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My Birth Preferences: Planning for a Positive Birth

My Birth Preferences: Planning for a Positive Birth

With the final countdown to baby’s arrival officially on I have finallly gotten around to writing my birth preferences. I say preferences instead of plan, mostly because as anyone who’s ever had a baby before will tell you, birth plans rarely go to plan. With […]

My birth centre Risk Assessment

My birth centre Risk Assessment

When I was pregnant with Florence I was adamant that I did not want to give birth anywhere that wasn’t on the labour ward at the hospital. I wanted there to be doctors on hand immediately should something go awry and I was determined that […]

My Baby Sprinkle

My Baby Sprinkle

This weekend was a busy one for baby and I. We had our risk assessment at the birthing centre and I finally finished writing my birthing plan on Saturday and then today was my ‘Baby Sprinkle’. Me and 12 of my ladies got together for a girly afternoon celebrating our little boy’s impending arrival.

Unlike the huge (and wonderful) Spring time baby shower I had while pregnant with Florence, it was a perfectly quiet and intimate affair this time around. Now just to warn you, the blogger in me failed to get many photographs of today at all, and there is just this one of me from the whole afternoon… super flattering I know. It may not be instaperfect, but it is a memory and those are just as magical. 

We went to Puddings in Maidstone where we had full private access to their upstairs room which was the perfect fit for our little group. By happy coincidence the walls are painted in a sumptuous navy blue which complimented the gold theme of chosen for the decor and of course was a nod to our blue bump. We sat down to a delicious afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes made in house.

While we did play a couple of games – Guess the size of the bump & ‘Would she rather’ – we were quite limited by the space so instead everyone was invited to decorate a little bodysuit however they wished and the best would be judged by Sean and awarded a prize. It was so funny how competitive everyone became and how into it they were – the room fell almost silent! The final results were amazing too. Among the greats we had a ‘Storm Pooper’, a rainbow and a rabbit but my friend Helena’s ‘Blue Floyd’ Band T design took the top spot. ! It even has personalised ‘tour dates’ on the back!

I also asked everyone to complete a page in a DIY first words book by drawing in a picture to match a letter of the alphabet. My friend has offered to digitise them all and the we are going to have them published as a proper book.

I love how through such a simple and crafty activity baby will have a bunch personalised gifts made with love.

Decor was kept low key (and low budget!) and we stuck with some Ginger Ray accessories, homemade game cards- free printable anyone? Watch this space – and a DIY gold balloon hoop decoration.

We were gifted some beautiful clothes and toys for baby boy which we opened once back at home. It was so nice to spend an afternoon with some of my favourite people, child free and actually be able to have uninterrupted conversation. The cake was just an added bonus!

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Pregnancy #2: Naming our Baby Boy

Pregnancy #2: Naming our Baby Boy

Ahh, here we are again, playing the name game! This time we are tasked with choosing the perfect name for a boy and we’ve found it quite hard so far. I love a good traditional name while Sean is definitely one for more modern choices. […]

Our Mini DIY Maternity Photo Shoot

Our Mini DIY Maternity Photo Shoot

If you’ve been around here for a while then you might remember I had a maternity photo shoot with Alison Lewis Photography while I was pregnant with Florence. The photographs from that shoot are ones I will treasure forever. They perfectly illustrate my excitement and joy […]

The Weekend Blog #3| Bunches, Birthdays & Making Space for Baby

The Weekend Blog #3| Bunches, Birthdays & Making Space for Baby

This weekend was our last couple of days before Sean heads back to work tomorrow and it actually turned out to be a fairly productive one.

SATURDAY

It was my sisters birthday on Saturday and and we had all the best intentions of getting up and making her a special birthday cake. In my sleep deprived state though, I totally forgot by the time she’d gone out for birthday breakfast and we ended up heading out to visit Sean’s parents to get a bit of a change of scenery. Florence looked super cute in her little outfit & first ever bunches! Sean’s Mum wasn’t home & his Dad was busy fixing the tap so we played with Bella the dog for a little while before taking a walk around to Sean’s Grandma’s house for a catch up. Florence made her way through most of Grandma’s fruit bowl and snack reserve and loved investigating all her nicknacks and treasures that she has collected over the years. That’s the beauty of a (great) Grandparent’s house isn’t it? There’s always such a lot discover!

After an hour or so we wandered back to Sean’s parents for another little play and another catch up. Once the excitement over Bella had passed again, Out came the toys & Florence really took an interest in the little play house they have there for the first time. We played with the little figures as they drove around in their cars, took baths, ate dinner, knocked on the door and walked the dog. It was wonderful to watch her imagination take over and her get really into early story telling through play.

By the time we left she was exhausted and fell asleep in the car on the way home. She napped until later than normal as we were going out for dinner for my sister’s birthday. Originally we’d booked to go for an Indian, but they’d double booked our table and turned us away! Instead we ended up at good old Frankie and Benny’s. I’m finding it quite hard to fit into any clothes now as my bump just expands by the day, so I pulled out my new favourite maternity top from Pink Blush Maternity and teamed it with some jeans and heeled boots.

The restaurant was packed as it was Saturday night and Florence suddenly came up in a mysterious rash all over her face just as we sat down at the table. That combined with her just being grumpy at having to wait for food nearly meant we had to leave the meal early before actually eating anything but she calmed down after a while and was soon happy tucking into her chicken nuggets, chips and beans. The kids portion was HUGE but she impressed us all by eating the whole lot!

SUNDAY

Our plan for Sunday was to get all of the little bits that I needed Sean’s help with done and sorted in time for him to go back to work. We dug out some of the baby bits we had with Florence from storage and rearranged the living room to make way for all of Florence’s new Christmas toys and create a safe space for baby. It took a good few hours to sift through everything and get everything where I wanted it to be, but downstairs is now all ready for little man’s arrival and Florence can get to her things a lot easier now so that’s good.

I’ve listed a few of the bits we won’t be needing this time on eBay and set aside a bunch of things for charity too.

Other than that we all stayed in our pjs all day and just pottered about, getting on with housework and our own bits and bobs between playing Postman Pat & having tea parties with Florrie and her Teddies.

We had a cheat tea of nuggets, chips and beans and then spent the evening playing some more before Florence finally gave in and went to bed! More on our lack of sleep to come in another post I think.

Here we are, back at Monday and ready to start another week and hopefully get back into a routine! I hope you had a lovely family filled weekend.

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What’s in my hospital bag? Packing for a positive birth

What’s in my hospital bag? Packing for a positive birth

I mentioned in my last pregnancy update that this time around I’m going to give hypnobirthing a go for a more positive birth experience. My labour and birth with Florence wasn’t exactly traumatic but looking back, I didn’t feel at all in control and so […]

Pregnancy #2: 34 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy #2: 34 Weeks Pregnant

It’s been five weeks since I last posted a pregnancy update and I will be completely honest, there have been a few moments when I wasn’t sure we were going to make it to this point. I think I’d be under exaggerating to say that […]