Planning & Reality

April 20, 2011

Planning to start a family, included thinking about how my body would deal with pregnancy and labour as well as baby, toddler, kiddy stages… Until 18 months ago (ish-might be longer), we had categorically decided not to have kids and were happy in that decision, it was right at the time! Then the desire and the possibilty combined and the thinking stage was lengthy. We discussed it with my parents mainly but just generally mulled it over and over and over… Having a family wasn’t going to be just about “I want” it had to be “we can”. I always plan anything with my current level of health in mind with a bit of leaway to not being as well as I am now. It’s been the best way of achieving my plans… Hoping for “well I might be better by then, I’ll plan to do X” had in the past proven to be the frustrating way of thinking. Living closer to family was a big part of our decision towards “we can”.

I knew to expect morning sickness (or all day nausea/being sick if i forgot to wear my pressure bands), but didn’t expect to feel SO shattered! I went back to not getting out of bed for more than an hour in the evening, warming up food in a microwave upstairs at lunch (baked potatoes and cheese were my stay down foods and strangely food helps nausea in pregnancy). It was pretty scary-had I made the right decision?? Would I be a good mum in this state?

Roll forward to 14 weeks (luckily I didn’t hang my hat on feeling better at the magic 12 weeks) and my energy levels started returning to my normal. There were weeks when 8.30 was an acceptable bedtime mind!

Today at 23.5 weeks, I felt pretty rough (ME wise) this morning, but took myself in my chair (now I can get it out the shed myself) down to the local park for a lunchtime picnic (sarnie and crisps and jam tarts) with Simon. Had a nice long nap this afternoon and a very chilled evening (while Sy’s been out mountain biking.)  He’s just home in fact, so I shall promise you a pic of the park tomorrow, but for now leave you with a pic of me at 20 ish weeks.

image in black and white. stood up, side profile, wearing striped tee, showing bump


  1. You might feel rough but you look marvellous! Great to see your progress.

  2. Lovely to see you blogging again!

    Great baby bump 🙂

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