July 2013 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

Emilie - 37 Weeks - Full Term!

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Today is - Monday July 29th, 2013

How far along - 37 weeks - Full Term!                        

Baby is - A girl!

Total weight gain - I have no idea now. I haven't been weighed in weeks. It's probably best I don't know!

Baby is the size of - A leek. 


Whats going on with baby - Emilie is now considered full term and ready to come out and meet the world. Her lungs are mature enough for her to be able to breath on her own.

What going on with Mummy - I am so ready to meet my baby girl. I have a lot of signs that labor isn't too far away! Yesterday I was starting to wonder if I was actually going to have her then. It's weird knowing that this could be my last 'pregnancy update' or I could have three more.. I'm hoping she comes sooner rather than later :)



Maternity clothing - I officially only have one pair of jeans that fit me now. I don't see the point in buying anymore for what could be just a matter of days. I save my one pair of jeans for when I have to go out. If I'm in the house then I'm in sweats or PJ bottoms.. It's the one time I can get away with it! 


Sleep - Rolling over in bed hurts. If I find a comfy position then I'm out for the count. Yesterday I ended up having a nap about 10.30am.. I was just so tired that I couldn't keep my eyes open. 

Movement - Her movements have definitely slowed down. At my midwife appointment last week it was confirmed that she has now finally moved into the right position and her head is engaged. 


Food Cravings/Aversions - My appetite is zero. I have to force myself to eat anything and with my eating struggles, that is tough.

Symptoms -

  • Achiness
  • Braxton Hicks. 
  • Pelvic pain
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea. 

How is this pregnancy different from the last - 

With James, I had no signs of labor up until I went into labor and six hours later he was born. I don't know if maybe this time I am noticing things because I kind of know what to expect. 

Best moments this week -


  • Knowing that I could meet my baby girl any time now. 





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The Sunday Currently {3}

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{Photo taken last night - After a hot day, the clouds and rain rolled in} 



Reading - I haven't started a new book yet. In my spare time I've been trying to finish Emilie's baby blanket that I'm hoping gets done in time! 
Listening I'm sat in my garden, listening to the neighbors and the wind. It's very peaceful. 
Smelling Fresh air! 
Loving - The quiet. The fresh air. The chance to sit down and write. 
Thinking About what a crazy busy week this has been and how well James has coped with it. We've had some bumps in the road and a few melt downs but overall I can't complain. 
Needing Either this back pain to go away or turn into labor.. Labor would be fine with me. 
Wanting - To finally hold my baby girl. These last few weeks dragged when I was pregnant with James and it seems to be doing the same with this pregnancy. 
Wishing - That I was in labor! I know.. I'm crazy.  
Missing Being able to get comfortable. 
Hoping - That James' new medication works.
Feeling A tad nauseous actually.. Urgh.. That's something I won't miss! 
Wearing - Sweats.. My jeans are just too uncomfortable. 
Writing - Haha! I haven't had time to write anything this week. I'm guessing with Emilie due anytime now I'm not going to get a chance to do any proper writing in a while. Oh well, I'm positive that she will be worth it.  
Clicking I've been doing lots of research on Epilepsy and children and reading some blogs. 


{Giving me a concert in the garden.. This song was about Cinderella} 







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Worries.

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I'm sat under the Gazebo in the garden whilst the rain is falling steadily. Normally the sound of rain relaxes me but today I cannot seem to switch my brain off. It's been quite a week around these parts. Three hospital appointments for James, an overnight EEG, a rather traumatic blood test and the start of medication. He isn't dealing with it very well. At the third hospital appointment in three days my little boy broke down. He clung onto me and cried. I think he had just had enough of doctors poking and prodding him, of sitting in waiting rooms and then listening to me answer the same questions over and over again. I've promised him that there are no more appointments for the next four weeks but to him that doesn't mean anything. All he knows is that I dragged him to two different hospitals three times and let loads of people stick needles in his hand and wires over his head and now twice a day I fill a syringe with some tasty red liquid that apparently tastes like Strawberry (but smells like Bakewells!) and ask him to drink it.




The past few days he's been angry and short tempered. All kids have their moments and James has never been an exception to that but this week it's been different. He gets angry over the slightest thing. I don't know if it's just the stress of everything that is happening to him right now or whether it is a side effect from his new medication. Either way, it makes me feel bad. I know that he has to take this medication. Seizures are dangerous and they need to be controlled but the idea that James is now a statistic. "A medicated child" makes me feel like I've failed him in some way. I feel sorry for him that he has to go through this and now be labelled as an "Epileptic". I don't want to feel sorry for him. Thousands of people all over the world suffer from this condition and lead normal lives. I'm worried in that feeling sorry for him will make me not only wrap him up in cotton wool but will also lead to me spoiling him because I feel bad.

