Week 36

So you’ll be happy to know there will be a lot less moaning in this update. Looking back I seem to have moaned a lot – it has been hard though, but this week I am feeling much better than last.

Overview

So if you didn’t read last weeks post (click here if you want to) then I did a lot of moaning. I had pelvic pain, awful heartburn, sickness, headaches – the lot! But this week it has all eased off. I still have the pelvic pain but it only hurts really bad when I am walking a lot. The midwife who I saw two days ago said that his head has gone right into the pelvis, which for me is great as it is a step closer to meeting him. Also with some of the movements I had been feeling I really thought he was still breaching. However, she said the pain is going to get worse! Can’t wait!

The heartburn has also eased A LOT! Thank goodness! I believe this is because he has dropped a bit, but the midwife also said the way he is positioned he is still putting strain on my lungs. But I can eat a lot more again! Hoooray! Just finding a position in which I can breathe fully is quite a task! But hey it’s fine. I still get the odd headache, stomach ache of course, but I do feel a lot happier and better. The days, even though I don’t get up to much, are lovely and are flying. I am feeling so lucky right now, I just can’t wait to be holding him.

How big is he?

I have just gone into week 37 and my app says he is the size of a honeydew melon! So at week 36 he was just a tad smaller than that! Midwife again said he was on course to be average sizeūüôā

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Symptoms

Just what I’ve already mentioned, alongside fear! But I read a great blog post recently about how important it is to try to relax during labour. Although it will be hard for me, it is the best advice I have received and have asked the husband to keep reminding me of this. Stress can slow labour down, but being relaxed can help the body do what it needs to do and also ease some of the pain and hopefully stop me from losing control. But we will see how that goes on the day.

Next week I am in the final part of pregnancy! I think I will do an overview of the full pregnancy with the positives and negativesūüôā

Hawthorns Brasserie

I knew it was always going to be a challenge finding somewhere to go for Newcastle Restaurant Week. After looking at virtually every offer going and browsing many restaurants websites we decided we had to try Hawthorns.

Hawthorns, located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, a quick stroll from the train station, is doing things that many other restaurants aren’t. First of all, it is modern, bright and sleek. The huge windows bring in lots of light, the decor is clean and the seats are comfortable. They also had a singer in the background entertaining the diners, which was really sweet.

They cater for all types of people as well, couples like us, but also families and business men both in groups and alone, who were all dining on this particular evening.

One thing I particularly love about this restaurant is the passion from Executive Chef, Chris Wood, and his team to work with local companies. There is a map in the menu itself showing where a lot of their produce comes from such as bread from Geordie Bakers and cheese from the Northumberland Cheese Company, to name a few. A full list is available on their website.

Once we arrived, where seated and ordered some soft drinks, we were given the wrong menu (everyday menu ) which was rectified straight away giving us the Restaurant Week Menu instead. It was actually the bar menu, offering a selection of small plates, in this case two for £10 or three for £15.

We decided on three each, therefore sharing six between us. Everything we ordered was brought to us on three slabs of wood.

The best thing by far on those slabs of wood were the Pig Skin Quavers. I love pork scratching’s at the best of time, but these where something else. Light, fluffy, crunchy swirls of pig skin seasoned perfectly with a generous amount of salt, chilli, spring onion and pepper. So moreish, they need to start selling these in family size packets, so I can eat them all!

I also really enjoyed the Popcorn Cajun Rabbit. The little chunks of rabbit were so soft inside that spicy shell, I could barely pick them up without them falling apart. The Cajun spices were so delicious, but didn’t overpower the taste of the rabbit.

We also ordered Chicken Flatbread, which had a very thin, crispy base, a sweet and spicy tomato-y sauce, slices of chicken and salami and plenty of salad which was very pleasant.

The Sticky Chilli and Ginger Chicken Wings sadly, we didn’t enjoy very much, they had gone slightly dry and didn’t have much flavour except for a slight hint from the ginger. But the Mac and Cheese Bon Bon’s made up for that as they were also very moreish. Made with Smoked Doddington’s Cheese mixed with well-cooked macaroni pasta before being deep fired creating a crispy shell, they were perfect smothered in the fresh, very bright, tomato chutney accompaniment.

To please the other half we also ordered the Turnbull of Alnwick’s Pork Pie. Not being a big fan of pork pies myself I was happy for him to enjoy this himself, minus a bite from me. As pork pies go, it was pretty good, the meat inside was well seasoned and the crust was good. However what I was very disappointed with was the size of it. Half a pork pie is what was served up to us at the table, half! and it was a standard size one. I think if you’re ordering pork pie on a menu you expect the full thing.

Pork pie problems aside, the delicious local food, atmosphere and attentive staff would bring me back to this restaurant again. Thanks Restaurant Week again for introducing me to another great place in good old Newcastle.

Visit http://www.hawthorns-ncl.com/ for more information.

