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Ernie’s Labour & Delivery Story

Please excuse the quality of some of the photos in this post, we filmed bits of my labour and so some pictures are screenshots of that footage. The lighting was kept dim too which reduced the quality some more.

Let me set the scene.

It’s the third of July 2018, we’re in the middle of one of the most severe heatwaves the UK has seen in years and I am nine days overdue. I’m hot, swollen and becoming increasingly annoyed by the poor time keeping skills of my second child. It had never occurred to me that Ernie would be later than Darcie was, if anything I was expecting him early and had therefore been on the edge of my seat since about 37 weeks pregnant. Five weeks later and I was beginning to lose my cool, literally. Continue reading “Ernie’s Labour & Delivery Story”

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Preparing for Postpartum & Breastfeeding | The Products

Following the success of my post on Preparing for a Newborn I thought I would put together a similar list of some of the products that I have for myself once Ernie is born. A lot of these will be breastfeeding related and also there are just some general postpartum items on here that will hopefully be useful to someone reading this. It’s so important to remember to look after yourself when you’ve just had a baby. Yes, your priority will be on the baby, but be kind to yourself too. Your body has just undergone one of the most traumatic experiences and it’s important to take care of yourself as a priority too. So these are some of the things that I am hoping will ease me into postpartum life:

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Second Pregnancy, Third Trimester

Seeing as I’m still waiting around for little Ernie bear to make an appearance, I thought I might as well write my third trimester update. I know that once he is born, I’m unlilely to get around to it any time soon and I wanted to write it while it is all still fresh in my mind. I remember that as soon as Darcie was born, all my memory of pregnancy was wiped, which is probably why I was so happy to do it again! I’m currently three days overdue and so now is as good a time as ever to tell you all how the third trimester has been.

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In Anticipation Of It All | Labour, Delivery & Life With Two

It’s been a while since I’ve just sat down and wrote about how I feel so prepare yourself for a word splurge.

I’ve got to that point in pregnancy where it’s all becoming very real. The chances are that within the next week or so I’ll give birth to my baby boy and begin my new life as a mum of two. And I’d be lying if I said that I’m not currently finding that quite a daunting thought. So, as ever, I’m turning to my blog for a therapy session just to get my thoughts out of my head and onto the screen (I know, paper would sound a lot better!).

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Using Spatone During Pregnancy | A Review

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It’s certainly no secret that being pregnant whilst also looking after a toddler, is hard work. Having good energy levels is pretty much essential when it comes to being a toddler mum, so when pregnancy fatigue hits – life can become quite difficult quite quickly. I generally am somebody that has pretty good energy levels, we’re always on the go and I love being able to take Darcie out for adventures every day. However in this later stage of pregnancy, I won’t pretend that I haven’t begun to struggle. I’ll often find myself feeling dizzy and exhausted after doing even the simplest of everyday tasks. It was really starting to get me down as it became more and more difficult to keep up with Darcie throughout the day. Continue reading “Using Spatone During Pregnancy | A Review”

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The Nesting Instinct & A Giveaway With ACE

Recently something has been driving me crazy. At nearly 39 weeks pregnant, the nesting instinct has kicked in in a big way, it’s totally insatiable and persistent and to be honest it’s driving me mad. Since having Darcie and becoming the stay at home parent, I have naturally become quite house proud. If we have visitors and the house is untidy or unclean, we all know who is going to get the blame! To be honest, I also don’t think I’ve actually stopped nesting since Darcie was born. My house is in no way pristine but I do make an effort to keep it presentable as much as I can around the demands of a toddler. Continue reading “The Nesting Instinct & A Giveaway With ACE”

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What’s In My Hospital Bag? | Back To Basics

When I was preparing to have my first baby, I read so many of these ‘What’s In My Hospital Bag? posts online. It must be one of the most googled questions in every pregnant woman’s search history – what on earth do I take with me to have this baby?! This time around, rather than spending too long reading other people’s lists I have simply drawn on my own experience from last time. I’ve tried to remember the things that I was really glad I had with me and the things that I really wished I had taken. I think that compared to a lot of lists online this is quite a simple one. What I have decided to take has been based on the fact that this is my second child and my first labour and delivery had no complications, therefore I have no intention of staying in the birth centre any longer than necessary.

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Life After Pregnancy, What I’m Looking Forward To

alcohol-alcoholic-beverage-301682.jpgNo matter how much you love pregnancy, there will always be some things about life before pregnancy that you really, really miss. Things that you simply can’t wait for once you are no longer pregnant. It goes without saying that the thing I am most excited for after pregnancy is meeting my baby boy, holding him in my arms and embarking on a new journey together. But there are also some other things that I can’t wait for, things that I have sorely missed throughout pregnancy.

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My Maternity Favourites

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, but what with being pregnant and looking after a toddler, time has somehow managed to slip away from me in that way that it always does! In a way it is good that I am writing this at 34 weeks pregnant as I have now had almost my entire pregnancy to think about what have been my favourite maternity items and products throughout this time. It’s so easy to spend your pregnancy thinking solely about the arrival of your little one, after all that is the most exciting part! But it’s also important to remember to look after yourself while you are doing the most important job of all – growing your baby. Most of these items are related to being comfortable and treating yourself, which are obviously two very important things for any expecting mum. Continue reading “My Maternity Favourites”

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Don’t Tell Me To Love My Pregnant Body

img_0236There is so much pressure out there to love your pregnant body. We see it everywhere, from advertising campaigns for maternity wear to the mum you barely know at baby group telling you how marvellous the pregnant form is. And don’t get me wrong, I think it’s wonderful that we are encouraged to celebrate the changes that are happening to our bodies as they grow beautiful healthy babies and prepare to give birth. But what about when you just don’t love your pregnant body? What if no matter how hard you try, you just can’t? What about the days when you feel huge and swollen and yet the world is still insisting that you celebrate? And on those days, funnily enough, having a perfect stranger tell you (directly or indirectly) that you must love your pregnant body -doesn’t help. I hated my body during pregnancy the first time around, and so this time I was more determined than ever to try to celebrate it. Frankly, that hasn’t gone to plan and I’m sitting here feeling as if I resemble a whale and mourning the time when my clothes actually fit me.  Continue reading “Don’t Tell Me To Love My Pregnant Body”