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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 – Twenty Eight Weeks

28 weeks

Let me just start by adding in my twenty six and twenty seven week bump photos, I didn’t get enough to log those weeks details but did take a photo at least.

Welcome to the third trimester, how exciting!  This week I definitely feel different, like I’m on the very last stage. Ariella was born nine weeks from now, which doesn’t feel like a very long time at all.

28 Week Bump!

Top moment the week? – Storage! I’ve sorted out storage for all the newbie’s clothes which is great. Feeling a little bit more organised. Also I had another scan so got to see his little face which looks a lot more like a baby and less like an alien now.

Stretch marks – Nothing new yet but I can definitely see my skin is getting more thin.

Sleep – Not too bad, I’ve been unwell lately with Ariella passing me colds so I’ve had a dreadful cough which has been keeping me up. As well as this I’m itching! Which does seem to get worse at night, waiting for bloods to come back but it might be too early to tell yet whether it’s OC again.

Maternity Clothes – I need to source a few for my second baby shower coming up next week, or rather I suppose the week after (I’ll be 30 weeks by then – Just!!). I also need to sort out swimwear for a spa trip, maternity swim wear, not something I’ve had to buy before as last time although we did go away I was still able to squeeze myself into my normal swimwear.

Food Cravings – Not a huge appetite at all, which also makes me think the OC might be on it’s way again.

What do you miss – Lots of beautiful clothes are being released, I’m being spammed by various companies via email and I can’t wear any of it. Which really is sad because I don’t often like clothes much anyway! I also am regretting being pregnant again over the festive season, darn it!

Movement – Lots as always, some real hits lately. I’ve felt him take one elbow and swipe it across, he seems to have fallen into a bit of a pattern now too.

Symptoms – Itching, I hope I don’t have the same issue again but it’s been on/off and I need to check with the midwife during my appointment this coming week. Else I feel pretty great, I have more energy now (probably thanks to the iron tablets and folic acid I’m taking) and generally just forget I am pregnant still at times.

What are you looking forward to

25 Week < – > To be released






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Bump to Baby #2 – Twenty Four Weeks

24 week

Hello viability! Twenty four weeks, doesn’t feel like viability but at this point a hospital would be considering survival, I definitely don’t want to be seeing him any time soon still! There is something about hitting that milestone, knowing that you now qualify as a person it’s probably quite a big event in most people’s calendar year, if only we were aware enough to celebrate it – he definitely has no idea. Once again not a huge amount of change this week, I actually feel a little less “big” than I have recently, but we did have a midwife appointment which went well. Everything is measuring correctly, it was my first fundal height measurement and so far we are all on target.

Top moment the week? – I guess this has to be hitting viability! But it was nice to see the midwife again too.

Stretch marks – No nothing new so far.

Sleep – Nothing really to report, I had my first leg cramp this week. Those are horrible! Pregnancy pillow is doing its job, either that or I just don’t have as much time to worry about it!

Maternity Clothes – I have finally put in an order of wintery jumpers, rather than stretching out my normal ones like last pregnancy. I think given that the due date is January I’ll get a good use out of them and will be at my biggest during Winter so it makes sense to just focus on the winter wardrobe.

Food Cravings – My appetite has really plummeted, I hope that’s not a sign of the itching to come. Last time I really wasn’t very interested in food too.

What do you miss – I often forget that I’m pregnant at the moment so not really missing anything at all!

Movement – Lots, he is busy in there practicing away.

Symptoms – It’s getting harder to breathe now, I’m not exactly sure how that’s going to work for me in the last trimester. Last time I could just avoid bending or doing “too much” but things are different this time around. I’ve had a lot of colds thanks to my toddler, but I still feel like I’m in the pleasant second trimester right now.

What are you looking forward to – I guess getting to twenty-eight weeks now, at which point children born have a really great survival rate. The risk of any future problems starts to drop dramatically too!

23 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 Two Weeks

22 weeks

I’ve had a lot on with Ariella’s appointments this week and thus it went by very quickly. I can’t say I’ve had much of a chance to even think about being pregnant between Portage, arranging a new private occupational therapist, physiotherapy and a speech therapy assessment. The only baby number two dedicated appointment was my vaccinations, on Tuesday I had the Whooping Cough vaccine alongside a flu jab. I felt really rotten the days preceding this and predictably my arms ached, you have one in each arm – yippee.

Looking rather sorry for herself.

Ariella has picked up some kind of vomiting bug too, she’s been sick several times this week and has really been very tired. Poor thing! The bump is growing fast, I did wake up one morning and forgot I was even pregnant though so I must be getting used to it being there.

