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

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10 Reasons I Rock at Being Aoife’s Mummy!

I was tagged by the fab Care Johnson! Check out her tag here!

Becoming a parent is such a massive change to life! But being a mother is one of the most rewarding (if difficult) jobs I have had!

Here are my 10 reasons I am rocking being a mum…

  1. Despite completely winging it I seem to be doing okay at this mum thing! Don’t get me wrong I have my shitty days but honestly I take each day as it comes and follow my instincts!

2. I do my research! If its one thing I am careful about it is the health and safety of my daughter! I waited until 6 months to start weaning (as advised by the NHS), we are continuing to have Aoife rear facing in the car (there are various sources relating to ERF and how much safer it is, although UK guideline haven’t changed just yet) and I will hopefully continue to nurse Aoife until she is two (as advised by WHO guidelines! and maybe longer if she wants!)

3. Following on from instincts in point 1. I have always gone with what felt natural to me… Breastfeeding, BLW, Bedsharing, ERF, Babywearing…. the list goes on!

4. I spoil Aoife… She is my world why should I not?

5. I give the best cuddles and kisses! Nothing quite like the love from your child!

6. I give Aoife my all. She is my world and I am so consumed by love for the little life I created.

7. I make a great reading buddy and playtime buddy. Aoife loves books (heavily influence by me there!) and loves nothing more than to share her books with me!

8. I am bringing Aoife up with an open-mind. To be respectful to all people regardless of age, colour, sex, abilities etc.

9. I do my best to be gentle and understanding of Aoife’s emotions. I will continue to validate all of Aoife’s emotions big or small! The best way to raise an empathetic child!

10. I am raising Aoife to make good choices about food! I encourage water as a drink, minimal salt and sugar and lots of fruit and vegetables!

How are you #RockingMotherhood? What would
your 10 reasons be?

 I’m tagging the following bloggers to take up this challenge –

Katie at  www.livinglifeourway.com

Janet at www.mummysmonkey.blogspot.com

Alex at www.bettertogetherhome.com

Tessa at https://littlelathey.wordpress.com

Charlotte at https://diaryofaninsecuremother.wordpress.com

XxX

Here are the Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.
  2. List 10 things you believe make you a good mother (this is just a guideline. It can be more or less than 10. I really don’t mind.)
  3. Tag 3 – 5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.
  4. Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add it to your post or sidebar.

Project 52 2016 – 14/52

A photo of my baby once a week for a year

Aoife Louise 4 Months Old (19 Weeks)

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This little madam is ridiculously cheeky! This was before our Baby Yoga class during which she was a noisy little monkey. She has discovered how to squeal and shout this week!

Siobhan x