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39 Weeks of a Little Bump and Me


Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family lifeGood news – it turns out I had a cold!  And that ought to go down in the list of phrases I never thought I’d write, but when the sneezing and snuffles and itchy eyes turned into a cough and achy legs at the end of last week and I took a very tired version of me off to bed as soon as the girls were asleep on Friday night I knew (a) it wasn’t just a pregnancy thing and (b) that meant that by Sunday, or a conservative estimate, Monday I’d be feeling better.

And so it proved.  I’m not completely over it but I’m feeling so much better than I was and while I’m not bursting at the seams with extra energy, the things that really felt like a struggle last week, like going to the supermarket and the butchers on the same day, are manageable this week.  The only residual feeling is auntie-guilt; the small nephew has started sneezing and feeling sorry for himself – sorry lovely, Auntie Carie promises to give you a big non-contagious hug the next time she sees you.

So aside from infecting beloved one year olds, how are we?

The Little Bump and I went to see the midwife last week, we’re on weekly visits now until I’m holding him or her in my arms.  According to the tape measure of great accuracy and the growth chart of destiny the baby right now is bigger than either of my elder two were at birth, at which point I decided not to convert that weight into anything that I can actually comprehend and my lovely midwife (obviously spotting the slightly worried expression) reassured me that she’s measuring the whole kit and caboodle; baby, water and all, and while I’ve not exactly set up an Olympic sized swimming pool in there, the Little Bump still has plenty of space to play with.

Which is good because he or she has some rotating to do; Little Bump was sat nicely back to back to me all through the appointment, presenting a rapid fire of feet and elbows to the doppler.

This week I don’t feel like I’ve got too much bigger, and the pictures seem to back that up, although today’s is a morning shot whereas last week’s is from the evening, and I always seem to be a bit bigger at the end of the day.  I don’t think the bump’s got any lower anyway, which is probably a good thing, Little Bump was quite nicely engaged last week so there really isn’t very much lower to get and not be born yet.

But apparently that time is not yet nye.  I’ve tried scrubbing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees, and pin basting Kitty’s birthday quilt in a similar position and while both were very satisfying activities in themselves (right up until the point that the mop bucket broke), I don’t feel like I’m any nearer actually having a baby.

I’m still having Braxton Hicks, some of which I notice and some of which I can only tell by prodding my bump and finding it solid, but nothing that suggests I’m going into labour any time soon.  Right now I’ll confidently expect to see 40 weeks, and very probably 41 too.  I categorically refuse to write a 42 week update that doesn’t include a baby in the picture though!

Although having said that, when I added a few nutritious and healthy snacks to the hospital bag this week (Oreos, Chocolate Hobnobs and Eccles Cakes) I did check all of the best before dates to be the far side of 1 September.  We can but hope and book acupuncture that I get to eat them before then!



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  • Camille 14/08/2014 at 3:36 pm

    I think the baby has definitely dropped! Maybe he or she will be here sooner than you think. 🙂

    • Carie 17/08/2014 at 12:25 pm

      Fingers crossed – we can but hope, but no signs of anything yet!

  • Angela @Little Apple Tree 14/08/2014 at 6:11 pm

    Your bump has dropped quite spectacularly! I can’t believe that you’re 39 weeks already–it’s whizzed by! (Although, probably not for you :P)

    • Carie 17/08/2014 at 12:26 pm

      I can feel that it’s a bit lower when I try to put Elma in her cot and have to stand on tiptoes to get the bump over the side of the cot!! I know I’m into the last few weeks – it’s only a matter of time now!

  • Caroline 14/08/2014 at 7:43 pm

    Tell me you’re going to put all the bump photos together at some point – I love seeing bumps grow:)
    This baby is coming, I wish we knew when but it’s definitely coming hurray! And I applaud your snack choices

    • Carie 17/08/2014 at 12:43 pm

      Oh I think I have to don’t I – maybe I should do it as a stop motion and we could just watch my tummy grow – or perhaps that would just be a bit freaky!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 15/08/2014 at 8:20 am

    Glad to hear you are feeling better this week, personally I find your energy levels impressive! Looking gorgeous as ever, hope baby doesn’t keep you waiting too long! Xx #blogbumpclub

    • Carie 17/08/2014 at 12:42 pm

      Aww thank you – I’ve got my fingers crossed too – come on baby, time to meet the world!

  • Milly Sell 15/08/2014 at 6:29 pm

    Haha I love the tape measure approach to baby size! I’m also a bit nervous of a giant baby as my husband’s family seem to all have them. Midwife has to reassure me it’s not a monster every time. But it’s very hard to take anything seriously based on what seems like tape measure + extremely rough guestimation!

    Fingers crossed the next post will be with baby. Good luck!

    • Carie 17/08/2014 at 12:37 pm

      It always astonishes me that it’s seriously used as a formal measurement. I’m lucky that at the moment it’s the same midwife measuring each week but even without that variable the baby’s position and I’m sure how much I’ve had for lunch can all be factors in getting some interesting readings!!

  • Melaina25 16/08/2014 at 8:48 pm

    You could always resort to sticking an earbud in your belly-button and playing some awful music and forcing bebe to come out rather than listen to it 🙂

    ☼Transatlantic Blonde☼

    • Carie 17/08/2014 at 12:34 pm

      Ooo interesting idea – though the lack of a belly button might be a bit of a hitch (it’s popped, it’s not that I haven’t got one!)

  • sally 16/08/2014 at 9:34 pm

    That bump does look lower this week. Glad you’re feeling better.

    • Carie 17/08/2014 at 12:32 pm

      Please let it be lower – any bigger and I fear I may actually pop!

  • Molly 18/08/2014 at 9:57 am

    So close now! Frog was back to back and turned halfway before I went into labour but I started my labour with her turning the rest of the way. Like you, I spent lots of time on my hands and knees, scrubbing the floor, doing the “baby hammock” yoga position (which is rather nice actually and relaxing!) and trying to get my stubborn baby to turn! Lovely to see you again over at #BlogBumpClub. x

    • Carie 18/08/2014 at 8:56 pm

      I’m really hoping it all does the trick – although right now I’m getting kicks in such funny places I couldn’t even be certain the baby’s still head down – fingers crossed it all turns out OK!

  • ghostwritermummy 27/08/2014 at 10:53 am

    argh that tape measure!!! I am measuring 4 weeks behind (and I always do) so I am no fan of that measure at all! You still look fab and your bump is perfect 🙂 x x x