Project 52 – 50/52 Snow Days

A photo of my baby every week for a year.

Aoife Louise, 2 Years

Another year almost over! Only 2 more project 52 posts left after this one! 

This week we had lots of snowfall! I think this was the first time Aoife experienced snow to this extent! She loved it! She is a very outdoorsy child and really seemed to enjoy the snow!

Did anyone else have snowfall this weekend? 

See you for our penultimate project 52 2017 next week!

Siobhan xx

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Pregnancy the Second Time Around

I haven’t really spoken much about my pregnancy on here… and whilst I am awake at 5am on a Saturday morning had this sudden urge to 😂

In the above picture I am 30 weeks! The bump doesn’t look too big here but I feel massive!

1st Trimester

As you can see on the above test, I had a very light positive after just having this feeling something was happening. It’s hard to explain but I just felt different. I took a test the weekend after we got back from a family holiday in Devon. I was due to have my period that week, so had packed my CSP just in case. Well by the end of the week my period hadn’t showed up, my nipples were sensitive when feeding Aoife (which does also happen around menstruation) and i’d gone off toast… the last one got my brain whizzing! Then on the journey home I felt horrendous! I suffer with travel sickness but this was something else!
When we got home I had a chat with Luke expressing that I thought there was a possibility I could be pregnant. There was a much better reaction this time compared to when I told him I was pregnant with Aoife 😂 maybe next time a pregnancy won’t be sprung on us! 

The test confirmed my suspicions! I was pregnant and from my calculations I was around 4 weeks and would due in February! Turns out my calculations were pretty spot on. When we went for our 12 week scan I was only 1 day out from the date they gave me!

I didn’t suffer greatly but the first trimester was a blur of zero energy, exhaustion and nausea. I did have some sickness, I couldn’t stomach certain foods to begin with and was sick most mornings when trying to brush my teeth!

Other than that I felt okay, although at this point I still felt very detached from the idea of being pregnant but I think that was more to do with anxiety of something bad happening and being preoccupied with a toddler! Woweee pregnancy is hard with a toddler in tow!

2nd Trimester

As the second trimester approached I was still being sick in the mornings and I was still absolutely shattered. The sickness stopped around 16 weeks and i’d say I regained energy around 18-20 weeks. I felt like a new woman! It’s amazing how different you can feel! I was no longer constantly nauseated and I wasn’t crashing at 7pm every night! 

At around 12 weeks we had out first scan. All was looking good and it really is a confirmation point in a pregnancy that there is a baby growing inside you! We had our 2nd scan at around 20 weeks and this is the one I was a bundle of nerves about. It was at this point in my pregnancy with Aoife we discovered she had a heart defect. During the scan appointment all seemed well during the first ultrasound, we decided to not find out the sex of the baby and as far as the sonographer was concerned all looked okay! We then had to wait for a second appointment with the cardiologists. As a precaution I had been booked in to see them to ensure all was okay with baby’s heart. During this ultrasound the Doctor thought he could see a hole so we were sent back into the waiting room to get a second opinion from the other cardiologists! When we got into this scan thankfully they reassured us there were no defects at all and baby’s heart looked great! A massive weight off our shoulders!

3rd Trimester

As I entered the 3rd trimester I still felt full of energy, although that was shortlived. Now at 31 weeks I am starting to feel a decline in my energy but then also I am getting bigger and I can feel the strain that is having on my body! A wriggly baby makes for achey ribs. My feet swell depending how much time I have spent on them and not forgetting the uncomfortable, heavy feeling of the lady parts thanks to a low baby! 

It is all getting very exciting. I feel a lot more prepared this time! Some of you may know I gave birth to Aoife at 36 weeks only a day after I had finished work! My last day of work this time is Monday and I will be 31 weeks so thankfully a bit more chill time! I have most of what I need ready, even the birth pool! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Anyone else expecting? How has your pregnancy been for you?

Siobhan x

Blogging Goals 2018

This is the first time I have set myself blogging goals for the year! I thought though that seeing as I will be starting 2018 on maternity leave it would be good to give myself something to focus on for me. It may not all work out, I will be busy with a 2 year old and new baby throughout the year, but blogging is something I do for me. Fingers crossed I get the time to myself to embrace this hobby!

