Sunday, 31 January 2016

Too Hyp to Hop

Its been a bit crazy in the house in the last few weeks. The painters have been in (obviously not a euphemism!) decorating the kitchen, hallway and nursery. A new carpet has been fitted in the little one's room and the nursery furniture arrived all within two days.
Apart from the cross stitch Caroline has been working on to be completed and framed, the nursery is all but finished, we just need baby to arrive now. Eight weeks and counting!

Since my last update Caroline has gotten over the UTI she had picked up. It had her feeling low and lousy for a while but I'm glad to report that she is back to normal!
Last week she went for a hypnotherapy session to help get over the fear of blood, wounds and hospitals in general. Weirdly, she's not overly bothered about the whole giving birth thing, it still scares her just not as much as other stuff. Certain words like tearing, nerves, canula... those are what are freaking her out more. There's at least another 2 hypno sessions to go, as well as the disc she's to listen to at home to train her mind to keep calm. Here's hoping it works!
Due to my various "accidents" at work, I apparently featured a lot in the initial conversation Caz had with the therapist (severed tendon, torn retina, ripped face at Christmas to mention a few). The way I see it, I've spent the last 11 years preparing her for this...

Another strange thing going on just now is the number of nosebleeds she's been having, yet that doesn't faze her in the slightest. I don't get it!

So the nursery, in my opinion, looks amazing. It's so calm and relaxing in there! Being the weird rabbit people that we are, naturally there are bunnies everywhere. On the mobile, the cushions, the blinds, the walls...! Caroline likes a design project at the best of times and this was no exception. She had an idea of what she wanted to do in the nursery right from the start and together we nailed it!!! See for yourself, and please let me know what you think of it!

Elvis though he would get in amongst us both and help with the building of the furniture, just to make sure that we were doing it right you know?! 

We think he approved!

To finishing off this post, I'll leave you with a quote from a very close friend of ours who shall remain unnamed to spare their blushes...!

"How does the baby breathe in there?" 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

28 Weeks Later

As of today we are 200 Days Pregnant!!

I hope you are all well. We've had an eventful few days since the last post...

We were supposed to have our 28 week check up with our midwife, Laura, yesterday, but Caroline managed to see her on Monday as she has had a pain in her lower abdomen since Saturday which has spent the weekend progressing to her back and legs. As far as I am aware, everything at the appointment went well, and huge news - Caroline had bloods taken by a student midwife, ON HER OWN! For those not in the know, she usually has to be revived after that sort of trauma. Giving blood samples, vaccinations... So roll on April!!

Continuing on from my last blog on the events of last week with the constant peeing, when it got to the stage that Caroline was meeting herself coming back from the bathroom in the middle of the night we kind of had an inkling that something wasn't quite right.

Fast forward to Tuesday morning and we treated ourselves with a visit to Ward 10 at St Johns - The Antenatal Day Ward. After providing samples, Kirsten the Midwife showed us to a side room and hooked Caz up to a monitor for half an hour to check on baby's heart rate and movements. I managed to get a recording of the heartbeat! Whenever I work out how to upload it from my phone to the blog I'll do so, technophobe that I am!
While she was lying on the bed, a nurse came round to offer another pregnant woman in the room the food menu for today. I got "The Look."
The one that says "Not Happening."
The one that also means I have to ensure that it does not happen!
You know the one.

Once Kirsten was happy that everything seemed fine we went for a scan to check the amniotic fluid levels the Doctor on call deduced that Caz has the beginnings of a Urinary Tract Infection.
Baby gave us a "Thumbs Up" signal, which the Doctor was very impressed by! He told us it was something he hadn't seen a baby do before during a scan! I bet he says that to everyone though, there's images of babies with thumbs up during scans all over Google.

Elvis knew that Caroline wasn't 100%. He was apparently more affectionate when he was alone with Caroline yesterday morning, coming over to give her some nudges and cuddles to make sure she was ok. He's like The Dog Whisperer, but for humans! (Fiona, remember what he did with Laura when she broke her leg!)  However, since I brought her home from hospital Elvis has gone back to sleeping under the table and left the caretaking to me!! We did manage to wake him up long enough on Saturday to snap an adorable wee pic of him giving the bump a cuddle.

Caroline had a terrible night last night, the UTI was in full swing and I think she clocked up 20 visits to the bathroom in an 8 hour period. She couldn't stand, sit or lie down without pain and discomfort. And there was nothing I could do to ease her pain or relax her. I hate feeling helpless. At 5 o'clock this morning there were tears of pain, tiredness and sheer frustration. After another phone call to St Johns she was given a time for the growth scan and told she would see a doctor who would prescribe appropriate painkillers. 

The growth scan went well. Baby is now up to 2lbs 6oz but is slightly smaller than they would expect at this stage. Nothing to worry about though. Just a little pea pod! 

The sonographer did mention that Baby is in a fantastic position now, that being "Face Down, Ass Up!!" (Club Earth circa 2002 anyone?!)

Friday, 8 January 2016

In the wee small hours

Happy New Year folks!

We spent Hogmany afternoon at our local Babybond facility getting some 4D images of Bump! It was incredible!
Seeing the baby on screen at our 12 & 20 week scans was amazing, but this was something else entirely! The images are so clear, and it was great to watch baby moving around on the big screen in front of the bed! S/he even had the hiccups at one point!
Our sonographer, Helen, said that baby is coming along nicely, everything is completely normal and baby has since moved to a good position after lying flex breech at our last scan in November and at the time of the scan weighed roughly 2lbs! She also noticed that baby seems to like sucking his/her toes!!!

So, what else has been happening?
Nesting is back on in a big way! 
We've spent the last few nights clearing out the kitchen units and the "drink cupboard" under the stairs! It was quite amusing watching Caroline's eyes light up holding a bottle of vodka! She's not an alcoholic, honest, she's just missing her Cosmopolitans!!
Talking of drinks...
As I'm typing this, we've been in bed for half an hour and she has been to the bathroom THREE times. She only has to look at a drink and needs to wee again! The other morning Caroline said that she thought baby was using her bladder as a pillow. Seems to be more like a trampoline! Also, apparently the Mrs is up close to 7 times a night to go again during an 8 hour period! I am totally unaware and my sleep remains undisturbed... For now...

After some great recommendations from fellow new dads at DadCamp, I've bought bump a "Ewan The Dream Sheep." It plays actual womb and heartbeat sounds plus harp, rain and vacuum cleaner noises - who worked out that hoovers were soothing?! Weirdos! 
We have our next midwife appointment on Tuesday afternoon. I wonder if Caz has remembered that she'll be getting more blood tests! Heh heh heh!