Archive for November, 2011

36 Weeks Pregnant:

So today was time for a check-up again and from now on it will be weekly check-ups. Right at the start the midwife noticed that my glucose levels were way too high again in my urine. She said it might have been my breakfast, because it sounded a bit sweet to her (muesli, yogurt, rooibos tea and 2 drops of honey), but because this wasn’t the first time it was too high I must go for a 3 hour glucose tolerance test – so that’s been booked for early Monday morning. She didn’t mention anything about the ketones, so I assume that was ok.

I gained another 500g in the last 2 weeks to get me up to approx 7.6kg’s since the start of my pregnancy – the other senior midwife also came in the room during my consultation and they are both very happy with my weight gain and they say I’m doing well in that regard. My bump is also growing nicely and is just above the average line on the growth chart from the beginning, so that is also perfect.

For some reason neither the OBGYN nor the midwife got the results from my Coombs test (anti-bodies for my Rhesus negative blood group) so they have to query that, as well as the glucose test from last week. The midwife was happy when I told her the finger prick test was 4.3, though. My iron levels are very high, even higher than in the beginning of my pregnancy and that is also very good and something to be happy about. My blood pressure was once again normal and totally fine.

Baby is also happy, moving regularly with a good heartbeat ranging between 138-154 bpm. The midwife said he is very obviously happy and healthy. He has also dropped already and that explains my latest symptoms of stabbing pains to the left and right of my lower abdomen and a sore pubic bone. I am totally happy to grit and bear that pain, because it’s all good for baby to be doing that now and good for having a vaginal childbirth. I am so proud of our little boy, because he is doing exactly what he is supposed to be doing and at the right time.

The only thing that bothers me a bit is the fact that I still haven’t seen the third midwife from the practice I’m at. The one that I’ve seen the most up to now, including today has resigned and will finish at the end of November, but she will continue working at the clinic, just not in private practice. My worry is that the midwife we haven’t seen up to now will end up doing the birth and she doesn’t know us at all. Hopefully we will get to see her within the next few weeks though. At least we’ve met her briefly, but it was basically just an introduction…

Otherwise I’m feeling well – the weather here is a lot cooler, we’ve had a bit of rain, so I feel a lot better, and the swelling in my hands and feet haven’t gotten worse, maybe even a little better. I’ve been getting a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions lately especially if I’ve been busy. On Tuesday morning I had a lot to do and I think I might have overdone things a bit, as I had a pain rise up from my pubic bone to my belly button, and I got a bit of a fright, so now I try to not do too much on any particular day. I’ve stopped going to the gym altogether, since a lot of walking makes my back ache and it makes the Braxton Hicks contractions worse and to be honest I really haven’t had the energy to swim. I can do it, but then I have almost no energy for the rest of the day. The positive of baby dropping is that my heartburn is a lot better, but now I have to go to the loo more often and I’m waking at least 3 times a night to go now.


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35 Weeks Pregnant:

5 weeks to go – 35 days until my estimated due date. Maybe even less if our baby decides to come earlier, maybe a little longer if he comes a bit later…

I cannot tell you in words how incredibly grateful DH and I are for this baby and for my healthy pregnancy with almost no problems. A few problems have tried to creep up on us, but every time we have responded in faith that all will be well and it has turned out well!

I still thank God almost every single day, and I’m sure DH does too! I can still so vividly remember the pain and the heartache that we have been through to get here, and I know how incredibly blessed we are. That is why we are relishing every moment, enjoying everything we can, because I remember with my first pregnancy I felt guilty that we were blessed, but that there were others who were still left behind in the trenches of infertility and in pain. My heart still goes out to them, but now I refuse to let guilt spoil our joy!

On Tuesday I went for my fasting glucose test, but I didn’t go to the lab in our town, because I have mentioned before that I’m sick and tired of the incompetence of the staff there. I have found out in the mean time that there is a GP (not ours) close to our home that has a sister that will draw my blood on behalf of the lab, so the last 2 times I’ve gone there. It takes a while longer to get the results, but it’s not like the beta tests that I’m anxious for the results so I prefer that option by far.

