Bump update: 37 weeks

I’m writing this in my kitchen at 5am chomping on some Belvita breakfast biscuits having been awake since about 3am. I haven’t slept properly for weeks and I keep having to shuffle around to stop my legs/hips/knees from getting pins and needles.

It’s pretty safe to say that I’m well and truly ready for all of this to be over now! The last 2-3 weeks are always the worst, especially now that my bump has dropped, meaning I need a wee every 5 minutes and being comfortable is a distant memory. I’m actually starting to think I’ll probably get more sleep when the baby arrives!

Saying that, I still consider myself to be pretty fortunate in the pregnancy-symptoms department. My back and hip pain have been relatively minor this time around, I’ve had no swelling of legs or ankles, no heartburn – in fact, other than not really being able to sleep, I think I’m doing pretty well (and not sleeping has it’s perks – such as being able to get ahead with all my work and write blog posts in pure, silent, uninterrupted bliss!)

We’re pretty much ready for baby to turn up any day now. We’ve just bought a new steriliser from Mothercare to replace the old one as it had funny bits of metal floating around in it and luckily it was in the sale for half price. I should probably take another look at my baby bag as I have really only panic-packed it once a few weeks ago after it dawned on me that it was all getting a bit close!

Mentally, I’m still not sure how ready I am, which I know sounds totally nuts because I’ve been pregnant FOREVER now so have had plenty of time to get used to the idea but I think there’s still going to be a wave of shock when she arrives and I’ve got a whole new person to look after. But maybe there won’t. Sometimes I just manage not to stress out about stuff like this and just go with the flow. I think the fact that I know I’m having a c-section is helping a lot. Obviously it’s still worrying and there are still things that could go wrong but I think I’d be a nervous wreck right now if I had to contemplate a natural birth. (Don’t think that I’m by any means suggesting that a c-section is the easy option, because trust me, it’s not, we’re still talking MAJOR surgery that takes weeks to recover from, but for my own personal reasons relating to what happened with Huxley at birth and being in intensive care, it’s definitely the best option for me)

Also, I hope you guys aren’t expecting a dainty little baby girl because at my last scan the lady looked at me in shock and asked if my diabetes test had come back clear and I was told that she looked like she had a ‘chunky tummy’! She was already estimated to be 6lb 14oz at 36 weeks (babies put on 0.5lb a week in the last few weeks) so I’m fully expecting another hefty baby like Huxley!

Wish me luck!

37 weeks pregnant

Gender reveal & bump update: 25 weeks

Hello!

Long time no see! Things have been pretty crazy over here lately. Mainly because I’ve taken on a lot more social media work recently so I just don’t have the spare time left to blog anymore, especially as I’m still filming and editing weekly vlogs.

I hope you’re all enjoying this lovely, hot weather. I really wish I was. Instead I’ve spent most of it sat inside with the curtains closed trying to keep myself awake. I hate it! I hate wasting sunny days and I’m getting major mum-guilt that I barely have the energy to talk to Huxley, let alone play with him or take him anywhere fun.

So, back to business. You may have noticed from the title that I’m actually 25 weeks pregnant now so doing a full-blown gender reveal seemed a bit silly as I’ve known the gender for weeks and you’ll already know what we’re having if you follow any of my social media or watch my vlog but I’m excited to say that we’re having a girl!

I think we were both a bit shocked as we had just assumed it would be a boy for some reason and I think Nick quite liked the idea of Huxley having a brother but it will be nice to have a girl. She’ll be the first granddaughter on my side of the family as my sister & I both have boys. My only worry is how much money I’m going to spend! I’ve already bought tons in the shops and we’ve saved loads of stuff from when Huxley was little anyway. I can’t help it! Girls stuff is just so cute!

25 weeks pregnant

25 weeks pregnant with a girl

25 weeks pregnant with baby girl

Baby #2!

So, this is the reason some of my America vlogs were a little strange! If you’ve been watching them, you may have noticed that I started off the trip super upbeat, going on hikes and walking lots of places and then I gradually turned into a hermit who barely left the house and complained about feeling sick a lot – well this is why!

13 weeks pregnant

I’m currently 13 weeks pregnant and so far, this pregnancy has been quite different to my first one. When I was pregnant with Huxley I didn’t get any symptoms at all. This time round, I’ve had far more symptoms but I think I’ve still had it pretty easy compared with some women. I felt pretty nauseous all day every day from about week 6 – week 12 but was never actually sick. I can’t work out if I was less tired this time around or whether I just had less opportunity to realise I felt tired due to running around after a toddler all the time. I definitely had worse cravings this time around and my sense of smell and the nausea made me super fussy.

