Friday, December 09, 2011
I had my 24 week midwife appointment on Thursday, this is my second scheduled appointment but now I'll be going every 4 weeks. When I was called in I was surprised to find that there were 3 midwives in the room, I later realised that one was a student. The appointment left me feeling like I had wasted my time a bit. It took 20 mins to check my blood pressure, urine and measure my belly. When she measured my belly she asked me where my pubic bone is and announced an uncertain 24 cm to the room. I know that last Wednesday I was measuring 23 cm so I'm pretty sure she's growing on track anyway. Then I had to point out where she would find the baby's heartbeat which was 140bpm. The last time I checked it was 150bpm so she must have been pretty chilled out in there :-) But this is the NHS and we don't pay for our treatment here or have choices about who we see. The staff in the hospital are much better but it still one thing I'm very apprehensive about when the baby decides to arrive. I have put my husband in charge of being assertive to make sure I get what I want or need during labour.
I also got the paperwork I need to go on maternity which I'm hoping I'll be able to in 5 weeks time. I'm not sure if I'll get it though because I was made redundant when I was 6 weeks pregnant and you have to have worked a certain number of weeks (I've forgotton exactly how many) in the 66 weeks before the baby is due. When I checked it was exactly the right number of weeks but I don't know if they will calculate it differently to me, if they do I will have to stay on job seekers which means going to job centre appointments, applying for jobs and going to interviews. I don't mind at the moment but I don't really want that hassle all the way through my pregnancy.
I was going to write this blog yesterday but my back has been hurting so much the last couple of days that I've spent most of my time lying down with heat pads on it. It feels better today after Matt gave me a massage last night. I'm lucky to have such a considerate husband. He spends most evenings after work, working on the house. Plastering, plumbing, carpentry etc... There is no end to what he does. He even put some food in the oven last night so I didn't have to get up and down with my back hurting. He is a very hard working person and always puts 100% into whatever he is working on. I had a text message this morning because he had just had his appraisal in work, they have graded him as an outstanding engineer and awarded him the maximum possible bonus. It's great to have extra money coming in especially at this time of year but I'm really proud that they think so highly of him. He was also told that everyone would be getting a 2.2% payrise in January but some of the better engineers may be getting a bit more. We're hoping that he will get the higher pay rise but either way is ok with us.
We are hoping to be finshed with the plastering and dusty work by the end of January. I'm painting as he is finishing the plastering so hopefully the house will be finished with a couple of months to spare before the baby is born. There will still be work to do on the kitchen but it's mainly painting and tiling work so we can slow down then. The other thing about finishing the main work on the house means we will have more spare money and hopefully Matt can stop the overtime at weekends. I've had to slow down on the painting this week but there's only so much I can do until Matt finishes the next room. I'm finding if I spend the whole day sanding and painting I feel unwell the next day so I'm going for little and often. I can't wait to be able to relax in an uncluttered and clean house (the dust gets everywhere!) I think I'll be in for a bit of teasing when it comes to cleaning the house after all the work, every time I do some housework now Matt tells me I'm nesting!