Wednesday, 28 September 2016

37 weeks pregnant with Baby Pritchard

How far along?
37 weeks + 6 days. The excitement for baby to come now is unreal. I just hope I don't go over.

Total weight gain?
11st 5lb. I would have put money on me losing a little weight this week. I said to Kyle on Saturday that my bump looked smaller. It's about normal at this stage to lose a couple of pounds apparently.

Maternity Clothes?
I saw a picture of a girl on Instagram from when she was heavily pregnant to now and she was wearing a sports bra. I decided to dig mine out not thinking they'd fit but they've been so comfy!

Stretch marks?
I've got a few around my belly button, I think when baby dropped it changed the game and my poor skin just couldn't handle it. 

Sleep?
I normally get up twice in the night to pee, but now the bedside light has to go on, which Kyle isn't too impressed about. I did warn him that I don't like scary films when him and his mate put the Conjuring 2 on last week. There's no chance I'm having that lady jump out on me from one of the bedrooms whilst I'm innocently going for my 3am toilet trip!

Best moment this week?
My sister Alice was disgusted with how dirty my car was last week and she text me on Saturday asking if I was going out in it at all. She came round and we spent about three hours cleaning it inside and out. It sounds silly but it was so nice to spend a few hours with her, we're all grown up now and don't see each other maybe as much as we should, there's just so many of us!

Miss anything?
I'm excited to get back in my old wardrobe now. If I'm not leaving the house I don't tend to even bother getting dressed. That sounds so gross but I spend my days cleaning and I have two pairs of trousers that fit me, about ten tops and two dresses. I've started to wash all my pre pregnancy clothes in with whatever colour wash I'm doing just so I'm not trying wash loads of clothes when I come out of hospital (there'll already be loads of teeny socks and sleepsuits to get washed as it is). 

Movement?
A lot of my movement now is along my left side of my button. I guess baby is squashed now. A foot in the ribs doesn't really happen now - thank god!

Food cravings?
Nothing.

Anything make you queasy or sick?
Not this week.

Gender?
Whatever gender baby is, it's still not got a name.

Labour signs?
From the moment I got up on Saturday I was in so much pain. One of Mum's Avon customers who was a midwife said to keep moving as much as I can from now on - gravity and all that! I genuinely thought I was going to go into labour. My back was falling apart and I kept getting period like pains really low down. When we popped to Kyle's friends house in the afternoon I couldn't sit down, I had to stand up swaying and every time I sat down it felt like I was pushing things up. Sunday was pretty much the same not as bad and by Monday I felt fine again.

Symptoms?
Still just the same, swollen feet, rock solid belly, bit of a waddle. I'm really attractive right now. Oh and I dunno if it's more common this late in the game but baby gets hiccups soooo much lately! Big vicious ones that I can feel down in my bum. 

Belly button in or out?
Out. One thing I do keep wondering is why it's brown? I know it's not just mine because I've seen it on advertisements, it's just weird how when it pops out it's brown.

Mood?
Maybe a little apprehensive. Not because I'm scared about labour but I'm just not sure what to expect early on. It's all well and good googling 'how to know you're in labour' but it's still hard knowing what you're meant to be looking out for.

Looking forward to?
Meeting baby, finding out whether it's going to be a cheeky little boy or a sweet little girl. Finally giving it a name, it won't just be 'baby' anymore. 

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

36 weeks pregnant with Baby Pritchard

How far along?
36 weeks + 6 days. I'm officially full term tomorrow, how absolutely crazy is that!

Total weight gain?
11st 7lb. That's just over 2st on my pre pregnancy weight and I can definitely feel the extra weight I'm carrying around now. The midwife was shocked on Friday that there's no fat on me, it's all just baby. Then when she measured me it had gone from 35 (cm I guess) to 39 within a week. She asked me if I felt like I'd had a growth spurt, which a few days before Kyle had said I looked bigger. That's when she ended up sending me for the glucose test to see if it was gestational diabetes. I get my results tomorrow!

