As you might know from reading my pregnancy updates I am very lucky in that stretch marks haven’t reared their head. Yet. I have a few little silvery marks you can see under a very bright light but I’m not fussed about that at all! In all honesty I’d like to think I wouldn’t care if they were a lot worse but that’s easy for me to say, right? I’m honestly quite surprised as I have pretty pale and sensitive skin. I bruise easily and almost all the little cuts and grazes I get become scars or imperfections. When I first found out I was pregnant I was kind of resigned to the fact that I’d get a lot of stretch marks for this reason. I didn’t really do anything to protect my skin as I thought there wasn’t any point. I assumed I was just one of those people…

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Hi everyone, today I’m sharing a quick update on how I’ve added to my wardrobe over the past few months. The last time I wrote a maternity style post I was 16 weeks pregnant and in that difficult ‘is-she, isn’t-she?’ stage. You can read that here. My staples consist of a few basics like some much-loved jeans from H&M that I wear probably 4/7 days a week *yikes* The ones I prefer are a skinny, jegging type, over the bump cut. The only criticism I have is that they are a little long for my stumpy legs. Another gem from H&M (see what I did there?) is a 3/4 length sleeve plain top from their ‘Conscious Collection’ I have this in navy/white stripe and dark purple. This range is 91% organic cotton and so incredibly comfortable. They wash really well, to the point that they still look new despite being…

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If you’ve never bought a pram before then you simply have no idea the world of pain I was in just a few weeks ago. Matt and I have good sized families with plenty of little cousins but growing up we never paid any attention to the important parts of having / being an infant. Why would we? We don’t have any friends who live in this country with kids and so we’ve no ones lead to follow. My parents very kindly asked if we’d like them to buy us the pram for baby. Of course, we gratefully accepted and were initially very excited. Excitement quickly melted away into a confused sea of jargon and stress once we began looking at our options. There are so many prams and buggies out there that are so different and, at the same time, all the same. Our method was a basic one.…

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A lot of the early purchases we made were secondhand clothing items. Matt and I decided early on, or maybe our bank balance decided for us, that we wanted to be frugal when buying for baby. We made a plan of how much we’d save and how much we’d spend monthly on things for the new arrival. This has served us really well as now I’m 32 weeks and we have a healthy kitty and most of the bits we need. A big part of the reason we’ve done so well is thanks to the generosity of family. In this post I’m just going to talk about the second hand things we’ve bought. More to come on the brand new purchases and wonderful gifts. A giant pile of retro baby gear from my parents attic! I wore a lot of knits as a child… Evidence below I picked up these…

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All in all I found the second trimester to be a breeze. I still had no sickness and very little nausea. The tiredness that I couldn’t shake was gone by around 18 weeks and most days I felt like a normal person. The new issues cropping up were, as before, largely emotional. The realisation that life would never be the same gets more real everyday. I would say I started feeling movements every evening when relaxing around 19 weeks but these quickly became big movements all day by about 23 weeks. The poor baby was now being tortured by us poking it to see if we could conjur up movements. #pushyparents A really exciting part of my second trimester was starting to make more purchases. I’m shortly going to post about our experiences of picking out a pram, car seat and other bits and bobs.

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  I had my 20 week scan in January and it was a crazy day! The hospital we were due to attend is about 20 minutes away, on the other side of town. Unbeknownst to us there were major roadworks in the city centre and the trip took almost double the time we’d planned for it! After a hair raising journey thanks entirely to matts fab new Hyundai we just about made it in time.          The actual scan was very quick and it was lovely to see baby moving as usual. At this point I was feeling little flutters but still no proper movements.  We had the option to find out gender at this stage but stuck to our guns of keeping it a surprise. I’ve found that this is not a popular choice but it’s the right thing for us and I’m glad we held on to…

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Howdy! Today I am 16+4 and it’s time to check in with you all. Your baby is now around 10cm long from crown to rump, about the size of an avocado, and weighs about 100g. In the next three weeks she’ll go through a tremendous growth spurt, doubling her weight and adding centimetres to her length. Now that their backbone has become stronger your baby will start to straighten out their head and neck more. Tiny bones in your fetus’s ears are in place, making it likely that the baby can hear your voice when you’re speaking at 16 weeks pregnant. Symptoms? I’m finally starting to get more energy! Don’t get me wrong I’m tired all the time but I can stay up past 10 again (: This is definitely making life easier as I can spend more time with Matt and fit in all the fun stuff I was giving…

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On Sunday I took my merry self off into town to buy some new underwear and some maternity bits and pieces. The day was fraught with challenges but ultimately fruitful, as you will see… It was a beautiful f.r.e.e.z.i.n.g cold winter morning, I stuck on some lipstick and made a pittstop for a mocha on my way into the city. So far so good. My first port of call was John Lewis to get some new bras as I was bursting out of my current ones. I didn’t expect my boobs to get this big this fast but I am reliably informed they are no longer a barely manageable 38E but a 36G. For those of you in any doubt this is a pregnancy curse and not in fact a blessing. There were limited options int he store but I found something I liked and prepared to leave the changing…

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Well hello there you lovely thing! Today I am feeling rather poorly. I’m not sure if I’m coming down with something or I’m just over-tired, time will tell. The last few weeks I have had family asking me what I’d like for christmas this year and I’ve found it a little difficult to steer them in the right direction. The usual things people would buy me include clothes, vouchers for shops or restaurants and alcohol. Most of those are kind of redundant this year due to the fact that I’m pregnant. Not that I’ve sworn of fashion and meals out but it’s harder to please a hippo than a normal Hana. Also, as Matt and I have been living in Edinburgh for a few years now we really have all our house bits and don’t need much in that department. Here’s the scoop on what’s top of my santa list……

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