Bumpdate: Week 25

Weight: 1.5 pounds
Length: 13.6 inches
Cauliflower
My Weight: 64kg (up from 58kg at 10 weeks)

This week started on a high with our next midwife appointment and we got to hear Pip’s heartbeat for the first “official” time – we have been listening for it from about week 12, but this is the first time a professional has tried.

The midwife measured my weight and the size of my bump and everything is exactly normal which is fantastic, I have never been so happy about being average in my life; Pip is growing exactly as expected.

After the carpet was fitted on Thursday, the first thing we did was go out to buy blinds for the room. We now have everything except a cot and it’s looking fantastic. We keep going in just to stare at it, Shep seems really interested in what is going on and just wants to be involved so he always tags along when we go to stand and stare at Pip’s room.

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Bumpdate: Week 24

Weight: 1.3 pounds
Length: 11.8 inches
Canteloupe

Another massive milestone this week – VIABILITY!!!! This is really exciting as it means that if Pip was to be born right now; the odds are in his favour that he would survive and things will only continue to get better from here on in. It’s a real wake up call to think how soon he could be with us, although I really hope he stays put a little longer, as he’s still got lots of growing to do!

Chris has been really busy this week, finishing Pip’s room off. He has completed putting up wardrobes with sliding doors which is fantastic because we can now better imagine what it will look like when it’s all complete. Next week the carpet will be fitted and then we will be one step closer to being ready for you.

Bumpdate: Week 23

Weight: 1.1 pounds
Length: 11.4 inches
Grapefruit

How annoying is this; the app that I have been using (Pregnancy+) as my guide to how big Pip is each week has failed me! Now that he’s getting really big ,they have started grouping the measurements and this week is grouped as week 22-24 so I have had to switch apps! I am now using The Bump, but it looks like the fruit and veg comparison for the next few weeks might have some duplicates with the last few from the other app! Grrr!

Out of nowhere this week I have had the worst symptom so far; every day I have had a leg cramp in the middle of night that has been unbearable. I have tried every remedy possible – bananas, tonic water (in moderation), stretching and drinking loads of water but nothing has made a difference. It appears that this might just be something I have to move with until you arrive.

My next solution is to get back to the gym and get exercising! I am taking it very carefully to start with, as I am very aware that I don’t want to take any unnecessary risks and it has been many many weeks since I last went to the gym. I’m starting slowly with a weekly Les Mills Body Balance class, and will work up gently from there.

My first class was great; I made sure the instructor knew about Pip and she helped me to make a couple of adjustments to the routine that everyone else was doing to help keep him safe and for the most part I did alright. I was from from Star Pupil, but for the most part, I did manage to keep up so I’m pretty happy. I don’t know if it will make a difference to my cramps; but i definitely felt more relaxed after the class and that can only be a positive thing.

We also had our first look at compiling a birth plan this week, and surprisingly knew a lot of the answers already. There’s a bit more research I still need to do before making final decisions, but like everything it’s a work in progress.

Bumpdate: Week 22

Weight: 1 pound
Length: 11 inches
Aubergine

We had a quiet New Year’s Eve this year as it had been weeks since I last stayed up until midnight. Whoever said that all your energy comes back in the second trimester was not telling the truth!!!!

Now that it’s official and everyone knows you’re a boy, this week it’s been time to start seriously talking about names. I thought this would be one of the most fun jobs, and I AM really enjoying it, but there’s just so much responsibility! Your name is so key to who you are… but how do we know who Pip is going to be?!

We have now been through every single baby name in the Top 200 for last year and we have narrowed our shortlist down to three. For now I am keeping completely silent on our favourites, but who knows if even use one of these for Pip’s real name or if something else will strike us in the next few months?

I CAN, however, promise that they are all lovely (masculine) names and we both think they are all fabulous. Choosing just one is going to be such a challenge!

This week was also the start of me going back to work after a lovely fortnight off and it’s amazing how much has changed; including how well my work clothes fit over my bump! There’s no real need to buy new stuff yet as luckily most of my tops are quite baggy, but they are definitely not as baggy as they were.

The first couple of days back were quite scary too as I started getting quite light headed before lunch time, but it was an easy fix to make sure I eat mire snacks in the morning.