Anyway, I’m going off topic here, the sister took my blood for the fasting glucose test and then she offered to give me a finger prick glucose test, just so that I don’t have to wait so long for the results and my glucose reading was 4.3, which is normal! Yay! So I don’t think I have Gestational Diabetes and I’m sure everything is fine. I haven’t heard anything from the OBGYN yet, I’m not sure if it’s because the reading is fine, or that they haven’t received the results yet, but like I said I believe all is well.

My belly is getting bigger and bigger, but people still say I’m carrying quite small. I guess it’s because I haven’t gained so much weight – I think all the weight I have gained is just pregnancy related, and I don’t know why that is because I do eat quite a lot, but then again it’s almost all healthy food. Almost no junk food at all… Although my belly is not too big, I do get uncomfortable moments. It often feels like our baby is kicking me underneath my ribs and in my lungs, which is not a very nice feeling and there are times when I feel movement in my groin, which seems impossible, but also not a nice feeling. Those times I try to stretch out my body as long as possible to make space for baby and the rest of my organs, because it sure feels like things are getting cramped in there…

Another symptom that I’ve had for about 2 weeks now is a little swelling in my hands and feet, which is still bearable, but accompanied with the swelling I also have pain, especially after I’ve woken up in the morning. It’s getting difficult to bend my fingers and it’s sore to walk, but the OBGYN said those are normal side effects that come with the swelling. Another nasty side effect is heartburn – it’s really getting unpleasant most of the time. I’m into my third bottle of Gaviscon already and every time I buy a bigger bottle – I’m on one of those huge ones now, but I must say that definitely works, so it’s manageable.

I went for a pedicure on Tuesday and the lady that gave me the pedicure said she couldn’t see any swelling in my feet. I can see the difference, because I have very slim and small feet for my length, but I guess others won’t really notice it. It’s the same with my fingers, they look almost normal, but I can’t get my wedding ring on anymore and haven’t been able to for weeks. But again I have very thin, long fingers. My sister who obviously knows me well could see a difference, and DH can see it too…

My one hand and feet - taken today.

We got our chest of drawers this past weekend and the other things we ordered from the same shop, so this week I’ve been getting the baby’s room ready. I’ve been washing clothes, blankets, bedding, etc for the past 2 days and packing it into the cupboard, chest of drawers and baby’s hospital bag. So baby’s bag is basically ready and all I need to do is get my bag and DH’s bag ready then baby can come! DH still needs to put up the shelves and then I want to get some more pictures for the walls and then we are all done with the room.

I even did almost all the Christmas gift shopping – Baby and DH still need a gift, but the rest I’ve bought and then off course DH still needs to get me something. I only need to wrap the gifts and that will be finished too!

So things are pretty organised here at home – next week I want to clean the prams (yes, we have more than one!) and the camp cot and all the other second hand stuff we got from my sister since it’s very dusty. The rest of the things are minor things to get ready, like borrow a nice camera for the birth, making a map to the clinic for the family who wants to visit, etc. The only major thing I still want to do is get eco nappies, but everyone has recommended that we use disposables for the first 6 weeks or so, so that can wait until after baby is born if it needs to. But I will probably sort that out too in the next week or so. I have already decided on the brand I like, I just want to go to a shop and see what it looks like before I order them over the internet. It is a big amount, so I just want to make sure the quality is what they say it is…

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34 Weeks Pregnant:

We had our first visit to the backup Obgyn today and it went well. Almost everything was once again perfect.

I must say she did a very thorough check on baby and me, and she said the main purpose was for her to assess whether I still have a low risk pregnancy and we got the go ahead for the water birth. That was such good news, and we could book our room at the clinic with a happy heart.

