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Bump to Baby #2 – Thirty Seven Weeks, Thirty Eight Weeks – D Day

37 weeks

37 Week Bump

Deviating from the standard format of my bump update posts. In my last bump update I mentioned that I had just found out that I indeed had Obstetric cholestasis (OC) again. I had always prepared myself mentally for the possibility of having it, it has a 60 – 90% reoccurrence rate and I had been undergoing weekly bloods and CTG monitoring to check my levels at the hospital. Luckily I was able to schedule this in during nursery days as some of the stays on the assessment unit would take 6 – 8 hours to complete. On top of this I had been in and out due to regular contractions twice which stopped of their own accord, it really felt like I had been in hospital more than out of it.

Once I was diagnosed I expected to be looking at a planned c-section anytime between 37 weeks (seven days notice) or 38 weeks. I knew that it was unlikely that I would go beyond 38 weeks, which cut my planning time down to a week or so, as I saw the consultant around 36+5 days. The final two weeks were absolutely horrible, my body really struggled to cope with the liver condition. I felt the effects of the liver struggling, I know my liver tests weren’t looking pretty either.

I was drained, I lacked any form of appetite, I looked like I’d be up all night as my whites of my eyes were really dull and before I started my medication looking yellow. The medication given to me made my liver a little better but made me sick, by the last few days I was in and out of hospital as I was vomiting, unable to eat and felt really unwell. As a result of this I was given an anti acid to keep the balance of my medication in check which really helped.

Knowing the date of my section was perfect, this time around it felt very planned – my parents were called over to stay and I was able to take the bump photo above the day before. This is the very last photo I have of me pregnant!

Birth story to follow next!

34 Weeks < – > To be released


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Bump to baby #2 – Thirty four/Thirty five/Thirty six weeks

34 weeks

34 Week Bump

Top moment the week? – I’m not sure these weeks had a top moment, I spent the last few weeks very itchy and with weekly monitoring/bloods to check for Obstetric cholestasis. Last pregnancy I was diagnosed late, bloods were done before but for whatever reason my bile acid level which is what they look for to diagnose OC did not rise until around 35/36 weeks. Like clockwork they began to rise again, I received a phone call in the evening of the 35 week to tell me. I would have to say therefore the top moment of these weeks would have been Christmas, although everyone in the house was sick, our guests were sick. I’m not sure the final weeks of December fall into the top, but alas they came and went. Once I was diagnosed with OC I knew the current plan of a planned C-section at 39 weeks was unlikely and that as before they would want to bring this forward. Perhaps the top moment was seeing my consultant week 36 who confirmed indeed that the plan was to evict at 38 weeks exactly, two shots of steroids to endure first and a bunch of medication to take for the duration.

Stretch marks – Yes unfortunately I now I do have new ones above my belly button. Not a lot so I’ve been very lucky!

Sleep – Not so good, you really are just too big at this point. I’m rather glad these are likely to be my last few weeks now. When I do get to sleep I am completely out though, the liver condition really knocks your energy levels.

Maternity Clothes – In preparation to get my hospital bag sorted, I’ve ordered a few nursing pieces of clothing which also happen to be maternity wear. Rather frustrating that brands and designers lump the two together, everything will look quite baggy post pregnancy.

Food Cravings – Zero appetite, another symptom of OC which I remember from last time. I knew it was creeping up purely from this and my energy levels, by the very end before I was given medication my eyes had started to go yellow with jaundice too.

What do you miss – I miss sleeping on my bag still, I also miss being able to walk around with too much thought, walking now is uncomfortable.

Movement – I had a case of reduced movements week 36, around the time that I had steroid shots which I think had an impact. I felt seriously buzzed after the shots though, glad they were not given to me at night and instead I had them during the day time.

Symptoms – Heavy, tired, itchy,

What are you looking forward to – D Day, I feel oddly unprepared though – but I’ll be glad to no longer be pregnant and look forward to meeting the little guy!

33 Weeks < – > To be released


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Bump to Baby #2 – Thirty One/Two/Three Weeks

31 weeks

The “thirties” feel quick, I don’t really remember it feeling as quick last time – perhaps because these weeks were somewhat separated by antenatal classes rather than the general run up to Christmas. Which I must admit has been a perfect way to distract myself, it’s always great to have a project and this year we are staying at home so for once I can really decorate with appreciation.

