Bump update

How far along: 38 weeks
Total weight: 96  kilos
Stretch marks: yes. 
Best moments this week: Washing Baby E's stuff, I know it may seem like something silly and small but it made everything feel so real. I can't believe shes actually going to be here real soon!
Miss anything: People talking to me rather then my bump. I also miss sleeping on my back at night, It's too uncomfortable, with the extra weight of my bump, and the weight that I've gained on my boobs, when i do lay on my back i feel like I'm suffocating!
Movement: We had a little trip to the day unit again this week, because little lady didn't move for a whole 24 hours, I had another CTG, and wouldn't you guess it, as soon as they hooked me up to the monitor she kicked. Such a stubborn mo. I'm sure she just likes to make us worried.

Excuse my jumper! This is actually Sam's but none of my jumpers fit me now, and I was cold!

Money Monday

Budgeting has always been hard for me. Especially when it comes to food shopping, I end up getting drawn in by the two for £2 offers or the buy one get one free. It's so easy to get. Drawn in by the pesky yellow labels! I end up spending £40-£50, get home and realise I have nothing for tea, but lots of crisps, chocolate and fizzy pop.

Supermarkets are perfectly thought out marketing enviroments, they think of every way to draw you in and seduce you into buying things you don't actually need! For example placing the most brought items spread around the store, which in effect makes you walk the whole length of the store. While your walking you see all of the other things you wouldn't necassarily want or need. Including the so called bargains!

Meal planning
This is something I have always done, because I used to work 12 hour shifts (before maternity leave) 3 days a week it was easy to plan ahead for the days I was working. This way I had all the ingredients I needed, I just had to throw it all together! It also made me really think about what I was buying and if I actually needed it - which obviously cut the cost dramatically. I think it actually helps that I enjoy cooking and I think it helps when you know exactly what your putting into your meals. I really dislike all of the processed foods you can buy these days, but that's just a personal opinion. 

mood boards

With our housing situation not being ideal, and us waiting to move into our own place. I've been feeling unprepared, with way to much time on my hands. Don't get me wrong i have all of Baby E's stuff purchased, I just can't put it together and decorate her nursery. However I did create a mood board, so you can see all the bits i have already, and all the bits i still have to get (which isn't a lot really). Basically i just wanted to share my vision with someone other then my good old ipad.

Bump update

How far along:  37 weeks
After all the false starts, illness and everything else, we officially made it to 37 weeks! Very proud of us.
Total weight: 95 kilos
Stretch marks: yes, sadly.
Best moments this week: Spending quality time with Sam, which i have missed and have kind of taken for granted a bit because i have been feeling so down.


The C word

They're singing deck the halls, but its not like Christmas at all, I remember when you were here, and all the fun we had last year, Christmas, putting lights on the tree, Christmas, I'm watching them shine, Christmas, you should be here with me, Christmas, mm baby please come home...
I'm sorry, I cannot contain it anymore. I have tried, but I can't. It's the C word. It's been eating at me for days. By C word I mean CHRISTMAS! One thing you may not know about me is I absolutely love Christmas! It's my favourite time of the year. I love purchasing gifts, decorating my house, then I end up doing my mums, and my aunts, sometimes my Nan's. Yes I'm a little bit over the top, but why not? I bet you have something you get excited about to, for most people it's birthdays, I don't like mine so for me it's christmas, and you know what - I'm absolutely fine with that!


Date night

This weekend, Sam decided he was fed up of me moping, and we decided to go out for something to eat. I have to admit, I'm a food lover! There is nothing more I love doing then going out with Sam for food, and soon it wont just be the two of us anymore. It seemed like the right time to take advantage of that fact, I know once Baby E is born, we can get family to babysit, but I'm not really sure how I feel about that at the moment.

We decided to go to The market cross in Dunstable, It's only recently opened this year, and we've never been before. However it is definitely somewhere we will go again in the future. It has a excellent menu with a lot to choose from, you could order from the menu, but they also offered a carvery option. I even had a little peak at the children's menu which looked just as tasty. Both me and Sam had the Bacon and cheese burger. It was absolutely gorgeous, and the size of the meal really shocked me, I thought it would be average size, but when it come out it was massive. Sam had doubled his burger for a extra £1.50, and he really regretted doing so once he saw the size of it. The burgers were lovely, and came with a side of chips, onion rings and coleslaw. The food was served very promptly after we placed our order, it was perfectly cooked, and hot. 

Bump update

How far along:  36 weeks
Total weight: 95 kilos
Stretch marks: I do have stretch marks, I have been applying moisturizer during the whole of my pregnancy, but at the beginning the moisturizer made my skin flare up and get all blotchy, I wasn't aware until investigating the packaging that it contained Almond oil. I have a sever nut allergy, which is why i reacted so badly to the moisturizer! However, they may fade after I've had Baby E.  
Best moments this week: If i'm honest, I haven't had a very good week, I've been feeling more depressed and down than normal. I also had a terrible time at the hospital, which didn't help. You can read that post here.


