All Night Long

Last night I had the worst nights sleep. Between aching hips and constant bathroom trips I was awake for most of the night.

The result, this morning being very tired.

Normally after I wake I’m greeted with Flump stretching and rolling. Except this morning it wasn’t there. In fact I couldn’t remember any movement during my waking moments through the night.

It’s the worst feeling when your baby hasn’t moved, and with each attempt to get baby moving, that feeling gets worse.

The Husbands option involved asking Flump if he/she was “ok in there”. Nada.

Thankfully I have a Doppler, which Flump actually hates. Flump hates to be prodded when the midwife, GP and Consultant all check his/her heartbeat with the Doppler. The home Doppler is no difference. I’m pretty sure Flump thinks its the DEBBIL.

Within moments of prodding my bump with the Doppler, I find baby’s heartbeat and I’m immediately greeted with a massive thump where the Doppler is, followed by a great big lump appearing on my right side, as far from the Doppler as possible.

Kid is hilarious and now grumpy, with lots of grumpy movements. But I’m a happy mama, I know you’re ok now. So keep grumping away you silly baby. Mama loves you!

If you look on the right, that lump there, is grumpy Flump.



Just after I (read that as my husband) told my parents that we we’re expecting Flump, a couple of the ladies on my Pregnancy Support Group were talking about hand held dopplers.
I immediately thought “there’s no way I’m going to get one, they must cost an absolute fortune!”.

To my surprise, they weren’t. £19.99 on Amazon.
So I told my mother that I really wanted one.


Around 10 weeks pregnant one arrived in the post for me. (Thanks Mother!)

I wasted no time in trying to listen to Flump. It wasn’t perfect, and more often than not, I didn’t hear anything.
In fact I think in between week 10 and week 15, I’d heard Flumps flutter about 4 times.

All of a sudden at 15 weeks, there it was. “Oomph! Oomph! Oomph!” But about 50 times faster. It was quite literally amazing.

After our first ultrasound scan, I realised that I could press down and wiggle my tummy to get Flump to move. So I started doing this whenever I listened on the Doppler.

One minute I could hear and the next minute it faded and disappeared, small wiggle and Flump was back.

It really is the most amazing sound.

I’m counting down the days until I finally get to meet you Flump and I cannot wait. I’m so excited to see you (even though you will very likely be covered in goo and blood and maybe your own poop) and I can’t wait to hold you against my chest so I can feel your heart next to mine, rather than just hearing it.