Monday, 27 February 2017

A Letter to D - Your almost 4 Years Old

Dear D,

Life seems to be passing us by in a blur at the moment. Each time I find myself checking the date and really taking a minute to think about it weeks have passed! I want to just hold on to you and ask you to stop growing up so fast and just stay little forever. You are convinced that you will stay small forever and never grow up but that, sadly simply isn't true. You also think that if you do grow up and get really big then you will grow so big you will break our house! It will have a great, big, ginormous hole in the middle and the rain will get in!

It has now been a year since I took the time to write down a letter to you and all that means is that I now have so much to tell you about! During the last year you have started becoming such an out going little boy who wants to be friends with everyone. You now have some good friends and the friendships you have made both inside and outside of nursery (Yes your started nursery!) seem to be strong. You have two 'best friends' who you get really excited to see. You love spending time with children of all ages most of the time but there are still some times when you will want to play alone. 

You have started nursery, in fact you are almost through the whole year at nursery and we are just around the corner from September when you will start school. You adore going in every Monday to Friday. I love that when you wake up in the morning the first real question is always "Can I go to nursery now?". Every day you have something new to tell us about the different toys you play with, the games you play or a story you have read. These are usually the topics of our little midnight chats when you wake up and come into my bed for a cuddle.

Now that you don't want to play on your own so much you are very interested  in both Daddy and me joining in with all your games at home. We usually spend most weekends playing together in some way.

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Your love of puzzles is growing and growing! You still enjoy sitting down with a challenging puzzle and figuring out which pieces go where. The only difference now is that you are usually singing some songs to yourself while you concentrate.

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We have also discovered you have a great love of board games! Who knew at 3 years old you'd love paying monopoly? You actually pretty good at it too. After monopoly became a regular event we got you lots of little games made for your age and you really do find them to be so much fun! You have two favourites the Baa Baa game from Orchard Toys and your Jake and The Neverland Pirates Treasure Hunt game.

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This past year you have changed so much and your features are now starting to look more boyish rather than soft and much like that of a toddler. There are some days where I really see how much your facial features have changed and I love some of the facial expressions you use.

In the last few weeks you have become a much louder boy and you love being involved in the conversations of everyone. You have started to take an interest in really socializing with people around you. The only issue we have found you have when socializing is that the conversation has to be of great interest to you, if not you will just change the subject! I hope that over the next few weeks, months and years you will see and understand that not every conversation can be about Thomas the Tank Engine, water, food or toys. We are now starting to branch out into other topics you enjoy so we are getting some improvement!

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You don't really enjoy art all that much. Since you have started nursery we have seen that you don't really have an interest in doing paintings, drawings or other arty type things. You much prefer to 'make' something. Which in a way is still very much art but we must not say we are going to do art! You love to cut up paper and other materials and stick them down to make pictures. We are growing quite the wall of your work in the dining room area and I love it!

The final thing to write about this time around is that you're not going to be an only child for much longer! We will soon become a family of 4 and by the time your old enough to read and understand this I am sure you will both be friends (well that is my hope anyway). You got very excited when we told you that we would be having a little baby and have since grown to be quite impatient with the waiting around it takes. We found out just over a week ago that baby is going to be a little girl. You certainly didn't like that outcome and you almost cried when we told you at the hospital after we found out. You have since grown quite fond of the idea of having a little sister rather than a little brother which you had really wanted. We have since spent some time together finding some pretty girls clothing that you approve of and you keep telling everyone all about how she will be sleeping in your room with you! That won't be for at least another year though.

I am looking forward to seeing how much you will change and all the new things we will find out in the next year!

Love from,

Mummy
Friday, 24 February 2017

20 Week Bump Update - Baby #2

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We're Half way through the whole pregnancy already!

Baby -  At the start of this week (Friday) we had our 20 week abnormality scan where we found out baby is a girl! We also found out that above all else she is healthy and doing just as she should be. We watched as the four chambers of her heart worked, seen her organs, watched as she moved, kicked, created a fist and even as she brought her hand up to suck her thumb. In fact we got the amazing close up scan picture above of her sucking on her thumb from a side view! I love this one, you can see so many of her features! During the scan we heard her heartbeat which is currently 158 beats per  minute, a large change since we last got a number at 7 weeks.

This week baby is roughly the size of a small cantaloupe (6.5 inches) and she weighs 10 ounces! During this week her skin will get covered in Vernix ( a waxy-like substance) and this will stop her skin from getting scratched. 

