Why I’ve been AWOL

Hi blog, it’s me, Starry. Have you missed me? To tell you the truth I’ve not missed you. Not one bit. Pregnancy drained me in ways I could not fathom. From the time I reached 3 months, I just had no desire to blog or create… I haven’t baked in 8 months. Not a thing. I guess cooking a person is being prioritised here!

I have of course to let you know that our little princess arrived safely. She refused to come out and I was induced but all went well. We are in love! She is everything and more than we imagined and we feel so blessed that she is ours.

I am missing so many weeks updates I will try and go back and update from my diary for records sake and type up my birth story. I also hope to do more crafting and update you with the little I’ve done in between.  For now though, I leave you with some pictures of our little piglet Maya.

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34 Week Update


How Far Along: 34 Weeks 6 days

Gender: Girl
Size of baby: This week baby is the size of a Cantaloupe…
Baby Position: Head down, starting to engage.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: gained 9kg/22lbs
Maternity Clothes: Same as before, I am all belly!
Movement: All the time still. She likes to tag team my ribs with her feet. She has hiccups almost everyday now too.
Sleep: Better, still not fabulous.
What I miss: Sleeping on my tummy or right hand side (without getting acid reflux), alcohol occasionally and pate!
Cravings: All but gone really. Pastry is back, fruit still high on the list.
Symptoms: Still very tired, started getting migraines, stretching pains at bottom of belly and pain across my pelvis when she’s low. Started losing my mucus plug on Tuesday…
Belly button in or out? Just about in, when it pops out I reckon she’s done xD
Stretch Marks: Some on my boobs but none on the belly that I can see…
Highlight: Baby going crazy yesterday for a full 2 hours after the doctor gave me some codeine and said it will make baby sleepy! lol
Overall: I’m now working from home up until my leave which is great and sad at the same time. I miss people but love the lay in. I worked from bed all day today and did some overtime! I have started to lose my mucus plug, eek! I know it doesn’t mean much on it’s own. Looking forward to meeting our little girl but happy for her to stay in until the new year.
Nursery update: We have the crib up, it’s the Stokke Mini, in our room. Baby is bunking with us :). I still need to get the mattress for it however. I also need bedding and a canopy, both of which I intend to make if I have time. Her first clothes are washed and ready to be packed. Still need to get the hubs to put the shelves up which should hopefully be this weekend.

32 weeks update

How Far Along: 32 Weeks 3 days

Gender: Girl
Size of baby: This week baby is the size of Kale… wth??
Baby Position: Mostly head down, yay
Total Weight Gain/Loss: gained 8kg
Maternity Clothes: I have a couple of maternity dresses but still in leggings/jeggings and long tops.
Movement: All the time. She is most active just before bedtime and first thing in the morning. She tends to sleep when I do thankfully.
Sleep: Awful, I’ve had insomnia for weeks.
What I miss: Sleeping on my tummy or right hand side (without getting acid reflux), alcohol occasionally and pate!
Cravings: Chocolate Milk and hot chocolate still up there, mini BK pancakes, pastry.
Symptoms: I am so tired. I can barely make a shopping trip without needing a rest. I still regularly have braxton hicks.
Belly button in or out? Pops out often but mostly in.
Stretch Marks: Still no new ones.
Highlight: Hubby talking to baby and her kicking back is pretty fun. She also kicks when I sing to her icon smile 32 weeks update
Overall: I am still enjoying being pregnant but I am starting to really feel it. Commuting to and from work is exhausting!

21 Weeks Update

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How Far Along: 21 Weeks 4 days

