Baby Number Two Is On The Way {13 weeks}

If you follow my instagram then I guess this is old news, but if you don’t then baby O’Shea number two is officially on the way!

This is probably another feature in it’s self but I was very happy in what I suppose I can now refer to as my “old” life. James, Mabel and I – our Edwardian semi in a familiar area. The joy I used to gain from silly frivolous things like loving my gym, the fact we could get to everything easily, the routine we built for ourselves that meant we could could balance work, friends and our own individual hobbies and activities.

And then we moved to a much bigger house in the country. And now our family dynamic is going to change all over again. I don’t want to sound ungrateful, I completely appreciate how very lucky we are to be expecting another child, but I would be fibbing if I didn’t admit to feeling anxious and slightly off-balance. But then I guess the hormones are partly to blame. And the fact I’ve felt extremely sick for the last two months – with the only cure seemingly being a plate of chips or taking a nap.

In fact this pregnancy thus far has been completely different to the last (which in hindsight was a breeze). I’ve been so tired at times I could literally sleep standing up, I find myself easily bored by literally everything (maybe I am tuning into the mentality of my 3 year old daughter Mabel?!) so I have to be doing something interesting all of the time otherwise I’m two foot stamps away from throwing a full on strop. I must be an absolute arse to live with right now.

In my first pregnancy I was borderline for high risk downs syndrome, it was a very confusing time (I won’t go into detail otherwise we would be here all day) so I had the Non-invasive prenatal (NIPT) tests at 10 weeks to gain the most accurate results we could at the earliest opportunity. I’m pleased to report I am low risk for everything and the scan showed a healthy “dancing” baby with a strong heartbeat and an innate desire for carbohydrates (as proved by the craving for aforementioned chips. And the occasional bag of Quavers).

I still think the vast majority of “maternity” clothes are awful, I’m planning on investing in some kind of small budget capsule wardrobe so I feel comfortable and confident for the next 25 weeks. The plan is to save as much as I can so I can have a fashion blow out when I feel more “me” after baby number two arrives. A Mother’s gotta have goals – and something to look forward to after everything I own will undoubtedly be covered in milk and drool.

One of the most remarkable things is that we already know the sex of the baby, modern science is amazing isn’t it? The NIPT can determine the sex from as early as 9 weeks. Which is crazy bananas. I am still in a state of shock at the result to be honest. Please feel free to guess in the comments box below (there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll be right!)

I hope all of your pregnancies are going really well and I’ll update you on more human growing adventures along the way!

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Charlotte is still determined to wear her fancy cowboy boots, even if Mabel does plaster the tassels in jam.
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Congratulations Charlotte!! I hope the sickness and tiredness leave you alone soon. Ah the not quite so joyous joys of pregnancy!

I’m a few steps behind you in that there is every chance by this time next year we’ll be living in a village with baby no 2 on the way (thanks to IVF and modern technology!). Right now I think the move is what I want, and would take me closer to family (45 mins rather than 2 hours). But is it what I want? Will giving up the convenience of walking into town for supplies with a new baby, or to the park, be a very real and regular downside or does the village life dream actually more than make up for it?

Congratulations again! x

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 7:56 am

Hi Sarah! Congratulations! I think with any move it’s weighing up the pros and cons, hopefully the pros will outweigh anything else. I do think it takes time though, I’ve been in our home a year and I’m still on the fence, but then I just wonder if it’s a case of getting used to all the changes. I’m sure you will love being closer to family x

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Congratulations! I’m week 20 of my first pregnancy and also utterly discombobulated by what’s ahead. I love your idea of a fashion blow out post-pregnancy as I’m currently sulking that there is no point in my investing in some delicious AW17 pieces that I’ve seen! Looking forward to the updates x

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 7:56 am

Pah ha ha Sarah you sound like me! Although I have managed to buy a coat…..:) x

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I’m the same as both of you! Currently 24 weeks with my first and having full on temper tantrums that I can’t buy any of the gorgeous A/W clothes currently hitting the rails. *Sob*

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So exciting. Looking forward to seeing family O’Shea grow!

