Stuff on a Sunday #20

This week was sponsored by the words ‘rain’ & ‘snot’.
Sunday was spent feeling sorry for myself because I was still feeling like crap after coming down with the lurgy on Friday, I don’t think we actually left the house! In the morning we built a new square shelving unit thing from Ikea (annoyingly one of the bits had a hole in it, but it doesn’t affect it, just looks a bit crap so Ikea got an email about that!) Sam went to work in the afternoon so Athena and I had a chill out afternoon with some hot cross buns.
On Monday we got pretty soaked through on the way to a friends house for a play date, luckily it had stopped for the walk home! Five mums and their toddlers got together to eat biscuits and drink tea, and weirdly mostly the kids played on their own rather than interacting with each other! I had a Midwife appointment in the afternoon, which meant Athena had a shorter nap than usual as I had to walk her up to make sure we got there on time! The Midwife was running late which meant we missed the hailstones, which was good I guess. Apart from an abrupt midwife who didn’t ask how I was (despite me having almost no voice) or answer any of my questions properly I’m doing okay, measuring on track and blood pressure is fine. There’s a 35 week pregnancy update here.
Tuesday through to Thursday were work days, I felt awful with a blocked nose, headaches and gunky conjunctivitusy eyes overnight (thankfully they’re fine in the day!) and a sore throat, but I didn’t want to call in sick for my last week at work so I just got on with it! I handed everything over and we celebrated with Krispy Kreme donuts on my last day! Poor Sam did a stint of 8 hours on/8 hours off for two days which was pretty horrific for him, and for me because it meant I had to drop Athena off at Nursery and pick her up after work, whereas he normally does one or the other so I don’t have to rush (well, waddle) about at great speed! I’m looking forward to next week when we can be a bit more leisurely without having to worry about missing my train to work! I wrote a post about what i’ll miss about my commute, lots of people watching mainly!
On Friday the sun was shining and it felt almost spring like, so Athena and I had a breakfast of Pain au Chocolate then headed into town, WITH NO COATS ON! Okay, admittedly we were both wearing thick cardigans and she had a hat on too, but I enjoyed the freedom of no coat! I bought myself a new pair of shoes from Clarkes, but they’re suede so I need to wait for this horrific rain to eff off before they get their first outing! I also got Athena a new swimming costume in preparation for our trip to Bluestone in May! Sam’s dad came to stay for the night and Athena remembered him even though she’s not seen him for about 5 months and made him read her books and generally had a good time! He treated us to a Chinese takeaway which was much appreciated, and then he headed off back to Scotland the next day! Oh, Athena also had a THREE HOUR nap, so I had an hour too, and I turned 35 weeks pregnant.
Saturday was food shop day, and ‘Lauren write’s lists’ day. I didn’t actually have enough energy to do much on the lists but they’re written and that’s what counts right? We had waffles for breakfast (and shush, I had them for pudding with ice cream too!) and Athena has started to fake sneeze for laughs, which is very cute!
Linking up with #TWTWC as always!

Pregnancy: 35 weeks with baby number 2

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My last update was at 32 weeks here, and blimey time flies! I’ve now finished work and although the next two weeks are actually annual leave rather than maternity leave it means that if everything goes to plan I have around 4 weeks until this baby appears!

Appointments
I had my 34 week midwife appointment last Monday, I am measuring spot on and haven’t gained too much weight. The midwife was clearly having a bad day, rushed through my appointment (that was 30 minutes late anyway!) and was generally unhelpful with answering my questions. I have an appointment next Friday with the obstetrician at the hospital to confirm my C-section date though and talk through any questions I might have. I have a few actually now I’ve sat down to think about it!

  • I want skin to skin as soon as possible so want to know if I can wear my gown the ‘wrong way’ so it opens at the front and not the back
  • I want to know if they will let us use cord ties made of natural material rather than the regular plastic ones, if so I’ll make some from embroidery thread and sterilise them.
  • I’d like to know how long they will keep me for as a minimum (I was home after one night with my first C-sec but this is a different hospital so may have different rules)

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Symptoms
More heartburn, less sleep and definitely more needing to pee pretty much all the time! I can’t wait for this baby to move down a bit so I can breathe a bit more easily too! Although I am waddling a bit it tends to be more towards the end of the day, but now I’m off work I am trying to get out for a proper walk each day to help loosen up, and finding I’m less stiff in the evenings than I was after sitting at my desk at work all day!

There is definitely a lot of involuntary grunting going on when I get up from the sofa or bed, or have to walk up more than one flight of stairs!

