Having been pregnant quite a few times before (Tiggy has 3 older brothers), it dawned on me that I’ve hardly any photographs of me pregnant and knowing this is our last baby, my last pregnancy, I want to capture my rapidly growing bump.
I’ve taken pictures firstly each morning in my underwear, then each Monday morning as time has gone on but not being “Instagram pretty” or indeed any form of internet or social media pretty I wondered how best to capture said growing bump and that’s when inspiration from Instagram struck me in the form of capturing my bump each week with flowers (and not in my underwear! although I am still doing that too) which make the pictures far more pretty and inadvertently I stumbled across a new hashtag, #mybumpandblooms.
The first picture was taken at around the 19 weeks mark and on I’ve gone and I’ve had such a wonderful response to the photographs. So much so that the dresses worn in them are from my favourite maternity clothing brand Isabella Oliver and the flowers in the main are from another favourite of mine Bloom & Wild. Click on the hyperlinks within this paragraph and they’ll take you to their sites where you can see why they’re faves of mine.
I guess this blog post will become a “rolling one” with new pictures added each week or of course you can follow along on Instagram. I hope you like them as much as I do and join in if you’re expecting xoxo.
25 weeks pregnant
26 weeks pregnant
27 weeks pregnant
28 weeks pregnant
This week marks the 28th week of pregnancy and I am feeling like my bump is HUGE and more like I should be 38 weeks! That said I’ll take a big bump any day so long as this little one is happy and healthy in there. Thankfully the increase in size is confined to my bump and I guess it’s all proportionate and relative as I have never been particularly large but I’ve always had comedy large baby bumps. I’m often told I don’t look pregnant from the back then of course I turn and get that reaction of “WOW you really are pregnant!” The dress in this week’s picture is once again from my favourite maternity brand Isabella Oliver who incidentally have a sale on right now, and the blooms are from Bloom & Wild which arrived as part of the subscription my husband took out with them for me so that once a month gorgeous blooms arrive on or around our anniversary date. Have I mentioned Bloom & Wild offer a subscription service? You can check out the details here Bloom & Wild Flower Delivery.
29 weeks pregnant
I can’t believe there are just 11 weeks left until we meet “our little pip” unless of course she comes early. I’m not holding out much hope that she’ll arrive early as out of all my children Tiggy arrived the earliest at just 2 days before her due date. That said, William arrived 2 days earlier than his due date also but I had been 17 days, yes 17 days! in slow labour with him prior but as he wasn’t due until September 19th the medical staff weren’t keen to intervene until his due date and it was while at the hospital making an appointment for an induction on the 17th and a very successful “sweep” (possibly too much info, sorry) that labour started properly and he was born that night after much drama and one very exhausted me. Finlay was 4 days late and Reuben 11 days late!
I’m consultant lead with this pregnancy and I’ve an appointment when I reach 36 weeks to discuss options as I’m told given the number of children I’ve had I’m at a high risk of haemorrhaging which is a terrifying prospect and whilst I’m looking forward to this little one’s arrival I’m also trying not to think about it for the moment. I’ll keep you posted as to what they say when I reach the 36 weeks mark.
30 weeks pregnant
I can’t believe I’m down to the last 10 weeks of pregnancy, it really is flying by! It’s so busy here with Tiggy and her brothers especially as they’re home for the summer holidays that I seem to be losing days and weeks at an alarming rate. It’s very exciting though and I’m looking very much forward to meeting “our little pip”, so called as that’s how big she was at an early scan I had. I’m also feeling very unprepared this time around, most likely due to the time going so quickly but the countdown is now on and I’m feeling great albeit tired at times and sleep, what’s that?! Night time leg cramps are in full swing and trying to get comfortable with a rapidly growing bump is a fine art of wedging and balancing myself with pillows only to get comfy and two minutes later the leg cramps start again. No-one ever tells you about the “un-glamorous” side of pregnancy and I’m sure mother nature has a way of making you forget. Still, it’s not forever and soon sleepless nights will be with a newborn baby and I’ll probably need reminding that I said this, but I can’t wait!