Saturday, 28 February 2009

Photo of the Day

Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt -
I bought this after my Champneys Beautiful Bump treatment (kindly bought for me by two friends). The therapist used the oil during my treatment and it was truely bliss! It's great for bump as it locks in moisture but can also be used as a conditioning treatment on hair and nails. The scent of coconut and frangipani is heaven. I can't recommend it enough.

Mama Fact of the Day

My back has been killing me today.
This is due to the extra weight I am carrying in both my belly and boobs.
This will only get worse so I have to be careful with my posture and get regular exercise.
Massages can help (any takers?!), as can warm baths and support pillows.

Fetal Fact of the Day

My baby will continue to swallow amniotic fluid and recycle it as urine. The liquids and sugars that the baby retracts from the fluid is a supplement to the nutrients that the placenta delivers. You learn something new every day!

Quote of the Day

"The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears."
Ellen Goodman

Friday, 27 February 2009

Photo of the Day

We stock loads of these little hearts at work. From buttons to lavender, bead to cloth, polka dot and floral.

I love them and it's hard not to buy them all, but I am purchasing these two cuties for future nursery.

The starry one matches one of the blankets perfectly. So lovely!

Mama Fact of the Day

I just read something amazing!

At this point in my pregnancy I'm carrying around a pint of amniotic fluid! And the entire amount is completely refreshed every three hours!

This is one of many reasons why it's important to stay hydrated in pregnancy.

I'll have that sixth (decaf) cuppa after all!

Fetal Fact of the Day

23+1

I have been able to feel baby kick for a few weeks now. They are gradually getting stronger but still not enough for me to grab a friends hand and put it on my belly!

I have started to notice a slight pattern throughout the day as well: activity during mid-morning, early evening and around midnight.

My baby will be kicking and punching the uterus walls as well as running its hands along the umbilical cord. My baby can now also suck it's thumb!

Quote of the Day

"Some men just aren't cut out for paternity. Better they should realize it before and not after they become responsible for a son."
Lois McMaster Bujold

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Photo of the Day

Oh you know, just some light bedtime reading...

I can recommend all of them:

*Jools Oliver - Minus Nine to One

*Dr Gowri Motha - Gentle Birth Method

*Kate & Emily's - Guide to Single Parenting

*What to Expect When You're Expecting

*Tracy Hogg - The Baby Whisperer solves all your problems

Mama Fact of the Day

I've been getting occasional nosebleeds and gums have been bleeding lots too.

Increased blood flow during pregnancy puts pressure on your nose's delicate veins. On top of this, pregnancy hormones can make your gums swell and become inflamed, which leads to frequent bleeding.

(it's got nothing to do with my increased sweet consumption - I swear!)

Fetal Fact of the Day

I'm 23 weeks today!

My baby has a while to go before its lungs will be ready for air but in the mean time is practising "breathing" on the amniotic fluid — sucking it in and out of its lungs.

Quote of the Day

"The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children."
By Elain Heffner

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Photo of the Day

So I've been shopping around for 'funky' baby grows and to be honest the market is saturated. There is loads of lovely lovely things out there - at a price however.

So, being the frugal little mama-to-be that I am, and not wanting to spend £30 on a romper that the kid will be out of in mere weeks, I have bought a multi pack of plain white baby grows (working out at £1 each!) and am going to decorate them myself...

This is only the beginning... the little suit will be heavily tattooed by the time I'm finished! I will post another picture up when it's done...

I'm also considering collaborating with artists and friends... let me know if you are interested!

Mama Fact of the Day

My centre of gravity has shifted due to the weight of baby (et al) leaving me feeling clumsy, well more so than usual.
I walked into a lamp post twice on my way to work last week.
And have fallen up the stairs more than a few times.

Fetal Fact of the Day



My baby has started growing taste buds and may be able to detect strong flavours in the amniotic fluid. If we could see inside, we might catch little one sticking out its tongue for a taste... and then grimacing!

Quote of the Day

"Love and pregnancy and riding on a camel cannot be hid."
Arabic Proverb

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday



Unlike some Mama's to be, I'm not really worried about having everything ready for the baby... to be honest I've been pretty organised so far and it's not like the shops will be closed once little one arrives.

I'm more worried about baby right now - is little one ok in there? Is something going to go wrong? I always get the fear for a bit after hearing stories of peoples loss.