Oh and I’m voting boy… Can’t resist a guess xx

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 7:57 am

Ah thanks Karen! xx

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Congratulations! I am in week 31 now and can completely relate to the tiredness, suddenly 7pm became a completely acceptable bedtime. I was very sceptical when people said oh when you hit 12 weeks it will all disappear- it was a little longer than that for me but suddenly I had energy back and became interested in other food groups other than carbs. Echo the comments on the shopping splurge post baby- maternity wear is hiddeous. If I ever see another pair of black leggings again……..

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 8:11 am

Sarah I saved my black leggings from last time, I got them out and nearly cried. I hope I never resort to wearing them! I was told after 14 weeks I should start to feel better…here’s hoping x

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I reckon A/W is the best time to be pregnant. I was pregnant for the summer and a little bit of A/W and it was the best – tights, dresses, big chunky cardi’s, leather leggings and boots. All good things in my book!

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 8:18 am

Lynsey you are absolutely right, hopefully I can wear tights and stretchy dresses with boots and cardi’s – which is what I wear in winter ordinarily anyway. I must seek out my leather leggings and see if I can fit into them! x

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Huge Congratulations Charlotte! I’m guessing girl πŸ™‚
I’m also 13 wks with my second, just about through the debilitating tiredness and the queasiness, but feeling a lot squidgier round the waist after the chips and pasta diet of the last few months. Just waiting for the results of our NIPT which should arrive any day now.
Hope rest of pregnancy goes really well for you and look forward to hearing lots of updates on here! X

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 8:20 am

J I think the NIPT test is amazing, it gave me such peace of mind after the last experience. When I went for my NHS 12 week scan the midwife said she wasn’t going to do the nuchal aspect as my NIPT results were considerably more accurate – they didn’t do bloods either because of the same reason x

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Congratulations Charlotte! Completely understand your feelings – my second baby was very much planned and wanted but I still felt all sorts of confusing emotions during pregnancy about the change in dynamics and things like ‘how could I love another child as much as my first’ etc. I think (hope!) it’s completely normal. I felt really sick too and I think that really doesn’t help because it’s hard to be cheery when you feel ill day in day out and have another child to look after. However, I felt better once the sickness had passed and I’m pleased to report that as soon as baby number 2 arrived all the worries melted away. Yes some aspects of life are a bit harder with 2 to juggle but of course you love them sooo much it doesn’t matter and it’s definitely not the huge life changing event that your first was! You’re already a mum and the new one is just an added dimension in a lovely way. Plus I’m sure Mabel will love being a big sister 😊
I wish now I’d just relaxed and enjoyed my second pregnancy more and cherished it instead of moaning because I don’t think I’ll be doing it again and that makes me sad now, but these things are always easier with hindsight! Hope you feel better soon and I’m terrible at guessing the gender so I’ll just wait for the announcement 😝 X

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 8:28 am

Sarah what a lovely re-assuring comment, thanks so much for taking the time to write it. I think Mabel is going to love it, she has been asking for “twins” for months which worried me a bit I’m not going to lie (!). It is definitely just the one! x

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Haha my little girl is the same age as Mabel and she got a little brother but I don’t think that was what she was after as she keeps asking me to have another baby in my tummy and for it to be a girl please 🀣 x

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Congratulations Charlotte! Such exciting but scary/overwhelming times. I am pregnant with our very much wanted first baby but I do feel very overwhelmed and it’s nice to know that you don’t have to be manically excited all the time. People don’t talk about that enough. We have our 12 week scan today and I am an anxious mess this morning – I so hope it’s all going to be ok but I know it doesn’t always go that way. Fingers crossed I soon won’t be posting as anon and that I will be following close behind you and can steal your maternity style tips! Xx

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 8:32 am

Huge congratulations! And I have every crossed for you that your scan will be be amazing. And actually I think you are right, there seems to be two extremes out there in the social media world right now when it comes to motherhood and parenting, overtly styled and everything’s wonderful or it’s all crap and let’s drink all the gin. Neither are wrong obviously – whatever suits you/makes you happy etc, but I do struggle to find middle ground sometimes, as you mentioned – just how overwhelming it can be at times, the team and I have had this conversation numerous times recently. Anyway I’ll stop waffling (it does take my mind off the sickness ha!) lots of love and luck for later xx

