Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Week's 33 And 34 Pregnancy Update

I am now 35 + 1 day's pregnant only five more week's until my due date! I know that i say this all of the time but i can not believe how fast this pregnancy has flown over it seems like only last week that i found out that i was pregnant and now i am only a few week's away from meeting my baby!
A lot has been happening baby wise now that i am nearing the end of my pregnancy so i think i will start doing weekly updates again rather then fortnightly ones next week. But here is what week's 33 and 34 of my pregnancy were like.
I had a midwife appointment when i was 33 week's pregnant and my blood pressure and urine were fine and baby was measuring exactly 33 week's so my bump is not measuring small anymore hopefully it is a sign that he is starting to grow and wont be small on my next growth scan. We also got to hear his heartbeat which is the best part of midwife appointments for me i never get bored of it and could listen to it all day long. I had my blood's taken again just to check that the iron tablets that i have been prescribed are working as i had low iron levels on my last blood results a few week's ago.
I have also been feeling pretty good still no sickness, cravings, heartburn or aches and pains. Although i have been finding my back hurts and i am finding it difficult to bend down now and i am starting to find it uncomfortable lying in bed and i am forever tossing and turning all night. And the heat is really getting to me the bigger i get i am getting so hot and sweaty and i can not bear being out in the sun as i just get so hot and bothered and tired and out of breath and i normally love being out in the sun. Sleeping on a night time in this heat is awful,being heavily pregnant in this heat is no fun at all. But apart from these little niggles i have been feeling fine and i am still finding this my easiest pregnancy yet especially now that my iron tablets are working i find that i am not as tired as i was and i have more energy now then i did.
In other news my maternity pay has finally been sorted as you may know i gave up my job after my maternity leave to Sophia ended as the cost of childcare for two children was going to cost more then i earned so i did not think i would be entitled to any kind of maternity pay but because i was still classed as employed when i fell pregnant i am entitled to maternity allowance which is based on my pay slips from work and i actually end up receiving more in maternity allowance then i did of statutory maternity pay i received from work when i was on maternity leave the last time. So i am finally starting my baby shopping now my maternity allowance is sorted as i have been putting it off for ages. I have only brought some clothes and bottles and blankets so far for baby and my hospital bag things as we just can not seem to make are mind up on things like the double buggy and moses basket etc. I am just lucky i have a lot of baby stuff still off Sophia as at this rate i will not have started my baby shopping before baby's arrival.
Week 34 i had a midwife appointment when i turned 34 weeks and my blood pressure and urine were fine and baby's heartbeat was fine but my bump was measuring 38 cm so it is now measuring 4 weeks ahead which is crazy as i don't feel like my bump has grown and i have gone from measuring small for dates to big for dates but i am not worrying yet as i will see what they say at my next growth scan. I also mentioned that baby has been a bit quiet lately and not moving as much as normal so i was sent straight to the hospital maternity assessment to get checked out where i was hooked up to the heart trace monitor and of course as soon as that was put on baby woke up and had a party kicking and wriggling nonstop. But they said baby was lying back to back and was in a funny position so that was probably why the movements had changed. I felt a bit silly but i am glad i went and got checked out as it is best to be safe.
Getting monitored
I have started to struggle with this pregnancy now i am getting tired easily and i am finding it hard running around after Sophia as she is into everything and the heat is just making things worse i am so hot and uncomfortable my feet have swollen i have had to go and buy shoes in a bigger size as none of mine fit. I am finding it hard to get comfortable in bed on a night time and i am so hot and i am also up visiting the bathroom numerous times during the night as baby is so low down now and pressing on my bladder.
My lower back has been sore this week and i just can not get comfortable even sitting on the sofa is becoming impossible as i am so uncomfortable all the time. My legs have also been really achy all week but i find going for a walk then sitting with my feet up is helping. Still no cravings, heartburn or sickness which is brilliant and my skin is smooth and clear and my hair is still shiny and thick which i love. Baby is really active this week he wriggles and kicks nonstop and you can see my tummy changing shape and moving i will miss the feeling when he is born.
Also this week Chloe left primary school and i thought that my hormones would make me cry and i nearly did but i managed not to. I am really  looking forward to spending time with both of my girls before baby is born. I have also started nesting of sorts i have been making lots of to do lists and i have started having a clear out of the house and i am trying to be organised i have a list of what we need for baby and i am going drag the other half shopping to get it all in next week when he is off work i have even been and got Chloe's new school uniform in for september. And i have also made lots of lists of things to do to improve my blog and i have a list of lots of blog post ideas as i want my blog all nice and organised ready for baby's arrival. Talking of blogging i have had some lovely items sent out to review such as maternity clothing from mothercare so look out for a review next week. I will post my 35 week update next week, thank you for reading.

