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Friday, October 17, 2014

BabyScan Review

Hey dolls,

So as I've mentioned in some of my pregnancy update posts, we found out the gender of our little bean through a gender scan in the Baby Scan clinic in Ballincollig, Cork.

BabyScan have clinics in Cork, Dublin and Derry. The scans available are early pregnancy scan, gender scan, 3D and 4D scans, and reassurance scans.

I had my 20 week appointment in the hospital on 3rd July. I presumed I'd be told the gender of our baby during this appointment. I got very anxious during the appointment because I wasn't sure if I'd get a scan done at all. When I did I didn't think to ask about the gender because I was worried about baby's movement's (there was no need this early!). Anywho I wasn't told the gender and got quite upset because we were going on holiday with my parents the next week and I wanted to get the baby something nice! I ended up getting Winnie and Piglet from Tesco!!

Anyway, so before we left for our holiday we scheduled a gender scan for July 16th in the Cork clinic. I really wanted to know the gender before my birthday shopping trip to Dublin on the 19th so I was lucky enough to get the appointment for when I did! Because the appointment was after work I thought it would be awkward getting Daniel to Cork for the scan, I asked my sister to come with me because I wanted her to see the baby scan and wanted her to be a part of the pregnancy because she was soon to be asked to be godmother (I asked her in Dublin at dinner :)).

So onto the scan itself. When you enter reception, there is no check in needed. A nurse comes out and calls you when your appointment time comes along or when the last appointment has ended. When you enter the scan room, there is a chair for your partner or guest and you lay on the table. The scan itself can be done from 18/19 weeks onwards. So your asked general questions like when is your due date etc. The sonographer was lovely, very bubbly and chatty. She showed us different parts of the baby like hands and feet and the little face. The gender scan also includes 3D view. When doing the scan the baby moved around quite a lot, unfortunately, she couldn't get the gender from the scan, so she advised I go to the waiting area and rub the left hand side of my stomach/lower down to move the baby's bum around so he'd stop blocking the scan! About 10 minutes later she called me in again and this time it was revealed that it's a boy! I couldn't clearly see the male genitalia but she did advise it was there ;) We got about 15 scans, some lovely 3D one's of his face and then full body regular scans. It was definitely worth the €99 fee. I would recommend the baby scan clinic's to anyone considering it.

Cost: Varies per scan but the gender scan was €99.
Rating: 9/10 (only thing that I didn't like was the amount of times the sonographer said baba ;)).
Location: The Cork clinic is located in Ballincollig behind the shopping centre in the medical centre.

Lots of Love

Pregnancy Update: 35 Weeks

Hey dolls,

Only 5 weeks to go til my due date. We just finished our second Parent Craft Class yesterday. I found being tired really didn't help me concentrate! The second class focused on c-section, forceps and vacuum, dad's role, baby care, post-natal care and depression, and pelvic exercises. The dad's also got to experience changing baby clothes and nappies. I'm really glad Daniel got to do this because he had never done before and wanted the chance to practise before baby comes along!

