I, genuinely, think it’s a year or more since I last did a Primark haul! I just never manage to get to the store because I very rarely get to town, and on the times that I do it’s because we’ve been to the hospital and I’m too exhausted to do actual shopping. I’ve seen so many wonderful primark posts and videos that I’ve really felt like I’m missing out so it was rather lovely to be able to get in to store, myself, for the first time in about a year!

I took Ethan as a treat, after his dentist appointment, so that he could get a couple of new t-shirts as we’d had a big clear out of his things and he had had to get rid of some real favourites. I also picked up some bits for myself, of course. I didn’t get anything for Oliver as by the time we reached the baby section I was exhausted, and he’s not lacking in clothes anyway haha!
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For Black Friday H&M did a great offer of 25% off and free delivery on all orders. I’ve really come to love H&M over the past year, or so, and I love picking up bits and bobs for myself and the children when there’s a good offer on,or when there’s something in particular that we need.

This is a very picture heavy post, so if there’s any particular category you’d rather see I’m going in the order of home, beauty, my clothing and then baby clothing. I got some great things and 25% off makes it even more of a good deal than normal.
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I have managed to get quite a few bits of proper maternity wear for a real bargain, for this pregnancy, whereas with Ethan I mostly ended up getting normal clothes in big sizes. I have, though, topped up my collection with some additional normal clothing, mostly from Primark, to make sure that I have plenty to wear whilst my tummy is growing. 

I bought a couple of pair of pyjamas, to begin with, because I wear pyjamas a lot; partly due to my every day health and partly because they’re just so comfy! Both of the pairs that I bought were in size 14-16 which are rather big but even once I’ve lost my baby weight I should still be able to manage them.
I love this green pair with floral pattern and polka dots, they’re so so pretty and they’re in the super soft, light, comfortable fabric that I love. They’re not as warm as the fleecy ones that you can get, but who needs fleecy ones when you can just snuggle under a blanket instead? These were £6, as were the next pair. 

These grey floral ones caught my eye, as well, as the design is so simple but so pretty. I’ve not worn them as much, though, as I didn’t realise that they weren’t elasticated and, rather, are just a normal size with a tie waist (which is a bit of a pain to keep tying and untying) – They’re massively comfy, though, and I love the way they look, not to mention the added little details like the lace overlay in the pockets (I love pjs with pockets!).
I bought two items of knit wear because it’s getting so much colder so they’re ideal for in doors but also for layering underneath my maternity coat which is fantastic but not incredibly thick. 
This stone coloured cardigan has been worn crazy amounts since I got it as it’s So comfortable and slouchy and it’s also much easier for me to get on and off due to it being a cardigan rather than a jumper. I believe this was £12 and it was well worth it, I’ll be keeping this as a huge oversized cardigan for even when I’m not pregnant as I absolutely love it. I got this in a size 18 so it can be done up over my bump as well as being left open. 
I’ve not got a photo of the jumper that I picked up as it just wouldn’t photograph properly; it’s a lovely dusky pink shade but keeps showing up as grey for some reason, It’s a much chunkier knit and I only needed it in a size 16 as it is so oversized already. It was £8 I think. 
A few basics, next, I picked up this chocolate brown long sleeved t-shirt for £4. I know it’s not very exciting but in cooler weather I need more than just t-shirt style tops and I liked the shade of this brown top. It goes nicely with everything and is nice and simple whereas a lot of my maternity wear is rather more patterned. 

I picked up these two vest tops for either £1.50 or £2 each, I can’t entirely remember. I got them as night wear, or to layer underneath some more sheer maternity tops that I’ve got, or just for wearing underneath my huge jumper. I really like the top, brick colour and the nude one is perfect for layering. 
I’ve wanted a top with a dream catcher on for ages so I snapped up this dark red tee the moment I saw it folded on the shelves. Because it was folded I didn’t see the arrows, and I’m not as fond of those, but for a £3 or £4 top you can’t really go wrong! I love these simple, pattern tees that Primark do, sometimes they have loads of designs that I love and sometimes just one or two. It’s always well worth checking out this section. 
Lastly and, probably, my favourite item from the haul is this Roald Dahl quote tee. I loved Roald Dahl when I was growing up and this quote is one I’ll always remember – ‘If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely’. I think this one was £7 but it was well worth it. I got it in a size 18 so I’m hoping it’ll last through my pregnancy. It’s really long and has a slightly asymmetrical bottom which is a nice added feature – the length is perfect because it means I can get away with wearing this with just leggings which is a really comfy outfit for around the house. 
And that’s what I got. Maybe not the most exciting haul but a couple of real gems and proof that, even in pregnancy, you can get away with getting some fantastic bargains. 

