38 Week Update

Sorry I have been so bad at keeping up with this, it seems that I have managed to keep myself busy in an attempt to speed up the time I have left.

So, where do I start! I seem to have accumulated a mountain of symptoms since my last update, my emotional state, however, you will be glad to know, is much better. (I still haven’t got the pregnancy glow- but I have come to terms with that).  As the last update was a massive rant, I will start my list of symptoms on a positive. I feel like a list is needed, I have that many pregnancy aliments.

  •  Increase in energy -I have been wanting to go out and do things rather than stay in bed all day, I haven’t felt the need to nap, just in general felt a lot more human.
  • Period type cramps – I thought I had escaped 9 months without any period cramps. Oh no, something to do with your uterus stretching.
  • Lightening Crotch – Feels like my lady parts are being stabbed from the insides. Rob likes to call this ‘THUNDER VAG’. (the name is actually quite appropriate). This is apparently the baby touching your cervix!
  • Braxton Hicks – I have noticed I get these rather frequently at night, however I quite like them. I find them quite reassuring.
  • Swelling– For some reason this has really bothered me. My hands and legs have become so puffy. Ive found that a bath with epsom salt helps a great deal, or a massage!
  • Pressure – Feeling like the whole of my upper body feels as though it’s going to fall through one of my…exits…at any moment.

Isn’t that a delightful list. It’s really not that bad at all its totally manageable and thats coming from the worlds biggest wimp. Other than symptoms I don’t have much else to report. I had my final growth scan, Baby Free is measuring up perfectly average, which means I can have my water birth.

In non Baby related news, me and Rob have been getting creative. I decided to do something productive with my time and painted this for the nursery. If you want a print of this I have made a FREE downloadable print clicking on the picture below. I have made the resolution super high, so you can print it large and it won’t be pixelated.

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And Rob has been rather clever and made these amazing wine caddies and flower planters out of reclaimed wood, they are available to buy from etsy here for £16.99. For my blog followers, get 20% off with this coupon code – THESTUDENTMUM25

 

 

 

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Nursery Organisation – Tips and Ideas

6 months pregnant and the ‘nesting syndrome’ hit me, I have an overwhelming urge to make baby Free’s house a (germ-free, ultra-organized, impeccably designed) home. I can’t tell you how many times I have folded, un-folded and then re-folded tiny little onesies. My new found need for organisation doesn’t just end at baby things, today for example, I had just sat down ready to tuck into a few kiwis (pregnancy craving) when I felt the desire to scrub the inside of the fridge and then re-organise its contents.

So why do we do it? I mean it is completely irrational, what woman stays up at night thinking of new ways to organise tiny baby clothes. Studies have shown that the urge to nest stems from an inbuilt need in a mum to ‘protect and prepare’ for her unborn baby. So there you go, we can’t help it..it’s natural!

 

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Here is how I organised Baby Free’s dresser and changing station, I doubled the chest of drawers can be found here.

 

 

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The first two small drawers at the top I have used for changing equipment. These drawer dividers from ikea (Skubb box, set of 6) were so useful for keeping everything neat and organised. I used the two long boxes for nappies. Then in the small square boxes I have kept nail clippers, brush, thermometer (from the babymoov vanity) and then oils and creams etc in the other. In the drawer on the right I have kept cotton wool, just for the first few months when baby has very sensitive skin. I will keep a basket on top of the dresser with wipes, baby powder, hand gel etc.

 

 

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In the second drawer down, from the left is pyjamas, then vests and on the right is sleep suits. In separating all the clothing out I am hoping it will make changing a lot more efficient and stress free, because lets face it – we will be spending a lot of time changing nappies and clothes and there will be no searching for vests or socks!

 

 

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Next drawer down from the left I have a pile of soft baby towels (I will be doing a haul video next week showing where I got everything from). In the small boxes I kept socks, booties, scratch mittens and hats. Followed by a pile of bibs and then a huuge box of muslin clothes. I have another basket of muslin clothes that I will keep handy downstairs, ready for all the little accidents.

 

 

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Finally in the bottom drawer I have kept spare wipes and packs of nappies, blankets and Baby Free’s Gro-bag. Then in the last box I have stored clothes that are a variety of different months, and one boy and one girl outfit, as we are not finding out the sex, I had to get at least one gender specific outfit ready!

Please share your nesting stories! I love hearing them and knowing I’m not the only crazy one, or if you have any tips on organisation- please share them with me!