Welcome Chelle, a new Bras4mums ambassador

chelle bras ambassadorChelle is mama to a feisty red head called Fizz wife to Gav. Since 2009 Chelle has been on a massive career and life changing journey – first being a mama then returning to work all while blogging her journey. Chelle blogs at Unique and Chic – a website she says covers everything unique even when you don’t feel quite as chic – sharing her own and others parenting stories along the way. You can find her on twitter as @chellemccann.

I have known TJ since 2010 – I had just finished breastfeeding but I knew what a fabulous website and how helpful it could be for new mums to be both with products and the great advice. You may have seen me blogging on the site before!

After having my daughter it took quite a few years (nearly 4 in fact) to even consider having a second child in our house. After a few years of non existent and very irregular periods as well as scans to find out what was wrong we found out that we were pregnant 2 days before our daughters 4th birthday. Time wise I have a thing about how dates work out – 2 days before my 30th birthday I found out that we were expecting Fizz. A good omen perhaps?

Pregnancy this time around has been pretty different and since I am already in the third trimester I feel like I have some catching up to do with the Bras4Mums readers.

So what was so different in the first and second trimester….

Flutterings: When I was pregnant with Fizz I felt these for the first time around 18-19 weeks. I knew that often mums can feel these much earlier in subsequent pregnancies. I started to feel something around 12 weeks but convinced myself that it wasn’t possible so early. Turns out it is.

Appointments: This time I have less with the midwife and more with various other people. Level 11 is becoming pretty well known to me already for glucose testing, blood testing, scans and next up a consultant.

Bumpage: The bump is huge at 16 weeks. It has taken me by surprise!

Sickness: woahhh it was no where near this bad last time. This time I have actual vomiting. My head feels like it wants to explode afterwards.

Tiredness: Yes I know with a small person around it was bound to be more tiring this time. I am so lucky that I work freelance now. I have had to adapt both my working hours and Fizz’s nursery hours to ensure that tiredness does not have a knock on both areas. Fizz seems to love full nursery days so thats a win now as is the fact that daddy can do drop off and pick ups too.

What did you find surprising second time around?

Welcome Danni, a new Bras4mums ambassador

Hi *waves*
I’m Danni and I blog over on itstartedwithasquish.com. I started blogging a couple of years ago as a bit of a hobby when my son (AKA Squish) was about 2 years old, although I must admit it’s now become more of a religion (in a good way!).
Just a couple of months ago we welcomed into the world my dinky little daughter Eleanor which is why my blog may have been a bit quieter than usual recently. I’ve had such a different experience with my second baby, mainly through blogging I have found I am more well informed and level headed. I had goals this time around and one of those goals was to breastfeed. I was in a lot of pain when I tried to breastfeed Squish and with the shock of becoming a first time mum sinking me into a darker place I made the decision to give up fairly early. I promised myself that this time I would do everything within my power to make things different and I am happy to say I’m now 8 weeks on and still breastfeeding. Not that it has been at all easy… (my journey has been well documented on my blog if you want to have a read!).
As I have breastfed longer this time I’ve grown to appreciate the importance of having a well fitting bra. They are worn around the clock when you’re breastfeeding, so I realise how important it is to have ones that fit properly and allow a good level of support whilst still being comfortable.This is where Bras4mums have helped me as I hadn’t a clue about how they should fit… nor did I know at what points I needed remeasuring. These things are best left to the experts in my opinion and the bonus for me was that she was able to come to my home.
I will soon be blogging about the experience very soon, I promise!…. so watch this space!
Danni xxdanni bras blog