Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Twelve Weeks pregnant

This week baby is around the size of a lime, his or her face is starting to change and look more human like, The eyes have moved closer together and the ears are nearly in their final position.
Right now I want to eat cheese, really strong cheddar cheese with every meal, even cheese flavoured foods are doing it for me. Don’t get me wrong I love cheese anyway but I want it all the time at the moment. I still feel good generally although I feel like i could do with just one long lie in.
I need to call and book my next scan in a few days, Ithe should be around the start of November which seems ages away at the moment.
**This post was written several weeks ago, I am currently 15 weeks pregnant, why not read my other pregnancy posts

Monday, 28 September 2015

Eleven Weeks Pregnant

I am definitely looking bumpy this week and i dug out a lone pair of maternity leggings fit hat I had in my wardrobe from when I had Alex. I forgot how comfortable they are, so much better than rolling down my normal leggings!! My dresses are still fine to wear but I definitely need to buy some more maternity leggings and tights after the scan. Generally I still feel fine, I am definitely feeling emotional right now though and crying at random things.
This week baby is the size of a fig, just over 4cm long from head to rump. Everything is there from tooth buds to toenails and baby is taking advantage of the space in there kicking and stretching away. I can’t wait to feel those first movements.
I’m on the scan countdown now, I am so excited to tell Seb. We ate lunch out this week and there was a new baby in the same place and he didn’t stop talking about it all the time we were there. I don’t know if Alex will really understand and I am already worried that he may get jealous when the baby comes as he is very much our baby right now!
**This post was written a few weeks ago before I announced my pregnancy. I am now 15 weeks pregnant**

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Ten Weeks Pregnant Update

Baby is now the size of a green olive. Despite being tiny they are active in there kicking away even though it can’t be felt yet. I love the fact that they already have fingernails, so cute!
I still have some tiredness but apart from that I am fine. I am so greatful to have been spared most of those first trimester horrors and long may it continue! I have defiantly noticed that I am looking bigger right now, I had to roll the top of my leggings down the other day because they felt too tight round my stomach.
My scan is now booked for exactly 12 weeks. I am sure of my dates so hopefully they won’t change. I absolutely can’t wait to tell the boys now, I have considered booking a private scan this time around 16 weeks so I can take the boys along to show them. I know Sebastian would be fascinated by it.
**I wrote this post several weeks ago before announcing my pregnancy, I am now 14 weeks pregnant, you can read more of my pregnancy posts here**

Friday, 25 September 2015

Nine Weeks Pregnant

Nine weeks pregnant! Nearly double figures now! The end of the first worry get 12 weeks feels in touching distance. Baby has all of his or her body parts now although not fully formed and the placenta is now working away making nutrients and getting rid of waste products.
I had my booking in appointment this week and the stand in midwife i saw was great. I was left feeling really positive regarding birth(that’s a whole other post!), breastfeeding and everything else. I will be calling the hospital and booking my 12 week scan after the weekend which is really exciting! 
I have felt a bit headachey this week but I think it’s down to tiredness, we had a pretty busy week so it caught up with me plus of course there is a baby growing inside of me. I am still bloated, my stomach looks huge at times! Apart from that I feel okay, fingers crossed it stays that way, after so much sickness in my last pregnancy I am waiting for it to arrive. 
This week I also got my first craving! I could not stop thinking about fish from the chip shop, I think it was the batter I wanted. As I don’t generally eat fish it was a bit weird really and Phil was pretty surprised when I sat and ate a big portion of fish, he told the man at the shop I was pregnant so he gave me extras!
You can follow my pregnancy journey over the coming months.

**I wrote this post several weeks ago before announcing my pregnancy, I am now 14 weeks pregnant!**

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Eight Weeks Pregnant

That first trimester tiredness has finally hit me. I have had to have a couple of afternoon naps this week. My boobs are also really sore again, and when Alex climbs on me or leans on them I have to stop myself shouting out. I have also been very bloated for the last couple of days and I look about 5 months gone if I wear anything fitted! With Alex I was the same but my bloat never went down it just turned into a bump, so I am interested to see what happens this time!
As my booking in appointment approaches I have been thinking quite a bit about the type of birth I would like. I was told any more children would automatically be born by cesarean as I have had two previously but I would like to explore other options too. We have also been talking about wether to have the nuchal screening. I didn’t have it previously but I am undecided this time. Once my booking in appointment is out of the way I can start to look forward too(and dread) my 12 week scan.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Age Gap Between Siblings

I knew I wanted my own children fairly close together. There is just under 2 years between Seb and Alex, I found pregnancy quite hard going second time around as I suffered with bad sickness along with the usual tiredness, combined with running around after a toddler. Once Alex was born, I found the first couple of months pretty hard too, although Seb accepted his brother without issue, the constant needs of a newborn sho hated to be put down, along with making sure I split myself between both boys was difficult, tears were shed. Of course it all clicked into place and got much easier but as with everything we still had odd phases of difficulty. These days the boys are inseparable and to be honest I find it pretty easy.