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Congratulations on your pregnancy, enjoy your 12 week scan 😊
I had so much guilt during my pregnancy for not enjoying it. I’d had early miscarriages previously and so felt like I should love every aspect of pregnancy and be grateful but I really hated the majority of it, especially as people told me I shouldn’t complain about the horrid bits of pregnancy. But on the plus side, I am absolutely loving being a mum! Xx

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 8:45 am

Izzie I have a few close friends who really disliked pregnancy and felt they couldn’t mention it (except to me – I hope that means I’m a good sounding board/level headed in some way!) Every experience is different, I felt quite indifferent about my first pregnancy, I didn’t love it or loathe it. I loved Mabel as a newborn but I found the recovery after a c-section and the whole feeling like my body wasn’t my own really difficult to handle x

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Can we have a post on birth choices? Expecting my first and would be really interested to hear why some choose a c-section vs a natural birth. Very confused by the decision and scared by things I’ve read.

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If you are confused about birth choices I would highly recommend the Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill, where she explains so much I hadn’t even thought of to help you make your own decisions and encourages making plans for all situations so that what ever happens your wishes are listen to.

Thank you so much Izzie and Charlotte for your reassurance. It has really helped. I feel like I should be loving it all – loving being pregnant and loving my baby, but…I don’t know the baby yet, how do I love them? And then I feel guilty! Thanks again, you’ve made an emotional person much calmer! xx

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Huge congratulations ! I am guessing boy, only on the basis that you completely brought me back to my desk out at 10 weeks when I had NIPT and discovered (after having a girl a couple of months younger than Mabel) I was expecting a boy! I have to say no 2 has been a game changer, but little man is now 15 months and it’s all getting much easier especially as they are starting to play together/ wrestle

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 8:42 am

Bee loving the “wrestle” ha ha! I’m hoping Mabel will help out a bit with the new baby as there will be a four year age gap, it almost feels a bit of a big gap for them to play together but I guess this “closes” as they get older x

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Massive congratulations Charlotte! I am 18 weeks today and totally understand and appreciate where you are coming from. Maternity clothing is really not doing it for me this time round (baby no.2) everything I have purchased is quite simply hideous!! Last time I just upsized clothing; I am about to hit H&M online and mass purchase their super stretch trousers and oversized jumpers. However slightly concerned about an Indian summer and me stuck with cosy autumn/winter wardrobe… I have also felt flipping awful with sickness and sheer exhaustion. Thankfully that has dissapeared, I found it really hard to be excited when I just felt ill all the time. Also, and slightly conflicted about this, but I have made no real connection with this baby…possibly as I am running around after a 22month old and life is just so much busier this time round. Anyway, huge congratulations, the sickness will get better-but hard to hear when you’re in th thick of it!

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 9:08 am

Ooh Laura what is the H&M super stretch trouser you speak of?! If you see this comment please do leave a link if you have time. And yes I hear you, I am almost wishing the pregnancy away so I feel “well” again. I was told 14 weeks I would start to feel better so I have everything crossed this is the case.

Congratulations and you are super woman with a 22 month old to chase after too! x

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So there are 2 styles, the jegging style is easier as you grow as there are no buttons and I just fold under the bump: http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0356174001.html
But these are also good- I button up under the bump and roll under…. http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0434429001.html

They were a staple in my last pregnancy as very stretchy and comfy whilst looking smart/casual at the same time.

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 11:58 am

Oh Laura thanks SO much! going to put them in my basket ASAP! x

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I second the super-stretch jeans! I have 4 pairs!

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Ah congratulations! I have a three year old and a 7 week old, and I approached pregnancy two thinking, this’ll be easy, I’ve done it before. How wrong was I? Both pregnancies were so different to the point I was convinced baby two was a boy as my first was a girl so only a boy could give me that much trouble. But no, she was another beautiful girl! I longed for week 14 and the increase in energy, I waited and waited and by week 28 I think I officially gave up, I had blood tests for anaemia, tablets just in case because I was breathless going up stairs, faint morning noon and night, and had to rest in the car for a few minutes after driving to work just to get the energy to go into the office! I ended up finishing work a week earlier than planned so had 5 weeks (as she was also overdue) chilling before she arrived. I recommend that strongly!

