Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Preggos!  |  Review

It’s finally the 1st of Feb! It feels like it has been January for AGES so I am so pleased to see 02 when I write the date now. To me, February means Valentine’s Day... a chance for me to show hubby how much he means to me and for him to do the same, not that we need a specific day to do this but I love a good gimmic :) This year though it has been hard for hubby to think of things to get me. The traditional sexy undies and prosecco have gone out of the window as the only thing I wear to bed at the moment is extra large PJ bottoms and a maternity bra! Sexy right??

So, I was thinking, instead of the traditional gift guide, this year I would write a gift guide to help all the partners and husbands of pregnant women out there... no alcohol or skimpy knickers in sight.

1. Jewellery from jewellerybox.co.uk

The Jewellery Box is an online Jewellers FULL of beautiful pieces including stacking rings, anklets, bracelets and necklaces. I was sent this gorgeous Rose Gold dipped Infinity necklace and I love it. The best thing about it isn't the necklace itself though, even though it is seriously pretty. It's the extender sets you can buy from a teeny tiny price of £4.15. These extenders are amazing as it means that if you have a necklace where the chain is just that bit too small you can pop and extender on and make it more comfortable. There is something for pretty much every budget on this site as well which makes it perfect for everyone this Valentine's day. Make sure you check our their website here to find something for the special lady in your life : https://www.jewellerybox.co.uk/


Waiting for our luck to run out... | Blog

Maybe I am a bit hormonal today or maybe I am just having a bad day but ever since we fell pregnant I have had tiny little voice in the back of my head asking a question that I just can't shake..

''When will our luck run out?''

I consider myself very lucky. Hubby and I fell pregnant with Pickle within 3 months of trying. I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy and gave birth to a healthy, beautiful little boy. When we decided to see if number 2 wanted to come along I fell pregnant within the first month of us trying. So far this pregnancy has been pretty straight forward. I have never experienced the heartbreak of a miscarriage or the pain that comes with desperately trying to have a baby. Yet the NHS say that 1 in 6 pregnancies end in miscarriage and 25% of couple struggle with their fertility. I have seen first hand the pain that comes with miscarriages, still births, birth defects and illnesses. I am lucky to have never have had to face these types of life changing things BUT I can't help but wonder when and if our lucky will run out?


Leave my bump alone!!  |  Blog 

RANT ALERT.....why do people feel the need to comment on bumps? I am 17 weeks pregnant and I am showing quite a bit. I wasn’t exactly small when I had Pickle so I was expecting to show sooner with baby no 2 but I am bigger at this point than I thought I would be.

16 weeks pregnant with Pickle


Week 16 Pregnancy Update  |  Blog

So as you will know (unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or you’ve never read my blog before) I am pregnant! More to the point, I’m 16 weeks pregnant now and am yet to post a pregnancy up date - WORST PREGNANCY BLOGGER IN THE WORLD!!! I’ve thought about how I want to do pregnancy updated and I’ve taken some inspiration from a few of my fellow pregnant bloggers and decided to do them every couple of weeks rather than weekly and to formate them in a question and answer style and I think that will be easiest for me to look back on and see how things change. So... here we go... my 16 week pregnancy update! 

How far along - 16 weeks and 6 days as I write this. I definitely feel like I’m in the second trimester now. I’ve got so much more energy and feel so much better than I did a few weeks ago


What really happens in your first trimester... | Blog

In your first trimester we all know what happens right? You get morning sickness, you're tired and you crave weird foods. Well I am here to tell you that there is sooooooooo much more than that that people don’t seem to talk about and do you know what? I want to talk about them as I can’t be the only one to experiance some of the lesser discussed first trimester symptoms! 

Oh my goodness... the constipation! I don’t remember feeling like this when I had Pickle but this time round it has been horrendous. Some people say it’s because of the prenatal vitamins and the increase in iron where as others say it’s because of the hormones that are flooding your body. Whatever it is, it sucks and I long for the day when my bowels return to normal!

