April 2013 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

Blog Everyday In May.

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For the month of May I am going to be linking up with Jenni for the "Blog Everyday In May" challenge. 




This has come at the perfect time for me after writing at the weekend about my current blogging slump and I cannot wait to go through the topics she has given us and get back to some real writing. My mind is already planning out posts and it feels good to be excited about blogging. 

If you want to take part just head over to Jenni's Blog and take a look where she explains all about the challenge. There is also the option of linking up your posts everyday so you can take a look at what other people have been writing and who knows, maybe even make some new bloggy friends :)
I hope to see you there! 

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Emily - Twenty Four Weeks

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Today is - Monday, April 29th, 2013

How far along - 24 weeks

Baby is the size of  - An ear of corn :)

Baby is - A girl!! 

Total Weight Gain - 14lbs.

What's going on with Baby -  Emily has gained about 4 ounces is just the past week. Her senses are continuing to develop and her lungs are developing the branches of the respiratory tree. 

What's going on with Mummy - Considering that I'm laid up on the sofa with a strapped up foot and crutches I'm not too bad! 

Maternity clothing - I can still fit into a few non maternity tops but all trousers are either maternity or a larger size. I cannot wait until the weather warms up a bit more so I can wear dresses. 

Sleep - Sleeping quite well. I'm not finding it as hard to wake up in the morning now which is great. I hated that feeling of not being able to wake up properly.

Movement - Yes. Loads of little kicks. When I lay in bed with my hands on my bump at night it's awesome to feel her moving around. She wiggles a lot! 

Food cravings/Aversions - My appetite is still coming and going. One day I can eat everything in sight and the next day food disgusts me and I have to force myself to eat. Not really craving anything this week, although today I would eat my own arm for a salad. 

Symptoms -

Morning Sickness - I say still there on and off but this week it's been a lot better and is more like random bouts of nausea.. I had one pretty bad day last week. 

Acne - Yep, that's not getting any better.

Pain - In my lower back and right hip. I think I might have the beginnings of SPD.

How is this pregnancy different from the first - By this point with James I had been feeling great for weeks. 

Best moments of the past week -

Feeling great for most of the week! 


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Jack & Jill Went Up The Hill... Jack Fell Down..

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Remember about two months I fell down the stairs? Well that was the first time I had done that since I was about five years old.. Then today, I took another tumble, down the same set of stairs. I think it's safe to say that my balance during this pregnancy is shot to pieces..

I don't even know how it happened! One minute I'm walking down the stairs, with James in front of me and the next I'm at the bottom in a heap. (Thankfully James managed to make it down before I fell) As I fell I tried to grab hold of the banister and ended up spraining my shoulder and I've also hurt my foot.

This fall resulted in a trip to A&E.. Because I'm pregnant though and have a history of miscarriages they can't x-ray my foot. They've strapped it up, given me crutches and told me not to put any weight on it until Wednesday. If I still can't weight bare then I have to go back and they'll have to x-ray it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's just a really bad sprain.



{Thankfully all seems to be okay with baby girl}


So for now I'm laid up on the sofa with my foot propped up on a pillow. Anthony has taken over all household chores and I feel like a complete burden but I guess there isn't a lot I can do about that now. I am starting to think that maybe I should start coming down the stairs like a two year old.. Bum scooting :)

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Slump.

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I've been in a bit of a blogging slump this past week. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's the fact that I've spent a lot of time at home and who really wants to read about me cooking & cleaning? Or maybe it's that I seem to have baby brain and I've gone from someone that can do three things at once to someone that walks into the kitchen and forgets what I went in there for.. Or maybe I'm just plain tired. By the end of the day once James is in bed you'll find me in bed, trying to find a comfy position whilst watching Netflix.

I feel like I complain a lot about being pregnant and that people must think that I'm not grateful for this little life growing inside of me when in fact that couldn't be further from the truth. I've made no secret of the fact that this pregnancy seems to be so much harder than when I had James. I'm still suffering with on/off all day morning sickness and I'm pretty sure that I've now got SPD but all that aside, I do love being pregnant and I would hate to think that anyone thought I felt differently. Every night I lay in bed with my hands on my bump and feel Emily wriggling and kicking away and it makes me smile each and every time. I love day dreaming about what she is going to look like. Will she have my curly hair? Will it be dark like her Dad's or blonde like mine? I daydream about what her relationship with James is going to be like. I cannot wait to see how he interacts with his little sister.

