Sunday, 27 April 2014

My 15 Tips On Preparing For Baby's Arrival

As I am currently almost 23 week's pregnant with baby number three I have started to plan things for baby's arrival. As this is my third baby and my youngest was born only 11 months ago I feel that I am now quite experienced in planning for baby's arrival and no what I do and do not need to do. I often get asked off friends and family who are having their first baby on how to plan for baby's arrival. So I thought that I would share my top tips that I have found useful to me for helping to prepare for baby's arrival.

1.) Buy a diary or a calendar. 

When you first find out that you are pregnant if you do not have a personal diary or calendar go and buy one. You have to attend so many midwives & hospital appointment's throughout your pregnancy, as well as midwife appointments you also have a dentist appointment, antenatal appointments and near the end of your pregnancy all of your baby equipment will start to get delivered so you need to make a note of when it is getting delivered. Then you have all your usual appointments hairdresser etc and when bills need to be paid, birthdays and other family commitments. Plus when baby brain sets in you really will become forgetful, without a diary I really would be lost and never remember any of my appointments and end up missing them all.

2.) Do a first aid course.

If you are not already first aid trained then I really would recommend doing a first aid training course during your pregnancy, as you really never know when you will need your first aid training. Luckily I have to be first aid trained for my job as when Sophia was two weeks old she actually choked on her sick and stopped breathing and went blue and floppy, it was the scariest moment of my life. But thankfully I knew what to do off my first aid training and she made a full recovery. It probably is best avoided near the end of your pregnancy as if you are anything like me you will be big and uncomfortable and there would be no way I could get down onto the floor and practise chest compressions on a dummy, I would be stuck on the floor forever. You can normally do first aid courses in a day or spread over a few evenings and they are either cheap or free to do, the local council adult learning centres and sure start normally offer them as do some private companies.

3. ) Make sure you send off for your NHS exemption card. 

At your booking in appointment with the midwife, you will be giving a form to apply for a free NHS exemption card so you can receive free prescriptions and dental care throughout your pregnancy and until the baby is one year old. Make sure you fill it in and post it off as soon as possible.

4.) Sign up for baby clubs.

When you have your booking appointment at the midwife's you will also be giving Bounty & Emma's diary form's where you can sign up to there club's for free and receive a free goody bag which you can collect from boots full of leaflets and samples. Signing up for these club's is good as they will e-mail you weekly pregnancy updates & baby updates once your baby is born and they offer loads of advice and money off coupons. There is also lots of other baby club's that you can sign up to for advice, updates and money off vouchers. Such as Kiddicare and Mothercare, Boot's baby club where you get extra advantage card points on baby buys, most supermarkets have baby clubs as do most baby product company's. 

5.) Record your pregnancy.

 With my current pregnancy, I have been recording my pregnancy on my blog as with my previous two pregnancy's I did not record it and have hardly any photo's and no written updates. Looking back I really wish I had as pregnancy is such a special time and every pregnancy is different. Also, take lots of pregnancy photo's as it is amazing how your body changes each week and they are lovely to look back on.

6.) Sort out your finances & make a baby budget.

Early on in pregnancy, it is good to sit down and look at all your expenses as maternity pay is not great and your income will change once you go on maternity leave and baby arrives. We drew up a budget and worked out all are in going's and out going's and cancelled direct debits for things we no longer needed and cut back on our spending as we use to waste a lot of money on eating out and things we did not need. We then wrote down everything we needed for the baby and wrote up a baby budget as in my first pregnancy I just went mad and bought everything for baby and I didn't even need or use half of it. So in my second pregnancy, I stuck to a budget (kind of) and just bought what we needed. Although I did end up spending more then I needed on baby clothes, but baby clothes are just so cute!

7.) Clear out your house and decorate.

Everyone I know seems to decide to have a big clear out & spring clean of there house when they find out they are having a baby before redecorating nearly the whole house. I always have a big clear out in my second trimester as this is when I have the most energy, and we only have a small house so we need to clear out to make way for baby. Also decorating wise I always think that is best done in the middle of your pregnancy as last time around I said I would decorate when I started my maternity leave but I was just so tired and uncomfortable, I couldn't do anything. I think the end of your pregnancy you should be resting, nesting and enjoying your last few weeks of pregnancy instead of decorating & stressing your self out that everything will be ready in time for baby's arrival.

8.) Ante-natal classes & hospital tour.

