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Virgin365: day two hundred and sixty-two…Egg Custard Sushi


365 ONE: day 255…Thought The Little Monkey Was Coming at 4am

Day 255: September 19th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Sweet Little Sixteen” by The Beatles

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “4am Scare”

Anything to Note =

I had a big scare this morning.

At 4am I got up with some pains and went to the bathroom….and got stuck in there until after 7am!

I suddenly got pain and cramps and it would not go away for a couple of hours.

I tried to lie down again and make the pain stop….nope. I tried to deduce if the symptoms I was feeling were real and not symptoms of fake labour so grabbed one of the books but….nope…what I was feeling was exactly what was being described as the first stage of labour. So I almost called the maternity helpline, as I am supposed to call when the pain is regular, but I was just hesitant a bit in case it would pass…

I should have woken my mum up, or Stuart, but I didn’t because….I don’t know really…I got scared and just kept reading to make sure…and I couldn’t move from the bathroom.

But I was convinced.

I even shaved my legs to distract myself between the cramps/contractions/pains as I had been meaning to rid me of the wooly mammoth legs before I went into hospital and just haven’t.

I kept saying – this is it….and just started thinking of how I wasn’t ready….

No name…

No hospital bag fully ready…well, I am sure my mum has but I hadn’t looked at it…

No, I hadn’t finished all the books yet…

No, I haven’t watched all the videos online about labour and delivery…

No, I am NOT MENTALLY READY!!!!

JUST NOT READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean, the list went on as I sat there, and I thought what can I control right now and so I went for the shaving of my legs! It sounds ridiculous but that was my first step between the pains, then it was going to be a shower, then hospital bag, then wake everyone up, then call, then go to the hospital….

And I thought why now…and then I thought back and last night I really burned my fingers badly taking the garlic bread out of the oven and I felt a reaction in my body, a feeling of holding it in until I could get the oven tray to the top without dropping, and my stomach spasmed…so I was like, that reaction may have set it off…

At that moment, my burned fingers were not killing me anymore in comparison!

I was just convinced this was it…

And then suddenly the pain dulled a bit…and…it’s been a dull pain ever since really…

I had a doctors appointment this morning anyway so told her all about it and she said it could be the beginning or not be still for a little bit…she said the little monkey had dropped down to level 3 out of 5…so now I’m just stuck with dull pain, a lot of pressure, a lot of movement, and fear!

Fear.

Real FEAR!

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365 ONE: day 241…Level 5 of 5

Day 241: September 5th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Let Go” by Paul Van Dyk

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Breast Pad Betty”

Anything to Note =

I saw the ante natal GP doctor this morning for my 37 weeks check up as instructed by the hospital on my last visit (am supposed to go every week now). She reminded me that I am not 37 weeks, I am 37 weeks and 4 days!! And that the little guy could pop out at any minute now! My first reaction….SUPER!!

She then did a feel around and told me that the baby is indeed head down but with room still to move – there is a five level scale apparently and 1 means the head is down down and birth is imminent – I got a 5 of 5, thank god!! So, labour is not coming on today….hopefully! Of course things can change and rapidly but hearing his head was down already freaked me out…but it explains why I have been feeling so much pressure and bulging up near my ribs, on top of my belly…he’s been trying to swivel around and push down…apparently every five seconds as there is a lot of friggin’ movement!! Despite the fact that I have no idea how he even has room in there to do anything!

I have been feeling a lot of cramps and pains and uncomfortable pressure so naturally the topic of labour and delivery and pain medication was next since apparently these must be contractions! Reaction now = GREAT!!

Actually, the doctor made it all sound so easy!! Out in 24 hours if all goes well and smooth. She also said there was nothing to fear with not being able to attend any ante natal classes as I have not been able to get in any classes due to me coming to the UK so late on in my pregnancy. My mum has been worried that we don’t know anything…which we don’t! But was worrying about not being able to go to any official classes and for breastfeeding – which the GP assured us both that it was ok. This hospital is the top maternity hospital and they will help with everything and the start to breastfeeding after birth before I get sent home.

She also said that epidurals were explored and developed and worked on and essentially founded at this hospital so they are experts there! Which is good as I will be needing some of that!!!!!

So I am in excellent care and there is nothing to worry about….good to hear but I’m still a little FREAKED! It all sounds so surreal and too nonchalant – I’ve seen those maternity shows….there’s lots of screaming and pain and schmleh!! I didn’t see any rabbits and flowers and pretty rainbows!

But according to this doctor, if all goes well, then I am in and out, boom! Everything taken care of. Everything taught.

