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Disappointed and angry

Went to my appointment with the backup midwife this morning, who hadn't realised i needed an anti-D injection today. She called my backup hospital to see if i could go in there and have the injection, which they said i could.

She did the usual checks, said that bub was measuring small and they were a little concerned. Last fortnight he measured 31cm, today they managed 32cm. I expect bub to be small as i am small, and he's been moving around just as much as usual so i knew there was nothing wrong, but agreed to have the hospital remeasure and check that he's doing ok. She did say he was engaged though and so that possibly was a cause of the smaller increase.

I got to work, checked in and then took the bus out to the hospital (parking is a nightmare). I left work at 11am. I got back at 5pm. It took 6 hours for an anti-D injection (and narrowly missed having to have a second blood test as the second midwife said was hospital protocol, when the first midwife looked up my resu…

On the home stretch

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Saturday was a huge day for us. We had hypnobirthing in the morning then an Active Birth workshop in the afternoon, with a two hour break in the middle where we drove from one to the other (about half an hour drive) and stopped for lunch in Dome. It wasn't any longer than a work day for me but i was exhausted that night and woke up feeling nauseous on Sunday. I think the learning tired me out more than work does, work being familiar i guess. Anyway a nap and food soon sorted it and the nice cool aircon in the house where we met the building consultant who has come up with a modified house plan for us :)

Active birth covered pretty much everything i'd already done in the longer preparation for childbirth course, but was good for revision and very good for hubby who'd missed out on the long course. He's going to miss the last session of hypnobirthing too, as he's had to head back to the country for work this morning. I miss him already. It's more than a little od…

Unstable lie

Eek. I think the chiropractic treatment is making more room for bub, because the last two nights he's taken his head right up my left side... at the very top of my hipbone. I can tell because of the lack of anything directly above my pubic bone, and the hiccups being located at my side. I got up this morning to use the bathroom when his hiccups woke me up, and as i was walking the hiccups slowly slid down my hip until they were in the usual position, to the left of my pubic bone.

I'm not sure if i should be worried about him turning oblique at this stage, or rather more oblique as he prefers my right for his back. I know they generally don't engage until around 36 weeks so some movement is expected. I'm just a little bit panicky about him coming completely out of my pelvis. Oddly enough he doesn't seem to be able to take his feet out of my left side - they poke out between my hip and ribs and were still there even when his head was directly beneath them. I suspect …

Getting to the pointy end

I'm now 34 weeks and well aware the end of this pregnancy is approaching. I've been stressing myself out trying to get bub to turn to LOA... but he's stubbornly staying with his back on my right, head down between my pelvis and left hip, and foot or feet pushing out my left side. If i lie on my back his back slides right across to my far right, under my ribs, and he usually pushes his feet up making a big bump on the left. This was the position he was in when my midwife last examined me and called in her boss... neither of them could tell his position. I only know because the hospital consultant was able to tell me his position after palpating at 30 weeks and confirming with the ultrasound, and after that we've known how his back feels - and it hasn't moved :) Also his hiccups are very low and to the left of centre. I really hope i can give birth to him in this position, or that he rotates to LOA during contractions.

I've been to the chiropractor twice. He want…

Maternity photography

Yesterday hubby and i went to our breastfeeding workshop. It was quite small, three other girls there, and he was the only partner. Poor boy felt a bit out of place. However, he settled in for the second half of the session which focussed on how to tell when baby is hungry, is baby getting enough, how to get a good attachment, and basically things that he can help remind me of and encourage me if i think i'm not doing a good job. So by the end he thought it was worth going :)

Then we had our maternity photography shoot in the afternoon - been looking forward to it! I got home and did my makeup, curled my hair and got all my clothing changes together. We took off a little late as we misjudged the traffic and were 15 minutes late - oops. Our photographer's studio is at her house, it's about the size of a double garage and she's got all the cute little baby and child props - hats and tiny couches, very cute. She had a black backdrop up for us first, and a huge umbrella wi…

Second viewing...

Buyers were early this time! There were two lots at this private viewing, and the reason i know is that i had the dog in the car with 10 minutes to go and was doing the last minute things such as turning all lights on, grabbing the blanket off the white sofa, when i heard an unfamiliar engine pulling into the driveway just after hubby had reversed out. It wasn't my agent's car so i finished up quickly and went out, greeted the buyers and told them the agent should be there very shortly and reversed my car out. The second viewer was there by then too, asking the first lot if they were viewing the house also. Took the dog down the park again where we could see when they left.

