Finding Out We Were Expecting

I have to say, finding out we were pregnant was a bit of a surprise. Don’t get me wrong – we’re incredibly happy about it, but it wasn’t really something we planned to do this year! We’re still quite young and at the time we were living with my parents, so we weren’t really in the position we’d want to be in.


It also came at a pretty busy/stressful time. When I realised I was late, I was spending ta few days in Manchester with a friend, watching Taylor Swift in concert and generally hanging out. I couldn’t really think about anything else at the time though – I was constantly wondering/worrying whether I was or not. At the same time, Nathan was having a job interview in London, for something that we knew could make a big change in our lives. I was worried that finding out I was pregnant would ruin this opportunity for him.


When he called to say he had the job, I dropped in that I might be pregnant… I think we both had the same kind of reaction: we wouldn’t worry about it too much until we knew it was real. Which was fine, in theory, but I was also terrified of doing a test – when Nathan offered to get one, I freaked out and insisted we waited. As I’d come off the pill recently, I thought it was just a scare, and things would get back to normal soon.


After about a week, we decided to do it. I’d spent a lovely day brunching with friends, we picked up a test on the way home and, again, tried not to worry. I was scared. It seems weird now because I’m so happy about it, but I was terrified, though now I can’t really say what it was I was worried about.


I did the test in the bathroom at my mom’s house (very secretly, obviously). I wanted to wait to look at the result with Nathan, but it came up pretty much straight away, so it was a definite positive. We spent the night in a bit of a daze, just getting used to the idea, and gradually becoming less scared. It’s a massive thing to become parents, especially when it wasn’t really planned, but we love each and we’re so happy to be starting a family.


I spent the whole first couple of weeks not being able to think about anything else. It felt like I was walking around in a constant dream, and all I could think about was  babybabybaby. Thinking back on it, it was quite nice – I miss being so solely focused on it, but real life has to come back into things at some point I guess!


So that’s our ‘finding out’ story. It’s nothing like I ever expected, but I don’t think I would change anything. I’d love to hear other people’s stories, especially ‘surprise’ pregnancy ones!

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.

Top Five… Childhood Books

I’m cheating a little with this one as some aren’t from my childhood as such, but ones I read to my little sisters when they were babies and I was 9/10ish.
This is one that I’d read to my sisters. I used to do silly accents for everyone afraid of the spider and we’d laugh so much. And pretend we weren’t afraid of spiders for a while.
This is another I used to read to my sisters and we all adored it. It’s such a perfect bedtime read, and other books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler never fail to amuse and entertain.
I definitely couldn’t leave this book out. I think I remember it as one of the first books I read on my own and I could still read it today and enjoy it. It’s a simple but beautiful story and the illustrations really bring it to life. I loved recounting everything he ate!
An amazing ‘I don’t need no man’ independent princess book. We didn’t have our own copy but my Aunt and Uncle had a ‘library room’ in their house with a kids sections and this was always the first book I read.
And the winner is…
It took me a while to find that picture. I’m not sure where my copy of this is (my older sister may have claimed it for herself). This tells the story of Kate, who becomes Splodger and does lots of naughty things and when she gets in trouble she reverts to being Kate again. I remember loving this one an awful lot, although in my own Splodger moment I ripped out one of the pages so we could never read the whole thing.
Do you have any childhood books that really stick in your mind? I’d love to hear what you loved as a kid!