It's both a blessing and a curse that he has no idea whats going on. I explained his appointments by telling him that he has funny turns. He thought that was great and his EEG, I told him was them checking how his brain works.. He had great delight in telling everyone that he was going for a brain test. I could tell him but then what is the point in him worrying about something that he doesn't understand nor can he control?

I'm worried about what will happen when Emilie is born. James is already going through so much and his little sister arriving is just another big change for him. I guess this is just one of those things that I have to take one day at a time and me working myself up into a state isn't going to help anyone or anything. This is my introduction into life with two children. The balancing act. Looking after two children who will both have different needs. Lets hope that I'm up to the challenge...





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Schools Out For Summer!

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We've had torrential rain on and off since last night with thunder and lighting.. The rain has been lovely and well needed, after the hottest day of the year yesterday.. I would like to say that it has helped clear the air and lower the temperatures, and whilst the temps are a little lower, it is now that muggy sticky heat that isn't much better! Maybe I'm feeling it more than I normally would be being nine months pregnant.. 



Schools all across England finished for Summer today. James hasn't been at Nursery for about two weeks due to all his hospital appointments but today I let him go in for the last day. It was bittersweet. Watching my boy walk in the door all confident when just ten months ago he would cling onto me and cry when I went to leave.. This morning he ran off without saying goodbye and went straight to seek out his friends. It's been so great to watch him grow this year though. To watch him go from a toddler to a boy. 


Left - First day of Nursery, Sept 2012. Right - Last day of Nursery, July 2013


I am so excited for the next couple of weeks though. To spend some time with him before his sister arrives. To wake up slowly in the morning and linger over breakfast. To play with him and watch him run in the garden. To snuggle up with him in bed at night and watch him sleep. I know that in just a few short weeks I am going to have to split my time between him and Emilie.. I want to savoir the last moments of him being an only child. 



Talking of babies.. England welcomed a new Prince yesterday! 




And about thirty minutes ago his parents presented him to the world. I have been glued to Sky News all afternoon waiting for the moment that they would come out of those doors. I make no apologies for being excited about this event! 




This week is full. I don't think I've ever had a week this busy so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that a certain baby doesn't decide to put in an early appearance. Once Saturday comes (officially 37 weeks and full term!) she will be more than welcome to make her presence known!




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Emilie - Thirty Six Weeks!

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Today is - Monday July 22nd, 2013

How far along - 36 weeks (and 2 days)                                 

Baby is - A girl! 

Total weight gain - Still hanging out at around 35lbs.

Baby is the size of - A Coconut. 


Whats going on with baby - At the end of this week Emilie will be considered full term and if she is born after Saturday then she won't be a premature baby :) She is gaining about an ounce a day and is currently shedding the vernix that has been keeping her skin protected during the pregnancy. She is head down but still back to back. 

What going on with Mummy - I'm HOT, HOT, HOT. Today is 32 degrees (90 degrees Fahrenheit) and I've decided that it is far too hot for a heavily pregnant woman. 

Maternity clothing - Still living in the sun dresses. Jeans are just too uncomfortable now, plus with the weather I'd rather not turn into a puddle. 

Sleep - Trying to find a comfy position that doesn't aggravate my pelvic pain is the worst part about sleeping. Once I get comfy then I sleep pretty well. Although I'm averaging 1-2 toilet trips a night. One night last week I had to get up 4 times to go! I wasn't impressed with my bladder. 

Movement - Lots of wriggles, with knees and elbows pointing out.. The joys of a back to back baby I guess :)


Food Cravings/Aversions - When it's hot I find it so hard to eat so that's been my biggest problem this week. No real aversions or cravings.

Symptoms -

  • Achiness
  • Braxton Hicks. 
  • Pelvic pain
  • Tiredness


Best moments this week -

  • Knowing that in 5 days Emilie will be full term. 





