Life: I'm back!



Hi guys! So...it's been a while. The last time I posted I was 33 weeks pregnant and now our little girl has arrived and has been in the world for almost three months!

Introducing our beautiful daughter, Florence Olivia who was born on the 18th August 2018 (such a great birthday); two days before her due date. I always thought she'd be really late so it was quite a surprise. This photo was taken when she was a week old - she's grown just a little bit since then! 

A lot has happened since my last post.  I finished work (walking out of the office was so strange!) and the next day, we moved up to Lincoln so the following few weeks were spent getting the new house ready and settling in. It felt like home very quickly as we'd had it mostly painted before moving in and had new carpets, wardrobes and flooring put in - so felt like we'd put our stamp on it. I really enjoyed my month of maternity leave before Florence arrived - it was spent doing lots of house shopping with my Mum, painting, sitting in the garden (although not for long as the heatwave was in full swing!), watching lots of Love Island Australia and enjoying getting the house, and nursery all homely. Nesting was in full swing! 

Since Florence has arrived we have been adjusting to our new life and spending 90% of our time just staring at this tiny little being that we created. It's the best thing ever! Yes, it's tiring and life is very different, but it's also made everything so much more fun. Moving up here and having family nearby has also been invaluable and has helped make it a whole lot easier- it was definitely the right decision and Florence has been showered in love since being born.

Now that life has settled down, I feel like I'm brimming with words and want to share lots of posts about this crazy new world I'm in - from my birth story and hospital bag contents, to the best newborn buys. It's going to be very baby focused as that's my life at the moment but hopefully it will be useful for anyone pregnant, or with children.

Let's do this!

Daisy x

Pregnancy: 33 week update


From left to right: 29 weeks, 31 weeks and 33 weeks

Tomorrow I turn 34 weeks so decided that a pregnancy update was well overdue, now that I'm well into the third trimester. I can't quite believe it, although when I think back to when I found out in December it does feel like a long time ago.

The bump is well and truly a proper bump now, with strangers often commenting on it and being offered seats without having to wear a baby on board badge. Baby seems to be having a lovely time in there too - at around 30 weeks I noticed the movements change from kicks and punches, to more stretching and rolling around. You can now feel little limbs (although can't tell what limb it is!) and see my whole belly moving. My friends got to witness this when we were in Germany recently for a wedding, and they couldn't believe it. I think it freaked one of the boys out!

At my 31 week midwife appointment my bump was measuring a bit small, so I had a growth scan on Friday ahead of my 34 week appointment next week. I wasn't too worried as know how common they are and my midwife said she didn't expect me to have a big baby, but was lovely to hear that everything was OK and they're perfectly happy with the size. The scan was so much less clear now it's bigger (almost 5lb!) but we could see the little one sticking it's tongue out and yawning which was so cute. I can't wait to meet him/her.

I'm still feeling pretty well but life is definitely getting more uncomfortable, especially with the heatwave we're having and having to commute to work. I was struggling yesterday as just couldn't get cool - the best place for me is being sat in the car! The bump just feels heavy and it's so much more of an effort to roll over in bed, or to put shoes on. I have hardly any clothes that fit but have bought a few maternity maxi and t-shirt dresses which I am living in at the moment. 

I need to wee what feels like every 5 minutes, and the baby loves to press it's head against my bladder, it's particularly annoying at night as our bathroom is quite far from our bedroom. Another thing that started in the third trimester was night leg cramps - they are hideous! It's only happened a handful of times but is the most awful pain and makes me scream. Luckily Chris is a pro now at quickly stretching them out. Apart from that though, I feel like I've been pretty lucky with my pregnancy - so far at least!

I'm feeling quite positive about the labour as have now completed the Positive Birth Company hynobirthing online course- I can't recommend it highly enough and it's a bargain at £35. Obviously I've not been through labour yet but it's been worth the money solely for how calm it's made me feel about it, and how much knowledge I feel I have now about how the body works. I know that the birth may not be straightforward but I feel like I've got the tools to cope with it, and that's a great feeling.

I've bought most of what we need now and there are just a few bits and pieces left to buy which I'll get when I go on maternity leave in 2 weeks. Can't quite believe there are only 9 days left at work for me! After being at my company for almost 7 years it's a weird feeling as they are really like a second family, but I feel ready for a break from it and to focus on a little person for a year.

