Sunday, 3 September 2017

Baby Shower :)

So today I had a baby shower!! :) I never had one with Corey and quite frankly umm'ed and ahh'ed whether to have one this time round. But I would of kicked myself if I didn't so I did. At 34 weeks to be honest I was worried I wouldn't even make it this far in pregnancy but I have!

I didn't hire a hall or anything fancy, my nans house was big enough for us all. Just under 20 adults, big brother to be Corey and a couple of babies! We played games - pin the dummy, dummy pinata, baby bingo and sniff the nappy. Had some yummy buffet food and the most amazing cake!

I am so glad I went ahead and had this day. Things pregnancy wise and life wise haven't been easy lately and I really had been looking forward to this day and it was exactly a little pick me up I needed to help me get excited for the hectic journey of single mum of two that I am about to embark on.

For some reason I took some pictures of everything all set up but didn't actually take any during! But nevermind, have a little nosey anyways..

I absolutely adore the little baby shower winner medals - they are just so adorable. I did some little good bags with a baby bottle full of sweets, a scented candle, a little keepsake and a footprint bracelet. Had prediction cards for everyone to write their guesses and advice. Plus as you can see I got a massive beautiful bunch of gifts which I haven't even sat down to look at yet but baby has been well and truly spoilt.

So there you have it. If you have never been to a baby shower or never had one. Maybe you are due or thinking of trying for another. I seriously urge you to have a baby shower, enjoy your day & celebrate ahead of babies arrival :)

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Baby #2 - 4D Scan

This is probably my last pregnancy and have decided to do all things from 4D scan, maternity shoot and even a baby shower. None of which I done when pregnant with Corey 7 years ago. Didn't really bother me back then as they just weren't really a thing but now as you may know are absolutely huge.

In my opinion I think 4D scans look a bit freaky and I have a feeling I am not the only one who thinks so too. However, I really wanted Corey to come along to a scan to see his little brother as children aren't allowed at my local hospital. My mum even came along with us this time as she has never been to a scan of mine with Corey and this bump so far.

I headed over to Humpty Bumpty near Milton Keynes, where I had my early gender scan which you can see here. If you are local to the area then I really highly recommend them. It is a beautiful place - very calm, relaxing and extremely friendly staff. They even have a play area in the scan room for younger children who may get bored as well as a big sofa for the family who come along!

Despite Corey being a right pain in the bum and just talking non-stop getting on my nerves. As well as a baby who at first didn't want to play ball. It was really good in the end!

I had a normal growth scan at the hospital only a few days before this 4D scan which revealed I am growing a chubby giant this time round. All I can say is that I am a bit glad I won't be having a natural birth.

We did get a lot of pictures from the scan on a USB but I have decided to just share my favourite three. So have a look and then find out why I love each one..

In this little beauty is a lovely little smile from my boy. This moment was truly magical when on the big screen as Corey was just so over the moon with excitement to see his little brother smiling. 

I mentioned above that he is a giant right? Well the whole time he had this gigantic foot of his kicking himself in the face. Not sure whether to be worried or proud that he is that flexible?!

The sonographer pointed out how you can tell he is a little chub by the indents under his eyes which show he has chubby cheeks. This picture really shows that chubbiness! 

Although I wasn't a fan of these 4D scans to start off with. After having one I am totally in love. It was truly amazing and to share this moment with Corey and my mum made it even better. To see the little human that is growing inside my bump. To see the little smile, chubby cheeks and big foot. Just makes me all the more excited to meet this little bundle of join very soon.

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant then I highly recommend you get booking in for one of these 4D scans even if like me you did think were a little freaky. You will soon change your mind!

I would love to know what your opinion on 4D scans are?!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Wagamama Restaurant Review - Bedford #AD

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Recently I was lucky enough to be invited along for my first ever visit to Wagamama's! We have just had a new one open recently in our town - where a new complex that has opened up full of nice restaurants, cinema and posh apartments right along our river.

Being totally honest with you, I have always wanted to try Wagamama's but I am not the most adventurous when it comes to food and I wasn't sure whether I would like their menu or not. I didn't go by myself obviously - my brother, mum and Corey attended too. Corey obviously being as fussy as me but my mum and brother do like different cuisines and were excited to try!