I just have to keep reminding myself that this is my last pregnancy and that I should enjoy it. It's so easy to sit here and think about how fast I want August to get here so I can meet her and hold her in my arms. {Also it will be great to feel well again!} I've decided though to try and enjoy the last few months of just having one child, of being able to give him one on one attention. I want to cherish each and every kick and remember what it feels like to have a baby growing inside of me. Pregnancy is an amazing journey and the fact that it's something that only us women can do is even more amazing.

Hopefully my blogging slump won't last long! Maybe having a little break this past week will have done me some good and next week my brain will kick start itself and I'll be firing on all cylinders.. :)


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Fab Friday.

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I completely forgot it was Friday and time for Fab Friday until I was checking through my blog reading list and came across Laura's post! I guess this week has flown by! 


1 - I've spent a lot of time at home this week, cleaning & organising. 
I've been having pain in my right side which I'm not sure if it's kidney or muscular related but it's forced me to slow down which I guess is a good thing even if the pain is a killer! 


2 - Emily has been kicking up a storm this week. 
I'm starting to notice patterns which makes me happy.


3 - We have NOTHING planned for this weekend. 
Yes I am excited to be lazy..


4 - After spending time talking to James and giving him more one on one attention his behavior this week has improved dramatically! 
I will admit that I was worried for a second there thinking I was going to have one of those deranged teenagers that you see on reality television shows! :) I kid... Kind off... 





What's been fab this week for you? 
Head over to Laura's blog and link up! 


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Catch Up.

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I think it is safe to say that Spring has finally decided to grace us with it's presence.




Today is the hottest day that we've had so far and I am loving it. My mood is so much better when the weather is nice. James and I walked to Tiny Tearaways this afternoon and it was so nice to not have to bundle up in coats, hats and scarves.. A bit of sun cream and a sun hat for James and we were off.


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We had a bit of a family get together this weekend so that my auntie and uncle could meet my Sisters new baby, Eva.. It was nice to have us all together in one place but wow, was it loud!





It is so sweet to watch James interacting with his newest cousin. He holds her so gently and talks sweetly to her. It's hard to imagine in that just over three months he will be holding his sister.. It's something that I dream about often :)


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This week is busy and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my pregnant self can keep up! I'm walking four miles a day to do the School run. Yesterday I also picked James up which meant it was eight miles and I nearly keeled over. Thank goodness we've now agreed that I will take James and Anthony will collect him. Four miles a day is enough for me. Tomorrow is mine and James' Mummy and Child cooking class. He is so excited about it and has been asking me everyday for the past two weeks if today is the day. He's happy because food is involved and I'm happy because it's something that James and I are going to do together before Emily arrives.

On that note.. I have a little one that needs dinner.. Then... I will finally be able to sit down and relax!

I hope you're all having a good week!

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Emily - Twenty Three Weeks.

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Today is - Monday, April 22nd, 2013

How far along - 23 weeks

Baby is the size of  - A large Mango

Baby is - A girl!! 

Total Weight Gain - 14lbs.

What's going on with Baby - Emily can now hear noises in the womb and can distinguish between voices. Blood vessels in her lungs are preparing for her to breath. 

What's going on with Mummy - I have a bit more energy now during the day which feels amazing! 

Maternity clothing - Yep. This morning I had to try on three pairs on trouser before on the fourth attempt I found a pair that fit.. 

Sleep - No complaints there! 

Movement - Yep! She goes mental at night. That appears to be her more 'awake' time. 

Food cravings/Aversions - My appetite comes and goes. Last night I had to force myself to eat some pizza but this morning I could eat everything in sight. 

Symptoms -

Morning Sickness - Still there on and off.  

Acne - I'm not a big fan of feeling like I'm thirteen again. 

Ligament pain - In my lower back and right hip. 

How is this pregnancy different from the first - By this point with James I had been feeling great for weeks. 

Best moments of the past week -

Spending yesterday with all my family. 
Doing more things with James. 





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Letter To Emily.

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Dear Emily.

I cannot believe that in two days I will be twenty-three weeks pregnant with you. Weeks fourteen to twenty seemed to go by so slowly but now time seems to be speeding up and in just fourteen weeks you will be full term. When I first found out we were expecting you the weather was bitterly cold and I can remember thinking that I couldn't wait for the warmer weather to arrive because then you wouldn't be too far behind.. Well, Spring took it's time but now it seems finally be here and I know that it won't be long until I am holding you in my arms. That thought makes me so happy.

