Thursday, 29 January 2015

26 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #2

This week has been the worst week so far, so lets rewind back to last Friday when I turned 26 weeks, that was probably the only good day haha and that was spent chasing Isla round soft play while we was at a play date with friends, Saturday I woke up and was in the worst mood ever, I was so irritable and moody with everyone and I have no idea why. To be honest this pregnancy I haven't suffered much with being moody or snappy so it was a little out of the norm for me and especially poor Perry! Ive also been suffering with a really bad back ache, not sure if it was from all the walking I did last weekend or if its time to stop carrying Isla so much, especially when I pick her up I mean she weighs over 2 stone, and where Bump is so big now I have to kind of sit her on it. 

Monday morning I woke up with a really sore throat and Isla woke up with a full on cold, great start to the week huh. As the days have gone by I now have one blocked nostril and the other is running like crazy, so as you can imagine I'm not feeling too great. Also Isla has not been sleeping well at all, she has been waking up for the day from 6:30 and this morning it was 5:30! I am one exhausted Mummy at the moment, I have also been having a few dizzy spells, shaking and almost fainting episodes this week, I mentioned to the Midwife when I last see her that I was seeing black dots when I stood up and she said my blood pressure was OK at the time so she wasn't too concerned. Ive had my blood pressure taken again and it was reading quite low, so that explains why I was feeling so rough, but I am having some blood work done to check my Iron levels etc. 

Ive been noticing that I've been having a lot more braxton hicks this week, and I do notice them a lot more, they don't hurt but they are getting a little uncomfortable. He has definitely moved up even more as I'm struggling to breathe and just feel a lot of pressure under my lungs sometimes. His movements are SO strong, a lot stronger than Isla's were and also he moves a hell of a lot more than his sister did. At night time he is so active and he makes it so hard for me to sleep, he kicks the bed, he kicks Perry in the back if we are having a cuddle too! Obviously I can't sleep on my back so on my side my bump lays on the bed and I can feel a foot or elbow pushing into the mattress, its one of the cringiest feelings ever! Ive noticed my belly button is getting so shallow now, it won't be long before it pops out! My stretch marks on my thighs seem to have stayed the same although one looks a bit bigger, I have learnt that I'm going to get them no matter what so its best not to get too upset about them, they are your tiger stripes that you definitely earn! 

This week Isla decided to join me in my bump picture! She knows to lift my top up and kiss the baby if we ask her, where is Mummy's Baby? I can't believe I'm 27 weeks tomorrow agh where is time going? Please slow down 

Beebies Baby Store: Brand Ambassador Role

I recently see that Beebies Baby Store are looking for 2 new parenting bloggers / vloggers to join their team for a brand ambassador role. I firstly want to talk about the company before I tell you why I would love to join their #WeLoveBeebies team and why I think I'm suitable for the role!

Beebies Baby Store is run by the lovely Ami who has built the business up from scratch and I truly admire her for that because she has done an amazing job in the time she has started! You can find everything to see you through your pregnancy and beyond thanks to the selection of maternity wear & pillows, baby & toddler wear, baby equipment, toddler toys & beds etc the list goes on. Ami provides such a lovely connection with her customers and fans, and I really like that about the store, as you can also build a friendship as well as getting all the help you could possibly need, nothing is too much for Ami. I have recently ordered from the store on line and was so pleased with how smoothly the process went, and also the communication was fantastic, I even get emails updating me on the status of my order! Incredible... If you're wondering what I bought, lets just say it was nautical and you know I can't resist baby boy nautical items I'm like a leech on them haha! 

So now I want to talk about why I would love to be a Beebies Ambassador, I would love to support such a lovely lady and help her to grow her business even more, I'd love to join the Beebies Team also who all do a great job and work with them on spreading  #WeLoveBeebies. I love shopping, I can't lie about that at all haha and I love it even more if its shopping for my 2 year old daughter, and my baby boy bump. So being able to help promote a great store while doing something I love just seems like a win win to me! 

I think I would be suitable for the role as I am a mummy to Isla who is 2 years old and I love finding new products to use, especially this year as she will be going through so many changes, potty training, moving into a single bed from her toddler bed *sob sob* and I am almost 27 weeks pregnant with a baby boy who is due 1st May, so I will have a lot to blog about and will need to buy maternity wear and new baby products and so much more, I can see myself turning to Beebies Baby Store*, (wow that rhymes it should be a new slogan haha) *Even regardless of if I'm chosen for this role. I can share all the products with all you Mummy's and Mums to be, Im also working on my blog so much more now, and have made some lovely blogger Mummy friends who I would love to share this great store with and also personal friends who may not have heard about Beebies Baby Store... YET. I would also love the opportunity to work and support a brand that I truly love and who sell such good quality items that I would be proud to tell you all about, also to work with such a helpful, friendly team that are dedicated to their work.

