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Pregnancy Diary October

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Diary for Weeks 35 – 39

Week 35

This week I have been finishing off getting basics for the baby. I have been shopping and online shopping loads. My new purchases include a mattress with sheets for a Chicco Next to Me Crib I have been given (So lucky!) a gorgeous Peter Rabbit Sleeping Bag, a new red pram suit for his first journey home, scratch mitts, socks a plenty, bibs, towels and muslins. So if baby comes now I think we can cope. I also took a trip to Costco with one of my Mum Chums to buy nappies and wipes. They are so cheap there and I got loads of Pampers nappies to stockpile for an absolute bargain. We almost nearly flooded again this week as a lot of heavy rain resulted in water coming over the top of the gardens again. We were out with my neighbours and parents at 3AM stopping it getting in the house and luckily with sandbags and removal of fence posts by my amazing husband We managed to keep the house safe. I cannot explain to you the stress this is causing me. Luckily I have a very supportive network of family and friends and some of my friends bought me round a gorgeous hamper filled with little presents for the baby which really cheered me up the following day. I’ve just got to learn to focus on the baby more.

When I saw the Midwife this week she was very happy with the baby’s growth and movements. My blood pressure has stayed down which is a miracle and I’ve started planning the birth. It’s all getting a bit real!

Week 36

Oh my I have been struggling this week with stress from the flooding at our house the week before. Every time it rains I feel like my house will flood and I’m starting to feel like I am losing my mind slightly. I’ve been in the paper this week talking about the flooding and I’m planning on keeping the article for the baby’s keepsake box. I just want it all to be over now! I went out with my Mum for a break from the house only to come back 30 minutes later due to having an anxiety attack over the amount of rain. It was embarrassing and very disturbing for me and I am suffering a lot with stress. We also lost our last Guinea Pig this week, Gilbert. We have had him for 5 years and we absolutely adored him he was such a happy fat little pig but he had been poorly for a few days and was old for a Guinea Pig. I will miss having our Guinea Pigs as they are such loving and simple pets so I know we will get more in the future and even for when the baby gets bigger as they are great pets for children.

Positives this week, I successfully found a gorgeous little rocking chair from Emmaus for his room and I got him some more little things he needed ticked off his list like a Tommee Tippee Toiletry kit with thermometer, brush and nasal separator in a case, as well as a sleeping bag and some Christmas bibs! But I have had the blues this week. I’m hoping this weekend with my baby shower will take my mind off all of this. I can’t wait for the little man to be here and my life to stop focusing on the rain and the flooding.

Week 37 (Full term!)

So this week has been so much more positive! It started with my Baby Shower thrown by my Mum, sister and best friend. Oh my gosh me and the baby were so spoilt! I’m so grateful that sometimes its all a bit emotional! We played games, ate lots of cake and we got lots of amazing gifts! Including a Busted vest (yes you heard right!) And loads of bath stuff and clothes and lots of soft gorgeous toys. Loved every second. It was really nice for everyone to come too and bring their little babies, and my Mother and Sisters-in-law came too which was really lovely. Me and the baby are lucky to have lots of friends and family nearby.

This week I have been organising the nursery and my parents in Law bought us a Moses Basket from Mama and Papas which is lovely so we are now definitely ready for baby to come so I hope he does soon!

I saw the midwife this week as well. Baby is engaged and I’ve been getting a few twinges. Hoping that this is a sign he will soon want to be born! I’m done with being pregnant and I just want to be a Mummy now.

Week 38

This week has been a slow one, my husband has been off with me as he is a teacher and is on Half Term Holidays so it has been nice to have the company. I’m feeling fine not had many twinges or pains from the baby so have resigned myself to the fact that he is not coming this week! Even though I wish he would! My husband has described it as almost like living in a waiting room. I have been pretty tired this week it isn’t taking much to make me tired but I am trying to get out every day and do something.

