Tigerlilly Quinn: 24 weeks

Saturday, 27 August 2011

24 weeks



This week I officially stated when I want to start my maternity leave, ten weeks to go! Its often the way that when you know your leaving somewhere you actually start to think you dont mind the place too much after all. But no, I am very excited to have the end in sight.
I'm really looking forward to getting the house in order, I think I can start to understand the nesting instinct already (although I'm not quite on the cleaning products frenzy yet). Although we are not having an actual nursery (we are hoping to have him sleep with us for the first year at least) I am still excited to set the spare room up with toys and books. My parents (the grumpy and ouma mentioned in the letter above) are visiting at the moment and brought down a few boxes of my old toys and books, there are some real gems in there that I cant wait to get out and look at properly. Tom's sister also brought round a few bags of baby clothes earlier in the week, including some dinosaur romper suits (who said boys clothes aren't fun?!) so its all getting quite exciting round here!

I've been thinking more and more about the actual birth lately. I am planning a home water birth, the thought of this makes me feel utterly calm and when I actually think of the birth i am more curious/excited then scared at this point. The only thing I am apprehensive about is if for any reason my pregnancy goes from a 'un-complicated' one to a 'complicated' and for any reason I am told I have to go into hospital. It is hugely important to me to be able to give birth at home so fingers crossed everything stays ok and I can go ahead with my planned home birth. I love reading birth stories on blogs and these are a couple that make me feel at ease when I think about the actual event. 

Both Melissa from 'Dearbaby's birth stories here and here and

If anyone would like to recommend me some other inspiring birth stories that would be great! I have been talking with a few mama friends recently and I know lots of the time your birth plan can go completely out of the window and things can turn out far from how you planned. The most important thing is that you and your baba is safe but if I could have a nice experience too that would be ace, thanks ;) xoxo

 Note : top c/o of Abigail cardigan c/o Kimberly 

5 comments:

abigailemily said...

Gah birth stories always make me blub, I have tears rolling down my cheeks! And those ones are particularly blub worthy because they seem so calm and magical, something not many people expeience! My birth plan did go out the window, but it wasn't a total disaster. I have 'fond' (not sure?) memories of it, and even though I had to have the drip and an epidural, which were defs not in my birth plan (I wanted a water birth too) I'm still so proud of myself that I managed to push him out naturally. I think however anyone's and our birth goes, 'natural' or not, I still think it's an amazing achievement, and something to be immensely proud of. Even just having the strength to know you are going to go through with it is enough! Every Mumma is a hero to me!

Anyway, I felt the same as you, I was intrigued rather than scared about the birth, and I feel strangely jealous that you get to experience it! (my in labour self is screaming at me right now, there are still some small memories of pain!) but I really hope things go as planned for you! Theres every chance it will! Let's just hope he doesn't poo inside you like theo did, yeh thanks for that one....

I'm excited to see you soon, you look so much bigger! Speak soon! Xxx

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Tigerlilly Quinn said...

yes i totally agree, every mama is a hero whether they choose all natural or want every drug under the sun! Its an amazing thing to do and i dont think people who choose natural are any braver than those who dont. I think ive just allways had this idea in my head about how i want it to be, so being completely honest if I have to go hospital then I will be disappointed but at the end of the day its not the most important thing. ahh do you think I'm that much bigger?I'm so used to seeing myself each day I cant tell! xx

abigailemily said...

oh and you have reached the 'viable' stage! that was a major mile stone for me, so well done (and well done baby!) and yes you do look bigger! it's been two weeks now i think hasn't it? you look without a doubt PREGNANT! make the most of it, like i said make your family do everything for you, it's the one time in your life you can get away with it, hah! have a nice week xx

nova said...

That graffiti in the background weirded me out for a second, my ex boyfriend's name is john peel too. I was like "WHAT?" but obviously that's the famous one, not the ex boyfriend one.

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