In other news, we have been reassured after a visit to the consultant that they are not concerned about Pip other than potentially his size. We go back for a repeat ultrasound next week and then a further review with the consultant. It seems that, all other things being equal, the only possible action would be that they may decide to induce Pip at 40 weeks if he has not made an appearance before then, rather than waiting until 41 weeks to decide.
Bizarrely, the next actual appointment I have to see the actual midwife team is on the due date itself. Apparently you are only entitled to see one member of the “team” at each of the scheduled weeks for appointments. According to today’s midwife (appt booked two weeks ago, before the consultants appt was booked) I should have known that having seen the consultant on Monday, I was not therefore entitled to a midwife appointment today and should have cancelled accordingly. As I have a follow up consultant appointment and also a birth centre assessment, I am therefore not entitled to any further appointments with the community midwife team. She also kindly informed me I am too late to book antenatal classes in my area, although she did sign me up for a parentcraft class at the hospital and that I am too late to book an appointment to discuss birth choices, as that should have been a double appointment last week and now I don’t have any appointment chances left. At least the care has been good though, even of the system is confusing.
On Saturday, our new flat was crowded with friends and family as I celebrated my baby shower. Proper photos to come, but here are a few iPhone snaps.
We had a book themed afternoon tea, with guests invited to bring along their favourite children’s book, of any age group. My sisters sent out book plates for each guest to sign and stick into their books and I unwrapped a library that any little Pip could be proud of.
My sisters, sister-in-law, mum and mother-in-law all did an amazing job with the afternoon tea with savoury and sweet treats galore. We played some games and then I unwrapped some lovely presents from my friends including a nappy cake before we sat around, drank tea and chatted. It was so lovely to see all my friends in the same place again, and hear them all chatting away. Some of them had not seen each other since my hen party/wedding almost three years ago.
The centre piece of the tea table was a book shaped cake and a mound of cupcakes with characters from all the books that I received as toppers. My sister had kept a spreadsheet to avoid duplications and had made a cake topper from each of them. I have saved them for Pip’s birthday party next year as they are so beautiful.
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