Harry’s Seven Month Update

Harry’s Seven Month Update

Harry is now seven months old! This last month has been lovely (possibly one of my favourites) and he has changed so much!

Weight & Size

I haven’t had Harry weighed this month as he was weighed just before the last update, so I’m going to go this week. He is still in 6-9 month clothes.

Feeding

There hasn’t been much change in this area either for Harry. He is still exclusively breastfed in terms of his milk intake and is still having 3 meals a day. He is still good at taking a bottle of expressed milk when he needs it but that only happens very occasionally now. He is still on mainly purees with some finger food, which he is doing really well with, and he has had some meat as well now! I blended some beef hot pot I had made, and he absolutely loved it.

Sleep & Routine

Harry is back to sleeping through the night without a feed now! What a relief! He still has a couple of nights where he will want a feed but he will then go back to sleeping through the night with nothing changing, so I’m putting those nights down to growth spurts. I’m more than happy to feed him in the night if he genuinely needs it so that’s been fine. He does wake up every now and again because he is now pretty mobile and during the night creeps up from one end of his cot to the other end and bangs his head, so we have to go in and move him back down. However, he usually goes straight back to sleep after we move him back down and I’m hoping as he gets more mobile he will be able to move himself to a more comfortable position.

Harry’s routine has stayed pretty similar to last month so I won’t write another one out again. His morning nap is definitely his longest now which is such a shame because most classes are morning ones, so it often clashes with those. He’s such a good baby though, because when I have had to wake him up early from his morning nap, he will have a longer nap later on in the day.

Milestones

This is where Harry has changed the most this month! It’s been a pretty big month for him, because he now has two teeth!! They are on the bottom and are so cute! They popped up around New Years and thankfully they didn’t seem to bother him too much. If anything the weeks prior had been much worse, which I guess is when everything is moving around under the surface.

Another major milestone Harry has met this month is that he can now army crawl! Thankfully, it is at a pretty slow pace so life isn’t too manic yet but he’s really got the hang of it since he started doing it about 10 days ago. He doesn’t seem to be close to transitioning to a full crawl yet as he only really uses his arms and sometimes his feet at the moment. Harry is also loving standing up at the moment and even though he can’t pull himself up, he loves to stand up holding onto his bed or the sofa and can even do it by himself for a short time (obviously with someone right behind him to catch him when he falls). Harry is also becoming really good at playing independently which has been amazing for me to able to get things done around the house, because before he always wanted to be with me.

Likes & Dislikes

Harry’s grey hair is back!! Woohoo! I don’t know why I am so attached to this random grey hair but it has now started growing back. It’s very random. His bald spot has also started going now which I’m very thankful for. Harry loved Christmas this year, well he loved all of the lights, decorations and attention from all of the people we were around. He was very stimulated, haha! He is still loving his classes which have started up again following Christmas, and sucking his thumb which is super cute. He also loves our cats and any other animals he sees. He will quite happily just watch them mooch about and always wants to stroke them which is lovely to see.

He still hates having his arms put into any of his clothes and is still pretty grumpy when he wants to do something that he can’t do, but I think a lot of that frustration has eased now he can move around a lot more. He is still an absolute joy and this month has been amazing

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Harry’s Six Month Update

Harry’s Six Month Update

Harry is six months old today and I can’t believe it. This half a year has absolutely flown by and has been the best six months of my life. I’m so glad I have been documenting what he’s been up to for the last couple of months because I’m already enjoying looking back on them.

Weight & Size

Harry was weighed yesterday and is now 17lb 14oz. He is now on about the 60th centile but he had a really bad cold for a couple of weeks at the beginning of the month, and I didn’t feel like he had put much weight on so I’m not surprised that he has dropped a bit from the 75th centile. I’m not worried about this little drop though as he still looks lovely and chunky and has put on some weight. He is now fully in 6-9 month clothes, and all of the 3-6 month clothes have been put away!

