Friday, 16 November 2018

Our day at the St Nicholas Shopping Centre


Recently I was invited down to the St Nicholas Shopping Centre in Sutton which has recently welcomed new facilities, including a Sweat gym and the Games Garden. Never a stranger to a shopping centre, I was excited to try out the leisure facilities and have a little wander around their stores.

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First I headed to Debenhams for a masterclass with Urban Decay. Playing around with make-up is one of my favourite things to do with my spare time so I was in my element trying out the new Cherry Palette and adding a load of the old favourites to my Christmas list! The girls there taught us how to do a gorgeous halo eye using the palette which looked perfect for the party season.

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The boys headed downstairs to the new Games Garden - this is something we all loved as gaming is very much part of our lives at the moment with the launch of the PACVAN earlier in the year. 

Located on the ground floor it’s a great place for kids (and big kids!) to enjoy some games of pool, table tennis, air hockey and even some Mario Kart, Lego Avengers and Fifa. It meant I had a bit of time to pop into Next and New Look while they played.

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Mason can barely be torn away from his Nintendo Switch so he got settled right down on a bean bag for a game of Mario Kart. The place looks great, all brightly decorated in green astro turf and recycled wooden pallets and it’s free to use til 5pm. It’s perfect for anyone with kids who don’t like wandering around the shops for long. 

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 Also new to the centre is the Sweat! Gym. They use the latest technology to take their group classes  to the next step. Their group exercises  focus on working together and having fun while you get fit. They have spin theatres with great big screens to keep up the momentum and keep you on your toes (at times, literally!).

Their BOX! 360 class sounds great fun and it’s exclusive to Sutton. It uses aqua bags, kettlebells, speed ropes and ab rollers for  a 3-dimantional fun workout. Right now I have to roll sideways off the bed instead of using my abs to sit up so I’ll have to wait til the baby is here to give this a go! 

There’s a whopping 150 classes a week so you’re bound to find something to suit you. Whats more, members get 2 hours of free parking so there’s no excuse! 

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There’s a selection of street food on the top floor. We all sampled some rather incredible desserts and milkshakes from Sugar and Spice.

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Now maybe I’m getting old, maybe it’s due to the baby on my bladder ensuring I make at least one visit but finding clean decent toilets always pleases me. The St Nicholas Centre has revamped not only their toilets but there’s a lovely family feeding room with nappies and wipes supplied for those little emergencies. It’s nice to see unisex baby changing so it’s not always left down to us ladies and perfect for days where Sam takes the kids out. The comfortable seating outside is a really nice touch too.

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We were given tickets to the Empire Cinema so Sam and I headed back a week later to see Bohemian Rhapsody. The cinema looks great, I haven’t actually visited since I saw Titanic here in '97 so needless to say it’s changed a fair bit! 


Walking in you can’t help but notice the revamp, it looks modern and fresh. I really love the wall of old movie posters before you go to the screens. 

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I've only seen 14 of the films you can see in this picture!

The thing that really makes a trip to this cinema stand out is the choice of seating. From Monday to Thursday a standard seat is a really reasonable £7.45 and is a pound more over the busier weekend days. You can pay a couple of quid extra for a lovely soft sofa or even a recliner. 

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Armed with a Cherry Tango Ice Blast to fuel my ice craving I headed to the screen to watch one of the best films of the year. I loved every moment, I resisted singing along and it really was made all the more special sat in such a comfortable reclining chair which I could manoeuvre into the perfect position. I’ve recommended this place to everyone!

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If you really fancy a treat some showings have the option of D-Box seats which vibrate and move around for a real immersive experience! At only £10.50 per adult and £7.50 per child this definitely sounds like something I’ll be checking out!

Top Tip- remember to validate your parking ticket and you get 3 hours free parking while you’re there! 

At the end of the year there’s a brand new soft play coming to level 3 which will provide hours of fun for children up to 7 years old. It seems like this centre is really catering for everyone and it’s great! 





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Monday, 5 November 2018

Last minute photo gifts

It's that time of year again, Halloween is over (though didn't it seem to go on forever this year?!) And as I type the fireworks are all fizzing out. X Factor is on Tv and it's the countdown to Christmas, which of course means we need to start Christmas shopping. 

 Whenever I'm stuck for a gift idea I always turn to something personalised. You just can't go wrong with something personal, it will mean more to the person receiving it and it always feels like a worthwhile gift. 

