Mom of 3-to-be! Is Our Baby Here Yet?
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I'm starting to think we might be a little crazy. To put that statement into perspective, let me just give a little background. I'm a stay-at-home mother of two wonderful little boys, aged four and two respectively.
Their long suffering daddy and I are married five years since May. We are in the midst of buying our first house. Our four-year-old is on the cusp of starting "big boy school" in September.
Oh yes, and I'm just about 9 months pregnant with our third child.
Yup, with all that change in place I think the word crazy sums us up nicely! I'm currently waiting on the nesting instinct to kick in. Best not to hold my breath as it never manifested on either of my other kids! I've gotten a grand total of two boxes packed up in anticipation of our house move. I have the very best of intentions, I swear - but just can't seem to motivate myself further than getting myself and the kids through each day in one piece!
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So, instead of nesting and packing up the house, I'm watching and waiting on something to happen. I forget how labour starts if I'm being honest. My second son's arrival was fast and furious. I was already in the hospital and once they broke my waters he was in my arms 40 minutes later. Needless to say I've been advised not to wait around this time however, thus far at least, I haven't felt so much as a niggle. While I'm waiting, I'm trying to get our eldest as ready for big school as I can. All his school books arrived last week. Next on the list is his uniform!
All. The. Feels!
I'll be one of "those" mothers in September at the school gates - a drivelling mess of snots and tears. I'm sure I'll still be able to get away with using pregnancy hormones as an excuse though, right? This past week has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster in relation to our impending arrival. I was scanned a fortnight ago to determine placental location. It was my first hospital scan since my booking appointment at 12 weeks and baby was measuring two weeks behind my dates.
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I assumed bump would hit a growth spurt so put it to the back of my mind until my GP visit a week later when I mentioned it and she said my fundal height was measuring very small. She suggested I request another scan at my ante-natal check up on Monday and according to that our baby was now measuring 4 weeks behind my dates. I was referred for a growth scan the following evening. It was the longest 24 hours of my life. All I could think was what if I had somehow done something to harm my unborn baby and mentally beating myself up for whatever transgression I had surely made. Thankfully, I am delighted to say the growth scan showed our little one is thriving and just above average weight for this gestation.
I bawled like a jackass.
I don't think I was ever as relieved in my entire life. It was explained that the earlier incorrect measurement may have been due to the fact that baby is firmly down in my pelvis and my uterus is measuring on the smaller side of normal as a result. We are obviously thrilled with the outcome after the worry of the last week or so.
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All in all, I don't know if I'm fully ready for labour to start, but as the saying goes - what goes in must come out, so I have little choice in the matter at this point. Eyes on the prize and all that jazz. Operation Eviction will be in full swing any day now, I'm sure of it. Hot baths, hot curries, hot sex... well in fairness, the last one might be a bit of a stretch at this stage. Maybe I'll just force myself to start this nesting process I've heard so much about. My house could certainly use the love and if it kicks things off then that's just the cherry on top.
Pamela will be honestly blogging about her life as a mom of three over the next few months, so make sure to check back for monthly updates to see how she is getting on!
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