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Pregnancy Waiting II

No, I Have Not Given Birth Yet (40 Weeks / 5th February 2022)

I wasn’t sure what shoot to do today. I was thinking a family shoot, but it’s easier to just do one by myself and save the next family shoot for the four of us. It also might be the last shoot that I do while pregnant, so I want to document my bump well.

Head to knee portrait. I am wearing a black top and black leggings. My top is pulled up to my bra and my leggings are pulled up to my belly button. My right hand is on my hip and my left hand is resting on my bump.
No, I Have Not Given Birth Yet (40 Weeks / 5th February 2022)
 
#IHaveDefinitelyBeenOnHighAlertForWeeksForNoReason
#IHadAMidwifeAppointmentThisWeekAndTiagoWasActuallyAvailableToBeAtTheAppointmentWithoutBForOnce
#HoweverTheyWouldNotLetHimInAsTheySaidTheyHaveToProtectTheOtherWomenWhichIsFairEnough
#IMainlyWantedHimThereAsIWantedToDeclineASweepButSheWasTotallyFineWithMeSayingNoWhichIsHowItShouldBe
#ISaidIFeltLikeThingsWereHappeningAndWhenSheCheckedBumpSheSaidItWasTight
#IHadNotEvenNoticedAndIGuessItWasABraxtonHicksContractionWhichIThinkIHaveBeenHavingALotOf
#BabyWasHeadDownWithAGoodHeartbeatSoSheTriedToBookMeInForAnInductionAtTheLatestPossibleDate
#TheyAreFullyBookedSoINeedToCallOnTheMorningOfThatDayButIAmHopingTheBabyWillBeHereByThen
#BetweenNowAndThenIHaveAnotherMidwifeAppointmentWhereTheyWillOfferMeASweep
#IAmCurrentlyOnTheFenceAboutWhetherIWillAcceptItOrNot
#LastNightWeOrderedIndianFoodAndIFeltSoHungryAndCouldNotStopEating
#IThinkTheBabyHasDroppedNowSoIDoNotGetAcidRefluxAsMuchSoITryToEatWhenIFeelLikeIt
#ACoupleOfNightsThisWeekIHaveGoneDownstairsToEatASnackAround3InTheMorning
#WhenIWasInLabourWithBIReallyCouldNotEatSoIAmJustTryingToGiveMyBodyAsMuchEnergyAsPossibleInCaseIDoNotFeelLikeEatingAgain
#ISleptSoBadlyLastNightAndItWasHorrible
#IWouldGenerallySleepForAnHourAndThenBeAwakeForTwoHours
#BHasBeenSleepingWellButLastNightSheWasAwakeForABitTooWhichThrewMeOffABit
#IHadToUseANoiseMachineToHelpMeSleepAndLaterIListenedToOnlyTimeByEnyaOnRepeatAndFeltQuiteRelaxed
#WhenICanNotSleepIHaveBeenReadingNewPostsOnAGroupForWomenWhoAreDueThisMonth
#EveryoneSeemsInARushToHaveTheirBabyBeforeTheirDueDateAndGettingUpsetWhenTheirDueDateComesWithNoSigns
#IWantToWriteALotButIAlsoDoNotWantToAnnoyEveryoneBySayingYouAllJustNeedToChillOutAndRelax
#SoInsteadISayNothingAndJustReadWhichIsNotVeryHelpful
#IfIGetToThePointOfNeedingAnInductionThenTiagoIsAllowedToBeThereWithMeWhichIsGood
#ThisDefinitelyFeelsLikeAVeryDifferentExperienceThisTimeAsWithBIHadNoneOfThisWaitingAround
#LastNightIWasCryingAtAVideoOfABoyMeetingHisLittleSisterForTheFirstTimeAsHeWasGettingSoEmotional
#IAlsoCriedALotAtVideosOfGrandmothersSeeingTheirGrandchildrenForTheFirstTimeInALongTimeDueToThePandemic
#IReadAnArticleAboutToddlersAndThePandemicAndHowItMayBeAffectingTheirSocialSkills
#BIsDefinitelyGettingMoreUsedToPeopleInTheNeighbourhoodAndLikesToStrokeDogsMoreWhichHisNice
#IThinkHerGoingToNurseryIsGoodForHerAndSheNowRunsAroundThePlaygroundWithHerFriendWhichIsReallyNiceToSee
#IKeepSayingItButICanNotWaitToSeeHowSheReactsToHerSister

#IHaveDefinitelyBeenOnHighAlertForWeeksForNoReason

I think most people who see my bump on the regular thought I would not still be pregnant. A couple of people we see around commented yesterday that my bump has changed shape.