If this is your or your partners first baby or there has been a big age gap between pregnancy like I did then I would highly recommend ante-natal classes. I went to a free nhs one at the hospital and it was on a Saturday morning and I found it really useful even though it was my second baby, there was no watching birth video's or practising breathing or anything like that it was just a quick talk about the pain relief they offer, when to go to hospital, if anything goes wrong etc. And then we had a tour of the maternity department which is brilliant as you know where to go when in labour and what the rooms are like and where everything is. which was one less thing to worry about when I did go into labour as I knew exactly where to go.

9.) Plan your hospital route.

It is always good to practise your hospital route so that you know how long it takes you to get there and where to park so you are not driving around lost or looking for parking spaces when you are in labour. It is also handy to have a list of local taxi firms saved on your phone and spare change for a taxi in your hospital bag just in case you need it, it is also good idea to have back up birth partners in place just in case.

10.) Hospital bag. 

Have your bag packed early I did not pack my hospital bag until I was 40 week's pregnant with Sophia and I wish I had of packed it sooner as I would have found it useful having my hospital bag with me when I was admitted to hospital at 32 weeks pregnant for five days. Also baby could arrive early so it is best to be prepared. Have another bag packed with extra things just in case you need to stay in the hospital longer then you planned.

11.) Prepare other children.

 As this is my third baby I have my two girls to think about when I go into labour and I also need to prepare them for a new arrival in the family. Obviously, Sophia is so young she will not realise until the baby comes home and I am unsure how she will react to another baby in the family. But with Chloe, we involve her in things she came to the 20-week scan in both my pregnancy's, she helps to pick baby things. And we made sure she was the first one to see Sophia when she was born and Sophia had a present and a card to give Chloe when they first met and we are planning on doing the same again this time around, so both girls are the first to meet there brother or sister and we will involve them. I am already worrying about who will look after them when I go into labour even though its four months away but luckily we have a few people who have offered to watch them for us.

12.) Know how to use your equipment.

Make sure before your baby arrives that you know how to fit your car seat, fold your pram, use your steriliser etc. As there is nothing worse than having a crying baby when you are trying to figure out how to use something. I practised how to use all my new baby equipment before Sophia was born, I washed all her baby clothes and I also set all her things up like her cot and packed her changing bag with things I would need when she was born and we took her out for the first time so that I didn't have to worry and rush about once she was here.

13.) Camera.

Make sure your camera works and is charged or you have plenty of batteries for it. Keep your camera in your hospital bag as you don't want to miss those first precious photographs of your newborn baby. Make sure you have lots of batteries at home as you will take loads and loads of photographs of your newborn.

14.) Read up on labour.

I found it really useful to read birth story's and watch one born every minute when I was pregnant as it prepared me for labour. It made me realise that every labour is different and to just be relaxed about labour and that anything can happen and to just go with whatever the midwife's told me to do. If I needed to be induced again or needed a c-section or assisted delivery I was fine with that as long as my baby was OK that was all that I cared about.

15.) Relax & spend time with partner. 

This is probably one of the most important things to prepare for baby's arrival is to just relax, enjoy your pregnancy get some rest and spend some quality time with your partner as you won't get to do it much once the baby arrives. And if you do go overdue like I have twice just remembered the end is in sight and you will soon have your baby in your arms so just rest as much as you can and spend time with family and friends and enjoy the last few day's of your pregnancy as you will miss being pregnant once it is all over.

What did you do to prepare for your baby's arrival? I would love to know as I am feeling a lot less organised this time around.


Friday, 25 April 2014

Easter Weekend 2014

Last weekend was Easter and we had such a lovely time together as a family, it was Sophia's very first Easter. It was also the first Easter in a long time that both myself and the other half have actually had the weekend off from work. Also, last Easter I was actually in the hospital all weekend suffering from gallstones, so we decided to make sure that we had a nice weekend together as a family this year.

 We started off our Easter weekend with a trip to the fair on the Thursday as every Easter there is a fair in Whitley Bay on the seafront. Chloe and Lee had a great time going on the rides even though she was a bit frustrated that I would not let her go on the upside down ones. I don't know if it is just me but I always have visions of her falling off or the ride falling to bits when she is on something scary at fun fairs, I really need to learn to chill out a bit.


