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!
We had a plan to decorate Daisy’s bedroom for her before the baby comes along – as a bit of a present to her and hopefully an incentive to keep her in there a bit more at night! It hasn’t ever been decorated specifically for her, it was painted gray as a spare room and when we moved her into it (as it was bigger than her old room) we just kept the gray walls.The room doesn’t get a lot of light, so I definitely want to make it lighter and warmer in there. Whilst looking at bedding the other day, I made the mistake of asking Daisy what colour she wanted in her ‘new big girl room’, to which she replied… “Purple!” Hmm… This however quickly changed to “Yellow!” and now I’m pretty sure she’s following my decor habits in that I get bored quickly, and want to change things up on a regular basis. So, I’m going to stick to what I normally do, keeping the basics quite neutral and then add some colour with accessories, which we can change out anytime.
We’re going to be getting a new bed eventually and I knew a while back I wanted one of the IKEA day beds that extend to a double if needed. This one is on the shopping list, the floor is a lovely wood effect vinyl and we have a fluffy cream/white rug in there too, which will probably stay, as well as the giant tissue paper flower I bagged from an M&S window display!Her IKEA kitchen is in her room now to make more room in the playroom (you can see the updates for that here) and the only other furniture will possibly be a chest of drawers. There’s a little nook area for a wardrobe that doesn’t work too well as it’s a bit too deep, so I’ll be kitting that out with rails and shelves to make the most of the space.
I’ve already got some gorgeous curtains that are sort of a watercolour print in purples, pinks and peach, and the dreamy storage stool below from my January Favourites. I’m still undecided on wallpaper/wall decals/paint effects etc, but really fancy some sort of feature wall. I’d like some quirky wall prints too and LOVE these ones on Etsy, which are downloadable too, so you just print them yourself.Let me know your go to shops for children’s decor or any feature wall ideas you used for your little ones. Pregnancy has me undecided about everything, so I need all the help guys!
So we’re 19 weeks pregnant this week and there’s one energetic babe in there! I’ve been feeling flutters for a couple of weeks now, but the past few days have given some more definite ‘kicks’, along with one weird shaped bump for a few moments. I didn’t have anywhere near this much movement so early on with Daisy, so it’s a little weird I’ll admit.Daisy is finally getting better after a nasty viral cough/cold and is settling better at night now. Sadly, my mind hasn’t quite twigged yet and switching off at night is proving difficult. So from 8pm every evening, you’ll now find me curled up in bed, with a lavender candle burning, dim lights and a book in hand. I may even follow that with some mindfulness meditation too; so rock and roll! Whatever gets me to sleep guys!
Aside from the usual aches and pains, there’s nothing new to report apart from my boobs getting (if possible) bigger again! It’s a scary thought to think of the post partum baps! They’ve been pretty tender over the last few days, so hopefully they’ll chill out a before I’ve got cabbage leaves in my bra. I’d also like to take this opportunity to apologise to any male family members reading this. TMI? Haha!
I haven’t done much of my pregnancy yoga for the past week or so; with Daisy being unwell I just haven’t had chance, so I’ll be starting that back up too and we have our anomaly scan to look forward to this week as well. I’m a little nervous to make sure everything is going well for Baby Lewis, but mostly excited to see that cute little profile on the screen again.
So last week started off much better; aches and pains were to a minimum, no nausea and more energy… hello second trimester, we finally meet again! I’m starting to feel those little flutters far more (as long as I’m sitting still or lying down) and no wonder; baby is the size of a croissant this week apparently. Sidenote: I LOVE the Ovia Pregnancy app! Anything that tells me the size of our baby in reference to Parisian bakery treats, is a winner for me.Unfortunately, our house quickly took a turn into germ city half way through the week and Daisy came down with a really nasty cough and cold. This quickly led to Jon being unwell too, although (touch wood) I’m germ free at the moment. I had the flu jab a couple of weeks back, so hoping that keeps me feeling good whilst the lurgy hangs around.
Spending the back end of the week and weekend with a 3 years old on my chest and lap for most of the time however, hasn’t helped those fading aches and pains. I pulled my stomach muscles badly through the night too, sitting up to get Daisy a drink or more medicine. Fingers crossed she’s through the worst of it now, and we can all get a good night’s sleep in the next few days.I had a good clear out of my wardrobe too and packed away things that aren’t going to fit me for a while now; goodbye high waisted jeans! I’ve ordered some pregnancy jeans and have one or two other ‘maternity’ bits, but for the most part I’m trying to only buy regular clothes that will see me through the next few months and can still be worn afterwards. I’m just looking forward to warmer weather for all the floaty dresses and flip flops. Ultimate comfort!