Stretch marks?
I've actually developed a few on my belly this week! They're really low down, just above my pants line and at the moment they're still quite faint. It's so hard to tell what's what, especially when I've had my support band on. I'm nearly through another bottle of Bio Oil but I'm going to pick up another for my hospital bag just to aid my recovery afterwards.

Sleep?
Oh god, horrendous! I'm finding my right side more comfortable than my left at the moment with a pillow wedged in between my legs. As soon as I wake up though I'm pretty much out of bed, my hips and back can't handle just lying there.

Best moment this week?
By far my baby shower! I knew something was being arranged by the girls at work but I didn't know what and on Friday night Mum, me and a car full of sisters headed off to Amy's house, it wasn't until Mum turned up her road that I realised where we was going! She'd decorated perfect, exactly how I'd imagine my baby shower to be and it was so lovely to have all the special people in my life in one place. Thanks again Amz! 

Miss anything?
I'm just missing feeling normal, being able to get in and out of the car relatively quickly, shaving my legs, painting my toes. I just can't wait to have our little baby in my arms now. 

Movement?
Still lots of limbs wiggling around, my belly is rock solid what seems like all the time now.  

Food cravings?
Nothing. I've taken quite a liking to jelly but nothing I couldn't live without.

Anything make you queasy or sick?
Nothing this week.

Gender?
I had a dream the other night again that it was girl. The lady who did my glucose test was so excited that we didn't know. It tends to be the same reaction from all medical staff when they ask what we're having. I guess not many people don't find out these days.

Labour signs?
Sunday I had some strange feelings down below but they passed eventually and as I type this now I'm getting funny sharp pains every now and then. I'm hoping that's a head moving down and pressing on my bladder or something. 

Symptoms?
Just the usual nine month pregnant issues. Heartburns not been so bad, but I get very tired these days so a nap in the day is a must. My feet are swollen more often than they're not so I've been living in the same pair of sandals for the last month.

Belly button in or out?
Out. In all fairness it looks more like a bum hole right now...

Mood?
Excited! Everyone told me the last few weeks go really slow but at the moment I feel like there's not enough hours in the day. Granted we did have a lazy day on the sofa on Monday watching Tarzan and Zootopia but the weekend with Kyle's family really tired me out (and we just wanted to spend the day in our new living room).

Looking forward to?
Meeting our little baby for the first time. And finishing my hospital bag. Baby's bag is all packed but I've got a few last bits to put in mine. 

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

35 weeks pregnant with Baby Pritchard

How far along?
35 weeks + 6 days

Total weight gain?
I forgot to weigh myself and I cannot be bothered going back downstairs now just to use the scales.

Stretch marks?
I've got the odd stripe on my thighs and quite a big one on my hip but still nothing on my belly. I don't think my belly button will ever recover but I can deal with that. We'll see afterwards, I definitely want to get back into shape, I've spent the majority of 2016 aching and waddling around.

Sleep?
Still rubbish. I woke at 4.30 the other morning with heartburn and didn't get back to sleep until just before 7am. I ended up staying in bed then until 10am - perks of maternity leave!

Best moment this week?
We went for a growth scan on Tuesday because our little chunk is measuring big. I didn't think we'd get to see it again after our 20 week scan until it arrived so that was a nice surprise! The sonographer said it's got a big chubby belly; it's actually got a thicker layer of fat around it's belly than I've got around mine. At the moment it's looking like it'll be weigh the top end of 8lb. Oh god I'm so excited!

Miss anything?
I'm feeling okay this week, not missing anything too much.

Movement?
I'm luckily not getting a foot in my ribs as often nowadays thank god, hopefully that means it's dropped down a little bit. I was thinking today in the car how much I'm going to miss the funny little lumps I feel sticking out all day long. It's a weird feeling that's hard to explain without people getting offended I think. At the moment I'm the only person who feels everything, all day, everyday. In potentially a month, maybe less, maybe more, I've got to share my little passenger with everybody, which don't get me wrong I cannot wait for. I cannot wait to see all those little relationships grow. With Kyle, with each grandparent, each auntie and uncle and cousin, but then at the same time I won't have MY bump.  

