2018 | What's in Store?

Instead of the oh so popular New Years Resolutions post that we all love, I thought I would do a little post about what 2018 has in store for me - the things I know are going to happen and things I would like to make happen.

So, let's start off with the obvious -

I'm having a baby! In April 2018 I will be having a little baby girl. We already have our son, so it'll be a nice way to complete our family. I am actually really looking forward to labour and birth, there's just something about childbirth (I'm not quite sure what) that is empowering.

Holiday. Although we won't be going abroad this year, we will be taking a break and getting away. Most likely to sunny Cornwall with the in laws as we have done in the past. Only this year, around the time we will be going, there will be another Gromit Trail around Bristol! We loved the first one and we loved the Shaun the Sheep trail too so we are looking forward to doing this one on our way home.

More time to blog. With being on maternity leave, I will likely have a bit more time to spend on my blog. I'm very excited about this one, there will be days where my little boy is at nursery and so I will be able to sit and write while little girl sleeps.

Taking some time for myself. After I had our son I suffered with post partum depression and anxiety   and I sworn to myself that I am going to do everything in my power to try and stop that this time around. So I'll be making sure I get out and about and make some time for me. You know, get my nails done, hair done - things like that to help me feel a little more human.

Lose weight. So I'm now starting to get into the things that I would like to happen part of the post. Once our little girl is here I am going to be working very hard to get off the weight that I had before pregnancy and that I have gained during my pregnancy. This is a resolution I make every year but I'm not making resolutions this year. Just changes and improvements to help me achieve the life I want to live.

Get Engaged. So this one is total wishful thinking. Me and Tim have been together for 10 years now, have a son and a daughter on the way. Every year I hope that it's the year. At every special occasion I sit wondering "is this it? Is it finally going to happen?". This year I'm going to try not to get my hopes up too much, but a girl is allowed to dream right?

YouTube? So I've been wanting to start YouTube for so long but never had the confidence. I still don't! But I'm hoping that my confidence will slowly rise and I'll finally start doing something that I've been wanting to for so long.

Are you making any New Years Resolutions? Or are you just making a few changes or planning to do new things?

2017 Favourites

2017 seems to have been a bit of a whirlwind year, and just like that it's almost over. 2018 looks to be a very promising year and I hope that it brings lots of love and happiness.

With 2017 drawing to an end I thought I'd look back over the year at things that have made me happy and the things I have loved.

We booked and went on our first holiday as a family of 3. We were lucky enough to be able to book a trip to Paris, staying in a EuroCamp and spending 2 days in Disneyland. Alex loved every second and We can't wait to go back again with 2 children!

I finished CBT and was discharged. This was a huge deal for me. After over a years worth of CBT, and a lot of hard work, I was finally discharged and was able to control the anxiety and depression that took over me.

I'm Pregnant again! I feel incredibly lucky to have one amazing child let alone be able to fall pregnant so easily with a second. And even more so that baby #2 is a girl - meaning we will have one of each. I feel so blessed and thankful everyday.

My mum. Without my mum, so many things would have seemed impossible. Our house looked like a tip. There was hardly any space for storage or, well, us. My mum came in and gutted pretty much the entire place for use and made it liveable. Alex now has space to play, both in his bedroom and in the living room. We have a dining room which we can now all sit around the table to dinner. Thank you mum.

Alex's first Christmas performance. Alex had his first Christmas performance with his preschool! All the children gathered around and sang Christmas songs for all the parents, it was so magical and I couldn't have been more proud of him as he was so nervous!

Snow. It snowed. It actually snowed. This made me so happy! Snow makes everything look so pretty and fresh and it simply makes me so happy!

What has made you happy this year?

Snow Days

Like most of the midlands, we have experienced quite a bit of snow over the weekend prompting snow days off work and school and lots of family time together.

Me, Tim and Alex all braved a drive out to Attingham Park on Saturday morning for a wintery walk. Alex absolutely loved walking around in the snow, even if it did make him a little tired half way around.

 I thought I would share some pictures from the last few days :)

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...."