Our local Wagamama's was the new Bedford one. It had only been open for 10 days when we went along. On a Sunday evening at 5pm - it was absolutely heaving. However, was some issues with the menu - the two things I thought I may have liked from the sides had sadly run out. Plus they had run out of Coke!!! But despite that, all the staff looked rushed off their feet but were very friendly and took the time to actually have a conversation and acknowledge you. It didn't feel rushed like sometimes restaurants can make you feel.

I was warned before we went that food wise you order what you want and then it comes out as and when ready. I completely understand that this is the way it is and most people will be ok with it. But personally for a family I don't think ideal. Luckily, Corey's did come first because he takes a long time to eat. My mum and brothers side then came, then my main, then theirs and then my side came basically by time rest of us had finished it all. A bit odd and just makes it difficult to know what to eat. I guess I am quite traditional in the sense I like a starter, break then main! But nothing wrong with the way Wagamama's do it, just not something I am used too.

Anyways, here is a fair few pictures of our yummy food.. (although apologies the lighting was very poor!)

Top To Bottom: Children's Katsu Curry, Ebi Katsu, Edamame with Salt, Tori Kara Age, Katsu Curry, Teriyaki Lamb, Steak Bulgogi and finally Pink Guava/Passion Fruit Sorbet.

ALL of the food was sooo yummy. I can not even explain how nice. I wouldn't of been brave enough to try much else besides the Katsu Curry which I was recommended by many as it is the plainest thing on the menu to be honest. Corey had the children's version and I was really impressed with how it came with the sauce separate which saved some moaning. He was pleasantly surprised with how yummy it all was. My mum and brother loved their choices too. The Edamame with Salt (pea looking beans in a pod things) were loved by everyone besides me. A very big bowl that was shared around the lot of them. I really wanted Duck Pancake Rolls or then Pork Ribs but both had sold out. Was quite gutted! I was recommended the Tori Kara Age by the waitress - it was odd like texture I guess but was nice tasting. Would of preferred my Duck Pancake Rolls though.

But the winner of the show is Pink Guava/Passion Fruit Sorbet. I wasn't the only one who had pudding but only one I got a picture of. I literally wish Wagamama's could just send me a pot of this stuff for my freezer. One way to please my pregnancy cravings is anything cold. Ice lollies have been my choice at home and I am a huge fan of sorbet usually anyways but this was whole new level of amazingness!!!!!! My mouth is just getting watery wishing for it now as I think about how yummy it was. Oh I so want to go back again now. 

So yeah over all I really lovely evening with family, great food, lovely service and one very pleased pregnant lady!! :) Really pleasantly surprised I actually enjoyed the food. So besides the downfall of view teething problems of running out of stuff and the odd way of serving was really a good visit and will be going again. 

I did share a picture over on Instagram (here) the night we attended, a lot of people were saying they wish they tried or should give a second chance. Well I certainly recommend you head on over to your local Wagamama's now even if usually a plain Jane like me!! :) 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Baby #2: Second Trimester

I've done it. I have done it. I have reached the third and final trimester which means I am on the final stretch. It is a long stretch - 12 weeks to be exact. Which considering this has been the longest 6 months ever, I have no hope on the final trimester going any quicker.

To be honest when I found out I was pregnant again, I wanted to be one of those bloggers who posted weekly updates because I love reading them so much. However, I am boring and do not have that much to say hence why I have done a first trimester (here) and not a post until now. So here it is, finally an update on my second trimester and shock....
It's a long one again.

So during my second trimester as most of you will know, you have the chance to find out the sex of your baby. I did! Obviously way too impatient to wait. You can see my reveal post here :) But spoiler alert - it's a boy!

I don't get the clearest scan pictures and I  know this is because of my high BMI but it is a little disappointing. I hope it will get better as baby gets bigger. I will let you know after my next scan!

