We booked our ‘babymoon’ last week, and a friend mentioned that I should take my hospital bag with me just in case. I totally hadn’t even thought about that! We’ll be going away for a long weekend to the Blue Mountains when I’m 35 weeks (we wanted to do it earlier but it was the earliest weekend that we didn’t have stuff on!) and I’ve had people say they hope the baby doesn’t come before then.
I am totally unprepared for the idea of the baby coming early. It hadn’t even crossed my mind as so many of my friends and family were overdue. I’m working up until 36 weeks so hopefully bubba at least stays put until I’m off work!
I’ve started looking up what you should pack in your hospital bag as well as trying to figure out what stuff I need to buy that I haven’t thought of yet. There are so many posts detailing all the ‘essential’ baby items you need and none of them are the same! I feel like we’ve got the basics covered though: we’ve got somewhere for her to sleep, somewhere to change her, some clothes for her to wear and a method of transporting her from A to B.Speaking of somewhere for her to sleep, the nursery is almost finished! The photo above is a mobile I bought for above the crib – isn’t it adorable?! (You can buy it through Down That Little Lane if you’re interested). I can’t wait til all the finishing touches are done and I can show you how the whole room looks, it’s fast turning into my favourite room of the house. My husband thinks it isn’t ‘pink’ enough (something I never thought he would say!) but I think it will look just right once it’s done.
My body has well and truly caught up with the fact that I’ve hit the third trimester. The last two weeks have been aches and pains galore. I started getting horrible muscle pains in my stomach that the doctor examined and pronounced was my abdominal muscles separating.
So I am now sporting a very attractive bit of Tubigrip (elastic bandage) around my stomach for some extra support. I’m considering getting some of those pregnancy support shorts, but I’m just not sure whether to get them when I’ve only got two months to go. The doctor said that hopefully it’s only painful while the muscles are initially separating and that it should all be okay, but just to keep an eye on it. Ah the glamour of pregnancy.
I’ve finally got my first stretch marks. I’m surprised they took so long to show up to be honest, especially at the rate my belly is expanding, and they are not where I thought they would be! They are in a triangle shaped patch down the sides of my thighs and there are loads of teeny tiny little lines rather than big lines like I was expecting. So bizarre!In another highly glamorous moment of my pregnancy, my heartburn has been getting out of control (thanks Relaxin!) so I relented and bought some Gaviscon to give me some relief. It is helping a lot, but it doesn’t make the experience any more pleasant. They say that having heartburn means you’ll have a baby with a head full of hair. The photo below was me when I was born – I’d say there is a fair chance my bubba will be sporting luxurious locks from birth. We’re still trying to decide whether bubba will be fair haired like my husband or have dark hair like me. I feel like time is starting to speed up a little bit now. Our little girl will be here in about 2 months, which doesn’t sound very long at all! I have less than 6 weeks left of work now and this weekend coming is our last weekend with no commitments until I’m 37 weeks, which will help make the time feel like it is going really quickly.
Craving: cake. I just really want a nice piece of cake (okay, several pieces)
Eating: whatever my lovely husband will cook me. I’ve just about given up on cooking, too exhausting and too time consuming. I’m cooking maybe once a week right now. Probably closer to once a fortnight!
Drinking: Gaviscon, from the bottle like the classy chick I am.
Feeling: tired! That third trimester tiredness is well and truly kicking in. Doesn’t help that I’m still recovering from being sick and fighting off whatever new disease Stu brought home last week.
Dreaming: about work. Never pleasant, and always a sign I’m stressed. I’m still having plenty of other dreams but none that stand out as particularly weird right now.
Loving: that things are starting to get real and get closer to our little girl being here!
Over it: the ligament aches and pains. Not fun at all!
What are your baby essentials? When did you pack your hospital bag?
Was the ‘heartburn = hair’ old wives’ tale true for you?
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