After seeing in the new year with our friends and celebrating by sleeping in on New Years day, I started the year quite poorly, passing out and having to take time off from work to get myself and my then bump back to health. But after a week of bed rest we had the excitement of our gender scan at 20 weeks where it was revealed our little baby bump was a girl and things started to get quite exciting. We started to shop for clothes and bits and bobs for the baby and also bought a new, more family friendly car & a new washing machine. Apparently January was a big shopping month for us!
By the end of January, I was feeling a lot better and we headed out for dinner to celebrate my friends birthday. It was so nice to get all dressed up and spend time with the girls!
05.02.2017 -We sighed a massive sigh of relief when we reached viability in February!
Aside from a couple of Friday nights out past 9pm, we laid pretty low this month.
03.03.2017 – Bump Buddies at The Baby Show
I headed off to the Baby Show with my friend, Jennie and with just two months to go until out due date I got some serious shopping done! It was really lovely to spend some time with my bump buddy and also meet some of the brands I’ve loved for ages.
05.03.2017 – Painting the Nursery
11.03.2017 – Making Finishing Touches
We were back in the nursery this afternoon making the finishing touches to the walls before her cot arrives on Thursday. And of course, Palf was snoozing… I mean supervising from the middle of the room. Hope you’ve all had a lovely Saturday ❤️ #pregnantblogger #babyontheway #mumtobe #nurserydecor #jrt #bumpwatch #family #nursery #homeimprovements #pbloggers #specialtimes
18.03.2017 – Bumpy Bridesmaid
I was also a bridesmaid for my Uncle & Aunty at the end of March and rocked my 30 week bump in a beautiful dusky purple dress.
23.03.2017 – Work Awards Ceremony in Brighton
Ahh, I loved April! It was such an exciting month for me. It was all about getting ready for our little girl’s arrival.
08.04.2017 – BUMP SHOOT
14.04.2017 – Easter Fundraising for Kicks Count
Easter saw me and my ginormous bump donning a rather fetching Rabbit suit in order to raise some very well needed funds for our friends over at Kicks Count.
22.04.2017 – Mum’s Birthday Safari
After the whole April the Giraffe phenomenon, my Mum developed a momentary obsession with giraffes and so for her birthda we took her to PortLympne or a zoo safari followed by afternoon tea. A giraffe actually put its head in the truck!
04.05.2017 – First day of Maternity Leave
Good morning from me & this snoozy pup! I managed to get a couple of extra hours sleep in this morning rather than my normal 5am/6am wake up and I feel like a whole new woman. After a really hectic start to my maternity leave today is going to be a slow one, in fact we might just have a duvet day, bump, pup & I. Have a lovely Thursday ☺️ #morning #duvetday #jrt #dogsofinstagram #babyontheway #36weekspregnant #maternityleave
05.07.2017 – A Bumpy Scare
After not feeling the baby move for some time, we headed to the hospital to get checked out. It turned out, that while baby seemed fine and got back to her normal tricks the machine showed I was having mild contractions at 36 weeks!
07.05.2017- Is the baby coming?
We spent Sean’s Birthday quietly at home, but I was secretly having mild and frequent contractions all day! Thankfully they slowed off and we managed to make it through another 23 days before she made her arrival!
11.05.2017 – Nerves at 37 weeks
As D-Day approached what was about to happen suddenly became very very real and I started to wonder if I was truly ready for motherhood!
15.05.2017 – Lazy Days!
I’m being kept company by this snoozy Velcro dog today – he’s barely left my side this last week or so. Something tells me he’s starting to realise things are about to change around here. I’m poorly with an upset tummy after a really unsettled night so we are having a duvet day and watching all the rubbish tv. #38weekspregnant #dogsofinstagram #lazyday #monday #mumtobe #babyontheway #maternityleave #jrt #jackrussell #duvetday
19.05.2017 – Rescued from Cabin Fever
I had a cake date with this handsome chap and his Mama this morning. One of the cafés near us sells little mini muffins topped with buttercream perfect for mini people. It’s made such a difference to be out of the house today after pretty much being stuck in all week and soon there will be another mini mouth to feed around this table. So looking forward to getting home now though and spending the weekend with @seanfixersmith ❤️ #Friday #pbloggers #friyay #weekend #38weekspregnant #cakeishappiness
26.05.2017 – The Great Walk the Baby Out begins
I made the most of the sunshine by sunbatheing in the garden and then operation Walk the Baby Out began. Shopping, Dog Walks, stair climbing, the works. Of course, followed by devouring the entire confectionary Aisle of Tesco.
30.05.2017 – Sweep Day
After a cervical sweep we headed off for yet another 5k walk. An afternoon of walking, birthing ball bouncing and a little bit of nesting clearly worked because at 5 to midnight my waters broke and contractions came thick & fast!
Another day, another 5k walk around the Lakes. I am 40 weeks and 2 days pregnant today and after another confusing midwife appointment I’m feeling a bit deflated. Last week my midwife said I would be able to have a stretch & sweep today to see if we could get things moving. Today as she went to send me on my way after the normal BP & HR checks I asked about the sweep and she said she’s not supposed to do it until 41 weeks but would do it with my consent. I was a bit taken aback but had been so worked up to have one that I just agreed and said yes. Now I’m wondering if I should have asked more questions. Did you have a sweep at 40 weeks? How did it go? #40weekspregnant #pregnancy #sweep #membranesweep #bumpwatch #midwife #pbloggers #mbloggers
31.05.2017 – After an intense 17 hours of labour, our world was changed by the arrival of our beautiful girl, Florence Ivy born at 5 to 5pm weighing 8lb 2oz. Judging by our faces in this photo we were both a bit nackered!