Food cravings?
Nothing.

Anything make you queasy or sick?
Not this week thank goodness!

Gender?
Well today I met a little girl at Kyle's friends house, she was maybe four or five. The first thing she asked me was 'how did the baby get in my belly?' Oh my god, they really don't hold back do they! I told her to ask her Mum when she went home. I asked if it was a boy or girl and without any hesitation she said boy. Weird. Oh and it's going to be called Cotton Candy apparently.

Labour signs?
I still get funny feelings quite low down, but nothing that has worried me as of yet. I was kind of worrying that the midwife would turn round and say that baby was big and needed delivering sooner rather than later, but luckily all is well. I definitely think it'll be a 9lber. 

Symptoms?
I was saying to Kyle today that I really struggle to close my legs (haha!) that could have something to do with having a head heading down into my pelvis. It's making driving uncomfortable. I feel like my legs can't control the pedals properly.

Belly button in or out?
Out.

Mood?
I'm so content right now it's unreal. Kyle's spending his days decorating the living room and I've spent mine (or the last two at least) cleaning the kitchen. I swear I've cleaned corners of the kitchen no person will ever see, but it feels so satisfying knowing it's been done.

Looking forward to?
The downstairs of the house is currently like a building site so I can't wait to finally have the living room finished. Kyle's painting the walls tomorrow and Friday then Dad's going to fit the new floor on Saturday. We can start restoring some order then. At the moment our dining room has the sofas in it, the TV has made it's way upstairs and the hallway has all of the sofa cushions stacked up. Dinner has been eaten on the patio table and chairs in the living room because the dining room table is blocked in by sofas. Roll on Monday!

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Friday, 9 September 2016

My go to maternity top

H&M maternity blouse [similar here]
ASOS blazer [similar here]
H&M maternity jeans [similar here]
Primark shoes
Primark sunglasses

Let's face it, Dad's garden was always going to make the perfect spot to take some photos at some point. This is the maternity top I was on about still being loose on me, one of the few things that actually are! I love it with my white ASOS blazer when I want to look a little smarter; and when I want to dress it down I just throw it on with my little denim maternity shorts that have popped up on my weekly updates from time to time.

These H&M jeans are the hand me downs from my friend Louise; they're an absolute god send. H&M don't seem to do slim Mama jeans anymore but I've linked the ones I can find that are pretty similar. In all fairness I thought they were the skinny style until I checked the label on the inside. I don't think I'd fit my chubby legs in the skinny style to be honest.

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Thursday, 8 September 2016

34 weeks pregnant with Baby Pritchard


You'll have to excuse my attire, it's been one of those house days where we've stayed at home to get shit done. Our living room is lacking in carpet and underlay thanks to Kyle and his friend and I built a moses basket stand. The basket is staying safely wrapped up in the plastic until the walls have been sanded tomorrow, that's when things get really dusty. I feel so much better now that things are started to get done, I just wish we'd started sooner.

How far along?
34 weeks + 6 days

Total weight gain?
11st 2lb when I weighed myself Tuesday morning, that's nearly two stone on my pre-pregnancy weight - definitely the heaviest I've ever weighed!

Stretch marks?
Still none on my belly, the midwife will be pleased. My boobs have been so itchy the last few days though, I'm wondering if I'm going to stretch even more. The lady who did a talk at the breastfeeding workshop said that at 37 weeks that'll be the size they are when I'm exclusively breastfeeding. I've told Kyle he needs to save for a boob job for when we're done with babies.

Sleep?
Lacking. I'm glad I lasted this long though, some nights I wake every hour. If I get up to pee then it's game over; I can lie there for ages going through lists of things I need to do in my head. 

