Wednesday, 28 September 2011

One Productive Week

Claire and I had a week off work last week to decorate the nursery. Claire's mum found some brilliant wallpaper online and we ordered it at the start of the week, and it arrived on the Wednesday. By that point we'd already stripped all the old paper off the walls and bought everything we needed, so the morning the paper arrived we could get stuck in.

We got most of the work done in the one day, and I must admit we struggled with the corners. At one point I wanted to redo one of them from scratch but once it was all dry it looked fine. By noon on Thursday we were completely done, leaving us enough time for a celebratory lunch and a trip to the local baby store to look at cotbeds...

So we got cracking on that too! After an hour and a half we'd put the whole thing together lengthways, but we really wanted the cot in widthways as the measurements were perfect for a snug fit at the far end of the room, but there wasn't enough space to put it together that way.

So we then attempted to turn it - lifting it up, flipping it over, squeezing it through the door - we even took an end off to get it to fit, which worked, but then there wasn't enough space to get the tools between the bed and the wall to put it back together again! So in the end we relented, and put it back the way it had been an hour before.

The next day we put the chest of draws together, and now all we have left to do is put up a new set of curtains and find a nice comfy chair for Claire, and it's done. Then all we need is the baby!

Which, by the way, I finally felt kicking this week (poor Claire - she must be black and blue on her insides now!) - last night especially. It was a moment on-par with the first time I saw its picture on the screen during the first scan. I am AMAZINGLY excited, can't wait to meet the little Wrigger :D

Friday, 16 September 2011

Half Way There!

This week we moved past the half way point and celebrated with a brand new scan :D

Since my last post Claire has completely stopped being sick, has started to develop a very respectable bump, and she can now feel the baby moving around a lot. As such, I have begun referring to the baby as "The Wriggler". Yes, it sounds like a Batman villain, but that just makes it even more awesome.

So yeah, the scan. We had the opportunity to find out the sex... did we?

I wonder :)

Anyway, we had the scan and the baby yawned for us and then started opening and closing its mouth quickly like it was chatting away :) It was adorable :D It also had its legs up in the air and was playing with its feet, before picking its nose. Seeing it alive and moving around in there is breathtaking - to think, everything's fully formed and working in there, it's just really really tiny.

Unfortunately there is a tiny complication. Claire has a low-lying placenta, which could cause a serious problem if it doesn't correct itself before the birth, but a serious problem is extremely rare. The likelihood is that if it doesn't correct itself Claire will have to have a C-Section, which in some ways is preferable to a natural birth.

Claire now knows the date she'll be finishing work - December 21st. She's excited, but focused on doing the best job she can right up to the last minute.

We've also moved the small bed out of the little room and into the cellar, wrapped in heavy-duty plastic. So now I can start stripping the wallpaper and get on with turning it into a nursery! That's my plan for next week, as Claire and I are both off work for the week. This weekend we'll be popping down to Suffolk to catch up with friends and family, so we're looking forward to that :)

I think we've almost decided on names now too, though we haven't had an actual conversation about it in a couple of weeks. Something to talk about on the trip down south :)

That's it for now!