Parenting in Progress

I am the proud mother of a beautiful baby boy and the purpose of this blog is to record my experience of motherhood.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Been working hard on my dissertation and thank goodness it's nearly done! Having a really nice time getting to know my two wee nieces and nephew from Australia though I can't play with them as much as I would like to because I get tired so easily. So life is rather busy at the moment and Sorley is as active as ever, it's funny- every time I rub my bump then stop he gives me a wee kick until I rub it again and this can go on for a good while!
Tomatoes are good for your heart apparently, well I was never fond of them before but now I just can't get enough of them and the little dairylea cheese triangles.

Cowal Games was a washout as usual, I felt sorry for my brother, sis-in-law and their two girls who came up from England for the games. It was busy but I had a great day - this is our town at the march past in the evening where all the bands troop down the main street playing after winning their
cups etc - there are so many pipe bands that the march past starts at 6.30pm and carries on until 9pm, and then there is a big firework display set off from the pier.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Wow is that the week passed already...27 weeks pregnant today (29 weeks from lmp)

Time is drawing scarily on, 5 weeks until my dissertation is due and not long before I should be thinking about packing a hospital bag.
What a busy week - my sis-in-law from Australia arrived on Monday night with her two adorable girls and baby boy, we've not seen her for eight years! My brother is up on holiday from England with his wife and their beautiful two wee girls this week also, it's been so good to see all these little darling nieces and nephews.

The big event of the year for our town happens this week - the Cowal Highland Games - which means thousands of visitors swarm our little town and literally hundreds of pipe bands march up and down our main street. It starts on the Thursday night with the sunset ceremony which has a whole bunch of events happening at the town bandstand ending with all the lights switched off except for one spotlight on lone piper playing his pipes on a balcony over everyone. The games carry on through to Sunday, we leave our windows open at night and wake up to the sound of pipes playing in the morning.
I've been away the last two years when the games have been on so I'm really looking forward to it this year especially with all the family here.

Baby's brain can now control primitive breathing and body temperatures.
His eyes can move in their sockets and soon he will be able to follow a blinking light.
Baby is increasingly sensitive to changes in light, sound, taste, and smell! Various studies show that baby may indicate preferences (or disdain) for particular tastes or odors at this stage
He is also moving from side to side, but probably still is head up. In the next few weeks, he will move to the head down birthing position.

My sis-in-law brought a mountain of baby clothes for me from Australia and I had a great time looking at them and folding them away, the little drawer set I have for Sorley is full already.

The kid's not even born and already he has more clothes than me!!
Look at this cute little body vest, it's so small and these little teddybear socks!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

When husband was on his tracking course in Portugal he got some great photos of emu's - they are such comical looking creatures (isn't he/she cute?!), very photogenic - husband has some more pics of them on his blog, give him a wee visit here!

Had the first of our parenting classes on saturday morning, fairly interesting but the best bit was the relaxation exercise! The midwife had us all with our eyes closed and music on while telling us to relax every part of our body, I sooo wanted to giggle especially when she said "invite the organs of your abdominal captivity to release and relax" - eh??

Just when I think my belly can't possibly get any bigger I've started to get the tightening and stretching aches which means when I wake up tomorrow belly's going to be sticking out even further -argh! I'm definately finding standing a lot more wearying on my poor legs, and my pelvic bone is starting to ache with the weight - I'm starting to fear that my bones are going to crumble under the weight of this big boy!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Today is week 26 (28 weeks from lmp)

Baby's eyebrows and eyelashes are now very noticeable!
The hair on his head is growing longer apparently and his eyes are now completely formed.
His body is getting plump and rounded (I know how that feels!), most of that increase is muscle tissue and bone.
"Muscle tone is improving, preparation for the Olympics feels like it is taking place in your womb" - you're not kidding, now anyone can easily feel him kick when they place their hand on my belly, he does his biggest kicks at night when I lie down as if to say "oy you're not allowed to lie down".
His lungs are capable of breathing now and he weighs around 2.2 pounds (1005gm).

I've just realised that these funny marks on my sides are stretch marks...hmm the joys of pregnancy! Over the last three nights I seem to have completely lost the ability to sleep, either my belly aches or my legs or I'm just wide awake, and trying to turn from one side to another in bed has turned into a major epic.

I'm two thirds of my way through my dissertation and will be glad to see it done, I was using husband's laptop to type it up so I could lie fairly comfortably in bed while I was doing it but after a news report the other day said that the company were recalling his make of laptop because the battery in them was exploding, kind of put me off using it - a laptop exploding on my belly, hmm not a nice thought! So now I'm sitting up at the computer all day and this belly's not too happy about it!

Fantastic spell of thunder and lightning today and the downpour was torrential, I was umm... in the coffeeshop eating scones at the time with a great view over the river Clyde!
Well it's now 4am and I'm still wide awake - think I'm going to feel pretty crap tomorrow!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Yesterday was week 25 (27 from lmp) and I was in agony, this baby was crushing my ribs and I couldn't get comfortable at all! Today he has changed position a bit which is a relief for my poor ribs but I think I've seen the last of a good night's sleep for a while! I'm getting fairly big, people are surprised when I tell them I'm not due until November or not having twins!!

