Weeks pregnant: 26
Baby size in vegetables: Red cabbage
Being pregnant has turned me into a much noisier women. I know my husband and some of my colleagues might not have thought this was possible but it’s true.
The first reason is that I have reached a stage of pregnancy where I have to do a sort of groaning-grunting noise when I get off the sofa or out of bed. This is because my bump is now ginormous, my stomach muscles have relaxed (who knew how much you use them just to move around) and it takes a bit more effort than it used to to move one place to another.
The other noise you might hear coming from me is the gentle jingling coming from my bola. A bola is a little ball you wear low around your waist while pregnant. It chimes and makes a noise that is soothing to your baby. After the baby is born you can wear it around your neck and it’s a comforting and familiar sound. A couple of weeks ago I took Little O on what will probably be his last in utero plane trip to visit my friend, Lauren in Glasgow. Lauren lives in South Africa but she occasionally travels into Europe for work so I took advantage of her most recent trip to catch up with her. It was a great catch up not only because Lauren brought me the aforementioned bola as a gift as well as some Where the Wild Things Are paintings for Little O’s nursery, outfits for him and South African Easter eggs for me, but also because she has a two year old daughter and was able to give me some really calming advice. We had a great time exploring Glasgow with Lauren’s colleague and I came back feeling like I’d been away for more than just a day.