Category Archives: Parenting

The Mummy Diaries: The Nursery Is Finished!

It is finally finished, clothes are all washed, pictures are hung, Moses basket is here and the room is tidy! 

It’s not a very big room but it will do, baby will mostly be in my bedroom for the first few months anyway so it’s not like he will need a ton of space. We did it fairly neutral although I have sort of gone with a bit of an animal theme, I like animals and baby’s like animals so why not, also that way I get to add colours to the room subtly without making the room look smaller by using bright colours on the walls!

Here are some pics!

His cot is mine from when I was a baby and has just been repainted and had a new mattress bought for it, the pictures on the wall my mom made for us and the colourful door knobs I painted myself, so a lot of effort and love has gone into it and I think it looks pretty damn good!!

Anyone else decorated their nursery with mostly handmade/hand me down items?

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The Mummy Diaries: 38 Week Update!!

38 Weeks! I honestly never envisioned going past 37 but here we are and with no signs of him showing his face anytime soon either, I guess he’s all warm and cosy in there!

I had a midwife appointment on the 25th, it was just your usual run of the mill appointment, nothing eventful happened, she took my blood pressure, checked my pee sample, felt for baby and listened to his heartbeat, everything is perfect so all is good on that front, he is also now 3/5ths engaged, which really doesn’t mean all that much cause he was the same 4 weeks ago and then decided to move out of my pelvis, which is annoying but ah well, the braxton hicks contractions have now all but stopped too so I am pretty positive this is going to be a long wait!

He is just as wriggly as ever which is wonderful, I really am going to miss feeling his little kicks inside of me when he’s finally here, but, I am so excited to meet him!
According to Ovia this week he is the same size as a Ukulele, weighs roughly 7lbs and is about 19 and a half inches long! lets hope he doesn’t get too much bigger than that! also apparently if he has hair it has a colour by now and his eye colour is also coming in! although I am thinking he will have lovely blue eyes because both me and Arran have blue eyes, I do hope he has lots of dark hair though, but thats not something you see very often, dark hair and blue eyes, but who knows we shall see, I’m sure he will look utterly adorable whatever he looks like!

Arran starts his paternity leave this week! I can’t wait, its going to be so nice to have him around for a whole 3 weeks, we just gotta hope that baby decides to show up in good time so that Arran gets to spend as much time with him as possible!

Here we go into 39 weeks! I might start taking bets on when he will arrive, feel free to leave your guess in the comments!

P.s. my appetite is out of control… please tell me this is a sign!

The Mummy Diaries: Choosing A Name…

We still haven’t picked a name… Infact our shortlist is not even short and keeps changing!

How? How do people pick names? It is such a huge decision and so hard knowing we have to pick something good and that it will be with him for the rest of his life!!

What if he doesn’t like it? what then!

I do know we don’t want to give him one of these trendy names that will date and sound silly when he’s 60 or when he’s working in a professional setting, we are definitely going to give him something traditional, but also not too old fashioned, though we do like some of the old fashioned names like Arthur, but we aren’t naming him Arthur.

We have at most 3 weeks til we meet him, I just hope that when we finally have him here with us we will be able to look at him and say he looks like a “insert name here” and all will be good!

Hopefully also people will stop asking us what we are going to name him soon, cause
1. we don’t know
2. even if we did we aren’t telling anyone because everyone has an opinion on every name and no doubt someones opinion would taint it for us!

Fingers crossed we think of something soon!!

The Mummy Diaries: 37 Week Update!!

So we finally made it, 37 weeks! I am officially classed as full term now and baby could come any day! Super excited doesn’t even come close to how I feel right now!

Last week I had my 36 week midwife appointment, everything is looking good, however, he had decided to move up out of my pelvis a bit instead of going further in, which was a little disappointing but ah well such is life right, can’t rush these things, he will come when he is good and ready! My next appointment will be tomorrow at 38 weeks, so fingers crossed for a bit of downward movement!!

According to my app Ovia, baby is the size of a tackle box at 37 weeks, weighs just over 6lbs and is about 19 inches tall! All of his organs are fully formed and he is totally ready to come into this world and meet us, hurry up dude!

I finally finished his bedroom this week and his new moses basket arrived as well, I will do a separate post with some pics of the nursery and his moses basket all set up, we also finished washing all of his clothes… he has so many clothes it is insane! ooh and I also finished packing his hospital bag and made a start on packing my own, though most of the stuff going into my bag is stuff that I am still using so will have to all be put in last minute!