Here are the 5 simple goals I am going to set myself for 2018…

1. Become self-hosted and develop a decent DA.

2. Post a minimum of 2 blog posts a week. 

3. Increase traffic to my site.

4. Be present on all my current social media platforms.

5. Engage in more reviews.

I’m hoping these goals will be realistic and I will stick to them!

Any other bloggers out there set themselves goals for the year?

Thanks for stopping by!

Siobhan xx

100 Truths Tag

I love a good tag and so here we go I will be sharing 100 truths about me! I was tagged by the lovely Tamara at The Epileptic Blogger! Go and check out her awesome blog! 

THE BASICS

1. What’s your name? 

Siobhan 🙂

2. Any nicknames or aliases?

Shuv. Most of looks friends and family call me this haha.

3. Your gender?

Female.

4. Your star sign?

Aries.

5. How old are you?

26.

6. Your relationship status?

In a relationship! It’s been just over 6 years!

7. Any children?

1 two year old and baby number 2 due in February 2018!

8. Any pets?

One cat called Reggie 🙂

9. Any tattoos or piercings?

3 tattoos and 2 piercings in each ear, 1 at the top of my ear, my tongue and a septum piercing. I used to have my belly button pierced but took it out whilst pregnant with Aoife!

10. What do you like about yourself?

At present, the fact my body is capable of nourishing an unborn baby and still give my two year old the comfort she needs through nursing. 

11. What do you dislike about yourself?

Honestly, my alopecia. But it is something I have to live with so i’m sure it will grow on me 😉 (see what I did there?)

12. Righty or lefty?

Righty.

LASTS

13. The last thing you drank?

Decaf Earl Grey Tea. Little bit addicted to tea atm so had to make a switch to decaf!

14. The last thing you ate?

A salted caramel Ice Cream!

15. Your last phone call?

With my sister… asking where she could buy stamps from!

16. Your last text message?

Luke asking if he was working xmas eve haha.

17. Your last email?

Twitter… password update haha.

18. The last song you listened to?

Paw Patrol Theme Tune.

19. The last book you read? 

Bing Loves Flop.. bedtime story for Aoife.

20. The last time you cried? 

Last week I reckon… pregnant is all I will put for the reason haha.

21. The last blog you read? 

http://theepilepticblogger.com

22. The last person you spoke to?

Aoife.

23. The last place you visited? 

My parents house.

24. Your last holiday abroad? 

I honestly think it was a uni Sports Tour trip to Salou in Spain in 2012!

HAVE I EVER?

25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

No.

26. Have you ever been cheated on?

No.

27. Have you ever cheated on someone?

I was “in a relationship” at 17 and kissed someone else…

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you?

Yes.

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

Yes.

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

No.

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you?

Yes. 

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

Yes.

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

Yes.

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

Yes.

35. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

Don’t think so.

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger?

Yes.

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken? 

Yes.

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?

No.

39 Have you ever been arrested?

No.

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

Yes.

41. Have you ever done something you regret?

Yes.

42. Have you ever had a threesome?

No. 

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

Many times haha.

44. Have you ever misjudged someone?

Yes.

MY BELIEFS AND OPINIONS

45. Do you believe in God?

No.

46. Do you believe in yourself?

I try.

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus?

I did as a child.

48. Do you believe in ghosts?

No.

49. Do you believe in aliens?

No, although I believe in the possibility of other life forms.

50. Do you believe in miracles?

No.

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

Yes!

52. Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes.

53. Can money make you happy?

It can but not long term. Happiness isn’t in materialistic items.

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

Yes.

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

Pro-choice.

56. Do you have strong political beliefs?

You could say so.

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs?

No.

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

Love and security.

RIGHT NOW

59. Are you eating anything right now?

No.

60. Are you drinking anything right now?

A cup of tea.

61. What are you listening to right now?

Paw patrol.

62. What are you thinking about right now?

What needs doing around the house today!

63. What are you waiting for right now?

Finishing work for Christmas and Maternity Leave!

64. What are you most excited about right now? 

Same as above.

65. What’s your pet hate right now?

Mayor Goodway…

66. What’s your favourite thing right now?

Watching Aoife!

67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

Well, I probably should be cracking on with house work haha.