Age gaps between siblings

When this baby is born Seb will be nearly five and a half and Alex will be three and a half. I really like that we have a bigger gap this time. The boys are able to safely entertain themselves if I am feeling tired, they don’t need lots of picking up, or fight constantly. Their ages mean that I can really involve them in pregnancy, especially Seb who really understands and talks about the baby all the time which is just lovely.
I don’t think there is a perfect age gap between children, each gap has it’s benefits and drawbacks and you make it work because you don’t have any other choice.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Marble Rainbow Fairy Cakes

I love marbling colours, less faff than a rainbow cake with all the brightness, i made Sebs third birthday cake this way too. If you want to make really bright cakes, you really need to use gel colourings. Sugar Flair and Wilton are available in cake shops and online (eBay is the best if you are buying a few colour at once). Both of my boys love it when we get lots of colours out to bake, it just seems to make it more exciting plus they get to decide which colours go where.
To make them even brighter we used some rainbow stripe cake cases, again from eBay, there are some amazing designs available on there.
100g self raising flour
100g caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
100g butter, softened
2 medium eggs
food colours!
Preheat your oven to 180°C. Fill a bun tray with 10 fairy cake cases. Cream together your sugar and butter, add the vanilla essence and eggs and mix before adding the flours and combining to make the cake batter. Split the cake batter into four bowls (or however many colours you are using) and add a different colour food colouring to each. Randomly spoon the batter into the cake cases so you have different amounts of each colour in the cases in different patterns.
Bake for around 12-15 minutes until cooked. Allow to cool.
We iced our fairy cakes with a basic glacé icing(made green of course!) and topped with rainbow jazzies.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Seven Weeks Pregnant

Seven weeks pregnant, grape

Baby is apparently the size of a grape this week which seems a pretty big jump from last week’s lentil!
This week I have had some real tiredness. I am also full of cold (caught from the boys) so I have been feeling rubbishy. Fresh air helps so as it has been mainly dry we have been enjoying the park quite a bit. It also tires the boys out! My appetite has pretty much dissapeared, but I am making myself eat at least something and take my vitamins. With Alex was already looking pregnant due to bloating at this stage but this time is different and I just look normal.
We also told our parents this week. I needed someone to take the boys while I have my booking in appointment so we figured we should just tell them. It makes me smile that people look at you like you will suddenly have a huge bump!
**I wrote this post several weeks ago before announcing my pregnancy, I am now 13 weeks pregnant!*

Friday, 18 September 2015

Seventeen weeks pregnant

Baby is the size of a turnip this week and growing fast. After a couple of weeks of feeling full of cold and an awful cough that made me sick I am starting to feel better again. My nails are great at the moment, really strong and though I am tired, making sure I get to bed for a decent time really does help. I have been a bit irritable and tearful this week, pesky hormones! I am really trying to enjoy this pregnancy as it will be my last, and I am also so grateful that i have had an easy time of it so far.
Baby is very wriggly most days now especially when I lay down in bed at night or first thing in the morning, I can feel the movements getting stronger and I am looking forward to the first proper kicks and for Phil to be able to feel it too.
We went through all our newborn and 0-3 month bits this weekend to see how much we already had. We have more than enough saved to see us through those first few months so any bits I buy will be extra which is sad but also nice, I will probably get a new pack of white vests and sleep suits to pop into my hospital bag incase I am stuck in for a few days.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Five weeks pregnant

So here i am, five weeks pregnant. I'll be honest this last week has really dragged for me and I am pretty sure the next few will too. This stage of pregnancy is so full of uncertainty and worry.

I joined up to my birth club on Babycentre and it is heartbreaking seeing the posts from ladies who sadly suffer losses. Along with the natural excitement of pregnancy it's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster to be honest. Baby is the size of a peppercorn and is resembling a tadpole right now. At this stage, the major organs are developing and buds are appearing which will become arms and legs. Funny to think these changes are going on inside you and nobody knows,

 I still feel fine just a bit rundown, I've had a couple of days where I have felt really shattered but i'm not sure if that's pregnancy related or the fact that Alex likes to be up with the lark! Phil is working away this weekend so I am hoping the symptoms carry on holding off until he is back.

I  have phoned and got a date for my booking in appointment arranged (20th August) so that's something to aim towards. We also popped into Mothercare this weekend for a little browse, I fancy a co sleeping crib this time and I also saw a nice travel system although I want to babywear more this time. We also went through all of the baby clothes we have, I forgot how tiny newborns are! I managed to pop a few bits aside for charity, some to sell and the rest to keep. Once we get to 20 weeks and if we can find out the gender we can sort through again though most things I would use for either gender.

