As we’ve long established, Baby Berney is bigger than the average that my app I’ve been using is saying. An average baby right now would usually be about 6.8lb & 50cm-ish (which is similar to the length of a leek!). Well…Berney #3 is definitely past that weight! We’re looking at 8.10lb right now…(please pray for me & my fufu…)
As mentioned before, the baby has been covered in lanugo hair – that should now mostly be gone, a few patches might still be about at birth (but don’t worry, it’ll go.) Baby also now can make a firm grasp with his hands – and if he’s anything like his brother, it’ll be a strong grasp too!
*He is definitely firmly head down thank god! No breech for me! Now to work on my squats to get him moving!*
With the end in sight, I’m getting more and more excited to meet little man, and also impatient that I don’t know when that’ll actually be!
I had my penultimate midwife appointment this week, (I’ve resigned myself to the foreseeable fact that I was wrong in my initial assumption that he would be early.) and I mentioned to my midwife about the itchiness I’d been having over the past week on my bump/hands and feet. After talking to my mum about it she said it was best to relay this to my midwife as apparently it’s a sign of Obstetric Choleostasis. I was kinda hoping they would be able to test for this with wee, but no…it’s a blood test…So another unexpected needle and we were away. I was hoping to hear back by now for the results, but I’ve chased it up twice and my results haven’t come back in? So I’m a little miffed about that, I’ll be chasing it up again later today!
I also found out at my midwife appointment that I have in fact been having Braxton hicks! I just never realised that’s what was happening! (duhh.) I always assumed they would be painful and uncomfortable, like a half-real contraction? But apparently not? It’s just your muscles tightening together and practising the movement for real contractions. Your tummy will go hard and then soften up again. I thought it was little one moving around haha. So, I’ve actually been having them for a while now – I couldn’t tell you how long for though, all the weeks merge into one big mush these days.
I am officially struggling to get up off the sofa now, I *stupidly* laid down on it the other day and very nearly had to ring someone to come over and help me back up. Talk about turtle back! A lot of people have helpfully told me this week how big I am too. Thank you, everyone. I mean, I know I’m still in denial a little (a lot) about it all but your reminders aren’t filling me with confidence – I’ve still got 2 weeks (at least) to go, he’s only going to get bigger, and I have to push him out. So for my sanity, please stop telling me how big I am! Deep, deep down…I know! – And yes, there is only one in there.
Adding on to the previous point of being big, man oh man am I feeling the weight of it! Stairs? Forget it. Getting in/out the car? Yeah right! I am literally a big ball of puffy/out-of-breath-getting-my-sweat-on pregnant mess. I seek refuge on my sofa (which as I pointed out I can’t even get off that properly now!) and I’m doing the bare minimum I can get away with now.