Friday, 19 May 2017

13 Weeks Pregnant


I thought I would start documenting my weekly pregnancy updates, when I was pregnant with Heidi. I found these really interesting and when you are a first time mum its nice to read and see how other people's pregnancy's differ from yours or just to be nosey - that was me!

 I have been using the Ovia Pregnancy app and I love the updates they have like the hand size and also the theme you can pick as to what size your baby is. I picked the Fun & Games but they also have Fruit & Vegetables, Parisian Bakers & Weird but cute animals.

How far along. 13 weeks


Countdown. 27 weeks to go

Baby hand size.


Baby foot size.


Size of a.


Maternity Clothes. I have had to start wearing maternity trousers for work and have been for the past couple of weeks. Is it normal to be bigger with your second pregnancy?

Stretch Marks. Nope nothing yet and have been using Palmers Cocoa Tummy Butter which feels lovely and smells delicious.

Sleep. I have been sleeping well but wake up so tired, hopefully getting up gets easier in the second trimester.

Best moment this week. Having my 12 week scan and knowing my little baby is ok.

Worst moment this week.

Miss anything. Pate, we were at a Holy Communion party over the weekend and there was Pate and crusty bread which I would usually gravitate to but had to drag myself away, boooo!

Movement. None

Food cravings. Nothing as yet

Sickness. I have been fine the past couple of weeks it was just the first 10 weeks I felt awful and constantly felt sick and had motion sickness every time I was in the car. Hopefully that is the last of the sickness but I know from when I was pregnant with Heidi it raises its ugly head in the third trimester.

Gender. Find out in 7 weeks time.

Symptoms. Just the usual, shortness of breath, really sore boobs and a bit of fatigue.

Belly button in or out. In

Happy or Moody. I would say Happy.

Looking forward to. Being off for a week in June and spending time with my family.

Workouts. Since giving up my PT lesson 2 weeks ago I have had a little break but am hoping to start doing some pregnancy workouts next week.


If there is anything else you would like to see or think I have missed up update wise then please let me know and I will see you for next weeks update.

This Mum's Life

Monday, 15 May 2017

We have a surprise!


As some of you might of seen already from Instagram Surprise! So we are expecting are 2nd baby in November and this will complete our little family. We have just had our 12 week scan so thought I would share our exciting news.

This was planned because we just knew it was the right time to have another baby and Heidi was around the right age. I'll take you back to around 6 weeks ago when we found out. Before I had my missed period I just had a feeling that I was pregnant. I took an early pregnancy test a couple of days before and it came back negative which I was surprised about but just thought maybe it's not strong enough yet to show up. A few days after my missed period I took another test and still negative. I just ended up thinking maybe I'm just a bit stressed out - I had been doing a new job in work and things were getting a bit stressed, and my period would arrive in a few days. After a week I took another test to see what was going on and to my surprise it came back positive. I was so happy I ran down the stairs to tell Keith and we both had the biggest smiles ever.

Up to 12 weeks I will let you know how I have been feeling, I have had the usual tiredness, breathlessness and sickness - but this sickness is 100 times worse than when I was pregnant with Heidi. I have said to Keith I definitely think I am having a boy because its so different to Heidi's pregnancy. I haven't had any mood swings which Keith is happy about and I suppose the only other thing I have had is constantly feeling hungry - nothing satisfies my hungriness! But I am actually craving more savory foods than sweet which is also making me sway to a boy because all I wanted with Heidi was fruit and sweet foods. I definitely want to do a separate post on gender predictions and would love you to have a guess on what you think from our scan.

Heidi doesn't fully understand right now and every time I mention it she says "no brother or sister" which is a bit worrying because in 6 months time she will either one here. I am just going to try and keep her included as much as I can and try and explain how she can be mummy's helper etc and by then she will be 3 and she will hopefully understand a bit better.

If you have any tips on how to ease your child in to accepting a new brother or sister I would love to hear them?

If you want to see any specific baby related blog posts then please let me know and I will do my best to do them for you.

I am so happy I get to share my new journey with you and hope you enjoy following x

Two Tiny Hands

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Our day out, Delamere Forest


Hope everyone had a lovely bank holiday weekend, I just love that extra day off work and getting to spend an extra day of family time. We thought we would make the most of the okish weather- well it wasn't raining so nothing can be better than that in England, and go to Delamere Forrest which is in Cheshire.

We packed a packed lunch and Heidi had her frozen wellies on which she loves and off we went in the car. It's probably about a 45 minute drive from we're we live so it's not to far. Heidi loves bridges at the minute so any bridge she seen was a great time for her, so we went over the Runcorn bridge which is quite big and she was so happy laughing and squealing in the car. I love seeing her so happy and it's just the little things that make her happy.


