? Pregnancy Diary, Week-by-Week: Week 28

Pregnancy Diary: Week 28

Eeek!
Eeek! (Source)
So I'm quite pleased that our pregnancy diary has reached week 28. If I'm 28 weeks pregnant, that means I have (approximately) 12 weeks of pregnancy left. That's about 3 months, or about 85 days. This is why I try to be vague about dates and numbers when it comes to due dates. They just stress you out! Eeek!

I think I really am starting to get that feeling you get when you are almost at the top of the rollercoaster ride and about to be released to the forces of gravity. At this stage I think gravity would have a little more effect on me than it usually does, considering that I'm carrying 1.1 kg and 25 cm of baby (and all the extra bits) around. All this is theoretically speaking of course, because I have a sneaky suspicion that rollercoaster riding is just one of those things that pregnant ladies should not do.

I'm a big fan of letting 'em come when they're cooked.

I always feel like 28 weeks is quite a milestone. Previously babies born before 28 weeks of gestation were unlikely to survive, but these days the chances of survival (albeit with short term and long term difficulties) are much better. Not that I'm thinking of taking my chances! I'm a big fan of letting 'em come when they're cooked. Even though I'm not that anxious about things, 28 is just a number that makes me feel a bit better about life.

...I woke up with the worst leg cramps ever...

I ran out of my Magnesium tablets earlier this week, and after five days of not taking them, I woke up with the worst leg cramps ever, and the first leg cramps I've had in years. Even after massage and stretching and all of that I limped for two days and then had cramps in the other leg the next day. Needless to say I made a plan to get some more, and I haven't had any more cramps since. I love my Magnesium!

If it's 'late' enough (like 3am) I just get up and do something.

Sleep. The word echoes on the lips of pregnant ladies on moms the world over. I seem to be waking up at the oddest hours and then not being able to get back to sleep again, sometimes lying awake doing relaxation exercises for 2 or 3 hours before I read myself to sleep (my self-soothing technique). If it's 'late' enough (like 3am) I just get up and do something. With lecturing two courses at the local University and running a household and a website and a business or two or three, I always have plenty to do! Having said that, taking my Magnesium before bed helps a bunch!

It still doesn't feel real that I am the mom of a toddler.

I've been feeling a bit behind, because I haven't really bought anything for the new baby yet. I suppose it's a blessing because there isn't very much that we need, but this week I decided to buy 2 newborn size white flannel babygro's. I think besides being naked, there isn't much cuter than a baby in a white babygro. I really had forgotten how small they are. Will this ever feel really real? I don't know. It still doesn't feel real that I am the mom of a toddler.

...I find I have to sit upright and knees wide apart (sumo-wrestler style) to get comfortable...

Winter seems to be upon us in this corner of the world, so I am having great fun getting creative with the various items in my wardrobe to find things that cover all the bits that need to be covered! I'm sure my non-maternity elasticated pants fitted better last time, but they seem to be quite awkward now. I think this baby is sitting quite low, because I find I have to sit upright and knees wide apart (sumo-wrestler style) to get comfortable, much earlier than I had to with my first.

I am so excited about this birth!

Having updated you on all the mundane bits and bobs, I think I should add that I am so excited about this birth! So excited, in fact, that I have to make sure I don't go so far as to forget that there's a little human involved here. You know how sometimes people get so excited about the wedding that they forget about the marriage? I'm trying to make sure I don't have the same problem with the upcoming birth. I think the baby-gro's helped a bit on that front.

So all I know about next week's pregnancy diary (Week 29) is that I'll be updating you on my (slightly late) 28 week appointment with the doc. Other than that, we shall see!

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