Posts Tagged ‘Pregnancy’

As we enter a new year I thought I best do a quick round up of 2010!

It all started back in January, as all years do – I was pregnant and working full time, we also had a near two year old and life was busy (although the year got busier……) here is a quick month by month round up!


I started the year off 7 months pregnant and felt Big, Fat and Tired


I started my Maternity Leave from my ‘real job’ which meant I had a month before the due date to spend with my near 2 year old!


A birthday (the 2 year old), a Birth (3 days later) and an anniversary (our 3rd). A very busy but beautiful month!


My first birthday as a mum of two and I celebrated with Pizza and a DVD – Bliss!


We had the Mouse’s six week check, all was fine and she was growing really well! As a family we seriously contemplated moving towns, but decided to stay put for a while!


I did something that I have always wanted to, I took a Spanish Course, just a beginners one and I loved every minute!


A visit to Whitepost farm!


We started the weaning process with Mouse, she loves her food!


A lovely Holiday and a Half marathon (ran by hubby not me)


A high and low month; Brother-in-law went to Afganistan with the forces for a three month stint, due to be away over his birthday, anniversary and Christmas. On the high side the Mouse learnt how to crawl and cruise!


I finally felt like I was finding my feet with the blog and decided to get a new name, so Writings, Ramblings and Reviews was born!


A fantastic month to end the year! Of course there was Christmas which Legs and Mouse enjoyed, BIL got back on Christmas Eve, Mouse took her first steps on Christmas Day (day before being 9 months old!), we were chosen as Maclaren Kid Testers and the hubby’s birthday is New Year’s Eve – so a great finish to the year!


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Today I am going to hand over to Jay (@tryingtobeamum on Twitter) for a guest post!

I am currently 32 weeks pregnant and it has been quite a roller-coaster ride, so many life changing things have happened (ignoring the biggest of those being that I am pregnant) in the last 7 months and lots of things have been quite inconvenient during the pregnancy.  I thought I would share some of those tales with you, all this to show it’s been a good job that the pregnancy itself has been really rather unremarkable!!

It starts with finding out I was pregnant.  Last year I was working full time for my church, I had gone to Bruge in Belgium for a two week mission trip, this was inconvenience number one.  Despite having planned to take a pregnancy test with me (we were actively trying after all) I discovered whilst packing that I didn’t have one at home like I thought, deciding that a late night trek to the shop (for a pregnancy test I didn’t even know if I needed) was not the order of the day, I instead stocked my bag with plenty of sanitary towels so I could deal with good Old Aunt Flo!  I wish I could tell you the hilarity of trying to explain my predicament to the pharmacist and then negotiating the pregnancy test for which the instructions were written in Dutch but I managed through with me “Life Test” and got the great news I had been waiting for! (And got to take all my sanitary towels home again!)

My job at the Church was only ever for a year and so before I had left for Belgium I had interviewed for a job as the only member of staff for a voluntary organisation, I would be doing all the administration if I got the job.  Saying yes to that job knowing I was pregnant was difficult for me to do, being such a small organisation I didn’t want to mess them around, but I knew that saying yes to any other job would be near impossible and so I took it.  I started when I was 8 weeks pregnant, although I hadn’t finished my other job yet.  A huge piece of advice to all out there, never work a full time job and a part time job together while dealing with your first trimester, I was constantly exhausted, when I got home in the evening I would just collapse on the sofa before being put to bed by my husband, we barely saw each other for the whole of trimester 1!

Life started to settle down a little, I started to think about decorating the baby’s room, friends started to gift things to us, we had our 12 week and 20 week scans and got told that everything was normal (a side story would be the miraculous nature of my husband and I having a “normal” baby, neither of us are particularly standard!!).  Imagine then my shock when just after our 20 week scan we find out that after 2 years of looking for a university based research job that my husband had finally been offered a job, it was a perfect job, apart from one tiny little issue.  It would mean moving 400 miles, from the North east of Scotland to the Midlands.  So at 22 weeks my time became spread between work (which I would need to quit) and appointments with removal men and estate agents.  At 24 weeks my life became all about packing my house into boxes and at 28 weeks we moved, to a place we knew no-one for my husband to start his job and for me to have a baby!

I am 32 weeks now, and we are settled into our new house (almost) and thanks to the church we have started attending we are quickly making friends.  We are adjusting to the subtle differences in antenatal care and we are getting our heads around the idea of this being home now.  However, for those of you who have just discovered you are pregnant, I wish you a much less eventful life than I have had!!


Thank you Jay and wishing you all the best with the imminent arrival of your little one! Keep up with Jay here

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Looking back over the last two and a bit weeks, there’s no wonder I’m tired! Here’s a brief diary of what’s happened!

22nd March – Due Date for the arrival of our 2nd bundle of joy, no movement, so on with the prep for 1st child’s birthday tomorrow!

23rd March – A second birthday! Lots of excitement, presents, chocolate and energy! Nanny visited and entertained the birthday boy while me, hubby and the bump visited the hospital – they’ve booked me in to be induced on the 30th March

24th March – Had a couple of hours rest while hubby and son went out – bliss!

26th March – The birth of my beautiful daughter at 21.01 weighing 7lb5 after a day of being assessed and waiting!

27th March – Allowed home from hospital, how scary – after my son was born I was in hospital for four days, so was a bit anxious about being let out so quick, luckily hubby and mum were on hand to help!

28th, 29th, 30th March – Visitors, Visitors and Visitors

31st – Had more visitors, who took us out for lunch, which was nice. It is also our 3rd Wedding Anniversary, didn’t do much anniversary wise – but had a lovely pizza for tea and watched a film!

1st April – …….and rest

2nd April – lots of visitors including two nephews, 1 4yo 1 2yo – mayhem!

and now…………….I’m starting to feel half human again and am slowly getting back to doing everyday things, so in between nappy changes, feeding the baby, entertaining the toddler, receiving phone calls and visitors, I’ve managed to get back on the internet….blog, twitter and facebook – here I come!!

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POEM – Overdue


Why doesn’t my body know what to do
It’s done it before, you are number two

Waiting is hurting in more than one way
My body’s tired, my mind’s not okay

You should have arrived, your due date has gone
I feel strange, but the signs are none

Can’t wait to meet you and find out your name
I am searching hard, to end this long game

So off to find out, what’s on that long list
of ways to start it, if you get my gist!


© Kelly Brett 2010

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D Day!

Well today is D-Day and by that I mean Due Date! Yep my second bundle of joy is due today – so far…..nothing!

In the middle of last week I had a hospital check-up and after a lovely ‘sweep’ I saw hope, but nothing happened and now all pain seems to have gone and there are no signs of the little one appearing.

So it’s time to look into the ‘natural’ labour bring ons!
The raspberry leaf tea has been drunk, the curries have been eaten and I have used my energy for walks….so what else is on that list?

I have another appointment tomorrow………..

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………since my last post, but every second has been filled with sorting, toddler, pregnancy, seeing friends before baby arrives and illness!

Unfortunately I have been a bit poorly with various bugs going round, but I seem to be on the mend and with my due date fast approaching I am looking forward to try and get things ready, the due date is 22nd March so a little over a week – so exciting! My toddler’s 2nd birthday is coming too (23rd March – I know!), so we are going to have a busy old week that week!

Right better get on with more sorting, nesting, resting (?)! Will post again soon!

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