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28 Weeks of a Little Bump and Me

29/05/2014

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28 weeks – welcome to the Third Trimester! This my friends is the point at which the realisation that we might actually be having a baby really starts to kick in. We’ve got the pram doubling kit out of the box and actually tried to work out how to fit it to the pram (please note the key use of the word ‘tried’); we’ve moved the cross trainer out of the corner of the lounge (where admittedly it had started to impersonate a rather athletic looking clothes horse) so that we can fully extend the dinner table, and even more worryingly we’ve voluntarily spent actual bank holiday weekend time in car garages wondering whether it is ever going to be possible to leave the house in one car again (answer: probably not – Kitty sobbed when strapped into the back of one option!)

So how are we?

Well ‘Little Bump’ is quite clearly starting to be ironic. We’re huge! Little Bump should apparently weigh about a kilogram this week, and is starting to put on some of that gorgeous chubby plumpness, ready to meet the outside world (note to baby: not yet you’re not sweetheart).

We’ve also definitely hit one of my favourite developmental milestones in that he or she can now hear sounds. Which is lovely if it’s me singing to Elma, or reading stories, Daddy saying goodbye to the bump as he heads off to works, or the big sisters having a little chat, and probably less good if it’s just variations on “Elma! Sit down please!” as a certain young explorer makes a bid to climb onto the dinner table again, or “play gently with your sister!” (self explanatory!).

According to the internets we could get Little Bump wriggling by shining a light on the bump, but frankly this child does not need any encouragement to start practicing his or her dance moves. The kicks are still coming from all over the place so I don’t think Little Bump has settled down into one particular position; sometimes it feels like my bladder’s being tickled (and yes that does have the consequence you would expect) and other times I can feel a little point of hardness that must be a heel or and elbow tracking across the top of the bump, and then there’s those sudden whole belly thumps that can only be hiccups.

H and Kitty have both had plenty of chances to feel a kick (Elma is completely uninterested), and Kitty watched my tummy for a few minutes over the weekend, captivated by the crazy jumps and wiggles going on. She’s taken to asking me whether it’s summer yet which as it’s cold and wet and rainy today is easily answered with “no, not yet” but also makes me think we might need to have a bit more of a chat about what “at the end of the summer” actually means in terms of when this brother or sister might arrive.

And as for me, I’m mostly tired but fine. I’ve had a few afternoons of nausea which makes me really hope that the morning sickness is not about to come back and haunt me, but I think I just got overtired.

I’m getting used to just how much space the bump takes up too; I’m not great at squeezing past anyone anymore, baby bumps are surprisingly solid, and the things on the floor have now become a really really long way away. It’s definitely a perk to having older children that they will fetch things for you, though I think I might have to rope H in to repainting my toes, I’m not quite sure I’m ready to trust Kitty with the nail polish (by about five years)!

Perhaps I should treat myself to a pedicure – after all, I’m on the final leg now; just 12-14 weeks to go!

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  • Katie @mummydaddyme 29/05/2014 at 2:58 pm

    I can’t believe you are 28 weeks already. How exciting! x

    • Carie 30/05/2014 at 12:10 pm

      I know, it’s really flown past, especially the last few weeks!

  • older mum in a muddle 29/05/2014 at 5:08 pm

    Third trimester already and you are looking glorious. Now you are in the third trimester I hope you are going to treat yourself to some nice things. And you just brought back pleasant memories of how solid I remember my bump being, like rock solid! X

    • Carie 30/05/2014 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you 🙂 – it really is funny how solid a baby bump is isn’t it, you sort of expect it to be squishy with a baby in the middle but most of the time it’s completely immovable!

  • Caroline 29/05/2014 at 7:49 pm

    You look beautiful Carie – enjoy this last bit you’ll have the baby here before you know it;)

    • Carie 30/05/2014 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I think it’s just starting to hit home just how soon this baby will be here – terrifying and exciting in equal measure!

  • Molly 29/05/2014 at 9:00 pm

    Definitely treat yourself to a pedicure – so worth it! My best friend gave me a pedi with gel nailvarnish on the toenails at the weekend and it’s amazing what such a tiny little boost can give you. You look amazing – properly blooming! I know what you mean about the tiredness though – I feel sick when I get over tired too. It’s often my forced reminder that I need to at least sit down for a couple of minutes. Easier said than done, often! Thanks for linking up to the #BlogBumpClub again! x

    • Carie 30/05/2014 at 12:14 pm

      I’ve been contemplating a gel pedicure because I hear they last a bit longer – but I’m thinking some sort of pampering might definitely be in order, maybe I’ll ask H for it as a birthday present!

  • Katie 29/05/2014 at 10:46 pm

    Wowee third trimester – that’s flown (well for me anyway!)
    Very cute bump xx

    • Carie 30/05/2014 at 12:15 pm

      You and me both – but then this whole year has – how is it nearly June already (and why does it still feel like early March?)

  • Victoria Mylittlel 30/05/2014 at 3:31 pm

    wow, thats a proper bump, i want one like this but at the same time i think ive struggled more

    • Carie 30/05/2014 at 11:48 pm

      It’s definitely a third time around sized baby bump – no tummy muscles left to hold anything in at all!! 🙂

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 30/05/2014 at 9:06 pm

    Aww little bump is not looking so little anymore! Hope the sickness doesn’t become a regular feature for you! xx #blogbumpclub

    • Carie 30/05/2014 at 11:49 pm

      Fingers crossed so far it’s just been when I’ve overdone it – long may that continue to be the case!!

  • Rachel - 3yearsandhome 31/05/2014 at 8:35 pm

    I can’t believe how quickly you’ve reached 28 weeks. It only seems like a couple of weeks ago that you announced your pregnancy. You and bump and flourishing. You make me miss mine 🙂

    • Carie 31/05/2014 at 11:43 pm

      I know, it feels like that to me too! I rather suspect the remaining weeks are going to fly by too!

  • ghostwritermummy 07/06/2014 at 8:14 am

    Woohoo the third trimester! It goes fast now, doesn’t it? Says she who is still languishing at 18 weeks! Your bump is gorgeous and yes you totally deserve a pedicure- get it booked!
    x x

    • Carie 07/06/2014 at 8:24 am

      From 18 weeks to 28 has gone pretty quickly! I suspect you’ll be here before you know it!