Daisy x


Life: The Pig Near Bath - Hotel Review


As you know, last August we got married and Chris and I received some vouchers for The Pig hotel from some friends- they could be used towards a hotel stay, food, or a spa treatment. We decided to put them towards a two night stay at the Pig Hotel near Bath so on Sunday we made our way to the south of England for a little staycation. We were so lucky as the weather was scorching and we felt like we were abroad as we wandered around the centre of Bath and enjoyed drinks in the gardens. I love reading hotel reviews so wanted to share my thoughts.

Location

The Pig near Bath is one of 5 hotels in the chain and they are rapidly expanding with three more opening in 2019. It's in a really idyllic location with a sweeping drive and feels instantly relaxing as you get out of the car. The hotel is about a 15/20 minute drive from Bath so you're not in the city centre - something you might miss! We drove down so it was easy to pop into the city centre and to nearby pubs but would be more tricky without a car - although you could easily get taxis to and from it. 

Hotel and grounds

As you can see from my photos, it's a beautiful hotel and really feels like a country retreat. Hunter wellies line the entrance hall and there's a really homely feel, despite there being 29 bedrooms. We checked in with the lovely reception girls and were given a tour of the hotel before being led to our room. There are plenty of rooms and spaces for just chilling out with plush sofas and open fires (would be so cosy if you're visiting in the winter) and there is a outdoor terrace and huge garden which was perfect for us to enjoy the weather. We loved sitting outside with a drink and reading our books in the sunshine. 

The hotel grounds are also worth exploring. You can walk through their impressive kitchen garden (where most of the food comes from) and go and visit the pigs! You can also find their Potting Shed here which is where the spa treatments take place. We didn't try one but my friend said it was the best massage she's ever had. 

If you just want a relaxing stay you could easily stay within the hotel grounds and just enjoy them.

The room

We stayed in a Snug Room which is located in the main house. These rooms are slightly smaller than the more expensive ones, and feature a shower rather than a bath and shower. Usually I'm all about the bath but the monsoon shower in the room was amazing and I didn't want to get out of it! The room is beautifully decorated in the hotel's signature style and gave me a lot of decor inspo.

There are lots of nice touches too - you get mini size Bramley toiletries (my favourite!), a larder stocked with snacks (tea & coffee is free), a small selection of magazines and a Roberts radio. My only complaint would be that if you wanted biscuits with your tea you had to pay for them and I think these should be included - but a minor niggle!

The bed was super comfy and I am going to email them to ask where their bedding is from as it was so luxurious. I love hotel bedding!

Food and drink

The Pig describes itself as a 'restaurant with rooms'. A type of hotel that seem to be popping up more and more. They pride themselves on a 25 mile menu where everything is sourced locally and the menu changes regularly. They have a beautiful greenhouse restaurant where we had dinner on our first night. If I'm honest we were slightly disappointed with the food - it wasn't cheap and I think we expected a little more.  Don't get me wrong - it was beautifully presented and really tasty but we weren't blown away. I think our recent trip to South Africa has spoilt us slightly! 

Breakfast isn't included in the room rate and again, isn't cheap at £11 for the continental spread and £17 for both the continental and a hot breakfast. We had breakfast there on one day and both went for the continental. It's a really great spread with a lovely selection of pastries, juices, granola stations, fruit, toasts and spreads - all labelled with where they've come from. There was honey from their beehive and eggs from their hens (I very much enjoyed the boiled egg station!). It's also lovely to sit in the greenhouse restaurant and to enjoy the peacefulness of your surroundings there.

Drinks-wise, they have an amazing selection and their cocktails are amazing! Obviously I'm not drinking but their mocktails were delicious and most include Seedlip gin (the first non-alcoholic spirit) which is my new favourite thing! I also tried kombucha for the first time. The staff really know their stuff and was great to chat to them about the different drink offerings. 

My thoughts

We loved our stay at The Pig and would love to return, and to try out their other locations. It was everything we wanted from a hotel - beautiful location and decor, really friendly staff with amazing service, good food and comfy rooms. The only slight disappointment for us was the evening meal, and having to pay extra for the breakfast but it wouldn't stop us from going again. We will definitely be back!