Newcastle Restaurant Week

It is almost upon us again, the thing that excites many people of the Toon. Newcastle Restaurant Week! It started off, back in the day, with a handful of restaurants participating and the offer seemed to be simple. Now with around 90 restaurants giving it a go it can be hard to know who offers the best value for money!

I have picked a number of the restaurants, a lot which I do like myself, and some I haven’t tried, and did a little bit of research to whether I think they are a good offer. This is just my opinion only, please let me know what you think too and I hope that this gives some people a better idea of where to eat.

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2 courses for £15 (or add dessert for £20)

I have never been to this restaurant but it was first opened in 1988 by Terry Laybourne and still exists now. In the past it has won a ¬†Michelin Star and although has changed location from where it originally stood, this one seems to be¬†a good one¬†to enjoy fresh and seasonal food. Their early evening menu (Monday to Saturday 5.30-7pm) which offers two courses for ¬£19 and ¬£22.50 for three proves you’re already making a good saving by choosing to go during restaurant week. If you where to eat a la carte then you’re looking to pay around ¬£19 for a main course alone. So I say this is very good value although the offer is not available Saturday evening or Sunday.

As You Like It

2 courses for £10 or 3 for £15

Only available Monday РThursday, Friday lunch time and Sunday after 5pm, this offer can be really good if you go at the right time. With starters such as Chargrilled Goats Cheese (normally £6.50) and mains like Seabass Noodle Salad (£14.95) you could save yourself around £11. However order the rib-eye then expect to pay an extra £8, still saving about £3 on what you would usually pay, but the saving is not as impressive.

Aveika

2 for courses for £15 (or just the two for £12.50)

This Japanese restaurant has used their Kuikku Menu which seems to be available at all times, although I can’t guarantee, and made it slightly cheaper for restaurant week. Usually two courses for ¬£12.95 or three for ¬£16.95 you are saving ¬£1.95 at the most. A saving is a saving, but maybe save this one for another time if you are deciding between this and a different restaurant.

Babucho

2 courses for £15 (3 for £19)

They have tempting things on this menu and this Italian restaurant has avoided just whacking soup/potato skins followed by pasta/pizza for their offer which is nice to see. However their Rapido menu (available Sunday-Thursday 12-10.30pm, Friday 12-7pm and Saturday 12-5pm) has a better offer which is 2 for ¬£12.95 or 3 for ¬£15.95. The menu’s aren’t the same though, items such as Mackerel Goujons to start and Grilled Swordfish for main are not on Rapido Menu but are on Restaurant week one, but Crispy duck, normally ¬£4 extra, is on both. Not the best offer money wise.

Barluga

2 courses for £10 or 3 for £15

Although only available Monday РFriday, this does save you money. The menu is totally different to the every day menu at Barluga, with starters costing around £7 and mains about £12 you could save a good amount of money.

Bealim House

2 for £10 or 3 for £15

After eating here recently I would recommend this one based on the food. The offer is good value too. Because of the layout of their menus there is no definite menu to compare it too. But a main course itself costs around £10/£11 so your saving money before you have picked a starter. Puddings are around £4.25. We got seven small plates and two drinks for around £35 on a normal Friday night. So with the main courses obviously being bigger you could save yourself in total a couple of quid. Not available on Sunday.

Check out my Bealim House review here.

Bierrex

Any three meats and a side or salad for £10.

This seems to be a really good offer looking at their usual menu. The choices of meat are¬†Pulled Pork, Hot Link Sausage, Wings ‚ÄėN‚Äô Things, Glenarm Brisket, Rack ‚ÄėO‚Äô Ribs or St Louis Ribs. The Hot Link Sausage is usually ¬£8 itself, and the Glenarm Brisket is normally a whopping ¬£14 so being able to choose three of those meats and then adding a ¬£3 side you could save what, ¬£26? I am assuming the portions are a bit smaller to make up for the offer but either way it seems like a brilliant deal!

Blackfriars

2 for £10 or 3 for £15

Being one of Newcastle’s finest restaurants, in my opinion, I would recommend eating here anyway. They have set menu (12-2.30pm Monday-Saturday and 5.30-7pm) offering one course for ¬£12, two for ¬£15 and three for ¬£18. So if you go at the right time you could save a fair amount of money getting¬†three courses for ¬£15 instead of ¬£18. All the food on the restaurant week menu is on the set menu, but book fast as this one is very popular and from past experience is hard to book in restaurant week!

Broad Chare

2 for £10 or 3 for £15

Another big favourite of mine and many others and a good chance to save a good amount of money, again if you go at the right time. It is a shame that it is only available Monday-Friday lunchtime as so many people miss out if they work during the week. Starters usually cost ¬£5.50-¬£7.20 and mains cost up to ¬£20 so a fab offer. Again, book early, even if it is only available during the day that doesn’t mean it won’t book up fast! The Black Pudding Hash sounds too good to miss!

Burger Stop

2 burgers and 2 fries for £15.