You can follow on Instagram at @gemandthem for some little shots for some bump shots but they aren't anything fancy as my photography skills need some major improvements. Overall, so far I have put on about a stone in weight now which I thought wasn't really great but considering I am 28 weeks now I also think it ain't that bad. I have a relatively big bump now. Well actually it is a bigger bump than I ever had with Corey. I am worrying at the size I am going to be by full term, waddling along more than I am already starting too. I know most mums to be will feel the same in this. Part of me loves the bump but I don't love my body and I feel very self conscious which gets me down at times. Especially when trying to get dressed. But I also think who gives a crap. I am the size of a baby elephant but I wouldn't have it any other way because I am pregnant. I am growing a life inside of me and I love it. I love when this little man wriggles his little self around constantly having a party every hour day and night. OK, I don't love that really - he better sleep at some point when he makes an appearance into this world. I will not have a wriggling wide awake baby every hour!!!! But feeling kicks and the tossing and turning going on really is just a magical feeling. It is getting stronger day by day and really sometimes leaves me gasping as I am shocked at how big that kick was. It's a great feeling and I smile each time :)

Second trimester really hasn't been the easiest for a fair few reasons to be honest. Firstly you may have seen a post where I explained that I have become single and dealing with that isn't easy especially when pregnant. My emotions are all over the place anyways with hormones. You could imagine the blubbering mess I am half the time. But although is hasn't been the easiest break up and frankly still hasn't got any easier - I am starting to deal with it and just need to get my ass into gear to prepare for the future.

With the extra stress meant there has been a few extra hospital trips - most of the time due to high blood pressure. I am already showing signs of pre-eclampsia and it has been pretty much guaranteed I will develop it in this pregnancy. I had Corey premature at 34 weeks from this so the fact I am already showing signs so early on, well it's really scary. Nothing can prepare you for knowing that your bump may become a baby sooner and the thought of having to go through all the neonatal and illnesses etc again. Well you can't prepare but you can just hope for the best. At times I have had high glucose and low keytones, or protein all showing up in my urine. Which sets up alarm bells every time. But will see how it goes. I am now on close monitoring but already on consultant care so hopefully if anything happens it can be picked up early and dealt with to keep this baby in as long as possible.

Like I said I am being monitored which is good but I am not going to lie, I am bloody scared that I am on a count down to another c-section. This time is elective hopefully if all goes to plan but it doesn't necessarily mean the recovery will be easier. My last experience was horrific - I wasn't back to normal for six months and I am pretty sure the scar tissue damage caused me to need another operation I had a few years later. There is always risks and there is always possibilities of complications. But right now I can just pray and hope that I get lucky this time and am able to recover quickly as I will have no choice with no help being single.

Because of the extra stress and all the problems the stress has been causing. I have been signed off work for 2 weeks. Not solely because of stress though. Another reason pregnancy is hitting me hard is because of developing SPD - pelvic girdle pain. Working, well sitting at work is very uncomfortable. Walking is uncomfortable. Uncomfortable isn't even the right word to use. It's damn right bloody painful. I didn't even realise how common it was until I started moaning over on Instagram recently to see so many others struggle with SPD. Why is it not more known about? It is literally leaving me unable to do most daily things even driving. Doctors just say it is only going to worse. THAT IS NOT HELPFUL! Especially when you have to work, be a single mum raising a child etc.

I can say with such a proud and big smile on my face that I am very lucky to have Corey. He may only be 6 and sometimes I forget he is only 6 as he is so grown up for his age. But he not only is having to deal with my break up which he is truly gutted about and still hopes it may have a different outcome. With this and the end of school year approaching, he is tired, whiny and annoying but I don't blame him as I am too. But he has been helping me so much in so many ways. From the little things like kisses and cuddles to make me smile, from helping round the house i.e. making the beds in the morning or picking things up for me that I can not bend over to get. But mainly when he comes running over concerned and worried to help me when I am in agony and struggling to get off the sofa. Those moments really bring tears to my eyes not only from seeing the worry in his eyes but to know he cares and is that helpful. Although as much as he wants to help with everything - I don't let him. However, it is a lovely feeling knowing I have raised such a wonderful, kind, caring and mostly happy little lad :)

So I am not really sure how my third trimester is going to go. I bloody hope better than the second but with all my worries of health for not only myself but bump too - it could be another lot of craziness. I have a lot to buy and prepare still. I have to also remember to take time to look after myself too. The good thing about crappy pregnancy is at the end you get a wonderful little bundle of joy. Whom I luckily get to see a few more times in upcoming scans from now till then too which hopefully will make time go a bit quicker counting down..

