Labour Inducing Theories?

I’m hot and muggy, sore from SPD, tired from awful sleep at night but still so insanely happy to be pregnant. That being said, yesterday was my EDD and I have been informed by pretty much anyone that I’ve spoken to, that this baby should have been here by now as “second children always come early.” Sadly (only sadly as I’m desperate to meet this little man!) he has decided that he is far too comfy where he is right now and doesn’t seem to be wanting to make an appearance just yet … in fairness, he’s just like the rest of the people in his family – likes to stay tucked up and cozy in bed!

So as I hit the 40 week mark yesterday I had to go to a midwife appointment where she offered me a stretch and sweep. So many women have talked to me about how they’d never want a sweep because of the pain but I really don’t get that as it doesn’t hurt – is it the most comfortable thing in the world? Of course not as you are having a woman ram her fingers up you to try and fiddle with your cervix, but is it painful? No … it’s no worse than having a smear in my opinion and I don’t get why women hate on those either as again, it’s not painful and it’s all done and dusted in 5 minutes. With that in mind, LADIES, IF YOU ARE DUE A SMEAR GO AND GET IT DONE!!! There is no shame in having a smear and it could save your life!

Anyways, when I was having the sweep, I was told that my cervix was locked up tight. The midwife seems to think that he isn’t planning on leaving his temporary home any time soon but has said that this can change at the drop of a hat, so you never know.  She did also tell me that he is in the best possible position for delivery and is very well engaged so things are moving along and looking good.

After I’d been fiddled with, we got to talking about how some people like to try certain things to try to help their baby along and she gave me a mixture of aromatherapy oils to pop in my bath or rub on my bump. I hate baths with a passion and am much more a fan of a lovely shower so rubbing on the bump it is! It’s a strange smell when combined but it’s not going to hurt to give it a go.

I was also told to eat lots of fresh pineapple (I had one for lunch yesterday as I love the stuff but felt sick as a dog after … turns out there really is too much of a good thing!) and I’ve also been told by others to eat hot curry, have lots of sex and do plenty of walking, which annoyingly, is not the easiest thing to do when suffering with SPD!

I’ve read that people eat dates and sunflower seeds, drink raspberry leaf tea, walk upstairs sideways and do plenty of squats so my question to you lovely people is do you have a method of starting labour off that you’d swear by or do you think a baby comes when it’s good and ready?

Normally I’m in the “he will come when he comes” camp but at the midwife appointment I was told that I have another appointment on Wednesday to check progress and have another sweep if I want it, and then that if nothing helps and he’s still not here that I will be induced on the 19th. I’m fine going back for the sweep next week but I reallllllly don’t fancy being induced so if I could somehow manage to get him out before that date I’d be a happy camper!

So any tips or tricks would be appreciated 🙂

That’s pretty much it for now but hopefully the next post will be to say that things are moving along.

Have a good one,

Deb xox

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A Long Overdue Catch Up

I can’t believe how long it has been since I last posted! It has felt like very little has happened since I was last here, but when I sit and think about it, more has happened than I realised.

The most important thing is that Soph lost her first tooth! It was quite dramatic waiting for this little thing to drop from her mouth as it took aaaaaaages but she was much better about it than I imagined that she would be. She actually woke me up in the middle of the night to say that it had come out when she took a drink from her bottle, but as I was half asleep, we decided that the tooth would have to wait for the next night as the tooth fairy had already done her rounds!

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Soph is probably the 5th or so kid to lose a tooth from her class now and the pressure to match up with what others have been doing is real – did you know that the going rate for a front tooth now is £5, and apparently, when a back tooth comes out it’s £10?!?!?! TEN POUNDS?!?!?!?! I used to get 50p if I remember correctly.

Well like a sap, I caved to the peer pressure and Soph now has a lovely, crisp £5 note in her purse and she’s happy as can be.

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In baby related news, I have just under 5 weeks until my due date and the days are passing by quickly.

I have been measured and this little man is currently sitting on the 95th percentile so that could be fun! He’s also head down, but not yet engaged. I’ve been weighed and have put on a stone and a half … eeeek! Add that to me already working on losing weight before the pregnancy and that’s now plenty for me to work off after! (I’ll worry about that after he’s here and settled) I’ve had my Thyroid monitored and it has managed very well throughout the pregnancy according to my consultant, my dose hasn’t needed to be raised and all seems well enough that I no longer need to go to hospital for any further appointments. I had my GTT (don’t remember if I previously posted about that) and all was well there too – which the consultant was not expecting as she told me she’d expect to see me in diabetic clinic.