How far along? 35 weeks
Total weight gain/measurement: I'm not sure! I haven't been weighed at any of my appointments since my 12 week check up. I weigh myself at my parents house when I stay there sometimes because we don't own a weighing scales here. I'm guessing I gained approx. a stone and a half in total.
Maternity clothes: Yes, as mentioned before all my maternity clothes are from either Asos or New Look. Being a 'plus size' woman it can be difficult to find maternity clothes that are comfortable, flattering and that fit well. I try to avoid 'bump fitting' tops. Before I became pregnant, I usually wore loose fitting tops and long in length too for comfort.
Stretch marks: Yes, stretch marks are there but there is no way to stop them totally. Overall I've gotten stretch marks on the inside of my knees, boobs, stomach and hips.
Sleep: I've been sleeping quite a lot to be honest, not very comfortably, I sleep from approx. 10 or 11 at night until the morning, I wake and go back to sleep and wake again around 12, The past few days I've been needing another 3 hours sleep, so I need to mention to my GP because I could be suffering from Anaemia!
Best moment's so far: The heating is now in our house! So just a case of finishing the bath tub fitting and tiling in the bathroom, flooring and insulation in the baby's nursery. And then we can finally get the house back to normal and sort the nursery! With only 5 weeks to go the pressure is on!
Miss anything? Normal body movements, alcohol(!) and energy!
Movement: This little guy still likes to poke his bum out, his movements aren't too frequent but it's been like this I guess the entire time so I'm not worried. I do feel him moving, squirming around in there but not loads. 
Food cravings: Hmm, potato waffles! There yummy and quick to cook! 
Anything making you queasy or sick? Movement makes me sick, my movement that is! If I'm putting on shoes, or getting dressed it can make me quite quesy and sometimes physically sick :(
Gender: Boy. When I first found out it was a boy I wasn't sure how to take it, but I've come around that I won't be buying headbands and tutu's! I'm happy and excited to see our cute little man :)
Labour signs: None this week luckily. I am feeling more pressure and more urgency to use the bathroom than before! With the baby movement pushing straight onto my bladder it doesn't help much ;)
Symptoms: Pelvic pressure, lack of energy and it's getting tougher to move around!
Belly button in or out? Bit of both, I can't see it anymore! I'm guessing it's a little more in than out :)
Swelling: I got swelling in my ankles when doing some house work the other day and then again in the shower last night :( Was not impressed! It's annoying knowing when the swelling is there because of the pain and discomfort my feet feel.
Happy or moody most of the time: A little down this week because I'm getting more and more anxious about the house (as you may know from Twitter ;)). At our parent craft class yesterday we had a talk from a woman who hosts post-natal depression support groups at the hospital each month, she discussed ante-natal depression which isn't well known or spoken about - I think I may have this :( We were told that this goes away when baby arrives! I am afraid I am at a higher risk of getting post natal depression because I had depression before I became pregnant, because of my job ending during my pregnancy and because I'm away from family and friends living where I do. I do have some friends and my boyfriends family nearby.
Looking forward to: Having the house sorted and the nursery all ready for baby! Also looking forward to a date night with Daniel when the house is sorted! We are going to go out for a meal and go see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the cinema :) Hopefully it will be next weekend :)

Lots of Love

Pregnancy Update: 36 Weeks

Hey dolls,

I can't believe I'm posting my 36 week update! This is crazy. In 4 weeks my due date is upon us! I have an appointment where I will be assessed as usual (blood pressure etc.) and the fluid around the baby will be checked! Based on the results I will be advised of an induction date (usually 10 days from due date). I really hope I don't go over my due date by too much but I have tea searched ways to induce labour 'naturally' like spicy foods, raspberry leaf tea etc! So on with my update...

How far along? 36 weeks
Total weight gain/measurement: 1 stone 8/9 pounds (approximately)
Maternity clothes: Yes, I mainly chill around the house in comfy clothes. I only purchased 2 pairs of maternity jeans (navy and black), leggings and about 5 tops. I will try to do a post/review on some of the clothes I got! 
Stretch marks: Yes, my already existing ones have become more purple ish coloured and more up my stomach than before. 
Sleep: Very sh*tty! I don't sleep with a pillow or anything between my legs! I toss and turn a lot in my sleep, I think this is because we have a crappy mattress :( my hip gets sore if I lay on my side too long and laying on my back is not an option - this puts pressure on my back. 
Best moment's so far: The baby pushing out so it shapes the bump weird! He mainly rests on re left side nowadays! Also the house is coming along, the nursery has a floor so I may have a nursery post up soon! 
Miss anything? I miss walking normally! I have a very stiff left leg and so I tend to walk funny (the pregnancy wobble!). I also miss being comfortable, being able to move without moaning and being able to cuddle my partner comfortably :(
Movement: Plenty! He's been a little quiet the last 2 days but that's because I haven't been myself! But he does squirm and kick and move around so that's comforting and good :)
Food cravings: Not really! I craved waffles, mighty munch, chocolate, ice cream, gravy fries over the period of my pregnancy but at the moment I don't have any craving! 
Anything making you queasy or sick? Movement - when I put socks or shoes on, funky smells and cleaning the house makes me sick feeling!
Gender: Boy, and I don't think this is changing any time soon ;)
Labour signs: None yet! I used to think this was a good thing! After having my 36 week checkup at the hospital I have no further appointment until my due date so this makes me think the doctor thinks I will go over my due date which is very disappointing to me :(
Symptoms: Tired, nauseous, lack of energy! I had planned to get a lot of housework done but I guess the nesting energy surge didn't quite hit me so I'll have to power through! 
Belly button in or out? Out right now but it changes! It depends what way the baby is laying! 
Swelling: My feet don't quite for into pumps comfortably anymore! My shoes are a little snug! But otherwise no obvious swelling! 
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy to see the end of the house renovation road. Nervous, scared, happy, anxious, excited that this little bean is coming very soon! (Not soon enough) but I never thought I'd be saying I'm 36 weeks! It's insane! 
Looking forward to: Holding our little creation, seeing Daniel's reaction to the baby, seeing the finished nursery and house. And getting to relax before bean arrives! And a date night coming soon!