lindsay x

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Walking Baby Sophia And Her First Shoe's

This post has actually been sitting in my draft box for two month's now and i was just going to delete it as Sophia has been walking and got her first shoes age's ago but i thought that it would be nice to post it so i can look back on when she started to walk and getting her first shoe's.
Sophia has always been really quick at doing thing's ever since she was born she is really smart for her age so she obviously does not take after me or her daddy she has been sleeping on a night time since the day she was born, she was rolling over at 12 week's old and she just seems to pick thing's up so easily and loves to learn new thing's. But Sophia never really properly crawled she bum shuffled along the floor really quickly to get what she wanted from around 5-6 month's but at christmas time when she was 7 month's she started pulling her self up on furniture and cruising along the sofa's and before long she was walking along pushing her baby walker at 8 month's old then when she was 9 month's old she took her very first step's she would only take one or two steps then fall back down on her bum but she didn't give up and seemed determined to walk and when she was 10 month's old she started to walk properly across the room on her own although sometimes she was still a bit unsteady on her feet. But as soon as she turned 11 month's there was no stopping her and she was toddling along confidently all over she was even talking steps when we were out in public and wanting to walk everywhere so we had to get her some shoe's.
Loves to walk
Like most parent's when you think of getting your child's first pair of shoe's you go straight to Clark's and that's what we done . I always remember getting all of my shoe's as a child from Clark's back in the day when you get a secrete key hidden in the sole of your shoe. And i have always taking my oldest daughter Chloe to Clark's to get all of her shoe's although now she is starting secondary school i don't think she will be wearing them any more as she lives in converse these days.
So we went to Clark's and they measured Sophia's feet and she was a four and a half f they brought a selection of shoe's out for us to pick from and me and her daddy both picked the same navy dotty shoe's. But of course when we tried the shoe's on Sophia she refused to stand up or walk and just sat on the floor trying to pull the shoe's off and eat them!And getting a photo of her with her shoes on was a nightmare she just would not look at the camera, But the staff managed to check the shoe's fitted and we got them.
pretty first shoe's
They were expensive they were £34 and they will only last a few month's as she is grown so much all of the time. But i just love clarks children's shoes and i personally think that they are worth paying a bit extra for as your child's feet are measured properly and i hate seeing small children going around with really cheap looking shoe's on they look horrible and poorly fitting and normally fall apart really quickly.
Walking with her sister outdoors
Now Sophia is almost 14 month's old and she walks everywhere and climbs and runs and is so confident on her feet and loves walking outside with her shoe's on although she normally try's and picks stones up off the ground and eat them so we cant let her walk around as much as we would like outdoors. She is no longer my little baby but a actual cheeky toddler who is into everything . I couldn't wait for her to start walking but she really is so much harder work now she is walking so to all them parents out there who are wishing there babies would hurry up and walk enjoy them not walking for now because when they do find there feet you will be exhausted from chasing them all day.

Lindsay x
Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Passport Nightmare

