The Best

This came from another blog, who got the idea from a magazine where they do a “Best of” section where a well-known person answers some questions. I enjoyed reading this over there so thought I would give it a go, why don’t you give it a go too on your blog?! You could even do it on your Facebook page! 

Best Compliment – I think it would have to be a selection of compliments from other people on how much weight I have lost and how much better I look! (I don’t mind them saying that last part as I know I do!)

Best Weekend – I think would have to be our 2nd wedding anniversary weekend in the Lake District, we had a lovely evening by ourselves and then spent the following evening with friends (who I met on a wedding forum) who we met “in real life” for the first time, we had a very fun evening!

Best Kept Secret – It would have to be the first few few weeks of my pregnancy! (Apart from the people on the forum I’m part of, those who saw on my blog and my LTTTC friends I told beforehand – there were still a lot of poeple it was a big shock to!

Best Meal – We haven’t really been to many posh restaurants, but I think it would have be the meal we had at Fat Olives in the Lake District last year! After every mouthful from both of us was an ‘mmm’!

Best Friend – I don’t really have a ‘best friend’ any more, but I do have a few very close friends. If I had to say someone it would be my husband.

Best Book – I only really got back into reading this year, and I can’t remember many books that I read years ago, so none really stick out. So I would say at the minute ‘My Story’ by Dave Pelzer (a trilogy of his first 3 books).

Best Decision – Soppy I know, but agreeing to marry my husband!

Best Job – I haven’t really had that many jobs, only to keep me going through college and Uni, and they were only in pubs etc. so nothing to write home about! I would say the job I do from home at the minute, making & selling cupcakes.

Best Lesson – To never give up on your dreams. Many a time I have felt like giving up but kept pushing, and I’m part way there (When I actually hold my baby in my arms I think I will be able to say I fully got there!)

Best Moment – Apart from getting married, I would have to say finding out I was pregnant! I just can’t describe how amazing it felt.

Best Gift – I can’t think at the moment so will have to say at this moment, probably my first laptop that hubby bought me to go away to Uni with! Bless him!

Best Way to Relax – A nice warm bath with lots of bubbles, candles and a book.

13 weeks (and more fluffy post)

So Sunday was the 13 week mark! Nearing the end of the first trimester and only 27 more weeks to go…

No bump pic this week as it’s not really much different from last week! 

We have a few things to keep us occupied until baby arrives – it’s hubby’s birthday 3 weeks tomorrow, the Monday after that we go on holiday, and then on the Thursday it’s my quarter century birthday! (Exactly a week after hubby’s!) And then in November I’m going Xmas/baby shopping in Manchester with a friend, and then in December we’re going to Leicester for another friends birthday! And then of course we have Xmas (which we are hopefully going away for, to stay with my Mum & Step-Dad if they have moved by then), and then New Year, and then Valentines Day which will be very low key as baby is due the month after! 

I was also very honoured last week, as I was part of the Friday feature on a very good friends blog over at Not Even A Bag Of Sugar! If you don’t follow her already, I would get yourself over there as it is a very heartfelt blog focusing on prematurity (but she does post about other things too) as her amazing, gorgeous baby boy was born at only 27 weeks.

My last thing to add, more fluffy post arrived today, courtesy of Kylie (author of above blog!) who very kindly won a starter pack for us from Baba + Boo. Mainly jungle prints so we are going to have a jungle baby!

So we have a white nappy bucket, a mesh laundry bag, a cow print wet bag, a giraffe nappy, a tiger nappy, a zebra nappy, a leopard nappy, and the Cruella Du Wee which Kylie named and won the competition with! 

12 weeks 3 days “bump” (pic)…

…Or do I just look chubby?! I can’t tell the difference to be honest! (Excuse the moo cow PJ bottoms, the only thing that is comfy at the minute!)

I also bought some baby botty fluff yesterday! (I nearly wrote bum fluff but that just sounds, well, odd!) 

BabyBotBums Stars & Moons
BabyBotBums Jungle Animals

Both baby neutral of course for the time being! And with free delivery over £10 and 15% off I couldn’t resist!

12 weeks

Today is the 12 week mark! Again you could say, as I thought I was 12 weeks on Friday! I would have a (lack of) bump pic to add, but I haven’t managed to get dressed today, oops! So maybe tomorrow or Tuesday…

I also had some really odd dreams during my nap today, one of them I had 4 arms?! I was making a mini trifle and typing on the laptop at the same time?! And the other one, well I’m not telling you that as it is quite embarrassing! Also been waking up a couple of times during the last week screaming and in tears as I dreamed I was being attacked by dogs. Not nice.

Other dreams I have had during my pregnancy so far – that a very attractive celebrity chef was the father of baby! That one was a bit of shock! 3 days before my BFP, I dreamed that someone gave us a baby?! And 2 days before, I dreamed I got my BFP! Dreams really do come true (sometimes).

A letter to my LTTTC friends

Hi ladies,

I just want to say, thank you all so much for being there for me these last few weeks, when I know how much it must have been hurting. I know you are incredibly happy for me, but at the same time I know you must be feeling jealous at times, and that is totally understandable. I’ve been there.

At times I feel guilty, that it’s me and not you, as I know you all want this just as much as I did/do. I really wish I could do something to help you, and many of you know that. 

I am trying my best to be sensitive and thoughtful to you all, which is why I let most of you (so sorry if I forgot anyone!) know privately before I announced it to the world. I know it was a shock, it was as much for you as it was for me. Scan and bump photos will be added to here, so you don’t have to look if you don’t want to. 

It’s been a long, hard, 2.5 years for hubby & I, but we got there in the end – “Good things come to those who wait” – I know for a long time I didn’t believe this, no matter what anybody said, sometimes I still think it feels surreal and worrying that something will go wrong, as we’re just not this lucky to be blessed like this! 

I do truly believe though, that one day, may it be this year, next year, a few years, your dream will come true, whether it be naturally, by fertility treatment, or whether you have to go down these long hard roads, and then the even harder one (from the stories of some of the ladies on the forum I’m a member of) of adoption, if those ones do not make your dream come true. At this point I have to take a quote from one of the ladies on the forum who has been through it all –

“Sometimes your original dream doesn’t work out. But the one that replaces it can be even better…”

P.S. To those of you who have not yet read my blog from the beginning, if you do so, it may help you understand why I have been the way I have over the last couple of years, and how to be just that bit more “helpful” and sensitive to anybody you know who is going through the heartbreak that is infertility, or difficulties in trying to conceive. 

Love to you all,

Stacey xx