I have been doing some jobs this week that I don’t feel like I would be able to do once the baby is here so we have bought a new laptop which is revolutionary as I have been writing my blog on my phone for so long I forgot what it was like to write on a laptop. We have also baked our Christmas Cake so it can now be fed and stored till Christmas time. We have fitted the Isofix into the car ready for the Car Seat and I have been busily finishing some little crafts I wanted to get done before he was born. So we are ready now and I am hoping that our little baby will arrive next week whilst my husband is still on holiday.

Floodwise we survived Storm Brian, we spent a very stressful night last Saturday watching the rain and the wind and fully expecting a deluge of flood water but the house is fine and work has begun now by the council the fix the issue. Hopefully we can survive the winter now.

Week 39- The last week?

So we have been sat in the waiting room all week waiting for Baby. No sign of him yet apart from some Braxton Hicks contractions and some tightening. This last bit has been so hard as we are ready for him to be born now and I just want to meet him! Some mum’s I know of who were due after me have had their baby and you cant help but be jealous. I’m trying to enjoy this time with my husband as he is on half term from school (he’s a teacher not a student!) And it has been so nice to have him at home with me for 2 weeks and spend this time together as he really is my best friend. Baby himself is fine he is very active and is definitely putting on some weight and getting big so I have been resting and going for long walks and it has been nice.

P.S. we went to see the Midwife the day before our due date and I’ve had a membrane sweep I was already 2 cms dilated. I’m writing this the morning of his due date and I think baby is coming very soon and I am very excited, scared, nervous, happy and strangely curious about what will happen next. Wish me luck!

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Nursery Makeover and Full Tour

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Nursery Makeover and Full Tour

Before this room was the nursery it was our ‘spare’ room. Basically a room where we dumped stuff we didn’t want anyone to see and the occasional guest slept on our probably not very comfortable bed settee. We painted it white last year and that is about it. When our house flooded we had new Windows and a new carpet put in like the rest of the house so the room was a blank canvas ready for a baby.

The first thing my husband and my Dad did was to build a little closet in the room. This room is above the stairs so the top of the stairs had created a box which was a bit annoying. The previous owners had tiled this box and they used it as a baby change unit. We didn’t want to do that so to save space we built a little closet. It has a rack to hang his clothes and coats on (he already has 6 coats!) and lots of room for his nappies and changing things. To go on top and for more storage I bought some really cute fabric suitcase boxes from Ikea that I will use to store some of his extra bigger clothes, nappies and toiletries etc.

I asked my Dad to paint a mural for me as he is a very good artist. I asked for a woodland theme but with more rabbits as I feel that my family spirit animal is the rabbit. It’s a long story but is to do with my husband’s Grandad who is also the namesake of our baby so I thought it would be nice to include that within the baby’s room. I also wanted red and white toadstools. This is a bit odd but when I was a little girl at nursery it was my symbol on my milk and my coat hook and it’s just something I’m a bit sentimental about. Also there are two owls, a ladybird, a tiny mouse, a squirrel and a blue bird. My Dad sketched and painted the tree straight onto the wall and it looks great it’s really artistic and pretty.

My inspiration for the colours in his room came from the ‘Little Bird’ range at Mothercare designed by Jools Oliver. I loved the bright primary colours of red, yellow and blue. I bought the Cot Set for his room which also strangely has the toadstool image on it. I got this in the Mothercare sale for £60. It is now out of stock as of the date of this post but you can still get the accessories.

The cot is from Ikea. We liked it because it was simple and white but also because it has 3 drawers underneath that can store more of his things in. It has three coloured handles as well which tied in with the colour theme. The cot base can be lowered as baby grows and the front railings can be removed to make it into a toddler bed. Very practical. I bought the mattress and waterproof mattress protector for this as well and it was really good value for money.