I have decided that I am going to do all the things that I didn't when pregnant with Corey. I don't want to regret not doing things that I have had the chance to do and as I will probably not get the chance again as this will probably be my last pregnancy. So I am booked in for a 4D scan, I am planning a baby shower and a possible maternity shoot. Because why the heck not?! Why shouldn't I celebrate being pregnant and have things to look forward too but also to look back on in years to come. Did you do these things? Are they a waste of money or some of the best times you had? Let me know your thoughts please :)

I may try to update a little more frequently now onto this final stretch but do expect some baby posts from SPD help to preparing and hauls.. :) That's me signing off at 28 weeks until next time...

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

#AsdaLittleAngels Nappy Event - The Dorchester Spa #AD

I was very lucky enough to be invited along with other fellow pregnant bloggers to attend an event which included a spa day at a 5* hotel in London - The Dorchester. Literally all my dreams came true at once. Especially with how life has been a bit crappy lately (read here!) - a spa afternoon was just what I needed.

Firstly I have never been to a blog event besides Brit Mums so this was a major deal and super exciting for me that I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity. But also to be along side such big bloggers as well as such a big well known favourite supermarket - Asda. It was very surreal and nerve wrecking to say the least. Panicked the whole journey there!!

We started off with a very informative presentation by #AsdaLittleAngels lovely team Nicole & Claire. This was all about their nappy range. It opened up my eyes to quite a lot of what they do that I did not know & I think a lot of parents will be surprised by this information too. Although I am already a mum, it was so long ago that I genuinely feel like I am starting off as a newbie again which is pretty scary to be honest. So I do mention later on in this post how I am doing a separate post ALL about just their nappy range in full details so keep an eye out in the following week or so. There is just too much information to fit in here as well.

So after our presentation as well as a Q&A. We then started our spa treatment where us pregnant ladies got a full body massage. Best thing ever!!! I have never been so relaxed, so comfy and just amazed by a massage before. It was just pure bliss! After this we got to relax, get to know one another and just chat whilst enjoying a Wimbledon theme afternoon tea. Can't beat an afternoon tea. Everything from a mocktail, flower infused tea to scrummy sandwiches, scones & more!

I am not the best photographer in the world. Far from it to be honest  so my pictures do not do this event justice so my apologies. Just a shame we didn't get a picture of all of us together with our bumps & robes!

We were then very fortunate to be given goody bags to take home. The ladies sure did know how to look after us though as they offered to have them delivered to us rather than drag around on our travels home. Which was in my opinion was very thoughtful and caring towards us pregnant ladies! The Dorchester themselves even gave us a little bag of goodies!

Then of course the real reason we actually attended the event was for the #AsdaLittleAngels nappies!! But I am keeping this quite vague as I am planning a separate post on just this as mentioned earlier on. I was so shocked and surprised (in a good way!) from the presentation with all the details about their full range that I just have to share properly. It will be great to see what you guys think of all the information too. So again keep an eye out :) Also that super cute little baby key-ring in pictures above is in fact a USB - how cool is that?!


To the absolutely most friendly and lovely ladies Vanessa & Lauren at Myraid PR and Nicole & Claire from #AsdaLittleAngels. I would just like to say a massive thank you for the invite, a great presentation and thank you for the best possible way to spend a Sunday :)

Here are the bloggers who attended and you should certainly check out their blogs especially for possible pregnancy & future baby updates etc as well as their other stuff! :)

Alice - Annie Writes Beauty
Chloe - Lady Writes
Lucinda - Teacher 2 Mummy
Emily - Emily & Indiana
Laura - Belles Boutique
Sophie - Mumology
Tanita - Just Motherhood
Natasha - Living The Mummy Life
Angela - Chatting With Angela
Keighley - 2 Bottles Of Milk
Emma - The Aspiring Yummy Mummy

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