Mummy & Me | June


I couldn't just pick one photo this month, we've taken far too many haha. The first is a usual iPhone selfie taken when we went out to lunch with my sister. Every time she sees herself on the front facing camera she pulls this face; it's SO funny!

The second picture was taken this weekend on a little family trip to Penshurst Place. Jack actually snapped this one when he found us two cuddling on the grass, having a little snack of course!

Who knows next month we could have a baby by the time I join in - a very scary thought haha! I can't wait to see what July will bring for me and Indiana.

Nicola... Life Through My Eyes

34 Week Pregnancy Update | Baby #2


34 weeks pregnant and I feel like a gigantic, hot, and absolutely exhausted whale haha! Baby boy now measures around 45cm and is around 5lbs (size of a cantaloupe melon)! I can definitely feel his movements have changed from pokes and kicks to huge rolls and whole body movements - he is constantly sticking limbs out left, right and centre too haha.

This week I have really felt heavily pregnant and I've really slowed right down. Monday I had my first nap this whole pregnancy with Indiana, and it was amazing! I think it's going to become a regular occurrence from now on. Sleep at night is becoming worse, but I think that's more down to it being SO hot at the moment.

I've noticed a change in my appetite this week too. Now I'm so big there's not much room for huge portions. I've started just having smaller meals more regularly which seems to be working better for me.

Walking for any longer than 5 minutes leaves me really out of breath now too - I'm definitely waddling now haha. I'm really grateful for Indiana's pram to be able to lean on and it seems to make me ache less. The lightning pains are increasing when I walk as well - it honestly feels like he's going to fall out sometimes!

Last night I felt HUGE movements from baby. All week he's definitely been transverse and in my ribs as I could feel, and see him poking out the sides. My ribs felt bruised where he was so high up and it was so tricky to get comfortable. Just comparing my bump from a picture I took Friday to today he definitely appears to have dropped! I'm really intrigued to see how he's laying now at my midwife appointment tomorrow to see for sure.
I've now purchased a few bits for my hospital bag, and actually washed his first size clothes! I'd love to get some advice on dressing a summer baby though. As Indiana was born at the very end on November I'm used to a winter baby!

Indiana's 19 Month Update


Today Indiana turns 19 months old, and think for the first time I can believe it... She's so grown up now! Comparing pictures of her from a year ago to now makes me so sad, she's like a completely different child.
Our days more frequently start at 5.30am which are far from enjoyable. I'm really looking forward to the darker mornings as that seems to be when she sleeps in longer. Bed time is still 7pm though and this is something she's really good at! Her bedtime routine consists of fighting to brush her teeth and then she gives us kisses before having milk in bed. Some nights she's been known to climb in herself and wait for her milk - this girl loves bedtime haha!

We took the side off of her cot almost a month ago now and it's gone so well. From night one she hasn't climbed out and apart from a few tricky nap times she's loving it. She's very proud of her new bed and has to show everyone who comes over haha. We were worried about the transition, but knew it was best to do before her brother arrives in August.
Eating wise she's turned slightly fussy/lazy, mostly with her dinner. Breakfast she can eat for England and has been known to have second helpings a lot haha. She usually has cereal or porridge and always fruit (the fruit seems to be a pre breakfast snack at 6am recently). Lunch we always have a 'picnic' style lunch of sandwiches, crisps, fruit, yoghurt and a little treat. Dinner she has what we have; she's still fussy with veg and pasta though and is wanting us to feed her more - even though we never spoon fed her when weaning. She's just lazy haha. If she's hungry she'll let you know and will get bowls from the cupboard or drag you into the kitchen for a snack.