If you have any questions about having a baby in Ireland or any questions in general feel free to ask :) comment below or my contact information is available in the tab above! :)

Lots of Love

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 34 Weeks

Hey dolls,

I can't believe there is only 6 weeks until my due date! That is such a scary thought! So myself and boyfriend/baby daddy or by name Daniel went to Parent Craft Classes in the Maternity Hospital (these are antenatal classes in Ireland). We got a list of what topics would be talked about in the class before attending so had some idea. When the class first began we had an ice-breaker, the mom said her name and how far along she was and the dad said what he wishes to get out of the class. In Ireland, you attend 2 classes, ours were yesterday and again next Thursday. I found the class worth attending, you can ask questions and become more prepared. We also got a video tour of the hospital and were advised of things I never knew about. I will note these below but lets get on with my update ;)

How far along? 34 weeks
Total weight gain/measurement: I would say around just over a stone altogether but this could be nearing the stone and half mark at this stage!
Maternity clothes: Yes, because I am now unemployed I can chill in PJ's at home some days but yes maternity wear is a must at this stage (I still fit into my own clothes though - t-shirts and leggings). I did notice that my bump is a lot smaller than others at 35 weeks!
Stretch marks: I've noticed some of my old stretch marks are starting to go red and blueish so I think they are re-stretching again! I have to get moisturising again like a religion because I really do think it helps.
Sleep: I toss and turn quite a lot and lying down in bed hurts, I cannot lie on my back at all any more, even for a few minutes relief for my back. My hip gets quite sore when I lie on my side for too long. I was very uncomfortable last night :( I slept through the night but when I eventually woke I was so tired I ended up just lying there watching YouTube for about 2 hours!
Best moment's so far: Still feeling movements is so nice and reassuring. Movements aren't too comfortable though because he does huge movements with not enough room!
Miss anything? I miss nights out ;) And lying down normally! I also miss an ole glass of Baileys and Milk - my Christmassy drink ;)
Movement: Yes, he likes his chill time, but he loves sticking his bum out too hahaha. I was told his head is in the correct position now, and so when I feel something sticking out it's either the hand, foot or bum and the placement makes me think it's his bum!
Food cravings: Nothing major, I don't have a huge appetite to be honest! I do get hungry but I don't crave anything in particular! I just eats whats here!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope, thank god! I hope it stays that way :)
Gender: It's a boy!
Labour signs: To be honest, I thought I was in early labour today! So scary. My boyfriend was at college and off doing jobs and I was home squirming whether to text him or not. I decided not to because I didn't want to unnecessarily freak him out, so I text my sister instead ;) hehe. Well it appears to be a false alarm. 
Symptoms: I think today this little guy moved down toward my pelvis more, I am feeling a lot more pressure in my pelvis, which is very uncomfortable :(
Belly button in or out? Still in and out! A bit of both! I want it to stay in! 
Swelling: Swelling has gone down a lot, I don't seem to get swelling in my ankles unless I walk for a while and am under a lot of pressure, my hands swell in the morning if I sleep on my arm!
Happy or moody most of the time: Stressed! I don't want to go into early labour. The house is still not done so no nursery yet, but rest assured the second I can I will be decorating a posting like a mad person!
Looking forward to: Decorating the nursery and getting the house back to normal :)

So onto new learning's from those Parent Craft Classes...
~ Reacting to different signs of labour e.g. losing the mucus plug is a sign of early labour but it could take a few days before labour begins properly - you can call the hospital when this occurs to reassure yourself.
~ Once your waters break, take note of the time it happens (because after 18 hours the hospital give you an antibiotic to avoid infection and after 3 days labour is induced if it isn't started on it's own).
~ Also, when your waters break and you record the time, use a maternity pad to help keep clean from the water leaking (something I didn't think of).
~ Annoyingly hospitals in Ireland don't give you an accurate time to go to the hospital when monitoring your contractions. We were given an approximate - when your contractions are 8 to 10 minutes apart and approx. 45 seconds to a minute long then you should make your way to the hospital.
~ Another annoying discovery, is that the maternity hospital has a birthing pool (known as immersion pool in Ireland) but you can only use it for labouring, and when your close to pushing you come out and give birth on a mat or in the bed! In this maternity hospital, there is one pool, it is drained, cleaned and sterilised and this takes about 10 minutes so your advised to say when you arrive if you want to use it, and you may or may not be able to use it depending on if someone is using it or not!
~ This hospital also has home away from home rooms, where the room is less technical and less hospital like and a bit more homely.