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

My Second Birth Story

Sophia Ella's birth story

My second pregnancy had been awful I suffered from sickness the whole nine month's, I had sciatica and spd and could hardly walk and was in pain every single day. I also found out I had gallstones at 32 week's pregnant which was the most horrible pain ever - even worse than childbirth! I was counting down the days until my due date. Everyone kept telling me that second babies arrive early and baby's head had been down for weeks but once again my due date came and went with not even a twinge or a Braxton hick in sight. 

I thought that I would have to be induced again and felt a bit of a failure that I couldn't even seem to go into labour on my own like other women do. When I was three day's overdue my midwife offered me a sweep and I jumped at the chance of anything to try and kick start my labour. I had tried every single old wife's tale and none of them had worked. I was given the sweep, I think I was half expecting my waters to go or something after my sweep but nothing at all happened.

 The following night there was still no sign of baby so I went to bed to watch my sister's keeper DVD and had a bit of a cry and resigned myself to the fact that I would be getting induced again and a induction had been booked in for two weeks past my due date. Then while I was watching the film at 8pm four days past my due date I started to get period type cramps and my bump kept going tight. At first, I thought they were probably just Braxton Hicks but they carried on so I started to time them on a pregnancy contraction app I had on my phone, they were every 7 minutes and lasting about 30 seconds. I knew I had to wait until they were closer together and lasting about a minute before ringing the hospital and I was not in any pain they were just slightly uncomfortable.

I started to get excited thinking baby was finally going to make an appearance and I would have my baby girl by the next day. The contractions lasted all night and I could not get any sleep because of them, but they were still only every seven minutes and lasting 30 seconds.The next morning at about 6am they just suddenly stopped, I was so disappointed and felt like my body was playing tricks on me so I tried to get some sleep. I was woken up a few hours later with more contractions and this time they were a bit stronger and more painful than the last time but still only lasting about 30 seconds.

I spent all day bouncing on my birth ball trying to hurry baby up and it was the only place I could get comfortable sitting down was far too uncomfortable and once again at about 3pm, the contractions stopped again. I was getting so fed up now I was tired and just wanted the contractions to either go away so I could rest or speed up so I could have my baby. Then about an hour later they started again and this time they were every five minutes and a lot more painful but still only lasting 30 seconds. I carried on bouncing on my birth ball and had a hot bath and we got a takeaway although I had gallstones so all I could eat was a grilled chicken kebab and salad, but I couldn't even eat it I was in that much pain. 

The contractions were getting closer together so Lee rang the hospital for advice and they said to come in and get checked out. I was examined and was told I was only 3 cm and to go home get some rest and stay at home as long as possible.

We went home and as soon as I got into bed my contractions started again but this time they were a lot more painful. I woke Lee up and he shouted at me to go back to sleep as the hospital had said not to go back in until the next morning at the earliest, there was no way I could lie down I was in agony and the contractions were coming every few minutes. I had a bath to try and see if that would help but I just could not get comfortable at all, so we set off for the hospital once again.

 I was examined and told I was only 3 and a half cm but because my contractions were so close together and my blood pressure had gone very high I was admitted to the delivery suite at about 4.30am, I had the same midwife who had examined me and sent me home the first time. I was shown to the delivery room and I remember thinking it looked so bare and nothing like the high tech rooms we had been shown on the tour of the maternity ward.

 I was attached to monitors on my tummy to keep an eye on baby's heartbeat and a doctor came to see me as my blood pressure was high and she took some blood to be checked and prescribed some medication for my blood pressure. I was given some gas and air which took the edge of the pains and made them so much more manageable. Apart from when I was having a contraction, my labour was fine and so much different to being induced, I could talk between my contractions for a start. The midwife I had was lovely and her sister was actually one of Chloe's teachers. Then at 7 am I was examined and found to only be 4cm but the pains were getting worse so I asked for a shot of diamorphine which helped with the pain so much.

The midwives had a shift change and I had a student midwife who actually lived in the same town as we did and she was amazing, I would defiantly agree to have a student present in my next labour. The midwife's explained that I was not dilating and they might have to break my waters as the baby was not happy, her heartbeat was not going up and down as she was getting tired. So I was made to lie on my left-hand side propped up with pillows which were uncomfortable and I was attached to a drip of fluids to see this would wake baby up. 

It got to about 11am and I have examined again and I was only 5cm so I was told my waters needed to be broken to try and speed things up and the baby was still was not happy. My waters were broken and I had to have a fetal heart monitor clip attached to baby's head and I have to say that was the worse part of my labour it really really hurt.