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This is made so simple now that there are more options on the market. Gone are the days where you would just have to stick a photo to a bit of folded card and write inside or put a picture in a frame - to quote Eddie Izzard from the recycling advert - the possibilities are endless!
*wonders how many people will actually get that reference....


Holidays are well and truly coming and I know a lot of you are already wracking your brains over what gift to get that person that has everything. I feel like as we get older we end up treating ourselves to things more and actually don't really know what we want for Christmas. I certainly can't write a long list like I used to. 

I like to be surprised with a gift with some thought put in. I really like giving gifts like this too. I have a sense of satisfaction when I give something that I've thought up on my own and the person receiving it really loves. 
However, this can leave me fretting over what to get and I end up in a last minute panic. Luckily I have a great option at my local Tesco!


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Tesco Photo have a great range of same-day delivery gifts available so you can buy an extra special last minute gift for a loved one. You just use their 
express service to get products the same day. Most same day gifts can be collected in store after 3pm if an order is placed by noon.

There's a great selection of products not just perfect for Christmas but  for an anniversary, birthday or just to add something extra to your rooms.

Along with your usual personalised mugs and mousemats there's a range of canvas prints and posters in a range of sizes to brighten up any wall and you can really get creative with them by making a collage if you like. 
I received  this gorgeous picture of Mason and me from a few years ago which I admit I'd forgotten all about. I really love how it looks and every time I see it it reminds me of a lovely day in London we had with our friends and their daughter.


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There's an option to order a photo in a frame so the hard work is completely done for you for about £10. There's no hunting around stores with a picture trying to find a frame to suit it. So simple!

Photo blocks are a perfect contemporary addition on any table or mantelpiece. I got these for Sam's birthday to have on his desk. They look really great and they're something a little different. You can order these from postcard size, 8X6" or 10X8" and they can have a black or a white trim. They can also be wall mounted if you prefer.


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You can also print out your photos to collect that same day -something  really need to do more of instead of leaving them sitting on my computer or phone. 


What's more, the website is really easy to use; you choose the product you're after and simply upload a photo. You can use their tools to position it how you like to make sure it's perfect. 

Everything is packaged really well in bubble wrap and cardboard so there's no worry of there being any damage in transit. 

You would think that a personalised product would mean there's a long wait and you should have ordered something back in October but thankfully that's not the case. Just order by noon and you can have your order with you by 3pm so you can  pick it up when you do your food shop. If you have enough time to wait a little longer you can have the order delivered to your house which takes about a week.

I think these are a really great idea for Christmas and I'd definitely recommend them.





*these products were kindly sent to me but as always all thoughts are 100% my own



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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Autumn Nails shades 2018


I'm often in denial when it comes to the seasons, I love Summer so much I just don't like to admit to myself that it's getting colder. I refuse to turn the heating on til at least late November. 

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Up til now I was still rocking the pastels on my nails but while looking for a new shade to replace my pale lilac I actually got rather excited (as excited as one can get over a nail shade) about reaching for some Autumnal shades.

I couldn't decide on just one so I opted for a selection to create my Autumn Nails look. 


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Essie are the real champions here, they do neutrals better than most and have some lovely shades that are perfect for this time of year. 

On my little finger I have Essie 'Chinchilly' which is an oldie but a goodie. Such a lovely grey shade that transitions from Summer to Autumn perfectly.


Next to it is Essie 'Knee High Life' a gorgeous pink toned red  and my middle finger is Essie 'Suit and Tied'  a caramel shade from Essie Winter collection which was released at the end of last year.

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I added a bit of sparkle to my index finger using Barry M Bronze Bag from their Molten Metal collection - this one is great as it only really needs one coat and you get such a great look. A lot of shades like this need a lot of building up. Plus Barry M polishes are only £3.99 - you can't go wrong!


My thumb has Nails Inc Queen Street although I now notice that isn't really shown in the pics! But it's a pale nude shade which works in any season. 


It won't be long before I really turn to the dark side and go for the deep navy shades that I love so much in winter but this little selection is going to keep me going for the next month or so. 





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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums


Being a new mum can be scary. I know when I had Mason I felt very much out of my depth. 
I'd never even held a baby before he was born and that first night alone with him in the hospital was very much a sink or swim situation. None of my friends had babies and I didn't really have any 'mummy friends' at all. To be honest I felt pretty isolated. 

