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365 ONE: day 263… In Case This Is It…

Day 263: September 27th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Bang Bang Bang Maria” by Gypsy Kings

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

Anything to Note =

Heading out the door to the hospital.

Had a bad night with weird symptoms so called the maternity helpline and then the hospital and they want me to come in and take a look….

So I don’t know if this is it but did my 365 overnight and early this morning as distraction in case it was and am writing this quickly now in case this is it.

And if not, then I will be updating you about it tomorrow I guess.

So we’ll see…


365 ONE: day 262…Sex Talk

Day 262: September 26th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Hot Stuff” by DJ Liakos feat. Craig David

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Hooded Towel”

Anything to Note =

Its the 26th and the little monkey is still holding on! Four days late now!

My mum read the leaflet they gave us at the hospital yesterday about induction and the processes and everything and now it’s funny as she has flipped to the other side!

She is now encouraging me to do all kinds of things that she has been telling me off for or saying I have to be careful with…her new list of “must do’s” or “can do’s” are now…

– “go ahead and jump around as much as you can with your 365 dance”

– “do as much 365 as you want really!”

– “bounce up and down!”

– “yes, go, walk around, walk, walk, walk”

– “when you come home have a quickie” = now that was a good one!!

Sex seems to be the hot topic with her really in general as a means to start labor! Just now she called down on the internal phone line and asked what I was doing and then said:

“Finish your blog and start bonging!!” HAHAHA!!! (I did love the word bonging!! Haha!!)

I mean, all day she has been talking about it!! It didn’t help that my older brother called to check up and said that for all three pregnancies he would have an 8am quickie towards the end and avoided the induction date!!! That’s just great!

Sex is the stereotype to encouraging labor…I mean it is everywhere, but it is funny as my mum I think thought it was just a joke like what they say in the movies…but now she knows its real and
apparently effective she won’t stop!

And it IS everywhere – it’s mentioned all the time…on TV, movies…and it seemed to be mentioned on the exact programs she was watching today coincidentally!!!

I got an earful of info from Keeping up with the Kardashians show she watched…which mentioned how foreplay and making out stimulated labor….so then my mum started asking me about what gets me excited and all the different types of foreplay…and stimulation of the breasts…

HILARIOUS!!!

We don’t speak about that!!! And there’s a reason for that!!!!

Too much! Too much!

I quickly left to come down and finish my blog!!

I understand she wants me to avoid anything that’s not going to naturally encourage labor as that is ideal but what a day of sex talk!!

Ah, mum!

Never thought I would see the day when my mum would be telling me to have sex!!

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365 ONE: day 260…No Fun Fair…Just Rain!

Day 260: September 24th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Fiesta Caliente” by Happy Noche feat. Will

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Creepy Clown”

Anything to Note =

Firstly…the little monkey is still in the belly…so two days late now. He’s still in there fighting to get some elbow, knee, body, well, any kind of room!

I have a hospital appointment tomorrow morning that was scheduled if he didn’t arrive anyway by now, so let’s see…

I am still getting lots of pressure and pains, which makes me want to move around or shift positions or something…but this lovely UK rain just hinders me walking around the block.

I really wanted go out yesterday, although still trying to recover completely from this cold before the baby comes, but it was raining all day. And there is a fun fair on the green near us that me, my dad and Stuart went to on Friday and played some games….and lost! So I wanted to go back yesterday as it was the last day…but no, it was pouring all day 😦

Those stupid fun fair machines are so addictive and annoying! You know these ones…

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The coins are just hanging off the ledge waiting to be pushed off and make me rich!! And then they get you as there are bank notes just hanging there too…that appear to just need a slight nudge by me putting in one coin! Just one coin…or one more…or how about a few more….arghhhh now my pockets are empty!!!

Soooo annoying!! And I know I can’t get those notes but what if…I mean, WHAT IF, I can do it???!!!

I find these way more fun than slot machines …although my dad and I also like the claw machines that can grab a toy – sadly also annoying and hard! But strangely addictive! We’ve won a toy before but at this fun fair we all walked away with nothing!

So, I was hoping to go back and get something after I spent all those coins! I would feel better if we walked away with something! You know, and redeem ourselves!

But, no, the rain wouldn’t let me….so we missed out 😦 Which probably is best in the financial long run I guess!

And again it was raining out today – pouring this morning – but cleared enough to have a quick wander out in the late afternoon. However, with this pressure and pains it feels like the little monkey could come anytime so I have to be careful with how far I go. But tomorrow’s forecast is RAIN….surprise surprise!!


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 235…Hospital Prep

Day 235: August 30th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Girls” by Beastie Boys

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Mini Booties”

Anything to Note =

The bump is seriously out there people!!

I am sporting a big ol’ bumpity bump! I will have to post some photos as its ridiculous! Although time is running out…..ahhhhh!!

Deep breath!!

I finished the whole of What To Expect When Expecting book! Which is quite the feat of someone who does not read! It’s a huge book of toooooo much info!!

So one book down, onto the next one ahhhhh! This is soooo not funny for a non-reader, so all of you who know me are surely laughing at me now!! You poops!!

Speaking of time running out though….went shopping for items for the hospital and my hospital bag!! That’s just weird and scary!! And crazy!! My mum is trying to be prepared in case the little schmonkie comes early, as my brother came 3 weeks early – granted he was my mum’s second child, and she was apparently doing a lot of things and over-doing it…but I’m apparently over-doing it and so she wants to make sure it’s packed and we have everything!

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I got overwhelmed and tired so sat down at the back of one of the baby stores, in hiding!! I sat down on one of those pretend back seats of the car on display, next to the baby booster for the car seat that was being shown as part of this setup – I probably was not supposed to be sitting on there! But no one said anything 🙂

I did get some weird looks from mothers pushing their strollers past me though!!!


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!!