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Florence’s 16 Month Update

Florence’s 16 Month Update

Oh little Florrie bum. You are 16 months old – going on 16 years – and have grown so so much over the past four months. It has been my absolute pleasure to watch you become the little clever sass pants that you are. We […]

Surviving a long car journey with a toddler

Surviving a long car journey with a toddler

It seems just yesterday that I was writing a post very similar to this, except I was sharing my tips for getting through a long car journey with a baby. Today 8 months on Florence is a fully fledged toddler and so our approach has […]

Our DIY Gender Reveal Photo Shoot: The Outtakes

Our DIY Gender Reveal Photo Shoot: The Outtakes

So if you didn’t already see, I published our gender reveal at the weekend. I did a lot of planning and put a lot of thought into how we were going to announce our news but as things go, it all went a bit pear shaped! The weather was not on our side, the space where I wanted to shoot it was blocked by cars and Florence’s mood was declining quickly. So instead we opted to photograph it at home, in our bedroom in a slightly different way. I made a wall backdrop from a selection of pink, white & blue balloons by tying them to our headboard and removed the bedding from our bed. The light was fading so I set up one of my lights too just to try and avoid any horrid dark / yellow tinges! Eventually after a long hour or so of trying to convince Florence to cooperate we managed to get the shots we needed (you can see them here) but today, I wanted to share with you the outtakes… the story behind the seemingly perfect images. Because for one, I’m all about keeping it real and two, some of them are pretty funny.

Take this one… She spotted an open bar of chocolate and we said she couldn’t have any.

Well, okay then. Just one piece though. If it means we get the photo. 

Mmmmm! But then something happened to her hair. 

The sugar kicked in. And then she wanted more… 

Okay, just one more piece.

And then… because she ate the chocolate so fast, she was sick. 

Don’t look at me, Mama. 

Show ME that. Okay, okay, I will sit here, but first let me show you my book.

*Sniffs* – The noise a rabbit makes…

See I told you they’d make you smile.

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Pregnancy #2: The 20 week scan and our gender reveal

Pregnancy #2: The 20 week scan and our gender reveal

On Tuesday we had a rather an exciting day! After reaching the all important 20 week milestone on Monday it was time for our anomaly scan which meant we got to see baby again. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of anticipation before a pregnancy […]

We’re finally getting some sleep | Our New Bedtime Routine

We’re finally getting some sleep | Our New Bedtime Routine

We moved house just over two months ago and while the first week of night times with Florence went surprisingly well, straightforward bedtimes and restful nights swiftly went out of the window after that. We quickly fell into the trap of her waking after a […]

Gender Predictions – What do the Old Wives Tales Say?

Gender Predictions – What do the Old Wives Tales Say?

With our 20 week scan in just a matter of hours we hope to finally find out whether this baby in my belly is a girl or a boy. My money is on a boy, however you just never know until there’s proof do you, and I thought it might be fun to test out some of the many Old Wives Tales that claim to predict the gender of an unborn baby.

Baking Soda Gender Test

Reminiscent of a school Science experiment, this one while a bit gross was actually really fun to do. Basically, you take a pot of your urine (yep, gross) and add 2 tsp of baking powder into it. If it fizzes up the theory suggests that baby will be a boy, if there’s no reaction at all then it’s a girl. There was no reaction when I did this so according to this theory baby is a girl.

Chinese Gender Calendar

This one works based on your age at conception combined with the month of conception. This time around I was 24 and baby dates back to 7th May so this chart predictor points towards it being a boy. I took a quick look at Florence’s dates too and it was in fact correct…

Ramzi Theory

This is the theory that the position in which the placenta begins to form in the womb can determine the sex of the baby. In my scan at eight weeks pregnant the placenta seemed to be forming on the left hand side (you have to flip the image of an abdominal scan) indicating a girl.

Carrying High or Low

I’ve heard so many times that the way you carry baby during pregnancy is indicative of whether you’re carrying a girl or a boy. I am carrying much differently this time to the way I carries Florence and that can be seen in these photos here. With Florence (Right) my bump was much higher whereas this time I am carrying quite low. This theory points to a boy! 

Cravings

According to common belief, the cravings that you have during pregnancy are indicative of whether you’re carrying a girl or a boy. The theory suggests that craving sweet things points to you having a girl whereas savoury cravings point more towards a boy. My cravings with Florence were all crisps and chocolate so in truth I had a bit of both. This time though, I’m definitely craving more savoury flavours which may suggest that there’s a baby boy growing in my tummy.

Interestingly the ‘theories’ mostly point towards team blue. What do you think? All shall be revealed in the next few days… watch this space.

 

Want to find out if the predicitions were right? Here’s our gender reveal

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Pregnancy #2: 20 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy #2: 20 Weeks Pregnant

We made it then, 20 weeks pregnant! Wowsers. I am a little bit speechless at the speed at which this pregnancy is passing by and reaching the half way mark is such a huge milestone. We have our 20 week scan tomorrow which I hope […]

Our Autumn Book Box

Our Autumn Book Box

I always love this time of year. The change of season always seems to inspire me to get organised and plan new ways to play and this Fall I’ve got a whole bunch of activities planned to keep Florence busy. I thought I would start […]