Saturday, 20 December 2014

Isla's 2nd Birthday

I can't believe how quick the past few weeks have gone, since being pregnant time is just flying by! Although I felt quite prepared for Islas birthday this year it still came round very quickly. We spent the night before her birthday setting everything up for her, we built her Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, wooden dolls house and wooden table so that they were ready to go in the morning and she could play with them straight away. We wrapped all her presents and set it all up so when she walked in she would see them all set up waiting for her. We had just enough helium in our tank from her previous birthday to blow up a huge number 2 foil balloon, and we put up a minnie mouse Happy Birthday banner and covered the table in a minnie mouse table cover.

On the morning of her birthday she woke up around 8:15am with a huge smile on her face, it was like she knew it was her birthday! I went downstairs first to set up the camera so we could capture her face as she walked into the living room. Her face was priceless, I'm so glad I caught it all on film, the first thing she ran over to was her wooden dolls house and then she went over to the Cozy Coupe and sat in it. When we take her to soft play she always sits in them, it really is her favourite toy, we tried to get her out to open presents but she just wanted to sit in her car haha. After a while she finally started to open her presents in between sitting in her car, we let her sit at her new table to have her breakfast, she was so excited about it and happily sat down and ate her coco pops (special birthday breakfast treat) and then we got her dressed. I ordered her a minnie mouse inspired tutu, and she wore it with a black long sleeved top and black tights, by this time it was around half eleven the morning seemed to fly by.

We left to head to town so we could take Isla out for lunch, we decided to take her to Nandos, Mummy was craving it and also we hadn't been in a while so thought it made sense. She had her own lunch from the Nadinos menu and even got to have frozen yoghurt! We all enjoyed our lunch, the atmosphere in Nandos is so nice and relaxed we could really enjoy our time there. When we walked back to the car it was 1:30pm, we was going to go to the zoo as we have zoo passes but it was so cold we decided against it as we wasn't very prepared. Instead we took her to mothercare and toys r us so she could spend some of her birthday money, we let her pick 2 sets from the ELC Blossom Village wooden dolls house range, she got a living room and bedroom set to go in her wooden dolls house, we also got her the wooden family figurines. After having a look at some tandem pushchairs and a quick look round we decided to drive back home so my mum could see Isla as she gets home from work around 3pm.

When we got home she had about an hour playing with her new toys before we headed back out with all the family to take her to the Harvester for dinner. By the time the food came Isla was really hungry and tired which if you have a toddler you know it's not a good combination, she was starting to get really restless so we all skipped dessert to come back home. It was about 8 pm by the time we got back home, she went and sat in her car and was playing with her new toys, I decided to take her cake out the box so we could let her blow out her candle and we could all eat some cake. I had bought a sparkler candle but wasn't sure exactly what it was going to do and neither did Perry, as he lit it the sparks came shooting out of the candle about 2 feet high and made us all jump! Luckily Isla really liked it and was smiling away, once we had sung happy birthday and the sparks had stopped she then blew out her candle all by herself! I cut the cake and we all had a slice, Isla was shattered by this time and was certainly ready for bed as was Perry and I. She had such a lovely day and was definitely spoilt, we have spent the weekend seeing Perry's family who all had more presents for her and took us out for dinner! I don't know about Isla but I'm definitely shattered after the past weekend, roll on Christmas when even more craziness will start!

Thank you everyone for all of the Birthday wishes, we really appreciate them all. What did you do for your little ones 2nd Birthday?

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

17 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #2

Sorry this is late I tried to set it so it would be scheduled to go live last Thursday night but for some reason it didn't work
I cant believe another week has flown by! I'm going to be 18 weeks tomorrow and the halfway mark is creeping up, I honestly cant believe it, its going so incredibly fast I am actually starting to worry a little. With Isla's 2nd Birthday and Christmas coming up they are keeping me pretty occupied and busy, also its not the cheapest time of year for us at all. Baby buying has been put to the side for now until January, and even then we only have 4 months as he is due 1st May and we need to move in that time as well! I'm hoping we will be able to sort everything in that time, it also depends on money too as there is only so much you can buy a month.
So moving on to my pregnancy update... This week was pretty exciting as Perry got to feel the baby kick! He was having a good boot at the bottom of my belly and he placed his hand on my belly and felt him kick. His movements are getting stronger everyday, every time he kicks I am just amazed and reminded that I am pregnant, as it still doesn't feel real to me.
This week I have also been having very vivid dreams, I am one of these peoples that have dreams all the time, sometimes up to 3 a night. But being pregnant has made them a lot more vivid and so realistic, they are crazy and I am often waking Perry up in the night to tell him them haha. Also this week my hair has been falling out like crazy, every time I run my fingers threw it or brush it I find a big pile on the floor! Luckily my hair is so thick you cant even tell I have just lost a handful of hair, I'm actually booked in to get it cut tomorrow woohoo!
I've noticed my bump has changed shape, I don't know if he has changed position or what but its not as pointy as it has been. I definitely look pregnant now, especially when I wear tight fitting tops, but some days if I wear a loose jumper you can hardly tell I am pregnant haha. I have been having a few cravings this week, I really wanted a Chinese food like vegetable spring rolls, duck and pancakes, crispy shredded chilli beef, special fried rice etc I'm dribbling just typing it all up haha!
I think that is all for week 17, I honestly cant believe how quickly time is going, this pregnancy is flying by! 

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.