June went by in a blurry baby daze.
01.06.2017 – Coming Home
We were discharged from hospital at midday and made our way home where my sister was busy tidying up for us. I was still riding the thrill of that ______ you only get when you’ve just had a baby and really was on top of the world. Sean’s Grandma and brother & sister in law came over in the evening to meet Florence and get some early cuddles.
03.06.2017 – Baby’s first outing
Cuddles with Mummy wrapped in @adenandanais while we camp out at Nanny’s house for the day to stay out of the way of the work men at our house. This time last week I’d just been moved into the delivery suite having finally reached 4cm dilation – I can’t believe a week has passed already! I’m in the process of writing my birth story for those of you who like that sort of thing so it should be up at some point this week. There will also be Florence’s first baby update published today so keep your eyes peeled! ☺️ #newborn #firsttimemum #pbloggers #oneweekold #babygirl #sleepybaby #florenceivy #newbaby
04.06.2017 – Who needs sleep anyway?
Following a night of non stop crying, I walked around to my Mums in the early hours of the morning in an attempt to settle our newest arrival. Typically, as soon as we got there she fell sound asleep! After a mammoth nap, it was time for a quick bottle before heading to Sean’s parents for the afternoon.
07.06.2017 – One Week Old
14.06.207 – Mama & Flo
19.06.2017 – Sean’s Fathers Day
It was UNBELIEVABLY HOT so we spent the majority of the day indoors with the blinds closed and about 6 fans in attempt to stay cool. We did manage to get out to the park though once the evening air began to cool.
21.06.2017 – When the heat got too much!
My goodness it’s been an emotional few days in our house. This heat turned my super chilled little girl into some kind of Raging angry monster who would not be put down for even a second 😫. Thankfully we’ve had a better day today (bar the outburst in the photo) and she’s now soundly napping in her @poddle_pod next to her daddy while I finally get to have a bath for the first time in days. We even got to eat our dinner together tonight, hands free & everything and considering we’ve both been poorly with tummy bugs we were so in need of some good, wholesome food! Here’s to cooler days, happy babies and finally being able to wash! Oh and a huge thank you to my lovely friend @buddingsmiles who sent me a gorgeous @applesandpips package which cheered me up massively in a moment of despair 😘. #igmotherhood #lifecloseup #heatwave #newborn #mummylife #florenceivy #babygirl #angrybaby #pbloggers #mbloggers
07.07.2017 – Meeting her Baby Friends
08.07.2017 Grandma’s 81st Birthday Party
09.07.2017 – Florence’s First Smiles
13.07.2017 – Cuddles with Aunty Libby
16.07.2017 – Lazy Sundays
Good morning! I’m the only one up here so far as little Florence fell sound asleep mid bottle and wriggled her way towards Daddy for a cuddle. They’re currently both snoring their heads off next to me. I think this picture might be one for the wall you know. My two favourite people in the entire world. 💗 #daddysgirl #florenceivy #candidchildhood #littlehumans #littleloves #sundaymood #ordinarymoments #capturingeverymoment #magicineveryday #rememberingthesedays #developinglife #myhappycapture #pbloggers #parenthood #mbloggers #mamalife
12 – 13 .08.2017 – Failed attempts at family photos!
20.08.2017 – Northampton Balloon Festival
03.09.2017 – Florence’s Christening
What better way to mark Florence’s arrival than a Christening followed by an afternoon of celebrating?
21.09.2017 – Happy giggly baby!
Oh my goodness I could just eat her! She is a sucker for raspberry blowing and is SO close to giggling. It might be blurry but I think this has to be up there as one of my favourite ever photos. She is generally such a happy little thing and just brightens my day. We’ve had a fairly quiet day at home today, cuddles and play galore. Hope you’re having a lovely Thursday whatever you’re up to ☺. #florenceivy #happybaby #pbloggers #raisingthoserascals #littleandfierce #youaremysunshine #treasureverymoment #themagicineveryday #mamahood #motherhoodunplugged #16weeksold #babygirl #mbloggers #lifecloseup
30.09.2017 – BritMums Live
22.10.2017 – Pumpkin Picking
One year on from taking our pregnancy announcement photo’s we returned to Pumpkin Moon to pick our own pumpkins once more, this time with a little Flo in tow.
31.10.2017 – Halowe’en
04.11.2017 – 12.11.2017 – Our First Family Holiday
Florence’s Photo Shoot
Florence meets Santa…
We went to see Father Christmas with our friends and it’s safe to say that we left the big ma feeling quite dishevelled. Florence did a giant, smelly poo as we went in and then proceeded to scream the entire time! She did manage to show off her raspberry blowing skills to the reindeer though!
We spent the most magical night of the year with my Mum, Sister and Harry at our house eating all the food & playing Cluedo.
Florence’s First Christmas day was filled with love, family and laughter. The perfect ingredients for Christmas Day.
2017 really was the most amazing year. It was the year my dream of becoming a mother, of having a daughter of my own, came true .