Being 26 Weeks Pregnant

April 14, 2010

This post originally appeared in my old blog,

– We’ve had a really sad week in our household, meaning I’ve been slightly absent from reading and writing blogs for a while. My father-in-law is very very poorly with lung and liver cancer so Will flew out to be with his parents in where they live in Greece at the first chance last week. I have stayed at home to hold the fort baby-wise; he wants me to avoid the 24 hour tube-plane-bus-taxi-ferry journey and stress of the situation for the baby’s sake so I am hanging in here being brave. I really wish I was there to help him through it but I know he has his sisters and his mum, my part will come when he gets home.

– Because of the situation I went to stay with my parents in Buckinghamshire over the weekend and had a lovely time. My mum and I went shopping – the Bugaboo Bee + has been ordered for delivery before work tomorrow (a very very generous gift from her and my dad) – and I just couldn’t help buying a couple of outfits in the sale at Baby Gap. I also now have all the gnarly essentials for my hospital bag such as disposable knickers and sanitary towels the size of Wales, as well as more fun bits and pieces like a baby bath and teeny tiny newborn socks.

– My worry has been manifesting itself on eBay the last couple of days and I have splurged a bit – cellular blankets, cot linen, vests, and I at some point decided that it would be a good idea to start stocking up on 12-18 month sized clothing…. I’m sure Will isn’t going to be too impressed at the state of my Paypal account on his return but I am starting to feel prepared. One of my aims is to finish the nursery and have pretty much everything we need by 30 weeks; I want to spend my maternity leave relaxing as much as possible (9 WEEKS TO GO!).

– The bump seems to be growing at an incredible rate and someone called me ‘madam’ when he offered me his seat on the tube last week. I felt about 60, which would probably be in line with my lung capacity right now which seems to be shrinking every day. My pelvis and back pain are also BAD right now, I literally feel like someone has whacked me in the nether regions with a cricket bat. It hurts to sit in my chair at work, it hurts to sit on the sofa, it hurts to walk, it hurts to turn in bed, IT HURTS.

– On a lighter note, I can feel the baby from the outside at regular intervals now. I had a couple of days last week where I didn’t think there was a lot of movement, though now I think she had just adjusted her position and was kicking in a different, less sensitive place. She often moves around my belly button, and I can feel something hard in that area. Either her head or her bum I’d guess, I’m not sure, but it sure it fun to freak my work colleagues out by making them feel it.

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  • Reply Muddling Along Mummy April 14, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I'm sorry to hear about your father in law – thinking of your husband and his family

    Very impressed with your organisation – we didn't get anything before 30 weeks and were horribly disorganised when Toddlergirl turned up!

    • Reply aliceharold April 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm

      I'm such an anal organization freak (think Monica from Friends), I drive my husband mad with it!

      Thank you for your good wishes x

  • Reply notesredshoes April 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    You are soooooooooo organised! Criks, I was proud I bought nappies lol.

    Are you OK? Is Will still away darling???

    • Reply aliceharold April 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

      I've started stocking up on nappies too! Asda are having a big baby event as of the 20th April so I'm going to get my mum to bulk-buy some then too.

      I'm doing good, very very sad for Will and wishing I could help more. He's still in Greece and it doesn't look like it'll be long now so I think he'll be there for a week or so longer. I've been having lots of baths, early nights and have enjoyed being in charge of the Sky+ box for once!

  • Reply mummy bear April 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Hi Alice
    I am so sorry to hear your father in law is so poorly. It must be so hard for Will as its such an exciting time for you both.
    As for buying clothes too big…I bought a dress aged 4-5 years before Little Miss P came along…it was so pretty I couldn't resist!!!!!
    As for the back pain…I'm with you! Just booked an appointment at the Whittington for physio…last time they gave me a whopping tubi-grip support which looked seriously unattractive under clothes but really helped!

    • Reply aliceharold April 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you :) I think the thought of the baby is really helping his family at this hard time, in a when-one-door-closes-another-one-opens kind of thing.

      I'd be interested to know how your physio goes, I have some exercises which seem to be helping. Oh and I have a 'new' way to get in and out of bed, no more dive-bombing in there!

  • Reply Metropolitan Mum April 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Sorry to read about Will's dad. This must be so hard for the whole family.

    And: where did the time go? 26 weeks??? Wow. Not too long to go now. I remember the pain quite vividly. Acupuncture worked for me. xx D

    • Reply aliceharold April 16, 2010 at 6:12 pm

      Thank you for your good wishes, I am finding it very hard to be here when they're out there and wish I could be helping more!

      I feel like time is going very quickly yet very slowly at the same time, though now we have less than 100 days to go I hope time will start to fly! xx

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