She is also now starting to produce meconium, which means she is digesting what goes into her body. The meconium will be passed in her first nappy or possibly during delivery.

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Me - Other than testing and various hospital and doctors visits this week has been pretty great! She's really getting active in there and has a good 5 sometimes 6 sessions of movement every day. I can still feel her best during the evening hours but she's getting stronger. In fact as I type this she is moving around, I think she could be doing a little dance in there! I'm no longer the only one who notices my bump now and a few people have asked or commented on it while I been out this week. The only discomfort this week has been that every now and then I get a few cramp-like but not cramps (if that even makes sense!) feelings. During this week I have started to buy some girly clothing. Lots of pink so far! I have also started picking up a few little essentials like bibs and bits we may need if I have seen them while I am out.

After we found had our 20 week scan I was sent to be assessed and tested to try to discover the cause of my itching. My blood pressure, temperature, a urine sample and two vials of blood got taken to be sent off for various tests. The most important of those was to check my general liver function. I was thankfully given some anti histamines and a cream which I can apply 3 times a day to try and help stop or reduce the itchiness. The next day I phoned back to get the results of the blood test which had come up as abnormal. I was very worried about this as there are so many serious problems that can happen with your liver!

Come Monday morning I was back at the hospital having fasted for the previous 9 - 10 hours to get more bloods taken. This time they took 8 or 9 vials of blood for more in-depth liver function tests and for fasting bile acids. I was given the result of some of the tests later that evening. The major one I had been really worried about, Cholestasis came back as normal. This was a great relief although it did mean we now had no idea what is causing my abnormal liver results or the itching! There are some blood tests we will have to wait for a few weeks before we get the results.

I was also referred for a liver and gall bladder scan as I have had gall stones before (just before getting pregnant with D). This scan happened on Thursday afternoon and again I had to fast for this test although it was only for 6 hours this time around. They took very detailed scans, using every positioning they could to get the best views. During this scan they also checked my kidneys and other organs they may need some references for. I don't have gall stones so we have now crossed off another possibility.

I am really loving that I can keep track of everything happening this time round. I'm already struggling to remember some of the feelings and things that happened towards the start of my pregnancy now that so much has actually happened! I am looking forward to having all these posts to look back on.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

What I've Won November & December 2016

I am incredibly late at writing this post considering my November wins should have been posted at the start of Decemeber! I did however take a break from November time through to this month and am finally getting round to getting my wins sorted. I've actually been pretty excited about doing this post as I also get to count up my yearly wins and can even compare them to 2015 for the first time ever.

I'm going to start with November 2016. I had a pretty great month when it came to wins. In November I had a total of 7 wins. Which  for some may not be a lot but for me that is a good month and I must say I did have one fantastic win!

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The first prize I won was actually won in October however a friend found the post and told me about it on the 6th of November and I have counted it in my November wins for this reason. I won this Tassimo Fidelia T40. I have been trying to win a coffee machine for so long I can't actually remember when I started! I was absolutely delighted to find out I had won eve though we had not long found out I was pregnant and wouldn't be able to enjoy until she comes along. We have had hot chocolate using the machine and Simon has enjoyed some coffee too. I will use it more when I can but I am very much looking forward to it. This competition was run by Cooking Fever on their Facebook page, they run a competition for different prizes every week on a Friday and I have been entering for months now . It was a simply like and share competition, I did also comment on the post which I usually do in any competition that is like and share. 

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Next up was actually a twitter win and another from a company I have been entering regularly with. I won with Lovedrobes. I won this beautiful dress and I must say I do love it! To enter I had to follow and retweet their tweet. I have loved so many of their items of clothing. I had planned to wear the dress on Christmas but I felt rather fat (due to being at that stage in pregnancy!) and decided I will keep it until baby is born and wear it to a family dinner or a similar event. (This picture is not great, the dress is beautiful!)

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My third win was another that I won on twitter. This time I won with Harper Fiction Pr I won this great signed book called Built. This was another follow and retweet competition and I actually entered a few minutes before it ended by chance. I am pretty happy with this as I really am such a bookworm and I love similar books to this. I did start reading it when it arrived but I somehow stopped and have yet to get back to it and I think I'll do that soon now that I remember!

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I also won this lovely little Peter Rabbit book and a cute little alarm clock. I won this in a group I am in on Facebook. It was a small competition offered to members by another member. I was delighted to win these as I know D will just love them! I was also very thankful for the member who held the competition.

