Pregnancy Week 23

23 week baby bump

Oooh, getting in there right at the last minute with my Week 23 diary entry! This week has mostly been dominated by very achey bones. Not all the time, just when I’m asleep (or trying to be asleep). Hip bones, rib bones, shoulder bones, thigh bones, it feels as though I’ve been bashed all over with a cricket bat, but then the aches and pains almost completely disappear once I’m up and about. Apart from the old ribs, which seem to detest me being in any position other than “standing upright with my back impossibly straight”.

Other than that, not much to report apart from the fact that I am loving this stage of pregnancy; I have my appetite back, I have much more energy than a few weeks ago and I’m starting to get very excited about the arrival of the baby. My sister has a fourteen-month-old and I keep having a little look back at the older pictures of when she was first born and feeling very broody. I’m also slightly daunted, as ever, because I’m well aware of just how much hard work it will all be, and so I’m making sure I appreciate every little minute that I can simply do what I like without having to really think about anyone else. I’m so used to being in control of everything and ensuring that I meet targets and stick to my self-made deadlines, and I know that all of my routines and work habits are just going to go flying out of the window!

But anyway, my little What to Expect app tells me that there are sixteen weeks to go yet, and so I have plenty of time to mentally adjust and start winding down to a more feasible work rate. I do around sixty hours a week on A Model Recommends, and often find myself still editing film or transferring video files at midnight, and I know that I won’t be able to continue that level of commitment when I have a new baby. What I have realised, however, is that a lot of the time I’m doing faffy, unproductive administrative tasks, and so by farming all of that stuff out, and concentrating on the content-making, I should actually be able to retain something near to my usual output whilst cutting my hours dramatically. The other day I turned off my emails and didn’t look at Twitter, and I got all of my content done in six hours rather than the usual twelve. So there’s hope for me yet – I think I just need to use my time more efficiently!

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  1. Neve
    February 15, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    Congratulations Ruth, your going to be a great mum! Also really liking the new blog its just so cute.

  2. February 17, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    It’s so nice to see this other side to your world! Thank you for sharing.

  3. pisco
    February 18, 2015 / 9:53 am

    Just read the entire website and, oh my goodness, I had no idea you were going through any of this. It’s a salutary lesson in thinking you ‘know’ someone who runs a professional blog, I suppose – but I am a little humbled (and slightly appalled) that there you were, brightening our days with your cheery fun posts, and dealing with such longing in private. Testament to your friendly, direct writing – and voice – on your main site, I think!

    All I can say is HUGE congratulations and thank you for sharing some of your experiences with us. I look forwards to all your future updates with interest. As an aside, reading these very personal posts makes me realize what a strong writer you are – you really convey this stuff in a way I ‘get’ instantly.

  4. Alexa
    February 18, 2015 / 11:39 am

    Congratulations Ruth! I’m also 23 weeks pregnant with my first child, I’m 30 years old. I’ve been reading your blog for a good while and now am looking forward to reading about your pregnancy adventures! My hubby felt our son move for the first time this week, he was finally patient enough to keep his hand there for longer than a minute! The movements are so cute and make me smile, almost like a well kept secret only I know… My bump is still so small but we’re all different as you say.

  5. Lucy Dawson
    February 18, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    Many congratulations! I’ve been a fan of your blog for a while now and after coming over and reading your pregnancy blog I thought I would send you this article. So many people wanted to give me advice when I was pregnant and I found it so exhausting, and as you say it ruins your zen! So when I recently saw this article it was refreshing and I thought you might like it.

    Lucy xx

  6. Francesca
    February 18, 2015 / 2:28 pm

    Ruth, really huge congratulations to you, Mr AMR and the bump (and the button?!). I have followed AMR for actually years! and always so enjoyed your writing on beauty and fashion. And pets. I really wish you all the best in your latest adventure and look forward to reading more about your pregnancy and soinn baby AMR… Francesca

  7. Lauren
    February 19, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    Hi Ruth, thank you so much for sharing your private thoughts and experiences. It’s so refreshing to read such a positive pregnancy blog. I’m 10 weeks pregnant and cried when I read your earlier post about the twelve week scan, this too has happened to me and I am so worried about this time. Every twinge I feel I get more and more paranoid but your blog has really put my mind at ease. You look gorgeous with your bump; pregnancy definitely suits you x

  8. Sharlyn
    February 20, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    Congratulations Ruth! Could you talk more about the journey of struggling to get pregnant? My husband and I have been trying for years. Best wishes to you!

  9. Liz
    February 20, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    Love, love, love this blog! I am getting myself ready to (hopefully) conceive by the end of this year… It’s really exciting to read of someone else’s adventure! x x x

  10. Paulina
    January 25, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    I am reading it NOW – a mum-to-be who is finishing her 3rd week 🙂

    • Paulina
      January 25, 2016 / 6:00 pm

      *23rd week :):):)

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