24 Week Bump Update

Hi everyone, I’m sorry for not uploading a post for the past couple of weeks, I never seemed to have time or the concentration! Since my last post we have had a 3D scan and found out that we are having a little boy!! Hubby was over the moon with the news and so was I. Heres a picture from the 3D scan.


How far along? 24 weeks.

How big is baby? Baby is almost a foot long (cantaloupe) and weighs about 1 and 1/3 pounds.

Total weight gain/loss? 8kg (17.6 lbs) overall. 2kg (4.4pounds) in the last 3 weeks.

Maternity clothes? Haven’t bought anything new but I have been wearing leggins and my maternity jeans a lot more often and nothing else seems to fit.

Stretch marks: Nope, I am using bio oil every now and then but haven’t got myself into a routine of using it everyday.

Sleep? I seem to be sleeping less during the night which explains why I’ve been so tired lately. Have been having a nap in the daytime occasionally.

Best moment this week? My friend gave birth to her 2 baby twin girls this week which I am so happy for her about.

Movement? His kicks have been getting a lot harder lately and sometimes I can sit and watch my belly as they are so hard that you can see them through my belly. Freaky but I can never stop watching. Have also been feeling him pressing on things like my bladder and making me need to pee!

Symptoms? My headaches have been a lot better since getting my new glasses but they still linger. Also I’ve been getting back and neck pain and aches which aren’t helping me sleep very well! The milk before you have the baby (colostrum i believe its called) had definitely kicked in as they leak a little bit every now and then but nothing too bad that I have to wear breast pads yet!

Food cravings? Still nothing major, apart from the occasional ice cream or fast food.

Food aversions? Nothing out of the ordinary. The smell of coffee still makes me feel sick, as well as fish since hubby has been eating quite a bit lately and the smell is horrible!

Gender?  It’s a boy!!

Labor signs? No.

Belly button in or out? In, however, its definitely stretching as it looks really hollow recently and you can tell its been stretched lol.

What I miss? My boobs! LOL. They have grown so much and although some people like that, I think mine were big enough before thank you lol!

What I’m looking forward to? Not a lot to look forward to at the moment.

Milestones? None that I know of.



About baby: Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at about 1 1/3 pounds. Since he’s almost a foot long (about the size of an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

Thank you for reading, see you next week.

Alice xoxo

21 Week Bump Update

First of all, sorry for the delay this week. I haven’t seemed to fit in time to sit down and write.


How far along? 21 weeks and 2 days.

How big is baby? Baby is 10.5 inches (pomegranate) and weighs 12.7 ounces. Baby has grown a lot this week which explains why I suddenly feel very pregnant!

Total weight gain/loss? 6kg (13.2 lbs) overall. Hardly anything this week, although I feel bigger.

Maternity clothes? Bought myself a couple of new tops that are bigger in size. And also finally purchased a maternity tankini so I can go swimming.

Stretch marks: Nope, I’ve started putting bio oil on every now and then.

Sleep? I’m waking up around the same time every night which is annoying.

Best moment this week? Seeing our little bug again at our scan and seeing that baby is healthy :)

Movement? Again, I’ve been feeling little kicks every now and then but still not regular and that hard. Found out I have an anterior placenta (placenta is on the front wall of the uterus) which means the kicks are cushioned so that is probably why I don’t feel it that often.

Symptoms? Still been getting pretty bad headaches, have been to the opticians and have new glasses coming soon so I am hoping that they help a little bit. Also (might be TMI) today I woke up at my boobs had leaked a little bit.. Fun! Was very strange and a little gross lol!

Food cravings? I craved raw cake mix earlier this week. And also angel delight last night.

Food aversions? Nothing out of the ordinary. The smell of coffee still makes me feel sick.

Gender?  Unfortunately we didn’t find out at our scan this week which we were both quite upset about, but hopefully we will be finding out on monday.

Labor signs? No.

Belly button in or out? In, however, its definitely stretching as it looks really hollow recently and you can tell its been stretched lo.

What I miss? Feeling normal! Lol!

What I’m looking forward to? We’ve decided to get a gender scan/3d scan privately on monday so I’m really looking forward to that to see baby again and in even more detail as well as find out if its a boy or girl! :D

Milestones? Having a healthy baby at the 20 week scan :D



About baby: You may soon feel like she’s practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you’re having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.

Thanks for reading, see you next week.

Alice xoxo

20 Week Bump Update

How far along? 20 weeks.

How big is baby? Baby is 6.5 inches (banana) and weighs 10.2 ounces.

Total weight gain/loss? 5.9kg (13 lbs) overall (nearly a stone :( ). 1.9kg this week (4.2lbs) this week. I definitely feel like I’ve put on a lot of weight recently, feeling heavier everyday.