Feeding

Harry is still exclusively breastfeeding in terms of his milk intake, and it is still going really well! We are fully in the throes of weaning now and it has been really good fun. However, the changing poos have not been so much fun. In my last update I said that we were about to start trying parsnips which unfortunately did not go down well! I think I’m going to try and mix them in with carrots next time and see if Harry likes them more.

Harry is now having 3 meals a day and we are trying him with purees and some finger foods. So far he has had carrots, parsnips, peas, potato, sweet potato, pears, apples, banana, rusks, breadsticks, weetabix with breastmilk and toast. His main favourites are peas, sweet potato, and the fruit purees. He also really likes toast and is really good at bringing it to his mouth. He is also getting really good at drinking from a cup. I have tried him with a free flow one and a nuby one that he has to suck and he does well with both.

Sleep & Routine

Harry was sleeping really well and mostly making it the whole way from roughly 7pm until 7am without waking after my last update. However, we went away on our first holiday and even though we stayed in the UK and had no time difference issues, it really messed up Harry’s sleep. It was so awful and he hated his travel cot and although things have improved now we have been back at home for 10 days, he is still waking up at least once a night now. Hopefully this will get better as time goes on and I’m getting enough sleep to cope so it isn’t too bad. Harry is still really good at self settling and goes to sleep by himself in his cot so I’m really hopeful that this will carry on as he gets older.

Harry’s routine has changed a little bit now that he is having 3 meals a day and is as follows.

8:00/8:30 –  Harry wakes up around this time which is absolutely amazing and I really appreciate it and am enjoying it whilst it lasts. I change his nappy at this time and take him back to my bed.

8:00/8:30 – 9:00 – Milk & play – Harry has his first breast feed of the day in my bed and then we play together until about 09:00 which is probably my favourite time of the day. He is always so cheerful at this time and seems so happy to see me.

09:00 – Breakfast – We then go downstairs and I do quick jobs like unloading the dishwasher and feeding the cats, whilst Harry plays in his bouncer. I then get his breakfast ready and feed him that. After breakfast I get him changed as he normally gets himself in a complete mess. We then play for a little bit more and I may start to get myself ready if Harry is happy playing by himself or I just play with him if he is having more of a clingier day.

10:00/10:30 – 11:30/12:00 – Harry usually goes down for his nap roughly two hours after he wakes up, and this has now started to become his longest nap of the day. If he can, he will usually sleep for at least an hour and a half and sometimes two hours, and in this time I get myself ready for the day and do any jobs that I can fit in. The difficult thing about this is that most of our classes are early morning classes as he used to have his longest nap in the middle of the day and a short one at the beginning, so some days I will try and get him to go to sleep earlier than this and occasionally I do have to wake him up so we can go to the classes. Luckily he is quite a flexible day sleeper and will then usually have his longer nap in the middle of the day when we get home.

12:00 – Milk & Play – When Harry wakes up from his nap, I change his bum and give him another breastfeed. I always do this when he wakes up, unless he has a dirty nappy in between, as then he is always satisfied and I have found that he is a much happier and easier baby, and I feel much more on top of what I need to do for him. We then play for roughly an hour or go out if I need to get anything done for the day. The lunch meal was the last one I introduced so this was always the longest stretch where Harry didn’t need anything in terms of food so it was the easiest time for me to leave the house with him.

13:00 – Lunch – This is when Harry has his lunch and another play until his second nap of the day.

14:00-14:45 – Nap

14:45 – Milk & Play – Harry has his usual bum change and breastfeed after this nap and then we will quite often go for a walk or have a play during this time.

16:30 – 17:30 – Nap

17:30 – Milk & Dinner – Harry will have his usual routine here with a nappy change and breastfeed and then quite soon after that he will have his dinner.

18:00 – Play – Harry will normally have a short amount of play time here before the evening bed time routine starts.

18:30 – Bath – Harry still absolutely loves a bath so although this is a tiring time of the day, it is also a favourite one.

19:00 – Milk, story and bedtime

01:00/02:00 – Milk – This is usually roughly the time Harry will wake for his night feed however some nights it is as early as half 10 and others it is as late as 05:00, but he is usually pretty good at going back to sleep afterwards so it is manageable.

