Wednesday, 26 November 2014

16 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #2 & Gender Reveal

This week has been exciting, on Saturday we found out the gender of this baby and we are so excited to announce that it is a little BOY! We are so happy and its so lovely that we will now have one of each gender, of course Perry is extremely happy but so am I, as I did really want a boy. He was head down which explains all the low movement I have been feeling, I hope he will be like his sister and be head down and engaged by 38 weeks. I have had 2 vivid dreams in week 15 where I dreamt that it was a little boy and with Isla I dreamt she was a girl, so I am so happy that my instinct was right again. To be honest I still cant believe it, this pregnancy still doesn't feel real let alone that we are having a little boy that we wanted. We went for our scan on the Saturday and on the Sunday was Perry's 27th Birthday so it was a lovely present for him!
I have had more sciatica pain this week when I have had to walk a lot, especially on Mondays when I have to walk for the bus to get Isla to her swimming lesson. I had my flu jab this week which wasn't a pleasant experience, I say this because my arse had hardly touched the seat and he had already shoved the needle in my arm and shouted NEXT! Another appointment I had this week was my first check up with the Midwife, she checked my urine and blood pressure - both was perfectly fine. She listened to the baby's heartbeat which the little fidget kept moving around, and she then had a little chat and catch up with me which was nice. I will see her again in mid January when I will be 25 weeks, I cant believe how quick this pregnancy is going! We have our 20 week scan on 17th December, I am already so excited to see him again. He was swallowing fluid and moving around so much at the gender scan, the sonographer was laughing her head off. He seems like such a crazy little boy, just like his Sister Isla :)
Our little BOY

13-15 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #2

13 Weeks Pregnant

 This week I was feeling tired again, I had some aches in my belly and hips, I also had a bit of an upset belly for a few days, I also suffer with IBS and it has been a bit flared up and all over the place since being pregnant. My nipples were quite tender this week and I also kept getting the feeling that my right nipple was leaking too (it wasn't). I've also started to feel what I believe is little kicks and movement which is super exciting as I didn't feel Isla move until 20 weeks! I also need to buy some long tops as mine are getting a little too short where the bump is lifting them up, we also booked our gender scan for in 3 weeks time!

14 Weeks Pregnant

I had a few pains in my breasts this week, and also I've noticed I'm getting blue veins on them too. I am starting to get out of breath when I walk too, mostly on slight hills which pushing the buggy doesn't help really. I'm still taking my pre natal vitamins, I took them for my whole pregnancy with Isla and up until she was 1 week old when I decided to stop pumping breast milk. I have also gained 2lbs so far at this point which I am pretty happy about as I am no where near as slim and light as I was when I fell pregnant with Isla. I already cant wait to loose weight once this baby is born I have a lot more determination now!

15 Weeks Pregnant

This week was a pretty good week, I was feeling pretty normal and back to myself, my toilet trips have reduced a lot I'm not needing to pee all the time now. I have noticed when I have been doing a lot of walking I have been experiencing sciatica pain in my right bum cheek, top of my leg and bottom of my back. My bump is even bigger, when I catch up which will be my 17th week I will post a belly picture! I am feeling lots more movements and kicks in my belly now and they are getting even stronger everyday. My sleep has been pretty disrupted this week, I kept waking up and found it difficult to get comfortable, but I think this was because I was excited about finding out the gender, I also use to get like this before Christmas haha!

12 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #2

12 Weeks Pregnant

This week started with a migraine which is never a nice thing, my nausea and sickness had eased up a lot and I was finally starting to feel normal again! I was weeing lots and lots this week, I would have one drink and go to the toilet about 4 times within an hour afterwards. My bump was starting to show a lot more and I was wearing maternity jeans already.

The 12 Week Scan

We went for the scan on the Thursday which I believed by my dates (positive OPK) that I would be 12 weeks and 3 days, but I had a feeling I might be measuring a few days behind. I was very shocked when the first measurement the sonographer took was 13 weeks! He continued to measure the baby again and again as he was baffled as he believed I was in my 11th week going by the early scan I had done. He decided to put me at 12 weeks 6 days giving me a due date of the 1st May 2015! So my weeks now turn over on a Friday. We got to see the baby kicking around and moving, it was very cooperative and the sonographer could get all the measurements he wanted. Afterwards we went to the maternity unit so I could have my blood work taken for the downs syndrome risk assessment. We were so happy that the baby was all healthy and everything looked great.
Our healthy bean at 12 weeks 6 days!

6-11 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #2

I am so behind with my pregnancy updates, I'm currently in my 16th week of pregnancy! So I'm going to spend this evening playing catch up and writing out all my updates so I can be up to date as its all getting pretty exciting now especially as we know the gender! So here I am going to quickly run through the past few weeks briefly as I will literally be here until Christmas otherwise haha! 

