About Me

Steffy
Shropshire, GB
I'm 19 years old. I'm married to a guy called Mike since 16th August '05. We already have a little boy called Morgan, born 14th October 2005. I am currently pregnant with our 2nd child. This is my pregnancy blog

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Monday, July 16, 2007
1 Week Left

OMG only a week until I am due. How on earth did that happen! It seems like yesterday that I found out I was pregnant! Life is just flying by! Podge is still as active as ever which is just reassuring. I'm hoping everything is ok with Podge! Really nervous that something may be or go wrong. Podge has been getting the hiccups more and more lately. Bless. It's so sweet. I will definately miss it. Wish I had a midwife appointment tomorrow, because I would love to hear Podge's heartbeat again and know if he/she has dropped any more. I'm sure he/she has though. Night times are getting bad now. Finding it hard to sleep, suffering really bad heartburn, also keep getting really crampy and I worry it's labour starting. Podge can't do anything until Mike finishes work on Thursday! Which isn't long now. I still reckon I will go overdue by a few days! Just gotta wait and see though

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Saturday, July 14, 2007
Ouchies

Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch. Podge must be dropping some more. It hurts more than when he/she was dropping before. Ouch. Guessing it is because it's dropping even more down. Maybe Podge is fully engaged now! How exciting. Well Mike has four more days left at work before his leave starts. Which is great. I can't wait for him to have nearly 6 weeks off! It's going to be lovely! Can't believe i'm in single digits now! Only 9days left until due date. Well nearly only 8days left seeing as it's nearly midnight. I just can't get my head around the fact that we will have a little baby join our family. It has not sunk in yet.

I'm excited about the labour now. I can't wait for it to happen. Just so excited about knowing if we have a little boy or girl! Hope Morgan takes to his little brother or sister well. Ooooh the other day I asked Morgan if he was having a little brother and he tried to nod his head. Morgan only shakes his head, never nodded it before. And when I asked him if he was having a little sister, he just stared at me! Maybe he knows something I don't. So now I am expecting Podge to be a boy. Ooooh it's all too exciting!


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Friday, July 13, 2007
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Thursday, July 12, 2007
38week

Well I can definately not imagine getting ANY bigger. But I obviously will. Can't believe how much my bump has grown! I am so looking forward to having a flat (ish) stomach again! Be able to see my feet!!!! It is going to be very weird not lugging this big bump around. I know I will miss it. But I won't be getting another one for at least 4years!!!

So can't wait to meet Podge, and know whether we have a girl/boy Podge. It's so exciting. I still have no gut instinct to which one it is. I think i'm going to burst with excitement the closer my due date gets!


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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Progress Finally

Well I was right Podge has dropped some more! Wahoo. Podge is now 3 / 5ths engaged! Only 2 / 5ths of his/her head can be felt. I'm so excited. I know it doesn't mean that Podge will be earlier or anything. But progress is good! Everything is fine. I'm measuring 38weeks. My blood pressure is 110/60, which is great. There was a trace of protein in my urine, but nothing to worry about. And there was no sugar in my urine. Podge's heart rate was 136 beats per minute. So everything is just fine. They made sure I had my home birth pack, and that I knew which number to ring when labour began. So i'm all set to go. They haven't put me on weeklys either, so I am booked in for two weeks time on the 24th July, if Podge hasn't arrived by then.

Went to Morgans playgroup today and there was a girl there who has a five week old girl and she had a home birth. Which went really well for her. She had the midwife that delivered Morgan. So now that I know she is still working for the hospital, I really hope she delivers this baby too. Would be nice to see her again. So that's got me mega excited about the birth now. I'm not as worried about making mess now, as the girl said she had one shower curtain, and what the midwives put in the pack sorted the rest out. And the midwives just folded the stuff and disposed of it. So i'm a bit more relaxed about it now. Just as long as Podge stays in there until the 20th July, I will be happy. Can't wait! 13days until due date!


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Monday, July 09, 2007
2 weeks left!

Wahoo. 14days left!!!!! How exciting. I have a gut feeling I will go overdue. But i'm ok with that. As long as it's only by a few days. I don't want to be having Podge in August. I haven't planned for that. I will be happy if Podge decides to come anytime between 20th July and 28th July.

Well I still haven't heard from the maternity allowance entitlement. I know i'm eligible for it, but I have been waiting 3weeks now! Wonder how much longer it will take. I looked back on the stuff when I applied for it when pregnant with Morgan. I found I applied, it took bout 3weeks for them to get back to me, then I sent a form to say I had finished working and it was all set up once they got that form. I finished work Saturday and I am meant to be getting my first payment from them in 11days! Hopefully I hear from them before this week is up. I have tried ringing one number to try get hold of them, but no one is answering. So i'll leave it until Friday. And if I haven't heard anything through the post then I will try ringing again. I hope they have sorted it, because I need to know where I stand so I can inform housing benefit, and not worry that I wont be getting any maternity pay. Ugh it's all so stressful!

