Up On The Roof

Well, we ended up setting off for Birmingham well over an hour later than we’d intended to!  Steve took the dog out for a walk and was probably making work calls as he does and lost track of time.  He wasn’t back till after 6pm!  We hadn’t got a wedding card, so had to stop to buy one from Asda, and by the time we got to Birmingham (about 7.30) we drove around for ages until I was happy with a space in the close vicinity of The Mailbox.  We wandered over to Brindley Place and found TinTins Cantonese Restaurant.   It looked nice enough, and I didn’t feel up to eating a big heavy Indian curry, so we asked for a table for two!

Even though I was driving home later, I wasn’t sure Steve was feeling all that well with two of his wasp stings having swollen up loads.   I didn’t realise how bad they were until later on as he had a long sleeved shirt on, but his left elbow and right knuckles are horribly red and puffy, and very, very hot.  I will have to show him to a pharmacist today, and get him to the doctors on Monday if they don’t go down as he’s obviously got a bad reaction to them.  Anyway, the point being, neither of us were drinking.  He had coke and I had ginger ale (so yummy!)

Food wise we had a shared platter of starters, with all my favourite nibbles.  Chicken satay, spicy fruity and tender pork ribs, a crispy and tasty spring roll with the most delectable King Prawn sesame toast and a good heap of fried seaweed and a delicious hot and sour dipping sauce.

For mains we decided not to go overboard like normal, so just had a roast duck dish, and a crispy beef with chilli sauce and one rice to share.  It doesn’t sound much and I did feel the vegetable side of things had been neglected, but we were both full by the end of it.

Time was getting on by this point, so we paid up, and made our way to The Cube.   With lots of concierges dotted around we were directed to the lift and pressed the button for the 25th floor.  (There’s always a bit of me which worries about fire regs when you see an entire floor full of people and the panic that would ensue should the worst happen).  We saw people being turned away from Marco Pierre Whites restaurant (I had checked online but they were fully booked until October and our £40 Chinese was probably the cheaper option!!) and made our way to the little bar area roped off for the wedding guests.   We got there just in time, as they were pouring Prosecco for a wedding toast and about to cut the cake!  A circling waitress took our drink orders, Steve on coke again and I ordered a Shirley Temple (essentially ginger ale and a dash of grenadine, very yummy indeed) and brought them back to us (we did have to pay for them!!) and we went out onto the very windy and chilly yet fabulous terrace to see the views over Birmingham central.  The skyline was something, with lots of lit up buildings and it did make me feel that we should go to Birmingham more often and make more effort to go out there.  Having been a bit of a recluse for the past 4 months it felt good to be doing something special with Steve and going on a bit of an adventure.

My Mum kept emailing pictures of Joel’s day which made us smile.  He had fallen asleep in the car in his pyjamas and been successfully transferred to his bed at their house, and judging by the amount of outdoor play and walking he’d done, he’ll sleep most of the morning as well as all night for them!!

So here I am, body clock waking me as normal at 7am despite a lateish night, my feet are throbbing from trying to pretend I can manage to walk in high heels and I’m in desperate of my cup of tea which is just cooling beside me.

Today will be back to normal.  Joel has a birthday party at 2pm, my Dad is coming round to finish papering the dining room, (photos to follow at some point) and I want to get Joel’s room all ready with his new Dinosaur bedding and curtains.   His nursery Sleepy Owl stuff will now be put in the new nursery room ready for new baby!!  (I think I’m feeling some serious nesting coming on now).   I still think the range is lovely and because its so gender neutral we don’t need to buy anything else.

So thats my day today.  Steve is hoping to go paintballing!  I’m not sure he’s well enough for that, but he won’t listen!  Have a good one yourself!!

Kate the Hippo

Here’s a bump pic for this week!  Feeling huge tonight which is typical.  Can’t believe I’m only 17 weeks.  Steve said (and I quote) “you really do look pregnant don’t you.  In a good way.”  I think he then realised I looked a bit stricken as he hastily added “you look beautiful though”.   Too little too late 😦

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Always a Drama

Today I am home alone!!  Tonight Steve and I are heading into Birmingham to attend a wedding reception in a posh hotel, and going out for a date night meal beforehand!  Mum and Dad had agreed to have Joel overnight so we could head back whenever, and it was easier for them if he were at their house.  He’s stayed over a number of times now, and he’ll be fine and have fun.  Then they decided to go to Wales today as well, and as Steve and I will be heading off before they get back, they asked if they could take Joel with them!  He’s been happy enough on the jaunts to Nottingham with them, so I’m sure he’ll have a lovely but tiring time with his big boy cousins.

So I have no work, and no Joel and the first free day I’ve had in ages!  It’s 9.30am and I’m still in my pyjamas with Izzy looking dolefully at me as she wants me to take her out.   Steve could have done it, but as he didn’t even get up till after 8am, then he had to do some chipping out of concrete he was meant to do yesterday he ran out of time.   And I dont’ mind, but it will have to be after my shower and getting dressed time.

Anyway, where’s the drama with all this you may ask.

