For me, getting to 30 weeks really means we're in the final stretch of things now. 30 something always sounds ALOT further on than 20 something so even though 29 weeks was only, well last week, it still feels like we are a whole lot closer to due date.
Sadly as bump is growing (photo to follow) so is the pain in my back and hips. Physio is helping lots but am really noticing the stretches in between appointments and any slight exertion is taking it's toll. Luckily the kiddies are being fantastic and are looking after me/being very understanding of Mummy not being able to do everything she used to.
LMHH is the ultimate wriggle bum and alien belly is well and truly starting to arrive. Her jabs are more like squirms now and I am regularly kept awake by her all night parties!
Now things with Em and the move have settled down a bit and I'm on maternity leave, Teamie time has been much more frequent. A few weekends back I had a solo trip to Surrey for a girly outing with Em and her Mum to the The Baby Show. It was so lovely to see them both getting excited about all things baby and I think it was a big reality hit that this was all very very real and not just all a dream. We did get some strange looks from exhibition people when I ignored their questions and directed them to Em, even more so from passers by for the lovingly posed bump photo of the two of us, and found ourselves excitedly explaining the situation to confused faces a lot. It was a fabulous day though and worth it just for the overjoyed look on Em's face when buying a travel system.
Last weekend the whole of the Coventry side of Cheese Teamcake headed on down to Surrey to see 'Emily and Adam's new house with stairs INSIDE' (their old home was an upper maisonette and the novelty of them living in a house was fascinating for Jack). As always the whole family were so hospitable and gave us all a wonderful welcome. We had a great weekend and it was lovely to spend some quality time with our special Teamies.
Sunday brought Mother's day and we couldn't help but contemplate how very different this years was from Em's last. LMHH even got her Mummy-to-be a little something to mark the occasion.
This week brings another Teamie day and our big appointment with the Matron at the hospital to go through all things birth. We both have a list of questions and will hopefully be able to update you about a hugely positive experience afterwards... Fingers crossed.
I kind of feel like my bit is relatively uneventful at the moment. I'm still feeling really positive about everything and am so very thankful that my journey as a surrogate has been such a brilliant one so far.
All that's left is to count down the weeks until LMHH can meet her Mummy and Daddy.
|Glamorous bumpy shot.|