Things are getting real!

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Yes, I have been pregnant for 30 weeks (7 and a half months!). Yes, I do have a rather sizeable bump. And yes, I’ve been to five scans and seen the baby.

But…. do you know what made this pregnancy suddenly seem very real and baby’s arrival seem very soon?

Having the car seat fitted!

How silly is that! We’ve bought furniture, decorated the nursery, collected clothes, muslins, bedding, a moses basket, thought of names and signed up to ante natal classes. But until that car seat was in my car, I honestly felt like we were playing Mummies and Daddies!

So now it’s really happening, in the very near future, I’m upping the ante on the Mummy-to-be posts.

Yesterday I went shopping for all the bits and pieces for the hospital bag and baby’s first couple of weeks of residence in our home.

Watch this space for a hospital bag post (which I’m sure I’ll soon update and alter and even be amending after the bubba is born)!

 

 

Peter Pan

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I am a big lover of Peter Pan and his creator, J.M. Barrie. I first enjoyed the Disney film as a child, then when older I watched Finding Neverland and was absolutely captivated.

Many of the quotes from this lovely story are very special and every child should be reminded of the important lessons imparted through this magical fairy tale.

Yesterday I enjoyed the most wonderful day out with my Mum; our annual trip to the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair . It a really special day out and for me it marks the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas time!

The atmosphere, the stalls, the food, the drink (I may have indulged in a particularly fabulous white hot chocolate with all the trimmings!), the people and the products available to purchase all contribute to a memorable day out and inevitably a boot full of goodies!

With our impending arrival due in the next couple of months, I was on the look out for a little something for the nursery. This is made a little more difficult as we haven’t found out if we’re having a boy of a girl!

As you already know if you’ve read a post before, I’m a huge fan of words, so when I saw this stunning framed print on one of the stalls, I was drawn to it instantly.

It covers every base for my husband and I, the typeface is stunning and it will look gorgeous on the little shelves I have in the nursery, ready to be filled with loveliness.

Watch this space for the nursery progression… the furniture arrives tomorrow!

 

One Month On (from Too Much Milk)

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So, it was a month ago tomorrow that I had the game changing surgery to remove a naughty parathyroid gland that was playing havoc with my health (Too Much Milk).

I said that I would give an update and let you know how I’m feeling, so here it is!

I have never felt so good:

I have energy (as much as you would expect a 29 week pregnant person to have, anyway!).

I can concetrate on things and focus in a way I haven’t been able to do for many many months.

My skin has cleared up completely – I’m finally enjoying that pregnancy ‘glow’that had been so elusive for the first 6.5 months.

The aches and pains have gone. Seriously. My body feels like it belongs to me again, no more inexplicable pains in the middle of the night that could only be soothed by a very hot bath.

The headache is GONE. Not reduced, not there less often – gone. It’s a life changer. I’ve been living with that headache for as long as I can remember.

The anxiety is so much less. Yes I’m soon to be a Mummy and I do still have ever-so-slightly crazy hormones. But, I’m not feeling like every little thing that happens is going to be the absolute end of the world (much to the relief of my ever-patient and wonderful hubby!).

I have my bubble back. Tricky to quantify that one, so here’s a silly picture instead!

IMG_3149.JPGSo, if you are reading this as a follow up to Too Much Milk, and you or someone you know is going through the same thing – I hope this fills you with hope and excitement for what hte future holds for you. This is one month in, imagine how I’ll be feeling when I’ve had the little bubba and my body is able to 100% recover from everything!

 

Oh Happy Days!

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So today we had our 28 week growth scan….. and everything was perfect!

As always it’s super exciting and special to see your little one on the big screen, but following the dramas of the last few weeks, today carried extra significance for us.

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It gave us quite a giggle when we walked into the ultrasound room and met the consultant sonographer, who asked how I was. When I replied ‘so much better thank you’, he wanted to know what had been wrong. So I very briefly said I’d had a parathyroidectomy a few weeks ago. His priceless response? ‘Oh yes, I know all about you, we all do here!’. Right, ok then! Good to know that I’m a minor celebrity at Tommy’s thanks to my crazy pregnancy journey!

It worked in our favour though as he gave us a fantastic print off of 6 photos and even did a cheeky 3D scan setting for us to see the little ones face. What a special day.

I haven’t stopped smiling all day, and I finally feel like I’ve got all the good news I need to thoroughly enjoy the remainder of my pregnancy!

To top off a fab day, I got home from the hospital to find that the nursery’s paint job has been finished! You can’t see the colour here, but I’ll try and get one in a better light when it’s not rainy and bleak outside. It’s Laura Ashley’s Duck Egg White, a very very pale blue that will work beautifully whether beanie is a boy or a girl.

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I’m beside myself with excitement to get the furniture in (21st November) and then add all the trimmings. I won’t finish it off completely until we’ve had the baby and know whether it’s a boy or a girl – but I’ll keep the updates coming of my fun little finds and how I decide to personalise it!

Happy Thursday : )