Well…. last night I was on the phone to my Mum as you do, when there was a very loud commotion coming from outside where Steve and Joel were playing ball.   Apparently they’d decided to explore the woods at the bottom of the garden instead, and disturbed a wasp nest, hidden in the ground under some tree debris.

All I heard was yelling and Steve shouting me, Joel screaming and hanging up on my mum I saw Joel covered in snot from crying, screaming bee bee bum, and Steve trying to say he’d been stung lots, (he still had wasps attached to his jeans and arms) but he thought he’d saved Joel from them.

I was trying not to panic, and ascertain whether Joel was hurt whilst Steve went back to to remove the struggling wasps from his clothes.  I managed to calm Joel down and realised he was fine when he stopped crying to hand me a yellow leaf he’d found in the woods, and a stick.  A bag of chocolate buttons later and he was A-ok.

Steve on the other hand had received many stings.  Once the angry wasps in his clothes were gone, I found tweezers and anthisan cream and had to pick them out of his skin.   He said it didn’t hurt as much as he’d have thought it would hurt.  I think he was running high on adrenalin.   His left nipple had been stung and swelled up, all red, hot and hard to the point that he looked as though he had one man boob!!  I gave him an anti-histimine tablet which helped and by late evening his hives had all gone down and his moob was back to normal.

I hate to think what could have happened.  It will have exacerbated Joel’s fear of flying insects no end as Steve rightly panicked and ran with him whilst swatting at them.

I will get some wasp killer from B&Q later, and get my Dad or Steve to put it around the nest.  They were swarming angrily last night, but we can’t have a nest just outside our back garden.  In the news it says that wasps are later this year due to the extra cold winter we had as they’ve been in hibernation longer.  This weekend is meant to be the busiest wasp weekend of the year before it starts to get cold again and they go back into hibernation.   Well hopefully this nest will never wake up if all goes according to plan.

Poor Joel, and good old Steve being a good daddy.  I’m so glad it wasn’t me with Joel as I probably wouldn’t have managed to keep them off him.  It makes me shudder thinking about it.

Not our wasps, just a relevant pic from t'internet!

Not our wasps, just a relevant pic from t’internet!

Garden Makeover…

So I thought I’d share some pictures of our garden makeover which was on Sunday.  My brother in law came over from Wales with his Land Rover, trailer and a woodchipper!!  He arrived at 9am and got straight to work, with about 3 breaks all day.  I couldn’t believe how fsat he worked, and what a difference it all made.

Here’s the day in pictures….

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The garden when we moved in…..

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 A little bit overgrown!!


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You can just see the house through the bushes!


The finished result!


The woodchipper in action with Aaron’s dad…


Always make time for a bacon sandwich….


Steve on the leaf blower and clearing the debris…


Dragging the bushes through to the woodchipper…


Making progress….


Finding little gnomes and stuff in the undergrowth…


Steve filmed a timelapse of the whole thing….


Bye bye bushes!


My nephews were here to help too!


Halfway through the day…


Feeling the Kicks?!

So I’m pretty sure I felt some gentle kicks this morning, whilst lying in bed!  It’s crazy to think I had all this before, but seriously, the memory and being able to be certain is still very hazy.

With it only being felt on the inside I can’t put my hand there to make sure, but I think I’m going to go with the feeling, and say, we got movement!!

Very exciting!

On a not so good note, I also feel as though I’m coming down with a bit of a lurgy.  This could be where the blog gets moany as I grumble my way through coughs and colds.  We’ll have to see.  At the moment I have a sore throat, a funny taste in my mouth and my ears and back of nose feel icky.  I may have to take a paracetamol.  I have so far managed to avoid any form of medication, but needs must.  I’m looking at them on my desk at work, and they’re looking back at me.  I know it’s fine and safe, and about the only medicine I can take whilst pregnant but I don’t really like it.

On a happier note, it’s pay day today!  And not a moment too soon!  I have jumped on line to buy Joel some waterproofs.  There is a sale on at Jojo Maman Bebe, so he’s got some waterproof trousers, a jacket, and an all in one with braces to go over a jumper.   I know that’s not ideal when potty training, but he isn’t yet, and it’s coming to autumn and winter so I think he’ll get a lot of wear out of them.  And look ridiculously cute at the same time!

This is their link and they have so much lovely stuff!!

17 Weeks

How far along: 17 Weeks.

Total Weight Gained:  Haven’t weighed myself this week.

Maternity Clothes:  Mostly.  I have some lovely French Connection tunics passed along from my sisters which aren’t maternity, but have a lovely flowing style which are great for work with leggings.  And these aren’t maternity leggings either yet!  Mind you, they’ll not be worth wearing afterwards with the stretching they’re getting now!  But maternity jeans and trousers and t-shirts, yep!!

Stretch Marks: Still no fresh ones yet.  And I’ve not been using any creams yet.  I’ll save that for when the itching of the stretching skin begins.

