Monthly Archives: October 2011

Look Who Is Here!

Thomas James

Born Saturday 29th October

11.36pm

Weight 6 lb 11 12 ounces

We are both doing well

I will be taking a short break from blogging. See you in a llittle while :-)

Weeks 36-38: The End is Near!

I cannot believe I am 38 weeks pregnant. It only seems like five minutes ago that I was announcing the news of my pregnancy to everyone.  The last couple of weeks have gone very fast. We had a maternity photoshoot with Jay Mountford and I cannot wait to see the results of the photoshoot. I have never had a photoshoot before. It was a bit strange but we had lots of fun. I will share some of the photos with you as soon as I can.

At 36 1/2 weeks, I had a scan and we discovered that my placenta had moved out of the way so we are go for a natural birth. At the scan, we found out that the baby’s estimated weight was 7 lbs 2 ounces which is higher than expected. Because of this, I had to have a gestational diabetes test. This turned out to be negative for diabetes which is good. My midwife thinks Bump had a growth spurt but that it has eased off now as there is no more room for it to grow.

I have still been going to Bumps & Babes and coffee mornings with my local NCT branch. I have volunteered to help them and I am now a publicity officer looking after their Facebook and Twitter activities. I look forward to helping more once the baby has arrived.

Over the weekend, I went into false labour. I had backache, period like pain and some contractions which started Friday afternoon and carried onto Saturday morning but then stopped. Stuart and I got excited and thought it was the real thing but it was not to be. My midwife thinks I will give birth in the next two weeks as the baby’s head is nearly fully engaged. I am hoping it will be sooner as I have been feeling really uncomfortable for the last few days. My midwife says this is a good sign and that I am mentally and physically prepared for the birth. I really cannot wait to meet the little one now! :-)

Win £500 Worth of Baby Goodies From Infacol!

Infacol, the UK’s leading colic relief treatment, is offering one lucky person the chance to win a £500 worth of baby goodies and raising awareness of colic in the process. 

Infacol’s new social media pages officially launched on 3rd October 2011 (Facebook / Twitter / Blog / YouTube) and together, are dedicated to creating the ultimate parenting and baby wellbeing social community where you can learn, share tips and advice and get updated on all things relating to the wellbeing of your new addition – with a focus on colic of course.

To celebrate the launch of this new initiative, Infacol are running a sweepstake competition on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/infacol), the prize being approximately £500 worth of baby related goods.

COMPETITION DETAILS:

It’s simple – Just ‘Like’ the new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Infacol) then answer 3 colic related questions correctly and follow the instructions to enter the contest – one lucky winner will be picked to win the prize on 2/11/11.

Competition Start Date: 3/10/11

Competition Finish Date: 1/11/11

The Prize: The goody bag contains an exciting range of premium brand unisex baby related goods, ideal for a newborn. The actual contents of the goody bag remain secret but the total value is equivalent to £500 of goods (RRP).

Many thanks to Blog Match for informing me about the competition.

Good luck! :-)

BritMums Blog Prompt: The Best Thing

This week, BritMums are asking bloggers ‘What is the best thing that has happened to you as a result of blogging?’ This is quite easy for me to answer. It is all the wonderful people I have got to meet through blogging.

I have had the opportunity to meet fellow bloggers and celebrities at such events as the BBC Good Food Show (not once but twice!), attend a cookbook launch and I have (with a great deal of help from Louise of Comida Y Vida) been able to set up the Midlands Food Bloggers. A group to help support and promote everything to do with the Midlands and its food. I would not have been able to do any of this without having started my food blog. I am very lucky and I now have many more friends through blogging than I ever thought was possible.

Photo by Owen Sims

One of the main reasons for me setting up a pregnancy/parenting blog was to meet new people in a similar situation to me and I have been very lucky to have met lots of fantastic people. People like Wholesome Cook, Cafe Bebe, Simply Hayley and many more who are always there if I have a pregnancy niggle that is concerning me.  I know they will be there for me as I embark on the next stage of the adventure: parenthood and looking after a newborn. This is quite simply the best thing about blogging for me and it is the people you get to meet. I look forward to meeting many more people in the coming years :-)

Video Book Review: You and Your Bump by Emma Cannon

Here is a video book review for You and Your Bump by Emma Cannon. I hope you like it :-)

Weeks 31-35: Basketball into Beachball!

