Maternity photoshoot 35 weeks pregnant

Oh me oh my how am I 35 weeks pregnant already?! This pregnancy has gone so, so fast and I’m actually about to turn 37 weeks pregnant as I type this!

It’s been the most wonderful pregnancy, I have been so lucky, thank you baby boy! I would have done more regular bump updates but I didn’t feel I had anything to update everyone on. Since getting over the morning sickness I’ve been fine and dandy with no symptoms, just a growing bump. Don’t worry, you can hate me, I would 😜

I started my maternity leave at the end of last week just in time for May half term and our babymoon to Cornwall. It was a wonderful break away full of lots of quality family time, rest and beach trips. One of the days was extra special as my friend Hannah from https://www.blossomandbunting.co.uk popped down to see us and very kindly took some maternity photos for me. She is such a talented photographer and caught the end of my pregnancy perfectly. I never had maternity photos with Betty so I really will treasure these photos and they are even more special seeing as my lovely friend took them.

Below are a small selection of some of my favourites. I have no doubt that I’ll be adding more to my instagram feed over the coming weeks and months so do pop over there so you don’t miss any 😉

Sarah x

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16 week pregnancy update

16 weeks. 16 weeks already?? That sure came around fast. I clearly remember telling Betty’s Pre school teacher that I was only 8 weeks and feeling really down about it as it was going so slowly and now I’m 16 weeks and I’m wondering where those past 8 weeks have gone!

Not a huge amount has happened to be honest apart from the bump popping out, the sickness ending (hurrah!) and starting to feel teeny tiny flutters.

I am so excited to see my bump grow, it’s one of the best bits of being pregnant for me, it makes me feel so confident and although my face and arse balloon to a ridiculous size I bloody love it. I wear tighter clothes to show off my bump and well, people just have to put up with the large behind being squeezed into a Breton stripe dress! In fact I got so excited by my body changing this time that I pretty much changed into maternity clothes as soon as I saw the positive test, pretty crazy really as everything just hung off me, thankfully I’m starting to fit into the bits I bought in the sales!

Teeny tiny flutters started from around 14 weeks with the odd big old boot by my belly button a couple of times (gotta be a boy!). They really are faint at the moment and they have no pattern yet, I’m looking forward to them getting stronger so I can keep a close check on this baby. I cannot wait for the day that Betty can feel it kick too, she’s constantly kissing and tickling my tummy and asking if the baby is laughing at her, it’ll be so lovely when she can feel and see it moving around.

I don’t think there’s much else to report at the moment. I’m counting down the days until our 20 weeks scan, I am desperate to see the baby again and hopefully find out what we’re having.

I’ll pop back soon with some other pregnancy bits and an exciting collaboration announcement too so keep a look out for that.

Sarah x

Pregnancy update- 12 weeks

Well here we go again, it’s time to grow another baby!

For a long while I didn’t think I’d be writing those words, I was always happy enough with one and because motherhood didn’t come to me as naturally as I thought it would, the idea of two scared me quite a lot. But then Betty grew that bit older and the memories of the sleepless nights and threenager stage faded, although I don’t think I’ll ever fully forget the threenager stage. That was bloody hard.

Still, we decided to try for a second and that made the wait even longer. We were so lucky with Betty and fell pregnant immediately but it took six months to create this little bean which I know really isn’t a long time but when you’re going through it it’s agony!

Pretty much from the moment I took the test I felt ill. Big time ill. With Betty I suffered with constant nausea but could ease it with crisps and bacon sarnies but this time round there was nothing to stop me feeling awful. I had a painful throbbing headache for three whole months and at least once a week it would turn into a migraine and I’d be bed bound for the day, team that with sickness but only heaving (TMI) and wanting food but having no idea what it was that I wanted (low points were crying over a chicken curry and then crying over three fish fingers on New Year’s Eve with my father in law just looking at me like I was mental!) and you can get how rough it was. I managed to get through it though with the amazing help of my husband who really was the best.

12 weeks came along and we went for our scan between Christmas and New Year which was a lovely time to have a scan. All was ok and there was actually a baby in there (despite the sickness I hadn’t believed there was a baby!).

We could then share our news with family and friends and most importantly Betty who is so so excited that I’m finally growing a baby for her, she constantly asked me for the whole of last year if I could grow her a baby and I was so happy to tell her that yes, I could!

So there we have it, my first pregnancy update for baby number two.