Sleep: This has been terrible this week.  After a busy weekend (post to follow on that!!) I’ve been falling asleep with Joel when putting him to bed, which means I wake up at bedtime and then can’t sleep for half the night.  I’m such a zombie today and had to come into work feeling like I could sleep for a week 😦

Best Moment of the Week:  Seeing our garden transformed in such a short space of time!!  It will be a great place for Joel and new baby to play!!

Movement:  I’m not too sure still.  I think I felt something wriggle this morning actually.  I felt the first gentle flutters which is what I’ve been waiting for.  I did think it would be earlier than this, as it was around this time with Joel, but I think I need to take time to recline and concentrate on it to get a proper idea!

Food Cravings:  I’ve not really had a craving since the lager incident which was very strange.  I’m not eating crazy things though and trying to monitor what I’m eating.

Gender: 4 weeks to find out!  I’m very excited about it!

Belly Button: Not a lot of change.  It’s still an inny, but quite flat looking around it.  When I wear a t-shirt that’s stretchy I get an indent where the tummy button is!!

What I miss:  Drinks!!  Alcohol!!  Pate, rare steak, brie!  All the usual things 😦

What I’m looking forward to:  The next appointments.  They make things feel like time is going by.  I have the consultant to see on the 4th Sept, then another scan on the 20th Sept, then a midwife appointment on the 23rd October!

Milestones: Haven’t really hit any big milestones this week, except for possibly feeling a flutter.  I just wish I could be more sure!!


I am not someone who tends to dream at night, or at least remember dreams the next morning.  Except when pregnant it seems!

At the moment I feel tired every morning because I’m not in a deep sleep anymore.    There’s just very weird and vivid things going on in my brain when I should be catching up with the old beauty sleep.

The other night I got up to check on Joel because I woke up convinced he was drawing all over the walls with wax crayons.  He wasn’t.  He was far away, in the land of nod which is where I should have been!!  Every day seems to bring a new random memory with it which I can’t quite explain.  How it got into my head I don’t know.  I wish I wasn’t so prone to them.  I just want a good night’s sleep!!!

16 Weeks….

I didn’t get around to posting my weekly check up yesterday.   But since I had my 16 week checkup with the midwife this morning, I have news, so here we go….

How far along: 16 Weeks.

Total Weight Gained: Still about 8lbs I think.  I asked the midwife today to weigh me to ensure I wasn’t gaining too much, and she told me that she wouldn’t, as there was no right or wrong.  I have to say I was worried by my BMI after my booking in appointment.  I’d lost weight before my previous pregnancy, and hadn’t dieted whilst pregnant, and therefore hadn’t had chance to lose any again.   Plus, they weighed me when 12 weeks pregnant, so of course I’d put weight on already.  I got a bump by 8 weeks this time, so lots of retained water!  So although I don’t feel the number they gave me is fair or accurate, it stressed me enough to try and not go crazy this time.  Although it’s hard when Bigmacs are calling me every minute of the day.  Naughty Bigmacs.

Stretch Marks:  No new ones yet.  My bump has grown though, and seems very high and sticky outy this week.

Sleep:  Still waking once a night.  But getting back to sleep at the moment.

Best Moment of the Week:  I guess hearing the heart beat today.   I can’t help feeling anxious, but knowing all is ok will keep me going another couple of weeks.

Movement:  I’m still getting very light little touches.  Not firm enough be sure that it’s actual movement, but getting more undeniable it’s something.  I can’t wait for a firm knock to know for 100% before I get fed up with constant movement that keeps me awake at night!!!

Gender:  An Italian guy at church likes to take guesses based on a bump, and he has declared girl.  I’m still undecided again this week.  I’m going to say boy based on the fact I’m feeling sticky outy and not so wide!!

Belly Button: Still just about in, although it is starting to turn inside out!  I noticed a bit had come out and it freaked me out, and Steve wouldn’t touch it either!!  It seems early for that to happen, but things are saggier there than before I guess!

Milestones:  I am 4 weeks away from the 20 week scan, and am really excited now to find out what we’re having.  Plus, that’s half way through.  I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is going by.  The first 12 weeks dragged like no tomorrow, but looking ahead, things don’t seem far away.   It is starting to sink in that I’ll be getting a new baby come February.

I will have to start taking the bump pictures soon.  I’ve not done any yet, but life is busier than last time.  Sorry baby, I will try to do better!!

Looking plump at 16 weeks..

Looking plump at 16 weeks..

Biking Fun….

So today as I went off to work for a day sat a desk with stresses and earning my pennies, my Joel was out having fun with his cousin in Nottingham.  He took his bee bee bum bike and they swapped over to play all day long.



And although it was grey and cold here, I’m presuming they had some pretty warm sunshine!!!

On getting home he was very tired.  Apparently, he’d been perfect all day, polite, remembering his p’s and q’s and ate all his lunch and was generally a very good boy.  So by the time he got home, he was a bit of a monster for me!  He was obviously horribly over tired, and when I tried to put him in his rocket ship pyjamas, he began to howl ‘boat, boat’ so boat pyjamas it was.   I’m learning to pick my battles.  He can sleep in the pyjamas of his choice, as long as he does something for me tomorrow!!  But at least he had a wonderful day with his little cousin!!!