 My diamorphine was wearing off by now so I was given some more and within about ten minutes of my waters being broken I felt like I needed to push, but I wasn't fully dilated and baby's head had not even dropped down yet. Ten minutes later I had a baby on my chest. 

Little princess Sophia Ella was here six days late and after almost 40 hours of labour at 11.48am weighing 8lb 2oz.

first photo of Sophia
She was totally perfect and healthy, her daddy cut her cord which I was amazed at as he has a huge blood phobia. Lee dressed Sophia and he was too scared to pick her up so the midwife helped him. I rang Chloe to tell her that her sister had been born ten minutes beforehand. Chloe arrived at the hospital an hour after Sophia was born and she was the first one to see her and she fell in love with her straight away.

meeting her sister for the first time
Then we were taken to the post natal ward where I had to stay over night. The next morning Sophia was checked over and then we were aloud to go home 24 hours after she was born and we started are new life with her as a family of four, and now I really couldn't imagine life without her we all love her so much and she has fitted into are little family perfectly. It is like she always been here.


Monday, 21 April 2014

Pregnancy Number Two

My Pregnancy With Sophia

I found out I was pregnant with Sophia in September 2012, I had a feeling I might be pregnant as I had been sick most day's and had been sent home from work with sickness. I was so tired all the time and was avoiding my morning trip to Costa coffee on the way to work, as the smell was making me feel ill. I had done two pregnancy tests but both times they had come back negative but I just had a feeling that I was pregnant, so I kept taking tests and on the third attempt at taking a test, it was positive!

Lee my other half was waiting outside the bathroom while I did the test and as soon as the two lines appeared he was over the moon. I did another test just to be sure and I was defiantly pregnant and we were so happy. We had only been trying to conceive for about a month and we could not believe that it had happened so fast!

We told are family straight away and they were all so happy for us but we did not tell Chloe until we had a scan and knew everything was OK with the baby. 

The first trimester was hard, I was so sick. I was being sick about four times a day and sometimes I was even waking up during the night to be sick. I went off so many foods and drinks and smells were making me feel ill. I was also so tired, I was starting to struggle with my shifts at work so I dropped my hours down to part-time hours.

My bump seemed to show up more or less straight away and I had to go and buy some maternity trousers and tops when I was about 11 weeks pregnant. Everything was fine at my 12-week scan and I was given the due date of May 2013. Finally, we could tell everyone that we were having a baby and Chloe was so excited she told all her friends and kept a copy of the scan in her bedroom and she had her heart set on having a little sister.

Once my first trimester was over I thought that my morning sickness would disappear, it never I was sick right the way through my pregnancy up until the day Sophia was born! I also started to suffer from sciatica in my second trimester and I had to go to the doctors as the pain was so bad, some days I could not even climb up the stairs. I had to crawl up as I had shooting pains all the way down my right leg and in my bum. Going to work doing my job, which at times can be quiet demanding and physical was a nightmare. The doctor prescribed me codeine for the pain which I tried not to take too much, as I didn't want to risk harming the baby and I was also referred for physio to see if that would help with the pain.

 I was 20 week's pregnant on the new year and I had my 20-week scan on the 2nd of January which I was so excited about as we agreed we wanted to find out if the baby was pink or blue. The scan was amazing and we found out we were having a little girl and Chloe was so happy. We went out after the scan and brought some cute little sister tops and baby grows for baby from next. We had already agreed very early on in my pregnancy that if we had a girl we would call her Sophia and we never once thought about changing it.

20-week scan
Just after my 20-week scan as my bump was getting bigger my sciatica was getting worse and I had also started to suffer from pelvic pain as well, so I was having weekly physio at the hospital. I had to wear a support band on my bump as I could hardly walk with the pain, so I was signed off work on the sick at about 24 weeks pregnant until my maternity leave started. I was so bored being off work, I hated it but it meant I had a sparkling clean house, I use to clean non stop and I had everything organised for baby's arrival.

 Even though this was my second baby because there was such a big age gap (10 years) between my two pregnancy's and because I was having this baby at another hospital and it was Lee's first baby we booked antenatal classes through the hospital. It was a free course run by the hospital and was on a Saturday morning and covered pain relief etc, then we went on a tour of the hospital there was a birthing centre which was lovely and then the normal delivery suite. I found the tour really useful as otherwise, I would not have known where to go when I was in labour.

