8/31/2016

First Trimester - Baby #2

I blogged throughout pregnancy when I was expecting Noah and reading through those posts are a reminder of one of the most special times in my life, I treasure those posts. So with my positive pregnancy test this week I decided to start my first trimester post for baby number two.


17/06/16 - 4 Weeks:

I got my positive pregnancy test a couple of days ago. It's Nick's 30th birthday today and I'm currently 4 weeks pregnant. I already feel changes in myself, similar to the ones I had leading up to my positive test though. Sore boobs, mood swings, nausea, exhaustion and cravings already! I keep wanting to eat meat! Which is very odd because I'm not the biggest of meat eaters usually and when I was pregnant with Noah I couldn't eat meat for weeks! I booked my first midwife appointment today and it will be on the 18th July, a whole month away! 

28/06/16 - 5 Weeks:

The baby is tiny and is around the size of an apple seed. This stage is vital as the embryo is splitting and developing and creating all the important systems such as central nervous system, the brain, circulatory system and other major internal organs. I'm now 5 and a half weeks pregnant and so far boy don't I know it. The exhaustion and nausea struck right away and my mood swings have been insane! I don't remember feeling this way when I was expecting Noah, not to this level anyway. If I wake up in a bad mood I know I'm gonna feel like that for the rest of the day and the same if I wake in a good mood. I've also had the flu for the past couple of days so that mixed with first trimester symptoms all whilst looking after a two year old hasn't been much fun! That being said Noah is a blooming angel and I couldn't ask for him to be any better, he's not been hard work at all. It's safe to say I'm already counting down the days until second trimester but a positive of having so many symptoms it's a constant reminder that there's a baby being made in there and that makes it so worth while. I'm also convinced I'm having a girl but only time will tell, I'd be happy with either. 

07/07/16 - 6 Weeks:
The baby is the size of a small pea, is rapidly growing and has tripled in size this week. The tiny heart has even started to pump blood. My mood swings seemed to settle this week and my hormones have calmed down a little so I've found that to be a relief and so has Nick, ha ha. That's been the only one though because my nausea has been crazy and none stop. The moment I wake up to them moment I go to bed I feel sick. I've got so many food aversions and the thought, sight and smell of the majority of foods turns my stomach. It's safe to say that Slimming World has gone out the window because I'm literally eating the food that I can stomach and that at the moment seems to be bread, crisps, cheese, crackers and apple. I'm still really tired too and have found that having an afternoon nap with Noah helps a lot but we don't have one every day.

15/07/16 - 7 Weeks:
The baby is now the size of a blueberry and this week the brain is becoming more complex and more developed. Tiny limbs are also starting to bud. This week has been pants symptom wise! I'm finding the nausea and exhaustion so much worse this time around and it's just so relentless. I'm getting fed up of being tired, feeling sick and being moody. I know it's all worth it and all part of being pregnant but I definitely didn't have it this rough when expecting Noah. I have so many food aversions that it's hard to eat at the moment and what I can stomach is so limited. I have my first midwife appointment on Monday though, which I'm looking forward to and I so can't wait for second trimester! 


23/07/16 - 8 Weeks:
Baby is now the size of a raspberry but although so small now has limbs that can flex and tiny little fingers and toes are developing. I've felt so much better this week, hurray! I'm not as tired and mood wise I feel fine but I seem to keep getting random back spasms and pains. 
My nausea has subsided somewhat though and I've not had as many food aversions either. At the moment I'm loving cheese and tomato sandwiches and crunchy nut cornflakes, not together of course! It's been lovely to have some nice weather and just enjoy that one on one time with Noah before this baby arrives. I had my first midwife appointment this week and it all went fine. I was measured, weighed, blood and urine samples were taken and I was also given my pregnancy book. While I was there the midwife booked my 12 week scan too, everything feels so real now.



28/07/16 - 9 Weeks:
The baby is now the size of a green olive and he or she has tiny fingers and toes. Nausea has pretty much left the building now but my appetite hasn't yet returned. I seem to prefer to snack rather than eat proper meals and I could live off bread and cereal at the moment. I'm already up 3lb but I'm not letting it bother me too much. I've literally been eating whatever I can stomach and that's not really been much these last few weeks. We all talk about the baby a lot and every day we get more and more excited. I speak to Noah about the baby every day and at first I didn't think he would understand but he really does. When I take my folic acid in the morning he tells me they are Mummy's pills and they are for the baby and when I ask him if he wants a brother or a sister he shouts "boy baby!" He's going to make an amazing brother and will love having a sibling!

