Monthly Archives: December 2011

Mummy and Daddy at Christmas

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Mummy and bump (that’s you!)

Struggling with you after we've both eaten!

Struggling with you after we've both eaten!

You! Aged nothing on Christmas day!

You! Aged nothing on Christmas day!

We saved the tags from our presents – these are locked away in a memory box for you when you are older xxx

Xmas tags

Xmas tags

Daddy on the champers xxx

Daddy on Christmas day morning hitting the bottle early!

Daddy on Christmas day morning hitting the bottle early!

 

Your week in pictures xxx

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This week is nearly over and there’s lots to report!

Last Saturday your daddy went off to celebrate his 41st birthday with his friends in town. Yes 41! That means he’s OLD! Mummy is still a young wrinkle-free 28-year-old so you’ll have the best of both worlds! We’re very lucky to have daddy as everything he does is for us. He works hard, he cooks us yummy food, he kisses us both every evening (even when we’re both tucked up in bed), and he loves us both soooo much. He put together your bed the other night – it took him little under an hour, surrounded by screws and alan keys. I remember thinking how lucky we are, and how safe we’re going to be here with him.
Baby's bed!

Baby's bed!

Turns out Billy the cat likes your bed too which is a little worrying. Naughty Billy has left his fur all over your mattress so we have to buy you a new one. He won’t be allowed near your bed until you’re old enough xx
Daddy and Martin turned 41

Daddy and Martin turned 41

Back to Daddy’s birthday – he went out into town with his mates. He has another friend, Martin, who shares the same birthday as him. Unfortunately mummy couldn’t go with daddy as she’s carrying you and can’t drink alcohol with you inside her. He got home at 3am-ish and mummy was already in bed sleeping. Mummy wasn’t annoyed for long though as daddy won lots of money on roulette at the casino. Daddy never gambles so this was really lucky. This money will probably be put towards your crib that you’ll sleep in for the first couple of months.
Daddy's winnings!

Daddy's winnings!

We put up the Christmas tree on Monday – or rather daddy did.  Because this is the first tree that mummy’s had in 5 years, she wanted a big one with lots of decorations. This was all neat in theory but we didn’t give much thought as to whether it would fit in our house, or indeed stand up when we got it in. The tree actually spent Sunday night in our bath before daddy was able to cut it down to size and buy a stand wide enough to support it. Looks lovely though – this is the last one you won’t be here to share with us so we’re getting the practice in!
Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

To round off the week, mummy and daddy went to Grandad Dean’s and Nanny Di’s in Southampton. As we won’t see them over Christmas, we wanted to see them before the New Year. This was our first time to Grandad’s new house and it was really lovely. You’re lucky to have a grandad by the sea as we can go and visit them and enjoy the beach in the summer time.

Mummy found her dream engagement ring in Bournemouth this weekend too! She had asked uncle Paul for advice but turns out she wasn’t sure what she wanted then. Having looked at millions since, this is definitely the style she’s going for. It’s so beautiful and hopefully mummy will have one on her finger soon!!!!

Mummy's dream engagement ring...

Mummy's dream engagement ring...

Love you loads xx

Week 15

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Not too much to report for you baby, but mummy has had loads happening this week. She’s been feeling you move around and hiccupping inside her belly. It’s not exactly painful, more surreal. Interestingly you have a routine already and will wriggle and jerk just when mummy is trying to sleep, and straight after she’s eaten. Just so you know, this is when mummy is at her tiredest so thanks for that! 🙂 We’ve tried to help with this by adding 2 more pillows to the bed – this makes 6 in total. Mummy has always slept on her front so it’s going to be tough adjusting to sleeping on my side. If I accidentally flip onto my tummy then don’t hate me! Mummy will get used to it.

I’m getting tired again too. My heart is pumping approx 20% more blood around my body to get you the essential oxygen and blood you need. This places a bit of strain on mummy and makes her sleepy. You’re also quite heavy which tires mummy out even more!

You’re quite noticeable now and mummy looks enormous carrying you around. People have begun to comment, and some have started to guess at what you might be; a boy or a girl. Only 1 person has said girl so far, the rest all seem to agree with mummy that you’re a boy.

I’m also sneezing a lot more, suffering with a stuffy nose, and coughing a little. This is where mummy’s immune system is in overdrive looking after the two of us. Nevermind, I’d rather suffer than you so hopefully I’m sheltering you from the colds and viruses making the rounds. My memory is also a little rusty and I’m a bit slower that I used to be. The books all say this is natures way of making sure I de-stress and take it easy – here’s hoping it comes back though as mummy has lots to do in December at work.

More importantly, mummy and daddy are getting along much better. We were never really angry at each other, there was just lots going on and mummy’s hormones were making her horrible to be around.  Now things are back to normal and we’re happy again. This is just in time as I know you can pick up on my moods now.

