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Thursday, 19 January 2017

34 week pregnancy update



Feelings:

I'm currently 34 weeks pregnant and I seem to be getting bigger by the day! I'm at work until next Friday when I shall finally be on maternity leave, I absolutely love my job but oh my goodness it's getting hard! Waking up at 5.45am every morning and not getting home until 5.45 at night is a killer. My boss has kindly agreed to reduce my hours next week so I'm looking forward to finishing a little earlier.

Something else that I've been struggling with is feeling like public property, don't get me wrong, it's lovely when people take an interest in your pregnancy but I struggle to understand those who are desperate to tell you of their miscarriages and stillborns, their struggles with pregnancy and "pearls of wisdom." I sometimes feel like a piece of fruit that someone is groping in the supermarket with the amount of times my bump has been prodded and poked.



Suddenly everyone seems to turn into a midwife and will tell you exactly when they think your baby is going to arrive and what gender it will be. I'm very much ready to go into hiding with my bump now and not emerge until my baby is born.

Cravings:

I wouldn't say I've particularly craved anything but my sweet tooth does seem to be loving ALL of the chocolate. I'm not ashamed to say that I ate two chocolate bars one after the other yesterday. Saying that though I have also really been enjoying a big bowl of fruit salad at work. I'll definitely miss that once I'm on my maternity leave and will have to make my own!

Wearing:



I've not bought any more maternity clothes, as I only have a few weeks left there isn't much point. I'm still obsessed with my Topshop maternity PJs and B.D.A Belly Bandit leggings. I did however finally wear my bardot style maternity top, that I'd bought a while ago, for my friend's birthday meal last week. I teamed it with my super comfy leather look trousers from Next.

Baby:

Baby is still super active, especially at night when I'm trying to fall asleep! I'm still thinking that this baby will be a boy!

I have my 34 week midwife appointment today and I'm very much looking forward to finding out whether she thinks my bump has dropped, I'm seriously hoping not as I have so much I want to do! I had my work baby shower this week which was completely unexpected and so lovely. They all got together to buy baby a PurFlo nest which I've read such fantastic things about and a gorgeous baby Gap cardigan with little bear ears! I have my friends and family baby shower next Saturday which I'm looking forward to and a spa treatment booked for the following Monday. So please don't arrive early little one!


The house is currently in a complete state. We're having our bathroom done, which I'm so excited for. but I'm desperate for it to be finished so that I can lounge in a Lush bath! Ava's new bed is finally being delivered this Sunday so we can start to sort out the nursery. I'm hoping that it will help me feel a little less stressed about everything. I'm looking forward to finally being at home and getting everywhere clean and tidy ready for the baby.


How was your second pregnancy different to your first? Did your second baby arrive early? I'd love to know.

Catch up on my previous updates:

-A bump update and the Christmas break so far
-It's not you it's my hormones
-My 20 week pregnancy update
-Being a guilty (pregnant) full-time working mum
-It's not going to be just the three of us anymore
-My first trimester update
-Baby number two and back to blogging
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Thursday, 5 January 2017

The ultimate occasion wear by Roco Clothing*

Shortly before Christmas Ava received a beautiful dress from Roco Clothing for us to review. You know that when a dress comes in it's own dust bag it's going to be pretty special, and we certainly weren't disappointed!



I didn't know which dress they would be sending, all of the dresses on their website are absolutely gorgeous, but I really did fall in love with the dress that they chose for Ava.



The Anna dress comes in both mint green and grey and is part of the Timeless collection by Paisley of London. As you can see they sent us the mint green colour which is beautiful! It has a floral, overlay on top of the sweetheart neckline and a beautiful organza overlay on the skirt which gives it an amazing swishy, princess effect.



Another feature of the dress that I also loved was the bow at the back which unclips to allow you to zip the dress up and then simply clips back on, so much easier than fiddling about, tying a bow, which I'm not very good at any way!



Ava is the little girl with a wardrobe full of princess dresses so this was perfect for her. She immediately asked for a "princess bun" and the garish plastic "jewels" also made an appearance!

We have 4 wedding this year and I know that this dress will be worn to at least one of them! If you are getting married this year and are looking for a flower girl or page boy outfit I highly recommend checking out their website. Not only are their clothes gorgeous and of fantastic quality, they are also extremely affordable. Ava's dress costs between £39.99-£44.99 dependant on size which I think is brilliant considering how lovely and well made it is! They stock all sorts of occasion wear from Christening outfits to bridal shoes, including brands such as Rachel Riley, Rainbow Club and Pretty Princess.

