All hail maternity leave! I’m finally off work and couldn’t be happier. I’ve been struggling for a few weeks now and sitting at a desk all day certainly hasn’t helped. Add to that the hotter weather and my feet have swollen to Kim K in those plastic shoes levels – what was she thinking?! I’ve had my blood pressure checked regularly and have been keeping an eye out for any signs of preeclampsia but so far, all is okay.I’ve had a nasty ear infection for the last week which has disrupted my sleep (even more!) but with some antibiotic spray from the doctor, it’s starting to feel a little better thankfully. I’ve pulled a muscle in my stomach too, probably from only being able to lie on one side because of my ear; honestly feel like I’m falling apart! My midwife gave me a check over this week though and confirmed that the baby is low down and engaged!I’ve felt a few twinges with some low down cramps but nothing constant just yet, so for the foreseeable you’ll be able to find me bouncing on a gym ball, whilst eating curry and copious amounts of pineapple. I’ve got a growth scan tomorrow, so we’ll know a little more about whether I’ll be induced or left naturally for now. Whatever happens, we’re in the home stretch now! Emma x

I haven’t posted an update for a while now. To be honest, I haven’t felt like writing anything over the past few weeks. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know we’ve had a tough time lately as a family.

A few weeks back, we lost my lovely Nana Mary. She had advanced dementia and in the end it was honestly a blessing. Sadly just the morning after her funeral, her husband Grandpa Colin passed away peacefully in his sleep.

He was 88 and hadn’t been well lately himself, but it was such a shock to come so quickly and while we were all still emotionally raw following Nan’s funeral. The past few weeks have been some of the toughest.

It’s no surprise that I feel emotionally drained at the moment, but I haven’t felt great physically either. At my antenatal appointments, my bump has measured over where it should be. I’ve had a glucose test to check for gestational diabetes, which came back normal and we’re now waiting for a growth scan.I’ve had the worst nausea ever and some swelling ‘down there’ (no real life over here guys, it’s all the glamour!) which is really disrupting my sleep. My bump feels super tight all the time and my energy is a thing of the past. For the next few weeks, I’ll be having as much rest as possible and trying to relax my body as there’s still a way to go yet!Apart from all the crappiness, this little babe is still so active and is constantly letting me know how good the party is in there. Some of the movements are so strong, I feel like this little one could come out crawling and babbling away already!

Another weird side effect I’ve had is melasma; a skin discolouration that’s common in pregnancy. I’ve actually had it for a few years now, which may have been caused by the pill, but it’s spread a little more the past few weeks. It’s now faintly lining my top lip, as well as extra patches along my forehead, cheekbones and nose. It doesn’t bother me, in fact I quite like it. It’s a kind of sun kissed look without sitting in the sun!I’m starting my maternity leave on Monday and I’m determined to enjoy these last few weeks as much as possible. We’re going to get ourselves in gear and sort all the essentials out over the next couple of days, starting with giving Daisy’s cot a well needed lick of paint. Not long left now!

Emma x

Firstly, let me clarify that I am so incredibly grateful to be pregnant and feel so, so lucky. Secondly, this pregnancy is kicking my ass! I’ve combined the last couple of weeks seeing as there was nothing new to report and I’m still feeling pretty pants to be honest. My stomach and pelvis pains are still constant and the only time they go is whilst I’m in the bath, so naturally I’ve morphed into a mermaid these past few weeks. I’m trying to find a balance between walking and sitting still as both make the aches worse, although walking gives me some crazy tightenings in my stomach and it goes incredibly hard.

Whilst I was pregnant with Daisy, I can say hand on heart that I felt like a superhero during the second trimester. I had so much energy and no pregnancy symptoms, aside from a growing bump and kicking babe. This time is a whole different ball game! Oh, and my evening nausea has returned…awesome! Its been a pretty hectic and emotional couple of weeks too. With family members being unwell, the chaos of the snow and Storm Emma, my parents delayed at the airport coming home from holidays and generally feeling rubbish myself has seen me shed a years worth of tears. My lovely Nana Mary also passed away earlier this week and although it was a blessing in the end, it’s still so sad. Here’s hoping the next few weeks get better.