Her speech is improving everyday and she's been known to put up to 3 words together now in a sentence! She repeats what you say and tries her hardest to say things - she is learning to say words from pictures in her books and we read to her every day to help. New words include: Bow, chicken, what's that, flower, fish, bath, thank you, turtle, Minnie (as in mouse), eyes, nose, spoon and probably more. 'What's that?' is her favourite at the moment, along with repeating please to get what she wants haha. The other day I asked her a question and she sweetly replied 'yes please mummy' - I think I almost died with love for her in that moment.
Her favourite things to do at the moment include reading, building towers, drawing, running around like a loony haha, puzzles and dancing. She's starting to sing and tries her hardest to do 'head, shoulders, knees and toes' which is adorable! Potty training isn't something we're planning any time soon but she's getting good at telling us when she's done something in her nappy.

Sharing is still an issue, as she thinks every single toy/thing she ever sees is hers haha. She's very headstrong and knows what she wants. If she doesn't get her own way she will throw a strop and scream blue murder - not so fun when out in public! Apart from that though she's so lovely to be around and so much fun; just don't get on her bad side haha.
There's so much more I could say about her, but I'll save that for the video update on my YouTube channel! What was/is your little one up to at 19 months?

11 Things...


I was tagged a little while ago now to do the 11 things tag by the lovely Alex at Lamb and Bear - SO sorry it's late, I've been a terrible blogger haha - but here are my answers...

1. Where is your favourite country/place you have visited?

If it was for a holiday I would definitely say Walt Disney World in Florida. Overall though I'd have to say Paris - it is SO beautiful and the place where Jack proposed last year!

2. Name your top 5 celebrity crushes

Hmm, not in any order but: Channing Tatum, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake, Chris Evans (as in Captain America haha) and Chris Hemsworth... that was harder than I first thought haha.

3. How do you feel about piercing babies ears? There’s a whole debate right now over it being called ‘abuse’
So, SO wrong! I don't think it looks nice personally and I think they should be at least old enough to ask for it to be done - Indiana won't be having hers done for a very long time!

4. What is your dream career?
If I'm really honest I don't think I have one. I have always been very focused on family and I think I'm loving doing what I'm doing right now. Being a mummy and having fun with blogging and YouTube!

5. If you could re live any moment in your life, what would it be?

Ooh this is a toughie! I'd say Indiana's birth but then it wouldn't be fair on baby boy haha. So probably the moment Jack proposed. I was in so much shock I don't think I took it all in haha.

6. Cats or dogs?
Cats, 100%! I love dogs but they're so much more work and just thinking of the smell of wet dog makes me feel ill.

7. Top 3 things to help you survive a day?
Food, social media and Indiana's smiles (those especially when she's been a little madam haha).

8. PC or Mac?

I'd love a Mac but they're just so expensive it's not an option at the moment. I bloomin' HATE my laptop though!

9. Have you ever won anything?

Maybe a few small competitions but never anything big. There's still time though haha - I must start doing the lottery.

10. Heels or flats?

Flats all the way! I can only last in heels for a couple of hours max and then have to swap back to my faithful pumps. I wish I could though as I'm so short I need the height!

11. Camping or Spa holiday?
I'd probably not pick either but if I had to it would have to be spa. I detest camping!

I love these kind of posts. I hope you got to know me a little more, and definitely feel free to answer them yourself and send me your answers!

33 Week Pregnancy Update | Baby #2


Eek just 7 weeks to go, and only 4 weeks until baby boy is classed as full term... scary! It's really starting to hit me now that I'm going to have a new baby in just a few weeks, there's no way of forgetting I'm pregnant anymore haha. Baby is just over 4lbs now (that seems SO big!) and is up to 44cm - the size of durian (again NO idea what that is haha).

One word to describe how I've felt this week is exhausted. I've literally got no energy left and just the simplest tasks leave me out of breath, and needing a rest. The pregnancy insomnia has kicked in again so sleep at night - even though I'm so tired - just isn't great. Then add in these hot, humid nights and sleep is just a disaster!

I have been absolutely boiling this week, and have just wanted the evening to come around so I can strip off and sit with my bump out haha (please tell me I'm not alone with this?!). My hands and feet have been especially hot which is more annoying that anything.