Your pregnancy has been so much harder on me than your brothers was. There are old wives tales that say that girls are harder to carry than boys and they literally take everything from you. I have to say I am starting to believe those tales. You are worth all the morning sickness, the days spent on the sofa with all day nausea, the acne and the tiredness. I know it's a small price to pay for what you are going to bring to my life.

James is so excited to meet you. We sit together and watch my tummy move from your kicks and he thinks that it is the funniest thing in the world. A few nights ago Daddy finally got to feel your kicks and we spent so long lying in bed feeling you wriggle and kick. Night times are when you are at your most active. It's as if you know that I am settling down for the night and you decide to let me know that you are there. I love feeling you move inside of me. It's one of my favorite parts of pregnancy.

This week I started washing and organising all of your clothes. Already you have several draws that are full. I cannot wait until you can wear the little outfits. I am trying to decide what is going to be your 'Coming Home' outfit but there are just too many to choose from. It doesn't matter though as long as we get you home safely   that's all that matters.

You just continue to do what your doing. Growing and getting big and strong, ready to come and meet us all and to join our family. We cannot wait!

Lots and lots of love,

Mummy xx xx


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Fab Friday.

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Each weeks seems to go by quicker than the last. I cannot believe that it is Friday again. Not that I am complaining because Friday means two things.. Firstly that tomorrow is the weekend and secondly that it's time for Fab Friday! Want to join in? Head over to Laura's Blog and link up. 



My Fab Things This Week! 


1 - I brought a big box of baby clothes from a friend, which yesterday I started washing and organizing  Washing baby clothes makes me happy. 

2 - When someone asks me how far along I am during my pregnancy I always tell them I'm {insert number here} weeks.. Yesterday I couldn't figure out if I was in my fourth or fifth month so I went to trusty Google and apparently I'm in my sixth month! How did that happen?! 

3 - We received James' School Place for September. We didn't get our first choice but we did get our second one so I cannot complain. I took James for a walk so he could see where it was and he was so excited! 

4 - James and I had a date on Wednesday.. See post here.. 

5 - I *think* we're going to see family at the weekend. Most of them I see quite regular but my Auntie & Uncle will be there that we only see a few times a year :)

6 - James' Nursery is starting a Mummy and Child cooking class on this coming Wednesday. 
We've signed up and James is so excited! Apparently this first week the kids will be making fruit salad! Yummy :)


I hope you all have a good weekend! 


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Learning To Listen.

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"Mummy, when you're not pregnant anymore does that mean that you won't lie down so much..."


This what my four year old asked me on Tuesday afternoon.. As dramatic as this sounds that sentence broke my heart. It's no secret that this pregnancy has been kicking my behind and has knocked me for six. I'm still dealing with on/off morning sickness and although the tiredness is better than it was, any woman that has been pregnant knows that sometimes you just need to sit down and take the weight off your tired, swollen ankles.

When James asked me that question though I realised that no matter how bad I feel or how much I just want to sit down in a dark quiet room sometimes, he needs me and my attention.. Probably more now than ever. This is a big year for him. He is going to become a big brother, gain a sibling and start School, all in the space of a month.

So yesterday was deemed a Mummy and James day. I left the laptop alone. I didn't blog, I posted one photo on Instagram all day. I left the cleaning, the washing and the beds unmade.. And a certain little boy got the day off Nursery.

So where do you go when your little one needs some one on one time but the weather doesn't accommodate a park trip. The Cupcake Cafe off course!




We love this particular Cupcake Cafe.. Not only do they cater for his Gluten allergy, but they make him his custom made cupcakes to order. This time it was the Cookie Monster that won. He wanted a Strawberry & Banana Smoothie and to sit at the table in the far corner so he could see over the whole Cafe but also out of the window. We sat down and talked. He asked a million questions, none of them relevant to our day to day life and I don't even think he cared about my answers but he reveled in the fact that he had my undivided attention and I realised that sometimes all he wants is for me to sit and listen.

It's so easy to get caught up in the daily grind of life. Getting to nursery on time. Getting dinner on the table by 5pm and the clothes washed and dried on the same day. Keeping the floors cleaned and making sure that the bathroom is respectable for unexpected guests, that sometime I forget to just sit a listen to him.