Crazy Dreams
I am a bit of a vivid dreamer anyway but during my first trimester things took a seriously weird turn. I’m talking dreams where I would wake up not knowing if it was real or not. Dreams where I would wake up so angry and annoyed off with Hubby because of something he did in my dream. Hopefully this passes soon before I serve hubby with divorce papers based on a weird dream I had! :)


Changing Room of the Year Awards PLUS a chance to WIN! | Sudocrem Collaboration

If you have read my blog for a while then you will remember that last year I wrote about the Baby Changing Room awards. Can you believe that these awards have been around for five years now and this year it is even more exciting! And who is behind these amazing awards??? Leading nappy cream brand Sudocrem that's who and this year they are pioneering that way once again with a brand new category to recognise the importance of Changing Places for disabled children. Since 2012, Sudocrem has been campaigning for this new award as well as the chance to recognise retailers and brands who recognise the importance of good changing facilities. Winners in the past have included Mothercare, John Lewis and the National Museums of Scotland!

There are 800,000 disabled children in the UK but only 1058 Changing Places toilets to meet
their needs. This means that parents like Laura Rutherford, whose son Brody, 5, suffers from
GDD, epilepsy, hypermobility and hypotonia, is forced to change her son on a toilet floor. She says:

“Life beyond a baby changing table when your child is doubly incontinent means constant
exclusions when you go out as a family. It’s heart breaking for us as parents and this is an
issue that will sadly become harder and harder as he grows up. He is different not less. Time
for change.''


Back to the Gym with Bump!  | David Lloyd Collaboration 

As you will know if you read my blog regularly, I’m a pregnant BUT that doesn’t mean I have to stop going to the gym and being active. Don’t get me wrong, in November and December when I was in my first trimester I didn’t go to the gym as I was so exhausted and sick that I could not think of anything worse than working out BUT now that I am in my second trimester and have my energy back I have been LOVING getting back in the gym.

If you have read my blog before then you will know that we are members of David Lloyd Southend. We have worked with them previously through the blog but even before this we had memberships but I have never been a pregnant gym member before so I wanted to share my experiance of being a preggo gym bunny.


What you REALLY need in your First Trimester  |  Pregnancy Blog

The first trimester is, in my opinion, the hardest. The third trimester is pretty rough too as your getting close to the end, you feel like a whale and your massively uncomfortable BUT you know that you will have your little bundle of newborn amazingness pretty soon so it makes it that little bit more bearable. In the first trimester you're tired, feel sick all the time and can be an emotional wreck and you still have 6 months to go which makes it feel like having your baby is so far away! I have just come out of the first trimester and since leaving the “haze” of sickness and tears I feel like there are some serious essentials that helped me cope with the last 3 months and I’m not talking about your normal pregnancy vitamins or maternity bra type essentials. I’m talking about the real stuff that is a serious god send but that no one ever really suggests so I thought I’d share!

1. A decent blanket 
This may sound like a weird one but trust me when I suggest it! When you feel tired and sick there is nothing better than finishing the day and climbing under a warm, snuggly blanket and snoozing all your cares away. I have pretty much lived under a blanket the last 3 months and only now feel ready to come out of hibernation so if you don’t have a great blanket already then I suggest you get one!


18 goals for 2018  |  Blog 

I have never been one for New Years resolutions as when I used to try to do them I would stick to whatever I had resolved for a week or so and then would fail and give up. Instead of resolutions I now like to try and give myself goals or aims for the year. Not massive things, but small and achievable goals that help give me a direction so when I found out that Jules from Pondering Parenthood had tagged me in her 18 Goals for 2018 post I was super excited as it was right up my street! So here they are.... 

1. Have a baby!!!!
Pretty obvious one really but in July of this year (oh my god that sounds weird to say!) we should be having baby number 2! 

2. Document my pregnancy (and post birth journey) monthly on my blog. 
When I was pregnant with Pickle I didn’t have my blog so I wrote a manual diary whenever I felt the need to mind dump about my pregnancy. This time round I want to make sure I write a monthly post rounding up how the pregnancy is going to help me remember and treasure it as this is going to be out 2nd and LAST baby so I want to document it.