Earlier in the week Indiana brought me my doppler again so we had a listen to baby brother's heartbeat. It took me ages to find, and I was shocked when I found it so high up (nearly up in my ribs) on the right hand side. I can literally feel him in my ribs since then as well as I'm now pretty sure he's breech - cheeky monkey. His movements bloomin' hurt now so I'm hoping he moves asap!

Finally Happy Father's Day everyone! I've made sure to treat Jack to presents from both Indiana and bump this year. I can't believe next year we'll have two little ones to enjoy the day with.

32 Week Pregnancy Update | Baby #2


I think this week has gone even quicker than usual; I really think finishing work has been the reason. Monday was my last day and I'm SO glad to be finished and able to relax (as much as you can with an 18 month old haha). Baby boy is around 42cm long this week and weighs around 3.75lbs - the size of a jicama apparently!

Sunday (the day I turned 31 weeks pregnant) I experienced the worst braxton hicks EVER! There were super painful and I had to have a long hot bath to get rid of them - the only reason I knew they weren't actual contractions! My midwife agreed that's what they were and said it was probably a combination of that and his position, and said I definitely need to take it easy from now on.

I saw my midwife on Wednesday and all was really well with baby. He's still head down, although she said he's laying slightly more across than straight down. He was being a monkey and wouldn't let her get a clear heartbeat, although you could hear it in the background (148bpm). My belly measured 31.5cm which was perfect as was all the other checks. 

The only negative of the appointment was that my blood results came back saying I have low iron - so I'm not just tired, I'm anaemic too! She said this could also be the reason for my breathlessness. She said it's just on the border for tablets, so for now I'm just to boost it myself with an iron rich diet and to take spatone or something similar. 

Apart from that all is well and I'm just experiencing the normal symptoms you'd expect for being this pregnant. Tired, achy and needing the loo constantly haha. I feel huge now and even my midwife agreed I'd had a growth spurt - and proceeded to tell me he felt a 'good size' while giving me a look haha. Get your guesses in now for his birth weight; we're all thinking 9lb+!

Dermatique Recuperating Cream | Review


I've always been lucky enough to have few problems with my skin. Jack however does and poor Indiana seems to have inherited her daddy's sensitive skin too. We've tried many lotions and potions, so when Dermatique contacted me to review their recuperating cream I was a bit sceptical.

My worries were instantly thrown away once Jack started using the product though! He's been using it for a few weeks now (although I could notice the difference within a few days), and it's really improved the skin on his hands. They've gone from dry, verging on scaly feeling to smooth, soft and definitely less red!

Dermatique began life in Scotland, when a mum and dad just couldn't find a suitable product to soothe their daughters eczema. They took things into their own hands and created a brand new product, with the aim of helping sufferers of not only eczema, but other skin conditions such as dry skin and psoriasis too. The creams combine the latest scientific research along with the best raw minerals and plant extracts to create a product that moisturises, nourishes and protects delicate skin of all ages (a cream both Jack and Indiana can use!).

They have a number of products including the recuperating cream. It's designed to soothe irritated skin and give as much moisture in the gentlest way. What we love is that it doesn't have a smell. There's nothing worse than a cream that's got an overpowering perfume smell - you just know there's something bad in there! It also means Jack's happy to use it without being embarrassed.

It's a lovely cooling, thick cream (I may have tried it out for myself haha), which makes it even more soothing for red, inflamed skin. Jack also said it soaked in really quickly without leaving his hands feeling greasy or sticky. Another bonus from this cream! He also said you don't have to use a lot too as so much goes a long way.

Overall we're both really impressed with this cream. Now we know just how well it works we will be using it on Indiana's dry skin too. It is a little on the higher end of the price scale at £29 per tub. However we both agree this is a really reasonable price considering the size of the tub, and how well it actually works!

Which? Birth Choice...


With only 10 weeks to go until my due date, it's really about time I started thinking about what sort of birth I want. If you've read my birth story with Indiana you'll know I didn't really have the easiest of labours, so this time I'm hoping for a much different experience! It was perfect timing really that I was contacted by Which? who have asked me what my birth choice would be.

Home birth? Hospital birth? or A Birth Centre birth?

