Our last Saturday as a family of 3

Snuggled up in his “cocoon” after morning bath time! πŸ’›

Followed by some fun at the museum with his aunties 🎈

Finally, the day has been spent trying out some old wives tales!

Bath? Check. Colostrum harvesting? Check. Bumpy road? Check. Long muddy walk in the rain? Check. Bouncing on ball? Check *rotate to dilate*! Curry? Check.

Any other tips welcome…

A morning with gestational diabetes

Testing, cuppa, and nuts!

This time next week I’ll be getting induced, and the days of testing will be almost over. The last 26 weeks have been a bit of a rollercoaster, I never anticipated getting this diagnosis, especially so early, and it was scary. But, to be honest, I am probably even more scared now that I am in the final few days. There is always the chance that something could go wrong, and I am always reminded that it can get tougher towards the end. Yesterday, my midwife reminded me β€œwe’ve got you this far… we don’t want things to go pear-shaped at the last hurdle”. I want this little lady to arrive before next Friday (will be eating plenty of curries and doing lots of walking!), not only because I don’t want to have to face induction (potentially days spent in hospital waiting, which means days spent away from Stanley)… but, every day that she is in my belly, it feels like another day of worrying right now. I know I am most definitely overthinking and questioning every movement!

Induction is booked!

39 weeks pregnant

39 weeks pregnant today! Got clinic (Gestational Diabetes) and scan later this morning, which will no doubt be my last (eek!) – never thought I’d make it this far, and although it’s getting close, I am still hoping that this little one will arrive naturally (come on little lady!)… but we will see what they have to say at hospital today🀞🏻

Pregnancy problems; the hairy belly!

Flowers for being a “brave mummy”

Finally, I have found a dentist I can trust

Huge thanks to Oasis Dental Care! Gabriel Magirescu has been a total life saver this week. I hadn’t seen a dentist in 3 years due to fear, the mere thought of going sent me into a panic. On Monday this week, I was left with little choice because of the agony I was in and being 37 weeks pregnant, with gestational diabetes, the situation wasn’t doing my little lady any good. So on Monday morning – I had an emergency appointment with Gabriel – resulting in lots of work with no pain relief. He was calming, reassuring, understanding, and talked me through everything. I even went back again yesterday for more! Of course, I am still incredibly nervous, but knowing that I have someone like this, that I trust, makes it a whole lot easier – and I certainly won’t leave it so long next time!

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On another note, I’ve known that I need to sort my fear of the dentist out pretty soon. Stanley is under the care of an orthodontist and as a result of his cleft, he will have alveolar bone graft surgery when he’s around 7-9 years old. He has a gap in his gum, where his tooth has come through sideways, and hopefully the surgery will allow for his adult teeth to come through properly. So, considering what he may have to go through in his life – I need to buck my ideas up!

Anyway, today is the first day since Saturday that I am feeling pretty much back to normal, and I only have Gabriel to thank for this. Next up… I just have the pain of labour to endure (which I’m hoping will seem a breeze, in comparison)!