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Pregnancy: The First Trimester

As you may have seen in my earlier post, we are having a baby! Eeep! I've been writing about how I've been feeling since I found out so thought I'd share my 'diary entries' here - be prepared for a very long post! When I was found out I was pregnant I loved watching videos and reading blogposts about the early weeks.

4 weeks pregnant

The first I noticed arrived when I was only 1 week pregnant (obvs didn't know it then) and it was sore boobs. Really sore boobs. I also found that I was needing the bathroom more often (although this wasn't a big sign as I am always going for a wee!) and last week I suddenly came over very nauseous at work and ended up being off the next day because I felt so sick and tired. Since then I've felt ever so slightly nauseous and am not sure what food I fancy. My appetite has definitely got smaller but if I don't eat for a while I start feeling sick so I plan to stock up on lots of healthy snacks. Weirdly, I am slightly off chocolate which is very unlike me but also a relief as I want to try and eat as healthy as possible whilst I feel ok and am not craving all the bad food.

It's a weird feeling in early pregnancy. It's such an exciting time and I love looking at my app to see what's happening with it's development, but it's also quite nerve-wracking. Every time I go to the toilet I worry about finding blood and keep worrying about things going wrong. However, I think if something bad happened I'd feel just as upset so I may as well be excited and enjoy it as much as possible. It's also been quite hard trying to hide being pregnant - especially as finding out coincided with Christmas parties. I've had to disguise lemonade as vodka and lemonade but suspect all of my workmates guess that I am expecting- not much gets past my team! I've also come down with a mega cold and am having to get through without day nurse which isn't fun.

At the moment I just can't wait to have a 12 week scan, make sure everything is ok and start telling people! Every time I think about it I get a buzz of excitement because it's just so lovely to know you are growing a little person.

6 weeks pregnant

At the moment it's 5pm and I'm snuggled on the sofa, still in my PJs. It's New Year's Eve and it's the first quiet one we've had in a few years - mostly because our friends have plans and also because I don't feel up for being the only sober one and just want to hibernate.

I am now 6 weeks pregnant and it's been an amazing Christmas because we told our close family our news. Telling my parents was the most lovely time and I will remember it always. It was Christmas Eve and we went to Wagamama with my parents - we gave them a Christmas card (we'd already sent them one but said we'd found a more special one!) and it was signed off from Chris, Daisy and the baby. Watching them read it and seeing the penny drop was so funny - they were so happily surprised and there were tears, mostly from me! Telling people has been just amazing and I can't wait to get to 12 weeks and be able to tell everyone.

In terms of how I've been feeling, I've not been feeling very nauseous but definitely don't feel right. I have been super tired over Christmas, but can't tell if that's the pregnancy or if it's just relaxing after a busy few months - probably a mix of both. The past few days I've felt quite exhausted and am dreading going back to work on Tuesday. Will definitely be keeping my evenings free so I can come home and crash!

I'm constantly hungry, but craving healthy foods - especially fruit and veg. Weirdly I'm off chocolate and have hardly had any over Christmas which is so unlike me. I am missing alcohol though which is surprising as I'm not a big drinker.

My boobs are still really sore and I'm finding it uncomfortable sleeping at night. I feel this will continue throughout the next 9 months!

9 weeks pregnant

I'm now 9 weeks pregnant so thought I'd do an update on the last few weeks. The overwhelming feeling has been tiredness - I've been finding work OK (thankfully) as I'm so busy that I don't have time to focus on feeling tired, and it helps that I have a desk job. I've been coming home and getting into bed at 8 or 9pm. Despite this, I still wake up at 7.30 feeling knackered! I've also been going to the toilet multiple times during the night and am still suffering with sore boobs. I did buy a maternity sleep bra from Jojo Maman Bebe which is really comfortable and has helped a lot! I'm still hungry all of the time and my love for chocolate is back in full force!

We did have a scare last weekend. I went to the toilet and there was some blood. My heart stopped when I saw it and my immediate thought was that I was losing the baby. I didn't carry on bleeding though so felt a little bit more reassured but went to my GP the next day who referred me for an early scan and the Early Pregnancy Unit. We had to wait for hours to be seen (as it's a drop in type clinic) but finally met the sonographer who did an internal scan. The internal scan was a lot better than I thought- I thought it would hurt but it was just uncomfortable.

Seeing the baby was the most amazing feeling. You do wonder if there will be anything in there, but you could clearly see our tiny little bub. It stayed in the same position for ages (sleeping obviously, it's my child!) until the sonographer made it move. All was looking good and it was so reassuring to see the heart beating. It made us both so happy.

13 weeks pregnant

So, this is where we are now! I'm very ready for the first trimester to be over and to hopefully get my energy back soon. I'm still so tired and having to go to bed early most nights, and my weekends are mostly spent on the sofa (and also in bed!). Luckily I can't complain at all about sickness as have gotten away with only a small bit of nausea in the very early weeks.

