Me Made Maternity: Week 35 - Hello? Is it Me You're Looking For?

Monday, April 27, 2015
Wow, it's been a while since I've done one of these, and as you can see, the bump has most definitely grown in the past five weeks. He's very active, wriggly and is not a huge fan of my ribs (I, personally, am rather attached to them. Ha ha, geddit? I haven't lost my (bad) sense of humour just yet...).



My slippers are knitted, but not by me AND I'm hanging out on our new deck to take these!!

I haven't meant to leave it this long between bump shots, but we've been so busy around here that we tend to forget about them until it's too dark to take any photos. 

To be fair, you haven't been missing any new 'Me Made' clothing action, considering I'm still wearing essentially the same things I have been for the past few weeks. These dresses have been on pretty much constant rotation - I'm way too tired and round now to care if I'm wearing the same thing day in and day out. If it fits and is comfortable, I'll wear it.



Other 'baby' related things over the past 5 weeks that I meant to talk about:

1) Maternity bra shopping - my head is about to explode on this one. How am I supposed to know what sizes to buy when I have no idea how big they're going to get? Any tips? Bras are expensive and I don't want to end up with a draw full that never see the light of day.

2) We've been attending regular antenatal classes, and no, you don't sit around in a circle and learn to breathe (they assume you know how to do that, considering you've been doing it quite successfully for a few years now). David and I were both kind of disappointed...

3) As I learnt on Saturday, don't scoff your cereal in the morning, because when your stomach has limited space and is squashed somewhere where your lungs should be, and there is a small foot using it as a kick boxing bag, your cereal will want to make a reappearance if it's gone down too quickly. Slow and steady wins the 'food staying in your stomach' race.

4) Heart burn, please-go-away, I'm trying to sleep.




There are still quite a few things David and I need to do before the Bebe arrives, mostly house related things (but also lots of loose ends for my business so that it keeps running at least semi-smoothly while I take some time out), but I'm trying to give myself a bit of a break from this (long) self-imposed list.

Do you remember me talking about the not-so-great March stuff bubbling on into April? Well, as it turns out, it's decided to stay for the whole month (well, pretty much, considering it's May this week!!). It's not the same annoying stuff, it's more of it in different forms, that seem to be compounding and growing and just being, well, poo-ey. I do tend to err on the half-full side of the glass, but, I am ready for a little break...

Luckily, David is home for most of the week, so we're going to tackle as much as possible and then, we'll just take it as it comes. And eat cookies. Mmmmmm...cookies. And admire the autumn leaves before it gets really cold. Though, we've already had a small amount of snow, so, I guess that doesn't bode well for a mild winter...

How are you lot?

xx
J

*I can't believe I wrote 'poo-ey' on my blog. I suppose you might need to get used to it, considering I've heard babies have a lot of it!
16 comments on "Me Made Maternity: Week 35 - Hello? Is it Me You're Looking For?"
  1. With regards to bra shopping (on this my second time around) you don't want to buy anything super expensive or structured until after your supply levels out (generally a couple of weeks after you give birth/begin breastfeeding. Get yourself a couple of affordable, soft sleep bras to get you through the first few weeks. There is really no way to know how much you'll swell and what size you'll end up being, but the first couple of weeks you'll definitely just want to be comfortable. Once your supply has leveled off you'll have an easier time finding a more supportive bra that fits well. I purchased three different bras over the course of the year that my first son was breastfed, as my size changed significantly as I was losing baby weight and he was eating more solid food. Best of luck to you, and I hope the next few weeks go smoothly for you!

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    1. Thanks so much Evie! Yes, I've bought one bra that fits me now (and was given one by a friend) and I was planning to buy two soft sleeping bras, I thought they looked super comfortable to labour in as well :) Gosh, who knew boobs could be so confusing...