#IHadAMidwifeAppointmentThisWeekAndTiagoWasActuallyAvailableToBeAtTheAppointmentWithoutBForOnce #HoweverTheyWouldNotLetHimInAsTheySaidTheyHaveToProtectTheOtherWomenWhichIsFairEnough

So he went back to the car and did some work. He wasn’t bothered.

#IMainlyWantedHimThereAsIWantedToDeclineASweepButSheWasTotallyFineWithMeSayingNoWhichIsHowItShouldBe

For some reason I thought I’d have to put up a fight, which I said to her but she said ‘no, we just have to offer it’.

#ISaidIFeltLikeThingsWereHappeningAndWhenSheCheckedBumpSheSaidItWasTight #IHadNotEvenNoticedAndIGuessItWasABraxtonHicksContractionWhichIThinkIHaveBeenHavingALotOf

I’ve always said I’m not really sure what are kicks and what are Braxton Hicks, but after a bit more reading it seems like BH makes your bump go tight for quite a while. I was having a lot of them last night.

#BabyWasHeadDownWithAGoodHeartbeatSoSheTriedToBookMeInForAnInductionAtTheLatestPossibleDate #TheyAreFullyBookedSoINeedToCallOnTheMorningOfThatDayButIAmHopingTheBabyWillBeHereByThen

She said a date and I asked if that was as long as I’d be allowed to go. She said yes. Bit disappointed as I’ve heard of people having a bit more time, but I would be surprised if I get that far.

#BetweenNowAndThenIHaveAnotherMidwifeAppointmentWhereTheyWillOfferMeASweep #IAmCurrentlyOnTheFenceAboutWhetherIWillAcceptItOrNot

I have some time, I might not get that far. I keep saying it, but who knows.

#LastNightWeOrderedIndianFoodAndIFeltSoHungryAndCouldNotStopEating

It was so good. We have leftovers for today. I could go and just eat it all now – I’m going to eat after I finish writing this.

#IThinkTheBabyHasDroppedNowSoIDoNotGetAcidRefluxAsMuchSoITryToEatALotWhenIFeelLikeIt

Though I’ve been feeling a bit sick lately, but it might be due to my hormones changing for labour?

#ACoupleOfNightsThisWeekIHaveGoneDownstairsToEatASnackAround3InTheMorning

Always a samosa with some spicy tomato and onion relish. Yum.

#WhenIWasInLabourWithBIReallyCouldNotEatSoIAmJustTryingToGiveMyBodyAsMuchEnergyAsPossibleInCaseIDoNotFeelLikeEatingAgain

I feel quite thirsty as well, so I’m trying to stay as hydrated and fed as possible. I need to rest more though.

#ISleptSoBadlyLastNightAndItWasHorrible

I dislike lying awake trying to sleep for ages.

#IWouldGenerallySleepForAnHourAndThenBeAwakeForTwoHours

Fun times.

#BHasBeenSleepingWellButLastNightSheWasAwakeForABitTooWhichThrewMeOffABit

We had to go in a couple of times. Tiago changed her nappy as she’d had a bath, and she likes to drink a lot of water in the bath…

#IHadToUseANoiseMachineToHelpMeSleepAndLaterIListenedToOnlyTimeByEnyaOnRepeatAndFeltQuiteRelaxed

Weirdly I had that song scheduled for today on my YouTube channel – I danced to it a while ago so had no clue.

Cue me looking up Enya’s wikipedia page during my reading rampage.

#WhenICanNotSleepIHaveBeenReadingNewPostsOnAGroupForWomenWhoAreDueThisMonth

That and undoing all the good phone behaviour I had the other month.

#EveryoneSeemsInARushToHaveTheirBabyBeforeTheirDueDateAndGettingUpsetWhenTheirDueDateComesWithNoSigns #IWantToWriteALotButIAlsoDoNotWantToAnnoyEveryoneBySayingYouAllJustNeedToChillOutAndRelax #SoInsteadISayNothingAndJustReadWhichIsNotVeryHelpful

I’m sure I’d just piss them all off with my comments, so I’m better off staying quiet.