We've got just over three months until Emily arrives and I want to make the most of that time that I have left with just my one child. I want him to know how much I love him and that I do love spending time with him and that no matter how tired I am that I will always be there to read to him or play with him or to just talk to him.

As we walked to Nursery this morning, he said..

"Mummy, I like you and I love you.."

It doesn't get better than that :)

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School Time.

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Back in September last year James had only been at Nursery for about three days when we had to make our applications for a Primary School place for this September coming. We had to list three schools in preference order and then we were told to wait and the places would be announced on the 16th April, via the local councils website.  At the time I thought it sounded like such a long time to wait! Like most things though the date was here before I knew it and last night I just happened to wake up at 11.50pm.. I wasn't sure if the website would have the details on it at midnight or if I would have to wait until business hours today.. Seen as I was awake I figured I'd have a look..




It's not great news but it's not bad news either. James got a place at the school that was second on our list. The school we listed as first is where he currently goes to Nursery at and I was hoping beyond hope that he would be offered a place there but I guess it wasn't meant to be.

To begin with I was so disappointed. I won't lie. I was sad for James. He loves his Nursery and I know the School is fantastic too. I sat up until 1.30am though on the website of the school where he was accepted. I read their prospectus and their Ofstead Report and by the end of it I was happier. It's closer to home which will be handy when I have a newborn to deal with as well as getting James to school on time. It got a good Ofstead report and is one of the best schools in the town. My little sister went there over ten years ago!




So now we are waiting for a letter inviting us to a parents meeting where we will meet the teachers and get some more information regarding start dates and things like uniforms etc.. Then James will have an Open Day there and get to see where he is going to spend the next 7 years of his school life. It kind of seems all a bit surreal.. I mean wasn't he just a newborn? Didn't he just learn to walk? Now I'm accepting a school place for him.. I know September is going to be here before I know it and with it comes a whole new chapter in James' life and also a new parenting challenge for me. Letting my first born out into that big wide world.




This is going to be an interesting year folks.

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Emily - Week Twenty-Two

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Today is - Monday, April 15th, 2013

How far along - 22 weeks 

Total weight gain - 14lbs ish

Baby is - A girl! 

Baby is the size of - A Papaya... I have no idea what one of those is.

Whats going on with baby - Emily is developing her senses that she needs for life outside! Tastes buds have formed on her tongue and also her nerve endings have developed enough that she now has a sense of touch so chances are she's touching her face or sucking her thumb and testing those senses out. 

What going on with Mummy - I had a hospital appointment with my consultant this morning. Signs of potential pre-term labor have been happening so I've been prescribed some medication to hopefully stop anything happening too early. {A separate post on that to come tomorrow}

Maternity clothing - Yep.. Same as last week! I cleaned my clothes out the other day and packed away what doesn't fit anymore.. It was pretty much most of my wardrobe. 

Sleep - I'm not as tired during the day but I could sleep for England at night. I tend to wake up around 1am though and then it takes me around 2 hours to get back to sleep. 

Movement - Lots! Normally she will be kicking loads and as soon as Anthony tries to feel them, she stops.. Last night though he felt loads of kicks which was pretty awesome.

Food Cravings/Aversions - I've been so hungry the past few days I could literally eat everything in sight. I'm craving anything sweet at the moment. 

Symptoms - 

My morning sickness has been okay this week but then this afternoon on the way back from the car I felt really car sick.. I'm lying in bed now trying to will it to go away! 

Contractions - Hence why the doctor is concerned about pre-term labor. Not yet please Emily baby. 

Acne - I'm about ready to walk around with a bag over my head. 

How is this pregnancy different from the first - I didn't have any signs of pre-term labor with James. 

Best moments this week - Spending today with my Sisters and my niece. After my hospital appointment we went for lunch and then shopping. It's been ages since all three of us were together so that was nice. 


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James.

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I woke up this morning feeling good. I was motivated and hadn't even finished my first cup of tea before I was cleaning and sorting laundry. I like days when I feel well. They are few and far between at the moment so they are so welcome when they decide to make an appearance.

Anthony cooked us a fried breakfast. I think Emily must love her Daddy's cooking because whenever I eat anything that he has cooked, she kicks me like mad!

