17 Weeks

How far along: 17 Weeks.

Total Weight Gained:  *tumbleweed drifting along*

Maternity Clothes: The baby bump bands worked well this week, and my maternity hoody was comfy!!  Other than that none.

Stretch Marks: Still none I can see yet!

Sleep: Not great!!  Good to have nap times this past week though.

Best Moment of the Week: Deciding that it was baby I could feel fluttering around in there!!  Quite a strange realisation.

Movement: Yes, I believe so!!  Just a faint little tickle on the inside and it’s a bit like a rumbling tummy with the fluttery feeling.

Food Cravings:  This week I’ve just been having porridge and milky things as seems normal for me, but enjoyed a couple of bags of Haribo.

Gender: Three weeks to find out!!

Belly Button: Not too much change from last week.

What I miss: Still missing sleep.

What I’m looking forward to:  3rd November I get my 16 week check up and we’ll hear the baby’s heartbeat!!

Milestones: Three weeks from half way along!!

On a barge, not sure this’ll work!!

Well, I managed to get a title on here, but not an actual post, so now I’m cosy at home again today catching up with Strictly Come Dancing with Izzy next to me, and able to update.

Pretty much last week was a week’s holiday with Hubby’s family on a canal barge!  I was a bit cautious about carrying stuff and worried about slipping about off the boat, but everything went ok and we had a nice week away.

The only downside was sleeping, which was the fault of the pregnancy more than anything really, still very tired and my hips are still hurting.  As a result I managed to get Hubby to bring an extra duvet out to lie on which helped, but he was extra tired too as I tossed and turned a lot in the night!  It didn’t help having an Izzy dog on our feet either!!  But I was able to nap in the morning and afternoon if needed so it was quite relaxing.

I also think I’ve felt the baby quicken!  It was most strange, and certainly something you could put down to wind, but it’s been two days now, and in different places, so I’m guessing that it’s kicking about and it really feels like a little flutter in there!!  Most strange but fascinating at the same time.

16 Weeks

How far along: 16 weeks!!

Total Weight Gained: Erm…. still not sure!

Maternity Clothes: I’m in baby bump bands and really like them! 

Stretch Marks: Haven’t seen any yet.  Am using Palmers cocoa butter now.

Sleep: Sleeping ok apart from having to fidget due to hurting joints.

Best Moment of the Week: Possibly buying the baby bump bands!!

Movement: Not quite yet.

Food Cravings:  Still nothing out of the ordinary!  Just tasty food and needing to add salt to stuff for flavour.

Gender: Looking forward to finding out!  Still not sure on boys names ata ll yet.

Belly Button: Certainly not as deep as before!

What I miss:  A good night’s sleep!!

What I’m looking forward to:  A week away of relaxing and napping!

Milestones: Four months in this week!

Bump Bands

I’ve read a bit about these and saw then in a 3-pack from New Look for £10 and on finding out they’re meant to help prolong the time you can wear your regular clothes, went and bought some today.

With the maternity jeans donated by friends, I’ve found all but one pair too big, and with going away tomorrow for a week, didn’t want to buy lots of pairs of jeans I’m not really going to need.  So I thought I’d try these bump bands and see if I can fit in my old jeans.

Out came the suitcase, and I was a bit nervous, as I went to the vets with Izzy last night to have her neuturing stitches out, and stood on their scales!!  And admittedly I was wearing my shoes, a heavy waterproof jacket and had my bag on my shoulder (lots of excuses here) and I have put weight on, not quite a stone, probably about 1/2 stone, so today I was wondering whether my jeans would even fit me.

But on they went, and although they wouldn’t do up due to the bump, they fit everywhere else!!!  Hurray!!  So I can take my old jeans and these bump bands and see how long I can do without purchasing more jeans!

I am most chuffed today 🙂

Plus, had a little wander around Mothercare with Hubby looking at newborn baby outfits.  They are most lovely, but quite wintery, so probably not the best time to purchase.  I’m itching to start stocking up though, but don’t really know where to begin!

Aches and Pains!

This pregnancy is causing lots of different feelings at the moment.

I’m learning to love my bump, I’m getting more excited by the day at imagining the moment I get to greet the baby.  I can’t wait to start painting the nursery.

But at night, I’m having trouble sleeping and it seems very early for such things!

