Welcome to La Vida Fresa!
The last few weeks I have seen the most changes in both myself, baby and my body. It's also been the best few weeks and I couldn't be happier. If you follow me on Instagram (paulab90), you will already know some pretty exciting news that happened a couple of weeks ago!

How far along? 21 weeks & 1 day.
Total weight gain: 3lbs - a huge difference and I notice the weight creeping most days in fact! I'm pretty sure my boobs contribute heavily to those 3lbs!
Maternity clothes? No new ones yet. 
Stretch marks? Yep - genetics suck!
Sleep: Pretty well on the whole.
Best moment this week: So many great moments! 
1. Seeing our baby again at the 20 week anomaly scan. We got the all clear that she's all well in there which is great news! It's quite surreal that was the last time we'll see her for a good while yet! 
2. The other best moment was, of course, our engagement. It wasn't quite a shock but I'm looking forward to our next stage in life together soon :)
3. The kicks are now quite frequent and she likes to kick in some weird places. Thankfully it isn't painful yet, but can be quite disruptive!
Miss anything?  The occasional alcoholic beverage, especially over Easter at our families, along with lots of full fat coke!
Food cravings: No constant cravings but chocolate has featured quite heavy, it was Easter after all...
Anything making you queasy or sick? Still the usuals along with motion sickness generally isn't too great lately.
Gender: Girl.
Labour signs: Nope. 
Symptoms: The kicking as I described earlier. My boobs have gotten literally out of control now and I've already gone up over 2 cup sizes which is insane, I hope they stop soon!
Belly button in or out?  Slowly it's getting quite flat which is so creepy, I hate belly buttons at the best of times especially out-ies!
Happy or moody most of the time: Very happy :)
Looking forward to: We're actually in the process of unfortunately having to move house again, a few months after our last! As annoying as it is, we can hope that this will be the last for a while so I can start to decorate the nursery!

So there we have it, time is still flying by with lots of dates to look forward to. I love keeping an eye on a few girls I follow on Instagram and Youtube that are due around the next few months, it's so exciting!

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As in my last post, time is absolutely flying by now and I can't believe I'm 19 weeks already! Nearly at the halfway point, so close. There's definitely been a big increase in the size of my bump as well as gaining weight finally this week - not that I'm complaining too much!

Girls stick together :)
How far along? 19 weeks & 1 day.
Total weight gain: 1lb.
Maternity clothes? Still just the jeans so far, wearing bigger sizes I can get away with right now.
Stretch marks? Stretch marks also pretty much the same, a few on my sides and my inner thighs.
Sleep: Pretty terrible over the past week. I've been so exhausted most days yet I just can't drift off, or find myself waking up tons in the night :(
Best moment this week: Feeling more movements of baby girl & hearing her heartbeat at my midwife appointment.
Miss anything?  Coke, lots of it and not worrying about what I eat so much. Oh, and sleeping in weird positions.
Food cravings: Chocolate it seems this week, which isn't ideal!
Anything making you queasy or sick? The smell of hot food alongside the usual kittens smells.
Gender: It's a girl! :) 
Labour signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Back pain intermittently, shortness of breath and severely congested at night.
Belly button in or out?  In.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Our 20 week scan next week (but also very nervous!) and the exciting times to come.

I can't wait for more movement, but I'm already worried about the lack of sleep I'm getting without being kicked in the ribs! I have restrained from buying any cute clothes for a while but Zara kids clothes are just irresistable! Overall I'm feeling great, if a little tired.

If you have any maternity wear recommendations for the upcoming Summer months, please do let me know your favourite brands!

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I can't believe I'm already going into my 17th week of pregnancy! It's crazy how quickly time is going and it's so exciting! This week was quite momentous as we booked a private scan to find out the gender as we're way too impatient. Thankfully after a lot of poking to get baby moving in the correct position, we found out the gender!

La Vida Fresa 16 Week Pregnancy Update
Baby's first present!
How far along? 16 weeks and 6 days.
Total weight gain: 0 lbs, back to pre-pregnancy weight after my morning sickness weight loss.
Maternity clothes? Still the same as last week, just the jeans so far. 
Stretch marks? Stretch marks also pretty much the same, a few on my sides and my inner thighs.
Sleep: Up and down. Some nights I sleep great, others not so much. Ollie works different shifts so it depends. When he works nights I never sleep as well.
Best moment this week: Finding out the gender of our baby! Also going home to see our families. We bought the pram and car seat this week too. Very organised.
Miss anything?  Drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate, chocolate in general and runny eggs this week weirdly.
Food cravings: Chinese food. Not sure if it's pregnancy related or not as I used to crave a lot of various foods but this week in particular it's been chinese!
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Again, the same as last week, generally just the cats right now and gone off food.
Gender: It's a girl! :) we were both positive it was a boy so it was a huge shock but I'm delighted either way, girls clothing is much cuter! An all girl family on my side now.
Labour signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Back pain and a bit of kidney pain too when I don't drink enough, it's a hint to drink more!
Belly button in or out?  In.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Seeing our baby again at the 20 week scan and buying more pretty girls clothing.

That's it for this week, I think I'll update next time when things have changed a little bit as most things are staying the same right now. Spring is just around the corner and I'm loving these sunny days! Let's hope it gets warmer very soon. I hope you're all having a fabulous week, halfway to weekend!

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