Sleep has been a nightmare, I’ve been regularly getting cramp in my legs and feet which wake me up and I’ve been sleeping in a funny position or tensing in some way so that I have headaches most mornings. I have SPD so turning over in bed and getting dressed/undressed has been an absolute horror at times and last night I woke up at 3am with awful period like cramps and a sore lower back – I never had any of this with Soph so I was scared shitless but then I fell back to sleep after an hour and a half and haven’t had any more pain up until this point where my lower back has started to get sore again – I’ll keep an eye on that!

A positive thing that has happened is that now that he’s running out of room, I can feel him moving around so much better which is a massive relief to me as I had many days of worrying that I’d not felt him enough, or at all, due to the placement of my placenta.

Other than that, it’s been pretty plain sailing and there’s not much to report. We have pretty much everything we can think of that we may need for him and my bags are packed and waiting. I have the midwife coming around next week to discuss my birthing plan (give me handles on the bed for when I need to push and whatever drugs I need that won’t make me throw up like last time please!) and then I think the next time I’ll see her is pretty much when I’m due to give birth. The countdown is definitely on!

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In other random news, we lost our cat Wookiee for a couple of days – he planned an elaborate escape, well elaborate for him anyways as he’s a lazy sod of a house cat … he nipped out the back door when I was cooking and not watching, I shut and locked him out and he had two days of exploration in the rain before we found him under some trees in the next garden over just meowing pathetically waiting for someone to come and get him. The little bugger had me crawling under a fence to fetch him and he’s not left my side since!

Lastly, tomorrow is date night for us grown-up’s and we are off to see Avengers: Infinity War. I’ve been itching to see this since it was released but haven’t been able to get to a showing before now so I’m really looking forward to a night out with the hubby. I think we are also both looking forward to not having to dodge spoilers all over the place too!

But yeah, that’s about it for now I guess.

Do you have anything nice planned for the Bank Holiday weekend?

Have a good one,

Deb xox

 

Post-Weekend Catch Up

This weekend we finally made it to my in-laws house. There was no snow to contend with and everything was going as planned however, in the run up to Sunday, Soph got a bit sick. Now when I say a bit sick I mean she projectile vomited all over the kitchen floor after saying her tummy hurt. I then proceeded to rush her to the bathroom when she decided that she was done and put the lid down only to then chuck up all over it, the floor and the wall. This kid has shit aim … unless she was aiming for everything in sight – if she was then she totally nailed it!

Soph still isn’t back to her normal bubbly self so we are keeping an eye on her and booking her on to see a doctor if she doesn’t improve but right now, with the symptoms she’s displaying, we think she has some constipation going on. I feel awful for her, I hate when she’s not her normal happy, chatty self and she’s had one thing after another what with colds, chicken pox and now this. She feels so sorry for herself and I totally get it!

In lighter news, we have had to do a little craft project for Easter at school. The task was to hard boil an egg and decorate it to whatever theme you like. Soph decided to go for a Frozen theme and this is what she ended up with…

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As she is only 5 she hasn’t quite got the hang of plaits yet so I did the hair and I cut the plastic bottles to make the body shape but she did pretty much everything else herself so she was quite chuffed with the result.

I do love the craft projects at school but at the same time they, or really some of the other parents, drive me insane when they come about. Sorry, there’s a mum moan coming! I hate when parents say they can’t be bothered to do the craft task with their kids as they aren’t crafty themselves, I hate that when we go in to present these things with the kids that there are always a couple (and usually the same couple) of kids who have no crafty make to show to the class, I hate looking at their upset little faces when they realise that they can’t join in with their friends and show off their own project, I hate that parents can’t take half a fucking hour to make something, even if it is the shittiest something you ever did see, with their kid so that they can at least contribute SOMETHING to the day. I hate parents that don’t try in the slightest …. grrrrrr!

Sorry rant over!