I also bought our changing unit from Ikea it is the Lakstrom unit which is just one of their basic drawer units and I got a waterproof sturdy changing mat also from Ikea. I was going to buy one of the purpose built changing units from places like Mothercare but the cheapest I could find was £229 which is just above our budget. They were also very large so I wanted something a bit smaller so the room wasn’t overwhelmed. I also think that this chest of drawers can grow with the baby as it is not just a changing unit. I changed the handles to some plain pine ones I bought from Wilkos and painted them the red, blue and yellow of the Ikea Cot so they match. The changing mat at the top is secured with picture framing Velcro stickers so is very safe for baby and will not move. It has all his clothes in it up to 6 months and I have organised these into storage dividers also from Ikea. I think it looks awesome!

I bought a chair for the room from a local Emmaus charity shop. I have always wanted a traditional rocking chair and I saw this as I came in the entrance to the store. I got it for £40.00 and it fits perfectly in the corner of the room. I very made a little foam cushion for the base and covered that in some woodland inspired material that my Mum had from Ikea from a very long time ago. The patchwork cushion at the back is a handmade one that I made a few years ago at a class and the blue teddy is my husband’s teddy bear from when he was a baby. My Mum washed and restuffed him so he can sit in the babies room. I have also put my knitted Bagpuss there that I had when I was a child. My Grandma knitted this for me and I had to fix one of the front arms and clean it up. They are two very special toys to us and we wanted our baby to have them.

The wicker crate we are going to use as a toy box in his room. It used to house my yarn and craft supplies but now it is full of his toys and bits and bobs which I’m sure will fill up pretty soon. We will also be having a smaller toy box downstairs as I want to keep things as tidy as possible.

The Shelves at the back are also from Ikea. They house his soft toys that he got at his Baby Shower. We have also got his little collection of books and albums, his keepsake box and some other decorative things. I’ve also got a grow egg here which measures the temperature of the room.

He has a framed print in his room of the alphabet that I got from Paperchase. I liked this because of the colours and the vintage fifties vibe. I have also hung up his crayola E picture that I made for him. The window sill has some more crafts that I have made for him and a lamp also from Ikea which has a lovely glow to it.

So the room is now finally ready and I am really happy with it I’ve really enjoyed planning for it and shopping around to get the best deal. I also really enjoyed making crafts and love the mural my Dad painted. Although he won’t sleep on it for the first few months I can’t wait to use the room everyday with our new little baby and it finally being used as a proper bedroom. So exciting.

Packing My Hospital Bag

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So it is time. When writing this I am nearly 37 weeks so have 3 weeks to go till baby comes. So the time has come to pack the hospital bag! Actually I have 2 bags one for me and one for the baby. I don’t really travel light but I have tried to be frugal with what I am bringing to the hospital.

The bag for me is my purple wheelie case that I use mainly when we go on holiday and you only want to take hand luggage on the plane or when we go somewhere for a weekend away. I’m using the wheelie because it’s small but sturdy and I don’t have to carry it it can be dragged. Which is helpful. Baby’s bag is his Silver Cross nappy bag that we got alongside the pram to match. I figured it would be a good idea to start getting used to using it and since most of his stuff is to do with his nappy the nappy bag is a no brainer. It’s also a pretty nice bag if I say so myself.

Stuff for me to bring to the hospital. Now I have deliberated over this I feel the need to be organised so I have made a couple of lists and used the app Emma’s Diary to collate everything I need. As well as picking the brains of my Mum Chums to figure out what they think worked and what didn’t. I’ve divided it into sections for the parts of the delightful process I will be going through.

LABOUR:

So for me I have a nightie for the dreaded labour this is one I bought from Sainsbury’s early in the pregnancy when my pjs wouldn’t get over my tummy anymore. It’s been washed a lot and is a bit shrunken so I am planning to just throw this away after labour. I also have two pairs of socks as I get really cold feet. One in pink which is my favourite colour so will make me feel good and then longer black and white stripy ones in case I get really cold. They are both pretty old but from Primark.

I have also got a Tens Pain machine. One of my Mum Chums gave me this and I’m not sure if I will use it but my back gets really sore so it may come in handy for me so I am taking it.