Milestones

Harry is now rolling in every direction imaginable, constantly and can get himself around a small area with this method which is pretty hilarious. He can also now sit up really well for long periods of time now and only really needs watching for the occasional, mad throw backs. This has been lovely to see him achieve as it’s made it possible for him to play in a different way.

He is also now saying baba, mama and dada which is just the cutest thing in the world, but he has no clue what those words mean yet. His little voice is so lovely and I can’t wait until he calls me mama and actually knows that I am his mama. Harry is still shuffling along and will sometimes push himself quite far a long but I still wouldn’t class what he is doing as crawling. He loves being on his front though so it might not be too far away but I’m not in any rush for him to do that as it seems to be a whole different ball game! We still haven’t gotten any teeth and the teething symptoms seem to have calmed down over the last couple of weeks so I don’t think we will be getting any soon.

Likes & Dislikes

His grey hair has now fallen out which I’m disproportionately sad about! However, he is now getting a really nice head of light brown hair (with a rather fetching bald spot which makes me feel like I’m failing as a mother) so that’s making up for his grey hair going. He loves playing new games sitting up, for example playing with a ball, or knocking his stacking cups over and he is also starting to enjoy teething toys that he didn’t enjoy at all a couple of weeks ago. It’s so lovely seeing him develop and like new things however his grumpy personality is still the same! He is also really enjoying his classes now such as Monkey Music and is starting to engage more which is lovely. Harry still loves sucking his thumb and playing with his feet (and also his bits). Harry is also absolutely loving Christmas decorations at the moment. The Christmas tree has blown his mind!

Speaking of grumpiness, he still hates having his arms put in things and has a very short temper, but overall there isn’t much that he isn’t enjoying at the moment.

I have absolutely loved the last six months and I am really looking forward to what the next six months bring! We love you Harry!

 

Harry’s 5 Month Update

Harry’s 5 Month Update

Harry was 5 months old yesterday and I know everyone says it but I really can’t believe how fast the last 5 months have gone! He is so big now and we are definitely well out of the newborn stage which makes me so sad, although he is so much more fun now!

Weight & Size

Harry was weighed last week and is 17lb 0oz and is still tracking on just below the 75th centile. He has grown out of some of his 3-6 month clothes and others are fitting perfectly so I’m having to get out some of the 6-9 month outfits. It’s always so sad putting away the smaller clothes! At least it’s fun dressing him in new stuff! I think it’s almost time for another shopping trip!

Feeding

Harry is still being exclusively breastfed in terms of the milk he has, however we have now started weaning! We only started a few days ago and the first time was a bit of a disaster, but he was showing all of the signs and because of his reflux we were advised to wean a bit earlier than 6 months, and he has now really taken to it. He has only had pureed carrots and a breadstick to chew on so far but he loves both of those now. We are going to try parsnips tonight so we will see how that goes! I’m not convinced by them but you never know!

I have been making all of the purees myself and freezing them and we are going to be trying lots of new foods over the next couple of months which is so exciting. At the moment, Harry just has one small portion for his dinner at about 5pm and of that he probably actually has very little because most of it seems to end up around his face and down his bib, but that seems to be the joy of weaning.

Sleep & Routine

Harry’s routine is pretty much the same as last month’s, just with the addition of food after he wakes up from his last nap.

The major change this month in terms of sleep and routine is that we have moved Harry into his own room! After a couple of awful nights last week, we’d all just had enough and it’s been working so well for us. Before I think we were all waking each other up and I was feeding Harry before he really needed to be fed so I could get back to sleep as soon as I could, and he also went through that typical phase of wanting to have a party at 2am, and 3, 4, 5 and 6! Harry is still typically waking up once in the night for a feed, which I do still expect really, however he did sleep the whole night through (from 7:30pm – 7:30am) on the third night of being in his own room which was absolutely amazing! Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened again since but I was very grateful for it (especially as it was the night before a 10k race I ran). Harry is quite a stretched out sleeper which is so cute and has meant that he has transitioned to his cot bed really well.

