37 WEEK BUMP UPDATE


How far along: 37 weeks + 2 days

Days until due date: Not. Many. At. All. Just under three more weeks but he'll come when he's ready. 

Baby's development: Baby boy now weighs between 6 and 7lbs and measures 19 inches in length. He's gaining that cute chubby fat every day and the brain and skull continue to grow. His lungs are more than capable of adjusting to life outside the womb and they now should be in the engaged position.

My bump: Definitely out there! It all goes out at the front and not too much around my middle so I barely show when I am facing front on to people. My ass though has definitely gotten bigger but less  said about that the better. 

Stretch marks? Still none yet. I have been told a few times though that it's the last few weeks that get you so i've been religiously oiling up in the hope that I don't get them. 

Cravings: Not really. Still loving anything sweet like biscuits and chocolate but nothing specific that I MUST HAVE NOW. Apart from salad cream on my pasta bake this afternoon...that was a bit of a weird one. 

Sleep: Awful. I make THE most ridiculous noises when trying to turn over in the night and the 4657 trips to the loo don't help either. What's really helped though is just surrendering to the fact that sleep won't be great for a while and napping whenever I can. Hey ho, it is what it is. 

Best moment this week: Hearing our little boy's heartbeat at our midwife appointment on Wednesday. He's currently head down and starting to get engaged but unfortunately my tummy wasn't measuring as big as it 'should' have been so we were sent for a growth scan at the hospital this afternoon to check all is okay. Thankfully it is and he's spot on size wise! His estimated weight is 6lbs 7oz so we're really relieved. 

Worst moment this week: The back pain. I've had a really sore lower back for a few weeks now (this baby boy is getting HEAVY) which makes walking too much a bit of a problem. Doing pregnancy yoga has really helped ease it up enough for me to not be housebound but it's really not fun. 

Miss anything? Champagne. All the champagne. It's like my Christmas brain has switched on and all it wants is a festive glass (or three). 

Mood: Impatient to meet our little boy. If he'd like to come early that would be A-OKAY with me! 

2637 DAYS


That's how long I have known Ben for.
And that picture up there was taken the night that we met.

Friday 13th August 2010 / Girls night out in Hoxton / Copious amounts of wine consumed.

I walked straight over to 'the cutie by the DJ booth who can dance', took his glasses off and gave him mine. I then said hello and we realised we had the same prescription. We chatted (about what I haven't a clue), we danced, we kissed and we drunkenly arranged a 'proper date' at my request.
Our first date lasted hours. We had our first sober(ish) kiss on the escalators at Clapham South and he lent me his favourite jumper for my walk home.
A week later on my birthday and after a big "family and best friends only kinda" meal in Hoxton he met my Mum and my best friend Richard. Rich had been notoriously hard to please in the past when it came to my boyfriends (in hindsight he was ALWAYS spot on) so when he said "oh wow Nic, I actually really like this one" it was game on for me. I had to make this one work.
Seven years and quite a few hiccups later (mostly my fault I must add) here we are.
Every single day I am thankful that I walked right up to him in that sweaty East London bar and grabbed his glasses straight off his face. Every single day.
So thank you Ben for putting up with me and all my crazy.

I can't wait to start this new adventure with you. You're going to be such an amazing Dad. 
Love you xxx

**this post first appeared on my old blog Our Little Balham Life

THE POWER OF THE WET TOWEL


This may look like a poor quality picture of a wet towel on the floor and yes, you'd technically be right, but what it actually is is a representation of just how much I've started to not give a shit about certain things. 

Anyone who knows me well knows that I'm *incredibly* tidy, bordering on definitely OCD, when it comes to keeping my home tidy and organised. 

I don't think I've EVER left a wet towel on the floor overnight. NEVER.

Until now. 

I mean.. realistically.. was I gonna get my heavy pregnant ass up out of bed to put my hair towel on the radiator?

No. I. Was. Not. 

And that was it. 

That OCD niggling feeling that I would've had before that 'I totally have to get up and out of bed to hang the towel up or I won't sleep' was GONE. 

It's kind of like pregnancy is helping me prepare for the mess and unpredictability that comes with having a baby. 

Isn't it clever. 

HAVE A COSY WEEKEND

Goooood morning... what are your plans this weekend? Ben is up in London with his brothers and I've got my sister visiting for a cosy day in by the fire, drinking cups of tea and playing around with make-up looks in preparation for her wedding next April! I'm definitely going to have to have an early morning nap before she arrives though as I barely slept last night and currently looking more zombie than glowing muma-to-be. 

Have a good one. xoxo

Photo by my gorgeous Husband and stolen without his permission! 

33 WEEK BUMP UPDATE


How far along:  33 weeks + 1 day

Days until due date: 47 days 

Baby's development: Our baby boy is now about the size of a pineapple! Eeeesh! He weighs a little over 4 pounds and measures just over 17 inches. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, meaning it's easier for his journey into the world! Thankfully.