AFTER BIRTH:

So for after birth I have a very scary toiletries bag full of huge sanitary towels and spare knickers as well as breast pads just in case. I’ve chosen black knickers as I just don’t want to face anything on there and they are pretty old so can also be thrown away. I stayed away from the disposable knickers as they just freaked me out.

I have my own little towel which is a very old spotty towel that I have had since university first year. Again because if this gets wrecked it doesn’t matter.

Some Spa slippers. Yes I know this is wierd, I am planning on wearing socks, but I do like my spa slippers and they mean that I can walk around the hospital and in the shower without touching the floors with my bare feet.

Two nursing bras these are from M&S. I like M&S because they measure you properly and they have a good range of nursing bras. I also bought a nursing vest from my Mum Chums suggestions which is good for wearing under things. You can see I have gone for black and white but slightly pretty. I am bored stiff of the practical maternity underwear but needs must.

To make up for it I bought some very pretty pale pink cotton pyjamas from M&S. Yes I know pale pink is not practical but I bought them as they looked so nice and I want something nice to wear. I thought they, very vainly, would like nice in photos and I just wanted them. I will wear these after the birth and my skin on skin time with the baby, once I’ve had my shower and padded up. I also like these as they are cotton and short sleeved as I find hospitals so dry and hot.

I am also bringing my summer dressing gown. My pale pink and blue Paris map one that I love. This again is not a practical choice but it is a comfort choice. I love this dressing gown it is very light so I won’t get too hot and irritated as my winter one is too fleecey and it also rolls down pretty small so can fit in my bag.

TOILETRIES

I have got the cutest little pink bag with eyes from Superdrug to put my toiletries in. I bought it because it’s also the perfect size for afterwards to put bits and bobs in for the Baby’s nappy bag. I then raided their mini section and I have a dry shampoo, deodorant, moisturiser and simple wipes to clean my face. I have packed some bobbles, travel toothbrush and toothpaste. A lip balm and a mini shower gel that my Mum gave me I’m not sure if I will use this but I wanted it anyway for comfort. I have also packed my inhalers as I am asthmatic so will need these and a contact lense pot with solution so I can take my contacts out and put my glasses on.

GOING HOME

Yay going home time. I am not a hospital fan so I will be looking to go home asap. I have packed a comfy and cosy outfit. Leggings from Primark. These are not my beloved H&M maternity leggings but they are too big for me really so will be comfy. I also have an oversized stripy t-shirt from H&M and a long cream cardigan also from H&M both designed to cover my bum. I am guessing I will then have boots and a coat from whatever I wore coming into hospital at whatever time that is. And ta dah I will be home and I can put my nice pyjamas back on.

STUFF FOR BABY BOY

Aw I love packing things for the baby. For his practical bum changing things I have a set of newborn nappies that I got free from Bounty they are Pampers ones I am putting the main bulk of these in my case and a few in his nappy bag. A packet of nappy sacks just because. A packet of the very expensive Water Wipes and some cotton wool. I have also packed some hand sanitizer and he has his travel nappy mat in the bag.

I have also packed a little Peter Rabbit rattle that my husband and I bought him as a little friend for when he is first in the world.

I have packed him two blankets, the green one I knitted for him with little rabbits on and a white Mothercare cellular blanket. Got to keep him cosy.

Gorgeous outfit wise he has three sleepsuits. A gorgeous M&S cream one with woodland animals on it to come home in, a blue and white stripy number from John Lewis, and a white one from George at Asda. He also has three plain white vests, three hats (one knitted by me) and a home made cardigan knitted by. I have put his outfits in sandwich bags.This is another suggestion by my Mum Chums. As it means that the outfits are separate and everything is in there that he needs, nappy, vest, baby grow, hat so it’s easy to see and get him ready as I am sure we will all be confused and tired by this point. Also if we have any accidents the dirty clothes can go back in the nappy bag and will not pong the whole bag out.