Milestones

Harry can now roll over! Woohoo! He has rolled both to the left and to the right but seems to prefer rolling to his left. This has made sleeping a bit more interesting as he always rolls onto his front and sleeps on his tummy. At first we would roll him back onto his back but from what I’ve read it seems to be ok to leave them on their front if they keep rolling there (and especially if they have good head control and strength on their front which Harry does have), and it’s quite funny because he sleeps in exactly the same position as his dad! Harry can also shuffle along on his front now and is often in a completely different position from where I put him down, but thankfully he isn’t moving any great distances at the moment.

We still don’t use dummies anymore and I can’t see us using them again now, as tempted as I am to use one when he’s having a mad moment, it doesn’t make sense to reintroduce them now that he’s used to coping without them. I do have to say though I don’t regret using them at all and they were great in the first couple of months.

Harry is now much better at sitting as well. He can sit unassisted for a couple of seconds but is not stable enough to last longer than that. He still hasn’t had any teeth come through but still appears to be teething like a mad man bless him.

Likes & Dislikes

Harry’s likes and dislikes are still generally the same as last month. His grey hair has now straightened out but it’s still there and I still love it. He has now finished Chapter 1 of his swimming lessons and we are about to start Chapter 2! I sewed his badge onto his swimming towel and it was a serious ‘I’m really a mummy’ moment. We’ve also now chosen a nursery for him to start in May which is pretty nerve wracking but I’m sure he will love it.

Overall, this has been another great month and it’s so lovely seeing him come into his personality.  He is a grumpy, independent little boy but he is also the sweetest little thing, and unfortunately I’m fairly sure he got the temper from me!

What My Kid Wore Wednesday #4

What My Kid Wore Wednesday #4

I’m cheating a little bit here because I’m actually writing about what Harry wore yesterday, however I feel that because yesterday was Halloween and Harry looked especially cute I can get away with it! As always, this is part of the link up by This Mama Life. 

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I’m pretty sure I bought this outfit from Sainsbury’s but I can’t find it online anywhere, so sorry for not including a link. It is so cute though! I especially loved the big, puffy pumpkin and the super cute hat. He actually really enjoyed being dressed in it, contrary to the impression the last picture gives, but I had to include it because it just cracks me up! It was so much fun answering the door to trick or treaters with Harry looking so adorable and I’m really looking forward to the many times in the future when I can dress him up!

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Harry’s 4 Month Update

Harry’s 4 Month Update

This update is a little bit late as Harry was 4 months old on 14th October but I thought it would be better to write it late than not at all.

Weight & Size

Harry was last weighed on 3rd October and he weighed 15lb 8oz! He is now at almost the 75th centile so he is doing really well (he was on the 50th when he was born). He is still in his 3-6 month clothes but whereas before the legs and arms were quite long on him, they seem to be fitting a lot better now.

Feeding

Harry is still exclusively breastfed at the moment, and I have now stopped donating breastmilk and I only occasionally pump now. Thankfully, now that I have stopped pumping every day my supply seems to have settled and feeding Harry is a much more enjoyable experience. He used to pull off every 5 seconds or so and always seemed to be uncomfortable whereas now he latches properly and stays on for a lot longer. In the end, I donated about 6 litres of breastmilk to my local hospital so I’m really pleased that I did it but it was definitely time to call it a day. We haven’t started weaning yet as in the UK the recommended age to start is 6 months old, however we may start a little bit before then if Harry seems ready.

Sleep & Routine

Harry’s sleep seems to be worse than last month when I’ve looked through last month’s update. Harry has settled into a routine in the day but is still waking up every 3-4 hours overnight, which I’m starting to find so exhausting as the months go on. I’m not really strict on timings with Harry’s routine but his general routine is as follows;

7:30/8:00 – Wake up & feed. I then change his nappy straightaway as I tend not to change his nappy through the night unless it is dirty rather than wet. It is normally then quite full so needs changing straight away. We then play in bed for about half an hour and this is one of my favourite times of the day as Harry is so smiley and happy. I then move him to his room and get him dressed for the day where he then plays while I have a shower and have breakfast etc.