Daisy x


Pregnancy: 23 week update


I thought it was about time I post a pregnancy update as I've been very quiet around here! I'm now 23 weeks pregnant and will be 24 weeks on Monday. It's funny as the first trimester felt like it went so slowly but the weeks seem to be flying by now. 

The rumours were true about second trimester - at about 14 weeks I felt far more 'normal' and wasn't needing to go to bed early every night. I am still feeling tired but it's so much better than it was and I've actually had motivation to do things in the evenings and my social life has resumed somewhat! My body does keep reminding me to take it easy though. We spent two weeks in Cape Town at the beginning of April and after a couple of days of non-stop holiday fun I woke up feeling awful and had a few days where I had to miss out on some activities and just rest in bed. Luckily it passed but it's so important to remember that you although you can feel relatively normal, you're still growing a human!

Speaking of the little human, he or she is doing really well. We had our 20 week scan the morning we came back from holiday and it was amazing. Everything is looking good and we were told that we have a very active one on our hands. We are keeping the sex a surprise and I keep changing my mind about whether it's a girl or a boy! 

I have started properly feeling the baby now too. I had a few weeks of just feeling flutters, and funny little movements but now they are real kicks and you can see my stomach moving as they kick and move around. It's so surreal but so lovely - and quite distracting when you're in meetings at work! My bump definitely popped around the 20 week mark and my goodness, my boobs have grown. It's strange getting used to your changing body and I am just living in maternity jeans at the moment.

Now that we've had the 20 week scan, I've felt like I can start buying a few bits and pieces. My Mum kindly bought us a Snuzpod and we will be using the cot I had as a baby which has been lovingly passed around the family! I've been obsessed with watching newborn essential videos and making lists of must-have items but am going to try and hold back from buying loads until the baby is here and I'll know what I really need! 

Daisy x


Beauty: Spacemasks (aka the best thing ever)


Today I wanted to introduce you to Spacemasks although you have probably already heard of them as they are being raved about - for good reason. These are little foil pouches of amazing-ness!

Spacemasks are the most magical eye masks. They are very simple really, but have such an instant relaxing effect. You simply take them out of the pouch and as soon as you do, they start to heat up. Simply pop it over your eyes (there are handy ear loops to hold it in place) and relax. They are jasmine-scented too so it's just an all round dreamy experience.

I was suffering with a horrid headache this week so went to bed and put one of these on - within 2 minutes I was fast asleep! It really helped and they are especially good if you suffer with tension headaches or just carry a lot of tension around your eyes. Will definitely be taking them with me for the flights to and from Cape Town at the end of the month!

I buy my Space Masks from Beauty Bay (I love Beauty Bay- their delivery is so speedy!) and usually buy the pack of 5 for £15. You can buy one for £3.50 if you just want to give it a try too.

Daisy x



Food: The best chocolate chip cookie recipe!


I have really gotten into baking recently - I don't know if it's the pregnancy or just having lots of free time at the weekend. These cookies were inspired by Danni's Instagram story as she had made them and was raving about how delicious they were. 

The recipe can be found on the BBC Good Food website here but I've also included it below with my comments. They are based on Millie's Cookies (which is when I knew I had to make them!) and they are crispy on the outside and really gooey on the inside- the perfect cookie! 

The recipe makes 12-14 large cookies, but you could make them smaller and probably get 20 out of the mix. They are SO GOOD warm, so if I made them again I would probably cover and put half of the mixture in the fridge and then bake them when I wanted a new batch of warm ones. 