 **I wrote this post several weeks go before announcing my pregnancy,  I am now 12 weeks pregnant**

Monday, 14 September 2015

Curried Vegetable and Lentil Soup


Curried vegetable and lentil soup

You can use pretty much any veg which makes this a great soup for using things up instead of binning them. You can also vary the amount of curry powder to your tastes.
60oml Veg Stock
1 clove of garlic, minced
Veg(I used onion, carrot, swede, celery and a potato)
2 tsp Curry Powder
Coriander
a handful of red lentils
Peel and chop your garlic and veg before adding to the slow cooker, mine was diced into cubes roughly 1cm. Pour the veg stock over, add the curry powder, lentils and coriander. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4 hours. Blend to desired consistency and serve.
I picked up some garlic and coriander pitta breads in the reduced section for 25p and these were perfect to serve with the soup. Naan would be yummy too.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Poppies at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

This weekend we went to see the poppies at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. If you aren't already aware the poppies are part of the display that was at The Tower of London to mark 100 years since the start of World War One.
Poppies at the Yorkshire sculpture park

It is only the second weekend of the poppies being on display and the park was the busiest we have ever seen it, we were turned away from the first car park as is was full but luckily got a space in another one.  We headed up to the poppy display, the route is clearly marked with arrowed poppy signs, though we meandered a little to look at some other sculptures as we know the way anyway.

The bridge where the poppies are on displayed is the perfect place for the stunning display, there were plenty of people around but we managed to get a great view both from the bottom and on the bridge. Each poppy is handmade and when you get up close you can see that they are unique. It really was a beautiful sight.
Poppies at the Yorkshire sculpture park

I think it is really important to teach our children about the significance of the poppy and about history and visiting the display provided a great conversation starter with Seb, I explained to him that each poppy represented a soldier who died and the poppy is the symbol we use to remember them.

Wave is on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park until January. Remember to explore the rest of the park too, there is so much to see.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Four weeks pregnant

So this week I found out that I am pregnant, four weeks pregnant in fact! How amazing is that! 


My period wasn't late when I first tested but my boobs were very tender feeling so I tested on a whim and up came a very faint line so faint I wasn't sure if I was going mad so I did another and another faint line came up. The tests were cheapies that I had got online so if course I wanted confirmation from a different test.  I went to Tesco and grabbed a pack of First Response tests and also Clearblue Digital (I just love to see the words appear) and it was confirmed. The First Response test came up with an unmistakable second line really quickly.


Despite this being my third pregnancy, it is the first time that my immediate reaction was one of happiness and excitement instead of oh sh!t! I am over the moon about this pregnancy and I have been beaming all day knowing there is a tiny person developing inside of me. It is nice to have a little happy secret from the world.
Baby is the side a poppy seed right now, around 2mm in length. The cells are forming 3 layers which will later become different parts of the body.
Right now I feel fantastic apart from achy boobs. I am enjoying feeling symptom free as they will probably hit me soon enough. I am looking forward to so much though i am slightly worried about sickness as with Alex I was sick until the day he was born, I really hope I can avoid it this time around.
Right now I feel fantastic apart from achy boobs. I am enjoying feeling symptom free as they will probably hit me soon enough. I am looking forward to so much though i am slightly worried about sickness as with Alex I was sick until the day he was born, I really hope I can avoid it this time around,
It is obviously still very early on, I'm not due until March 2016 but i haven't been able to resist looking at tiny baby things online, but I will make do with sorting through all of our old baby clothes for now, a job that needed doing anyway. Plus I will call the midwife in the next few days to get a booking in apoointment arranged.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Baby number three

Meet the newest member of our family! Yes baby number three is on his or her way due to make their appearance in March 2016.
Baby number 3

I think scans get scarier the more children you have, maybe because you have more knowledge of the things that can go wrong particularly now we have the Internet. There I was nervous and desperate for a wee and 5 minutes later I saw our baby jumping around on the screen it's little heart beating away and I was elated.  We were in with the sonographer for quite a while as baby was awkward and it was difficult to get some measurements so I got to see the baby up to all sorts.
We have known for over 8 weeks now and while with the boys I told people early on, this time I have enjoyed keeping it a secret. I have been feeling fine generally just tIred. and as with my second pregnancy I seem to be getting big really early, even though baby is still tiny I think Sebastian ruined my stomach muscles! 
I was so looking forward to telling the boys. Alex of course is still a bit young to really understand but Seb has been talking about new babies for ages. His reaction was very cute, stroking my stomach and saying awww and asking what we could call the baby and saying we would need to buy a baby bed and clothes. I think he will be fine but I am definitely expecting some jealousy from Alex when baby arrives as he is very much the baby in the family.
I have been writing pregnancy posts each week and these will start publishing in the next few days, I've loved writing them, even though we kept it quiet it meant I could still write how I have been feeling along the way. I am so looking forward to baby number three, there is something so magical about the whole process of pregnancy and bringing a new life into the world.

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