6 Weeks Pregnant

I threw up for the first time this week, it wasn't in the morning though it was around 10pm at night and 2 nights later I threw up again in the evening and I noticed it was after having eaten Galaxy chocolate, everyday I was feeling nauseous and would have a horrid gag reflex every time I walked near a sink or toilet. I had really bad spots this week all over my chin and neck which wasn't pleasant.

7 Weeks Pregnant

I booked in with the Midwife this week, she came over and took all my details and history down, also all my labour and birth details from having Isla. I was having some brown bleeding which I told her about and also how nervous I was feeling after the previous miscarriage, when she asked me to take a urine sample I noticed I now had a bit of pink blood so the Midwife got straight on the phone to the Early Pregnancy Unit and managed to fit me in the next morning for a reassurance scan! I was so grateful and relieved.

8 Weeks Pregnant

This week I was feeling super nauseous all the time and throwing up randomly in the afternoons and early evening. This week I also started feeling pretty tired and needed to lay down while Isla napped to rest up and on a few occasions I would have a little sleep too.

9 Weeks Pregnant

This week was super exciting, we heard the heartbeat on the Doppler for the first time which was lovely to hear, I know some people are not fans of using them but for me they are the best thing ever. Not only in the early days does it give me reassurance but its also a lovely way to bond with the baby, as the weeks go by it starts to kick the Doppler which is funny and you can hear it moving around and whooshing in the fluid. A big symptom this week was getting very hungry and almost fainting within 5 minutes, this was when I felt the worse as I would start shaking, hot sweat, funny vision, and also get a headache. I also was feeling super tired this week.

10 Weeks Pregnant

This week I probably spent most of my time in bed, I was feeling really awful, almost fainting everyday, I was waking in the night between 1-4 times for a wee, it didn't take me long to go back off to sleep though which was good. A few times my vision would go a bit funny and this scared me a lot as it would go all blurry. I really had no energy at all this week.

11 Weeks Pregnant

This week I blacked out in the kitchen, it was awful I went in as I was feeling hungry and thought id make a bagel, as I went into the kitchen my vision went all funny, I had sweat dripping off me and my ears started to buzz so I turned round so I had my back to the counter and slid down the back and sat on the floor, my eyes were open but I had no vision at all it was all black, it was like this for a few minutes so I managed to move myself round to the drawer and open it to get a bag of crisps. I was throwing up again this week, I had a little brown bleeding as well which was a bit worrying. I also had bad migraines this week which was awful and not easy when you have a toddler to look after.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


You don't know how good it feels to finally be able to share my news with you all! It has been a crazy few weeks and I have never felt so alone, I have been so unwell and struggling to cope with daily tasks, let alone continuing my blog so I apologise for the non existent posts over the past few months. I honestly don't know how I have survived the past few weeks, Ive been throwing up every week, passing out, having trouble with my vision and also a few scare bleeds! Its been such a roller coaster but I'm so glad I can see a light at the end of the tunnel and also now that you all know I can have support and help from you all! 

So where to start.... I am currently in my 13th week of pregnancy but I will be writing up my weekly posts so you can catch up with what has been going on. So I apologise in advance for the pregnancy and baby spamming posts, but once I catch up it will calm down I promise! We actually conceived this baby 2 weeks after my miscarriage so we are feeling very blessed and happy that our little rainbow baby is on its way. I am due 1st May 2015 and I can't believe how quick this pregnancy is going, its really scary and I wish it would slow down, I still can't believe I am pregnant it just doesn't feel real yet. 

Finding out I was pregnant..

After my miscarriage I was given the go ahead from my doctor to get pregnant as soon as I felt emotionally ready, he said my body wouldn't get pregnant unless it was ready too. My miscarriage was really early too and my lines on my tests were never strong anyway, which meant the pregnancy hormone had hardly gone up. 2 days after I started bleeding from my miscarriage my pregnancy tests had already gone back to negative, and at this point Perry and I had already decided we wanted to try again as soon as possible. I knew that after a miscarriage you are actually more fertile then normal so I started using OPKs as soon as I stopped bleeding, about day 19 I had a positive OPK, we hadn't had sex much before then so I was feeling a bit negative already that we hadn't done enough, I guess you can't force it and should only have sex if you BOTH really want to. About a week and half later (the day before we went to Peppa Pig World) my Nan had come up from Kent to dog watch for my parents as they came with us. The first thing my Nan said to me was "you're pregnant Tara" I looked at her and shrugged, I said no I'm not the tests are negative. The next morning before we left for Peppa Pig World I took a test as I wanted to make sure I wasn't pregnant before I went on any big rides at the theme park, I anxiously waited the 3 minutes and looked at the test, there was a SUPER faint line... This was Friday morning and my period was due on Monday so I thought it could be something. I didn't get too excited, I was more looking forward to seeing Isla's face once we got to Peppa Pig World. 

