37 Week Pregnancy Update - And our CHAOTIC flat

Thursday, May 28



After feeling like I have been pregnant FOREVER, we are suddenly full term today.  Which means that although our baby is only due in 3 weeks, if it arrived anytime from today it would not be considered to be premature.

I am excited but also very nervous for d-day.  I am also hoping that this baby does not announce itself to the world in the next few days as our flat is currently in chaos.  They ripped up and replaced the floors in the living room, entrance hall and passage on Friday and Saturday and it has been a long slow week of various builders coming and going to replace skirting boards, varnish the floors and touch up paint since then.  We can't access our kitchen at all and I am a little tired of eating at restaurants or eating m and s salads on my rocking chair (which has been squeeeeezed into our bedroom).  Apparently the last bits will all be done tomorrow and then we can start moving furniture back into the living room.  And our new sofa is finally being delivered on Saturday- YAY.

The reason that the floor had to be replaced was because there were big (and uneven) gaps in between where the engineered wooden floor boards had been laid. Initially the builders tried to fob us off saying that the boards needed room to expand in the heat, which was clearly nonsense, and eventually they admitted it wasn't acceptable and agreed to redo it.  I have such admiration for anyone who lives in a house whilst completely refurbishing it at the same time, I don't think that I would be able to!

Being ridiculously clumsy and huge while all your furniture and belongings are rammed into the spare room, bedroom and bathrooms is a serious trip hazard. So far this week I have cut the side of my foot open on a piece of glass shelving, walked into the tv stand bruising my leg and bumped my toes more times than I can remember.

Amongst all the floor bits going on yesterday, the man arrived to install the built in wardrobe in the second room and to refit the interior of the wardrobe in our room.  He arrived with none on the interior pieces for our wardrobe - and it turned out that the measurements his colleague made for the new bespoke wardrobe were slightly incorrect.  The colleague has (unsurprisingly) now left the company. We were left with an entire wardrobe of clothes laid in the bath and on our bed as Pete had removed the clothes and original hanging rail and fittings so that the new ones could be installed! What chaos. Anyway, apparently it will all (fingers crossed) be completed tomorrow. 

So HOPEFULLY by Saturday afternoon, it will feel a little more like a home!

Pregnancy wise, I am gigantic and swollen, but otherwise very well.  And constantly kicked by the little human growing inside of me.  The hiccups that this little thing gets are incredible too!

(Aside: Quickly trying to take the bump selfie above while the painter was in the hallway was rather awkward!)

I have had some lovely catch ups with friends in the last week. I met Nix for lunch at Google, where she works, and was amazed by their offices! They have the MOST incredible free staff canteens, (even a sushi one I kid you not), gaming and chill out rooms and even a full size London bus that has been turned into a meeting room!  On Tuesday, I distracted hung out with Che for the day to escape the fumes while they varnished our floors. I had a lovely day with her and was blown away by the amazing Deliciously Ella raw cheesecake that she made!

Che and Beany have arranged my baby shower for Sunday and I am so looking forward to it. (Another reason for you to stay inside for a few more days please little baby!)

My Dad is really struggling this week, please keep in your thoughts and prayers as he continues to fight the horrendous melanoma cancer that has invaded his body.    

And please watch this melanoma awareness video if you haven't already.

Much love,

 
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