The most magical thing happened last night. 

No not that, get your brain out of the gutter. 

I slept for 8 hours STRAIGHT THROUGH. 

It was fucking miraculous. 

Any other pregnant ladies out there will understand the magnificence of this occasion. For the past 13 or so weeks I've been taking three or so toilet breaks in the night and even though I never fully wake up every time I go *it's kinda like sleepwalking to the loo* it doesn't make for feeling nice and rested come morning. 

And then this morning at 5.15am *yes, yes, work backwards and figure out my super early bed time* I woke up with the most beautiful orange light streaming through the blinds and didn't believe my eyes when I looked at the clock and saw that it was already morning. I did my usual half asleep journey to the loo and then sat myself on the balcony to watch the sunrise. 

Which was utterly beautiful.

This might be the most random / non-event I've ever blogged about but it just had to be done. Sorry, not sorry. 

The Parsons x 


How far along: 16 weeks & 5 days

Days until due date: 163 days 

Baby's development: "At 16 weeks pregnant, baby is the size of an avocado, measuring 4.6 inches long and weighing in at 3.5 ounces. At  17 weeks, baby is the size of a pomegranate and will measure about 5.1 inches long and weigh about 5.9 ounces." 

As I'm 16 weeks and 5 days i'm thinking that Baby Parsons is somewhere in between those two. He's able to listen to my voice thanks to tiny bones forming in his ears and is growing hair, lashes and eyebrows now too. His skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord is growing stronger and thicker. Go Baby Boy! 

My bump: My tummy is still continuing to pop out gradually and is starting to feel a lot harder and firmer now. I was so bloated for so long that I've kind of gotten used to having a tummy now but it certainly feels bigger than it looks. 

Stretch marks? Apart from a few that I got on my boobs early on none so far! Still slathering on my Clarins Tonic Oil which I love.

Cravings: Tomato Juice and Olives

Sleep: Am sleeping okay at the moment minus the three or so toilet breaks during the night. I'm kind of used to it now so it's not bothering me hugely. I've always slept quite on my right side or tummy so changing the habit of a lifetime is proving tough... when we get back to the UK the first thing I'm going to do is buy myself a pregnancy pillow... I've got my eye on this one. 

Symptoms: Heartburn...which is a total bitch. 

Best moment this week: Hearing Baby Parson's nice and strong heartbeat at our hospital appointment this morning...see silly picture at the top of this post!

Worst moment this week: The seemingly constant heartburn and having to go to the toilet all the damn time. The compressed bladder and need to drink more water sucks. 

Miss anything? Being able to comfortably sleep on my tummy...such a bummer. 

Maternity clothes: Every single day. Being comfortable is the only thing I care about. I've been so lucky that the maternity section in our nearest H&M is pretty good so have stocked up on some relatively cheap staples that are seeing me through. 

Clearly i'm loving the stripes....
Movement: The other day when I was laying down on the sofa nice and relaxed I started to feel an odd fluttering in my tummy... it was so unlike anything I've felt before which makes us (and our Dr.) think that it was Baby Parsons! Ben popped a hand on my stomach and could feel it too!! Our Dr. said that at this point feeling the babies movement will be still quite sporadic but it was good to know what to look out for more as time goes on. 

Mood: Anxious to get home back to the UK and create a new home for our growing family! The desire to nest is SO strong at the moment but I'm trying my hardest to enjoy our remaining time here instead. What was fun though was having a mooch around one of the baby stores here in Chicago to get a feel for what kind of pram we might get when we're home! I loved it! One of the things i'm most excited about purchasing.
Looking forward to: Our 20 week half way point ultra sound Scan so we can see our little man again! We're scheduled for the 14th August so will be a nice early birthday treat for me!


drinking / tomato juice... obviously
eating / olives
loving / all of the baby clothes we've got already but especially the "I need a NEW BUTT" book
practicing / being kinder to myself when i'm having a bad day 
wearing / my pj's and a snuggly blanket
mastering / the art of dressing my growing tummy
missing / my family and friends tremendously
reading / The City of Mirrors 
working /  on minimising all of the beauty products I own
listening / to the No Such Thing As A Fish and the Dirty Mother Pukka podcasts
enjoying / watching American Crime
wanting / to eat proper english homemade food again
excited / to get back to the UK, find our new home and make it our own 


Well well well...I've gotten my first weird pregnancy craving. 

Tomato Juice. 