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Twitter was a great help for me, I found some women I could relate to. I'm not your typical 'Mumsey' Mum. I admit soft play isn't my favourite place and I'd much talk about Z list celebs and whether I'm too old for ripped jeans than talk about teething. My free time felt so valuable I wanted to make sure I was still keeping a bit of me. Of course this still meant I had a lot of unanswered 'Mum' questions.

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There's so many books to guide you through pregnancy but when the baby is finally here you can feel very much thrown in at the deep end. The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums is an excellent little book to reach for when you need that bit of comfort, to know that you've got this. It's written by Alexis Stickland, a midwife, antenatal teacher and mother who has been supporting mums for over 12 years; and Beccy Hands, a doula and remedial massage therapist specialising in pre and post natal well being. That's two women who know their stuff!

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Inside this gorgeous book there are some amazing words of encouragement along with advice, recipes, and stretches to help you along the way. It's all written in a way that's easy to understand and relate to. The 'Tips for how not to hate your partner' really made me laugh while it all made a lot of sense too!

The recipes are easy to follow and are for really quick snacks, smoothies and easy to throw together meals. There's a great one for lactation cookies which help to boost milk supply which sound fantastic! I'll definitely be making some of those.


Luckily I had my Mum to turn to when I had questions, she was there when I totally freaked out that I was 'peeing worms' and reassured me that those were my stitches and that was perfectly normal. She was also a great help when Mason did a poo in the bath and I had no idea what I needed to do! Let's just say a toy sieve was a life saver. I definitely felt like this book answered questions in the way my own Mum would - which was really comforting. 


I found  lot of online forums very patronising and magazines seem to mainly speak to Wonder Mums that just didn't seem like me so it's nice there is such a lovely alternative. 

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Even though this is my second baby I've made no secret of the fact I feel a little bit overwhelmed by everything. I kind of feel like I'm expected to just pick it all up where I left off... I've done it all before, right? But it's all so different. New 'must have' products, new food to avoid, there's a lot more information on alternatives to drugs during labour. I find it hard to keep up! I still don't know what channel number CBeebies is! I feel a bit like when I took a load of driving lessons and then stopped for a year! I'll always welcome any advice and this has nice little bursts of information that are easy to digest in small parts - we all know we're not going to have time to sit down and read a long chapter when there's a baby to take care of! 

Your journey back to being 'you' can be tough. You doubt yourself and it can be a hard road to recovery. I love how this book helps to ease away those worries, helps to boost your confidence as it answers those questions you might be embarrassed to ask. 


In their own words is covers everything to help you 'feel supported empowered and understood' -which I totally agree with.

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The beautiful illustrations by Kay Barker make it all feel more fun and not at all clinical; and the book is just the right size to have on your bedside table for a quick flick through when you need it.

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I know this is going to be a huge help when baby arrives. If you know anyone having a baby soon this would make such a great gift for them. My top tip for visiting is bring food (brownies, cookies... a lasagne if you can manage it!) and a gift for Mum - she's been through a lot, both mentally and physically and the baby will be given loads of presents already - trust me, a new Mum will really appreciate something like this!


The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums is out from 5th Oct but you can pre order on Amazon-






*this lovely little book was kindly gifted to me before release but all thoughts are 100% my own



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Friday, 28 September 2018

The Baby and Toddler Show

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Baby and Toddler Show at Sandown Racecourse. Although this is my second pregnancy and I've 'done it all before' I really wanted to go along to a baby show to see what new products there are around. A lot seems to have changed in 6 years!

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As I mentioned in my pregnancy announcement  post I felt a little lost when it came to the new baby products on the market. This was the best place for me to take a look at everything and decide what I really needed. I remember being really scared during my first pregnancy, I looked through the list at the back of the Mothercare catalogue and the list of things I 'needed' was terrifying! This was a whole new world of things I'd never had to look at before. And that was just one shop! I wanted to find out what things would really work for us personally.

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I know there are huge shows in big arenas but this one appealed to me as it was smaller (though still with loads of brands) and it wasn't as overwhelming. It's all under one roof and there are people there to talk you through things without making you feel like a idiot who's in no way ready to have a baby!

There's over 150 brands all with excellent offers and advice thrown in. It was nice to spend time talking to passionate business owners who really knew what they were talking about and were so friendly. 

Being an event tailored to parents it's fine to bring children with you. There are lots of baby changing facilities, feeding areas and toilets available - they know there's a lot of pregnant women walking around! 

There's an option to attend workshops from experts, you can try out a baby carrier for the day, have a good play with some buggies and see what works for you.
I entered a few competitions and followed some great brads on Instagram to keep track of their latest products as I get closer to the due date. 