Yes I am one sleep deprived unwell pregnant Mummy, this is the best I could do for now.. 
So that is my application to be a Beebies Baby Store Ambassador, I hope its good enough :)

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Monday, 26 January 2015

25 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #2

This week has been pretty good, although feeling fatigue has properly kicked in now, I find myself yawning by 3pm and ready to fall asleep by 8:30pm. I haven't been majorly busy this week either so it's not like I have been busy and using up a lot of energy, so I'm definitely starting to slow down this week. His movements are so so strong now, and it does make me feel queasy when he moves so much because it's not pleasant at times, he's been punching or kicking downwards which is the worst ever! I definitely think he is head down now as I can make out what feels like a bum laying on my right side, also he has been getting his feet wedged under my ribs and I have to rub it to get him to move it otherwise I can't sit properly! 

I've definitely cut down on my portion sizes this week, I find it hard to finish my dinners and feel myself getting so bloated and full half way through eating. I've been visiting the bathroom a lot this week, I need to pee all the time it's crazy! Although I have been a bit constipated this week, TMI I know but this is a pregnancy update and I just want to be honest lol. My boobs have been leaking a lot more this week to the point that I might start wearing breast pads, I will have to get some next time I'm in boots or Tesco. I can also use them when I wear my sports bra for when I'm at home and in bed for sleeping. A lot of my friends said I seem to have got my glow and I look really well, so this is nice to hear as I don't believe I ever got the glow with Isla haha. I haven't got any more stretch marks so that is good, I've been using a cream that has already reduced the appearance of them. 

I think that is all for this week, I've had to change my midwife appointment as we are actually going away for the week now so it will now be the following Thursday when I will be 28 weeks + 6 days, I can't believe I'm almost at the 10 week count down! Isla came naturally at 39 weeks exactly, so it could be even less than 10 weeks or more if he is late! Im so excited I can't wait until we move out and I can set his bedroom up and put away all his clothes.


Monday, 19 January 2015

Quality Isla & Mummy Time | Winter Beach Walk

If you read my 2015 goals then you will know one of them was to take more photographs and to get out my slr more often, well being 25 weeks pregnant I'm really keen on having some special quality time with Isla before the baby arrives, I just want to make the most of it being me and her, and also life being less hectic. I also want to capture these memories too, so what better way to achieve 2 goals at once? We went out for a wintery beach walk, although it was sunny it was still pretty cold so we didn't stay out long. She absolutely enjoyed it, lately we have been staying in at home a lot so even just a walk on the beach was good enough for Isla, she loved it! I want to start doing more things with her, even if its just one day a week of making that effort to do special things, as I know once the baby is here it will take me a while to get into a routine and get use to going out with 2 little ones. Here are some of the photos I captured from our walk, I'm so happy with them although I would of liked Perry to of been there so he could be in some with us, but I guess there is always the weekend for that :) 

I don't ever take pictures of myself anymore, I use to before I had Isla but since then I have lost a bit of confidence in myself especially with how I look and feel. It is nice to take a photo now and again as I would love to have some photos of my mum when she was my age to see what she looked like.

I love this picture I managed to capture of me and Isla, I had left my remote at home so had to use the good ole self timer, so it meant taking pictures together was pretty limited as I had to keep running back and fourth haha.

This is my favourite picture I got of Isla, its the only one that she is properly posing for and actually looking at the camera! It just shows how cheeky she is but at the same time it is also a nice picture, I think I might get this put on a canvas.

Another one of me and Isla, it was a shame she was mid blinking but I still love it, she had found a cork and would not put it down in case you're wondering what she is holding.

My little sweet girl running towards me, now she had found a stick to go along with her cork haha.

For the life of me I could not get her to look at the camera, I was shouting all sorts from "Look Daddy" to "Chocolate" and she still would not look at me haha. But here I caught her smiling as a couple with a dog was walking past. 

Haha this is one of the funny ones, I just had to include it. Look how cheeky she is, running along with a cork and stick, yet sticks her tongue out at me as she runs past hehe oh to be 2.

This last one of us is my absolute favourite, I love it so much because it is the only 'natural' picture I got of us. I had set up the self timer and as it was starting to beep louder as it was about to take the photo a dog decides to gallop past! I thought the dog had ruined the picture so was laughing at Isla as she was smiling at the dog that was going crazy, little did I know that it had actually taken a perfect picture of us that I WILL be getting on canvas!

So here are a few pictures of the 108 that I took that afternoon, I'm so happy with them and think it will be so lovely to look back on these in the future.