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August, 2011

19 Aug 11

Week 27 – and in the home stretch

BabyCentre facts Baby’s weight – around 875g; about as heavy as a head of cauliflower Length – 36.6cms, head to heel   Two trimesters down, one to go. In less than three months baby Strong is due to make his appearance – alternatively I could say 12 weeks on Monday, but that sounds terrifyingly imminent. And things really do feel like they are happening now. For a start, our little man is on a major growth spurt – my sides and stomach are being seriously stretched and his kicks have transitioned from little flutters to more forceful movements. All this activity has got me worrying about my stamina when it comes to D-day (I am an exercise-phobe and a weakling), so in the last two weeks I have taken up swimming in a big way. To be honest, it hasn’t been difficult to find motivation – if I thought Madrid was […]

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17 Aug 11

Week 25 – the six month scan

BabyCentre facts Baby’s weight – around 660g; about the same as the average swede Length – 34.6cms, head to heel   Seemingly overnight I have succumbed to ‘the pregnancy brain’. I was absolutely 100 per cent sure that my six-month scan was on August 4th; I told everyone, lined up Skype dates to show off the new pics and took some time off work. I had also decided to arrive at the hospital early and undergo two blood tests for diabetes, thinking that the scan afterwards would be a lovely reward after a horrible hour at the blood clinic. Well I was right about one thing – it was a horrible hour. I am terrible with needles, and having to wait around for 60 minutes after taking a drink so sugary my teeth hurt, seemed like a cruel torture. But I bravely did the tests without running from the building – […]

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03 Aug 11

It’s a boy!

On June 6, Chris and I found out we were expecting a baby boy. It seems to be common practice in the UK to choose not to find out the sex of your unborn child – the majority of my UK friends wanted it to be a surprise and decided to wait until D-day. That is not the case in Madrid. Generally speaking, all mums-to-be are told the sex of their baby at the four-month scan – one friend specifically requested that she not be told, only for the doctor to then repeatedly refer to her child as a ‘chica’. Cultural differences aside, we wanted to find out whether we were having a little boy or a little girl as soon as we could. From my point of view, it was all about bonding. Having decided to have our first baby on our own in a different country – an […]

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