We got a scan of our baby, but the doctor forgot to give us the one picture she took of our baby’s testicles. I guess I was spoiled with the scans we got at the other lady, because there we got at least 10 pictures every time, and a DVD, today we got nothing! Or not completely true, at least we got to see our baby again, and that was all worth it! It’s been a long 6 weeks since we last saw our baby.

Not that we could see much – he has grown so much that we could only see parts of him and we also couldn’t really see him move around like last time. But I must say, I’ve heard these last scans in the last weeks are a bit disappointing compared to the second trimester scans. One thing is still for sure, we are definitely having a boy – the dr said she usually tells her patients that she is only 80% sure, but this time she can say with confidence she is 100% sure it’s a boy. Not that we doubted it, because it’s been very definite ever since we had our 12 weeks scan, and every single scan afterwards as well.

Our baby’s heartbeat was 133bpm today and dr was so happy with it, right in the middle of the range it should be and a strong and even heartbeat. She measured him and he is still very much an average size baby, at approx 2.2kg’s now, and she estimates he should gain about 150g per week so he should be close to 3.2kg’s at full term. Not too big for me to push out! Also he was lying head down again today, perfectly with his back in the right position. My placenta was also fine, no more worries about a low lying placenta that can interfere with our birth plans. She could still see the accessory lobe but that is just fine, they must just know about it, so that they can make sure it comes out with the rest of the placenta at birth. The only thing that was not perfect at the scan was my amniotic fluid seemed a bit low, but the dr said I must just stay hydrated and get into the pool everyday, which I do anyway in this heat!

My urine test was once again much better; a low reading of glucose, much lower than last week, but the dr still wants me to go for a fasting glucose test. She thinks I might be a borderline gestational diabetic, and wants to see the blood results. I think my diet changes helped a bit, but I must also give the glory to God, because I once again actively believed that He will heal me, and we could see that all was much better so I know He did! At least the ketones were normal and I gained 900g again in the last week and a half. In total that brings me up to just over 7 kg’s gained in my pregnancy to date. The doctor was extremely happy with that.

I got my second anti-D injection today, even though they could not find my blood results from the test I had done 2 days ago. So I don’t know whether there were any antibodies yet. I guess I’ll find out at my next midwife check up.

Our baby is very active these days, and the dr and the midwives keep on telling me I need to count the baby’s movements per hour, but I don’t because he moves so much it’s really not a worry to me. My whole bump often rocks from side to side and one can even see the bumps coming up at times. Sometimes it feels like he is trying to claw out of my tummy, when he does that. DH and I often sit and laugh at his antics, especially at night.

O, by the way, our baby has a name now – but we aren’t telling anyone yet. I keep on telling everyone that it’s going to be a surprise and I must say some people are not too happy with us! Especially my sister, she is so curious and she was really disappointed when we didn’t want to tell her. We played a trick on her – we told her a name, which is a made up name, a combination of my name and DH’s name, because we know she does not like it at all when people do that, but she didn’t fall for that one. She knew immediately we were winding her up…

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Yesterday morning while I was just about to get up out of bed I felt this burning desire to share a specific piece of scripture with you. I can’t actually remember if I’ve already blogged about it or not – I knew I’ve wanted to in the past, and I actually might have, but I guess it does not really matter much as I feel the Holy Spirit is telling me to do it now.

Let me start this post by sharing with you something that my friend “G” said to me a while ago. For those who don’t know who he is – he is a 62 year old man who also volunteers with me at a feeding scheme for the poor and unemployed in our city centre. Now “G” has had cancer for the past 25 years or so. He is a Christian and loves God dearly but he does not believe in the laying on of hands for healing. The reason being that he has known a lot of people with cancer and quite a few had believed in healing this way and have not been healed and have in fact died. He does believe God can heal, and God has done some awesome healing in him, since initially the dr’s gave him a short while to live, yet he is still alive today, but he is not completely healed. He has had numerous operations and many radiation sessions and even one course of chemo, but the cancer keeps on coming back.