Burger joints are taking over Newcastle, and although I still haven’t found a burger to beat the Fat Hippo Underground I haven’t gave this one a go. I can’t get onto their website but their Facebook page does offer the same deal between 12-7pm,¬†so you could just go another time if you didn’t fancy it next week. Or maybe even for breakfast, from the photos they look pretty good too!

Cabana

3 for courses for £15

Although not a local restaurant, in fact it is a chain restaurant, it is something Brazilian and there isn’t much like it around, so if you fancy something like this then you could save a good amount of money here. If you got the Sweet Potato Hummus for starter (usually ¬£4.95), Pork Tenderloin for main (¬£12.96) and then Frozen Yogurt for dessert (¬£4.25) you are looking to save around ¬£7. Not bad at all. They are also extending their 2 for 1 on cocktails till 8pm for that week only. Offer only available all day Sunday-Thursday and 12-6pm Friday and Saturday.

Caffe Vivo

2 courses for £10 3 for £15

Another Italian restaurant offering more than just pizza and pasta in their offer, although you can get those if you want. Their fixed price menu, which does offer different items, is usually 2 for £16.50 or three for £19.50 so you are saving a lot there. If you where to order from a la carte menu then you would be paying £14 for risotto with seabass, but you can get a risotto with mussels in the restaurant week menu so it is worth thinking about going here.

Canteen and Cocktails

Tasting platter for £10 or two courses for £15.

I went here recently for a Sunday dinner. It was pretty good. The tasting platter doesn’t reveal too much except that it is just snippets from the menu, so if you want to go for a cocktail and some nibbles this could be a good offer. The two courses for ¬£15 doesn’t really save you much money though. Depending what you get it will cost you the same amount if you ordered a starter or a main any day of the week.

City Tavern

2 courses for £10 or 3 for £15

Went here a long time ago and the food was good. Worth a trip. Restaurant Week menu sounds tasty too – Duck Croquettes mmm. They also have some vegan options here. Other restaurants might too, but this is the one first I’ve noticed. Their main courses range from ¬£7.95 up to ¬£10.95 and desserts around ¬£5.95. So you could save a few bob if you like the look of the menu.

Coop Chicken House.

£10 for half a chicken or 20 wings with two sides and sauce

This is one place I want to try but haven’t yet. If you visit in the evening then you’re getting a good offer as half a chicken or 20 wings normally cost ¬£9 and two sides will set you back and extra ¬£6, saving you a fiver – not bad! However, go at lunch time (Monday – Friday 12-5pm) there is no offer to be had as it is the same price anyway.

Dat Bar

Any two burgers and fries for £15 or 2 pizzas for £10

Two burgers would normally set you back £16/£18 and two pizzas usually £16/£20. Some of the pizzas sound interesting, save a few quid and give it a go.

Dabbawal

2 courses and a naan or rice for £15

One of my favourites and, in my opinion, the best Indians in Newcastle, so worth a try if it’s proper Indian food you’re after.You only end up saving about ¬£3/¬£4 but if you really want to give this place a go, why not save a few quid in the process. But you could have the full menu at your fingertips for a few extra quid if you went a different time.

Fat Hippo Underground

2 courses for £10

My go-to burger place, especially on a lunch time where you can get a burger and fries for £6 Monday to Friday 12-3pm. However, the offer they have running is also good value as you can throw a starter or dessert in there too and pay only £10, and the burgers, which cost around £9 when not on offer, are so good, so give it a try!

Hawthorns

2 for £10 or 3 for £15

I like the look of this place. I only discovered them a few weeks ago and have yet to try. They pride themselves on using local produce and the menu sounds tasty. The offer they have on seems to be a mix of new items and items from their small eats section. Depending on what you get you could save a few pound. The Popcorn Cajun Rabbit is usually ¬£7 and Mac N Cheese Bon Bon’s are ¬£6 and both sound amazing! The set menu is two courses for ¬£16 and three for ¬£20 which is a full meal rather than a small eat, but I’d give it a go.

Lane 7.

3 courses for £10

I went here last weekend with my work friends taking advantage of their ¬£27 Summer Saver offer. That was two courses, two drinks, bowling, ping-pong and pool for ¬£27 quite a good offer if you want to make a night of it. Three courses for ¬£10 is also a pretty amazing offer too. The food was quite nice, although the chicken wings and sweet potato fries where delicious I found my sandwich boring and dry, but there was good reception from¬†the others with the burgers. You find yourself saving ¬£10 though so it’s worth a try yourself. Only available Monday – Thursday and up till 4pm on Friday.

Pleased To Meet You

2 courses for £10 or 3 for £15

Although I had one too many cocktails last time I was here, I did enjoy the food. They have a lunch menu offer which is two courses for ¬£10.95 or three for ¬£12.95 Monday – Friday 12-6pm although items are different you still get same quality food so it is something to think about. Good offer if you’re wanting to go in the evening as you’re normally looking at ¬£6.95 for a starter and around ¬£15 for a main so you will save some money. Which you could spend on a cocktail instead – they are good!