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My next win was another twitter win which I won with Aston & Parsons was this lovely and very much enjoyed bag from Hotel Chocolat. I have been wanting to win something from Hotel Chocolat since last Easter when all the amazing Easter eggs ended up everywhere! This was another competition where I had to retweet and follow them to enter. I was pretty amazed that I had won! I must say I loved the contents and managed to indulge a little bit every now and then to satisfy my love of all thing chocolate.

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My sixth win was a blog win from They Grow So Quick  and is actually my first win for baby too. I won a MAM bottle and dummy set. This was a Rafflecopter competition where I had a few entry options and competed all that I could, using various social media channels. I know this will come in very handy and will be used for baby when she comes. I love little wins like this as they are so handy!

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My final win of November was actually a little advent win in a group on Facebook. It was held by members and for members. To enter each participant had to offer a prize therefore ensuring that everyone would get something. Over November they picked daily winners and each person got to choose a prize from the list. I was one of the last sets to win but I was delighted with my prize of this Star Wars Ravensburger puzzle which I am keeping for the moment as it is for a slightly older age bracket than D can complete but it will most likely be given to him or to a friend or family member.

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During December I really struggled to actually want to enter anything and when I did get entering it was very little. I got pretty comped out and I wasn't feeling great and suffering with nausea on a daily basis. I did however have one win which was from a children's magazine. Technically D won this and I have put it away to add to his birthday stash which is actually not far away now! I know that he will love them and will enjoy having new puzzles to attempt too.

That is it! All of my wins for 2016 complete and accounted for. Now onto the exciting part, in 2016 I managed to win a pretty amazing 64 prizes/ competitions which come in at £2135.40! Compared to 2015 when I won a total of 23 prizes that came in at £1132.37.

I am really excited about 2017 when it comes to comping and I am hoping to beat 2016 as so far it is my personal best!


Monday, 20 February 2017

19 Weeks Bump Update - Baby #2

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Baby - 

This week baby is about the size of an heirloom tomato (6 inches) and weighs around 8.5 ounces. Areas inside the brain  which are responsible for some of the senses are starting to develop now! The neurons are firing away inside the brain too and baby can move around in a more controlled way. How cool is that? Now when I feel her moving it is likely to be because baby is choosing to move body parts!

Me - 

I can see a pattern starting to form in how active baby is at certain times of the day. I notice movement mostly at night after D has gone to bed and I can sit down for a while. I have started to track the movements when I can using a pregnancy app and am jotting down the times baby starts moving in a little diary in case. The baby is certainly getting stronger and I can really feel some of the jabs and kicks baby needs. I can also feel pressure on my bladder every now and then. The baby has a developed a liking to giving me a good kick just when the nurses are changing my dressing and due to sharp tools this is always when I must not move at all!

I have a bump! A real noticeable bump. I hadn't really noticed as most of my clothes have been baggy for comfort in the last few weeks and I felt that I just looked a bit fatter. I feel rather large and I'm pretty sure that I wasn't this big with D at 19 weeks. I am really looking forward to getting a weekly bump shot now. I think I only have one picture of my bump while pregnant with D so I am hoping to get lots this time round!

I am still itchy all over and it is getting worse. I am finding it harder to relieve the itchy feeling without actually scratching! The scratching is now causing little pin prick cuts all over my legs and they are starting to show up on my arms and my face.  I have also noticed some long cuts in areas where I would scratch like my stomach and back, I think my nails may be causing these.

I'm almost back to normal when it comes to being able to move around, sit for long periods of time and doing usual tasks around the home! At long last I am starting to find some normalcy again.

I am officially caught up with my bump updates now! I will be posting my weekly bump update posts every Friday from now on.
Sunday, 19 February 2017

My Sunday Photo - A Little Jug of Love

It has been many months since I joined in with the #MySundayPhoto link up and I thought it might be time to get back to it as I always love finding that one photo to share every week. So much so I could take many extra photos just to be sure I had one I would love!


We have taken many great photos this past week with so much having happened. I wasn't sure which I had wanted to share until I remembered about D's lovely little photo session on Valentine's Day while we sat in Cafe Nero for a little break during our rather busy day. D had got inspired and he took some beautiful photos.


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That is why I choose one of his photos of the beautiful little jug of red roses that sat on our table and seemed to inspire D to take his photos with his new little hedgehog friend Hank (a new teddy) which we got him for Valentine's Day.


