Thursday, 21 February 2019

Bump Update Baby #3 - 27 Weeks

Baby - Our little boy is already measuring up to be the size of a broccoli head (36.6 cm) and weighs 1.9 pounds. He's got around 15% body fat right now but by the time we reach his due date this should double to almost 30%.

Around this time baby is starting to open their eyes for the first time and it won't be long before they can tell the difference between night and day.

This week babies brain will be in the final stage of developing at an incredible rate. It's not the only thing either, he's now got taste buds too! It's now that his little lungs are starting to practise breathing using amniotic fluid so he's ready when the big day comes.


Me -  It's official, I can no longer climb to stairs without great effort! It's not only the stairs that make me need to pause or slow right down now, hills, ramps and any other upward walking can pose a challenge. I'm used to running up and down stairs several times a day so getting used to going slow is kicking me up a little. Trying to climb our stairs in the evening while holding Scarlet is much harder too. Think trying to climb a mountain carrying a large rucksack!

This week has been crazy! My usual fasting bloods got pushed by a day so I could have them done alongside my Glucose Tolerance Test on Friday morning. The orange flavoured drink used in the test made me feel awful right from the start and my heart was racing the whole two hours I was sat waiting for the test to end. It took hours after the test had ended for my body to feel more calm again. Come mid- day I really needed a nap and afterwards I felt normal again.

Come Sunday I caught a bug that Scarlet had suffered with on Friday and for the first time in this pregnancy I threw up. I spent the entire day asleep, mostly in bed alone. Thankfully it only really lasted for 24 hours and by Monday I felt more normal. I was still a little drained so we've taken it easy over half term and rested up.

We did have a growth scan this week a growth scan this week which all came back as normal so baby is growing perfectly and is healthy. I spoke to the doctor about being tested for Strep B this time around and what we will be doing. We had been very lucky and Scarlet didn't get Strep B which was only discovered in a test result that came back after I had given birth. This time around we will be armed with the information we need to protect baby should we need to. The test will be done in about two months time and we'll have options once we have the results. Our next scan will be at 30 weeks in the hospital.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Bump Update Baby #3 - 25 Weeks




Baby - Our little boy is already measuring up to be the size of a grapefruit (34.6cm) and weighs 1.4 pounds. 

He can hear much more now and will be able to hear loud noises as well as my voice. If we've been relaxing for a little while and I start to talk I can feel him start to move around in response which is so cute! There is a chance that he can even hear music now so who knows when he might decide to have a little boogie of his own. 

At this stage baby will also have his own little routine going on inside. He has his own times of wakefulness and of resting. The routine he seems to follow is much more predictable and I'm already aware of his most playful times in the late evenings. Typical that he'll wake up not long after the other two go to sleep. He's so active now I can really see his movements. I've even managed to catch him on camera now! 

It's this little routine that will stay so important as we head further into this pregnancy so I know I need to be aware of when and how active our little one is. A big change in his routine can be an indication that something isn't quite right.



Me -  I'm growing by the day! Just five weeks ago I didn't really look pregnant and actually I just looked on the fat side. I really do look pregnant now unless I've got my coat on. I've also officially outgrown my final super stretchy pair of jeans. Life is going to consist of a lot more leggings from here on out. 

This week I've really noticed the difference in my heartburn/ acid which is getting bad now. I can already tell I'll living with it on an almost constant basis by the end. It was something I really suffered from with Dylan so I'll be stocking up on ice pops now as they really helped then. 

I've not really been itchy this week. I did have a few episodes at the beginning of the week when my legs itched however it has staved off to only happen once or twice a day. I'm hoping that my lack of itching is a good sign that the Obstetric Cholestasis isn't coming back. Although I am still having my weekly fasting bloods checked. 



Wednesday, 6 February 2019

We're having a.. {Gender Reveal}


We're already coming up on 25 weeks at this point and we've known what we are having for the last three weeks. Since it was only two weeks ago that we told the world about our little surprise baby we decided that other than our very close family we'd keep it a secret for just a little longer. We wanted everyone to have some time to come around over the shock of the news too.



So at our 20 week anomaly scan (at 22 weeks) we found out that we are having another little baby boy! 


Since it was at our anomaly scan it was just me and Simon, which felt right. It had been just the two of us when we found out Dylan was a girl and it was just the two of us when we found out Scarlet was a girl. It also meant that we could be the one who told Dylan who was eagerly awaiting the news and hoping with all his might that it was a boy. To say he was delighted when he found out would be an understatement! He literally ran down the street.

We're very excited to be adding another little boy to our family. 



