This photo was taken this time last year, on or just after my wedding anniversary and due date of 20th August. I spent a lot of time in that pool, although rarely sitting like that - the effort needed to get in and out of that position was huge! I really missed being able to get in the pool from the side as there was no way I could do it with the bump!
I'll never forget the moment when at my first scan at about 9 weeks pregnant the doctor gave me the estimated due date..... I think I could have cried - AUGUST!!! ARE YOU SURE!
I had been dreading the summer heat all year and it was a justified concern. Daily temperatures of 40 plus degrees, big bump and a lively 3 year old are not a good combination!
Everything seemed to be twice as difficult, it turns out I'm a bit rubbish in the height of the summer anyway but shopping, cleaning, even sleeping was just horrendous. God knows how many times I looked at the calender, at the days which seemed to be passing oh so slowly and it seemed like it would never end. Not helped by the fact I swore that the hospital had my dates wrong and I was 100% sure he was due at the end of July and not August, it seemed like the longest pregnancy in the world.
This year, every time I think to myself how hot I am I smile and think how happy I am to not be pregnant!
I remember my Mum trying to make me feel better one day and saying 'we're all in the same boat, everyone is as hot'...... Nope, they are REALLY not I replied!
First time round I was very worried and nervous about giving birth, second time the excitement of a few days of air conditioning was greater than the fear I think!
The look on my face says it all!