Louise and Baby

My journey into motherhood

Sunday, 20 August 2017

21 week pregnancy update

“Your baby now weighs about 360g and is nearly 26.7cm long. This is about as long as a carrot. Her skin is transparent and gradually turning from pink to red, as capillaries form underneath. Her eyebrows are becoming thicker, her lips are more defined, and her eyes are moving rapidly under her closed eyelids”

This week I haven't felt quite like myself. I am struggling with my bodies changes and it doesn't help when people are commenting "look at your boobs!", "Look how big you are getting" when you are feeling a bit self-conscious, it's the last thing you want to hear. 

Moods: a bit 'down in the dumps' 

Stretch marks? No stretch marks yet however, I am still applying Bio Oil twice a day and after having a bath/ shower I apply the Palmer's Cocoa Butter 

Cravings: No actual 'I must have it now' cravings, I am still enjoying fresh fruit. Although I have taken a fancy to crunchies! 

Sleep: I knew I was going to jinx this! I'm finding it harder to get comfortable at night again. Once I have found a good sleep position, it seems to last for a week and then I am back to square one! 

Symptoms: I have been to the hairdressers this week and had the most wonderful treatment applied to my hair. I've also had a good inch taken off of the ends and it does look a lot better. 

Best moment this week: Going to the hairdressers, seeing friends and relaxing at home. 

Worst moment this week: Feeling like I can't wear anything, nothing seems to fit! 

Movement: I am still having the 'rolling' sensations, but they are definitely becoming more prominent. I am finding the baby is moving the most at night. 

Gender: A gorgeous baby girl

Looking forward to: Seeing friends this week that I haven't seen for ages. I am still thoroughly enjoying the summer holidays. 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

It's a.....


We can't wait to meet you little one


My Week 19 and 20 Pregnancy Update

“Your baby is the size of a mango and now measures 10 inches from head to heel. They are growing bigger and stronger every day and key senses are still forming eventually enabling them to smell, see, hear, touch and taste. You are officially at the halfway stage now and you will feel those flutters and kicks any day now.”

Today I am 20 weeks plus 4 days and I am so pleased to have had turned a corner in my pregnancy. These past two weeks have been so so lovely.

Moods: very happy, content and just feel really lucky to have got this far in my journey.

Stretch marks? No stretch marks yet however, I am applying Bio Oil twice a day and after having a bath/ shower I apply the Palmer's Cocoa Butter . I love using oil and butter and feel like I am bonding with baby every time I apply it to my growing bump. I know butter isn't for everyone, but I really enjoy using it. I would suggest warming it up in your hands first to let it melt a little bit.

Cravings: No actual 'I must have it now' cravings, but I am really enjoying fresh fruit such as peaches and nectarines!

Sleep: Sleep has been much better recently and I now go through the night without waking.

Symptoms: Brittle hair and some acne has come back on my face (I knew I jinxed it!)

Best moment this week: Our 20 week scan yesterday. We attended our anomaly scan yesterday at the hospital and are over the moon that everything is perfect and right on track. I find the whole pregnancy process fascinating and I have my nose constantly in a book, really enjoying finding out more and more! I was just in awe of our baby wriggling about on the screen, seeing the four chambers of the heart and seeing it's little lips was mind blowing!

Worst moment this week: Not being able to get outside much because of this awful wet and rainy summer!

Movement: I am still having the 'rolling' sensations, but they are definitely becoming more prominent.

Gender: Soon to be revealed...

Looking forward to: Going out for lunch tomorrow with my grandparents, and seeing my best friend on Friday 


Thursday, 3 August 2017

18 week pregnancy update

“Your baby is the size of a dragon fruit and is nearly six inches long. Its weight will increase about six-fold over the next month! Your baby is practicing breathing and its chest is moving in rhythm as if breathing air. Your baby’s hearing has now fully developed so it can hear the sounds coming from outside the womb much clearer.”

This week I have been so so tired! Having a full nights sleep, plus having a 3+ hour nap each day in the afternoons.
I've also noticed that my skin is so much brighter and clearer *hooray*

Movement wise, I am beginning to feel almost like a 'rolling' sensation in my lower abdomen. I notice this most when relaxing on the sofa in the evening, or when I am lying down in bed. It is so reassuring to know that either he/ she is making the most of the space in my tummy.

My breasts have also been feeling very sore and heavy again - I am wearing a sports bra when sleeping to give me a little bit of support.

We have also had our next scan date through - August 8th! Very exciting!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Week 15, 16 & 17 Pregnancy Update

I decided to combine these weeks as all of the symptoms have been the same throughout.
I am still suffering with sickness, but this does seem to be easing off now. I've worked out that I cannot let myself get hungry, so I always have a stash of biscuits in my handbag.

