Category: PREGNANCY

Love2Sleep Maternity Pillow Review

Love2Sleep Maternity Pillow Review

There comes¬† a time in almost every woman’s pregnancy when sleep begins to elude her. A combination of pregnancy insomnia (yes, that’s a thing!) and sheer discomfort as your body starts and continues to adapt for the tiny human it is busy growing can lead […]

Baby #2 | Finding out we’re pregnant & the first trimester so far

Baby #2 | Finding out we’re pregnant & the first trimester so far

If you’re reading this, then we must have just announced our little secret to the world. If you didn’t see it, and you haven’t gathered from the title of this post (really?), we are expecting baby number 2 in February. How exciting! Anyway, I thought […]

Baby number 2

Baby number 2

We have reached that stage, with Florence about to turn one, when the conversation has started to include ‘the next baby’ and we’ve had a few questions lately as to whether or not we will be having another little one any time soon. I know for some, this can be quite a difficult question to answer, but for us talking about our future plans for our family comes pretty freely.

The truth is, I’ve been ready for another baby since the moment I held Florence in my arms. I remember laying there in the hospital bed about 10 minutes post birth and saying to Sean… “shall we do it again?”. Becoming a mother seemed the most natural thing in the world to me and right then and there, I promised myself I’d never allow myself to feel desperate for a baby again. I’ve always pictured myself being surrounded by children of my own. This past (almost) year has been the best of my life and for me, motherhood so far has been everything I ever dreamed it would be.

In short, and this is probably the most detail I will ever go into when it comes to this side of baby making, we never really stopped trying. The goalie never resumed his position. And while there have been times where a bit of the other hasn’t been on the menu thanks to baby induced sleepless nights and the sheer exhaustion you experience as new parents, there have been many a month where we thought a positive test might be possible.

Here we are in May, 10 months since my periods returned and we are yet to see those all important two lines. I’m not freaking out just yet, it took us quite a while to fall pregnant with Florence and it turned out that the two large cysts inhabiting my ovary was probably to blame for that because pretty much as soon as they’d been removed we fell pretty quickly.

The only thing that is making me a little nervous is the return of some of the nasty symptoms I had in the lead up to them being removed. Ovulation is incredibly painful and often sees me lose a day to illness. I have this horrible niggling pain on my right side, just near my groin, which can knock me for six sometimes and In the lead up to my period being due I feel…. well… pregnant! I guess it’s probably been going on since just after Christmas and last week I finally called to doctors to see what he makes of it. He’s booked me in for an ultrasound to have a look at what’s happening in there and I’m really hoping it’s all just a hormone / scar tissue thing but if it’s anything more we’ll just deal with it at the time.

In the meantime though, we are hoping to grow our little family very soon. Watch this space lovelies.

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The unsung Heroes of the first Trimester

The unsung Heroes of the first Trimester

For some, the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is notorious for being like something close to torture. Your body shuts down, you’re puking, exhausted, EVERYTHING hurts and to say your emotions are running high would be an understatement. And yet your brain keeps telling you […]

Florence’s Birth Story

Florence’s Birth Story

I am sitting here in a little bit of disbelief that eight days have already passed by since our little Florence made her entrance in to the world. In the same breath, it really does feel like she’s been a part of our family forever. […]

40 Weeks Pregnant

40 Weeks Pregnant

Well, we made it! Here I am, bump and all at 40 weeks and 2 days and honestly? I am a little bit shocked we’ve gone over due! I’ve been having so many false starts and cramps and all sorts for a couple of weeks now so we were all geared up to have already met her by now. Even Sean is getting impatient!

The last week or so has been filled with plenty of long walks, birthing ball bouncing and we may have even snuck in a cheeky curry in there at the weekend, but despite our efforts and all the twinges that followed baby is still nicely tucked up in my tummy wriggling around. It’s obviously far too comfortable in there! Today I’m heading to see the midwife for my 40 week appointment and she’s going to give me a membrane stretch and sweep to see if we can’t get things moving a bit more. I’ve heard mixed things about sweeps and their success rate but fingers crossed we’re lucky.

Despite hoping she may have already made her appearance by now, this little extra time we’40 weeks pregnant 3

40 weeks pregnantve had has given me and Sean the opportunity to squeeze in some really good quality time with eachother. He had the long weekend off over the bank holiday and we pretty much just spent the days laughing and chatting and being us without the worry of work or a never ending to do list.

I’ve got to the stage now where I have around four outfits that fit as I just seem to be getting bigger by the minute and I’ve outgrown all of my shoes. It seems I am retaining quite a lot of water as I am a bit of a swollen mess this last week! To cheer myself up a little and get myself prepared for summer, I’ve hit Primark & Boohoo quite hard to create a wardrobe perfect for those first few months post baby bump. I am fully aware that it is going to take some time for me to slim down again after baby arrives and so I’ve bought mainly size 14 and a couple of size 12 bits to ease myself back in. At the end of the day, comfort is key and there are enough pressures on new mums without having the added worry of not having anything to wear! I will maybe do a little haul / try on video of all of the bits I’ve bought once baby arrives – if you’d like to see, let me know in the comments below!

Other than ballooning and all the false starts I think I’m actually doing quite well at this end of pregnancy lark. Acid reflux has made a bit of a return but I’m almost used to that now and emotionally, I feel so much better after a week or so of getting out of the house every day and seeing friends & family.

We’ve bought the final bits on our list for baby now including two more GroSnugs which I will tell you all about in the next few weeks, an Angel Care baby monitor and the last touches to the nursery are set to arrive in the next couple of days. I’ve also been swatting up on what to expect when baby arrives with the help of a couple of books & watching some of my favourite YouTubers who’ve shared their early days with their little ones. If you haven’t already, check out Sarah & Emily’s channels for all the Mum Hacks, lifestyle snippets and loveliness you could need!

As for baby, she’s still just getting fatter. She’s head down and engaged and ready so we’re all just waiting for nature to take its course! Eeeek! How exciting. Perhaps this time next week, I’ll be updating you on our first days with our daughter…

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Freezer Meal Ideas for New Parents

Freezer Meal Ideas for New Parents

Whether you’re getting prepared for your own new arrival or wanting to help out a new couple about to enter the baby daze, making healthy & home cooked meals that can be frozen and heated up in between nappy changes, feeds and baby jiggling with […]

39 + 3 Weeks Pregnant

39 + 3 Weeks Pregnant

We are just days away¬†from our due date and after 39 weeks of growing this little girl in my tummy, we are SO ready to meet her and operation ‘Get This Baby Out’ is officially underway. I had a bit of a wobble in my […]