On the flip side, now she is here, despite having broken nights and tiring days, I still feel a million dollars and full of energy compared to the last 9 months. Everyone says I look amazing, and I put that down to looking and feeling awful for the previous 9 months!

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 9:04 am

Bless you Natalie this comment made me laugh (not at you obviously – just that you are so honest!) I have the same with the bloody stairs, even though I am quite “fit” and trying to exercise when I’m not wanting to sleep for a year. I am hoping I feel a million dollars after the birth like you πŸ™‚ x

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Super exciting news, massive congratulations. Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling rough, hope the fabled euphoric glow descends soon!

What with one thing and another it’s looking like if there’s ever a no.2 for us the age gap is likely to be similar so it’s especially interesting and encouraging to follow your journey. I don’t know about anyone else but it seems everyone I know has a very small age gap between their babies, and I’ve been starting to feel like the odd man out. Truth is, like you I’m already up to my eyeballs and the thought of adding another dependent into the mix is terrifying. I guess you just make it work though and as someone said before, we’ve already done the huge leap of becoming a family, so adding to that ought to be relatively less overwhelming? Yes? PLEASE LET IT BE SO?! Although I’m slightly nervous about Bee’s carefully chosen yet ominous “game changer” comment upthread πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚

Anyway if you can do it with all of the plates you’re spinning then there’s hope for us all!

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 12:01 pm

Philippa I do currently have all the plates, work has suddenly gone mental (it’s always quite mental, but at the moment it’s REALLY mental!) but I’m less stressed about it than I was during my last pregnancy, I think the team is more established now and we are so much more organised, plus everyone has been so supportive of me being pregnant/possibly slightly mad (!)

There is a 5 year age gap between my sister and I, I used to “entertain” her when we were younger, had a bit of a not-getting-on patch in our teens but are now close and get on really well. I think it depends on the kids/personalities as much as the age gap. If anyone can make it work you can! x

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Aw thanks! There’s an 8 year gap between my sister and I and we get along really well. I think as you say there’s no right or wrong.

Oh also, I’m guessing boy too!

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Congratulations Charlotte, I’m guessing boy! I totally and utterly convinced myself I was having a girl, like told everyone all through my pregnancy I thought it was girl too, because thats what I secretly wanted….but now my little lad Franklin is 13 months and just the absolute best, I could not imagine having anyone else. He’s so handsome and dressing boys is so much fun, Next and H&M do super cool little boy clothes. I’m hoping Mabel gets a brother πŸ™‚

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 12:02 pm

LOVE the name Franklin Alice!

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Massive congratulations!
I’m currently 19 weeks with our second but just feel so much more anxious this time round, to the point where I didn’t want to tell anyone about my pregnancy as I thought in some way I would jinx it. (Got to the stage where I had to tell people….I was like some celebrity, forever clutching my bag over my stomach in an attempt to hide my growing belly which sprouted at an alarming rate!!)
We too had the NIPT which had a huge impact on me starting to relax a little…..as did online baby clothes browsing…..if that doesn’t perk you up, nothing will……literally my favorite hobby!
x

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 12:05 pm

Jane I have not yet ventured into online clothes browsing but I feel it might happen…soon! Congratulations on your pregnancy! I think the NIPT is wonderful and have recommended it to a couple of pregnant friends recently x

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Congratulations Charlotte, I’m guessing boy! I totally and utterly convinced myself I was having a girl, like told everyone all through my pregnancy I thought it was girl too, because thats what I secretly wanted….but now my little lad Franklin is 13 months and just the absolute best, I could not imagine having anyone else. He’s so handsome and dressing boys is so much fun, Next and H&M do super cool little boy clothes. I’m hoping Mabel gets a brother πŸ™‚

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Congratulations Charlotte! Such fantastic news!

I’m currently 14 weeks with my first…my energy and appetite for greens have now returned but I was napping whenever possible and dreaming of jacket potatoes, chips, mash, all types of potato acceptable.