 I was lucky enough to be offered a 4D scan when I was 28 weeks pregnant, as I had taken part in a pregnancy research trial at the hospital. It was amazing, I would recommend them to anyone. We could see what baby looked like and it was confirmed I was defiantly having a little girl. When she was born she actually looked just like she did on the scan which was amazing, we felt like we already knew her when she was born. I also had a scan at 32 weeks which my hospital offered all pregnant women to check the growth of the baby and she was already 4lbs at 32 weeks.

When I was 32 weeks pregnant, my pregnancy which was already pretty horrible with the sickness, sciatica and spd was made even worse. I was woken up one night with the most horrendous pain ever - even worse than childbirth! And I ended up going to the hospital, at first they thought I had pre-eclampsia as my blood pressure was high and I  had a trace of protein in my urine and I was getting pain below my ribs and my liver enzymes were high.

But baby seemed fine so they sent me home. However two days later I was back in the hospital in even more pain and this time I was admitted to the ante-natal ward where I ended up spending 5 days. They ruled out pre-eclampsia after tests and then thought I had obstetric cholestasis, a pregnancy liver disease as my liver enzymes where 280 and a normal person is under 40. After an emergency scan, they found out I had gallstones. I was put on a very low-fat diet nothing over 5 percent fat and I was allowed home. Thankfully my new diet kept the gallstones at bay for the rest of my pregnancy and I had surgery to remove my gallbladder once Sophia was born. I only actually put on 7lbs in weight when pregnant, as I could not eat very much.

 The rest of my pregnancy went by quite normally, although I had to keep going to the hospital to get baby monitored every now and then and to check how I was coping with the gallstones as the consultants wanted to keep an eye on my liver enzyme results.

I was fed up with being pregnant and was ready for it to be over. But once again my due date came and went.  I was so frustrated this was happening again as everyone said your second baby is normally early, but I think someone forgot to tell Sophia that bit of information! I tried everything to bring on my labour and none of them worked. My midwife offered me a sweep when I was 3 days overdue which I accepted but it really hurt which I was not expecting, I was booked in to be induced at 2 weeks past my due date. 

Nothing happened at first of the sweep and I just give up completely on baby arriving and resigned myself to another induction, so I went to bed watched my sisters keeper DVD had a little cry and my contractions started that night! Once again no one told Sophia second baby's are meant to arrive quicker, I was in labour with her 8pm on the Thursday night until 11.48 am on a Saturday morning, so I was in labour for almost 40 hours. Eventually six days late little princess Sophia Ella was born weighing 8lb 2oz at 11.48am, she was perfect and healthy and we fell in love with her there and then and we were a proper little family of four.


Saturday, 19 April 2014

My First Birth Story

Chloe Rose's Birth Story

As I have mentioned before I love watching One Born Every Minute TV program and reading and hearing other people's pregnancy and birth story's. As I am more than halfway through my third pregnancy I have been looking back at my previous pregnancy's and I have decided to write about my first birth story with my oldest daughter Chloe all the way back in 2002. Even though Chloe was born almost 12 year's ago I still remember the day that she was born like it was yesterday.

 I was seven day's overdue and I had been to the hospital to see the consultant that day as my blood pressure was high and I was diagnosed as having pre- eclampsia as I had high blood pressure, protein in my urine, bad headaches and my hands and feet had swelled right up and a blood test at hospital had confirmed it. So it had been decided by the consultant that it was unsafe for me to carry on with my pregnancy and I needed to come into the hospital and be induced that day.

  I arrived at the hospital that night at 8.30 pm and I was shown to the induction room which was a 4 bedded bay in the delivery suite. I was examined and was found to be 3cm dilated which was a surprise as I had not even had the slightest twinge, I was told that as I was already dilated I would not need the pessary they use to induce labour. I was told to wait and see if labour started on its own that night and to try and get some sleep, I would be induced the following morning if I had not made any progress.

Trying to sleep on a delivery ward was impossible I could hear women screaming all night, baby's crying and people coming and going, and I was feeling a bit nervous of all the women screaming thinking what had I let my self in for and that it was going to really hurt. At 7am after a night of no sleep, I was examined and told I was still only 3cm and I had not experienced any pains during the night and was feeling a bit disappointed that there was no sign of my baby making an appearance anytime soon. 