We were talking about stuff and I was trying to convince him that God does want to heal him and want to bless him and he said something like, “I know this guy who is so arrogant that he demands blessings from God, and he says I must demand healing from God. I don’t think that is right, we cannot demand anything from God, He must want to give it to us…”

When the Holy Spirit laid the following scriptures on my heart, I immediately thought back to this instance and I wished I had thought of these scriptures at that stage, but right there and then I didn’t know what to say.

Genesis 32:22-30 (NIV): “Jacob Wrestles with God 22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, Let me go, for it is daybreak. But Jacob replied, I will not let you go unless you bless me. 27 The man asked him, What is your name? Jacob, he answered. 28 Then the man said, Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome. 29 Jacob said, Please tell me your name. But he replied, Why do you ask my name? Then he blessed him there. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

I think we can say that Jacob was arrogant here to demand blessings from God, but he got it! Isn’t that amazing? It totally blows my mind – I would have never thought that God would do something like that. Especially when we look at who Jacob was – he deceived his father, and cheated his brother out of his birthright; Jacob was not a nice guy! Yet God blessed him, why? Because God had made a covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and God cannot break His word or His Covenant.

The good news is that we also have a covenant with God. We have a new Covenant, where Jesus was the sacrifice, the lamb, who had to give up his life so that we can partake in the covenant. What is covered by Jesus’ sacrifice? Firstly he died so that we can be saved – he took our sins upon Him so that we don’t have to be punished for our sins, Galatians 3:13 (NIV): 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”

But what a lot of people don’t know is that there are other things also covered by this sacrifice, like healing: 1 Peter 2:24 (NIV): 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” The other things that were covered by the atonement (what Jesus paid for with His sacrifice) is deliverance from evil, eg, demonic oppression, depression etc, Galatians 1:4 (NIV): 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,” and financial blessing and prosperity, 2 Corinthians 8:9 (KJV) says that, 9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”

Now I’m not saying we should be arrogant and demand the above things from God, mostly because it is not necessary. God is not the one withholding the blessings from us. God wants to give it all freely, and has, as a matter of fact, but we are deceived and we don’t know what we are entitled to, and a lot of the time we are actually limiting God by believing that we don’t deserve anything from God, so we cannot receive anything from Him.

That is true, we don’t deserve anything, but we don’t have to because Jesus has already paid the full price and that was enough! We cannot add anything to that! Our acts will never be good enough in the eyes of God, because we are sinners. That is what makes Jesus’ sacrifice so special – he gave up His Godliness, became a human for our sakes, a human who never sinned and he sacrificed Himself, shed his precious blood, just like they did in the Old Testament when they made covenants, so that we have a chance to not only be saved, but to share in God’s glory. Know that the full price was already paid – all the blessings are available to us, we must just receive it!

Once I knew this truth, it was so much easier to receive our blessings. I knew it was already done – God has made provision for it and He wants me to receive it, no matter who I am. He is gracious, even though I am a sinner and I do not deserve anything from Him, He still wants to bless us. No strings attached. Why don’t you also receive freely what God wants to give to you?

Now, you might wonder what are the blessings that God wants to give to us, over and above what is covered by the atonement? Any scripture in the Bible where God promises something, like for instance: Exodus 23:25-26 (NIV): 25 Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.” Or Philippians 4:19 (NIV): 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

See this previous post of mine about a lot of the promises God makes to us.  Why don’t you find out what blessings God has in store for you?   Learn the truth, believe that God wants to give it to you and that He in fact already has given it to you, and receive those blessings!

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Almost 2 weeks ago I posted some pictures of what Shumi looked like. I mentioned that he still loves to play with KT though and that same night DH took a video of it. I have posted it on Yo.u Tu.be, so that you can see that although he looks bad physically, he still has a lot of energy left and in my opinion a will to live.