Friday, 1 February 2019

Bump Update Baby #3 - Weeks 21 - 24

A little update on how pregnancy has been going since we found out we're having baby number three. It's a little strange to be starting this from 20 weeks but since we only found out at 20 weeks I don't really have much to report on before then!

This post will also be laid out a little differently from any other bump update, since we are already over half way through this pregnancy. I want to cover all the things baby already has and can do so I will be doing a section below on all things baby right up to week 23 and I will do a little bit about me and how the pregnancy is going along with any appointments and updates we've had in a week by week for 21 - 23 weeks. A 24 weeks update will finish off this bump update which will be in the usual style that I will continue with from here on a weekly basis. Now the weeks will actually be for the week past and I will share it on the day or two around when I turn 21 weeks etc. All the baby development will correspond with the weeks we are at.


All about Baby
Our baby is now officially viable! If baby comes now they'll have a fighting chance of surviving. It's strange to think that we've reached such a huge milestone in pregnancy already.

At this stage baby is about the size of a Mango (28.9cm) and comes in to weigh roughly 1.1 pounds. This baby is already looking more like a newborn although their skin is translucent and if you took a peek you'd be able to see the bones and organs underneath. Baby also has it's facial features formed even their eyelids are there so baby can see and blink!

From this point it will mostly be growing and becoming ready for the outside world.  There are still some things happening and baby has their teeth buds developing inside the gums which will continue to develop and prepare for when it comes time to start teething.



Pregnancy Week 21

During the last week we found out that we are having baby number 3. Life is still feeling pretty surreal and things are moving really quickly! We've already visited the doctor and been referred to the hospital so it's now a waiting game to see when we will be booking in. For now however we can enjoy that I am not going crazy and the movements I can feel are all really there! I've not really had any symptoms as of yet. Although keeping this a secret is already proving hard and I just want to tell people so I can talk about it! However I am also very aware that I need to know baby is okay before we start to share our news.




Pregnancy Week 22 

We have our hospital appointment this week! I'm really feeling movements and I'm already starting to feel like I look a little less fat and more of a little bump shape. We've not yet told anyone, even Dylan and Scarlet only be found out just before our hospital appointment. We told Dylan after school finished on Friday and headed straight there. He was delighted! He is insisting that he will be having a baby brother this time and not another sister. During our appointment we did get confirmation that everything was looking good and going by measurements we got our dates which are in May. Since I was so far along at this appointment they let everyone come in with me. We all watched together as a little head appeared on the screen and the midwife talked through all the body parts, checks and measurements. With a steady heartbeat and plenty of movement they seemed happy with baby. Although we tried baby wasn't ready for us to know if they are a boy or girl and so the wait needed to continue. I was booked in for the next available appointment to have our anomaly scan later in the week too.

It was during this week that we started to tell everyone and I'll be honest a few of the reactions we got did make me feel a bit annoyed. We did get a general reaction of shock which we'd been expecting. A lot of our news sharing happened online as a lot of our family aren't close enough to share the news in person.

The only thing left for this week was our anomaly scan which happened on the Wednesday and we'd left Scarlet with a friend to go to her usual Mum's and Tots. At this scan we got the confirmation that everything was going well! They checked measurements and did all the checks they cook. I did have to walk around a little at the end to try to move baby however it was to no avail and we got booked back in the following week for a heart check. We'd been quite lucky in that appointment since this particular scan can only happen during a window and the cut off is at 22 weeks. After this babies develop more at their own rates. It was also during this appointment that we found out what we will be having. For now it will be our little secret, Dylan will be finding out the same day as us.


Pregnancy Week 23 

Those little kicks are growing stronger by the day. It's a feeling I never thought I'd feel again so I am treasuring as many of them as I can! During the start of this week we are still continuing to tell our family. I feel less daunted by the idea of another baby now and I am even feeling excited. We've started to buy some little small baby items and the few bits we still have from Scarlet have been pulled out to be sorted through. Things are really beginning to feel real now. With just 17 weeks before my due date there is a whole lot we need to do.

We had our other appointment to check baby's heart, all is perfect and the heart sounds great! They rechecked all the other measurements and made sure everything looked good. Now we will just have our normal appointments and my blood tests every week unless anything changes.

I'm starting to have some symptoms now with heartburn making itself apparent. I've mostly cut out fizzy drinks however I'm not keen on water from a tap nor from a bottle. This week we invested in a water filter and honestly I've never drank so much water in my life! I'm now drinking an average of 2 litres a day and other than coffee it's all I'm drinking at home. Hopefully this will help with my heartburn issues.

