Wednesday, 2 September 2015

This Summer at the Duckpond


Questions, questions...

How have I managed to do no blogging whatsoever over the summer?
How am I already over halfway through this (still fairly unbelievable) pregnancy?
And the eternal blogger cliché - how is it already September?

Answers on a postcard please.



So that was summer 2015. I honestly had no idea back in May at the start of the summer that by the autumn I'd be well into the second trimester and expecting a Findus in January. I mean, we'd started the treatment for our frozen embryo transfer at the end of March but it didn't even cross our minds that it might actually work.

We still managed to get up to a lot of stuff though, even if at times I had to take things a bit more slowly.



Findus went to his/her first Glastonbury festival (I was 10 weeks and 5 days); I did two shifts working down there and then went in on the Sunday evening to see Paul Weller and The Who. I did feel a bit tired during Paul Weller's set so I had a doze while he was playing - I'm sure it looked perfectly fine down there at Pilton!

Glastonbury Festival

Lionel Richie walking back to the helipad at Glastonbury Festival

Oh yeah, and did I mention we met Lionel Richie? (rather than being chauffeured back to the helipad (which is along the lane we work on) he decided he wanted to walk and "enjoy the English countryside")


Me, Andrew, my parents and brother spent a lot of the summer Shaun-hunting in Bristol. Following on from the 'Gromit Unleashed' trail back in 2013, this year it was our woolly friend who descended on the place for the 'Shaun in the City' trail. There were 70 Shauns in total and we managed to spot 59 of them - a fairly respectable number methinks considering my condition! (oh yeah, that's being wheeled out as an excuse from now til January...)

The brother with a Shaun the Sheep in Bristol


Me and Andrew had our usual trip to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival at the beginning of August. Back at the start of 2015 we decided to go for the whole week which in the end, proved to be a very good decision indeed as we could spread out the number of shows and I wouldn't get so tired. We still (somehow) managed to pack in 28 of them though, including a live recording of Radio 4's 'Just a Minute' at the BBC Potterrow tent and a blogger meet up with some truly lovely ladies - Denise, Gwen, Alex and Elise (who is an absolute darling and had knitted Findus some gorgeous little booties!). We did well for celebrity spotting in the street too - not including the ones we saw in shows, we also walked past Nina Conti; Rory McGrath; Josh Widdicombe, James Acaster, Mickey Flanagan and Ivo Graham (who were all going to see Jon Ronson at the Assembly Rooms - who was fab); Rob Beckett; Matthew Crosby; Janey Godley; and spot of the week - Richard Osman.

Edinburgh



And a Findus update...
Well, he/she is still alive. Despite being a fairly positive person for the rest of my life, I can't help but worry about this little one. I clearly have no trust in my own body. We had our 20 week scan last week (at 19 weeks and 1 day) - it was 8am in the morning and this baby is obviously not a morning person as it spent most of the scan curled up in a cosy little ball asleep. The sonographer was lovely and got me to do some kind of belly dancing move to try and wake the baby up - all you got then was it shuffling round for about 10 seconds and then going back to sleep. It did a perfect impression of someone who really didn't want to be woken up that early! Long story short, we have to go back on 18th September for another scan so they can complete all the necessary checks (and hopefully find out whether it's a boy or a girl!).



Hope you've all had good summers!

18 comments:

  1. I'm so happy for you!!!! Your story of Findus (please call your baby Findus! Fin for short!)at the scan is utterly endearing!!!
    Your holiday sounds fabulous too!!x

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    1. Well, I have to admit, I do quite like the name Findus! Not sure how they'd get on at school though... :-) xx

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  2. It's no wonder you haven't had time to blog, look at everything you've been doing!
    The story of your scan is utterly delightful, how very sweet.

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  3. Glad to see you back online and hear that it's all going well with Findus.

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    1. Thanks lady, need to actually keep up the blogging lark though! :-) xx

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  4. Fingers crossed for you both and the baby - glad to hear things are going well - look after yourself!

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  5. Haha...I remember doing the belly dancing to try and get Speck (as Lucas was known back then) to wake up for the scan. He wasn't having any of it! I thoroughly recommend a 3D scan if budget allows. That helped things feel much more real for me.

    And...looking forward to seeing you v.soon!!!!

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    1. It's some very weird movements they get you to do, isn't it? Luckily Findus (or Findina as we found out) woke up for the next scan and performed for the sonographer :-) xx

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  6. I remember feeling so relieved after the twenty week scan (despite Matilda sleeping through it) because I finally knew she was alive and that the little bubbles I was feeling really were the baby. Then I felt more even more relieved when we passed the point at which she could conceivably be born and still make it. But I don't think I ever fully trusted my body until she was here. Findus will be here in 17-22 weeks' time and you are going to be blown away - I can hardly wait to hear all about him/her.

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    1. Thank you so much lovely lady, I know what you mean about each milestone, each day feels a little bit more reassuring but even though January's creeping around fast, it still feels very surreal! :-) xx

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  7. It's nice to see you back around these parts! It's lovely to hear things are going well for you and baby!

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  8. I really want to see all the Shauns! And yay for baby updates - I also really want to know if Findus is boy or girl! :)

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    1. I did try and photograph all the Shauns - need to get round to actually writing a blog post about it! And in case you missed it, Findus is apparently Findina! :-) xx

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  9. You already know how ridiculously pleased i am for you!!! Maybe a slightly quieter autumn? I reckon Findus was drained from the excitement of meeting LIONEL FLIPPING RITCHIE!
    Happy days
    M x

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    1. Maybe Findus was! :-) A slightly quieter autumn...nice idea but what with pregnancy yoga, midwives appointment, antenatal classes and the whatnot, it seems busier than ever! :-) xx

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