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We’ve been keeping a secret…

by Clare Mansell
We’ve been keeping a secret…

I should probably start this post with a round of apologies… To anyone whose texts, emails or phone calls went unanswered earlier on this year, this is why. Or more to the point, the lost hours and days on the sofa feeling generally rubbish were why – Baby number two is on the way!

Some of you will have already guessed what I was hinting at when the blog posts stalled, I wrote March off as “a funny month” and revealed I had been under the weather, but that was as close as I could get to letting the cat out of the bag, so thank you for quietly humouring me.

Baby number two

The latest addition to our family will be arriving in October, shortly after Theo turns 4 and starts school. I see mums who do a great job of juggling two children close in age, but I didn’t feel that was me, so we took a gamble and held off a little with this one.

Theo is delighted he will be getting a brother or sister and is telling anyone who will listen. His favourite choice of boy’s name (for he won’t entertain that it will be a girl) is “Theo” which errr… wouldn’t be at all confusing!

Now I have made it into the second trimester (I’m 16 weeks on Friday) I’ve been feeling much better health wise, although still prone to the odd afternoon nap if I can manage one! A few people have asked if I’ll be doing pregnancy vlogs and after initially dismissing it, I am now giving it some consideration… They didn’t exist last time around, or at least I didn’t know they existed!

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Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely May 7, 2015 - 7:36 am

Many congratulations! Such lovely news. My pregnancy days are over but I’d love to go back in time to when my two were babies. Those newborn cuddles are the best!

Jenna May 7, 2015 - 8:09 am

I did have an inkling. πŸ˜‰

Massive congratulations to you and your family. πŸ™‚

Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

Kim Carberry May 7, 2015 - 8:54 am

Aww! Such lovely news! Congratulations x

Lynn Goring-Crook May 7, 2015 - 11:17 am

Congratulations to you all. xxx

Lauren | Belle du Brighton May 7, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Congratulations! What lovely news, and we’ll timed too!

Carina May 7, 2015 - 12:13 pm

congrats Clare xxx wondered when no.2 might be on the way, good timing, Theo at school, more time with the new baby.

Fiona Sadler May 7, 2015 - 12:36 pm

Congratulations to you all. Wonderful news. I did guess as much a couple of months ago but far too polite to mention it!
Still loving your blog.

Josie May 7, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Wow, congratulations guys! I can’t wait to follow your progress x

Stephanie May 7, 2015 - 1:51 pm

congrats! It’ll be fine. There’ll be Theo 1 and Theo 2 :d

Sue Bone May 7, 2015 - 2:03 pm


Kate ~ Beak Up Crafts May 7, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Congratulations! Such exciting news! I know exactly how you’ve been feeling as I’ve been the same – I’m expecting our first baby which is due in the middle of October. I will look forward to following along with your pregnancy as we’re due at such similar times! x

claremansell@mac.com May 7, 2015 - 4:26 pm

That’s fab news Kate, I’m glad I have a blogging baby buddy! πŸ™‚

Joanne Jones May 7, 2015 - 3:09 pm

Congratulations Clare! Glad you’re on the up part now πŸ™‚

Karen May 7, 2015 - 7:34 pm

A huge huge congratulations Clare. Wow 16 weeks already. That’s so exciting. Big hugs to you all xx

Donna May 7, 2015 - 9:55 pm

Woohoo huge congratulations and lovely news! x

Kiran May 7, 2015 - 10:11 pm

Oh what wonderful news! So so happy for you Claire, congratulations xxx

Nancy May 7, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Congratulations Clare – like you I took time between the girls (3 years to the day b/w Kate and Laura). I really felt I had set up the first one before becoming distracted with the next one. It did mean endless years of diapers and a lengthy period before all were in school, but I think it was worth it. And in spite of the age difference they are so close. Now we know why you have been nesting!! So great that your parents are close by – they will be so excited.

Carie May 8, 2015 - 9:20 pm

Yay! Many many congratulations, that’s wonderful news πŸ™‚

Sarah Bailey May 9, 2015 - 4:29 pm

Congratulations what some utterly awesome news! x

Jenni May 9, 2015 - 5:09 pm

Congratulations, glad to hear you’re starting to feel a bit better. Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly!

J x

Katie @mummydaddyme May 9, 2015 - 6:02 pm

Aw yay massive congratulations Clare!

Clare Nicholas May 9, 2015 - 10:45 pm

Awwwww congratulations, fantastic news

Cass@frugalfamily May 10, 2015 - 9:37 am

Aaaaaw congratulations – what lovely news x x

Debbie May 10, 2015 - 2:12 pm

Many congratulations! Look forward to getting broody seeing your posts πŸ™‚ I hope the pregnancy treats you well. x

Rachel May 10, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Huge congratulations lovely what amazing news x

Ness May 10, 2015 - 7:05 pm

Congratulations! My children are five years apart in age and I felt totally rubbish and knackered during the second pregnancy!

Jaime Oliver May 11, 2015 - 12:27 am

oh wow what utterly fantastic news … congratulations!

Jen aka Muminthemadhouse May 11, 2015 - 1:15 pm

What fantastic news. Congratulations and I look forward to lots of cute baby pics in the years to come

Laura May 12, 2015 - 11:38 am

Congratulations! What wonderful news.

Kara May 12, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Congartulations – there is 4 years between my elder two and that was the perfect age gap for me as I had just shipped one off to school lol

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