Last Sunday was Rememberance Sunday. We decided to mark the occasion by placing a Poppy Cross and planting some daffodil bulbs at Thomas' Grandad ashes site (my Father in Law) who died earlier this year. Niall was in army (Mechanical Emgineers) and served during the late 1950's/60's in places such as Germany, Singapore, Cyprus and Burma.
Niall's ashes are buried on the edge of the local cricket ground where he was an umpire for many years. It was a lovely sunny day and Thomas was very keen to get involved helping his Nan (my Mother in Law) and Daddy plant the bulbs. He enjoyed putting the bulbs in the holes and putting the soil back over them. Thomas helped his Nanny push the cross into the ground too. Afterwards, we went back to the clubhouse for a drink and then took Thomas to the park next door for a play in the playground.
Thomas loved playing on the park. He is getting a lot more confident and coming out of his shell now he is two years old. Everything on the park was the perfect size for him and I am sure we will be back again soon. I look forward to going back in the spring when the daffodils are in bloom and show Thomas' little brother where his Grandad is.
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Hello everyone. Sorry for the delay in between my pregnancy diary updates. Life has been a bit crazy here! The third trimester has started with an emergency growth scan as my midwife measured my bump as small. This was probably positional because until last week, the baby has been mostly lying in a transverse position. We had the scan and everything was fine thankfully. It did cause a night of worry for us both though.
I had henna on my bump for the second time from my friend Manie who is a doula and runs a company called Opal Aura. Manie put ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ on my bump as Thomas has been singing it a lot recently and I wanted to give him more connection to my bump and his little brother. Manie is also going to be giving Stuart and I antenatal coaching and she is currently planning my baby shower. I will keep you updated on these as soon as I can.
I have been given a top (pictured above) from the new Kiddicare maternity range and I love it. It is really stylish, comfortable and it washes really well too.
I am hoping that the next nine weeks pass by without any complication. I know I am going to be exhausted but have been exhausted all the way through this time. I am looking forward to maternity leave at 34 weeks and am really hoping we do not get too much snow in November, December and January. I would still like to get around as much as I can.
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Thomas is 2 years old today and I cannot believe how fast the time has gone. It only seems like five minutes ago, Thomas was a tiny baby. Here are some of the things Thomas can do now he is 2 years old:
- Can do nearly 70 Tiny Talk (British Sign Language) or Makaton (Mr Tumble) signs
- Can nearly recite the numbers 1- 10 in the correct order
- Has started putting basic sentences together
- Can say 'please' and 'thank you'
- Started doing some basic colour recognition
- His current TV programme obsession is Peppa Pig
- He loves singing the 'Wheels on the Bus', 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' and 'Old MacDonald Had a Farm'.
- He names buses when we drive past them – 'Daddy Bus' (Double Decker), 'Mummy Bus' (Single Decker) and 'Baby Bus' (Mini Bus)
- His best friend outside of nursery is Pippa and his friends in nursery include Isla, Evie, Ethan and Skye.
- At the moment, everything is 'mine', a habit we are trying to get him out of!
- He is currently teething (hopefully for the last time!) and his last teeth at the back of the mouth have started coming in.
- He knows what a potty is for but is yet to put this into practice. We are hoping this will change soon!
Mummy and Daddy are both very proud of you Thomas and we cannot wait to see what you do next! We know you are going to be an excellent big brother and we look forward to our next adventures together as a family of four!
This morning we went to one of our favourite places, Whitlenge Gardens in Hartlebury, north Worcestershire. Unfortunately, the weather was not fantastic today so our walk round the gardens got rained off halfway round. However, we did get to see some chickens and Thomas and his friend's (we went with our local NCT coffee group) did get to play in the play area and run round the garden a bit.
Fortunately, Whitlenge Gardens has a lovely tea room with lots of homemade cakes and local produce. There is a small indoor play area too. We retreated there and I may have had a *small* piece of chocolate cake. It was gorgeous!!
I have put a few photos below of when we went to Whitlenge Gardens earlier in the summer. It is a lovely place and very cheap to get in. I highly recommend it for a day out on a dry day!!
Yesterday I had my 20 week scan and we were able to find out the gender of 'Baba'. I have been thinking of the best way to announce this since Stuart and I decided we wanted to find out. I then had an idea. I could use cake and tell my friends at my local NCT coffee group which I hosted this morning.
I decided to use my Lakeland duo icing kit and pipe pink and blue icing on top and then colour the cake itself pink or blue so you had to eat the cake to tell whether 'Baba' was pink or blue. I used dark green cases to hide the colour of the cakes.
I am pleased to announce that Thomas will be having a little brother!!!
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Thomas is no longer my baby anymore. I have realised this for quite a while but it really hit home last week when we moved Thomas into his big boy racing car bed. I have been struggling to get Thomas in and out of the cot for a while so a few weeks ago, we took the side of his cot bed. The change did not bother Thomas at all (he has slept on a mattress at nursery for his naps since January). A racing car bed came up on eBay at the right time and at the right price. I was also able to get a new mattress for it in the Kiddicare sale too so we decided to just make the change.
Thomas 'helped' Stuart build the bed and knew fairly quickly it was car. He was running around all excited. It was lovely to see. Thomas saw his cot being dismantled and he said goodbye to it. It is going to disappear for a bit now before appearing in the new baby's room.
I am very proud of Thomas. I cannot wait to see what big boy adventures we have next
I am 18 weeks and 4 days pregnant. The next time I write my pregnancy diary, I will be 20 weeks and we will know whether 'Baba' is pink or blue. We never found out with Thomas so this is a whole new experience for us. We are finding out mostly for logistical reasons. If I have another boy, then I will not need anymore clothes. If it is a girl, I will start selling some of Thomas' clothes and stuff we no longer need. Thomas has more clothes than Stuart and I put together. As we did not know with Thomas, everything from the early days is mostly neutral anyway. I would like a girl this time so I have one of each but I really do not mind too be honest. As long as they are healthy and happy, then I am happy too.
I am finally getting somewhere with my knee ligament problem. My work have agreed to pay for physiotherapy for me so I do not have to wait for my local NHS to get something sorted. One of the benefits of working at a university is that we have sports physiotherapists on site. The problem with my local NHS seemed to be that there is a backlog on the waiting list for physiotherapy and as I am pregnant and my condition is classed as 'temporary' (despite having problem for two years) I am at the back of the queue. I might get seen by the time 'Baba' is 6 months old!!!
Thomas is still being great about my pregnancy. He seems to understand that I need a rest occasionally and will leave me lying on the sofa. He cuddled me the other night and stroked my bump and said 'aah'. He does sometimes prod and poke the bump though so we do have to remind him occasionally. I can't wait until 'Baba' is bigger and Thomas can feel the kicking back. My henna from a couple of weeks is faded but is still going reasonably strong. I cannot wait to have another one soon.
I also writing my pregnancy diary for Bras 4 Mums. You can read about it on their blog here.
What do you think then, will 'Baba' be pink or blue???
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