I took Shumi to the vet last week to hear what can be done about the lump. The vet kept him overnight and made a hole in between his eyes and drained a lot of puss from the lump. At first it looked really bad, and I wondered if I did the right thing, but he is actually a lot better! A lot of the swelling has gone down and some of the scabs from his old wounds have fallen off. The vet even said that Shumi is still way to lively to be put down and he also said that if he looks at the way things have progressed during the last 19 months since I first took Shumi to him with his first nosebleeds, that Shumi might still live for quite some time. I asked him his opinion on why Shumi is still alive, and he is totally stumped! He does not have any medical explanation, but I do have one off course! I know it can only have been God! And that gives me more hope again to believe for full healing for Shumi.

Anyway I promised you another message a while ago already, so here it is:

The other message that I originally posted was this one about David and Goliath, and once again this teaching is from a different perspective so also worthwhile to share with you… I am quoting from Bro.ther Yu.n’s Book “Liv.ing Wa.ter”

“In order to see what God is doing today, we must cultivate a close intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and view things from God’s perspective. Even if we see a giant standing before us, we should not be intimidated. The giant might be real, but Jesus Christ is the Truth who can bring peace and freedom to any situation. Even when we are struggling, we should stop and meditate on the fact that Jesus has purchased us as His own possession. To do so, He paid the highest price – His own life. Those who have been born again into God’s kingdom now belong to Jesus. They are inseparable, to such an extent that the Bible says, “If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.” (2 Timothy 2: 13)

As we begin to serve our Saviour, we need to understand that God’s work must be done God’s way. We must rely on His wisdom alone and not on man’s wisdom, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” (1 Corinthians 1:25) As you serve God, you will surely experience much opposition. When this happens you need to know who you are, who you are not, who is the enemy you are facing and who is the Lord you are serving.

If you have been saved and restored into right relationship with God, then you should never accept the taunts of the enemy. When the enemy mocks and attempts to intimidate you, it is imperative that you stand up in the authority of Jesus Christ and refuse to accept it!

Let us consider the story of David and Goliath. The first thing to note is that Goliath’s very appearance caused fear. The Bible paints the following dramatic picture: “He was over nine feet tall. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armour of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went in front of him.” (1 Samuel 17:4-7)

The enemy always tries to scare God’s people and cause them to become incapacitated by fear. For forty long days Goliath stood up and threatened the Israelites. His threats achieved their purpose, for the Bible records that “on hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.” (1 Samuel 17:11)

Remember that “the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” (1 Corinthians 1:25) God chose to respond to this threat not by sending of Israel’s great warriors to fight Goliath, nor even by cutting the giant down by divine intervention. Rather, God chose a young boy named David – the youngest of eight brothers – to destroy the enemy and silence their blasphemies.

On the morning of the fortieth consecutive day, Goliath came out and mocked the people of God. By this time the whole of the Israelite army had been thoroughly terrorized and traumatized to such an extent that “when the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear.” (1 Samuel 17:24)
On this particular day, however, young David happened to be visiting the camp and heard Goliath’s voice for himself. Something stirred deep within his spirit, and he asked, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he could defy the armies of the living God?” (17:26)

Together we are armies of the living God today. We are the armies of Jesus Christ. The Lord God calls all of His children to fight in His name, but many fall prey to fear and intimidation. If they manage to overcome their fears, the Devil uses different strategies in a bid to disarm and cripple the obedient Christian.

One of his favourite tactics is to cause other believers to bring discouragement. This is what happened to David. His oldest brother, Eliab, “burned with anger at him and asked, ‘Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” (1 Samuel 17:28)

Isn’t it strange that Eliab would “burn with anger” just because his brother showed more courage than he did? Eliab also resorted to slander in order to keep his young brother in line, even telling David, “I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.” Satan often uses family members to bring discouragement. The closer a person is to you, the more crippling their discouragement is. This is often what happens in the church today, as our own brothers and sisters in the Lord end up trying to prevent us from following what God has told us to do.

