Pregnancy Diary – Week 23

I read a couple of my updates back this week and it seems as the pregnancy repetitiveness has started.  I vividly remember it happening in my last pregnancy, finding myself forgetting what I’d talked about and then repeating myself constantly.  I’m trying to watch that a bit more this time.  Especially at work!

Speaking of work, I have a grand total of 12 weeks left.  Eek.  And about 16 or 17 weeks until the baby arrives.  It’s not really that long when you put it in those terms and whilst a year off work (ahem!) is going to be lovely I think I’ll really miss it.   I feel less daunted by the break second time around though.  The first time my life was properly changing.  New baby, new mindset, change of work hours, change of life.   This time, although it will change our lives all over again, there is an element of “more of the same”, a bit more confidence and a hopefully bit less worry and panic about how I will cope.   One particular comment on my last update put me a bit more ease and nailed the situation; as long as you have baby gros, nappies and a bed it’ll all be ok.   

The baby is now actively kicking daily and I’m finding it enjoys booting my bladder from about 2am till sunrise.  This means I am making frequent pee visits and that this baby takes after its brother when it comes to kicking.  I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come once the baby comes along but I wonder if I’m not paying attention in the day time because of running around after Little Z.   Coupled with pregnancy insomnia it’s making getting up in the morning hard work right now.  I’m making up for it at weekends by squeezing in plenty of naps.  It also helps the dodgy right hip have a bit of a rest.  I’ve been relieved to find driving isn’t causing havoc with it and it means I’m still as mobile as ever.  For now.  I think I need to limit long distance travels for now though which is fine with me as I’m finding too much of anything tires me out right now.  Little Z is lovely and offers his hand and help frequently making sure I can walk down the stairs.   He’s also started conning people into giving him back massages.   I only discovered his little trick when his aunts aired their concerns about his achey back complaints to the Other Half, saying how it’s not normal for a 4 year old to say his back is hurting.   We’ve had to explain to relatives about my own aching back and how he is trying to get in on some of the back rubbing action.   

I was slightly sad to realise I haven’t had any mad urgent cravings for a couple of weeks now which could well mean that phase has now ended.  Thinking about it, it’s probably a good thing.  Eating a countless number of fizzy sweets was probably doing my teeth no favours whatsoever.   I am still thoroughly enjoying making my way through every cuisine I can find though and have found I am loving chillies right now.  I thought I’d pay for it with some painful heartburn but so far so good. 

You can read my previous updates here:

Pregnancy Diary – Weeks 21 and 22

Pregnancy Diary – Weeks 19 and 20

Pregnancy Diary – Weeks 16 and 17, The Rage Phase

Cravings, Glorious Cravings

Pregnancy Diary – 15 weeks

The first trimester, second time around

The little big surprise

Let's Talk Mommy

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  1. Sarah MumofThree World June 3, 2015 / 6:48 am

    That’s lovely. It sounds like your pregnancy is in a really good phase at the moment. It’s good to hear that Z is being so kind and helpful (but very funny that he conned aunts and uncles into thinking he had a bad back!).
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  2. Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy June 3, 2015 / 7:17 am

    So good that the chillis haven’t given you heartburn. Eeeek not long now, 12 weeks will fly and you’ll be at home just nesting, waiting, ready. I love the expectancy of little ones, it will never get old for me, pregnancy is so magical xxx excited for you all #sharewithme
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  3. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows June 3, 2015 / 9:54 am

    Oh the heartburn. I was getting through a bottle of gaviscon every two days by the end. Ugh. Hope you can escape it and the other unpleasant symptoms and just enjoy the glow and the lush hair 🙂

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  4. Kirsten Toyne June 3, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    It is not the same shock with baby two. It may still be a shock but not nearly as much. confidence has a lot to do with it and you will be surprised at how much you know. It is still tough in the early days because of sleep and another child but the thing that helps more than ever is that we know it wont last. with 1st child it feels endless. Great to read about your pregnancy. It brings back memories.
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  5. Mummy Tries June 4, 2015 / 5:36 am

    Lovely to read an update Tas. The pregnancy forgetfulness/repetitiveness is annoying isn’t it, but fortunately you’ll have forgotten about it anyway 😉 sounds like you’re super relaxed this time, which is the best way to be hon. You’re totally right, nappies, wipes, babygros and a bed are all you’ll be needing…
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  6. Seychellesmama June 4, 2015 / 6:16 am

    Sounds like you’re doing good lovely!! It’s amazing when you do a countdown in weeks, all of a sudden it feels like no time at all doesn’t it!!!
    I’m glad you’re not feeling as anxious about leaving work this time too!! Xx
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  7. Jess Paterson June 4, 2015 / 11:48 am

    Ah, sounds like your pregnancy is in a lovely stage – I even found myself wishing I had a baby kicking me (from the inside, you understand!). I used to be mad for fizzy sweets too – Refreshers and Love Hearts m-m-mmm! I love your floral top / dress over your lovely bump. x
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  8. Susan Mann June 4, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    It is lovely you are feeling well and baby is kicking away. I was eating lots of chillies and sweets with A. I can’t believe how fast it’s going for you. Lots of love x
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  9. Jemma June 4, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    Beautiful, lovely post. I’m so jealous, i’m desperate for another baby but it will be a while for us yet if at all :(. Its so amazing, congrats on you little one.

    Jemma x


  10. Rebecca Crossley June 4, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    Really enjoyed your post, I’m just a week ahead and hadn’t even thought about it in terms of how long I have left. Only 16 weeks. Ahhhh! Good to know I’m not the only one getting no sleep right now…

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  11. Sara | mumturnedmom June 6, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Sounds like everything is going really well. I remember this time as being the most enjoyable for me; the sickness was gone, and I wasn’t too huge yet! Although the insomnia is a killer 🙂
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  12. Jenny June 7, 2015 / 9:46 am

    Oh more than half way there my lovely. Not long and you will be holding your little one soon. It goes so fast. Sounds like everything is going well for you too. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme
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  13. Emma June 7, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    We must be due at exactly the same time… You have such a lovely bump. I had forgotten about all the “aren’t you huge?” “aren’t you small” comments from different people. Driving me mad!! 😀
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  14. Dawn June 7, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    Wow only 12 weeks left in work. I suffered really bad with heartburn whatever I ate

  15. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely June 7, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    It’s ‘Not My Year Off’ all over again 🙂 How exciting! I found my second pregnancy quite tough but the little kicks more than made up for it, even if it did mean that sleep went out of the window.
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  16. kidGLloves June 8, 2015 / 11:29 am

    The Mother says – You sound like you’re blooming and I loved reading this. I suffered from awful indigestion and I got advised to eat lemon yoghurt which I thought was a bit bizarre. Surely lemon will make the acid worse. it worked…………. REALLY well!!!
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  17. Becky Cowley June 9, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    The next few weeks will fly by won’t they! I didn’t have any cravings in my 2nd pregnancy, apart from red meat but I think that was because I was lacking in iron! So lucky you don’t have heartburn, that used to keep me awake at night! Looking forward to your next update
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  18. Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) June 11, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    Love reading you updates Tas, you sound like you are doing well. I found pregnancy so much more tiring second time around, keep up with those naps!! I would still claim I had the crazy cravings just to make the most of it all 🙂 xx
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