#IfIGetToThePointOfNeedingAnInductionThenTiagoIsAllowedToBeThereWithMeWhichIsGood

They asked me if I wanted an in or out patient induction. I had no clue about the difference, so luckily her phone went dead so I had some time to ask her a bit more before she rang back. An out patient means I would be given a pessary to use at home, labour at home, but I’d have to go in earlier that day or the day before for a scan. In patient means I’ll have it there, but we’ll have to go in at some point for Covid tests. In patient seems easier as my parents can have B and hopefully things would happen fast as I’d be so due. (I read that inductions happen more effectively the more pregnant you are.)

#ThisDefinitelyFeelsLikeAVeryDifferentExperienceThisTimeAsWithBIHadNoneOfThisWaitingAround

With B my waters broke, I went to hospital, they wouldn’t let me go home as she was breech and had me on a countdown to a c-section. Luckily I went into labour (by staying calm and relaxed) and just laboured at the hospital, then got transferred to the delivery suite when I was in established labour.

#LastNightIWasCryingAtAVideoOfABoyMeetingHisLittleSisterForTheFirstTimeAsHeWasGettingSoEmotional

He was a bit older than B, so I don’t think B will be reacting like that.

#IAlsoCriedALotAtVideosOfGrandmothersSeeingTheirGrandchildrenForTheFirstTimeInALongTimeDueToThePandemic

Bless them all.

#IReadAnArticleAboutToddlersAndThePandemicAndHowItMayBeAffectingTheirSocialSkills #BIsDefinitelyGettingMoreUsedToPeopleInTheNeighbourhoodAndLikesToStrokeDogsMoreWhichHisNice #IThinkHerGoingToNurseryIsGoodForHerAndSheNowRunsAroundThePlaygroundWithHerFriendWhichIsReallyNiceToSee

I’m not too concerned. I think her seeing my Nan everyday is good, and we see my Mum a lot so at least she has not just been stuck in a bubble with me and T for the last 15 months.

#IKeepSayingItButICanNotWaitToSeeHowSheReactsToHerSister

I showed her the video of the siblings this morning and she seemed quite captivated.


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Pregnancy Waiting II

Maybe This Will Be The Last Photo Of Me Pregnant In This Project (38 Weeks / 21st January 2022)

Self-portrait of me wearing a black dress. Only a couple of top buttons are done up, and I am pulling out the left side of my dress with my left hand to reveal my bump. My right hand is down to my side. The image cuts off by my knees.
Maybe This Will Be The Last Photo Of Me Pregnant In This Project (38 Weeks / 21st January 2022)
 
