Bruce and the Bump

I always thought that the hardest blog post to write was the first post on a new site, but I think I have been proved wrong. Despite having literally months to plan this post, I am somewhat at a loss. There is so much I could say, but where on earth do I start? I suppose the beginning is a good place.

Last summer, I wrote a post all about my new venture – a little mug shop called Bru. I explained that Bru was the reason why I had been fairly quiet on the blog and social media as I had been pouring all my attention into getting it set up. Then the next time I wrote it was a month later. Why? For one very good reason. Less than two weeks after launching Bru I got some wonderful news in the form of a positive pregnancy test!

I was, and am, overjoyed. However, my morning sickness started sneaking in before I even saw those two pink lines on the test, and continued to build in momentum. By the time I was 8 weeks pregnant I had nausea that lasted from the second I woke up to the moment I went to bed. I could hardly turn my head without vomiting, much less look at a computer screen, reply to emails, come up with blog post ideas or edit photographs. Blogging was out – I thought I would be back in a few weeks, but unfortunately the severe morning sickness didn’t start to peter out until 16 weeks, and I didn’t feel better until 18 weeks.

Of course, the horrendous sickness all made sense during week 13 when I found out at my first scan that I’m not just expecting one baby, but two. Yes, identical twin boys will be coming to the Paws and Prada household this spring.

I am now 22 weeks and feel much better, though the aches and pains are creeping in. I’ll take whatever these babies will throw at me though, if it means they are born healthy.

The good news is now that I am feeling more human and I have the all clear from the main anomaly and cardiac scans, I feel like I can sit down and write again. I won’t be writing about the pregnancy or twins here, but I have set up a very basic blog to jot down my thoughts and feelings (be warned – it is totally bare bones right now!). Here on Paws and Prada there may be the occasional piece on preparing your dog for new arrivals and training tips. Bruce has a lot to learn in the next few months.

Speaking of which, Bruce has been an absolute pleasure since I fell pregnant. He turned three in November and is now supposed to be at full maturity for an Airedale Terrier, and we have certainly seen a calmer and more zen side to him. He has become incredibly affectionate, and he is adapting to his new routine (i.e. not having any routine whatsoever) during my pregnancy.

I don’t think he knows that I am pregnant, but I do believe he thinks I am unwell. He is more gentle and loving, and very slightly protective – I feel like he spends a lot of time staring at me, trying to figure out what is going on.

I’m proud of him, and I am excited for my boys to grow up with such an awesome family dog.

About me

Joy Jewell is a London based dog obsessive and style connoisseur. Joy has worked in the fashion and beauty industry as a writer for nearly a decade, and decided to fuse her two loves – style and canines – to create Paws and Prada in 2014. If you would like to talk to Joy about anything from blogging to puppy training then drop her a line at [email protected] or find her on Twitter @PawsandPrada.


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Sarah, Ted & Millie (TWILIGHT BARK UK)
Reply January 12, 2017

This is such amazing news! Huge congratulations! Sure Bru will love his twin brothers! Best of luck with the rest of pregnancy. Here's to such an exciting year for you xxx

    Reply January 12, 2017

    Eep, thank you! It is going to be a big year, Bruce is going to be great with them I'm sure. I am going to be surrounded by boys! Haha. xxx

Reply January 12, 2017

Well, congratulations! I'd wondered where you had got to. Twins eh? Oh my, and you thought a puppy was going to be a lot of work! Take care of yourself and looking forward to hearing more.

    Reply January 12, 2017

    Thanks Ali! I am going to have my hands full, but I'm looking forward to it :)

Paula Joseph-Johnson
Reply January 13, 2017

Congratulations! My Mattie Rae the Wonder 'Dale was with us for the birth of both my children. She was an amazing caretaker and "talked" me down from many a new mom ledge. So many blessings here and in the future for you. Cheers!

    Reply January 13, 2017

    Aw, thank you Paula!

Emma Bearman
Reply January 15, 2017

Oh what amazing news! I'm sure Bru will love having two baby humans to adore over - I wish you all the best with the rest of your pregnancy and for a smooth delivery.

Looking forward to hearing how Bru adjusts to sharing, and to follow your progress over the year.

Emma & Alfie xx

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