For coming home he also has a red and grey pram suit from George to keep him cosy which is just gorgeoud and his Silver Cross Simplicity Car Seat.

STUFF FOR DADDY

For Daddy I am bringing snacks and things but he is responsible for bringing himself, his phone charger and a book or whatever he needs. I will make sure he has a spare t-shirt in case he needs to freshen up but he won’t be staying in hospital with me overnight if I have to so he can come home and sort himself out.

I also possibly may be bringing my own Birthing Ball. Just in case the hospital ones aren’t right as my purple one is what I am used to. It also matches my case just saying.

So there you go told you I don’t travel light but I feel good about it all and I’m not too scared of the labour. I dont know what to expect so I am going to absolutely wing it. But due to packing the case I feel more ready for the hospital. Hurry up baby can’t wait to meet You!

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Knitted Toys: Squirrel Nutkin

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Knitted Toys: Squirrel Nutkin

So as you know I an having a baby and I love knitting toys. This has resulted in a search for knitted toys to go in the baby’s woodland theme nursery.

I have a beautiful book by Susie John’s called Knitted Woodland Creatures. It’s a book full of beautiful detailed knitted toys all inspired by the woods. I have made one of these before Philip the Pheasant so I went through the knitting stash and I had all the ingredients for a grey knitted squirrel! So that is what I have made!

I have to say the pattern is beautiful to follow and you end up making what looks like a dead squirrel by knitting the main back and then marking and picking up stitches to add legs and arm pieces. You end up with a very neat and tidy toy with only one main seam to stitch up.

The tail is the show stopper part of the knit. Using some silver fuzzy fur by Sirdar that I had in my stash you knit a long bushy tail and it looks amazing! It’s so fluffy!

Here is the finished squirrel with his other toy friends in the baby’s cot. I loved making it and I love the finished squirrel and how it will look in the woodland nursery.

Nursery Upcycling

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Nursery Upcycling

I love crafts and upcycling. For the baby’s room I wanted to do some simple crafts to make his room unique and tie in the theme and colours I had chosen. I had a gorgeous afternoon completing all of these DIYs that I found on the internet and I wanted to share them with you as well as they are really cheap to do but look amazing even if I do say so myself. Here are 5 of my upcycles projects which anyone can do and look amazing.

1) Doorknobs

This is the most simple upcycle I did but is one of the most effective. For the baby’s changing unit that we bought from Ikea (Lakstrom) the handles were black and just did not match the rest of the room. So I went to Wilkos in my local town. I love Wilkos it’s full of DIY stuff, homewares, beauty products and bits of food and random stationary. I spent a long time just wandering around and collecting what I needed. I bought some plain wooden pine doorknobs for £3.00 you get 8 in a pack, then I bought some tester paints in blue, red and yellow for £1.00 each as well as a paintbrush for 50p. So that is £6.50 in total such a bargain. I painted the doorknobs in red, yellow and blue and left to dry and voila a beautiful baby changing unit that matches the cot. You wouldn’t think that such a simple change would make such a difference but it really does!

2) Bookends

In the baby’s room we are going to fit some shelves at the back of the room to display his books, toys and ornaments. I already had a set of Bookends that were bought for me by my Mum when I had my first flat with my husband when I was 21. They are plain wooden book ends with frames to put pictures in. I have had them at every property of mine since and I wanted to put them in the baby’s room for his books as he already has a few. So I bought another pot of tester paint this time in white just to give them a little spruce and a clean up and I picked up new postcards to go in the frame from Paperchase for £2.00 and that’s it. The finished bookends are lovely and they will look really cute in his room.

3) Word Ornament

I have a little wooden ornament spelling out the word Love that I have also had for a long time. When I first bought it for our first flat it was £5.00 and it was in wooden pine. I painted this grey last year to display in our spare room as an ornament. So for the baby I have painted this white using the tester paint and as an added touch I stuck on buttons from my craft stash in bright colours. It looks really retro and was fun to do and is a big jolly transformation which brightens the room.

