Tuesday, 28 July 2015

36 Weeks Update

All the way throughout my pregnancy, people love to give advice and their stories (horrors and all!), but the main thing I was told and remember is how baby's movements really slow down towards the end. Thankfully, I've been incredibly lucky that I've never once had to count baby girl's movements, she is beyond active and never stops moving! Hopefully, she will love sleep once she's in the outside world..!

The main thing that she loves to do in the past few weeks is stick her feet out so far of my tummy, you can really see a pronounced foot. It scares me a little, but my husband loves seeing it and grabbing her little heels!

Excuse the hugely unflattering pic, taken at 36 weeks | How gorgeous is this Zara Mini Trench Coat?! I need a matching one for me and my girl.. | The beautiful fabric print for our initial letter..eek not long until everyone can see it!
How far along? 37 weeks.
Total weight gain: 
Maternity clothes? No new ones.
Stretch marks? No update, still plenty unfortunately.
Sleep: Very disturbed. I wake up a lot more now to go to the toilet but struggle to fall back asleep, in particular when daylight is fast approaching. Thankfully, that's where naps come in very handy!
Best moment this week: Being eternally grateful of her movements reassuring an anxious Mummy that she's ok in there at all times!
Miss anything? Getting out of bed without great difficulty and sound effects, oh and general mobility.
Food cravings: Still loving plenty of ice with every single drink and lemonade. A new favourite this week was also Dandelion and Burdock. So naughty, but good!

Okay so baby girl's Jelly Cat collection has grown significantly since..it's a bit out of hand. Hubby bought the penguin on the far left, I love it! Second in, the white bunny, is from Next.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not this week.
Gender: Girl!
Labour signs: Braxton Hicks are still very regular and intense like the past sort of 8-10 weeks, so particular pattern though. I've also had a bit of back pain creeping in so hoping this is a sign. 

There was a moment this week where I set off driving with my husband, but as soon as I set off, this incredible pain hit me in my lower right-hand side of my stomach. It was so intense that I had to stop the car immediately, but I couldn't even move to swap into the passenger seat. I've had this for 3 days in a row now in the same position once a day, which doesn't stop until I get into the bath usually or rest curled up for around an hour. The midwife couldn't reassure me as to what it was so I'm waiting for more signs..

Symptoms: Tons of heartburn, pelvic pain galore from movement and walking, hormonal mood swings and shortness of breath constantly. Just a few to say the least, every single symptom is heightened now by x100 times and things have become real difficult. 
Belly button in or out? Out.
Happy or moody most of the time: Very up and down, the hormones have finally kicked in. Sometimes I feel a little crazy!
Looking forward to: Meeting our princess of course.

So it's been a fairly eventful one with pains and twinges here and there but nothing consistent enough. I'm now full term today (37 weeks) so I'm quite happy for her to come anytime, more so because I've definitely ran out of room!

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Bath and Body Works Pocketbac Hand Gel Review

Bath and Body Works Pocketbac Hand Gel
I was organising my photos a few days ago and found this one and realised that I haven't actually done a review of the famous Bath and Body Works Pocketbac Hand Gel's!

Over the years I've re-purchased several of these. Despite never visiting America, I manage to source them fairly easily in the UK and in case you didn't know where to find them, you soon will! I've tried a variety of scents and don't have a bad thing to say about any of them actually; they don't leave your hands sticky and smell good, what's not to love?

In the UK you can source them on eBay, sometimes they are few and far between but if you really search you can find them for around £2.50 with free postage included. Although they're only 29ml, I think they're well worth the money compared to your boring hand gels in Boots and Superdrug.

Within weeks, I will soon become a Mum and I'm sure this is when the hand gels will come into the most use! They're tiny so pop into your handbag/changing bag really easily. It's safe to say that I'm officially obsessed, who's with me..?

Have you tried Bath and Body Works Pocketbac Hand Gel's? Which are your favourite scents?

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

34 & 35 Weeks Update

Another fortnight has rolled by and although I meant to keep you updated weekly from now, I've just been too busy to write a blog post!

Today marks my 36 weeks of pregnancy which is scary. Looking back on even 30 weeks seems so long ago, yet it really wasn't. I've noticed a huge difference in my bump in many ways over the last few weeks, obviously the size, but also my bump has dropped dramatically over the past even 2 days I'd say!

Nursery is very nearly finished now, just waiting on some 3d fabric lettering on with her initial and some other bits | How cute are these little shoes! | Before my bump dropped later in my 35th week, still so high though here!
I had my 36 week midwife check this morning which went well, she doesn't want to see me again until after my due date; certainly makes it feel more real.