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The Sunday Currently {2}

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Reading - I've just finished reading Danielle Steel's, Betrayal. It was amazing. I have yet to find one of her books that I haven't enjoyed but it's been a while since I picked a book of her's up. James chose this one for me the other week and I thoroughly enjoyed it and finished it in 2 days. 
Listening - James playing in the Living Room with a friend and Anthony on the phone to Sky. 
Smelling - Cleaning products and fresh air from the open windows. 
Loving - how kids interact with each other. Listening to James talking away to his friend makes me smile. 
Thinking - What a busy week I have coming up. Lots of medical appointments for James and one for me. I'm hoping that Emilie stays put for this week. I don't have time to schedule labor into my diary! 
Needing - The pain in one of my right ribs to go away. It appeared this morning and will not budge. It's quite high up so I don't think it's the baby, or maybe she's is just squishing everything up inside there. 
Wanting - James' appointments to go well. 
Wishing - That he didn't have to undergo all these tests but knowing that it is for the best. 
Missing - Being able to walk without getting out of breath and sleeping on my stomach! 
Hoping - That the rain that is threatening to make an appearance stays away today. I have a lot of washing that I need to get dry. 
Feeling - Achy, tired and happy. 
Wearing - Jeans and a tank top. 
Writing - I failed at writing this week apart from my blog. I just don't seem to have two minutes to sit down to think and put pen to paper. 
Clicking - This week I found an awesome new blog to follow through Instagram so I've been reading back through that. Also been clicking through a lot of home birthing websites, trying to get as much information as possible. 


If you want to share your Sunday Currently then go over to Lauren's Blog to link up. 



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A Letter To Emilie.

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To Emilie, 

Well, today marks the first day of my ninth month of your pregnancy and I'm not going to lie.. I'm so surprised everyday that we got this far. Between my problems with previous pregnancies and the scares that we have had with you over the past 36 weeks, I count my blessings everyday that you are strong and healthy. 




We are all ready now. We just need you. We have your Moses baskets set up, one in the bedroom and one in the living room. Your blankets are folded in your draw and your wardrobe is bursting with more clothes than I think I've owned in my entire life.

We are all so excited to meet you. James keeps asking "Does Emilie want to see what I look like?" and each time I reply.. "Off course, she cannot wait to meet you!" I think he thinks that you are going to come out walking and talking but either way he cannot wait to be a big brother. Your Daddy and I constantly talk about what it will be like when you are here. Just today your Auntie Me-me sent me and email telling me about how she is so excited that you will be here in just a few weeks! Your whole family is literally waiting on tenterhooks! 

I am nervous about your birth. Not because of the pain. That is a small price to pay but just because I want you to arrive safely and happy. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can have the home birth that I really want. I think it will be nicer for both me and you if you arrive into the world when I am more relaxed and at ease and I think I can achieve that at home. 



It feels like it's been a very long nine months and now that we are nearing the end I find myself becoming impatient. I want to hold you, to feel the weight of you in my arms and to smell that newborn smell. I know though that I should cherish the remaining time that you are there in my stomach. You will be here soon enough and I know that afterwards I am going to miss feeling your wriggles and pokes. Today you have spent nearly the whole day with one of your knees poking out of the side of my stomach. I love it though and each one of those movements makes me smile. 

So, just know that we cannot wait to meet you. You are so loved already and we know that you are going to complete our family. 

Lots of love always 

Mummy xx









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Right Now.

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I'm loving.. 


The peppers that James grew himself.. 



... And how proud of himself he is. 





Outdoor play, when the temperature allows us too.. 





Chilling in the garden under the Gazebo, whilst baby girl kicks away inside of me. 




The weather. I might moan about being THIS pregnant during the longest heatwave England has seen in over 200 years. I might also moan how the temperatures are not the best considering James' problems at the moment but I'll take sunshine over rain any day.. 4.55pm and it's still 28 degrees.. (82 degrees Fahrenheit.)




Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream.. Do I need to say anything else?



Dirty feet on a little boy at the end of the day.







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A Morning At School.

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This morning, James had his induction morning at his School that he will be starting at in September. He was so excited before we left, talking about how he was going to meet his teacher and make lots of friends. As soon as we got to the school though his shyness kicked in and he was like a different child. 

The parents could either stay with their children or get them settled and then go to the Hall where they had cups of coffee waiting. I knew that if I left James straight away then there would be tears. He takes a while to warm up to new things. Whether that be a new person, a new place or even a new food. There is no point in pushing him, he'll do it in his own time. I sat with him whilst he coloured, I stood with him whilst he played with the sand table. I hoovered in the back ground whilst he played a game on the computer with his new teacher. After about twenty minutes I knew that he didn't need me there anymore. I could tell that his confidence was coming through and that if I hovered any longer then I'd be holding him back so I snuck off to the hall and waited. 

A while later we were told that we could go and collect our children. We all filed through and as I walked into James' classroom he took one look at me and started crying.. 

"I don't want to leave. I'll never get to come back.."


I'd say that he enjoyed it based on his response to me collecting him.








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Grumps.