And boom.

I am discharged.

To fend for ourselves….

Us and the little fragile schmonkie!!!

BOOM!

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

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365 ONE: day 230…Education Catch Up In Less Than A Month!

Day 230: August 25th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Speed Walking from Pouring Rain

Dance of the Day was = “Hold That Sucker Down” by OT Quartet

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Mirror Faces”

Anything to Note =

Today it is 36 weeks!!!

So I’m in my ninth month!! Holy CRAP!!!

I took my monthly photo this morning so will have to post – actually am behind in posting the last few monthly bump photos but thought I would wait until 40 weeks (if the schmonkie doesn’t come before that which I am told is unlikely as first babies usually come late) and then can put them all together to see the whale I gradually became/have become!!

I finally caught up with What To Expect When Expecting! I got through all the months and am in the Labour and Delivery section now…which I am guessing I need to know about haha!

It’s funny as I think I was still on month 4 when I got to London so it’s been a crash course to catch up on in just a couple of weeks! I actually left that book in London so had no chance to read it before. And I know I know, people keep asking why I didn’t just skip to the right month to catch up but I felt guilty! And I stumbled across a number of things that could have been useful back in the appropriate month but hey!!

So….

Two or three more books to go!!

Actually my mum has already read one book and made notes for me!! Yup, and highlighted!! So I need to read that or the notes or both!!

And then…I have to learn it and remember it and put it into practice with the little schmonkie!!

Crazy!!

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Sidenote: I have to adapt my push-ups as yesterday and today my wrist really hurt and my joints on my right elbow hurt like they were being strained…because I am a whale!! So need to go onto my knees and adapt before I injure myself I think.


365 ONE: day 226…Until I Give Birth Then??!!

Day 226: August 21st, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “I’m Waiting For The Day” by The Beach Boys

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Two Caps”

Anything to Note =

First….Happy 25th Birthday to my cute little brother!!!!

I can’t believe he is 25!! Crazy!!

Today I had another hospital appointment this morning. Everything is fine from all the tests I did, including the glucose tests that I had to re-do. So they don’t consider me to have gestational diabetes over here…so that’s good news!!

I got the synopsis lowdown from the midwife about labour and delivery and meds and the procedure and steps to follow when the BIG IT happens!!!! It was all a little overwhelming and scary!! But I came over so late and have been unable to join any classes that’s supposed to explain all this as they are full! So she was nice enough to do a brief point by point in case I can’t go to any classes and have the good ol’ YouTube to rely on!

And then she was like, make two appointments to see your GP at 37 and 39 weeks, and go out front and book to come back to the hospital for 41 weeks now in case I have not had the baby by then….so I booked an appointment for September 25th on my way out!!!

That was strange.

Soooooooo….I said bye to the hospital for now – and a “see you when I am giving birth!”

AHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Weird!!

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On the weird note….

Last night I think the little schmonkie had the hiccups! Seriously!! I was lying down and I could feel a repetitive little beat for a long time! It went on for a while and was so consistent so it had to be that!!

I got worried actually as it really did go on for a long time!! But it did eventually stop so that was good!

So I gave the little one the hiccups with whatever I ate! Great!!


365 ONE: day 218….Nappies and Diapers

Day 218: August 13th, 2012= COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson

Uploaded Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Banana Phone”

Anything to Note =

Today I purchased my first nappies….or as you call them in America….diapers!!

I signed up for the Boots parenting club, which is a pharmacy here in London that gives coupons and points and such with their loyalty card. Anyway, they are offering or have been offering this special deal to join the parenting club and you get a free bag and offers and points on baby products and all that jazz.

Well, I had signed up for it but not been in London to complete registration or use any coupons and such as they were here and I wanted to wait for my mum to be with me too, but it had to be in store.

So we went today. In the baby section. Surrounded my nappies/diapers. Which they don’t make easy or it’s just hard to figure out as the sizes of the newborn nappies/diapers are based off weight but who knows how much my baby will weigh!!!! It’s still in my belly!!! I have no clue!!

So we were there for longer than I wanted. I wanted to be in and out, but no, then we had to debate. As we had to get a pack to register and qualify for the free bag and….

So I bought my first pack….two actually as there was also a deal on getting second pack half price 🙂 But it was weird!!!

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Going to the hospital tomorrow morning too for my appointment….the hospital where I guess I will deliver….will it sink in then do you think???

Let’s see!!

I’ve been trying to catch up on What To Expect When Expecting book as had left it here – almost at the end of 5 months….so trying to catch up!!! I’m getting there!!! Haha!!!