Pregnancy Update | Weeks 14 - 20

So, much like a lot of pregnant bloggers and vloggers, I had hoped to do these pregnancy updates a bit more frequently with a Trimester update/round-up post at the end of each trimester. As it turn out, pregnancy goes one of 2 ways - it either doesn't give you anything to update each week so you end up having to wait 3-4 weeks or more. Or it gives you so much that you forget to do the little updates and end up having to do an update for the last 4+ weeks.

So let's get cracking!

Week 14 - Hello Second Trimester! I've been waiting oh so impatiently for you! I'm officially out of what they call the 'danger zone'. So many things can go wrong in the first trimester and the risk of miscarriage is higher. And then you hit the second and the risk lowers drastically. I am so relieved to have got to this stage and we have our gender scan in 2 weeks! Exciting!

Week 15 - I can not believe how different this pregnancy has been from my first. My morning sickness has almost completely gone! I'm impressed to say the least! However, I seem to have everything else - fatigue, headaches, migraines, sore boobs and achy joints. And lets not forget the cramps. Oh good god, the cramps. I never had any last time around so these have caused me to become increasingly anxious. Will be speaking to the midwife at my appointment next week.

Week 16 - Gender scan day!!! This came around so quickly and I could not wait to get Alex in that room to find out whether he's having a brother or a sister! After a lot of moving the widget around my belly, she found the bottom and determined that we are having a GIRL!! This mumma gets one of each and she couldn't be happier!

On to my midwife appointment - the quickest appointment I've had to date? No listening for the heartbeat (causes more anxiety than it does eases it) and no bloods taken. In and out in 15 minutes. Apparently the cramps are normal but also there was the teeniest bit of protein in my wee sample, meaning a minute water infection. This could also be causing the cramps.

2am and I've fallen out of bed. This is the stuff of nightmares. I feel straight onto my side and now cramps have started and hurt quite a bit. I've called the midwives up at the hospital and was reassured that baby is well protected and everything should be ok. But I am to monitor any more cramping and potential bleeding.

Two days since my fall and the cramps have picked up again. No bleeding but something isn't quite right. Called the midwives and was told to pop up to Telford as it's a Saturday. Gave another wee sample and hopped up onto a bed and a midwife was kind enough to get me a drink. Another midwife popped her head around the corner and measured my tummy and got a doppler to try and find a heartbeat. One jug of water and 3 attempts later and there it was, a gorgeous galloping heartbeat! Such a relief!

Week 17 - Wow, what a week last week! Luckily this week hasn't been as eventful! I did have my first consultant appointment though and was very pleased to be told that I the would be able to labour naturally. I also received the appointment for my glucose tolerance test which will take place late December.

Week 18 - I was hoping to be feeling a lot more movements by this point but only getting a few flutters here and there. I'm really looking forward to when I can feel her move a lot more!

Week 19 - A horrible start to the week, feeling really rotten with horrendous migraines. Turns out, they were the cause of a minor water infection. No need for antibiotics, just rest and plenty of water. Someone had recommended cranberry juice, does that even work? I was lucky enough to have my mum come over and help look after my little boy and me. Not only that but she has pretty much tidied and cleaned my house from top to bottom! Thanks mum

Wednesday morning this week was our 20 week anomaly scan. Baby was just perfect although she refused to move her arms from her face meaning the sonographer couldn't see her lips to check if there was a cleft lip. We were sent out to walk around and have a drink in the hopes it would get her moving. Not much luck there and the sonographer was only just about able to see her lips and was happy there were no abnormalities.

Week 20 - Started this week feeling loads better, and then jinxed it by mentioning to a colleague that for the first time in weeks I hadn't woken with a headache. Then Thursday morning, headache! Yippee(!) I also spent the morning being sick, I thought it was food poisoning but as Alex was then sick that night it must have been a bug.

I'm now into my 21st week of pregnancy and still getting the migraines. I've also made the decision to take my maternity leave early this time and take the full year off so hopefully that will make things easier to deal with towards the end.

Coping with Stress

I get stressed so easily and find it very difficult to wind down. And with Christmas coming up super fast and dealing with a very energetic 2 year old while being 5 months pregnant, I'm finding it even more difficult still! So I asked around for some advice on how to deal with stress, especially as a parent or when you are expecting.