Other than the crafting and visiting family, Soph and I have been writing more letters to our new pen pals and sending more postcards to random people around the globe. I’m waiting until we start to receive things back now before posting on that subject again but I will just say that the little sticky flowers that I bought Soph for keeping track of where our postcards were sent from arrived today and that has just made her all the more excited to get started. Hopefully we will be getting something through soon enough 🙂

Right, well time is a tickin’ and The Walking Dead awaits. Do you watch it? What do you think to this season?

Take care,

Deb xox

We’re Obsessed!

The pen pal thing started out with me wanting to write to somebody … anybody! and now I’m up to 19 somebodies and I’m still craving more! I received two letters this morning and am already itching to write back. I’m starting to feel like I’m developing an addiction!

 

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Then imagine my surprise when my awesome five-year old daughter said that she would like some pen pals too! She has got right into the idea and is so excited so I’ve joined a few Facebook groups and listed her there and she now has four friends of her own to write to. She even received her first letter yesterday and was so happy about it that she finished up her reply straight away and I got it posted out for her this morning.

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As she was and is so excited about writing, I nipped into town with my mum for a bit of retail therapy. We ended up at Poundland where I got her some sparkly Washi tape (3 for £1 … bargain!) a hundred My Little Pony stickers to decorate her letters with, her own pack of multicoloured pens, and a little pink notebook which she has decorated with some of the stickers for storing her names and addresses. This bundle of awesome cost me £4 and the smile on her face was just insane so it’s one of the best £4’s I’ve ever spent!

So yeah, if you like a bargain then head on down to Poundland – you never know what you’ll find!

In an earlier post I mentioned how one of the first letters that I received contained a couple of tea bags. This got me thinking about sending things within my letters to people too as a way to add an extra bit of fun or happiness to their day and, wanting to mix it up a bit, I ordered some little magnets and sew on patches. Well they have all arrived! I was quite blown away by this as the patches were sent from China and I was expecting to have quite the wait before they got to me but there they were this morning, just sitting on the floor with the post waiting for me to grab them up and start sending them. Chuffed does not even cover how I felt about them when I got them out and had a peek through. I’ve just popped a picture of a few of them below.

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I’m going to show Sophie-Anne the patches and see if she’d actually like any for herself (because some of them are just stinkin’ adorable!) but if not then she is more than welcome to send some on to her new pals who I hope will become long-term or even life-long friends. She actually used one of the dalmatian magnets in her reply to her first letter as the girl has a dog (along with a snake and a hamster!) so she thought it would be nice to send one on to her. This kid melts my heart!

As a lot of the items I’ve received are leaning towards a more feminine looking direction, I’ve also ordered a huge pack of vinyl stickers from Amazon so that I can include them with any letters to fellas (I only have one at the minute but am looking for more) or to any of the ladies who I think would like something a little different.

Aaaaaaand … I have just this minute received an email from postcrossing.com to let me know that the postcard I sent to Germany has been received! I even got a nice message back from the chap that received it to say thank you which I didn’t expect at all. That’s just made my day even brighter.

So yeah, so far pen palling is going well, and postcrossing is just starting to get off of the ground for us. I just hope it continues 🙂

Make it a great one,

Deb xox

Feeling Brave

Today I did something that I have put off for what seems like forever … I contacted my local college about attending a GCSE Maths class!

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I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up – other than a mum who is resisting growing up! – but I know that the things that have always interested me (apart from working for myself) all require a minimum of a grade C in Maths. The majority also require A-Levels and some even require a degree but lets start out with the basics first eh?

This is a huge deal for me as I have zero confidence in myself, I find ways to put myself down and always go on about how I’m not smart enough to go back to school, I get insanely nervous in classrooms and I feel judged by everyone – teacher and peers alike, I worry about my age (I’ll be 34 and turning 35 within the term whereas the majority of other students will be much younger) and I panic about letting myself, but more importantly, my husband and family down.

I’ve figured out that our baby boy will be around three months old when the class starts but the bonus is that it will be an evening class and Baz now has a job where he can work from home on certain days or adjust his hours to suit his home needs. This means that he should be able to have the kids whilst I go and try to better myself for a couple of hours one night a week and it shouldn’t interfere too heavily, if at all, with his work day … win!

I also found out that as I got a D grade way back when in school, the course will be FREE!!!!! I just have to sit an entry assessment closer to the course start date to see if I have the basic numeracy requirements to get onto the course – I’m absolutely shitting it already! I could fail at the first hurdle and that would suck donkey balls.

