Friday Focus 02/02/18 – Expecting baby number three

If you’ve been reading my blog posts or following my social media over the last couple of days, you will know that we’re expecting a new addition to our family later this year. It is such a relief to finally have everything out in the open – not least because it’s becoming increasingly hard to hide my changing figure! We told the girls on Christmas Day (after revealing the news to our parents with the help of some personalised Russian dolls) and they’re both very excited about having a new sibling to look forward to. I’m very impressed with them both for managing to keep it a surprise for as long as they have!


Expecting - this week's word of the week


We had our 12 week scan last week and all seemed well with baby “Peanut” as he or she is currently known. The tiredness and nausea have eased off a lot in the last week or so. It’s nice to finally have a bit more energy and to be able to enjoy cooking once again!



Things I have loved this week:

  • Seeing baby Peanut at the 12 week scan.


  • Getting out and about as a family again and enjoying a couple of hours at Langley Park.


A very happy Jessica on the swings at Langley Park


  • Announcing our news to our church family at the church members’ meeting.


  • Jessica managing to walk to preschool and back to pick up Sophie.


  • Finishing off our shoebox house and making some furniture to go in it.


Our shoebox house complete with furniture


  • Getting a lovely get well soon card from Jessica signed by lots of people from the Land’s End – John O’Groats Association.


  • Teaching Jessica about the solar system and making a solar system picture together.


Our solar system picture on black card with coloured buttons for planets


  • Trying out some new recipes.


  • Getting my first half-decent photo of the moon, thanks to the super moon.


A full Moon


The Reading Residence


  1. February 2, 2018 / 7:56 am

    What an amazing week for you all! I love your shoebox house, it must have been such fun to make! My daughter loves your solar system picture and now we are on a mission to make one too!
    Wow that photo of the moon is incredible! I never thought to take a photo.
    I loved seeing the video of your mum’s reaction to the news over on Facebook – brought a tear to my eye!

    • Louise
      February 3, 2018 / 9:11 am

      Thank you Jenni. We loved making the shoebox house, am going to try writing it up for the blog in the next few days 🙂

  2. February 2, 2018 / 9:27 am

    This is such wonderful news Louise, huge congratulations to you all ! Well done to Jessica for getting out and about she’s doing so well. That’s a fantastic shoe box house, I bet the girls are having so much fun playing with it. Have a wonderful weekend x

    • Louise
      February 3, 2018 / 9:12 am

      Thanks Angela. Lovely to see Jessica getting out more and both the girls are having lots of fun with our shoebox house 🙂

  3. February 2, 2018 / 10:01 am

    Awwwww congratulations on your baby news, how exciting! I love the moon this week so beautiful X #wotw

    • Louise
      February 3, 2018 / 9:18 am

      Thank you. It was a beautiful moon wasn’t it? 🙂

  4. February 2, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Wow! Congratulations, how very exciting! I love your shoe box house and solar system, you have been busy! I’m glad to hear that Jessica is doing so well too. What a fabulous week, and I’m so, so happy to hear your news 😀

    • Louise
      February 3, 2018 / 9:13 am

      Thank you Anne. It has certainly been a busy and eventful week! 🙂

  5. February 2, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    Ahh! I am so happy for you! I’m glad the scan went well.
    It sounds like Jessica is doing great..
    The shoebox house is fab!

    • Louise
      February 3, 2018 / 9:13 am

      Thank you Kim. Loved making the shoebox house 🙂

  6. February 2, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    What a lovely week. Such good news. Much easier once it’s out in the open. With my third, a friend spotted it at about 8 weeks because of the way I walked. I wasn’t ready to admit it then. Love the dolls house. Can I come and play? The solar system is very eye catching. And well done on the moon photo. #wotw

    • Louise
      February 3, 2018 / 9:20 am

      Thanks Cheryl. I had a few people guess early last time so was trying a little harder to hide it this time until we were ready to tell people.

  7. February 2, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    I did see your news, and I’m thrilled for you all. Wonderful news, glad all went well at the scan x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Louise
      February 3, 2018 / 9:14 am

      Thank you Jocelyn, fingers crossed for the next few scans now x

  8. February 2, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    What a wonderful week! Huge congratulations – I absolutely love the Russian Doll idea; all of your announcements have been so creative! Lots of lovely little things in the week too – the girls shoebox house has come out great. Happy weekend to you all! #WotW

    • Louise
      February 3, 2018 / 11:30 am

      Thank you Jade – I had a lot of fun making the Russian dolls. Hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

  9. February 3, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    Ah Louise it is such wonderful news and I just adore the vlog of you telling your mum it is so beautiful x

    • Louise
      February 3, 2018 / 2:47 pm

      Thank you Sarah. I loved her reaction 🙂

  10. February 5, 2018 / 10:37 am

    Congratulations! Such an amazing news. I am in a very dark place last week so thanks for sharing something positive as I read your post in FB. #wotw

    • Louise
      February 8, 2018 / 4:02 pm

      Thank you Merlinda. I hope this week has been a better one for you x

  11. February 7, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    May your pregnancy run smoothly. The crafts you’ve done together are lovely. #WotW

    • Louise
      February 8, 2018 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you Helena 🙂

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