The Fear

When I was pregnant with Jake, I had a bleed at 35 weeks, which in turn meant that they induced me at 40 weeks as they didn’t want me to go overdue. So I didn’t experience going into labour naturally. I was in hospital when everything happened, losing my plug, losing my waters etc. I guess I was lucky in the fact that they didn’t have to give me a drip, or break my waters for me, so it was quite natural for an induction, but I never had that build up.

This time, even though I had the scare, because it all turned out to be fine, they are waiting for me to go into labour naturally. Which is fantastic. But, at the same time, it does terrify me.

Anyone who has ever been pregnant can relate to this: You spend the first 20 weeks of your pregnancy on toilet paper watch, hoping not to see any blood. Then you spend the last 3 weeks back on toilet paper watch hoping to see some signs of a “show” so you know things are moving in the right direction.

I really don’t want to go overdue. We have family over from Canada who will be going home on 16th April (I am due on the 8th!) and I really want them to meet the new arrival before they go home. Plus, I am really uncomfortable and miserable and can’t bear to be like this for much longer. I love being pregnant until 36 weeks, then I just go down hill.

Going into labour naturally terrifies me. I hate not being in control and not knowing when it will happen. However, I know that I can’t cope with being hooked up to a machine throughout labour again, so I really don’t want to be induced.

So, if any of you know of any tried and tested ways of getting labour kick started, please share!

 

The Final Leg

I’m now 36 and a half weeks pregnant. Come Sunday, I will be considered full term, and don’t I know it.

I am really starting to struggle now. I’m feeling really uncomfortable, the kicks are painful, I’m tired even after 8 hours sleep, I’ve got almost constant heartburn. I’m just ready for him to make an appearance now.

Well, almost ready. I haven’t packed my hospital bag yet, but I have everything that I need to put in it. Just not together, and in various places in the house. But I am confident that if I went into labour then I could quite quickly get my things together. I keep thinking about packing it, but thinking is as far as it goes.

Some friends threw me and my other pregnant friend a joint baby shower at the weekend that was lovely. I had some people travel a long way to be there, so it was really nice to have them there. I was very spoilt and had some lovely things.

I have my final growth scan on Thursday, so I’m not sure who I see after that, whether I am still seen by the consultant, or whether I get discharged back to the midwife. I’m hoping midwife because it is such a pain going to the hospital all the time, and the waiting times are ridiculous.

Dear Baby Boy, please come soon, mummy wants to meet you!

BlogCamp Meet and Greet

On 21st April this year, I am off to BlogCamp in Birmingham. Anyone who knows me or who is a regular reader will be thinking: “Hang on, isn’t she having a baby in April?” The answer would be yes. My due date is April 8th, and I shall be there with my newborn. So I won’t be looking as good as the picture above and may be looking frazzled, worn out, and any other words like that you can think of. If you see me rocking in a corner, please feel free to come over and have a cuddle of me and/or the baby.

Name: Roz

Blog: Life, Love and Lollipops

Twitter: @rozzibee

My Blog’s About: Pregnancy, parenting, life after cancer, reviews, general ramblings.

Likes: Books, social media, Corrie, baking, remission, afternoon tea.

Dislikes: Cliques, bananas, bad customer service, hospitals, bullies.

If you are going to BlogCamp this year then why don’t you do a meet and greet too, and add it to the linky?

See you there!

Organix Veg and Oat Bar – Review

The lovely people at Organix sent Jake some of their new Veg and Oat Bars to try. I always struggle to get fruit and veg into Jake unless it is disguised, or in the form of a smoothie or juice, so was looking forward to getting him to try these.

I have to admit, it took him some convincing to try it, and at first he didn’t show an interest, but the second time I tried him with it, he was more than happy to wolf it down.

They are a soft bar, and as with all Organix products, come with a “no junk” promise. They are made with dried tomato and carrot juice concentrate with the goodness of wholegrain oats.  Then they are gently baked for a soft savoury taste.

You can buy these from Tesco’s at the moment and they will be in the other supermarkets in the next few weeks. They are reasonably priced at £2.49 for a pack of 6.

If, like me, you struggle to get your little ones to eat fruit and veg, this is the way to go!

*I was sent a packet of these to review, no other payment was received and all views are my own

Before I go to Sleep – Book Review

Title: Before I go to Sleep

By: S J Watson

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Transworld

Release Date: April 2011

IBSN:  978-0-552-16413-9

Synopsis:

Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life. 

My Review:

I am usually a “chick lit” kind of girl, so when I was sent this Richard and Judy book club title through the post by WHSmith to review, I didn’t know how I’d get on with it.

I started reading it in hospital when I’d been woken up at 6am by a midwife wanting to do my obs. By lunchtime, I was already half way through and didn’t want to put it down.

When I told my husband about it, he was quite dismissive because he’d heard similar stories before. I think it’s because a few months ago, we watched “50 First Dates” on TV. This is nothing like that.

The story follows a lady called Christine, who lives with her husband and wakes up every day with no memories about her life. Every day, she wakes up not knowing who the man beside her is, not remembering her friends, her family. Every day she has to be told that she lost her memory in an accident. She learns she has been meeting with a doctor to try and help her regain her memories, and he has been encouraging her to keep a journal. Every day, he calls her to remind her of this and tells her where she keeps it. The book is mainly Christine’s diary entries.

As soon as we start reading the book, we know something strange is going on, because in the front of the journal, Christine has written “DON’T TRUST BEN”. As we follow the story, we piece things together as she does, and it comes to a dramatic conclusion in which we find out why she shouldn’t trust him.

This was S J Watson’s début novel, and I was really impressed. I expected S J Watson to be a woman, as it was written from Christine’s point of view, so I was really surprised when I found out that “she” was actually a he.

I loved this book and would definitely recommend it.

5 out of 5 from me.

You can buy this book from WHSmith. Go on. You know you want to.

*WHSmith provided me with a copy of the book to review, but no other payment has been received and all views are my own.