My bump: Big, round and firm. And in the way most of the time. 

Stretch marks? Still none yet! Wooo!! I don't think i've ever been so moisturised in my life. 

Cravings: Anything sweet. Anything at all. 

Sleep: Super excitingly our new mattress arrived today so i'm hoping that my sleep will get a little better because of that. No more rolling in towards the middle of the bed for us. 

Best moment this week: I suppose the best moment of the past few weeks would be attending our Hypnobirthing Workshop and starting our NCT classes. I'm such a nerd when it comes to learning so having all this new information to sink my teeth into is awesome. The people in my NCT group are really lovely too so here's to hoping that we make some new friends! 

Other highlights include living in the most beautiful place...


Worst moment this week: Unfortunately my hips have started to really ache which sucks. I've been doing some gentle stretches and am just going to keep an eye on things for now. 

Miss anything? Life before relentless heartburn. 

Mood: Hmmm.... things have been VERY up and down lately. My hormones have certainly been a challenge. I'm talking hours and hours spent crying uncontrollably here, not just a little cry here and there! Thankfully it seems that the worst of it has passed so here's to keeping my head up and my heart strong.

Love,
The Parsons x

29 WEEK BUMP UPDATE

How far along: 29 weeks + 4 days  

Days until due date: 72 days (!!)

Baby's development: Baby boy is now about 38cm from the crown of his head to his heels and weighs between 2.5lb and 3.5lbs! He's not only fattening up by the day but moving tonnes too! His brain, which was once smooth, is gaining new folds and grooves as it becomes more complex and his bones continue to harden.

My bump: Big and firm! I absolutely love having a nice round tummy and I don't think i've ever felt so comfortable in my body. My belly button however is still super weird... it's "technically" in but does being pretty much flat really count as in? It slightly protrudes 

Stretch marks? Nothing yet! I've still been oiling my tummy daily which is definitely helping the bigger I get. 

Cravings: I've said this before but does ALL of the food count? Since being back home and being able to eat all the food i've missed over the last 9 months i've certainly been, well, "enjoying" them more than I maybe should be. 

Sleep: Surprisingly my sleep has been quite good lately! I'm finally used to sleeping on my side and apart from the few toilet trips in the night i've been sleeping through from about 11pm when I go to bed till about 7am when we get up. 

Best moment this week: Having quite a few members of our family feel our baby boy kick! It's so nice to share something so magical with them all and seeing their faces when it happens is priceless. Another awesome moment this week was receiving the Jem + Bea changing bag that I won in an instagram competition! Review coming soon but it's pictured above... gotta take it out and test it before he arrives right?

Worst moment this week: The relentless heartburn. All I have to say about it is that it's tiresome, boring and fucking uncomfortable.

Miss anything? Being able to move around quickly, easily and without making involuntary grunting noises. I've become quite the slow walker which drives me crazy.

Mood: Settled and happy in our new home but mostly crazy excited to meet our little boy. 

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PAST FEW WEEKS

Moving home. We're back in the UK. Woo!! It's been a *very* hectic few weeks but we're here and things are finally feeling a bit more settled again. Moving internationally is just horrible. And doing it at 26 weeks pregnant makes it pure shite. But I can honestly say that I completely love our new home here in Tunbridge Wells and all that stress was worth it in a way. 

Nesting. I may be a little biased but I honestly think our new home is the most gorgeous one we've lived in so far. It was the third or fourth place that we looked at when we came down to TWells for the day to find somewhere to live and for me it was love at first sight; the huge rooms, tall ceilings, giant bathroom, working fireplace... the list went on. The Universe conspired (it always does) and we were able to move in just a few days after viewing it. Nearly two weeks later and it's really feeling like home. I mean...that fire... 
Having lots of baths. This is a bit of a weird one to include but our new bath is so deep and big that i'm making the most of being able to have an uninterrupted bath before baby arrives. Throw in some candles, a good book and i'm a happy lady.

Family time. Being so close to our families has been glorious. I really missed everyone when we were in Chicago and being so far away really proved hard for me. Everyone has been so supportive and amazing since we got back that we know we made the right decision to come home and have our baby surrounded by these all wonderful people. It takes a village after all. 
Goblin. It's so nice to have our Goblin back (after nearly a year!!) and wandering around the place being his typical sneaky self. I've missed him so much but thankful he's been looked after so well by Ben's mum this past year. He's been very much spoilt and i'm convinced he's waiting for when he can go back to stay with her again.

Tomorrow we're attending a Hypnobirthing workshop with Hypnobirth Tunbridge Wells and i'm so excited! I've been practising the relaxation track that Louise sent out when we booked and have found it really helpful in keeping a handle on my ever growing anxiety. 

I'll be writing about it all so keep tuned! 

Do you have any plans this weekend you're looking forward to? I'd love to hear about them! 

Love, 
The Parsons x