Rasoi

4 courses for £15

Looking straight away you are saving money, although they have no website to confirm the offer that states any starter up to £5 and any main up to £11, so depending what you get, alongside the rice or naan and dessert, also in the offer, you could find yourself saving some money here. Not really four courses for £15, but still good.

Redhouse

2 courses for £10

If you want something more casual, like a proper British pie and peas meal then go for Redhouse. The pies are pretty impressive, made by a local butcher in Amble, served with peas, mash and gravy (normally £7.95) with a dessert as well for only an extra £2 I would say this is worth it. Have a pint too while your there!

Check out my Redhouse review here!

The Earl of Pitt Street

2 courses for £15

I’ve had an impressive Sunday dinner here before and would recommend. Their food is Asian style and sounds pretty delicious. The menus differ but starters cost anywhere between ¬£4.95 – ¬£10.95 and although the two seabass dishes differ the seabass main would normally cost ¬£14.95, so they have a good offer here, the food is of high quality so worth a go.

The Forth

3 courses for £10

Three courses for ¬£10 always sounds like great value. Some of the things that the Forth are offering make this offer a bargain if they live up to their taste. Looks pretty good on the website and this is one I would give a go. Usually starters such as Scotch Eggs, which I’m a big fan of at the best of times, and¬†Pea, Feta and Mint Arancini Balls come in around ¬£4 and the mains are around ¬£9 each, and with desserts normally costing about ¬£5 you could save a good amount of money here for a pretty decent meal.

Herb Garden

Pizza and Prosseco £10

Any offer than includes a drink is a good one. Pizzas here normally cost around £10 so if you just want a light meal this is a fair offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 35..maternity leave just in time

So with five weeks to go till the big arrival (possibly) I am finally on maternity leave, and boy, it has certainly came at the right time!

Overview

I was unsure whether I was starting my maternity leave too early, and that I should have maybe left it another week or two so I could have extra time with my little boy. But my body is definitely telling me I have picked the right time.

Without going into too much detail in this section, as I will talk about it in my symptoms section, but everything is suddenly so much harder and it is effecting my day-to-day life, even just three days into my maternity.

But now I am at home all the time I can really get the house ready for his arrival. All his clothes are now washed, ironed and organised. I cannot wait to see him in everything! The nursery is ready, the house has everything it needs I think, and the hospital bag is packed and in the car along with the car seat. It is now just a waiting game.

Not being at work, hasn’t clicked in yet, having nine months off is insane. I will miss work as I work with a lovely bunch of people who have looked after me the whole time, and wished me the best of luck with lovely comments and presents, but I can’t wait to start a new adventure with my husband and the little one. It is so close, it is exciting but I think I am ready for it all, although I keep telling myself I am not sure that I am!

How big is he?

When I went to see the midwife last week she said he was a good normal size. My app says he is about the size of a bunch of carrots which is a hard comparison against a baby, but his hand is so close to being full size. The last time I blogged I said I had lost weight but I have put an extra pound on so I am around 11 stone 1 at the moment.

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Week 35 bump

Symptoms

So I said earlier that maternity had came at the right time and here is why. My body has just took a big turn and everything is so much harder and I am struggling to cope. It is making me a bit sad as I want to enjoy the last few weeks of pregnancy and some me time before he arrives. I don’t want to be a big whinge but I can’t help it my body is making me say these things! So, where to start? Well something that has creeped up on me is pain in my pelvic area which often creeps down my legs, and around my bottom. It can be so intense at times. Yesterday walking to the bus from doing a bit of shopping I found the pain so strong I had to stop in my tracks, I am walking really slow to ease the pain as well. Although my midwife tells me not to Google things I did Google this and I do believe it is SPD which is quite common in pregnancy at this stage. It is a misalignment of the pelvis and doesn’t harm the baby in any way. However, it causes a lot of discomfort for me, I feel very stiff getting out of bed and walking upstairs is just intense. I see the midwife soon so I will be speaking to her about this.

Another thing I am getting suddenly and is intense is heartburn. I have had heartburn before of course, but nothing like this. It is so painful especially in the evening, it feels sharp and makes me feel sick and I get wound up because Gaviscon, even the more powerful one, doesn’t seem to help. I’ve tried antacids, milk, drinking more water, cutting out foods and nothing seems to help.

Also I am feeling sick very regularly again. Once the sickness in the first trimester and beginning of the second subsided I only rarely felt sick and threw up now and then. But now it is occurring regularly  throughout the day but I think this and the heartburn, and also the fact breathing is really tough must be due to a growth spurt inside me that is squashing my stomach and my lungs even more. Because I struggle to eat much, when I do it can leave me feeling sick or with heartburn. Oh it is all so fun! Alongside the headaches too I just hope he decided to come earlier rather than later, or maybe everything will feel a little better once he drops? Anyone?