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I found out I didn't need the infamous Sleepyhead as it wasn't a product I'd personally need. Though if you are in the market for one they had great offers on them! And I finally got to play with Ewan the Dream Sheep and see wha all the fuss was about. We decided we 'might' get one nearer the time but we weren't toilet swayed by it just yet.

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On to a couple of bits that I picked up...

As Mason was so well behaved (even though he thought a baby show involved some sort of musical on stage with babies as the stars - he was slightly let down when I explained this wasn't the case!) we made sure we picked him up something and the range of books from Jungle Jam  were lovely. The owner was so passionate about what she does and she was really friendly. Her books all have a great message while incorporating places around the world. The books introduce children to new instruments and cultures while each books has a moral theme that explores a range of life lessons such as overcoming fears, sharing and trying new things.

Mason picked the book based in India which follows Ella the Elephant learning to stay calm when things don't go the way she might like. Something M is slowly learning to get to grips with... 


One product we really liked was the cuddle mateCreated by a mother with a restless son, it's designed to help your baby get a soothing nights sleep, encouraging a safe and healthy sleep position. 

They're perfect for tummy time (last time I just called it 'time on their front' -all these terms I'm still learning!),  a great comforter and  just the right size to keep in the cot as they grow. It's not a product that will go to waste quickly. This grow with your child. 

It's the perfect shape for them to wrap their arms and legs around even after they're over a year old. I'm kind of tempted to use it myself!

As newborns can only see things that are 20cm from their eyes the large and friendly faces have been designed to help focus their sign and develop their vision. 

We originally planned to order one on the website in a month once we knew the gender but after a bit of thinking we quite liked 'Buddy' the blue dog and figured it would still work if we had a girl. Plus it was a much better price at the show with almost £10 off!

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I came awn from the show feeling reassured and a lot more informed. 
If you want to attend the upcoming  Baby and Toddler Shows the dates are -

North West from 28th-30th Sept 2018

Scotland from 26-28th April 2019

and you can use my code BL10 for 1/3 off. 






*tickets to the show were gifted to me but all products were bought by me & all thoughts are my own



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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Kids Eat Free - Tips for Dining With Family


Are you heading out for a dinner with your family? If you dine out regularly you've probably noticed that the restaurant bill can quickly mount up when you have a lot of people at the table with you. 

If you dread finding out what the bill is when it comes to dining with family, then you should start thinking about finding places where you can take your whole family and save money - with the kids eating free or for a low, low price. It's time to put your cash to work, and take advantage of great deals. I've teamed up with WOW Free Stuff and have come up with a list of all the best place your child can eat for cheap or free.

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Giraffe - Kids eat free at weekends 
Every weekend, kids can eat free at Giraffe. Order an adult main meal and your kids can get a main, drink and dessert for free. The menu at Giraffe is varied and exciting, and it's a great way to get your children to try exotic foods that they might not be so enthusiastic about at home. 

Beefeater Grill - Free Breakfast for Kids 
Buy yourself a breakfast and get free breakfast for the little ones. You could get three breakfasts for less than a tenner with this deal. The breakfast menu is quite extensive, and you can choose from a continental or a cooked breakfast, coffee, juice, pastries and more. 

La Tasca - Free Meals for Kids
This Spanish restaurant has a deal which offers free food for kids when an adult buys a meal worth a tenner or more. There are seven different main courses on the kids' menu, as well as a nice range of tasty puddings. This is a great offer that is on all day, every day, not just on weekends like some of the other restaurants on the list, so you can take the kids out for a nice meal whenever you feel like it. 

Brewers Fayre - Free Kids Breakfast 
Spend £9.50 breakfast meal for an adult, and up to two kids can take advantage of a free breakfast. There's plenty of choices on the breakfast menu for kids, so you can fill them up with tasty food so that they have the energy to take on all the activities that you have planned for the rest of the day.

Heathrow Airport - Selected Restaurants offering Free Meals 
If you are planning a holiday with the kids then you will want to try this awesome offer. It's only on for certain dates and certain restaurants, but kids can eat free with the purchase of a main course for an adult. Look out for the restaurants that offer this so that you can make the most of the amazing deal and save money on the overall cost of the holiday. There are several restaurants that are included in the deal, with some of the most popular ones being: 

  •  Carluccio's 
  • Gordon Ramsay Plane Food
  • La Salle
  • The Prince of Wales 


Frankie & Benny's - £1 Kids Meals 
Save money on kid’s meals with this offer from the family favourite chain. Purchase an adult meal, and kids can enjoy a kid's meal for £1. 