04/08/16 - 10 Weeks:
Now the size of a prune the baby's vital organs have formed and are beginning to function. This week my nausea was still at bay but it would rear it's ugly head once in a while. My appetite still hasn't come back and I have so many food aversions that it's unreal. All my usual favourite meals I can't imagine eating, like pasta bakes or roast dinners. It's so strange! Other than that things have been great and you'll notice by the photo below that I've already popped just like I did with Noah. First trimester is just flying by! I don't remember it going by so quickly with Noah but then again I didn't have a toddler to chase around back then! 




11/08/16 - 11 Weeks

The baby is now the size of a lime and is now developed enough to be officially called a fetus, though they've been a baby from day one for me. All the important organ development has now been completed and the baby will double in size by next week. Nausea is still here but not half as much but it does seem to hit me quite strong when it does arrive. My hormones have been all over the show this week and I've become quite spotty too. On the plus side I've not been as tired and well it's all worth it! That goes without saying. 



15/08/16 - 12 Weeks:
The baby is now the size of a plum and the features on his or her face are becoming more defined. The baby even has tiny finger nails! I've felt pretty much the same as last week, the nausea comes ago, my appetite is still rubbish, I'm knackered, I'm spotty and my emotions are all over the place. But let's move onto the exciting part! This week I felt those very first flutters! I was led in bed and those familiar little butterfly wings started fluttering by! I thought maybe it was too soon for this but after a quick google I read that women can feel flutters as early as 12 weeks when it's their second child. We also bought a couple of things for the baby this week too which I really enjoyed. On Monday we have our 12 week scan so I have been feeling a little anxious but after feeling those flutters I do feel a little more at ease. So excited for our scan!  


So that's it now for my first trimester post, it seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye! I'll now be blogging weekly or fortnightly throughout second and third trimester. I'm already so in love with baby #2 and I hope that everything goes well.

 

8/30/2016

Mummy & Me - August




Another month brings another Mummy & Me post which is a fantastic linky hosted by my friend Nicola who blogs at Life Through My Eyes. August has gone by in a blur and has had many highs and many lows. Pregnancy announcements, first scan, first flutters but then a death in the family too. It's safe to say I'm looking forward to seeing what September brings. I just had to chose those two selfies for this months photo as they pretty much sum up the pair of us to a tee, serious when we need to be but very silly the majority of the time. I had to include the photo below, mummy, me and baby bump! 




Nicola... Life Through My Eyes

8/29/2016

Bibetta Lunch Bag - Review & Competition


Noah starts nursery in September so it couldn't have come at a better time when Bibetta offered to send us one of their lunch bags to try out and review. We also go on many picnics and days out so we knew that the lunch bag would be perfect for those reasons too.


I was already familiar with Bibetta as they are well known for their amazing bibs as the quality is next to none and the same came be said for their lunch bags. The lunch bags come in four different designs and colours; Blue Fish, Pink Butterflies, Turquoise Birds and Green Owls so there is a bag for every child's preference. We received the Blue Fish design for the purpose of this review which like the rest of the patterns is bold, attractive and very eye catching. Each bag comes with a matching name tag which is ideal for nursery and school.




The lunch bags are made from 100% neoprene material which makes them waterproof, durable and resilient. The interior is completely seamless so it's easy to clean and also prevents moisture or trapped food. They are also insulated so keeps their lunches fresher for longer.   

There are so many features to the Bibetta lunch bag which I love but a favourite of mine has got to be the size of them. They aren't too big or too small, just the right size for toddlers and young children. I also have to mention that they are totally machine washable too!



The Bibetta Lunch bags usually retail at £9.99 but are currently on sale at just £4.99 so the perfect time to snatch one up. Not only that but I'm also giving away one on the blog! To enter all you need to do is use the Gleam form below. Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions


Bibetta Lunch Bag

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8/27/2016

Project 365 - Week 34


21st August- 27th August

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27/08/16

Another emotional roller coaster of a week. The week started lovely with a family afternoon out on the Sunday. Then on Monday my friend Cassie who blogs over at Lily's Little Learners visited for the afternoon. It was lovely to see our little ones play so nicely together, even though there is a year difference. They both shared and were both very loving to one another, there was lots of hand holding and big smooches. Wednesday I took Noah up to his Nan's for the afternoon so he could play with his older cousins who are off for the Summer holidays. Thursday was the day I was dreading, it was my Nanna's funeral. The service was simple and as nice as a funeral can possibly be but my heart broke. A mixture of grief, regret and many tears. I feel better now that she's at rest and we've said our goodbyes but it still doesn't feel real. Friday and Saturday was spent shopping and with family as the weather had taken a turn come the weekend. Here's to next week.

What have you been up to this week?