Wednesday, 31 August 2016

19 - 20 Weeks Pregnant

Sorry about the lack of a 19 week update, basically had a major lack of motivation, and tiredness seemed to get worse!

So I'm still tired, still got heartburn and still get the odd time I feel sick. I've had quite a bit of backache, which I think may have actually been down to sweeping and mopping at work twice in one week. I also had a day where I felt really achy down below (TMI I know!), and this happened to happen on a day I worked 7am - 5pm. Have also had a bit of constipation. Oh the joys of being pregnant. But the best thing is gradually feeling more movement, and I finally seemed to have popped as well. 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

14 - 18 Weeks Pregnant Baby #2

Week 14 saw the introduction of heartburn and the purchasing of some Gaviscon. I am now taking either Gaviscon or Tums for it, depending on how bad it is.

Still feeling super tired, although this is gradually improving. I feel a lot better when Ben sleep through the night. Except he tends to wake up on the nights before I have to work, so I'm like a zombie at work and can't focus properly, but I struggled on through anyway!

I also had a hot flush at work one day, I think it was because I have to rush to get up and out (I have since set my alarm for 5 minutes earlier) and didn't eat enough before work (now I eat more). It obviously doesn't help that I have a half hour walk before even starting.

I find I still feel sick if I get too tired. And I can now eat after I finish work. I used to be too tired and not hungry after working in a hot kitchen! I was even sick one night after work. After not being sick at all in the first trimester!

I had my 16 week midwife appointment, bloods all came back fine, blood pressure is good and we (Ben & I) got to hear babies heartbeat which was lovely.

I also had a Consultant appointment in my 16th week as well, as I had a 3rd degree tear with Ben, just to check I'm okay to be midwife led again, which I am. So am considering a water birth, I just need to do some research on it. I know it's meant to reduce the risk of tearing, and there is a 10% chance of me having at 3rd degree tear again.

Sorry no bump photos, I will now start doing weekly bump updates, as of tomorrow I'll be 19 weeks, can't believe it's gone so fast!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

0 - 14 Weeks Pregnant First Trimester Baby #2

I figured the best thing to do after announcing my pregnancy was a re cap of it so far, and then I hope to do as many weekly posts as possible.

As we were actually trying and I am pretty sure when I ovulated (I go by my cervical mucus if anyone wants to know.) I knew I was late as I hadn't started on the Monday I was meant to, so I took a test on the Tuesday morning, and it came up pregnant.

That week I came down with a sickness bug (just what I didn't want, but all 3 of us got it!). 

Before I go any further my dating scan changed my dates so change over is a Thursday, rather than the Sunday which I thought it would be. Or am pretty sure is the day I ovulated. I know all babies develop differently. So I actually had this sickness bug in the beginning of week 6 as it hit on a Thursday!

As I recovered from that horrible bug I then started to experience pregnancy symptoms which were sore breasts along with shortness of breath. And starting to feel more hungry as well. I also had my pregnancy confirmed by a nurse at my GP's Surgery so I could book my Booking In appointment with my Midwife.

My breasts got more sore in week 7, and started feeling bruised and my nipples also started hurting. I can't remember having sore nipples when I was pregnant with Ben! The tired also kicked in as well, I have never felt tired like it before. I seriously have not been able to do hardly anything! Work has been such a struggle sometimes too. I'm lucky as we went on holiday when I was 9 weeks pregnant for 2 weeks so didn't have to worry about doing too much.

Week 7 is also when the sickness kicked in, and this lasted the rest of the trimester too. And normally got worse when I was really tired. So this wasn't much fun to cope with on holiday. Luckily I got through the whole trimester without actually being sick so that was good!

Week 7 was also when Steve noticed that my hips were already wider! Other than that I didn't notice much different in my waist during the first Trimester other than the evening bloat that came on every evening. But I'd wake up in the morning with a flat stomach.

All these symptoms then stayed for the whole trimester and longer!

I didn't have my dating scan until I was actually 13 weeks and 6 days! We decided against the screening tests, as we didn't have the Downs Syndrome test when we had bed. Every thing was fine, baby has 2 arms, 2 legs and she zoomed right up to the heart as well.

Thursday, 4 August 2016


I'm currently 17 weeks pregnant! I'm so excited about having another child, and Ben being a big brother!

We actually had our scan 3 weeks ago, but I've been feeling really rubbish, and I'm still not feeling normal, but I can't carry on not doing anything so I'm pushing through it.

Both of our families are really excited! And Ben has known from the day I found out (he loves to climb on me and did want to be carried a LOT so we had to tell him).

My estimated due date from our dating scan is 12th Jan! Really love the thought of having a Winter baby! And Ben still has time to bond with his brother or sister before he starts at school.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

What I Ate Wednesday 23/03/2016

I thought I would do a different kind of post today, a What I Ate Wednesday, as I love looking at other peoples posts or youtube videos titled the same.