Since I’ve been home and passed the 12 week mark, the nausea has definitely worn off  but I am ravenous ALL THE TIME. I literally eat about 7 meals a day. I am getting a bit more frustrated this time round now though because I get so worn out even just walking down the road and for someone who is often left without a car and an energetic toddler to entertain, it’s not great! I’ve just taken on a new social media client though so we’re thinking about putting Huxley in nursery for another morning a week which should make things a little easier.

I was thinking I look much bigger this time around but actually I’ve just looked back at my 12-week bump pictures from last time and it’s probably about the same!

In terms of care, I’m being consultant-led this time rather than just seeing a midwife because of what happened when Huxley was born with him being in intensive care for a week. I never really went in to detail about that on my blog because it was too difficult for me but he was basically losing oxygen and I ended up having an emergency c-section which was all fine but the next day we noticed he was twitching a bit funny so we called the nurse in and they whisked him off to intensive care (NICU) and put him in a little plastic box with lots of tubes poking out of him as he was having seizures. The next few days were pretty intense as you can imagine and he had various blood tests and an MRI scan. Luckily, he had no further seizures and they decided he was okay and we’d just have to keep an eye on his development as he got older. The trouble is, because he’d been trapped indoors for a 4 days, he then had jaundice and on top of this, they have to test him for every other possible illness going while he’s in there and unfortunately his results were sent off on a Friday which meant we got stuck in there over the weekend and everything got delayed. It was all very stressful and meant that most of my family couldn’t touch Huxley or cuddle him the first time they met him which was quite upsetting. Anyway, you can read my birth story here if you’re into that kind of thing.

So, I’m being consultant-led anyway, but we got the blood results back for the Down Syndrome screening the other day and my PAPP-A levels are low (I don’t even know what that is) but apparently it means that the baby is growing small so I would have to be consultant-led for that anyway and it means I’ll have to have more scans than usual to check the growth.

Anyway, I’m literally going to have to go now because I’m so hungry that I feel sick, despite having just eaten a bowl of cornflakes and a gingerbread man.

But yay! It’s due on 3rd November and we’ll be finding out the sex at our 20 week scan which will be in June sometime.

Bump update: 39 weeks pregnant

So here we are. The final week. The waiting game. (Is it weird that writing these posts still seems really surreal??)

It’s such a strange experience to wake up every morning wondering whether today will be the day that we get to meet our son for the first time. It’s strange making plans with friends with the added caveat ‘providing you’re not giving birth’, knowing that those plans may never happen even though they are only a day or two away.

39 weeks pregnant uk bloggerCardigan: Wallis | T-shirt: Primark | Skirt: ASOS Maternity | Shoes: Havaianas

I’m not really sure where the days are going at the moment. They seem to be rushing past so quickly and all rolling into one. I don’t even know what I’m doing with my time. I’ve done a couple of puzzles, baked a few cakes, been on some long walks and eaten quite a bit!

My back pain has definitely gotten worse recently. It’s pretty much constant now. But on the flip side, I’ve noticed my knees don’t hurt as much now that I’ve stopped working. I also feel like my bump dropped about a week ago as I haven’t been quite as breathless. Dinner time has become a bit of an issue because I just feel so stretched and heavy and full after I’ve eaten. I feel like my ribs are getting bruised with all the pressure. Saying that, I still haven’t had heartburn or acid reflux so I know I don’t have it as bad as some.

I’m so excited to finally meet our baby. I can’t wait to see what his little face will look like and hold his tiny fingers in my hand. But these feelings of excitement are equally matched with moments of sheer panic and total fear. I’m anxious to know that he’s going to be 100% healthy. I’m anxious about being a mother. I’m worried that I won’t cope well with the pain of child birth. It’s not that I’m particularly scared of the pain as I know it won’t last forever, but teamed with the sheer exhaustion I’m expecting, it’s a day I wish I could get out of the way as soon as possible. I keep saying to my husband I feel like someone has told me that I’m going to break my leg soon but they haven’t told me when so I’m just walking around waiting for the inevitable excruciating pain to appear with no warning.

But, like I said, if I’m lucky, once it starts it will all be over within 24 hours and then we’ll both be so overcome with joy that it will all be forgotten. I’m just hoping this will be my last bump update!