When we got there we couldn't find the main entrance so parked in another car park which was fine and right by the trail. We then noticed the Gruffolo trail and began to follow that. As we were walking we noticed other people had the Gruffolo trail packs but we carried on anyway. There was loads of clues to find the Gruffolo and his friends and places were you can take pictures and animals will appear on the pictures - I think a bit like the Pokemon app. We didn't take any of these pictures because there was a few people waiting and Heidi was more interested in running around. We did get to see the Gruffolo though and get a few pictures.





Even if you aren't doing the Gruffolo trail it's a great place to go for a walk and explore in the woods, there are loads of huts and a great place to take your dogs or even a bike ride. We ended up walking to the main entrance we're there's a cafe, eating area, toilets and a place to hire bikes etc which is such a good idea. There are loads of spots to stop and eat if you have taken a packed lunch. 


After are big walk we went back to the car, Heidi was so tired after all the walking and we were all hungry so we sat in the car and ate are packed lunch. Heidi loved it and it was nice to have a lovely morning walk and just be out in the fresh air. We will definitely be back again when the weather picks up and would recommend it to anyone.


Have you ever been? 

Monday, 24 April 2017

A to Z of what makes me happy

A is for Alcohol, because I love a Brandy and coke every now and then.

B is for Brothers, I have 2 and even though we sometimes argue I'm lucky to have them in my life.
C is for cuddles, when your feeling down nothing beats a good 
D is for My Dad, because who would do my wallpapering, seriously don't know what I would do without him.
E is for Eating, I love food and when I'm having my breakfast I'm thinking about lunch etc.
F is for Family, because that's what life is all about for me.
G is for Gym, it's were I like to go to have me time and I love to spend time with my gym friends.
H is for Heidi obviously ❤️
I is for Internet, what would any of us do without it these days.
J is for Jamaica, I have never been but have always wanted to go since I was a little girl. One day I will get there!
K is for Keith, he makes me happy and he's my best friend.
L is for Laughing, there's no better feeling than having a sore belly from laughing so much and sore cheeks.
M is for My Mum, I would be lost without her and I hope I turn out to be half the mum she is to me and my brothers.
N is for Never Land, I absolutely love tinkerbell, I even have her tattooed on my shoulder.
O is for Organising, nothing makes me happier than organising clutter.
P is for Park, I just love how simple it is but makes Heidi so happy.
Q is for Quiet, sometimes 5 minutes is all you need.
R is for R&B, nothing chills me out more than listening to a bit of R Kelly or Ashanti.
S is for Sweets, I definitely have a sweet tooth.
T is for Cup of Tea, I can't function without my morning cup.
U is for Up-Cycling, I love seeing what people create and really want to try it myself.
V is for Vino, a nice glass of Rose on a summers day.
W is for Walking, when the sun is out it makes me happy being out in the fresh air.
X is for Xmas, my favourite time of the year, I'm still like a big kid.
Y is for Yoga, which I have just started to get in to, it's so relaxing and clears my mind.
Z is for Zoo, who doesn't like to look at all the animals, I find them so interesting.

I would love to know what your makes you happy A to Z?

Pink Pear Bear

Monday, 3 April 2017

5 things I like to do without children

I love my daughter and spending time with her - obviously that's what parents are supposed to do! And I do feel guilty that I have to work during the week so evenings and weekends are so precious. But every now and then it's nice to not be mummy and daddy and instead be Michaela and Keith.

The 5 things I like to do while I don't have Heidi are,

  1. Relax and read a book

I couldn't tell you the last time I got in the bath and lit a few candles and read a book. Since I got the The Unmumsy Mum Diary book for mothers day I am going to start making time even if its just half an hour to relax in the bath and read my book. I will let you all know what I thought of the book when I start reading it, and I cant wait, I have been wanting it for ages.

    2.  Cinema

I love going the pictures, its a ideal date night for me and Keith and its nice to just have a chill with no interruptions for a good 2 hours. I couldn't tell you the last thing we went to see but we did used to go often but now its just having the time. I did go the theatre a few weeks ago with my mum which is sort of the same thing to watch Funny Girl with Sheridan Smith who was absolutely amazing - if you can still catch it I would highly recommend it.

    3.  Eat out at a restaurant

I love going out for a nice meal, its nice to just not have to decide what to cook, cook it and then wash the mound of dishes. When you have children with you though it turns in to a nightmare, you are chasing them around the restaurant or just shovelling it down your gob to get out of there quickly. Every now and then me and Keith like to make a night of it and I love to get dressed up, go for something to eat - we usually go to Browns Brasserie the food is to die for and they do the most amazing after dinner cocktails.

    4. Shopping

I love to shop - Christmas and birthdays are my favourite times to shop! It doesn't even have to be shopping for me, I love buying clothes for Heidi. Shopping with a child though.....totally different story, I am yet to meet a mum who loves to shop with there children. I like to go early in the day and have a look around, taking my time and even stopping half way for a cup of tea and a cheeky piece of cake - girls you know we need that energy to keep shopping for longer.

