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3 December 2018

The Third Trimester | Weeks 28-34

Week 28

Baby is the size of an Aubergine.

We have made it to the third trimester! This week I had my 28 week midwife check up. I had my bloods taken this week which is always my least favourite part of the appointment. We  also listened to baby's heartbeat, which I think is his least favourite part, as he always gives a good kick when the monitor is put on my tummy! The midwife had a little feel of my tummy to see whereabouts baby was, but he is still free at the minute. I will be certain to try and change that ahead of my next appointment!

In terms of home preparation we have a fully built wardrobe! I have started to put some of his little outfits in (though they still need to be washed!) I can't help but keep popping in for a peek at it.

My app is telling me that Baby is now dreaming, which really intrigued me as what could they possibly dream about?! 

Week 29

Baby is the size of a Butternut Squash.

Week 29 started with my glucose test, it was something I had been dreading, but actually it wasn't that bad. The worst part was having to wait 2 hours on my own! I had my blood taken, drank my drink and waited the 2 hours until my next set of bloods. The most torturous part is the waiting area is right by the Café, which when you've been fasting for 12 hours is not good!

This week symptom wise, I've been waking up in the middle of the night with terrible cramp, if anyone has any ideas on how to ease/avoid this please send them my way. 

Another symptom I have been plagued with is forgetfulness! I've heard the phrase 'baby brain' said in jest before, but that stuff is actually very real and very frustrating! I seriously think some days that my brain has left my body and gone on vacation. Please tell me it comes back? I'm not sure how I will get on without it aha.

Week 31

Baby is the size of a Pineapple!

I can say I am at that stage in pregnancy where if I drop something on the floor, I contemplate whether I can get away with leaving it! 

My app is telling me that this week Baby's brain is working very hard to develop it's 5 senses. I'm glad someone's brain is working hard, as mine is still sunning it up on an island somewhere..

I had another midwife appointment this week, they seem to be coming thick and fast now, all is still ticking along nicely and Baby is now head down! Which is both extremely exciting, but also very nerve wrecking as it makes it all the more real that very soon I will have to give birth to this little human that I've been stowing away in my tummy.

The nursery is taking shape and we now have a huge set of drawers built and neatly organised with all of Baby's essentials. I'm starting to feel a little less flustered now that everything is coming together, and I'm feeling a tad more organised..just a tad though! I still have a list as long as my arm to get through.

Week 32

Baby is the size of a Squash.

Acid Reflux is all I have to say this week..actually add clumsiness to the mix too. I've managed to smash a plate and a bowl this week. Roll on two weeks time when I break up from work, I'm hoping that some much needed R&R will restore me!

I've got well and truly stuck in to Christmas prep this week, as I don't like busy high streets at the best of times, never mind when heavily pregnant. I think I am about half way through the present buying and hope that I can get it all done before I finish for my Mat leave.

My app is telling me that all of his major organs are fully developed now, except for his lungs. He now has regular sleep wake cycles, and is practicing kicking, sucking and breathing. Every week I am astounded at how much he is developing and that in 8 short weeks (fingers crossed) we will get to meet him.

Week 33

Baby is the size of a Honeydew Melon.

This week we managed to find a chair for the nursery at last! It was from Aldi of all places, and an absolute bargain. The room is really starting to take shape and is fast becoming my favourite room in the whole house. I like to just sit in there and admire all of our hard work, I say our, my husband's built most of it! I just passed the tools..

This week the tiredness has crept back in, I don't know if it's a combination of trying to get everything finished at work ready for when I break up, and the fact that I don't sleep well thanks to my bladder's alarm call in the early hours of every morning! Either way, don't expect to see me after 8:30pm as I'm usually asleep on the sofa!

Week 34

Baby is the size of a Cantaloupe.

My app tells me that baby is now around 5lbs and growing nicely, they have finger nails and sleep with their eyes closed.

This week marked the end of work, and I have officially broken up for maternity leave! It feels so  strange to not be going back now until next November, but I am excited to get started on all the jobs I've been putting off (to be fair in the week I'm asleep by 8:30!) We were absolutely spoilt rotten by my work colleagues and I can't thank them enough for all of our beautiful gifts. I've just spent some time faffing in the nursery putting them all away.

Another exciting thing that happened this week is that our cot has been delivered! It's the last large piece of furniture for the nursery and I'm itching to get it set up so that I can put the finishing touches into the room.

Fancy reading more of my pregnancy journey? 

The Announcement 

The First Trimester

Weeks 16 - 20

Weeks 22 - 27

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