Meet our little boy!

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Amazing early birthday present from my parents this morning….. A scan In 4D!
Top left photo looks just like me when I was little so I’m excited to see if we’re right when he finally arrives! We also got a dvd to bring home which means we can watch him wriggling around on TV as much as we like ūüôā
So exciting to get a proper glimpse of him – and the best news yet, my placenta has moved which means no planned c – section!!!!!!!!! So relieved as my phobia of being in theatre was making me petrified. Let’s see if things start and end naturally. Fingers crossed!

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Connect Group

Connect Groups in London, Surrey and surrounding areas.

Connect groups are a brilliant social source which were¬†started by my church, Hillsong. They’re¬†basically a whole load of groups that happen in all different areas to keep people connected during the week and everyone is welcome, whether you attend church or not!¬†
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I run a fortnightly Sisterhood¬†Connect Group (for ladies) in Guildford, Surrey on Friday mornings. My group is mostly made up of¬†mums, nannies and women¬†who don’t work on Fridays and want to get out and socialize. We tend to meet for walks or in different cafes (basically¬†wherever¬†has¬†the tastiest muffins and hottest coffee) and spend a couple of hours catching up and getting to know the new people that come along each time. There’s only a few of us in the group that actually go to Church and all of the others don’t, so if you’re not into Church, don’t let that put you off! ūüėȬ†

If you live in the South East and fancy getting connected socially with other like minded people, whether you’re male/female, a mum, a student or whoever you are,¬†I can fill you in and put you in touch with a¬†local group that meets¬†at a time that suits you!

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Creamy carrot and coriander soup

Carrot and coriander soup is a classic, but most recipes don’t add the naughty little extra of double cream. I do!
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Ingredients:
40g butter
1 large onion
1tsp ground coriander
2 sticks celery, chopped
750g carrots, peeled and chopped
1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
2tbsp honey
4tbsp double cream
Roughly chopped coriander to garnish
Method:
1) In a large pan melt butter and fry onion over a low heat. Add ground coriander then chopped celery and carrot. Continue to cook over gentle heat for 10 minutes, covered but stirring occasionally.
2) Pour stock into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes until carrots are tender. Allow to cool slightly before blending the soup with the coriander leaves and honey until smooth. I prefer to use a hand blender, which makes it easier to leave chunks as I prefer rustic soup.
Have a try yourself and enjoy!
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Oh. Hello 3rd trimester!

Today is a day I never, ever thought I’d see and it feels so weird!
After all the years of trying for a baby and the endless IVF cycles, I’m slowly getting my head around each exciting stage as it comes along. First the positive¬†pregnancy test, midwife appointments (me, having a midwife!)¬†12 week scan, 20 week and gender¬†scans, 2nd trimester and now the 3rd. I’m so fortunate to be here and still can’t quite believe it!
Today I am 27 weeks pregnant. There’s debate over when the 3rd trimester starts, but I’ve always gone by the English and very popular pregnancy app that I use, and today when I opened it, it said I had reached the 3rd! Eek!
Of course, this now comes with automatically panicking and planning for the final hurdle. All of a sudden I feel I should be getting my hospital bag sorted, planning who will look after the dogs when I go to hospital, bringing the baby home – oh my gosh, I’m actually going to bring a baby home…!
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Right from the beginning we were so over excited after how long it took us to get pregnant, that we had our nursery more or less finished by the time I was 18 weeks! To be fair, we already had a wardrobe from when it was the guest room and were given a cot and glider chair by a friend etc, so all that was left to do was choose colour/theme, get painting and organise the mountains of clothes we had bought/been given.
As it is pretty much completed, I plan to add a little sub heading tomorrow under the ‘Pregnancy’ tab and do a little post of our nursery so far, so look out for that!
As I have a low lying placenta, I need to go for another scan at 32 weeks to check if it has moved. If it has then I am able to go for a natural birth (which I’m desperate to have if I can), but if it hasn’t moved I will need to have a planned C-section. I don’t mind the scars, pain etc but am petrified of being awake in theatre. I have a horrific phobia of theatres/operations/anaesthetic and can’t even imagine my phobia allowing me to actually be awake during an operation¬†so I’m really, really hoping by the scan the placenta has moved. If not, a C-section will be planned for around 11 weeks from now. 11 weeks. ELEVEN WEEKS. I’ll be¬†having a baby in 11 weeks….O…M…G!!!
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God bless the internet!

Today, I received a big parcel full of lovely gifts from someone I’ve never met!
I have been following a lovely lady on twitter called Janine (@Jannerspreggers) for a good couple of years now as we were both going through IVF and the support for it on Twitter is amazing when you find others going through the same thing.
Janine now has her little miracle Ethan, and my boy is on the way! Today¬†I opened the door to the courier and Janners had¬†thoughtfully packaged up a big parcel full of muslins, baby clothes, muslins, bibs etc that Ethan doesn’t need any more, all of which are in fantastic condition and had sent them all the way from Newcastle to little old me in Surrey!
As I mentioned, I have never met Janine, but doesn’t it just go to show that the internet really can be amazing!
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Meet our family

Meet our family

Our family so far is made up of myself, my husband Grant, two chihuahuas – Lexie and Maisy and a Maine Coon cat called Hattie. We are expanding our family in a few months – our first baby is due in July

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