To sum up:
- Midwife visits - MW says I'm still measuring 30cm, 3 weeks after I first measured 30cm. She said that if there's no growth next time then they'll send me for a scan. As it turns out, we already have a scan booked for 34 weeks (Wednesday) so we will have more of an idea then. This has made me worry a bit about growth, especially given people keep saying how small I am and comparing me to other people who are close in dates but are a lot bigger! I decided to weigh myself and in five weeks now I think I've only put on an extra pound! Still, I suppose that makes up for the fact that the MW at 28 weeks said that I was putting weight on too quickly... Next time (15th February) I'll be 35 weeks (even though it's a 34 week appointment) and we are discussing my birth plan! Best have a think about that then!
- Work - Work is stressful to say the least. I have 13 days working left all told (2 are half days due to aquanatal classes). It's stressful because I have so much to do before I leave! I feel that once I leave my life will be so much easier. I know I will breathe a big sigh of relief!
- Friends - I'm loving the friendships (well, one really) that are blossoming at the moment. My friend who is due just before me is wonderful and we're becoming good friends. I really hope that our friendship continues to blossom as our children will.
- Family - my family are great. Really really great. There's no way we'd have got through the last two years without them. As time goes on I am really missing my mum. There's so much I want to ask her, so much I need her for. But dad is amazing and has surprised me by knowing so much about mum's pregnancy with me and my sister. He has helped Mr Waiting put up the furniture, bought us the pram and has just been wonderful and understanding. My sister is so excited and it's so nice that she is. She really can't wait to be Auntie and I can't wait either.
- The nursery - The nursery etc. is pretty much ready to go! We had an incident with the cat in the moses basket a couple of weeks ago and it made me go all neurotic mother! We now have the wardrobe and everything is coming together nicely. I will have to take some pictures! The only things remaining are some decorative items - bunting and curtains (which are being made by the MIL as we speak) and some wall art, which I may have to attempt myself... we'll see!
- Mr Waiting - has been an absolute God-send. He is amazing and wonderful. There's no way on earth I'd have got through pregnancy (the emotional and physical side) without his help. He is my rock. Stanley means 'stoney meadow', Peter (which we have decided will be his middle name) means 'rock' and our surname apparently also means stone/rock! So I really hope that if Stanley is a Stanley and not a Lucy that he, too, will be someone's rock one day. Incidentally, we have decided on Lucy Evelyn for our daughter's name. Lucy meaning 'light' and Evelyn meaning 'desired, waited for' and possibly from 'little bird'. How lovely!
- Pregnancy health - I am suffering a little with tiredness and have been prescribed iron tablets. Unfortunately these have the bad side effects of severe constipation (aka complete and utter agony and inability to walk/bend/move) as well as black poo... Sorry for the TMI there! Other than that (and a cold!) things have been ok. The baby moves a lot, gets hiccups all the time which is so cute! He/she keeps moving from being back to back to back to front and I can tell depending on where the hiccups are!
- Bump photos - We wanted to have some professional bump pictures taken but we decided to let Mr Waiting have a go first! So here are the finished products (and I have to say that I am so pleased so we will no longer be getting professional ones done!).