Posted on September 7, 2016
Week 38 Pregnancy Update
Lest you think that I have disappeared, or actually had our baby yet, I thought I’d better give you a week 38 pregnancy update! We have been busy with my parents and my sister and her family staying nearby, followed by family friends visiting us for a weekend, but now our calendar is clear until our lovely baby arrives! We are back into our usual homeschooling routine, with only a few small changes this year, and have been taking all the opportunities we can to get out into any sunshine that presents itself!
I am really thankful to God to be able to say that I have kept very well since my last pregnancy update earlier in the summer. I only have some minor aches and pains, and mild carpal tunnel syndrome in my wrists and hands at night (I had this much worse eight years ago, with our youngest daughter).
I am at that big, awkward stage now, and am not sleeping brilliantly, but I know I should be thankful for all the sleep I can get at the moment before I am up at night feeding our baby soon!
Last weekend, some very kind friends held a baby shower for us. I had only ever been to one baby shower before, for someone else, and we were so blessed to spend time with lots of people we have got to know on the island, and by their generosity in giving us gifts for the baby. We also had great food, and some fun games such as putting a nappy on the dolly while blindfolded, and hanging up baby clothes on a washing line whilst speaking on the phone and stirring a bowl of ‘food’! My husband did this last one in superfast time!
A fortnight ago I had an ultrasound scan on the mainland, which confirmed that they are happy for me to have our baby on the island, which I am very pleased about, and I now have more frequent appointments with my midwife until the ‘big day’!
After the recent Essential Oils Revolution 2 summit, which I feel I learned a lot from, I bought Allison England’s book Aromatherapy and Massage for Mother and Baby. It was easy to read through quickly, and I hope to use some of the ideas during labour. Currently, I am reading (and trying to finish!) Redeeming Childbirth, by Angie Tolpin of the Courageous Mom blog.
It is written for Christian women, and covers such things as drawing close to God in pregnancy and childbirth, stopping judgement of other women regarding the type of birth they have had, and being a good witness of our faith in Jesus Christ, even through pain or trials. At 354 pages, it is quite a long book for me to read in my current sleepy state (!), but I have found it very encouraging and I hope to finish it within the next week.
We are fairly well prepared now, I think, in terms of having the small number of things ready that a newborn baby actually needs, so really all that is left to do is wait! I am trying to be reasonably patient, but given that I have a certain 4 young people who are desperate to know when I will go into labour, this is not always the easiest task!
I will keep you posted on what happens! Do you have any important or unusual events coming up soon? Please let me know in a comment.
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