Ingredients

  • 125g softened butter
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten (I forgot to beat it but don't think it made any difference)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self raising flour
  • Half tsp of salt
  • 200g chocolate chips (I used a big bar of Dairy Milk and roughly chopped it, but kept 12 chunks aside for the middle of the cookie)
Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees

2. Cream the butter and sugar, and then combine in the egg and vanilla extract

3. Sift in the flour and salt, and then stir in the chocolate chunks

4. Roll into walnut size balls - I actually used an ice cream scoop to measure out the cookies

5. Place on ungreased baking paper. I didn't have any greaseproof paper, so used foil instead and just lined it with a little bit of butter - they didn't stick at all which was good. The recipe then says to bake for 7 minutes but I found that 10 minutes was the best time (at 7 minutes they just seemed not baked!) and they were still gooey and gorgeous

6. Take out of the oven and leave for a minute to harden, before transferring to a wire rack


Daisy x

Life: 12 things that got me through the First Trimester


Photo by David Mao on Unsplash

Ah, the first trimester of pregnancy. I used to think it was only 12 weeks but it's actually 14 weeks - 14 weeks where your body is going through so many changes and growing your tiny little human from the size of a poppy seed at week 4 to the size of a lemon at week 14. There's no wonder this is seen as the most difficult part of pregnancy as every part of your baby is forming so your body is doing all sorts of crazy things, and you also can't tell anyone about it. 

Here are the 12 things that got me through the first trimester. 

1. Snacks - all of the snacks! I have been fortunate not too suffer too much from nausea with this pregnancy (so far anyway!) but in the very early days I found that if I wasn't constantly eating, I started feeling a little queasy. I made sure I took lots of snacks with me to work- favourites were yogurts, Dr Karg crackerbreads, apples and bananas and I also found bringing a smoothie to work was great for getting me through the morning. 

2. Being very anti-social. Finding out you're pregnant is very hard during the Christmas season as there are so many social activities! I avoided as much as could by making up other plans- mostly because I didn't want people to guess and also because I wanted to go home and sleep! Luckily January was a lot easier. I've been keeping week night activities to a minimum and having quiet weekends so there's no pressure to get up and about. 

3. Telling close family and a few friends. This is such a personal decision but for me I loved having a few people who I could talk to about how I was feeling. We told our parents and siblings and a few close friends and it was the right decision for us. 

4. Naps and going to bed early. I don't think I've ever been in my bed so much, and I love my bed! Bed time has been 9pm and ill sometimes have a nap when I get in from work, and definitely at the weekends! I think I've been so tired at the weekends as I power through a busy week work and then crash on the Saturday 

5. Planning meals. When I get in from work I am so hungry and need to either having a snack or getting cooking straightaway. We're generally quite good at planning meals but this has been essential over the past few weeks as I know we'll have everything ready to cook. Hello Fresh has also been really helpful!

6. Google and asking friends questions. My Google history is probably ridiculous right now! I have googled everything and take a lot of reassurance from finding out that it's just another pregnancy symptom. Having others pregnant friends to ask has been brilliant too. 

7. Planning. Planning activities for when I'm in my second trimester and hopefully having more energy. We go on holiday to Cape Town in March and have some fun weekend plans in the works. Thinking about these makes me so happy. 

8. Maternity clothes! Buying a maternity sleep bra was a game changer- sore boobs are not fun but it helps a lot! I bought this pack of two. Also bought some maternity jeans as was getting annoyed at not being able to do up my top button. They are comfiest piece of clothing I've ever owned!

9. Being busy at work. It's a really busy time for me at work at the moment and I'm actually doing two jobs so it's no wonder I have no time to get tired whilst racing through my emails! Luckily I have a desk job and am not on my feet all day as that would be a lot harder.

10. Lactulose. A really not glamorous number 10 but my gosh, pregnancy changes your 'movements'! Think it's down to the iron in the pregnancy multivitamins. On the plus side it seems to have helped my IBS which gave me the other extreme. On a recommendation I bought some lactulose to sort me out and it worked like a charm- top tip- you need to take it with lots of water!

11. Water. I have a mini bottle of Evian which I fill up every day and keep in my bag. It's not too heavy to carry around and just knowing it's there is so reassuring. You get far more thirsty when pregnant so I often find myself gasping for a drink! Also good for if you're feeling hot on public transport.

12. Baby on Board Badge. These are so popular now and they are such a brilliant idea. I've been lucky as tend to get a seat on my morning and evening trains so haven't worn it that much in the first trimester (also didn't want to bump into someone I knew!) but kept it in my bag just incase. I keep it on my coat lapel now and it's such a lifesaver when getting on busy trains or tubes - people have been so lovely at offering me a seat. You feel a bit guilty when you don't have a bump but in the early weeks it's generally when you're feeling the worst and need to sit down! When I have to stand up for too long I feel really sick and faint so a seat is much appreciated. You can order a badge here.

