I can’t believe we’ve now had 20 weeks of the Blogger Bump Club. Over that time I’ve blogged the second half of my pregnancy, come across some fantastic new blogs and made connections with lots of other pregnant bloggers via Twitter, Instagram and their blogs using the #BlogBumpClub hashtag. When I started this little linky 20 weeks ago I was convinced no one would join in, so I’m thrilled that so many people have linked up over the weeks.
I’m now 39 weeks pregnant and knocking on the door of 40 weeks. I know from past experience that doesn’t mean there’ll necessarily be a baby here this time next week (Frog arrived 12 days past her due date), but it does mean there’s a very high chance this could be my penultimate #BlogBumpClub linky post.
I’ve arranged for another blogger who is still fairly early on in her pregnancy journey to take over the mantle and I’ll give you the details of who that will be on my last #BlogBumpClub post. I hope people will continue to join in and share their pregnancy posts, it really has been a brilliant way to find other people going through similar things and share the joy of baby kicks and irritation of cankles – not to mention the other glamorous symptoms that come with pregnancy.
This week has been all about riding the wave of the end of this pregnancy for me. People keep asking if I’m desperate to have the baby now and the truth is I’m not. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really excited and more than ready for labour, but I’m not sitting around feeling grumpy and frustrated for baby to make an appearance. It’s a very different experience from how I felt last time and I think having another child to help distract me certainly helps. I wrote more about “the un-waiting game” end bit of pregnancy earlier this week.
This is a lovely time of the pregnancy for me, as I can finally relax and know everything is ready. There really is nothing left for me to do but continue with a bit of yoga, potter around the house while Frog is at school and enjoy not feeling like I’m living life at a million miles an hour. The nursery is all done (there’s a tour of it on this post) and the hospital bags are all packed. The clothes are washed, the house is clean and the moses basket is waiting by the side of our bed.
I’m starting to get some exciting new baby products stocked up and can’t wait to try all of them out. I’ll be reviewing the Gro-light and Gro-hush very soon, along with some beautiful products from a brand that’s totally new to me. It’s really easy to get bogged down in all the “must-have” baby gadgets and paraphernalia out there, so I’m keen to find if there are any products I missed out on last time that really do make life easier for a new mum. Do let me know if there are any products you’ve tried out recently which you’ve loved!
How are you feeling this week? Have we had any new #BlogBumpClub babies being born over the past few days? Maybe you’ve been shopping for baby goodies and have some great new finds to share. Whatever your latest pregnancy update link it up here so we can all ready your blog post and get involved in the blogger antenatal chat.
Don’t forget to try and comment on other posts that have been linked up too – it’s far more fun if we all chat to each other rather than just link and run.
And you can tweet me a link to your post using the hashtag #BlogBumpClub and I’ll RT it for you too. I’m @mollyjforbes on Twitter.
Bumpy Ride says
I have loved reading the other posts on #blogbumpclub, Molly. Such a good idea!
I am about a week ahead of you with my first and it’s been educational and reassuring to hear how and everyone else has been getting on.
Now I just have the last bit to do…the birth, then the fun will really start!!
Good luck with your impending arrival and hope everything goes well – whenever it decides to ‘go’!
Bex @ The Mummy Adventure says
I never had a waiting game at the end either, but then both my boys were born just before their due date – hopefully pretzel will be the same! I hope the end is relaxing for you – take care!
Really close now, how exciting! It’s great to hear you’re enjoying it. All the best 🙂
Working mum blog says
I am going to miss reading your posts about pregnancy but at the same time I look forward to hearing about what you review and get up to when the baby has arrived. It is also good to hear that you are relaxing and enjoying the last of what you have left of your pregnancy. I am trying to do the same after a few stressful weeks. I have taken your advice and turned off my phone, and I feel much better for that. Enjoy your weekend XX
Ah, pottering around sounds lovely! I cannot wait to stop completely myself to be honest, but I really think I will keep going up to my section date now. I am also about to start stalking your timeline for news of baby, just to warn you. Promise I won’t start with the ‘any news’ line though! x x x x x
The Breastest News says
How exciting! I’ve only been joining in for the last 8 weeks but even that’s gone pretty quickly. Can’t wait to here the news of your babies arrival though, I’ll be watching your twitter/instagram/blog like a hawk 😉
As for useful baby bits and bobs I’d say the Cuddledry Apron Towel was amazing and a total must have. Best baby towel we ever had, washed well and was always super soft. I was so sad when Logan got too big for it 🙁
I can’t believe how quickly the weeks have gone either but I’m really looking forward to hearing the news of a new arrival when the time is right (I too am all about the over due babies!). As for useful bits and pieces this time around baby Pip likes to be swaddled so a pack of giant swaddle muslins has been brilliant especially on warmer nights when a blanket is just too much, and of course a few boy flavoured baby clothes!
Giant swaddle muslins are a great idea – I need to get some of those! This time of year is tricky as it can’t decide if it’s cold or hot. Definitely going to add those to my list, thank you!
39 weeks, can’t believe it’s nearly time for number two either. Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for setting up #blogbumpclub … Though I’m now in actual baby club, it was a great way to remind me to write about my pregnancy and take comfort & inspiration in the experiences of others. Very valuable as a first timer!!
So good luck for the last week, will look forward to news of frog 2 safe arrival,
Milly – DamBaby
Thank you Milly! I loved reading your pregnancy updates – so interesting to hear how different things are in Holland compared to the UK. And couldn’t be more polar opposite to the US by the sounds of it!
Gill Crawshaw says
I’m completely with you on the non-waiting! Feel exactly the same – really happy to wait for as long as it takes and I’m enjoying the last bit of pregnancy (especially as I only finished work today – wooo – but have to wait till next week for a nursery day of rest). Also, I can’t believe it’s been 20 weeks x
I think this bit is both easier and harder second time around – easier because you know what to expect, have the distraction of another child etc and harder because you don’t get the same opportunities to put your feet up!
It’s going to be sad not reading your updates for much longer Molly! Tracking your progress has helped me count my own weeks down. Can’t wait to see your lovely little one though 🙂
Very jealous about the Gro-Light – I really want one but the OH has put it on the “extras” list instead of my “essentials” list. I’ll eagerly await the review to see if I can bump it up
Good luck this week – I’ll be stalking you for progress updates :p
Thanks Kelly! For what it’s worth – I’d definitely recommend the Gro-Light. If you’re going to be buying a night-light anyway then this it’s a way to avoid spending a fortune on a fancy night-light. You won’t necessarily need one straight away though! xxx