I can’t imagine I will have as much time next year to decide on wrapping, ribbon and which card I fancy sending out. Sometimes I remember the pre baby days where I put a lot of thought into which Christmas chocolates were going on the tree that year, those days are far gone and while I’ll still look for nice things I don’t have the same mental appreciation for that level of detail. So like magic, here we are fast forwarding a few weeks squeezed into one post – really all I do is grow a little bit bigger each week!

31 Week Bump

32 Week Bump

33 Week Bump

Top moment the week? – The last couple of weeks have really not had much to speak of which is why they are combined, at the moment the midwife appointments are springing up fast. I’ve spent quite a bit of time at the hospital too having my bloods checked weekly due to itching again. I suppose I’m glad that I was able to attend the Christmas light switch on weekend we have locally, I don’t feel too big just yet and walking is still comfortable. I had another scan also which was nice, although not 3D as they are happy as they can be with this babies development.

Stretch marks – I’m starting to get a few just above my belly button, I suppose it will match the ones below. Really not bothered at all about them this time, they disappear soon enough that you don’t really notice them! I think it’s actually worse post birth as they look so angry! but it calms down and they fade in time.

Sleep – Still sleeping well, going to enjoy the last few weeks of sleeping through the night it will be strange to go back to the constant wake ups but it’s such a short time in their lives – we will get through it! Fingers crossed this one is also a sleeper.

Maternity Clothes – Yes, I am far too round to wear much that isn’t maternity wear or stretchy now.

Food Cravings – Bread? Really loving sandwiches at the moment, still having a brunch in-between breakfast and lunch although not feeling as crazy hungry as I was a few weeks ago. No heartburn, that’s pretty good isn’t it?

What do you miss – Sleeping on my back, normal clothes, fashion, being able to twist and bend while seated in the car.

Movement – Always active, no concerns at all about that yet. He is super active and I can always feel him moving around, he has started being more active in the evenings at night-time. A little quiet in the mornings then perks up around lunch time normally.

Symptoms – I feel fine, Ariella has been really unwell the last few weeks so I haven’t really focused much on myself. I do still forget I’m pregnant at times because I don’t have the mental space to run around for all of my appointments plus Ariella’s appointments. I had a strange evening of what I’m told were likely contractions at 32+6 weeks, but they stopped eventually which was good since I was home alone with Ariella. I haven’t had anything like that since, although still get regular Braxton hicks.

What are you looking forward to – The end, sort of. It feels like the pregnancy has flown by and I still have a bunch of things to do. But I’m also not looking forward to getting heavier than I am now, my last pregnancy only lasted until 37+3? I think or around that time so I didn’t have to go forth and experience the last few weeks of pregnancy which from seeing through others doesn’t seem all that great! However I was hoping I’d have a toddler whom would walk outside by this point, which is not the case – but you adjust don’t you?

30 Weeks < – > To be released




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Bump to Baby #2 – Thirty Weeks

30 weeks

This week commenced with a fabulous spa weekend break, all three of us which I’ve talked about in my previous lifestyle post update here. I had my first pregnancy massage of this pregnancy and it was joyous, my aches and pains this time are amplified by the sheer required to hold onto Ariella still. It seems carrying heavy items during pregnancy does not apply to me this time around! Some days I feel the strain on my nonexistent core, I fear this is only going to become harder over the course of the next few weeks.

30 Week Bump

Top moment the week? – This has to be spa time and also my second baby shower, it was fab to get together with friends and celebrate the pending new arrival. It was also so relaxing from the suite to Ariella’s behaviour, she coped so well with the change and we came back very refreshed!

Stretch marks – Nothing new quite yet, I have a feeling it will occur though and probably around my belly button as per last time!

Sleep – I really cannot complain in this department, my daughter is a great sleeper mostly. I do get some pelvic pain in pregnancy but I try not to walk too far and a pregnancy pillow always helps. I know many pregnant women have it much harder, are up all the night – so I feel quite glad that isn’t the case. It’s hard enough when they arrive, I’ll enjoy the sleep for now thank you!

Maternity Clothes – Yes lots, in fact pretty much all maternity wear other than a few large jumpers now.

Food Cravings – I’m at the stage where baby has become quite large but hasn’t quite engaged yet so my stomach feels tiny, making eating rather a long-winded affair. Hoping he will drop down soon enough though and I’ll be able to breathe and enjoy food!