I've been needing to go to the toilet 3 or 4 times a night and having broken sleep is something I'm not used to (feel like it's preparing me for 6 months time!). I have also had some funny aches and twinges in my lower stomach, which can really hurt when I sneeze - think it's called round ligament pain.

In terms of food and cravings, I had a random craving for pickles a couple of weekends ago. I just had to eat some (and I don't usually like them!). We went to our local market and bought a tub of them, and they were like drops of pickle heaven. The next day I had one and didn't like it all! So strange. I am also loving sweets at the moment - fruit pastilles and haribo strawbs make my mouth water. To be honest, I just have a whole new appreciation for food- I think because I am constantly hungry I'm enjoying every bite of food so much!

I have bought a couple of pairs of maternity jeans from H&M and have started wearing them - they are the most comfortable jeans in the world. I don't think I'll ever go back to normal ones! 

Sorry for the long post but I wanted to remember how I've been feeling over this pregnancy, and will carry on doing diary posts for the next 6 months.

Daisy x

Life: We're having a baby!

In August this year, we will be celebrating our one year anniversary and also....surprise! - the imminent arrival of our little baby! I've been pretty quiet on social media because it's been a tiring few months whilst our tiny one has grown (and sucked all of my energy!)- there will be a post coming up with how I've been feeling in the first trimester which is almost over as I'll be 14 weeks on Monday.

Probably worth adding that my pregnancy posts will likely be quite TMI so if you don't want to hear about all of that 'fun' then maybe give these posts a skip.

So how did we find out? Well, we had a weekend at our friend's house and my period was due that Saturday. It didn't arrive but on Sunday I had some light spotting which continued over the next few days. I was waiting for it to get heavier but it never did. I had some cheap tests from Sainsbury's (far left on the photo below) which a workmate had given me so decided to use one on Monday night. To my shock there was a faint line - I couldn't believe it and then started doubting the test. The next day I took a Boots test (in my work toilets!), and a fancy ClearBlue one. Both were positive and there was no doubt that I was carrying a little baby and it was the most wonderful, indescribable feeling. I wrapped up a test and gave it to Chris as an early Christmas present - his face was a picture. We were both so shocked as we knew we wanted a baby soon but didn't expect it this soon! Our little keen bean.

We had our scan last Tuesday and everything is looking good for the little one. We could see the heart beating and we had a trainee sonographer helping out which meant that we had more time to see the baby wriggling around. It was amazing to see how it reacted to being nudged with the wand and seeing their little legs. Chris is convinced that they have his cyclist legs!

We are over the moon and although it's quite scary too, we're so excited about this new adventure and I'm looking forward to posting about my pregnancy journey on my blog.

Daisy x

Life: 10 Things I Miss about University

I can't believe it's been 12 years since I started at Leeds University in 2005. I look back at my University days with such nostalgia and happiness - it was one of the best times of my life and I made lifelong friends (and found a husband!). Hope you enjoy some of my Uni snaps - cringe! Here are 10 things I miss about my University days.

1. The impromptu nights out. So many nights being sat on the sofa and saying to the girls "shall we go out tonight?" and all just being able to get up and go. These days it takes a few months of planning and a Doodle poll to get a night in the diary!

2. Having 6 hours of lectures a week. Yep, that's right. Communication Studies did not have many hours! I used to have a 10am lecture and getting up for it was a mission and a half. What I'd do to go back to a 6 hour 'working' week.

3. Living with 7 other girls (and their wardrobes) - one of my favourite things about Uni was getting ready in our house with music playing and sharing clothes and make-up. 

4. Sunday's. These were usually spent hungover and watching T4 all morning - Shipwrecked, the Hollyoaks Omnibus and loads of tea and snacks.

5. Trekking into town to visit Primark - and only Primark. Obviously we were poor students so our budget wouldn't stretch to River Island or Toyshop, so head to toe Primark it was! We were walking adverts at one point.

6. Taking approximately 400 photos on a night out - remember when you used to take a digital camera out with you? We'd take hundreds of photos and the next day would be spent uploading them (all) to Facebook and going through each one together. We'd all sit laughing for hours at the photos.

7. The long holidays - how good are University holidays?! I feel like that is how life should be - a month for Christmas, a month for Easter, 3 months (or more) for Summer. Yes please!

8. Eating at 5pm. And then having a second dinner at 9pm. 

9. Pre-drinking. I loved making pre-drinking plans; deciding who's house we would all descend on with our cheap bottles of vodka and mixers. And we'd always end up playing Ring of Fire before realising how late it was and piling into taxis into town.

10. Naps. Ahhh, so many naps. To be fair, I still enjoy a lot of naps but I feel like at University, they really came into their own.

Daisy x