Pregnancy Diary – Week 24 and 25

  I was very very pleased to read the words “your baby is now viable” this week in all the baby apps.  It means if the baby does arrive a lot earlier than expected then it has a much greater chance of survival.  It feels like such a milestone.   I’ve definitely not been wishing this pregnancy away but I’ve been waiting to reach this point as a sort of reassurance.  

With the last pregnancy I’m pretty sure I had already bought a million and one things and set his room all up in neutral colours.   It was bloody expensive but so so exciting.  This baby is going to be very much fly by the seat of my pants baby.   In the nicest way possible. I was determined last time that I had to be completely 100% organised and I think I bought every baby related “helpful” item known to man thinking I wouldn’t be able to get out easily.   It was my sister in law at the time that pointed out that I wasn’t going to prison and that I could, post baby, buy other things if I wanted to.   I didn’t hear her though.  And just carried on buying.  Ahh how times change.   This time I am still obsesed with nesting.  Next stop will be to deep clean every single kitchen cupboard.  

My back and joints have mostly been behaving over the last fortnight but I’ve found I’ve become much slower.  The bump has had a few growth spurts and we have affectionately nicknamed it “the beachball” because of the way I’m carrying, all out front.  I think I need to adjust my centre of gravity now and remember not to knock into things.  I pretty much just shuffle about and whilst it’s fine I can’t do long work journeys to London anymore.  I was gutted to turn down a Jack the Ripper tour but  I guess it’s probably not the best tour to do whilst almost 6 months pregnant.   

By sheer luck I’ve had a change of midwife and she is absolutely lovely.  I resigned myself to seeing someone who always came across like she’d been eaten down by life and didn’t really want to be there.  As it was all blood pressure and heart beat listening in the early weeks I didn’t mind too much and accepted she was never really going to be overly enthusiastic.  Suddenly having a different, energetic midwife has come as a pleasant surprise.  She’s learnt my whole history including the IVF episodes and it gave me chance to recall that whole period and talk about my wonderful consultant yet again calling him the best doctor we ever had.  She piped up at the end, eyes lit up, “I know him! I’m going to tell him that”.   Err oops.   

I have the dreaded glucose tolerance test very soon and the next few weeks will be filled with more scans to monitor the baby’s growth.  I now know I very much slipped through the net last time.  Not that I cared.  My baby furniture matching got me through and it was a happy pregnancy because of it.   This time,  with countless Little Z new school meetings all thrown into the mix I know we’re all going to be collectively running around right down to the wire.   Right now, the emotion of him starting big school is a lot more overwhelming than a new baby arriving.  As is the thought of juggling two.  So for now I am not thinking about it.  

Maternity Matters~ Ghostwritermummy


  1. Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) June 17, 2015 / 8:39 am

    Look at your bump!! You look fantastic Tas and I’m glad to hear you’ve got a lovely new midwife, it makes such a difference if someone is actually listening to you. Hope the next few weeks go smoothly and don’t worry about having two. I remember being so worried as I was absolutely shattered being pregnant with Lucas but actually it was easier when the babies came, you will be fine xx
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    • dawn June 19, 2015 / 8:40 am

      Look at your bump! Glad to see they are keeping a close eye on you. I was the same in this pregnancy and bought nothing but a pair of scratch mitts until 30 weeks

    • Notmyyearoff
      June 22, 2015 / 3:04 pm

      Then you had 3! 🙂 Thanks Hayley, I think I’m hoping Z will be a good little helper most of the time x

  2. Sarah MumofThree World June 17, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    It all sounds like it’s going really well and I love your bump! Can’t imagine how big it will be at the end! I had the glucose tolerance test third time round – it was so boring!
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    • Notmyyearoff
      June 22, 2015 / 3:06 pm

      It really was, I’m sure I was in there for about 4 hours …or it definitely felt like that!

  3. Training Mummy June 17, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Having a midwife you like makes all the difference doesn’t it. Last time I had about every midwife in the unit so never got to know any of them that well, this time we have had the same one each appointment which has been great.
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    • Notmyyearoff
      June 22, 2015 / 3:06 pm

      It really does, it feels like she’s actually listening to me when I’m talking to her.

  4. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) June 18, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    Before being pregnant my greatest fear in life is injection. Needles. When I got pregnant there are so many test that by the last trimester I am just so used to seeing needles and blood! I had high sugar though so at the end I have to inject insulin. More needles and one that I inject by myself too.

    Congrats with the great news and beachball is such a quirky cute name!

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    • Notmyyearoff
      June 22, 2015 / 3:08 pm

      My husband hates needles but I’ve had that many blood tests and things that I think he may be starting to get used to them a bit.

  5. Susan Mann June 19, 2015 / 11:21 am

    You look gorgeous. Glad you’re doing ok and hope the glucose test is ok. Lots of scans and keep well lovely xx
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    • Notmyyearoff
      June 22, 2015 / 3:09 pm

      Thanks hun, I think I may be going for a repeat of the glucose test but not too sure yet!

  6. sixdegreesofharmony June 19, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    Wow your bump is gorgeous! I had a male midwife and he was brilliant – I wouldn’t have seen anyone else. An enthusiastic care-giver is paramount, isn’t it x
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    • Notmyyearoff
      June 22, 2015 / 3:11 pm

      Sooo much. I don’t think I’ve seen a male midwife in our hospital yet.

  7. Jenny June 21, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    Oh hunny you look amazing and hope the glucose test go ok. I know what its like to have a baby and a toddler and trust me its not as hard as you think and the panic I felt about it first but actually its when they are both 2 and 3 thats when it gets a lot more tough and by then you will be dropping older one off at school. How crazy is it that so many of us have a little ones that are all starting school in September. Come the first week of school I think we will all be on twitter together comforting each other. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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    • Notmyyearoff
      June 22, 2015 / 3:12 pm

      Oh yes definitely. I bought his uniform the other day and he looks so cute in it. I’m now dreading his settling in session a bit! x Hope you have a very lovely time in America!

  8. Becky Cowley June 21, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    I remember getting to 24 weeks and actually feeling relieved. Gah! The dreaded glucose test! I ended up with 2 last pregnancy, one quite early on (I was polyhydromnios & a cause can be gestational diabetes) and another later on in pregnancy because my sugar was high one midwife appointment, I put it down to too many polos but the MW wasn’t having any of it x
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    • Notmyyearoff
      June 22, 2015 / 3:13 pm

      I may have cut back on the Pepsi and marshmallows this week. Hoping this week shows a drop back to normal again x

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