I'vejust got back from the midwife and our little Peanut is very happy and healthy! Listening to the heartbeat is something I look forward to every time, and it's such a reassuring sound. I'm actually feeling pretty crap about my body image at the moment but I'm trying to work on it. I'm only 5ft and have always have bigger, more musclier legs from where I grew up doing so much sport, but right now it feels like I'm a short stumpy gnome! I keep having to remind myself that I'm pregnant and need to embrace the body changes and love my body - it is carrying a child after all! Other than that, I am happy as a clam!
How far along? 27 weeks. This means I'm now in the last week of my second trimester and will be heading into my third and final trimester of this pregnancy. I can't believe how quickly time is flying!
How big is baby? Apparently, baby is now the size of a cauliflower and the midwife measured 27cm this morning! - it's a weird feeling thinking that you have something the size of a cauliflower inside of you. Bizarre!
Gender: Unknown - I constantly look forward to us finding out on the day that baby is born!
Bump: It doesn't seem masses bigger than last week in my opinion. I seem to be a slower developer but I don't mind at all now. My bump is relative to my size and I'm happy with it. I'm still carrying very high and it's giving me a more rounded bump all over my tummy. I wore a black maternity dress for the first time last weekend and did feel exceptionally pregnant though!
Movement: Baby is definitely a mover and a groover! Most mornings, baby will wake me up, and it will be kick kick kicking when I'm trying to work at my desk, which I love! Sometimes, if I lie in bed with my bump pressed on Dan's back, he can feel baby kick through to him - such a funny feeling!
Weight gain: Not a clue! The midwife weighs me every time I see her, but I don't look at it as I've always had a bad relationship with the scales. All I know is that I'm still able to wear pretty much all of my normal clothes and haven't gone up sizes.
Maternity clothes: I haven't spent much on maternity clothes at all, as I wanted to try and stay in normal clothes for as long as possible. Other than the 2 pairs of jeans and my black dress, I'm still loving H&M basics and am wearing stretchy skirts, tights and jumpers for work which keep me comfortable.
Sleep: Fortunately, sleep has been ok this week again. I will get up once or twice in the night to nip to the loo, but I tend to fall back to sleep straight away thank goodness. Baby does its best to keep me awake though with its kicking!
Best moment this week: Dan and I had such a lovely chilled day on Sunday, blitzing some of our Christmas shopping, picking up our Christmas tree and cooking the most lovely roast dinner. I felt really relaxed and it definitely set me up for the week in a great way.
Worst moment this week: Being on my own on a Friday night, when it seemed like the rest of the world was out having Christmas drinks or at parties. It was the first time during this pregnancy that I felt lonely, but I tried to alleviate this feeling by catching up with my recorded programmes on TV and eating risotto. Yum!
Cravings: KFC. Having spent 5 months not eating chicken, I very quickly got my love for chicken back again, and I just needed some KFC in my life. It was an enjoyable experience.
Belly button: Very much still an innie!
Engagement ring on/off: I'm really pleased as it's still on. I haven't had any trouble with swollen hands or feet...yet!
Mood: Excited! I truly can't believe I'm nearly in the last 3 months of pregnancy. It seems like such a long time, but so short as well, and I really can't wait to meet our little one now.
Missing anything: Alcohol - I haven't missed it at all during the pregnancy, but all the Christmas parties are making me a tad jealous!