27 weeks pregnant and the last week of the second trimester! Although the first trimester definitely dragged, I have to say that this second one has flown by. I think when you’ve got the distraction of a toddler running around, and the reassurance of having already got lots of the baby paraphernalia, it definitely seems to go that much more quickly.
What’s going on with the baby
The baby’s hearing has developed enough this week that they might be able to recognise the sound of familiar voices. They can open and close their eyes, and may even suck their fingers or thumb.
What’s going on with me
What a week this has been! I think I’ve hit the stage now where I’m starting to find the physicality of having a pretty big bump, plus looking after a lively two year old really physically exhausting. I’m really struggling to lift Max up at the moment and am trying to cut this down gradually. I know I’ll need to be doing it less when the baby comes anyway, but Max has always been a boy who wants to be picked up a lot and he does get very upset if I can’t. Trying to wean him off that habit is really hard.
In good news for this week, I got the all clear from the Glucose Tolerance Test for Gestational Diabetes! Another concern ticked off the list.
And at the end of last week we managed to have a little break, just John and I. We dropped Max at my parents for a sleepover, which he was super excited about, and we headed to a hotel about 30 minutes drive from our home. So not an exotic babymoon by any stretch of the imagination, but it was lovely just to have a bit of relaxing time to ourselves and to explore some of our favourite places without a toddler in tow. Our room also had a fabulous roll top bath, so I enjoyed a wonderful bath in peace – every mum’s goal!
But once we got back from that trip I was struck by a nasty headache. Fairly mild at first, but it built quickly and before I knew it I was back to being sick again. I find paracetemol just doesn’t do anything for a nasty headache, and since there’s nothing else you can take in pregnancy, you’re pretty stuck.
And then a few days later my husband came down with a nasty cold which knocked him out for 4 days, including over the weekend. I’m not cut out for solo parenting in this state, and I’ve found it really really difficult to keep on top of things.
Suffice to say, I’m glad to see the back of this week! Next week involves a midwife appointment (few and far between in a second pregnancy!) so I’m hoping I get to hear the baby’s heartbeat, which I’ve not actually heard since our very first scan at 9 weeks.
Did you catch my 26 week pregnancy update? You can read it here