Honest feelings

*Warning; This may be a bit of a self-pitty post. Sorry!*

I know I was trying to blog everyday in August, and sadly I failed. Yesterday, I was in absolute agony. I have honestly never felt a pain like it, I had a show in the morning (discharge that's a pinkish colour). I was booked in to see my consultant later that day so I didn't really think there was much point ringing the midwife to tell her, I would wait. when I got to see the consultant, I told her about the show, and the pain I was having. I previously got taken into hospital (back in July) because I was in 'pre-mature' labour. That started with what I thought was a stitch, which got more intense over night, and turned out to be premature labour. The consultant examined tummy, she said it was quite tender and hard, she was also concerned about Baby E's movements. She also said that Baby E's head was down, and I was suffering from SPD (symphsis pubis dysfunction) which was why I was having a lot of pain in my pelvic area, but she was unsure as to why I had pain in the top of my tummy. So she sent me over to the day unit, to have a CTG, (monitors the baby's movement, heartbeat and uterine contractions). Everything was normal, Which obviously is a really good thing, but I had to go back the next day for another CTG, and a Growth scan. I was also told I would see my consultant, who assured me we would try and find something to help with the pain I was feeling!



Meeting my soul mate

How we met
I was up playing xbox one night, with one of my friends - Bridget. We were playing Call of duty: black ops 2 (incase you were wondering). The thing about Bridget is she is the most random and unexpected person I know, She gets the most random idea's and goes with it. Which is what happened this night. She had created herself a meet me profile (previously known as myyearbook), and enjoyed telling me all about it. She decided it would be a fantastic idea to create me a account, sigh, I figured that it would just be a better idea to let her run with it, run its course, after all I could go and delete it later. I didn't actually go onto the profile that she created for me for about a week, once I did I was absolutely disgusted. You don't realize how many disgusting people have a profile on that website, its a sex obsessed thing. There is lots of people on there (since they changed it to meet me) looking for girls to chat up. I received about 25+ messages in the week period that she had set it up for me, and they were literally 'send me a picture' and 'do you want to dirty talk'. I can't even tell you how sex obsessed both the men and females were on that site. I decided to look through the messages, and delete them. Then I was seriously considering deleting the profile itself. While I was searching through the messages I came across one from Sam, it said "hello ^.^" 

Blogger snail mail

I got paired up with Lisa, over at kidandcapers. The idea of the blogger snail mail, was you get to know the person your paired with over a 4 week period, Then after that you send a little letter, and a gift (roughly £5 if I remember correctly). I love writing letters, so this really appealed to me, and sounded like fun. 

About Lisa
Lisa was absolutely lovely, she's a mummy which made it even better because when I was having a hard time during my pregnancy (I can hear you saying, 'which part') she was there for me and gave me some really useful advice. On getting to know her we came to realize we had quite a bit in common. I would definitely recommend heading over to her blog (kidandcapers) and have a little look for yourself. She blogs about parenting, beauty and there is the odd lifestyle post there too!

Hospital bag

Being a first time mum, the hardest thing is knowing what to pack for the hospital, as you may already be aware if your a regular reader - I have constantly been in and out of hospital during my pregnancy. So I think it is safe to say I have my hospital bag down and sorted! I actually got my bags ready when I was 30 weeks pregnant, I'm just really slacking on my posts! I have read tons of posts by other mummy's and I have also read through the lists that stores advise that you can take with you (such as matalan, and mothercare). After all of my research, I have kind of complied my own little list. I divided my stuff into two sections, because it helped me stay organised and it's what worked best for me personally! Most of the stuff I already have packed because I've been in and out of hospital, I've kept a hospital bag with my bits packed constantly encase I need it

Bump update

How far along:  35 weeks
Total weight: 94 kilos
Stretch marks: I do have stretch marks, although they don't really bother me, they do knock my confidence a little when I'm getting changed or whatever. However, they may fade after I've had Baby E.  
Best moments this week: Online baby shopping! I haven't really been able to go out or do much because I keep throwing up, and feeling genuinely poorly. So it's been really nice to have the laptop and buy things to make me feel better! Retail therapy.

Baby Buys

Recently there has been a lot of sales on, usually I write little wish lists, and they seem to be really popular posts, They're popular for me when i'm looking at other peoples blogs to. I think this is partly because I'm a really nosey person! Anyways, I thought I would take pictures, and let you view the little steals I made! There was lots of things that I lusted over, but then put back because they were similar to when I already purchased.

Money Monday


Learning how to budget
With my house move coming up, and a baby on the way, it's about time I start budgeting better! Sam is really good at budgeting and saving - but me, I'm not so great. So I thought why not take you on my little learning curve too! I'm usually a impulse buyer, However I am starting to stop and question myself. 'Do I need this?' or 'Will I use this?' as much as I hate to admit it, Sam is the one who started putting these questions in my head, Sometimes I will pick stuff up in a shop, and he will just look at me as if to say 'really? again?'. I think it helps having him there when I go shopping, he's saved me a fortune since we've been together.


Meal planning 
This is something we already do, and i have a upcoming post about this, so I'm not going to talk much about it. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but I have honestly found it so useful! Planning your meals a week ahead give's you the ability to slash the cost of that pesky grocery shop! Especially with the cost of food constantly rising, it helps to save the pennies where you can!

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