He is very active still – silver lining! And has even starting to react to Stu’s voice and touch which is so cute. Stu talks to my stomach or taps it and he taps back! Plus there’s the tidal waves! The midwife said she thought he was in head down position the last time I saw her, but I think he has moved again!

Please leave comments if you feel similar symptoms or even rant! I love a good rant, let it all out!

Midwife and Life

 

 

 

Bealim House

So it’s date night! AKA lets eat in as many nice places before the baby comes! And last Friday night we decided to visit Bealim House located at Gallowgate, near China Town.

From first glance Bealim House has the same decor as most restaurants in Newcastle. Wooden floors, exposed pipes, chunky light bulbs but they’ve done it really well here. It seems they have really took their time designing this one. It’s inviting, spacious and comfy.

As well as a restaurant Bealim House is popular¬†for its drink, mainly gin. Sadly due to being pregnant and all that I couldn’t sample this but was very impressed by the eight foot tall gin still where they make their own Newcastle Gin.

We had a table booked at 7.30 and we were led upstairs where others were dining. The room continued the theme; spacious, metal chairs and bare brick walls. It was also fairly cold up there, refreshing on the rare hot, sticky day we were having in Newcastle.

The menu offers many different ways of dining. There is a lunch menu, offering all types of sandwiches and salads. Then there is a ‘Eat Leisurely’ menu which is a selection of main meals such as Seared Sea Bream and Handcrafted burgers, the ‘Eat Social’ menu which leans towards more sharing dishes such as sliders and meat platters, and the brunch menu, available all day. But we opted for the ‘Eat Small’ menu, tapas style food made for sharing and a chance to sample all the delicious sounding dishes.

In total we ordered seven dishes as well as a coke for me and a beer for him.

The food arrived really quickly which didn’t surprise us too much as they seem really organised with the waitresses¬†all wearing¬†ear pieces.

First we sampled the Mini Chorizos in Newcastle Gin and they were delicious. Bite size chorizo sausages with thick skins which burst with flavour when biting into them. Cooked in a sweet sauce that took on the slightly spicy fat from the chorizo, served with small slices of bread to mop up the juices.

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Next, was my favourite out the lot, Spicy Chicken Tejan. Soft chicken lightly battered and served in a delicious sweet sticky sauce that packed a kick towards the end, lovely. Another sauce mopper!

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We also shared a Black Pudding and Chorizo scotch egg and it was a big shame we to had to share! It was up there with the best scotch eggs I’ve ever had. The egg was cooked perfectly inside and the mix of chorizo and black pudding was soft and full of flavour, not too spicy from the chorizo just warming, all encased in a thin crispy shell.

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Next we had some of the Beer Battered Fish Goujons. Light tasty batter and fresh bright white fish. It was just how it should be. Dipped in the vinegary sauce it was a delight.

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We also had Skin on Chips, which were cooked very well and Hummus with veg sticks, which were fresh, quite tasty but overpowering on the garlic for us, you could taste the rawness of the garlic which was too intense after a few bites.

There was also Nachos topped with shredded spicy chicken, salsa and cheese. The other half really enjoyed these and polished his half and most of mine off. I didn’t enjoy them as much, the melted cheese was thick and the chicken I believe had a lot of coriander or something similar¬†that didn’t match my tastes, but was well cooked as it was really soft.

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In total we spent £35.30 a bargain for seven decent size dishes and two drinks on a Friday night. Hopefully next time I can try some of that gin!

Check them out here for more information: http://www.bealimhouse.co.uk/

Week 33

As I sit uncomfortably at the desktop computer trying to write this blog post I am starting to wonder when you guys will get to read this. Because, boy I am uncomfortable, all the time, and I don’t know how long I can last.

Okay, so it has been a long while since I last posted but here it is week 33 and everything I can remember running up to this date.

Overview

So I am, in my opinion, quite massive at the moment, if I get much bigger I will most likely topple over! Some people agree, I think it depends on what I wear, I looked quite small wearing the floaty dress at the weekend, but look slightly-whale like in my work uniform. Either way I can definitely feel the extra stone and however¬†many pounds (I’ve lost track) that I have put on.

I went for my week 32 scan and my placenta has moved so it is no longer restricting baby from getting out, so that’s great news. He is pretty much the right weight that he should be for this time, just very slightly under average which is a relief as I went to see the midwife the week before and according to the cross she dotted on my growth chart, he was pretty massive!

He is also moving a hell of a lot, which I love, except when he kicks my uterus and I get sharp pains in not nice places! When we went to see the midwife last she couldn’t keep up with him. First she¬†thought he was head down, but when she couldn’t hear his heartbeat, she had another feel and found him in the breach position but still couldn’t get a clear sound of the heartbeat until she literally held him down the best she could! The little tinker!

