Friday, 30 October 2015

Nineteen weeks pregnant update

I took this bump shot last weekend so was 18 and a half weeks pregnant, but I haven’t grown any since then. I usually wear looser skater style dresses so this dress really showed my bump off for a change. I am enjoying this pregnancy so far, despite having had a couple of sicky moments this last week, usually sudden and in reaction to a food. I am enjoying the wriggly movements, the knowing that there is a tiny person growing inside me and the regular chats the boys have with the baby. Seb asked how long until the baby will come out and told me how he would get a bit more excited each week and when the baby came he would give it a really big cuddle, it warms my heart and eases any guilt knowing how excited he is. My appetite is on and off, I have started getting hungry at about 10pm but am avoiding eating at this time incase of the dreaded heartburn.
There is only a week now until my anomaly scan, I always get so nervous for them and can feel myself stressing already. The sonographer said everything looked fine at 16 weeks when we had our gender scan but I still worry especially as Phil isn’t able to come with me to this one. My mum will be coming with me instead which I think will be really nice for us both.

Why not check out my other pregnancy posts? 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Eighteen weeks pregnant

This week baby is about the size of a bell pepper, that seems pretty sizeable to me, such a long way from the poppy seed days! Their ears have reached their final position on the side of their head. I have started to play music to my bump each evening, just some classical music, I did this with both boys and while i know it is a few weeks until it will be able to hear I think it is nice bonding time and I find it relaxing. Baby is pretty active most nights and early mornings with the odd daytime movement thrown in, when I had my gender scan the sonographer said baby was right at the front so I would probably feel good movements and I am.
Eighteen weeks pregnant, bump shot

In general I feel okay though I have had a couple of funny turns this week, almost like a hot flush. Thankfully it only lasts a few minutes! I was also sick in the kitchen sink much to Sebs disgust but it was the nearest place! I don’t feel like my bump has grown much in the last couple of weeks although I am clearly pregnant to look at, I am still wearing normal dresses though I gave into maternity tights and leggings a few weeks ago, I can’t stand anything digging into me.
Only two weeks until my twenty week scan!

Why not check out my other pregnancy posts

Pumpkin Festival at Farmer Copleys 2015

I’ve never been to Farmer Copleys before (or pumpkin picking either for that matter) so I wasn’t sure what to expect but we braved the wind and rain, wrapped up in our coats and donned our wellies. The farm was busy but we got parked easily and headed up towards the pumpkins, looking at some animals on the way.
Pick your own pumpkins farmer Copleys 2015 sign

We headed straight to the pumpkin patch, grabbed a wheelbarrow and the a very jolly member of staff explained what to do. The pumpkin patches are huge, i’m not sure what I was expecting but there were thousands of them and even some fancy varieties. We had a good look around and investigated lots of pumpkins before settling on a large orange pumpkin plus a small green one. We paid another very happy member of staff for our pumpkins and ran them back to the car before seeing what else was going on.
Pumpkin patch farmer Copleys Yorkshire

Pick your own pumpkins farmer Copleys Yorkshire

Pick your own pumpkins

For £2 you can carve your pumpkins at the farm including a carving kit, there is the chance to eat pumpkins at The Witches Cafe, Face Painting, a bucking pumpkin and story telling sessions among other things. Lots of fun to be had for all the family. Before leaving we also popped to the Farmer Copleys Farm Shop which was absolutely lovely, and despite being busy still had loads of produce available. We will definitely go back to visit the Moo cafe soon.
The pumpkin festival at Farmer Copleys is running until 31st October so if you are in the area and are looking for some half term fun.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Leftover Vegetable Soup

Leftover vegetable soup

The best thing about leftover vegetable soup is that you can pretty much chuck whatever you have lying around into it, even frozen veg can go in. Below is an example of a soup i made this week, i always add a bit of garlic into a soup plus mixed herbs. Because of the boys I don’t add salt to my cooking but of course you can if you prefer!
1 large potato
1 carrot
1 parsnip
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
1 stick of celery
a few florets of broccoli
500ml veg stock
Mixed herbs
red lentils
Peel and chop your leftover veg. Add to the slow cooker along with your stock, lentils and herbs. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours until the veg is cooked. Blend to your desired consistency and serve! We had this soup with some savoury muffins I had made and frozen.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Center Parcs on a budget

Look for the best price at booking. Sounds obvious but it is really worth being flexible on dates if you can, mid week breaks in term time are the cheapest. Our break was £249, which is a bargain when you consider the same break can be over £1000 at other times. We were able to pay a deposit at the time of booking and then to pay the rest off in installments online.

Arrive early and leave late Our accommodation was ready at 3.30pm, and we had to leave it by 10am on departure day. However you can arrive on site earlier on arrival day and stay later on departure day and use the facilities. This is worth doing as it squeezes out your break that bit longer. On the first day we knew we would have good weather so we came armed with a picnic and the boys played on the outdoor playground for a couple of hours. On the last day we squeezed in a final swim and a bit of lunch before leaving.

Free activities There are lots of free things to do on your break so take advantage. Of course there is the swimming pool, we spent so much of our time here and it was definately the boys favourite part from the huge water slides to the baby pool. There are also play areas both inside and out and a children’s disco in the evening. And of course there is the nature, we were lucky enough to see red squirrels, rabbits, various birds and bugs while we were there plus we came home with a bag full of pine cones and leaves that the boys had collected.