Maternity clothes? Haven’t bought anything new recently, still just wearing vest tops etc.

Stretch marks: Nope :D

Sleep? Definately loving my sleep lately. However feel very uncomfortable when I do sleep.

Best moment this week? I’ve been feeling baby move around a lot more often.

Movement? These 2 questions are always the same lol. Yes I’ve been feeling baby move a lot more often but still not regular.

Symptoms? Still been getting pretty bad headaches which are starting to get me down as they make me feel sick and all I can do is sleep them off. Have been to the doctors and they gave me anti sickness tablets and paracetamol. Also have an opticians appointment tomorrow to check my glasses.

Food cravings? Still haven’t really had any cravings. Apart from the occasional ice cream ;)

Food aversions? Nothing really stands out this week again.

Gender?  We find out in 6 days! I’m so excited!

Labor signs? No.

Belly button in or out? In.

What I miss? Being able to sleep normally!

What I’m looking forward to? Our scan next wednesday! :D

Milestones? Reaching the halfway mark!



About baby: He’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you’ll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

Thanks for reading, see you next week.

Alice xoxo

19 Week Bump Update

First of all, sorry for this being a day late. I haven’t been feeling brilliant lately :(

How far along? 19 weeks.

How big is baby? Baby is 6 inches (mango) and weighs 8.5 ounces.

Total weight gain/loss? 4kg (8.8 lbs) overall. 0.4kg this week (0.4lbs) this week.

Maternity clothes? Haven’t bought anything new this week. I just wear leggins and my stretchy jeans with vest tops recently.

Stretch marks: Nope :D

Sleep? Still uncomfortable when sleeping but I’m getting used to it and finding ways that are better than others.

Best moment this week? Me and hubby both felt baby kick this week. I’ve been feeling flutters but one night I could feel it quite strong and he put his hand on my stomach and felt it as well!

Movement? As I just said I felt a strong kick once, but apart from that they’ve just been light flutters which I’m not actually sure are baby everytime.

Symptoms? Still been getting pretty bad headaches which are starting to get me down as they make me feel sick and all I can do is sleep them off. Also I’ve been getting really itchy cleavage and under boob (TMI) so have been getting sore rashes which I’ve started using sudocrem to hopefully help.

Food cravings? Still haven’t really had any cravings.

Food aversions? Nothing really stands out this week.

Gender?  Less than 2 weeks until we find out! So excited.

Labor signs? No.

Belly button in or out? In.

What I miss? Being able to sleep normally!

What I’m looking forward to? The next scan to see our little bug again and find out the sex.

Milestones? Feeling the baby kick.



About baby: Your baby’s sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

Thanks for reading, see you next week.

Alice xoxo

18 Week Bump Update

How far along? 18 weeks

How big is baby? Baby is 5.6 inches and weighs 6.7 ounces.

Total weight gain/loss? 3.8kg (8.4 lbs) overall. 1kg (2.2lbs) this week. Finally put some on this week.

Maternity clothes? MiL kindly sent some maternity leggins and vest top this week which are so comfy! The leggins are perfect for the growing bump and I will definitely be able to wear them throughout the whole pregnancy.

Stretch marks: Nope :D

Sleep? Still not having the best sleep as I can never seem to get comfy anymore.

Best moment this week? I think I’ve been feeling baby move so that would be a good moment this week.

Movement? Lately I’ve been feeling flutters and they have happened enough for me to think that its baby. The last couple of days I’ve been feeling it more often. Still waiting for a definite movement to confirm though.

Symptoms? This week I’ve been suffering with headaches and nausea again which have been making me feel really down and ill.

Food cravings? Still nothing out of the ordinary.

Food aversions? Quite a lot of different things are making me feel nauseous this week.

Gender? Only 3 more weeks until we find out. I used to think it was a girl but now I have a feeling it’s a boy.

Labor signs? No.

Belly button in or out? In.

What I miss? Feeling like a normal human being! There is always something wrong with me lately :(

What I’m looking forward to? The next scan to see our little bug again.

Milestones? Not really hit any milestones, apart from maybe feeling baby move.



Thanks for reading, see you next week.

Alice xoxo

17 Week Bump Update

How far along? 17 weeks. I don’t feel like I should be so far along as I still don’t really look pregnant.

How big is baby? Baby is 5.1 inches and weighs 5.9 ounces.

Total weight gain/loss? 2.8kg (6.2 lbs) only half a pound this week, so not really any different still. Only put on 1.75lbs in 4 weeks!

Maternity clothes? Nothing new this week as I’m still fitting in my stretchy jeans.