But yeah, my mind is screaming about how I’m a failure and how I won’t get on to the course or I’ll mess up if I do get on it but this is me trying to push some positivity out onto myself for once. I will get on that course, I will work my arse off to understand whatever I’m taught and I will come out with that C grade … hell, I might even get above a C!

If I can do this, I can do whatever I put my mind to … I’m going to rock it!

Make it a good one,

Deb xox

The Beast from the East Returns

We have had a bit more snow over the weekend thanks to “The Beast from the East” and today school is closed (us Brits don’t handle snow too well!) so Soph and I are sat on the couch snuggling and watching her favourite YouTube videos of other kids playing with toys – why she likes this I have NO idea as that kid has buckets of toys to play with but there just seems to be something about watching other people play that draws her right in!

Daddy Baz is also working from home today so he’s set himself up in the kitchen out of the way so that we don’t put him off. It is nice having everyone at home even though we aren’t all doing things together, it’s just nice being under the same roof … and these pregnancy hormones are turning me into a sappy fool who see’s pretty love hearts and flowers everywhere she goes … GAG!

Urggggh anyways, not much has been happening around here. We were supposed to be going out yesterday and seeing family but the snow has caused the roads to be iced over to the point where Baz thought it wasn’t really worth the trip so that’s been pushed back a week. We did end up in the garden having a snowball fight though which Soph really enjoyed.

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The only problem with the snowball fight was that it was 2vs1 … me being the one and I ended up with snow everywhere! These two are bloody vicious!

Other than that, I’m in that waiting-for-post limbo now so I keep looking through the Facebook groups that I’ve joined for new pen pals as I seem to have developed an addiction for writing once again. I think I have sent seven letters so far and I believe that I have two people writing to me first but I still feel the need to find more.

So I guess my question for today would be … do you write to pen pals and if so, where do you find them? I’d love to have even more places to search!

Stay warm (if it’s cold wherever you are!)

Deb xox

They’ve Arrived!

My postcards have arrived and as soon as I unwrapped them I was straight on the Postcrossing site getting my names and addresses to send to. When you are just starting out they allow you to post to a maximum of five people and that number increases with the more cards that you send. I think the limit goes all the way up to 100 cards in transit at one time if I remember right! I can’t imagine a) the hand cramp from writing 100 cards as I’d want them all to go at the same time and b) the total cost in postage needed to send that many cards all over the world. I wonder what the most cards someone has on the go is?!?!?! hmmmm…

I think the cool thing about this site is that when you get an address for posting you are also shown “A little something about ….” where the person that you are sending to gives you some basic details about themselves and their likes. It helped massively with what to write on each card which is a plus but then I found that some people were asking for specific kinds of cards which I just don’t have so I’ve explained why I’ve sent the card that they have received and said that I hope that they like them.

So the cards I’m sending in this first batch are…

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This postcard will be travelling 1094 miles to Finland.

The recipient expressed a number of interests but also mentioned that she had two cats and likes cats on her cards so I found this one out for her.

 

 

 

 

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This one will be travelling 3341 miles to New York, USA.

The recipient for this one mentioned that she likes One Direction but they weren’t around at the times of these books so that was a no go. I flipped through all 100 cards and didn’t manage to find any about music so sadly, she ended up with a random card.

 

 

 

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This card will be travelling the shortest distance of 390 miles to Germany and is the only card out of the bunch that is being sent to a man.

Again, a lot of interests were listed but not many of my cards matched up to his likes – he did mention a like of cars though so I thought I’d get this one out for him.

 

 

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This card will be sent the furthest distance of 3946 miles to Russia.

The lady receiving this card asked for touristy cards but again, this is something that I don’t have at this point. She did ask for a favourite saying or phrase to be written on the card so I went with my favourite of “Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.” This is actually something that I want tattooed on me at some point!

 

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The final card from this batch will be travelling 812 miles to Poland.

This lady requested a card designed by a local artist – I’ve never seen anything locally that I could use to fulfil this request but she did also ask for a picture of a building or monument from your town or country so I opted for Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. She probably has a ton of these kind of pictures as she’s received 1532 postcards since starting on the site but then hopefully that number will be spread all over the globe and she won’t have this card! I wouldn’t bet on it though.