#IWasTakingPhotosInTheStyleOfMyMáscaraProjectLastWeekAndIWasMessingAroundWithMyDress
#IDidThisPoseAndILikeTheIdeaOfShowingMyBumpLikeSomeoneWithACoatFullOfWatchesSoIWantedToDoItAgainForThisProject
#ItHasOnlyBeenACoupleOfDaysSinceMyLastImageAndTextButIAlreadyFeelCalmer
#TwoNightsAgoBetweenBeingAwakeAndAsleepIWasImaginingThatIWasHavingContractions
#IFeltSurprisinglyRelaxedAsIWasLikeOkayItIsProbablyHappeningNow
#IWakeUpEveryHourOrSoEachNightNowWhichIsQuiteAnnoying
#EveryTimeIWakeUpIHaveToTurnOverAndIWonderIfMyWatersHaveBroken
#WithBMyWatersBrokeAndThenIWentToHospitalToBeCheckedAndWasNotAllowedToGoHomeAsSheWasBreech
#AsIJustLabouredThereIDidNotHaveToWorryAboutTransferringInOrAnything
#ThisTimeMyWatersMightNotBreakAndItWillProbablyBeACompletelyDifferentExperience
#ILikeToThinkThatIAmOrganisedAndILikeToFeelInControlSoIThinkThatIsWhyIDoNotLikeThisWaitingPeriodSoMuch
#YesterdayWhenIWasOutWithBIHadSomeReallyStrongCrampsButItMightHaveJustBeenFromPickingBUpABit
#MyLowerBackJustAchesALotOfTheTimeAndIDoHaveCrampsHereAndThere
#BabyXCouldArriveReallySoonOrSheCouldJustWaitUntilTheClockRunsOut
#IThinkIHaveSaidItALotButIAmReallyIntriguedToSeeHowBReactsToTheBaby
#BAndIWillStopAndChatToSixDogsAndTheirOwnersAroundHereNow
#WellIChatAndBWaitsPatientlyForMeUntilSheJustGetsUpAndWalksOff
#ItHasBeenNiceHavingMorePeopleToTalkAboutThisPregnancyWithInRealLifeAsInLiverpoolTAndIHadDailyWalksButSpokeToNoOne
#IMentionItAsOneOfTheWomenHasSaidSheCanNotWaitToSeeHowBIsWithTheBaby
#AFewWeeksAgoIStartedToDoAThingWhereWhenIGetToTheBottomOfTheStairsWhileCarryingBIInteractWithTheMirrorThere
#ThereAreFourLittleCirclesOnEachSideOfItWhereIPutMyFingerAndGoPsst
#ItWasABitRandomButItMadeHerLaughSoIAlwaysDoItNowAsILoveToMakeHerLaugh
#NowILetHerTouchTheSidesInsteadAndAfterwardsWePutOurIndexFingersTogetherAndGoPsstThoughSheIsYetToDoTheSounds
#SheLovesHerVitaminWaterWhichSoundsFancyButIsJustHerVitaminsMixedWithSomeWater
#IGiveItToHerWhenSheWakesUpInTheMorningAndAfterHerNap
#WhileSheWaitsForMeToMakeItSheWillSitOnTheFloorThoughSometimesSheWillStandUpAndHugMyLegThenSitBackDown
#YesterdayIPutOnAMaternitySlashBreastfeedingCardiganThatIBoughtWhenIWasPregnantWithHer
#IHaveNeverReallyWornItAsItWasSummerWhenSheWasBornButIWasColdAndItWasByMyHospitalBags
#ItIsQuiteBigAndICanHideBWhileIWearItWhichSheFindsFunnyAndIGetCuddlesWhichIsNice
#RestInPeaceMeatLoafWhoDiedYesterdayAndWhoseMusicIHaveReallyGottenIntoDuringThisPregnancyForSomeReason

#IWasTakingPhotosInTheStyleOfMyMáscaraProjectLastWeekAndIWasMessingAroundWithMyDress

I did the ‘usual nude’ photos, then some wearing a towel, then thought this dress would be good.

#IDidThisPoseAndILikeTheIdeaOfShowingMyBumpLikeSomeoneWithACoatFullOfWatchesSoIWantedToDoItAgainForThisProject

It’s also because I took photos of myself playing around with a black backdrop when I was pregnant with B, and this is a quicker way to get a playful effect…

#ItHasOnlyBeenACoupleOfDaysSinceMyLastImageAndTextButIAlreadyFeelCalmer

I think I am a bit more ready now. I keep thinking I should watch more hypnobirthing, but I know that I just need to remember to breathe and that’s it.

#TwoNightsAgoBetweenBeingAwakeAndAsleepIWasImaginingThatIWasHavingContractions

My bump had gone super tight, and then I think my mind went into overdrive.

#IFeltSurprisinglyRelaxedAsIWasLikeOkayItIsProbablyHappeningNow

But it obviously wasn’t… I felt relieved in ways as I do not like this waiting.

#IWakeUpEveryHourOrSoEachNightNowWhichIsQuiteAnnoying

Luckily I have been getting better at going back to sleep. The other night I was awake from 3 to 5, and that was really annoying.

#EveryTimeIWakeUpIHaveToTurnOverAndIWonderIfMyWatersHaveBroken

Turning over is uncomfortable. I usually go to the loo as well as getting up relieves my hips of pressure briefly.

#WithBMyWatersBrokeAndThenIWentToHospitalToBeCheckedAndWasNotAllowedToGoHomeAsSheWasBreech

It feels so long ago now, but it was June 2020.

#AsIJustLabouredThereIDidNotHaveToWorryAboutTransferringInOrAnything

I had a deadline (if I wasn’t in labour by 6pm I would have had to have a C-section) and I knew I had to get into the ‘zone’. I think not being moved about probably helped.

#ThisTimeMyWatersMightNotBreakAndItWillProbablyBeACompletelyDifferentExperience

I’m not entirely convinced that this baby isn’t breech, or will not be by the time I give birth though. I do think I might be at home longer though. Having B complicates things as my Mum needs to come and get her, if she isn’t here already etc.

#ILikeToThinkThatIAmOrganisedAndILikeToFeelInControlSoIThinkThatIsWhyIDoNotLikeThisWaitingPeriodSoMuch

I do not like the uncertainty. I like to know what is going to happen. I have no clue.

