Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Annoying things people like to say to you when you're pregnant

I don't know if it was just me, but when I was pregnant people used to say the most god awful things to me, I don't really know why but it was such a common occurrence I started to write them down. To clarify - that picture isn't me. I have hardly any pictures from when I was pregnant because I looked like a common garden troll.

  • "Just wait..." - cheers for that
  • Everyone seemed to have an opinion on feeding, they still do actually. "Oh my god you're bottle feeding? You do know that breastfeeding is better for them?" or "Oh my god you're breastfeeding? Why would you make a rod for your own back?" - the 'rod for your own back' brigade deserve a special shoutout in my opinion.
  • "You look tired/horrendous" - again, cheers
  • People also like to discuss your birth plans and rip them to pieces. "Oh she's having a cesarean you know, too posh to push", "you want a drug free birth? I had drugs what's wrong with having drugs?" - knob off, this is entirely up to you and any medical professionals involved.
  • "Your bump is huge/tiny" - thanks for your clearly medical analysis
  • "We didn't do that in my day" - boss, but times do change
  • "You're getting bigger" - no shit, Sherlock
  • "Should you still be working?" -  and this concerns you why?
  • "Was it planned?" - how rude
  • "You're going back to work?!?!" - yes and I don't feel the need to explain my financial situation to you
  • "Is it safe to stay vegetarian while you're pregnant?" - I got this one a LOT
  • "I think it's a..." - now I know people are just being friendly here but hearing it multiple times a day really got on my wick, everyone was wrong anyway!
  • Casual bump touching - now some people are allowed a casual bump touch e.g. my partner! but anyone else just bloody ask. It's weird and makes me want to touch your belly back to show you how freaky it is. When people don't even touch the baby region and it's just like "yep you are stroking my breakfast"
  • "Oh I was sick all through my pregnancy" - not what you want to hear when you're stuck on a ward being treated for Hyperemesis Gravidarum
  • "Have you tried ginger biscuits?" - I've obviously tried everything under the sun, shove your bloody ginger biscuits
  • People treating you like an absolute imbecile because you don't know what things are. Yep it's my first time doing this and I don't think my baby or myself will suffer because I didn't (still don't tbh) know what pram shoes are.
  • "Oh my husband never had any time off with me" - brilliant, mine did
  • "You can't eat/drink that" - just to clarify this was a particular cheese, I wasn't going out on the razz.
I'm sure there are many more but those are the ones that have stuck by me. If someone you know and love is pregnant take my advice - don't say any nonsense to them as they may hit you (can blame it on the hormones :)). Have you got any to add to my list?

Kayleigh xo 

Monday, 15 August 2016

A Little Update

Hi guys

Long time no blog eh? Yep I know that I pretty much disappeared off the face of the earth for no apparent reason but I honestly couldn't get any motivation together to get posting. I'm still not 100% sure that the motivation has come back tbh with you. So, whats happened over the last year? Quite a lot honestly!

In October I found out that I was pregnant and my plan was to sail through pregnancy and document it on this blog. Ha. I was so ill I ended up being hospitalised 4 times - I was suffering with Hyperemesis Gravidarum which now I'm on the other side I can wholeheartedly say is much much worse than childbirth. My vision was to be all radiant and glowing with cutesy little updates. This still makes me chuckle. I plan to do a post on my experience of HG when I feel up to it. I actually started a written journal when I found out I was pregnant and the first trimester makes for some pretty harrowing reading. I remember my Dad coming to visit me in hospital and crying on him saying that I thought I was going to die as I felt so terrible.

Anyway, I'm trying to keep this short and sweet but clearly that isn't going to happen. On the 15th June 2016 I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy who we called George. I was convinced that he was a girl so I was pretty shocked when James announced to me we had had a little boy. He wasn't so little actually he was 9lb 3oz which is on the large side seeing as I was all bump! I actually put 4 stone on during pregnancy and most of it fell off in the days after delivery. The delivery itself was quite eventful but again I'm not up to sharing that just yet I don't think. I went down the Hypnobirthing route which was drug free which was my goal until I ended up in Theatre. But as I said, that's a story for another time.

I know a lot of my readers are particularly enamored with Karl so a quick update on him. He's doing really well and has had no further medical issues *touch wood* and is a happy little bunny. He isn't quite sure what to make of George tbh with you, they're just not interested in each other.

So, that's where I've been! Hopefully I will get back into the swing of things but I don't really have a lot of free time these days so it will be as and when.

Kayleigh xo