My waters were broken, I was dreading this but it did not all it just felt slightly uncomfortable. After my waters were broken I was told to walk around a bit to see if this would help bring on my labour, I started to get mild period type cramp's but when I was examined 4 hours later I was still only 3 cm dilated. So it was decided that I would be induced by drip to try to speed things up. 

I was taken to a delivery room and attached to monitors to keep an eye on baby's heartbeat due to being induced, I was hooked up to a drip. As soon as I was attached to the drip I started to get contractions and they were strong and powerful, nothing at all like period pains. I felt like my bump was getting squeezed in a vice, the contractions were coming one after the other with no break between them and they kept getting stronger and more powerful.

I had gas and air to start with but it was not even hitting the pain so I was given diamorphine. The drugs, gas and air and the pain all mixed together made my labour pass by in a blur. I do remember begging for a epidural to take the pain away but the midwife kept putting me off, which looking back now I am glad she did. 

Then before I knew it I was getting told to push and after half an hour of pushing,  had a baby girl which was a huge shock as I had been sure I was having a boy. Chloe Rose was born at 4.29 pm, 8 days late after a four and a half hour labour weighing 8lb 3oz and she was perfect and healthy. It really is true what people say as soon as your baby is born you forget all the pain and it is all worth it as you have a baby.

 I had to spend two nights in hospital as I was losing a lot of blood and Chloe was refusing to feed. Finally two days after she was born I was aloud to take my baby girl home and start my new life as a mummy.

chloe one week old


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Pregnancy Number One

Pregnancy number one with my big girl, all the way back in 2002!

Now that I am more than halfway through my current pregnancy, and I keep saying that this is the easiest pregnancy yet and I don't even feel pregnant (I really hope I do not regret saying that) I thought I would look back on my previous two pregnancy and births. So this post is all about my very first pregnancy with my eldest daughter Chloe all the way back in 2002, twelve years ago! Apologies for the lack of photo's but I do not have any photo's as this was way before iPhone/ digital camera's and social media were about, my god that makes me sound so old!! so here goes......

I found out that I was pregnant all the way back in February 2002 when I was only 18 year's old and it was a massive shock! 

 The first few week's of my pregnancy went by in a blur as I was still in shock. Then when I was 10 week's pregnant I started to bleed, I was convinced I had lost my baby. Luckily an emergency scan the next day showed that baby was fine and from that moment on I fell in love with my little baby and I vowed to be the best mum that I could be and that my baby would have the best of everything, just because I was young  I was not going let that hold my baby back in life.

 My parent's had recently separated and I moved in with my mam and set about turning my bedroom into a beautiful lemon nursery. I was lucky enough to have savings (which was supposed to be for a car and driving lessons) but I went out and blew the lot on a mama's and papa's nursery, matching pine bedroom furniture and a wardrobe full of baby clothes, pram, car-seat and probably every baby product that you could buy I spent about £2500! Which looking back now is absolutely crazy.
I knew nothing at all about baby's or pregnancy, so I spent all of my free time reading pregnancy book's and magazine's trying to find out and learn as much as I could.

At my 20 week scan, they thought there was something wrong with baby's heart and I had to go back to the hospital a week later to see a specialist to have another scan and thankfully everything was fine and normal. I didn't find out if the baby was pink or blue I was having a surprise baby.

At around 16/17 week's I started feeling the baby move about which was so strange and at about 20 week's I started to get a bump. My bump quickly got huge and everyone thought I was having twins, I actually put on 4 stone in pregnancy weight I was the size of a house! I craved snicker's and ice cold milk (I hate milk) from 20weeks onwards my pregnancy started to get tough. I had really bad heartburn and I use to sleep with a bottle of Gaviscon by my bed each night which I use to practically drink. 

 Being pregnant so young was really tough, I was scared as everything was new to me and it was really hard coping with my changing body at such a young age. I also lost touch with most of my friend's as I couldn't do thing's a normal 18 years old could do like going clubbing, holiday's, dates and uni. I use to just sit at home every night watching the soaps. I also felt that when I went to medical appointments the doctor's / midwife's etc would talk to my mum who came with me rather than to me even though I was the one who was pregnant. 

