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Giggles, gymnastics and posing at 4 months

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I can’t believe how quickly you’re growing! Looking back through photos of you laying next to your earliest cuddly toys, you seemed dwarfed by some of them! Now, you’re able to grab and chew them with ease.

Your little personality is coming into its own now. You’re cheerful and endearing, sweet-tempered and loving. A tearful tantrum is always followed by a smile and you’re able to calm yourself down now without mummy. You’re also an avid chit-chatterer and each day you’ll make a new sound. Giggles are now prolonged and more frequent and just when mummy thought she couldn’t love you any more, she finds a little bit of extra room in her heart with every laugh you give.

Your legs are now super strong. Everyday you’ll come into mummy’s bed in the morning after daddy has gone to work. You’ll finish your long sleep with mummy then wake us up at 8am by kicking off the bed sheets and giggling beside me. You also love to stand up. After changing your nappy on your mat, you’ll stretch out your arms towards me and I’ll pull you up by your arms into an upright position. Standing there smiling in your sleepsuit you look like a mini gymnast after a world-class floor routine.

How much did mummy and daddy struggle getting a shot of you on your legs?!

You continue to take such stunning photographs and seem to enjoy posing. Mummy and daddy both have photos of you set as the background on their laptops and you seem to recognise yourself whenever you catch a glimpse of our screens.

We have had the odd bad day. You gave your dad a fright a few weeks ago when you screamed for 2 hours whilst mummy was having a few drinks with her friend, and yesterday you refused to let me put you down all day. We put these outbursts down to you feeling a bit tired or a bit unwell. They are always short-lived and never a problem.

We’ve had just one accident so far when mummy dropped an iPhone on your head. You sustained a tiny cut on your eyebrow and mummy stayed up all night crying. I’m sure this is the first of many knocks and scrapes but I could do without another for a few months as I was devastated.

Rolling still seems a long way off, but your sitting is progressing well and its only a matter of time before you can do this unaided.

This next month will be a big one for you. We have the challenge of introducing you to ‘grown up’ food, you’ll be going swimming for the first time ever with daddy on holiday, and I suspect we might get a ”mama” or “dada” out of you. We’re also moving house and moving you into your own room, and mummy is going back to work. These are massive things for us both to deal with and I’ve had lots of tears myself as I’ll really miss being with you during the day. Daddy will be with you from 10am – 3pm and I know you’ll make him as happy as you’ve made me with lots of giggles and little milestones. Just don’t forget mummy please, and save some smiles for me in the early evening.

We’re halfway through!!!!!!!!!

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We had our mid-term scan this week which was great. Baby had grown so much. I saw a beautiful face and lovely nudey body stretching and rolling. It’s amazing I can’t feel these movements more given baby seems to never stay still! I was a little disappointed that this scan was over so quickly. Typical Gemma asked question after question in an attempt to prolong the experience, but the nurse wasn’t having any of it. She was pleasant, but very ‘business as usual’ – not a patch on Doreen who did our 12 week scan (coincidentally – she passed her exams and is now a fully fledged sonographer – I’m delighted for 2 reasons; it’s nice when people succeed, it means her readings are more likely to be accurate!).

We were always going to discover the sex. I completely understand why some people choose to keep this as a surprise, but for us it was never in doubt. So we’re having a gorgeous and perfect little boy! I was secretly pleased as I suspected this all along; to have discovered otherwise would have thrown me completely! So now it’s struggling with names! What was once a list that comprised of a single name (‘Jake’) has now grown to 12 and counting! We’ve got some gorgeous ones, but none that have stuck and we call baby something new every week! It has to be cute enough for a baby, but ‘adult’ enough for a young man; unique enough to ensure there are no other same-named children in his school classes, but not ridiculous; not stolen from a friend, but not made up… so much to consider and such a MASSIVE responsibility.

So here he is – the latest Millsy, the most perfect little man in the world, and most important person in my life xxx

 

Introducing my Little Man xx

Introducing my Little Man 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! ūüôā 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

Week 11… What a week!

