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Telling Our Only Child We Won’t Have Another Baby

So, this blog post is quite a tough one for me to write. But it’s also one I knew I would probably have to write at some point. Little Man is an Only Child, which is something I’ve written about a fair bit in the past. But we’ve never really had to talk about it with him before. I mean, he’s only just turned 5, it’s not a conversation that naturally occurs with a young child. Until today. Today we had to tell him we won’t ever have another baby. And that was unbelievably hard. Read more

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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

Amanda heavily pregnant

Welcome Little Man!

Amanda smiling heavily pregnant not long before birth

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

Amanda's family wedding photo including her cousin

Why I write (and a tribute to my cousin).

I know that a lot of you already know this news because you are either part of my family, in my group or friends, or have seen it on facebook, twitter or iVillage UK. But for those of you who just pop by the blog once in a while or who have only just stumbled across the Patch, I need to tell you something before this post will make any sense. Read more

Crochet bassinet

Life at the Patch – 33 weeks

It feels like forever since I wrote last week’s “Life at the Patch” update. The combination of getting heavier, sleeping less and becoming impatient has meant that time seems to be dragging once more. A week still doesn’t feel quite as long as it did at the beginning of the pregnancy when my Hyperemesis was at its worst, but suddenly reaching our due date 7 weeks from now feels so far away again. Read more

Baby clothes drying on a washing line

Life At The Patch – 32 Weeks

Amanda and Tim on their way to a wedding - 30 weeks pregnant

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

Life at the Patch – 30 weeks

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

Amanda pregnant in a poppy field

Life at the Patch – 28 weeks

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

Pregnancy: Your Thoughts…

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