As always we are linking up with Phot A Life for #MySundayPhoto



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Friday, 17 February 2017

Baby #2 is a...

Earlier today we had our big 20 week scan. We found out that baby is doing well and is growing just as they should be. Everything checked out and baby is healthy, which is amazing news for us. I will go into more detail about the scan and share the scan pictures with you in my bump update next Friday.

This is just a quick post to share the other news that we got about baby today at our scan. We have found out what gender baby is! 


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It's

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A

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Girl!

I just love D's expression and pose in the last photo! He wasn't to happy that baby isn't going to be a boy like him but he is okay with it. He got a little more excited when we told him that baby would still want to play with him and his toys when she is a bit older and that he will still be her big brother.

Simon and I are delighted and I am looking forward to shopping and adding all those girly colours and baby bits to our house and lives!

Bump Update Weeks 13 - 18 Baby #2

Week 13

Baby - This week baby is about the size of a peach (2.9 inches) and weighs 0.81 ounces. Baby's body is going to start growing faster and will start catching up proportionately to its head. During this week baby will also be able to move its little legs and arms.

Me - This week I really feel like I am getting my appetite back and am starting to enjoy some of my favourite foods again. I have really missed eating chilli-con-carne (I love mine to have a good kick to it) and I am delighted that I can now enjoy it again! I have noticed that I am really itchy this week, it first started on my lower legs and honestly until it spread I had thought the itching was a shaving rash but after a day or two my arms, back and neck have started to itch. The itching is much worse at night. However I am starting to feel like I have a small bump now which is much earlier than I remember with D.

Week 14

Baby - Now baby is more like the size of a lemon (3.4 inches) and weighs in at 1.5 ounces this week. Baby can now make facial expressions! They can can frown or squint or smile.


Me - My clothes are all starting to feel tighter now which is actually pretty exciting! I am putting off buying maternity clothing just yet as I am hoping to only buy clothing for spring/ summer as those will get much more use and I own a good amount of loose clothing I can wear that will keep me warm through the end of winter. I did invest in a pair of maternity jeans and a pair of leggings but they are apparently too big and are rather uncomfortable so I am keeping those and will hopefully find them better to wear later on in the pregnancy. The other big change in my body that I have noticed is that none of my bras fit me anymore. I am finding that the ones I prefer are now feeling tight and they are digging into my skin around all of the seems so I will start investing in some maternity bras now.

The itching I noticed last week is getting worse as time goes on. I find that I am starting to create little bumps on the areas where I am scratching. The bumps aren't making a rash or showing any signs of a reason why I am so itchy. I did make a doctor's appointment to speak about them with somebody. The itching is spreading onto my tummy and sometimes my face is really itchy now too.

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Week 15

Baby - Baby is around the size of a navel orange (4 inches) nad is now weighing about 2.5 ounces. At the moment baby is starting to grow hair on their head and the fine hair covering the baby's whole body is there. This week the blood vessels are are forming under the skin which is very thin and see through.

Me - I am growing very uncomfortable and night and have been struggling to sleep well this week. I got our my pregnancy pillow and have started to use it. I honestly feel much better and after a while of fidgeting around I will start to get comfortable and mostly stay asleep all night unless something happens and or a loud noise startles me. This week I bought baby this adorable baby book where I can keep some big important milestones we reach both during pregnancy and after baby is born! I love it and have started writing down a few things I don't want to forget. I loved doing this with D and I have his up stairs.

On Thursday morning I had to get another emergency appointment with my doctors as I have started to experience the same pain in my bottom area. At the appointment the doctor confirmed that I have again got a perennial sinus infection but that it is only starting. I was prescribed another course of anti biotic, they are different from the previous ones. I am allowed to take paracetamol if I need it but am not allowed anything else without seeing a doctor to make sure baby isn't going to have any problems with it.

Week 16

Baby - At the moment baby is roughly the size of an avocado (4.6 inches), baby weighs 3.5 ounces. The arms and legs are now much longer and baby is able to control the movement in them more now. This week also marks when the baby's skeleton is really beginning to grow as calcium is deposited onto the bones. (how cool is that! It's strange to think there are full bones growing inside there.)

