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Surviving a long car journey with a toddler

Surviving a long car journey with a toddler

It seems just yesterday that I was writing a post very similar to this, except I was sharing my tips for getting through a long car journey with a baby. Today 8 months on Florence is a fully fledged toddler and so our approach has […]

Our DIY Gender Reveal Photo Shoot: The Outtakes

Our DIY Gender Reveal Photo Shoot: The Outtakes

So if you didn’t already see, I published our gender reveal at the weekend. I did a lot of planning and put a lot of thought into how we were going to announce our news but as things go, it all went a bit pear […]

Pregnancy #2: The 20 week scan and our gender reveal

Pregnancy #2: The 20 week scan and our gender reveal

On Tuesday we had a rather an exciting day! After reaching the all important 20 week milestone on Monday it was time for our anomaly scan which meant we got to see baby again. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of anticipation before a pregnancy scan is there? I was so excited and yet at the same time fairly nervous and hopeful that everything with baby would be okay.

We left early with loads of time to spare but typically there were road works along the road leading to the hospital and so we arrived there in the nick of time. Sean couldn’t find a car parking space (why do they never make hospital car parks big enough?!) and so I went in on my own while he drove around with Florence trying to find somewhere to park. I let the sonographer know the situation and he was so lovely. Unsurprisingly it happens all the time and he said he’d have a little look around but hold off on telling me any of the important stuff until Sean made it in.

Eventually after getting hopelessly lost thanks to my directions – oops! – Sean made it to room five and joined us to find out all about this little one. Just like it’s sister, baby was in a really awkward position with its head right up against my belly button and facing down which made it quite difficult for the sonographer to see everything he needed to. However, baby was VERY wriggly and he did show us two perfectly formed hands and feet, a fully functioning stomach and revealed baby’s gender (which I’ll get to in a minute!) before sending us away for something cold and sugary to try and get baby to move into a better position.

After a quick bite to eat in Costa Coffee we returned to the waiting room where we were called in straight away. Baby was still in a similar position but after a bit of poking and prodding the sonographer managed to see everything he needed to and identified a beautiful butterfly brain, beating heart complete with all the chambers and a strong and growing spine.

Our little baby, Florence’s little sibling is growing perfectly and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

And so… onto the part you’re probably all waiting for. The gender reveal. Is baby a girl or a boy? You all know what my money was on!

We’re having a little boy! Florence is going to have a baby brother and she’s been busy practicing big sisterhood by reading her favourite books to her teddies (so cute!). We are so excited to meet our little boy. 

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We’re finally getting some sleep | Our New Bedtime Routine

We’re finally getting some sleep | Our New Bedtime Routine

We moved house just over two months ago and while the first week of night times with Florence went surprisingly well, straightforward bedtimes and restful nights swiftly went out of the window after that. We quickly fell into the trap of her waking after a […]

Gender Predictions – What do the Old Wives Tales Say?

Gender Predictions – What do the Old Wives Tales Say?

With our 20 week scan in just a matter of hours we hope to finally find out whether this baby in my belly is a girl or a boy. My money is on a boy, however you just never know until there’s proof do you, […]

Pregnancy #2: 20 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy #2: 20 Weeks Pregnant

We made it then, 20 weeks pregnant! Wowsers. I am a little bit speechless at the speed at which this pregnancy is passing by and reaching the half way mark is such a huge milestone. We have our 20 week scan tomorrow which I hope to tell you all about on Wednesday, but in the mean time I thought I’d write a little update as to how the last two weeks have been.

Symptoms

A whole host of symptoms have reared their head over the last fortnight as I get settled in to the second trimester, mostly presenting themselves at night time. I’m finding it really difficult to get comfortable at night – not helped by a star-fishing toddler who refuses to sleep without me after 1.30am – and so I am really taking advantage of every minute I get with my maternity pillow and using the wrap around hot water bottle on my hips to try and ease the pain. I’ve a horrible feeling that SPD might be making an appearance again this time around. I’ve also started to get symptoms of heart burn which seems to be triggered by anything tomato based – I had this last time too. One other thing I’ve found this last couple of weeks is that when I go to the loo I sometimes feel this intense pressure down there – it passes as soon as I’m up again but it was a bit alarming to start with.

You’re a wriggly one

Baby’s Movements have really stepped up a notch and I can feel him/her wriggling away at all different parts of the day. They’re mostly quite low down or to the right of my tummy and sometimes they’re so quick and spinny that it can make me feel a bit queasy! I’ve only felt the movements with my hand on the outside twice so far, but as they begin to get stronger and stronger I can’t think it’ll be very long until I can feel or even see them externally! It’s so strange having a posterior placenta this time.

Making plans for baby

Around this time during my pregnancy o started making plans and lists of all of the things I needed to do and buy before she arrived. With everything a bit chaotic here at the moment, I’m really feeling the need to get extra organised and so the lists are in full swing and I’m ready to start getting stuff done as soon as we know everything is okay with baby at the 20 week scan. One of the things I really need to do is make some space for baby because at the moment while we’re living back at Mum’s we are a bit limited in that department. I think we will likely change the layout of our bedroom and I’ve already started to minimize the toys Florence has downstairs.

What’s baby been up to?

Baby is now the size of a banana, around 6.5 inches! He or she is becoming a pro at swallowing and also now developing meconium (which is the first poop baby will do).  We have our 20 week scan tomorrow and this is when we will find out whether everything is growing and developing right so I feel like once that’s all confirmed I will start to relax a lot more.   As I mentioned earlier they’re wriggling almost non stop so that’s always a good sign.

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Our Autumn Book Box

Our Autumn Book Box

I always love this time of year. The change of season always seems to inspire me to get organised and plan new ways to play and this Fall I’ve got a whole bunch of activities planned to keep Florence busy. I thought I would start […]

5 Things You Don’t Know About Laminate Flooring

5 Things You Don’t Know About Laminate Flooring

As you know we’ve recently moved back in with my Mum so we can save to buy our own home and while we are here, we are helping her with some home improvements. As part of that we are replacing all of the flooring, both […]