I think I done too much too quickly though because by half past ten I was wiped out! It literally hurt to keep my eyes open. I had promised James that I would take him out on his scooter and I didn't want to let him down. So many times over the past few months he has asked me to do something with him and I've had to tell him no because I felt too unwell. This time I wasn't going to let something as simple as tiredness stop me.

And when you are rewarded with this face... Well, need I say anymore?







And this photo below.. I love it.. It's not perfect, the settings on my camera could have been adjusted better but it captures James. Looking at this photo, I can hear him laughing... And in my opinion.. That's a perfect photo.





Have a great weekend!

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Fab Friday.

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Write what's been particularly Fab about your week and then head over to Laura's Blog and link up. 
Easy peasy :)



1 - This was James' second week off school for the Easter Holidays. 
Part of me is dreading the early mornings that next week will bring but another part of me is excited to get back into a routine. 





2 - Next Tuesday we find out what School he has gotten into! 
This is massive. 
We had to put our three school choices down in preference order. 
I am keeping my fingers crossed that he gets our first choice which is the same School that he currently goes to Nursery at. 
I will be a nervous wreck come Tuesday morning! 



3 - Yesterday I wasn't feeling too great so I was laid on the sofa. 
James came and laid with me. 
Normally I cannot get him to stay still for longer than five minutes but he stayed there for over an hour with me. 





4 - Today we have a play date with his friend from Nursery. 
We were meant to meet in the park but the weather is not so Fab.. 
It's grey and raining :( 
I think we might be taking refuge in a cafe! 



5 - Talking of the weather. Apart from yesterday and today the weather has been great. I think Spring might be peeking in.. 




So what's been Fab in your week?


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#ThankfulSweetness

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Over the past three weeks I have come to really love sitting here and writing out my #ThankfulSweetness list. It only takes me a few minutes but for those few minutes I am sat quietly and really thinking about what I am thankful for this week.

{If you have Instagram then feel free to write your own list and use the hashtag #ThankfulSweetness or link up with @erin_sweetnessitselfblog}






I have list like this written everywhere. In countless notebooks, on sticky notes, on my phone, in my reminders. It helps on a day like today when I am feeling a little bit sad and a little bit lost, to look at these lists and remember that I do have so much to be grateful for.


What are you thankful for this Thursday morning?


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1, 2, 3... Magic...

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I'm in two minds when it comes to books on parenting. On one hand I think that every child is different and so is every parent. Can a book really cover all those different personalities?

On the other hand I think having a book there for reference can sometimes be helpful. When James was 6 months old I was at my wits end. His reflux was making both him and me so miserable. He wasn't sleeping or napping. We had just found out that as-well as being intolerant to dairy & soya. He also couldn't tolerate wheat or gluten. Everyone kept telling me that babies make their own routines and that he'd tell me when he was hungry or tired but deep down I knew my kid and I knew that he needed a routine. I was browsing in a bookshop one day whist I was trying to keep a grumpy James from having a complete meltdown and I came across Gina Fords book, "Contented Little Baby." That book saved my sanity. I know a lot of people say her routines are too rigid and leave no room for changes and the unexpected things that come up in day to day life. I didn't follow her routines to the letter though. I read the book, took what was useful to me, used her routine structure to create my own and within two days I had a complete different baby. James is a child that thrives on routine. Even now at four years old.




About eighteen months ago a friend recommended a book when I was having a few problems disciplining James.




A few people I knew were singing this books praises, so I ordered it off Amazon and the day that it arrived I sat for three hours straight and read it. The next day I implemented it's techniques and within a week I noticed a difference in James. Like a lot of things though, life went on, things happened and over time I stopped using what I had learnt... Which brings me to yesterday. 


For the past few weeks James has been testing me.. Nothing major but things like not listening to me, shouting when he doesn't get his own way, refusing to eat his meals but then demanding sweets {Yep like that will happen kid!} I think a lot of things have changed for him this year and he's seeing where he stands.  Yesterday whilst I had to stay in bed because of my stomach cramps, I dug 1,2,3 Magic out and brushed up on my skills. Then I sat James down and explained that Mummy wasn't going to argue with him anymore or end up shouting when he didn't listen. I told him that he would get his three warnings and if he is still being naughty then he goes straight to time out.. 

The good thing about James is that he listens... And he understands.. 

Since then.. and I know it's only been 24 hours but it's been a very peaceful 24 hours... I haven't had to get passed number 2. I know these techniques work and last time it was my own fault for falling off the wagon and not remembering to use them. 

