Previous Posts: October 2013

Pregnancy Update Week 36

How far along? 36 weeks today!!

Baby is the size of a …  A Honeydew Melon – That thing looks HUGE!!

Best moment this week? This week has been a stressful week for Mini Smith putting up with Mum and Dad. Have to leave this “best moment” in suspense this week as we are awaiting confirmation. Suffice to say its something really good however slightly stressful.

Miss anything? Still miss sleeping on my stomach!

Movement? Still a big YES! but more nudges and turns rather than huge kicks

Sleep? Sleep has been a lot better this week, I have been able to get back to sleep a lot quicker than previously so maybe my body is getting used to been awake and random times of the night – this can only be a good thing for when Mini Smith arrives.

Food cravings? Still no cravings! I have taken to not being able to eat huge things in the evening and this is when we tend to have our main meal. I am trying to eat little and often so I don’t have the feeling that the food is still in my throat all day!

What makes you queasy/sick? nope

Morning sickness? nope

Gender? I still think Mini Smith is a boy and Luke is still non committal 4ish weeks till we find out.

Looking forward to .. Rather than a baby shower (I am sociable and I do like to talk a lot but I don’t want a huge thing all being about me) My step mum and sister are off out to York on a shopping trip/waddle.
I have mapped out all available toilets along the route because in some cases I would rather have an accident in the shop than use their unhygienic facilities!

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Pregnancy Update Week 35

How far along? 35 weeks today!!

Baby is the size of a …  A coconut! Now I think last weeks butternut squash is bigger than a coconut maybe this is to do with the weight of Mini Smith as well.

Best moment this week? We had our Week 34 visit with the Midwife today, its always amazing to hear Mini Smith bobbing along in the womb although uncomfortable at times!

Miss anything? Still miss sleeping on my stomach! I also miss not analysing every pain I have. For instance this week I have had major back pain to the point of the only comfortable position was sprawled over the birthing ball. Now when one had back pain before it would be “oh I have just laid funny” or ” I must have pulled something” now its “is this early signs of labour” or “is Mini Smith ok” prompting my baby monitor to come out to find that he/she is perfectly fine and I am the one turning slightly crazy. In short I miss not being paranoid. Thank heavens for a level headed husband!

Movement? Still a big YES! but more nudges and turns rather than huge kicks

Sleep? On Sunday evening I was blessed with a full nights sleep. Pure bliss! However we are back to the usual routine of waking up at 3am although this week I got to listen to The Wings of the Dove by Henry James. One of the few “American” writers that I love … perhaps because he became British!

Food cravings? Still no cravings!

What makes you queasy/sick? nope

Morning sickness? nope

Gender? I still think Mini Smith is a boy and Luke is still non committal 5ish weeks till we find out.

Looking forward to .. We have a Life after Birth class on Saturday – I don’t know who comes up with the names of these things! but that should be it in terms of classes bring on the practical!

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Pregnancy Update Week 34

How far along? 34 weeks today!!

Baby is the size of a …  A butternut squash! Hopefully a mini butternut squash

Best moment this week? The best moment has to be yesterday. We went to Active Birth class and I am so pleased that where we live supports this I do not want a C Section and if I can help it I do not want an epidural!
Anyway I was so pleased that Luke was the most supportive husband there, I mean when the midwife was explaining the birth process, contractions, dilations and tearing the other men looked like they were going to pass out! One guy had his mouth wide open when she was demonstrating the baby passing through the birth cannel and another one decided he was “too tired” and was practically falling asleep.
Thank the Lord for my hubby not only can he build a changing table he has the birthing partner thing under control too! LOVE HIM

Miss anything? The sleeping situation has got worse! I so want to sleep on my stomach oh how I miss it. I still keep waking up at random times and then not being able to sleep during the night, but who knew optimum sleep time was in the morning.

Movement? Still a big YES! but more nudges and turns rather than huge kicks

Sleep? see the miss anything!

Food cravings? Still no cravings!

What makes you queasy/sick? nope

Morning sickness? nope

Gender? I still think Mini Smith is a boy and Luke is still non committal 6ish weeks till we find out.

Looking forward to .. Putting up the Cotbed and starting to sort out the nursery out this weekend so excited!!

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Mini Smiths Changing Table

I am beyond excited that my gorgeous hubby Luke is having a guest post on the blog. So sit down with a cup of tea or beverage of your choice if you’re like him and don’t like hot drinks and enjoy!
Kiri has allowed me to write a guest blog post on wonderfully random.
If you follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram you will have seen the updates over the last couple of saturdays of me showing off my ‘Dad-to-be’ DIY skills. It all starting with a trip to Kiddicare, a haven for parents to be… humm…

 

Kiri and I were looking at different bits and bobs to get, including a £600 solid wood cot bed – we didn’t buy it though. We came across the ‘baby changing unit’ section of the store with a vast array of tables and chest of drawers with space on top to put a changing mat. I was having one of those ‘Luke’ days where everything was a little on the expensive side. So I said, “I can make one of those out of proper wood for less than that”, so Kiri said “OK then”, but I believe she was a little apprehensive about what would happen over the next few saturdays, as Kiri has heard of the numerous A&E trips that my dad had in the past – such things include (squeamish people look away now) cutting a chunk out of his finger with an electric plainer and falling through the attic with his legs dangling between the beams.

 

So I started to design and pull together some VERY rough drawings of what it would look like and below are the picture of my Dad-to-be DIY triumph!

 

1. Top designed, cut and fixed together.
2. Legs cut and top propped up by other slats.
3. Outer frame assembled.
4. Everything cut and fitted together to ensure it all fit before taking apart for filling holes and sanding.

 

 

5 & 6. Top and frame filled and sanded.
7. Base coat painted.
8. Top coat painted and fitted together… done
Thanks for reading, normal service will now resume of wonderfully random. with Kiri,
Luke

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