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.

Bumpdate: Week 15

Weight: 2.47 ounces
Length: 3.98 inches
Pear

My biggest challenge this week was the annual Procon awards ceremony that I attended with work; not only was it black tie (and not one of my fancy dresses fits anymore) but it was also a set three course meal for 650 people (of which I couldn’t eat 2 of the courses! The organisers were great though and sorted out a “special” meal for me so I still got a full dinner!)

I had a mad rush last night trying on the dress that I had intended to wear – emphasis on “trying” there, as it definitely didn’t fit and then some extra shopping on Asos for a new formal dress. I ordered about 6 dresses to try on; some in my regular dress size (but not as slinky as my current dresses,) some one size up in a 10 and some in my regular dress size but specifically a maternity style. The maternity ones were massive, and as I had only ordered full length dresses and don’t have a proper bump yet, they were far too long so they went straight back. In the end the one that I kept was the only normal size 8 I had ordered. My bump isn’t too big at the moment and the empire line was all I really needed to squeeze in.

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For a full view of my bump in my formal dress; check out around 6 minutes 40 seconds in our daily vlog…

We also had our second midwife appointment this week, I was really disappointed because they didn’t let us listen to Pip’s heartbeat. The midwife said it was too early to hear and that if she couldn’t find it, we would be unnecessarily worried.

Luckily we had already bought a handheld Fetal Doppler online from Amazon and we were lucky enough to try it out in our own living room and had success. Hearing it for sure for the first time was incredible!!! Probably the best thing I have ever heard in my whole life!!! I love the fact that now we can do it whenever we want to and as often as we want – and we don’t have to wait for the midwife to say it’s ok.

If you want to hear Pip for yourself; using the Doppler is in this video…

Nothing really happened at our second midwife appointment, it was more questions, more blood taken and a urine sample, but that was it, which was why it was especially annoying not to get to hear Pip for ourselves.

We did book our NCT classes though, even though we have to wait until NEXT YEAR to start (we are scheduled for February) I am sooooo excited!

Getting excited!!!

Today is…
TTC month: 4

Cycle Day: 31 (9dpo)

Mood: hopeful

I have been sooo tired today, my body aches and I just can’t get going (I don’t want to) AND I spent the morning in my pjs watching Kimmy Schmidt (don’t worry I’m allowed to; it’s Sunday!) which is completely out of character for me. 

Still no symptoms to speak of, although I did check the NHS website for “thirst” because I have drank nearly 4 litres of water again today – about twice as much as normal. The NHS lists dehydration, diabetes and pregnancy as the main causes for thirst… Did I read that right?! Pregnancy?! This is more than a little exciting!!!

For enquiringly minds, the proof is here… NHS – thirst

After finding out that my excessive thirst could actually be a symptom that I didn’t know about, I have started to be quite hopeful about getting a positive this month and when I realised that today was also 9dpo and I can take a test tomorrow I allowed myself to look at baby names this evening!!! 
I love names and meanings, I always have, but I find it hard to look at, at the moment, knowing that I am doing it “for a reason” rather than just “for fun.” Today, I found a new blog called Swistle which allows you to send in your naming conundrums, and then the author and other readers will comment on the name; thinking of possible nicknames, likliehood of teasing etc. and suggest other similar names. They also list favourites, things like “favourite noun names” – which aren’t really to my taste, or “favourite names too unusual to use yourself” – I saw many of my favourites on that list!!! 

Eeeek, one more sleep to wait!!!