FIRSTS

68. Your first best friend? 

Katie.

69. Your first kiss? 

A guy in secondary school.

70. Your first celebrity crush? 

Nicki from Westlife.

71. Your first holiday? 

Ladram Bay, Devon.

72. Your first pet?

Fudge the cat.

73. Your first regret? 

I did cut my own fringe once… and hid it from my mum. Cue a phase of scraped back ponytails and hair gel overuse haha.

74. Your first job? 

Saturday girl in my grandparents bathroom showroom.

75. Your first childhood memory? 

Singing Spice Girls and insisting my dad video me being a pop star hahaha.

WHICH WOULD I CHOOSE?

76. Love or money?

Love.

77. Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook.

78. Hook up or relationship?

Relationship.

79. Dogs or cats?

Cats.

80. Coffee or tea?

Tea.

81. Beer or wine?

Wine.

82. Sweet or savoury?

Normally I would say savoury but pregnancy is making me prefer sweet at the moment.

83. Introvert or extrovert?

Extrovert.

84. Vampires or werewolves?

Vampires.

85. Seaside or countryside?

Seaside.

86. Summer or winter?

Neither… Spring is my favourite season.

87. Books or movies? 

Books. 

88. Horror or comedy?

Comedy.

A FEW RANDOM QUESTIONS TO FINISH

89. Do you wish you could change your past?

No, everything happens for a reason.

90. What’s your dream job?

I love what I do as an Early years teacher but would love to own my own setting one day!

91. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Watching My Little Pony or Disney Films haha.

92. What are you afraid of?

Spiders, Heights, Anything bad happening to Aoife!

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

A dancer in the west end!

94. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

I actually don’t think I would want any!

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

Well I have no control over it but I would like my alopecia to go away!

96. Would you want immortality?

No I don’t think so.

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

Hmmm… Sylvia Plath.

98. Would you say you are happy?

Yes.

99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?

Take more time to be serious about university!

100. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?

Maybe in a bigger house and be either studying for or have completed a Masters Degree.

Well there you have it 100 hundred random questions about my life! Now it’s your turn!

I’m tagging…

1. Tim from Broken Thoughts

2. Christy from Welsh Mum

3. Carla from Random Thoughts of a Twenty Something

4. Samantha from Stressy Mama

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their site.
  2. Answer the questions honestly (skip any of the questions you don’t want to answer)
  3. Tag 10-20 bloggers to take part (let them know on social media)
  4. Post the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so that they are easy for the people you tag to copy and paste.

Let’s get started…

THE BASICS

1. What’s your name? 

 

2. Any nicknames or aliases?

 

3. Your gender?

 

4. Your star sign?

 

5. How old are you?

 

6. Your relationship status?

 

7. Any children?

 

8. Any pets?

 

9. Any tattoos or piercings?

 

10. What do you like about yourself?

 

11. What do you dislike about yourself?

 

12. Righty or lefty?

LASTS

13. The last thing you drank?

 

14. The last thing you ate?

 

15. Your last phone call?

 

16. Your last text message?

 

17. Your last email?

 

18. The last song you listened to?

 

19. The last book you read? 

 

20. The last time you cried? 

 

21. The last blog you read? 

 

22. The last person you spoke to?

 

23. The last place you visited? 

 

24. Your last holiday abroad?  

23. The last place you visited? 

 

24. Your last holiday abroad? 

 

HAVE I EVER?

25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

 

26. Have you ever been cheated on?

 

27. Have you ever cheated on someone?

 

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you?

 

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

 

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

 

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you?

 

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

 

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

 

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

 

35. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

 

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger?

 

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken? 

 

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?

 

39 Have you ever been arrested?

 

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

 

41. Have you ever done something you regret?

 

42. Have you ever had a threesome?

 

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

 

44. Have you ever misjudged someone?

MY BELIEFS AND OPINIONS

45. Do you believe in God?

 

46. Do you believe in yourself?

 

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus?

 

48. Do you believe in ghosts?

 

49. Do you believe in aliens?

 

50. Do you believe in miracles?

 

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

 

52. Do you believe in love at first sight?

 

53. Can money make you happy?

 

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

 

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

 

56. Do you have strong political beliefs?

 

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs?