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In 3 hours¬†7 minutes I’ll be 12 weeks into my pregnancy so this one is very late coming!!! I’m also wayyyy¬†too excited about the scan to concentrate on this post so apologies if it’s a little ‘bulleted’.

Baby is now about the size of a small lime, about 1.5 inches (35mm). It is almost fully formed and is weighing in at 8 grams

11 week old embryo
11 week old embryo

The webbing between fingers and toes has disappeared and tiny tooth buds are forming. The senses are rapidly developing and baby can now feel. This is the beginning of quite an active phase for baby who will be somersaulting in copious amounts of amniotic fluid. Baby enjoys wriggling, kicking, and stretching and these small movements help to strengthen the developing muscles and bones.

These movements are also¬†becoming increasingly¬†sophisticated ‚Äď baby can¬†punch and arch its body, flex its fingers, form a fist and wrinkle its forehead (aw!). It can also suck and swallow and is able to move freely. The intestines are already able to process the liquid that the baby is swallowing. The kidneys are producing urine and baby is swallowing amniotic fluid and wee’ing regularly (great…). This is important because it helps to regulate the amount of amniotic fluid in¬†my womb.

Baby is starting to develop hair, irises, fingernails and toenails. Although its head is still nearly the same size as its body, head growth begins to slow. The brain has become more complicated and all the areas you would normally find in a newborn’s brain are present.

Finally, the diaphragm is forming so baby will hiccup regularly.

As for mummy….

Well I will soon be entering the second trimester of pregnancy and it’s recommended I¬†now take time to concentrate on interacting with¬†baby. Some baby sites insist that I think¬†“happy thoughts” because¬†baby can now sense¬†my mood and will react to it. Hopefully this will be possible now as Craig and I are through the worst of it and my irrational moodiness seems to have lifted. If I’m honest, I wasn’t so keen on the first trimester as I felt a little bit out of control. I’d regularly cry and sulk and seemed to pick fights all the time. Even though it wasn’t my intention, I was difficult to talk to and pushed Craig away constantly. This may have been, in part, due to starting a new job.

Speaking of work –¬†I’ve finally told Laura (my boss) – she gave me a massive cuddle and promised all the time off I needed. I have a review with my MD on Thursday so expect more on this over the next few days. I feel really positive though, like a big weight has lifted. Even though I’m not planning on taking lots of maternity leave, I feel confident they’ll respect my decisions and try to support me as best they can – I can’t ask for any¬† more than this and I’m really pleased.

One more sleep until the first scan… Craig has the afternoon off and so do I (just in case we get a little weepy). I¬†literally CAN NOT WAIT so I’m off to bed so it comes around sooner.

Goodnight everyone xxx

A treat for mummy, a treat for daddy

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Hello gorgeous little one…

With all this spending in preparation for you to arrive, mummy and daddy are giving themselves a little treat each for Christmas! We’ve managed to convince ourselves that both treats¬†(tangibly) are also for you, so they’ll be guilt-free purchases our end.

Mummy's new camera - Canon 1000d 18-52mm
Mummy’s new camera – Canon 1000d 18-52mm

Mummy’s is a grown-up camera. By the time you read this, digital cameras will have probably been replaced by something new and wonderful – but mummy wants a top of the range starter camera to take gorgeous photos of you, daddy, and the rest of the family. Mummy and daddy take horrendous photos and often look like porkies¬†(even though neither of us really are) with 3 chins each. Right now Daddy takes pictures on his phone (an iPhone – this is the best phone on the market right now) and mummy kind of relies on him to do it. I don’t want to miss a single thing when you are born and want millions of pictures to show your girlfriend/s¬†or boyfriend/s when you’re older. So a little bit of research has shown this to be the bestest camera out there for novices like mummy. Just in case we have a new currency system when you’re born, or you want to laugh at our ¬£ value – it’s going to cost mummy around ¬£200.