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This is another post which has taken far far longer to get written than originally intended – Back when I first got these shoes I was so sick I could barely get off the sofa without setting my tummy off, once I started getting better from that, my feet were all swollen and uncomfortable so shoe posts weren’t exactly ideal… Yes, pregnancy really is so glam! But I’ve decided to put it together now, regardless, sore feet or not!

Rather than the shoes I was sent from Shoe Zone being Summer picks, I’m now looking at one pair as a more dressed up option (though still very simple) and one as year-round staple (Which just happen to be in a very a/w suitable colour!)

 

Now, these Pinky nude ballet slippers might not be everyone’s idea of party shoes, but for me they’re exactly the sort of thing I’d pair with a nice dress over the party season. I can’t wear heels and my sparkly/glitter shoes are saved for really, really dressed up times. These are my pick for a party where you want to be comfortable, but also pretty.

I love the pink toned nude of these, and the lacey pattern. I do think they’re more spring/summer picks, but then the lace/crochet pattern does look a lot like snowflakes so maybe it can be swung that way.
As you can see, just about, I am wearing these with jeans in the pic and I think they work beautifully as casual shoes as well as dressed up shoes (these are actually a lot like my evening shoes for my wedding, I had more dressed up ones for the day time and then ballet pumps like these for the evening). Unfortunately these, particular, ones aren’t available on Shoe zone any more but you can check out their range of ballerina pumps for other ideas, or they have a fab party section for those who’re a little more daring than me and can wear heels.
The second pair of shoes, which I think are pretty perfect for all year round are these Lilley Purple Lace up canvas shoes – These are still available, in a few sizes, and are £7.99 which is a bit of a bargain.
I love the shade of purple, with these, and I think it works in any season. I also, really like, the canvas style of shoes, though I do struggle with the laces so I am thinking about getting some elastic laces to go in them (honestly, an absolute life saver for anyone with mobility/dexterity issues).
These are perfect for every-day wear as they have a great, casual feel to them but still look nice and go with a lot of outfits. They also have them in a turquoise colour which I really, really like.
I’m always amazed that a store as affordable as Shoe Zone has free delivery, on their site, but they do and it’s something that always makes me come back to them because I can’t stand shelling out loads for delivery when there’s a better option.
There’s so many lovely pairs of shoes on there at the moment, as well as comfy slippers and winter essential-wellies, so I’d really consider checking them out as the weather gets cooler and we need to keep warm and dry.

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I had really high hopes of keeping you really updated throughout this pregnancy but I had no idea quite how much harder work this pregnancy was going to be (things weren’t easy with Ethan’s, but compared to this, eesh). As such I’ve already reached, and left behind, the half way stage and am only a few days away from reaching that all important 24 week mark which is amazing to believe (though plenty more time to stay inside and keep cooking little one, no hurry).

I don’t have a bump pic, because I still am not a fan of the whole having my photo taken thing, but I will get one done soon. I spent most of the pregnancy desperate to get a bump, and now that one has blossomed in just a few, short weeks, OW! Turns out that having a bump is a lot more uncomfortable this time around, but it’s also so lovely to actually see real proof that the baby is in there. Same goes with kicking, at my 20 week scan we found out that I had an anterior placenta, again, and that meant that it’d take longer until I got movements, which was definitely the case. But now that I’m feeling movement, it’s come on so fast, no butterflies here, no little flutters, we’ve gone from the odd kick and prod to being able to see my bump move, all in the time span of a few weeks.

Both the bump and the movement, definitely, make things feel more real and make it easier to relax in to the pregnancy a little more, but the things that have given us the biggest peace of mind is the scans we’ve had. We had a 16wk private scan, where we found out we were having a little boy! And then our 20wk scan confirmed his boy-hood as well as giving a good indicator that he’s healthy.
Despite the good 20 week scan our midwife was quite anxious to make sure that we had some extra reassurance (due to both Ethan and Skye’s health) so a few days ago we were given a fetal echocardiogram which was just the most amazing reassurance. Most of the checks were similar to those at the 20 week scan, but in more detail, and the lady who did the scan was really knowledgeable about both posterior urethral valves (Ethan’s condition in utero), and Williams Syndrome (which is what Skye has) so it meant that she was specifically able to look at indicators for these two conditions, and able to reassure us that, as far as could be seen in a scan, our baby didn’t show any signs of having the associated kidney, bladder, heart, stomach or other various symptoms related to the conditions that E and S have. Such a relief, neither Azii or I were totally aware of how nervous we were until she reassured us, and once she did it was like a weight had been lifted.

