Pregnancy

36 Weeks Pregnant

April 23, 2012

 

I AM SO TIRED. If you follow me on Twitter you may or may not have noticed me mention that maybe once or twice recently. Or eighty-two times. But it’s very true, this stage of pregnancy is so physically demanding it’s difficult not to fall into bed at every opportunity, or moan about it on the internet whilst on the sofa watching the haircut episode of Balamory for the twentieth time. Luckily Elfie is still napping for around 2 hours a day so as soon as she’s back in bed I am too. Which is good for my tired aching body and mind but bad for work and blogging.

I’ve been back in hospital a couple of times in the last fortnight for monitoring thanks to some palpitations and dizzy spells. I’ve had some tests done that have all come back fine (did you KNOW that when they do an ECG they get a very young male Doctor to put sticky pads all over your boobs? I didn’t) so I will be going back on May 11th for an appointment to have a device fitted to take a 24 hour heart trace. I’m pretty sure everything’s going to be fine but it’s a bit scary to go so breathless all the time. It seems to be mostly triggered by stress, but by stress I mean silly things like being late for a lunch date or a train, not big life stress. I have to say that my local hospital have been wonderful with my stresses and freak outs and the experience has been all-round happy.

 

None of my clothes fit me any more. I am really struggling daily to put together outfits that don’t consist of leggings, a jersey tshirt and a hoodie. I feel sloppy and wish the weather was a bit brighter so I could throw on some summer dresses and flip flops, because when your belly’s this big you can forget doing up your own shoes, hence the resurrection of my Ugg boots. Even my lovely H&M maternity jeans are starting to get a bit tight around the bump band. At last check a fortnight ago I’d put on 1 and a half stone and I’m trying very hard to stay away from the burgers in these final weeks as that’s really when I piled it on last time (nearly 2 stone in 8 weeks!). I’m finding it so much easier to be healthy as I’m at home rather than work – I don’t have 2 breakfasts or the opportunity to eat deep fried stuff for lunch and salads and lighter dinners are feeling a lot nicer to eat at the moment.

Last weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to the wedding of some lovely friends of ours in Liverpool! Elfie stayed at home with my parents so we had two whole days to ourselves. We had lunch as soon as we arrived at our hotel and headed to the wedding for 3pm: it was an absolute blast catching up with old friends who we hadn’t seen for years and making some new ones, too. I wore a non-maternity silk dress from GAP that I’d found a couple of weeks ago in their sale along with my beloved Comptoir des Cotonniers wedges (a risky move, the pain in my feet was bearable til about 11pm though) and danced as much as I could – it would have been wrong not to as the wedding DJ was the one and only Carl Cox. A bit of a stupid move as my Braxton Hicks were INSANE the day after (and have been quite painful for the rest of this week). Even more insane was the fact that someone recognised me from my blog… a very strange feeling. I was so overwhelmed that I forgot to ask (or remember) the lovely lady’s name but I was so pleased to chat to her, so if it’s you please say hello again! She was also pregnant (32 weeks I believe) and looked amazing in a beautiful minidress. I am delighted I have such stylish and lovely readers other than my mum. The day after the wedding we took a stroll round Liverpool for coffee and some lunch before jumping on a train home. Gorgeous.

 

Baby prep is in full swing at the Harold House. This weekend Will went up to the loft to retrieve our BedNest and various accoutrements (baby bath, swing chair, bounce chair, muslin cloths…) and I bought the essential stack of sanitary pads, toothbrush, arnica and underwear needed for my hospital bag. Which I must pack. I must I must. I also have a huge pile of baby clothes still to wash but the first load still needs a home. Also, newborn vests need locating, as do ‘just in case’ bottles, teats and pump… most likely these bits and bobs will be left until the very last minute/rush home from hospital, as long as baby number 2 has a place to sleep I am done stressing.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Bryony April 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I am so excited for you! Double H is nearly here and you’re looking fab! I’ve also gotta say I’m loving that photo of Elfie, very cute! X

    • Reply alice April 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      She is so photogenic, it drives me mad with jealousy! x

  • Reply Kara April 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    36!!! I’m silly with excitement! I’ve not noticed the tweets about being tired. You’re growing a human in your uterus – you’re allowed to complain about being tired as much as you please.

    Also (and this is my American dorkiness speaking) but I love the British phrases and words sprinkled throughout your posts – “bits and bobs” and “whilst on the sofa.” We Americans are so boring with our speech. Of course this is your standard vernacular, so it probably just sounds normal. :)

    • Reply alice April 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Only 4 weeks to go – I can’t believe it myself! xx

  • Reply Peggy April 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

    You are looking amazing and Elfie is so gorgeous you just want to squeeze her and go all gooey inside :)
    Keep resting as much as you can, the deadline is fast approaching… how exciting!!
    x

    • Reply alice April 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks Peggy! I can’t believe how fast it’s coming, I’m terrified! x

  • Reply hannah April 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Reading your posts is like looking into my future! Although since I’ve already put on a stone and half I’d better steer clear of the burgers from now on…:S I’m 24 weeks and currently only really worrying about what heels to wear!

    You’ve reminded me that I really need to get car seat/buggy/general stuff sorted now before bump gets in the way or I’m too tired to do any of it. Hope everything is OK with your tests.

    hxx
    p.s. I have not had any young male doctors near my boobs yet (just an older lady near my doodah), so looking forward to that :)

    • Reply alice April 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      ahh, see I haven’t had any older ladies near my doodah yet, so we’re equal ;) x

  • Reply The Mad House April 26, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I hope it is nothing too serious and you look AMAZING

    • Reply alice April 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you Jen! I’m looking forward to not being pregnant any more but know I will miss the bump when it’s gone x

  • Reply Katie April 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    You look fabulous Alice, and the photo of Elfie is too cute. I can’t believe how little time you have left- how exciting. xx

    • Reply alice May 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you Katie, I can’t believe it either. Time has simultaneously dragged and flown by! x

  • Reply Richmond Mummy May 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

    So exciting, you’re nearly nearly there! And looking gorgeous – particularly in the photos of you at the wedding, fab outfit! And of course the lovely Ms Harold is looking as cute as ever xx

    • Reply alice May 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you lovely! xx

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