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I failed :-( [Jan. 13th, 2005|12:19 pm]
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It looks like I won't be a driving Mummy afterall; I failed my driving test :-(

I'm trying to be happy in the final countdown to my due date, but I'm feeling really down at the moment. I hope I cheer up soon because I don't want to be a miserable mother!

We went to our first antenatal class on Monday which lasted 2 hours! It was quite good & I'm glad we decided to go, even though it seemed to last forever. There's 3 more left, plus a water birth workshop & I'm meant to be going to a post-natal class, but I'm not sure if I will bother. So many bloody classes!

Nick and I are currently trying to decide on whether the baby's abbreviated name should be spelt Zac or Zach. We need to pick a middle name for him too. He'll be here before we know it & I don't want him to be born without a middle name.

I've gone off the idea of renting a birthing pool; they're really expensive, they take up loads of space, you have to assemble them yourself & there's not even a guarantee I will use it if I chicken out at the last minute and decide to go to hospital. I'm still not entirely sure about having him at home, so I guess I'll see how I feel nearer the time.

The pregnancy is progressing normally, so there's really nothing to report on that front.
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31+3 [Jan. 8th, 2005|06:34 pm]
I just found out that I've had thrush for the past 4 months! (hence explaining why sex has been unbearably painful) I used a canesten pessary yesterday & got some cream for Nick since I passed it on to him too. Hopefully soon, our sex lives will be returning to normal and I can't wait!

In other news, weight gain seems to have finally started. Over the past week, I seem to have gained weight quite rapidly & I'm probably going to hit the 12 stone mark soon. I was hoping my weight would remain stable, but I guess at this late stage that hope was a bit too much. The baby's growing so fast and gaining weight so quickly that I can't really expect anything else.

He's moving like crazy at the moment. It's really fun feeling him kick about. Can't wait til he's here!

I have my driving test on Wednesday - I really want to be a Mum that can drive, but I guess Zac won't know the difference, so it I don't suppose it will really matter to him either way. Fingers crossed though!
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3 quarters of the way through! [Jan. 1st, 2005|10:40 pm]
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I'm 30+3 today - only 9 weeks & 4 days left to go! Seems so close, yet also so far away.
I still have no stretch marks & my weight is still quite stable, lingering around my pre-pregnancy weight. I feel very lucky not to have gained anything so far. I'm not expecting to be so lucky in the coming weeks as the baby gains weight significantly, but I feel very good to have come this far with no added baggage.

Zac's movements are becoming more defined now. Feeling him move is quite an amazing experience. It's very different from the flutters that I initially felt. I don't get those anymore - I get huge rolls & prods that are very difficult to miss. He's taken to kicking me in the ribs which is quite painful, but I don't mind - having the knowledge that he's doing well is more than worth the discomfort.

The coming weeks are really busy for me. I have to sit 2 Sociology exams on the 10th, which I haven't yet done any work for. I am incredibly unprepared and feeling quite guilty and stressed about it all. 2 days after those exams, I have my 4th driving test. I'm so desperate to have my drivers license before Zac's arrival. I'm not getting my hopes up though, because the test here really is so difficult & my nerves don't help. I so badly want to be a Mum who can drive - the thought of dragging my baby around on public transport isn't too nice! I'm half expecting to fail this test, even though my driving is up to scratch. I'm dreading it, yet at the same time I just want it over. Fingers crossed they pass me! (although finger crossing has never worked in the past, so I don't see why I should even bother) A week after my driving test, I have a university interview & I'm slightly worried that my bump will effect their judgement of me. Being 33 weeks pregnant at 19 doesn't tend to give a good impression, despite my unusual circumstances; most 19 year olds don't tend to be married and settled like I am. After the 19th, everything will be a lot calmer. I can't wait to have it all over. I am so stressed about all the upcoming events, & I feel bad for putting my baby through it all. At the end of the day, it's all so that he can have a better life, so I don't feel too selfish for it.

My antenatal classes start on the 10th aswell. I'm not sure that they'll be that useful - I don't see what I can be taught that I don't already know. Nick will probably benefit more from them than I will, but then I don't see him getting all the excited about it.

To close, I will include my 30 week bump pics, taken yesterday:
30 week bumpCollapse )
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28. week update [Dec. 19th, 2004|08:23 pm]
For the first time, Nick came to my midwife appointment last week! It was nice having him there instead of being a loner. I hope he'll be able to come to more appointments in the future, although I doubt it will happen with him working all the hours God sends. Anyway, the appointment was quite good. I had to have blood tests, which wasn't good, but bub was doing fine and I was exactly on target for growth, so all is okay. The midwife will be coming round to the house soon to book me in for a home birth. The idea of giving birth at home still seems too surreal - I can't imagine it. I can't actually imagine giving birth at all. As the due date gets closer, I'll probably start to get freaked out about it. Until now I've been surprisingly calm and unscared of the whole thing. Now I feel more in a state of denial. I haven't actually confronted the fact that it will inevitably happen. No doubt I will get really scared when I realise that I can't escape it!

I got back up to my start weight a couple of weeks ago, but my weight has taken a dip this week, so I'm still lurking a few lbs below my pre-pregnancy weight. I can't believe I'm almost 29 weeks gone & I still haven't gained any weight. I really didn't expect pregnancy to be this kind. It's weird.

My appetite is still really odd. I don't really get hungry, which is probably why I've managed to keep my weight under control. I expected to be ravenous and unstoppable at this point, so it is really odd to be the opposite.
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Final Stretch! [Dec. 8th, 2004|10:14 am]
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I have officially arrived at the Third Trimester!!!!!