Recently it has been splashed all over the media about the passport nightmare facing thousand of holiday makers in the u.k and we were one of the unlucky ones caught up in this. I totally understand that you should leave plenty of time for a passport to arrive and we thought that we had but here is what happened .
The sought after passport
My dad had arranged to go on holiday at the may half term with his partner however she could not go with him so he decided to take Chloe my oldest daughter instead, she has been abroad before but she had always wanted to go to Spain as she has never been and she has not had a holiday for a few years now as we had Sophia last year and this year i am pregnant again. So in April my dad booked for Chloe to go away with him to Spain and we applied to renew Chloe's passport as it had run out. We checked how long a child renewal would take and we were told 3 week's as we had 6 week's until she travelled we thought we would pay a little bit extra to send the passport off check and send via the post office. So we sent the passport off and i received a text a couple of day's later to say the application had been received and we should receive it within three week's.
Three week's came and went and still no passport and there had been no mention of delays on the news or anything at this point so i rang the passport helpline and got through to someone in a call centre who informed me the passport was in the final stages and would be issued soon but they would request a call back within 48 hours from Durham passport office where her passport was getting issued from. I waited for the call back it never came so i rang again and this time was told that the passport was in examination and had been since they received it and they would request another call back so i waited still no call back.Once again i rang the helpline and was told that passport had not been looked at and we were unlikely to receive it back in time and they would request another call back and i am still waiting for a call back now over two months later. By this point they had the passport for 4 week's and we had 2 week's until she travelled. So i looked on the internet to see how long a passport should take and i came across a thread on netmums which was full of people saying they were having the same problems and there passports were taking ages and some people had even missed holidays due to this and they advised to contact your local mp who can contact passport office direct on your behalf. So i emailed my local mp and i received a email back a few hours later saying that they would contact passport office and look into things for me. I also found a number for Durham passport office on line and so i rang them direct the next day and was told that the passport had not even been looked at yet as there was a backlog but the mp had got the passport put in a que to be fast tracked which would cost us extra but that the they work on date of travel order so not to expect a call to renew until few days before travel but that a child renewal passport was the most easy and straightforward of all passports.
By now i was worrying that we would never got the passport back in time. By now it was in the news about the massive delays the passport office were facing and i really did lose all hope of getting things sorted. However three days before Chloe had to travel we received a phone call from the passport office who said that they had looked at the passport and if i paid £60.50 extra they would fast track the printing and we could go and pick the passport up the next day i happily paid the money there and then on the phone and the next day we travelled to Durham which is about 45 minutes away from where we live to collect the passport. When we arrived at the passport office there was ques of people outside mostly foreign people waiting to be seen but luckily as i had a appointment i could go straight through i walked in told them i was there to collect a passport and i was handed it over after a few security checks. I couldn't believe we finally had a passport at last.
Once we had the passport we told Chloe she was going on holiday as we had not wanted to tell her until we were sure her passport would be back in time and she was over the moon. And she had a amazing time she went to Marbella in Spain on 25th may ( Sophia's birthday) for a week and loved it my dad said he never seen her as she was just in the children's club all day and the only time he seen her was meal times and night time. She came back with a lovely suntan and had made lots of new friends and made some amazing memory's she will keep forever.
We were lucky that we managed to get things sorted with the passport. I totally agree that you should leave plenty of time to get a passport especially in the summer as it is a busy time, but we were told the passport would only take 3 weeks but it took us almost 6 weeks and a extra £60.50 and that was for a straight forward child's renewal. After hearing all the stories on the news yes i have symphony for some of the people who have missed out on holidays two of are neighbours have also been caught up in the passport backlog too. But some of the people on the news are going mad because they have missed a holiday but they sent for a first adult passport with 4 weeks to spare when you are told a first adult passport will take at least 6 weeks and you need to attend a interview etc so i think some common sense is needed when applying for a passport and i will make sure that all of are passports are in date and never run out as i never want to go through all that worry and hassle again in getting a passport.
Monday, 14 July 2014