When I got to the third trimester my blood pressure started to get high, up until then i had been a low-risk pregnancy under midwife-led care but I started having to go to the hospital every week so that baby could get monitored. In the last few week's of my pregnancy, I was put on bed rest and the midwife used to come out to check my blood pressure at home a few time's a week and whenever it was high, which was quite often I would get sent to the hospital to get checked out. The hospital always sent me home again. I use to get so sick and wished they would just keep me in instead of having to go back and forth to the hospital all the time.

 I was upset and frustrated when my due date came and went, I thought I would be pregnant forever and never meet my baby. My blood pressure got higher and my hands and feet swelled right up and I was sent to see a consultant at the hospital when I was seven day's overdue. The consultant said I had pre-eclampsia and I had to go home get my hospital bag and come back to the hospital that night and be induced.

I was so relieved my pregnancy was finally going to be over I had hated every minute of it and found it so hard. I was also very scared that I was going to lose my baby due to preeclampsia, even though my mum had it with me and I was fine I had read so many horror stories about it and I was petrified.

 I went into the hospital that night but I was not actually induced until the next day when I was eight day's overdue. After a four and a half hour induced labour, I was a finally a mummy to a lovely healthy little girl weighing 8lb 3oz called Chloe Rose. She changed my life forever.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Already Halfway There 20 Week's Pregnant!

20-week pregnancy update

I am now 21 week's pregnant and I am now more than halfway through my pregnancy it really has flown over and I cant believe that in just 19 weeks time baby should be on its way and I will be a mum of three! As I type this I am watching one born every minute on t.v and I really am starting to think i must be crazy to go through all that pain from labour again so soon after my last baby and wonder how on earth I am going to cope with a newborn, a 1 year old and a almost 12 year old. I really, truly, believe I am crazy.

my 20-week scan

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Planning A First Birthday Party

My baby girl will be one year old next month so we have started to plan her very first birthday party. A lot has changed since my oldest daughter Chloe had her first birthday party all the way back in 2003, back then there was no facebook or twitter and most first birthday parties were just a simple tea party in the house with close family and a cake from Marks and Spencer's. But now due to the popularity of social media, the internet is full of idea's to celebrate a first birthday party in style, from fancy decorations and custom-made cakes to cake smash photo shoots and expensive parties.

 We want to give Sophia a special first birthday but we also don't want to go mad and spend a fortune as she won't be able to remember it. I am no expert at throwing party's I hate organising them and I nearly always opt for a party at a soft play that has everything included and all I have to do is turn up on the day and pay. But with a bit of forward planning, budgeting and organisation this is my checklists on how to throw a brilliant first birthday party without spending a fortune. 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Pregnancy weeks 17.18 and 19

Week 17, 18 and 19 Pregnancy Update

I have not done a pregnancy update for a few weeks now as they were all starting to sound a bit the same, as nothing much has been going on pregnancy wise. I am now 20 week's pregnant so I thought that I would do a update on what week's 17,18 and 19 were like all in one post. As you know I have to have weekly check-up's at the midwifes to check my blood pressure and urine, as my blood pressure has been high and I am on medication for it. I am also at increased risk of pre-eclampsia, as i had it in my first pregnancy and my mum had it with me. Each week my blood pressure has been fine so my medication is working and my urine has been fine too. I also get to hear  baby's heart beat each week which is always lovely.


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

20 Week Scan

Today I am 20 week's pregnant exactly, I can not believe I am exactly half way through my pregnancy it really has flown over! Today I had my 20 week scan. I was feeling a bit nervous before my scan, just due to it being the anomaly scan and in case something was found to be wrong with baby due to my high blood pressure, and being on medication for that. Luckily I had an early morning appointment so I did not have too much time to worry beforehand.

As soon as I arrived at the hospital I was called into the scan room, Lee had came with me and so had Chloe and Lee's grandma. As soon as I lay on the bed they put the probe on my tummy and up popped baby, I couldn't believe how big it was since I last seen it seven weeks ago, it filled the whole screen up. We could see its little heart pumping away and the sonographer turned the sound on so we could hear its heartbeat, even though this is my third baby I still felt amazed and a bit emotional watching baby.

20 week scan pic

Friday, 4 April 2014

Sophia At 9 Month's Old.

Sophia turned 10 months old recently and I can not believe that in just two months time my baby girl will be one year old! The time really has flown over and it does not seem so long ago that I was pregnant with her. I really wish I had of started this blog sooner, so that I could have recorded more of the girl's childhood for us to look back on in years to come. So I am going to make a start now at recording what Sophia was like at 9 months old.

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