Daisy x

Life: Friendship


Last Saturday I met up with a friend who I haven't seen for 10 years. 10 whole years! C and I had met when we were 16 and had one of those wonderfully intense best friend relationships where you talk on the phone for hours, are giddy whenever you're together and are completely inseparable. For a number of reasons we grew apart and have only kept in touch over occasional messages over the last decade, but on Saturday we went for lunch and caught up on our lives, both admitting that our friendship was something we both often think about and remember as a really special time. 

It got me thinking about friends and how important these kind of relationships are - complicated, loving and such a big part of life. Someone I know put something on Instagram recently which really resonated with me - she said 'there's friends and there's family, and there are friends who become family and family who become the best of friends'.

At the age of 30 I feel I really know who my friends are and so wanted to write about how they've fit in my life, and whether they're still in it. Also on a bit of a side note - am very excited to read Dolly Alderton's new book 'Everything I Know About Love' and 'The F Word' by Lily Pebbles - both which have a focus on friendship.

The School Friends

What a special bunch my school friends are - there are only a small group of 4 of us but we've remained so tight over the years and whilst we'll spend time reminiscing on old times we're also talking every day about books we've read and what we're up to that weekend. We have so many memories together - seeing each other in the canteen every day at college and obsessing over boys from the table we always sat at (and giving them ridiculous nicknames), going on holiday to Newquay and sharing the most tiny room between 5 of us and the regular sleepovers and house parties.

We've truly grown up together, through every questionable fashion phase, learning to drive and discovering mobile phones, iPods and the wonderful world of MSN. Now we are all 'grown-up' (sort of) with mortgages, partners and babies on the way and it's another new adventure for us.


The Uni Girls 

At Uni, My friends and I would always talk about how you'd be lifelong friends if you get past the 7 year mark. We're now at 12 years so I think we can safely say we'll be friends for life! Uni friends are pretty unique as you spend so much time together. Most of our courses were fairly light lecture wise so there was lots of time spent on the sofa, attempting to write essays and watching Hollyoaks. We laughed together, cried with each other and spoke about everything imaginable. We couldn't watch a TV show without talking the whole way through. 

My favourite times at Uni were the impromptu nights out. We'd scoff our dinners, and then all head to our rooms to get ready together with music blasting. Having access to so many wardrobes and make-up was the best! We'd always make sure to take a digital camera out with us and would take over 300 photos each night, which we'd go through the morning after and put most of them on Facebook. Those were the days!

Over the years it's become harder to see each other regularly, as we are all living in different parts of the country and two of the girls are in Portugal and Australia, but we talk all of the time and see each other a couple of times a year - usually for the next wedding! 


The Boyfriend's Besties

I've known Chris' best mates for almost as long as he has, as we met in our second year of Uni when he lived in the flat above me! Over the past 12 or so years they've stayed just as friendly so I've got to know them really well and count them as friends myself. What's been really lovely is that as more girlfriends have joined the crew, we've become a really close gang and will often go out for drinks and dinners, and for trips away together.

 It's a great mix of people as the boys can take themselves off, and the girls can chat and chill out together. It helps that we've all been living in London for the past few years, although everyone is gradually moving out so changes are ahead. We'll be hosting weekends in the country at each others houses, rather than meeting in London restaurants.

We are all off to Cape Town at the end of March and everyone is very excited for this big friend holiday.


The Work Friends 

I find work friends so fascinating, as I find that you spend so much time together and know so much about each others lives. You'll come into the office and tell them about your evening, what you ate, what you argued with your husband about..no detail is spared! May be just speaking for my own team here who are massive over-sharers (just how I like it!). Then you'll leave the company and you'll not speak to them again!

At every place I've worked, I've been lucky to have always made a great group of friends who have been a huge part of my time at the company and who I've loved going for work drinks with. I feel like most work friends will be there for a certain time of your life and then others who stick around and make it to proper friend status. I've got over a handful of friends through my years of work who I know I'll be in touch with for a long time.


