Today we have been busy getting ready.
A fabulous company came to steam clean our Easywalker Duo including the carrycots. It looks good as new. They also cleaned our two Maxi Cosi infant carseats, again they are like new. If you live in Kent and want your buggy valeted I highly recommend the Tunbridge Wells Carpet Cleaning Company. They came to our house and cleaned everything on site. They were friendly and efficient and have done a super job.
We paid £90 for the service including their travel from Tunbridge Wells to Ashford and it was definitely money well spent. It meant that David and I were able to focus on other jobs such as setting Matilda Bump’s crib up downstairs so that Esther and William can start getting used to it.
We are so very nearly ready now to bring our Baby home.
I am feeling really well at the moment and not at all like her arrival may be imminent. I feel heavy at times and I am getting some cramping in my legs but nothing that makes me think that labour may be soon.
I have been reading up on the signs of labour and I know that I have not yet had any of them. After the fear of Baby coming early for most of this pregnancy now I am certain that she is going to be late!
The signs to watch out for if you are near to labour are apparently these …
Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
This is the body’s way of clearing itself out ready for the baby to make its journey out of the body.
How did you know that you were in labour?
At 38 weeks Baby is ready to survive in the world. A pregnancy is considered full term from in the UK from 37 to 42 weeks, so I would be quite happy for her to be born anytime from now.
According to my SMA pregnancy email Matilda Bump’s tummy has increased, partly thanks to their growing liver, and is roughly the same circumference now as her head. In the scans we have had recently it actually showed her belly to be bigger than her head but I do not mind a tubby tummy as it is squashable on the way out!!
The SMA email goes on to say
Your baby’s eyes are very sensitive and they will turn their head towards a source of light. Babies of Asian or African descent will usually have dark grey or brown eyes at birth. If you and your partner are Caucasian, your baby’s initial eye colour will probably be dark blue. Your baby’s eyes need to be exposed to the light for their true colour to develop, and you won’t really know their final colour until they’re about six months to a year old.
Your baby’s eyes also don’t have any tear ducts yet. These won’t open until they’re a few weeks old, so don’t expect any tears when they cry to begin with.
I am so excited about meeting our Baby Daughter but with that excitement comes anxiety and with anxiety comes a lack of sleep.
I don’t feel too tired during the day at the moment but I am finding it hard to fall asleep as my mind works overtime with worries and plans for our Baby. I am also constantly wondering with every twinge if this is it, if today will be the day when we get to meet our baby.
I am glad that we have had all the equipment cleaned and I am glad that we have set up a Baby Corner in the lounge. I would be happy to bring Baby home as things are now.
As the wait starts to become frustrating I am filling my diary with play dates and cake! I don’t want to be sitting around waiting for Baby to come.
I have no more medical appointments now until 39+3 so really waiting is all there is to do.
That and shopping!
I have some great reviews and suggestions coming up for you of perfect presents for newborns and new mums. Watch this space!!