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I feel like a bad blogger as this post is so long overdue. As I am typing this, I am already a little over 25 weeks  pregnant. We found out the sex of our baby a few weeks back, but I just didn’t find the time to write up this post. How is it that the first 12 weeks go at snail speed and as soon as the first scan is over and done with, you feel so much more relaxed and re-assured that baby is fine, time speeds up so much?

We were so excited to find out the sex of our baby. I take my hat off to the people who don’t find out the sex before the birth, but I am such an impatient person and would have not been able to wait that long. Our little girl was probably the most excited of us all. She kept on saying that she wanted a sister, someone she could share her toys and her room with. Will she get her wish?

I found the 20 week scan quite nerve-wrecking. For my husband and I, the most important thing was obviously the reassurance that baby was healthy, whether it was a boy or girl was secondary. A girl would be fantastic as we really want the children to share a room, but I also liked the idea of a boy.

Our sonographer was brilliant. She spent so much time looking at multiple angles of the baby and explained her findings to us in great detail. Just before she finished, we found out what we will be having…

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The BIG DAY has come and gone. A day our (not so) little girl was looking forward to so much and a day that I was dreading if I am brutally honest. Quite often I would wonder where the time has gone. How is it that it feels like only yesterday I was giving birth to our gorgeous girl, when in fact it is already more than 4 years ago? Of course, I am so happy that her little bubbly personality now really shines through and she is ready to embark on this totally new adventure – big school! The day itself was actually a lot better than I anticipated. The dreadful weather was probably one of the main factors for this. My husband was able to take the day off work so that we could take our daughter to school together. It was literally raining cats and dogs – I kid you not, I was soaked through to my underwear by the time we got back home. As soon as we arrived at the school gates, the teachers whisked the children off into their allocated classrooms and we barely had the chance to say our goodbyes. Which in actual fact was brilliant as it didn’t leave any time for tears. And the tears would have flown – definitely on my pregnant hormonal part (I would have had a pretty good excuse though I think :-)).

And here we are – one week of school is pretty much over and done with and we are settling into a routine. Our daughter loves big school, has already made new friends, is always happy when she comes out of her classroom at the end of the day and is super excited to go again the following day. She would go to nursery 3 times a week and the other 2 weekdays we would have together. Yes, I miss our “mummy/daughter days”, but I couldn’t be any prouder of our gorgeous girl!!

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

 

We love being out and about at weekends to explore and discover new places and also visit ones that we enjoy going to over and over again. A few weekends ago we went to a gorgeous farm not too far away from us. We’ve been there several times before, but it never gets boring and we know we are guaranteed a lovely day out. There is so much to do there for our little girl. Not only can she feed and pet most of the animals, but there is also a huge playground.

We knew for a while that the farm also offers pony rides for little ones, but each time we went, our daughter looked at the ponies, but wouldn’t get close to them. I was extremely surprised when she asked us if she could have a go riding a pony. It makes me so incredibly proud to see her little personality develop. She can be quite a shy girl – especially in new surroundings. She loved the pony and now really wants one of her own (however, I think we better stick to our cat – one pet is definitely enough for now :-)).

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We are over the moon to be able to make this announcement:

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We always knew that we wanted a brother or sister for our little girl. Seeing her excited face when we told her that she will be a big sister was priceless.

I am now just over 17 weeks pregnant. The last few weeks have flown by, but I will not lie, the first few were not easy. Before this pregnancy, we sadly had a missed miscarriage which had quite an impact on me. Although I tried very hard to stay positive during the first few weeks of this pregnancy, at the back of my mind I found it difficult to forget about the previous miscarriages. There were times I was convinced I would miscarry again.

Since then, we have had several scans and so far, everything looks great. I am now a lot more relaxed and we are very much looking forward to welcoming another addition to our family in January.

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I won’t lie, our little girl has quite a few toys and although she plays with all of them, there is one stuffed toy that has a special place in her heart- her toy mouse. I can’t remember exactly when we bought it for her, but it must have been around the time she started nursery when she was 9 months old. Ever since then, this mouse is her constant companion. No matter where we go, mouse is coming too – to the supermarket, to nursery, on holiday – you name it. When I was a little girl, I also had a soft toy that I would not let out of my eyesight. It was a little rainbow coloured rabbit that must still be in a box in my parent’s attic somewhere. Luckily, our daughter’s mouse washes quite well (you don’t want to see the state of the toy when our little girl comes home from nursery). Her beloved toy has a “bath” (yes, I stick her in the washing machine) on a regular basis. Our little one proudly helps me to hang the mouse up on the washing line. She loves her being all soft and clean and ready for more cuddles.

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