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


Happy Days

So, I came across something called The 100 Happy Days Challenge. It’s simple, everyday you take a picture of something that made you happy and submit it to whatever social media website you want. It can be anything from a meet-up with a friend to a very tasty cake in the nearby coffee place, from a feeling of being at home after a hard day to a favor you did to a stranger. 100happyday challenge is for you – not for anyone else. It is not a happiness competition or a showing off contest. If you try to please / make others jealous via your pictures – you lose without even starting. Same goes for cheating.

People successfully completing the challenge claimed to:                         

 – Start noticing what makes them happy every day;
 – Be in a better mood every day;
 – Start receiving more compliments from other people;
 – Realize how lucky they are to have the life they have;
 – Become more optimistic;
 – Fall in love during the challenge.

We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in. The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, is the base for the bridge towards long term happiness of any human being.

I am only on day 5 but already I have realised that it is much easier to notice all the little bad things in the day, rather than notice the little good things. Lots of little good things could happen but as soon as something bad happens your mood changes completely. I have found it to be rather hard to be completely happy all day, everyday. However, this challenge has definitely made me think each day about what I’m happy about, which I had never really done before.

If you would like to follow me on my challenge, feel free to follow me on instagram: alicepollardx

Stay tuned, and I will update later on in the challenge to see how I get on.

Thanks for reading




Wedding Day

So, I was stuck on what to write about today, so I clicked on ‘Inspire me’ and this what came up:

Write about your strongest memory of heart-pounding belly-twisting nervousness: what caused the adrenaline? Was it justified? How did you respond?

The first thought that came to my mind was my wedding day. Even now, thinking about walking down the aisle, my belly feels funny! Everyone said before the day to take a deep breath before and try to take it all in as it flashes before your eyes, but I swear that walk down the short aisle, with everyone staring and smiling with cameras in their hands, was the longest 20 seconds of my life!

It probably didn’t help that about 20 minutes before I walked into the room, I was sweating in my hotel room with a couple of people trying to pull my dress up! The dress was a little on the tight side and the way my sister had laced it up was tighter on one side than the other.. therefore one of my breasts was, how should I say it, more prominent than the other… The first time my mother came up to the hotel room to see me in my dress was to try and sort me out! Then the next 20 minutes were very rushed and a bit hectic. The photographer came just as we were trying to sort out the dress, but only had 10 minutes to take all the pictures he needed. One of the staff came to tell me we needed to get going downstairs, while the photographer was still trying to take more photos. Finally, I got downstairs and into a little room to go over everything one last time. The dress was so tight I couldn’t even sit down properly! Which really didn’t help the fact I was starting to shake and felt nauseous because I was so nervous. I don’t think I have ever felt so sick through being nervous than I had at that point!

Then the music came on and it was time to walk! Thankfully, I had my stepdad to cling onto while walking down the aisle. I was terrified of tripping on the stairs or over my dress that I don’t think I really saw my soon to be husband until I was nearly at the front. Thinking back on it now, a lot of that point is a bit of a blur. I remember seeing everyone staring and smiling at me, then finally I saw my man looking at me with the biggest grin on his face. That made me feel a little better! I took his hand and that’s when I realised how badly I was shaking! Deep breath! The rest of the ceremony went by in a flash without too many hiccups. Apart from when I had to repeat the registrar and forgot what I had to say a second after he had said it. ‘Whaat?’ just came out of my mouth, and everyone laughed.. which half made me feel a little better, and half made me even worse. ‘As if that just happened!!! I’m such an idiot!’

After all the talking we got to sit down and sign the register and everyone else quietly talked amongst themselves and I got to talk with my bridesmaids a little and I could finally breathe! Guests and the photographer took pictures for what seemed like an hour – I felt like a celebrity with the paparazzi! Then for the last walk back down the aisle with my new husband! After that everything went exactly how I wanted it to! Apart from ripping my dress while taking pictures outside..

We ate, we had the speeches, my friends arrived, we drunk, we danced and we drunk some more! I didn’t eat anything else apart from the meal. Didn’t go near the buffet and didn’t even have a bit of the cake! I think the adrenaline was definitely still high! My sister loosened my dress at the dinner which made me a bit more comfortable and by the end of the night, I’d forgotten about all the commotion from the beginning of the day!

I was so pleased with how the day turned out and it was definitely the best day of my life so far! And being able to spend that day with all my family and friends was perfect. I look at pictures and think about how I would love to do it all again!

A few pictures to go along with the story:















Home is where the heart is


Moving out is always going to be difficult and different. For me it was definitely weird, seeing as I have never moved in my entire life! I’ve always lived in the same house, the number of people living there changed, but never the house. When I first thought about moving out, I thought that no where else could ever be ‘home’. Living in Essex, with my parents, was always my home. But I’ve soon realised, its not where you are, but who you are with, that makes a place a home. I have easily settled into my new house by hanging pictures and paintings, and little nick naks that make it feel more homely.

It was definitely strange at first, seeing as after 2 weeks of living with my husband, I was basically living on my own when he went away. Every noise that a house makes, like the heating and the boiler, had me sitting up wondering if someone was in the house! I soon got used to the noises and I definitely feel at home here now.

Talking to my parents everyday was something I took for granted. My chats with my mum in the car after work (not before work, seeing as mornings aren’t my best hour) are very much missed. Even though we never talked about anything in particular or interesting, its the little things that count. Now, when we talk on the phone, I never actually have that much to talk about as my days are always the same; watching television and eating!

Moving out probably wouldn’t have been so hard, if it wasn’t for the fact I moved 160 miles away. I miss my family, I miss my friends, and I miss my dogs! I miss seeing that my friends are meeting up, via Facebook, and knowing that I can’t do anything about it. I miss my family all being together but me not being there. It sounds extremely selfish, like I’m saying my loved ones aren’t allowed a life without me, but that’s not what I’m saying. I just miss it.

However, I have definitely grown up and have my own independence. I cook for myself pretty much every night, and occasionally for hubby when he’s actually here! I clean my dishes and wash my clothes and hover my floor, occasionally… Not long ago, I remember saying I couldn’t imagine living on my own, it would be too scary! But when I am on my own, I’m fine! It kind of helps that the area we live in is right outside an army base, and is very safe! If you go for a walk, everyone you walk by will say good afternoon, or even just smile.

Anyway, home is where the heart is, right? And my home will always be wherever the man in my heart goes.

Thanks for reading!