  • Enough, for a while, is good enough. The last thing you need as a growing or new parent is to constantly fret about the image of being perfect. You won't be, you can't keep all the plates spinning at once and something will have to give. So put your duties in order of priority, do what needs to be done, get rid of ALL advice books, stop looking at Instagram and, if by the end of the day, you still have your job, a roof over your head, your significant other and kept all your children alive, fed and dressed, you've done a good enough job. www.howtorockatparenting.wordpress.com 
  •  Ante-natal yoga was a lifesaver. Once a week, I just got to be pregnant and focus on myself and my body. I'd leave feeling lighter than air, mentally and physically (quite a feat as I got towards the end of my pregnancy!). www.spitting-Yarn.com
  •  Taking a step back is important - not everything needs to be completed there and then. Also, trying to get enough rest - you're growing another human after all! thefrugalcottage.com 
  • I was so anxious when I was pregnant with my youngest because I had just had a miscarriage a couple of months before. I also develop cholestasis in pregnancy, which increases the risk of stillbirth, so I was just on edge all the time. I then started aquanatal and a pregnancy meditation class and it helped so much with the anxiety. I'd really recommend them to anyone who is feeling stressed or anxious in pregnancy. https://ourfairytaleadventure.com/2015/08/05/prenatal-meditation-yoga/ 
  •  Aromatherapy oils helped me to ease stress a lot - both as a massage tool, in a diffuser and I have a mix on a roll on that I put on my wrists. 100% natural so entirely safe when pregnant!www.welshmum.co.uk 
  •  Having some time to yourself helps! I make sure I have half hour to myself. Kids in bed and husband upstairs. I look at my phone or just have a bath, anything so I can reset myself. www.savings4savvymums.co.uk 
  •  We tried to spend some time each week making meal plans and creating lists of activities or cleaning jobs that needed doing around the house so that everybody knew what needed to be done during the week. This allowed me to feel less guilty about not being able to help around the house in the later weeks of pregnancy and meant that we didn't have last minute stresses about cooking dinner or have a child running out of clean socks before school! www.rtoatsblog.com 
  •  Hypnotherapy really helped me relax with my first son and massively reduced my anxiety about having two under 2yrs when I was due my second son. Being able to practice the hypnosis at home was priceless. www.thriftymum.com 
  •  It may sound silly but in a busy job ensuring a took my lunch break was so important for my stress levels. Rather than eating at my desk I would go somewhere quiet and read a book or crochet. Once baby came I made sure that during at least one of his naps I would sit and watch TV for 30 minutes or read. Just doing something for yourself can be important. Washing can wait. www.welshmumwriting.com 
  •  Stepping away from Google. I was so anxious about the health of the baby during my last pregnancy. To begin with, I spent a lot of time Googling symptoms. But it is quite scary and only made me anxiety worst. So I stepped away from Google and spoke to my midwife if I was worried. It made a big difference. http://mrshsfavouritethings.com 
  • Having a soak in a hot bath after the kids were in bed so I could truly relax and unwind was a godsend for me. Also walking the dog on my own. A good walk out in the fresh air can really make you feel 100 times better. www.mumof2point5.com
Thank you so much to all the wonderful bloggers that put forward their tips - I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them all and plan to put several of these into action as soon as possible. I went through CBT after finally admitting something wasn't quite right and getting a diagnosis for PND. I am determined this time around to make some time for myself and put everything I've learned from CBT and from all these amazing tips into practice and take better care of myself.

Let me know if there are any tips you would add.

10 Years Later...

Happy Anniversary Tim. 

For what actually feels like all of 2 seconds, we have actually been together 10 years. 10 years! Can you believe it?

Let's face it, it started as a bit of fun for you and a rebound for me. But I grew to love the man who put me first, was a total gentleman and nothing less and knew how to make me feel safe and wanted. In the time we have been together, we have been to Australia, bought a house, had a child and have another one on the way, and I would not change a thing.

Thank you for putting up with me for so long and here's to another 10 years.

Love you x

Five Favourite Friday | Children in Need Official Singles

Happy Children in Need Day!

In case your weren't aware, today (Friday 17th November 2017) is Children in Need.