Definitely starting to feel a lot more tired now, sleep hasn’t been easy, I tend to wake up loads of times in the night and then once I wake up it takes about an hour or so to get back to sleep, but it will all be worth it, I am definitely looking forward to being able to sleep somewhat normally again once he is here, the things you don’t appreciate like sleeping on your back instead of your side all the time are the things you miss the most I think, so I am really looking forward to being able to do that again and just generally have my body back!

Ooh, I almost forgot, we had a breastfeeding class on the 13th, it was pretty interesting, though the jury is still out on whether I will breast feed or formula, I think I will give it a try for sure for at least a week but my heart is not set on it being the only way I feed him, if I end up bottle feeding I won’t be disappointed, fed is best after all and as long as he is happy it doesn’t matter.

So yeah, I think that is all I have for this weeks update, I am thinking of doing weekly updates now until he arrives, so I guess my next one will be next Sunday/Monday for 38 weeks!

P.s. we still haven’t picked out a name!!!

The Mummy Diaries: Baby Shower!

So it’ll have been 3 weeks tomorrow since my baby shower 😱 I definitely planned on writing this post a lot sooner than now but I have been super busy with baby stuff!

Anyway, my baby shower! It was a great day, if not a little overwhelming but I still had a ton of fun and am very thankful to all of my family and friends who came to celebrate with me! Baby boy got lots of lovely pressies, more clothes than he will ever need and I even got a couple of presents too! Which I wasn’t expecting πŸ˜›

My baby shower was at my parents house as it is a lot bigger than my flat, my mom organised it and my sister and Arran’s mom bought the decorations. It was such a good day, my mom organised some quizzes and a few other games like pin the dummy on the baby and we had a guess how many jelly babies are in the jar too, definitely one of the most fun days I’ve had in a long time! However, I’m not one for being the centre of attention so it was rather overwhelming for me too, having everyone watching me opening presents and just having everyone there to celebrate me and the baby was crazy, I definitely slept well that night cause I was just physically and mentally exhausted!! Still a ton of fun and for anyone who’s thinking of having one I would definitely recommend it, its a great way to get all of your family together!

We had about 25 guests but I didn’t take many pics during the day cause I was just so busy and distracted but here are a few 😊

And some pics of the lovely gifts we received!

So yeah overall it was an awesome day! and now I only have just over 5 weeks to go til my due date!!!

Excited and scared!

The Mummy Diaries: 32 Week Update!

So it’s week 32 already!! Not much has happened in the last two weeks, I haven’t had another midwife appointment yet, my next is at 34 weeks, that will be my last one with my current midwife before I move home and have to change 😒 I love my midwife she’s so nice and never makes me feel silly when I ask dumb questions, but needs must sadly, I’m sure my new midwife will be just as lovely! 

Sleeping has gotten a little more uncomfortable these past two weeks, I’ve had a stuffy nose since about 14 weeks and now that we are getting to hayfever season it just feels even worse, I also can’t sleep on my back anymore, it makes me lightheaded πŸ˜› so I’m stuck with sleeping on my sides which is not exactly comfortable! Ah well only 8 more weeks to go til my due date!

I use Ovia as my pregnancy app, I love all the lite tidbits of info it gives you, so now apparently baby weighs in at almost 4lbs and is roughly 18inches long!! Hes a perfect little person, just needs to put on a bit more chub! I had my baby shower on the 11th, it was overwhelming and great all at the same time, I got so much stuff it’s ridiculous and now I have to sort all of it out into size order! I will do a separate post about my baby shower with all the juicy details at some point this week! 

Here’s some pics from my Ovia app about baby πŸ‘ΆπŸ» 


Hopefully I don’t give birth to an Armadillo… 

Finding Out To Now (28 Weeks) πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸΌ

So as my second trimester draws to a close I am finally on the home stretch! I am so excited, I have enjoyed being pregnant mostly but I can’t wait to finally meet our little dude! I have been imagining what he might look like and what his personality might be and I am just so ready to finally meet him! 

