14 weeks and Counting

According to everything I’ve read, now is the good part of pregnancy, when all the morning sickness and tiredness wears off and you really get that pregnancy ‘glow’ and feel great. And of course, the baby bump starts developing, but you’re not yet so huge you feel cumbersome.

 

For me, I had a pretty easy ride in the first trimester, so I don’t know how different or ‘better’ I’m feeling now. I didn’t have any real morning sickness – the occasional nauseous feeling, but as this was often when travelling to/from work I’m not sure how much this was pregnancy related and how much was just usual travel sickness.

 

As for tiredness, that was the one that got me the most. It didn’t help that we went through some fairly stressful things during the first trimester: namely finding and moving into a new house, which is stressful at the best of times! We’ve now moved quite far away from my place of work, so I’m doing a lot of extra travelling too, which doesn’t really help. Since I don’t drive, I’m getting the train at 5:40 each morning, and then a bus after that too, so it’s a pretty long journey (about two hours each way).

 

Now we’re in week 14, we’ve also started telling more people our news. Some we’d told quite early on (I’ll probably be writing about that in a future post) including my oldest sister, best friend and mother, but others we’ve not yet got round to, and it’s getting to the point where we should!

 

As for baby bump, we’re not quite there yet, but there’s definitely something developing! Some of my old clothes don’t really fit any more, and the ones that do can feel tight or uncomfortable. I think it’s an awkward stage, because I can’t fit into my normal clothes and most of the maternity clothes I have are still too big. I’m really looking forward to being a bit bigger, so that I look and feel more pregnant too!

 

This is my first real pregnancy related post, and I will try to do weekly/bi-weekly updates as things progress – I’m not sure if it’s interesting to readers or not, but either way, I like getting it all recorded 🙂 I’ll also have some posts on more specific things, such as finding out we were pregnant, telling people about being pregnant, and work and pregnancy, to name a few.

Soundtrack Saturday: Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon)

Soundtrack Saturday is a weekly meme created and run by Erin at The Hardcover Lover.

 

I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for a month or so, and haven’t done a soundtrack for a while, but I wrote this one way back when I read the book.

 

This week I decided to do one for Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I read this a few months ago and just adored it. It’s so charming and heartbreaking all in one. Straight after I knew I had to do a soundtrack for it.

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Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

 

It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need you now

Said I wouldn’t call but I’ve lost all control and I need you now

And I don’t know how I can do without

I just need you now

Guess I’d rather hurt than feel nothing at all.

 

You Are In Love – Taylor Swift

 

For once you let go

Of your fears and your ghosts

One step, not much, but it said enough

You can hear it in the silence

You can feel it on the way home

You can see it with the lights out

You’re in love, true love.

 

Never Like This – Danielle Bradbury

 

Wake up, put my feet on the floor

I see colours I’ve never seen before

It scares me and shakes me down to the core

‘Cause I know for certain that nothing’s for sure

It happened so fast, so much to lose

Falling fifty miles an hour without a parachute

Trying to resist, but I can’t refuse

I’m feeling feelings that I never knew

 

Pirates – Jenny Owen Youngs

 

Can’t say what’s inside me, or when you might find me

Lying with my face down in the dirt like I never learned how

To stand on my own feet, or make a recovery

If there is a right time darling, well, it’s never been now

I’ll keep coming back

You don’t make me better but you don’t make me worse

 

After You – Meg Myers

 

This moment shaking in my hands

I’ll share this secret for a chance

Just to be here with you

Just to get lost with you

I’m falling in deep

Do you already know my love is after you

 

I Need To Know (I Could) – Coby Grant

 

I am scared, and I am full of doubt

But I am getting on the plane

I’m leaving like I knew I always would

To follow my heart, and it will be hard

But I am sure that something’s calling me

And I need to know I could

 

 

Book Review: Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon)

*I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Publisher: Corgi Children’s

Pages: 320

Release Date: September 3rd 2015

Summary (From Goodreads):

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Review:

Wow, I could not put this down. I started it in the morning on the way to work and finished it before bedtime. It just kept pulling me in and making me want to read more and more.The story is often a sad one: there were times when it actually hurt to read on as I imagined being in Maddy’s position.

While she hasn’t had her fair lot in life, Maddy gets by just fine, losing herself in books and her relationship with her Mom and her nurse, Carla. But when she starts interacting with the boy next door, everything begins to change.

There were some times when I thought Maddy’s behaviour was reckless: when you consider everything she risks just by seeing Olly, it didn’t seem worth it for a boy she only just met. But the more I read, the more I understood her point of view. There were times when I’d think, what is the point? For Maddy, every day is the same as the one before it, and there’s no end to that, apart from death.

The relationship with Olly begins beautifully. It made me smile and I understood her attraction to him, and also her fear. It felt like he would always be more to her than she was to him: she had nothing without him, but he could always go out and find someone else.

There were times when I didn’t agree with Maddy’s actions (trying not to spoil anything here) but I did come round to her way of thinking. What’s the point of life if you’re not able to live it? What’s the point of keeping yourself safe and well, if that’s all you spend your life doing? It felt so, so depressing, but there was light at the end of the tunnel.

I can’t believe I didn’t see the ending coming. It did flicker across my mind at the beginning but I quickly dismissed it, so when it came it felt like it was out of nowhere (I did a massive gasp and shocked face and everything). It just made Maddy’s life up until that point even more sad and frustrating.

As mentioned above, the story is told in different ways, with Maddy and Olly’s IM messages, pictures and other bits and pieces. The sad thing about my review copy (an e-copy from NetGalley) was that some of these didn’t show up, but I guess that just means I’ll be buying the real thing once it’s out.

I raced through this book and loved every second of it. It just feels like one of those books that everyone should read, and I hope they do! Great debut from Nicola Yoon.

My Verdict:

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If you enjoyed this, you may also like All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

I’m Back!

Well hello there. It has been a while, hasn’t it?


Apologies for the silence over the last month or so, it’s been a bit of a crazy time for me. But I’m back, and with a new shiny blog too.


If you’ve already had a look around (or just checked out my new blog name) then you may have guessed my news, but if not then here it is:

 

I’m happy to announce that we’re expecting a new little Moore to be joining us early next March 🙂

 

This wasn’t something we planned but we’re both incredibly excited, and I guess it’s come at a pretty good (although busy) time. Just before we found out, Nathan (my partner) got himself an amazing new job in London. Because of this, we found it was time to move out of my parent’s house, who have kindly put up with us for the last year or so. While we appreciate everything they did for us (and I know it can’t be easy to have your 24 year old daughter move back home with her partner) it was definitely time for us to move out and get our own space. I’d forgotten what it was like to live in our own home with just the two of us (though that won’t be for long!). My parent’s house also had my two younger sisters and my grandma, so it was always very loud and busy!

 

So now we’ve moved to a lovely village in Milton Keynes, within commuting distance for us both for work (though my journey is particularly long and tiring, but I’m not ready to leave my lovely job yet). We were without internet for a while, hence another reason for the blogging hiatus. But I’m all up and running now and am determined to get back into the swing of blogging.

 

This blog will be a little different than my old one. Apart from looking better (I hope), it’s not just going to be undiluted reviews anymore: I’m also going to be tracking the pregnancy as it progresses, and talking more about my writing too. I’m redrafting my first young adult novel and am feeling the need to talk about it/get away from it for a little while.

 

Unfortunately, in the move from Blogger some of the formatting on my old posts has gotten messed up 🙁 I’m trying to correct it but it may take a little while, so bear with!


I’ll leave this post here for now. I’m really looking forward to getting back into blogging and catching up with everyone again. Please do stop by and say hi some time!