"BBC Children in Need is the BBC's UK corporate charity. Thanks to the support of the public, we're able to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK. How do we do this? Read all about our vision and how we operate below." 
BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008dk4b)

Every year for Children in Need there is an Official Single released to mark the occasion. And, today, myself and Tim will be looking at our favourite songs from the last 32 Years of BBC Children in Need.

5.Katie Melua, Fields of Gold (2017). I am really loving this years song. Fields of Gold is just one of those easy listening songs that I can't turn off. And this is such a beautiful version of it.

4. S Club 7, Never Had a Dream Come True (2000). A bit of a guilty pleasure as I love S Club 7. They (along with the Spice Girls) where one of my favourite bands and I love that this song was a Children in Need single.

3. Emma Bunton, Downtown (2006). Another guilty pleasure! I'm not even 100% sure why I love this song but I do!

2. Shane Richie, I'm Your Man (2003). A fantastic upbeat song, it's just too catchy not to love!

1. Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band, The Official BBC Children in Need Medley (2009). Just listen to it if you haven't already. 'Nuff said.

An that's my top 5! Check out Tim's page and let me know which is your favourite?

The Halloween Movies I Love

Happy Halloween!

I do quite enjoy Halloween, even if I’m not a fan of anything scary. If it makes me jump or gets in my head at bedtime meaning I can’t sleep then count me out. There are some movies I really enjoy watching around Halloween time though, I thought I’d share them with you!

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas - My favourite film to watch all year round really! But I tend to whip this one out at Halloween and Christmas
  • Scary Movie - A horror film made into a comedy. It does haste jumpy bits and bits I would consider to be gory but they are few and far between and I do find the whole series of films rather humorous
  • Sixth Sense - What. A. Film. Bruce Willis at his finest. If you haven’t seen this then what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a copy and make sure you watch this tonight!
  • Hocus Pocus - Another disney one! A firm family favourite. Another must watch if you haven’t seen it. And if you don’t like scary films but love Halloween then this is definitely one for you
  • Hotel Transylvania - Loved the first and need to see the second. A Halloween romance film, who knew that combination could work so well?!
What are your top Halloween movie picks?

We're Having a....

As I write this it's just 5 days until we find out whether Alex is having a baby brother or sister! I'm so excited! Of course I don't mind which I have as long as baby is happy and healthy.... But I have to admit that I would love a little girl. I already have my little boy so a little girl would complete my family perfectly! On the other hand, a boy would give Alex a best friend and I would be able to use all those cute little outfits that Alex was only in for what felt like 2 seconds!

Post-Scan - after a long (and I mean looooooong) day, we finally made our way across to Babyvision for the scan. They were running late as they weren't able to scan someone and had to get them to have a walk around to try and get baby moving into a better position. So our 4pm appointment was more like 4:30 in the end. The lady was lovely and immediately made us all feel more at ease. She found baby's heartbeat straight away (which really helped with my anxiety) and then moved onto things like baby's spine and head and legs before finding baby's bottom! The moment of truth... she turned to us and pointed at 3 lines by baby's bum and said "these three lines here tell me that baby...."
Yes that's right! We are having a little baby girl! Alex will have a sister and we will have a daughter! I'm so excited, having an older brother and a younger sister has always been the picture of a perfect family to me (not to say anything else isn't perfect, it's just what is perfect for me) so I feel incredibly lucky to be having exactly this. On the sheet of paper we took away saying that they had told us baby is female, it does state that gender scans are only 97% accurate, so I do plan on 'double checking' at our 20 week scan in 3 weeks just to be sure...

I did run a poll on twitter and 71% of you said it was going to be a girl! I'm impressed! I was convinced it was a boy!

I'll be back again over the next week or so with another pregnancy update (yes, another one. Just because I can't seem to talk about anything else at the moment!) and then I promise I'll post something non-pregnancy related! 

So much to look forward to!

It’s been about a week since my last post and since it’s going to be a few days before my next one, which coincidentally is going to be an exciting one, I thought I give you a little update. 

The last week I’ve been rather exhausted and have had frequent headaches (which fortunately haven’t turned into a migraine this week) - I only really had nausea and sickness with Alex up until 24 weeks and then fatigue from there til the end. This time I’ve had everything so far! 

