I don't have a bump pic, because I still am not a fan of the whole having my photo taken thing, but I will get one done soon. I spent most of the pregnancy desperate to get a bump, and now that one has blossomed in just a few, short weeks, OW! Turns out that having a bump is a lot more uncomfortable this time around, but it's also so lovely to actually see real proof that the baby is in there. Same goes with kicking, at my 20 week scan we found out that I had an anterior placenta, again, and that meant that it'd take longer until I got movements, which was definitely the case. But now that I'm feeling movement, it's come on so fast, no butterflies here, no little flutters, we've gone from the odd kick and prod to being able to see my bump move, all in the time span of a few weeks.
Both the bump and the movement, definitely, make things feel more real and make it easier to relax in to the pregnancy a little more, but the things that have given us the biggest peace of mind is the scans we've had. We had a 16wk private scan, where we found out we were having a little boy! And then our 20wk scan confirmed his boy-hood as well as giving a good indicator that he's healthy.
Despite the good 20 week scan our midwife was quite anxious to make sure that we had some extra reassurance (due to both Ethan and Skye's health) so a few days ago we were given a fetal echocardiogram which was just the most amazing reassurance. Most of the checks were similar to those at the 20 week scan, but in more detail, and the lady who did the scan was really knowledgeable about both posterior urethral valves (Ethan's condition in utero), and Williams Syndrome (which is what Skye has) so it meant that she was specifically able to look at indicators for these two conditions, and able to reassure us that, as far as could be seen in a scan, our baby didn't show any signs of having the associated kidney, bladder, heart, stomach or other various symptoms related to the conditions that E and S have. Such a relief, neither Azii or I were totally aware of how nervous we were until she reassured us, and once she did it was like a weight had been lifted.
As long as the scans were correct, and nothing happens between now and when he's born, our little Oliver should be the much anticipated healthy baby that we were hoping for. Of course everyone hopes for a health baby but after each having had a poorly baby, it just feels like a dream.
So far Oliver has a high chair (Very good special offer on one that should be a lot more mobility friendly for me) and a number of bits of clothing. I don't have pictures of everything we've got but I've got a few, lovely, bits from George at Asda which have been bought between my Mum and I. I'm not going to link, or even do prices, because most were bought at a baby event, and most are out of stock because I've been out of sorts for so long, but I thought this would, still, be a nice indicator of the sorts of things that they do, I really do like the clothing from Asda.
My Mum picked up these two packs of dribble bibs as well as two hats and two pairs of scratch mitts. When Ethan was born dribble bibs were something you tended to have to get from eBay sellers but in the following years they'v become really mainstream and you can pick them up in all sorts of stores. These things are a real saviour when baby is a dribbler, or if they have reflux or just for general day to day ways to keep clothing clean.
My Mum also picked up these sleep suits and vests in a 0-3 month size, I love the star design and the cream and grey colours, it's really subtle but still really nice. Ethan has had loads of vests and sleep suits from Asda so I'm really confident of how well they wash and how nicely they keep too - A lot of what Oliver has will end up being hand me downs from Ethan, but we want him to have a few new bits too.
This cute little outfit is something I picked up in a sale for only a few pounds. They only had it in age 0-3 months otherwise I'd have got it in a bigger size so that it would've been more weather appropriate, but we can pair this up with some warmer clothes to make it work in the cooler months - Layers layers layers!
My Mum wanted to get him some 3-6 month bits, as well as the smaller ones, so she picked up these blue and white sleep suits and vests, yay for more stars!
I took full advantage of not needing to get lots of basics, so when I did my order I went, entirely, for the cute and quirky things which caught my eye. Which is why he has both this Sulley onesie, which may be one of my favourite baby things Ever, along side this rather awesome Ninja turtles vest - I think it's really nice that both of these also come with hats.
As well as basics my Mum wanted to get him some cute little outfits in 3-6 months so she picked up this adorable Loony Tunes baby Taz set. I don't intend to use too many proper clothes on him until he's bigger but it's always nice to have a few outfits, especially when they're as cute as this. If Oliver's colouring is anything like Ethan's was then he'll really suit this deep, burnt orange sort of colour.
And here's the design on the tee, which is just adorable. I love that there's a Baby Taz range at the moment, it's just adorable.
The last thing from my Mum, which she just couldn't not get, was this lovely 'Little Brother' t-shirt. Again it's in that lovely shade which Ethan always rocked so hopefully Oliver will too.
Lastly, from me, is this totally impractical purchase. These pyjamas are in the 18-24month size so it's going to be an Awfully long time until Oliver can wear them, but it was the only size they had and I just fell in love with the baby Loony Tunes design.
Just, how cute can you get?! And it's not like he won't use them, it just won't be for a while!
So that's Oliver's first big haul. As I say, he's got a couple of other bits and bobs but this is the main bulk. Until we've been through the attic and seen what state Ethan's old stuff is in we won't know which gaps we have left to fill so we may not get much more clothing wise, or we may decide to bulk order white vests because all of E's got pretty grotty. We shall see.
I've not bought any of the other big items yet - The main one being a buggy. We have Ethan's old buggy but even when I was more able bodied I struggled with it, so I'm considering a new one, a lighter one which is more manoeuvrable, but getting one that's suitable from newborn, does parent facing and is in our price range... it's proving to be quite the task. Thankfully we still have time!
I will Try to update sooner next time - Hopefully the pregnancy will be nice and uneventful so there won't be lots to say, I'd really like an average, calm pregnancy.