9:30/10:00 – Nap. Harry normally only sleeps for 45 minutes to an hour for his morning nap, it would be nice for him to have longer but he tends to have a longer nap in the middle of the day. He then has another feed when he wakes up.

10:30/11:00 – We normally do our morning activity during this time, which is usually a class or playtime at home or we go out and see friends. I’m really enjoying doing classes with Harry, the main ones we do are Hartbeeps, Monkey Music and Tots Play.

12:30 – 14:00/14:30 – Nap. This is normally when Harry has his longest nap of the day and to be honest it’s bliss. This is the time when I get most of the jobs round of the house done and get some food myself! If it’s a good day I will also take some time for myself and watch a tv programme, read a book or write this! To be honest, it’s a godsend and the days that he doesn’t nap for a long time here I really struggle. He then also feeds after this nap too.

14:30-16:30 – Afternoon activity. We normally play together again now. His favourite things to play with are his play mat, his Emily doll which he finds absolute hilarious and his jumperoo. We obviously limit the time he spends in his jumperoo but he really loves the thing! It’s so cute. We will also normally go for a walk in this time as well or family or friends come over to see Harry.

16:30 – 17:30 – Nap. Harry normally has a short nap again in the evening and then feeds after the nap. For his naps, Harry sleeps in his bedside crib as he has now outgrown his Moses basket and the monitor is set up there for when he goes to sleep at night.

17:30-19:00 – We normally play again during this time and then wind down for bedtime.

19:00-19:30 – Bedtime routine. Sometimes Harry will be tired a bit earlier than this so I just tend to adjust it to up to half an hour earlier if he needs it. We start off with a bath, then a book in bed with dim lighting and then a short feed before he is put in his crib, however I always make sure he doesn’t fall asleep during this feed.

23:00 – Feed

02:30 – Feed

05:30 – Feed.  These feeds can be at different times during the night but Harry normally wakes up every 3-4 hours during the night for a feed. Hopefully he will start to go longer soon as he does have the odd night where he goes a lot longer without a feed.

Milestones

Harry still isn’t rolling over from back to front! To be honest, I think that might be why this blog post is late because I think I’ve been hanging on to be able to say he can do it! He is really close but it feels like he’s been really close for ages! He is really starting to enjoy tummy time now and seems to find toys a lot more interesting. One of the major milestones this month is that we have stopped using dummies! He lost interest in them and we thought we would roll with it as we didn’t want him to have a dummy long term and so far it has made bedtimes a little bit harder but it is going ok, he just takes a little bit longer to settle so I’ve been vacuuming a lot more! He is also definitely teething, you can see his front teeth through his gums, and he has got a lot better and bringing things to his mouth, including my hands!

Likes & Dislikes

He still really likes his Emily doll which always makes him laugh. He also still really enjoys swimming and we are now almost at the end of Chapter 1 of the Waterbabies programme now! It’s something I really enjoy too and probably my favourite thing we do together! He also really likes pinching clothes, arms or holding a muslin cloth. It’s so cute and like he’s reassuring himself that something is there. Harry also still has his grey, curly hair which is one of my favourite things about him!

Harry really dislikes having his arms being put into clothes and that’s about it really. He has also cried when he has had his socks put on when he didn’t want them on and when he has had to wear a hat following swimming! He generally doesn’t like to be made to do stuff he doesn’t want to do which to be honest is very much like his dad’s personality!

Overall, I have really enjoyed this month! Harry’s personality is now coming through and it’s so lovely being able to see him develop and find things interesting. It’s also been really nice that he is having longer gaps between feeds and I’m actually enjoying feeding him now. We’ve also been looking at nurseries for when I go back to work when Harry is 1 which is so scary but I definitely think it will be great for him as he will only have to go for one day and then rest of the time he will be with my mother in law. Harry has also now had all of his vaccinations until he is 1 year old which is great because they are grim! I’m really looking forward to what the next couple of months are going to bring and I feel so lucky to have such a cracking baby!

