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Amazing photography

Lennart Nilsson is a leading medical photographer who started his career as a photojournalist. In 1953 he published his first photographs of a human embryo. His website shows some pictures from his 1965 book A Child Is Born. I think the pictures are just stunning and offer a fascinating glimpse into the world inside the womb.

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Not so little now?

Growing by the hour…?

Well, it seems that little gyermek will not be so little after all given the size of my belly now, only in week 22.

Some of this may be down to bloating but I feel huge!

Even though Husband definitely does not want to know if gyermek is boy or girl and I don’t really, I am still open to predictions, interpretations and pure speculation. So, what do you think? Boy or girl? (My work colleague who claims a 90% success rate with predicting the sex is on holiday until after the New Year!)

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Just at this moment…

I’m listening to drilling and roadworks outside the window

I’m buying trousers for gyermek, since I forgot to pick any up when I was in London, and a new coat for me to grow into!

I’m excited about heading out in about an hour to look at prams

I’m spending time trying to fill the time – these “mellandagar” between Christmas and New Year are just so quiet

I’m eating a scone from Espresso House

I’m drinking not enough water

I’m readingAtt Föda” by Gudrun Abascal

I’m watching the clock…

I’m giving up eating so much chocolate (and this time I mean it!)

I can’t live without chocolate, most likely…

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Little pot-bellied me

The pot belly

So this is my little belly in week 20.  Strangely enough, I’ve had varying comments on it – everything from “There’s barely anything there!” to “My god, if you’re that size now, what will you be full term?!”

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Too soon…?

Too adorable for words…

It was probably far too early to be buying baby items (in week 18/19) but the offer of a trip to London came up and who can say no to a shopping weekend in London?

I just have not been impressed by the selection of baby and maternity clothes available here in Sweden (with the exception of Polarn O. Pyret, which unfortunately fails on price). London, on the other hand, surpassed all my expectations between the £20 black skinny leg maternity jeans from Mothercare and the 30% off maternity wear in Mamas & Papas.

My only disappointment was that so many baby clothes still come in just three colours – pink, blue or yellow – making it harder since we don’t know if we’re having a boy or a girl. I did succumb and purchase one pink item, but if a baby boy cannot wear pink here in Sweden, then where can he?

How could I resist?

The trip was a great success though. I had not believed that I’d bought so much (truly) until Husband asked me how often I was planning on little gyermek each day only wearing each outfit once…

But how about you? Have you bought clothes for your little one before their arrival? Or did you wait until nearer/after the birth?

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Right now…

I’m listening to Roxy Music (I think – ipod on shuffle)

I’m buying nothing much as I am shopped out from last weekend’s shopping extravaganza in London

I’m holding on to my little, but rapidly growing, bump

I’m excited about Christmas after yesterday’s Lucia concert

I’m spending time tidying up

I’m eating too many Turkish Delight Thins

I’m drinking Earl Grey Tea

I’m reading too many books

I’m shopping, or planning to shop, tomorrow as I still have not located the main part of Husband’s Christmas present

I’m watching the last few episodes of Series 1 of Rome as soon as I finish writing this

I’m giving up being messy (let’s see how long that lasts…)

I’m collecting together all the rubbish that Husband and I have been hoarding for far too long

I can’t live without my husband

I’m travelling to Ulriksdals Wärdhus tomorrow for the work Christmas Party

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Further adventures in babyworld

Photo by matt.ohara

If you can read Swedish, then vardguiden is a great source of information on pregnancy in Sweden; this page focuses on what goes on in your second trimester. If not, don’t worry. Here is a quick guide to your second trimester check ups. Basically, you are due for one standard trip to the midwife and an ultrasound (your second if you chose to have the NUPP test at around 12 weeks).

Second trimester check ups

The ultrasound is an amazing experience – seeing your little one on screen. And it can be a chance to learn a little more about them (such as their little quirks and habits).

The second trimester trip to the midwife should be booked for shortly after your 18-week ultrasound (usually, you arrange this with the midwife at your booking-in appointment).

For us, this appointment went quite quickly. Our midwife checked that I was feeling okay with everything, that we were happy with how it went at the scan. And then we got to hear little gyermek’s heart beating – another amazing first to add to the list. She then booked me a place on BB’s Stockholm’s ward at Danderyd Hospital. I need to have a back-up hospital, but provided that everything is healthy with the rest of my pregnancy, I have a bed waiting for me at Danderyd.

My midwife also gave me a “moderskapsintyg” with some information about the expected birth date and a little information about me to send to Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency). On this contact page, you can find all the different addresses to send forms to – I just hope I’ve picked the right one!

My next visit is now booked for week 24 and I walked out of the BVC armed with a book (in Swedish) about birth alternatives. My homework before the next appointment is to read through that and come up with options for the birth plan. I am just hoping that the book does not scare me as much as reading this did…