a water birth:

I would love to experience a water birth and I know that many people who plan a home birth buy or rent birth pools. But honestly? We just don’t have the room for one in our house (there’s the mess, remember). And maybe if it were a case of just jumpin’ on in and poppin’ out a baby – I’d be tempted to get one but it’s not that simple, is it? It’ll need to be stored somewhere before I go into labour, then when the time comes, it’ll have to be pumped up and filled with water. A quick Google search tells me that it takes 2-3 hours to fill a birthing pool (did I mention the water pressure in our house is shite?) And then of course there’s the cleaning of the pool and taking it down after the birth (obviously that wouldn’t be a task I’d be doing but still).

No, just no.

If I’m going to have a home birth, a water birth is off the cards. Unless I opt for one of these…

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Have you had a home birth? Any advice? 

If you haven’t had one – would you ever consider one or not?

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Growing a rainbow baby: 21 & 22 weeks pregnant

Growing a rainbow baby: 21 & 22 weeks pregnant

I didn’t bother writing a 21 week update last week as honestly? I really didn’t have a whole lot to talk about. Also, I couldn’t stand the thought of typing away on my boiling hot laptop in 30oC weather. I did remember to take my bump shot, though!

Anyways, I thought I’d combine what’s been happening over the last couple of weeks in this update. :)

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 22 weeks Baby BN is around the size of a spaghetti squash and weighs 430g. (Length: 27.8cm, head to heel.) I find it so hard to believe that my baby is this big already – the movements I can feel are still so subtle at times. My belly has definitely ‘popped’ a lot more over the last couple of weeks (I think so, anyway) and it’s actually something I’m quite self-conscious about but that’s a whole other blog post!

22 weeks (with text)

Symptoms: 

I’ve had leg (calf) cramps in the middle of the night – oh I remember them well from my last pregnancy. Ouch!

I noticed yesterday that I have spider veins appearing on my right thigh. I’ve never had these before and I have no idea when they actually appeared (I don’t spend a lot of time examining my legs) but I’m pretty sure they’re new. Apparently, they will most likely disappear once I’ve given birth.

Acid reflux – it hasn’t been particularly bad and never lasts very long so I’m pretty lucky in that respect but I do seem to get every evening at the moment.

A stuffy/bloody nose.

Bleeding gums.

A mega spotty chin.

Sore boobs and sensitive nipples. And… yesterday evening at 22+6 weeks I started leaking milk from both breasts! This didn’t happen until I was around 35 weeks with Jasmine.

I feel like I have had far more energy over the last couple of weeks which is amazing. I can now get through the day without feeling like I need to collapse on the sofa by lunch time. You can read my blog post here about how I’ve been tackling the tiredness during this pregnancy.

Mood: 

Pretty good – I think it’s gotta be down the lovely weather. I’m always so much happier when the sun is shining.

Highlight of the week(s): 

The moment hubby came home with two oscillating tower fans – hallelujah! I’m not going to moan about the weather because it feels like we’ve been waiting forever for summer to arrive BUT our house gets (and stays) uncomfortably hot. We’ve put one fan in Jasmine’s room (it was 30oC in there the other night) and we’re using the other one for ourselves. It’s made me a much happier preggo woman!

Baby movements: 

I’m definitely feeling kicks and wriggles more and more throughout the day. As I mentioned earlier, the movements are still quite subtle at times. Although, Stephen did manage to feel proper baby kicks last night – when he’s tried to feel them before, Baby BN has gone shy and stopped moving! The same happens every time I try to film them kicking too.

I feel like Baby BN has finally moved up a little and now I feel movements more along my waistband rather than right down low.

Food cravings: 

None!

Food aversions: 

None!

Things I’m missing: 

Nothing.

Sleep:

Getting plenty of sleep has been tough but that’s been down to the hot muggy nights we’ve been having. Oh and there was the night our downstairs smoke alarm decided to go off at some ungodly for no apparent reason. That was fun! :|

Pregnancy/baby related purchases: 

I bought a gorgeous secondhand Izziwotnot moses basket and stand in white. I never had one for Jasmine as I know babies grow out of them so quickly but I’d like to use it downstairs for Baby BN so that they have a safe space to sleep during the day, out of the way of my rambunctious toddler. The plan is to still get get a bedside crib for our bedroom – something like a Snuzpod or Chicco next to me. In hindsight I probably could’ve waited a while to buy a moses basket as it does take up a lot of space but I don’t see many neutral ones come up for sale on my local Facebook selling site – they’re either bright pink or blue!

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Other than a new mattress for the Moses Basket, which I ordered straight from Izziwotnot, I haven’t made anymore baby purchases.

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Growing a rainbow baby: 20 weeks pregnant

Growing a rainbow baby: 20 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

Baby BN has grown about as long as a small banana and weighs 300g. (From about 20 weeks baby will be measured from head to heel. Length: 16.4cm, head to bottom, and 25.6cm, head to heel.)

Symptoms: 

Not a huge amount to report on the symptoms front this week.

