So I thought I would do a little Pregnancy update so I can look back at some of the weeks and remember how I was feeling at the time; I wish I did this more in my first pregnancy so I could compare and share with friends who ask so here it goes….
How far along? 18 weeks
Total weight gain? I haven’t weighed myself and DONT intend too! I can still fit into my size 10 leggings (just) and in my maternity size 10 jeans ohh and squeezing into my normal work pencil skirt
Maternity clothes? My amazing friend Robyn has saved me with a bundle of maternity jeans and some gorgeous pieces. I have purchased a couple tops from ASOS but I dont have loads from before!
Stretch marks? None yet
Sleep? Much better although always a toilet break interruption!
Best moment this week? Celebrating another friends baby shower makes it all seem more real for me!
Worst moment this week? None.
Miss anything? A cold G&T would go down well!
Movement? Not yet but then Sonny hardly moved so I am not sure when I will feel that first flutter
Food cravings? Scrambled eggs on toast, it was peanut butter on toast the last few weeks YUM..
Anything making you feel sick or queezy? Nothing now but funnily enough in the very early stages it was the smell of eggs cooking…babys changed its mind now!
Gender? Not sure yet
Symptoms? Achey lower back after a busy day
Belly button in or out? In
Pregnancy essentials? Pregnacare tablets, Comfy PJs, Neal yard Mothers balm (Thank you Mum) and my water bottle at my side constantly!
Looking forward to: 20 week scan and seeing baby again
I won’t do these every week – don’t worry non pregnant friends! Just now and again to keep a diary for myself and anyone interested in pregnancy related posts
Love Harriet x
I was listening to The Motherkind podcast episode ‘The art of self care’ with guest speaker Suzy Reading and it left me feeling so positive, accepting and not afraid to admit to myself or others that we all need a bit of self care. Suzy explores and explains what self care actually is, it doesn’t always have to be as extravagant as a spa day or weekend away but it can be as simple as a quiet moment with a piece of cake and cup of tea or attending your favourite gym class.
I have known for ages that for me to be at my best attending a Body Pump class for an hour twice a week makes me feel a million times better, a moment to just focus on the exercise not only benefits my body but also my mind gets a chance to switch off or even process the day!
My ultimate favourite self care indulgence would be a massage or facial but as Suzy explains sometimes these acts can be tricky to pull off with childcare, expense and timing, it can mean they turn into a stressful situation and defeat the object (not all the time and ohhh I am 100% all for a treatment- this wont stop me) Sometimes slowly savouring a piece of chocolate, in my PJs once Sonny is in bed feels like the golden ticket and soooo fulfilling!
Looking after yourself and making yourself happy is important for everyone at any age, parent or not however, I’ve talked about Mum guilt before here and sometimes self care can get mixed in with dreaded mum guilt. I make plans and then feel guilty asking for a baby sitter and worried about judgement when it’s probably not even there. I know its not just me, us mums need a break but so often stress about asking for it!
Finally that bit of ‘me’ time that we so desperately need to keep us sane has a title which just making it seem so much more acceptable! I totally recommend you look at Suzys work, its a ‘pick-me-up’ for sure!
Enjoy that quiet cuppa
I’m sure you will know by now that I love to plan, my Filofax is kept at arms length at all times and not a day goes by that I don’t check, plan or organise…hence my career in Events!
Last year I wrote a list, instead of resolutions or goals I wrote a collection of bullet points for things I wanted to do, days out I wanted to plan or restaurants I fancied visiting. My list included trying a new restaurant with my Grandma, taking Sonny to a venue I hadn’t heard of before or just ideas for a rainy day.
It worked so well that I have compiled a similar one for 2018 and although its no where near full yet I have already excitedly pencilled in a visit to one of our favourite hotels for our 4 year wedding anniversary, lunch at a beauty spot overlooking one of our favourite coastlines, defiantly a lunch out with my Grandma again, I like to cherish the time spent with her and a well needed spa day with well whoever wants to come!
Creating a wish list of trips means that if I need some inspiration, I can quickly flick to the page and book something up and if we don’t tick it all off then we have plans to move across to 2019!
Let me know if you have anything planned so far, my list still has loads of space!
Love Harriet x
As of July we will have a tiny Patchett joining our family and making us a team of 4! I will be updating the blog as we go but for now we are just enjoying these early stages
Love Harriet x
Wow its crazy to be writting this on another New Years eve!
2017 has been a year filled with fits of laughter, plenty of fun, a good few learning curves and also new discoveries! Another year to cement amazing friendships, the year my gang of 8 started to turn the BIG 3-0 and my little man turned 2!
We were lucky enough to attend 3 truly beautiful weddings, each different but each equally stunning! Welcomed new humans into the world, stepped foot onto my favourite cornish beaches and just generally had a blast!
I thought I would just post a handful of 2017 highlights……Happy new year,I wish you the best 2018, full of health and happiness
Love Harriet x