I haven’t blogged in a long, long time but I so wanted to document this journey as I didn’t do anything like this for Betty. I doubt I’ll take as many photos or document this baby’s life as much as I have Betty’s purely because of time so if I can do this as special thing for them to look back on then that’s enough for me and hopefully them too.

Thanks so much for reading and pop back soon for my 16 week update if you fancy a nosey.

Sarah x

And Then She Turned Three

Betty my darling girl, you are now three years old.Instead of feeling a bit sad like your first two birthdays I was so happy and excited for you to turn 3.

You understood what your birthday was and you couldn’t wait for it to arrive. For the two weeks running up to your birthday you would run to my bedside each morning shouting that it was your birthday or asking in a sweet angelic way in the hope that a calm precious approach would all of a sudden make it your special day. Each morning was a huge disappointment to you which I must admit got a bit tiring by day four.


The day finally came though and as a treat, and in the hope that it’d make you sleep in longer, I let you sleep in my bed the night before. As you woke (super early!) you snuggled into me and said “mama is it my birthday?” I was finally able to say yes and it was probably the happiest I’ve seen you in three years. Your very first response was “can I have breakfast in bed Mama?” Which judging by your face seemed like a very special treat indeed. I granted you your wish and then you exclaimed ” I’m older!” 

You are older sweet girl and my don’t we know it. I was sad for your last two birthdays because I didn’t want you to get bigger, it all seemed to be happening so fast. As much as I wish you’d stay small for a tad longer I am just loving you at 3 years old.


We hold proper conversations, you are so articulate. Your imagination is off the scale and I adore to watch and listen to you play games you have made up.

Babies are a new favourite and you are so very caring towards your baby Annabell. Watching you with her shows me how incredible you would be if you were to ever be a big sister. You have formed some beautiful friendships and now play wonderfully with children your own age.


Some things don’t change as you are still as feisty, strong willed, determined and as  sassy as ever. I don’t want that to change, those qualities will take you places if you use them correctly. 

I’m so excited for the next year with you and to watch you grow even more.

Love,

Mama x

Painshill Park

Painshill Park is a beautiful landscape garden in Surrey. It’s a hidden gem and I can’t believe I hadn’t been before now as it’s only a short car journey away from us. We were inspired to go by Katy from hotpinkwellingtons.com and we owe her a big thank you!

Last week felt like a real start to spring with warm sunny days almost everyday so I took the opportunity to enjoy some Betty days and decided to visit Painshill on one of those days, the sunniest of the lot I think. I had a tired tot on my hands so it took us a while to get going and past the café (that girl LOVES a café) but eventually we were amongst the sea of daffodils and hunting for fairies whilst snacking on picnic goods.

There are a few routes to take around the park but we were advised to follow the historic track. It led us through a wooded area, up a hill and across to a stunning gothic temple. Betty decided this would be the perfect picnic spot and I fully agreed. We settled down to lunch looking over the river with the sun shining. It was just perfect.

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After lunch we wandered through some more woodland and out to the river which was utterly breath taking. I feel like such an old lady when I say that but it’s true. The water was so calm, the birds were tweeting and there must have been only three other people about. Betty fancied a sit in the buggy so I was able to take my time and breathe in the calm and peacefulness.

The track takes you round in a large circle so we were soon back to our starting point and Betty’s haven, the café.

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Until next time…

I haven’t stopped thinking about it since a so as soon as it’s sunny again we’ll be back there for sure!

Let me know if you pay a visit and try a different route round.

Sarah x

 

West Wittering 

Visiting the beach brings a huge sense of calm and happiness to me and I think Betty would agree that is has the same affect on her too.We’re lucky enough to have access to a beach whenever we visit Betty’s Nana and Grandad, and not just any beach. West Wittering beach.


A couple of weeks ago we had the perfect Saturday which started off with a coffee and wander around Chichester Cathedral and then we made our way to West Wittering.
We paid a small fortune for a portion of chips (£3.50!!) and found a spot to enjoy our little lunch and take in our surroundings.


Betty very much enjoyed the chips but she was soon charging towards to sea dragging Daddy along with her! They spent ages building sand castles and we had lots of fun splashing in the small pools of water.


It really was a perfect day. The beach was quiet, the weather was windy but warm, the lighting was delightful and Betty was a dream!

