35 Weeks Pregnant [Baby Number Two]

Due date: 28th June 2017

This week has been a little all over the place, as i mentioned last week I was supposed to have a mental health assessment, after the build up all week the appointment actually got moved to this week, meaning the anxieties that I had surrounding the appointment were magnified. I clearly don't do well when people change appointments. I felt so anxious and nervous all week about the upcoming appointment. In all honestly it was fine - like I deep down knew it would be. The assessment is just a precaution encase I'm unlucky enough to get post natal depression again this time around, at least I know if it happens then I have some kind of support in place.

Preparing Your Toddler For a New Baby

We are getting closer and closer to becoming a family of four, our family will be growing in a matter of weeks and while we are as ready as we can be for her arrival. It feels like it has been a long time coming, but something that I have constantly been thinking about, even now it is on my mind, is how will our little girl adjust to her little sister. Will she loved being a big sister, or will it really take its toll on her. It’s a big change, to suddenly go from being the only child, to having a sister. Having to share your parents, grandparents, toys, and home. It’s not just that, but this little person is going to be loud, and needy – will she cope with that?

The Girls' Bedroom Makeover

As I have mentioned before, my girls are going to be sharing a bedroom. Of course baby girl wont be going into Emily's room straight away, but I wanted to get it all decorated and done before she arrived. I really don’t fancy decorating it while I have a newborn and toddler to watch, and also I wanted Emily to get used to the changes before her sister arrived and there was more changed. Emily's room was previously grey and pink, and although they were both light colours, the room looked so dark. There is one window in their room and it's in such an awkward position that it barely lets in any light.

Milo & Matilda [Review]

Just like most parents, I love storage. We have a big unit in our lounge, that is full of Emily’s toys that we can conveniently tuck away when she isn’t playing with it. As she gets older, the more little figures and cars she seems to collect which isn’t a problem, it just means I had to look for new ways of storing them. My first idea was to purchase some little plastic tubs so she could store all the little bits in there, for a while it worked, until Emily realised she could use the plastic tubs as a stepping stool and put holes in the tubs meaning they were practically useless.

34 Week Pregnancy Update [Baby Number Two]

Due Date: June 28th, 2017

This week has been another one where I have felt extremely down, I'm not sure where its stemming from or if i'm more nervous about giving birth - or leaving Emily. Both are equally terrifying me. I saw the midwife this week, who reinforced the taking it easy, slowing down so as not to trigger labour. I feel like I've accomplished something making it this far though. Baby is still head down, pushing down which is making everything so damn uncomfortable. I literally feel as if I am going to squash her if I sit down - which I know is a silly thought.

Chocolate Chip Muffins

These double chocolate chip muffins make the perfect just out-of-the-oven treat.

Dr. Oetker recently got in touch with us to see if we would like the opportunity to work with them, you may know that Emily and I love to bake together, so of course we said yes. Anything cake related and Emily can’t wait to make it, the only problem I often have, is Emily likes to do it all by herself, she really dislikes it if you try to help her. She loves to add all the ingredients herself and even crack the eggs which can get very messy, very fast.

A Day At The Park, And Pre-Birth Feelings.. [The Ordinary Days]

In years to come, when I look back on my blog, I want to remember the good days, that is why I guess I blog about the good times (I do try to keep it real and balanced and blog about both), but its not even about the big days out, or the fancy trips. The ones I want to remember are the ordinary boring spontaneous trips to the park. Those are the days I love and treasure the most. Yet those are the ones I tend not to share, and I have no idea why that is the case? I always take pictures of our adventures, photography is something I love, so it is natural for me to be snapping away while Emily is playing. I want to be able to look back on these moments, just like other parents, but are we putting too much pressure on ourselves to share everything on social media?

33 Weeks Pregnant [Baby Number Two]

Due Date: June 28th, 2017

Mood: My mood has been really up and down, I feel like I always say that but its honestly the truth. I don't know if that is the anxiety or the fact that I am just emotional, or maybe both. I have got a appointment with the mental health team soon, just as a precortion and to make a plan encase I'm unlucky enough to get post natal depression again. I do think that there is a strong chance I will get it again, because I had it with Emily and of course these things never really go away you just get better at dealing with it. 

I Hate Hyperemesis. I Hate Being Pregnant.