A massive congratulations to Amy and Tabitha on the arrival of their beautiful sons, both called Henry! I’ve just read that Tabitha had a 30-hour labour which has worried me slightly!

 

In other, completely unrelated news, Remembrance Sunday is coming up soon and this year Jon Richard has created a ring to support and raise awareness for our troops of past and present. Jon Richard were kind enough to send me this ring but if you’d like one of your own then they are available to purchase here or at Debenhams. The ring retails at £12 with £3.60 going to the Royal British Legion.

You can also buy jewellery and a whole range of other items directly from the Legion’s Poppy Shop website, where 100% of the profits go to the charity.

Jon Richardson Royal British Legion Poppy ring

Today I’m Wearing: Tartan at The Pig

Nick and I have been married for 5 years. It was actually our anniversary back in August and I’d originally booked to take Nick to The Pig as a surprise but as luck would have it, I was horribly ill that day and spent most of it asleep.

Now that I’m on maternity leave and we probably don’t have too many opportunities left for a nice quiet meal on our own, we finally got round to re-booking our lunch at The Pig and drove the lovely scenic drive to Brockenhurst Wednesday afternoon to stuff our faces.

The Pig Hotel, Brockenhurst, New Forest

The Pig is probably one of the prettiest places I’ve ever eaten. It’s a big old house hidden in the middle of the forest and is just beautifully decorated. The dining room is inside the conservatory overlooking the garden and is filled with lots of plants with a roaring fire in the corner and the coolest floor tiles you’ve ever seen.

Dining room at The PigHerbs at The Pig Floor tiles at The PigNick’s been so excited about visiting here ever since it opened many years ago. They do a 25-mile menu where 80% of the produce comes from within 25 miles. Nick went for smoked salmon to start followed by bath chaps on the jaw bone complete with teeth and all (not for the faint-hearted!) and I had a steak and ale pie followed by a chocolate torte with earl grey ice-cream. It was all absolutely delicious. The only thing I would have changed is that I prefer my meals on a plate rather than a slab of wood. I know it doesn’t look as good but it just makes it easier to eat!

I didn’t take any pictures of the food because it wasn’t really that kind of place and I’d have felt horribly awkward! Here’s a picture of Nick instead…

They also bought over two glasses of champagne and a little pig-shaped biscuit which they’d written ‘Happy Anniversary’ on for us. So sweet. It’s the little things that count.

NickAfter we’d eaten we had a wander around the beautiful hotel grounds. There’s a courtyard outside with a huge roaring fire built into the wall and a pizza oven (which I’m totally trying next time as they looked amazing!). Then we wandered into the kitchen garden and visited the animals they keep in the fields.

Kitchen garden at The PigThen Nick found a swing….

Nick on a swingEmma The Style BoxWe decided to make the most of being in the New Forest and made our way to our favourite spot, Blackwater, which we visited earlier in the summer for a paddle in the river and also for a BBQ with friends. This particular part of the New Forest was planted with Californian Redwoods many years ago and it’s just spectacular and reminds us of being in Big Sur.

This time we walked around the arboretum which contains lots of different species of trees from around the world. There’s another walk there called the ‘Tall Trees Trail’ but it said that was a mile and a half and I wasn’t sure I could manage all of that walking after such a big lunch so I can’t wait to go back and explore that.

Redwood in the New Forest ArboretumCan I just say how much I absolutely LOVE my new scarf? Earlier in the week my mother- and sister-in-law took me out for a big slice of cake at Patisserie Valerie for a ‘non-baby-shower’ treat and while we were shopping they were very naughty and surprised me with this amazing tartan scarf from Zara.

Emma The Style Box UK fashion lifestyle bloggerUK fashion lifestyle blogger Emma The Style BoxScarf & jacket: Zara | T-shirt: Primark | Skirt: ASOS Maternity | Shoes: Converse

Today I’m Wearing: Jojo Maman Bébé maternity

I was recently contacted by the lovely people at Jojo Maman Bébé to see if I’d like to review an item of their maternity wear. I’m already a big fan of their babywear but didn’t realise they did maternity clothes so I jumped at the chance to try them out.

As I’m approaching the end of my pregnancy now (only 5 weeks until my due date!) I chose something that would hopefully see me through the post-pregnancy period too.

