Wow - only 5 weeks to go! How scary does that sound?! Time really is just flying past! Anytime between now and 7 weeks little man could make his appearance. Everything is ready and waiting - apart from our hospital bags which are just missing the odd one or two things each - but it still doesn't feel real! I wish I could rewind and do it all again as I feel I haven't had enough time to enjoy or appreciate being pregnant enough! I really am going to miss my bump. I've only really had a proper one for the last 11 weeks but I've loved watching it grow a tiny bit more everyday to the beautiful big bump it is now! I've never felt so happy with my body (even if it is carrying a whole load of extra rolls!) and I adore feeling all of little man's stretches and hiccups which seems an every night occurrence now and last for ages, bless him!
At my midwife appointment last week she told me that he is head down and straight up, facing my right hand side with his legs curled under my ribs which would explain all the jabs I get! This was exactly how I thought he was lying and I don't think he's changed position since my last scan at 22 weeks. My placenta is right at the front under my belly button so I don't feel a lot of movement anymore but I'm pretty sure I got a feel of his bum and foot/leg the other day which was extremely cute! I wish I could see more of his movements from the outside but I'm hoping I'll be able to as he gets bigger over the next few weeks and runs out of room. His little wriggles have turned to stretches now as he's slowly getting too big for his home!
I've been experiencing Braxton Hicks over the last week or so ranging from tight, sharp pains to menstrual-like cramps in both my tummy and back. I've also felt quite nauseous at times which I worried was the start of early labour as it was along with cramping and other symptoms but luckily it passed so I'm just ignoring it when it happens now as it tends to pass after an hour or so. The last couple of weeks I've started to feel more 'heavily pregnant' and get out of breath and achy a lot. Even getting up from a chair is becoming a slight struggle (think beached whale) and bathing on my own is definitely a no go as I found out last week when I laid down and couldn't get back up again! I literally had to be yanked up! Sleeping started to become an issue a couple of weeks ago aswell which made me feel constantly run down and emotional. Between really bad acid reflux and waking for a wee a million times a night sleep seemed impossible! Luckily after discovering Ranitidine - my new best friend - I'm managing to get a full night's sleep every night which seems such a luxury and has definitely made me feel so much better! I want all the sleep I can get before little man arrives! I think my bump may have dropped slightly aswell over the last few days as I can actually sit up without feeling squished or breathless - another luxury!
I've picked up some great bargains in the charity shops over the last few months from a £5 Mamas and Papas highchair to a £2 Sit Me Up Cosy to various ELC wooden toys and sensory books for next to nothing. But my absolute favourite bargain has to be these Zara shorts above for... 20p!!! These are exactly the kind of summer shorts I had in mind to buy when little man was here so to find a really good brand in such good condition and completely by chance was so exciting! I also managed to pick up a pair of jeans, a jumper and a long sleeve top all from Zara and all for 20p along with some other gorgeous goodies! I've also picked up a Zara denim shirt for next summer for £1 but that doesn't seem such a bargain now!
I've also been shopping for myself and picked up a few different style crop tops in Primark to take in to hospital. I'm still hoping for a water birth and don't want to feel restricted by a tight fitting bikini top so thought a crop top would be best. I don't know what's going to feel more comfortable or be most practical at the time so I've got a cropped cami top, a cropped off the shoulder vest top and a cropped ribbed t-shirt to choose from! I also decided to start the painful task of trying on nursing bras today - big boob issues! - and think I'm going to need a 36H?! Yes that is actually a size and no I'm not falling forward when I walk! They really are the most unflattering things in the world as I desperately need underwired but I know they'll feel like heaven once I'm feeding and I did manage to find a pretty design in Debenhams which makes it slightly more bearable!
I really can't believe I only have a maximum of 7 weeks left until my life is turned upside down and I'll have a tiny baby lying on the changing mat I see everyday and in the car seat that I pass everyday in the hall ready to go! They'll be a little body in all the tiny sleepsuits and scrummy wriggly toes in all the tiny socks! They'll finally be a face to the name and a squeak for every hiccup. But until then I'm going to treasure the last few weeks I have of being pregnant. My body has done such an amazing thing over the last 35 weeks and I still can't believe a mini person - my little ***** boy - is actually in my tummy waiting to come out into the world. In a matter of weeks my body will know when to evict him changing my life forever and then go back to normal like nothing has happened. Pregnancy really is the most incredible, overwhelming and indescribable experience in the world and I fall in love with it more each day! (And little man too of course!)