I'm also considering co-feeding baby between breastfeeding and bottle feeding and would love some more information about breastfeeding. I know it can be a touchy subject for a lot of people so I'm afraid to be inquisitive at our classes, it is on the list to discuss next week so I will have my questions ready for then :)

Any expectant mom's reading this? If so, where are you from, and how far along are you?

Lots of Love

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 33 weeks

How far along? 33 weeks and 2 days
Total weight gain/measurement: I have no idea, a little more than a stone in total, I didn't realise but my bump is quite small and as some say 'neat'. I've been advised by my GP that baby is normal size for how far along I am so I'm hoping he remains that way and doesn't come out a huge baby!
Maternity clothes: Yes, my maternity clothes are all from New Look or Asos. I still wear my own pre-pregnancy clothes but have started to stop because I don't want to stretch them out!!
Stretch marks: I'm starting to notice I did get a few new stretch marks on my stomach! I don't moisturise as much as I should :( it's not a big deal for me because I hate stretch marks all over my stomach from gaining weight quick in a short amount of time!
Sleep: My sleep pattern is pretty unusual, I don't sleep through the night, every time I turn over I wake a little because of the discomfort! I have 1 bathroom break during the night that wakes me (obviously), and trying to go back to sleep is a nightmare. Also I spontaneously wake at some stage and find it hard to sleep again after! I've been told if I wake spontaneously that's the baby routine :( so hello 2am, 4am, 5am, 6am wake up calls! 
Best moment's so far: I love feeling baby move, he now loves to go bananas when his daddy touches my bump :) which is super cute! Also, house renovations are in full swing so I should be able to get the nursery done soon :)
Miss anything? My body, sleeping or lying on my back, going on nights out, getting dressed up, and employment! My temp contract ended last Friday (32wk mark) and I've been so bored and having no or less income sucks :(
Movement: Varied! This little guy squirms, kicks, has a party and then goes quiet. I'm not worried because he moves every so often, not all the time so I put it down to him having a nap ;)
Food cravings: Mighty Munch! For those who don't know these are crisps. They are spiced and yummy. Not craving much or sending my boyfriend on midnight craving runs to the shop ;) 
Anything making you queasy or sick? So I walked into the baby nursery where my boyfriend was varnishing wood and I got the wrong whiff of varnish and ended up throwing up for 10 minutes :( after some fresh air I'm fine again! Silly me :( nothing ales at the mo.
Gender: Boy :) 
Labour signs: I had braxton hicks during my 32nd week! It happened around midnight for up to 2 hours! It felt so unusual and uncomfortable :( 
Symptoms: None, and we hope it stays this way until at least 38 weeks ;)
Belly button in or out? Well, it's on it's way out :( if you rub the outside of my belly button, it's super soft, and lighter looking! You can tell it's the skin from inside my belly button! If my bump is hard it looks out but when it's soft it looks normal! 
Swelling: Hands yes in the morning, ankles yes when I'm after walking a bit, otherwise not much :)
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy but fed up! I'm bored and want to start getting this house on track! I want to start the nursery and get it ready, and I also want to clean and organise the house so I can pack our hospital bags!! 
Looking forward to: Getting the nursery ready and done :) I'm excited to see the finished result because we're planning it for so long!

I hope to have enough time between when the nursery is done and the baby arrives to do posts on the nursery and hospital bag contents!

Lots of Love

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Quick update

Hi dolls,

This is just a quick update, I will have more in tomorrow's 33 week update, but wanted to do a quick post to let ye know that I haven't been posting many baby hauls or beauty hauls because we are erring ready for baby and haven't had much chance to take pics for posts :(

Currently all Baby Fitz's clothes are in our wardrobe in shopping bags as we are renovating the house so baby's nursery is no where near ready! I'm giving it 4 weeks until it's all done (fingers and toes crossed!). 

I haven't really worn much makeup or had my nails done much throughout my pregnancy! My nails began rejecting gel nails in July (around 24 weeks mark) and so I stopped getting my nails done! Also, painting my nails was annoying because I'd be painting them almost every second day to avoid chipping!!