My itching has returned this pregnancy although it is on a much smaller scale. It does mean that I am already heading for weekly fasting blood tests to see if I have got Obstetric Cholestasis in this pregnancy like I did with my last. So far the tests are coming back as normal, they are still keeping an eye on things.

This is also the week we shared our news with the world! We already know what we are having and I had originally planned to share the news all as one. I've since changed my mind and we're keeping the gender a secret for just a little longer.


Week 24 Bump Update

Baby - At 24 weeks baby is about the size of a papaya (30cm) and comes in to weigh roughly 1.3 pounds.

It is mainly with the development of baby's lungs that will be growing and developing  from this point so that baby can start to breathe the amniotic fluid and later air. Baby now has facial hair with eyebrows, eyelashes and even hair on their head. Although right now babies hair is just white and has no pigment, that will soon change and their hair will get colour. The baby's inner ears are currently developing to allow them to hear more clearly. At this stage they can already hear my heartbeat and even my voice!

Me - I'm noticing more and more changes in my body now. I'm growing in all directions and as I do things seem to be getting harder to do. Walking is becoming slower this week and I think it's taking me more energy to do anything. With the extra effort I'm feeling more tired than before, I've started to nap if I can when Scarlet is taking her nap in the day.

This week Simon and Scarlet have both been able to feel baby kicking! This is the earliest Simon has felt any of our children move. It feels even shorter than normal too since we've not long known. Scarlet has really taken to getting bump cuddles this week too. She likes to come and lay across my bump with her head just on the top and go to sleep in the evening. It's such a lovely experience that Dylan was just too old for when I was pregnant with her.

I'm noticing that I do have some breast changes this week although I'm not sure how it's all working there. I only stopped breastfeeding Scarlet at Christmas (I've still some to share on that soon). We are also coming up on the time when milk production should naturally start so I feel like I am in some sort of limbo now. There is certainly something going on and I feel more tender than I have been since Christmas.


Thursday, 31 January 2019

In 2019 I will..

It's the end of January and since the start of the year I've started to think about what 2019 will have in store for me. Each year I would make some resolution that wouldn't last a week. Last year however I made a change and instead of making any resolutions I decided to choose a few things I wanted to achieve by years end. I wasn't sure how it would go at the beginning. I didn't set any time frame for starting each but I just made a point of getting what I wanted to do written down. 

I've taken a look back on my 'In 2018 I will..' post and I'm really surprised that I managed to do almost everything on there! An important aim for me at the beginning of last year was to find time for myself. I rarely found five minutes when I was just doing something for me. Over the space of 12 months I don't feel I've found much time, at least not on a daily basis where I don't have to do anything for anyone else. That said I do think I found some time just for me. Scarlet is older and she's not as clingy as she had been which allows me to find a few minutes to throw on some make-up, drink a hot cup of coffee or watch a video on YouTube from time to time. 


My other aims included moving the blog which happened in May. I wasn't sure I'd get there since I had to learn coding, create a whole look, theme and more between our usual posts and two children. I'm glad I found the time and dedicated every spare moment to the move that I had. I love our new home here online and I'm hoping we'll stay here for a long time yet! 

I'd also planned to declutter our house which although is started, it's more of an ongoing project which I'm pretty happy with. We've probably cut our toy collection by about a quarter, possibly a third and we've decluttered big areas of our lives like clothing, shoes, spaces we used to just keep things we might need and we've sorted through a large portion of baby items from Scarlet which actually happened long before we found out about baby number 3!

Finally I had planned to lose weight during 2018 and for the first half of the year I did. I lost enough to drop down a dress size. I tried slimming world although that didn't last and I ended up just being healthier about my food choices, cut out sweet treats and ate less carbs. Come the second half I wasn't as concerned about my need to diet or lose weight as much I was with my overall health. I am actually pretty healthy. I get a decent amount of daily exercise and more than the recommended half hour a day since we walk, a lot. 

Learn how to love my body more

Which actually leads me to something I want to achieve throughout 2019. I want to be more Body Positive. In 2018 I came across the Body Positivity Movement, which is all about people who love their bodies, flaws and all because nobody is perfect and we should all be accepted in society. I'm not skinny, in fact the only time I was skinny was in my teen years when I basically didn't eat more than a meal every day.  Even then I wasn't happy with my body, I didn't have a flat stomach, I had large thighs (probably due to the muscles my legs needed to drag around a pair of New Rock boots daily) I had bingo wings and I hated it all! As time has gone on I have found that I am more accepting of my body and the way it is despite being pretty healthy. I have got PCOS and unfortunately difficulty losing weight and maintaining a weight is actually a part of that. My body does have it's own 'happy' size which I've stayed around or at since having Dylan 6 years ago without the need to diet or adjust my lifestyle. It's this size which I always go back to after finishing a strict diet but that size is classed as 'obese' for my height. Since I am now over half way through my third pregnancy I'm ready to start being as happy with my body after I give birth as I am when I'm pregnant and growing another human. This year I will be becoming more body positive although I've not yet decided if it's something I will talk about here. 