#YesterdayWhenIWasOutWithBIHadSomeReallyStrongCrampsButItMightHaveJustBeenFromPickingBUpABit

My Nan tells me off for picking her up when she sees me doing it, but sometimes it needs to be done.

#MyLowerBackJustAchesALotOfTheTimeAndIDoHaveCrampsHereAndThere

My back is aching a lot at the moment, and I stretched this morning.

#BabyXCouldArriveReallySoonOrSheCouldJustWaitUntilTheClockRunsOut

I really hope she comes soon. I feel more ready now. I’m bored of these pains.

#IThinkIHaveSaidItALotButIAmReallyIntriguedToSeeHowBReactsToTheBaby

She really doesn’t know how much her life is about to change…

#BAndIWillStopAndChatToSixDogsAndTheirOwnersAroundHereNow

I think it’s 6, possibly more.

#WellIChatAndBWaitsPatientlyForMeUntilSheJustGetsUpAndWalksOff

She just wants to get to the playground, but I’m always keen for a chat.

#ItHasBeenNiceHavingMorePeopleToTalkAboutThisPregnancyWithInRealLifeAsInLiverpoolTAndIHadDailyWalksButSpokeToNoOne

It’s from having B and always being out and about our local area. Some I know as they talk to other dog owners and so I have got to know them that way. It’s really nice going for a walk and sometimes having a chat with three people. B isn’t so impressed though…

#IMentionItAsOneOfTheWomenHasSaidSheCanNotWaitToSeeHowBIsWithTheBaby

I’ve said I’ll show her a video of B meeting the baby for the first time – if we remember to do it.

#AFewWeeksAgoIStartedToDoAThingWhereWhenIGetToTheBottomOfTheStairsWhileCarryingBIInteractWithTheMirrorThere

It’s usually after her afternoon nap, but sometimes in the morning as well.

#ThereAreFourLittleCirclesOnEachSideOfItWhereIPutMyFingerAndGoPsst

Like little mirrors within the big mirror.

#ItWasABitRandomButItMadeHerLaughSoIAlwaysDoItNowAsILoveToMakeHerLaugh

The clown training I did in London is really paying off.

#NowILetHerTouchTheSidesInsteadAndAfterwardsWePutOurIndexFingersTogetherAndGoPsstThoughSheIsYetToDoTheSounds

It’s just a nice little thing that we do.

#SheLovesHerVitaminWaterWhichSoundsFancyButIsJustHerVitaminsMixedWithSomeWater

I’ve mentioned it before. It was easier to give it to her in her water when she was younger, and it encourages her to drink so it’s fine. I really don’t like the taste of it, but she only has plain water or milk otherwise, so it’s probably exciting to her.

#IGiveItToHerWhenSheWakesUpInTheMorningAndAfterHerNap

Fun fact.

#WhileSheWaitsForMeToMakeItSheWillSitOnTheFloorThoughSometimesSheWillStandUpAndHugMyLegThenSitBackDown

Too cute.

#YesterdayIPutOnAMaternitySlashBreastfeedingCardiganThatIBoughtWhenIWasPregnantWithHer

I took a photo of me wearing it when I was pregnant with B, and that might have been the only time I wore it.

#IHaveNeverReallyWornItAsItWasSummerWhenSheWasBornButIWasColdAndItWasByMyHospitalBags

It’s definitely more appropriate for a winter baby, which was probably why it was on sale. It definitely warmed me up.

#ItIsQuiteBigAndICanHideBWhileIWearItWhichSheFindsFunnyAndIGetCuddlesWhichIsNice

I asked if I could have a hug and she ignored me. Then I opened up my cardigan and she ran to me. Tiago came in the room and I held it out wide to hide her from view, so she had a laugh while Tiago pretended that he couldn’t see her and looked for her.

#RestInPeaceMeatLoafWhoDiedYesterdayAndWhoseMusicIHaveReallyGottenIntoDuringThisPregnancyForSomeReason

I only knew a couple of his songs until 6ish months ago, but then suddenly really got into a lot more of his music. He’s been the soundtrack to a lot of B’s meals, and weirdly yesterday I suddenly had an urge to listen to his music after having a bit of a break. Thanks for the music Meat Loaf.

Me dancing to Meat Loaf at 32 weeks pregnant. This song was the first track that I added to my birth playlist.

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