It is said that being pregnant, one shouldn’t sleep on one’s back.  Well, that was my sleeping position of comfort and I’d quite happily drift off to sleep, lying on my back, breathing quietly through my nose.  Steve found it disturbing as he said I looked dead (!) but I liked it.

It may have been psychological, but on finding out I was pregnant sleeping on my back felt uncomfortable, like I could feel something pressing on my spine (although apparently this isn’t too bad until 16 weeks).

Anyway, on my side it has been for the last couple of months, but now, my hips are killing me.   I’m awake in the night having to turn from side to side as the ache is waking me up!!  I’ve not had a good night’s sleep for about four nights and yesterday people were alarmed at my right eye looking so bloodshot due to tiredness!!   I just wish I knew what I could do to ease it a little.  Apparently a pillow between the legs is meant to help I’ve done that but will try it again.  I find it a pain turning over and taking a pillow with me! 

I didn’t know you got this sort of ache, but on googling it this morning, yep, another matter that causes pregnancy grief women in general seem unaware of!  I can feel it now, my bones are feeling a bit tender.  The thought of another five months of this is rather alarming. 

And next week I’ll be on a canal boat in a very narrow little bed!  I’m taking extra pillows and blankets for comfort though.  Oh for a good night’s sleep!

15 week bump pic.

This is actually a really unflattering picture, but it does show a bit of the bump.  I’m very tired this morning, I didn’t sleep well so my eyes are little puffy things (and bloodshot to boot) and my hair is having a bad day, but it shows the important bit.  And yes, I’m at work!!  This is 15+6 today.
And just to remind myself I looked better not so long ago, here’s a pic of me on my wedding day!  I felt thin and pretty!!
Aah, happy memories!!  Hard to believe that within about 2 months of this day, I was already pregnant!!

What a Shopping List!

Here’s A List Of Things A New Baby Needs – Taken directly from the internet!!

When you know you’re pregnant, it’s hard to think of a list of things a new baby needs. You will start really well, and then there will always be something you forget. So to get you started, have a look at this…

What to buy for a new baby

Baby Clothes

Baby vests and sleep suits. I would be tempted to buy at least half a dozen of each, unless you want to be continually washing – I may start looking around to stock up so it’s not all in one go.
A few basic baby clothes.
Cardigans or light jackets for extra warmth.
Scratch mitts and socks.
Hats for trips outside.
If it’s winter then maybe you will need one of those all in one snow suits.
Nappies, either terry or disposables, if you’re using terry then don’t forget those plastic top pants.
Bibs and burp cloths. These will save your clothes and his clothes, from the need to be changed every couple of hours!

Baby care items – Things a new baby needs for bath times!

Lets have a quick look at what you need for a baby toiletry wise.
No tears bubble bath
No tears shampoo, I just love the Johnsons range of baby care products, that’s how a baby should smell 🙂
Sudocrem or nappy cream, for those sore little botties!
Baby wipes.
Cotton wool.
Baby lotion or some form of baby moisturiser. After your baby is first born he may get very dry skin.
Baby nail clippers.
Soothers, dummies, pacifiers.
Gripe water although this can’t be used until after one month of age.
Infacol, just in case your baby has colic (you don’t want to be racing down to Tesco’s at midnight like my poor hubby had to!)
Nappy sacks, preferably fragranced 😉
Baby power, use sparingly you don’t want your baby inhaling powder. Some professionals recommend not to use powder.
Changing mat, one of those wipe clean plastic ones.

What You Need For a New Baby – The Big Stuff!

Let’s see what furniture you’ll need for your new baby. Some of these are optional so don’t think you have to go out and buy it all.

Moses basket, crib, swinging crib – there’s the ‘Cranston cradle’ we may be borrowing?!
Cot or cot bed – Sarah is giving us a cot
A mobile or toy to hang over the cot, maybe musical to help baby drift off to sleep.
Sheets and blankets, please check the size that you will need and buy accordingly.
A baby monitor if you intend to put baby in another room, you’ll be able to hear if he needs you.
Soft Towels or a baby robe.
Baby bath.
High chair.
Pram, pushchair, stroller – Mum and Dad are buying us this as a present
Bouncy chair (helps to soothe and relax a niggly baby, vibrating ones are even better!)  – coming from Sarah I think.
Car seat  – comes in buggy set.