Me - During this week I lose practically all of my appetite and spend hours upon hours sleeping. Any time I do spend awake in the first few days of the week is mostly in an uncomfortable angle on the sofa, I can't get into bed without being in a large amount of pain by Monday and almost all day is now spent on the sofa. The pain is getting much worse on a daily basis and I am waiting for the anti biotic to start working like they did last time. By Wednesday night I am in agony! I am unable to do anything and the paracetamol is no longer having any real effect on the pain. Late Wednesday night or the early hours of Thursday morning I am taken by ambulance as to A&E where I am admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery on Thursday afternoon.

I remember feeling quite literally terrified and relieved all at once during the hours I spent in the hospital waiting for surgery. I didn't sleep until late in the morning and remember lying there thinking about what having surgery can do to a baby and what was going to happen in the next few weeks. I had already researched the various ways a perennial sinus infection is treated through surgery (under the advisement of my doctor) and I knew it was going to be a very long process.

Around 8 - 9am the anetistist came and spoke to me about the risks to the baby and the risks to me for both a spinal block and being put under general anesthetic. In most circumstances having a spinal block is much safer for both mum and baby, this really terrified me, I didn't want to be awake while they operated as I had already been told they knew it was bad but not just how bad it was. I didn't want to hear them all talking about it while I lay there completely immobile and aware of it all but mostly I was worried about the effects of putting a needle anywhere near my spine! I was however preparing myself to do just that after he left because it was better for baby that way. I was given relief only minutes later when he came and explained that actually doing a spinal block would be much to dangerous for me as my white blood cell count had just came back as being high. They would now be putting me under general anesthetic to do the operation. I would be receiving as little of it as possible for them to give me and it would be missing some of the elements that can be harmful to the baby. So it would essentially be a slightly modified general anestetic. I was taken to surgery at half one. After surgery I was sore but it was much better than it had been for days! I was limited to the bed for another few hours but at that point paracetamol was working wonders for my pain. On Thursday night I started to feel little nudges inside my pelvis area that I now know where actually the first movements I had felt from baby! I think that during the week of pain baby had started moving but as the movements are so small and don't feel strong the pain I was feeling was covering over them.

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Week 17

Baby - This week baby is measuring up to be the size of an onion (5.1 inches) and weighs about 5.9 ounces. At the moment baby has just mastered how to do some simple reflexes such as sucking and blinking. During this week baby is also starting to grow fat under their skin.

Me - On Friday afternoon I was discharged from the hospital after spending about 36 hours or so there. I was sent straight to the maternity unit where I they wanted to be sure that baby was doing okay. We ended up having to get a scan as they couldn't find the baby's heart beat with the doppler. We had to wait around 20 minutes for the scan. I think those could be some of my lifes longest minutes. Simon and I had both started growing quite worried by the time they did get the scan machine. Baby was fine and had a strong heartbeat that we got to hear for the first time! Hearing baby's tiny little heart making so much noise was amazing and we got to share that moment this time! With D I was the only one to hear his heartbeat for the first few weeks as Simon couldn't go to the appointments.

I am not feeling sick anymore and thankfully regained my appetite for food in general. In fact I have started to get a craving for chip shop curry, no other kind seems to be satisfying. I know this is pregnancy related as I don't actually like chip shop curry normally. I am however enjoying the indulgence and will eat it with almost anything! I have noticed during this week that my tummy is really getting into a bump shape now which is currently hidden under the baggiest clothes I own (for comfort at the moment). Baby is starting to move around in there this week, I have noticed that the movements have increased and are getting a little bit stronger now. I can now tell the difference between baby poking me with limbs and moving around. It really likes to use my insides as a pushing point to move itself.

Week 18

Baby - Baby is getting much bigger now and is about the same size as a sweet potato (5.6 inches) and currently weighs roughly 6.7 ounces. Those bones that started to form in week 16 are now hardening. The first bones to really develop is the inner ear bones and this means that baby might be able to hear my heart beating this week which is pretty amazing now that we have heard its heart beating.

Me - This week I am starting to feel more cramping in my lower tummy area as my uterus is really expanding to keep up with baby and make sure there is enough room in there. I am also finding that I need to get up during the night. I am waking at around 5am every day to use the bathroom which isn't bad considering I am usually up around half 7 to 8 am most days. I am really starting to feel like I look pregnant now and am no longer in that stage where I just look like I'm a bit fatter. The baby is certainly getting more active inside and I they are moving around much more at night-time when I am usually sitting down to do things online or to try to relax a little after D has gone to bed.

