The bump chronicles #24: The baby has been showered

Weeks pregnant: 35
Baby size in fruit: Honeydew melon

According to my BabyCenter app my uterus is now 1,000 times the volume it was before Little O took up residence in there. (Good job, uterus!) I can well believe this as I really do feel “full of baby” at this stage. This became very evident when I was doing my post lunch walk up and down the ten flights of stairs to my office last week. I do this because it helps lower my blood sugar levels (and to prove I can… and because some of us have been racing each other). Last week I got to the sixth floor and got super out of breath and a bit dizzy. Apparently this is because Little O is compressing my lungs. Well that’s my excuse over and above just being soft. I have also had my first experience of pregnancy heartburn as he’s also pushing on my stomach. Yay for good old sugar free, pregnancy safe Gaviscon!


Are honeydew melons very different from cantaloupes? All melon is disgusting so who knows!

On Saturday I had my baby shower, which was organised by my amazing friend, Dawn. I can’t explain what an incredible job she did with every little detail. Not only were the decorations beautiful but she arranged some lovely activities for all the guests… my favourite being where we had to guess who was who from our baby pictures. I also loved my “mum to be” rosette, which I may wear on the bus in future as I still struggle to get a seat even with my eight month mega-bump.


Me with the incomparable Dawn

I wasn’t the easiest person to arrange a baby shower for because gestational diabetes makes most of the traditional baby shower type plans like afternoon tea a big challenge. I also tried to cancel several times when I first got diagnosed because I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to face a crowd of people. In the end it turned out that having it in a local gastropub was ideal… not just because everyone (except me) got to drink loads of wine but also because the food was amazing. I am so glad I got to spend the day with my friends and mum-in-law, who made me and Little O feel so very loved and supported.


They say it takes a village to raise a baby… well here’s my village.


It is a very, very generous village and we received so many gifts that Mr O had to come and meet me so we could get an Uber to bring everything home. From incredible home knitted clothes to baby essentials like nappies and bottles, outfits, blankets and more other things that I can think of, Little O, has pretty much everything he needs. I have no words for how blessed we are.


My greatest pleasure though was coming home and reading all the messages that everyone wrote for me and Little O in his baby book. He has the best aunties in the world!



  1. Love where you had your baby shower!

    1. It was such a lot of fun. It’s a lovely pub and they put us down at the end away from all the people watching football so it felt like we kind of had the place to ourselves. And no clean up for any hosts!

  2. Honeydew melon has a lighter, more delicate taste than rockmelon (cantaloupe). Infact it’s importrant to sniff the ‘navel’ to make sure it’s ripe and has a scent or else they hardly have a taste at all. Are you sure that little O isn’t more like the size of a small watermelon, by now? 🙂

    1. Apparently he doesn’t get to small watermelon stage until 39 weeks which is when he will be getting served his eviction notice. I am a little scared. I might suggest to the consultant who is setting my induction date that she sniff my (now protruding) navel to see if I am ripe.

  3. Looks amazing Abbi, glad to see you had fun, and your friends sound great 🙂

    1. They really are. I had such a wonderful time. Good friends are such a blessing!

  4. I’m glad you had fun! And I am not a fan of melons either.

    1. The only one I like is watermelon.

  5. Baby showers are so much fun, I can’t imagine how fun a baby shower in a pub must have been! Glad you had a great time. But I can’t believe people aren’t giving you a seat on public transport. The hospital should have given you a special pregnancy cattleprod!

    1. It was a blast and it seems the after party was one to remember. I mostly get a seat but bus people do not care about yo problems! At 8 months pregnant sometimes I’m still clambering to the upper deck of a moving bus. I’m lucky I’m still quite agile.

  6. What a fantastic memory to take with you 🙂 Fab photos 🙂

    1. Thank you! I was quite lucky that my friend took most of the pictures but with my phone so I could really just enjoy hanging out with my guests because I would have been really sad not to have some photos.

  7. I look forward to reading more about your adventure. And you obviously have a great group of support, those are some happy snaps 🙂

    1. I am very lucky to have such a wonderful group of friends and also a lot of support from Paul’s family as mine is so far away. It’s events like these that remind us of how many people love us, which is always wonderful!

      1. That is great to hear. And then there is also the great blogging community, everyone is so nice and supporting, its like a second family almost! Or at least a group of good friends 🙂

        1. I have always found the blogging community to be such a warm, supportive place.

          1. Same here. I’m glad I started a blog, I’ve ‘met’ some really cool people, including yourself. Everyone is so nice!

            1. Aww thank you! I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few in person too and everyone has been awesome!

              1. That’s so cool! It’d be great to meet some fellow bloggers, you get the sense that if you were visiting, they’d give you a place to stay. I know I would

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