*We were sent the Anna dress free of charge in exchange for an honest review
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Monday, 2 January 2017

My third trimester pregnancy essentials

Now that I am firmly in my third trimester with 8 weeks to go until my due date, I wanted to share with you the things that I can't live without at the moment.



Gaviscon Double Action £6.49 Boots- I have been suffering with horrible acid reflux lately and have recently repurchased Gaviscon as I find that it is the only thing that helps me (although milk does help if you're looking for a quick fix). I have bought the larger, 300ml bottle as I know I'll go through it! I've also bought the handy, handbag sized sachets for when I'm out and about.

Maternity PJs £15 Topshop- These checked maternity PJs are my favourites and are currently on sale on the Topshop website for £15, Bargain! I've basically been living in them.



Dairy Milk chocolate- I'll admit, chocolate is not helping with my acid reflux but my sweet tooth is out of control lately. I'm never far away from chocolate and Dairy Milk is my all time favourite.

Belly Bandit B.D.A leggings*- When I do have to leave the house and my maternity PJs aren't acceptable, I've been wearing my favourite Belly Bandit B.D.A leggings. They are so comfortable and can be worn once the baby is born so I know I am still going to get so much wear out of them.



Gym ball- My friend, who is also training to be a Midwife, has just leant me her gym ball. I didn't use one with Ava but I've been finding it great to ease the bottom of my back when I'm struggling to get comfortable. She told me that it helps to get baby's head into position too,

Natal Hypnotherapy Pregnancy Relaxation Track*- If you've seen my previous post you'll know that I am currently reviewing an online hypnobirthing course with Natal Hypnotherapy and I'm finding this relaxation track so soothing and peaceful. I'm really hoping that hypnobirthing is going to be something that works for me. If you're interested in hypnobirthing yourself, make sure you check back with me once I have finished the course to see how I have got on.

Theraline Maternity Pillow*- I've recently reviewed this pillow and it's honestly fantastic. Especially now that my bump is getting bigger by the day, this really helps me to get comfortable at night. It will definitely be coming with me to the hospital, especially as it doubles as a feeding pillow.



What are some of the things that you couldn't live without during your third trimester?

*I was sent some of these items to review. You can follow the links to read the full reviews.
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Friday, 30 December 2016

Why I'm choosing hypnobirthing with Natal Hypnotherapy*

So far at 31 weeks pregnant I have put the idea of labour into a little box and pushed it to the back of my mind. But as my due date approaches, I know that it is something that I need to start thinking about.



My labour with Ava was pretty straight forward. I unfortunately couldn't have her at our local midwife led unit as I wasn't dilating and due to not being able to deliver the placenta last time I'm considered "high risk" this time around and need to deliver my baby in a hospital 40 minutes away, as the hospital where Ava was born no longer has a labour ward! You can read more about Ava's birth story here.

When asked about any fears that I have for this birth, it isn't the labour itself that worries me, although the pain relating to it is also something that I have tucked away in the back of my mind, it's the fear of not being able to deliver the placenta again. For me having had a relatively easy labour and then having to have an epidural and a manual removal was pretty awful. I am truly keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't happen again.



Over the past year or so I have heard the term hypnobirthing being used and have become increasingly intrigued. Hypnobirthing is for those looking for a positive birthing experience and those who want to learn to let go of any worries and fears surrounding childbirth. I have recently started an online hypnobirthing course with Natal Hypnotherapy, founded by Maggie Howell who has had wonderful births with the help of hypnobirthing and reading the testimonies from other women who have completed the course I am confident that hypnobirthing will also be able help me have the positive, happy birth experience that I'm after. So far I am very much enjoying the course, it is broken down into modules that you can come back to whenever you please. These modules contain multimedia, quizzes, downloads and worksheets (amongst other things) to teach you all about the wonders of hypnobirthing and it's benefits. I am currently learning about how hypnosis works and am looking forward to downloading the pregnancy relaxation track onto my phone to listen to as my due date approaches.

I am hoping that hypnobirthing takes away the current fears that I have surrounding childbirth, I am hoping to be able to grasp the true concept of hypnobirthing and to, if possible, have a drug-free birth. Although this is not at the top of my priorities, as we all know, there are no medals in childbirth unfortunately, I do think that a drug-free birth would be a fantastic personal achievement.

