As I am on the final countdown with only five weeks to go everything is passing like a blur but I am loving every part of this stage of pregnancy, well, almost every part. Gaviscon has become my best friend; heartburn is apparently normal so I will continue drinking, what tastes like toothpaste, until it subsides.
The last few weeks have been full of ante-natal classes, hypnobirthing, a meeting about next year’s dance tour, a beautiful baby shower, building my forever home, my birthday, baby scans, buying nursery furniture and baby essentials and of course trying to choose a name for the bump!!
Firstly I have to say that going to hypnobirthing class has totally changed the way I feel about giving birth. I was extremely nervous about it, everyone tells you the horror stories and we have all watched movies and documentaries on TV with ladies screaming throughout the labour!!
Someone recommended that I try hypnobirthing so I thought what have I got to lose – I am so glad that I listened. Hypnobirthing is an established, effective way to birth your baby in a positive, calm environment. You are taught techniques to help you to go in to a deeply relaxed state – the best way to be when giving birth to your baby.
My husband Peter is a Master Practitioner in NLP so he was a big fan of hypnobirthing and has now got me practicing my relaxation and breathing techniques every night before I go to sleep. He has even made a playlist of my favourite music to listen to when in labour. I would highly recommend it to anyone – the hypnobirthing that is, not my husband!
I also had a wonderful surprise this month when my friend Ruth and my husband Peter arranged a baby shower for me. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and we all gathered at Warren House in Kingston Upon Thames for afternoon tea and games. It was full of fun and laughter, beautiful cakes and a glass or two of champagne for some of the ladies!
Peter had his own baby shower in the bar next door with all the boys. It was a beautiful day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
My birthday was the next day, 21 again!!!! Hurrah! Peter made me breakfast in bed and again the weather was just perfect. Along with flowers I got lots of lovely presents – including a wireless music system that I can take with me to the hospital so that when I give birth we can play all our favourite music.
I went for a baby growth scan last week and they told me although the baby looked fine I seem to have way too much fluid around the baby. This is not a good sign so I had to go in the next day and have a glucose test for diabetes and see a consultant. Thankfully my diabetes results came back clear but I have to go back next week for another scan to check if the fluid has reduced. Hopefully, fingers crossed, it has. The baby is now head-down and moving around like there’s no tomorrow. Sometimes I get baby’s little bottom digging in to my right rib and other times a foot sticking out of my left side. I have been told by the midwife that this is a good sign. If I rub and pat the bottom it will wriggle and its little legs will kick out (very alien like!!).
Although Anton Du Beke, my professional dance partner, hasn’t quite finished this year’s tour we have already started planning for next year. We have been dance partners now for 17 years and danced 10 series of Strictly Come Dancing together and have done 5 UK tours so it did seem strange not touring with Anton this year – but it is all in a good cause. We had a meeting last week with our tour organisers and we are all set to go in January 2015; very excited indeed. I have told my mother already and she is excited as she will come over from New Zealand for three months to look after the baby and perhaps both come on a part of the tour with us. It will give her a great chance to have some baby-&-Grandma time and give me peace of mind knowing that I have someone I can trust looking after the little one while I am on stage. I do think however, that after three months she may be glad to get on the plane home again.
I have finally started shopping for the baby essentials. It took us a long time to choose a nursery set but the one we finally decided on was from Belle Maison. It is so adorable and beautiful and it is all hand made. I don’t want to give away my little secret yet so I have shown some boy and girl nursery furniture below!!
Some other essentials that I have bought include: a Tommie Tippee sangenic nappy disposal system, which I think is essential to keep the lovely smell of baby poo away! And some beautiful New Zealand wool clothes, from Merino Kids, which keep your baby warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
And last but not least the house is coming along nicely… we have a roof on now and the first-fix electrics and plumbing are going in. I have been busy on-site making all the little decisions that need making as all the tradesmen coalesce as the work inside the house intensifies. We need to get a move on as this baby needs somewhere to live!!
I will write again soon as I want to get a few more blogs in before the bump decides to make an appearance!!
Lots of Love,
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