34 weeks pregnant – 2nd baby
So 34 weeks pregnant it’s getting a bit scary and flying by far too fast.
We’ve had a visit to the maternity unit as baby didn’t kick much last weekend. She usually has a huge party every evening, and offers some rolls, jabs and sticking her bottom or foot out quite obviously at least a few times during the day. She’s also quite like Toddler H was, and I feel lots of movements on my hips, literally feel her rolling on them and rubbing them.
Anyway it was all fine, and we had a good listen to her heart beat too. It was really interesting, each time she moved (which I typically felt as soon as strapped to the monitor), her heartbeat went crazy right after. I think there must have been something about having the bands around my tummy that made her move!
If you saw my 30 week update you’d know we were measuring a bit small, but we’re up to fairly normal now, especially given the uncertainty around the funds measurement! At the maternity unit a student midwife measured me and got 31.5cm, so 2cm low, then a very experienced midwife did and she got 33cm… Im also actually pretty sure the first time the student did it she got 29.5cm! And, to be honest to me it felt like she measured the right places and the same as the experienced midwife.
Big sister to be
Toddler H is coping with the impending arrival of “baby sister” really well. She still loves picking out clothes and toys for her in the supermarket, or any shop we visit. She loves cuddling my bump and even saying “night night baby“, how much she actually understands about how her life will change is uncertain, but I’m trying to prepare her by saying “no mummy can’t do that, you do it,” or “that’s a game for you” or, “mummy can’t get on the floor, mummy’s sore” – it doesn’t always work, but fingers crossed she won’t keep trying to drag me around and will play better on her own soon, or learn quickly once baby does arrive!
Week 32 brought some intense Braxton hicks, rock hard slightly painful period style cramps all morning (but not regular to time!). Baby also felt like she was pushing right down. Then during week 33 and particularly getting towards the start of week 34 I had two days of thinking should I be timing these? Each one followed another, again slightly painful, some slightly entering my back, and they went on all morning , then sporadically in the afternoon.
Now in week 34 I’ve been having more period type pains with it which is getting me wondering is this what everyone talks about feeling more with their second baby, or is it the lead up to labor?
Week 33 in particular brought out my nesting instinct, something I don’t remember experiencing with Toddler H.
I might have also had a few argghh we need this patio/bedroom/study/house sorted in the next xxx weeks moments throughout 30-34 weeks.
We had a break in the Lake District with my parents and sister celebrating my mum’s birthday. It was a lovely last break for us with on tap baby sitters. Although we only had one afternoon/lunch to ourselves as they did more walking than I was able to and we had our time as a family of three. I absolutely recommend a break to the Lakes, it was just so relaxing, eventually in the first week of the Easter holidays.
Toddler H also had her first, of many, boat trips… she LOVED it!
I do wonder how on earth we’ll fit a baby’s seat and baby’s this in the car in future. Much lighter packing, I guess!
I’m sure that bump is bigger second time round!
Now strictly speaking this should fall under my next update but oh Toddler H and I got some yucky food poisoning or bug. Hubby was absolutely fine and we don’t know anyone that’s had sickness bugs recently so it must’ve been something we ate, we did eat mostly the same for quite a few days before. Today I’m feeling much better, myself really, apart from I can’t stand the taste of butter, or hot cross buns. My taste buds have gone really weird! I’m now wondering if it’s a pregnancy thing or just leftover from being sick. Did you have a change in taste in the third trimester? And, scary question, can it be a sign of impending labour?