Which? has a whole section dedicated to birth choices, full of information and facts. They have also created a really handy tool to help you decide by just answering a few simple questions. With Indiana I didn't even think twice and knew I'd be going to hospital. However this time I have thought about it a whole lot more. I used the tool and the best fit for me was either the labour ward or a birth centre that was attached to a labour ward - which I think I totally agree with. I even popped in my postcode and it told me the names of local hospitals/birth centres and how close they are.

I have thought about whether I want a home birth. With Indiana's birth I definitely felt much more relaxed and comfortable when I went to my mums. I lived there for most of my life so it felt like 'home' and where I should have been.  However, I did feel safer being in the hospital environment though - knowing that if I needed the pain relief (which I REALLY did need haha), and that I was in the right place if anything went wrong made me happier.

I'd love to try a water birth this time so I think being at the hospital will be able to offer me this; I know I could hire a pool but with an 18 month old I don't think it's something I want to faff about with haha. I know a birthing centre would be great but there isn't one attached to a labour ward near me, so the hospital is definitely my choice.

Which? also kindly gifted me 3 different birth boxes; a real life version of their online tool. Each is filled with goodies that would help with the decision I made:

Home Birth

I didn't go for this choice but it's still full of great products I can use! The gym ball became my best friend towards the end of my pregnancy - great for getting baby into the prime position, and sitting on when you're too uncomfortable. The waterproof mattress sheet would be great to protect your bed, whether that's during labour or if your waters break. The lavender relaxing room spray isn't for me as I can't stand the smell, but I'm sure many would find it very relaxing. Finally the beautiful receiving blanket is great for wrapping baby up once they're born.

Birth Centre

I think I'm in love with everything in this box! A light dressing gown is perfect for after the birth when you really don't want to get dressed, but need to cover up a little. Slippers are much easier to slip on and off when you want to pop somewhere quickly (I found socks made me too hot, and that was in November haha). You can never have enough hairbands, and I know my hair will be up out of my face and off of my neck during labour! The cooling spray will be great for if I get too hot - with an August baby I know this will definitely come in handy. The hot water bottle will also come in handy for those first labour pains (they really do feel like period pains), or for back ache before baby is born.

Hospital - My Choice

This box is perfectly suited to my choice; from having a previous hospital birth I know how handy each item will be. Hospitals are SO warm, and I dread to think what it'll be like in August - the fan should really help with this. They're also pretty noisy and bright (even though my hospital provides private rooms), so an eye mask will hopefully help me get some rest if I have to stay in. I plan on using the pool so the flip flops will be great if I have to get out and for showering after - who knows how dirty those floors are!

Before I had my epidural I definitely needed snacks and LOTS of water to get me through my contractions (I doubt these specific ones will last haha, but I'll be getting a whole selection for both Jack and myself). Gas and air was amazing for me last time but it does dry out your mouth and lips (hence the huge amounts of water), but this lip balm should also give me some relief too. Finally I know that I may have to be induced or have to stay in hospital for a while after. Therefore I'll definitely need to keep my phone/iPad charged to keep me occupied during the night feeds haha.

The website and these boxes have definitely helped me with my choice. I am much happier with it too, as I know I've really thought about it, and seen what's actually on offer for me. If you're pregnant or thinking about having a baby I'd definitely check out the Which? Birth Choice website! What choice would you make?

31 Week Pregnancy Update | Baby #2


Oh. My. Goodness. Just 9 weeks to go! I cannot believe we're in the single figure countdown already. I'm starting to feel slightly unprepared now, but with only today and tomorrow left at work I'm sure I'll manage to get things done! Baby is now the size of a coconut, at about 3 1/3lbs and is roughly 41cm long.

I feel like a broken record having to say I was sick AGAIN this week! I just don't know what's wrong with me, but I'm blaming these boy hormones haha. It only lasted a day luckily and Pip didn't stop wriggling all day, so I wasn't too worried.