Not much else has happened over the past week, it’s been pretty mundane. But the next week and onwards have some really exciting things in store! It’s mums birthday on Sunday so I imagine we will be round there celebrating with the rest of the family. And then, on Monday afternoon myself and Alex will be headin back round to mums again. Only this time, my dad and my sister are finishing work early and we are all bundling into the car and heading out to Babyvision for a gender scan! I am so excited to find out what we are having! Both me and Tim have preferences but of course we will both be over the moon as long as baby is happy and healthy. 

I also have a few more appointments next week including my 16 week midwife appointment. I’m sure this isn’t as exciting as it is in my head but I’m really looking forward to it!

I’ll be posting on Tuesday with a gender reveal and scan picture! Exciting!

Baby Names I Love.. But Won't Be Using

I've seen numerous YouTubers doing this now, and thought I'd follow suit and do a post about the names I love but will not be using when baby #2 makes an appearance! I’m only choosing 5 boys names and 5 girls names or we’d be here all day!

Boys -
Leo ~ I love this name but I fear people might start questioning whether I just have an obsession with a certain Mr DiCaprio...
Jeremiah ~ this was my late Grandad Aston’s middle name and I always thought if I had a boy he would be called James Jeremiah (or JJ for short) but I came to my senses and realised that actually it wouldn’t be right for my little boy.  
Marley ~ not so much that I won’t be using it, and more that I can’t use it. My sister has banned me from using it... so, yeah...
Jasper ~ our old neighbours cat was called Jasper. ‘Nuff said. 
William ~ because William Williams is just cruel. 

Girls -
Poppy ~ if Alex had been a girl, we had picked out Poppy as a name. Now we know far too many Poppy’s so I feel like we couldn’t use that one. 
Florence ~ I do really like this name but I don’t feel it’s something that my child would be called, you know what I mean?
Aria ~ no, I don’t have a Pretty Little Liars obsession, you do...
Lexi ~ just a little bit too close to Alex. That and it’s short for Alexandra. I couldn’t have an Alexander and an Alexandra Now could I?
Luna ~ just a little too out there for me. As much as I love the name and I feel like it’s a name either I would regret choosing or she would hate me for giving her

What names do you love? Would you use them or not?

Five Favourite Friday | Halloween Costumes

Quite a while ago now, Tim and I decided Five Favourite Friday was going to be more of a casual thing rather than a weekly thing. We were basically running out of ideas for topics and it was becoming a bit of a strain trying to ensure that a post went up every week.

So, with Halloween just around the corner, we thought we'd post our top 5 Halloween costumes!

5. Billy the Puppet (Saw) ~ I had to put this one in! I did this for the first time 3 years ago and then again at the #BloggersHalloweenParty last year. It was super fun to create and so effective!

4. Wednesday Addams ~ I might try and give this one a go this year (or possibly next year - I don't recall Wednesday ever sporting a baby bump...). She's one of my favourite characters and I'd love to be able to pull this one off!

3. Zombie ~ You could literally turn any costume into a zombie costume. If you wanted to be a nurse, just put some small tears in the outfit, drip some fake blood, add a touch of gory looking makeup and voila! Zombie nurse! You're welcome.

2. Skeleton ~ purely because you just can't go wrong. If you have young children, this isn't too scary as you can avoid the mask or makeup and just opt for the outfit and then have your kids matching too, or you can make it super spooky and scare the living daylights out of everyone! And for all you other pregnant ladies out there, you can get a skeleton costume with a baby skeleton on the tummy! How cute!

1. Pennywise (IT) ~ This has got to be the most popular and by far the most scary for this year. With the new IT film out, people are going to be opting for this a lot I reckon. Be warned. If you don't like clowns at the best of times then I suggest this Halloween, stay inside, close your curtains and lock your doors!

And there's my top 5. Don't forget to head over to Tim's blog and check out his selection.

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

~ Pregnancy Update ~ 1st Trimester

As I enter my second trimester (14 weeks - 26 weeks) I have written about my first trimester. Basically from when we found out we were pregnant (again!) through to 13 weeks. It’s not been as smooth a ride as I had with Alex. Although last time suffered with morning sickness until 24 weeks its all I had. This time, I’ve had everything. So here are the big and important things I’ve been through in my first trimester! There’s a fair bit to get through so please bear with me throughout this post as I feel it’s important to get the information across. 