Let me start by stating that i've HATED the idea, the smell and the taste of it for years. Those people who love a Bloody Mary at Brunch? No. Thank. You. Ugh. 

Give me prosecco with Brunch any day. 

Oh... a tall glass of cold I miss you. 

Anyway, I digress, back to the tomato juice. 

Yesterday it was all I could think about. And then the pod cast I was listening to (No Such Thing As A Fish) told a fact about Tomato Juice being tastier when you're on a plane or some such and that was it. I NEEDED TO HAVE SOME. The Universe was conspiring. 

I picked up a bottle and grabbed a nice big pot of Olives as a snack (another of my favourites at the moment) to have along side the juice. 

I tucked in and had a total moment. IT WAS THE BEST. 

I was seriously happy with myself. 

And rather quite surprised by the whole thing. 

Thank you Little Baby Parsons. One less thing for me to hate. Now... where's the rest of that Tomato Juice?


As soon as we found out we were pregnant I started to keep an early pregnancy diary.

I found it so unbelievably reassuring reading other women's experiences of their first few weeks. So many women don't talk about the first trimester as it's such a personal & frankly quite scary time that I devoured the few blogs & vlogs that I did find.

My hope is that if I can make anyone feel just a little reassured with this post then i'm a happy lady. goes, my experience of the first trimester!

So.. we just found out we're expecting and i'm four and a half weeks gone which means that little Baby Parsons is only the size of a poppy seed at the moment. Crazy. I've been feeling pretty dizzy most of the time and utterly exhausted. I've been sleeping a solid 10 hours most nights and more so at the weekend. Bed is my best friend. 

My boobs are also massive (for me) and super tender. It's kind of like the feeling you get before your period but much worse! My regular bras are now so uncomfortable so i went to VS last night and bought the comfiest bra I could get my hands boobs thanked me today that's for sure. 

Things are getting along but boy does it feel like time is creeping along at snails pace! I kind of just wish that it would be 12 weeks already so we can relax a little more. I never thought that I would be this anxious but I really am. The fear of miscarrying feels so real and is there all time time. 

This past week i've felt just as exhausted but with a sicky feeling in my tummy thrown in which has been pretty gross. I have a feeling that it might get worse! 

Bloating. Lets talk about the bloating... it's the real deal when pregnant and I legit look about 5 months pregnant whenever I eat! All of my clothes are tight so I went straight to Amazon and bought myself a belly band! Here's to hoping it works or i'm wearing pj's for the rest of this pregnancy.


I suppose now that the cat's out of the bag I should talk about how we found out we were expecting??

Let me take you back to the 19th April.  It was a normal work day morning and whilst getting myself ready I realized that I hadn't gotten my period yet. It was due that day so I was being a little preemptive in my thinking but I grabbed a test anyway not thinking anything of it.

Being slightly hungover (whoops), I peed on the stick and saw just one line come up first of all so I said to Ben 'No baby this time' and plonked the test on the kitchen counter and walked away.

A couple of minutes later as I came back in the kitchen with my shoes and coat on, ready to head to work and Ben was standing there looking at the test. Silent.

Quietly he murmured 'Nicola...I think you should have a look at this, doesn't two lines mean you're pregnant?'.


There were tears in his eyes (and total disbelief in mine) as we stood there completely fucking flabbergasted. Shaking my head in shock I mumbled something incoherent about it "never usually having two lines" when I took a test and simultaneously smiling and giggling like an idiot. We stood there in complete shock for a couple of minutes before we decided to get some more tests on the way to work to confirm.

The walk to work that day was certainly an interesting one as we tried to process the news! When we both got home from work that day I took another test. Another two lines.

I then took another one the day after. Just to make sure. And then another one.

Yup...definitely pregnant! 

Doctors appointments were made and we spent the next two weeks pretty much in shock. 

Once the news (finally) sunk in a little more we got to getting really excited about growing our little family. We told all our families a week later and managed to capture it all on video which was hilarious!

I kept an early pregnancy diary throughout the whole first trimester and will be sharing that soon for all of you interested.

We're so excited and can't wait to share this journey with you all!!

The Parsons xx


Oh hi!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Well, I have a good excuse. I've been growing a baby!

Baby Boy Parsons is due December 27th 2017!

Now the news is finally out there I can't wait to start blogging again...every time I sat down to write in the last few weeks I felt like a liar so I just chose to not blog instead.
But i'm back and have lots to share over the next few weeks... can't wait to have you along with us for this next crazy adventure :)

All three Parsons xxx