I am getting frustrated now with my healing process and am still spending 2-3 hours a day making the round trip to the doctors to get my dressing changed every day. This week I have also found out that I have staph infection. I don't actually have any signs that the infection has got inside my wound as staph is a type of bacteria which can simply live on the skin of adults without any infection getting below the skin or getting past the body's defenses. The nurses will be keeping an eye on me for the next week just to be sure.



Today I am actually 20 weeks along in my pregnancy and will have my 20 week scan later. I am almost caught up in my updates and will post my 19 week bump update on Monday before I start posting all future bump updates on a Friday. This will mean I am able to give a full weeks account of what has been happening and how I have been feeling or big milestones that we reached. I am very excited to be able to share my pregnancy here and we might even find out if baby is a boy or girl today! (Provided baby doesn't hide from us.) Be sure to come back later and check if we know what we are having.
Thursday, 16 February 2017

My First Trimester- Baby #2

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Week 4

Baby -This week we found out that I am pregnant! It is not yet anything more than a little tiny embryo about the size of a poppy-seed (less than 0.1 inches) and weighs less than 0.04 ounces.  It has just implanted in my uterus.

Me - I did the pregnancy test half way through this week and it came up positive! Simon and I are delighted and really looking forward to having another baby. I have been feeling very nauseous and more so in the morning time or if I bend down. This is what prompted me to take the test.

Week 5

Baby - The baby is now around the size of an apple seed (0.13 inches)  and still weighs less than 0.04 ounces. It is still teeny tiny. It is starting to divide into three layers of cells and is really starting the long process of becoming a fetus.

Me - I still feel really nauseous this week and I have started to notice that many foods don't taste the same or simply make me feel sick just thinking about them! I am mostly eating very plain foods with very little taste to them. Most of my meals include a majority of pasta, potatoes or toast. I am struggling with bending down to get washing into and out of the washing machine without feel really nauseous.

Week 6

Baby - This week the baby has grown to be about the size of a small pea (0.25 inches) and is still weighing in at less than 0.04 ounces. Now it is growing fast and by the end of this week will be around three times the size! That's actually pretty amazing. Baby is developing its facial features and the tiny little heart is starting to pump blood. 

Me - Not much has really changed for me in the last week. I still feel nauseous a lot and it is always worse in the mornings. I've been trying all types of ginger products but I only find relief in the first bite or two then it seems to enhance it so I have stopped using any ginger products. I also tried eating a dry cracker when it is particularly bad however it seems to have no impact. I'm finding that my appetite is greatly reducing and I don't really want to eat much. The main advantage for me this week is that I have still yet to be sick! Which to be honest I am delighted about as I have a great fear of throwing up.

On Wednesday I started getting a pain in my left side and by that evening I had noticed a small streak of blood after using the bathroom and ending up going to the local maternity unit for a check after speaking to a midwife. I was refereed to the early pregnancy unit for a scan to ensure that the pain I was experiencing wasn't a sign of an ectopic pregnancy (when the embryo implants outside of the womb). The scan was on the Friday which is actually the start of week 7.

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Week 7

Baby - Baby is roughly the size of a blueberry this week (0.51 inches) and still weighs less than 0.04 ounces. This week baby's brain is growing and developing to become more complex. It is also starting to form little arms, legs, hands and feet.

Me -  At that scan they discovered that I was actually 6 weeks and 5 days along and baby had a heartbeat of 143 beats per minute.(Due to my very irregular periods I could have been anything up to 12 weeks which was actually the last time I had taken a pregnancy test.) The baby is currently just a little blob as you can see from the scan picture above.   The baby was safely inside my womb and the pain on my left side was coming from my ovary which had released the egg. The blood I had seen had simply been implantation bleeding. You can see the scan picture of this week above. The embryo looks like a little aliens face!

This week I have started to become so tired that I need to start taking naps in the middle of the day. I am still feeling nauseous and I have found that after taking a nap I feel almost as bad as I do in the morning.

On Monday I had an emergency appointment with my doctor as I have been having a large amount of pain in my bottom I wasn't able to sit down anymore. I have a Perennial Sinus infection which is caused by a hair that has grown into a little sinus which is around the area above your bottom. This causes an infection. I was sent to A&E where i was prescribed antibiotics and sent home with instructions to lie down until it goes away or I need to go back. By Wednesday I was in so much pain I would cry when I tried to walk! I no longer have any appetite and can only eat a slice of toast and drink small amounts of water.

