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26 weeks of a Little Bump and Me


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Yesterday at 7.30 on the dot some very nice men in a dark green delivery van arrived on my doorstep with the necessary ingredients to make my single buggy into a double. It’s really truly happening. We’re going to be having another baby. In 16 weeks or less. I think I might need to go and sit down and eat a handful of dolly mixture now.

We don’t need much at all to prepare for Little Bump, in fact I think the buggy addition and possibly another Tripp Trapp might be about it. We didn’t double up the buggy when Elma arrived because Kitty was walking strongly enough that we thought we’d see how we got on before committing to it, but with the slightly smaller age gap and only two hands attached to me it’s a bit more of a necessity.

And call it nesting, or just a bit of organised panic, but as the weeks skitter away from us, and it starts to become a serious possibility that I won’t just be pregnant forever (although feel free to come back to me on that one in late August) I’m starting to want to get things all nicely organised, and the house all clean and tidy and decluttered, and the few bits and bobs that we do need all ordered and laid in. It’s most strange!

So how have we been?

Well Little Bump is apparently in the run up to hitting the 2lb mark. Given that my babies have both topped 8lb, and they seemed small enough to me, it’s both scary and amazing that babies are delivered at a quarter of that size and that the medical knowledge is there to help support them. For the record small child of mine, please stay put for a good while longer, you have some growing to do!

He or she is still kicking up a storm and I’m starting to feel moments when I suspect that there’s a case of the hiccups going on rather than just stretching and kicking. Kicks tend to be quite localised whereas the hiccups are very rhythmic and feel like my whole bump got spooked and jumped at something! It’s all good and kind of fun to watch!

I think this is also about the time that the baby can start to hear sound from the outside world; we told Kitty and she’s taken to coming and putting her head up against the bump and singing to it, or just having a chat (“you’re going to be my baby, but I haven’t met you. Later on, you’re going to come out, but not til it is summer because Mummy says”).

From the wiggles and kicks I’d say either Little Bump likes it, or she woke him or her up!

And as for me, well the biggest news this week is that I impressively managed to chip a tooth eating yoghurt. I know, it takes serious skill. There’s an old wives tale along the lines of loosing a tooth every pregnancy and while I’ve never exactly lost one I do seem to have taken an impressive chunk out of one for every baby. I suspect it’s my natural inclination to grind my teeth when I’m asleep combined with work stress and a few of those oh so lovely pregnancy nightmares but whatever the cause I wish it hadn’t happened.

Other than that I’m mostly just getting bigger, and with it getting tired more easily, and tired leads to nausea, so I’m trying to allow myself a little down time if I need it and not worry about the list of a gazillion things that all need doing before Little Bump appears. Easier said than done.

But then I sit down, and the bump in front of me flickers and wiggles and I can trace out a pattern of harder points across my tummy that must map out heels and elbows and little baby knees, and everything else just seems to fade away and not matter quite so much. Roll on August, I’m sure it’s all going to be fine!

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  • older mum in a muddle 15/05/2014 at 4:32 pm

    … and you are looking fantastic, can’t believe how much that bump has grown since the last time. I think it’s fab that the double buggy has arrived – you must be so excited! X

    • Carie 17/05/2014 at 12:00 pm

      It’s starting to feel like the end is coming really rather soon – I think it’s a mix of excitement and complete denial that time can be passing so quickly!

  • Molly 15/05/2014 at 7:56 pm

    I can totally relate to the panic at getting everything done. I’m at the halfway mark now and it’s all starting to feel pretty real. Even ordered some sample wallpaper for the nursery and need to get myself in gear and buy a cot. Luckily we have lots of things left over from when F was tiny (all gender neutral as we didn’t know if she was a boy or girl, just as with this baby) so I’m not panicking *too* much. Lovely bump by the way! x

    • Carie 17/05/2014 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you so much! We’ve got so little to do this time around except retrieve the newborn baby clothes from my sister, who had them for my nephew, that it’s easy to forget that we have to do anything! I think I need to get myself in gear too!

  • Claire @ ClarinaΒ΄s Contemplations 15/05/2014 at 9:01 pm

    Just loving the baby updates, Carie! What a lovely big big sister Kitty will make! Such exciting times! Looking all nice and neat too! πŸ™‚

    • Carie 17/05/2014 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I think Kitty’s an amazing big sister, and I’m slightly curious to see what Elma will make of it all!

  • Hannah Budding Smiles 16/05/2014 at 4:13 pm

    What a lovely bump! It’s very sweet that Kitty is speaking to Little Bump πŸ™‚ I’m 32 weeks now and have finished work, so in the throes of nesting full time! Best of luck for the next 16 weeks xx #BlogBumpClub

    • Carie 17/05/2014 at 12:08 pm

      Oh wow – lucky you to have finished work so early, you’ll get lots of time to really concentrate on the baby – and enjoy the summer!

  • Mireille 16/05/2014 at 8:41 pm

    Great new !!! I’m very happy for you. And you look so well. Take care of you and your precious bump !!!

    • Carie 17/05/2014 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you very much πŸ™‚

  • ghostwritermummy 19/05/2014 at 8:34 pm

    What a beautiful bump you have πŸ™‚ We had a double pram when Bella was born as Luka had only just turned 2 but this time Bella will be 3 months shy of her 3rd birthday so we’re sticking with the buggy board for her. Its such an exciting time for siblings isn’t it?
    x x

    • Carie 19/05/2014 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ We found with the 26 month age gap between Kitty and Elma that we didn’t need to double up. There were a few times I was slightly tempted in the early days, and getting used to toddler pace not Mama pace was a bit of an adjustment but we don’t walk very long distances so it’s all worked out. This time I need to make sure I’ve got enough hands for everyone, so a double it is!

  • jennie Edspire 20/05/2014 at 10:38 am

    Hello x I am approaching 29 weeks now and have nothing in place. Too scared that there is still time for something to go wrong x But I know that I cannot put it off forever and though this is our fourth baby we have nothing as we gave it all away after Baby Tilda died x I am looking forward to choosing some bits for Rainbow Baby as soon as I am feeling brave enough x I am new to your blog and found you through the #BlogBumpClub

    • Carie 21/05/2014 at 8:59 pm

      Well welcome to this corner of the internet! I think I know what you mean about feeling like it might be all too good to be true, although without anything like the reason. I suppose I just have to hope; I have to believe that things will turn out OK because it’s not going to make it any less painful if it doesn’t – it’s better for me to be in hope now and live what comes later x