Thursday, August 18, 2005

11 weeeks and counting

Can you believe it!! Only 11 weeks to go!! As I write this
I am thinking "what do you mean only 11 weeks" .. Saying that, this is turning out to be the best part of pregnancy and I am feeling the best I have in 6 months. Wooohoooooo .. we can go on like this forever ... hmmm, maybe not.

The accompanying picture is now 2 weeks old and I am quite a bit bigger then that now. Physically it’s amazing how much you can grow in just 2 weeks. So far there are no sign of stretch marks. The belly button hasn’t so much popped as almost stretched into oblivion and I am carrying all at the front and still have a waist .. heh. I think I am quite strange to look at. I, and no doubt the little fellow would appreciate if I became accustomed to the bump sooner rather then later. The way I look and how I perceive the way I look are out of sync and consequently I am continually squishing my tummy and the little fellow. It doesn’t take much to do and is usually accompanied by a searing pain and a kick of dissatisfaction :)

As Jo mentioned in the last post we started the antenatal classes this week. HHhhmmm.. Ok so I’ve allowed myself until this time (the last trimester) to remain oblivious to the finer points of birth. As you may have guessed by now, I have a pretty vivid imagination and can do myself more damage then good given the time :) There were about 20 couples in the course and another all girl couple which was reassuring :) I won’t go too much into the details of that comment, but let’s just say we’ve come across one nurse at the hospital that was previously posted at a hospital at redneckville in bigot.

The nights’ curriculum was the “first stages of labour”. The course instructor asked for a show of hands on how many of us were booked into the labour ward and how many for the birth centre. I was way surprised to see that only 2 couples chose the birth centre. I would have thought that more people would be inclined to choose the natural drug free birth plan, but am quite relieved to see that we have a group of 80% sane people. If the "birth centre" people looked the type (which they didn’t because they were hippies :) ) then after the nights course they would have modified their birth plan of choice to include hard drugs. The course instructor was quite a ‘wordsmith’ and subsequently had a pool of adjectives to source just the right word for the type of pain and or physical description. Needless to say as the course progressed my eyes got wider and wider until the point that they nearly enveloped the back of head. There was also the occasional gasp of horror emanating from my direction .. and you don’t want to know at what. Aside from the nausea and the feeling of impending doom I think the course went swimmingly and look forward to the next 6 weeks of them.

Talking of the upcoming weeks, things are moving very fast now and we have baby related things to attend and to organise nearly every week. All of a sudden I am feeling a bit rushed. Take work for example, I have only 8 weeks left and a few ongoing projects to see to fruition. On the other side of the coin my boss is great and very understanding. Having just given birth to a beautiful daughter of his own not 5 days ago has allowed me to work from home 1 day a week which is a godsend. It’s amazing how much travelling to and from work can take it out of you, especially when you’re lugging a laptop around.

We now have doctors’ appointments every fortnight as opposed to every month. I like it now that they’re more often as I look forward to hearing the heart beat. The little ones movements are quite pronounced now and you can see him move through the skin – bazaar, parasitic, but cool.

Bye for now, I will try to make a concerted effort to post more frequently over the next few weeks as there is lots going on.

BTW cleo the cat is fine. Her inquisitiveness got the better of her the other day and she took a dip in the fishtank. She was not impressed. Talking of fishtanks, does anybody want one? It's 1.3 meters in length by about 70cm high and 60cm wide and comes with a stand.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Tuesday 2 August, 26 weeks and 2 days

As I sit here about to write my first entry in our blogg, Tracy is having a serious conversation with Cleo the cat about the evils of too much cream, ice cream and M&Ms. Could this be cravings!!!!!

Things continue to progress nicely, thank you. Tracy's belly continues to grow and her belly button is about to pop out any minute now. Hopefully she will provide an updated tummy shot!! Baby Boy is very active, often using Tracy's bladder as a football. Unfortunately this means frequent trips to the toilet and many nights of disturbed sleep for both future mummies. Aahhh! a glimpse of things to come!!!!! Baby Boys favorite song continues to be the latest "Foo Fighters" and when it comes on the radio it turns into a family sing and bounce along. He also responds to the cats purr when she sleeps on Tracy's bump and on occasions to my voice.

We attended the prequel to ante natal classes the other week, called the "body shape" class. Tracy behaved very well considering the room was overcrowded with heterosexuals and a manic women who provided non stop information on all the aches and pains that can possibly happen to a pregnant woman. Tracy found it worthwhile though I don't think she's started doing her pelvic floor exercises yet. (She tells me she has!!!!!!)It was reassuring to have medical terminology for the tendon pain in her tummy. The real ante natal classes start in two weeks!!!! The night they show the video of a real birth should be very very interesting, especially as Tracy will try to watch it with her eyes closed, behind her hands and looking at the ceiling, anywhere but the screen.

We had a bit of a rough morning last Saturday. Tracy had so many strong Braxton Hicks accompanied with spasmodic back ache that we made an unscheduled doctors visit. Baby Boy was just practicing kick boxing and somersaults against Tracy's spine. She now has to do a yoga exercise "The angry cat" to encourage bub into a more mutually comfortable position. Both mother and child are now doing well. I'm still on the VALIUM!!!!!But we did get to hear his heart beat which is always music to my ears.

Have been shopping, yippee!! We have bought everything that we needed (and more) for Bubs room etc. We now just need to organise everything. Oh well that's another story :)