Jon’s officially Swedish! Sort of…

Well, not really. But he finally got his Swedish “social security” number. Which you need for basically everything. So it’s a relief indeed!

So I’ve done a lot of paperwork today, a lot for my stuff as well that needed to be done. So this day has just disappeared. We did sleep for long this morning. Well I woke up at 6am with terrible hip pains and couldn’t sleep on either side so got up, had some brekkie, watched Ugly Betty and then fell asleep again.

Dad was here as well to help with our car. It’s been causing us a bit of headache, well mostly Jon as I’m ignoring the fact it’s not working now and focusing on my fastly approaching task of bringing a baby out of my body. So dad’s been kind enough to help out, but it was raining too badly today for them to get anything done. But we had a nice chat instead and then made some food.

I’m using the TENS machine now for some pre labour pains. Hoping it will increase and build up to something very productive. I will probably regret that later, hehe… That’s a little bit of an update.

“The son will come out, tomorrow…”

Jon was making his own song, as he tends to do, predicting our son will arrive tomorrow. 4 days until due date. But what is a due date? I’m trying all labour inducing tips I can find. I thought we should go for a walk, so we drove to Strandstuviken to walk around there and I also got a chance to show Jon where I spent a lot of my childhood summers. He said it reminded him of a place he’d been as a kid in South Africa, which surprised me. But I guess that’s really good.

I was at the midwife today to check my blood pressure. It was really good this time, because I didn’t cycle. My sister took me. I also ended up having the curve checked – baby’s heartbeat and contractions. Having contractions, but it’s not building up yet. But I guess it will soon.

Afterward my sister and I went to town centre to sort some errands. We also had an awesome salad that left us both really full! And so such a cute baby, with LOADS of hair. I think there’s some sort of baby boom going on here, because there’s small babies everywhere and massive pregnant tummies as well. And the health store was out of Raspberry Leaf tea. Altho I found it somewhere else – but it was only one left there as well.

Nice day all in all.

Church declares war against Wonga

So I couldn’t help but smile when reading this article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23461411

The story in short; First the Church of England declares war against payday lender Wonga. The next day the news is that the Church has actually invested money in Wonga. I know the Bible says “not to let your left hand know what your right hand is doing”– but come on! It’s just such a joke and embarrassment as they say themselves. They are very far away from helping people spiritually, in a real way.

Week 39

I don’t know what’s going on, but he is so active today. It’s like a washing machine. He just won’t stop moving for a second. It’s great, if yet a little weird sometimes. I guess he wants to come out as well.

I’m thinking of everything as a sign now. But still nothing real is happening.

Sweden move

As most of you know, our move to Sweden didn’t really turn out as expected. The ferry that was supposed to save us some driving was cancelled. So me, Jon and mum & dad had to drive through Europe to get to Sweden. We did it and it went well considering the circumstances, but I must say; the whole move was a lot tougher than I expected and took some recovering time afterwards. Anyway; here’s some pics from our journey through Europe.

Harbour

We went down to Nyköping harbour on Wednesday. They always have cars there for display every Wednesday during the summer. The weather was lovely. I even had some non alcoholic wine.

Jon really liked the red Mustang, but he didn't want to pose in front of it.
Jon really liked the red Mustang, but he didn’t want to pose in front of it.
Mum and Dad enjoying walking through "Hamnen", saying hi to people they know and try and place people they recognise.
Mum and Dad enjoying walking through “Hamnen”, saying hi to people they know and try to place people they recognise.

Jon's first beer in the sunshine since we move to Sweden, needless to say we're trying to keep the expenses down. And buying alcohol at restaurants in Sweden is a good way to quickly lose cash. ;) Jon Dad and Jon

Tick tock, eight till late

Eight days until Due Date. I’m still hopeful things will kickstart any day now. But it is an interesting thing this waiting. Being completely out of control. I mean I do try all the tricks, and I’m still drinking my Raspberry leaf tea. Although that won’t do anything to bring on labour, but is suppose to help in second stage of labour. And I’m sitting quite a lot jumping on the birth ball (my Swiss ball has transformed to a birth ball).

Saw the midwife yesterday. Jon and I cycled there because we still haven’t got our car registered here. (They only had a time slot for 8 aug) I thought cycling would be fine, but it was really hard and hot outside and made me really upset for some reason. So when we parked the bicycles I started crying. Mm I know. So not surprisingly my blood pressure was high. Everything else looks good. She had me rest for a bit and then the blood pressure had gone down enough so she could send me home. I’m going back Monday for another blood pressure test. Unless… well you know.

Think I’ll sit on my ball for a bit…

Jon and I just walked to the shared laundry and I heard these to elderly ladies talking saying like “No, not yet”. That’s basically all I heard, but I still sort of thought; “Are they talking about me??” and as I walk around the bush one of the ladies said; “Oh I was just talking about you. I was asking if you’ve had your baby yet”. It’s such a different type of life here compared to what we’re used to in England and everyone “minds their own business”. I think Jon and I will always keep a bit private. But it is kind of nice that neighbours care and speak to you as well. As long as they don’t get nosy that is hehe.

When?

“When?” is the question spinning in my head. When will the baby make his appearance. It’s so close now. It could happen at any time, but it could also be a while still and to be honest, it feels like it’s never going to happen. I can’t picture it. Even though this belly of mine is very lively and present – I cannot believe it will turn into a baby one of these days. It’s very odd. I’m dreaming about going into labour. I’m dreaming of meeting the little one.

I’m busy so it’s not that. I’ve got work this week. And we have stuff to do around the house and loads of paperwork to get done. Another letter to Immigration went off today regarding Jon. Hopefully that will be it, no more requests for additional information. Probably not though. You can get depressed for less, dealing with government departments.

But then the question pops up again; “When?”

Is this what they call nesting?

Or is it just because we’ve moved…? Either way we’re busy doing small changes around the house. This weekend I finally got around to sewing a new cover the my nursing pillow/bag and we did something about the worn out table top in the bathroom.

New nursing pillow case

Bye bye happy smiling resting elephants - Hello 70s flower pattern
Bye bye happy smiling resting elephants – Hello 70s flower pattern
Got a chance to use a sewing machine
Got a chance to use a sewing machine
Ta-da! New nursing pillow/bag
Ta-da! New nursing pillow/bag
Testing on mother's doll - dunno what's creepier.
Testing it as a nest with mother’s doll – dunno what’s creepier.

 

Bathroom table top refurb

Boring, worn table top. What to do?
Boring, worn table top. What to do?
Bathroom changing station in order.
Bathroom changing station in order.
Jon helping out
Jon helping out

 

Jon helps out while I take some photos
Jon helps out while I take some photos
Turned out pretty nice hey this changing station?
Turned out pretty nice hey this changing station?