4) Painted Pinecones

I saw these on Pinterest one Christmas as a decoration and they appealed to me then. I had a basket of pinecones in my living room that my Dad found in a car park. They are huge and I’ve always thought they were interesting to look at and very autumnal. Because the baby has a woodland theme room I thought these would be really nice in his room to tie in the theme. So I painted just the tips of three of the larger pine cones in the red, blue and yellow paint. They came out really well and I really like the finished bright effect. They are just an ornament but I think the baby will like the look and texture of the pine cones as he gets older. (As long as he doesn’t put them in his mouth!) I am going to get some pine cones and paint them as part of a Christmas display for our living room this year. And I think this would be a great craft to do with children as well. You could make pinecone animals with googly eyes. I just love them.

5) Crayola Initial Picture

The final part of my Upcycle craft day was a picture for his room. I’ve been looking for a picture to hang in his room which is personal to the baby and his name. So I had a scour on the internet and I really liked the look of a letter picture made from crayons. They can be very expensive with some totalling £25.00 – £65.00! Luckily I had found a tutorial on YouTube from a Mummy Vlogger I follow called Emily Norris. I will link her video here. She has a simple easy to follow tutorial and I thought that I would give it a go. So I bought a display frame from Wilkos for £6.00, 2 packets of 24 crayola crayons for £1.00 each and some basic adhesive craft glue for also £1.00. (Total spend £9.00!)

Using a picture I had found on the net I lined up the crayons on the card that came with the picture and cut them to size using a sharp knife to make the letter and then glued them into place. It took me about 40 minutes in total and it looks really effective. You could make this as a gift for other new babies or even as a wedding gift. I loved doing it and it looks really effective. It’s one of my favourite pieces in the baby’s room.

So there you go there are my upcycled pieces for the baby’s room. I loved making them all and I’m really happy with the overall effect. I will be doing a post on the nursery when it is finished and a full tour so these pieces will be included then.

Pregnancy Diary September

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Pregnancy Diary September

Diary for weeks 31 – 34 (September)

Week 31

This week has been very emotional. I keep having little breakdowns where the world seems like it’s against me and I can’t cope. It’s very dramatic I know. Examples? I knitted a bear that I thought wasn’t good enough so I cried for an hour, I got lost on my way home from my lovely mummy class and I wept, I made a mistake at work and I nearly quit my job altogether. It’s just so emotional at the moment. Life. I just want everything perfect for my baby boy and I don’t feel like I’m ready for him and that something will go wrong. I know it’s the hormones but it does worry me a lot.

I’ve also felt extremely ugly this week I have eczema and sometimes it flares up. I think due to the stress I’ve put myself under my eczema went mental and my neck, eye area and hands paid the price. I’ve had a red neck all week and the only thing that stopped it was trying to calm down. So I talked through a lot of my anxieties with my husband and he helped me see that they were either solvable or just a bit silly. I fixed the mistake at work by talking to my very supportive manager. I met my best friend for dinner and we had a really good catch up. I went to my Mummy class and I really relaxed and got into it. The mindfulness techniques are really helping me to sleep and my back always feels amazing afterwards. So today when I am writing this I feel much better. Taking small steps to make the anxiety go away.

On a more positive note the nursery mural was finished this week! My Dad has done an amazing job with the woodland theme and the tree is beautiful. It’s nice and bright and has lots of animals the baby will love. He’s also included lots of colourful rabbits and red and white toadstools which I have become obsessed with. We just need to build the furniture now and I can start collecting his things together to see what we have and what we need to buy next.

Week 32

So week 32 was eventful I was anxious last week but I am extremely anxious now. After an amazing weekend buying the car seat for the baby and spending quality time with my husband and family our house was flooded again! Our house was flooded in November 2016 so for us to flood again at this point in our life where we just want to get ready for the baby is heart breaking and utterly devastating.