No i have not started baby shopping yet

People are always asking me if i am all ready for baby's arrival next month and the honest answer is no i am not at all i have not even started baby shopping properly if i am honest i have only brought a few baby grows. When i tell people this they are shocked that i am 34 week's pregnant and i don't have a hospital bag packed or my baby shopping done especially as it is looking like i will be induced early due to high blood pressure.People assume that i must be worrying but i am not at all and here is why
I fell pregnant with this baby when Sophia was only six month's old so i am lucky that i still have lots of her baby things such as her pram, car seat,baby bath, moses basket and stand, toys, baby bouncer etc all of which have only been used for a few months and are in perfect condition. So the only things that we really need to buy are a double buggy, some new bedding, new steriliser and bottles, baby towels, clothes, nappies , toiletries and formula and that's about it.
Also we have had a nightmare time of it lately money wise as you know i give up my job after my maternity leave ended in January due to the cost of childcare and the other half works full time but i was still entitled to maternity allowance as i was still employed before i fell pregnant i sent my forms off when i was 26 weeks pregnant and have only just received the forms back telling me i am entitled to maternity pay and all my backdated payments in the last few days and i am 34 weeks pregnant. And the girls have had so much going on lately that has cost money Chloe has been to Spain and we had to buy her all new holiday clothes and spending money and Sophia had her first birthday and then Chloe went away to the lake district with school so we have been spending a lot of money on them lately and have not really had the money to baby shop.
Also i think i am more laid back this time around probably because it is my third baby and i know that i don't have to go overboard baby shopping as half the stuff you buy does not even get used. And i feel relaxed and calm and know that we will get everything sorted in time.
Double buggy wise we have been looking at double buggies since i found out i was pregnant as Sophia will only be 15 month when baby is due but i don't see the point in spending over £1000 on a double pram that we will only be using for a year or so , so we have decided that baby will have Sophia's oyster pram and we have just brought Sophia a silver cross stroller and we are going to buy a cheaper double buggy for around £300 that will last longer we just have to decide between the cosatto double or a maclaren.
We are also lucky that i live right next to the tommee tippee factory and they have a factory shop where they sell a lot of there products cheaper then in the shops so we are planning on visiting there when other half is off and getting all are bottles and steriliser.
So then all i need is bedding, towels and clothes which i plan on going on a shopping trip and getting soon and nappies and formula which i will just get each week when i go food shopping.
And as for my hospital bag i have most of the stuff for that all i need is some new slippers and toiletries which i plan on getting and packing this week.
So see no need to panic at all everything will be sorted in time i am definitely more relaxed this pregnancy i had everything brought and my hospital bag packed by 20 weeks with my first baby and everything brought by now with my second baby. But i just think when its your third baby you are more laid back and no that everything will turn out fine baby doesn't need a beautifully decorated cot it will be in a moses basket for first few months and it doesn't need a wardrobe full of expensive newborn clothes as half of them never even get worn as everyone you know buys you tons of baby clothes once baby arrives , all a baby truly needs is love, cuddles, a full belly and a clean bum and somewhere to sleep and everything will be just fine. So i would rather enjoy my pregnancy and relax with my feet up and eat a bar of galaxy then worry about nursery colour schemes and finding the perfect baby grow, and i have a excuse to spoil him and go on a shopping spree once he is born.
Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Chloe's Galt Mini Masterpiece- The kiss

As anyone who knows us will know Chloe my eldest daughter loves art's and crafts and is forever making thing's and drawing. So when Galt toy's recently offered her the chance to create her own 'mini masterpiece' she was over the moon and couldn't wait to get started when she had some spare time after her two trip's away in recent week's to Spain and the lake district.
Galt recently launched there own 'mini masterpiece' series which is six famous work's of art that they have templates of on there website that you can print off and get your children to colour in and decorate themselves to recreate there own 'mini masterpiece'.
Huge art jar
Chloe was kindly sent a art jar from Galt to help her create her own 'mini masterpiece ' which was The kiss by Gustav Klimt. Firstly we printed off a template of The kiss from the Galt website and then Chloe got to work on decorating it with her art jar.
The kiss template
Firstly she cut out and glued some yellow paper that was in her art jar and stuck this on to her template as the background for her picture. She then coloured in parts of the picture with some of her pens and then she decorated with glitter, sparkly shapes and beads that were in her jar.

Chloe had a lot of fun creating her own 'mini masterpiece' and she sat at the table for a couple of hours happily decorating it and really enjoyed it. And she was happy with her finished result.
This series is a great idea for children as it introduces them to famous artwork and it also lets them be creative when creating there own works of art.

The art jar that we got is also brilliant and is full of lots of material such as paper, glue, glitter, beads and pom poms to name just a few of the contents which is ideal to create lots of lovely works of art with.
The finished 'mini masterpiece'
With the summer holiday's fast approaching i highly recomend that parent's have a look on the Galt website and print of some templates so that there children can create there own 'mini masterpieces' we plan on printing some more off for Chloe to decorate as she enjoyed this one so much.
You can find out more about the 'mini masterpiece' challenge and about Galt toy's by visiting there website

*Disclaimer i was kindly sent the Art jar  by Galt to help my daughter create her own mini masterpiece. However all words and opinions in this post are my own honest view and i was not paid for this post . 
Monday, 7 July 2014

