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Pride

Our small city in the middle of the countryside held it’s third annual pride this weekend. We popped along and attended the rainbow families pride party and picnic. We decided not to march, but instead waited at the end and were given bubbles to blow as they came past. We didn’t stay for long at the end of it all as it was very loud and Charlie didn’t like all the whistles being blown.
We had a great time though, and lots of people doted on Charlie.
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This was the official banner, made up of lots of ‘mini mees’. A couple of months ago, we had attended a mini me making session and so we are featured! (look just above the LES to find us (I am holding a tiny Charlie)
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Charlie’s artwork also made it onto the banner for rainbow families.
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Charlie started eating his whole entire dinner on his own, using only his spoon. He refuses to use his fingers for anything. He is also quite good with a fork.
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He also now says Mumma, Mamma, Nana, car and dog.
He reads a book called ‘What the lady bird heard, and points to the ladybird on each page (which in some cases is very small!)
He loves to blow raspberries and laughs when he burps (or someone else does!)
At the dino park with wicked pal Logan
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At a picnic concert on Sunday where we listened to classical music and Katherine Jenkins. We were very loved up that night and could couldn’t stop grinning at each other…. we are pregnant 🙂
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Summer days in the paddling pool
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At waterbabies, Charlie’s swimming lessons. We said goodbye to our teacher this week. She will be very much missed by Charlie, he loved her.
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A trip to the beach today. He was tentative on the sand today, but got used to walking in it eventually. He wouldn’t touch his hands to it though, and insisted on standing up each time without putting his hands down, which was actually quite impressive.
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He was very good with the spade and bucket.
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Got 2-3 weeks on a clearblue digi test this morning 🙂 I can def stop worrying about a chemical pregnancy now. I am relaxing into it more now and even allowing myself to envision the future.

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Last night Stacy and I had just finished Charlie’s bath and I came downstairs to make his milk while she read him a story. As I came down the stairs, I could hear people in the lounge. I started to panic and my heart lept into my mouth.
As I crept around the corner I realised it my my Mum, brother and sister. They live an hour away so I was surprised to see them. They were holding pillows and sleeping bags. Then I remembered my Mum had mentioned dropping them off to sleep over and stay until Saturday! I had completely forgotten, and also more importantly, forgotten to tell Stacy it was happening.
She came down the stairs after hearing me speak to someone, smiled at them and said, ‘Are we expecting you?’
It took a lot of effort not to wet myself laughing. I love her so much. I also loved that she immediately accepted the situation, and started making my brother a bed.

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Documenting

With Charlie I documented everything, of course he was my sole thing to concentrate on. I am no less excited about this pregnancy and resulting baby, but I have much less time to document and also I have Charlie sharing my devotion.
I am aware this is a little unfair. 6 weeks after Charlie was born I published my blog in a book for him to read once he has become an adult. There is some pretty raw stuff in there, mostly related to our donor, but it will help him understand our emotions, and why we made the choices we did.
I want this for this baby too. I realise now I didn’t even make a post about the insemination day, nor any 2WW hopeful posts!
Well baby, insemination day happened on a Sunday, which was stressful for me as I had to be at work on the Monday morning at 9am 3 hours drive away! I went on my own, Stacy stayed at home with Charlie and my Mum. It all went well and J and I shared a pudding together in the Little Chef cafe before he went home. I also have him an extra squeeze hug as he left. I felt so grateful for what he was doing for us…. again. I also had a really good feeling about this cycle.
In the 2WW I stayed really calm, but towards the end, I really had a feeling it had worked, and I was right! Lots and lots of pregnancy tests later…..
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I hope you are here to stay. I love you so much already!
I am still popping to the loo at every opportunity to check for blood. I hope the paranoia lets up soon.

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Early pregnancy

Is sooo worrying!! I remember it well last time. I got my BFP 3 days before AF was due so I spent the first few days worrying it would turn into a chemical pregnancy. I think we are past that now? Then I tested twice a day in the morning and the evening wanting to see the line get darker. Now I was just using IC for this, and I also remember well from last time, that those IC never really go very dark. I think I did one at 6 months gone just out of interest and the line was still relatively faint. Soooo they were going darker, no doubt about that, but they weren’t going dark.
So I went out and bought 3 ‘expensive’ tests and did one of those last night and got a nice dark strong line. Phew!
The day after we got out BFP I went away for the weekend to a singing retreat. I kept popping off to the loo to check for blood at every available moment. People there must have thought I was ill! It is such a strange sensation but I am convinced I feel wet down there and when I check there is nothing.
Then there is the cramping. Now I am sure this is coming from my head. I have mild cramping, in about the right place, on and off and only really when I am thinking about it! lol
My boobs are really sore, and I do feel mildly sick, so these 2 symptoms I take comfort in.
So at this retreat there were activities planned such as high ropes tree train, a zipwire, a huge mahoosive swing etc…. and they asked if anyone was pregnant. So I said yes and the whole choir hugged me with tears in their eyes. They wouldn’t let me go on any of the activities. They wouldn’t even let me go in the pool due to the fact that a rabbit had managed to drown itself during the night, and when they pulled it out, it had myxomatosis!!!
They did allow me an hour and a half of archery though…thrilling.
We are on the rollercoaster again and we are so excited.
Stacy is already having a different experience this time round. Because we moved when Charlie was 1 month old, the new friends we have here already see Stacy as a parent. It is clear and obvious to them that we are a family unit, and when I have told people (I know I shouldn’t be!!) quite a few have asked how Stacy feels. She also has some wonderful supportive colleagues at work that have been following her journey, and they are all so excited for her. Plus, no one here knows J. When we lived in Sheffield, most of our friends new J.
So anyway enough of a ramble. Can I just say again, I am so excited!

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Pregnant!

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Woohoo dances around the bedroom at 6.30am are so much fun! And I so knew I preggers before I even dipped the thing, I sneezed and gagged whilst making Charlie his milk, and I feel sick as a dog. Bring it on!

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10 DPO

It may be wishful thinking, it may be an evap line (photo taken about 10 mins after I peed on it) but what do you think?
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With the naked eye, I swear I can see something, Stacy says there is nothing there. She does wear contact lenses for -10.00 eyes though!

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