Right now though I’m going to write down how I’ve felt over these last two trimesters, I should probably have done it sooner when it was all clearer in my mind but hey ho I feel like I can remember it pretty well…

Trimester 1, I missed a fair few weeks of this trimester cause I had no idea I was pregnant! I got a positive test on the 20th of September last year, which really doesn’t seem that far away! That would have made me 7 +1 weeks pregnant, some people are lucky/unlucky (depending on how you look at it) and find out at like 1/2 weeks, I couldn’t handle that I’m too impatient, waiting til 12 weeks would have felt like a millennia! Anyway, the thing that was hardest for me during this trimester was the food aversions and constant nausea, literally everything I ate made me feel sick and when I wasn’t feeling sick I was constantly exhausted and had no appetite, so it wasn’t great but I muddled through on toast and really bland food! I started feeling baby move around 14 weeks which I understand is pretty early so I feel very lucky, it’s amazing how much reassurance it brings 😁 My 12 week scan was great, baby was upside down and full of life, it’s awesome seeing them for the first time, knowing that’s your baby and you’re going to meet them! Creating life is incredible to me, I just go about my life while he grows away inside me! 

Other than this my first trimester was pretty uneventful thankfully, the nausea slowly went away and towards the second trimester I started to feel much better which was a welcome relief!!

Trimester 2, this one has been pretty smooth sailing, in fact so much so I feel quite lucky! Pregnancy has been kind to me… so far! Still all of my morning sickness disappeared at the start of this trimester which was wonderful! All of my midwife appointments have gone great, baby is doing wonderfully, I’ve felt him lots more during this trimester, he likes to sit really low and kick my cervix 😝 which can be pretty painful sometimes! We did have a bit of a scare though towards the end of Jan, I spent my birthday in hospital due to stomach pains, had to get 2 steroid shots in my bum as they were worried I may be going into early labour, I didn’t fortunately, I was 25 weeks when that happened I think I handled it quite well, though I wasn’t keen on staying in hospital but it was for the best. I had my whooping cough injection last week, I hate injections, but it was alright, the worst thing was it made my arm feel bruised for about 3 days after! But I think that was the last of my injections for this pregnancy… maybe! The best thing by far about this trimester though was feeling him move all the time, I love it, both in the reassuring sense and because it’s a constant reminder that I’m going to be a mommy!

And so today I am 28 weeks, officially in the third trimester guys! 12 weeks to go, I am excited and nervous all at the same time, we have so much to do and so much to look forward to! 

Coming up this trimester I have a wonderful blood test! At least one that I am aware of, looking forward to that… not! I also have my baby shower in March which I am super excited for and by then I’ll only have 8 weeks left to go! Exciting times ahead!


A bump pic! Taken at 16 weeks, 19 weeks & 26 weeks!

Meet The Sprog!

babyboy

Welcome to the family little dude!

About 14 weeks ago we got the biggest most unexpected surprise, we found out we were having a baby, we were scared and confused and generally just in shock, especially after what we had previously been through, for it to happen again so soon after was terrifying but I knew this time it was for real, there was no way I was going to give him up again!

I am now 22 +4 weeks pregnant and loving it, I think so far I’ve had a pretty easy ride, my bump is still tiny though, I was kind of expecting to be bigger by now but I guess everyone is different! The two pics above are from both of my ultrasounds, the one on the left is from 14 weeks and the one on the right is my most recent pic at 20 weeks, we decided pretty early on that we wanted to find out the gender and from then on the wait was excruciating, I needed to know! but we got there in the end, the 20 week scan was the Monday before Christmas so it was like a lovely little early present to ourselves, we had a bet going between us, I was convinced we were having a boy but OH thought we were having a girl…. I was right! my prize was his next days advent calendar chocolate!

So now we have the enormous task of picking the right name for him! My mom bought us a baby names book, it has literally hundreds of names in, how on earth are we supposed to pick one when there are so many good ones?! How do people narrow it down to one?!
We have also been given a ton of stuff for him… like how can such a tiny person need so much stuff?! my family have been nagging me for a list of things we will need so they can get us things but I don’t even know where to start, apart from the obvious, clothes, nappies, cot and pushchair!

So many things to do and only 18 weeks left to do them in! one of those things is going to be huge, we need to move house, currently we live in a smallish one bedroom flat, up a flight of stairs, not too keen on bringing him back here cause
1. getting him and the pushchair up and down the stairs is going to be a nightmare and
2. there is just not enough room, currently im keeping all of his stuff at my parents house as they fortunately have room to store it!

Cannot wait to meet our little dude and,Β I can say for sure that my 2017 is going to be better than 2016!