The menu is full of child-friendly options, so there's something for everyone to enjoy. The price includes a main meal, a side dish, a drink and a dessert, so it's an offer that's hard to beat. 

Prezzo - £1 Kids Meals
One of my personal favourites! This is another all day, every day offer that lets the kids enjoy their firm favourites for less. There are two menus, one for tots and one for older kids, and there are lots of dishes to choose from, with plenty of wholesome choices that your little ones will really enjoy. 

Chiquito - Kids Deal for £1 
This Tex-Mex restaurant also offers a bargain on kid’s meals when you purchase an adult meal. It's ideal for a family treat, and it offers soul food and filling, delicious treats that will help to encourage your kids to get a bit more adventurous. The meals are affordable too. 

Crown Carvery - Kids eat for £1 Sunday Roast
Get a classic Sunday roast for an affordable price. This deal is available for kids under the age of 10 on Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday. It's a brilliant option for the whole family, and it's a way of keeping a family tradition while enjoying a day out. 

Table Table - 2 course kids meal for £1.99 
Table Table is a restaurant/pub that offers cheap meals for the whole family. Choose from meals on Monday-Saturday and if you dine before 5PM then the kids mealis a bargain. The dishes include at least one of your kid's 5 a day, so you can be confident that they're getting good nutritious food. 

Bella Italia - £1 Kids Meal 
There are two menus, one for little kids and one for older kids, and you can get great deals on both of these menus when the meal is purchased with an adult meal as well. The kids menu is sure to go down well with the little ones in your household, and you can be happy too because you're treating them without breaking the bank. 

Hungry Horse - Monday Pound Deal
Hungry Horse is a place that adults and kids can both enjoy visiting, and when the adults pay full price, up to two kids can enjoy a great meal for just one pound. The menu includes a lot of different options and kids can pick out exactly what they want to eat, which makes this a fun and accessible option for the whole family.

Sizzling Pubs - Weekday Kids Deal 
If you're looking to treat the family to a nice meal out during the week, then this Sizzling Pub offer is sure to satisfy everyone, even the fussiest of children. To take advantage of this offer you will have to have downloaded and signed up for the Sizzling Pub app, but once you've done that you will be able to enjoy great prices and save a lot of money on eating out.


We tend to go out for lunch a lot and really enjoy it. It's a lovely way we spend quality time as a family and we want to continue as our family grows. The cost has been a bit of a worry with another child on the way, but with offers like this I'm confident we can still treat ourselves even with another mouth to feed!







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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Baby Number Two

Recently I've been in two minds about sharing too much of my life online. I was torn between being relatable and not wanting to give too much away. I know there are prying eyes everywhere and some things are just so personal, you know...

but I started this blog when I was pregnant with Mason and it really gave me something to focus on that wasn't all nappies and nap times. It's a nice way to get out my thoughts and have something to look back on. I don't know how much I'll end up sharing and I really don't feel in any position to label myself a 'mummy blogger' but this is my life and I guess that's what I wanted this blog to be about. Getting my thoughts out is quite cathartic.  


So as you may have figured out, I have some news! 

Baby number two is on the way. They weren't planned as such but not unplanned. Basically we decided last year that there was no point putting it off any further. We'd got engaged and the plan was to get married and then try for a baby afterwards. The wedding got put off due to a lot of family arguments that just meant the day we wanted would be nightmare and it went on the back burner a bit. A lot of drama caused a lot of stress which meant trying for a baby wasn't going to work so we just focussed on enjoying life as it was, making no big plans. We booked holidays and days out, family weddings and hen parties happened -all things we figured wouldn't be ideal if I was pregnant. The stress had gone, life was easy again and we started to think about big plans for the future. This time it wasn't the wedding that was our priority. 


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We wanted to have a sibling for Mason almost immediately after he was born and my 2 brothers and I have such a great relationship with 4 years between each of us  We'd always known anything between 4 and 8 years was an ideal time to wait (for us - no judgement at all on anyone! I hate that it even needs to be said!). 