Gender: Girl
Size of baby: What to expect says baby is about the size of a spaghetti squash that I had never even heard of before last week…
Baby Position: Still mostly breech, sometimes transverse.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Still no idea…
Maternity Clothes: Starting to struggle with my own clothes.
Movement: Everyday, keeping to her schedule. BC is still yet to feel her really but he’s seen her go crazy in there like she’s having a dance party.
Sleep: Getting better. Mostly comfy at night, I just had to fix the bed though. The cross bar had come out and the creaks were super annoying to my easily agitated self.
What I miss: Sleeping on my tummy still. Can wear heels again yay! Jeans. And all of a sudden I’ve started missing alcohol but even a taste seems way too strong now.
Cravings: Chocolate Milk and hot chocolate are still firm favourites, soup, melon and definitely sandwiches.
Symptoms: Less braxton hicks but still getting lot’s of kicks to the bladder. Found out I have a bladder infection, so explains the soreness!
Belly button in or out? Still in but defo less deep.
Stretch Marks: Still no new ones.
Highlight: Our munckin having a massive freak out in the morning, seriously felt like she was trying to find her way out lol
Overall: Mostly feeling a little tired, work is super busy and we are so short staffed :(. Looking forward to next month when I have not one but two holidays booked. So excited! Starting to get a little achy in my back at the end of the day but nothing major. I am enjoying being pregnant icon smile 21 Weeks Update it’s an amazing experience and I can’t wait to meet the little person we created.
PS. I have been doing bump pics but my PC is not working and the hubs doesn’t have a SD card slot on his PC. I never kept the cable because I never use it. I have a spare somewhere but god knows where.

20 Week Update

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How Far Along: 20 Weeks 5 days
Gender: Well we found out, it’s a GIRL! Oops lol
Size of baby: Baby is the size of a banana, around 7 inches and 11 ounces/300g
Baby Position: Breech, explains the kicks to the bladder!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Still no idea, I don’t weigh and midwife didn’t weigh me last appointment
Maternity Clothes: Still mostly in my old clothes but getting snug
Movement: Every day, our little munchkin loves to dance on my bladder. Most active between 10am and 2pm Seems to sleep around 9-10pm until 1-2am. Getting a lot stronger now, sometimes it hurts!
Sleep: Still very wakeful at night especially when kicking starts around 1-2.
What I miss: Sleeping on my tummy, heels and jeans.
Cravings: Heinz tomato soup especially but most soup, bread and butter, hot chocolate/chocolate milk.
Symptoms: Still have the ligament pains and also braxton’s which are unpleasant.
Belly button in or out? Firmly in!
Stretch Marks: No new ones yet
Overall: Feeling tired due to a lack of solid sleep but still good. No real aches and pains. Our scan went great but we did not get one good scan photo. This kid does not stay still! We tried and tried but in the end settled for knowing the gender :). The hubs has been working evenings and I miss him. Especially when little miss has her rare active sessions in the evening.

19 weeks

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How Far Along: 19 Weeks 4 days
Gender: We are team yellow, find out sometime mid January!
Gender Guesses: I think boy as I have all long, hubs think girl now but was thinking boy too up until a few weeks ago.
Size of baby: Baby is the size of a large mango, around 6.5 inches and 10 ounces/300g now since I’m almost 20 weeks
Total Weight Gain/Loss: No idea, I don’t weigh and midwife didn’t weigh me last appointment
Maternity Clothes: Mostly still in my own clothes but have a maternity maxi and an I Love My Bump T
Movement: Almost everyday and this morning I felt a good strong kick from outside.
Sleep: Not so great, I’m wakeful a lot of the night.
What I miss: The odd cocktail with girlfriends, sleeping on my tummy and spicy food.
Cravings: Fruit especially melon and mango
Symptom: Been feeling pretty good besides round ligament pains. Been a little more tired than usual too due to the lack of a decent nights sleep.
Overall: Overall I have a great sense of feeling well. Apart from the tiredness I have little to complain about! I still have paranoia about there not actually being anything in there and bad dreams but he’s so active now it’s hard to feel like that for long. I’ve started making lists of things we need, trying to be sure to add as much essential stuff as possible to the registry. We don’t want to fill up what little space we have with unnecessary stuff. Looking forward to our 20 week scan on Thursday!

Since you’ve been gone

How to start! It’s been a while and a lot has happened.

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I guess I’ll start with the biggest news, we’re having a baby! It was quite the surprise as we’d near enough given up. If it hadn’t been for a work colleague thinking I was, I prolly wouldnt even have tested at all. I got a great big shock when I took the test and it was actually positive! All my cute ideas for telling the hubs went right out the window!

So far its been reasonably easy going, I’m 19 weeks and feeling fine though a little more tired than usual. Had a little scare at 6 weeks when I was bleeding but it was only a small cyst in my womb. Felt quite sick in my first 12 weeks but as long as I eat regularly,  now I feel fine. After so long trying it feels surreal to be here,  pregnant,  almost halfway. Took a long time to sink in. I will go back and transfer my updates from my private journal to here at some point.

