Dear Baby G,
At 16 weeks pregnant, we had our second midwife appointment.
Our lovely midwife that we had with Isla, retired this year to work part time in another area of the city. We had her for our very first appointment, but this time when we arrived at the doctors, we had another midwife. This one, ran perfectly on time, but wasn’t exactly the friendliest of midwives. We tried being friendly with her, asking her a few questions etc but she didn’t really want to play ball! We asked whether she was going to be our midwife from now on, and basically said that the rota for Sarah’s replacement hadn’t been decided, so we would have whoever could make our next appointment! Great – no contingency of care this time! Sarah had said that she would have us in for more appointments than the ‘traditional’ second pregnancy rota calls for, but this midwife has said we aren’t wanted back until I’m 28 weeks pregnant – the 12th February! It seems like such a long time to wait!
But, the most important thing from this appointment is that all was well! All my bloods came back fine – iron/thyroxine etc – my wee showed no signs of ketones etc, and my blood pressure was 120/80. She asked if we wanted to hear the heartbeat (of course!) but I know from Isla that it’s not always easy to find at 16 weeks. I like to reassure myself if she can’t find it I think! I did tell her I was desperate for the toilet, but she told me we would look for the heartbeat first as a full bladder makes it easier. She started looking really low down for the heartbeat, and couldn’t find anything to begin with. There was a loud, bang like noise, which she said was a kick, but she couldn’t locate the heartbeat. Then she tried looking further up and found it straight away! As clear as a button! And beating away at 150 or so BPM. That sound will never get old. It’s truly magical.
After we left the midwife, Isla was with the Grandparents, so we treated ourselves to a little (soft) drink at The Trafford – exactly like we did with Isla’s pregnancy! It was nice to have a little moment just us two (and Pauly B!)
The weekend following our midwife appointment, we went out in the city and I had to succumb and get myself some maternity leggings! I’ve been trying jeans on, but I CANNOT find any maternity jeans that I like. At all. They are either far too big round the bump, or far too tight round the bum! Luckily, because I’ve lost so much weight in the last few years, I have a couple of older jeans that are on the bigger side that I can wear as my ‘maternity’ jeans. I’ve also been using the old trick of tying a strong hair band through my button hole on my skinny jeans, which is giving me a few more weeks extra room! I didn’t think I was showing that much, but it appears that in the last few weeks I have POPPED! (I think again, because I’m so much smaller than I was when I found out I was expecting Isla, that what bump I do have is more obvious.) So, I bought myself some leggings and some lovely big oversized jumpers in some gorgeous autumn colours that I think will be my wardrobe staple for now! It’s all about the comfort!
It’s exciting now I’m starting to show (although I do still feel like I look fat rather that pregnant though!) and I think I’m starting to get a few very subtle flutters. We’re getting very excited to meet you already!
Here is my 17 week bump … (Excuse the at work selfie in the fluorescent lighting!)
My friend Sarah had her little boy on Friday, all 7lb 3oz of absolute cuteness! William Patrick will be about 5/6 months older than you, exactly the same age gap between your big sister and his big sister! It made it VERY real to me going to see him. Isla and Maddie suddenly looked so very big and grown up, and William felt so small! (Only 2oz smaller than Isla was!)
I can't wait to hold my newest bundle of joy ... !!!
We have our 20 week scan on the 15th December and we are so excited. We are definitely still not going to find out what you are, no matter how tempted I am!
Stay safe in there Baby G.