Whilst I’ve been casually mentioning Christine’s ongoing pregnancy over the past few weeks, it’s been a couple of months since my last proper update in September.
Christine has been for several more scans, the most recent of which was on Monday. The baby is still developing okay and is regularly kicking and punching its mother, and occasionally me if I’m next to Christine. We’re now into week 33, so the birth is likely to be around six weeks away.
According to the pregnancy app that we’re using, our little one is about the size of a honeydew melon, and weighs up to two kilograms (or around four pounds in old money). Christine has quite a noticeable bump now.
We’re getting there when it comes to buying things for the baby. We have the all-important car seat – hospitals won’t let you drive the baby home after the birth without one – and we have a moses basket in our bedroom for the baby’s first few weeks. There’s a cot in the baby’s own bedroom, but we haven’t got a mattress for it yet. We also have some baby clothes, in mostly neutral colours, and a few other bits and bobs. Christine has her hospital bag packed in case the baby decides to make an early entrance to the world.
Whilst we’re expecting the baby to arrive in January, Christine finishes work in a couple of weeks, as she’s due to take some of her annual leave entitlement before her maternity leave starts. I’ll be taking my paternity leave as soon as the baby is born
I think we’re basically ready for the birth now – we’ll just need to wait until it happens.