Saturday, 7 May 2016

Busy or Tired?

The thing with being pregnant is that you always feel tired, or at least that's how I've found it the second time around. I've always had an on/off relationship with sleep anyways, so adding into the mix a small mound of cells zapping all of my energy and throwing my hormones into a bushfire - I think it's only expected that I'm feeling whipped on a regular basis, even after bringing my bedtime forward to 9:30! 

For the May Day bank holiday, we headed off to London to go London Zoo and have a bit of a shop around. Normally, this would have been super exciting but I was filled with a tiny bit of dread - London on bank holiday Monday, when 23 weeks pregnant? Surely that was a bad idea, right? The hustle and bustle of the crowds, thousands of families with the exact same plans for the day, grumpy toddlers/adults... Thankfully, the weather predicted rain so it wasn't too busy and it only ended up raining for around 10 minutes or so which was an added bonus. We ended up having a really fun family day out, and I'm really glad we managed to do something a bit spontaneous as a family of three. 

Of course, not every day is a bank holiday zoo trip but it seems to me that it's the normal days that tire me out the most. With working 9-5, commuting, looking after Dylan after work and then any extra activities we have planned, I'm really trying to be more conscious of taking time out for myself. I've got a dreaded blood test appointment next week, so I've decided to take the whole day off work so I don't have to stress about getting back to work afterwards and I'm actually kind of looking forward to it. Not the giving blood bit, obviously. That bit can pipe down, but the 'time to myself' thing is very appealing. I might even squeeze in a nap if I'm lucky. 

The downside to being pregnant, if you can call it that, is that you seriously need to limit your caffeine intake. This means I can't have a fancy latte when I pop into town, as I'm already limited to two cups of tea a day - and of course it isn't just coffee and tea that contain caffeine but chocolate and fizzy pop like my beloved Cherry Coke. If you've got any tips for bringing up the energy levels, then definitely send them my way - I need all the help I can get! 

Chelsea xo

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