4 weeks
Oh. My. God. I’m pregnant. Again. I’m going to have not one, but two, yes TWO, children. Not sure whether to be happy or not. Big me and Tim are currently in a state of panic. I do however remember being like this with Alex too and within a couple of days it had sunk in and we both felt like as long as we stuck together we could do this - it will be the same this time around. 

6 weeks
I'm starting to realise that although I really suffered with morning sickness when I was pregnant with Alex, it was actually plain sailing. After suffering with period like cramps over a couple of days, I decided to call the community midwives for some advice. I was told that I needed to speak to the early pregnancy assessment unit and promptly put me through. I spoke to a lovely nurse on the team who advised that I needed to contact the MLU once again and tell them that the EPAU had said that they needed to call Telford and get them to book me in for an early scan just in case we were dealing with an ectopic pregnancy. So I called the midwives back and told her exactly what I had been told. I was met with a response of "we can't do that for you. As you are experiencing pain you need to call your GP and get them to see you as soon as possible in case the pregnancy isn't continuing". I am now at this point feeling a bit pushed about. So I call my GP knowing exactly what they're going to say ("anything related to pregnancy needs to go direct to the midwives") and it's exactly what I got. However, once I explained to the receptionist exactly what had been said so far, she said she would get a GP to call me back within half an hour. Within 5 minutes I got a phone call! The GP said she would call Telford hospital and get me booked in for a scan. She got me booked in within 24 hours.

I have never been so nervous in all my life. Sat in that waiting room, waiting to be called in by the sonographer. She was a lovely lady, who remained calm through the entire scan. She eventually turned the screen to us explaining where the baby was and where it's heartbeat was. But not just that. She also explained that there was a second sack that showed sign of bleeding. She thought that it was likely to have been a second pregnancy that did not continue. Basically, we could have been having twins. I'm just so pleased that we saw a heartbeat and that all is ok! We have another scan booked for 8 weeks just to make sure everything is progressing well, and I can't wait to see our little squiggle once again!

8 Weeks
Second scan all done. The second sac they saw in the first scan has shrunk as they were expecting which is good. Baby was measuring just over 8 weeks so right where we thought we were! My next appointment is my booking appointment and then our 12 week scan! (This post will be coming out after my announcement post)

Booking Appointment
Ugh, the worst appointment ever. The only really good thing about it was having the same midwife who did my booking appointment with Alex and I love her! I actually got to thank her for all her help while I was pregnant last time and suffering with severe nausea. She actually made me feel so much better about myself and I have always wanted to thank her and now I have! She managed to take my bloods easily and my appointment was super speedy as all my info was already there on the system.

12 Weeks
Pre-scan - Scan day! So so so excited for this, luckily it's a 10:30 appointment so I don't have to wait too long for the scan but I can't wait! I'm also super nervous. My anxiety has been trying to make a comeback and has been trying convince me that at my scan I'll be getting the worst possible news. But we are off to the appointment now - wish us luck!
Post-scan - Everything went fine! Baby had grown exactly as they expected and his or her little heart was beating away! Baby was also extremely active and wriggly - something we didn't experience with Alex until our gender scan.
We've also used the positive outcome from this scan as an excuse to finally tell people! We first posted on the family Facebook group and told a few friends. But there are still a few family members we haven't reached out to as yet, so we're not announcing it to everyone until all our family members are aware.
As for symptoms, my morning sickness is slowly dying off. I still feel sick especially if I don’t eat but compared to how I was with Alex this is sooo much better! However, cramps are still there, I feel incredibly stretched already, I ache from head to toe and the fatigue is real! I’m looking forward to feeling more like myself as the second trimester goes on. 

And that's it for the first trimester! My next appointments and milestones will all be during the second trimester. I haven't yet decided whether I will do one big summary post at the end of each trimester or keep posting regular updates - I'll make that decision as time goes on!

See you all in Tri 2!

I Took A Break... But for a good reason!

I've been working on a lot of this over the last few months. The main things being finishing my NVQ - which is now complete (woo hoo!) and working on a whole list of post ideas that I can not wait to share with you!

