Monday, 25 March 2019

Baby #4 is here!

ITS A BOY!

Our final little baby arrived 6 hours after his due date on March 8th at 6:20am weighing 8lb 5oz.

Meet Kingsley George.


Sunday, 24 March 2019

40 Weeks Pregnant - Baby #4

Baby
This week baby is around 7 1/2 pounds in weight and 20 inches long.


Symptoms
I still can't believe I made it to my due date, because both Parker and Harleigh were early the midwife was convinced that I wouldn't make it to 40 weeks but here I am. Thankfully I didn't go too far overdue and I actually went into labour on my due date, even though it later stopped. Baby did arrive the day after though. Stay tuned for for birth story!

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

39 Weeks Pregnant - Baby #4

Baby
This week baby is around 7.2lbs and 50.7cm long. The skin is becoming thicker and all the organs are now developed and ready to go. The lungs are producing more surfactant, the substance that will keep the tiny air sacs open when baby is born.


Symptoms
Same as last week and I've broken symptoms down by day. The day I turned 39 weeks I had a few braxton hicks, a sore upper back. I also lost more mucus plug and was waddle was very real! At 39+1 I lost more plug, had slight cramps and very sore legs. At 39+2 I felt quite rough, sick and dizzy. At 39+3 I had lower back ache and my body was clearing itself out. For the rest of the week things were pretty much the same and i was really sore, tired and kept losing more plug.

Nicola xx

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Me and Mine - February 2019

Our last full month as a family of five. I can't believe we are here already but we are all so excited and can't wait to meet the final member of our gang.


Another last minute selfie as that's what we do best! February absolutely flew by and a big part of me thought that the baby would arrive in February but they obviously want to be a March baby and thats ok too, I just hope they don't keep us waiting too long.


We've had a good February which included half term. Mark had a few days off during the week which was lovely, I turned 38 weeks that week so some help with the kiddos was very lovely and I am so thankful. 

Harleigh loved having Parker off school but especially loved having Paige off. We didn't do much but sometimes thats the best. We did lots of playing, watching films and just spent time together. We also had a few park trips and spent time with friends.

I am so excited for March!

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Living Room Makeover

We moved into this house whilst I was pregnant with Parker. We never really decorated the front room as in all honestly we couldn't afford and couldn’t be bothered. It’s only a rented property so we didn’t really see the point in making huge changes that would ultimately benefit someone else if we moved out in a couple of years. We hated the carpet but didn't want to spend that extra money on one so we just gave the walls a lick of paint and made do with the horrible carpet. It was in lovely condition just not to our taste at all, think 80s flower carpet. 

I am currently pregnant again and I felt this huge need to re do the living room so we set about seeing what we wanted. It took a couple of months but we got there in the end and I am really impressed with how we've done. We wanted to wallpaper the walls, paint, get new carpet, a new sofa plus accessories. It was quite a big job and because I was pregnant I felt this huge urgency, even though my due date was months off I really wanted it done in time for harleighs birthday party when ideally our first aim was before the baby arrived. 

The first thing we did was paint the wood work, radiators and ceiling which i'll be honest I hated. It just takes far too long but it did make a huge difference. We then started on the wallpaper. I say we but Mark did most of it, I helped out where I could. He had never wallpapered before so I am very proud of him. We picked a feature paper for around the fireplace and then a nice grey for the other walls. We wanted something super neutral and I loved the idea of a grey and white theme.  




We ordered the new sofa and the next thing on the list was the carpet. It took us so long to pick one and we looked at so many carpets my brain started to hurt! We wanted a nice grey carpet that was very plain and wasn't too expensive. After getting some samples we found one we loved and once it came we got a friend to fit it for us.

We still haven't added all the final touches that I want, i'd love a new tv stand, a mirror and pictures of the kids for the wall but I am so happy with how the room has turned out so far. I’d love eventually to get new toy storage too, right now we have the Ikea Kallax unit and although it’s practical it doesn’t look very nice, this is what our tv is currently sat on too. 


It won’t be completely finished by my due date, which is next week but I still love it so much and I’m so excited once the baby comes to add the finishing touches. 

Monday, 4 March 2019

38 Weeks Pregnant - Baby #4

Baby
This week baby is around 6.8lbs which is around 3.3kg. They are also around 49.8cm long. The lanugo hair which covered baby is mostly gone and baby can now make a firm grasp with their hands.



Symptoms 
This week was pretty full on, I was almost certain that baby would make an early appearance like big brother did but they didn't. 
I decided to do a day by day account this week as i felt like so much was going on. At 38+1 I had reduced movements all afternoon so was asked to go for monitoring. It was all fine and they scheduled an ultrasound as they wanted to check my placenta. I also couldn't seem to get full in the evening, I ended up eating so much. At 38+2 I had pains on and off all day. They were super regular from 6-10:30pm, every 3-5 minutes lasting 40-50 seconds. I had a bath, walked, rested and nothing took them away. At 38+3/4 I felt really sick, tired and drained. At 38+4 I had my scan, everything was perfect and baby was measuring around 7lb 3/4oz. At 38+5 I was super grumpy, had backache, felt sick and pelvic pain. At 38+6 I had a midwife appointment, I felt so much pain and pressure all day, more pains lasting all day, I was extra tired and went to the toilet a lot. I was also really cold and had super cold feet. 

I am getting pretty fed up now but trying to enjoy the last few weeks. The midwife said baby could come at any point and it really is just a waiting game. She said to try all the old wives tales and we tried most of them this week but nothing helped. I guess baby just isn't quite ready to meet us yet.

Nicola Xx
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