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  • InHugo

    40 Weeks Pregnant {Baby Number Two}

    Well here I am, 40 weeks pregnant and still no real signs of this baby boy making his appearance any time soon. I honestly cannot believe I am writing this post. As Bella was born 3 days early, everyone had just assumed this baby would be slightly early too. Well how wrong were we! Even though I am only one day past my due date, I already feel like I have been overdue for weeks! It’s true what they say about your whole pregnancy flying by apart from the last week or so which seems to last an eternity.

    I’m definitely beginning to feel a little impatient and the waiting game is quite frankly totally exhausting! I never got to this point with Bella and then she surprised me by coming early. This time around though, my whole brain is just consumed with wondering when I will go into labour. Every twinge and tightening leaves me questioning IS THIS IT?! The messages from our friends and family asking ‘Is he here yet’ or ‘Any signs of that baby’ have begun and my gosh, they are wearing thin preeeeettty fast. So apologies if you get a blunt ‘no’ reply from me. But please remember, I am just as eager to meet him as you are!

    I am also constantly trying to make sure the house is clean and tidy for my home birth which may sound silly to some, but I know that if it isn’t, I will really struggle to relax when I do go into labour! And lets not even talk about how many times I have had to replenish the labour/midwife snacks because I keep bloody eating them (oops).

    Of course, I know he will come when he’s ready and there is absolutely no point getting myself stressed out about it. But I’m just excited. And a little nervous for whats to come I suppose.

    HOW FAR ALONG?

    40 Weeks + 1 Day

    DUE DATE?

    14th June 2017 (Yesterday)

    GENDER?

    Boy!

    HOW’S BABY DOING?

    At week 40 the average weight of a baby is anything between 5.5lbs and 8.8lbs! Bella weighed 8lbs 7oz so I am expecting our baby boy to be a fairly good weight too. He is also probably around 20.2 inches long from crown to heel. My app kindly enlightened me yesterday that he is about the size of a small pumpkin! Eeeek. Apparently baby already has all the skills he needs to be ready to react and respond to us after he is born. He’ll be born with over 70 natural skills and reflexes that will help him thrive outside the womb!

    I last saw my midwife at 38+5 and she confirmed that baby boy is still head down and his head was about fifty percent engaged. She commented that he was in the perfect position for both which was good to hear. If he doesn’t make his arrival beforehand, I am booked in to see the midwife again on Monday. She said she would be happy to perform a stretch and sweep then too if I wanted one. 

    WEIGHT CHANGE?

    I braved the scales the other day and I have gained around 3 stone!!! Which I think is about the same amount as in my first pregnancy too. I know that I carry a lot of water whilst pregnant so combined with making chunky babies, I am hoping I’ll see a decent loss once I step on the scales post baby. 

    SYMPTOMS?

    Mainly just loads of super strong braxton hicks and maybe even the odd proper contraction too. I’m just feeling very uncomfortable now as baby is soooo low down.

    MOVEMENT?

    He is still moving most of the time but he has definitely run out of room in there now!

    STRETCHMARKS?

    A few new ones but I’m not too worried as I already had so many from my first pregnancy, so what’s a few more?

    SLEEP?

    I am really struggling to get a good nights sleep. My hips and pelvis feel like they are grinding together when I lay down and its SO painful. I am also having lots of strange dreams all night long which keep waking me up. Oh and of course I have to get up to pee at least once too. I suppose this is all preparation for the sleepless nights up feeding a newborn that are about to come my way!!

    CRAVINGS?

    Greek salad! I’m all about big fresh salads at the moment with olives and feta. But I also have an obsession with magnum ice creams that I am desperately trying to curb. Oops.

    HOW I’M FEELING?

    Impatient! Come on baby, get a move on, you are so loved already!

    MISS ANYTHING?

    At this point, I miss most things from pre pregnancy and feel quite ready to give birth now!

    FAVOURITE OUTFIT THIS FORTNIGHT?

    I ordered two off the shoulder summer dresses from Mango which arrived last week and I LOVE them. I sized up and they surprisingly fit my 40 week bump but I think they will be staples in my summer wardrobe post baby too. They will be perfect for breastfeeding and as they are nice and floaty they will keep me cool in the warm weather and hopefully skim over the mum tum nicely too! 

    BEST MOMENT THIS FORTNIGHT?

    There have been lots of lovely moments over the last couple of weeks. We’ve spent lots of time relaxing at the in laws house enjoying their swimming pool in this glorious weather. But also just soaking up our last couple of weekends as a three. 

    LOOKING FORWARD TO?

    Finally meeting our baby boy and becoming a family of four!! I can’t wait for the moment Bella meets her much anticipated baby brother. There will definitely be tears from me. 

    Hopefully this is the last pregnancy update I will write, if I get to two weeks overdue I will probably be a sobbing mess! I’ve loved writing these fortnightly updates over the past few months and being able to document what is probably going to be my last pregnancy. I so hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as I have sharing them. I will no doubt be doing plenty of baby and post partum updates once baby finally arrives too so keep an eye out for those! 


    Harriet XO

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  • InFamily

    Is There Ever A Right Time?

    My social media timelines are full to the brim with pregnancy announcements, gender reveals, beautiful baby bumps and photos of squishy newborn babes at the moment. And every time I see one, it has me feeling alllll the feels.

    About six months ago I wrote this post about how I was feeling broody and it’s safe to say that the feeling has definitely not gone away. I have babies on the brain, big time. I even wake up in the middle of the night and my thoughts are consumed by all things pregnancy and baby related. It’s actually quite crazy and probably a bit weird, especially as I’m not even expecting yet!

