It’s halfway week! Time is definitely speeding up. A little late getting this post up as we were at Butlins last week (and had a fab time!)
Baby: Now the size of a banana, or a cantaloupe melon, measuring around 6 inches and weighing approximately 11 ounces.
Symptoms: Still none really.
Weight: Have finally put on a couple of pounds. This is just as likely to be caused by all the food I ate while away last week than it is by baby but it makes me a little happier!
Clothes: Mostly maternity with the odd pre-pregnancy top. There’s no way I could fit in any pre-pregnancy trousers though. I’ve just discovered maternity leggings too. A-mazing.
Movement: Getting much bigger movements in the past week. Now able to see and feel some from the outside which I was quite shocked at as I wasn’t expecting it so early on.
Stretchmarks: None so far
Sleep: Apart from one bad night I had it’s been normal
Appointments: None, but have our anomaly scan and a consultant appointment next week
Best moment: Definitely when C got to feel baby kick for the first time, the look on her face was awesome!
Worst moment: None
Anything else: Nothing to mention this week
A few weeks ago, when picking C up from nursery, her teacher mentioned to me that they’d started doing letter sounds with her class and that C was doing very well and knew most of them. This didn’t come as a surprise to me as we talk about letters a lot at home, and I know she recognises most of the alphabet now but this was obviously a bigger thing to nursery than it was to me.
The following day as I collected her, the head of nursery asked if she could have a word. My first thoughts were that she’d done something naughty but it turned out that they wanted to move C into a group of slightly older (6-9 months older) children when they were doing their letter work.
C’s doing really well in the older group and it hasn’t phased her at all as she knows the children anyway.
This week as I collected her, another teacher mentioned that she’d been to see the headmistress as she’d done some good writing. They’ve had writing assessments where the children were asked to write a shopping list of some vegetables. They had a sheet with the words written on already and were just asked to copy the sheets. I was shown what C had done and it was good but, to me, that’s just C. She regularly writes at home on her blackboard and is constantly asking me how to spell things so it wasn’t really anything new to me.
It wasn’t until yesterday, when I stayed at nursery to help out, that I realised how far ahead C’s writing skills were over others the same age.
I was chatting to M about it last night and we both agreed that we know she is a clever child but she is who she is. The reading and writing are just what she does and, although we do praise her a lot when she does nice writing or reads a word, we don’t go over the top. This is a little odd when I’m shown work at nursery and I say ‘oh yes, that’s good’ while the teacher is making a big fuss but we’re used to how she is!
We are really very proud of how well she’s doing, especially as she doesn’t turn 4 for another 6 weeks, and I think she’ll enjoy full time school in September but I’m just bemused with how my reactions to C’s work differs to the teachers. After I leave I wonder if they think I’m a horrid parent who doesn’t praise their child. I hope not!
A few days ago we received some surprise post; a green box with pictures of monkeys on it. It turned out that the box contained a packet of Walkers new crisps, Hoops and Crosses as well as a cuddly monkey for C to enjoy.
The crisps stayed unopened for around ten seconds before C & I shared them. We were sent a packet of roast beef flavour, which is my favourite crisp flavour anyway, and these didn’t disappoint. Sometimes when crisps are advertised as healthy they don’t have a lot of flavour but these were definitely tasty and very beefy.
We all know that we shouldn’t eat too many crisps but these ones are almost healthy! They are made with 56% wholegrain which we should all have as part of a healthy balanced diet. Hoops and Crosses also contain fibre and 30% less fat than average crisps as well as containing no artificial flavours or preservatives.
Hoops and Crosses are available in multipacks in roast beef, salt and vinegar or prawn cocktail flavour. They’re available in all major supermarkets and retail at £1.59.
They will definitely be in my trolley on my next shop.
After the first 12 weeks taking what felt like a lifetime to pass, the weeks since my scan have really sped up.
I didn’t start this blog until C was 9 months old so I don’t have any record of my pregnancy with her which I think is a shame. For that reason I’ve decided to start writing a pregnancy bump diary. I’ve not decided if I’ll do it weekly or fortnightly yet but I’m starting now with week 18.
Baby: Now the size of a sweet potato or a bell pepper depending which site you get your info from, and is about 5.5 inches from crown to rump.
Symptoms: Feeling pretty normal really. A little more tired than I would be pre-pregnancy but feeling good other than that. Still having moments where I forget I’m pregnant.
Weight: No weight gain from what I was pre-pregnancy. Undecided whether to be pleased or concerned about this. My bump is growing and I’m eating normally so not too worried about baby but will mention it at my next appointment.
Clothes: Most trousers are now maternity but am still wearing most of my regular tops. Sorted all my old maternity clothes out this week and I really need to shop! As I worked full time when I was pregnant with C they’re mostly plain black or white t-shirts. So boring!
Movement: A few movements this week, just small ones
Cravings: Enjoying sweet things which I have been the whole pregnancy so far
Sleep: No problems and enjoying it lots
Best moment: Feeling proper movement this week
Worst moment: None
Anything else: My hair is looking good at the moment; it’s less greasy than usual and generally nicer. Long may this last!