I’m celebrating reaching 36 weeks for a couple of reasons. The first is that if I go to labour now I would be able to give birth at my hospital! It’s a low risk hospital so if you’re classified as a ‘high risk’ pregnancy or go into labour before 36 weeks you have to be transferred into the major hospital in Canberra.
The second reason I’m excited to reach 36 weeks is that I’ve officially commenced maternity leave! I finished up work on Friday which was a weird experience. It’s definitely an odd feeling waking up now knowing that I don’t have to go to work and don’t even have to think or worry about work!
It’s an odd in-between place I’m in now, being on maternity leave already but waiting for the baby to come. It’s great because I can have some relaxation time and have some alone time (the last for potentially a long time!) as well as finishing up some things around the house before baby.
I have a list of things I want to get done but all the big stuff is done so if the baby shows up tomorrow we’d be prepared so it’s just the ‘nice to have done’ stuff at this point, like cleaning the house, a few finishing touches in the nursery, sewing some things for the baby and sorting out all those piles of ‘junk’ that seems to accumulate when you don’t have time to get on top of them.
I’ve started the deep cleaning and decluttering of the house, but I have to take it small bits at a time because my back gets sore and I tend to wear myself out if I try to do too much all at once. That said, the nesting instinct is quite strong. Why else would I find myself scrubbing the bathroom floor or the insides of the cupboards.
We went on our ‘babymoon’ weekend before last. We did a long weekend trip to the Blue Mountains (on the weekend between the snow and the bushfire, well timed) and it was so much fun to get away. I took the hospital bag just in case, but thankfully didn’t need it! I did get exhausted really easily from walking around so we did a lot of resting but it was a great weekend.
I had another ultrasound a week ago because of the blood tests I had in the first trimester which indicated a possibility of reduced placenta function in the third trimester which can lead to a smaller baby. So the ultrasound was mainly to check how my placenta was functioning and take some measurements but it was so lovely to see my baby girl again!
All the measurements were looking good (and measuring about a week ahead actually!) so nothing to be concerned about. It’s amazing how much you can see in an ultrasound this far along. We could see her little face, watch her opening her mouth and move her eyebrows and we could see that she has hair! Now we’re just wondering if she will be a little blondie or a little brunette.
We had some maternity photos taken on the weekend which was so much fun. I wanted to make sure we had some professional photos take while I’m very (very!) pregnant to remember this time, and so that Stu and I have some photos together. He hates having his photo taken so it’s hard to get photos of us together! It’s lovely that we’ll have some photos of us together while I’m pregnant.
I actually love having photos taken with Stu. It’s always so much fun having him there and he makes it much less awkward having photos taken. We have fun and just talk to each other and make each other laugh so it’s easy and natural and lots of fun. I can’t wait to see the photos!!
We’ve had all but one of our birthing classes now, with the last one being this Thursday. So in theory I’m all prepared for the birth. In theory being the key phrase. I’m actually not that worried about the actual labour and birth, more about figuring out how I’ll know when I’m actually in labour. Everyone says ‘you’ll just know’ which is thoroughly unhelpful! But I figure if it’s that obvious then I don’t need to worry about knowing when I’m in labour!
I suppose I should be concentrating on what exactly I am supposed to do with this baby once I come home from the hospital but so I’m sticking with my minimal research plan and I’ll be aiming to rely on my own instincts as much as I can for the mothering part as I’ve been doing for the pregnancy part. If I get particularly bored while I wait for this baby to show up I might have a peruse of some baby books but I’m not going to go over the top with the research.
What did you do while you were on maternity leave and waiting for the baby?
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