The Final Frontier. I mean Trimester!
In my last update I hinted at PJ#2's gender, and if you missed that post I can tell you that we are in fact having another girl! We asked them to double-check last Friday that it was still a girl in there and I am happy to report that yes, PJ#2 does in fact appear to still be a girl!
|18 week scan
This bub seems to be hanging out a lot lower than Punky did and putting lots of lovely pressure on my groin. The punches to my cervix are a wonderful reminder of the pain yet to come! I'm also feeling it in my hips and lower back a lot more, particularly when the day involves quite a lot of walking or standing up, or sitting down. Basically she's just a pain in the groin.
PJ#2 is proving to be just as active as her big sister was, and enjoys putting on a show of an evening and letting her Dad know she is in there. She's gotten the hiccups once or twice but nowhere near as often as Punky did, with her it was a twice-daily occurrence from about 29 weeks on.
|Left: Bridal party duties, nailed!
Right: Living it up as guests last weekend
We also just enjoyed a little 'babymoon' this weekend gone, where we headed up to wine country and made the most of our other friend's wedding-weekend. Punky stayed with my sister A for the weekend and had a lovely time, she was thoroughly spoiled (that's what Aunties are for after all!) and we were able to relax and enjoy some beautiful fresh country air and scenery.
I mentioned the other week that I had my glucose tolerance test to check for gestational diabetes and the results came back borderline. I was bang on the cut-off, so to be on the safe side they've classed me as GD and I am back to following the diet and checking my blood sugar levels 4 times a day. It's not as bad as last time, that's for sure, mostly because I knew what to expect and I was already loosely following the diet they gave me with Punky. Which seems to be paying off now.
We had a growth scan on Friday where they checked the baby's main growth measurements, paying particular attention to the belly measurement (GD babies tend to have large bellies as that is where they store Mum's excess sugar). Thankfully PJ#2's belly measurement was bang on average for her gestational age, unlike Punky's, who at the same stage was measuring in the 95th percentile! So that is excellent news and shows that the GD hasn't had any effect on the baby so far. She ended up measuring slightly below average overall for her gestational age and everything is looking really good so that is a massive relief!
|PJ#2 is definitely not as much of a chubby bubby as Punky was at this stage! In case you can't tell, that's a 4D pic of bub's face.
I've decided to paint the walls a pale pink, as its quite a small room with not a huge amount of natural light, so pale walls will help with that, and I am going to use the green we have in Punky's room for the accents. I've got a few bits and pieces to use for wall art that I didn't end up using in Punky's room due to lack of wall space so that will save some time and money looking for stuff. We do have to have one trip out to Ikea to look for a new bookshelf to match the TV unit so some of the stuff we need to consolidate will have a place to live, and so I can get a cool light fitting for PJ#2's room like we have in Punky's. I'm looking forward to that trip a lot more than Dave is!
|Left: I lost my feet at 25 weeks
Right: The bump certainly comes in handy for propping up iPads!
I'm nervous about how Punky will react to the new addition once she is here, she doesn't really have any recognition of what is going on, although I think she has noticed that my belly is getting bigger. We talk about the baby in Mummy's belly but I'm pretty sure she has no clue what we are going on about, and the ultrasound pictures we've shown her probably just look like a mass of black and white to her!
|How to dress a baby bump for a wedding, Purtell-style!
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