The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 31

Get it checked out, washing days and the circle of life

By Catherine Hudson, editor of FashTravels

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After a somewhat dramatic and emotional week in week 30, I kicked off week 31 with a day at my favourite baby and children’s fashion tradeshow; Bubble London. I have been attending for eight years, now, and seen it go through many guises, with ups and downs. This season, showcasing new brands and autumn winter 2018 collections, was the best yet – it looks ‘cool’, again. Well done all, shout out to Shosh and Melissa at Fuse Communications. Any how, I enjoyed my day, but since I have been going for so long there was lots to catch up on with loads of lovely people. But which meant I spent a long day on my feet, forgetting to eat and drink very much at all. After about 430pm, I realised I hadn’t felt my baby all day. Unusual for us, especially as the very day before, my partner had replied “you say that every day” in response to me saying “she’s been tumbling around all day”. So, after a quick call to the midwife, we headed to hospital, where we were directed to the day assessment unit, and hooked up straight way to a heart rate monitor. A young midwife had been taking my temperature and asking me to wee in a pot, before an older one bustled her out of the way, saying, “let’s hear this baby’s heart beat, first, then we can do all that.” What a champ. And there it was, thump thumping away – beautifully, apparently. Proud mum moment. Instant relief.

I felt like I had been holding my breath. I was fully checked over, before being told I was in no way an inconvenience, that that was what they are there for and to come back should I be worried about anything else at all. Incredible. I am in awe so far at the service. Ok, so the midwives at the GP check ups I have seen have been a mixed bag of friendly and not, but at the hospital? Wonderful. And this service is FREE. How incredibly lucky are we? We can all be quick to complain about it, and sometimes quite rightly, but personally, I’ve been so impressed. And if you aren’t, then there’s always private healthcare – again, we are lucky to have the choice, right?

WASH UP

Load three of around… seven?

I know you have to wash a newborn baby’s clothes before they wear them. We certainly have a lot to get through! Secretly, I am loving it. Getting to organise them when they are dry? Erm, that’s my idea of Heaven! I already have my draws ready for filing away by amount of months and sleeve length. All her outfits will be hanging up in her wardrobe. Yes, I know… but it makes me happy. Here is what my friends over on Instagram had to say about my washing day and what clothes wash they use.
  • stephanielowe.me I laughed at the fact our muslin collection was in double figures…. yet here we are still shouting ‘are there any clean muslin cloths!?’ #nevertoomany
  • _dimples_32 Fairy non bio
  • alexlloydjourno @stephanielowe.me I tell everyone you can never have too many. 30 muslins is ideal!
  • alexlloydjourno Normal bio washing liquid! The non bio thing for skin has been disproven and it doesn’t get the stains out as well.
  • kyrstyhp Wow I’m already Jel of that wardrobe 😍
  • runoutofwomb Ecover. Gentle and smells good x
  • enchantingblog Fairy Non Bio And Fairy fabric conditioner…when you open you’re hospital bag it will smell amazing 😂 I’m a little laundry obsessed and still use it on all the babies stuff so they always smell of scrumptious newborns 😂😍
  • littlemagpiesuk I like violets earth friendly powder for nappies and stained clothes or an eco egg if they are not stained.
  • nicolagfriend I use fairy, love that smell!
  • runoutofwomb And Napisan for all the future poonamis!
  • _themummybarber_ Fairy non-bio is the only thing I’ve found that keeps the clothes super soft! 💓💓💓
  • isobel_drummond Fairy non bio as I use… good stuff! Xx
  • _thismummycan_@fashcatherineyeah violets is amazing for getting stains out but the secret is putting them in the sun to bleach the stain… only works in summer though!!

 * I must prelude anything I write in this blog series as totally my own experiences and opinions. I’ve already learned to prefix everything I say in general conversation about pregnancy and babies with, ‘everyone’s different, but…’

You can follow me @fash.baby and @fashcatherine

Inside my baby brain…

 Things I am loving, this week

  • JoJo Maman Bebe leggings, babygrows, cardigans… – Oh, so cute. I love the leggings they have with the feet in, which a friend told me are a great style for using in carriers, and also no worry of socks falling off. But also, look how sweet these new prints are? Love a duck. I’ve also been living in their maternity wear. This is a brand which had a slightly *whisper* frumpy image problem, but in the last year has shaken it off and retains quality with really cool silhouettes and styles – check it out online at JoJo Maman Bebe.
  • Spending time with my family ‘up north’ – It has never been clearer to me how important family is. Sure, you might have to bite your tongue, sometimes, but make up quickly and love them hard. We feel so lucky that this is just a small branch of our family – my auntie’s house is the BEST party house.
  • My niece, Ava – Always charming, but just a breath of fresh air this week, and the best distraction. She brings pure joy. Here she is wearing the The Fourth Bear dress I bought her for Christmas. We also taught her to bring a cold beer from the fridge this weekend. So, as well as knowing where her eyes, tongue, hair and ears are, she is learning all the best skills. She blinks when you say ‘where are your eyes’… HEART MELTS.  

Bathtime at auntie Debbie’s house

Things I am loathing, this week

  •  The ‘circle of life’ – After unexpectedly losing my partner’s father last week, everything surrounding it felt unfair. My overriding emotion, after the extreme sadness, was frustration. Time stopped for a few days. But with only eight weeks to go until we welcome our new arrival, my focus needs to slide back towards my baby bump, even with all the events that will be occurring.  The emotions and happenings surrounding all of that, plus 32 week related pregnancy pains, and still working the day job, as well as managing regular ‘life stuff’ is… challenging. And however I feel, I can’t begin to imagine how hard it must be for my partner. But hey ho, on we go: that’s life, hey? We are strong together, and my priority is firmly my partner and my baby. Everything else can wait.

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READ MORE…

  1. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Introduction: Weeks 0-18
    Hello, my name is Catherine and I‘m pregnant!
  2. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 19
    Hearing the heartbeat and telling people
  3. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 20
    Sleeping, 20-week scan and nesting
  4. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 21
    Confidence, quiet time and trial runs
  5. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 22
    The one where we went on a babymoon to Sri Lanka
  6. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 23
    Bathtime, being lazy and shaving rules
  7. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 24
    We’re a team, baby – you, me and…
  8. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 25
    Seeing your baby in 4D – what is it and is it a good idea?
  9. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 26
    Christmas, acid reflux and wondering who I am
  10. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 27
    Being stuck in limbo and working 9am – 5pm/6pm/7pm…
  11. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 28
    Injections and indifference
  12. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ Week 29
    Oh right. I’m pregnant…
  13. The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what? Week 30
    Advice from friends about what to pack in a hospital bag
  14. The pregnancy diaries: When to start maternity leave
  15. The pregnancy diaries: What formula milk to use?

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