October, 2011

Oct 11

Week 33 – the eight month scan

Babycentre facts
Baby’s weight – almost the size of a pineapple, about 1.9kg
Length – 43.7cm, head to heel


Every woman’s pregnancy revolves around just one day.

Your due date dictates everything, from scans and appointments to nursery planning and nappy shopping.

So it can be quite a shock when ‘B-day’ threatens to change.

At our recent eight month scan, Chris and I were told from our very confident doctor that we should expect our little boy to make an early appearance.

I had always been told that the majority of first babies arrive around two weeks late. And given Chris’ laidback approach to life, I expected his son to be no different.

But it would seem our little boy has other ideas. (My dad regarded lateness as a character flaw; perhaps baby Strong has more Hollingsworth genes than I thought).

While my 40 week date is November 15, we have been told to expect the baby to arrive anywhere between the 7th and the 10th.

We are at a bit of a loss as to why that is. Our doctor, while supremely confident in his prediction, is unable to explain the thought process behind it – when asked for clarification, he smiles and simply says: “He just will.”

It’s not as though our son is particularly big and therefore more likely to arrive early – if anything he is slightly smaller than his little peers.

Nevertheless it looks as though he will be making his entrance a full week ahead of schedule.

If I am honest, the news came as a bit of a shock.

To suddenly lose seven days so late on in any pregnancy is a big deal.

Everything has been arranged around a particular date, and suddenly last minute preparations have to be done in an even shorter period of time.

But they do say you have to be adaptable when it comes to children. So Chris and I have done the only thing we can do – taken a deep breath and sped everything up.

Yes, the nursery is still a state. And yes, we still really need to go on a shop for nappies, newborn clothes and hospital bag essentials.

But Chris and I are last minute kind of people – and I like to think we thrive under pressure!

Oct 11

Week 32 – back to (baby) school

BabyCentre facts
Baby’s weight – about as much as a coconut, nearly 1.7kg
Length – 42.4cm, head to heel


Pre-pregnancy, I used to look at expectant women and wonder quite literally how they slept at night.

The idea of having a baby terrified me – to the extent that if I thought about it too much I would start to feel incredibly anxious. And, as I say, I wasn’t even pregnant.

Now here I am, with eight weeks to go until B(aby)-day, and on the whole I feel surprisingly calm.

You see, pre-pregnancy you only focus on the physical, and not how you will feel emotionally towards the little person you have been carrying around for nine months.

Yes, there are the 8-12 traumatic hours to get through – but at the other side, our baby boy will be here, and life will never be the same again.

My more zen-like approach to the birth – which my Spanish doctor has told me will be easy anyway – phew!) – has been assisted by my weekly preparation classes at the maternity clinic.

It’s definitely worth the expense. As it turns out, I was completely clueless when it comes to babies, let alone giving birth.

I have never seen a friend experience pregnancy, nor have I spent a great deal of time with newborns… I have held 2 babies in my lifetime, while Chris has held just the one for all of two minutes. And he spent those two minutes sat rigidly on a sofa.

So, this really will be a baptism of fire.

But I have been taking all the notes I can and asking every question that pops into my head, no matter how stupid it might seem. After all, I am not asking anything that hasn’t been asked before, as Josefina keeps telling me.

So, here I am in my final trimester, and by rights I should be absolutely terrified.

But this really is the happiest and most contented I have been in my whole life. Yes, there are still the odd sleepless nights, but it doesn’t take me long to forget my worries and fall asleep again. Because our baby is absolutely worth it.

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