What do you miss – Oh nothing really, it doesn’t feel like too long to go now to miss anything much! I guess if I had to pick it would be alcoholic drinks as it is always lovely to enjoy a nice glass of wine with a nice meal.

Movement – Active as ever, I’m currently on high alert for movements though as I have started itching again and if I do develop the same condition again then it can cause reduced movements. All is well so far!

Symptoms – I really feel like so far I am getting away lightly this time, a little achey, breathless, but really not bad at all. Itchy I suppose!

What are you looking forward to – I’m looking forward to another scan soon, at 33 weeks I’ll be seeing him again. One of the main benefits to being high risk (and there aren’t many!) is that you do get to see them more often.

28 Weeks < – > To be released


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Bump to Baby #2 – Twenty Five Weeks

25 weeks

I almost didn’t bother writing anything much for this week, it feels like such a “filler” rather than essential. But it’s worth documenting if only for the bump photo and to keep up to date with the latest progress made.

Top moment the week? – Storage! I had been really trying to decide which storage to buy for the new babies bedroom, we still need to have the room renovated so for now it’s just something that can easily be removed when that happens but will store a bunch of clothes, nappies and changing mat. After looking at lots of options, varying in budgets, materials, looks and styles I decided to go back to my original plan of using the IKEA Hemnes small chest of drawers. It seems to be a really popular choice for most nurseries and really didn’t cost much at all, compared to a solid wood piece will be much lighter to move out of the room and is “fit for purpose” in my mind. We assembled it and it’s now playing host to all the newbies clothes, rather than storing them in a large bag next to his hammock.

I’ve been getting organised in general, I’ve gone through all of Ariella’s old clothes that we had stored away and anything useable has been removed with everything else going to charity. I’m glad that’s done with now as any bigger and I would really start to struggle to find the energy. Even putting the flat pack furniture together was a struggle, going up and down the stairs, bending over a lot to fit various little screws and fixtures in. Normally I am the flat pack queen but I think I’m going to have to hang up my cape for a while and accept that not everything can be done by me.

Stretch marks – I am still dancing around this, not quite big enough yet to test the boundaries of my skin for a second time. I’m sure they will come but later, I already have some anyway so I really am much less “fussed” this time around. They honestly fade, as tragic as they are to have when you first see them after many months you forget.

Sleep – Pretty much fine, no complains this time around. I really think that knowing the best positions and posture have helped loads with sleeping. Either that or I really just am too tired, I don’t need to get up in the night like most pregnant people still.

Maternity Clothes – Yes rocking my new jumpers, dresses, all sorts of maternity wear – really pleased with my purchases actually! I’ll have to expand a little on it though as some of the items arrived damaged and I had to send them back but haven’t finished sorting out the wardrobe yet.

Food Cravings – Probably sandwiches again, I really do like a sandwich – I’ve been eating ploughmans as a brunch, pre warm up to my lunch. I’ve also enjoyed a few official “brunches” out too.

What do you miss – Probably just being able to breathe, but I’m sure i’ll adjust to it. Also I am on iron tablets again so I think anaemia won’t be helping at all.

Movement – Yes, as active as ever. Much more aggressive movements earlier on than I remember before.

Symptoms – A little tired, breathless, but generally okay and my normal self. I have definitely not felt that hungry lately.

What are you looking forward to – My parents are coming to stay this weekend which will be really nice for Ariella, gives us a little break too!

24 Weeks < – > To be released




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Bump to Baby #2 – Twenty Three Weeks

23 weeks

Oo la la twenty-three weeks, look at my stomach that’s certainly not flat. At least I no longer look like I could have just eaten one to many chocolate bars although I still do get tentatively asked “You’re expecting?” just in case, no one wants to make that mistake!

It’s all feeling rather Autumnal here in England, I am SO pleased because I hate being pregnant when it’s hot. I can finally get out the winter wear and walk the streets without feeling like I’m going to pass out! I don’t have a huge amount to say about this week, I have noticed all the movements are really strong now but other than that it’s business as usual.

Top moment the week? – Very little in the world of exciting baby things occurred this week, we did have guests stay which was lovely but not particularly baby related. I have a defined bump now which wobbles when kicked or hit from the inside and it was funny to see our guests faces when my stomach suddenly jerked in a weird direction. Ariella is starting two days of nursery a week from next week, which is awesome!

Stretch marks – Not yet, I’m hoping it will be like my last pregnancy when they really only occurred right at the very end.

