This pregnancy has not been as plain sailing as my last. Albert’s pregnancy really was a walk in the park, until it was time for him to arrive and then he was 9 days late! Read about Albert’s birth story here.
At my (first) 12 week scan, we decided to take my mum along, as she didn’t join us on any of the previous scans for Albert and thought she might like it. She loved it, but the sonographer complained that the baby was too small and I must have my dates wrong, I was a bit miffed as I knew I hadn’t, but she still put me back to 10 weeks!! So we had to wait a further 3 weeks for my scan as they were so busy.
Thankfully, everything at the scan went well, and we were free to tell the rest of the world, well, social media haha.
Then at the routine 16 week midwife appointment at the surgery, where she takes yet more blood etc and then checks the baby’s heartbeat, she took about 15 minutes and still couldn’t locate it. She was freaking me out, whilst trying to be positive, but I could see she was concerned at the same time. She called the day assessment unit at the hospital and told them I was on my way to be checked and possibly scanned to locate the heartbeat. Thankfully I wasn’t on my own and my husband was with me, as was Albert. I cried the whole way, I just couldn’t stop thinking the worst, who wouldn’t? But when we got there, they were all so kind and comforting, yet it still took a midwife and a doctor 45 minutes to locate the heartbeat, they did need to use a special scanner where you could see and hear the heartbeat. It was so lovely being able to get a sneaky peak at little babybee2 again.
My 20 week scan went well, but again there we found out I had an anterior placenta, which explains why we couldn’t find the baby’s heartbeat and the lack of early fetal movement in second pregnancies. But due to this, she did have some trouble locating all chambers of the heart, bladder and liver and I had to be booked in for yet another scan!
We didn’t find out the sex – much to everyone’s disappointment. The second 20 week scan went well too and little babybee 2 waved at me, it was amazing. I was actually on my own for this scan, there had been so many, I just had to get in and out quickly. I was really happy when the baby waved at me, it was like a little private bonding moment for just the two of us.
Due to Albert having shoulder dystocia at birth. I was put under minor consultant care, and she discussed with me that sometimes second babies can be bigger than the first. As Albert was 9 days late, she doesn’t particularly want me to go late again. So at 39 weeks I have a growth scan and another appointment with her to discuss induction – If baby hasn’t already arrived by then. I am really hoping babybee 2 arrives before this, 38/39 weeks would be perfect!
So, now I’m 32 weeks and things are going well. Crippled with tiredness and heartburn/acid that makes me want to vomit and kill myself, but otherwise ok. Second time round is definitely harder, I have to take care of a 3 year old at the same time, although I am lucky that he’s able to play by himself with his trains. He watches telly cuddled up next to me and we play puzzles and games on the table as I struggle to be on the floor. Pre-School two and a half times a week helps me to get things done or just sit and relax in peace – before baby arrives that is!
As much as I am ready for this baby to arrive, I am loving how much baby moves and wriggles. I will miss it, just like I did when Albert was a few months old. Who knows, we may have a 3rd.
Here’s hoping the home stretch goes fast with no hitches!