As I now enter my 31st week of pregnancy (insane), I'm officially 75% of the way there... more or less, depending on whether this little one decides to turn up early, on time or fashionably late.
The weeks are still zooming by and, in the coming few weeks, I'll be starting my antenatal classes and preparing for my maternity leave - which starts in just over 5 weeks! I'm beginning to get really impatient as I'm so ready to meet our little baby girl, so lets just hope the time continues to fly by.
So, how do I feel?
Not much has changed in the last few weeks. I still feel really tired and achy by the time I get into bed - bubble baths are my absolute saviour at the moment - and I'm struggling with how many times I'm waking during the night; mainly to go to the loo, but also just to move around and get comfortable.
The lightheadedness has faded a bit, which is a relief, but I still have to eat and drink something within about half an hour of getting up, otherwise I find myself feeling pretty weak.
Moodwise, I'm still feeling very stable. I don't feel like I'm losing my temper or getting emotional particularly easily, but I guess all that's still to come.
The main thing I've noticed is that I am hungry. ALL. THE. DAMN. TIME. It's seriously a miracle that I haven't gained a good couple of stone already, with the amount I've been eating in the last few weeks!
How do I look?
I've been gaining weight at a steady rate of 1lb a week for the last 6 or so weeks now, so I'm now 1/2 a stone over my start weight. I think my weight gain is around the normal rate, especially as I didn't gain anything until I reached the 6 month mark, but I'm hoping that I don't gain too much more - not from an aesthetic point of view, but because I've been warned by midwife about the complications that excessive weight gain can add.
I'm feeling pretty whale-like at the moment too as I'm struggling to find any flattering clothes. I've been wearing lots of floaty dresses which are pretty but I feel quite dumpy in them. I'll keep trying new things though!
Are we prepared?
I picked up some more adorable baby clothes the other day so we're now collating quite a nice wardrobe for our baby girl, although admittedly it is about 90% baby grows, rather than any outfits as I think I'll leave them until the baby is a couple of months old. If it's going to be covered in milk, sick and God knows what else, what's the point?
Tesco has proved a great place to pick up affordable, cute baby clothes!
We've got one more bit of furniture to put up and then the nursery is sorted, even though we won't be using it for around the first 6 months. It's still nice to get everything set up whilst we've still got the energy.
My blood test results came back fine so that's good news, I had to rearrange my whooping cough vaccination as I slept right through it (oops!) so I'll be having that in the next couple of weeks, my job has officially been advertised in the paper so the reality of my impending maternity leave is now sinking in!
I'll be back in a couple of weeks with my 32 week pregnancy update!