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29th Feb 2016

The Pregnancy Diaries: Week 26 – The Two Pound Footballer

I’ve finally reached that lovely stage where I don’t have to prod and poke my belly to provoke reaction.

He now weighs just over two pounds and seems very happy to jump and bounce inside my stomach for most of the day and night. His grandfather was a prominent GAA footballer and I can’t help but imagine him growing up to do just the same when I feel those impressive kicks and punches.

This week marks the most at-ease I’ve been with my pregnancy so far. After the nightmare of bleeding until my fifth month, I still found myself worrying incessantly over the slightest pang or pain. Now I can feel baby’s movements, I can really appreciate the joy of what’s happening and start looking forward in earnest.

Gravid woman holding little socks prepared for baby

While I’ve made sporadic lists here and there of what I need to get and do – time really is going fast and this week is the start of really preparing for our son’s arrival. Family and friends have been great and luckily for us the offers of unwanted maternity clothes, baby grows and other baby stuff are coming thick and fast.

The biggest coup so far is a pram and car seat from my brother that his daughter recently outgrew. And yes, while I’m conscious that many of these donations may be subject to wear and tear, so long as they’re still safe to use, I’m only happy to relieve people of these generous donations. We’re still trying to get our heads around the best products to buy so it’s nice to have that extra breathing space.

I’m starting to compile my list for my hospital stay and am bringing hubby on our first baby shopping trip next week. Basics include blankets and cot sheets but I’m also advising my partner that expensive shower gels and moisturizer are also among my list of essentials! I wonder do I need new shoes for the journey home too…

Stay with us every week for more from ‘Big Belly’ as she continues her pregnancy adventure.