Tuesday, 25 August 2015

40 Weeks Update

Here we are again, I am now 41 weeks pregnant and although I've had signs for several weeks now, it seems baby girl is either very stubborn or lazy!

How far along? 41 weeks.
Total weight gain: 19.5lbs.
Maternity clothes? Definitely don't need any new ones! It's been a tad sunnier this week and warmer in parts so I dug out my maxi/midi dresses again.
Stretch marks? Yep!
Sleep: Pretty disturbed. I'm waking up more frequently to pee now and think the anxiety has kicked in too making me wake up more.
Best moment this week: Knowing the end is in sight for sure!
Miss anything? Being mobile! Not long to go though yippee!

Left pic taken 40+1 | Right pic taken 40+6 - Ignore the stretchmarks, although they don't look half as bad as they do in real life!
Food cravings: Still a lot of ice and mainly sweet things, oops.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope, I feel great!
Gender: Girl!
Labour signs: Still tons of Braxton Hicks and lightning crotch but other than that, unfortunately not.
Symptoms: As above plus a very moody/stressy Paula this week! The hormones have finally kicked in resulting in lots of breakdowns.
Belly button in or out? Out.
Happy or moody most of the time: Moody :( I hate being pessimistic but it's been a tough week, I just want her here!
Looking forward to: Of course my final days/week of pregnancy where I can finally meet our princess :)

Baby Gap Haul | Etsy Haul - JennyWrenCraft
Of course the only way to cheer up a hormonal, pregnant lady is shopping. Last week after a disappointing midwife appointment, we went for a trip to Cheltenham. Hours of walking later in the hope that it would bring on labour; I stopped via Baby Gap...no excuse necessary. The left pic is the result of the shopping. They had a sale on so it was rude not to. I love the picks! Most items were 6-12 months.

Recently I've been absolutely loving Instagram. I've found so many great feeds and not to mention shops, including this one featured from Etsy. JennyWrenCraft handmakes gorgeous baby pieces on there, if you are in the market for beautiful items please check her out! Her shop is linked here.

So that's all for this week. I'm due to have a sweep today so fingers crossed things pick up soon, failing that I should get an induction date also very soon. Hopefully, my next update is introducing our baby girl!

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

39 Weeks Update

Well here I am...I hoped to not be writing this but life; labour in particular, cannot be planned that much. I wish this weeks was a positive update, but unfortunately it'll probably rightly so come across as pretty whingey.

39+2 weeks - bump has since dropped a lot lower! | Thor shouting at baby girl to come out - I feel her pain..
How far along? 40 weeks exactly.
Total weight gain: 18.5lbs.
Maternity clothes? No new ones but even my maternity clothes are tight now! 
Stretch marks? Lots.
Sleep: Slightly better this week actually, a blessing in disguise.
Best moment this week: We had my husbands parents come to visit us from back home (200 miles away) which was lovely! Also, knowing it's only a matter of days until we meet our princess finally.
Miss anything? Having no bump which sounds terrible, but generally just bending down, laying on my stomach and walking without pain.
Food cravings: Thai food! I've been thinking about it constantly. Ice is still very much on the menu too!
1 week ago when I hoped she'd be here by today. | A new book I picked up from Annabel Karmel. I've heard great things about this weaning book for months to come!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope, I feel great.
Gender: Girl!
Labour signs: Still tons of Braxton Hicks but mainly the worst pain this week has to be the lightning pains. Ouch! I've had to really stop and clutch on to things when the sharp, lightning sensation strikes. 
Symptoms: The same as last week, tons of lightning, Braxton Hicks, stretching pains, general uncomfortableness and huge mood swings!
Belly button in or out? Out.
Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty moody this week sadly :( I just want her here now!
Looking forward to: More signs our princess is coming.

So that's my 39 week update. Please keep your fingers crossed that our baby girl comes very soon and as always, keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram and Twitter pages for more regular updates!

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

38 Weeks Update

Today marks 1 week until my due date, seriously how did that happen?! I'm getting pretty anxious now, with a couple of false labour pains, I'm overthinking as to whether I'll know when it's the real deal or not. I've heard you most certainly do though!

I've been pretty miserable this week and fed up, the heat returned momentarily for the weekend and we had my parents over to stay after not seeing them for 2 months. After a lot of walking, I hoped it'd do something but apparently not! Feeling huge and it's difficult getting out of bed, off the sofa..you name it. Sorry to be such a moany minnie this week but I'm sure everyone feels the same at this stage!