So maybe everyone doesn't agree on whether parenting books are a good thing or not but I believe in certain situations they can come in handy. 

Here's to a peaceful Wednesday! 





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James, Eva.... & Emily.

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I am in so much pain as I sit here writing this that I don't even know if I'm going to get to the end of it. Worse yet, I'm not sure what is causing the horrendous stomach cramps that I've been experiencing since last night. I was poked and prodded a lot yesterday at my appointment so who knows.. Just bare with me and I'll see if I can finish this.

My Ultrasound yesterday was perfect. Baby girl is still a girl! All of her major Organs were checked and everything is showing to be A-Ok. Every ultrasound that I have had has resulted in the technician telling me that she is a wriggler. Yep, and I'm starting to feel it more and more :)




Once we were back from the hospital my Sister {the new Mummy!} came to visit. It was the first time that James got to meet his cousin. Up until now he has always had a snotty nose, cough or some other aliment that we didn't want passing onto a newborn. Thankfully yesterday he was healthy and couldn't wait to meet his new family member. 




Watching him yesterday with Eva and seeing how excited he was to meet her just makes me more excited for him to meet Emily in August and to become and big brother. I know that he is going to be fantastic. I know that at some point there will be some sibling rivalry and that no doubt he will have his jealous moments but to see him so enthralled with this little tiny person makes me happy. It makes me think that I've obviously done something right as his Mummy.

And.. now the pain has gotten too much so if you need me I'll be curled up in the fetal position on my sofa..

Happy Tuesday!


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Emily - Twenty One Weeks

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Today is - Monday, April 8th, 2013

How far along - 21 weeks

Baby is the size of  - A Carrot 

Baby is - A girl!! 

Total Weight Gain - 14lbs.

What's going on with Baby - Emily now has Eyelashes and Eyebrows. She is also covered in Vernix Caseosa, which will protect her skin whilst she is in the amniotic fluid. Although her eyes are still closed she can tell the difference between light and dark. 

What's going on with Mummy - Apparently this is the time where some Mum's get down about their weight gain. I can kind of see why. I needed to put on weight so in a way it's a good thing but I am struggling with not having much to wear and also the fact that people are commenting on how much weight I've gained. People that I haven't seen for a while walk in and look shocked.. Then say. "Wow! You look.... Healthy" 

Also today is what was meant to be my twenty week ultrasound but the hospital are running behind with their appointments so technically it's my twenty-one week ultrasound! I'm excited to see her again! 

Maternity clothing - Yep, although I am now trying to find clothes in bigger sizes just because maternity wear can be so expensive and with the weather hopefully getting warmer soon, I hoping that I can live in dresses, so I don't see the point in spending all that money for something I'm not going to wear for long. 

Sleep - I could sleep for England. I wake up feeling tired and I go to bed feeling tired. Most nights I sleep quite well although I seem to have a period between 1am and 3am where I am half awake, half asleep and tossing and turning. 

Movement - Yep! It's amazing! I'm starting to feel a lot more during the day now and not just at night. 

Food cravings/Aversions - My appetite isn't as good as it was. Nothing seems appealing to me anymore :(

Symptoms -

Morning Sickness - Still there on and off. It needs to go away now. 

Acne - It's not any worse but it's no better. 

Ligament pain - In my lower back and right hip. 

How is this pregnancy different from the first - My morning sickness was a thing of the past with James at this point. I had way more energy too.

Best moments of the past week -

Spending a quiet week at home. We really haven't done much. 
The past two days the weather has been getting warmer.. Spring is coming! 

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Things I have Learnt - Pregnancy Number Two.

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Before I fell pregnant with little Miss Emily I had no idea that a second pregnancy would be so different from my first. It's kind of shocked me to be honest and I'm already at the 'Never Again' stage. Don't get me wrong. Pregnancy is great and has it's good and bad points but it is just so different this time. Here's some things I've learnt this time around. 



  • Don't expect your symptoms to be the same as the first time. I fully expected my morning sickness to be gone by week sixteen, just like with James  but nope. Twenty-one weeks tomorrow and it's still here. 

  • Running after a little one whilst growing one, is hard work! I didn't realise how wiped out I would be. I haven't slept this much in my whole life... and I'm still tired. 

  • It's okay to play quiet games with your child. The first 12 weeks where I could barely make it off the sofa, I pretty much laid there whilst James invented games around me. As long as he saw that I was taking an interest I don't think he cared! 