The nursery is now fully complete and we also have everything we believe we need for his arrival, including another fire alarm and carbon monoxide alarm which we purchased yesterday and a massive and I mean massive box of goodies that our closest friends got together and bought for us, pretty incredible of them!

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Me surrounded by our goodies!

How big is he?

He weighs over 4 pounds according to the scan. My app says he is as big as a cauliflower blossom and his hand is nearly full size.

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The last time I measured my stomach it was 40 inches around. I weigh about 11 stone but weighed at least 3 pounds more last week, so I have lost weight somehow!

However, I had to go and buy yet more clothes as I don’t have many that fit, even my maternity clothes are getting tight! I did mange to get maternity shorts from H n M though! If only I could wear them for work…AKA hottest place in the world!

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Sorry even my PJ’s don’t fit, but they are comfy!

 

Symptoms

The main problem at the moment is… actually I can’t choose! Let’s start with hayfever, I am just fed up of it, it has improved in the last few weeks, and with the help of this salt water spray I am using called Sterimar, I feel a bit better but it has been going on so long now I just feel like I can’t cope anymore with it.

Then there’s something I guess every pregnant woman at some point suffers with badly, is not being able to get comfortable, like ever! Even lying down is hard, meh and the heat doesn’t help haha! It’ll all be worth it! Speaking of uncomfortable I am starting to get swollen feet, but I am on my feet a lot, they aren’t massive they just hurt and get a little chubby. My back hurts a lot too.

I’ve also started to developing little migraines within the past few days, not sure if it is because I am off balance or the heat, but I will speak to a doctor if it keeps up.

I also can’t sleep without needing to get up to pee about three times a night, then I can’t get comfy again, bla bla bla! It’ll all be worth it!

Then there’s the dreams, if I am not being fired or being hurt my the ones who love me, I am going into labour at work!

Like I say it’ll all be worth it, I am going to stop moaning about what hurts now! But I do have one more symptom type-thing. FEAR! My god I am so scared of the near future, giving birth, the pain, the first few weeks, months, years of being ¬†a mother. I am sure I have said all this before, but I am a big worrier and this what others me the most! Any advice anyone?

Please leave some lovely comments, we are all in this together right?!!

Midwife and Life

 

 

Quilliam Brothers’ Teahouse

When it comes to eating out, breakfast has definitely become my favourite meal of the day. And with a rare weekend off with the husband, we decided to venture into Newcastle for a lovely Saturday morning treat.

We decided to try the Quilliam Brothers tea house, killing two birds with one stone as I really enjoy a good cup of tea. I usually drink everyday breakfast teas or green tea at home, so I was very excited to try something different.

We were seated at a table near the window which was lovely, with the sun shining we could people watch and enjoy the views of a part of Newcastle we don’t visit very often.

The tea room, created by the Wylam-born Quilliam Brothers, is located at 1 Eldon Place, Claremont buildings, just up the road from the Hancock museum, and has been since 2013.

The place itself is casual, with a slight quirkyness. Everything is wooden; the floor, the staircase and the bar area. They have rows of¬†biscuit-like tins on the wall at the bar, each filled with a different tea I assume, interesting posters dot the walls and there’s cute little flowers on each table.

We were given Saturday morning breakfast and tea menus and were both amazed at the choice of teas. From black to green and everything in between there is something for everyone. You can get coffee too, but I would urge anyone to at least try one of the teas.

I chose an amaretto black tea infused with cherries and almond which was amazing. It arrived in a tea-pot with a cute cup n saucer, milk and honey and had an intense smell of Battenberg cake. The taste wasn’t as intense but was delicious and delicate, sweet and nutty it was definitely one of the tastiest teas I’ve tried.

Stu went for the Nutty but Nice flavoured tea which when mixed with milk and honey, as recommended by the waiter, had a slight nutty chocolate taste which went down a treat.

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For food I decided to try out the Huevos Rancheros and Stu went for Eggs Florentine.

I wasn’t at all disappointed with my Mexican eggs when they arrived. Bright red tomatoes, sweet and full of flavour mixed with chunks of spicy chorizo and potatoes with an egg baked in the middle cooked perfectly, just slightly runny, and sprinkled with chives. Served with slices of buttered brown bread to mop up the delicious flavors of the slightly spicy tomato sauce. A delight.

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Stu’s Florentine looked just as delicious. Two well-poached duck eggs seasoned with black pepper, a good bundle of fresh spinach, thick hollandaise sauce all sitting on a¬†custom stottie, which was slightly toasted but still soft.

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We polished off our teas and the lovely local honey and went up to the bar to pay where we were faced with loads of delicious looking cakes and brownies, imagining them with a pot flavoured tea is what will bring us both back again.

Check out their website for more info: http://www.quilliambrothers.com/index.php

Dear pregnant self…

or just a little whinge.