I have high hopes for my Natal Hypnotherapy course and am very excited to learn some more and more importantly to have a positive birthing experience when the time comes.

I shall be giving you some more information about the course itself and how I am prepared for hypnobirthing once I have completed the course.

*I am currently undertaking the Natal Hypnotherapy course free of charge in exchange for an honest review
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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Finding my Pregnancy Glow with Mama Mio*

During pregnancy one of the things that people go on about the most is your "pregnancy glow" I've seen it in others, so I know that it exists. Your skin just becomes luminous and dewy and you just look radiant.

Unfortunately for me, this wasn't the case. Not long before discovering that I was pregnant with our second baby I started developing awful spots across my cheek bones, they were so sore and no matter how much I tried, no amount of make up was covering them up! I tried all sort of lotions and potions, to no avail. It seems silly and shallow to admit but it honestly affected my confidence so much. I could no longer wear fake tan on my face and being fair skinned this left me looking so pale, I looked ill! I didn't dare to venture out of the house wearing no make up and I would have days when my spots were just so sore I would cry!


Of course it soon became apparent that these were no ordinary spots, it was pregnancy acne, caused by the increased hormones in my body and something that I never experienced with Ava. I honestly googled everything I could to do with pregnancy acne, I even tried home remedies, nothing worked! I then discovered Mama Mio, a brand that I had previously heard of but never tried. Their Gorgeous Glow face wash peaked my interest, it had fabulous reviews online but after testing and trialling so many different products that didn't work I wanted to be sure. I ordered a sample of the face wash and kept my fingers tightly crossed that this was the product that I had been waiting for. As soon as I tried it, I was hooked. It left my skin feeling refreshed and clean whilst still feeling soft. Not to mention the gorgeous lavender smell which is just amazing. I then went on to buy the full sized version and to my amazement my skin started to improve. The angry, red sores started to reduce and scab over but more than that, I started to get my confidence back, which was huge for me. Since then I have been using the face wash twice a day. Don't get me wrong my skin is still not 100% back to it's old self but it's a lot better than it was. It's also go to the point where I am able to use fake tan on my face again which has boosted my confidence some more. I'm certain that I'll be using this product beyond my pregnancy, I'm in love!



I was thrilled to be contacted by Mama Mio and was asked to be a brand ambassador, after falling in love with one of their products I was so excited to discover what else they had to offer pregnant ladies.

I was sent the Pregnancy Boob Tube bust cream and the Lucky Legs, cooling, energising leg gel.
Pregnancy Boob Tube is designed to protect, soothe and cool new mummy boobs, I breast fed Ava for the first 3 weeks of her life but unfortunately had to stop due to mastitis. I'm planning to try to breastfeed this baby too and I know that this product will become a holy grail for me as it's completely safe to use whilst breastfeeding. If only I had know about this product the first time around, things may have been different.

Their Lucky Legs product is also a must have for mums-to-be. It smells of glorious peppermint and is so refreshing to use. After standing up for a while, doing some ironing one evening my feet were completely swollen and my toes were like little sausages. I quickly grabbed this gel and lathered some on and it really did feel amazing and made a huge difference.

If you're a mum-to-be you must check out Mama Mio's products, they have such an exciting range which cover all of your pregnancy skin concerns. I can assure you that you'll be as hooked as I am!

*I was sent the products free of charge as part of an honest review.


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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

A bump update and the Christmas break so far

As I type this I am now 30 weeks, I have said it before but I can't seem to get my head around it! It has FLOWN by. I think it's a combination of working full time and already having Ava but I'm starting to panic thinking that nothing is ready for this little babe, not even the hint of a hospital bag! I managed to pick up the pram that I wanted in the black Friday sale, (Silvercross Chelsea Wayfarer, if you were curious). It had the car seat thrown in for the price of the pram which was a deal that couldn't be missed. I am thrilled with it and am so happy with my choice, although Ava will be a month off her 5th birthday when the baby is born I'm thinking of getting a buggy board for the pram. They say they are suitable for up to 5 year old but to be honest Ava is such a little dot, she still fits into age 2-3 clothes, that I'm sure she'll thank me for it. She's ruddy lazy too!