 

So that’s it for this first bundle of postcards being sent, I’m hoping to be getting them posted out over the weekend so we will see how long it takes to get selected and have a card sent back!

Fancy checking out the Postcrossing site for yourself? If so, click here!

Take care,

Deb xox

I’ve Got Mail!

Yesterday I received my first letter from one of my new pen pals complete with a cute snail mail drawing on the envelope. It’s amazing how something so simple can lift your mood!

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This letter was from the lovely Katie who it turns out I have quite a lot in common with – we both are around the same age, we are both married and both have kiddies so there could be plenty to talk about there at least.

As the letter continued it was also revealed that we are both on the larger side of life, both enjoy yoga when trying to rid ourselves of the excess and we are both working on full sleeve tattoos. We also have the same stationary … great minds and all that!

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The letter also included a couple of different tea bags which I thought was a lovely touch and it got me to thinking about what I could send in my letters. After a bit of thought and for something a little different, I decided on some cute sew on patches and fridge magnets – some people might see that as a little random but then that fits me quite well. Now I’ve just got to wait for them to be delivered!

What would you send in a letter?

Have a good one,

Deb xox

Busy Day

This morning started with me feeling the hungriest I’ve felt all this pregnancy and like I could drink for a week solid and still not feel that my thirst had been quenched and why? Because I had been told that I was not allowed to take in any foods or fluids that weren’t plain tap water as today was the day of my GTT.

My appointment at the hospital was at 10:15am and when I got there all seemed well but then time just ticked on and nobody had called my (or anyone else’s) name. It turns out that a lady that was due for her GTT was terrified of needles and actually passed out so the nurses and midwives had to check her over and make sure that she was all ok, thankfully she was!

Things started moving after that and I was called in for my first blood draw about 45 minutes later. The nurse found a good vein which spurted blood when struck but then it seems that she might have missed it as the blood just wasn’t getting into the vial without some needle wiggling … joy!

After all three vials were finally drawn I had to drink this weird tasting sugar syrup – it was disgusting! but I got it down me as quickly as I could and was then led out to sit and wait for the necessary two hours with a midwife visit in the middle to break up the wait.

I wasn’t called by the midwife until an hour and three-quarters later but she was lovely and she checked my pee sample, gave me some anti-D, checked my fundal measurements which are a little on the higher side but still within in the expected range, had a feel for where our little one was laying and checked his heartbeat. Everything was perfect from what she could tell and after a little conversation it was also confirmed that I have SPD and they have said that I can be sent for physio if I want. I’ve told them that I’m going to see how I get on but that if it gets any worse that I’ll mention it to my local midwife and get the ball moving on that.

Then I got called in for my final blood draw and after that it was time to grab something to eat!

When we got home I started on writing some more letters for some new pen pals and I wrote out a reply to the first one that I have received which I’ll pop a little post about later.

It was then time to pick Soph up from school to come home for an hour before going back to school for parents evening. I was a little worried about speaking with the teacher because I panic that I don’t do enough to help Soph succeed but from what was said, she is excelling in every topic so I couldn’t be prouder!

All in all, it’s been a busy one and felt a bit non-stop … I think I’m set for bed 🙂

How has your day been?

Hope it’s been a good one!

Deb xox

When Did Walking Get So Hard?!?!

Today I needed to go to the Post Office to mail my first letters for my possible pen pals and what a task that was!

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I’m having this odd bruised like feeling on my lower stomach and pubic region and walking is a nightmare. What was going to be a quick 20 minute walk turned into an hour long waddle with a little shopping thrown in for distraction and getting home again was the most magical feeling in the world. I have no clue as to what this pain could be or why it’s happening but I’m at the hospital on Thursday for my GTT (Glucose Tolerance Test for gestational diabetes) so will raise it with one of the nurses there if it’s still a thing.

In other news, we have Sophie-Anne’s parents evening coming up on Thursday and I’m super nervous. I don’t really have a reason to be as every other one we’ve been to has been filled with nothing but praise, but I want her to do well and the fact that I can’t see what she gets up to on a daily basis always gets to me. Is she respectful of her peers and her teachers? Does she socialise well with others? Does she do what she’s told? Does she work hard? I hope so! I guess Thursday will tell…

Other than that, it’s been a pretty chill few days what with it being the weekend and Mothers Day so yeah, not much to report really.

Take care,

Deb xox