Being 31 Weeks Pregnant

This post originally appeared in my old blog,

We have had a clanger of a month. My father-in-law passed away on May 1st and on Tuesday Will was made redundant from his job, effective immediately. Cue panic. We are lucky that we were able to spend a 2 weeks in Greece with his family before the redundancy, and he has had meeting requests and offers pouring in since the news broke. So it may not all be doom and gloom and may turn out to be a positive thing for our family; we’ve always known that we want him to work freelance at some point so we have the flexibility to travel and even live abroad, it is just happening slightly sooner than we expected.

We have lots of decisions to make over the next few days – including whether or not to leave London. If I’m not tied here for my job (as of June 18th), and Will can work from anywhere in the country it seems silly to shell out £1,200 a month in rent when we can be paying a lot less, plus we have a lovely three bedroom house in Nottingham currently empty as the tenants vacated a month ago… We shall see.

In other news:
– My ankles are still swollen – not in the mornings, but always by the end of the day. They are not attractive!

– I can’t eat enough ice! I love the stuff and have taken to bringing a Tuppaware container of it into work with me every
morning. I also really love the feel of the shower on my tongue at the moment and have been drinking stacks of icy cold water, I think I have some sort of oral fixation.

– Work has been very busy over the last couple of weeks with the launch of a big project (which is why I was unable to attend the Huggies Mummies meetup on Tuesday, though in hindsight I wouldn’t have been very good company with the news of Will’s job!). I have 19 working days left until maternity leave and I can’t wait.

– Still tired

– I weigh 11 stone 2 lb, oh my goodness! I pacify myself with the fact that I have no stretchmarks and I still don’t look pregnant from behind.

– Naughty baby has gone from being head-down to being in the breech position; I’m going to give her until my next checkup and then I’ll start the yoga moves to try and turn her.

– I’ve had a couple of cramps in my calf (never happened before, very weird). The last one woke me up at 4am and I screamed in agony, Will thought I was giving birth.

– It makes me so angry how rude Londoners are – a woman pushed past me yesterday to get the last seat in a circle line carriage, as did a man on my train into Old Street yesterday. This really didn’t bother me before but I’m feeling more and more like I NEED to sit down.

– I have bad wind. Oops.

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  1. themadhouse wrote:

    I am so sorry for your loss and hope that things work out well for you and Will

    Posted 5.21.10 Reply
    • aliceharold wrote:

      Thank you for your kind thoughts :)

      Posted 5.26.10 Reply
  2. wrote:

    Hunni you are looking bloody amazing! I'm glad to hear that even though things are a bit rough with the redundancy that things might turn around for the better! Cant believe the rent you pay! I pay less than that! Ours is under £900 – <3 Surrey :D xx

    Posted 5.22.10 Reply
    • aliceharold wrote:

      Thank you! I know, London rents are crazy aren't they? x

      Posted 5.26.10 Reply
  3. kat wrote:

    That sucks! Hope it does work out for the best x

    Posted 5.22.10 Reply
    • aliceharold wrote:

      Thanks Kat xxx

      Posted 5.26.10 Reply
  4. kat wrote:

    That sucks! I hope it does work out for the best x

    Posted 5.22.10 Reply
  5. Steph wrote:

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    Don't panic too much about Will's job. I was made redundant when I was pregnant, and then Ross went freelance straight after his paternity leave so we're both at home all the time. It was the best thing we ever did. He's been around to see our little girl grow up, he's been able to come to appointments and help out with looking after her. It's given us a lot of flexibility and we wouldn't change it. I am sure things will work out for your little family – things have a tendency to fall into place nicely.

    And you look blinkin' fab! x

    Posted 5.26.10 Reply
    • aliceharold wrote:

      I have definitely come around to the idea and am now loving the fact that Will is going to be working from home instead of being out of the house 12 hours a day. I think it may just be one of the best things that could have happened to our family! x

      Posted 5.26.10 Reply
  6. Hi Alice,
    I am so sorry to read that Will's dad passed away. How is he coping?

    xx D

    PS: Not long to go now… :)

    Posted 5.27.10 Reply
    • aliceharold wrote:

      He is doing very well – he is so strong and he's been a massive support to his mum and his three sisters. The Greek funeral and ceremony was beautiful – they do closure so much better than we do in the UK and I think that was a help to everyone.

      Not long to go at all! And boy am I feeling it… xx

      Posted 5.29.10 Reply