Week's 31 & 32 Pregnancy update's

I have been trying to write weekly pregnancy up date's as i feel this will be lovely to look back on in year's to come but i just have not had the time or energy to blog lately so i thought that it was best to do a week 31 and 32 update together as i am going to be 33 week's pregnant tomorrow.
I am still lucky in that i am not suffering from any sickness, heartburn,craving's or aches and pains etc. And my skin and hair are still looking great and i still don't have any stretch marks - yay. My hormone's are still under control with no bursting into tears or being grumpy and snappy which i am glad about ,crazy hormones have been my biggest problem this pregnancy.
However i am still feeling really tired and have no energy at all to do anything as i mentioned in my previous update my recent blood tests had shown that i was suffering from low iron levels which was making me so tired and breathless i have started taking iron tablets three times a day and i do have slightly more energy but not much i am still lacking in motivation and i am getting so tired easily of simple things like going to the shops and doing housework although the breathlessness seems to have improved.
The heat is also really getting to me still as i am getting so sweaty and hot and uncomfortable being so heavily pregnant,ice lollies and lots of water to drink have been a must. Sleeping is a struggle in this heat and cooking is also becoming a struggle if the kitchen gets too hot so the other half has been cooking a lot more lately.
I am also struggling to sleep well on a night time i am still lucky enough to be able to get comfortable in bed but the heat and the constant toilet trips during the night for a wee and a baby who seems to come to life at bedtime have made sleeping impossible i get a few broken hours sleep if i am lucky. I am also still having really vivid horrible dreams which i never normally have.
I have been suffering with lots of braxton hicks as well lately and lots of cramp type pains which come and go i never experienced these with either of my girls so i actually thought i was going into early labour when i first experienced them , i have also been experiencing loads of pressure down below and baby sometimes pushes down when he is wriggling and i feel like i am going to wee myself which is no fun.
Appointment wise i had a midwife appointment when i was 31 week's pregnant and my blood pressure was actually a bit low but my urine and everything else were fine and we got to hear baby's heartbeat which was lovely as the other half actually came with me and it is rare that he gets to come to midwife appointments with me due to work. My bump was also measured and it is now measuring a week behind what it should be at 30cm and has actually shrunk from when it was measured two weeks previously by 4 cm so i don't know if baby has just moved position but the midwife was not concerned as i was booked in for a scan at 32 weeks. I don't feel like my bump has grown much but it does feel like it has dropped down a bit and i am getting less pressure under my ribs.
At 32 week's i had a hospital appointment for another growth scan and also an appointment with the consultant. The scan went fine and baby is still a little boy ( i had to double check) and he was head down so we couldn't see his face and he kept wriggling about but everything seemed normal on the scan with baby and placenta but the fluid around baby is a little low and has went down from the last scan but they didn't seem to worried. The scan was lovely and we could see him practising his breathing with his little lungs moving. We didn't get a scan pic as they said it was pointless paying for one so late in pregnancy as you cant see much as baby is so big.
After my scan i had my blood pressure and urine checked and everything was normal and then i seen the consultant who said that baby was still measuring a bit small on my chart but he is grown so its not a great concern. I am lucky that my nhs trust - newcastle have the growth assesment programme which is a customised growth chart that takes in my height, weight and my previous babys weights and it shows how big my baby should be as it has shown he is measuring small so that extra checks can be made on him but if i was just issued with a standard growth chart which some nhs trusts have his small growth would probably not have been picked up on. I have to go back to hospital in four weeks time at 36 weeks for another growth scan to check baby and to talk to my consultant about induction of labour at 38-39 weeks as they wont let me go over my due date due to my high blood pressure and being on blood pressure medication.
Growth chart shows baby is just below average
In some ways i want to be induced as i know that it is probably safer for baby to be born if there is a risk i could develop pre eclampsia like what happened with my oldest daughter chloe. But after experiencing an induced labour and a natural labour i know that a natural labour is much nicer and less painful. But i was overdue with both my girls so it will be nice not to go overdue again. All i want is what is best for baby and if that means an early induction then i am happy with that.
So because baby will probably be arriving in 5-6 weeks time instead of in 7 weeks i think it's time i started baby shopping and organising his sleeping space ( the corner of my bedroom for now) so thats the plan for next week as the other half has a week off work so we are going to buy most of babys stuff and pack hospital bags.
I also had my whooping cough vacine at 32 weeks pregnant at first they were not going to give me it as i had one only 15 months ago when i was pregnant with Sophia but they said that i needed it again as it is to protect baby and i was happy to have it as me and Sophia were fine last time i had it. I had a really sore arm for a few days after it but that was it.
Baby is still active after i have ate, when i am in the bath and at bed time, his kicks are so big now and sometimes they hurt but i love watching my belly move about and i know i will miss it when he is born.
I have a midwife appointment tomorrow when im 33 weeks pregnant and i will take a bump photo and hopefully get my hospital bag packed and most of my baby shopping done and actually start being organsied for are little boys arrival next month!