Daisy x


Life: Our Honeymoon - Heritage Le Telfair in Mauritius


I've finally gotten around to writing up about our incredible honeymoon to Mauritius! We got married last August and went on a minimoon straight after, and then booked our honeymoon for November. I'm really glad we did this as it was so nice to have it to look forward to after the wedding excitement had died down.

We originally booked the Maldives for our honeymoon, however once we started researching the zika virus we realised that it wasn't the best idea with us wanting to start a family soon after (my Maldives dream still lives on!). Luckily we were able to re-book at the beautiful recently renovated Heritage Le Telfair, which is located in the south of Mauritius and we were all set to go for 9 days in paradise!

A must-have for Chris (the husband) was flying direct so we went direct with British Airways. The flight is about 12 hours (night flights both there and back) so was my longest flight to date. Amazingly on the way there we had a spare seat next to us so I could actually lie down to sleep - hoorah! The flights were actually fine and I ended up sleeping for the majority of it, both ways. I didn't watch any films which is very unlike me. Have to say - Virgin are so much better in my opinion and we were on quite an old plane which wasn't the best, but overall it was fine and flying direct was ace.

As Mauritius is a tropical island it comes with a tropical climate and so when we arrived they had had two weeks of rain! Luckily it rained on our first day and then cleared up for the rest of the honeymoon - the weather was beautiful. Hot and sunny but with a much-needed breeze.

We arrived in the early morning and got a taxi straight to our hotel in the south of the island. It was raining at this point so wasn't the beautiful sunny arrival we'd imagined but oh my gosh, it was still breathtaking. We were warmly greeted, our bags whisked away and told to relax on the sofas in their lobby - we were given a cold drink and flannels which were so gratefully received! We were then told about a little blip with our room as the one we wanted was overbooked, but it was all handled really well and worked out nicely in the end as we got to try two different rooms, and also got lots of freebies throughout our stay!

The hotel is absolutely gorgeous - we felt so spoilt the whole time. It has a beautiful spa and we had a wonderful couple's massage whilst we were there. The surroundings are colonial-style and so well kept with lots of greenery and space. It never felt crowded, but there was always a lovely relaxed vibe with lots of friendly faces. They have a private beach and there was never any stress or rush to get a beach lounger. For the first 3 nights we were in a junior suite, however we then moved to our sea view junior suite which was incredible - you can see from the photos that you could walk out and were straight on the beach! I can't describe how blissful this was. We also had an outdoor shower and a four poster bed so it was just dreamy all round.

The beach was stunning, as you'd expect from a tropical paradise. The sea was clear blue and easy to get into (I always struggle getting into the sea!) and the sand was white. Each morning we'd go on a quiet beach walk before breakfast, and then most of our day was spent our beach loungers. There were always waiters walking by who would get you drinks and food, and fresh fruit was readily handed out. We also loved the Coco Shack with swings as seats and which provided fresh coconuts - I don't like coconut water but these were amazing!

We went for their Gourmet Bliss package which meant that all food was included, with a few supplements for more expensive dishes like lobster, or certain wines. Breakfast is at their buffet restaurant, Annabella's and there are fresh juices, and lots of gorgeous food to choose from. For lunch and dinner, we could eat in any of the 12 restaurants on the Domaine de Bel Ombre (there are two hotels, and you can also eat at the Chateau which is a gorgeous manor house) and we really took advantage! We ate so much food over our 9 days. It was all delicious. Our favourite was Gin'Ja - a pan-asian fusion restaurant right on the beach, and for lunch we loved Le Palmier which again, is right on the beach. We also loved the Cavendish Bar and would regularly go after dinner for a cocktail, or a whisky for Chris.

I'll be honest, we didn't leave the area of our resort and enjoyed 9 days of total relaxation, with one day where we ventured out quad biking! There was plenty to do in the resort if you wanted to with lots of water sports. We went on the glass bottomed boat, tried out a pedalo (slightly stressful with a strong current!) and played pool and table tennis but most of our time was spent eating, reading and relaxing.

We had the most amazing honeymoon and were so impressed by the staff, and how spoilt we felt. I realised that I hadn't felt irritated or annoyed for the whole time (unusual for me, haha!). It was absolute bliss and I'd go back in a heartbeat!

Daisy x


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