Actually can’t believe the last time I posted on the blog was back in October.
I was a few days short of completely Blogtober when I got pretty ill and had to stop.
I had a chest infection which turned out to be pneumonia and was hospitalised. Stuffed full of antibiotics, steroids and fluids to try and get rid of it. It was pretty nasty stuff.
When I finally found myself beginning to recover from pneumonia in November I went to my friend’s wedding in Scotland.
Whilst there I found myself suffering a completely different type of illness.
*Also managed to drop and destroy my phone – losing all of my photos and videos from the last two years in the process. Unfortunately, the cloud backup I’d paid for completely let me down*
I was throwing up constantly throughout the day for a whole week.
This meant I was unable to keep anything down and very quickly ended up back in the hospital with dehydration and weakness.
What was wrong?
Turns out that what my GP had insisted was a side effect of all the medication I’d been on was actually a very unexpected surprise!
After my miscarriage in June, we hadn’t expected to have another chance at expanding our family.
So to find out that the sickness was caused by pregnancy was very welcome news.
However, I had also been bleeding a lot and so we were understandably concerned that I was having another miscarriage.
The first trimester of pregnancy
I was given a scan to check that the baby was viable.
When they did this they discovered that I have a condition called placenta previa which is where the placenta is close to or covering, the cervix.
This was what the Drs suspected was causing the bleeding. I was instantly put on bed rest in an attempt to alleviate the condition.
Even though I was also given various anti-sickness medications I spent the next few weeks in a blur of vomiting and pain.
I had weekly ultrasound scans and was so anxious everytime that they would be giving me bad news.
Once allowed home I spent my days in bed – not able to do anything as I was in so much pain.
I’d been warned off of any activity that could cause myself or the baby harm.
Thanks to my health worries that the first trimester passed very slowly.
As you can imagine the last thing I was concerned about was updating the blog – plus breaking my phone meant that I had lost a lot of my content.
Finally, at 14 weeks the sickness started to alleviate a little bit.
Then I had a scan which gave us the all-clear on the Dr’s worries for the baby.
The bleeding stopped at last which was a more than welcome development.
Although some women do bleed throughout pregnancy, it was still a real worry.
I finally felt able to breathe a little easier – I’d been so worried and low, wondering if each week would be the week everything went wrong.
Christmas Day we broke the news to Lily that she was going to be a big sister and she was absolutely thrilled!
From there we announced the pregnancy to our friends and families and on social media.
"Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true" . Merry Christmas from our (expanding) family to yours ❤ we are feeling so blessed, today more than ever. After months of keeping this secret to ourselves we've given Lily the 'best present ever!' *except for the Lego hotel maybe* – she's going to be a big sister in June! . I'd like to say Thank you to the few people who have known about baby 'Avocado' and who have supported us through all the stress, crazy emotions, illness and the long days in hospital wondering if we would ever get this far. We couldn't have done it without you! ❤ xxxxxxxx ⭐⭐⭐
Everybody has been so wonderfully supportive, happy and excited for us about this pregnancy.
I’ve felt like I’ve been in a little bubble of happiness the past 2 days. We are finally getting our rainbow baby and could not be happier.
Now if only I could stop the vomiting that would be great!
What about the blog?
I have absolutely no plans to give up blogging.
I love writing and this mini-sabbatical was completely unplanned.
And I will be back to posting regularly in the new year.
However, the blog will of course evolve to reflect the new addition to our life – for example, we probably won’t get to travel as much in the next year!
My plan is to include pregnancy updates and more parenting related posts alongside my regular topics.
Hopefully, there will be enough to keep my regular readers happy (ps thanks for all the lovely messages!) as well as any new readers who come along in 2018.
Sending lots of love,