lindsay x
Thursday, 3 July 2014

Sassy Bloom subscription box

Before i started my blog i had never heard of Sassy Bloom or subscription box's for that matter but as i got to know other bloggers via twitter i heard a few people mention them and i thought they sounded great so when i seen that Sassy Bloom had a offer on where you could buy a box for just £1 plus £4.95 postage i just had to get one to try out for myself.  Sophia. I actually got my first box in May but this post has been sitting in my draft box for about five week's , that's how behind i am with my blogging.

Sassy Bloom is a monthly subscription gift box service for babies up to the age of two year's old. The box's normally cost £29 per month  and you are free to cancel at any time but there is cheaper options if you sign up for longer subscriptions and if you check there website they often have special offers on for your first box or you can buy one of box's as a gift for someone.
When you order your box you put the child's name , age, gender and then fill in some details such as if they have a allergy, if they have a dummy etc. And Sassy Bloom then create a gift box that is suitable for your child based on the information you provide and each gift box has contents inside that are worth at least £40.

I ordered the box on the tuesday night and it arrived on the thursday morning and i actually got two box's and they were addressed to Sophia which i thought was cute. The first box was a plain brown box and when we opened it up there was a Cloud b twilight turtle in i had actually been looking at these in Fenwicks priced £29.99 a while ago as i was thinking of getting one for Sophia and the baby so i was really pleased with this and Sophia loves it as it projects star's onto the ceiling which she is amazed at.
The second box was a lovely Sassy Bloom gift box which was gorgeous and when you opened it up everything inside was wrapped in tissue paper. In this box there was a summer infant tiny diner place mat which is ideal for Sophia as she is at that age where she just picks plates up and throws them away so we have to put her food straight onto her highchair or table which can get very messy so these are ideal as we can just put her food on this mat and it makes cleaning up much easier i find it useful to take it with us when we go out for meals as it folds up small and fits in her changing bag as i don't want Sophia eating off a table in public in case of germs. We also got some Tommee Tippee disposable bibs which again are great for if we are eating out so Sophia does not make a mess of her clothes and they can be thrown away afterwards so we don't have to take a dirty bib home with us. We got a pack of four baby spoons which we will use and are the perfect size for Sophia to learn to use herself. And lastly we got a bumpkin wet bag which is ideal for when Sophia goes swimming. Everything that we got we will use and is perfect for Sophia i can not fault anything in the box.


The contents of the box are
  • Cloud b twilight turtle RRP £29.99
  • Summer infant tiny diner place mat RRP £11
  • Tommee Tippee disposable bibs RRP £5.99
  • Beaba 4pk spoons RRP £9.99
  • Bumpkins wet bag RRP £11.99  
The total value of the box is £68.96 so it is more then the £29 that you would pay for a Sassy Bloom box and is amazing value for the £1 i paid for it. And all the products are perfect for Sophia and are from well known brands which is a relief as i was expecting loads of product samples and cheap stuff with a subscription box which was not the case at all.
I have actually just got my second Sassy Bloom box and again everything in it is perfect for Sophia and are things that we will use. I really love these box's and i am glad i came across the special offer to buy a one and try it out for myself. I would love to continue getting them every month but as i will be having another baby soon and i also have Chloe i don't think that i will be able to keep getting them but if i only had the one child i would continue to get these delivered every month as they are amazing value and i love when they arrive and i get to see what gifts are inside the box.

* I paid for this Sassy Bloom box myself when it was on special offer for £1 in May 2014. I was not asked to write this post or paid in anyway and all views are my own honest view of the products in the box. I just thought i would share what was in my sassy bloom box in case anyone else is considering getting a one.