Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Mum Steez | Mum Uniform

Baby Boy 2 is due in less than a week's a time which is so exciting but also so frustrating. If it's one thing I hate, it's playing the waiting game. I get to 37 weeks and just expect my baby to arrive even though they aren't due yet. I get extremely jealous of the mums who have their babies before me, I get jealous when I see a photo of a squishy newborn and to top it off, I have zero motivation to get dressed because I'm so desperate to be back in my normal clothes. 

After I had George, I was lucky enough to get back into my skinny jeans straight away, I'm not so hopeful this time since my tummy muscles were already stretched out from my first pregnancy but a girl can dream right? 

To pass the time I'vebeen browsing the web at ideas for outfits to rock when this baby has finally evacuated! I can see hoodies, jeans and pumps being my absolute mum uniform. I'm going to have a two year old and a newborn to look after but I still want to look cute af. Accompanied by all the coffee of course because I don't think they allow an IV drip of caffeine just yet (this should totally be a thing though, am I right?) 

What is your go to mum uniform? 

Rachael xo

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Top 10 | Things I've Missed During Pregnancy

Pregnancy turns me into a massive (no pun intended), hormonal, crank. I hate it, I'll be the first to admit, I have a short fuse at the best of times (I blame the red hair), so throw a bunch of hormones into the mix along with the levels of patience I seem to lack, I get to 37 weeks pregnant and I am just like "get it out, get it out!" Anyway, I digress, here's a list of everything I miss: 

1. I miss wearing heels! I love heels - my legs look boss in heels. 

2. Wine and brie. All the brie.

3. Subway. Who knew you couldn't eat stuff from salad bars?

4. Speaking of Subway, cured meat! I would kill for a BMT right now. I'm not even hungry. 

5. Caffeine. Just hook me up to an IV drip.

6. Painting my toe nails. I can't reach my own feet right now, it's proper upsetting. 

7. Not having aches all over. 

8. Not waking up in the middle of the night to pee. 

9. Skinny jeans. Maternity jeans just aren't the same, okay?

10. Being able to do things with George. I'm tired all the time and my SPD prevents me from doing loads of things with him and this makes me really sad. 

What did you miss most when you were pregnant?

Rachael xo

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Family | Second Pregnancy and Why it's Harder

I was twenty three when Pete and I decided to try for a baby and after what felt like months we finally got pregnant in December 2013 shortly after being prescribed Metformin for PCOS. Initially, it was a bit of a shock to us both because we never expected anything to happen so soon after my diagnosis and so I blamed my morning sickness on the tablets (a common side affect). It was only when I got sore boobs I decided to take a pregnancy test and voila I had a bun in the oven. We were over the moon but I was also in shock - I'd wanted it for so long and now it was happening. Those first twelve weeks were like torture, from the morning sickness to the tiredness and not to mention the worry. It felt like a lifetime before I eventually had my twelve week scan and could tell the world. We were proper excited! 

I was glowing, I took bump pictures weekly, I couldn't walk into a shop without automatically gravitating towards the baby clothes, I had a board on Pinterest for all the ideas I had (and another one for all the things I'd bought), I packed my hospital bag early. All these things that were getting me ready to become a new mum!

I had a fairly easy first pregnancy, although I'd just started a new job at the time, I only worked in that position for three months before my maternity leave started so I could use the first month of my maternity leave to enjoy some time to myself before Baby W arrived. We'd just moved house so getting that ready was all I had to worry about. 

Now I'm thirty eight weeks pregnant with Baby W 2 and although this pregnancy feels like it's gone much faster and the morning sickness nowhere near as bad, this pregnancy has been so much harder!

With there only being two years between George and this baby, I now have NO time to relax, George is a very active two year old boy. He likes to run about, he likes to play games and he is on the go from the minute he wakes up to the minute he goes to bed. This, on top of working full time means I'm shattered all the time and I'll be the first to admit, I'm horrible when I am tired. In fact, my mum described me as "a bear with a sore arse" just two days ago. Even though my maternity leave started before Christmas, I don't feel I can enjoy it as much this time round. When you have a toddler, you can't just have a snooze on the couch when you're tired, or sit around watching TV whilst awaiting your bundle of joy. Luckily, Pete had two weeks off over Christmas as well, which really helped as he did most of the hard work! 

I have also developed SPD this time round which is probably one of the most painful things I've experienced (aside from labour of course). It has affected my mobility and I can't do as much with George as I'd like. On top of the SPD, I have been suffering with tension/ tiredness headaches so the bump pictures never appeared, I have no motivation to sort things out and up until last night, the baby had nowhere to sleep. I packed mine and the baby's hospital bag much later and I haven't felt the need to buy every cute baby grow I see. 

I guess the second time round, pregnancy is old hat and because you've experienced it all before you don't feel the need to have everything perfect. That's not to say you're not still excited for the arrival of a second baby though.

How did your second pregnancy differ from your first?

Rachael xo