I have a confession. A confession that I think I will get judged for, a confession that leaves me feeling guilty. I have mum guilt, really bad, anxiety crippling, knots in your stomach, mum guilt because, I hate being pregnant. I feel selfish saying it, ungrateful, or cruel but it is the truth. There are 6ish weeks until my due date and I am honestly counting down the days, minutes and hours until its over.

Now before you stop reading, there are somethings you need to understand. I am grateful, so grateful and happy and thankful to be pregnant. I love the baby that is growing in my stomach. I am over the moon that we have another little rainbow, and that Emily is going to be a big sister – I suppose that’s why I feel so guilty for feeling this way.

What Emily Wore #3

Emily's outfit this week is this gorgeous bunny dress - that was a complete bargain might I add, £3.50 in the reduced section in Tesco. Emily loves bunnies, if we see anything bunny related in the shop she wants it. This little grey dress is going to be perfect for summer. I teamed it with little white roll top socks, and her pink converse. She also had a little pink hoodie on but decided it was far to hot for that.

Wooden Tea Set From Lucy Locket [Review]

Emily was lucky enough to receive this gorgeous wooden fairytale tea set to review from Lucy Locket. As you may know I'm a big fan of wooden toys, I much prefer them to plastic ones as I think they last longer, and they are definitely more durable when it comes to toddler play. A tea set is a great way to encourage imaginative play in children. Emily has lots of wooden cakes, and food that goes with her kitchen but she was yet to get a little tea set.

Bravado Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra [Review]

When I was pregnant with Emily, I refused to buy an expensive maternity or nursing bra. In my opinion it was a bit of a waste, I don't plan on breast feeding for personal reasons, so I came to the conclusion that I wouldn't need a nursing bra. Well, it was a foolish choice on my part, as I was so uncomfortable. This time around I was adamant that I would get a maternity bra, I didn’t want to spend the whole of my pregnancy wearing bra’s that didn’t fit properly, or left me uncomfortable because they weren’t supportive of my growing tender boobs.

32 Weeks Pregnant [Baby Number 2]

Due Date: June 28th, 2017

Mood: My mood still seems to be a little all over the place, I know the closer it gets to my due date the more anxious I will be, but I wasn't prepared for it to be quite this hard. I have so much guilt surrounding the weight loss and the fact that babygirl isn't growing 'as she should be'. I'm also finding it really difficult to sleep, as soon as I close my eyes I'm filled with anxiety and dread and my mind starts thinking over a billion and one different things that are not even important. I have another appointment with the midwife coming up, and then another scan and consultant appointment to check on little ladies growth. Hoping that they both go fine, and I end up having a natural labour.

Joie Dreamer-Twinkle Bouncer [Review]

We were recently given the opportunity to review a item from the Kiddies Kingdom website, so I decided on this gorgeous Joie Dreamer-twinkle bouncer. I have been meaning to get a bouncer before baby E arrived, but I hadn't found one that I had fallen in love with up until now. 

What Emily Wore #2

The older Emily gets the harder it is to get a photograph of her, shes such a stubborn, fiesty, fidget bum now. I feel like we have started to turn a corner though, the past couple of weeks she has been asking me to constantly take pictures of her. She has a little pink wooden camera, which she loves to use and pretend to take photographs with. We do plan on getting her the little V-Tech camera for her birthday, as it seems right up her street and something that I know she will get lots of use out of.

30 & 31 Weeks Pregnant [Baby Number 2]

Due Date: June 28th, 2017

Mood: So I missed a week last week, but I was feeling so overwhelmed. I have been struggling a lot with my mood, especially anxiety. The more pregnant I get the more I begin to worry about various things. One of the biggest things for me at the moment, is the idea of being away from Emily while I have baby E. While that may not seem like such a big deal to many, it is to me as I haven't ever really left her, and the last thing I want her to feel is like she is being abandoned.

Girls Bedroom Wishlist

Emily will soon be sharing a room with her little sister, in prepartation for that I wanted to give her room a little make over before her sister arrives and life gets too busy. Emily's room has always been my favourite in our home, when we moved in we painted it a light pink and grey colour, two walls of each colour. Her room then ended up looking really dark, and the light colours we picked were not quite light enough. I want to stick with a off white/pink colour when I repaint it - if I can find one. 

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