Am very excited that hopefully you can give some maternity wear advice over the next few weeks and months as I am so lost as to where to even start! x

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 12:08 pm

Clare this made me laugh out loud. I literally might end up looking like a bloody potato, the other night I just made myself a massive bowl of boiled new potatoes and peas covered in butter….because that’s all I could face eating 😳 I’m making half decent maternity wear discoveries my mission! x

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Congratulations again Charlotte. Amazing news! Our second child Edie, is almost 10 months old now and with every day that passes, its harder to recall a time when she wasn’t a firm fixture in our family.

We suffered a miscarriage in between pregnancies so Edie was very much planned but I can’t deny that the thoughts such as ‘how is this all going to work’ did cross my mind, and more than once. I was so worried that My son, who was 3.5 when Edie was born, would hate all the change and I worried about turning everything he knew on its head. I am however pleased to report that the family dynamic seemed to reorganise itself very quickly and without us really even noticing things soon felt ‘normal’.

I was horribly sick for the first 16wks or so which was as difficult as you’d expect. Perhaps that was why I didn’t particularly enjoy the pregnancy; at least not as much as I did the first time around. Along with that came with a immense feeling of guilt but, in a nutshell, once she was here I realised that it didn’t really matter.

Good luck with everything. Especially navigating the terrifying world of maternity fashion..!

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 12:09 pm

Louise your family set up sounds lovely, I’m so glad everything seemed to work out so quickly x

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Huge congratulations to you all! What fab news! I felt slightly off-balance too, when pregnant with my 2nd – kind of like “what are we doing / is this the right time?”. She’s now 8 & we went on to have a third a few years later, I promise you it’ll all work out just fine. Isabella Oliver was my go-to maternity brand. Quite pricey but I felt it was worth it – I bought a capsule collection of gorgeous tops and a pair of leather leggings (so I still felt relatively ‘on trend’!) & lived in it all for 9months and beyond. Oh, and i’m going to guess BOY! xx

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 12:12 pm

Nicola I think I need to check out these maternity leather leggings, I have quite short legs so need any kind of trouser either flared or very tapered at the ankle (otherwise I just look odd). It sounds as though you were really organised with your wardrobe so I’m hoping to follow suit x

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Massive congratulations Charlotte! I saw the news on instagram but still exciting. I’m only 10 weeks with no.2 after a missed miscarriage a few months ago so very nervously waiting for the 12 week scan and hoping everything is ok this time. I’m both lucky and unlucky in that i have very few symptoms, a little bit of lightheadedness every now and again, and a tiny bit of tenderness again on some days but otherwise symptom free so the old brain is conjuring up all sorts of terrible situations. I was the same with my daughter though so who knows!! I’m guessing boy for you but apparently the “tell tale signs” can be totally wrong with the second one so who knows! Either way, exciting news!

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 12:37 pm

Congratulations Annie! I have everything crossed that it all goes well for your 12 week scan lovely x

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Congratulations again Charlotte! I’m currently 38 weeks with my second baby. I was really tired and nauseous at the beginning, which I didn’t have at all with my first. It did go away in the second trimester, and the whole pregnancy has gone so fast compared to first time around! The only symptoms I’ve suffered are heartburn and going to sleep with my toddler every evening. πŸ˜‰ Hopefully you’ll find your sickness goes in the next week or two.

Maternity wear is foul. I hated it even more second time around. I currently have about two tops that fit and I refuse to buy any more! But I’m definitely going to treat myself when baby makes an appearance.

Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy-hoping for regular updates on here! x

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 12:48 pm

Hi Tracy! Ah not long now! Yeah I had heartburn yesterday – shouldn’t have eaten all that cake in our team meeting (when will I learn?!). I’m really surprised by how almost 4 years later, maternity wear is still shit (!) I’m thinking of investing in a tailored blazer to make me feel more “pulled in” and stretchy dresses that I can wear with tights. Good luck for the next few weeks xx

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Huge congratulations Charlotte. I am 17 weeks with number two, and will have a similar age gap to you. Think my boy was born a short while before Mabel, so he’ll be almost 4.5 when this one is born. At the moment he is excited, but I don’t think he really understands what’s going on, or what’s going to happen. He is adamant it’s going to be a girl though, and constantly refers to baby as ‘she’ or ‘her’. After a troubled few early weeks (and major worries due to previous losses) we are nearing the 20 week scan. Then the baby buying and room decorating can commence.

