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Bump #2 Pregnancy diary: Weeks 4-10

So if all goes well you will be reading this by the time I am 12 weeks pregnant.

 I found out quite early on because I just didn't feel right and because we were planning for a baby I was probably looking out for the symptoms too. My symptoms started at around 4 weeks when I just felt Bleurgh! It is hard to describe but I just yuck. Not necessarily sick or vomiting and not exhausted but a mix of the two, just generally lethargic. i always tell people that have never had morning sickness or felt that way that basically it is a hangover!!! I also had those niggly, achey pains where it feels like your cycle is continuing but in fact it is just your body implanting that little set of cells into your uterus! 

We went on holiday to Italy shortly after and I did panic a little thinking if it was anything like my pregnancy with Daisy then I would be in for a rubbish holiday! And I risked ruining it for Daisy and Ben at the same time. Thankfully if I made sure I ate often then the yucky feelings stayed away. We had lots of rest so that helped too, the perks of a napping toddler! 

Unfortunately the sickness and nausea did arrive but not until around 7 weeks so I guess I should think myself slightly lucky, although I do feel like I need to say that I was still very grateful and still am to have this tiny little pea pod growing inside my tummy. I managed to keep the actual sickness under control with drinking plenty (not prosecco!) and nibbling lots, going to bed early and generally avoiding anything too strenuous or smelly!! What is it with pregnant ladies noses?? Like hound dogs!! But I really did forget how truly exhausting pregnancy is in those early days and with a toddler to chase after I'm sure it makes it that even more tricky. 

I have so much help available with looking after Daisy but making myself get up and do it myself, enjoying time with her so doing things like swimming lessons still really did help. It didn't feel like it at times, when I'm sat retching at the thought of having to cook her tea and  getting in the car to go somewhere when I'm feeling so naff but it really did help in those early days. And having her reminds me that it certainly is worth it! 

Picking her up from nursery really was the hardest part for me. Nurseries have a certain smell, it's not horrible by any means but there is a smell of some kind and for some reason it really didn't sit well with me. I usually pick up Daisy just after they have had lunch so it is probably that that left a funny old smell! I could feel myself turning green even at the thought of walking in, I'd sit in the car sucking a mint and giving myself a countdown to go in!!! The staff must have thought I was so rude because I couldn't get away quick enough!!

Other sympotms have included ligament pains, everytime I cough or sneeze my god I feel like I am tearing my body into pieces! I shout OWWWW every single time I have to sneeze! The pain is in your lower abdomen, almost where your legs attach! And you can feel the ligaments almost go ping! Ouch!

Other than that it has been the usual greasy lank hair, unpredictable skin, those really painful spots that never actually show their face and just sit annoying you like a bruise under your skin, sniffles and aches all over the place!

I will pop a little bump shot in here, but I really don't think there is one there just yet! I do feel bigger in an evening than I did with Daisy at this point but it really is difficult to compare. I didn't show properly until probably 18 - 20 weeks with her and even then I was never really huge until the last few weeks, and even then it wasn't huggggggggggge! So we shall see how this one goes!

Lots of love,
Hayley & Daisy xxx

Apologies for the radio silence: Baby #2!!!!

Well as the title says I am sorry for the past few weeks where I have barely written or posted anything, either on here or on my social media channels. I have been feeling pretty rubbish to be honest but trying to continue to work, look after Daisy etc and sadly the blog came last on my to do list! I really just didn't have the GO in me to want to sit and look at a computer screen when I felt so nauseas!

And this little baby hopefully will hopefully explain why!

We are expecting baby number 2! Daisy is going to be a big sister next spring / early summer! How exciting! 

I will be doing updates on various parts of the pregnancy, a little like last time but I thought this was a good place to start initially! So I am 12-13 weeks now, and to be honest now it is public news I feel slightly better. I have felt so poorly and tired and hiding it was becoming a bit of a chore. Initially I wasn't going to tell anyone about the pregnancy until much later on, (Meaning close family and friends) as otherwise the pregnancy can feel like it lasts a lifetime for them as well as us and also it is nice to have a little secret to ourselves! But it didn't quite work out that way and with the mixture of emotions pregnancy brings we told them fairly early on! I also had a few things like my sisters hen party etc that I had arranged and I felt I would owe my sister for example an explanation why I would be a bit of a party pooper at times! 

If you have followed my blog for some time you will know I suffered with HG when I was expecting Daisy, I was never hospitalised but was closely medicated to control the sickness and it really did become quite debilitating in those first 20 odd weeks, I would spend every morning and evening on the bathroom floor. Not nice! This panicked me when we started talking about trying for a sibling for Daisy, what if I couldn't spend time with her and look after her like I wanted to? Why should she suffer? I have been so lucky. There is a very high chance that if you have had HG before then you are likely to suffer again, but I was one of the very lucky, rare ladies who haven't. I have morning sickness, nothing more severe than that. Now don't get me wrong it is awful, and I have struggled, I am in bed by 8.30pm every single night, I rarely see my husband once I have put Daisy to bed, the list of frustrations could go on. BUT I AM FEELING EXTREMELY LUCKY!!! 

I will be doing a post soon all about sickness and HG again, and how it really is hard being pregnant but wanting to remain so grateful for the little peapod you have growing inside of you and the opportunity you have to grow your family. 

So just a quick announcement and update for you, I shall be back soon with more!

Lots of love,
Hayley xxx

The BIG 30! Wishlist post (And Christmas!)

Well, I am in no way materialistic but I do love window shopping and sharing my finds with you.

 I have had people asking me if I would like anything for my birthday and the answer really is no, I don't need anything and really do think I am getting far too old for gifts now!

But if I really had lots of money and money was no option I wouldn't stop myself buying these!

Thomas Sabo Rose Gold, Love Bridge (Selfridges)
Marc Jacobs Rose Gold Bangle (Selfridges)
Touche Eclat Gift Set 
Whole Lotta Chubby Collection

River Island
River Island
River Island
River Island

Well that is it for now, I am sure there will be plenty more of these coming soon :)

Lots of love, 
Hayley xxx