Best moment this week?
Coming home to my sweet little kitty. Him and Sacha have run each other ragged since Sunday night but hopefully they'll be best friends soon. I've started building things, the new swing was the first thing and I love it that much I'm tempted to buy the matching bouncer too, just so we've got something upstairs and something downstairs instead of carrying things up and down all the time.

Miss anything?
I'm feeling okay this week, not missing anything too much.

Movement?
Lots and lots! 

Food cravings?
Nothing.

Anything make you queasy or sick?
Not this week thank goodness!

Gender?
I'm still saying boy. Kyle saw three magpies on Monday and I reminded him that we have seen four in the past and he told me I'm really hanging on to this boy. It's just gut feeling I guess.

Labour signs?
Nope, although I've started getting a lot more shooting pains and funny feelings down below. Mum and Dad were joking that because Kyle and I are always late for everything we'll more than likely be late for our own baby's birth.

Symptoms?
The usual at 34 weeks I think. Shortness of breath, maybe a little bit of a waddle. My SPD has good days and bad days but it's all good because my little sister has offered to come round and vacuum for us (I shan't say no!) Oh and swollen feet. Sometimes, like tonight, it feels like my foot is bruised so I've taken to popping a tube of Soap and Glory's Heel Genius in the freezer for 10 minutes before rubbing it in my feet.

Belly button in or out?
Out. My sister popped round on Monday for another good laugh at it but it was tucked away under my support band.

Mood?
Happy and excited. Just over two weeks and baby will be full term. I won't be so worried then about it arriving.

Looking forward to?
Everything. There's so many changes to come and I'm so ready for every single one of them!

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

33 weeks pregnant with Baby Pritchard

How far along?
33 weeks + 6 days although after last weeks delay it seems far too early to be publishing another update!

Total weight gain?
Not a clue still. Maybe that's a good thing.

Maternity clothes?
No new maternity clothes. There was a 50% off offer at work over the weekend so my sister picked up a pink bomber jacket and a brown pair of boots for me. I'm trying to buy things at this point that will take me into Autumn rather than only fit me for the next six weeks.

Stretch marks?
Another week gone and still none.

Sleep?
Let's not talk about sleep. It's a thing of the past, or at least a good nights sleep is. If it's not my hips and pelvis giving me grief it's getting up to pee. Four times the one night! It probably doesn't help that I take a pint of squash to bed with me, but I wake up that often with a dry mouth I'd be hobbling backwards and forwards to the kitchen in the dark every few hours. 

Best moment this week?
The weather on Monday was beautiful, so we decided to have a BBQ on the decking when Kyle finished work with his friend Joe. The sun started setting so we decided to take Sach and Joe's two dogs to the beach. We both agreed we've maybe taken being so close to the beach all summer a little bit for granted.

Miss anything?
I can't think of anything that I've thought this week that I've really missed. I can't wait to be able to lie on my front again. I know I've said this before but so many times I go to just chill on my laptop or watch TV on my front and then remember about the little passenger inside my bump that would end up squashed.

Movement?
I woke up this morning to Kyle tapping my tummy trying to wake up baby. It did make me smile, I guess I forget that just because I can feel baby moving all day everyday doesn't mean that everyone else can. It does make me a little sad that there's not long left until I won't feel that.

Food cravings?
Last weeks episode of Bake Off made me want all the cake so we made a mad dash to the shop for Jaffa Cakes. Maybe I should buy some biscuits before this weeks episode just in case.

Anything make you queasy or sick?
Nope. There's been no poops in the caravan thank god!

Gender?
Still a mystery. I've had two dreams in the past week, one where it was a boy and one where it was a girl. The boy didn't have a name but the girl had one of two names that I'm not willing to share because they've both got potential. It's strange though because in both dreams I didn't give birth to them. The boy was lay in a Moses basket and I kept asking when I was going to have to give birth but Kyle went out and found the little girl and brought her to me in bed. Oh if that was how it really happened.

Labour signs?
Still just Braxton Hicks. They started off really low down but now my entire belly goes rock hard.  

