I’m currently sitting in bed, on day 4 of a hideous virus that has totally knocked me for six and left me unable to do much more than lay still and think. And think I have… Read more
I’m currently sitting on a train, heading back home to my one and only beautiful HG Survivor and reflecting on how my experience during pregnancy has completely changed the direction my life has taken. Read more
I haven’t blogged for a couple of weeks now because I have been doing a lot of thinking and a lot of reading and then a lot more thinking, and a little bit of praying in the midst of all that thinking! Read more
I just wanted to let you all know that I have now updated the page on Hyperemesis Gravidaum here on the blog.
I have been struggling a lot with this over the past few days and have plenty I’d like to write about, but also have very limited time to blog right now because I want to spend as much time with Little Man as possible. Read more
Hello, I’m 4 weeks old and I’m gorgeous!
I can’t believe it has been 4 weeks since we met Little Man and already our life as a family of three feels so right that we cannot imagine it being any other way. Read more
Tomorrow (25th) should have been my due date. But due to the cholestasis, I was induced a week early.
The above photo was taken on 17th, the day before my induction. TJ and I were on a last-chance attempt to kick things off naturally by going on a ridiculously long walk and bouncing up and down on the see-saw at the park. Not an easy feat with a massive bump, I can tell you! Read more
Just a quick update for those of you who don’t follow me on twitter or see me on facebook (or know me in real life, obviously!) Read more
I normally write my “Life at the Patch” posts on a Monday but tomorrow could be an interesting day for us so I decided to write this week’s today instead. Read more
It’s been a joyous weekend here at the Patch…
We are, as of yesterday, officially FULL TERM!! Read more
Photo taken at 34 (?) weeks… impossible to imagine I’m even bigger now!!
Sorry for the lack of regular posting of late. I am just feeling so tired and uncomfortable that finding the time to sit and write up any of the million things going through my mind is just too much like hard work some days. I’m sure you’ll understand! Read more
Warning: this post contains several pregnancy photos, so if you find those difficult to look at, please do come back tomorrow when a new post will be showing at the top of the screen! Read more
My latest article for iVillageUK focuses on preparing for the birth of our son next month. As you all know, pregnancy has been incredibly difficult for me physically, mentally and emotionally and although becoming a parent is going to be a real challenge, I am ready for the end of the pregnancy and our new life as a family of three to begin. Read more
photo taken at 30 weeks, about to head to a wedding
According to the “ticker” I have on the Mums Due forum I visit, I have 55 days left until my due date… 55 days!! In some ways that feels so small and in other ways it still feels like such a long way away. The ladies on my forum all keep saying how fast the past few months have gone and that they cannot believe we are all due so soon, and yet because of how horrendously difficult my pregnancy has been I feel the exact opposite. It feels like a lifetime since January and I’m looking forward to days feeling that little bit shorter again once my body is back to just trying to keep me safe and well. Read more
As you know, poetry is something that I love to both read and write. I just love the way it can express your innermost feelings in such a beautiful way. There was a time when I wrote a new poem regularly, but in recent years other creative projects have taken the lead role in my free time and sitting down to write something new, whether poetry or a story, has become something of the past. Read more
Phew! I’m finally in what feels like the final countdown now we have reached 30 weeks. I don’t know why, but reaching the 30s just seems so much more in terms of “getting there” than hitting the third trimester did. I guess some of it is because I didn’t know exactly when the third trimester began and being able to say I only have 10 weeks left until my due date feels so good! Read more
When considering what to write for my iVillage UK article this week I decided to focus on the emotional aspect of pregnancy as this weekend saw me really struggling to keep certain things in perspective. The main trigger for me this time round was that as this pregnancy has been so physically difficult for me I have had to rely a lot more on other people to do even the simplest things, and have become highly frustrated when the nausea, instable pelvis or sheer exhaustion have scuppered my plans to get things sorted ready for when the baby arrives. Read more
Wow, I didn’t mean to leave the whole of last week with only one post! Sorry about that. I kept thinking of coming on and writing something but I just couldn’t seem to get my head in gear. Read more
Before I begin today’s post I would like to take a moment to thank all of you who took the time to read and leave your comments on my previous post. They were all very much appreciated and I have read over them several times this weekend and will surely return to them again in future. One of the true blessings of blogging is that of reading the responses of your readers and gaining an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others. So thank you all. Read more
Today I am going to ask something that has the potential to be rather controversial, and very painful for some. And I’d like to apologise in advance if this upsets any of you because of your own personal experiences, but it is something that I have been thinking about a lot and that I feel is worth discussing even if it is difficult.
So before I begin, I’ll just leave this quick warning that if, for whatever reason, you find the discussion of pregnancy difficult right now, then you might want to skip this post. Read more
As time moves on and we get closer and closer to the arrival of our baby, my thoughts have become increasingly connected to preparing the house for bringing him home. I spent a lot of time over the weekend rearranging the bookcases, and (as you will find out tomorrow) have made a start on clearing the room that will be his as it currently acts as a storage space for my craft supplies. Read more
It suddenly hit me the other day that come Friday this week I will only have 100 days left until my Estimated Due Date. How crazy is that? Thinking about it in terms of “less than 100 days to go” sounds so much shorter than “I still have 3 and a half months to go” somehow. Read more
Last week I went to visit my parents in Lincoln for the first time since the beginning of the pregnancy in January. It was truly wonderful to go and see them and both my grandmothers as it has been such a long time, and even when my mum and dad had come to visit me here at home I had been too ill to really enjoy their company. Read more
Before I begin today’s post, can we all take a moment to do a happy celebratory dance around the room? Yesterday I reached 24 weeks in my pregnancy, which means that finally the pregnancy is classed as “viable” meaning that were something drastic to happen (God forbid) and labour began prematurely, the baby would have a good chance of survival with today’s medical care and the medical team would be legally obliged to give baby the best chance of survival possible. Read more