Dear self,

So you’re over 30 weeks pregnant, that leaves just 10 weeks left, and you’re thinking can I do this? You’re also going a little crazy. Whinging and worrying about everything, but guess what? It is going to be fine. Do not press backspace, that sentence is true, move on before you start second guessing yourself!

Your back hurts, and so does your legs, feet and you feel sick and dizzy, blah blah blah but you know this nothing to what is it come. Labour! You’ve watched uncountable episodes of One Born Every Minute, read books, watched YouTube videos, and what have you learnt? Every labour is different, and that scares the hell out of you! There is no step by step plan this time lovely, but hundreds of thousands of women do this every day, you will have a baby at the end of it. Time to tell yourself it will be fine. The pain during, fine, the pain after, fine, your first trip to the toilet afterwards FINE!

But whilst we’re on the topic of being in pain, it is the middle of the year, which only means one thing for people like your sniffing, itchy-eye, sneezing self. Hayfever, okay, I’ll give you this one. It is terrible, it is awful, you feel horrible after being attacked by pollen in the morning, afternoon and evening. Washing your face feels like heaven, but only for five whole minutes, and you can’t take a damn thing. But no one else cares, so grin it and bare it, it’ll calm down soon, just keep sniffing that bloody salt water stuff and admire the garden from the window! Hey, at least your not throwing up every day anymore! Just now and then, that’s not so bad right?

On another note, you’re feeling massive, you’re the heaviest you’ve ever been, but what did you expect?! You have a human, a beautiful one at that, growing inside you, which amazes you everyday, like wow how the hell does that happen people!?! Also, please stop calling yourself a whale!

You’re feeling massive, but it is totally acceptable, your pregnant and does it matter that people say your huge, and you just smile and think yeah, I have 10 weeks left I probably won’t fit through the front door soon, but you all think my bump is cute, thanks guys! (You actually love that one!) I mean if you’re so damn big, why don’t people offer you seats on the bus yet, or just move out the way! So you can’t be THAT big!

Your friends, family, the old ladies at work, they can all look and touch, but if one more stranger stares at your huge belly one more time, you are going to get that hilarious shirt printed that says WHAT THE F*** YOU LOOKING AT, that will stop the lookers, or you will get a punch in the face, but who would punch a pregnant woman?

Speaking of getting bigger, boobs, nipples, nipple cream, breast feeding. Okay, I can’t really help with this one. There is a rally of proud breast feeding women all over the world, we are awesome that we can feed our children with our boobs, so it’ll be fine. right? But will your nipples really crack? Cracks are evil, they appear in your house, and it falls apart right? and nipple cream? Why is it so expensive, can someone please tell me, may you should Google that one. Sorry.

So I would like to end this letter on a sensitive note, I feel bad saying this to you. You’re terrified aren’t you, of dedicating your life to someone else. You think that sounds awful, of course you do. But lets try remember you may not have complete freedom anymore, you can’t just go out whenever you want, go to bed when you want, shower when you want, but you are starting a new exciting life, get over it, you had 27 years of you, 10 of them adventuring with your husband, but now you and him (yes they’ll be two of you doing this) have created a life together and you will give him the most exciting life you could ever imagine, so once again get over yourself. You really are doing something amazing, and please write again in the future, let me know how it goes.

Love,

Me and Jacob xxxx

Week 26…happy new home!

Wow! It has been so long since I posted an update, six weeks infact! We have finally moved home and have only just managed to get internet access, which is why I’ve been so quiet.

So, a lot has happened over the past six weeks, a lot of growing and a lot of kicks, I hope I can remember everything!

Overview

Since the last time we met my bump has really ballooned! I have started getting comments from strangers. I’ve had one lady telling me what star sign he’ll be and therefore what type of person he will be! Then I had someone say, “oh, who ate all the doughnuts?” (I work in a doughnut shop) before (thankfully!) asking when I was due.

We saw the midwife last week, all went well, baby is a good big size, and is happy in there! I didn’t doubt he wasn’t happy as his movements are strong, once I am sat or laid that’s it, he is moving and grooving all over in there! Sometimes it is uncomfortable but most of the time it is just really nice to feel him!

We also have bought our travel system which I love. It was very difficult for me and Stu to put up, probably not as difficult as it should have been! But it transforms into a push chair and came with a car seat! It has a lovely neutral giraffe pattern, leatherette handles which adjust easily, proper tyres which can handle rough terrains and it folds away easily! It was only £300 (on offer at the time) from Mothercare, a real bargain. Click here to check it out on the Mothercare website, there is a video on there too which is very useful!

They also start the free 2 year guarantee from the day you are due, which I think is a great touch.

We also bought a 2 in 1 rocker and bouncer from Mothercare for £40, with an Owl pattern. I love animal patterns!

It bounces but also vibrates at three different settings to soothe the baby. It was easy to assemble and I am hoping it will be like Sex and the City when Miranda discovers the lullaby chair!

We have also started decorating the nursery. We choose an animal print (surprise surprise) wallpaper which my lovely dad put up perfectly.