The biggest symptom this week has been breathlessness! No matter how I sit, lay, stand I'm finding it much harder to breath. Just doing simple tasks such as going up the stairs has me completely out of breath haha. I can feel baby really high up now, so I think he's just squishing my organs that little bit more. I've taken to being braless whenever I'm home as it's way more comfortable too haha.

I'm seeing my midwife on Wednesday for my 31 week appointment. I also still need to rebook my whooping cough jab after I had to cancel it a few weeks ago! Hopefully all is okay with baby boy, although I have a feeling he may not be head down anymore... but who knows!

Godstone Farm Family Day Out


For the first time since I went back to work I actually had a Bank Holiday off to spend the day with Jack and Indiana! We wanted to do something as a family, making the most of our day together, so decided to try somewhere new! Godstone Farm is only about 30minutes from where we live and has loads to do for the whole family (they even had half term activities on too), so it seemed perfect.

We arrived bright and early and got our tickets really quickly. I thought the prices were really reasonable - £8 per adult and then £3 for a child aged between 1 and 2 (although the price for children does go up to £8 once they're over 2).

We had a lovely day and managed to see and explore everywhere apart from the soft play; it was really warm anyway so didn't think we needed to be inside! There were farm animals, animal handling, huge play areas with sandpits and even a tractor ride. 

Indiana has a slight fear of chickens after one pecked her foot a few weeks ago at a garden centre haha, but she loved stroking the bunny! We saw newborn piglets and foals and even a pig race which was hilarious. As it was such nice weather we obviously took a picnic and enjoyed an ice cream treat too.

We'll definitely be going back this summer as I'm pretty sure we had just as much fun as Indiana did haha. Warning this is pretty picture heavy!

Indiana's 18 Month Update


Our baby girl is a whole year and a half today and I still cannot believe it! I've been looking on Timehop and seeing how much she's grown in just a year is crazy - she was such a baldy last year and had only just started eating solids haha. Her hair is SO wild and curly now, I'm finding it hard to control haha and you wouldn't think she used to make such a mess with food.
I haven't a clue what she weighs, I'm really not too bothered with it now, as long as I know she's eating and growing I think she's ok haha. Talking of eating this girl is pretty much a dustbin - she can eat for Britain! She's going through a lazy stage of wanting to be fed which is strange considering we did BLW, but I think this is down to her learning how to get her own way! She's very much against veg, pasta, and any meal that doesn't contain meat; however she'll happily eat any fruit, any meat and her favourite meal is still chilli con carne - this girl loves spice!

She's been for her second visit to the dentist this month which she behaved like a star at. The dentist said her teeth looked perfect and very clean. I was shocked by the last bit as she hates us brushing them haha. She's been teething pretty much all month with her 4 canines coming through - the two bottom ones have broken through giving her a total of 14 teeth!
Indie love to chat and roll play and is really independent. Whenever we collect her from nursery she's in the home corner or playing with the baby dolls. She puts her baby in her highchair at home and asks for a spoon and bowl to feed her. She'll also brush her teeth, give her kisses and generally take her wherever she goes! If a baby is crying at nursery she'll go over to comfort them which is so sweet. She loves to build towers and creates some impressive ones that end up taller than her! She still doesn't really share. Everything is 'mine' at the moment even if we're trying to play with her haha.

New words this month include: mine, balloon, ball, apple, please, bowl, doggy, quack quack, bath, more, kiss, nose, dirty, tower and probably lots more! She's saying sentences such as 'ta daddy' and 'no mummy, mine!' and is getting very clever at using the right words in context. She's starting to count too (although obviously not in the right order haha, she's mastered two and three though).
She's got great understanding too. When she's hungry she takes you to the kitchen, gets a bowl and then (for breakfast for example) gets out the cereal. If she cries she will head straight to where we hide her dummies. If we say shall we change your nappy she points to her nappy and either runs away haha or gets a clean one.

She's such a little character now and is definitely the queen of this house! The tantrums are unbelievable but the way she demands a kiss (which she has learnt to give closed mouthed with the actual kissing sound haha), and gives you her cheeky smile makes it all worth it!