I chose the wrap maternity top in navy (it comes in 6 different colours) and I can honestly say it’s one of the most comfortable things I’ve worn whilst being pregnant. It has three-quarter length sleeves and is completely open at the front when you put it on with two long dangling bits of material which you wrap around to suit.

This worked perfectly for me as being small-chested I often find that tops are far too gapey and it seems to be even worse for maternity wear. Note to maternity wear makers: not all pregnant ladies are fortunate enough to have their chests triple in size! Being able to wrap this top as tight as I needed it was really great and I felt nice and secure wearing it (although it did take me several attempts to get it tight enough as it can be a challenge to get the material to lie nice and flat across your stomach!)

Then you can either tie it up at the back or keep crossing round the front and tie it to the side. I tied it to the side as the ties would have hung too low tied at the back but I suppose it will all depend on the size of your bump as to how much tie-length you have to play with. I ordered the top in a ‘small’ which according to the sizing guide works out as a size 8, which is what I was before I was pregnant and I think I chose correctly. I think a size down wouldn’t have left me enough material to wrap and tie it round to the side and a size up would have had too much excess material.

If you’re about to embark on a winter pregnancy then I’d definitely recommend giving one of these a go. The material is so soft and stretchy that it will grow with you and I’m hoping it will be suitable for breastfeeding afterwards too.

Jojo Maman Bebe Maternity wrap top uk fashion blogger pregnantPregnant uk fashion blogger in jojo maman bebe maternity(I also tried out The Londoner’s blow out tutorial and this is day 2 of the results – I’m officially a convert!)

Jojo Maman Bebe maternity wrap top in navy uk pregnant bloggerTop: c/o Jojo Maman Bébé / Jeans: Next Maternity / Shoes: Converse

They were also kind enough to send me a pair of their ultimate maternity support tights which have special panels built in to the front to support your bump and in the back to support your back. I was usually a size 10 before I got pregnant but would say I’m nearer a 12/14 now so I opted for a medium and they fit like a glove. They are so silky soft and lovely and thick that they are going to perfect for the last few months.

Jojo Maman Bebe maternity tights

Bump update: 31 weeks pregnant

Goodness! Where does time go? I can’t believe I was 26 weeks last time I did one of these! I didn’t really feel like my bump had grown that much but looking back I can see that it definitely sticks out a lot more now and looks lower and heavier!

31 weeks pregnant bloggerI’m definitely feeling the third trimester now but to be honest, I’ve still got it pretty easy in the grand scheme of things so I can’t really complain. Sleeping isn’t too much of an issue, I don’t find it that hard to get comfortable but I do wake up with quite painful dead legs sometimes. I still have to wake up to go to the loo and because I get dehydrated so easily but to be honest I’ve got used to that now and it’s all good practice as newborns wake up every 2 hours apparently so it’s only going to get worse!

I still haven’t got any stretch marks yet but I’m not holding my breath, I’m sure they’ll rear their ugly head right at the last moment! We’ve been attending antenatal classes for the past 3 weeks which have been really helpful and I’d definitely recommend going to them. I kind of felt like I knew a lot of what to expect from watching One Born Every Minute but being able to ask a midwife all those niggly questions was really good.

The only thing I am having a bit of a nightmare with at the moment is my maternity pay. My stupid midwife was meant to talk to us about it at our 25 week appointment but she never bought it up because she thought I wasn’t entitled to statutory maternity pay because I’m self-employed which is the biggest load of rubbish I’ve ever heard as I still pay my national insurance meaning I am entitled.. So now we’re having a mad scramble trying to get hold of all the forms we need and they take 6 weeks to process so looks like I won’t be finishing work any time soon as my pay won’t kick in until baby is practically here! We’ve also had a bit of a panic because I’m still on a zero hours contract at Boots (which I totally forgot about!) as I worked a couple of shifts at Christmas so now we’re trying to get all the right forms off them too! Nightmare!

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(I had literally just woken up from a nap here – can you tell by my dreadful squinty face?!?)

It was mine and Nick’s 5th wedding anniversary on Friday and I was so excited about it. We don’t usually do anything to celebrate our wedding anniversary but as 5 years is a bit of a milestone and our last one without a child, I’d booked us a surprise lunch at The Pig in Brockenhurst which we’ve both wanted to go to for years. Unfortunately I came down with a really bad sickness bug on Thursday night and was ill right through until Sunday so I had to cancel it. Gutted.

(If you’re interested in seeing pictures from our wedding day, I’ve posted about it here)

Bump update – 26 weeks | Bump update – 20 weeks | Bump update – 17 weeks

(I’ve got a giveaway tomorrow for you all too!)

