Guest Post – The Pregnancy Diaries week25

Week 25 baby is a papaya (finally)

This has been yet another busy, busy week. Although we started on a massive high…Paul got his divorce!

I know it’s not conventional to have a baby with a married man but I’m so happy we can finally draw a line under it and be a family now. Paul been married (obviously separated), has never bothered me but with the baby on the way we wanted a clean break. It has been pretty painless as well and is my favourite Christmas present so far.

Thomas has made me really miss being at school at Christmas. I used to love those couple of weeks before hand where you don’t do much work; it’s all Christmas fair, disco, pantos and plays. Thomas school took them on a school trip this week and ice skating on a make shift rink in the middle of Staveley. This week was also his Christmas fair. Paul’s mum and dad happily volunteered so were subjected to masses of stalls and games.

I am going to miss going to things like that with Thomas, he has already stopped being in school nativities which breaks my heart. It only seems like 2 minutes since I was forcing him onto stage dressed as a Christmas pudding, only for him cry in front of all his nursery friends. He has never quite made a lead role although his highlight was being a sheep and having to pick up baby Joseph when the little girl playing Mary dropped it on the floor (this was luckily only a doll πŸ˜‚)

Friday was my work Christmas do and we all got to put our out of offices on at 3pm. We were booked in for a meal at 6:30 which would normally excite me as we then have plenty of drinking time in between…however I have never been pregnant during the festive season before and I really thought I would find this a struggle.

To be completely honest, aside from really fancying a large glass of baileys, I am not missing the booze at all. I’m normally a fan of the plonk (I’m not going to lie!) so even I’ve been a little surprised by my lack of interest. Me and fellow expectant mum, Stacey headed for the bar and tried the virgin cocktails which were beautiful. It really made us feel like we were part of the party.

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We then went for teppanyaki and had such a good time. It was fun to join in, but I was soon ready for home. I couldn’t get my pjs on fast enough.
What a party animal I am these days ☺️

Saturday we were up early to finish the Christmas shopping once and for all. Why is there always something we’ve forgotten?!

I then met up with sister in law Natalie, her mum, Pauls mum and Paul’s Nan and we went for afternoon tea. Another event I can relish in! Give me cake and scones and I am one happy lady. Was lovely to catch up with them all I am so lucky to be joining this family.

My mum and dad were on a weekend away, which we got them for their birthday, so we were dog-sitting for the weekend. Paul absolutely loves having the two dogs. He gets so much attention from them (I might as well be invisible!). Plus it’s great for us because it gets us out walking (or waddling in my case).

We’d love to have a dog but it’s not fair with us both working full time. So this is a happy medium for us.
This meant that

 Sunday we needed to hand them back to mum and dad so we took the opportunity meet them in Castleton.

I absolutely love that place at Christmas. It’s like a little model village but with loads of well-lit Christmas trees. There isn’t much to do there apart from a few gift shops and a couple of pubs but it is an essential trip at this time of year. We spent the afternoon with mum and dad. We had dinner in one of the cosy inns and it was lovely. Can’t wait to take baby Smedley there next year 😊

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As I approach my third trimester, the nerves are kicking in. I have loved my middle chunk of having some energy, looking more pregnant, not being sick and just enjoying it. Although I’m fully aware that the next few months are going to be more difficult.
I know I’m going to be as big as a house. The cankles may make an appearance and heartburn is already starting to cripple me. With the impending arrival of this little monkey my biggest worry is possibly not being ready!
After Christmas we will need to knuckle down and get sorted out with the nursery. I’m hoping the baby can wait until it’s the right time!

This week is another busy one so will catch up next week x

 If you enjoyed reading this post why not take a look at The Pregnancy Diaries week23 or The Pregnancy Diaries week20?



  1. December 15, 2016 / 8:46 am

    The second trimester really is the best part of pregnancy – and also the first part of the third trimester;) So you have some more time to enjoy it!;) And I agree, school before Christmas rocks:)) #coolmumclub

    • December 15, 2016 / 12:54 pm

      It’s the cankles I’m dreading the most! πŸ™ˆ

      • December 15, 2016 / 2:10 pm

        Sea salt and massage for feet and ankles and exercise might help a bit with that…and putting your legs in the position where they are higher than your heart. πŸ˜‰

  2. December 15, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Ooh so christmassey! I actually liked having a valid excuse to skip the parties when I was pregnant – made a nice change! Enjoy, it’s going to speed up after christmas!
    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

  3. December 17, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Oh, I’d almost forgotten the horror of cankles and near constant heartburn! Those virgin cocktails look yummy x

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