Lucky daddy is getting a flash television for the living room. He already has a pretty enormous one, but now he wants an upgrade. He has already upgraded his sound system from a dvd¬†one to a blue-ray one (mummy doesn’t really understand what this means) and now he wants a new television to match. He’s been researching this for ages and mummy will be pleased to get daddy off the internet so she can talk to him again. Daddy has convinced himself that this purchase is due to you coming along – he reckons your arrival means he won’t get as much boy-time down the pub anymore (he only goes there 1 night a week now!) – so he wants a way to spend more cheap evenings in. Mummy is pretending to be moody about this as it’s expensive at ¬£750 – but she doesn’t really mind.

In other news – Aunty Louise came to see us this weekend with Lenny. Lenny was really excited to see your hairy brother Billy and chased him around the house. Mummy felt fine then, but she’s been a bit sicky¬†with you in her tummy ever since. She’s really tired and keeps throwing up. I’m not complaining as I know it’s you trying to get comfortable in there. I haven’t told daddy yet but I’m convinced I can feel you shifting around – it’s like a fluttery sensation. Maybe it’s in mummy’s head as it would be very early, but it definitely feels like you’re partying in there!!!

So on Wednesday it’s first¬†scan time when we’ll get to see you for the first time – mummy will 12 weeks into her term, and we’ll find out exactly how many weeks old you are. A nurse will put some jelly on mummy’s tummy and roll a little plastic thing over¬†our bump. The images from my tummy will then be transmitted onto a screen so we can see you! If there’s two of you in there, this will be the time we find out. It’s a very exciting time and we can’t wait.

So til Wednesday sleep tight and get some rest little one – you’re doing really well and we’re very proud of you for being so well-behaved xx

Week 7…

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I love these little updates and the development blog posts are definitely my favourite to do.

All according to Emma’s Diary, Baby Mills is now the size of a blueberry (13mm / 1/2 inch) – that’s 5mm longer than last week. His or her brain is generating 100 new cells every minute. Those paddle-like arms and legs are now emerging as joints and these now have miniature knees and elbows, and the beginnings of toes and fingers. Baby also has now has kidney’s in place although these aren’t formed enough to be fully functioning yet. Baby’s oversized head isn’t just large and oblong anymore; it’s actually a little bit pointy and the skull is beginning to harden,

And my favourite bit from this Emma’s Diary

It is at this stage that there is some variation on a boy or a girl although¬†(this) won’t be visible enough to determine what colour to paint the nursery until week 16…

SMA know-how

SMA know-how

SMA’s update is more technical. The neural tube which forms¬†the baby’s brain and spinal tube closes this week and the brain starts to separate¬†into its many components. The umbilical¬†cord is also now¬†well-formed¬†with one blood vessel delivering¬†oxygen and¬†nutrients to¬†baby, and two others taking by-products away. Aswell as the¬†kidney’s (as mentioned¬†earlier), the liver is also forming and starting to make blood cells.

The eyes and ears can clearly be seen and the eyelids are starting to develop. Tiny nostrils are visible too.

Foetus at 7 weeks

Foetus at 7 weeks

Huggie’s¬†focuses¬†on the look of baby. It states that baby is currently¬†covered in translucent cells and you can see the tiny veins pumping blood to its¬†newly forming organs. Apparently baby’s lungs are also taking shape. The fact that all the updates point to organ development¬†is fascinating¬†as they have all been made possible thanks to baby’s now furiously pumping¬†heart which now has a¬†right and left chamber.¬†Finally, in baby’s little mouth, the palate and teeth are forming. This explains¬†why my own teeth are aching in the morning; any calcium I have, is being used up by baby as his / her bones and teeth are beginning to come into being.

Quote of the week from them…

Although you can’t feel it yet, the embryo is beginning to move and these first movements can be detected by ultrasound.

So this has been a major week for our little one.¬† He or she is now just that; a boy or a girl! They’re moving around trying to get comfy whilst the brain and heart are busy at work creating¬†all the¬†essentials baby will need to be fully sufficient in later life. Even more important¬†from this point on to ensure I put in some work too. I need to ensure I’m eating healthily and baby is getting a balanced diet – no more takeaways for me!