Do pop back for the next instalment of Betty at the beach.
Thanks for reading,

Sarah x

Me & Mine: Remembering October

Well it’s the end of the month and I thought what better way to end it than join in with the Me and Mine project. I had taken some family shots when we were at the beach a few weeks ago which I thought I would use for this month but then yesterday we went for our usual Sunday walk and took a few impromptu snaps on my phone.

Now I know they aren’t the best quality and probably don’t sit well with the other beautiful photos that I usually see filling my Instagram feed but I thought what the hell! We had such a lovely Sunday and I wanted to capture the vibe of the day right there and then. We didn’t take the tripod (always forget) so the next best thing was selfie mode on my phone.

They are pure cheese tastic and none of us are looking our best but we were having fun and enjoying quality time with each other. Proper family time making memories that’ll last forever. Like I said, cheese!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

The Me and Mine Project

Dear Betty

My darling Betty, you are now 2 and a half years old and my how you’ve grown.I thought you were grown up when I wrote your 18 month update but now you really do seem like a big girl.
Over the past year your character has really come out which is so wonderful to see. To others you might come across as a bit naughty but we know that what others might see as naughty is just your loud, feisty, adventurous side.

I love that you have so much confidence and that you know exactly what you want, I hope you hold onto that confidence and use it wisely as you get older.You are so determined and you shoot anybody down who tries to help you.

As well as your feisty side you also have a sweet vulnerable side which you show us only occasionally. You love your family and you tell them so. You need Mummy and Daddy in new situations or crowded places but it doesn’t take you long to adjust and then you’re off trying to make friends. You are so kind and caring, please hold onto your kindness as you get older but don’t let people take advantage my darling, bring out the feistiness and tell them to back off!

You are a total chatter box which brings us joy each day (and sometimes headaches!), you are constantly learning and now talking in full sentences to us which blows our minds all the time.
Your cuddles and kisses are so precious and when you say “I love you Mama/Daddy” our hearts burst with joy.

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We are so glad we get to be your parents, we love you oh so very much my baby.
Here’s to another year of adventures!

Love,
Mama x

Sunday Strolling. Ep 2

We like to use Sundays to go for a family walk. It’s not something that we have said we’ll do each week but it just seems to happen and I love that we have a little tradition starting without evening meaning to. Last week stopped in a little village called Ripley to take a walk along the canal. I drive past this spot quite often and the light is always so so beautiful, I just had to go and have an explore.

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The lighting didn’t disappoint. As we walked along the path, it was even more lovely being caught up in it rather than just driving past. Half the sky was blue and half the sky was dull and overcast but the light was so bright and beautiful. We stopped to watch a boat go by, which Betty enjoyed very much. I love it when she waves and people wave back, it makes my heart feel all warm and fuzzy. We then continued walking along the path towards the open fields. The first hurdle was getting past the cows, my husband assured me it would be fine but also said he could only save one of us should they charge towards us, cheers hubby! 🙂  We got past them with no trouble but then Betty decided she didn’t fancy a walk so we had to turn back and go through the cows again!

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We managed to persuade Betty to try walking again on the other side of the bridge which worked for about five minutes, she just wasn’t feeling it so we had to abandon our walk for that day.

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It was still lovely to spend some time there and enjoy the light, we will definitely go back when Betty is feeling more adventurous!

 

Do you go out for family walks on a Sunday? If so, do you have any places that you love and go back to time and time again?
Thanks for reading,

Sarah x

Sunday Strolling. Ep 1

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Another Sunday, another walk. For our walk this week we headed to a place called Chobham common as we were on the hunt for some heather and boy did we find some!
I had never been to Chobham common but my husband had heard there was lots of heather there so we thought we would have a little adventure. We walked through a big wood and down some steps until we came across a huge amount of open land with trees, grass, paths and heather. It was beautiful. It reminded of a desert for some reason, it all looked a bit dry and sandy.

We walked along the sandy paths, clambered over tree stumps and squeezed our way through the prickly branches to make it to some big clumps of heather and it was stunning. The lighting was on my side once again and I had so much fun capturing the different shades of purple amongst the dried out browns and greens surrounding it.

It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday, it was the perfect temperature and it felt so peaceful as we only passed the occasional dog walker so it felt like we were the only ones there.

Later that day I told my parents where we had been and it turns out my Grandpa would often suggest to go to Chobham common for a Sunday drive which drove everyone barmy, but I can totally see why he loved it so much and now it feels that extra bit special to me.

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Next year I think we’ll try to go a couple of weeks early so we catch the heather when it’s a brighter shade of purple.

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Thanks for reading,

Sarah x