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Jasmine's Monthly Updates, Toddler

Jasmine at two and a half years old

I’ve been meaning to write an update for Jasmine for a few months but every time I sit down to write it, I feel a bit overwhelmed by how much she has changed and developed. She’s a little sponge and is learning new things everyday, especially when it comes to her speech and language. She seemed to get off to quite a slow start in terms of learning to talk but the words and phrases are coming thick and fast now. She cracks me up with her little retorts and she’s getting a little too smart for her own good!

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Baby Button Nose, Pregnancy

Growing a rainbow baby: 29 & 30 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 30 weeks Baby Button-Nose is about as big as good-sized cabbage!

Weighing in at 1.3kg and is about 39.9cm long, head to heel.

Mood: 

On the whole, my mood has been pretty good – there have been a few days when I’ve felt a bit grumpy but at 30 weeks pregnant (during a heatwave), I think that’s allowed?! ;)

Symptoms: 

My newest symptom is an achey/burning sensation around my rib cage (right under my boobs). It’s really uncomfortable – I think it’s due to everything being shifted upwards in order to make room for baby. It’s almost as if my skin is being stretched to it’s limits. Oh well, only 8-10 weeks of this pregnancy left to go… *gulp*

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Baby Button Nose, Pregnancy

Growing a rainbow baby: 27 & 28 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 28 weeks Baby Button-Nose is close to an aubergine in weight, just over 1kg. Length: 37.6cm, head to heel.

Mood: 

My mood has been 100x better than it has been in recent months – I haven’t cried since walking into the doctor’s office a couple of weeks ago and I generally feel like I’m on a much more even kilter. Whilst I’m sure the medication is probably helping, I think my visit back to Bristol to see my friends and family has boosted my mood. Not only that, Hubby’s job role is changing very soon which means we’ll be able to relocate back to Bristol in the New Year. It still seems like a long way off to me but there is at least a light at the end of the tunnel now.

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Food, Lifestyle, Reviews

HelloFresh Family Recipe Box Review

I recently had a very exciting e-mail drop into my inbox, asking me if my family and I would like to trial and review HelloFresh boxes for two weeks. For each week of those two weeks a box would be delivered to my home, complete with dinner recipe cards and all the ingredients needed to make the meals. Anyone who is in charge of meal planning and food shopping in their household will understand my excitement – it’s a total grind and a job I was very happy to avoid for a fortnight.

There are 3 types of HelloFresh boxes available – Classic, Veggie and Family. I selected to have the Family boxes as they are tailored to be more ‘child friendly’. Would the meals appeal to my fussy two-year-old? Time would tell!

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Baby Button Nose, Pregnancy

Growing a rainbow baby: 25 & 26 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 26 weeks Baby Button-Nose weighs about 760g, as much as a red cabbage. (Length: 35.6cm, head to heel.) Oh my goodness – that seems big all of a sudden!

Symptoms: 

Acid reflux

Awful backache – I think I pulled a muscle or trapped a nerve because it was especially bad for a few days.

Leg cramps

Needing to wee lots.

Leaky boobs (that hasn’t happened for a couple of weeks)

IBS :(

I’ve started medication this week (more on that in a minute) so I’m not entirely sure if some of my latest symptoms are a side effect of that or whether it’s more pregnancy related:

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Antenatal depression, Baby Button Nose, Pregnancy

Pregnant and not coping… {Antenatal Depression}

I know that pregnancy can be hard, even at the best of times. Your mind and body become a whirlwind of hormones and emotions. But what I’m feeling is more than just pregnancy hormones. Deep down, I know it’s not right that I’m crying, almost constantly, every single day. I know it’s not right that at 25 weeks pregnant I am still desperately trying to cover up, what is now, a very visible baby bump. Why? Because I do not want to talk about my pregnancy. I don’t want to make small talk with strangers about whether it’s a boy or a girl. I don’t want to discuss baby names. I just want to forget about it. Pretend it’s not happening.

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Baby Button Nose, Pregnancy

Growing a rainbow baby: 23 & 24 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 24 weeks gestation Baby BN is nearly as long as an ear of corn and weighs about 600g. (Length: 30cm, head to heel.)

Symptoms: 

Acid reflux (usually in the evenings before I eat dinner).

Bleeding gums when brushing my teeth.

Sore boobs.

Loss of appetite.

Tiredness.

Needing to wee lots – I think Baby BN is using my bladder as a hammock!

I’ve also noticed that it’s getting increasingly harder for me to bend over to tie my shoe laces or pick stuff up off the floor. I’ve started making a very attractive grunting noise whilst doing so – ha!

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Baby Button Nose, Pregnancy

Contemplating a homebirth

If you’d ask me to describe my previous labour experience, I’d tell you that it was quick (particularly for a first baby), calm (for the most part) but ultimately, it was a positive experience. I gave birth to Jasmine at our local midwife-led birthing unit (attached to a hospital) which had been the plan all throughout my pregnancy.

Despite my positive birth experience at the MLBU (midwife-led birthing unit), I am seriously considering having a homebirth with baby number two. This post is basically me thinking out loud about the reasons I do and don’t want to give birth at home. Hopefully by the end of it, I’ll be a step closer to making a final decision. Of course, a lot could happen between now and then which may mean that the decision is taken out of my hands… but it’s still good to think about these things and prepare.

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Toddler wish list: Play shops and accessories
Home, Shopping, Toddler, Toddler Wish LIst

A Toddler Wish List:
Our favourite play shops & accessories

Jasmine’s current obsession at the moment is playing ‘shopkeeper’. It’s so lovely to watch her develop a love for imaginative and role play games . This has meant that I’ve found myself googling ‘toy shops’ as I think it would make the perfect Christmas gift for her (yes, I’m thinking about Christmas already). I’ve come across quite a few lovely play shops for sale in range of prices to suit every pocket. I thought I’d show you some of the ones I really love the look of… plus some the play shop accessories that caught my eye too!

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Blogging, Miscarriage, Motherhood, Pregnancy

Pregnancy after a loss & blogger guilt

I spent a long time um-ing and ah-ing over whether or not to write about my current pregnancy on my blog. As somebody who has had to deal with the heartache of having two miscarriages, I know how upsetting it can be for somebody going through a loss or infertility to constantly see pregnancy updates. I know how it feels when it seems like everybody else is celebrating bumps and babies and you’re not. It really bloody hurts. And now that I’m pregnant again? Well, I feel guilty that my happy news could be causing somebody else to feel miserable. I hate the thought of that.

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