Also I got a new job.  Shortly before I found out I was pregnant I was offered a permanent position at the place I was temping. But of a bummer in terms of smp but nice to have a secure job. I work in the city again which is nice, very social and people are friendly.

We also moved house which was stressful but the old place was no good for a baby, the windows were single glazed and had started rotting (from the outside due to lack of painting/treatment) and the landlord was not inclined to fix them meaning winter was going to be cold. It was a cold flat anyhow. We’ve moved to a smaller but much warmer flat, hoping to save enough to buy. Be nice to have our own house one day!

So that brings us round about up to date. I’m typing this on my tablet because my laptop is knackered. Need to take it to the shop… super glad I got it now.

I’ll be back more often I hope.


Thoughtful Thursdays: Books

I used to have a real love of books. I would literally start reading a book at bedtime and find I was still reading at 3am! Probably in the last 5 years ago, my passion for books has been quashed by I don’t know what. It’s so strange to me. I read lots for sure, I read numerous blogs, news sites, Facebook, Twitter and the like, but for some reason I read very few books.

I think it may have something to do with forming good sleeping habits. I used to have terrible insomnia. Sometimes laying awake for hours, reading or not. It was very annoying. Though I was recovering from a major illness and therefore had no where to go, I didn’t like feeling like a vampire. So I set about trying to change my habits about sleeping. I don’t do anything much in the bedroom that doesn’t involve the bed. I mostly don’t even get dressed in there. I took everything distracting out, including books, so I could focus on what the bedroom is mainly there for, sleep.

Now this did work. I now sleep great most of the time. A couple of bad habits have snuck in, such as checking emails, playing games or reading the few ebooks I have (I limit these to 10 minutes and never in between sleep sessions) but on the whole I do well, I get my 8 hours and wake up refreshed! The hubs on the other hand still struggles with sleep. Sometimes it takes him hours to get off and he often wakes not long before mid day if left. He reads a copious amount of books. His kindle is packed with every kind you can think of and I am constantly frustrated by the piles we have in the bathroom. Do I have to forfeit a love of books for a good sleep then??

I don’t miss it though. I really don’t miss books at all. If I see a book that takes my fancy I will read it, but I don’t have the hunger that I did in my teens when I read most of Shakespeare for fun, devoured every Terry Pratchett book that came out and scavenged at my local charity shop for books a few times a week. I still read more instructional books like for baking or crafts, those remain well thumbed.

I’m wondering if this is something you guys are experiencing too. Do you still read books in the traditional sense? Do you read as many as you did? I’m really interested to know.

Simply Sunday: Special Beans

013 300x225 Simply Sunday: Special BeansIn our house we call these special because it’s always a special occasion when we have them!

It’s a really easy way to make something ordinary special. Hopefully it will also make someone you love, feel extra special!

Also note, the butter really makes this dish, go with it!

Special Beans

Feeds: One very hungry person or 2 regular

Prep/Cook time: <15mins


  • Tin of baked beans
  • Half an onion
  • 1 tbsp Butter, for sautéing
  • Chilli flakes, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • Splash of milk. Optional


Heat your butter in a saucepan, on a medium heat (add a drop of oil if you’re frightened of it burning).

Once it’s heated thoroughly, add the onions, chilli flakes and black pepper and stir. They’ll take a minute or too to start to soften but don’t let them turn brown, as soon as they are translucent, add your beans.

Turn the heat down a little and stir. Stir frequently with a wooden spoon allowing the beans to soften and break up slightly.

Cook on slow until your sauce has thickened slightly adding a splash of milk to loosen it a little if preferred.

Serve on warm cornbread, buttered toast, bagel, with breakfast or anything you’d normally have beans with.


A lovely valentines present

Happy Valentines people!

I know not everyone loves Valentines day I get it. We don’t really do the traditional valentines day either. We give cards and we have dinner together but no boxes of chocolates or big bunches of flowers. I’m allergic to pollen and he is diabetic! We enjoy spending time together, just being, and thanking our lucky stars we have each other.

So it’s not a gift from the hubs I got today. No, it was a brand new nephew who came early this morning. I’m currently at work and I am itching to get out of here so I can get all the details!

A lovely surprise indeed!


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