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It Takes Guts

May 12, 2017
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*This blog contains advertising from the makers of IMODIUM If you believe the media and Hollywood, pregnancy and birth is one big beautiful rainbow-covered process. Conceiving generally happens without a hitch, pregnancy involves nine months of glowing skin and beatific wonderfulness, and the birth is an easy affair in which nobody gets sweaty, loses sleep or poos themselves. Spoiler: the real life entry into motherhood is NOTHING LIKE THIS. For me, pregnancy was a cacophony of unpleasant symptoms. First there…

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How To Dress A Bump

March 29, 2013

I loved being pregnant. OK, I didn’t. I really didn’t. I felt sick, exhausted, flat out ill. I never had the pregnancy glow, at least not without the help of a lot of make-up. I looked grey, had bad hair and could not stay awake. One of my lasting memories is that of me at three months pregnant, lying on the sofa. Trying to entertain a 1 year old Elfie but just weeping because I felt so wretched. She was…

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Waiting, by Jana Romanova

November 13, 2012

Waiting, Jana Romanova: It’s a bit heathen-esque for me to admit that I’ve never been into art. I like a pretty picture as much as the next person but I really have no great appreciation for cows suspended in formaldehyde or great water colours by 18th century French men. This possibly goes against  my middle class facade and I may well be turned away from John Lewis the next time I step through their doors but it’s the truth: I…

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9 Months Of A Bump

June 27, 2012

9 Months of Bump When I reviewed my 9 months of a bump with Elfie I commented how amazing the body’s capacity to forget is. You look at photos of your pregnant bump and it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside despite nine months of hell and illness. Don’t be fooled by my smiles, they’re just for the camera. Weirdly enough I didn’t feel that pregnant but looking back on it now I definitely looked pregnant. Very pregnant. I kind…

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Huxley Pregnancy

The Homecoming

May 23, 2012

  We came home yesterday. Let me tell you, a whole week in hospital on a hot, noisy maternity ward with your new baby really makes you think about and appreciate the small things. Especially when neither of you are ill so the stay seems kind of futile. I  tried to view it as extra healing time for me and extra bonding time with Hux, but I missed Elfie and our home so so much. Our families were brilliant and…

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Alternative Pregnancy Essentials

May 11, 2012

When you get pregnant it seems that you open yourself up to be marketed at by what feels like every company in the world, ever. And if you’re anything like me you are so over the moon to be pregnant that you will LOVE each and every last bit of literature or product you are given and will treasure it, reading from cover to cover. See: Bounty Packs, Boots/Tesco/Sainsbury’s Baby Club, The Baby Show, Emma’s Diary… it’s a relentless cycle…

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38 Weeks Pregnant

May 5, 2012

We have reached 38 weeks pregnant! Which feels very real in terms of baby arrival as Elfie came at about this stage (via planned Caesarian): it’s nearly BABY NUMBER 2 TIME. My belly is completely stuffed full of baby and as a consequence I have a small(ish) appetite and need to wee all the time. Which is mostly annoying at night. This also means I have some really weird pressure issues going on with my internal organs that just feel…

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Being Pregnant

May 3, 2012

Things I won’t miss about being pregnant – Being tired ALL THE TIME. So much exhaustion, it’s exhausting. Who are these glowy happy pregnant women and where do they get their energy reserves from (sidenote: I think they are all celebrities with live-in yoga instructors)? – Whatever body part that keeps becoming wedged in my right hip. Ow. – Only being able to wear clothes with a lot of stretch. – Peeing in a really really small container every four…

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36 Weeks Pregnant

April 23, 2012

  I AM SO TIRED. If you follow me on Twitter you may or may not have noticed me mention that maybe once or twice recently. Or eighty-two times. But it’s very true, this stage of pregnancy is so physically demanding it’s difficult not to fall into bed at every opportunity, or moan about it on the internet whilst on the sofa watching the haircut episode of Balamory for the twentieth time. Luckily Elfie is still napping for around 2…

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Me Pregnancy

Things People Think It Is OK To Say

April 10, 2012

  Today has been hard. One of those legitimate pregnancy days where I have wanted to stick my head in the oven, only I can’t as the bright orange non-organic fish fingers for Elfie’s tea won’t cook properly in the microwave. I was up all night with painful Braxton Hicks, my lower back hurts and the pain now extends down my right leg, I’m being punched from the inside by one baby and have a toddler on the outside who…

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33 Weeks Pregnant

March 30, 2012

  We are now entering that strange period of time when we could realistically have a new baby here in 4-8 weeks and there is no way of predicting when it will happen. I think the to-do list of things we have left to accomplish before d-day is as long as my arm (I only think this because I haven’t gotten around to writing it yet) and the thought of all the washing and toy cleaning I have to do makes…

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