Sunday Tittle Tattle: The Life Update

pregnancy update

I feel as though I’ve been quite successful (if I do say so myself!) in keeping my pregnancy/baby stuff separate from my beauty posts for the past eighteen months or so. Mostly thanks to the fact that I have The Uphill blog, which I use as a sort of cathartic online diary for all pregnancy and personal stuff, but also because I actually really enjoy escaping fully into the world of beauty when I’m making content for A Model Recommends. It’s my “grown up” world, my professional world – I have to be sharper and do more research and the work requires more in the way of editing and honing and so I don’t like to fuzzy it up with my (often confused) thoughts about parenthood and weaning and leaking breasts.

But I thought that I’d break rank to give you a quick life update – not least because in the New Year I’ll be weeks away from having another baby! I’m now 33 weeks pregnant, give or take a day, and my torso looks like it’s been stuffed with a beach ball. I’ve noticed a general filling-out of everything with this pregnancy – my face is rounder, though everyone close to me keeps assuring me it’s not (they’re being diplomatic – which is nice, but they forget that I stare at photos and video clips of myself for hours and hours every week!) and my legs and bottom and arms have decided to fatten themselves up for Christmas a bit, by the looks of things. None of these changes bother me – it’s just part of being pregnant – but I definitely think that they are more apparent with this baby. Unless with Angelica I was just in a total baby bliss bubble and didn’t take any notice!

And I can tell you that it’s a hell of a lot easier being pregnant when you have a permanent place to call home – at this point last time we were moving from one holiday let to the next and – despite my semi-fond memories of this time – it was difficult not being able to put together a nursery or prepare little bits and pieces for the baby. We actually moved holiday homes whilst I was in hospital having a c-section – Mr AMR went back after I was safely in recovery and moved us from Saffron Walden to Hertfordshire overnight, with my parents doing relays in their little car and poor Dexter the Dog in the boot and all of my beauty samples and baby bits shoved into suitcases.

Needless to say that we’re on more of an even keel, this time around. I’d say that, actually, I’m more nervous about the birth (see post here), but everything else is far less stressful. For those wondering about what will happen here on A Model Recommends in terms of posts, I can tell you that I’ll be trying to do exactly the same as last time; pre-scheduling posts to carry you through the couple of months around the new baby’s birth and then resuming normal service when I’ve got into a good feeding-napping sort of schedule. (Though this time there’s Angelica the Toddler in the mix, so I’m trying not to be too ambitious!)

If you’re not following The Uphill and would like to receive an email when a new post goes live then you can sign up for the mailing list here – otherwise the website itself is here, and my pregnancy diaries are here, in case that sort of thing floats your boat.

Back to beauty after this short interlude – I just wanted to keep you all in the loop. I realised the other day that some people, who don’t follow on Instagram or Twitter, had completely missed the news that I was even pregnant again. So consider this a necessary update.

As you were!

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  1. Nancy Carnell
    December 18, 2016 / 10:41 am

    Lovely post Ruth. Don’t work too hard though- we’ll just about cope without you as you settle into your mum-of-two rhythm! Xx

  2. December 18, 2016 / 11:06 am

    Beyond happy for you Ruth…….. having never met you I do feel I know you! , that’s the skill of your writing! Your posts are always do uplifting, wishing you and your family all the very best xxx

  3. December 18, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    I felt like I was bigger in my second pregnancy as well, but I lost my pounds quicker with the same effort, so in the end it was even.

  4. December 18, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    Thank you Ruth, I love how you take the changes with ease. Knowing it is all natural and part of it all. The only thing I noticed is your fingers in some of the products shots, they are ever ever so slightly chubbier and I think it is so cute. Your face is totally the same as pre babies. Best of Luck – love the country shot x

  5. December 19, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    I’ve only just discovered your blog Ruth and I absolutely love it! I’ve got so much to catch up on, ha! Love your writing style and you are absolutely glowing!xx

  6. Natasha
    December 19, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    O Ruth. You are so much like probably all women I know.. Us woman are very critical of ourselves. I actually love looking at skinny ladies when they get pregnant. They(you) get this glorious softness,(not squishy soft)(more like an inside glowy feminine softness) that is really beautiful. That is what is noticeable to other people. Even the most cut-throat(not you) business woman can’t hide it. It is probably because we are forced to look after ourselves when we are preggers. We are at our happiest and healthiest. Although… After week 36 I felt like my parasite (said in the most loving way of course) have taken all of my energy and nutrients… And converted it into urine!

    Hope you breeze through this last few weeks!…

  7. December 19, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Objectively, you did get a little fuller in the face with the first baby but you seem a bit fuller everywhere this pregnancy, just a bit though. If I were to guess, it’s probably only 5 extra kilos or so over the last. Less stress is probably why!

  8. Andrea
    December 22, 2016 / 5:14 am

    Congratulations on baby number 2! A bit to the party I know … I’ve enjoyed your posts for a while now, first the beauty blog then the baby one(I had my baby in 2015 too!). Hope that you have a smooth and safe delivery!

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