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32 weeks – 32 setmanes

8 weeks to go…


Today is a special day. It’s Hana’s 3rd birthday (and she woke up with a temperature this morning! at least we had her party yesterday…). So it made me think about how her birthing went three years ago. I had her in the hospital.  I remember we went to the cinema that wednesday afternoon, the 25th of March, and I was feeling some light regular contractions. About 8pm they were 15 minutes apart and at 11pm we entered the labour room with painful contractions every 3 minutes. She was then born at 3.18am, on the 26th of March,  I didn’t have any pain relief (I didn’t rule it out, just decided not to have any unless I found it was unbearable). At the end it was so fast there was no need (or time) for it! It was just amazing. A a 4 hour labour…
So I am hoping for some similar experience this time. I am confident it is going to be as fast or even faster, but who knows… I am reading about hypnobirthing, it is pretty interesting especially the breathing techniques. I like their way of naming things too: instead of “contraction” they use “surge”, patients vs parents, birth canal vs birth path… you can see it is less “medicated”. And this is how I envision my home birth.
I am glad that I have almost finished my university work, only one exam left now in 3 weeks and it’s over! So I can actually relax and focus more on my big bump!
I am also looking forward to my meeting with my midwife this thursday… so more news next monday…

30+5
32+1

Falten 8 setmanes…

Avui es un dia especial. Es l’aniversari de la Hana (i s’ha llevat amb febre…menys mal que vam fer la festa ahir!). He estat pensant com va ser el seu naixement. Recordo que vam anar al cine a la tarda del 25 de Març i sentia contracions suaus i regulars. Cap a les 8 del vespre ja eren cada 15 minuts i a les 11pm ja entravem a la sala de parts amb contraccions doloroses cada 3 minuts. Va neixer a les 3.18am del dia 26. No vaig voler epidural, tot i que no la vaig descartar, i tampoc va caler perque allo va anar molt de pressa. Un part de 4 hores…
Aixi que espero tenir una experiencia similar aquest cop. Tinc la impressio que anira tan rapid o mes, pero mai se sap.
Estic llegin sobre hypnobirthing (una mena de tecnica d’autorelaxacio per preparar el part), i sembla força interessant, sobretot per les tecniques de respiracio. Tambe m’agrada la nomenclatura que fan servir: anomenen les contraccions “onades”, els pacients “pares”, canal per cami… Com veieu, molt menys medicalitzat tot plegat. I aixi es com veig aquest proper naixement a casa nostra.
Estic contenta perque ja quasi be he acabat la feina de la universitat. Ja s’han acabat les classes i ara nomes falta un examen dintre de 3 setmanes. Per tant em puc centrar mes en aquesa panxota!
Tambe estic esperant amb ansia la visita de la meva llevadora aquest dijous… mes novetats dilluns que ve…

Podem dir que aqui ja ha arribat l’estiu!
Esta fent uns dies preciosos…
We could say summer is here!
the weather is fantastic…

La Festa de la Hana
Hana’s party

the guests ( I love the cows in the background!)
els convidats (amb les vaques al darrere!)
our rainbow paper chains and banner decorations
Les cadenes de paper i les banderoles que vam fer
I made this chocolate cake
Jo vaig fer aquest pastis

but my friend made this roulade… and it was to die for!
pero la meva amiga va fer aquesta roulade que estava per llepars-s’hi els dits!

an unbreakable piñata…
una pinyata que no havia manera de trencar…

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31: preparant una festa! / getting ready for a party!

