What I wore … for afternoon tea at the savoy

What I wore … for afternoon tea at the savoy

Back in May, my best friend took me to the Savoy for afternoon tea. We live at opposite ends of the country and don’t get to see each other that often. She knew that she wouldn’t be able to throw me a baby shower and so this was her treat to me. She has been hugely supportive through all the miscarriages and is a fantastic spare mummy to Little Miss H. I know how happy she is that this pregnancy has gone well and that soon she will get to meet Little Mister H. What I wore … for afternoon tea at the Savoy … when 32 weeks pregnant.  I am ashamed to say that after my initial excitement about having afternoon tea at the Savoy my next thought was “what am I going to wear”. I did the maths and worked out that at that point I would be 32 weeks pregnant. I looked in my wardrobe and almost cried. I knew that none of my current maternity clothes would be suitable. (I partly blame my hormones for this overly dramatic reaction.) Thankfully, the wonderful maternity range Tiffany Rose came to my rescue and offered to send me a dress to wear for the day. Tiffany Rose design and make gorgeous maternity dresses for special occasions and weddings. As there is no reason pregnant woman can’t feel feminine, stylish and beautiful at a big event. It took me hours to choose a dress as there were so many I loved. I had to rope in my mother and many friends to help me decide. But eventually I plumped for the...
When pregnancy is a struggle

When pregnancy is a struggle

It is difficult to admit that something you have yearned for desperately has been a struggle. Ever since Little Miss H has been a few months old, I have wanted a second baby. The miscarriages that followed just made my desperation for that child more intense. Each loss took us further away from our longed for second child. But each loss made me more determined that we needed to become a family of four. During that heartbreak I would never allow myself to hope that I would be where I am now. Almost 35 weeks pregnant. And with the finishing line in sight. If I had allowed myself to see this pregnancy in my future, then I am sure that I would have seen a pregnancy full of joy. The reality has been very different. And it is terrible to say that something you wanted with every fibre of your being has been a struggle. The anxiety and fear of the first trimester was overwhelming. I couldn’t feel excited or happy about being pregnant.  Any scares or scans filled me with fear. I expected to be told that we had lost the baby. And even though the scans were always positive. I could not help but feel that we had been here before. That we were stuck in a terrible loop that we could not escape from. The 12 week scan left me in physical shock. And at that point we announced the pregnancy publicly. But I still could not relax. The tears weren’t so frequent but the anxiety would not go. I only truly began to relax after...
32 weeks pregnant – Piriformis Syndrome and The Fear

32 weeks pregnant – Piriformis Syndrome and The Fear

First of all I have an admission to make I am not 32 weeks pregnant. I am now 33 weeks pregnant and this update is a week late. Sorry. There are only 7 weeks until I reach my due date. I am on the final stretch. How did that happen? The past few months seem to have passed in a blur. And now here I am thinking about my birth plan and what I need to pack in my hospital bag. 32 weeks pregnant – Piriformis Syndrome and The Fear Aspirin Before this pregnancy, I had tests into the reasons behind our recurrent miscarriages. They didn’t produce any answers. But my consultant did advise me to take aspirin from the day I discovered that I was pregnant until I reached 28 weeks. Taking aspirin in pregnancy is not generally recommended as it can cause problems. However, it is often prescribed in a low dosage (I took 75mg of soluble aspirin every night) to women who have suffered from recurrent miscarriages. The aspirin can help prevent blood clotting problems which can lead to multiple early miscarriages. I will never know if I have got this far in the pregnancy because of the aspirin or because it was just our time. And it doesn’t matter any more. Yet taking the last tablet felt very strange. The aspirin had been something to cling onto during those first anxious months. And stopping taking them felt like I was letting go of my life raft. Even so, reaching 28 weeks and no longer needing to take aspirin was another huge milestone in this pregnancy. A pregnancy that has been filled with...
Looking after sensitive skin during pregnancy

Looking after sensitive skin during pregnancy

I have extremely sensitive skin and there have been many times when I have had an allergic reaction to a product that claimed to be hypoallergenic. As I have got older my skin has become even more sensitive and now, in my late 30’s, I’ve developed rosacea. A skin condition that leads to a reddening of the face. It also often leads to my skin feeling sore and itchy, with nasty spots. I am currently 32 weeks pregnant and I have been suffering with increasingly sensitive skin since the first trimester. My rosacea has also been worse and I have often gone to bed with a hot, sore and red face. Sensitive skin during pregnancy After a particularly sore rosacea flare-up I decided that I needed to re-assess my skincare. I wanted to start using products that were suitable for my hypersensitive and hormonal skin. I did some research and found the most gentle skincare ranges for my particular skin concerns. And I started to use them. Every morning and evening. I developed a proper skincare regime and my skin has felt so much better as a result. I will write more about the products I have introduced in a few weeks time. In the meantime, I thought that I would share my current morning and evening skincare routines and pass on a few tips that I’ve learnt on how to deal with sensitive skin prone to rosacea. I have also produced a video to accompany this post. The vlog contains more info about the products that I am currently using and my initial thoughts on them. If you enjoy the video then please remember to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my YouTube channel. My morning routine...
Little Miss H at 3 years old – My Captured Moment

Little Miss H at 3 years old – My Captured Moment

Little Miss H celebrated her birthday yesterday. She is now three years old. To celebrate, I thought that I would share one photograph of our darling daughter from every month of her life. It has been lovely putting these photo collages together. I have been able to see how her little face has changed. How her expressions have developed and how she has become the person she is today. It will also be wonderful to look back on these pictures in future years. To be able to see how our little girl has grown up month by month. Little Miss H’s first year     Little Miss H’s second year     Little Miss H’s third year     Happy birthday Little Miss H. Mummy and Daddy love you to the moon and back. Hugs Lucy xxxx PS. Once again I have linked up with My Captured Moment, a beautiful linky run by my gorgeous friend Heledd who blogs at Running in Lavender. The idea is simply to share photographs that have captured a special moment in life. A moment to treasure forever....

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