Podge is much more active lately, which is nice. And I find it really weird when Podge stretches out and my bump is just spread out. I best make the most of it all because I won't have my bump for much longer. I'm sure going to miss it. But then I am going to be happy my body will be my own again, and I won't be suffering these really bad aches and pains!


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Wednesday, July 04, 2007
'Lightening'

Ok this 'lightening' is really starting to get to me now. It's so painful. I feel like Podge is just going to drop right out of me! The last 2days it has gotten more frequent especially at night time or when i'm sitting, or walking about, oh basically whatever I do it has become more frequent! Haha. Good thing is plenty of people have reassured me that it's normal to get this in the last few weeks and still not go into labour. I went into a panic thinking what if Podge just falls out of me whilst i'm shopping in Asda! Then what do I do. But nope it won't happen. So unless I start to get contractions i'm safe to leave the house. I am going to mention this 'lightening' feeling to my midwife when I next see her. Which is on Tuesday 10th July at 11:30am. Hopefully she will tell me that Podge has engaged itself more down my pelvis! I would go mad if I am still 1/5ths engaged. All this pain and pressure, to just have no change would be taking the mick. Oh well not long until I find out.

Well we packed the labour/hospital bag on Sunday. So that in the event of me needing to give birth in hospital then everything is ready to just go. Also it makes it easier to find things when i'm giving birth at home as everything will be in one place. So we packed it, and oh my word, the size of the newborn nappies! It scared me half to death! I'm so used to the size of Morgans nappies, that seeing a newborns nappy has freaked me out. I can't imagine holding something that small. It is going to take a day or two to get used to!

I finish work on Saturday (7-7-07) and i'm so looking forward to it! Thankfully i'm only working 11am-6pm. So it's an easy shift. But I so cannot wait to go on maternity leave. A whole 9months paid off. And an optional extra 3months unpaid.

The days are going by fast, and i'm starting to try enjoy it instead of wishing the days away like I have been doing. Only 19days left until my due date! Can't believe how close it's getting. Nearly in single figures! Everyone at my mums work have been asking my mum how long have I got left. Have I had the baby yet. All the usual questions you get once you hit the last 3weeks of pregnancy.

I am having a strong feeling that Podge is a girl. But I don't want to get my hopes up. I would love to have another boy to see how much different Morgan and he will be as they grow up. But to have a girl would be fab too, as then I get to experience both genders. I can't wait to find out our babies gender! I can't believe I managed to hold out on not finding out. As there were times when i desperately wanted to know. But the suprise will be great. And whatever the result I will be overjoyed! Can't wait!


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Saturday, June 30, 2007
Still Here

Well it turned out to be nothing last night. Thankfully some paracetomal and a good nights sleep was what I needed. I've made sure to relax today though at work. Only one more shift (11am - 6pm) of work to do on the 7th July and then i'm finished! Wahoo. I really can't wait now. I know it will come round fast but I just want it to be here already. Had a little cleaning spree of the kitchen earlier. The cooker got the brunt of it. I think tomorrow I will sort out upstairs, that's if I have any energy left after doing my labour/hospital bag, and also sorting out where all the sheets will go for the home birth. At least I am just over a day away from being 37weeks! (1day, 1hour and 15minutes to be exact) I can't believe it was 2weeks tomorrow that I had the major scare. It has just flown by! Hope the next 3weeks do the same.

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Not Feeling Good

Oh I feel awful. I'm getting very achey legs and bad back pain! Then there's the pressure from Podge pushing its head against my cervix, and the 'lightening' feeling i'm getting like Podge will just drop out. I don't like this feeling. The time I have felt like this before is when I am having a really bad 'time of the month' and also if i remember rightly when my labour started with Morgan. Only difference is i'm not getting the crampy stomach which are contractions. Well I think I will take some paracetomal and head to bed. I hate feeling like this. Hopefully nothing becomes of it. I still have two more days to make to 37weeks and then I can have a home birth. I really don't want to have the baby anytime soon. I still have things to do and get!

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Friday, June 29, 2007
Home Birthing Pack

I have finally gotten it! Yay! Well the contents weren't all that fun.lol. No alcohol or chocolate. Boo hoo.

There was towels to clean the baby up with once born, catheters just incase, aprons, latex gloves, some hand gel, some box that you put the used needles in, examination kits, sanitary towels, a few small disposable floor towels (so that when I stand after having the baby I wont mess my floor up), the thing to pop the waters - cant think of its name, label/tags for Podge and me, basically general stuff.

When the time comes that's when they will bring the oxygen tank because they will need to take the kit for others and such so it stays in the midwives cars. So yeah its exciting. We have decided to pack the hospital/labour bag sunday so im good to go and also we are doing a trial run of setting up the bedroom for when im in labour. Like where the shower curtains will be placed depending on how I want to deliver the baby (on the bed, standing up, etc) Oooh im so excited.


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