Also, can totally sympathise with the tiredness, it is unreal. In the early weeks I was having a nap after getting in fro work / nursery run. Then getting up again to cook dinner for me and hubby. Happy to say this has eased, but still feeling tired during the day. I think running around after a pre-schooler doesn’t help!

Maternity wear wise I’ve got my old stuff out, which is now massively stretched from last time. I’m toying with the idea of making some bits myself though seeing as I found some maternity dress / top patterns. Haven’t plucked up the courage to actually buy said patterns, but I have re-set up my sewing machine in the spare room ready for some sort of sewing to happen. If I ever find some time in the busy schedule that is work, mum, wife maybe I’ll make something…

Amy xx

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 1:35 pm

Amy congratulations! And if you can make your own pieces then…WOW. That’s amazing. Well Mabel guessed the sex of her sibling completely wrong so there you go πŸ™‚

Good luck with everything and I hope the tiredness subsides even more for you soon x

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Congratulations Charlotte! It feels like only yesterday I was reading about the birth of Mabel! I’m currently 26 weeks pregnant with my second (a girl this time) and have a very active 17 month old son who really has no comprehension on what is to come. I too was rather ambivalent durin my last pregnancy, and was lucky I felt fine throughout. This time round I am just bloody shattered the whole time. I really am trying to enjoy it as am well aware it may well be the last time I am ever pregnant but it’s hard to do so when I just wish I was feeling more energetic and less achey all the time! I also get moment and of “What have we done?? Two under two!!” But there’s no going back now so I guess we’ll muddle through and I’m super excited about having a little girl. I just hope it doesn’t turn my little boys world upside down… ahhh all the mum guilt. I’m also sooo uninspired by maternity clothes atm. Cannot be bothered to even look anymore!!

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 2:49 pm

Nicky huge congratulations! two under two is an undertaking but I know others who have loved it, and I’m sure they will entertain each other in the not too distant future. I’m sure your little boy will adore his baby sister x

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Congrats Charlotte, so excited for you all. We are currently in talks about a potential sibling and how we would handle two tiny wild ones as opposed to just the one, plus freelance life. I’m even wondering if next time around I might take a year off, that would be blissful (blissfully poor but you don’t get these years back do you?!) I guess you just have to take the leap and trust it will be ok (or so I’m telling myself), I’ll be following your journey and seeing how you get on Xx

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 3:23 pm

Hi Jess! I’m definitely taking more time off with this pregnancy than I did with the first. I’m also not doing anything OTT from 7 months either – I think it really effected my recovery last time. I was doing a shoot at 38 weeks (!) and just lifting stuff and doing too much when I should have been taking it easy. And no, you don’t get the years back but it is difficult to know what’s for the best in terms of time off/money/your own business etc etc. I’m sure you will be absolutely fine when the time arrives xx

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Congratulations! I insanely craved chips and salty crisps with my first (a boy) and all things sweet with my second (a girl). Just saying 😊

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Charlotte O'Shea
14th September 2017 3:25 pm

Ha ha Rachel! how funny. I craved Frosties with ice cold milk with Mabel – I used to have a big bowl every day without fail otherwise I would be grumpy πŸ˜‚

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Huge congratulations again Charlotte it is the most amazing news! And totally get the funny feeling of everything changing after reading the move posts and now this excitement. But you know deep down you’ve got this and you are building the most amazing new normal with the house and little number two!

I reckon he’s a little dude, by the way. Totally sounds like my Paddy/Silvia pregnancies- all the vomit and exhaustion second time around with little man.

Would love to read that “whole other post” when you’re ready to write it xx

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Charlotte O'Shea
15th September 2017 8:57 am

Thanks Lucy! I’ll definitely share soon, it might be a long one (!) x

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Hi Charlotte,
First of all Congratulations! I too am 13 weeks pregnant with baby number 2 and have been suffering with nausea in a way I never had with baby number 1. For some reason I expected this pregnancy to be the same as the last, but sadly no! I too am reaching for all the carbs!
I also feel a little trepidation about our expanding family, my daughter is two and the balance between the three of us just seems so perfect currently! I’m sure turning into a family of four will be brilliant, I just need to get my head around it.
Please can you do a maternity wear blog post soon, as I’m already much bigger this time round and pregnant in opposite seasons, so will need some tips! I look forward to following you on this journey. Thanks, Sarah

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Charlotte O'Shea
15th September 2017 8:59 am

Hi Sarah! Congratulations! and I am so sorry to hear about the nausea, it is so…debilitating. I am absolutely on a maternity/post pregnancy wear mission, I’m still wearing my normal clothes but I can see I’m not going to fit in anything in the next month or so x

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I sorted out my wardrobe today and packed away all the summer stuff/bits that aren’t gonna fit for the next 9 months or so, and got out all my old maternity clothes. URGH.