They were in there for about half an hour again, and as we heard my agent's car start up we walked back to our cars which weren't far from the park. My agent saw us and stopped to tell me he was heading back to the office to write up an offer!

Wasn't expecting it this early, but there had been a…

Childcare

Today we had five childcare centres to interview. I had gone through the government childcare website and picked out a handful that were around the area we're going to live when i return to work from maternity leave, and hubby had rung them all and arranged to go round for a visit this morning. We had gone through a list of questions to ask them and came up with a few important ones:

Would they accept EBM (expressed breast milk) to feed to our baby?
Were they happy to use our provided cloth nappies?
What were their opening and closing hours? (as they usually charge a high fee for making staff stay back late if you're running late)
What was the ratio of carers to children? (we didn't have to ask this one once as they all provided this information during our viewing)
As hubby is a teacher, and would look after bub during school holidays, would we have to pay to hold his place during those times?

The unanimous answer for the first and second questions was yes, they were happy…

Ready for the photoshoot

We have our maternity photo shoot tomorrow, and i emailed the photographer last week to ask what clothing she'd like us to bring, and sent her along a photo i'd like her to replicate - one of a pregnant woman with flowing cloth over her stomach and boobs with a breeze blowing it out behind her. She said she had the cloth to be able to replicate it, and mentioned wearing a bandeau (boob tube) for support under the cloth. She also suggested a shot with us both wearing jeans, to bring along any nice or cute lingerie, and of course the usual warning not to wear anything that would leave strap marks for a few hours before the shoot.

Pretty simple, but all of these were a little tricky for me! I didn't have any boob tubes and wasn't able to find any when i went to the shops on Tuesday evening. I tried on my jeans and to my dismay wasn't even able to get them over my hips, except for my jean/leggings pair, which are black. Clearly my hips have been busy getting ready for …

Home open

The home open was today and, because we'd had an eager buyer wanting to view yesterday, there was only a minimum of work to do today. Hubby kindly swept and pressure cleaned the patio before the first viewing and also put up a shroud around the pizza oven, as we'd realised that as it was lower than the pool fence it would break the council rules. We used thick plasterboard that's suitable for weather, painted it with spare paint mixed with sand to produce a cheap render effect, then painted it yellow to match the render on the oven. We had to bring the front up by about 15cm, so he'll slope that back into the oven entrance with mortar before we sell, and the side we brought up by another 60cm. Unfortunate, but it will look better than a fence around it which would have to be 1.2m away from the oven (otherwise it would provide a foothold).

So all we had to do this morning was put away our personal effects, sweep again, clean the pool and clean up after the dogs. We took…

Hypnobirthing

We took a break from cleaning yesterday to go to the second hypnobirthing class. I had done an intro class a few months ago but waited until hubby was on holidays and in Perth before we took the rest of the class, as the father/birth partner plays an important role.

Hubby enjoyed the class and said it made him feel more relaxed about the birth, and more important. He's now realised he can't just drive up to Perth, grab a carton of beer and sit watching movies until bub is born! I need to work on my mindset, which at the moment is stubbornly stuck on the fact that bub is facing my left hip instead of my right which is the ideal position for birth, and trust that he will come out anyway and that he's picked this position for a reason. After all biology and instinct have told him to be head down, and apart from his 'floating' around and occasional head in my hip while i sleep, he's stayed that way. I need to trust that he knows what to do, and that my body, which …

So exhausted...

Hubby and i have spent the last week after work, but mainly this weekend just gone, staging my house for photos. I've put it on the market ready for moving with hubby to the country after bub is born. Would be nice to keep it, but the rent won't help much against the mortgage and i would have to be very lucky to get a tenant who would take care of the pool and gardens. Most can't be bothered, let everything die, and then it's difficult to rent once they move out. Also, we would be unable to get another mortgage to build our new house if i still had a mortgage on this house - unless we won lotto, so sell i must.

I'm a bit of a clutter collector, but have known this day was coming for quite some time so i'd managed to get rid of clutter in two major rooms, got a skip bin over xmas for some furniture which tidied two others, and all i had left to do was my bedroom, which was the hardest of all. I had a set of shelving units which just made the room too full, so it…