Sleep – It’s alright, strange how you become used to turning from one side to the other and never sleeping on your back. I think I am rather lucky that I don’t need to get up multiple times in the night like many pregnant women so really I can’t complain. I have been tired again but that’s due to Ariella being sick constantly the last week.

Maternity Clothes – I still haven’t sorted this out, someone please do it for me!

Food Cravings – All over the place, from sweet to destroying a whole bag of salty crisps. I like to go and get lunch on the day so can give my cravings free rein. Really love the Kettle chips sea salt and balsamic vinegar crisps right now.

What do you miss – I miss eating whatever I want, drinking whatever I want. It’s dawned on me that I’ll be sans alcohol (mostly) over the Christmas and New year period, I promised myself last pregnancy that I’d never time it that way again!

Movement – I can feel everything, ever flip, kick, wobble, every single thing. I rarely feel like I’m not moving and it’s hard not to feel queasy about it at times.

Symptoms – I’m starting to get pains when I walk now long distances again, tired, reflux is starting to appear. But all in, it’s alright – I don’t mind really and as long as I don’t eat a mountain of tomatoes without an anti acid nearby I feel perfectly well.

What are you looking forward to – Next week! We hit viability which is great.

Week 22< – > To be released



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Bump to Baby #2 – Twenty One Weeks

21 week pregnant

I don’t have a photo this week, I kept telling myself to get up and take one but I didn’t! In fact I keep telling myself to do many things and I swear they are slipping out of my mind like water. I’m going to have to start writing things down again, one good thing about this is I don’t feel bad at all that I’ve forgotten to do something because I don’t remember I have. Ignorance really is bliss, not that I would normally not do something I was intending to do.

There isn’t much to report this week, sorry second baby but you are being sidelined a little. My head is full of all the things I need to put in place for Ariella, next week you’ll be dragged around to all her therapies blissfully unaware bumping around in there. Sorry!

I did manage to get to my GP to get all the medications that the consultant wants me on in order, this time around I’ve been allocated the full whammy dose of Folic Acid – for the duration of pregnancy. I feel so lucky, I’ll just add that to my collection and soon enough the medication cupboard will look more like the back of a pharmacy. Actually I’m sure the back of a pharmacy is probably more tidy than my very disorganised medicine cupboard. For a start it has to share its space with the baking supplies, don’t get those mixed up!

Top moment the week? – Getting my prescriptions all sorted out and booking my Whooping cough vaccination with the combined flu vaccine. My arm is going to look like a pin cushion but it did feel rather productive. I’d love to say we did some shopping, bought some baby items but I’m still floating around in space when it comes to actually organising anything this time.

Stretch marks – No but I feel pretty sorry for my skin, first time around it doesn’t really know what’s happening this time it probably remembers.

Sleep – Tired, anyone else tired? I am. It’s dark too so it’s really hard not to fall back asleep in the mornings.

Maternity Clothes – Progression from last weeks work, I have started… to put things in baskets. I have to thank ASOS for its handy ability to save items, but I do have a better idea of what I want to buy I just need to actually buy them.

Food Cravings – The worst thing that happened to me this week was I found my local Subway has closed down, I had a craving for a Subway and couldn’t fulfil it. I mean I’d have to take a drive to get one and realistically that’s a bit too much. In fact you can’t get a decent sandwich around here anymore, recessions.

What do you miss – Champagne again.

Movement – He spends most of his time kicking me, you can see it constantly from the outside and it feels a lot like being on a ship at sea. It will make it very easy to notice when he isn’t kicking as much as normal, seems to really enjoy music and food – the same as Ariella did.

Symptoms – I’m in that beautiful stage where you aren’t too big and you aren’t feeling sick, I feel pretty good. Apart from being tired and it’s getting harder to get up off the floor I could probably stay like this forever If I had to.

What are you looking forward to – Viability, 6th of October at which point there is a better chance of survival. Even better 28 weeks when the chance of survival is really good. It seemed a long way off before but is looking closer every day.

These posts are retrospective, if you’d like to check out other weeks please click below

Week 20< – > Week 21

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Bump to Baby #2 – Twenty Weeks

Wahey, the half way point! Doesn’t feel like it’s been long enough to be half way through, Ariella really keeps me on my toes. This week I had my scan, it was a strange experience compared to last time – more medical focused. Last time walking into the ultrasound room I was quite excited although still aware of the importance of the scan, checking things were developing okay. This time it was all a tad disorganised – I was to be scanned by a consultant and she was running an hour and a half late. Ariella was at a friend’s house with one of her little friends, but I was quite anxious about her knowing lately she has been struggling with environments outside home and other children.