This week baby's brain continues its rapid growth and response to sound grows more consistent. His lungs continue to grow and prepare for functioning outside of the womb. He also continues to take small breaths and although he's only breathing in water and not air, it's still good practice for when he's born. His eyelids are now open more and he can distinguish between light and dark. He will grow over ½ inch this week alone!

Went to see Superman at the cinema the other night, it was very good and Sorley kicked his way through all the loud bits.
We have started our process of adapting the dogs to the new arrival by first of all kicking them out of the bedroom, they normally sleep at night on the floor at the bottom of our bed. So we put up a baby gate and shut them out, poor Lenny sat up all night with his chin on the gate peering over at us, and Clyde, my wee dog (pictured) paced for a good bit before eventually settling down.

The latest craving has been hot scones from our local Baptist coffee shop, smothered in butter and raspberry jam...yum! Been keeping up with a lot of fruit and I've felt the need to keep drinking loads of water which means not straying too far from the loo!!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Husband flies back from Portugal tonight and am I glad! It's been a fairly stressful week without him with the panic of blood spotting that thankfully turned out to be no more serious than a urinary tract infection and seems to have cleared up anyway, some dog problems and yesterday a leaking pipe under my kitchen sink. So it's been an eventful week and I'm glad that it's finally come to an end, the only thing I have enjoyed is the double bed all to myself and my five hundred pillows! I think Sorley's head is just under my rib cage, it feels like there is a constant and rather uncomfortable pressure there.

Well I think husband's had a good week tracking in the Algarve, last year he was there for two weeks animal tracking - tracking wild boar and the Iberian lynx, this year he's going mainly for the man tracking part! This is the blurb about the course from the tracking school -
"The ancient art of tracking will be explored in detail. We will cover tracking techniques from around the world and apply it to animal tracking and some mantracking whilst having lots of practice under the beautiful skies of the Algarve region of Portugal" - sounds interesting but I'm not sure I have the patience for it!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

After reading this post at Surroundings I tried the challenge of writing a sonnet in 20 minutes and failed miserably, however I did eventually come up with this tongue-in-cheek sonnet (the closest to a sonnet I'll ever get!):


A little boy is growing in my belly
he lives in black and white, his name is Sorley.
He taps me gently with his pointy elbows
and when he kicks it makes my tummy wobble.
I've seen him on the telly, I have two pictures
of him - a little parcelled peanut captured,
held captive in the dark like Jonah except
I'm not a whale however fat and adept
I am at swimming. Three months until we meet,
dear firstborn son I expect to hear you greet
us with your lungs and flailing feet and fists.
I hope that when you're born my teeth are not lost
for good after all these sweets you've forced me to eat
and the biscuits I've hidden under our living room suite.

Friday, August 04, 2006

I'm not keen on poetry written in Scots - I just can't understand it, but I like this poem by Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie (from her collection Jizzen) - it has a few Scots words through it which I don't mind.


Oh whistle and I'll come to ye,
my lad, my wee shilpit ghost
summonsed from tomorrow.

Second sight,
a seer's mothy flicker,
an inner sprite:

this is what I see
with eyes closed;
a keek-aboot among secrets.

If Pandora
could have scanned
her dark box,

and kept it locked -
this ghoul's skull, punched eyes
is tiny Hope's,

hauled silver-quick
in a net of sound,
then, for pity's sake, lowered.

That's me 6 months pregnant! (24 weeks, 26 from LMP)
The start of my third and thankfully last trimester(according to my book but some sources date the 3rd trimester beginning at another 2-3 weeks away, but I'm sticking to my book!) - it's beginning to feel like I've been pregnant forever and I've forgotten what it's like not to be fat, and of course i can't wait to see this little kicking machine that lives inside my belly.

Sorley may weigh about two pounds now and will be 14 inches (35.6cm) in length
Although they've been sealed shut for the last few months, his eyes are opening and beginning to blink this week and the retinas begin to form.
Brain wave activity for hearing and sight begins to be detectable.
Fetal brain scans show response to touch. If I shine a light on my abdomen, baby will turn his head, which according to researchers, means his optic nerve is working.

Well husband's away this week on another tracking course, this time in Portugal - it's good that he likes hot weather because it's pretty hot where he is!
Annoyingly it looks like I've got a urine infection and have passed a couple of drops of blood while peeing, had a full check-up at the hospital this morning but will need to go back for an anti-D injection in case my blood crosses the placenta because my blood type is negative and without the injection any future child I have, if their blood type is positive my body will reject the baby. So here's drinking plenty of water and cranberry juice - yuck!
The midwife had a hard time finding his heartbeat this morning as he was moving all over the place not to mention kicking me at the same time, eventually he lay still long enough for her to measure his heartbeat and all is absolutely normal.

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