Baby at 15 weeks

Baby at 15 weeks

Now onto you…

  • You’re now about 7 inches long and weigh in at 2.5 ounces – this makes you the size of a grapefruit!
  • You’ve grown soft, downy hair all over your little body. Mummy and daddy won’t see this hair as you’ll have shed it before you meet us. This is to protect your skin from the constant exposure to fluid, and help regulate your temperature inside mummy. Just as well as it’s freezing outside at the moment! You brand new seat glands will also be helping with this
  • Speaking of hair, if you are going to be born with a full head of hair, this is already decided. As mummy and daddy have dark hair, I suspect you’ll have lots of this!
  • You also now have eyebrows to frame your eyes
  • You can grasp things now, although there’s not much around to grab hold of! You can also suck and swallow and (as pictures before have shown) you’ll most likely be sucking your thumb xx
  • Your little leggy’s are now growing longer than your arms so you’re looking more like mummy and daddy
  • The bones in your ears have hardened, further improving your hearing. You are supposedly fascinated by my voice and comforted by the sound of my heartbeat. We’ve heard somewhere that if we start singing to you now, there’s a good chance you’ll recognise the tune when you’re born. This frightened me a bit – we’ll have to watch our p’s and q’s and avoid pop music with swear words!
  • Your salivary glands are also now starting to produce saliva. You’ve started moving your tongue and lips quite freely. Hopefully you won’t exercise these quite so much when you’re born as mummy and daddy will need plenty of sleep whilst we adjust to having you in the world

That’s all from a development point of view. It’s also been a big week for daddy as he turned 41 on Friday. Mummy will post about this tomorrow. Love you baby xxxx

 

 

 

 

Some major milestones – we’re into the second trimester!

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Hi Baby,

Hope you are thriving in my tummy. We’ve reached 14,5 weeks now but there is little to report on mummy’s symptoms. My tummy is still growing and there’s a few tell-tale stretch marks, I’m visiting the toilet regularly and having to ramp up on vitamins to provide you with the right nutrients you need. But you! You’ve had a busy few weeks!

At week 12, here were your major milestones:

You at 12 weeks!

You at 12 weeks!

You became fully formed! The next six months will be spent maturing, growing and gaining weight dramatically.

You reached a whole 2 inches in length!

You weighed a whooping 14 grams

Your face started to look more human; your eyes have moved closer together and your ears have taken up position on either side of your head

Hair began to grow and fingers and toes grew soft nails

You grew 20 small buds in your mouth which will become baby teeth

 

You sucked your thumb for the first time! And you’re now a very active bunny, opening and closing your fingers and generally having a good old boogie!

Your vocal cords finished developing, but unfortunately we can’t hear you yet!

You started practising breathing on your own using amniotic fluid from my tummy to prepare your lungs for air respiration

Then quickly onto week 13:

Beautiful you at 13 weeks

Beautiful you at 13 weeks

You grew a whole extra inch! That’s 3 inches in total (the size of a peach)

You weighed an impressive 25 grams

Your little body began to elongate so proportionately you looked more human

Your ears reached a critical stage in development where you can now hear mummy and daddy! (Daddy’s started to feed you the odd stat on Man Utd)

The diaphragm started being exercised and strengthened by teeny hiccups

 

Your bone marrow began making white blood cells needed for fighting infection after birth

Tiny intestines began moving to your tummy from the umbilical cord where they were patiently waiting

Tiny hairs started to cover your body and your sense of taste and smell became further refined

Amazingly, your unique fingerprints are now perfectly formed!

If you are a girl you will already have around two million eggs in your ovaries (mummy and daddy will know your sex on the 11th January)

If you are a boy – you started growing your winkle!

And where are we right now? Week 14:

Well mummy can first report that she’s starting to feel fluttery movements (that’s you kicking and punching!). Nothing is strong enough to share with daddy yet but he’s rubbing you regularly! Mummy’s uterus is also now the size of a grapefruit and my tummy feels hard to touch. I’m now making use of Aunty Sam’s old maternity clothes, and will have to go shopping for more work clothes soon.

Your little face right now at 14 weeks

Your little face right now at 14 weeks

  • This is possibly the last week where you will fit into the palm of mummy’s hand (you’re 9 cm long now)
  • You’re 45 grams!
  • You have a tiny button nose that has a slightly upward tilt (like a piglet) – this makes it easier for you to breathe when mummy breastfeeds
  • Your cheeks have filled out lots where you’re sucking frequently
  • Your tiny head is now covered in peachy coloured fine hair (not quite baby hair yet)
  • Your spleen is now functioning, removing old red blood cells from the blood and producing antibodies to fight infections

 

 

So you’ve come a long way. You are getting huge and looking every inch the baby we’ll soon be meeting. From now on we can communicate better with you and will make sure we talk to you everyday – if you hear us, give me a good old shunt and daddy might get a feel.

Love you baby! Sleep tight and keep up the great work. You’ll get plenty of opportunity for sleep when you’re here with us xxxxxxxxxxxxx