It felt like a very long wait, hardly anyone was going in and the waiting room was just filling up – seats were in short supply at this point with many people standing to allow other pregnant mothers to sit. By the time I had been called to go in, Jamie had to go and collect Ariella as she was becoming distressed. I wandered into the room feeling quite unprepared and frankly annoyed to have found that the consultant arrived late which caused all the backlog, I’m sure she had something important to do but no one likes waiting for a bus not knowing if it’s going to arrive. The scan was odd and my notes were missing so I had to go through the long list of why I was being scanned by her and all about my previous pregnancy with Ariella. The main reason I was there was to check the baby’s brain, this time the corpus callosum was fully checked although with an ultrasound they can’t tell me whether the corpus callosum is hypoplasia (under developed) but it is there and for now everything else seems to be okay.  As I’m consultant led this time around I’ll be having another scan at 28 weeks where the brain will be checked again.

Shockingly I didn’t take a photo this week, we’ve had so much going on. During the holidays everything seems to come to a stop around here, including therapies and mostly hospital appointments (although not maternity ones). But the last week I’ve had lots of calls to place new appointments in the calendar for September.

Top moment the week? – Because of the brain scanning all the scans are in 3d/4d for me which means I get to see his little face! I didn’t get a sneak peek of Ariella last time, babies look quite odd as they are so skinny at the moment but it’s interesting all the same.

Stretch marks – Not yet!

Sleep – I am finding I am rather tired at the moment, my iron levels have dropped which is probably the cause. My body pillow is working great!

Maternity Clothes – Yes I need to order some Autumn/Winter options soon too.

Food Cravings –  Salt is still a big one for me.

What do you miss – Nothing really right now.

Movement – Regular movements are starting to form, you can see them now from the outside. I think this is earlier than last time, possibly because my placenta is at the back.

Symptoms – Itching a little (I know! Hopefully not the Obstetric cholestasis returning), hungry, tired, a lot of round ligament pain actually.

What are you looking forward to – Reaching the twenty week mark, half way – then having our next scan! I’d like to know for sure everything has developed okay and I believe if they can they are going to try to check the corpus callosum too for this one.

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Week 19 < – > Week 21




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Bump to Baby #2 – Nineteen Weeks

This week I had my first consultant appointment at the hospital, last pregnancy I was midwife led so I was intrigued to find out what consultant led care would be like. I felt quite underwhelmed actually, my consultant was a man of few words whom seemed to generally cut you off mid sentence. I can only hope that he has read my notes because I had no chance to ask or even lead him into various areas. My confidence in people is not that great if I’m honest, I much prefer to highlight certain areas to check that they know what they are doing – last pregnancy it all went a bit, rubbish towards the end. Things were certainly missed and perhaps I was naive to just believe that someone had things in hand, not something I’m keen to repeat.

It wasn’t as relaxing this time around, if you can call a trip to the hospital antenatal department relaxing at any point in life. But with my first-born in hand alongside me, it was very hard to concentrate on anything else. They are quite extended sessions too, I arrived at the reception desk and handed my maternity notes over. They ended up in a little box alongside others before me, first was to see the midwife whom took my blood pressure and the usual checks, then another wait for the consultant after which I could wait for my blood to be taken. Next time I have a scan as well, hopefully not more blood tests! That does seem to be one benefit, more scans and the hope that someone is keeping an eye on the overall picture. Fingers crossed!

Top moment the week? – Knowing I am almost half way there now, feeling better, being able to start planning for January a lot more? I’m not sure I have one specific moment but it feels a lot easier these days (before you get heavy and round, then putting on socks is quite a feat).

Stretch marks – No changes still, in fact I guess because it’s not the first time my skin has stretched I haven’t noticed as much tightness as last time.

Sleep – The body pillow has been taken out of storage this week, I was finding waking that my hips were sore. The body pillow has immediately sorted this, it received pressure and I really recommend getting one if you are expecting. I invested in a reasonable one last pregnancy so it hadn’t gone flat which is good.

Maternity Clothes – Yes, very much round now. I still fit some of my other clothes, but jeans are maternity ones and I can’t wait for Winter jumpers!