 

 

 

Harry’s 3 Month Update

Harry’s 3 Month Update

I can’t believe Harry is already 3 months old! The time is going so fast that I thought I would write an update, so I can remember what he is like at 3 months when he is leaving home for university and I’m crying into his babygrows!

Weight & Size

Harry is only weighed once a month now as his weight has always been fine. He was last weighed on 31st August and was 13lb 8oz! He is still at roughly the 60th centile so is doing really well! He is now in 3-6 month clothes and I’m really enjoying dressing him in lots of new outfits! Dungarees seem to be a definite hit at the moment.

Feeding

Harry is still exclusively breastfed but I am still pumping once a day to donate breast milk and also to store up a bit of extra milk for Harry as he also takes a bottle of expressed milk every now and again. He is still feeding on demand but feeds roughly every 2.5 -3 hours in the day, with longer stretches between feeds at night. I still can’t believe that he has only had what my body has produced and that at the moment I am all that is keeping him going. Absolutely mad really. I’m also still having a problem with an oversupply of milk which I’m sort of continuing myself by pumping and donating my breast milk but I’m hoping to donate everything I’ve got so far this week and then call it a day. I will have donated over 5 litres so I feel like that is good going really, and seeing as it is causing problems with feeding I should call it a day really. Hopefully, then my milk will calm down a bit and Harry won’t pull off and splutter so much when feeding. That’s the plan anyway.

Sleep

Harry is sleeping so much better this month. He has always been a good sleeper in the day so is still having at least 2 long naps a day (1-2 hours each) with then a couple of shorter naps as well, especially if he is in the car or out in the pram. He absolutely loves falling asleep in the car but will usually wake up as soon as the car stops if he wasn’t due a nap. Harry is also sleeping much better at night now. He has slept through the night (from 11-5:30 which I am counting as sleeping through) a couple of times now which has been amazing, but these nights are usually followed by awful nights so nothing consistent is happening just yet. The last couple of days he seems to be sleeping until about 4/4:30 regardless of when he goes down to sleep, then he has a feed and then goes to sleep until 6am when he is awake for the day, and has some time with Mike before he comes back down for a nap with me at about 7:30am. He still has a pretty standard bedtime routine but not at a set time every night. I usually feed him when he wants a feed between 7-8pm and then we will play for about half an hour, then have a bath and then he will be put to bed on his own, in his sleeping bag with a dummy, and he will usually go to sleep within 15 minutes. If he doesn’t go to sleep straightaway he is normally happy chatting away to himself before he drifts off and I know we are so lucky that he is so good at settling himself at night so hopefully that continues!! Having some time to ourselves in the evening has been absolutely amazing and has meant that I enjoy the time when he is awake so much as well!

Milestones

Harry started smiling at 5 weeks and started rolling from front to back at 11 weeks, which has made tummy time a lot more interesting as he just rolls straight onto his back now and has a giggle! His head control is now so much better and he is happier on his front (in between rolls) for much longer. He started laughing last week which was so lovely but he still isn’t laughing regularly. He is also getting really good at sitting up with support which makes him look like such a big boy! He seems to be finding it a lot harder to roll from his back to his tummy but in the last week I think he is getting closer because he is arching his back and swinging his legs more, but to be honest I am not in any rush for him to reach this milestone because I am enjoying being able to put him down and know he is safe and can’t go anywhere. He also loves chatting away now which is so, so lovely! Harry is also dribbling away and loves gnawing on his hands so I’m wondering if some teeth are on their way.

The first trimester (Part 2)

The first trimester (Part 2)

I wrote about how I found out I was pregnant in The first trimester (Part 1), and I thought I would carry on with talking about my first trimester by discussing the symptoms I experienced.

Symptoms

The first symptom I experienced, I actually felt about a week before I found out I was pregnant, and that symptom was really sore boobs. Even though we were trying for a baby it didn’t even occur to me that sore boobs was a hint that I was pregnant, but I remember saying to my best friends that I wanted to stick my boobs in an ice bucket! It even hurt to go in the shower and have the water touch them, and felt like they had grown to page 3 size overnight! This symptom eased as I progressed to the second trimester but my boobs will probably never be the same as they were pre-pregnancy, which is a real darn shame.

