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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.

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

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I still cannot believe that my little girl is no longer so little, but started school a few weeks back. She is settling in nicely and enjoys “big school” very much. I love seeing her excited little face when I pick her up from school. She is always happy and skips into my arms to give me the biggest hug (I know it won’t be like this forever, but as long as it lasts, I will truly treasure these special moments).

We are slowly settling into our routine. I walk her to school in the mornings (it takes us a good 25 minutes), then take the train into work and do the same in reverse in the afternoons. However, I am finding that the more my pregnancy progresses, the harder I find the walk to and from the train station (it also doesn’t help that the trains are constantly delayed and making me late for work). So from next week onwards, I will take her to school by car on the days that I am going into work. I am slightly worried about parking at school. There really isn’t that much room, but I suppose if we leave early enough, we should be fine. Wish me luck!

I will still savour the days on which we are walking to and from school. Especially on those beautifully crisp winter days of which we will hopefully be having quite a few. Her little hand in mine and her telling me excitedly all about her day at school – so precious! Come January, it won’t be just me and her anymore, but her little sibling to join us on our walks to school. We are all looking forward to Baby #2’s arrival so much, but as long as it is just me and her (and occasionally her daddy if he finishes work on time :-)), I will make the most of it.

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Linking up with Katie from Mummy Daddy Me for Ordinary Moments.