I’m guessing another beautiful girlie…. but I’m always wrong with this game! Are you going to reveal at any point? Xx

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Charlotte O'Shea
15th September 2017 9:02 am

Sama yes I am going to reveal! Once I have got over the shock (!)

I think I’m going to follow suit with what you’ve done, I bought a clothes rail in the John lewis sale for shoots – but I’m going to put on all the clothes I can actually wear, which at the moment, won’t be very many, but at least I’ll be more organised x

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Congrats! I have just had our 2nd, a little boy so now we have one of each. Like you I felt rotten the 2nd time round- sickness until about 17 weeks and then later on pelvic girdle pain which was really hard as my first pregnancy was pretty easy going. I was also much bigger the 2nd time with every tom, Dick and Harry feeling it was ok to tell me I was massive or expecting twins! I had a love for all yellow food (carb central) and so I am guessing this time you are having a boy!! I was upset at first as I so thought I would have 2 girls but my little boy is gorgeous and I can’t imagine life without him 😍. Good luck for the weeks to come, hopefully the sickness will pass and you will feel a bit more normal again!

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Charlotte O'Shea
15th September 2017 9:03 am

Ouch pelvic girdle pain sounds awful, I suffered with my back last time, but nothing else really. Your little family sounds perfect x

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Ahh congratulations Charlotte what lovely news. I completely know where you are coming from on the anxiety, I now have my 4 month old Eva who is our second little girl and although she was planned and very much wanted I felt a whole host of emotions all the way along. I am pleased to say though that as soon as she was here she was loved as much as the first one and it was just as exciting. I think I mainly worried about how we would cope with two and how the hell I would ever make it out of the house (I’m not the most punctual at the best of times!!), we are and we do, most of the time anyway! Ha ha.

If Mable is like my Sofia (3.5 at the time) then she will love it and it is completely heart melting seeing them together. It also makes you realise how grown up the big little ones are 😒

I hope you start to feel better soon and enjoy stuffing your face guilt free 🀣

Xx

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Charlotte O'Shea
15th September 2017 9:05 am

Congratulations on Eva Louise! Mabel will be almost four when the new baby arrives, I can’t believe it, but I’m hoping she will help out a bit now that’s she’s older and more independent. I am stuffing my face but not sure it’s entirely guilt free……πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚

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I know exactly what you mean. I felt all of the confusing stuff with number 2 and all of the sickness (although I had it first time as well so was expecting it). We had a 3.5 year age gap (because of arforementioned sickness I wasn’t crazy about being pregnant for a second time) but it works. They are now five and almost two and do play together. Number two has been a whirlwind and completely different to his older brother. What was easy with the big one was hard with this one and vice versa. Like someone said above though number two isn’t the life altering event that having your first is and we found our rhythm much easier this time. Good luck and congratulations!

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Charlotte O'Shea
15th September 2017 9:08 am

Ah thanks Sarah, and its lovely that your boys play together so well! Mabel was a good baby in terms of eating and sleeping (mostly) but a nightmare from when she turned one (no sleep, into everything, no fear etc) so perhaps we will have the opposite this time around too πŸ€”x

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Congratulations xxxxxxx

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Congratulations Charlotte! I am in a slightly different scenario, 7 weeks pregnant with baby number 1. This is a miracle baby for us after 4 years of trying and a failed ICSI cycle this year.

I am riding the wave balancing between excitement and nerves of what can go wrong. We’ve arranged for an early scan and am counting down the sleeps til we see our little star.

The tiredness, nausea and sore boobs are unreal at the moment, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I have a feeling this makes me a very annoying pregnant person.

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