The bump is starting to show now, definitely more 'rounded'. I haven't got any stretch marks yet and have been combining Bio Oil with Palmers Tummy Butter. My skin has also cleared up recently and I am feeling more confident within myself again.

I have also been using my new pregnancy pillow - the DreamGenii. I do however, keep rolling over onto my back and wake up during the night incredibly uncomfortable. I love sleeping on my back/ front and it's taking some time getting used to sleeping on my side.

My appetite has decreased again and I'm having to force myself to eat - little and often is best. I love fruit at the moment, but I wouldn't say it was a craving as such. I just love the juicy-ness as I have been quite thirsty in this hot weather.

Unfortunately, I still have my cough/ cold so went back to the doctor's again and they have diagnosed me with 'whooping cough' also known as the '100 day cough'. I'm thankful that it is now the summer holidays, so I can really take the time to relax and look after myself.

We also have our date through for our 20 week scan - August 8th. We are getting asked a lot if we are going to find out the gender. We were going to keep it as a surprise, but after a lot of going back and forth, we have changed our minds to find out. As it's our first baby, I am feeling anxious, so I do think it will give me something to focus on and enjoy after a difficult start to this journey.

I am really looking forward to feeling baby move now that we are in the second trimester. It must be a weird but incredible feeling. x

Sunday, 2 July 2017

The First Trimester

So, I am 15 weeks and 1 day today and can only just bring myself to write a little update on how the first trimester has been.

From 2-4 weeks it was lovely. Didn't feel any different apart from waking up at 3am for a bowl of cereal! Unfortunately, it has been downhill since then.
I've been struggling with morning sickness and nausea, headaches, loss of appetite, mega (and I mean almost crying mega) sore breasts and lower back pain. Not to mention the crazy emotional roller coaster I have been on... Hormones are wonderful!
I couldn't feed the cat as the smell of her food would make me sick. I couldn't step foot into our spare room as there was just this... smell which I can't describe, but it would make me feel instantly sick and I would have to run to the bathroom. Scrolling through my phone or laptop would give me motion sickness. And certain rooms at school would make me heave.
I did buy an air freshener to put in our spare room which only made the smell worse! Having 'superhuman' smelling powers is not for me!
For the past three weeks I've had a non-stop cough, coughing through the day and in my sleep, which would then wake me up. After having the cough for two weeks, I was given some anti-biotics to take. Unfortunately, being as I am so impatient, I went back to the doctors the following week to be given an inhaler and to be signed off for a week with a chest infection. To say that I have been utterly exhausted is an understatement.

With all this going on, it's a wonder I have even survived the past two terms at school. Observations, SIA visits, work scrutiny, induction meetings to new parents, new starter visits, trying to organise an art activity for the transition week - amongst trying to keep the house nice and clean... it has been hard work.

This is a bit of a 'moany' post and I know that everyone is different. I just hope that the second trimester brings a more happier time for me (and my poor other half).

Sunday, 16 April 2017

I have a little secret...

I've got a little secret...

I am pregnant! (Yes it feels strange saying that)

I cant believe it... 9 months trying to conceive and we did it!
Only James and I know at the moment and just keeping my blog on the quiet until we get to the important 12 weeks.

Here are my first 'signs' of pregnancy:

- Strong sense of smell (cooking smells were and still are strong, the bin has been emptied more times than I can count)

- Extreme tiredness (I spent the entire Easter weekend asleep)

- Lots of tugging in my stomache

- Gone off chocolate (very serious)

I then started getting this tugging, pulling and stretching in my abdominal area quite like PMS cramps. This, I thought, was really strange as I don't normally suffer with PMS. After a few days of the cramps, I decided on a whim to purchase a pregnancy test.

After 'doing my business' I didn't have to wait long for the test to develop before I got the 'Big Fat Positive' that we had been desperately wanting.

When I saw that cross, this huge sense of relief, happiness, shock, excitement, nervousness... then all of a sudden sheer panic!
I am a natural worrier and can worry about anything and everything. However, I am determined not to worry about what I can't control. I know anything can happen at anytime during a pregnancy although, I am going to do my best to make sure little 'pea' sticks.

I went and got two more tests - the Clear Blue Digital ones and did a second test this morning. Low and behold, another positive result!

I am tempted to do the second digital test a couple of days later just to see if the screen changes. I have two dates in mind that could have been 'the ones' and it will be interesting to know which date it was - plus, I don't want to waste the spare test!

Now I need to ring the Doctor's surgery and book in for a confirmation appointment.

This is so overwhelming and I can't believe it's real.

Fingers crossed everything goes well.

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