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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

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And we’re in to double figures! 10 weeks!

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So in just a few days, we’ll be into week 11. I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is progressing! Here’s the latest from inside my tummy…

Baby is the size of a walnut (27mm to 35mm) and weighs a massive 4 grams!

So baby’s heart is now fully formed and beating far faster than mine. I’ve been discussing old wives tales recently with other mummy’s on Facebook, and someone stated that girl baby’s heartbeats are supposed to be a teeny bit faster than boy baby’s. The general consensus from my Facebook friends seems to be that this is utter rubbish – but I’m hopeful it works. At our next scan, I’ll be asking if the heartbeat sounds fast to the technician. That’s if I haven’t already fainted in shock from finding out I’m carrying multiples. I just can’t wait to know what I’m carrying. I know some people love the surprise but I’m desperate to know.

The cartilage in baby’s skeleton is starting to ossify (turn into bone). I suspect this is a particularly crucial time then, and why I’m still considered to be in the danger zone. I’ve been a good girl taking my folic and probiotic yoghurt so hopefully the extra calcium is helping with this. As taste buds are also starting to develop on the tongue, hopefully baby is enjoying my choices. As my Craig is the world’ greatest cook, I fail to see how he or she isn’t rubbing their little tummy every night.

Mummy's eyes

Mummy's eyes

He or she also now the eye colour they’ll have at birth – this one stumped me a little as I thought all babies were born with blue eyes. As both my parents have blue eyes and Craig’s mum and dad’s are slightly different from one another – I’m thinking my genes will be dominant here. My eyes are my favourite feature so I’m really hopeful that baby will take after me. With everything else (height, hair, skin tone etc) baby will be better off with a healthy dose of Craig. Unfortunately both Craig and I have sticky outty ears so baby will be stuck with these – these are also now fully formed by the way.

Baby’s limbs are starting to stretch out in front of them too, rather than curling across the tummy. They bend at the elbows and knees, too giving baby a bigger range of movement. I’ve heard it’ll be some time before I feel any kicks and somersaults which is a little frustrating. I can’t imagine anything more lovely than feeling baby boogie whilst I’m at my desk at work!

So that’s the low-down on my gorgeous bump! I’m doing really well – already in maternity clothes so a little on the chubby side but most of the sickness has subsided. I’m still sleeping fine and I’m not too stressed at work. Baby is well insulated with plenty of fluid to protect their tiny body – the weight is sending me to the loo approximately 30 times a day!

That’s all from me today – got some ideas for some interesting posts over the next few days so keep your eyes peeled for more from us this week… lots of love everyone xxxxxxxxxxxx

10 week old embryo

10 week old embryo

 

 

Weekend update, by Daddy Cool !!!!

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This weekend we went to a baby and mother fayre to pick up some cute baby stuff for you. This gave us lots of ideas about how to make your arrival a special one. There was lots of toys and innovative things to make things easier for mummy and me, and life more comfy for you. I suspect mummy will drag me to far more shows now and your nursery will look like backstage at Dragon’s Den.

Trunkies - laughed off Dragon's Den but now a UK best seller

Trunkies - laughed off Dragon's Den but now a UK best seller

Your mummy has been on eBay again picking up some fabulous stuff for you. We collected 2 more moses baskets to lay your little head in and as we can’t decide which one to use for you, we’ll probably end up keeping them all!!!!  Your new bedroom is coming along and is stocked up with loads of stuff and is growing by the day. We have lots of booties, baby grows and little jump suits for you to look cute in.

We also had a visit to nanny and grandad’s this weekend for a lovely dinner. Mummy got to see lots of photos of daddy when he was a baby, just like you!!! Daddy was a cute baby (more cuter than mummy) so I’m hoping you take after me.

Mummy is getting bigger by the day with you inside, and we’re beginning to think you might already be playing with a sibling! As daddy’s mummy’s mummy was a twin, it’s possible that you might be one too. It’s true that mummy is going slightly mad with you inside, and I need you to hurry up and arrive so you can help me look after her!

Until next time, Daddy xx

Handmade goodness

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My dream nursery - I love pretty much everything about this room especially the colours and the purposeful mess

We’re officially “nesting” at the moment in the Mill’s household. I’m really keen to have the nursery ready early so I can wander in every night from work and daydream about the day baby comes home. I’ve seen some gorgeous nurseries online and I want ours to be just as special. The idea is to have the ‘bones’ in place (furniture) by next month, then we’ll just add little bits to it over time. By the time our tiny one is in, it’ll be the most gorgeous room in the house; stuffed with little trinkets and features.

So where are we right now?

We have a Moses basket and a baby bouncer, a cot tidy, a mobile, and have made a start on the stuffed toy collection – hardly the impressive start I wanted! I’m a massive vintage fan and love hings with a past. This extends to pre-loved things that other babies have enjoyed. I plan on sourcing unique and pretty bits from eBay, Gumtree, independent baby shops, craft fairs and boot sales…  I’m hoping to find the odd thing I know no one else will have and we’ll keep for future babies to come (that’s right Craig – I’m thinking 3). What I can’t find, I’m likely to make (or buy homemade)  – and I’m loving all the tiny knitted booties and mittens on eBay. I really love the thought that someone makes them as a barely profitable mini business as they sell for £1.99 +p&p – they must  just love being thrifty and making things! Every item is unique with miniature ribbons and bows.

 
 
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Baby booties on eBay - these are so cute and intricate!

I’d ideally like for the dresser drawers to already be filled with blankets, socks, baby grows, bibs etc, when baby comes home. Anything else we receive as gifts will be bonuses. I’m less fussy about these. We’ll probably know whether we’re having a boy or a girl in a few months but most early clothing is gender neutral so this collection can start right away. I don’t see the point in spending a great deal of money on this. Baby will have some expensive one-off outfits for special occasions, but otherwise they’ll be perfectly happy in hand-me-downs and bargains sourced in high street sales. Babies don’t stay tiny enough to make use of one outfit for more than a few months, and they can be messy too. I’d be heartbroken if I spent hundreds of pennies on things that get ruined in 5 minutes; baby won’t be aware if his / her baby grow costs £20 or £2,50.
Facebook - Mummies Club
Facebook – Mummies Club

 

Speaking of money I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a Mummies Club. The idea is to connect with other new mummies in the area and donate old outgrown items to those mothers with children younger than your own. I have two ideas at the moment; a ‘bring and buy’ bi-monthly event, or a strange twist on secret santa. Obviously option 2 would be far more exciting but it would be a logistical nightmare! I floated both ideas on Facebook last week and people seemed to think it was a good idea. I may well run with this later on in the pregnancy. We’re in recession and every penny counts at the moment, for everyone, not just us. It would be so nice to help  each other out and make money at the same time. I’d love to hear peoples thoughts xx