Symptoms?
My feet and ankles have started to swell; in all fairness I haven't really got ankles at the moment. I had to pop to the out of hours doctor the other day for a minor case of thrush, but I still think I've got a water infection to go alongside it as yesterday there was a little bit of blood in my pee. I'm keeping an eye on it at the moment and if it gets any worse I think I'm just gonna go home early. 

Belly button in or out?
Out.

Mood?
Still feeling happy, and excited. Neither of us can wait to get home now.

Looking forward to?
I watched Love Actually last night, and I'm so excited for cosy nights in with our new born. October to December is by far my favourite time of year. Summer lets us down every year but autumn is always beautiful and November and December always sparkle.

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Friday, 26 August 2016

32 weeks pregnant with Baby Pritchard

Better late than never I guess! I'm actually 33 weeks + 1 now but I've been trying since Wednesday to get a good enough internet connection to upload this. I tell you what, it's like coming to the end of the earth here. There's also no photos again this week, because it would probably take a week just to upload them. 

How far along?
32 weeks + 6 days.

Total weight gain?
I still haven't been able to weigh myself since I've been here.

Maternity clothes?
Most of the maternity tops I bought early on in my pregnancy in a size small are starting to look quite tight now. There is nothing I hate more than tight tops stretched over my bump so they'll probably have to retire soon. They've served me well though, I've got one stripey top that I bought in a medium which is still mega loose on me so that's good, and H&M's long basic t-shirts are great.

Stretch marks?
Still going overtime on the Bio Oil. I really am shocked I've managed this far without any on my belly.

Sleep?
I have to get up now at least once a night to pee. Which is fine whilst we're in the caravan because there's a door straight into the bathroom from the bedroom, but I hate it at home when it's dark and I have to run past the stairs in case the monsters get me. 
Best moment this week?
There hasn't been one defining moment this week, but these last few days I've been really grateful that we've managed to spend our last summer as a twosome up here by the beach. It was quite bittersweet with things at work to begin with and Kyle's moaned, I've moaned and we've fallen out, but we'll always have these memories before little one comes and I'm so glad for that.

Miss anything?
My little kitty. Mum keeps me updated on his mischievous behaviour everyday but I can't wait to curl up on the sofa with him. He's going to hate Sacha coming home, he's been King of the house for the last 5 weeks so he's definitely going to have to learn to share again.

Movement?
Me and Kyle got up to some funny business the other night (TMI, sorry!) and I spent pretty much the entire next day worrying that something bad had happened because normally when I wake up so does baby. It didn't move until the afternoon and I was so ready to head off to Bangor hospital. Lazy bones finally woke up though and has made up for it since.

Food cravings?
All I ever want are ice lollies. I don't care which as long as they're sweet.

Anything make you queasy or sick?
Just the giant dog poo that Sacha decided to drop right behind my feet when I was washing up the other day. Luckily the kitchen in the caravan is vinyl so Kyle cleaned it up no issues. She's being such a monkey at the moment!

Gender?
Usually a conversation with someone new starts with them asking me how far I am, then they'll ask if we know what we're having, then they'll ask if we're gonna find out the sex. I find that such a weird question, like I've got less than two months left why would we bother now. I'm still so glad we never found out. The only problem now though is a name...

Labour signs?
No signs, just Braxton Hicks still. I get asked a lot if I'm scared about labour, but I'm not, at the end of the day it's got to come out. The only thing I'd hate is if my labour lasted for ages. 

Symptoms?
Heartburn is still nasty at night time, and my little toes have looked a little more like cocktail sausages the last few days but other than that I feel good. 

Belly button in or out?
Out.

Mood?
Happy and content. We're on the home stretch now so I can't complain.

Looking forward to?
A potential trip to Ikea when we get home, via Mamas and Papas. Their new collection is such beautiful autumn colours - perfect for an October baby's bedroom I think! I could literally spend all my money in Mamas and Papas, and on Stokke products, their stuff is my all time favourite.

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