Saturday we woke up in a hotel in Southampton, I thought it was odd as I woke up in the night for a wee and normally I sleep straight through the night no problem. We went back to Paultons Park and knowing I could possibly be pregnant I decided to give the big rides a miss as I wasn't in the mood anyway. We did go on the drop ride though as I wanted to get Perry on it for a laugh and I thought if I'm not pregnant and I didn't go in it, I would wish I had. We got home about 8pm and the first thing I did was go pee in a cup so I could take a pregnancy test, when I checked on it there was a line, still faint but you didn't need to squint or tilt the test... There was a LINE! I took another one and sure enough there it was.. 

Tuesday morning the line was pink in colour and so obviously there, so I booked to go to the doctors where they confirmed that I was pregnant and put me in touch with the midwives, it was all of a sudden becoming a lot more real, I still can't believe it now. I will be doing weekly posts now until I catch up, I have been super unwell so unfortunately I haven't taken any lovely maternity bump photos like I wanted to. But from now on I will be and I will be posting every week to document this pregnancy, it has already been so different to Isla's pregnancy, I have no feeling if it is a boy or a girl, with Isla by this point I knew she was a girl so I am super excited to find out this time. I will be booking a early private gender scan, we found out at 16 weeks with Isla so I'm looking to around the same sort of time with this pregnancy. Last Thursday was our 12 week scan, I ended up measuring a few days ahead when really I thought I would be measuring behind! So that was a nice surprise, its amazing what being a few extra days ahead can do. We also announced to most of our family, friends and to all of you last Thursday. If you don't follow me on Instagram you wouldn't of seen our announcement photo so I will put it below.

Our Halloween inspired pregnancy announcement. How spook-tacular! 

If you are due around the same time as me and are writing a blog about it please let me know as I would love to find a pregnancy buddy :)

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Peppa Pig World (Day 1)

We were taken to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park by my parents who kindly paid for us all to go and got us 2 for 1 day tickets and a nights stay in the Dury Inn hotel in Southampton. We left on Friday morning and unfortunate got stuck in a load of traffic so what was meant to be a 3 hour journey it took us over 5 hours! Luckily we had brought the iPad so Isla could get in the spirit by watching some Peppa Pig. We was all hot and bothered and just couldn't wait to get there, we arrived at the park at 3:20 so we had a little over 2 hours to enjoy the park.

 We went straight to Peppa Pig World, and while walking through the park I was amazed at how much there was and how big the park was. It was brilliant and full of kids smiling and enjoying the sunshine. Being a Friday it wasn't too busy, the first thing we done was change Islas nappy and then we went to Balloon Ride, we queued up for about 25 minutes, which wasn't to bad considering 2 of the balloons were out of order. Isla enjoyed the Balloon Ride and wasn't afraid at all of the height, I really enjoyed it I just wish it had lasted a bit longer for the time you have to wait. We then went over to the duck pond and found some food stalls, it cost over £3 for a hot dog which didn't even touch the sides. I'd definitely want to be more prepared next time and take a picnic.

The next ride we queued up for was Daddy Pigs car ride, this was about 25 minutes again. This was the best ride by far and the one I was most looking forward to. Isla loved steering the wheel, they also took your photo while you go round, although it would of been nice to have a warning as none of us was looking or smiling. Isla screamed when we had to get off, she obviously really enjoyed it.

Then we went in to Peppa Pigs House, there was no queues so that was good. Inside was a big Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig, Peppa Pig and George Pig, all of them moved there arms and mouth while telling a story. Isla was a bit nervous at first but then she was smiling and shouting Peppa Pig. When it finished we couldn't get her out so we ended up watching another episode.

At this point Isla was getting very tired and wanted to get in her pushchair. We was all feeling pretty tired too, we walked round to see what was about and found Peppa and George Pig had come out to see the children, we took Isla over but she couldn't get very close to them as it was so busy. Afterwards we wandered into the shop to get some gifts, Isla got a giant Peppa Pig teddy, and Peppa Pigs Campervan, I got myself some Mummy Pig pyjamas and a mug. When we come out we noticed a tractor ride with only a few people waiting in line, knowing the next day it would be busy Perry and my dad decided to take her on it which was nice.

5:30 came and the park was getting empty, the rides were still going and finishing the last of the people that were in the queues. We started to walk back out to the exit and noticed a Wind In The Willows building and quickly took Isla in before it shut. It was really good and we was all under a UV light so all our white clothing lit up, Isla enjoyed seeing all the moving character's and all the colours in there.

We then went to Mc Donalds to grab some dinner as we was all feeling tired and hungry, I could tell Isla was really tired and she was also teething so that wasn't nice for her. We then made our way to the hotel, when we checked in we was really impressed, the bedroom and bathroom was a really good size, we had a double bed and a single bed, but we had brought Isla her Peppa Pig ready bed so she slept in that on the floor. We bathed Isla and got her into her Peppa Pig pyjamas and warmed up some milk for her,  then I had a nice bath and got into my Mummy Pig pyjamas and was fast asleep by 11pm!