 

Flowers

Nick and I spent Sunday morning at Upton Country Park. It’s just down the road from us and we’ve driven past the signs for it hundreds of times but never been. It was nice to spend the morning just casually walking around the grounds of the big house and through the forest. There’s a bit of play trail in the forest with an awesome tree swing but as it was the weekend it was too busy for Nick to have a go so we’ll have to go back again so he can try it out!

The Style Box pregnant blogger 29 weeksWearing: Top – Primark / Trousers – New Look Maternity / Shoes – Havaianas

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A day in Bournemouth & introducing Stylight

As we’re not going away anywhere this year I’ve been trying to make the most of getting out of the house as much as I can, although this is starting to prove difficult as I move into the third trimester of my pregnancy as I get tired so easily.

Yesterday morning we went into Bournemouth for a little wander around and to grab some avocado on toast for breakfast at South Coast Roast. Although we live just outside Bournemouth we usually try to avoid visiting the town centre as much as possible, especially in the summer as it gets crazy busy with all the tourists. I wanted to go and see the new space where the infamous Imax once stood and see what they’d done to spruce up the area. It actually looked really nice and I was surprised at how pretty the gardens looked on our walk to the beach.

Bournemouth pierpurple flowerBournemouth hot air balloon

Bandstand in Bournemouth gardensBournemouth gardensInside South Coast Roast, Bournemouth, DorsetAvocado, chilli & lime on sourdough toast at South Coast Roast, BournemouthThe Style Box UK lifestyle and fashion bloggerI honestly didn’t realise my face had gotten this chubby until I saw this photo! I suppose it’s all the chocolate digestives and cookies I’m living on at the moment…

NickCan you tell Nick hates having his photo taken?

I was recently contacted by Stylight and asked to talk about the website and now I’m hooked! Imagine Pinterest crossed with WIWT crossed with Polyvore and you’re almost there. Not only can you upload your outfits but you can highlight the products you’re wearing and add music, videos and quotes to really tell a story about your look.

The homepage allows you to see trending looks, members and products so it’s really easy to get hooked! There’s some great bloggers already using the site like TempSec, Girl in the LensKayture, Gala Gonzalez, Anouska Proetta Brandon, Jazzabelle’s Diary, What Olivia Did and Carrie from Wish Wish Wish.

This is the first look that I created for the site. I haven’t seen any other maternity looks on there yet so maybe this is the first one?!? It’s not very exciting but my choices are limited at the moment and my main priority is to be comfortable and try and stay cool.

If you’d like to follow me on Stylight, you can check out my profile here.

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29 weeks pregnant

Wedding snapshots

This weekend was the wedding of my cousin Zoe (well she’s not really my cousin, but you know those people who are your mum’s best friend’s kids and you saw each other a lot when you were little so they kinda become your ‘cousins’ as it’s easier than explaining all of this…)

It was up in Frimley Park in Surrey and was a lovely day. The ceremony was held at Frimley Hall hotel and the weather managed to hold out until it was time to eat.

You may remember a week or so ago I wrote a post about choosing an ASOS dress to wear to this wedding, well this is the one I picked. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so comfortable in a dress (other than the stifling heat!). I’m 27 weeks pregnant here.

ASOS Maternity dress 27 weeks pregnantDress – ASOS / Shoes – Primark

This is a picture of my sister, her fiancee, my mum, stepdad, me and Nick. It makes me chuckle because I think it looks like a bad promo photo for some American drama DVD. I think it’s the straight arms down by our sides haha.

FamilyMe, mum and SarahMy sister, mum and me (we don’t really look alike at all do we?)

I was ‘unofficial’ photographer for the day as the bride’s parents wanted someone to capture all the candid moments that the official photographer might not be taking. It was pretty daunting and I took about 500 pictures altogether so I’m praying they’re happy with the ones I took and that at least a few are in focus!

This is the bride and groom cutting the cake. Don’t they look beautiful and happy!

Cutting the cake

My favourite ones were the ones I took on the dance floor after everyone had had a bit to drink. You can almost guess the songs from the dance moves!

Flo Rida dancingThis was Flo Rida – Low…

Beyonce single ladies dancingThis was Beyonce – Single Ladies…and probably my favourite picture of the evening

Even Nick was drunk enough to get up and dance with my mum but he’d be horrified if I put those photos up….