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

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d put together a few things I’m lusting over at the moment and would all easily make gorgeous gifts. Just click the titles to take you to the websites.

Trinket Dish

I don’t know about you, but I’m forever misplacing my jewellery around the house. Whether it’s taking my rings off to wash my hands, sleepily removing my earrings or having a last minute change of heart over my necklace, I’m dreadful at returning things to their rightful place and then end up wondering where I left them! This trinket dish helps to always have an instant spot to put your jewels.1087079_oliver-bonas_jewellery_little-things-trinket-dish.jpgBamboo Bag

Summer is fast approaching (although the forecast this week has been far more December than February/March!) and the shops are filling up with straw, wicker and bamboo bags of all shapes and sizes. This one from ASOS is one of my favourites and would go so well with floaty summer dresses.9120123-1-stone.jpe

Mum Quotes Book

I’m a total sucker for a good quote and regularly type up prints to use around the house. This little book is a gorgeous gift for under £10, filled with dreamy quotes about motherhood and children. With beautiful illustrations, it’s an easy book to have on hand to brighten any mother’s day.

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Mug of Dreams

I mean, drinking your favourite hot beverage out of this would surely lift your spirits. Need I say more?1160420_oliver-bonas_homeware_clara-pink-and-navy-ceramic-espresso-cupLetter Board

We have two letter boards in our house and I love finding new quotes to put on them. These are brilliant just for home decor or even used in photos. How gorgeous is this to capture all those special photos… first day of school, birthdays, first missing tooth, Christmas traditions or even introducing a new little member of the family.felt-letter-board-in-grey-4X3A6596-472x472

Personalised Drawing Necklace

There are so many lovely personalised gifts available at the moment, but this is easily my favourite. Available in gold, silver or rose gold with your artwork engraved, these are amazing gifts that help preserve special memories of your little ones.personalised-your-drawing-double-disc-charm-necklace-O21A3942-472x472.jpg

Striped Pyjamas

These pyjamas scream summer. In beach hut colour stripes and crinkle cotton, they are the perfect pair to see you straight through to early sunrises and breakfast in the garden. The button down means they’re great for growing bumps or breast feeding mamas too.

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Crosley Record Player

Growing up listening to my dad’s vinyls and visiting record fairs and car boots sales regularly, has really left an impression on me. I love listening to music and often prefer it to having the TV on, but listening to vinyl is something else. The crackle you hear just before the music starts, will always give me goosebumps and remind me of my childhood, so this absolute beauty of a record player from Urban Outfitters is probably my favourite thing on this list. 0556633900103_066_b.jpe

 

What are you getting for the special mamas in your life, or hoping to get yourself?

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

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.facetune_12-02-2018-13-45-40.jpgDaisy 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.

Emma  x

Storage Stool

Ahhh, the mothership that is TKMaxx / Homesense. I swear that place has a magnet that draws me in. I. Just. Can’t. Walk. Away! On yet another occasion of “Oh I’ll just have a look”, I found this gem. We’re going to be decorating Daisy’s room in the next few weeks and I thought this was perfect. It could be a bed side table, a seat or just a decorative storage box. Either way, it spoke to me and was swiftly loaded into the back seat.

Wrapping Paper Posters

I started following Willow & Stone on Instagram a few months back and lusted over their posters for a while, before I stumbled on their ‘wrapping paper’. Sized 50x70cm, these make perfect posters and are advertised as such on their site. I love changing out our home accessories and have even used wallpaper samples in the past to change out our poster frames. These were only £3.50 each and look way more expensive.Paris MonumentsEye Chart

Breaking Bad

I realise that I’m ridiculously late to the party, but I recently started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix and I LOVE IT! With Jon working shifts, I always like to have a series I can binge watch in the evenings and with 5 seasons, this is perfect. The only problem is that I don’t want to go to sleep!

Pyjamas of Dreams

There’s a new rule in our house, put there by Jon… if I buy a pair of pyjamas, I must get rid of an old pair. If you’ve read my recent pregnancy update, I mentioned that I’m trying to only buy clothing that I’ll be able to wear after pregnancy too, cue button down pjs. I can pop a longline vest on when the buttons don’t go over my bump, and just wear the top open. These beauties are from Matalan. All the look of Victoria’s Secret, but without the price tag.

Emma x