    I’m so desperate for all the excitement that pregnancy brings, all the planning, the last minute preparations, swooning over all those teeny tiny sleep suits. I try to remember what it’s like to feel those little kicks from the inside one day and then to cuddle your baby on the outside the next. I’m craving that intoxicating newborn smell and the adorable little noises and squeaks that new babies make. I’m longing for those night feeds, when the rest of the world is sleeping. I just can’t wait to experience it all once more.

    After Bella was born we made a five year and a ten year plan and so far we have stuck to them. Of course there has been bumps along the way and it hasn’t all been plain sailing but we’re now approaching the bit where we agreed to start thinking about adding a second baby to our family (eeeeeekkk). As I’m sure you can tell I am ecstatic about the thought of having another, but at the same time, I just can’t help but feel extremely anxious about the whole thing too.

    My heart is saying ‘YES, YES, YES’. My head however is being a bit more hesitant. Am I really ready? Will I cope with two children okay? How will we manage financially whilst I’m on Maternity leave? Is my heart big enough to love two babies? I also worry about the impact a new baby will have on Bella and how she’ll adjust to being a big sister. All these thoughts running through my head all day, every day are bloody exhausting.

    Deep down, In my heart, I know I’m ready. We’re ready. I’m sure all these worries are probably quite normal. Deciding to have another baby is such a big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Although I think that, really, when it actually comes down to it, there is never going to be a ‘right’ time, there will always be something that could hold us back a little longer, but I suppose sometimes you just have to follow your heart, hope things will be fairly straight forward and prey that we can be that lucky.

    I’m not entirely sure why I’m writing this post, apologies if it’s a bit rambly, but I just felt like I needed to write my thoughts down. And hopefully I can look back at this post one day and realise that I needn’t have worried at all.

    Has anyone else ever felt like this? Do you think there is ever a ‘right’ time?
    I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    And of course, I had to share a couple of my favourite photos of Bella at just a few days old taken by the very talented Charlotte Rawles Photography.

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    Thanks so much for reading,
    Harriet xo

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  • InMama

    Feeling Broody

    As we approach Bella’s second birthday in a couple of weeks I’ve noticed that I’m being asked more and more if and when there will be a Baby Lee number 2. Most of the ladies I went to post natal group with have gone onto have another baby or they are currently expecting. My social media timelines are FULL of pregnancy and birth announcements. Ohhh and my older sister is heavily pregnant and about to pop my niece out any day now. It’s safe to say I’m feeling pretty damn brooooooody.

    I have babies on my mind. Which if I’m completely honest, I’m finding quite difficult. Because now just isn’t the right time for us to have another baby. We have a plan for that, which my husband so kindly keeps reminding me every time I tell him about another pregnancy announcement, or whenever I half heartedly say ‘shall we have another baby?’. He is definitely in no rush 😉

    I desperately hope that when we do decide it’s the right time to expand our little family, that we will be blessed enough to be able to give Bella a sibling. I know she would be an amazing big sister and the thought of it gives me a lump in my throat whenever I think about it. We fell pregnant very quickly with Bella and I know just how lucky we were because it’s not always that easy.

    I can’t wait to hopefully one day be pregnant again, I vow next time to make sure I cherish every single moment of it (maybe excluding the 12 weeks of awful morning sickness aka ALL DAY vomiting nausea) and not to wish those precious 9 months away. I hope to document my pregnancy better, to take better bump snaps, to record how I’m feeling so I can look back on it in years to come. Call me crazy but I also can’t wait to experience labour and childbirth again, it’s such an emotional and amazing albeit seriously bloody painful experience and I hope that I am lucky enough to do it all again one day.

    But for now I need to get my sister bouncing on that bloody ball and drag her out for a brisk walk like my lovely sister in law did for me to get that baby of hers ready to make it’s exit. Being their birthing partner and then plenty of newborn snuggles with my brand new niece will tame my baby fever for now I’m sure 😉

    Here’s a few of my favourite snaps of Bella as a newborn! <3

      
      

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  • InFamily

    Introduction

    My name is Harriet and welcome to my blog! I’m Wife to Josh and Mama to Bella who will be 2 in November. I have contemplated starting this blog for years and have finally taken the plunge and I’m very excited to have somewhere to document our family life at last. I thought it would be a good idea to start by giving you a brief rundown on our story so far.

    Josh and I met at school when we were 13 and despite everyone’s doubts we have been together since! We moved in together when we left school, got engaged a couple of years later on Christmas Day 2011 and got married 18 months later in the village I grew up in. Our wedding day was exactly as i’d hoped it would be, filled with all of our favourite people, a vintage afternoon tea, lots of prosecco fuelled dancing and ended with my bridesmaids jumping into the pool in their wedding attire, closely followed by lots of the other wedding guests, my mother in law included!!

    A few months later, our beautiful Bella was born on 8th November 2013 and made us a blissfully happy new family of three.

    Fast forward to now and our lives are hectic to say the least. Bella is an extremely headstrong little girl who loves nothing more than being outdoors exploring. Our weeks are filled with a blur of work, nursery runs, housework, squeezing in workouts and catching up with friends. The weekends fly by way too quickly and before we know it Monday morning has rolled around again. It’s crazy at times but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. I can’t wait to share the highs and sometimes the lows of our crazy journey with you!

    I’ll finish my first post with a few of my favourite photos.

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    Thanks so much for reading,
    Harriet

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