Here is a little snippet of my baby’s development in this weeks diary enter. He is the size of a butternut squash this week. His bones continue to harden and his head is getting bigger to accommodate his growing brain. Also, his testicles are moving from being tucked up near his kidneys through to his groin!
Apparently I’m using 900 kilojoules of energy a day to fuel this baby and his growth. I’ll be honest, I have no idea what that really means, but I think I need to on some days/weeks give myself a little bit more credit. When you are pregnant things don’t really change. You keep going with your day to day tasks, working the same hours and doing the same job. Carrying extra weight, body changes and your body basically giving everything to the baby and leaving you the scraps means you can be drained. So any mum to be’s reading this and all the Mothers out there who have been through this already, lets just take a moment to applaud ourselves!
Honestly, there isn’t too much to report this week. This doesn’t make for a great diary blog post does it?! But you know what, it has been so nice to see his kicks getting even stronger and I feel my belly has grown so much in the last few weeks that its okay just to embrace all that without worrying about anything else.
I have noticed that I feel out of breath quite often, even sometimes just sitting I can feel I need to take deep breaths. Honestly, pregnancy makes me feel I have aged about 50 years with my losing agility! Climbing stairs is difficult and I generally just miss that bounce in my step. It’s all just signs that the baby is growing and my organs are getting pushed up and out to make room for him. Another element of pregnancy that amazes me.
Beware of cramps too. Not stomach cramps. Leg cramps. I woke in the middle of the night with quite an intense calf cramp, which I didn’t particularly enjoy. Leg cramps can be caused due to the increase of weight you are carrying. The womb will be putting pressure on the main vein from the legs and this, combined with the pregnancy hormone progesterone, affects the muscle tone in your legs. I knew hormones would have been the culprit for the cause of this!
Oh my god! How hard is it to think of baby names?! I mean, there is so much to consider. We have started our list of potential names for him, and we get suggestions quite a bit too, but what a decision and responsibility!
Michael has Italian blood so there are a few options there. I would like something that either has meaning through the family or it has a lovely sentiment by the meaning of the name.
Maybe we won’t know until we meet him face to face.
Any suggestions or advice on maybe picking names…please let me know!
Next week we are visiting a birth centre, so ill be discussing what I am thinking about for the birth plan in next weeks blog. More and more people are talking to me about the birth and how I want it to happen. There are so many different opinions and views, which is good to discuss but I do feel quite confident with how I am feeling about what I want. I am trying so hard to think positively, to be excited for the birth rather than freak out.
Apparently birth plans go out the window and it never goes to plan, but you have to start somewhere I suppose.
So, here I am entering week 30. 10 weeks to go and counting. We are still pretty unprepared, we still have so much to arrange and buy before he arrives so I am sure the next 10 weeks will be filled with baby activity. Please don’t arrive early little man.
I would love to hear from anyone who is going through the same, or from those mama’s who have been through it and can share any advice or stories!