I cannot believe it has been a month since I last updated you on Bump and I’s progress. How very naughty of me! I apologise for my tardiness. I don’t know where the last month has gone to be honest.  I had my two weeks signed off on sick leave after my bleed which flew by, went back to work to finish stuff off for a week and I am now on my second week of maternity leave.

At the moment being on maternity leave feels like being on holiday. I am still getting used to being at home all the time and being able to do things when I want to. Shopping in a supermarket in the middle of the working week is a joy that I am loving. You can actually get round the shop unlike on a Saturday. We have brought everything for the baby and have it in piles all over the house. Our nursery is currently still a spare room but Stuart has ensured me that this will change in the next couple of weeks.

Stuart and I have joined our local National Childbirth Trust (NCT) branch and I have been going to ‘Bumps and Babes’ and open house coffee mornings meeting parents from all around our local area. I love it and am looking forward continuing this on and volunteering to help run things for the NCT once the baby has arrived.

My bump seems to have grown to a massive size over the last month. I looked at myself in the mirror yesterday and wondered where the beachball had come from. The last time I looked I had a basketball sized bump. The good news is that it is all baby. I haven’t put on much extra weight at all. :-)

We started the antenatal classes at our local hospital this week. I thought I had seen everything until I saw a knitted uterus! I thought the session was ok but I did not really learn anything more about labour than what I could learn from a book. Stuart found the session more useful.  Last night we went to a breastfeeding workshop. After reading about Hayley’s experience, I was slightly sceptical about what I could learn from the session. However I didn’t need to worry. The lady who ran the session was well informed, amusing and went through all the benefits and possible problems we might have. I am very lucky that the support network for breastfeeding ladies seems quite good too.  I decided ages ago that I wanted to breastfeed the baby. This session did not change my mind and make me want to breastfeed successfully even more. After the knitted uterus at the antenatal class, I was not surprised when they brought out a knitted boob to teach us how to hand express.

Next week, we have a busy week with a midwife appointment on Tuesday, a bump photo shoot with Jay Mountford on Wednesday, another antenatal class on Wednesday night and my 36 week scan on Friday to see if my placenta has moved and I can have a natural birth. *Fingers crossed* :-)

Website Review: BabyDeco.co.uk

A few weeks ago, I was asked via Twitter if I would like to review BabyDeco.co.uk. As we are currently sorting out our nursery and in need of inspiration, I jumped at the chance.  BabyDeco is a one stop shop for ideas and inspiration for decorating your baby’s or toddler’s room. There is a gallery where people can upload pictures of their nursery to give ideas for others. There is a resources section with lots of hints and tips to help you decorate your nursery, including some DIY things to make.

In the shop section, you have access to many merchants who supply a wide range of nursery furniture, beddings and accessories. We are doing our nursery in the theme of Winnie The Pooh as it is my favourite. I did a search within the shop section for Winnie The Pooh and came up with a few things I would like to get for Bump including My 1st Winnie The Pooh Soft Toy, Tomy Winnie The Pooh Dreamtime Light Show  and for when Bump is a bit older, we can get him or her a VTech Winnie The Pooh Walker. Overall, I was very impressed with BabyDeco and recommend it to anyone in need of ideas and inspiration for their child’s room. :-)

BritMum’s Video Blog Challenge 1

Today I have decided to do something a bit different and post a video up on the blog. This is something I have done before on Jo’s Kitchen (here, here and here) but I have usually been cooking. This is the first time it is just me and camera and I am doing it for the BritMum’s Video Post Challenge. The prompt of the week is

What lessons are you teaching your children? What is most important to you as a parent? What wishes do you have for your children?

I hope you like my video. I am hoping to do more in the future. Please let me know what you think. I would like to hear all feedback.

Hope you all have a lovely sunny weekend :-)

PS: I was having a bad hair day when I filmed the video!

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