This post is one of them. I've been really anxious about this post and yet also really excited! You know the feeling when you have something to say but you're not quite sure how to say it? That's exactly how I'm feeling. Over the last few weeks or so, I decided to take a bit of a blogging break. And here's why -


That's right ladies and gents, our little family of 3 is becoming a family of 4! The thought terrifies me and it's not helped by the extremely bad morning sickness I seem to be enduring. But I am loving being pregnant again even if I'm not exactly feeling 100% at the moment, and we have so much to look forward to - scans, feeling movements, telling Alex. The list goes on!

So I'm now back to blogging as I can officially talk about it! It definitely came as a surprise to me and Tim but we couldn't be happier. And, of course, be rest assured that there will be a whole host of pregnancy posts going up over the coming months, starting with a post all about my first trimester!

Five Favourite Friday | Dinosaurs!

So, our little boy is obsessed with dinosaurs at the minute. He loves them. And because of this, our top 5 this week is our favourite dinosaurs!

Here goes!

5. Stegosaurus. This beast of a dinosaur intrigues me. Like, what on earth did they use the plates on their backs for??

4. Velociraptor. In the words of Shakespear - She be but little, she is fierce. Little and feisty, what's not to love?

3. Carnotaurus. A strange looking beast. It kinda looks like something straight outta hell if I'm honest! It must be something about those horns...

2. Diplodocus. Good ol' Dippy! Who doesn't love Dippy? If you don't love Dippy, leave. Now.

1. Tyrannosaurus Rex. The King of them all. I realise this will be a lot of peoples favourites but I do love the T-Rex. If you don't, then simply imagine this humongous dinosaur with the tiniest of arms trying to make a bed..... See, love him now don't you?!

And there's my top 5. If you have a favourite dinosaur, let me know in the comments. Otherwise, pop on over to Tim's blog to find out his top 5 and find out what next weeks topic is!

*Images taken from Ark: Survival Evolved

Update | August So Far...

How are we already into the second week of August? Time is going far too quickly!

July seemed to disappear too, although I'm not quite sure where to! I had a lovely birthday (which turned into a birthday week!) which started quietly with my Tim and Alex, then lunch with my parents and then various other celebrations including birthday cocktails with my sister! Brilliant!

And now it's August.... I've not done a great deal although I have been working on various posts to come over the next month or two, including some exciting announcements! I am certainly loving how exciting life as a blogger can be!

One thing I have decided upon is that these updates seem to be coming along very frequently so I have decided to make them a frequent thing. I'm unsure as to how frequent at this moment but I'm thinking one every couple of weeks or one a month... We shall see!

So that's pretty much it for this particular update! But I'll be back on Friday with Five Favourite Friday, and this week we're looking at our top 5 dinosaurs (purely because Alex is obsessed with dinosaurs at the moment!)

Five Favourite Friday | MCU Characters

Once again my top is coming to you on a Monday! Don't you just love it when life gets in the way? Luckily, my NVQ is now complete (woohoo!) and I can focus on other things - like writing more content!

So let's kick off our top 5 MCU characters shall we? Tim has said to leave out villains as he plans to do that one another time.

5. Iron Man. Whether you love him or hate him, you've got to admire his confidence! Although I'm not actually a big fan of Iron Man, I do love Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of him. He's cocky and quick witted and I love that!

4. Ant-Man. I've not yet watched this film from start to finish without interruptions, but Ant-Man is such a funny character. I think it really helps that I love Paul Rudd and think he's absolutely hilarious!

3. Drax the Destroyer. For the sake of full disclosure, I will not be including Groot in my top 5. Although I love Groot, I feel he overshadows a lot of the other characters so I'm giving someone else a chance to shine! And that is Drax. I wasn't keen on him at first but soon grew to love how literally he takes the things other say.

2. Doctor Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch really did this character justice, I really enjoyed the film (even if it was a bit trippy)

1. Jessica Jones. Because who doesn't love a dark, mysterious female heroine vigilante posing as a PI?

And that's my top 5. Tim is choosing this Friday's topic again, in the meantime you can read his top 5 and find out what the topic is here - see you Friday!