With a couple of holidays planned for this summer we told ourselves we'd officially 'try' at the end of the year when we were back. Then if it didn't happen we'd take a break in time for our family holiday next year and then try again. It was pretty structured and a bit limiting. Planning a life around holidays and weddings just didn't seem right - this is a life after all. It also seemed like we were setting ourselves up for a lot of pressure. After a bit of thought we decided to not 'try' but see how things went, we took the pressure off and if things happened earlier than originally planned we'd work it out. And that is what happened. Almost immediately.


The Test

I ordered the test of Amazon. I just knew I'd be spotted buying the test in town and I didn't want to risk it! One line appeared immediately and a faint one was showing pretty soon after. After a bit of confusion and googling we found out the first 'strong' line was a 'Yep, you are definitely pregnant'. The other was something about the test working or something. We were thrilled.

Keeping the secret

As I said we had a holiday booked. We were due to fly to Cape Verde two weeks after we took the test and there is a risk of Zika Virus which is dangerous for pregnant women. We swapped our holiday for a nice relaxing trip to Spain and tried to keep the change fairly quiet so people wouldn't question it too much. I made sure pictures of cocktails were present on social media but of course they looked all pretty but they were all non alcoholic. We all know Instagram isn't reality. 

The announcement 

We told both our Mums the day we found out, mainly just for the support but they were sworn to secrecy. They were both so excited and pleased for us. 
We waited for the 12 week scan to tell Mason. Then we wrote a message on our note board and left it up for him to see. It took a while for him to notice it but we filmed his reaction and it is the cutest video ever. He is so excited about being a big brother and he's heard the heartbeat and is following the babies journey on the app I have. 
Mason told the rest of the family at his birthday get-together. We made sure everyone we wanted was there and any people that couldn't make it got personal messages right afterwards. We gathered everyone round to watch Mason open a big present and it had a balloon inside with the scan on it along with a t-shirt that said big brother. There were tears all round and it was perfect. Keeping the secret from my bestie was the hardest - it felt like I was lying to her and her reaction is the only one that made me teary. Having her with me through this pregancy is going to be so exciting.

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symptoms
The obvious feeling in the first trimester was the tiredness, I know it was bad when I had Mason but it is so much tougher when you've got a child to look after too. With it being Summer holidays we were a lot more active than usual and that coupled with the heatwave meant I was SO run down!
For someone who tans really easily and loves the sun I am unusually pale this year as I've been avoiding it, it's just been too much and apparently your skin is more sensitive to sunlight when you're pregnant. 

I suffered with insomnia for a while - I never sleep much anyway but I have found I was up much much later trying to sleep, woke several times in the night and and struggled to settle again. I didn't feel like I needed to sleep in the day, it was more of a constant feeling exhaustion. I guess I'm prepared for the baby at least!


At first I craved icy lemony drinks or ice lollies but that could have just been because it was so hot! Lately I've wanted tomatoes a lot - a friend has said this could be a sign of dehydration which definitely could be the case as I never drink enough water. 


Girl or Boy?

Previously I made no secret that I wanted all boys. I was adamant that was my dream family. But (and I know nobody  who heard me speak so passionately before will believe me) I genuinely love the idea of having a girl! Mason is all about fairness and he likes the idea that our family with be 'even' and having one girl and one boy is kind of ideal, isn't it?   Two boys is cute too so I actually have no preference. Though we have a name for a girl and none for a boy so that would be slightly easier! At times I think this pregnancy is so similar to my first but then I have a hunch it's a girl. My Nan guessed Mason was a boy (and also knew I was pregnant before I did without having seen or spoken to me for 6 months!) and this time she thinks it's a girl so we will see if her psychic skills are still decent. 

My general thoughts 

I'm into my second trimester now which I know gets easier - plus Mason will be back at school so I can just sleep all day and online shop while watching Friends (kidding of course!).
We are so happy to have a birthday at the beginning of the year, with the exception of Sam's Grandma everyone else in our family has a birthday after August. The baby will be 10 months for it's first Christmas which is exciting and it will be 5 months on our holiday with family in the summer. Everything has just turned out pretty great and we're so excited. I'm interested to see what a pregnancy over the winter is like, I didn't need to buy maternity clothes last time as it was summer and I lived in floaty dresses but I think I'll definitely be investing in some maternity leggings and jeans so the next couple of months! Any recommendations, please let me know! 

Even though I've done this before it's still very daunting as everything seems to have changed...


 why are we putting babies in cat basket type things that cost £130 now? 
and apparently I need to buy some kind of magical sheep. I need to read up on what's new but generally I'm just going to trust my instincts cos I think we've done a pretty decent job with the first one. 




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