How do I ease this rib pain

I am seeking help, information, assistance, a miracle…
For the last few week’s I have been suffering pain on my ribs to the extent that I feel they are about to pop.
The pain starts at the back and moves to the front meaning standing, sitting, lying, is so painful I could cry.
Nothing seems to ease it (tried paracetamol once but it didn’t do much) but it only really starts in the afternoon to evening.
If i get to sleep I can usually wake up the next morning pain free and start the cycle again later in the day.
It can feel like a stitch, or cramp, or like the ribs have snapped in two. Is this normal.
I don’t think the baby has reached this high yet so I don’t think it is baby that is causing this.
As sit typing this I am feeling the pain getting worse and dread to think how I will feel later.

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Will we need two prams?

We don’t know yet what we need or want for the baby but one thing we do know is that we need a good pram. 

I like colourful things and the pram has to have colour in it. At the moment we like the Mothercare Xpedior in the green as it is bright and unisex but we don’t know how good it will be for use on country paths.

The car seat is a fine size and fits in our Mini, with ease, so that is a great bonus.

changing from the car seat to the cot/pram seat is as easy as. You can also decide which way round to have the baby which is good as we want a parent facing system. The cot also seems roomier than some of the more expensive models out there.

The wheels are hard so we don’t know what it will be like when going across stoney roads. Will it be comfy for the baby? Will it be comfy for us?

For me the fact the shopping basket is huge is another bonus, as is the fact it comes included with a rain cover, and cosytoe cover. 

Overall it seems a great deal but will we need another pram for our country walks (which we go on a fair bit as we have two dogs?)

Maternity clothing – what a pain

You find out you are pregnant you think about all the money you will need to spend on kiting out the nursery, buying baby clothes and getting little bits and bobs for the baby. You don’t really think too much about how much you may have to spend on buying yourself clothes.

I am a bright clothes type of girl. Black bores me. So imagine my dismay when trying to buy maternity clothing that has some colour in it and finding that black is about the only colour you can find with ease.

Just finding a store that sold maternity clothes first our first hurdle. We tried a number of places in Aberdeen and Dundee without a huge amount of success.

One problem we encountered was that one High Street store kept their maternity clothing with the baby clothes and not, as you would maybe expect, with the woman’s clothing, so we just presumed that they didn’t have any. In other shops there was some choices but not a whole lot.

I would buy online but as I have never had to buy maternity clothes before I wasn’t sure how they fit. Plus each shop has different sizes as it was.

Then you have the dilemma of do you want skinny, super skinny (for a pregnant woman???), bootcut, straight leg. Then once you have made that choice you have to choose whether you want under bump, over bump etc.

I made my choices, bought an under and over bump pair of baggy jeans, two pairs of work trousers and two t-shirts and a blouse. Most extremely comfortable. Indeed I coped the jeans to wearing pyjamas all day.

However, having worn the over the bump jeans for longer than 30 minutes I start to get itchy on my tummy and in fact get major pains (and some bruising) so I have had to ditch them and so I am down to one pair of jeans and can’t afford to buy any more.

Now I am trailing about looking for a couple more items to add to my inventory, that don’t cost an arm and a leg (all for just a few months!).

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Knitting baby cardigan

Knitting baby cardigan

I am stuck and need some help.
New to knitting and trying to make a wee cardi for my LO but having finished the back I now have no idea what to.
The instructions say – Next 2 rows: Cast on 36 sts knit to end (134sts).
What does this mean I do?
I have already got 62 sts so I have to cast on two losts of 36sts but if I cast on 36 and knit to end then surely one arm will be a row of stitches lower then the second lot of 36?

First purchase

So, at 21 weeks, we decided to make our first baby purchase! Yay.

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Many people choose a cot or pram as their first item to buy but for us we could not resist these cute booties. I know that nothing we buy from this point on will have anywhere as much sentiment and I can imagine that these booties will remain in our possession forever!

I think Bumble knows booties have been bought as they have been kicking a lot more than it has ever done before (I know it is because it is getting bigger but heh I will pretend that it is because it knows some super wonderful booties will be keeping its feet warm).

Can’t contain how excited I am about getting to meet our wee bundle in 18 ish weeks, don’t know how I will be able to wait that long. Having said that I still can’t quite believe that there is a little person growing inside me.

Now all we need to do is work out what we need to buy for the babies arrival. How many sleepsuits? vest? blankets? Hopefully the list will not be too long!

Aches and pains

One thing that you do not realise about being pregnant is that you will not necessarily feel well.

We have all heard about morning sickness but the fact that your muscles hurt, you have what feels like three month long period pains and you could fall asleep standing up doesn’t seem to be so widely spoken about.

Being a first time mummy I have been so scared with every ache or pain that I have felt, automatically fearing the worst.

Could it be a miscarriage? do I have an infection? what if I am not pregnant but ill instead?

We have felt pregnancy to be a bit of an eye opening and lonely experience so far.

Eye opening because we did not know what to expect and have found it harder than we had thought it would be.

Lonely because we don’t really have a circle of friends who have gone through pregnancy that live close by to be able to find out if hat we are going through is normal. Also other than the book in appointment we don’t have a midwife appointment until 24 weeks. Of course the phone is always on and we could phone them but you don’t want to be “that person” who phones at the tip of a hat.

I have been on a couple of forums and noticed that many people across the UK get a 16 week appointment which we would have loved to have had as it would have given us the chance to talk about some of our concerns, but sadly we don’t get that appointment here.

We are coming up for 22 weeks and still I am finding it hard to do normal things like clean, or walk the doggies.

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My husband has been great and taking them out but I miss being able to walk for miles, have a yap, play catch etc.

The pains have not mean I can’t move from the sofa – I have got married, been on honeymoon and been camping since I was 8 weeks – but there are times that all I can think about is getting home and lying down.

There are also symptoms of pregnancy that you would never think of. Carpal Tunnel is one of them! How can being pregnant affect your wrists? I just don’t understand.

Never mind in 18 weeks or so I will get the most precious gift of all so I really shouldn’t complain.