We are going to paint the walls green, and have ordered some cream and brown furniture which arrives next week.

How big is he?

He, at 26 weeks, is the size of a butternut squash and weighs about 2 Ibs.

Like I said earlier my bump has really ballooned!

Symptoms

I still continue to have back pain although it has eased, which is possibly because my body is getting used to the extra weight. Instead I now have sore, sometimes swollen legs and feet and soreness around the stomach area. My hayfever is starting to kick in but isn’t that strong yet. I am dreading when it does though as I get it really bad and I can’t take what I normally would.

My hunger is raging, I am always hungry, if I don’t eat I feel sick, so I can’t just ignore the hunger at all! I have also been sick a few times, every time it starts on the bus then I need to run off to be sick, sadly wherever I can. I have made it to a toilet every time except once where it happened in the street!

Not so much a symptom, well I suppose it is linked, is having moments of feeling down and worried and wishing for my old life back just for one day! That isn’t because I don’t want this, I do! More than anything but pregnancy is tough it is tiring and people, even people close to you, treat you differently. Although most of the time it is great as they are looking out for you, sometimes they say/do things that make you feel unwanted. I believe just because I am growing a little person inside me doesn’t mean I am a different person! Anyone else felt this? Would love to chat about it!

We are having a baby shower/house warming next week so I am looking forward to getting all our family and friends together to celebrate our little family. I will be going over the top with food and decorations! We are also going to London before then to visit Harry Potter tour for our first wedding anniversary!

Please leave some lovely comments about your pregnancy would love to chat!

Week 19 and 20…and the baby is a…

I really can’t believe another two weeks have past and I am now half way through my pregnancy! It has been quite an enjoyable two weeks and I am really loving my pregnancy at the moment.

Overview

So week 19 was pretty fun as the baby really started going to town with the movements. Almost every time I am sat or laid down I feel some sort of movement, they feel like pops inside and sometimes my stomach moves, which is so exciting. Stu loves to feel them too, although Noodle does tend to stop once Daddy’s hands are on my stomach – already being cheeky!

Week 20 was the scan week, probably one of the most exciting times in any woman’s pregnancy, and that wasn’t any different for me. We have been dying to know what gender we were having from the start so I was eager for this scan. Plus being able to see Noodle again – amazing!

Me and Stu had a nice and early appointment and we were seen by two nurses, one a trainee who did the scan. We seen everything, Noodle’s little arm, heart and nose all which we recognised. The rest such as the kidneys and brain we couldn’t make out ourselves but were told everything was normal and that it was, well, a boy.

Yes we are having a little boy! We are so happy and excited and have already bought some cute little jumpers and shirts for him.

I was also told that I have a low-lying placenta, and need to go back in 12 weeks for another scan. I am not worried about that at the moment as it could change in 12 weeks. The low-lying placenta can cause heavy bleeding and if it remains low it can cause problems giving birth and sometimes a caesarean section is needed. But there is only a 10% chance it will remain low at this stage.

Anyone else had a low-lying placenta? What happened with yours?

Baby grin!

How big is he?

I love that I can now say he. He, at 20 weeks, is the size of a Belgian Endive. Yes, that vegetable we all know and the love! The picture is a type of lettuce, but he is also the size of a banana, which is easier to imagine. The nurse said he is about 12oz.

My bump is around the same size, hoping for some more growth within next few weeks.

Symptoms

I have had a lot of backache, I think mainly due to being on my feet all day at work. I don’t feel the pain usually till I lay down unless it is quite severe, then I feel it throughout the day. I also think it is due to the weight I’ve gained on my breasts and stomach on my small frame that is taking it’s toll.

I have been eating great as well. I can eat pretty much anything now. I was sick one day in week 19, I throw up everything I had ate that day all at once and was fine after that.

I have also had a horrific cough which I can’t tame, and now hayfever season is upon us I am worried at how bad that will get along with the other awful symptoms hayfever brings, especially since I can’t take what I would normally take. My body feels quite run down with the cough and have developed a cold-sore. I am prone to them but again can’t take same medication as I would normally take.

But on the plus side I don’t feel sick and that is all I wanted!

Gender reveal

Well our original gender reveal ideas didn’t all go to plan. First we were going to have a party with the whole family and cut into a cake, but we couldn’t get everyone together all at once. Then we decided to pop balloons and the confetti inside would reveal, but that went down the pan too.

In the end we gathered my family at dad’s house with blue balloons, sadly wrapped in a black bag and not hiding in a lovely box, but they were still pleased with the news.

For Stu’s family we gathered for a meal and some of his Scottish family came down, making it even more special, and we gave each of them two envelopes. Inside the envelopes were letters and together they had to work out the name of the baby, therefore they would figure out the gender.

On social media we posted this picture:

He is definitely going to be a mini Stu with shirts like that!

What are your gender reveal and 20 week pregnancy experiences? Let me know!