Stretch marks: None yet! Will invest in some stretch mark cream soon though to be cautious.

Sleep? The last few days I’ve been having really disturbed sleep and not very nice dreams! Recently I woke up in the middle of the night literally crying from a bad dream, and on a different night I woke up about 5 times which frustrates me!

Best moment this week? Hearing babys heartbeat for the first time! My midwife couldn’t find it at my last appointment which made me very nervous but after waiting a few more days she found it easily and was loud and clear :) Unfortunately Chris wasn’t able to be there as he is away on a course.

Movement? Haven’t felt anything yet. I’m laying on the sofa in the evenings really still and quiet desperately trying to feel anything haha!

Symptoms? My tummy has been itchy (even though it doesn’t seem to be growing) and my skins has been horrible! Spots and dry patches.

Food cravings? Still haven’t had any strange cravings.

Food aversions? Coffee still makes me feel sick, but nothing new.

Gender? 4 more weeks until we will find out!! :D

Labor signs? No.

Belly button in or out? In.

What I miss? Not been missing anything really this week.

What I’m looking forward to? Feeling baby move and our 20 week scan to find out the sex.

Milestones? Hearing babys heartbeat for the first time.



About baby: Your baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

Thanks for reading, see you next week :)

Alice xoxo

16 week bump update

So, first of all, for all of those that don’t know, I’m pregnant! :D


This is the picture of our little bug from my 13 week scan which is when we decided to announce our happy news to the world. I found out when I was about 5 weeks just before Christmas. So as you can guess, it was extremely hard keeping it a secret from friends and extended family over the holiday when I would usually be drinking ;)

Now, I am 16 weeks (well 15+6) and have finally decided to start a weekly bump update for anyone that wants to read and keep up to date with my little bugs growth. Mainly I decided to do this so that I have something to look back on, and to see what happened in what week. So on with the 16 week bump update!

How far along? 15+6 but I am counting this as my 16 week update. The first few weeks when we were keeping it a secret went so slowly but now it seems to be speeding along.

How big is baby? Baby is about the size of an avocado at about 4.6 inches long and weighs around 3.5 ounces.

Total weight gain/loss? So far, I’ve gained about 2.5kg (5lbs) and most of that was in the first trimester. I have only put on the .5kg in the last 3 weeks.

Maternity clothes? My mum bought me some maternity jeans/jeggins which I love! They aren’t huge maternity jeans as I’m not big enough yet. They just have the elasticated waist which make them so comfortable!

Stretch marks: None yet!

Sleep? All I seem to do is sleep! I love my sleep, even though lately it has been a little disturbed. I have been waking up a couple of times during the night and always seem to remember my strange dreams!

Best moment this week? I haven’t really had a ‘best moment’ this week as it hasn’t been a brilliant week.

Movement? Haven’t felt any movements yet but definitely looking forward to it!

Symptoms? I have had a couple of moments of ‘baby brain’ doing silly things like putting my work apron on over my normal clothes for no reason! And also a few tummy issues are starting to happen!

Food cravings? I haven’t had any out of the ordinary food cravings as of yet. Last week I went through a phase of not wanting anything to eat, but the week before I wanted everything and anything greasy!

Food aversions? Coffee! Even though I never liked coffee before, I never disliked it. Now the smell of coffee is so strong that it makes my stomach turn. Bleugh!

Gender? Don’t know yet.

Labor signs? No.

Belly button in or out? In. Not looking forward to it popping out!

What I miss? Lately I’ve been missing drinking. I keep wanting to go out and have some drinks!

What I’m looking forward to? Tomorrow, hopefully hearing babys heartbeat for the first time. Also, a bit nervous for tomorrow though. Also looking forward to feeling baby move!

Milestones? Haven’t really hit any milestones apart from being in the second trimester!



About baby: His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren’t recognizable yet. He’s even started growing toenails. And there’s a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop. He is starting to be able to hear your voice and will recognize is at birth.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week ;D

Alice xoxo


So, I’ve seen a few people on Youtube doing this ‘TMI tag’ but I don’t really do Youtube so I thought it would be a good idea to do it as my next blog post! Here goes!