31 setmanes… falten 9.
He fet la foto de la meva panxa pero encara no l’he baixat a l’ordinador!!! es va fent gran…
No hi ha gaires novetats pero, nomes unes quantes contraccions de Braxton-Hick de tant en tant i molt de moviment. Aixo si, sempre para quiet quan algu posa la ma per notar com es mou! Si no fos perque tinc la panxa com un globus igual no es creurien que porto un nen a dintre…
Aquestes dues setmanes que hem passat no he estat gaire be, m’estic recuperant, ara si que ja del tot, d’una infeccio de pit bastant forta. Ara nomes segueixo amb la tos emprenyadora. Amb dues setmanes de baixa,  una nena voltant al teu costat constantment i quan el cap i l’energia m’ho ha permes, he pogut fer unes quantes coses per preparar la festa d’aniversari de la Hana, que fara 3 anys el dia 26! 3 anys… 
Vam tallar cintes de colors d’uns 2.5cm i vam anar fent cadenes seguint els colors de l’Arc de Sant Marti. 
Tambe he pogut cosir unes quantes cosetes que ensenyare aquesta setmana.
De moment, puc dir que tot va be, em sento millor i aquesta setmana ja torno a treballar, tot i que tinc ganes de comenc,ar la baixa per maternitat!
we also made muffins
tambe vam poder fer magdalenes
31 weeks… 9 to go…
I did take a pic of my belly but I haven’t downloaded them yet! Believe me, it’s getting big…
There isn’t much to say this week though, only feeling some Braxton-Hick contractions and a lot of movement. Mind you, he always stops moving and kicking as soon as someone wants to feel it and put their hand on my tummy. If it wasn’t because I have a belly as big as a balloon people wouldn’t believe I’m carrying a baby in here… I have not been well the last 2 weeks, but now I am finally recovering from a nasty chest infection. I still have this very annoying cough that seems not to go away at all. 
So with 2 weeks off work, a little girl wondering around me all the time and when my head and energy let me, we could make some decorations for her birthday party. Hana is going to be 3 next monday 26th! 3 already!
We cut coloured card strips, about 1″ thick and made a chain following the rainbow colours. She loved it and is really excited about it. I also managed to sew a few little things that I will show you during the week.
So I can say that so far, everything is going well, I’ll be back to work this week, although I’m really looking forward to go on maternity leave!

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30 weeks pregnant… 30 setmanes d’embaras…

30 weeks today!
10 to go…


I wanted to write this before the end of the day… as I intend to have a little space in here to reflect and record the last stage of my pregnancy… I know it’s a crafty blog, mainly… yes… but the way things go, pretty fast, I don’t have time to look for another place to put my thought in.
I am going to have a home birth and I’m so looking forward to it! My mind is still busy with other things that I want (and need!) to get out of the way soon: university stuff, nearly done! 2 assignment due in 2 weeks and one last exam on mid April, and work…I’ll be finishing on the 30th of April if I can, but my sciatica is knocking on the door already…


Every monday from today, I’ll write a little post about how things are going. People who are not interested can skip this (I won’t take offense! no worries…). I think I will like to be able to read back all these posts in a year time… just the same way I like reading the small diary I kept with my first pregnancy.


My midwife came 2 weeks ago to visit me and explained how everything is going to be. We did a bit of paperwork and then she felt my tummy, measured it and we listened to the strong heartbeat of this baby boy. It was so wonderful to have Hana there to listen to it, she was thrilled to see it and she also had her tummy checked up, as she says she has a baby girl… The midwife was so sweet, she put her Doppler on Hana’s tummy to listen to this girl’s heart beat too…
It feels so nice to have all this done in your own home…
My next visit is in 3 weeks time. In the meantime, I’m working hard to finishing boring stuff and exciting stuff (Hana’s birthday party will be in 2 weeks!)


So… I’ll be back next monday, probably with a picture of my bump!

30 setmanes avui!
falten 10!

Volia escriure aquest post abans de que acabi el dia… A partir d’avui, cada dilluns, escriure un petit post sobre com van les meves ultimes setmanes d’embaras. Un espai per reflexionar una mica i posar els meus pensaments per escrit. Ja se que es un blog de manualitats, si… pero no tinc temps per fer-ho en un altre lloc, aixi que si hi ha algu no interessat, passeu-lo de llarg! (no m’ofendre pas!)

Tindre el part a casa i estic molt contenta de que sigui aixi.
La meva llevadora va visitar-me fa dues setmanes. Em va explicar com aniria tot i vam comenc,ar a omplir el paperam que s’ha de fer… Despres em va mirar la panxa, la va mesurar i vam sentir els batecs forts d’aquest nen. Va ser fantastic que la Hana estigues al davant i ho pogues sentir. Ella diu que porta una nena aixi que la llevadora tambe li va tocar la panxulina i fins i tot li va posar el Doppler per “sentir-li” el cor!
El fet que tot aixo ho pugui fer a casa meva em fa sentir molt be. La propera visita sera d’aqui a 3 setmanes. De moment estic treballant de valent per treure’m de sobre dues coses: els treballs que he d’escriure per la universitat, que he d’entregar d’aqui dues setmanes, un examen a mitjans d’abril i la feina que, si l’aciatica em deixa, ja acabare a finals d’abril per estar de baixa per maternitat…
Tambe estic preparant la festa d’aniversari de la Hana, dintres de dues setmanes, i aixo ja es mes divertit de preparar…

Aixi doncs, mes noticies el proper dilluns, segurament acompanyades d’una foto del protagonista!

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