I had a bout of IBS on Friday evening (sorry if that’s tmi) which is pretty unpleasant at the best of times, let alone when you’re pregnant. Because of that I felt completely wiped out on Saturday and ending up sleeping for most of the day.

I’ve had a few headaches this week but I think they’ve mostly been down to the weather.

Mood: 

OK.

Highlight of the week: 

We had our anomaly scan on Friday (8th July) and I’m pleased to say that “everything looks as it should”. I’m very, very relieved and I’m hoping that I can now start to relax and enjoy this pregnancy a little more.

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Doesn’t it look like Baby Button Nose is blowing a bubble?!

We decided not to find out the gender which will probably shock a lot of people who know me. With Jasmine, I was so desperate to know if I was carrying a boy or a girl that I booked an early gender scan. This time I feel less fussed about knowing – there’s no nursery to decorate (until we move house which won’t be until sometime next year) and most of the bigger baby items we’ve kept from last time so there’s less to buy.

I don’t regret finding out the sex last time (I NEEDED to know, for my own sanity) but it seems less important to me this time. So yeah, #TeamYellow it is!

Food cravings: 

No food cravings but it’s been another week where I’ve felt constantly thirsty. I drink and drink and drink, to the point where I fear I may drown but it makes no difference – still thirsty! I asked a few other pregnant mamas if they feel like this too and they all said yes. I know it can be a sign of something more sinister (gestational diabetes or anemia) so I think I will ask my midwife for a blood test at my next appointment just to be on the safe side.

Food aversions: 

Nothing.

Things I’m missing: 

Nothing.

Sleep:

I’ve been terrible at going to bed at a reasonable hour this week and I’m paying for it. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. I think a few early nights are in order.

Pregnancy/baby related purchases: 

I’ve not ‘bought’ it exactly but I’m currently borrowing a book called “Coping with two” from the library. I’m not a huge fan of parenting books, if I’m honest, but I’ve read a few chapters of this one so far and I’ve already found myself making notes of hints and tips that may come in handy leading up to and after the birth of baby number two!

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Growing a rainbow baby: 19 weeks pregnant

Growing a rainbow baby: 19 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

Baby BN is about as large as an heirloom tomato and weighs 240g. (Length: 15.3cm, head to bottom.)

Symptoms: 

Since getting my first bout of acid reflux last week, I’ve had it a few more times this week. Again, it wasn’t too bad and Rennies seemed to do the trick but it’s never a pleasant feeling. It feels like there’s a little fire at the bottom of my throat!

Sore boobs as per usual.

I had a random moment of nausea yesterday (Sunday 3rd July) which took me surprise as it’s been a while since I’ve been/or felt sick. I was halfway through eating my dinner (slow cooked gammon + veg) when my brain suddenly decided that the carrot I was chewing was the most disgusting thing ever. I was so close to puking but after running into the garden to get some fresh air and sipping some water, I somehow managed to get through it without being sick. I couldn’t eat anymore of my dinner after, though!

Mood: 

Mostly OK. Although I felt like a horrible, hormonal-cow at the weekend. I normally have a pretty good handle on my emotions but I certainly haven’t felt that way over the last few days.

Highlight of the week: 

Stephen got my old maternity clothes down from the loft last night (and they’re currently hanging on the washing line to dry). They were all mixed up in the bags of Jasmine’s old baby clothes so I spent a lot of time going through it all and asking myself how she was ever that small?! It made me feel excited to have a tiny baby again.

A lot of my maternity clothes are out of season at the moment so I’ll need a few more summer bits but I am very happy to be reunited with my favourite comfy maternity jeans. ❤ ❤

I also got to meet a couple more of my Facebook bump buddies this week. We met up for a midweek cake and chat session so that was nice. Some of them are about ready to pop too which is muchos exciting!

Food cravings: 

Oreos! They were mentioned on a programme I was watching in bed one night. I then couldn’t stop thinking about Oreos. Stephen bought me some the next day which made me very happy indeed!

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Food aversions: 

Carrots, it would seem!

Things I’m missing: 

Nothing.

Sleep:

My back pain is often at it’s worst when I’m laying in bed, trying to get comfortable. It’s when I turn from laying on my back to on my left side (which is how I prefer to sleep) that I get the shooting pain down my back, bum and legs. That said, my sleep has been pretty good lately – can’t complain!

Pregnancy/baby related purchases: 

I’ve actually bought some baby stuff this week – hurrah! I had an incredible gNappies discount code (50% off) so I went a bit mad and bought 6 gNappies in a size small and another 6 in a medium – plus two packets of liners. I used gNappies occasionally with Jasmine (I only owned two of them) and really liked them so I’m excited to able use them ‘full time’ with Baby Button Nose.

I also picked up a basic black maternity t-shirt (below) from Peacocks. I think it was about £6 and it was a day when they had 20% off everything. I wish I’d picked up a few more in some other colours but I had to rush off to catch my bus home from town. I might grab a few more this week though. :)

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That’s all for this week – roll on Friday (8th July) when I have my 20 week anomaly scan! I’ve been so anxious lately, I’m desperate to know that my little Button Nose is OK.

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