I always start the day off with a cup of tea.

Ben requested a bowl of Rice Krispies without milk, he had milk and water to drink as well.

I had porridge with milled flax & seeds, cinnamon, blueberries and raspberries.

For lunch Ben had a homemade cheese scone with clover, Pombears, half a banana and ham followed by a gingerbread chick (a treat from his Nanna).

I had homemade sweet potato wedges cooked in coconut oil and fried eggs cooked in olive oil with salt and pepper.

For my afternoon snack I had another cup of tea and a pecan plait.

For dinner we had wholewheat pasta and pesto, Ben had his with cheese and chicken nuggets, I added some roasted veg (frozen pack) and a Birdeye chicken char-grill.

I forgot to take photos of Bens snacks, he normally has some kind of fruit, yoghurt, or rice cakes.

I also like to get in 3 or 4 pint sized glasses of water a day.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Meal Plan 29/02/16

Sorry for long time no post, both Ben and I have had a horrible cold (and still do - but slowly getting better). We have literally just stayed in, not really wanting to do anything! I thought I'd start back with a simple meal plan post.

Monday - Ben's going to have spaghetti bolognese, I'm going to have some roasted veg (frozen), tomato pesto with pasta and some chicken. Steve will have pizza

Tuesday - Ben and I are off out for a Carvery for lunch with my family to celebrate my mums birthday. Steve is at work till 7PM and I'm off to the football, so he'll either do himself something or stop at the chippy on the way home.

Wednesday - There's half a jar of korma paste left in the fridge so I'll be using that up to make a chicken korma, Ben will have rice with his and Steve and I will have naan bread.

Thursday - I'll be having left over chilli with wedges for lunch. Steve will do something for himself and Ben

Friday - I'll be having left over chicken and chorizo jambalaya for lunch, Steve will again do something for himself and Ben.

Saturday - Takeaway

Sunday - Steve and Ben will go round Steve's parents for lunch. I'll have a pizza after work.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Meal Plan for 1/2/16

I haven't done a meal plan post in a while! But as we're on holiday from work next week (apart from I have to work 4 hours Thursday night) I thought I would do a quick post!

Monday - Chicken and chorizo jambalaya
Tuesday - Takeaway, probably pizza (as I'm off to the football in the evening)
Wednesday - Roast chicken dinner
Thursday - I will have spaghetti bolognese (leftovers from the freezer), Steve will cook for Ben and himself
Friday - Tuna pasta bake
Saturday - I'm hoping for a McDonalds as we haven't had one in ages!
Sunday - Round the in-laws

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Fitness Update

A while ago I was posting about working out ready for going on holiday! Well once we got back that kind of stopped. Ben had stopped napping, and stopped eating in his highchair (which is when I would workout). Ben started Nursery in October, but I never got back into it. As I was more concerned about getting my cross-stitch complete as it was a Christmas present, and wrapping all the other Christmas presents as well.

Now that it's January, and I don't have to worry about that and we're planning our Summer holiday, possibly to Turkey, I'm aiming to get back into it. Ben attends Nursery twice a week, and on the other days he has quiet time in his room in the afternoon. So I can now fit in workouts 5 times a week, which I'm wanting to build up to. The first week I only got in one (but was still in pain a few days later), then last week I managed three! This week I've done 2 so far and hoping for a third tomorrow, Ben's ill so if I'm around all he's wanted is cuddles. And Steve and I are on holiday from work next week so will be having a week off. Then hoping the week after I can up it to 5.

Before I was doing blogilates workouts on youtube. I also watch the SacconeJolys on youtube, and have followed Anna's workouts with Lucy. She does HIIT workouts - this is what I have now started doing, as I hate doing a big long batch of cardio (unless it's walking). So far I love them, and can totally feel it afterwards! I'm also hoping to purchase The Body Coach's Lean In 15 book after work tonight as well to help!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

What Ben got for Christmas 2015

This is the last of the Christmas presents posts for this past Christmas! We have quite big families (Steve and I are both 1 of 3 children) and with Great Aunts and Uncles and Great Grandparents on both sides as well. So he did receive a lot (I still haven't opened them all!) and he did get some money as well.

From his Uncle Matt and Aunty Jenn Ben got these lovely wooden toys! The two vehicles are from Sainsbury's and the blocks from Morrisons.

All these car sets are from B&M, the smaller basic cars are from our work friend, and the others are from Nanna and Grandad.

These are from Great Grandma and Great Grandad (unfortunately Ben already has this Duplo set, but extra Duplo is good, and it's just gone in his box with the rest of his Duplo). Hoping that Ben will be better at drawing next Christmas to have a go with the book.

Here we have a selection of Gruffalo products that Ben received. I have no idea where the apron is from but the rest is from Sainsburys (they always have really good Gruffalo products in there!). These are from various friends/family.