I still have a really bunged up nose and a headache when I wake up most mornings too. So far no swelling of feet or hands though! Annoyingly I am not finding baths comfortable because I can’t be on my back for too long and I am too short to sort of prop myself up at the end of the bath with my feet, if you know what I mean? So I end up sitting sideways and cross legged to read my book, which is not much fun! Anyway, it’s easier to shower these days because I can take Athena in with me and not have to lift her in and out of the bath, and the steam helps to clear my nose a bit!

I’ve also been having some odd dreams, some of which involve going into labour early but I’m hoping that’s quite normal and not a sign! I am however putting my foot down and lot letting Sam go on an overnight work trip when I’m almost 39 weeks pregnant, although he pointed out I drove 2 hours to an overnight work trip when I was 38 weeks pregnant last time! Something feels different this time, plus if something did happen I would need to sort out someone to look after Athena, which is something I didn’t have to worry about last time!

Preparation
I’m going to pack the hospital bags on Tuesday when Athena is at Nursery, although I have written up a couple of lists already! I think I have everything I need, I just need to get it all together! I also need to wash all the first size and 0-3 month clothes ready for baby to wear them! We have somewhere for the little guy to sleep now thanks to Chelleloaning us her Snuzpod co sleeper, her little one outgrew it at just the right time!

The car seat is ready to take a little squish home, and we have a rocker, a pile of muslins, and some nipple cream, and lots of lovely tots bots nappies, so all the necessary things!

We *think* we’ve decided on a name now, although we’re being super secretive about it at the moment. Also when he pops out he may not look like the name we’ve decided on, so we’ve spent a couple of fun sessions playing with the Baby Name Genius app. It’s a little like tinder (not that I’ve used that though!) in that you tell the app whether you like or don’t like the suggestions it comes up with, then it adapts the results to give you names you might prefer. All the names have some background info and there is a trending section too (although we want a more unusual name, so if our chosen name appears there we may change our minds!)

Below is me with Athena at 35 weeks, and now. I can’t see a difference at all, can you? I’ve had a lot less people ask me ‘is it twins?’ this pregnancy though, so perhaps bump is a bit smaller? I’m intrigued to find out how big this little dude will be compared to his sister!

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That’s it for now I think, I’ll try and squeeze one more update in before baby arrives!

Stokke Home – a preview of the new collection

Last Friday I was invited along to the launch of the new Stokke Home collection which was being unveiled to the world for the first time at The Baby Show. We were privileged enough to have the designer talking us through the concept from inception to the final products, and I defy anyone not to fall in love with the range! It emits all the simple, sophisticated and functional elements that we’ve come to know and love from Stokke and is definitely going to be popular!

The Stokke Home collection is designed to take your baby from birth all the way through childhood with a series of four very cleverly designed elements that integrate and compliment each other. Inspired by childhood dens (and who doesn’t remember building one of those?) created under the family dining table, Stokke wanted to create a bed that made the child feel safe, secure and cosy and you can see from the photos that anyone would feel cosy dreaming the night away under these gorgeous canopies. In fact the Stokke Home Bed is weight tested to support both parents AND their child, so everyone can snuggle up for a bedtime story together, what a lovely touch!

 The Stokke Home Cradle can be used as a stand alone cradle, where it rocks ever so gently in the lightweight frame. It has a very small footprint, and baby can use it up to around 6 months. It has the lightest material surround, ensuring plenty of airflow. Not only can the cradle be used in its own frame, but it fits snugly into the Bed too, as you can see in the photo above.

The changing table can also be placed next to the cradle on the frame of the bed, or it can be used on the cradles frame and also on top of the Dresser, very ingenious! It doesn’t stop there either, once you no longer need to use the changing table for its original purpose, you can flip it over and attach it to the cradle stand to create a desk so you’ll get years more use out of both items! It has protective sides and a soft and padded changing mat, along with a tray at one end to keep all the lotions and other essentials to hand.

The Stokke Home Dresser is designed so that you can get up close to baby as it has space for your feet beneath it, and no handles mean that there will be no unwanted bumps and bruises. The drawers all close silently and there are three depths of drawers to ensure you can fit everything in that you’d need to.

Finally the heart of the new collection, the Stokke Home Bed. Like something from a fairytale, it would easily take pride of place in any nursery or children’s room. There is a range of textiles to choose from, and can be customised so you can use it exactly as needed. Firstly with the crib then as a cot and finally as a bed. There is a specially designed bed guard for when your child makes the transition to bed from cot, and there are two height settings for the mattress to suit all stages.

 The Stokke Home collection will be available from May onwards, in both Hazy Grey or White with a selection of accessories and fabrics to customise it to suit your childs room. Connect with Stokke on facebook and twitter to be the first to find out when the collection is released, and to keep an eye on all their other lovely products too.

A huge thanks to Stokke for inviting me to the preview of the new collection, and you can take a look at the last Stokke launch I attended last autumn, which was full of beautiful buggies here!