As long as the scans were correct, and nothing happens between now and when he’s born, our little Oliver should be the much anticipated healthy baby that we were hoping for. Of course everyone hopes for a health baby but after each having had a poorly baby, it just feels like a dream.

So far Oliver has a high chair (Very good special offer on one that should be a lot more mobility friendly for me) and a number of bits of clothing. I don’t have pictures of everything we’ve got but I’ve got a few, lovely, bits from George at Asda which have been bought between my Mum and I. I’m not going to link, or even do prices, because most were bought at a baby event, and most are out of stock because I’ve been out of sorts for so long, but I thought this would, still, be a nice indicator of the sorts of things that they do, I really do like the clothing from Asda.

My Mum picked up these two packs of dribble bibs as well as two hats and two pairs of scratch mitts. When Ethan was born dribble bibs were something you tended to have to get from eBay sellers but in the following years they’v become really mainstream and you can pick them up in all sorts of stores. These things are a real saviour when baby is a dribbler, or if they have reflux or just for general day to day ways to keep clothing clean.

 

My Mum also picked up these sleep suits and vests in a 0-3 month size, I love the star design and the cream and grey colours, it’s really subtle but still really nice. Ethan has had loads of vests and sleep suits from Asda so I’m really confident of how well they wash and how nicely they keep too – A lot of what Oliver has will end up being hand me downs from Ethan, but we want him to have a few new bits too.

 

This cute little outfit is something I picked up in a sale for only a few pounds. They only had it in age 0-3 months otherwise I’d have got it in a bigger size so that it would’ve been more weather appropriate, but we can pair this up with some warmer clothes to make it work in the cooler months – Layers layers layers!
My Mum wanted to get him some 3-6 month bits, as well as the smaller ones, so she picked up these blue and white sleep suits and vests, yay for more stars!

 

I took full advantage of not needing to get lots of basics, so when I did my order I went, entirely, for the cute and quirky things which caught my eye. Which is why he has both this Sulley onesie, which may be one of my favourite baby things Ever, along side this rather awesome Ninja turtles vest – I think it’s really nice that both of these also come with hats.

 

As well as basics my Mum wanted to get him some cute little outfits in 3-6 months so she picked up this adorable Loony Tunes baby Taz set. I don’t intend to use too many proper clothes on him until he’s bigger but it’s always nice to have a few outfits, especially when they’re as cute as this. If Oliver’s colouring is anything like Ethan’s was then he’ll really suit this deep, burnt orange sort of colour.
And here’s the design on the tee, which is just adorable. I love that there’s a Baby Taz range at the moment, it’s just adorable.

 

The last thing from my Mum, which she just couldn’t not get, was this lovely ‘Little Brother’ t-shirt. Again it’s in that lovely shade which Ethan always rocked so hopefully Oliver will too.
Lastly, from me, is this totally impractical purchase. These pyjamas are in the 18-24month size so it’s going to be an Awfully long time until Oliver can wear them, but it was the only size they had and I just fell in love with the baby Loony Tunes design.

 

Just, how cute can you get?! And it’s not like he won’t use them, it just won’t be for a while!
So that’s Oliver’s first big haul. As I say, he’s got a couple of other bits and bobs but this is the main bulk. Until we’ve been through the attic and seen what state Ethan’s old stuff is in we won’t know which gaps we have left to fill so we may not get much more clothing wise, or we may decide to bulk order white vests because all of E’s got pretty grotty. We shall see.
I’ve not bought any of the other big items yet – The main one being a buggy. We have Ethan’s old buggy but even when I was more able bodied I struggled with it, so I’m considering a new one, a lighter one which is more manoeuvrable, but getting one that’s suitable from newborn, does parent facing and is in our price range… it’s proving to be quite the task. Thankfully we still have time!
I will Try to update sooner next time – Hopefully the pregnancy will be nice and uneventful so there won’t be lots to say, I’d really like an average, calm pregnancy.

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