Things a New Baby Needs for Feeding Time

These things depend on whether you are breastfeeding or not, but most of them are still handy to have around incase you can’t breastfeed at any time.

Bottles, there are a vast variety available, have a good look around and ask the store people advice on which are the best.
Spare teats.
Bottle warmer, much safer than the microwave which can leave ‘hotspots’ in the milk.
Breast pump, if you intend to breastfeed this will come in handy if baby stays with the grandparents for the night.
Sterilizer, either steam or cold water. If you choose cold water sterilizing then you’ll need sterilizing fluid.
Bottle brush, buy a few because in my experience they don’t last for long.
Formula milk, either powder or ready made.

And for when baby gets a little older you will need:

Feeding bowls, plastic ones of course, he may spend more time throwing them than eating from them!
Weaning spoons, plastic again.
Drinking cups with spouts, or beakers.

What About Mum?

Ok, that takes care of the things a new baby needs, but what do you need to buy for yourself.

Maternity clothes – got a few, some new, some from Ebay.  Expensive business getting pregnant!
Nursing bra’s – just invested in a couple of maternity bras for now.
Tens machine if you intend to use one for the birth. These can be purchased or rented. Just get it in plenty of time incase baby arrives early!
Disposable briefs for the birth. – ewwww, no, I’ll just throw my regular pants away thanks.
Sanitary towels for after the birth, plenty of them and super absorbent are best.
Breast pads (they do tend to leak at the worst possible times!)

Oh and just one last tip for the things a new baby needs… Lots of love, plenty of hugs and a little TLC 🙂


It seems there may be some form of tradition to say grandparents buy the buggy for a baby, or maybe it’s just my parents!  Anyway, as they bought S and A’s buggy for T and I, they’ve said they’ll buy us one too.

Mum’s been internet browsing and has found this one, of which I prefer the ‘lollipop turquoise’ to the orange, red and black versions and it has lots of different bits to see baby through to toddlerhood.

It’s a newish make, Mum thinks it’s taken over from another company, I’ve forgotten the name, but the reviews I’ve seen have been positive.
I like the pram for newborn, carry cot for the car etc.. and then the buggy for older baby, and there’s a nice compartment underneath for shopping, and a bag for bits and bobs.
Mum also says four wheels are better than three (practical rather than trendy!) and a solid handle rather than seperate ones are easier if you need to use one hand eg:  when walking with the dog.
Hmm, I wonder how Izzy will get on with walking nicely beside a pushchair!!  She’s learning how to walk to heel at the moment, and she knows it, she’d just rather do her own thing.  We’re keeping on with the training though 🙂

Test Results

This is a quick extra post to say that I had a letter from the hospital when I got home.

The results of the nuchal test scan, to see whether baby has a liklihood of a chromosome disorder, such as Down’s Syndrome.  The results was fine, they recommend no further testing, and the chances of baby having Down’s are 1 in a 1000.  Which I think is normal.

So that seems all ok.

It just makes you wonder what would have happened if it said anything else.

Everyone hopes for a ‘perfect’ baby, but I don’t think I could honestly go through with a termination, or possibly even second tests at this point, it would be too awful.  And people adapt to whatever their situation, and there would be no less love.

I don’t know whether Steve would share that view or not.  He’s worked with people with Down’s Syndrome as part of a film he did, and he readily admits they can have a good quality of life.

But we don’t have to have that conversation now.

Bump Vision

I got to work this morning, and took my coat off and the girls in the office all exclaimed, ‘ look at your bump!  It’s really grown!’ 

One weekend and it’s properly there now.  I ought to take a picture of it.  I don’t know whether it’s neat or not, it seems bumpy lower down, but above, I wonder whether that’s my stomach all pushed up?!

Anyway, it is now prominent, and they assure me I look normal from the back, and not too wide!! 

There was a girl at our church, and she didn’t really start showing until about 6 months, and even then, it was the neatest little bump you could ever imagine!  Mine already looks about the same as hers when her little Ruby was delivered!!  Or maybe I’m exaggerating, but still, I look down and theres the bump rather than my feet. 

I’ve also noticed I can’t bend down as easily now.  I dropped  a piece of paper on the floor, and normally, would just reach down and grab it, and that would be it.  Now it’s a bit of a mission, I have to get off my chair, crouch down to pick it up and use my legs to push myself back up!  And it’s only week 15!  25 more to go!