Week 8

Baby - Now baby is around the size of a raspberry (0.63 inches) and is now weighing 0.o4 ounces. The baby's head is larger than the rest of its body and the ears and eyelids are now developing. Baby has also developed arms and leg buds that have wrists and elbows which can flex! From these the baby is starting to develop fingers and toes.The heart rate should now be around 150 beats per minute.

Me - The first day of this pregnancy week I am no longer in as much pain with the perennial sinus infection although I am still taking the maximum daily dosage of paracetamol. By Monday I am not using any pain relief and have finished my course antibiotics. I am not yet starting to feel normal and need to walk at a much slower pace than any of us are used to but by the end of the week I have left the house twice and regained a good bit of my appetite! I have however developed a food aversion to any type of pizza and even having one bite makes me want to instantly throw up.

Week 9

Baby - At this point baby is now the size of a green olive (0.9 inches) which although is still tiny is huge in comparison to the poppy-seed (less than 0.1 inches) we started out with just 5 weeks ago. Baby now weighs around 0.07 ounces. During this week the baby's embryonic tail will disappear. The eyes are now fully developed! They are now covered by its eyelids. Baby's hands and feet are starting to look more like little fingers and toes rather than the paddle shape. This week the baby's reproductive organs are starting to form and it will start becoming a boy or girl but we won't be able to find out for many more weeks! That is so exciting to think about.

Me - This week we have officially announced the news of the pregnancy to almost all our family and everyone is now really excited! I am still feeling really nauseous and tired all the time. I am struggling to find any motivation to blog or do any of my normal daily things. I am also finding that there simply aren't enough hours in the day anymore! I think this is mostly down to being so tired though! I have also noticed that the eczema I experienced when pregnant with D is returning.

Week 10

Baby - This week baby is about the size of a prune (1.2 inches) and weighs 0.14 ounces. Baby now has all of the vital organs and they are starting to function. Not only has baby reached that massive milestone but it's also starting to develop little tiny nails on their finger and toes.

Me -  I am not feel quite as nauseous as I have been the last few weeks however I can't eat anything that is spicy or has a really strong smell or taste. That means many of my favourite foods are out for the moment! In saying that I now want to eat Walker's pickled onion crisps at least daily. I am also craving oranges! I would love to eat as many as I can but trying very hard not to have too many.

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Week 11

Baby - Now baby is more like the size of a lime (1.6 inches) and weighs 0.25 ounces. This baby is no longer considered an embryo and has officially became a fetus! Which is so exciting! This week baby is going grow much more rapidly and by next week it should be twice the size. It's ears are now starting to move to the side of its head.

Me -  This week I am still feeling a little nauseous and I really hope that the end is in sight. I am finding that I have more energy at the moment and I am not as tired as I have been feeling recently. D has started talking to the baby in my tummy. He mostly just wants to say hello and ask when baby is going to be ready t come! He's not enjoying the fact it's still going to be a long time before baby comes.

I got my first 'bump' shot this week and although we got some better quality photos I just love this not so great one with D's expression!

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Week 12 

Baby - Baby Is so much bigger this week and is around the size of a plum (2.1 inches) and is now weighing about 0.49 ounces. This week baby's face is becoming more defined, it's eyes have moved towards the front. The nose and chin have also started to take shape. The baby's brain is rapidly growing synapses inside!

Me - The start of this week in the pregnancy we had our 12 week scan and they actually found that I was 12 weeks to the day on the Friday which is what I have used as a guide for all the weeks. D was very excited and loved going to the hospital even though we had to take him into the day care room while we went to my appointment. He loves the scan pictures.  This week we also announced to the world that we are pregnant! It just so happens to also be Christmas eve. If you missed our pregnancy announcement you can read it by clicking on the link. I'm rarely feeling sick now (Yay!) and I feel much more like myself. I have also had a craving to have beetroot with everything and anything. I am trying to just stick to sandwiches, wraps and salads. I did however have a really strange need to try drinking the liquid that beetroot is pickled and preserved in. It was oddly satisfying and tasted rather nice but I will try not to do it again.

Mint green penguin babygro set

This week D and I also went and picked out baby's first purchase which is actually in 3-6 months as we loved it and Boots didn't have it in a 0-3 months size. D was delighted and even told anyone near him that he was getting to pick something for the baby in his mummy's tummy! It was just so cute. He has since been going to have a little look at the penguins any time he feels like it.

