It seems like such a long time since my last pregnancy diary entry. On one hand I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever. However, it also feels like my pregnancy is flying by. I’ve been keeping a handwritten pregnancy diary to help me remember what I’ve done each week. It’s been lovely to read back on my notes and reflect back on my journey so far, as I write up this next instalment.
This week started off with a delicious treat of Afternoon Tea. We went to The Fish, part of the Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds. My friends had bought me a voucher for my birthday so was finally getting round to using it. The last time Mr Mack and I visited Farncombe, we stayed at Dormy House and were hiding away after the heartbreak of our miscarriage. Very pleased to stay our visit this time was a much happier affair.
We had our 20 week scan at the hospital and were pleased that baby was growing beautifully. It was also confirmed that we were expecting a boy, which confirmed our previous gender scan. Baby wasn’t being particularly co-operative with the scan. This meant it took quite a while of prodding and poking to get all the measurements needed, but glad all was ok in the end.
This week I bought baby his first outfit, after I couldn’t resist in the Gap sale. We had kept all of Mini’s clothes however needed to start shopping for some outfits for baby boy. It felt surreal buying the two little cardigans knowing they were for our baby at last and not for a gift.
This week the heatwave seemed to hit England. Normally a sun worshipper I’d have welcomed the warmth with open arms. However, I soon found out being pregnant in the heat was not so fun. In an attempt to combat feeling like a hot sticky mess, Mr Mack treated me to some lovely pregnancy goodies. He got me some lovely soothing Burt’s Bees foot and leg cream and a peppermint cooling spray from Boots. I also picked myself up the ‘Cool It Mama’ Spray from The Natural Birthing Company. I really liked the smell of this one and worked a treat on my face and legs. It was good to keep the spray in my bag for work and worked a treat.
This week was very exciting for me as I felt baby’s first little kicks. After feeling very worried that I hadn’t felt any until now, it was such a huge relief to feel him. Mr Mack also managed to feel too, which was a really special moment for us both.
The hot weather continued and I tried my best to remember to keep drinking lots of water to keep hydrated.
We visited The Confetti Fields at Wick, Worcestershire this week too. I’d been wanting to visit for a while however, the fields are only open for 10 days each year. The day of our visit was a beautiful day and I’m really pleased that we got some really lovely photos. That reminds me, I must get around to getting some printed out. The fields are totally exposed with no shade. As the day got hotter, it became too much for me so we headed to a nearby pub for lunch and a much needed cool down.
We headed to Kingston Upon Thames for the weekend to stay with my Brother. He has two little girls, so always lots of mischief when Mini gets to play with her cousins. We had a great day out exploring Hampton Court Gardens. Luckily we managed not to get lost in the maze, and made it out in time for a delicious family BBQ.
I started to develop a pain down the middle of my right bottom cheek. It wasn’t too bad at this point, more of an annoyance and I put it down to baby perhaps lying across my sciatic nerve. Other than the bum pain, I was starting to feel like I had a bit more energy back and was feeling less sleepy which was good. Mini also finished school this week and I broke up from work for two weeks for a much needed break and some family time.
Team Mack Abroad! We went on holiday to Fuerteventura for the week. It had been a few years since we had gone abroad for a family holiday. Needless too say I was very excited to get away. Our hotel was really lovely, with great food, a huge pool and lots to do. We visited a deserted beach, that we reached via a special all terrain bus. We also went on a catamaran trip in search of dolphins. Sadly we didn’t find any and to make things worse my only pair of maternity shorts flew over board and were lost at sea.
Baby seemed to enjoy the sun too and I got plenty of kicks when lying down sunbathing. Mini had a great time, her highlights were the kids club and the mini disco. She was so exhausted each day from our adventures that we had fantastic lie-ins every morning, which was an added bonus! I also loved taking advantage of the air con in the bedroom to cool down after a day in the sun.
This week also marked baby reaching viability. Obviously there is still a long way to go, however getting to this stage felt like such a huge relief. I think I finally started to worry less and relax more about being pregnant.
I had this week off work to spend time with Emelia. I don’t normally take time off in the school holiday so it was lovely to go out for day trips and meet up with friends. We visited Dippy the Dinosaur at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Afterwards we went with Mr Mack for family dinner at Jamie’s Italian. We were also kindly invited to review Madagascar the Musical at The Alexandra Theatre. It was a fantastic show and we were all dancing along in our seats.
I had a Midwife appointment this week too and was pleased to finally meet my named Midwife. She gave me some information about the whooping cough vaccine which I was able to have the next day. This wasn’t available during my pregnancy with Mini. There were a few moments of panic when the Midwife struggled to find baby’s heartbeat. After a gentle walk and a jiggle to move his position, I was pleased that she managed to find it. I also got my MATB1 form at the appointment to pass onto work.
At the end of the week I treated myself to a pregnancy massage. I went to the At One Day Spa in Birmingham. The therapist was amazing and I felt so relaxed afterwards.
Back to work for a rest this week! Although, I was still struggling with the heat and my office doesn’t have air conditioning. I had a glucose tolerance test this week too. This is to check if I have or am likely to get gestational diabetes. As I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, this puts me at an increased risk. Luckily the results came back all clear.
We decorated baby’s bedroom this weekend too. We chose a grey and mint green colour scheme. There may have been a minor hiccup involving wonky wallpaper but pleased that it’s all sorted now. It was exciting to start putting his clothes away that we’d bought and make the space personal to him.
Another busy week! We had a lovely family day out to Hatton Adventure World, Mini loved feeding the goats. We were also kindly invited to review Planet Ice in Solihull. I decided it was best to stay off the ice for this trip. Mini was very wobbly to start with but started to get more confident with the help of the instructors.
I also had a great girly night out for some delicious food at Digbeth Dining Club in Birmingham. After stuffing our faces we then went to see Matilda at the theatre. The show was just spectacular from start to finish.
We had a 4D scan this week too at Peek a Baby. We’d visited for our earlier scans and they kindly invited us back for a 4D scan. Mini, Nanny and Grandad also came along to meet baby boy. He was clearly not in the mood for having his photo taken and kept hiding his face in the placenta. I had a fair bit of poking and prodding to get him into a good position. We finally managed to see him and it was amazing to see him yawn! Nanny and Grandad think his nose looks like Mini already.
I had a physio session at work this week to try and help alleviate the pain in my bum. She thought it wasn’t nerve pain but more my joints stretching. I got some good advice about how to sit and stand to avoid triggering the pain. She also advised me not to sit on my squishy sofa so no more cuddling up. Probably a good thing though as I often got stuck and needed help to get up!
I had an Anti-D injection this week too. This is because I’m a negative blood type. If baby has a positive blood type, my body may decide to attack it. The injection helps to stop this happening.
We went to a VBAC clinic at the hospital (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean). This was to talk to the Midwife about the choices we have for birth this time. Previously, we had seen a Consultant who had advised that if we tried for a natural birth it would involve continual monitoring and I’d have restricted mobility. This Midwife encouraged us to change to a different Consultant who may be willing to give us a wider range of options. My ideal is to birth on the midwife led unit, using the pool. The previous Consultant had advised this wouldn’t be an option. We left the hospital feeling really positive and looking forward to meeting the new Consultant in a few weeks time…
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this instalment of my pregnancy diary and I’d love to hear from you about your journeys too.