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!
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.
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!