  • Try and get outside when you feel good. I had a period of about two weeks in January where I was so bad that I didn't leave the house at all. After I felt a little better I was nervous to go anywhere. I had gotten use to my being in my comfort zone at home but you know what? I felt great after I'd gotten some fresh air and some exercise. 

  • It's okay to ask for help. This has been a big one for me. I was so use to doing all the household chores myself and my own way. Lately though, I've had to ask for help. 

  • My biggest issue with asking for help was that Anthony done things completely differently to how I did. I had to realise that he didn't do them incorrectly, just different. I guess this whole thing has been good for my Type A personality! 

  • Do whatever helps your nausea.. One morning Anthony walked into the kitchen to find my sniffing a lemon.. Yep. I had heard that it helped morning sickness and by this point I was willing to try anything.. By the way.. It worked :) 

  • I had so many people tell me not to tell James about the baby until I was further on in my pregnancy. I didn't listen though and he found out the same day we did that he was going to have a sibling. I'm so glad that we told him. He has already started bonding with his Sister. Several times a day he asks to see my tummy and we sit there watching my belly move from baby kicks. He tells me what he wants to help me with when she is born and that he is going to help look after her. It's so cute watching him bond with her already. 

  • RELAX!! With my history of pregnancies I will admit that I've spent most of the time worrying. The last few weeks though I've learned to let go. Off course I still worry. I've got a lot of history and reasons to worry but I have a good doctor looking out for us. This will more than likely be my last pregnancy and everyone keeps telling me to enjoy it so that's what I'm trying to do, starting with my Ultrasound tomorrow! (probably our final one!) 


If anyone has any tips for a second pregnancy, I'd love to hear them! I've still got 19 weeks to go so I could probably use them! 


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The Ultimate Blog Party 2013!

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Ultimate Blog Party 2013 



Hi! I stumbled across the Ultimate Blog Party this morning and thought, "This sounds like fun!" I love meeting new people and blogs to read and since I started my blog about 18 months ago I've met some awesome inspiring women :)


So who am I? I'm Liane. I'm 27 and live in a small town in England. I'm a stay-at-home Mum to a cute, not-so-little four year old boy called James and married to Anthony. We've been together for nearly ten years and married for nearly five..

Yes, you are probably doing random Maths in your head right now to see if I was pregnant when we got married.. The answer is yes I was but no it wasn't a shot gun wedding! The wedding was planned long before we found out James was on his way. In fact due to the Army and several deployments, we had to cancel and re-arrange three times.






I am nearly 21 weeks pregnant with our second bundle of joy and we found out two weeks ago that we are having a little girl! To say that I am slightly excited by the thoughts of dresses & bows would be a slight understatement. Emily Victoria will be making her debut in August.




So whats my blog all about? A mixture of things really.. Daily life, life as a Mum & wife, sometimes you'll find knitting patterns or Recipes. I occasionally post about fertility struggles.  I've recently developed a love for Photography so I post a lot of photos.. Come August expect lots of baby photos but come on.. Who doesn't love baby photos? :)

Thanks for popping over! Leave me a comment and let me know who you are and where I can find your blog..

Have a great weekend!


 
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Fab Friday.

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Head over to Laura's Blog to link up! 


What's been Fab this week?


1 - Last week I wrote that James had slept till 8am one morning. 
This week he slept till 8am two mornings.. IN A ROW! 


2 - Easter was great. It was low key and we spent the day at home, 
just us three but it was perfect. 
Plus a certain little man was very happy with his treats. 


3 - I needed a new show to watch on Netflix. I had gotten so fed up of re-watching Charmed and Scrubs (great shows but I've watched every episode a hundred times!) Anyway, a friend recommended The Vampire Diaries.. 4 episodes in and I am officially hooked. 


4 - Even though James is missing Nursery, it is so nice having him home for the holidays. 
Today we have a park date. 




5 - Whenever he is concentrating, he sticks his tongue out.
Whether he is drawing, reading, playing.. 
Yesterday I managed to capture it.. 




and lastly.. 

Here is my #ThankfulSweetness list for this week

{Head over to Instagram, write your thankful list for the week and post it with hash tag #ThankfulSweetness or link up with @erin_sweetnessitselfblog}




It's Friday! Yay! Here's to a happy weekend. 


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