Other than sore boobs, when I found out I was pregnant (at 4 weeks) I didn’t have any other symptoms. However, about a week later I started to feel some of the symptoms that would worsen over the first trimester, one of which was tiredness. I have never felt tiredness like first trimester, pregnancy tiredness, and that is coming from someone who regularly did night shifts. It felt like I had been hit over the head and needed to sleep it off, but even after I had slept all night (and let’s be honest had at least one nap in the day) I would still be exhausted. I thought I slept a lot before I was pregnant, but I entered a whole new level in the first trimester.

Another symptom I had was lethargy bordering on laziness. Everything just seemed to take so much effort, and the week after I found out I was pregnant I rotated from a ward down to delivery suite which was so draining that I didn’t seem to be able to do anything else on my days off. The way my job worked was even though I worked full time, it would be 12.5 hour shifts but only 3 (and every 4th week four) shifts a week, so I don’t know if the laziness was worse because I was working such long days but that’s definitely the excuse I’m using. Also, I didn’t tell people I was pregnant at work until I was 14 weeks pregnant so I was trying to act as normal as possible and carry out my job without people guessing, which when you are delivering babies is pretty difficult, and probably didn’t help how I was feeling on my days off. I remember on one of my days off, making my only job be to unload the dishwasher and anything else was a bonus! Thank goodness I had an understanding husband. It was also really hard at this point because my family didn’t know I was pregnant either, so I remember one of my sisters getting really frustrated with me that I didn’t take some photographs on time for a calendar she was making for our parents, but it just seemed like an insurmountable task at the time (maybe I should add being dramatic to my symptoms list).

Another symptom I experienced was morning sickness and nausea. The nausea crept up on me gradually and wasn’t too bad to start off with but by the time I was 10 weeks pregnant I was being sick every morning as soon as I got up and occasionally in the evenings, and then I would feel nauseous for the rest of the day. Strong smells and having long gaps between eating would also make me feel worse, which obviously is not easy when you are working as a midwife, so I mastered holding my breath and I would always have a cereal bar in my pocket! I remember feeling that towards the end of the first trimester that I just could not carry on feeling sick for any longer, especially without knowing if everything was progressing as it should be, so I was very relieved when thankfully my symptoms disappeared at 12 weeks. I really do feel for anyone who suffers with hyperemesis gravidarum, because I found even just your bog standard morning sickness tough.

Fortunately, I didn’t put on any weight in my first trimester, however my appetite in the morning did dramatically increase (though I found that I couldn’t eat much in the evening because I tended to feel quite bloated and full). I didn’t have any weird and wonderful cravings but in the first trimester my main cravings were water and rice krispies (not together, that would be slightly odd). Thinking about it, it was probably my body telling me to increase my fluid intake, but I remember having a sip of water and telling my friend that water was seriously underrated (not in terms of life saving needs in third world countries but in general as a drink option in the wide range mostly available to me) and how amazing it tasted. I think I even actually sighed in satisfaction!

Finally, probably the scariest symptom I experienced was a cramping feeling in my tummy. It felt like mild, but constant, almost like period, cramps and although I was reassured by many a google search saying that was normal and just your uterus preparing for growing with the baby, it was still pretty worrying. Thankfully, I didn’t have any bleeding and the cramps were never stronger than mild, and after a couple of weeks either I had got used to it or they had eased (obviously please do get checked out if you are experiencing this and are worried). I did pull a muscle in my abdomen when I was 9 weeks pregnant which was absolutely awful but I will probably go into that in a different blog post, maybe about the difficulties of working when pregnant, because I did it at work.

I was very lucky that most of my symptoms stopped by the time I was 12 weeks pregnant and it was like a fog had lifted and I could get back to being my normal self again! I really do feel for anyone suffering with severe pregnancy symptoms and I hope it gets better for you soon!