Top moment the week? – I can’t think of one top moment, it’s been all very busy.

Stretch marks – Nope.

Sleep – I’ve been much more awake, I think the iron tablet must be having an impact!

Maternity Clothes – Errrr yeah.. still haven’t ordered new items for Autumn/Winter, I’m so terrible at this sort of thing!

Food Cravings –  Last week I talked about Subway closing down, well I had a Subway sandwich from another store on Friday. I sat and ate it alongside a cookie, it had been a week-long maybe even longer craving. Until this point I had been constantly trying to replicate the craving with sandwiches and bread, never quite hitting the spot.

What do you miss – Nothing really right now, it’s fine!

Movement – Kick, kick, flip, flip – bounce. Having a posterior placenta I feel every movement and he spends a lot of time moving around. It’s so much easier to keep track of movements now!

Symptoms – My back aches, round ligament pain is starting to flare, not quite able to eat at much as I usually do which is a shame because I can eat, eat eat right now. But I’ve found a way to conquer this, just leave your food out and eat it over a longer space of time. Maybe that’s counter productive to me not looking like a huge whale.

What are you looking forward to – Still viability, 24 weeks feels rather near and I’ll be quite pleased to hit it.


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Week 21< – > To be released



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Bump to Baby #2 – Nine Weeks

This week hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be, we had a birthday weekend at center parcs – a close friend’s thirtieth which I would not have missed for the world! I was apprehensive as I wasn’t sure which days would be good and which days would be bad. I was fortunate that as it turned out my bad days were during the week, leaving the weekend in much better form. My sense of smell was still causing havoc, but snacking seemed to be helping a lot. Thankfully I was not the only pregnant person attending, that’s been a great help! Other than being completely exhausted this week has been a lot better than my last pregnancy, it feels like it’s getting better rather than getting worse. I’m told this is how it’s meant to be!

I bet this one is a boy, very different.

Top moment the week? – My booking in appointment with the midwife, I actually got my maternity notes and felt finally like I’d graduated to the next level. Up until this point it had still seemed not quite real, despite the sickness which clearly was real.

Stretch marks – No changes still.

Sleep – I am knackered, I don’t know what on earth is going on in there right now but I am exhausted! I’m napping all the time. Managing to wake up later in the mornings and go to bed as soon as Ariella is down in the evenings.

Maternity Clothes – I tried my jeans on but they feel a little too big for me for now.

Food Cravings –  Not really, but I do feel I need to snack to keep the sickness at bay still.

What do you miss – I miss enjoying food, I know it will come back and with force but right now I could definitely go for a bit more of an appetite.

Movement – Nope!

Symptoms – Still being sick on my bad days, brushing my teeth is now making me gag and then be sick, lovely! Tired, bloated blah blah, how boring!

What are you looking forward to – Right now I’m looking forward to the end of the first trimester, which I’m sure will be coming sooner than I realise. I am also looking forward to Ariella’s starting nursery, next week she starts some settling in sessions which should help me a lot.

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Week 8 < – > Week 12






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Bump to Baby #2 – Eight Weeks

You know what, it’s been bad but it has not been as relentless as my pregnancy with Ariella. This pregnancy is bad for a few days but I get relief for a couple of days between. By the weekend I am always feeling better – worryingly better actually. Now that is something I never even contended with last time, there was no doubt that things were still going on when you’ve got your head in a bucket.

I still don’t feel quite up to taking a photo yet though, I will though! Not much is changing yet.

Top moment the week? – Our first scan, I was feeling quite well on the day which was worrying me. It was lovely to see that I was measured a few days ahead of where my previous dates put me. Everything was fine and it looked rather sweet.

Eight week scan photo

Stretch marks – No changes still.

Sleep –On my good days it’s not so bad, we’ve got ourselves into a little routine at the moment. I still am napping when Ariella does but some days I feel okay. On my bad days I pretty much just feel knackered still.

Maternity Clothes – Nope.

Food Cravings –  No not really but my sense of smell on my good days is making it a lot easier to eat, it doesn’t feel a strong. In fact I can tell that it’s building up again because my sense of smell starts to increase.

What do you miss – I wish I could be sure I’d feel well, we have a lot of events on at the moment. I’m planning a baby shower for my friend and I’m hoping that I’ll seem normal for the weekend.

Movement – Nope!

Symptoms – All the same ones as normal, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, bloating. Pregnancy is such a bag of fun.

What are you looking forward to – I was looking forward to our first scan at the start of the week, after which I’m now looking forward to my booking in appointment next week. Will be nice to be on the system and get that over and done with along with bloods.

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

Week 7 < – > Week 8