 

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

RIGHT NOW

59. Are you eating anything right now?

 

60. Are you drinking anything right now?

 

61. What are you listening to right now?

 

62. What are you thinking about right now?

 

63. What are you waiting for right now?

 

64. What are you most excited about right now? 

 

65. What’s your pet hate right now?

 

66. What’s your favourite thing right now?

 

67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

 

FIRSTS

68. Your first best friend? 

 

69. Your first kiss? 

 

70. Your first celebrity crush? 

 

71. Your first holiday? 

 

72. Your first pet? 

 

73. Your first regret? 

 

74. Your first job? 

 

75. Your first childhood memory? 

WHICH WOULD I CHOOSE?

76. Love or money?

 

77. Twitter or Facebook?

 

78. Hook up or relationship?

 

79. Dogs or cats?

 

80. Coffee or tea?

 

81. Beer or wine?

 

82. Sweet or savoury?

 

83. Introvert or extrovert?

 

84. Vampires or werewolves?

 

85. Seaside or countryside?

 

86. Summer or winter?

 

87. Books or movies? 

 

88. Horror or comedy?

A FEW RANDOM QUESTIONS TO FINISH

89. Do you wish you could change your past?

 

90. What’s your dream job?

 

91. What’s your guilty pleasure?

 

92. What are you afraid of?

 

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

 

94. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

 

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

 

96. Would you want immortality?

 

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

 

98. Would you say you are happy?

 

99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?

 

100. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?

 

So there you go 100 random questions and answers about my life! Now its your turn!


Project 52 – 49/52 Christmas Shopping & Decorations

A photo of my baby, every week for a year.

Aoife Louise, 2 Years Old

I couldn’t decide which was my favourite photo this week, so have two!

I very rarely use a highchair for Aoife these days and when possibly if we eat out I sit Aoife on the bench next to me! Here she is drinking from a proper glass with a straw (i’d forgotten her beaker) she loved it! Never seen her drink so much water in one sitting! 

My second photo for this week is Aoife looking at some (of the many) Christmas decorations at my parents house 😍

Thanks for stopping by!

See you again next week, 

Siobhan x

Renovation Bay-Bee

Project 52 – 48/52 A week of poorlyness

A photo of my baby every week for a year.

Aoife Louise, 2 Years.

Aoife has been a tad clingy this week! A combination of me going back to work after a week off together and her not being very well! Hopefully she perks up again soon! She has been her normal cheeky self just a tad lethargic and super cuddly with it! 

See you next week!

Siobhan x

2 Years of Breastfeeding

It’s official I have been breastfeeding Aoife for 2 years and it is going to continue until who knows when! I am very much a believer in following a child’s lead in their development and needs. I am encouraged to do so within my professional practice at work (working with nursery age children) so it’s only logical I do it at home!

I know a fair few of you will be thinking “but why?”. A lot of my friends and acquaintances that breastfed babies born around the same time as Aoife, stopped a while ago, although I do know a fair few friends and acquaintances that continued until at least 2 years or are in the same boat with feeding whilst pregnant. 

Firstly, lets look at some facts. Most health organisations support feeding until 2 years and beyond! The UK’s NHS service supports the World Health Organisation‘s statement that “WHO recommends mothers worldwide to exclusively breastfeed infants for the first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, they should be given nutritious complementary foods and continue breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond”. Another interesting source of information relating the WHO’s stance on breastfeeding is this infant and young child feeding
factsheet
.

“Extended” breastfeeding in today’s mainstream media is looked upon mostly (in my opinion) in a negative light. Why? I do not know because first and foremost there are only two people involved in a breastfeeding relationship and that is the child and the mother. I am incredibly lucky in the fact that Luke is very supportive of me feeding Aoife still. Just to clarify aswell toddlers don’t tend to feed as often as newborns… Aoife has between 3 – 6 feeds in a 24 hour period depending on whether I am at work and what sort of mood she is in! 

I think I am in it for the long haul with my beautiful girl! Baby number 2 is due to arrive in February and i’ll begin another breastfeeding relationship but that doesn’t bother me if anything I look forward to the bond the three of us will develop and having Aoife’s help with engorgement when my milk comes in! 

Thanks for reading!

Siobhan x