Love the little things week 5

It’s that time of week again – time for one of my favourite linkys  ‘Love the little things’ with Morgana at But why mummy why. If you want to join in or find out more, click the link and get involved! Here are the little things I’ve been loving this week…



This week we had our second NCT class. The teacher was explaining all about birth, pain relief and the different choices we have when in labour. One thing really interested me which I hadn’t heard about before and that was delayed cord clamping. All sounds a bit gory, doesn’t it? But all it means is that instead of clamping the cord immediately, you wait for it to stop pulsing naturally and then clamp it. The benefits are that the baby will have healthier blood and iron levels. I think there is a slightly higher risk of jaundice, but the health benefits outweigh the risk of that, so it’s something I’ll definitely be putting in my birth plan.



Last night I got roped into watching the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Brazil (downside of being married…) I have to admit it wasn’t as painful as I expected and I actually quite enjoyed it! Very colourful, enjoyable to watch and didn’t drag on forever. Result. I can’t say I’m going to enjoy watching any of the football though. Grant will watch the bigger games each week on the TV, but I’m afraid he’ll be confined to his laptop and earphones for the rest of them. I’m about to give birth to his first son, so he’s in no position to moan….

world cup, brazil, football



This week has been baking hot, so jeans and maternity jumpers are no longer my friend. I am usually a really cold person, but pregnancy has made me hotter than the sun – this child is cooking me from the inside out!!! Literally nothing will cool me down. The only thing that has come close is eating bowls of ice and drinking my magical mint choc chip Starbuck’s fraps. This week I combined the latter with a bargainous new summer dress from Sainsbury’s (£16) and I finally felt a fraction cooler. The dress is my new favouite thing in all the world – it’s very cool and light (actually a tad short for a pregnant person, but hey – I’m cooler in it than anything else so I don’t care!) I’ll be living in it every single day until this summer does a runner, or until the baby comes and my hormones return to that of a normal human.

starbucks, dress, sainsburys, hot, summer



If you’ve been following my ‘Little loves’ each week, you’ll know I’ve been sharing songs from my ‘Favourites’ playlist on Spotify and this week is no different. Here’s another one to wrap your ears around:



Again, it’s another fail this week! I’m hoping the same old excuse of being heavily pregnant will let me off people hoping I might have baked some nice cakes or got my craft head on. I can barely make a proper dinner at the moment I’m so hot and uncomfortable, so will see if anything changes by next week. I promise to have something worth mentioning for this section soon!

And lastly…

It’s my baby shower tomorrow!!! My sister and mum having been working hard, cooking up lots of secrets and I’m very excited! I have lots of friends coming and can’t wait to see them all and enjoy the sunshine and BBQ. I treated myself to some special nails this week – blue tips with little baby bows. CUTE!

nails, gel, shellac, blue, baby shower


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Binky Linky

Love the little things Week 4 #littleloves

As usual I’m joining in with Morgana over at But why mummy why for her Love the little things linky. If you want to join in, click the link and learn how! Here are the little things I’ve loved this week:


As usual, lots more blogs!! I’ve been discovering lots more bloggers and great linkys this week too, such as Jessica’s fab blog Lilypod and Sweetpea and the Weekend Blog Hop linky by Claire Justine. Head over to their sites and have a look! I’ve also been asked to guest post for Jessica while she’s on holiday later this month, which I’m really excited about so watch out for that too!


I’ve not watched much TV or anything at all this week I’m afraid. As I’ve been on sick leave for months now, I think I’m a bit fed up of TV. There is one exception to that though of course – Dickinson’s Real Deal. I can’t get enough of that orange nutcase!

david dickinson, tv, dickinsons real deal



Same answer as always – maternity clothes!!! Don’t get me wrong, after 5 cycles of IVF and a hell of a lot of effort to get here, I’m definitely not going to moan – but man, do I want my old clothes back!! Maternity clothes were so exciting at first and even though I LOVE my bump, it’s very easy to stare at my pre-pregnancy clothes and wish I could wear them again, especially in this heat! So far at 33 weeks pregnant I’m nearly 3 stone heavier than normal, so I’m really looking forward to Weight Watchers, all the buggy walks, getting back to my old size 10 and all with a baby in tow!!

pregnant, pregnancy, tattoos, bump


This week I’m still enjoying my Spotify account and can’t believe I abandoned it for so long! Here is another snippet from my ‘favourites’ playlist. I adore Band of Horses and this one of my favourite tracks. So much love. If you have time, just Stop. Listen. Enjoy. It’s a beauty.


Oh dear. I’ve failed here too! I bought a pizza from a supermarket and then added peppers and extra cheese. that counts as making something, right?


And lastly…

Big Brother has started this week. That is all.


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Meet our little boy!


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 🙂
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!


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!!!