But, there have been positives, we have had a lot of help from our neighbours and the council and the support from family and friends has been amazing. We were thinking that we would have to begin all our work all over again which would take months, and I literally have 8 weeks however we think we can get back into our house much quicker this time and I’m trying to remain positive. I was there this time when the water came so we kept the water level low. So even though our house is flooded and the garden has been dug out by the council we have still been able to build baby’s cot for his nursery and I’ve been given loads of clothes for the baby from a friend and a friend of my Mum has given me a Chicco Next to Me Crib, and bottle sanitizer, warmer and some lovely blankets so I know the baby will be ok no matter what. I’ve written a post about the flood here. Argh life is stressful sometimes.

Week 33

Oh my I have been a stressed, anxious and weepy mess this week. Seems to be the theme of this month. We have been so so lucky and have been able to get back into our home all due to the hard work of my family, friends and neighbours on the day of the flood. We are now dry and I have been cleaning like a mad fiend. I’ve been signed off work for 2 weeks by the doctor as I am incredibly stressed and the slightest thing is making me have a full on meltdown. It’s a relief actually not to travel to Manchester everyday and deal with work as my job can be difficult at times. It’s odd not to be in work but I have been trying to focus on my Baby instead. So I have organised his little clothes in his room, and I have been to see my family a lot and my Mummy friends with their gorgeous babies. So there are positives all the time.

I saw the Midwife this week and baby is also doing fine so I’m very pleased with that he is in the right position and is following the size curve as predicted. So I haven’t managed to mess him up yet. I was also a Godmother this weekend to the happiest little chap in the world baby Callum. It was an honour to be asked and his Baptism and party were really fun. I hope I can be a good Godmother to him as I do take these things very seriously I do always want to be there for him and his big brother if they need me. He is too cute!

My beautiful Godson

Week 34

Nesting is in full throttle this week and I have thrown loads away and organised the baby’s room and my bedroom to try and get as much space as possible. So I have cleared out a large wicker crate that I had in his room that I used for yarn and crafting supplies to put his toys in instead and I’ve streamlined the stash to put in a storage box in our room. I’ve also cleared out clothes and rubbish in our room and I’ve been cleaning the house a lot. I’ve also been doing some upcycling of itemsto decorate his room and I’m enjoying getting it all ready. I’ve also prepared my hospital bag apart from nursing bras as I need to wait two more weeks to do that as the lady in the shop told me. Who knew? I’m going to do a blog post on both the hospital bag and the upcycling as well as a tour of his room so watch this space.

To be honest it isn’t all plain sailing, although I do have good days I have bad ones too and I am struggling some days to find the positives. I am very scared that my house will flood again and that my baby will suffer because of it but I guess this is something I will have to live with and cope with. The drying process is still in full swing and the house is starting to feel more normal it’s just been a very stressful month. Roll on October. The little quote below by poet Stephanie Bennett Henry has been getting me through this part of my pregnancy. Hoping for some more positive times ahead next month.

Baby Name Tag

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I am currently off work. If you have read my previous post regarding the water issue at my house you may understand why. So it means that I suddenly have time on my hands to ‘de-stress’ organise my house and focus on the baby and keeping him happy and healthy. So yhis morning I watched a YouTube video by Louise Pentland who is one of my favourite YouTubers as I do have a guilty pleasure for watching YouTube videos when ‘de-stressing’. She has completed a video called the Baby Name Tag in which there are questions all about baby names.

I have already decided the name of our baby and to be honest his name was decided years and years ago so I will not be using his name in this post, or names I have put away for future babies if there are any, but I thought it would be quite fun to answer the questions, and to help me in my quest to focus on baby things and not stressful flood things.

1) What is your favourite Boys and Girls name from the top UK names list of 2015? (Top 10 only)

I like Louis for a boy off that list and for a girl I like Evelyn I just think they are both lovely classic names. I am a traditionalist when it comes to names.

