Today I am 37 weeks pregnant, which is, according to @thepositivebirthmama Siobhan Miller, the start of the ‘due period’. As many of you know, I have had Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) for about four months now and have had to use crutches. Thinking about entering a ‘due period’ is not only helping me to think that he could come soon (very exciting!) but it is also helping me not to wish the rest of my pregnancy away because of the pain. After all, he’ll come when he’s ready!
We found out on Monday that he’s already 7lb 1oz as our hospital is now offering a routine growth scan to all mamas at 36 weeks. He’s also lying oblique with his head in my hip (no surprise there!) so our attention is now turning to things we can do to encourage him to move down. There really is a wealth of information about this out there and in Oxford we are very blessed to have a lot of women’s health focussed practitioners offering everything from massage, acupuncture, hypnobirthing, rebozo sifting and more. Combining some of these techniques is helping us to stay relaxed and calm for his arrival.
One of the things that we’re trying is to try and move a little more, using my crutches and huge bodystocking belt 🤣 for support. That meant that on Thursday, for the first time in what feels like forever I got to go to the allotment and visit the chickens – the best form of therapy there is! We also harvested armfuls of rhubarb ready for rhubarb crumble, with custard made from the eggs! 😊
As the weather has warmed up, Chris has set to work on making the garden beautiful for us to spend time in in the nice weather.
We have also been very fortunate to have our family and friends help us look after Little Pea whilst Chris is working and I’m hobbling. Last week, on one of Nonna’s days with Chess, I sent out a tomato SOS to her and she rescued some of our tomato seedlings that were desperate to be potted on. A week later and Nonna brought us back some of the seedlings looking a lot bigger and happier and also some gro bags to put them in! Dad and Sue also brought us a cucumber plant – we really are growing together!
Nonna also brought us a peony to compliment all of Chris’s work in the garden. Here it is above looking lovely in the morning sunshine.
Above you can see Chess’s sunflower progress 🌻 Currently I’m growing a little man who is now apparently the size of a watermelon! But for now, it’s time to snuggle up with Little Pea for some royal wedding fun.