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Here we are. I am nearly 36 weeks pregnant. This pregnancy has just raced by. I really want to savour these last few weeks (hopefully) as we know that this will be our last baby. We always wanted two children and having two girls is an absolute bonus! Our daughter is so excited at becoming a big sister and she has already formed quite a strong bond with the bump. A bond, that sometimes brings a tear to my eye! As soon as she wakes up in the morning she wants to kiss and stroke the bump. The other day she kept some of her chocolates back saying it’s for her little sister… Too cute!

Apart from the recurrent colds and my sinus problems, I have no pregnancy related aches or pains (which I am super grateful for). Sleeping is the only thing that isn’t really happening right now. However, I can still remember that this was just the same with our daughter during the last weeks of pregnancy.

I fall asleep quite easily in the evenings, but am woken up by frequent toilet visits (oh the joy of baby pressing on the bladder!). I don’t always fall asleep straight after, but strangely I don’t mind. I quite like being awake when my surroundings are completely quiet (apart from the gentle snoring from my husband and believe it or not from our cat who usually sleeps under our bed…). This is usually my time to think. To think about what’s to come. That in only a few short weeks we will be welcoming the final puzzle piece to our family. This thought just fills me with so much love and joy. I can feel baby kick when I am lying in bed awake and this is honestly just the best feeling in the world!

Our daughter was born at 37 weeks and I know that this doesn’t necessarily mean that this baby will be early too, but I do have a feeling she might be. But maybe she will surprise us all and doesn’t make an appearance before her due date. Who knows? Either way we are so incredibly excited and cannot wait to hold this baby in our arms.

 I am linking this post with Heledd at Running in Lavender for #MyCapturedMoment.

I am not the biggest fan of Autumn and Winter (apart from Christmas obviously), but I do like the changing Autumn leaves. The colours are stunning and if it is cold but sunny (definitely emphasis on sunny here!) walking on/in the crunchy leaves can be so much fun.

Last weekend we spent pretty much one whole afternoon raking up the leaves in our garden (I swear you couldn’t even see the grass anymore). Our little girl had so much fun helping her daddy with the leaves. I am not sure how much help she actually was in the end, but both had a brilliant time.

I only made it outside for a few minutes as I was still suffering from an acute sinusitis (I am starting to feel better now though – finally!). Because I am nearly 33 weeks pregnant, there was not a lot of medication I could take to soothe the pain. I took the odd paracetamol, but tried to limit them as much as possible.

Here are a few pictures I took at the weekend.

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 I am linking this post with Heledd at Running in Lavender for #MyCapturedMoment.

I know I sound like a broken record, but I am still getting used to the idea that my little girl is not so little anymore, but in fact is now attending “big school”. She is doing so well and I am so incredibly proud of her, but ever since she did start primary school, I was secretly looking forward to half-term. Having her around for the whole week would be wonderful. 

Luckily my husband and I both managed to get this week off work and we had made quite a few plans for half-term. So far, we’ve had a brilliant time! We’ve been out and about, have met up with some of her old nursery friends (most of them are not attending the same primary school as she is), met the Gruffalo and had a brilliant time at Drusillas Park. For the rest of the week we still plan to do some pumpkin carving (wish us luck!) and visit a farm – fingers crossed the weather stays as lovely as it has been the last few days. 

We also had the 28 week midwife appointment to look forward to. Hearing baby’s heartbeat and the midwife telling us that everything looks fine so far is so reassuring! We cannot wait to welcome this tiny addition to our family in only a few short months.

Here are a few pictures of our first half-term week so far.

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She is pretending to be a scary witch on this picture…

 I am linking this post with Heledd at Running in Lavender for #MyCapturedMoment.

A few days ago, my daughter’s primary school (I am still getting used to writing this – how can my little girl already be in primary school??) put on a huge fireworks evening with several stalls and rides. Our little girl was super excited to go (I wasn’t too sure, as she is not great with fireworks) and we ended up having a fantastic time.

It was actually the first time she tried candy floss. I was secretly speculating on being able to eat at least half of it, but she devoured the whole thing within minutes (yes, this much sugar before bedtime – fun!!). We then went on to explore a few of the other stalls and made our way to the football field to watch the fireworks. The display was fantastic and she watched on in awe. My husband bought her some pink (it had to be pink – she is such a girlie girl) earmuffs, which I think really helped with the noise. We ended up having such a lovely evening. It is these, quite ordinary moments, that I love and appreciate the most!

These pictures are a little grainy – it was super dark and I only had my iPhone on me, but they still mean an awful lot to me.

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Well, hello there, 3rd trimester. I cannot believe how fast this pregnancy is flying by. Only a few more months until we get to welcome our new precious baby girl.

Our little girl is so excited to meet her sister. I love the bond she has built with our unborn baby already. There is not one morning that goes by without her cuddling the bump and saying “Good morning” to her sister. She is also very careful around me – in case she hurts the baby…

She has started to sort through her old toys as she wants her baby sister to have these – I just hope she is still this enthusiastic when Baby arrives!

I really love that I can feel all the kicks, wriggles and hiccups now – there really is no better feeling! Of course, there are still also a few fears and anxieties at the back of my mind (it’s hard not to think about my previous miscarriages), but I want to forget about all these fears and enjoy the rest of this pregnancy as best as I can. It will most likely be our last, we always wanted two children to complete our family.

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