I have felt overwhelmingly tired this past week, it seems my energy levels in this pregnancy have finally plummited. At first, I was worried that I’d just forgotten how things felt in the third trimester and that this tiredness would be it from here on in. But I am starting to regain energy now so I think it’s actually a combination of Sam being away for so long, unexpected side effects of the Whooping Cough jab (it seems to have made me super drowsy), and the fact that Arlo and I have both been a bit under the weather this week.
The ‘bump’ (I hate that word), seems to following the same path as it did in Arlo’s pregnancy and not growing that immense towards the later weeks. When I saw the nurse for my jab, she actually didn’t believe that I was 30 weeks pregnant. I used to get a bit sensitive when people would comment on the small size of Arlo’s ‘bump’, mainly because healthcare professionals acted as if it was something of concern, and so I was concerned. I was sent for various growth scans towards the end of my pregnancy – Most notably, when I was 36 weeks and measuring a good 4 inches behind on the fundal height, the midwife told me “Don’t worry, I’ll send you for another scan now and if there is a problem, you are almost full-term so we can just arrange to have the baby whipped out later today” (!!) Anyway, Arlo came out fully cooked and weighing 8lbs, so I’m not worried one bit with this pregnancy. Bodies carry pregnancy in different ways.
It’s difficult to remember, but I feel that this baby is a lot quieter than Arlo was on the whole. Movements are more subtle, he or she seems more chilled out than womb-Arlo (god, I hope this translates to real-life). I haven’t even felt hiccups yet – something that I know I had felt a lot with Arlo by this stage.
We’ve not bought anything for the baby yet. There’s really not much to get, and I’ve been putting off list-making because I know it will lead me to want to buy things we don’t need. But I will inevitably make some sort of list at some point, and a few things will probably be purchased.
As we get closer to the end of this pregnancy, I’m starting to actually imagine the baby being here, and specifically imagining Arlo as a big brother. The baby is still a big topic of conversation for Arlo. Before when he’d ask when the baby would be coming out, it was difficult to explain to him that we had four or five months to wait – he doesn’t understand that length of time! Now it feels like not long to wait at all until we’ll be introducing him to his new sibling.
On the subject of introductions – Do you think there is an important way to go about it? How did you introduce your children? Is it best to introduce Arlo in a very low-key way and spend a bit of time with just Sam, me and the baby there? (As the only child, he’s very much used to being the centre of attention with extended family, I’d feel awful for him to feel pushed out on his first meeting when he sees other people making a fuss of the baby – is this a really silly concern?)