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  2. You look amazing. You really do! Re the bras - I got measured for a bra probably mid way through my pregnancy (and bought a limited number, maybe 2 or 3), and then did the same once the baby was born. You have no way to predict how big you will get, so you kind of just need to wait. I didn't obviously go the day he was born - maybe a week or so later. I do remember a friend saying they went on the way home from hospital and she was leaking milk everywhere... You may want to avoid that!!! :) One tip though - buy a couple of sleep bras. You can buy them in advance because they aren't sized (well not cup and band sized), and they really help when you start feeding. At the very least they hold your breast pads in place, but they also provide support at night, which you will need initially at least. They might also tide you over during the days til you get a chance to get to the shops!!! Sorry for info overload - you will have learnt that this is the norm when you ask for baby advice!!! :) x

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    1. Thanks so much Helen :) Oh dear, leaking while trying on bras, hehe, all you can do is laugh I suppose!!

      I definitely plan to get some soft sleeping bras and will just use those while we get the whole breast-feeding/breast-growing thing relatively under control.

      I love info overload by the way - especially when it comes from experience and I really have no idea what to expect. More information is so much better than less.

      xx

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  3. Wow - not long now, but probably feels like forever! You look gorgeous. No idea about bras having never had a bub. It would be a pain trying to work out sizing. Have a happy week.

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    1. I know! It still seems far away, but when you reduce it to weeks, there's not long to go at all!

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  4. I'm glad you are ok and getting closer to the big day. I was this Saturday with a friend, also pregnant, and she's discovered many things recently that nobody told her about pregnancy. She's attending a pilates class for pregnant women and the other day the fathers had to go too to learn how to give a perineal massage to try to avoid episiotomy. My friend's boyfriend (also called David) couldn't believe what he was asked to do!

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    1. Tehee, my midwife has talked about perineal massage as well! Slightly awkward, but I guess nothing is sacred when you're giving birth, as long as everyone is happy and healthy at the end. Oh dear, makes you wonder why we do it at all - I'm sure it's for a good reason :) I'll let you know, hehe.

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  5. Whoa, you're getting close! It seems like yesterday you first made the announcement... Well, you look great, and sound upbeat :)

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    1. Thanks so much! It does only seem like yesterday, where has the time gone??

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  6. Aw, the home stretch of pregnancy is exhausting. Which is not fair as the whole labour and delivery thing is pretty intense. But you look adorable and seem to have a plan! So it's all good.

    For bras, (and after two babies and enormous boob gains) I'd recommend just getting two cheap pairs of nursing bras for the first few weeks. After about 4 weeks your milk should be steadier and you can be fitted more reliably. Also, your ribs will be more or less back where they should be. I like the brands Hot Milk and Anita the best, personally. I suggest at least two, but 3 would be ideal. Get the best you can squeeze out of your budget! It's a lot of weight to carry around. (Sorry, I'm rather passionate about bras. And breastfeeding. Which seem to go together well enough.)

    But, congratulations! And you'll soon have an external baby, which magically makes the heartburn go away.

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    1. Great idea! I have 2 at the moment, but I know they won't fit when my milk comes in, so I'm planning on getting two sleeping bras and using those for the first two weeks while we figure this thing out.

      No need to be sorry either! Getting as much information as possible from people who have had the experience is so invaluable, I really do appreciate it :)

      I can't wait to have an external baby and no heartburn...

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  7. You look amazing! As far as maternity bras go, if you've already gained a decent amount of size in your bust I would get ones that fit now because when you are nursing they will fluctuate in size depending on if you're full or not (if that makes sense). Hope that helps!

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    1. Totally makes sense Hilary! I'm going to buy two soft sleeping ones and use those for the first two weeks and then reassess what I need depending on how big I get.

      Thanks so much for all the helpful info!! You have no idea how much I appreciate it :)

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  8. They certainly do Jen - poo a lot (babies)! Re maternity bras, I went with one size up from non-pregnant state and good old Bonds served me pretty well. Sending many many good wishes your way - this last stretch probably seems like it will never end, but hang in there! Six months down the track, you will certainly get a lot of your body/life back, and I'm just going to put in an extra plug for baby boys, as I now have two - they are so much fun! Enjoy!!

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  9. Your bump looks lovely. Enjoy your last few weeks as a couple before you become Mum and Dad. Re; bras. Buy or make breast-pads, lots of them. You will leak like you never thought possible!!

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Jen

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