I did buy the new Benefit's Cheeky Sweet Spot Kit last weekend! I was so excited! I'm not sure I love the outter packaging but I am so excited to have my favourite blushes in one palette! It's so much easier for travel rather to carry around the individual boxes! I also recently purchased a new mascara but other than that I haven't bought much as I haven't needed to! I have a long wish list but with a baby on the way new makeup purchases will probably go on hold for a while! My lil man will take priority I'm afraid!

I will do FOTD and makeup looks again when the baby is born, hopefully starting up again in January on a roll and keep it up :) I will also do update posts and other stuff I've done in the past :) so keep an eye on my twitter, blog and Instagram :) 

Only 7 weeks until my due date and I'm not sure at the moment if his baby will wait that long!! 

Lots of love

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 31 weeks

Hey Dolls,

I am now 31 weeks pregnant! It is so scary how the time has flown to get to this stage! I found out I was pregnant way back in March. My last update was 3 weeks ago now, at 28 weeks, you can read it here. I'm nearly finished my contract with work, only a week left! I was a temporary agent and my contract is sadly coming to an end.

How far along? 31 weeks
Total weight gain/measurement: I think I've gained just over a stone in weight, including the baby and water and all that lovely stuff that is growing inside me!
Maternity clothes: Yes, I'm finding some of my old clothes still fit (some tshirts from Primark/Penneys and jeggings from New Look). I do need to get a new pair of black jeans and some more tops as my bump is getting HUGE! I want to take a picture of it soon so I can keep a reminder for myself ;) More than likely will post it on instagram for my bestie to see as she won't see me til I 'pop'!
Stretch marks: I've noticed stretch marks on my legs by my knees, and the stretch marks I had seem to have moved upward! I'm using the Vaseline Spray and Go all the time now, I think the trick is to just stay moisturised!
Sleep: I'm very very tired this week. I wake during the night to use the bathroom (TMI), I also wake from discomfort or back pain or when I roll over, it hurts! I think it's due to the fact my boyfriend takes up most the bed :P haha!
Best moment's so far: He's kicking a lot more, and I feel a lot more movement. The best moment was when Daniel felt the baby move and kick for the first time. I think at that moment it became a bit more real for him ;)
Miss anything? I miss walking without feeling strain, sleep, alcohol and my friends :(
Movement: Lots and lots, this baby is one moving machine! He's always rolling around, kicking and pushing outward! I keep thinking 'you can't come out that way!'.
Food cravings: Mmm.. I don't think I 'crave' anything. I would like something at a particular time but wouldn't need to have it, I just ignore it or get something else! :)
Anything making you queasy or sick? No, not at the moment. I did get sick yesterday morning before work though after brushing my teeth! I still get sick after eating ready made sauces e.g. Bolognese sauce.
Gender: Boy! We found out with a gender scan at the baby scan clinic in Cork. I was so nervous I think I didn't enjoy the experience as much as I should have. Lots of comic book and blue stuff floating around for the little guy.
Labour signs: Nope, and hopefully will stay this way for a few more weeks!
Symptoms: Heartburn, I get awful heartburn in the evening time! It sucks because I keep forgetting to purchase something to help stop it :( Anything could set it off, it's very annoying and gross. I find I am very stiff in the morning when I get out of bed, my back is very sore and needs a stretch and it's very hard to get dressed, well mainly hard to put on pants - my legs are very stiff and sore!
Belly button in or out? In for now, it's making it's way out though! Nooo! I think it could pop out before the baby is born but it seems to have gone back in so fingers crossed ;)
Swelling: My feet swell sometimes, my hands rarely do. I get swelling in my ankles when I stand for a bit too long!
Happy or moody most of the time: Neither I guess, I'm very worried and stressed at the moment trying to get the house renovated and ready for baby. And of course finances is a worry but there's nothing we can do at the moment but get on with it so I'm trying to remain upbeat and not stress about it!
Looking forward to: Getting the nursery done! We have the walls plastered and painted. Daniel is ordering the parts for the wardrobe this evening (he's going to build our design). In the next few weeks we'll receive the other furniture from family and finally get the room together :)

I was asked to put a list together of what we have already, I did this and decided to put a list together of what we need (not including clothes) and holy wow there is quite a lot of stuff we need for our little guy! I am just so thankful for all the support we get from our family and friends, we wouldn't be standing strong today without them!