Create better routines


Although we do have a routine we tend to stick to there are some places in which I would like to improve our routine. It's mainly around Scarlet's sleep pattern that I would like to try to create a routine which we stick to. In the next two moths both children will go into a room together and Scarlet will have her own bed. Throughout this coming year I would like to find a good routine that works for her and that once the new baby comes we can easily adjust to accommodate everyone. At the minute Scarlet sleep when she feels like it and often she can be still be awake come 10pm or after. So this year I will be trying to start a better sleeping routine and maybe adding in some set times to do an activity with both Dylan and Scarlet each day. If you've got any tips on how to start setting a good routine with a toddler then please do leave me a comment. 

Redecorate most of our house

There are areas in our home which have needed a new lick of paint for a while now and despite our intentions it's always been put off. This year will be different. I am determined to get the whole house redecorated throughout this year. Everything from painting the rooms and giving the children's room a complete makeover to repainting our radiators, skirting boards and even plastering some of the hall. It's a big project and it's one which we need to have mostly finished before May, when I'm due. SO there will be lots of DIY going on over the next several months! 

Have weekly tech free time as a whole family

We do have weekly times set aside for doing things as a family. We already have a movie night every Saturday evening where we will have some snacks and sit up on the sofa together watching a movie. However I would like to make some extra time each week to have some technology free time. I'm not really sure on if we should create time to do an arts and crafts activity, play a board game or do something different. I may even end up making a jar which we can all add some ideas into and choose one every week.

There you have it. This year I want to achieve these four things.It probably won't be easy and I might not do every one in the way I think I want to now however I hope that things will slowly be ticked off as we go along.

Have you got any goals for 2019?


Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Finding out we're having baby number 3

Having another baby wasn't really on my radar. We'd decided that after the pregnancy problems I'd had with Scarlet we had completed our little family. Fate on the other hand seems to have had a different plan all together. 

Having previously shared how difficult it can be for me to get pregnant with Polyscystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) things like having a regular period haven't happened since my early teens. In fact we'd been actively trying to get pregnant with Scarlet for over two years. Paired with still breastfeeding Scarlet, I had only had two cycles in the 18 months after giving birth. It wasn't worrying nor was it a big indication of anything for me. My cycle pretty much does what it pleases when it pleases. It always has. So when it didn't arrive I didn't even think twice.

Since I was still breastfeeding Scarlet any changes or tenderness usually got put down to that. Looking back there probably was times when it was more about pregnancy tenderness rather than feeding. It just happened at times when I would expect to be uncomfortable. Come Christmas Scarlet had gotten sick and decided she was stopping with breastfeeding. It was only when she refused to feed a few days later but still wanted to be close and try that I started to connect the dots. 

I've been very lucky with symptoms this pregnancy, mostly I haven't had any. I didn't have any morning sickness. I haven't caught any colds or flu's that the children didn't bring home and I hadn't really felt any different. Which is really contrasted in my last two pregnancies, with Dylan I got ill with bugs a lot in the beginning. We'd found out I was pregnant when I visited the doctor with a bad kidney infection. With Scarlet I knew, right away at two weeks with nausea and implantation pains as well as ovulation pains which had never happened before. This time there really wasn't anything.

The big sign that made me think I was pregnant was movement. Over Christmas I started to feel some movement. It wasn't big movements and at the start I was fobbing it off as digestion issues. Around this time I started to get a build up of acid and began cutting out fizzy drinks and acidic foods. The movements grew stronger through the week between Christmas and New Year. By the time January came I was almost sure I was pregnant and when we headed out shopping I grabbed a test. 

Of course the test came back positive and waiting down stairs I told Simon the news. Things moved pretty quickly. It was a Thursday night and come Friday afternoon we'd been to see the doctor at an emergency appointment. By her estimation I was around 20 weeks. Yes 20 weeks! Have you ever seen the show 'I didn't know I was pregnant'? Well I felt like one of the women on there right around that time. I was referred to the hospital with an urgent note to be seen as soon as they had space. 

Which only left us to deal with the shock of it all. After a few days we did start to come around the shock and we've been excited about our little surprise since. Life is going to change a whole lot and we won't have very much time before it all happens since we are over half way there already. However we already love our little surprise and we are looking forward to meeting them. As well as hopefully enjoying the final half of this pregnancy.


