26 weeks pregnant (with text)
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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Friends of Sylvanian Families, Reviews

Sylvanian Families Convertible Car {Review}

I have a bit of a confession to make… and this may shock you: until last week, at the ripe old age of 29, I had never, ever played with any Sylvanian Families toys. I had, of course, heard of the toys and I know that they’re pretty iconic. I also know that if you mention Sylvanian Families to a lot people around my age, they will speak fondly of their Sylvanian figure collection from their childhood. But they were never something I had as a child. So, I have a lot of catching up to do, right?

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Baby Button Nose, Pregnancy

Growing a rainbow baby: 21 & 22 weeks pregnant

I didn’t bother writing a 21 week update last week as honestly? I really didn’t have a whole lot to talk about. Also, I couldn’t stand the thought of typing away on my boiling hot laptop in 30oC weather. I did remember to take my bump shot, though!

Anyways, I thought I’d combine what’s been happening over the last couple of weeks in this update. :)

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 22 weeks Baby BN is around the size of a spaghetti squash and weighs 430g. (Length: 27.8cm, head to heel.) I find it so hard to believe that my baby is this big already – the movements I can feel are still so subtle at times. My belly has definitely ‘popped’ a lot more over the last couple of weeks (I think so, anyway) and it’s actually something I’m quite self-conscious about but that’s a whole other blog post!

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Lifestyle, Pregnancy

My top 5 tips for surviving pregnancy tiredness
#FIGHTFATIGUE #BLUEIRON

1. Eat well and drink plenty of water:

I know, I know – if anybody had told me to ‘eat well’ during the first trimester I would’ve scowled at them. We all know that it’s especially important for us to have a good diet whilst pregnant. But let’s face it, it’s easier said than done when you’re feeling poorly, and food-wise, nothing sounds ‘good’ except for a big plate of cheesy chips or something equally as unhealthy! However, now that I’m in the second trimester and I’m over the nausea and food aversions (fingers crossed it stays that way), I’m trying to up my daily intake of fruit and veggies. To be honest, I still don’t always fancy them but I know when I do eat well it makes such a big difference to how I feel – both physically and mentally.

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Family, Featured, Motherhood

On toddler groups and why they are NOT the answer I’m looking for…

I had my 16 week midwife appointment the other day. Leading up to it, I had played the whole thing out in my head several times. The bit where she asks “and how has your mood been?” and I casually lie “Oh fine” and we move swiftly on to checking my wee or blood pressure.

Except it didn’t happen like that. When asked how my mood had been lately, I felt my eyes fill with tears and my face get hot. “Up and down” I replied. And then I broke down. I sobbed as I blurted out about how I am struggling to cope with feelings of isolation and loneliness. How I don’t have any support network. How I hate living in this town. How I tell my husband every. single. day but he just doesn’t get it. How I have no idea how I’m going to cope with two children.

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