How far along? 36 weeks exactly.
Total weight gain: 16lbs. It doesn't sound a lot but I'm only 5 ft 1 so I don't have much room to store it haha.
Maternity clothes? No new ones. Rapidly running out of any clothes at all that fit though!
Stretch marks? Too many :(
Sleep: Badly. I keep waking up more for no real reason, but it takes me forever to drift back off. Once I do though I can sleep in until like 10am, which shows how shattered I must be!
Best moment this week: Knowing baby girl is still tucked up fine and moving ever so much as always. I've never had to worry about her movements which I feel so lucky about.
Miss anything? Bending down to pick things up and generally reaching the table; causes me to have more food on my clothes than in my mouth!

All handmade by Grandma, how lovely. Top right is a gorgeous Liberty print, left is a reversible fabric and will be perfect for winter as it's quite thick. Bottom right is a lovely mix of colours and quite thin for the remainder of the warmer weather!
Food cravings: Not quite food but still very much craving ice cubes all the time and lemonade.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Cheese! I can't stand the smell right now, especially when I found an expired pack a few days ago!
Gender: Girl!
Labour signs: Braxton Hicks all day long and she's now dropped which means tons of lightening crotch. No fun but come on baby!

Like most sales that I can't resist, my 1st years was no exception. Although I can't yet show you what's in it as it includes her name, let's just say I love it!! | If you're part of the Boots Parenting Club then check theri app for offers, I got another Mam bottle and soother set and this NutriMum gift pack all for free!
Symptoms: General waddling, feeling like a whale..getting to the impatient stage where I'm just so ready for her to come now.
Belly button in or out? Very much out. I hope it goes back in fairly quickly!
Happy or moody most of the time: I've noticed I'm a lot more short tempered now and started to finally reach the emotional stage that everyone talks about! Sometimes I have that thing where I really want to cry but nothing comes out, maybe I'm saving it up for the birth!
Looking forward to: Meeting her, we're both so excited now but equally as nervous/terrified. Not long to wait eek!

So that's all for my 34 and 35 weeks pregnancy update. I will be sure to keep updating in my last few weeks of pregnancy before I become a Mummy!

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Saturday, 11 July 2015

What's In My Hospital Bag

Cath Kidston Kingswood Rose Foldaway Overnight Bag - Currently £26 in the sale here!
Following on from part 1 of my hospital bag journey (you can see what's in baby girl's hospital bag here), today I've got what's in my bag. It's far from glamourous, so if you're squeemish then feel free to click off this one!

First up inside my bag is my toiletries bag. Now I'm well aware that the likelihood of me using all of these things are slim, but I'd like to be prepared just in case!

I got the ice cream toiletries bag from Primark. It's so cute and huge. It's surprising how much you can fit into this, it's perfect for my hospital bag.

Some things I forgot to photograph or it reminded me to put them in there so have since been added. Inside my toiletries bag are some of my essentials (razor and travel sized cotton pads also not pictured). If you can think of anything else, please do let me know in the comments! It would be greatly appreciated.

Most importantly, snacks. I've actually put snacks inside a separate plastic bag inside so that my husband can just pass me as and when. I got the Nutrimum bars from a recent Mothercare Expectant Parents Event so these will be much loved I'm sure!

A new nightie. Now I'm well aware people tell you to use old things throughout labour, and I'm sure I will too afterwards. But the last thing I want is to feel horrible and be wearing old huge clothes that don't fit properly. This is from Matalan and buttons down so that I can breastfeed. I also need to add a top/bathing top for the birthing pool too!

Fluffy socks, also from Matalan for keeping me comfortable and warm feet at all times. There's nothing worse than cold feet!

Straws, I use straws with every drink (except hot drinks of course - but they're rare!). Easy to sip throughout labour and means I don't spill anything on myself.

The most unglamorous section. Cooling mist was highly listed on most labour bag checklists. With the weather we've been having, it could either feel like Winter when I go into labour, or the peak of Summer. Either way, I picked up this cheap cooling mist from one of the pound shops.

My Travalo*. This thing is well loved and I've got 3 of them now! In this particular one is my one of my favourites, Vera Wang Princess. It's compact, means I don't have to lug a huge bottle with me and can fit more things in my bag. Not to mention, make me feel more human and smell nice afterwards!

The essentials - toothbrushes for myself and my husband, maternity towels x2, briefs and breast pads. I've also got lots of old briefs just in case disposable ones don't work out for me.

I've also got a maternity dress to go home in that should cover both options for delivery.

Even more essential, a spare phone charger! I have a "last minute items to pack" note on my phone that I will be using/passing to my husband to sort out. This includes both of our phone chargers, camera, hospital notes and my ipad.

I think that's everything but just in case there's anything you think I've missed, please feel free to let me know in the comments section!

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