1: What are you wearing?   Black leggings and an old top of my hubbys which I use as a PJ top.
2: Ever been in love?    Yes
3: Ever had a terrible breakup?   Erm, I suppose so!
4: How tall are you?     5 foot 5
5: How much do you weigh?    A lot!
6: Any tattoos?    Yes, 2. I have Dad written on my wrist, and stars and swirls on my hip.
7: Any piercings?    My ears but I don’t wear earrings, and my belly button.
8: OTP?   I have no idea what that means?
9: Favorite show?   At the moment, Gilmore girls, but I’m just getting into Pretty little liars!
10: Favorite bands?    I don’t really have favourite bands! Maybe Kings of leon, or Boyce Avenue.
11: Something you miss?      My dad all the time. At the moment, I miss my mum, step dad and my siblings!
12: Favorite song?     I don’t really have a favourite song, but probably ‘For the first time’ Originally by The Script but I prefer boyce avenue cover, as it was the first dance song at my wedding.
 13: How old are you?    20
14: Zodiac sign?    Leo
15: Quality you look for in a partner?     Strong, funny and kind!
16: Favorite Quote?    I don’t really have a favourite quote. But I like “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”  From Marilyn Monroe.
17: Favorite actor?    I would probably have to go for Channing Tatum or Ryan Gosling, just because they are beautiful!
18: Favorite color?   Green?
19: Loud music or soft?    Probably more leaning towards soft. Although it depends on the mood!
20: Where do you go when you’re sad?   Erm, no where? to my bed?
21: How long does it take you to shower?   I rarely shower, but if I do only 10 minutes.  I prefer long baths.
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?    20 minutes? But if I’ve just washed my hair then maybe 40?
23: Ever been in a physical fight?   Haha, I think me and my best friend had a fight in like year 8! But no, not really!
24: Turn on?   Kindness. I take for granted how kind my husband is and when I think about how kind he is, it makes me happy!
25: Turn off?    Being a jerk! Lol!
 27: Fears?   Moths!!!
28: Last thing that made you cry?   Erm, I’m not sure when I last cried, but it was probably about something stupid!
29: Last time you said you loved someone?    This morning at like 4am when my husband left for the week.
 31: Last book you read?    Oh god, I haven’t read a book in a long time! Probably harry potter or some romance book. The only book I can remember reading recently, is ‘Safe Haven’
 32: The book you’re currently reading?   I’m not reading anything!
33: Last show you watched?   Gilmore girls.
34: Last person you talked to?    In person, my husband. On the phone, my mum.
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?    I don’t really text much. But the last person I Facebook messaged was my friend Emma.
36: Favorite food?   Probably pasta. Or Spaghetti and meatballs. Or Chicken and mushroom pie!!
37: Place you want to visit?    I want to go on a skiing holiday to France.
38: Last place you were?    I went to Longleat Safari, and Cheddar gorge 2 days ago.
39: Do you have a crush?    If you can call my husband my crush, then yes.
40: Last time you kissed someone?    This morning.
41: Last time you were insulted?    Erm, I don’t remember?
42: Favorite flavor of sweet?   Strawberry?
43: What instruments do you play??   I don’t play any.
44: Favorite piece of jewelery?    My wedding rings? Or my Swarovski bracelet from my parents. 
45: Last sport you played?    I don’t play sports! lol! I remember playing badminton in secondary school??
46: Last song you sang?   Erm, maybe the song from the LEGO movie? ‘Everything is awsomeee, everything is cool when your part of a team!’
47: Favorite chat up line?    I don’t really have a favourite chat up line??
48: Have you ever used it?   I’ve never used one ! Lol.
49: Last time you hung out with anyone?  Erm, I hung out my my friend Emma and her boyfriend and my husband this weekend.
50: Who should answer these questions next?   Anyone who read this!


I know this was probably a boring post but thank you for reading!


Married to a military man

One question I always get asked is: Is it really hard when your husband is always away?

And the answer is yes, of course I miss him when hes not here and hate when he has to leave again. Obviously I have been lucky so far and he hasn’t gone away on a tour or anything yet, but even a couple of days of not seeing him, I start to miss him. The longest we haven’t seen each other is a couple of months I think. And that was when he first went on basic training. That was hard! He had only just joined the army and it was the first time we had been apart from each other! Only being able to speak on the phone and text. That was one of the hardest times for both of us, but knowing that eventually after his training we would be able to live together, that got us through. 

Absence makes the heart grow stronger. Now this is true! When hubby comes home from an exercise, we are always so happy to see each other and are always happy. We don’t argue and we get along. We argue more when hes home for long periods of time, about stupid little things that don’t even matter when he’s not here. In a way, I am used to him being away and enjoy his company more when hes been gone for a little while. However, I do worry about the future and if he does have to go away for a long time. 

Being an army wife, my life is not planned out at all! And I hate the uncertainty of not knowing where we are going to be in 5 years. For example, apparently, we are going to be moving house again around July time, but I have no idea when. I feel like I am just going to be following my husband around the country and moving every few years. That wasn’t exactly how I thought my life would be. But I have learnt do deal with it and am happy that I am lucky enough to live with my husband and be with him. 

I would love to hear from other bloggers who are in the same situation as me!

Thanks for reading