I have to admit I love mammies! I don't know where we'd be without our mammies! To be fair our dads are pretty awesome too (for helping with house stuff ;)). Mom and Daniel's mom are so helpful with information, what we need to have and when etc. 

I'm off shopping today for some baby 'essentials' outlined below: 
Baby Monitor
Angelcare AC601 Movement and Sound Baby Monitor
This baby monitor comes with a portable and rechargeable parent unit, an under-the-mattress movement sensorpad (to monitor babies movements and breathing), nursery night light, an out-of-range indicator and sound lights (for the hearing impaired). You can read more about the product here.

Baby bouncer
I got a baby bouncer from my Aunt and Uncle already, it's a standard navy blue bouncer from Graco (I think). I will be keeping this one at my parent's house so I won't be lugging loads of baby stuff back and forth with me (my parent's live an hour away).
Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer
The reason why I chose this bouncer was because it's bright and vibrant. I also love jungle toys for babies, I think there so cute! The detachable toys are  blue and red monkey's with clacker beads and a roller ball. You can view the product here. I fell in love with this Graco swing (I think because it's high, the movements and the Saccone Joly's have it or something similar!), but Daniel doesn't like it and I agree with his reasons, theres no colour and it's just bland for a baby.

Breastfeeding cushion
Clevamama 10 in 1 Clevacushion
I haven't really told anyone other than family my plan to breastfeed because as you may already know a lot of people have very different views on it. I'm terrified to breastfeed in public so thinking of co feeding him with a bottle and boob! I love this Clevacushion as it's 10 in 1! Obvious reasons ;)
10 in 1 being:
1. Back support for during pregnancy.
2. Breastfeed or Bottle Feeding.
3. Super comfortable baby nest.
4. Bouncer Head Support
5. Car Seat Insert
6. Tummy time play support with two removable and colourful toys/rattles included.
7. Pram insert
8. Bolster Support
9. High Chair support
10. Stroller Support
You can see more information here. Clevamama has so many innovative and handy products for baby and I'm definitely purchasing more from them, you will see more of there products in posts in the future :)

Lots of Love

P.S. I just realised I need to organise my 'labels'! There all over the place ;) It will take me ages but I have time to lounge around before baby comes ;)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 28 weeks

Hey dolls,

My last update was at 25 weeks. Am I now in the third trimester?! Since then I've had a check up appointment with my GP and had a little bit of a scare which I will explain down further, so keep reading...
How far along? 28 weeks (and 2 days)
Total weight gain/measurement: I don't know, I haven't been getting weighed at my regular appointments and weighing myself I have no clue what change has occured. I've definitely put on a bit of weight though from the lack of exercise compared to before being pregnant and obviously a baby growing in a bubble go liquid inside me!! It's so strange!
Maternity clothes: Yes, I get my maternity wear from New Look and Asos. I definitely need more though! I'm still able to wear some tshirt tops from penneys (Primark) in my usual size that I had prior to baby bump!
Stretch marks: I think I'm getting a few more, I've noticed some on my legs by my knees, on my arms, my boobs and a bit more on my stomach! I need to keep moisturising! I'm not the best at doing regular skincare :( 
Sleep: I'm becoming increasingly more uncomfortable at night!i find it hard to sleep on my right side as my arm goes dead and numb, very uncomfortable! And turning over is a nightmare, I tend to wake up to turn over :( and comfort isn't the best as I find myself too warm so sleep half under my duvet and half out in the cold room :( so no cuddles for me. 
Best moment's so far: Oddly when I'm on my iPad and have one hand rested on my bump the baby kicks my hand :) it's nice to feel as I know he's ok :) we've started the nursery this week which is exciting but a few house renovations need to be done before the nursery can be finished so a bit of a delay in getting it done :( 
Miss anything? One of my friends recently moved to France, and another is working in the UK so I miss my girls nights out with them :( recently with stresses of work I really want a good night out and drinks :( 
Movement: A week ago baby stopped kicking :( I didn't get any kick for about 3 days. I rang the hospital to see if I needed to go in or go to my GP, the nurse advised at 27 weeks it's not something to be concerned about! I was very worried and then I felt baby move and I was ok! He's not kicking as often as he used to but his kicks are strong so I'm happy with that. 
Food cravings: this week I really want Mars bars and time out bars :) yum yum! I'm kind of going off Mars bars and only started wanting time outs :P I don't seem to crave anything though!?
Anything making you queasy or sick? No, I do have a bit of heartburn more recently. Nothing in particular sets it off but it's horrible :( I never used to get it before. 
Gender: it's a boy! Sometimes when I see cute girly dresses and tutus I want the baby to be a girl but I'm happy and excited that my boyfriend will have a mini him and a little buddy to pass on his gaming and comic obsession to ;) 
Labour signs: None, I've had an awful strong pain in my right side but after some tests done it appears to be normal pregnancy pains :( the pain has brought me to tears more than once, I can't walk sometimes when it gets really bad and I've almost fainted twice since getting this pain :( 
Symptoms: Emotional wreck, stress (I know I know it's bad), tired (from lack of sleep) and feeling huge!
Belly button in or out? In, and want it to stay in but it seems to be on the way out :( gross!
Swelling: I have had swelling in my hands and ankles! My fingers swell after sleeping and my ankles tingle and swell whenever! 
Happy or moody most of the time: I didn't think my moods had changed much from my normal self but I had some break down yesterday when I was accidentally hit in the knee with my hair dryer and then I hit myself in the chin with my iPad and started crying! Emotional wreck comes to mind ;) 
Looking forward to: Finishing up in work at the end of September! There's pros and cons to it, pro being I get to start getting the house ready for baby and relax at home. Con being I'll be unemployed with little income :( 