    5. SLEEP!!!!

The last thing and probably the most important is sleep. If I have an hour to myself sometimes I just like to have a little nap. We all know that once you have kids you don't have a decants nice sleep for a long veryyyy time. So to have the odd little hour every now and then is a bonus.

What things do you like to do when you are child free?

This Mum's Life

Friday, 24 March 2017

The toddler diaries #1


Monday 20th March 2017 👧🏼

I'm just lying in bed waiting for my mummy and daddy to come and get me. Wait what is that noise, it's my daddy "daddy" in walks my daddy and I love it when he comes and takes me downstairs for my breakfast.

I love cuddling on the couch with my daddy and watching paw patrol while eating my breakfast, I love my daddy. "Heidi" that's my mummy shouting me that means time to go and get ready for the day. I like my outfit but now it's time to brush my teeth, I hate brushing my teeth - why can't it taste like ice cream?

Mummy dropped me off at my nannies and I get to play with the cat. I know she will be back soon to come and pick me up and we get to spend the day together. There is a knock on the door so I run to answer it with my nanny, it's mummy.

I love being outside, I'm walking to the shops with mummy and we're holding hands and singing songs, this is fun.

I love to play with my mummy we played building blocks and sang nursery rhythms. I started to feel a bit sleepy so I had a little sleep in my Thomas the Tank Engine bed.


We are in the car again going to pick nanny up from work my mummy said. I wish my mummy would stop singing "shhhh mummy be quiet"

Pork chop and cheese macaroni, I'm not eating that. Maybe if I start crying they will take it away, phew after a while it's gone and I can eat my yogurt and fruit mmmmm my favorite.

It's getting late now and I'm feeling sleepy, when will mummy take me to bed. My mummy finally carries me to bed and I love to get comfy with my teddy's "na night mummy, love you, see you in the morning" 

I'm lying here counting sheep, one, two, three .........

Did your little ones have any interesting moments today?

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

I heard my daddy's voice again so I knew it was time to get up. It's nursery day again today and after a few weeks of not wanting to go in I am starting to like going in now. I get to play with all my friends and play in the garden which is my favourite thing to do.

I have played in the sand box today and the home corner, it's so much fun. I enjoyed my lunch which was turkey roast dinner and fruit purée yogurt, but didn't like my afternoon snack yuck sardine muffins but I did eat the cake yum yum. I also played in the garden and jumped in muddy puddles but I think I got a bit too muddy because I had to have my clothes and shoes changed.

My favourite part of the day is when my mum picks me up. She sneaked up on me as I was playing and I turned around and gave a big hug.

I'm getting quite sleepy now because I only had a little nap so maybe if I cuddle with my mummy she will take me to bed.....yes it worked, na night everyone see you tomorrow.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The mummy diaries: #1


Monday 20th March 2017

Arghhh it's Monday morning again, how does the weekend go so fast? I'm sure it was only Friday like 2 hours ago. Oh well at least I'm only in work until 12 o'clock (FYI I only work half a day on a Monday, but unfortunately for me full time the rest of the week). 

So this morning I was actually awake before Heidi, don't you just hate it when that happens missing out on those precious 15 minutes extra of sleep. Also a bonus this morning was getting Heidi changed for some reason she doesn't like wearing certain clothes, sometimes I think a have a twonager. 

Then it was off to work and dropping Heidi off. Thankfully the morning went quick and it was soon time to go home. I love spending my Monday afternoons with Heidi it's just nice having that extra mummy/daughter time, especially when you work all week.

We didn't do much as the weather wasn't the best even though it was the first day of Spring. We did get to go out for a little walk which Heidi loved because she just loves to be outdoors.

My exercising over the past few weeks has been non existent of late with me being ill. Now it's time to get back to it and get fit for summer. 

  • 15 minutes on the exercise bike (while catching up on YouTube videos)
  • Total body workout from tone it up (really recommend these videos on YouTube)
Heidi went to bed without a struggle which makes bedtime so much easier. Now I can chill out with my cup of tea, chocolate and watch Broadchurch.

Tuesday 21st March 2017

Its like deja vu again only this time I am in work all day today 😢 Heidi is also in nursery today and a big plus was she went in with no crying. Before Christmas Heidi used to love going to nursery but after the Christmas break and being off with us both she would cry every time I dropped her off. Last week was the first time she hasn't cried since then. Today she gave me a big wave and went off to play, Sometimes I'm not sure if the fact she doesn't need me anymore upsets #mumproblems.

After work I had my PT lesson which I always look forward to, its a great place to get all my frustrations out and when I come out I feel so much more relaxed. Also sore because my PT works us hard but that is exactly what I need #SoreButNotSorry. I know I will sleep tonight.

Diary of an imperfect mum