38 Week bump | Organising the drawers in the best way possible, I wonder how long it'll stay tidy for!
How far along? 39 Weeks.
Total weight gain: 18.9lbs. This surprised me from last week as it means I've put on nearly 3lbs in one week after not gaining for weeks. According to my app, I've put on the most of my weight in my very last months which sounds about right.
Maternity clothes? Nope, I've been meaning to go and get measured for a nursing bra but it's half an hours drive to my local shops so I'm plucking up the energy!
Stretch marks? Even more after my recent last minute weight gain I'm sure!
Sleep: Extremely disrupted, minus last night where I got tons of sleep - first time in a while I promise you! Generally keep waking up to go to the toilet or just in pain from various things, doesn't make a great combination.
Best moment this week: Seeing my parents and knowing how close it is until our princess is finally here.
Miss anything? Being mobile, walking without being in agony and generally life without my bump sadly as much as I want her here!
Food cravings: Chocolate, ice and freezing cold drinks - mainly Dandelion & Burdock.

Purchases of the week - beautiful Puffin Dress from Boden. I absolutely love this dress, it's the favourite item I've bought so far! | Dribble bib from Bilibib-dot-com on eBay. I love this because it matches the fabric lettering with her initials on!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing in particular, just gone off food.
Gender: Girl!
Labour signs: Exactly the same as last week, I'm still classed as in "early labour" even though it's now been a week since my first visit to hospital. Braxton Hicks are harder to spot now I'm so big so I can't time them as well.
Symptoms: Nausea, lack of appetite on some whole days, Braxton Hicks galore, lightening pain when I walk - ouch! 
Belly button in or out? Out.
Happy or moody most of the time: Mainly moody this week. As much as I'm trying to stay happy for our bundle of joy, it's just so uncomfortable, next baby will be born in Autumn or Spring hopefully!
Looking forward to: Meeting our princess :)

Who knows, this could be my last update! Stay tuned via my Instagram and Twitter for frequent updates and hopefully pictures very soon!

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Pregnancy Tips

Although I am 38 weeks pregnant and in my very final stages of pregnancy, I still don't class myself as an "expert". If I was to do this again (ask me in months to come!), then these are the things I'd go back and do, some things I didn't take enough of my own advice on.

These tips apply for any stage in pregnancy and there's no time that's too late to start if you haven't already!

1. Drink lots of water!
2. Take pre-natal vitamins as early as possible and stay consistent, set alarms if you're not good at remembering!
3. Moisturise regularly. As much as I don't personally think it does much with regards to stretchmarks, your skin gets very dry so needs a boost. I recommend Bio-Oil, Palmers Stretchmark Cream and Lotion. I did a post here on my favourites.
4. Rest and sleep as much as you can, by the end of your pregnancy you really won't get much.
5. Get a pregnancy pillow early on! This can come in handy for feeding later on.
6. Buy baggy, flowy clothes for early on in pregnancy rather than waste money on maternity clothes too soon.
7. Pinterest can be your best friend (my boards are here FYI).
8. Incorporate your veggies into smoothies and sauces where you can, especially spinach and broccoli for iron.
9. Invest in good non-wired bras & get regularly sized!
10. Cat owners stop doing the litter tray. This can cause toxoplasmosis which is an infection spread through cats (and other animals) faeces. 
11. For nausea, keep meals small and simple nothing spicy, bland food.
12. Pregnancy apps such as pregnancy+ and what to expect are your best friend.
13. Watch YouTube videos such as Anne Saccone, Belles Boutique, MakeupbyTiffanyD and DollyBowBow for weekly updates on their pregnancies. It can soothe you knowing you're on track!
14. Don't over Google! You'll stress yourself out. Should you need advice, check the NHS website, it's really helpful.
15. Research, research, research. This means for everything you buy, don't impulse buy it, you may not need it. Instagram and tons of blog posts should help with this, plus review sites. 
Check your local Mothercare stores to see if they have an Expectant Parent event,
equally can save you money & you get freebies and advice!
16. Depending on when you're due, think about the sale season, are you due before the next sales? Wait and buy clothes then, you may save a fortune!
17. We got our furniture from Argos but by Mamas & Papas which saved us £500. It's worth being open minded and really shopping around as you never know what you can find online.
18. It's also nice to check out Instagram hashtags such as #__weeks and #__weekspregnant to see how people due around the same time as you look and how they are decorating their nursery. Mainly Pinterest has been my inspiration though for our nursery and is still a work in progress.
19. Spread out the cost, pregnancy is a long old 9 months so don't wait until last minute to buy things, buy gradually over time. This goes for nappies, wipes and toiletries too!
20. Oh and do those Kegals! They will save you in the long run.
Last of all, just don't worry. Relax and enjoy the time being pregnant, you'll look back and realise how quickly the time has flown!

So I think that's it that I can think of right now, for any questions at all about my pregnancy, or pregnancy in general feel free to send me an email/tweet me or comment below. I'd love to help!

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