We love books in this house! Ben is currently loving the Percy book (I remember these from when I was younger), and sticker books are always a winner. Again these are from various family members.

This is a Radiator Springs car track by Mattel, from Uncle Ian and Aunty Lucy. You crank the handle up and down to move Lightning McQueen up the ramp, and he then slides down.

The Fisherprice Little People City Skyway is great! You put the car down (it comes with 2 cars) and it goes one of three different ways down. Ben seems to have taken to driving the cars up the tower, and will also put his smaller cars down it as well. This was from his Grandma and Grandad.

A lovely Duplo Cars set and this train set (from ELC) are from his Aunty Weeza.

Mack filled with some diecast Cars from Cars 2. Ben loves this, but the cars don't seem to be the best quality (I've had to glue on spoilers and cars have lost side mirrors).

Some Vtech Toot Toot Drivers sets. I've only put together the Garage at the moment, These are from us and I bought the extra tracks so we can connect all his sets together. 

Games and puzzles! Ben loves puzzles (and he's pretty good at them too), We haven't played many games with him yet though. Hoping we can find time to sit down and play games during our week off soon.

Some little extras, a airplane to learn to unscrew and screw back together. Chocolate, and a Space Projector Torch.

Some extras to go with his kitchen a kettle and tea set - I've wanted these for Ben forever and they were always out of stock.

A baking set, again to go along with his kitchen. And a Cash Register to start teaching him about money and we can then play shops.

A massive selection of Alfie books. Now Ben's nearly 3 I wanted to get him some longer books to read, as we can read 2 or 3 at a time.

Lastly a couple of characters out of Planes and Cars.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

What I got for Christmas 2015

I love seeing what other people have received for Christmas! So here is what I got.

A Slanket from my sister, Louisa, she lives in hers and loves it so much. I love it too, so nice to sit all snuggled up in it, and sometimes Ben will come and snuggle up with me, and Steve has used it too.

A pair of leaf earrings and Nativity on DVD, again from Louisa, so kept asking me if I'd seen Nativity yet as again she loves it. We haven't seen it yet, am saving it till next Christmas.

A Hollister t-shirt, I love the colour coral on me in the Summer, so flattering! A pair of stud earrings and a check scarf both from New Look. These were from my other sister Julia and her boyfriend.

Two sets of mugs, the pack of four are by a brand called Symphony (never heard of them before) and were from my Aunty and Uncle. The other pack of 2 are from Next and were from Steve's mums cousin. These were joint presents for the both of us.

Smellies, everyone always gets them for Christmas right? The Philosophy shower gel is from Steve's brother and his wife, the Clarindon and Co set were from Steve's other brother and girlfriend, the Burts Bees set is from my Grandma and Grandad. The final thing is some Laura Ashley body polisher from the same Aunty and Uncle that got us the mugs.

Anything to do with making our house smell nice is good with me. Got 2 candles, and a reed diffuser. The bigger candle is by Linea and from my Aunty and Uncle again. The mini one is by Wax Lyrical and a little something extra from the in-laws. The the diffuser is from one of my cousins and her boyfriend.

A lovely pack of biscuits from my sister and her boyfriend (these are to all 3 of us). The Walkers shortbread are from my other cousin and his wife and son. And some little chocolates were a little extra from Steve's brother and his wife.

These were from my mum and dad (my mum knows I love hot chocolate). The glass mug was from Sainsbury's, and the set was from QVC, but Whittards do have their own website as well.

A Harry Potter re-usable bag that came from the Harry Potter Studio Tour, as my family went there for my sisters birthday, now we all have matching bags, haha!

A lovely silver photo frame from M&S, I just need to print off a nice photo of Ben to put in it, and keep on my bedside table.

Lastly from my parents I got this gorgeous Laura Gellar make-up set. I need to get it out have a good experiment with it all soon. The powder foundation will come in handy when we go on holiday I think!

Steve and Ben got me these rose gold Pandora bow earrings, I love them! And I love rose gold too, I did choose these myself (we normally choose our presents from each other).

From Steve's parents I received another lovely Pandora charm (it matches the one I got for my birthday from them). The colour is lovely!

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Ben's Stocking Presents 2015

I really like seeing what other people have received for Christmas! So this is the first of three posts. I'm starting with Ben's stocking presents that he got from Father Christmas. We leave Bens stocking in his bedroom all ready for Santa to fill. Then in the morning we open up his stocking presents in our bed.

Ben kept asking for cars from Father Christmas, and he obviously listened. He got another toot toot vehicle to go with his many others, a crazy flippy car and Cars 2 Blue-Ray as he loves Cars so much! 

He also got the Shopping List game by Orchard Toys, Cotton Reels to learn to thread and his first set of felt tip pens.

Ben also got some special treats, a chocolate Santa, some jelly beans and some bubbles to blow.