Saturday, 31 October 2009

Happy Halloween!

To be honest, I'm not really into Halloween. I never did the trick or treat thing as a kid and growing up in Mexico, they celebrated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It spans over 2 days, 1st and 2nd November where they remember those who have died. I remember at school, an altar thing was built up and it would be covered in gorgeously decorated chocolate skulls as a way of remembrance. All I wanted to do was eat them!

We've started to get a bit more excited about Halloween since toddler came along as it gives us an excuse to dress him up (which he hates) and attend numerous parties meant for them but really an excuse for us adults to release our inner child. Today we are heading to such a party where am sure the kids will be wondering why they are dressed up AGAIN and the parents will be trying to get on the bouncy castle.

On another scary note, who saw John and Edward on X Factor last night. That was certainly a horrifying end to my evening! I will admit though, they were quite entertaining! And what the heck was Cheryl Cole wearing??

Here are some photos of toddler enjoying his last 3 Halloweens!

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Pregnancy Lows

I don't think I ever had any pregnancy lows with my first pregnancy. I was pretty text book right up until a week before my due date. I started getting really really itchy. This horrid looking, painful red rash had appeared all over my bump, my chest, my arms and my thighs. I would lie awake in bed at night itching it every couple of minutes hoping for some never came it just got worse. At it's worst point, I was getting out of bed and hopping in the shower (well maybe not hopping, I was of course 9 months pregnant) and scrubbing the rash with an exfoliating brush. I would stand there in tears just itching. Relief came in the form of some antihistamines. I popped one of those bad boys and I feel asleep on the couch for 5 hours in the afternoon, even skipping dinner!!!!

With both my pregnancies I suffered terrible nausea. With my first it was the smell of lavender that would send my stomach churning and my head spinning. As a supervisor in my work, I had to deal with people from different departments every day and their choice of fabric softener fragrances. One of the ladies in our customer care team came to ask me to call a customer back and she had obviously bathed herself in lavender because the smell of this woman was knocking me for six. I felt really ignorant as I had to turn myself away from her whilst still talking to her and almost hold my nose (and stomach) to stop myself inhaling her. At the time I would have never have thought to say "Sorry love, I'm not being rude, but lavender is currently not agreeing with me, can you email me?" With my second pregnancy I just felt sick all the time. I don't know why they call it morning sickness because this certainly wasn't limited to just morning time. I was only ever sick a couple of times and I felt great afterwards. The nausea was sooo bad though I just wanted to curl up on the couch which wasn't always possible when I had toddler to look after.

The only other pregnancy low I felt was when it was all over. Don't get me wrong, I was delighted to have my new baby to cuddle and love but there is something just so special about being pregnant and both times I missed being pregnant once I had given birth. When you are carrying your baby, you bond with them so you feel like you know them once they are born. You feel the first flutter, the first kick, the first somersault at 2 in the morning when you're trying to sleep. When they come out, you have to share them with everyone else. So I always tell any friends who are expecting, enjoy your pregnancy as much as possible, don't wish the time away. Because you'll miss that bump once it's gone.

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