Thursday, 7 April 2016

New Purchases For Baby Number Two

Since having Max almost exactly two years ago there's been a few new releases from baby brands we love. Although we pretty much have everything we need for baby girl I just couldn't resist these baby buys especially if it makes my life as a mummy of two easier. Here's to hoping!

1. We used our last Tommee Tippee steriliser to the ground, it was fab and did exactly what it said on the tin. We decided we would upgrade to their new and improved steriliser as our last one was kind of on its last legs. We are yet to test it out but I'm sure it will be just as good as our last one, I also prefer the design of this one compared to the older model. It's a lot more space saving and looks a lot sleeker on my kitchen counter top.

2. We loved our bedside crib we used with Max however we had to sell it on due to lack of space in our tiny flat at the time. I'm kind of glad we did because although we adored our Troll Bedside Crib I've now discovered the Snuzpod Bedside Crib and fallen in love. I've been desperate to purchase one even before I found out I was pregnant, I love the design, the removable bassinet and that is has see through breathable zip down mesh sides. It's all set up and ready to go and everytime I see it I get so excited, I just need the baby now!

3. I didn't baby wear Max as much as I should have but I think that was probably due to having just the one baby to contend with and he always seemed happy in his bugaboo pushchair when out and about anyway (he was also almost 11lbs at birth, so that was another deciding factor for not wanting to wear him. My poor back haha). This time it's going to be very different and I'll need to wear baby girl a lot more to be able to get things done especially with the likes of a crazy toddler around. I decided on the Solly Baby Wrap as I wanted something that would keep her nice and snug especially as a newborn. I love the patterns and the feel of the fabrics used, there's also something really nice about having your newborn nice and close to you especially as they grow up so quick. 

4. Native Wilds wasn't a company I'd heard of whilst pregnant with Max but once I deserved this US brand I just couldn't resist their gorgeous striped 'nest'. Basically what you're looking at is 'the ultimate motherhood accessory' you can use it as a nursing cover, car seat cover, trolley cover or baby blanket. It's made from hypoallergenic bamboo and even has an in built pocket for baby essentials. Sold! 

5. Having read and heard amazing reviews on the Sleepyhead I knew I had to have one for my second baby. Luckily my friend was selling hers on so I snapped it up as these sleepyhead contraptions can be pretty expensive. I'm yet to try it out as obviously baby girl isn't here yet but I'm sure that the sleepyhead inside her snuzpod will aid her into a nice sleep to give mummy some well earned rest. 

6. Now I don't know whether this is essential or not but when I saw Tommee Tippee's Express and Go Kit I just couldn't resist (especially because mothercare have it on offer for £49.99 instead of £74.99!) So what you get is pre sterilised pouches, bottle and pouch warmer that automatically heats milk to the perfect temperature whether the milk is frozen or from the fridge. Compact and lightweight breast milk storage case and breast pump adaptors so I can use my Medela Swing pump. Having only breastfed on the boob for a total of 5 days I decided to stop and express instead as I was in SO much pain. I found the whole process of expressing time consuming and exhausting so I'm willing to give this a try should I have problems with latching etc.

7. Girls clothes! We decided not to find out the gender with Max (although I had a feeling all a long we were team blue because of how BIG I got) however this time around I've gone all out and picked some gorgeous girly bits from Zara baby, Gap and a pack of three gorgeous flowery sleep suits (pictured) from Marks and Spencer. Just perfect for our Spring little baby girl. 

I think we have everything we need now for our new addition. We just need the baby so we can make use of all this stuff we've accumulated. Once she's here and we've test driven all our new baby bits I'll of course upload reviews etc on the blog!

Thursday, 31 March 2016

35 Week Pregnancy Update

It's been a whole 15 weeks since I last posted something on my blog. Having reached 35 weeks pregnant, moving and settling into our new house all whilst trying to contend with a crazy active almost two year old meant my blog had to take a back seat. I really wanted to get back to writing again because I love reading my pregnancy updates and all the other bits and pieces that come with being a mummy, it's like my own personal diary. So I'm back for good, ha! I thought I'd kick off my return by updating you all on my 35th week of pregnancy!

How far along?
35 weeks today. Let the countdown begin!

Baby girl

We've recently upgraded from a double to a super king size bed and oh my what a difference it has made to my sleep. I'm able to really stretch out and get comfortable without nudging shoulders with the other half! I feel like I'm 100 degrees at night so it's nice having my own space. I've also invested in the biggest pregnancy pillow that I could find on Amazon which allows me to sleep comfortably and helps relieve those awful lower back niggles.

Best moment this week
Feeling baby girl kick and move from the outside. I've got a high anterior placenta which means baby girls movements have been some what muffled compared to Max who would show me his entire anatomy on an hourly basis. As my pregnancy has progressed and she's become a lot stronger I'm able to feel those precious movements and kind of sense what her routine is going to be like once she's here. Night owl! #teamupallnight haha!

Worst moment this week
Feeling drained. This pregnancy is completely different to my last. Not only is it difficult having to look after a toddler whilst trying to grow another baby. I'm finding it really difficult to keep on top of housework and general life activities. Everyday feels like I'm doing the same chores over and over. I'm lucky I have a cleaner who comes once a week but little tasks are becoming such a strain on my body. I have to say though I feel a lot fitter in this pregnancy than I did with Max because sh*ts just got to get done regardless if I'm pregnant or not (10 mile walks in the park with the toddler, constant picking up and bending down etc) I'm hoping it will be easier having a newborn and toddler versus heavily pregnant and toddler. Although I'm not holding my breath on that one.

Miss anything
I really miss working out. I know I can still work out whilst preggy but I miss that feeling of achievement you get when you've completed a tough workout. I cannot wait to get back into working out once the baby is here and I've been given the all clear to do so. I also miss being able to bend down with ease, I need one of those picker upper stick things. 

Maternity clothes 
A few new bits since my last update. A pair of black leggings from ASOS that are kind of see through but will have to do until baby arrives as there SO comfortable and I can't bear to be in jeans. A few new basic tops from h&m including a checkered shirt which I wear open with a black maternity vest top underneath, black leggings and ankle boots. That's basically my go to outfit! I can't wait to wear my normal clothes again, I miss my wardrobe so much! I actually popped into a few NON maternity shops the other week and bought a few cute bits for Spring/Summer. I'll post my new purchases on a separate blog post.

Food cravings 
Chocolate, chocolate and MORE chocolate! I'm also weirdly craving salads. Last night we cooked Jamie Oliver's duck salad and oh my god it was yummy!

Anything making you queasy or sick?
We had a dodgy Wagamama the other day which made me feel so sick and nauseous the following day. It's fair to say I won't be eating from them in a hurry, it's really put me off. I'm also weirdly suffering from morning sickness once again. It's on and off though and not as intense as the first trimester. 

Looking forward to
My final growth scan at 36 weeks 'the decider scan'. Will I have another 10lbser like Max or is she going to be a diddy thing? Hopefully the later so I can opt for a VBAC but I'm keeping my options open for now. I will let you know what I decide on doing soon.