Hello 24 weeks! Today I’m 24 weeks pregnant which means we’ve made it to viability – such a huge milestone in every pregnancy. We are officially counting down rather than up now and there’s only 16 weeks to go! Symptoms Other than tired beyond belief […]
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It’s a new & expecting Parent’s shopping highlight of the year and having missed it last year due to Florence being poorly I’m looking forward to the Baby Show at Olympia more than ever. In the past I’ve either helped out on the Kicks Count stand or attended with a fellow blogging friend and her babies. This year, I’m taking my sister in law along with both our littles in tow and I’m really excited to introduce her to some of my favourite brands while we are there.
We’ll be starting our day early, having breakfast on the train from Kent and will get in a taxi from St Pancras to the venue to avoid struggling with prams through the crowds on the underground.
I’m hoping we’ll get to the show ready for the doors to open, or just after, as well be able to have a quick look around and suss our where everything is before going back around for a second time when we will likely stop and do some shopping!
I have some brands that I am really excited about seeing, some I’ve met before and some new ones who’ve recently appeared on my radar and I thought I would share them with you in the lead up to the show because if you’re going too, you won’t want to miss them… I promise!
Cuddledry | Stand H30
Our favourite bath time brand are exhibiting at the show again this year and I am really excited to see some of their newest products in the flesh. They recently launched three new toddler towel styles and while we have the bunny already, I am particularly keen to get my hands on the panda for Florence. Also, I will be looking yo stock up on some essentials for the new baby too. They have a bunch of reductions on their best sellers at the show so be sure to pop by and see what all the fuss is about!
Joolz | Stand B20
The Baby Show is where I laid eyes on our pram and right then and there I knew it would be the one we would choose. We need to buy the converter kit for our Geo Day2 ready to change it to a double pushchair for the new baby so I will be keeping an eye out for any offers on these while I am there.
The Gro Company | Stand E70
Ah, the Gro Company are a brand who have become my all time favoiurite baby brand. I love all of their products and the emphasis they have on promoting safer sleep. I’ll be checking out their newborn bundle offer which has a show price of £99 rather than £180.
Zippy | Stand E53
I first discovered Zippy (now known as Ziggle) when at the Baby Show in February 2017 and they introduced me to giant muslins – a absolute must have for Mamas. They sell beautiful dribble bibs, zip up front sleepsuits and blankets too.
Poddle Pod |Stand B68
Lovely Charlotte and her team are going to be at The Baby Show and I am so looking forward to popping by their stand. Our Poddle Pod was one of my absolute essentials when Florence was born. I’m hoping to pick up a Toddle Pod for Florence and a Poddle Pod for the new baby while at the show.
My Expert Midwife | Stand D41
This Powerhouse duo are not only making their Baby Show Debut but are also speakers and sponsors of the one-to-one expert sessions too. My Expert Midwife launched their amazing products for Mum’s while I was pregnant with Florence and I was very lucky to be one of the very first people to get to try them! The Spritz for Bits was an absolute miracle worker for me post birth and after just three days I was completely pain free ‘down there’. They also sell a nipple balm, a perineal massage oil and a massage lotion which also acts to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, relieve constipation and prevent dry skin! Trust me, every mum to be should have these in their hospital bag.
Nod Pod | Stand D91
Baby is going to be a winter baby and we will be wrapping him up nice and warm when out and about. The Nod Pod is a wearable baby blanket complete with legs and hood which makes it perfect for use with a car seat or pram. They have an offer on while they are at the Baby Show with all 0-6m Nod Pod blankets are £20 – I definitely have one on my shopping list!
Shnuggle | Stand C89
The inventors of the modern baby bath which was another product we used every day with Florence and became more than just a bath for us! Baby boy will also be sleeping in our Shnuggle Moses Basket downstairs during the day. Shnuggle have launched loads of new products over the past few months so I am really looking forward to checking them out.
Rockit | Stand E2
The Rockit is a portable baby rocker which attaches to your pushchair and rocks your baby to soothe them. I first saw one on the pram of a friend and according to them it’s an absolute lifesaver when you can’t get your baby to sleep.
Nuby | Stand D10
I went along to Nuby’s new product launch party not so long ago and was so impressed by their product range that I have a whole list of things I’d like to buy both Florence & the Baby. Many of their products will be half price over the weekend.
Doona | Stand A100
Oh my, I have been swooning over the Doona pram/carseat for years and it would be ideal for use in my Mum’s or Sean’s Mum’s car.
Little Bird by Jools | Stand A100
Oh my, are boys hard to buy clothes for? The shop shelves are just a sea of grey and blue and not much in between aren’t they? I am looking forward to checking out the Little Bird by Jools stand to see if I can get my hands on some bright rainbow colours to add to baby boy’s wardrobe.
I think, when it comes to fashion, this time of year is my favourite. I myself love layering up with lots of knits and slipping on a pair of boots when heading out in the Autumn / Winter. I also love dressing Florence in the […]
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What a busy fortnight it has been! We had our 20 week scan and announced that we are indeed having a boy! I’ve had so many lovely comments and messages about our gender reveal so I thought I would take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you all for reading and for taking such an interest in our news. I am now 22 weeks pregnant and only 2 weeks away from viability!
These last two weeks I’ve found myself getting tired around Florence’s nap time again and have even fallen asleep unintentionally while putting her down. I think where she is getting more and more active and I’m trying to fill our days with lots to do I’ve been forgetting just how much pregnancy can wear you out! I’m also really breathless a lot of the time and this weekend just gone I had either an allergic reaction or an asthma-y attack so I’ve booked into see my GP to just get some clarity on that. Baby is definitely still very active which is good and we seem to be getting into a bit of a rhythm when it comes to his movements and our daily routine.
I feel huge!
I seem to be expanding by the second and this last two weeks my face has really started to bloat – I feel a bit like a puffer fish at times! I am still in clothes smaller than I was at this stage during my last pregnancy but my tummy just seems ginormous. Until this weekend I have pretty much been wearing the same three or four outfits as they’re the only things I feel comfortable in, but I’ve been sent some really lovely maternity clothes which are a bit different to what I would usually wear so I am quite excited to try them out and share them with you.
The Buying Begins
Since finding out we’re having a boy I have been busy sorting through Florence’s old clothes picking out any neutral bits and bobs for him as well as looking online for some new things of his own. I have already picked up a few little sleepsuits from Boots but I am struggling to find anything I really love when it comes to boys clothes so if you’re a boy Mama, let me know your favourite shops to buy bright & colourful boys clothes! I have also received some beautiful items to review for baby boy too, including a Mama Designs blanket and a gorgeous hamper from The Baby Hamper Company which I can’t wait to tell you about.
The Name Game
If you’ve been round here a while you might remember what a nightmare we were when it came to choosing a name for Florence. Well, you won’t be suprised to read that we are having the same trouble this time around too. We have a couple that we tentatively agree on, but that changes daily so I’m not getting my heart set on any just yet.
What’s Baby up to?
Baby is now the size of a Papaya and currently quite skinny with wrinkly skin which will be being covered by lanugo, but he will soon start to fatten out as his weight gain begins to speed up. His eyes are well develiped and he more than likely has eyebrows already!
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