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When we started talking about having kids, we had discussed that we would both ideally like to have one each, but planned on Sarah going first as she definitely wanted to carry (I was on the fence about it!) and she is 5 years older than me. We decided after initially wanting to try IUI, to do IVF mostly due to Sarah travelling a lot for work – we found IVF much easier to plan our lives around, whereas with IUI twice Sarah ovulated on the day she was heading to an important meeting or away was for work!
I didn’t feel at all concerned about not having a biological connection to my child – I think maybe it was because from early on we knew that if we were to have kids that it would be likely the case for one of us (whether it was through one of us having the child, or if we’d adopted), it wasn’t something I spent much time thinking about. Also, I love Sarah with all my heart so I knew it would be incredible to have a mini-her running around!

We were lucky enough to be invited for a cider talk and tasting, as well as making pizzas (!!!) with some fellow Brum bloggers, at The Stable in Birmingham. We were really excited as we’ve visited The Stable before, for their pre-opening celebration as well as a few more recent delicious dinners out, and also because making our own pizzas sounded so much fun!

The Stable started in Cornwall, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients and forming relationships with lots of cider makers. This combination was such a success that they are now opening up plenty more in locations across the country!We headed to the restaurant’s Birmingham location, which is very well located between New Street station and the Mailbox, and found it immediately.

Howdy, hello and g’day! How are we? Can you believe November is almost over, how did that happen?!

Anyways I stole the title of this post from an article I read in the Metro a while back but I thought I would write my own version as theirs was disappointing to say the least.

It is an almost undisputed fact (not alternative fact or fake news) that Lesbian Loving is the best, if you haven’t tried it I can’t recommend it highly enough but then I did get lucky!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

It’s my favourite time of year, I can hardly be-leaf that Autumn is already here!

And look, I’m ready!

I turn completely ‘basic’ (I personally feel I probably am ‘basic’ all year, but so what, I like popular seasonal things!) and want to pumpkin and leaf everything. So in honour of the most wonderful time of the year (the last three months obvs!) here’s my Autumn 2019 bucket list, as an American living in the UK.

Our daughter at about 20 hours old

We had everything planned to have our caesarian section on Thursday 5th July. But on the Friday before, Sarah got a call from the hospital, checking she was okay to have her pre-op that day in preparation for her operation on Monday. To which Sarah said, ‘Wait, MONDAY??’ – it turned out they had rescheduled us because so many of the planned c-sections for that day had already happened.

Well, somehow we are now over 16 weeks – solidly into the second trimester! It’s absolutely flown!

Now that they have calmed down a little, I thought I’d look back on the three most surprising side effects of Sarah’s first trimester. I am so glad Sarah hasn’t been very ill, but at the same time have loved her having pregnancy symptoms – they are reassuring in those early weeks before the 12 week scan, where we wanted to make sure that Tater Tot was still in there and growing! Also, we have been together for nine years this March, and for so much of that time I have been excited for Sarah to be pregnant, so it really feels like a dream come true! She is every bit as adorable as a pregnant woman as I thought she’d be. A bit gassier than I imagined (haha), but still cute.

So, without further ado, the weirdest first trimester symptoms Sarah had – listed from least to most adorable.