On a happier note though, because my placenta is at the back, I’m feeling so much of this little babe move around. Taking just five minutes each day to watch my bump or feel those movements puts everything into perspective, and reminds me that this won’t last forever and we’ll have another little one in our arms soon.

Emma x

Growing up in Wales, I used to have Welsh cakes on a regular basis. Both my grandmothers would cook them without a recipe, just knowing exactly how much of what went into the mixing bowl. I spent a lot of time with my Nana Mary as a child, while my parents were working. She’s always been your stereotypical nan; knitted you a scarf every winter, managed to make huge family meals in a teeny tiny kitchen and gave the best cwtches (hugs) around.Sadly, my nan developed dementia a few years ago which progressed quickly following a number of falls; shes been in hospital now for over three years. She barely speaks, doesn’t recognise any of us and is a shadow of her former self. It really is such a cruel illness.A few years ago, before she became unwell but started slowing down and cooking less, my nan gave me her bakestone. This was the very bakestone she had made every Welsh cake on and my father even remembers it from his own childhood.I’ll admit, it sat in a kitchen cupboard for a long time, embarrassingly forgotten about. I pulled it out a few months back and made some Welsh cakes with Daisy. It brought back so many memories of helping my nan make them when I was a child and I hope Daisy enjoys it just as much in years to come. A lot of love is ingrained in that bakestone and it now sits on our countertop, ready to be used whenever the moment strikes.If you fancy giving Welsh cakes a go (and you’re not a Welsh grandmother who could make them with your eyes closed) here’s the recipe.

Recipe

  • 225g plain flour
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 100g butter
  • 40g sultanas
  • 1 beaten egg
  • splash of milk
  1. Measure out and combine flour, sugar, mixed spice and baking powder.
  2. Add the butter and using your hands, mix until it resembles damp sand.
  3. Add sultanas and egg, mixing until you have a dough (add a splash of milk if too dry).
  4. Roll dough out on a floured surface until about 1cm thick and cut out with a fluted cutter.
  5. Heat your bakestone or frying pan with a little butter and brown your Welsh cakes on both sides (around 3 mins per side on medium heat).
  6. Try not to burn your mouth after not being able to resist a bite!

These can be served warm or cold and will keep in an airtight container for a few days (not that they ever last that long!).

Emma x

Scan week! I’ve been so excited to see our little one’s profile again and our 20 week scan didn’t disappoint. Initially we weren’t going to take Daisy with us, given how much the sonographer needs to concentrate, but once she heard we were going to see ‘the baby on the screen’ there was no way we were leaving without her.Our sonographer was really lovely and actually did our 20 week scan with Daisy too. She just about managed to check everything needed, no thanks to an extremely wriggly baby! We didn’t find out what we are having either, so it’s definitely team yellow now!

We were told my placenta is at the back, which explains why I’m feeling so much more this time. Flutters have turned into some regular ‘kicks’, that are getting easier for Jon to feel and judging by how much movement we could see on the scan, no wonder I’m feeling lots of it already!My stomach and pelvic pains are pretty bad this week, so sleep is a much sought after luxury at the moment, which is just a little out of reach. I’m having lots of Epsom salt baths, using my pregnancy pillow every night and am struggling through some yoga, but nothing is really helping. It comes with the territory of growing a little person though, and it will all be worth it when we get to meet him or her.img_2634.jpgJon and I are going away for a weekend to Krakow shortly and there’ll be plenty of walking around, so I’d love to hear any remedies that worked for your aches and pains during pregnancy. Failing that, we’ll have to rent a wheelchair from somewhere and I’ll put Jon to work!

Emma  x