On the Inside
After 37 weeks of health and happiness, the tiredness is really kicking in and if I don't have a quiet sit down and put my feet up during Dylan's nap time then I really know about it by his bed time! Saying that I have not been particularly sensible and have been carrying on with my normal active lifestyle. I worked a 9 hour shift on my feet this weekend waitressing and much to the bloke's dismay this did not start off labour!
I am getting a lot of aches and pains low down, probably due to Squish having been engaged for the last 4 weeks. I am finding a bath before bed makes me feel so much better though, although sleep is not easy and I wake up so many times in the night for no reason. My bladder is still coping and I don't need to get out of bed in the night, but I wake up uncomfortable and restless.
I saw my midwife this week who confirmed that my blood tests were all fine and that I should head to the Midwife Led Unit when labour starts. All seems well and he said he would be suprised if I made it to my 40 week appointment. I had a tour today of the MLU and it looks lovely and relaxing in there so I am getting quite excited about the birth! (Is this normal?)
On the Outside
Bump is big.
Bump is very big and very round - most of my maternity tops are no longer covering my tummy so it is all about long long tops and dresses now to keep me warm. I have turned to some floaty summer beach dresses I bought in my previous pregnancy and am teaming them with leggings and cardigans as they are so comfy. Unfortunately my maternity coat no longer does up round my tummy so it is all about thick scarfs hanging down.
Stretch marks are rapidly increasing and no cream seems to be slowing them down although I keep applying them to keep bump soft and smooth. I do look like I am smuggling a beach ball under my clothes although I am nowhere near as big as I was with Dylan.
I am feeling much more ready now as Squish's room is carpeted and furnished and I have started putting some of his teeny tiny clothes away. The crib sheets are in the washing machine as I type and my hospital bags are packed . The bloke is desperate to have this week off work as he is on early morning starts so I am convinced Squish will wait until the weekend to arrive - you know what their timing is like!
The end is now in sight and I am going to miss pregnancy so much but the excitement that I will soon meet the little man I have been growing for nine months is huge! It is all a waiting game now although I have had no signs that labour is imminent - watch this space for a 40 weeks pregnant post or a birth announcement sometime soon!