About Me

A 30 something lesbian coffee drinker from London attempting to record and share our ttc journey. Hobbies and activities - dining out with The Wife, increasing our carbon footprint, napping, over sharing on Facebook, hunting for decent second hand book shops, pretending to knit.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Kicking along...

Today we are 20+1 - such a pregnancy cliche, but where is the time going?

I am happy to report that baby boy is a kicker - esp in the evenings and early morning. We celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary on Saturday and he kindly performed on cue for The Wife - she was ecstatic! So not just inside kicks, outside ones too - and the thrill of it never gets old. Now he is kicking and moving around lots I barely use the Doppler. Occasionally, if I need a little reassurance but generally I'm starting to feel less anxious - yay for less anxiety!

So I'm basically just chugging along, ticking off the weeks now. Playing Housewife has well and truly lost the novelty factor. All my friends work and The Wife works incredibly long hours at the moment (whole other story) and I can't really start to nest as we are looking to move to a bigger property end of July. Once we are moved in I can start looking at nursery stuff and furnishings but so far: we still haven't bought one thing - no wraps, bibs, prams, cots - nuffink.

Friday is the 20w scan (well, we will be 20+4) - I always seem to be last on the list with the NHS scans but one shouldn't complain - they are free after all! Hoping baby has grown sufficiently - a side effect of obstetric cholestasis in pregnancy (oh, did I forget to mention that?) is the baby stops growing and potentially he could come quite early. There goes my home birth plan!

Here's a link for anyone interested: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/itching-obstetric-cholestasis-pregnant.aspx#close

Basically 1 in 100 women suffer with this, and lucky meeeee - I'm that 1. I have weekly blood tests and see the MW to check the heartbeat - in all fairness they are all over it, which I am extremely grateful for. But I've lost weight and am now maintaining and as a FTM I'm not quite sure what is normal or not, re: weight gain. MW said I have a nice little bump but to me, it seems small/hasn't gotten much bigger recently. Anyway, hopefully I will have good news after the scan Friday.

Anyone else experiencing Braxton Hicks? I'm getting them day and night, which initially concerned me but apparently it's normal. Another little thing to mention on Friday - lets hope I remember!

How far along? 20+1
How big is baby? Cantaloup
Total weight gain/loss: loss - 7lbs
Maternity Clothes: leggings, empire line sun dresses
Have you started to show yet? Definitely
Sleep: Getting better but still asleep by 9 most nights
Best moment this week: The Wife feeling kicks!
Miss Anything? Just my old life, to an extent. Seeing friends more often, being more active. Life is quite quiet and sedate these days
Movement: Baby moves all the time
Food cravings: Finally have moved on from the seabass obsession. Now craving Nutella on toast, chocolate....still loving fresh fruit and salad.
Anything make you queasy or sick? Only feel sick now if I don't eat regularly
Gender prediction: Having a BOY!
Symptoms: Just the chocolate cravings and tiredness
Major purchases this week? Still nothing...
Looking forward to: 20 week scan on Friday 


  1. Wow you really have popped! Glad to hear things are going great guns and they are on top of the cholestasis :). Can't believe u are past the half way mark already!

  2. Jealous of your regular movement. Mine has been pretty irregular. In fact, I was just sitting here thinking I haven't felt anything definite in a few days. Damn.

    Don't worry about your bump size/weight gain. Trust the midwife :)

  3. Cute bump! You look great! What do Braxton Hicks feel like? I wouldn't have a clue if I've had them or not. I have a big kicker too, and I always freak out when I haven't felt him/her for a few hours. Generally a drink of cold water will get him/her moving again, but then I feel guilty as I probably woke it up! :-)