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34 weeks of a Little Bump and Me

10/07/2014

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We start with good news. In fact that should probably be Good News.

Because as of yesterday morning a lovely lovely scan shows a nice healthy 4cm gap between the edge of the placenta and the Little Bump’s way out, and as my consultant’s comfort zone for me giving birth in the traditional manner started at 2cm and 4 is bigger than 2, I’m no longer considered to have a low lying placenta. No more talk of sunroof exits and no need for more scans.

Phew. I don’t think I’d really admitted even to myself how much that was worrying me. I know there’s a million and one reasons why I could still end up needing a C-section and if it happens, it happens, but I’m glad it’s not automatic at this stage. Mostly, if I’m honest it was the thought of loosing a week of time to prepare for the baby, because I’m not expecting natural labour to start any time before 40 weeks, and the concern about how I would manage living in a small village with an erratic bus timetable with two small children if I couldn’t drive for a while.

So that weight lifted off my shoulders aside, how are we?

Well the good news just kept on coming. Little Bump is currently head down (long may you stay that way my child), and measuring perfectly on the 50th percentile line on my growth chart.  If he or she were born right now the predicted weight would be somewhere in the region of 5lb 10oz.  People have actual full term perfectly healthy babies that weigh that much, no wonder I keep being asked whether I’m due any minute now!  If the charts are accurate, and if Little Bump keeps growing at this sort of rate I’m predicted a 9lb baby at 40 weeks and I resolutely refuse to translate the weights beyond 40 weeks back into pounds and ounces for the sake of my sanity.

And as my thyroid is also behaving itself (for once) I have been discharged from the high risk clinic and sent back to my lovely community midwives at the GP.

It wasn’t exactly, “bye bye, see you on the labour ward”, but it wasn’t far off.

I wrote before about how being high risk, for whatever perfectly valid and understandable reason, can make you really long to be ‘normal’ and boringly low risk and so to find myself now in that situation is a gift I am incredibly thankful for.

Physically I’m doing OK; I can still definitely tell when I’ve overdone it and my walking goes from waddling to little old lady hobbling at the end of the day but for the most part that eases off with a good sit down, a good night’s sleep or a bath.  The only real development other than getting bigger and bigger and bigger has been the arrival of a nice smattering of new stretch marks across the top of my tummy (or at least those are the ones I can see), to join the tiger stripes left by the big sisters.  Ah well, it’s a small price to pay; and it’s not like I was a big bikini wearer even before I had Kitty, let alone now!

In the crazy pregnant lady stakes I think (I hope) that some of this week’s wobbles are at least in part due to a little internalised stress about the scan, and winding up my last few days at work.

Now hopefully I can concentrate on such important tasks as getting to the start of my maternity leave without my work dresses becoming indecently short; knitting like the wind on the Little Bump’s blanket; booking the pedicure that my sister treated me to as a birthday present; and of course the vital cleaning out of my car, which apparently only happens when I’m heavily pregnant.

But before all of that I have Germany in the office world cup sweepstake and I think this means I need to find a really great recipe for Black Forest Gateau for our department to eat to  celebrate!

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  • Caroline 10/07/2014 at 8:17 am

    Looking great! Great placenta news you must be so relieved. I’m with you on the car thing, when I dragged the hoover down the stairs complete with extension cable people looked at me expecting dramatic water breakage any second.

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:54 pm

      I genuinely think the last time I tidied out my car may have been when I was expecting Elma! It didn’t send me into labour then but you never know, it might be worth a shot this time!

  • Molly 10/07/2014 at 8:50 pm

    AMAZING news. You must be so pleased – heck, I’M so pleased and it’s not even me! I can totally relate to that feeling of needing time to stand still a bit. I’m at 28 weeks now and it’s all starting to feel very real. We still have plenty to do before I’m anywhere near ready for baby to arrive. In fact, just thinking about it makes me want to crack on and get it all done NOW but my husband has resolutely refused to even think about baby-related things until he’s on school holidays and has put this term behind him. So we’re in limbo for the next couple of weeks, treading water and then it’s all systems GO! Thank you for linking up your brilliant news to the #BlogBumpClub this week! xx

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you – I’ll freely admit it is a massive relief – they always tell you that statistically most people are fine and you sit there and think “yes, but someone’s got to be on the not so great side of the statistics!” Incredibly selfish I know but for once I’m glad it’s not me!