I have my glucose tolerance test on Tuesday (28 week checkup). Since 24 weeks my GP appointments are every 2 weeks, my next hospital appointment isn't until 32 weeks so I have 2 more GP appointments, then hospital, where I'm sure I'll be given lots of info to prepare for the birth! SCARY thought! Now that time is moving on I will probably do weekly updates as I'm sure my body is about to get a bit more hectic!! 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 25 weeks

Hey dolls,

So it's been a while since I last blogged.. isn't pregnancy fun!? ;) As there is only 15 weeks left I will try to do an update every week to every second week. The last update I did was 10 weeks ago which is crazy!!

How far along? 25 weeks
Total weight gain/measurements: approximately 7-10 pounds (at a guess)!
Maternity clothes: Yep, I tend to wear a lot more maternity pants/jeans/leggings than tops! I purchased all my maternity clothes in New Look or on ASOS website. I don't have that much maternity wear but hope to stock up on a few more bits soon.
Stretch marks: As previously mentioned I already had stretch marks on my stomach and hips so it would be very difficult for me to tell if I'm getting new ones but I am currently using Vaseline Spray and Go Essential Moisture on my tummy to keep moisturised so my stretch marks don't stretch up to my neck ;) I've also purchased Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter for Stretch Mark's to see how it goes. It feels just like butter and is sooo smooth on! I will do a review of the product soon and link here.
Sleep: This past week or so I'm finding sleeping quite difficult. I'm quite sick this week with a cold so I'm sure that's causing some issue. I've been waking during the night to turn over, with the heat in the room it's hard to sleep too. 
Best moment's so far: found out that we're having a little boy on 16th July with a Gender Scan from Baby Scan clinic in Ballincollig in Cork. On 20th July I felt baby kick for the first time. I will post a review of my experience and link here this week.
Miss anything? I've missed being able to put on my own socks, get up off the couch and this week I've really missed going to the gym and exercising like I used to. I pass the gym to get home from work and sometimes I get sad that when I go back I'll be the newcomer again! ;) I was only getting used to it!
Movement: This is one active baby! During my 24 week check up and the nurse was checking the heartbeat he kicked her hand away! He's got quite a strong kick for 25 weeks! I feel him kicking a jerking a lot these days but at random out bursts throughout the day, so sometimes in the morning or in the evening.
Food cravings: I don't really have any cravings, I do like to have ice cream because it's VERY warm. I wouldn't consider myself craving anything in particular.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Everything and anything! I'm still throwing up (sorry if that's TMI) I think it's down to heart burn. I get very queasy at random things that would gross me out (e.g. spiders, if I get full up eating dinner too quick). The last time I was sick I burned my throat quite bad and am taking Strepsil Honey and Lemon Lozenges to ease the pain a bit because it's quite bad. I was advised by my nurse to take gaviscon too so hopefully that will help :)
Gender: Boy! I'm excited to be having a boy, but at the same time I see all these dad's with there little girls and it makes me sad that Dan (my boyfriend) won't have that, but as I've said he'll get a sidekick instead ;)
Labour signs: Nope! I've had a few pain's in my side but not labour related!
Symptoms: Emotional wreck, stress (I know I know it's bad), tired (from lack of sleep) and feeling huge!
Belly button in or out? In, and hope it stays that way!
Swelling: I have gotten swelling randomly in my ankles through the day and sometimes/rarely on my fingers/hands in the morning time!
Happy or moody most of the time: At the moment, I'm very stressed about getting organised for the baby so I'm very moody! I have happy swings thanks to my lovely boyfriend who know's how to make me happy! ;)
Looking forward to: Getting my glucose tolerance test over with in 3 weeks time! I have to have a blood test done, drink 400ml of Lucozade Original and sit in the waiting area of my GP's office for 2 hours doing nothing and then get another blood test done to see how my body breaks down the glucose in the drink naturally! Most pregnant women have to get this test done when there BMI is above a certain level! 

