I am sure I’m not the only one wondering where this year has gone. I can’t believe that we are almost half way through 2014!

Where has the time gone?

(Please don’t tell anyone I just said that. Do you ever hear a kid in school saying that? Absolutely not. It is definitely one of the signs of getting older).

2014 has seen things change dramatically in the Bolton household – Jude retired from the Sydney Swans and is transitioning into post footy life, we are seconds away from starting major house renovations, Siarra turned 2 (definitely nothing like her first birthday party! I think I am still recovering from that first one), I have been a slave to work and somewhere in there Jude and I found ourselves in the same state and the same room long enough to now be having another little bubba.

This September we will be welcoming another little Bolton into the world. We decided to find out the sex this time – something that we didn’t do with Siarra. I wanted to for logistical reasons; do we keep Siarra’s pink clothes or do we start again with round ‘blue?’

Jude wasn’t fussed either way but when I promised him a reveal cake he was happy to go along with it!

For anyone not as mad about making an event out of everything as I am, a reveal cake is a cake that is cut open to reveal either blue or pink in the middle – hence announcing the impending arrival of either a little boy or girl.

Somewhat sheepishly we handed over the piece of paper to our local baker explaining the idea. I quizzed him on the level of crazy he thought we were for playing this game to which he honestly replied ‘This isn’t the first time I have been asked to make one of these cakes. But you are definitely the craziest as you are first person to hand over the piece of paper without knowing yourself’ Ha! Turns out most couples use this as a way to inform their family and friends – not themselves. Oh well…

I have attached a photo of the cake – I would love to know your guess. Pink or blue smarties?

Being pregnant again is encouraging me to relive my first pregnancy – both the highs and lows. I actually have no idea whether I feel the same this pregnancy or not. Apparently this means I feel the same otherwise I would know? I have escaped feeling too nauseous for which I am extremely grateful. I definitely feel more tired than I remember being last time but this might have something to do with chasing around a 2 year old (of course). I am doing my best to keep up my exercise and eat as healthily as I can (about 75% of the time ha). I have to admit that most of the time I don’t really feel too pregnant – until of course I try to get some sleep or need to go to the bathroom every 30 minutes argh!

I admit I am a little nervous about the upcoming months. With Siarra I was diagnosed with pre-clampsia and blew up like a balloon. I was admitted to hospital every second day three weeks prior to her due date for monitoring and was finally induced 10 days prior to her official due date. She was not ready to come out let me tell you and it was a long, 2 day process.

Post birth was also quite stressful as she refused to feed and lost more than the recommended 10% birth weight. I continued to swell and my blood pressure continued to rise.  Add onto that her complete breast refusal (!) and we were quite a motley crew for the first couple of months… Ok years… Ok we still have no idea what we are doing…..

But isn’t it funny how you forget all these things?

I had literally blocked out all these memories until recently. The brain can do amazing things thankfully. And at the end of the day, despite all the challenges and difficulties getting here, I have a happy healthy 2 year old snuggled under my arm as I write this; so we must be doing a few things right. Bring on bubba number 2 I say!


Did you have a special way of revealing the sex of your baby to your family and friends?

What pregnancy and birth memories have stuck with you over time?

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  • Lynette your child has a really great name


  • Time definitely flies faster when we get older!!


  • lol yep time does fly for sure


  • No we didn’t have a special way of revealing the sex of our baby. My most memorable moment was the 20 week ultrasound and first kicks


  • I feel your pain. As a first time mum,I felt like I had everything difficult thrown at me. But it sounds like it has you prepared for round two….ding ding!


  • I remember how painful my first birth was and always will, we didn’t know the sex until the birth though


  • Ny Dad passed away 14 Dec 2014, still can’t believe it’s almost been 7 months, feels like yesterday!!!


  • I never found out the sex of any of my 3 children I always felt that it was the best feeling in the world to not know and be so wonderfully surprised when my children entered the world to find out the sex to, to have the news to tell everyone, otherwise I would of just felt I only had a name to tell and a weight not the sex more exiciting I think


  • I had to know the sex of my twins and now my third baby boy arriving any time now! Just can’t not find out as I really wanted to prepare everything for the arrival.


  • we never found out with any of our three children and although pregnancy did not love me I loved it and giving birth is so special I could not forget any of it even though during having my third child which turned out to be a lovely little boy not so little 10 pound with a 37 cm head and I said this hurts so much more than before and the nurse said oh no it is just that you have forgot and breast feeding has never been easy for e to start with although I seem to get it all together as time goes on. Having children is such a blessing it is jsut that you dont expect it to be so hard at times.


  • They say time flies when your having fun!! As a mother of two, I have managed to do a small MYOB course through local neighbourhood centre. But they year is almost half way upon us and their is still more I would like to accomplish.


  • That is such a sweet idea to have a reveal cake without knowing yourselves. What a happy time for you all!


  • We found out with both pregnancies. With my second we had a 3D gender scan at 15 weeks with my son at the scan, he was so excited to find out he was going to have a little brother.


  • We told everyone we weren’t finding out but secretly we actually did at 20 weeks – a little girl. We had mostly boys on one side and didn’t want people to be ‘disappointed’ if we had ‘another’ boy. It was a lovely secret to have. My mother almost died of the anticipation.


  • We found out the sex of our bub, was easier to get organized:) a great way to reveal the gender to family and friends is do a gender reveal cake. When you cut the cake open the inside will be pink or blue:)


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