  • Carly Markham 10/07/2014 at 9:09 pm

    How lovely that everything is going well! Your bump really does look big I’m expecting a ‘big baby’ too after my other two were both big but my
    Bump doesn’t yet look as big as it feels.
    Oh and my partner has Germany in the sweepstakes at work too so I will be cheering them on with you 😉

    Look forward to following the rest of your pregnancy journey #BlogBumpClub

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:40 pm

      Ah well we’re in excellent company both with the big babies and the secret support for Germany – sounds like fun!

  • Mandycharlie 10/07/2014 at 9:46 pm

    Are you sure there is only one? It must be a boy, you are carrying so differently. A boy, with red hair. ‘ducks’

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 10:00 pm

      How funny – I think I’m carrying very similarly – just a bit lower thanks to the lack of any resemblance of stomach muscles! And yes there is definitely only one in there – lots and lots of scans have said so! Lovely to hear from you my dear xx

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 11/07/2014 at 9:44 am

    Lovely bump shot and very glad to hear the placenta is high enough for you and you are being moved back to low risk! yay! 🙂 xx #blogbumpclub

    • Carie 11/07/2014 at 8:28 pm

      It’s definitely a massive yay – even with an obliging placenta I thought they’d want to keep an eye on me until the baby was born so it’s a lovely surprise

  • Angela Tobin 12/07/2014 at 10:36 am

    That is Good News indeed! I have had the same problem but thankfully found out this week too that the placenta has moved up too. Yay! And I’m really glad to hear you are ‘normal’ 🙂
    Great bump picture! And don’t forget your pedicure – it will be a wonderful treat and when you do see (glimpse) your toes they will make you smile. Have a good week

    • Carie 12/07/2014 at 9:56 pm

      Yay for good news all around! And yes I’m definitely booking the pedicure as soon as maternity leave starts – I can’t wait!

  • Melaina25 12/07/2014 at 12:04 pm

    NotBlondeHusband has Germany in his work sweep, too! Glad your placenta moved–I get mine checked at 32w!

    ✰Transatlantic Blonde✰

    • Carie 12/07/2014 at 9:53 pm

      Oh good luck for your 32 week appointment – and go Germany!

  • Milly 13/07/2014 at 5:57 am

    What fantastic news all round. And the perfect timing so you can enjoy maternity leave and waiting for baby to arrive! Good luck with the last few weeks – and of course with Germany tonight 🙂 #BlogBumpClub

    • Carie 16/07/2014 at 11:06 am

      Thank you, it’s definitely setting me up for a nice relaxing start to maternity leave 🙂

  • ghostwritermummy 13/07/2014 at 9:28 pm

    Yay what wonderful news! I hope all continues to go well for you and you end up with the birth you want. And you are looking fab! My youngest was 5lb15 when she was born so you aren’t far off that now!! 😀 x x x

    • Carie 17/07/2014 at 7:34 am

      Thank you – and fingers crossed!

  • Gill Crawshaw 17/07/2014 at 11:10 am

    Go placenta, go! That’s great news, and on the discharge back to the midwife. Is it all feeling a bit real now? x

    • Carie 17/07/2014 at 10:02 pm

      Just a little bit! Hopefully still a while to go though!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 19/07/2014 at 11:40 pm

    It all sounds so positive and you do look ready to drop! Little bump looks very low now so hopefully he or she doesn’t keep you waiting too long! x

    • Carie 21/07/2014 at 10:24 pm

      Ideally I think I’d like 40 weeks and a couple of days; not too overdue but long enough to finish the baby’s blanket!