We were all set to go all guns blazing on the nursery, which is currently Ava's playroom. Unfortunately in order to get the nursery ready we need to move the toys into Ava's bedroom, which requires getting rid of her 3/4 bed which takes up most of her bedroom. We thought we'd found her a solution and bought a lovely single bed with storage. We waited 2 months and the bed never arrived, just a mattress. Turns out it was out of stock and the useless folk didn't let us know when we forked out for it, neither did they know when they'd next have any in. So we asked for a refund and ordered her another bed from Next, a trustworthy source. Unfortunately this one takes 11 weeks to be delivered so we're (hopefully) looking at mid-Jan time. Bedroom saga has been put on hold until then which makes things a little stressful!

As for me, I'm feeling quite well, tired but with a child who wakes pretty early in the morning that's was pretty much going to be a given. I'm feeling quite short of breath as everything becomes even more crushed, I'm looking forward to no longer having to take Gaviscon and for my pelvic floor to be back to normal-ish.

My bump is pretty neat and all in the front but I do feel bigger than I did with Ava, no new stretchmarks from my pregnancy with Ava and I've still avoided getting any on my stomach, I think that this is down to my Secret Saviours products. I'm still thinking that this is going to be a boy!

With 4 days to go until Christmas I think I'm pretty much ready, I still have gifts to wrap and Ava's Christmas Eve box to put together. It's been quite hard to keep Ava entertained, with her being at school I think she's used to being simulated all day and for a pregnant mama this is quite a hard feat. I want to rest but she wants to play so we have to compromise!




On Monday we went to one of our local National Trust properties to see Father Christmas, we went with my dad and his lovely dog. With Nath being a postie it's such a busy time for him and we've been like ships in the night this week, which has been hard.

The Father Christmas experience was magical though and I think it was so nice for my dad to be able to come with us to see the wonder on her face.

We had to go through a magical wardrobe which was very Narnia and into a waiting room complete with snow covered pines and fake snow.





Ava was SO excited and almost ran off without us when they said it was her turn! Father Christmas was in a big study and Ava came over all shy but did tell him what she would like for Christmas, a purple Furby, which is her main present! Winning! She was given a present, some gaudy plastic jewellery which she was made up with, and we went for tea and cake.



We had a little walk which was spoilt by the rain but we did have such a lovely afternoon, I love visiting National Trust properties and we're lucky enough to have some lovely ones near us. It's definitely worth checking on the events on the National Trust pages as they do put on some lovely things.

Today we're having a lazy day and tomorrow we're off to the panto with Nath and out for tea. I'm really looking forward to a family day.
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Monday, 19 December 2016

Ava wears The Essential One*

Ava was recently sent some beautiful clothes from The Essential One, a brand that I have loved for a long time. They are a family owned business who produce some gorgeous clothes. They have you covered from bump to baby. For someone like me who is firmly team yellow, it can be hard to find lovely, unisex clothes but The Essential One have a fantastic range which leaves me spoilt for choice!

They also have clothes for boys and girls up to 6 years old, these are equally gorgeous and beautifully well made.



Ava was sent the Champagne Satin Corsage, Special Occasion dress. It reminds me of a little fairy dress with it's satin & chiffon fabrics. The colour is so Christmassy too! She told me that she felt like a princess in it and has asked to wear it on Christmas day, to which I happily obliged.







We also received this beautiful, pastel coloured blouse. I'm such a seasonal dresser myself and tend to wear darker colours in A/W and brighter, pastel shades in S/S and Ava's wardrobe is usually a reflection of that. Saying that this blouse was such a welcome addition to Ava's A/W wardrobe and I think it suits her complexion perfectly. We teamed it with some beige Next leggings and her brown Chelsea boots, it's an outfit guaranteed to brighten up the dullest of Winter days.



It's such a lovely versatile item that can be layered up with a chunky knit in the colder weather and worn as it is during the warmer months,



Baby wasn't left out either, the very generous people from The Essential One sent along a gift set of three white babygrows which come in their own little drawstring bag, these are currently stored away, ready to be popped into my hospital bag (I know, at 30 weeks pregnant my hospital bag is still unpacked). There is just something about a newborn baby in a pure white babygrow that just makes me so happy. They are made from 100% supersoft cotton too, perfect against your baby's skin.



We were also sent one of their beautiful, bestselling, unisex snowsuits. We were sent the navy one with grey fur trim and it really is the most adorable thing I have ever seen! I'm bracing myself for cold weather in February/March so it will be perfect when baby arrives to keep them nice and snug.

I've been so impressed with the quality and style of The Essential One's clothing range. It's all super affordable and they have a wonderful range of choice. You certainly won't be disappointed!

*We were sent the items free of charge in exchange for a review
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