Pregnancy hormones are weird. I’ve been swinging between euphoric contentment and torturous anxiety several times a day. Currently I’m feeling pretty good as we heard today that our mortgage has been approved and the valuation has been instructed, which is a real weight off my mind seeing as we’re hoping to complete at the beginning of June. We’ve also had a surveyor come around here this week to assess our property for our buyers’ mortgage, so the news on the moving front is all good so far.
We’re now a few days into the much-needed Easter holidays and we’ve actually been incredibly busy, but it’s all been nice things we’ve been busy with – mostly catching up with people (today is the first day we’ve eaten lunch at home!) – so it hasn’t been hard work.
On Sunday we decided to explore Westfield Stratford and I was finally allowed to buy some baby clothes, which my wife has been putting off feeling it was still a bit too soon. However, sitting down and drawing up a list of all the things we’re going to need before the babies arrive made both of us realise how much we really do have to get.
Buying the baby clothes I became a bit of a force to be reckoned with. We do need quite a lot of basic clothing because we’re having twins, but the temptation to buy gorgeous outfits was only tempered by the fact that we don’t know the sexes of the babies, which left us a little restricted. We really don’t mind what combination of sexes we end up with, but I have to say that the girl baby clothes totally blew my mind with cuteness factor and I am (not so) secretly hoping that we get to buy cute little tights and dresses and smocks.
Look how huge the Sesame Street one is! That's because it's 'Newborn' size, which ours probably won't fit into for at least a month!!
The babies have been very active – wriggling and kicking more and more as the days and weeks progress – so although I still can’t wait for the scan on the 18th, I know the babies are okay. They’ve started poking around under my ribs, which is a rather strange sensation, and there are also times now when I can feel them as a solid lump on one side or the other of my belly.
I had to have a glucose tolerance test yesterday to check for gestational diabetes which, due to the fact I’m having twins and have a family history of diabetes, I’m at a higher risk of. I had to fast from 10:30 the previous night and then go to the hospital to have my blood taken. I then was asked to down just under 500ml of Lucozade and sit and wait for two hours before having my blood taken again. Not only was that two hour wait mind-numbingly boring – as my lovely wife will also attest to – but drinking such a high-calorie drink on an empty stomach caused a huge sugar rush followed by an even bigger sugar slump. Around an hour after drinking it I was near tears I felt so sick and tired and generally crappy. Still, it’s over and done with now and we just have to wait for the results.
This evening my gorgeous wife is taking me out for a pre-birthday date. I’ve been really rubbish about my birthday this year, asking mostly for money and/or baby store vouchers. I told L the only things I really wanted were to see the ‘Hunger Games’, which I knew she wasn’t overly keen on seeing, and a photo from our wedding to put up somewhere, as although I have put all our wedding pics on the computer and Facebook and Flickr and our digital photo frame, we have talked for ages about having a couple of pictures printed to actually put up, but haven’t got around to it yet.
She revealed earlier today that she has booked us tickets to see ‘Hunger Games’ tonight, which I’m really excited about. She’s also been cooking me a Jaffa Cake Cheese Cake the recipe for which we saw on Sunday Brunch a couple of weeks ago, which we’ll take to my mum’s tomorrow when we go round for my birthday dinner.
My impending 31st seems very anticlimactic, but I really don’t mind. I loved celebrating my 30th last year and I just feel a bit like I have more important things to worry about this year. Everyone’s moaned at me for asking for Mamas and Papas vouchers, but I will really, REALLY enjoy spending them, even though I won’t necessarily be buying anything for myself – although let’s not forget they do also sell maternity wear.
I am so excited about meeting the twins and really impatient about moving. I want us to be in and settled as soon as possible and I’m eager to buy furniture for the nursery and make the room all cosy for them. As much as I want the babies to stay in my tummy as long as they need to and cook for as long as possible, I am so desperate to meet them!