It reveals much of David’s heart that even though he was just a young boy, he refused to be affected by his brother’s discouragement. In fact, David approached King Saul and boldly announced, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” (1 Samuel 17:32)

Another interesting thing happened before David slew Goliath. Before he went out to meet the giant, “Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armour on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. ‘I cannot go in these,’ he said to Saul, ‘because I am not used to them.’ So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:38-40)

David was used to a simple life as a shepherd. He was familiar with using a sling and had both killed a lion and a bear while protecting his sheep. Don’t try to be someone God didn’t make you. It will just be awkward and diminish your effectiveness for the Lord.

I believe God did not allow David to go into battle with Saul’s armour and weapons, as people might have been tempted to credit David’s success to the equipment he was wearing rather than to the Lord God alone. It is our all-powerful, all-knowing Sovereign who has declared, “How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.” (Isaiah 48:11)

After David killed Goliath, news of what happened quickly spread to the surrounding nations, and there was no mistaking the fact that God provided the victory. David had declared to the Philistine, “You come against me with a sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:45-47)”

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33 Weeks Pregnant:

Firstly I want to apologize because I promised a post last week and I still haven’t finished it. Hopefully I will be able to post it soon.

I’m 33 weeks today and boy, am I tired all the time! I feel like I have absolutely no energy, even though the weather is a bit cooler now. Yesterday I took a nap just about an hour after lunch and then about 2 hours after I got up I had to lie down again. That time I didn’t sleep though.

On Tuesday we went for another check up at the midwife and this time everything was not perfect like all the times before. My urine test was not good – way too much glucose and together with the ketone reading it suggests that I might have gestational diabetes. I will be tested again next week Friday when I go to see the backup OBGYN and if it’s still not right I have to for a glucose challenge test.

The above readings together with the fact that I only gained 100g (total of 6.2 kg from the start of my pregnancy) from 30-32 weeks is an indication to my midwife that my body is not using the sugar, but breaking down fat for energy. She explained that a lot of that extra sugar goes straight to our baby and is absorbed by him and that is not a good thing. I can take a lot that happens to me, but I don’t want to hear anything bad that affects our baby, so now I’ve put myself on a strict diet of eating even more protein, and much more often. Fortunately the midwife said that diet can improve this, so I’ll be trying my very best to get it right.

The weird thing is now that I have to eat protein a lot and very regularly I am off course not hungry at all! But I force myself to eat a little even if I don’t feel like it. I got some tips from my MIL who is a diabetic about what to eat and what to avoid and her biggest tip was to ensure that I have some protein shake before I go to bed and have it on my bedside table for when I wake up during the night, which off course I do anyway, to go to the loo.

So when I wake up in the mornings I’m not hungry at all, and it stays that way, because I still eat regularly during the day. The good thing is now I’m not tempted at all to eat junk, because I’m not hungry. I must admit I got some cravings for sweets and things like fruit salad and ice cream in the last week or so.

Our baby was lying breech this time, it seems he still has a lot of room to move around in and does move quite regularly. This is not a concern yet, as he just needs to be in the correct position by about 36 weeks. That has to be monitored next week by the OBGYN too. If he is still breech by next week I have to do some things to try and move him in between 34 and 36 weeks, and if that doesn’t work the OBGYN will probably try to move him. But I’m not worried about it, because the midwife suggested I try to sleep just on my left side, as that will help him to move and he definitely did move from lying mostly on the right to lying mostly on the left. The theory is that if he switched from right to left he should be head down again, but to be honest I don’t know how they feel if he is lying head down or up.

Fortunately everything else was fine, my blood pressure and baby’s heartbeat (136-143 bpm) was perfect again, and other than being tired all the time I don’t have any other complaints.

Our baby’s room is progressing, I’m more than halfway with all the sewing I’m doing, and we’ve bought a lot of other things we still needed. I’m almost ready to start packing the hospital bags, I just need to buy one or two small things and wash the baby clothes and blankets etc, but I want to wait a week or two with that.

We should get the chest of drawers and the toy box also much sooner than originally planned as I heard that they did receive it last week at the place we bought it, and it should have gone for staining this week. So maybe from next week we might be able to get it! That would be great because then I can wash and store our baby’s clothes and stuff.

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