My Baby This WeekCollapse )

Just 13 weeks to go now, & then I'll be a Mummy!!!
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General Update [Dec. 3rd, 2004|02:46 pm]
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5 days to go until 3rd Trimester!!!! I'm so excited to be near the final stage. It feels like I've waited so long for this, yet at the same time it feels like I've only been pregnant for 5 minutes.

My tummy has actually started moving as the baby kicks. It's so alien! It's good to have a constant reminder that he's alive & doing well though, so I'm happy for him to kick as hard as he likes (although it's not very pleasant when he aims for my bladder!)

So, all in all, we're doing good. I'm still trying to decide between home birth and birth centre. I was originally thinking home birth, but now I'm stuck again. I don't particularly like the idea of having my lounge cluttered up for a weeks with a huge birthing pool.

I'm still a few pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight as well, which I think is pretty impressive considering I'm over 26 weeks gone.

I've got a driving lesson on Monday which I'm feeling a bit apprehensive about. I'm hoping to pass my test in January, so I need all the practice I can get, but the test is a real pain in the arse (and will probably be even more of a pain in the arse doing it when I'm 32 weeks pregnant). I desperately want my license before Zac comes along (we've definitely decided on the name Zachary now btw), especially as Nick looks set to lose his for a while thanks to the fact that he got caught speeding. Everyone reading this pray that I pass! I need my independence! And I'd love a cute car ;-)

In other news, Zac's nursery is pretty much complete, apart from a few items of furniture that we need. His cots and dresser are all in already, the walls are painted, the curtains are up & the new carpet has been fitted. It is honestly so cute, and I'm so proud of it. I just need him here now!

Anyway, that's all for now. I don't have another antenatal appointment for 1.5 weeks, so I'll update then probably.
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24 weeks - BIG landmark! [Nov. 18th, 2004|08:30 am]
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OK, so I'm definitely getting properly fat now - click here to see 24 week bump picsCollapse )

These are definitely the best bump pics so far. I am very obviously pregnant now & it's no longer possible to hide it. Even when I think the bump can't be seen, people have noticed it.

As of yesterday, the baby is legally viable. I can't believe he could actually be born now & survive. The midwife felt him through my tummy on Tuesday & she said he's growing well so I know all is good. I heard his heartbeat too, which was fast & strong. I booked up all my antenatal classes in January & February, including a water birth workshop that the midwife advised me to go to since I want to use a birthing pool. We discussed the possibility of me having the baby in a Birth Centre or at home, and she's happy for me to do either. Nick & I are planning on visting the birth centre this weekend, although I'm more likely to opt for the home birth. I can't believe that my baby could be born in my own living room - it seems so surreal & I'm really looking forward to it.

Other than my impatience to meet my little man, everything is great. The time between now & his due date will go so fast (this time of year always does!) especially with all the things we have to do between now and then.

Other good news: still no signs of stretch marks!

That's all for now.
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Sorry for slacking [Nov. 11th, 2004|12:49 pm]
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I am so crap at updating this thing - apologies to all who read it! I tend to use my main journal a lot, and hence forget about this one.

Anyway.... onto the pregnancy front. It seems I have turned into an elephant! I feel massive now, finding it difficult to get up from chairs in the normal way, lifting stuff is hard, and my walk is turning into a waddle. The baby's movements have slowed down over the past couple of days, & I'm just waiting for him to perk up again and boot me! I still feel flutters and little kicks, but I'm really missing the big wolloping kicks I got before, where I could feel him move from the outside.

We're currently staying at Mum's as our bathroom is being refurbished (can't have a manky bathroom when bub comes along!). The builder is supposedly installing a temporary toilet today, so we may be able to go back home to sleep, but I'll still be here during the day as I don't particularly want to tinkle infront of the builders!

Big belly, milky nipples, lots of discharge & skin that won't stop breaking out - that's me! Joy.

Can't wait for this baby to be born. I am really looking forward to going into labour & I'm not even scared of the pain. I'm actually incredibly amazed at how prepared I feel for it. Am I weird? I guess I must be. I really can't wait to squeeze this kid out & meet him for the first time. We've finished painting the nursery now & put up shelves. We're having a carpet fitted on November 29th, and then getting furniture in December/January. I'm also pretty set on the name Zachary as well, and his middle name will probably be Nicholas. I want him here!
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We're having a.... [Oct. 14th, 2004|08:32 am]
The scan went great. The baby was kicking like nobodies business - it was crazy! I can't believe I get kicked like that all the time and don't feel it! I asked the sonographer before she started if she could tell us the sex, and her reply made me feel really ominous. She said it depends on the baby & that she can't spend extra time trying to find out, so it's just a matter of seeing it during the routine scan. But, we know the sex!!! click here to find out!Collapse )
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Bubbles in my tummy [Oct. 12th, 2004|06:47 pm]
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The baby is moving like crazy right now - it feels like bubbles popping against my tummy & it makes me giggle. Nick and I originally nick-named this baby as "Mini Bubble" and that name seems very appropriate right now. I'm 19 weeks tomorrow - yay! I hope time continues to go this fast.

BTW, I got my triple test results back. I'm low risk with a 1:8800 chance of a Downs baby. Also had my midwife appointment today, and all is normal. Things are going pretty well I guess.

I brought my 20 week scan forward to Thursday as well - so in less than 2 days I'll know if I'm having a boy bubble or a girl bubble!
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