I think I'm actually more worried that I'm not worried enough about the future!

I overheard my parents talking about me at the weekend saying that I had no idea how my life was about to change.

But in a way I have every idea how my life is going to change... I'll never be the same again, I know that. Surely there's nothing you can do to prepare yourself for it? Except be aware that it's going to happen. That it's never going to be just about me ever again...?


One of my favourite bloggers - Heather B. Armstrong (www.dooce.com) - puts it perfectly regarding her daughters first five years...


"You have changed so much since that first morning you spent with us, a morning that altered my life so drastically that sometimes it still feels like I'm catching my breath. I imagine that I won't ever stop feeling this way, won't ever stop having a portion of my brain dedicated to the thought of where you are and what you're doing, won't ever be able to escape the constant, nagging hope that you are happy and fulfilled. My pulse is forever closer to the surface of my neck because of you, because of my responsibility toward you, and I can't thank you enough for the dimension that this has added to what it means to be alive."


Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Gobble and Gulp




...yes that coffee is bigger than my head

Photo of the Day





lunch 24.02.09 - "I just died and went to Maugherman heaven..."

Maughermans Deli is one of my favourite lunching options in Brighton. Their take away Pasta Boxes have had me in a state of bliss more than the once. And to top it off they are the friendliest bunch of servers you will meet in a while.

http://www.maughermansdeli.co.uk/


(And a mammoth coffee to see me through the rest of the day. sorry.
local independents 1, multi national companies 1.)

Mama Fact of the Day

Eating for two - Sadly this isn't an excuse! Baby only needs me to eat around 300 extra calories a day, so no "one for baby, one for me..."

Fetal Fact of the Day


My baby resembles a newborn child at this stage. The only difference is that it is much thinner as there isn’t much development of baby fat yet (unlike its Mama!)

Quote of the Day

Your parents - they give you your life, but then they try to give you their life.
By Chuck Palahniuk

Are you enjoying your pregnancy?

I've got to say a big fat YES despite...

Still being sick every day, having nosebleeds, feeling like the walking dead most of the time, constantly aching, and worrying about little one.

All these things really being me down, the situation surrounding my pregnancy brings me down, work is bringing me down...

A friend said "sometimes is hard to remember that pregnancy isn't an illness - cause it sure feels like one sometimes"!

I always hoped that I would be one of those women that just blossomed during pregnancy. But I feel ill and frumpy!

Despite all this though, I feel truly blessed!!

Feeling a little kick melts my heart! Seeing my tummy grow is miraculous!

I love reading up about every stage of pregnancy, I love preparing for little one.

I can't wait for June! I want to meet baby SO much. But I also want to relish these last few months.

I'm trying to keep a sense of humour about it all, by laughing through the hard days, and keeping the moto that moaning is good for the soul!

I am documenting every day in two online blogs, and keeping a pregnancy journal as well. Which is really helping me.

I don't want to look back and wish I had recorded more.

...I want to look back and tell my child how sick they made me!

...How they made me cry with joy over seeing them on the ultrasound screen and feeling their little kicks.

...I want to tell them that shopping for a cot and baby things was more exciting than buying a marc jacobs dress in new york!

...I want to joke about how much they made me eat and how spotty I got!

...And I want them to know how much I loved them before they were even here!

Monday, 23 February 2009

Mama Fact of the Day

Colostrum - the "first milk" that the breasts produce as a precursor to breast milk. Breasts grow and develop throughout pregnancy and at around 16 weeks they start producing this rich, high-protein pre-milk, ready for when baby is born.

Unfortunately for me and my bras, the colostrum decided to start leaking as soon as my boobs started producing it!

But it doesn't happen to everyone. Some may not get their milk in until a day or two after the birth.

Fetal Fact of the Day

At 22 weeks the baby measures between 20-27cm and weighs around just 1lb!

Photo of the Day



This is little one at 14 weeks and 4 days. I think it's the cutest photo ever. Naturally.

Quote of the Day

"Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children."
By Mignon McLaughlin

Let us begin...

Although I'm already over half way through this pregnancy now, I wanted to start blogging about my journey.

I already have a twitter account but this will enable me to write longer posts.

I don't want to look back and wish I had documented more. I don't want to forget the little things that make each day count...