It has taken me much longer than I had originally thought it would to get this post out for many various reasons which will mostly be explained in the next bump update. In the next update I will cover weeks 13 through 18 of this pregnancy and that should be up tomorrow on the blog. Be sure to come by and see what has been happening!
Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Finding Out We're Pregnant

As I type this we have only found out we will be having baby number two 4 days ago. I am not entirely sure when this post will actually be published as we don't know when we will be telling everyone. I am really bad at keeping secrets and we have already told a few family members that we are having baby number 2! (Oops!)

Simon and I decided to start trying to have baby number two over two years ago now. I had actually started blogging after we came to this decision. Now many people will read this and look back over previous blog posts and think well why did we come to that decision? Honestly we knew our journey to baby number two would never be easy. I suffer from Polyscystic Ovarian syndrome known as PCOS and found out as teenager when my periods stopped for over 9 months. Doctors told me that it would be almost impossible for me to get pregnant without help. Before I got pregnant with D we lived in England with Simon's dad for a short 6 months and during those six months we had a lots of investigation done on the subject. I had various tests, many of which where invasive and damn right uncomfortable! Through these tests we never really got much of an answer other than that I had more of the male hormone in my body which was throwing off my other hormones. We did however find out that it was our only real obstacle and that I didn't have any other issues when it came to conceiving.

In the end I got pregnant with D around 6 months after moving back to Northern Ireland. We didn't actually find out about D until I was 8 weeks for the same reason. I ended up being really ill and having bad stomach pain which was due to implantation and a kidney infection. We found out D was coming when I went to the out of hours doctors about the pain. I never really had any typical pregnancy symptoms with D that would have made me think I was other than mood swings which Simon really picked up on and actually asked was I pregnant about 2 weeks before when a test had came up negative we didn't think any more of it.

So we knew going into this that getting pregnant was never going to be a sure thing and that it would never happen in the first few months to year. Up to now since we made the decision to start trying I have had 7 full cycles which ranged in time from 10 months to 2 months. There wasn't really any way for us to track my ovulation times other than taking ovulation tests and after having to take them every few days over a year and a half I started to give up. I had never actually got a positive test to say I was ovulating and I did have 3 periods during this time so I knew it was happening but I was just missing it. I did stop doing them for months and although I didn't really feel like they helped I ended up going back and doing them but much more sperratically as I was getting frustrated when after months I still wasn't ovulating.

During last week (Halloween weekend) D came home from his last day of nursery with a flu or cold and he was feeling really sick. He practically sat on the sofa all day every day this past week huddled up watching TV while coughing and sneezing. By Sunday night I was feeling really off and I kept feeling nauseous when I was doing things around the house and sometimes when I was just sitting down. It was much worse in the morning for a few hours and by Monday I wasn't sure that I was actually catching what D had as he hadn't been sick or said he felt sick at all. I had planned to take a test later on the Monday as we do always have them in the house anyway. In the end I remembered when I was almost asleep in bed on Monday night and just pushed it off telling myself I would do it in the morning. Morning came and went and I forgot again until I almost threw up and I decided to just do it anyway if it came up negative I could always try the next morning.

I went up and locked the bathroom door while I did the test. I got everything ready and I did it. I don't think I was ever going to be prepared to see those two little lines and while the test was working I looked at it thinking that line is really close to the edge, should it not be on the other side?? I ended up grabbing the box and reading before the second line had even appeared. By the time I realised that my mind wasn't registering that it was the test line not the control line the control line had actually appeared and I literally almost jumped for joy! I did let out a little squeal though.

I practically ran down the stairs and had to take a few deep breaths before I asked Simon to come in the kitchen. I asked if he was feeling okay as I was very worried about his anxiety level . I didn't want to make him have a panic attack if he wasn't feeling great. He did tell me he felt fine though and I pulled the test out of pocket and said we're having another baby! He was shocked as like me he hadn't expected it at all and was surprised by my announcement. I phoned the doctor and made an appointment to be referred to the maternity unit. The doctor at this point thinks I may be about 5 weeks although we won't know until we actually get a dating scan which going by last time should be around the 8 week mark. (or 11+5 if we go by D's dating scan. )

We have not yet told D but he hasn't been feeling well and I want to wait a little bit to let him get better before we tell him. I know he is going to be really excited as he adores babies and loves when we go visit some of the younger children and babies in our family. I will write another post when we do tell him and post it after we announce baby number two.

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