I'm also looking forward to sorting my financial worries (paying my car insurance) and starting to buy the remaining bits I've left to get baby!

I really wanted to have a baby shower, I've been pinning ideas for a long time (before I found out I was pregnant) but now that I am and can have one I lost interest, between money, and getting together all my different groups of friends and family I just don't want the hassle! I may put up a post in the following weeks of my dream baby shower and plan it out to keep myself occupied ;)

I'm not posting 'bump update' photo's because I don't have a cute bump! Just so you know ;)

Lots of Love

Monday, June 2, 2014

News to share... And Update

Hey Dolls,

I was planning on posting an announcement video Friday 9th May but here goes a bit late... I'm pregnant! So weird to be announcing it on here as I've known for some time but couldn't share anything online as a lot of family weren't aware til after the 12 week mark! I'm going to start posting stuff on my instagram relating to the topic, so you could check here for updates and there for pics!

I'm not sure yet if I'll be doing these posts weekly or every 4 weeks, as my track record with weekly posts is quite bad and also I can't see much changing body wise or anything in the first while so I may do every 2 weeks for now and weekly as time goes by. Let me know what you think :)

How far along? 15 weeks and 3 days.
Total weight gain/measurements: a few pounds (not 100% sure!).
I don't have access to a weighing scales unless I visit my parents which is normally in the evening time and bad time to try to get an accurate weight.
Maternity clothes: Not yet, some of my clothes are getting a little snug but that depends on the item of clothing and where I purchased it! I did recently purchase some maternity clothes on New Look and ASOS websites and will do a post on my purchases once they arrive ;)
Stretch marks: I already had stretch marks on my stomach and hips so it would be very difficult for me to tell if I'm getting new ones but I am currently using Vaseline Spray and Go Essential Moisture on my tummy, arms and legs to keep moisturised.
Sleep: I can't sleep in in the mornings any more which is very disappointing to me as I love my sleep! I find myself having to get up during the night less and more first thing in the morning when I'm slightly awake for bathroom breaks!
Best moment this week: Feeling a heartbeat/slight movement in my tum - not sure if it's my heartbeat or babies!! ha. It was also Daniel's birthday this week so we went out for Date Night Saturday.
Miss anything? Energy and I guess I would say going to the gym! It gave me energy and a feel good factor that I won't get for a while :( 
Movement: I think I slightly felt movement in the cinema when we went to see the new X-men movie but I can't be sure - it's still a bit early to tell!
Food cravings: Ice cream was a craving the first few weeks when I had bad sickness And now I'm madly craving gravy fries! I'm obsessed with gravy fries at the moment! I'm also slightly wanting BBQ food more ;)
Anything making you queasy or sick? Diet Coke used to make me so sick in the early weeks but that's gone now! Nothing in particular would make me sick but at random times I'd find myself needing to take a step back and just relaxing to not get sick. I would normally be sick in the evening time too which sucked but was good in terms of work! I could say cleaning makes me sick (happened Saturday) but I guess things that normally gross me out would set me off!
Gender: Unknown - we will be finding out but it won't be until July when we can know :(
Labour signs: Nope!
Symptoms: Tired, emotional, not queasy or sick that much.
Belly button in or out? In, and hope it stays that way!
Wedding rings on or off? Not married!! So from now on I'm just going to remove this question ;)
Happy or moody most of the time: Moody ;) My poor boyfriend :P
Looking forward to: My 20 week appointment! I had my first 12 weeks scan and found out I was only 9 and half weeks along so had to go back for another12 week/dating scan to find out when baby is due! We found out we have a very active baby!

Keep an eye out here for more updates and reviews of products etc.

Lots of Love