2) What is your least favourite Boys and Girls name from the top UK names list of 2015? (Top 10 Only)

I don’t like Olivia sorry. It is very popular nowadays and I don’t want to offend anyone who has a beautiful baby girl called Olivia it just always reminded me of ‘liver’. For a boy I’m not keen on Dexter. I think this is a good name for a pet and it also reminds me of a cartoon I used to watch when I was a kid and he was an odd little boy.

3) If you had twins what would you name them?

For twin girls I always thought it would be nice to have two flowr names like Lily and Daisy or Rosie and Poppy. I think that would be pretty and you could decorate their room in the flowers of their name.

For twin boys I would have something like Joshua and Jacob or Benjamin and Christian. Sort of similar names in a way.

For boy and a girl twins I would pick something with the same initial like Florence and Finley or Nathaniel and Natasha so they match.

4) If you could change your name what would you change it to?

Eek. I actually like my name. I do like Gabrielle I think it sounds pretty and it is unusual which was nice growing up as I was the only one in school. I think Gabrielle is a lot more popular now but it can be a little long for others and I absolutely hate being called Gabriella by mistake. I also like the shortened version Gabby or Gabs that I also go by. I think my Mum and Dad did well with my name so I won’t change it.

5) You have 4 children, any gender. All of their names need to begin with the same letter, what would you name them?

Clarissa, Clara, Clarence and Clarke. Why not they sound like Disney characters.

6) What’s your favourite animal inspired name?

Favourite animal inspired name is probably Kitty for a girl or Leo like the Leo the lion for a boy.

7) What’s your favourite colour inspired name?

I like Ruby for a colour name. I think it’s cute for a little girl and you could dress her in red!

8) What are your top 3 favourite boy names?

I have picked my favourite 3 for my current baby but others I really liked for this baby which were refused point blank by my husband and future babies were Theodore, Caleb and Harrison.

9) What are your top 3 favourite girl names?

My favourite 3 names for a baby girl at the moment are Annabelle, and Isabelle. I like all the girl names ending with elle (like mine!). And another would be Esme I think that it’s nice but doesn’t look right with our surname.

10) What is your favourite Celebrity baby name?

Eugh I am not keen on Celebrity names. I did however like the names George Clooney chose for his twins, Ella and Alexander. I think these are lovely and classic and theh sound nice together as well for the twins. I also secretly like Bluebelle that Geri Halliwell chose for her baby girl.

11) What is your favourite ‘Guilty Pleasure’ name?

I like the name Graeme. I know its a bit retro now but I like the way it’s spelt with the a and the e together. And you can shorten it to Gray which is cool. It may come back in fashion though.

12) What is your most hated baby name?

I’m sorry but I don’t like the name Kai. I’m just not a fan. It sounds unfinished.

13) Choose a baby name based on food or drink

I can’t think. I have had to Google this and food names I like are Madeleine (this is a type of French biscuit!) And for a boy Basil. I think this is more of a cat name but aw baby Basil!

14) Choose a baby name based on a month

I like May. May is my birth month and is my favourite month if I had a baby girl in May I would probably include it in her name. I also like the actress January Jones. She plays my favourite character in Mad Men but I think that January Jones is a very cool name and you could call her Jan for short.

15) Choose a baby name from a movie

Ferris. Without a doubt. I love the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and I think the name Ferris is very suave for a boy. I also like the name Lorelei from How to Marry a Millionaire starring Marilyn Monroe. Unfortunately it rhymes with my surname so I won’t be using this.

16) Choose a baby name from.a book

I always wanted Theodore after Theodore Lawrence in Little Women I just love that name but my husband did not so we will not be using it. He said it reminded him of a cartoon chipmunk. I also like Matilda from Rhoal Dahl’s Matilda and from the same book her little friend Lavender. I also name my cat Augustus like Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Or a Roman Emperor as the cat likes to think.

17) Choose a name that is already in your family.

I would use Margaret if I had a girl as my Mum is Margaret, my Grandma was Margaret and my Great Grandma was Margaret too. We also had a Muriel and a Minnie in our family tree so you never know!