Antenatal, newborns, bumps and pains

Had my first antenatal class this week and I’m so glad we went.

I had thought I wanted a “land” birth but when talking about water birth o think something just clicked with me.

The idea that the birth is easier for mum sounds great but the concept that the baby find out easier is something I just can not ignore. Also it can’t be a coincidence that over 70% of births at the unit are water births.

We also got the opportunity to meet a 2 hour old baby who had arrived via a water birth and apparently the birth wad so much better than the non eager birth the boys sister had.

One thing that worried me, and has for a while, is that my bump doesn’t look as pronounced add other people’s do at the same stage.

I guess much of this worry is because baby measured small at last appointment and I’m worried it’s not growing. I guess it is as my ribs are still majorly sore and I’m finding it hard to move.

Never mind we only have 9.5 weeks until due date now.


Getting better


Another day and another attempt to perfect nail stamping and I think I am getting there.
I have found that using the konad nail plates works a lot better than the bundle monster ones so I think I will stick with them and buy some more.

There is still some work I need to do to improve my work but I am enjoying it and it takes my mind off the pain I am in with this pregnancy.

I have seen other brands of nail plates and not sure if it would be ok to buy them or if they would be a hit or miss like the bundle monster ones.

Nail stamping – a beginner’s mess


At the beginning of the year I got a nail stamping set from Konad (although when I got it on Amazon it was only £28) because I love nail varnish and a bundle of stamping plates by bundle monster.

I played about with it a bit but soon became too busy to think about things like doing my nails – got married, got pregnant etc., but last night I decided it was time to try them out again. All I can say if that practice will make perfect.

The process of stamping looks and sounds more fiddly that it actually is, but perfecting the art of getting the nail varnish from the stamp, to the applicator and onto your finger will take time.

Simply put all you have to do is paint an engraved plate with nail polish, scrape off the excess polish, pick it up on an applicator and then apply to the nail.

As you can see am not an expert but I think I will get the hang of it. What I find hard is judging where to place the applicator onto the finger to ensure the stamp fits the nail – I took a picture of this hand as the other was a disaster.

Think I may have found what will keep me occupied when I start my maternity leave and wait for baby to arrive!

Just can’t wait


I just can’t wait to become a mummy

In around 11 weeks life is going to change forever and I just can not wait.
How will we cope with the changes? Who knows but I do know it will be worth it.
I’ve always wanted to be a mummy and I just can’t believe how lucky I am getting the opportunity to be one.
I just can’t wait now. We are within touching distance. I just wan to hold bubs in my arms, give bubs kisses and cuddles etc.
I look forward to long walks with the pram, trips to the library, going swimming and just exploring life as a family.
I even look forward to the long short lies, nappy changes and night time feeds.

28 weeks! Already?!?!


Well we have reached 28 weeks, something had you asked me 29 weeks ago I would have said would never happen.

Time seems to be flying by so quickly, I still feel like there is ages to go until we can meet our little Bumble.

I say I never thought this would happen. I am not sure why but I always thought that I would never be able to have children. There is no reason for this, just a nagging doubt that has always been in the back of my mind.

We decided to start trying for a baby in April as I had hoped I might have a baby before I was 30. Little did I know that after one attempt we would be expectant parents – I had thought it would take a year or more at least.

But here we are and so far we are doing well.

I had my 28 week appointment on Wednesday and my blood pressure was fine, urine clear (what do they test for in your urine?), and Bumble’s heart was excellent.

I was measuring small – 26 weeks when I should be 28 – but I am not going to worry myself about this as I am small, 5ft 3, and husband is 5ft7, so neither of us are tall. There is the niggles at the back of my mind that it is not growing right but I am trying to pushing them away.

I got my bloods taken but I am not sure what I am meant to do. Do I phone for results like you would at the Drs or will they contact me if there is a problem?

Starting to get a bit organised now as well. We have ordered the pram, which comes with a car seat, and an additional car seat. We put it in the Mothercare baby plan but the only concern we have is that deliveries stop over Christmas and so the first day they can deliver to us is January 6. This is fine, unless I deliver the baby earlier than two weeks. If we come two weeks and two days early we will be January 5 and so may end up without car seat or pram for a wee bit. Hopefully this won’t happen.

I still have horrible rib flare, getting worse every day and now I am getting stomach pains and back ache but otherwise well. Trying to spend as much time as I can lying down as this helps ease the pain a bit but then I risk the dogs jumping on my tummy and irritating me.

There is less than 12 weeks to go and I just can not wait to meet Bumble and start the next chapter of our life as a family.