Thursday, 24 January 2019

One, Two, We're Having Baby Number Three



One..


Two..


Three!

We had quite the start to the year in January with some pretty unexpected news. In the first few days of January we found out that we are growing our family by one more set of little feet! Yes our little family of four will soon be growing into a family of five!

As you can imagine it really has been quite the month for us all. We're very excited now the shock has worn off and Dylan is delighted to be having another little baby in our home. The surprises didn't quite stop there, we'll actually be meeting our third little baby in May this year so we've already passed the half way mark now!

Over the next several months I will share weekly blog posts on our pregnancy journey. The next week or two will have another few posts about finding out about baby number three and a short post on how pregnancy has been so far.


Tuesday, 22 January 2019

All about my year 2018

We're well into January now and I had actually planned to write this post somewhere around two weeks ago. However right around that time life got pretty crazy and it hasn't exactly slowed down since. So here I am nearing the end of January and I am finally getting around to recapping on how 2018 was for us. Oops? Last year I did this post after being tagged but I really liked how it all came together to remember how 2017 was for us so I decided to do it again although I wasn't tagged this year by any other bloggers. 

I do hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year even if that now feels like it was a million years ago. 

1. What did you do for your birthday this year? 


I don't think much changed from last year, I sat around and drank copious amounts of coffee between spending time with Dylan, Scarlet and Simon. I had time to just relax. I got a long hot bath and I enjoyed every moment of me time in the crazy run up to Christmas. I loved it! .



2. Whats the biggest thing to happen to you this year? 


Nothing big really happened to me in 2018. There was no big event to be honest. I turned 25 but that is as exciting as it got! 


3. What was the biggest thing to happen for your child/children this year? 


For Dylan I would have to go with the fact it snowed and the snow stayed, for days! Right over his fifth birthday and he was delighted! We all headed out in the freezing cold to celebrate and it was wonderful. Dylan doesn't remember seeing real snow that stayed long enough to play with and make snowballs. So we really made the most of it and had a snowball fight over the days it snowed. It also meant that school was closed!



Apart from turning one, the biggest thing to happen to Scarlet was learning to walk, she was trying to walk for so very long to walk and she'd much rather hold your hand and walk than to crawl. She started to take her first steps back in April but she really found her feet and took off at quite some speed during Dylan's sports day at school in June. She had amazing balance from the start so when she got going there really wasn't any stopping her! 



4. Could you pick a favourite week of the year? 


If I had to choose just one I would go with one of the weeks during the summer. We had some glorious days of sunshine and we spent as much time as we could together, getting out and having fun. My favourite week of summer had to be the week when we visited the zoo for the very first time, we had days at the park and my mum visited during that week too. 


5. Do you have a favourite photograph of yourself from 2017? 




This selfie of myself from back in June is my favourite of just me from this year. It's not often I get a photo of myself that doesn't make me want to point out my own flaws and this is one of the rare few!



6. What was your best day out? 




Visiting the Zoo for the first time. Sadly it was something me and the children did without Simon as he doesn't travel well and it's quite a walk away not to mention that it's entirely uphill so it is also quite a climb. We had an amazing day and Dylan was super impressed with every animal we found. He especially loved the monkeys and the bear. We plan to go back this coming summer as a family. 



7. What is the best film you have seen this year? 


Funnily enough I actually think it was Bird Box which is something I watched in very late December but it was amazing! I loved every second and it's not usually something I would choose. I'm glad I did and if you've not watched then I highly recommend you do. 



8. Is there anything you wish didn't happen this year? 


I got some bad news towards the end of this year regarding the health of a very dear family member. We haven't spoken in a long time and it had a big impact on me and my whole family. We can't change the news and we will have to deal with it some more this year.



9. What would you like to achieve or improve for 2019? 


This coming year I mainly want to be happier in myself. Through 2018 I found the Body Positivity movement on social media, this coming year I am hoping that I will be much more accepting of myself and my body. Just because I am overweight doesn't mean I shouldn't be happy too! So this year I want to change that. I'll have more coming up with a what I want from 2019 sometime in the next week or so. 



10. How will you be celebrating/did you celebrate New Years Eve?


We stayed home as per usual and Dylan stayed up for the first time ever to see the new year in! I'm not going to lie, come 9pm I was regretting saying he could as I was loosing my mine. He made it the entire night and we had fun watching Harry Potter together while we counted down the final hours of 2018. 


There you go. A whole year in 10 questions. It's amazing that it's over and we are already barrelling head long into 2019!

How was 2018 for you?


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