I know I’m only 24 weeks but once this baby is born there are already so many things I’m looking forward to. I’ve really been trying to embrace lots of things about this pregnancy as I’m pretty sure… no – make that definitely sure, that this is our last baby (it is, isn’t it?) but there just comes a point where you wish the weeks away, and I am at that point right about now.
Wearing Normal Clothes
I recently wrote a post on why you don’t have to spend loads of money on maternity clothes, and you don’t, but I am so begrudging spending money on clothes in bigger sizes and whatnot right now, especially because I know they probably won’t ever get used again. I just want to fit into my normal jeans without using the ole hair band trick.
I actually thought I’d find it easier to dress in the Summer with dresses and floaty tops, but since Summer has not yet arrived properly I’m constantly stuck between wearing a dress one day and then layering up the next! I just wish it was more predictable and then I’d probably be happier spending a few more pounds on some new clothes.
Either way I can’t wait to say goodbye to all things pregnancy and maternity wear and hello to the high street when the time comes.
Getting Involved With The Kids
It’s literally become so apparent that, physically, I can’t really keep up with my kids. General day to day things are good but when they’re asking me to play football outside or jump in the pool with them (like they were on holiday a couple of weeks ago) I felt like I couldn’t really be that ‘fun’ mum that gets involved.
It’ll be a good couple of months postpartum, at least, that I’ll be able to do all those things with them again but I can’t wait.
I Just Need A Drink
Seriously? I’m not even a drinker. I don’t sit down with a glass of wine in the evenings, I don’t sit outside in the Summer with a glass of cider, I just don’t really drink. But you can guarantee the minute I get pregnant the one thing I’ll want it some kind of alcohol.
When the weather has been nice here I’ve just wanted a really nice glass of chilled rose from Wines Direct, a G&T or a vodka, blackcurrant and lemonade, but they’re just totally off limits during pregnancy. For now I’ll have to stick to some sparkling water or, as one of my friends suggested, a ‘Schloer’.
Normal Appetite + Meal Times
Since becoming pregnant my mealtimes and appetite have totally gone out of the window. That, in part, is down to the nausea I experienced during my first trimester, but it’s also in part that I just feel better after a few light snacks, rather than one heavy meal.
It’s quite typical that I’ll always fancy something that we don’t have in the house either so I’ll crave it for days and days until I get it and then most likely won’t touch it again.
Eating The ‘Forbidden Fruits’
When I talk about ‘Forbidden Fruits’ I mostly mean pate and some of the soft cheeses. That doesn’t mean we have them in the house all the time but with this baby due in September, we all know Christmas creeps up on us pretty quickly and that’s when all the pate and all the cheese in all the land will be consumed, and I’m really looking forward to that!
I try not to deny myself all of the foods and I’ll be honest, I do ignore some of the advice given; I’ll still have dippy eggs and cook my steak medium/rare.
No More Pregnancy Ailments
We all have them at some point. Whether it’s puffy ankles, going to the loo every 10 minutes even though it’s the tiniest wee ever, acid reflux or insomnia, the list really could go on. Let’s just say I won’t miss these things. Any of them!
I don’t mean not having sleepless nights as I know that’ll come with time. Ted still wakes up more nights than he sleeps through and he’s just turned three. I’m talking more about being able to sleep on my front again and being able to roll over in bed without it being a full on 80 point manoeuvre to flip from one side to the other.
If you know me then you’ll know that I usually play netball twice a week. Having to stop this has been particularly hard because it’s my little stress release every week, it’s my exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise, my go to get away two nights a week. I’m really looking forward to being able to play again. After my pregnancy with Ted and the c-section I was about 8-10 weeks postpartum when I went back. I don’t think it’ll be quite as quick this time to be honest, especially as we’ll be mid Winter league and ain’t nobody going to go out and play netball in the freezing cold after just having had a baby – not even me!
Of course I’m also looking forward to breastfeeding again, seeing my two beautiful boys with their little brother, that newborn smell, the arms that ache from being stuck under a baby for a million hours on the sofa and all the things that come with having another little soul around the house.
I can’t believe in less than 16 weeks we’ll become a family of five. Ours lives are about to be turned upside down, again, but we just about know what we’re in for.
What did you look forward to? What was the biggest thing you missed when you were pregnant?