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I'm going to be honest and admit that today I have been in a grump. Not a little one either. Forget what I said on Monday about trying not to let the heat get to me.. I failed. For the past two days, it got me.. Hook, line and sinker. I am hot, tired, sweaty and miserable. The only thing that is stopping me from going completely mad is knowing that in just nine days I will be full term and technically Emilie could be here anytime after that. The thought of having to wait until my due date is too much for me to handle!

I figured today that seen as I was feeling down and that this would probably be the last chance I would get for a while, that I would get a haircut.. My hair looks good now and will be a lot easier to handle with a newborn and four year old running around but it didn't do anything to improve my mood.

I tried a cool bath.. It worked whilst I was in there but as soon as I got out, I was a sweaty mess again..

At least I tried, right?

And I will leave you with some photos of James that I took this evening. The biggest issue with him not being able to go out in the sun is that by the end of the day he has so much pent up energy.. So seen as our garden is well shaded by 7pm I took him out and let him run wild.. He decided to use his energy to jump of the garden table.. I'm not too sure that my nerves were up for that but I guess that's what boys do?









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Emilie - Thirty Five Weeks.

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Today is - Tuesday July 16th, 2013

How far along - 35 weeks                                

Baby is - A girl! 

Total weight gain - I'm not being weighed until my appointment on Thursday so until then I have no idea!

Baby is the size of - A honeydew melon


Whats going on with baby - All of her organs are now fully developed and ready to go. She is basically now just putting on weight.

What going on with Mummy - It still feels like August will never get here. I'm feeling good though and am managing to cope with the heatwave. 

Maternity clothing - Thank goodness for the sun! It means that for the past two weeks I have been able to live in dresses which are so much more comfortable than squeezing myself into jeans. 

Sleep - I do not know why everyone, whether pregnant or not, doesn't sleep with a maternity pillow. I think they are the best invention ever! Sleep is good at the moment. I've been woken a few nights this week with contractions and a toilet trip here or there but nothing too bad. 

Movement - Emilie is still lying back to back so I get lots of wriggles instead of kicks and punches. She doesn't like any pressure on my stomach. She tries to move away from it which is cute to watch. 


Food Cravings/Aversions - Appetite is still hit and miss. I've been eating a lot of ice cream in the heat. I have never been one to eat when it's too hot so most days I'm having to try and force myself to at least have something little. My cravings for cheese and onion crisps has disappeared.

Symptoms -

  • Achiness
  • Braxton Hicks. 

How is this pregnancy different from the first - I think I was more tired at this stage with James. Most afternoon's I would have a nap but this time around I probably nap once a week. 


Best moments this week -


  • Packing my 'just in case' hospital bag.. Keeping my fingers crossed that my home birth goes according to plan. 





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Miscellany Monday.

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1 - It's another scorcher of a day here. I'm trying really hard not to let the heat get to me but I'm not going to lie.. It's tough! I feel like I'm constantly sticky and sweaty which is not an attractive look. I just need to remember that it's only for a few more weeks and then I will be holding my daughter in my arms. 

2 - We've moved the Gazebo onto the patio to try and keep it shaded as much as possible for James. He hates the fact that he cannot go out in the sun as much as he wants too so this is a compromise of sorts and is saving my sanity.. He still gets to go outside and I don't have to keep moaning at him for being in the sun. 





3 - I packed my hospital bag this afternoon. I'm hoping that my home birth will all go according to plan and that I won't need it but at least if I do, it's ready. It's hard packing clothes for someone you have yet to meet. Some of the newborn stuff goes up to 7lb's, some 9lbs and some 11lbs.. I was sat there holding some of each and having an internal battle in my head.. "Do I take the clothes up to 7lb? But then what if she is 8lb when she is born? They won't fit her... But then if I take the clothes up to 11lb and she is 7lb when she is born, everything will be too big and drown her.." Yes people, I am crazy and these are the thoughts that go through my mind when doing something as simple as packing a hospital bag. 

These three baby grows had to make the cut.. They were too cute not to.




4 - Talking of Miss Emilie.. Saturday night I was lying on the sofa with the remote resting on my stomach and she was kicking it away. I like to think that she is going to be a ballerina :)



5 - I do believe that my brain has finally turned to mush. I have somehow managed to loose all of the paperwork for James starting school in September. I filled it out last month and can remember putting it in my bedroom but can I find it now? I think it's grown legs and walked away. I've emailed the school asking for another set but I can imagine them in the office laughing at the Mum that can't keep it all together.


Want to share your random thoughts? Head off to Carissa's Blog and link up :)
Happy Monday! 




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