Please excuse my absence for the past few months , the last blog I shared was our trip to Lisbon which actually turned out to be our favourite trip ever and little did we know it was probably going to be our last as just two !
So much has changed over the past few months and I am so excited to start a pregnancy diary with you all ( better late then never) . I have been meaning to start writing about my journey as I have been getting so many mails daily from fellow expectant mums to be with lots of questions so this one is going to be a long one as it is going to cover the first half of my pregnancy journey.
How did we find out?
Its so funny when I look back now because it probably should have been obvious but we were so oblivious. I was getting really bad headaches which is something I never experienced before, I was also running to the bathroom a lot more then usual and I just didn't feel right. My mum said I might have a kidney infection so I went to the doctor and literally said 'I feel really different, I cant put my finger on it but I feel like there is something wrong. I went through all of my symptoms and she was most concerned about my headaches and was booking me in for an MRI. I went home with an MRI booked in for the following week and started getting ready for an event in town. I then got a phone call from the Doctor so say to come straight back, Luckily my mum came with me and when we went in she told us the good news! Neither of us could believe it, firstly we were relieved that there was nothing wrong with me which was our initial fear and secondly we were so over the moon with the exciting news that both of us jumped up to hug the doctor. My mum and me are so close that I was so happy to have her there so share that moment with me. Obviously Daniel,my dad & daniels parents were the next to find out, I actually couldn't believe I was telling Daniel that I was pregnant and that he was going to be a dad! It was such a surprise but one that was always very much hoped for.
I was about 8 weeks pregnant at that stage.
Our First Scan
We had our first scan at about 12 weeks and I can honestly say as excited I was to have it I had never felt so nervous in my life. My protective mothers instinct had already kicked in and worries that I never had before took over my thoughts. I can only speak from my experience but I just needed to see our baby on the monitor and to know that everything was okay.
The baby appeared on the screen and I obviously ( emotional wreck) started to cry, It was moving so much but at that early stage I couldn't feel any of the movement so it was so surreal to see it kicking its legs and waving its arms. At this stage only our closest friends & families knew but once we had the scan we shared the news with everyone.
Have I had any sickness or cravings?
From about week 9 I started to feel nauseous most days from the minute I woke up. Nothing really would make it go away but I learnt quickly what helped to ease it throughout the day. I found what worked for me was avoiding having an empty stomach, so I always had a supply of cream crackers in my bag and oranges randomly enough. I have craved fruit since then and still crave fruit everyday. I have completely gone of chocolate which is the biggest surprise as I am usually a complete chocaholic. The nausea completely stopped at about week 16 and I haven't had it again since. This picture was taken around that time, a lot of napping happened in this period of time.
Are we finding out the sex?
YES ! The absolute nosy b*itch in me could not wait to find out, the suspense would have actually killed me ! I have so much respect for anyone who has the willpower to wait until they give birth. I knew we were having a boy before any Doctor told us, I could feel it, so could Daniel and when we went to my parents house one day and my mum was sitting on the couch knitting a blue cardigan that confirmed it. My mum was 100% sure it was a boy and she is always right. When we went for the scan our predictions were confirmed and we found out we were going to have a boy. My sister has three gorgeous girls so it will be the first grandson for my parents. My mum and Daniels mum both have their knitting needles out and have been knitting up a storm which is so lovely! Here is a picture of Daniel and I as little ones, I can't wait to see the babies features, I am predicting it will be a blonde anyway! ps: How cute is Daniel !!!
Our 20 Week Scan
We had our 20 week scan last week which is the anomaly scan, this was a more detailed scan where they took measurements, looked at all of the organs and made sure everything was functioning and developing normally. They were able to confirm our due date which is in June.
I have been feeling little flutters for the past few weeks which I love, I find them so reassuring and comforting. I have bought some cute baby clothes and received some lovely gifts already so am starting to get a little drawer ready. We haven't made any big purchases yet but I have been looking at cots and prams and nursery bits. I am going to do a blog on skin & body care as I have made some changes to my routine since becoming pregnant. I have found some absolute gems though so might do that blog next.
I will be 22 weeks this sunday and genuinely can't get over how quickly the time is passing, I feel the past few weeks have been the easiest as I feel 'normal' and have more energy and also have developed a little bump so I am enjoying that too.
I will be sharing lots more blogs over the coming weeks, but for now thanks for reading and I will talk to you soon.
Tara & bump x