Food Cravings –  Salty food is top of my favourite at the moment, I try not to eat too many snacks but find myself hungry between meals. I adore the sea salt and balsamic Kettle chips, left to it a whole pack will disappear before my eyes.

What do you miss – Champagne, why break a habit of a life time? I miss celebrating great days where something lovely happens by opening a bottle, popping it into a buffed ice bucket and the tender stem that only a Champagne glass can provide. For me it’s really not all about the alcohol, but I love beautiful things and so many beautiful glasses are made for alcoholic beverages. How many times have you ever sat with friends, drinking wine? Twiddling the wine glass stem in your hand, or swirling the liquid around without thought? With the days getting darker I will miss my mulled wine too!

Movement – All the time, proper kicks and lots of them. I think I am starting to get a bit of a pattern to them already too. He is still quiet for long periods but my placenta is actually posterior this time so I can really feel every movement and much earlier than before.

Symptoms – Hungry, back aches, round ligament pain, feeling very bloated after meals, occasionally feeling like I might be sick? Not sure why that’s returned.

What are you looking forward to – Reaching the twenty week mark, half way – then having our next scan! I’d like to know for sure everything has developed okay and I believe if they can they are going to try to check the corpus callosum too for this one.

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Week 17 < – > Week 20








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Bump to Baby #2 – Seventeen weeks

This week seems to have flown by with our trip away the days have just ticked down very quickly, it definitely feels like I should be writing the eighteen week update rather than this one. It’s started to set now that we are having a boy, assuming nothing changes at the twenty week/ish scan although the sonographer was 99% sure based on the images we had, also I mean you can see inside so she could see that it looked like a little boy even though things haven’t quite finished moving around yet.

I’ve had great energy this week, I found the heat of Barcelona quite a struggle – it was in the 30’s and my feet and hands would swell when walking. The multitude of short stops have begun and with the kicks and bump now in full force I feel outwardly pregnant as well as internally!

Some organisation has begun in terms of plans for the nursery, clothes, thoughts on prams, cars all sorts really but I definitely feel a lot less concerned about having it all ready this time. In fact I haven’t done half as much research, I’m probably going to end up packing my hospital bag days before at this rate.

Top moment the week? – Heading off to Spain for a long weekend with friends, our first attempt at a city break with Ariella. It was nice to spend time as a family, it has been quite a while since we took our last holiday back in March. Barcelona itself was quite an experience, we were actually there while the terrorist attacks were taking place. We just arrived when it first happened and our transfer drove past the closed of road, we realised soon after that we were only staying a few roads away. Although there was a certain vibe to the City that weekend we tried not to let it impact us much at all.

Stretch marks – Too early still

Sleep – Really not so bad, I feel like the second trimester is quite a sweet time where you don’t (usually) feel too bad and you aren’t heavy enough for your bump to bother your sleeping as much. I’ve been sleeping just fine, some days I am tired if I over do it but in general it’s like I’m not pregnant.

Maternity Clothes – As we were going somewhere sunny I finally cracked out some of the proper maternity wardrobe, I’ve been wearing the maternity jeans for a few weeks now as my bump seems to have grown out quicker than before. But I really can’t get away with my normal clothes in the most part (unless they are really baggy) now. I am fortunate that we took a babymoon last pregnancy so I had a lot of items left over from that in storage, I really didn’t need to buy much at all which is useful since the majority of the latter stages of my pregnancy will be in Autumn/Winter months.

Food Cravings –  All sorts this time, crisps, ice cream, mostly things that aren’t good for me in bulk – Subway, pregnancy safe sushi. I think the main theme is that I’m hungry all of the time! We drank lots of water in Spain, I think it’s a habit I should really try to replicate more so at home at least while pregnant. I often forget to drink but when it’s hot you really feel thirsty!

What do you miss – I think at this moment in time nothing, I feel pretty good and that generally has an impact on the things I miss.

Movement – Yes I’ve had some flutters for a few weeks now but this week I had my very first kick at 17+5 days, It’s officially real now. This is so much earlier than last time at 19 weeks, it came as quite a surprise for that reason.

Symptoms – A proper bump has formed, I know it always feels bigger at first but I’m sure my friends would be able to tell now. Mostly my symptoms have gone away to be replaced with movements instead. My hair and nails are predictably growing like weeds, the very best nails I’ve ever had are always when pregnant.

What are you looking forward to – Right now I’m eagerly looking towards our next scan at around twenty weeks, the anomaly scan.

Week 16 < – > Week 17