Paid activities When you book your holiday you will be able to see all of the paid activities available when you visit. There is a huge variety available for all ages and abilities. You can book as many as you like paying online at the time of booking (or you can wait until you get there and book then). We booked one activity for our break Tots Go Wild, which was enjoyable for the boys. However I will say you don’t NEED to book these, we were busy enough with the free activities.

Food For us food is always the big expense. The lodges have kitchens with everything you need to make a family meal and we did take most of our meals with us, easy things like pasta and cereal as of course you don’t want to spend your break in the kitchen whipping up complicated meals. Eating out every day would work out really expensive for a family but we did pay a visit to The Pancake House on one day which was great fun and had some post swimming drinks and snacks at Dexter Kitchen which we found reasonable. The little supermarket on site was priced pretty reasonably for most things and the fresh produce was good, though not as cheap as Aldi or Lidl of course!

Have you visited Center Parcs on a budget? What are your top tips?

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Sixteen weeks pregnant

I posted about my worries about finding out baby’s gender. Having the private scan was a bit strange, they were very nice but it was over so fast.I will admit i was upset when i found out baby is a boy, not because i don’t want a boy, simply because i am saying goodbye to my chance of ever having a little girl and all the things that come with that. However of course I am over the moon to be welcoming another lovely healthy baby boy.

At this stage the baby is around the size of an avocado, 10cm from crown to rump and is ready for a big growth spurt over the next few weeks.
My 16 week midwife appointment went okay, it was a stand in midwife again. Everything was fine with my bloods and I got to hear the heartbeat which is always lovely. Because I had issues with the blood pressure in my last pregnancy she has suggested that I take asprin this time around, I am not sure about this so I am going to take a bit of time to read into it first.
Generally I am still feeling fine(though full of cold), I feel really cautious because in the back of my mind I am still kind of waiting for the awful sickness I had with Alex to make an appearance. My love for all things cheese has eased for now, I don’t have much of an appetite at all if i’m honest. My skin is so dry and itchy and I actually scratched my skin until it bled this week, I am trying to keep on top of it by using coconut oil to moisturise but I think I must scratch in the night, hoping this delight is over soon!

Why not take a peek at my other pregnancy posts?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Finding out the gender

Tomorrow we are finding out the gender of our baby and while I am hugely excited about the scan,  I am also a little worried about how I will feel (I am pretty sure it will be a third boy) as this baby will most likely be our last.

When I was pregnant for the second time I was open on here about my feeling of dissapointment when we found out we were having a second boy at our 20 week scan.  I adore my boys and can't imagine it any other way but yes I was sad.

Gender disappointment is a real thing and I for one think it is important to talk about it, so many people feel it but are scared to speak up, others sit and judge those who feel it.  On my birth group there have been so many posts over the last few weeks talking about this very issue, some people like myself feel a mild disappointment others find it harder. Some people really judge women on this issue and I have read some very harsh comments but honestly we can't help how we feel, of course nobody wants to feel this way.  Of course the most important thing is that we are carrying a healthy baby and we know how lucky we are to be carrying a baby at all but it doesn't mean we can't have other feelings too and with the gender dissappear mentioned comes guilt.
I can't speak for others but I can speak for myself and the sadness I felt. I am not sad to have my beautiful boys and in fact i would love to have another one to run around after. The sadness comes from not having a daughter, something which I have wanted and imagined for as long as I can remember, it's funny because I am not the type to go all princessy and pink if I had a girl, it is just something I imagined would happen, that I would have a little girl at some point.
So tomorrow while I will be thrilled if we find out that we are having another little boy, I will also feel a bit sad about the daughter I won't have and I think it is okay to acknowledge that.

Why not take a look at my other pregnancy posts? 

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Fifteen weeks pregnant

Baby is around the size of an apple this week, I can’t believe how much it has grown already in just a few weeks. I however just look pretty fat at the moment, the bloating has gone and so my bump has lost some of it’s roundness, it’s an awkward stage!

I have been full of cold this week and we have been away at Center Parcs so frankly I have been exhausted! Plus heartburn has reared it’s ugly head a couple of times so i have made sure i have Gaviscon to hand! My skin is really dry and itchy which is driving me mad right now, i had this with Alex too for a while, i hope it passes soon. On the flip side I have felt what I think is some early movement, I can’t wait for it to get more definate, I love it when you can see the moment on the outside.
It’s at this stage that baby starts to get hiccups (though not felt on the outside yet!), all limbs are now able to move and you should be able to tell the gender from a scan. We have our private gender scan next week at 16 1, I cannot wait for this now, not really for the gender to be honest, more to see what the boys make of the scan and of course to be see my little baby wriggling around in there.

Why not take a peek at my other pregnancy posts

Friday, 2 October 2015

Thirteen weeks pregnant update

At this stage the baby is around the size of a peapod from crown to rump(about 7cm). He or she has her own fingerprints already and is developing the rooting reflex ready for feeding when born.

Thirteen weeks pregnant

Physically i still feel fine, my tiredness seems to have eased off a little this week. It has been a stressful week for us and i have been a little teary over things. I have called the hospital and booked my 20 week scan for early November and I have also received the results from my nuchal scan which has me as a low risk. It was the first time I agreed to have these tests and I kind of wish I hadn’t had them this time either.
I have been craving beef and onion crisps all week, I craved crisps at this stage of pregnancy with both boys so it isn’t a total surprise, though beef amd onion is a new flavour. I also have a liking for milky drinks, perhaps my body is getting me ready for the start of the dreaded heartburn!
I look pretty pregnant now, it’s funny because I know baby is so small but I guess it must be everything moving up in preparation?
**I wrote this post a couple of weeks ago, I am now 15 weeks pregnant **

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