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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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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.

Bootie-licious

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I have been knitting for my little boy over the last few weeks and I have become slightly obsessed with knitting booties and hats.

I found a pattern I liked in John Lewis and I picked up one of their books it has simple to make hats and booties as well as some clothese. I wanted to make a few sets for him in newborn size as he is a winter baby and I would like him to be snug as a bug when he is born. I also love the look of handknitted hats and booties on newborn babies. My favourite yarn to use for this is Sirdar Snuggly. It so soft and gentle and I think it is lovely to work with so I have bought a few different skeins of this.

So far I have knitted a blue set with a pom-pom hat and most confusingly a cream set with a plain hat which I think will be perfect for him to come home from the hospital in. I say confusingly as I was having a baby brain melt down that day and started knitting with what I thought was white and was actually cream. Hey ho waste not want not and fortunately I had just enough to finish the matching booties.

I really like this pattern for the boots they are knitted mainly in rib with a stocking stitch panel on the front of the boot which is cosy for the little tiny foot. The hat has a rib bottom and is knitted in stocking and they look lovely together. To be honest I wish they did scratch mits in the same design but I suppose these could be quite hot for little baby hands.

I am planning a white set as well for baby’s Christening and possibly some in a Sirdar Crofter self striping yarn but for now booties to one side whilst I finish some other projects. I’m looking forward to Maternity Leave as I just plan to surround myself with yarn. But these are so simple I am hoping I can carry on making these even when he is born as I can knit whilst he is asleep…or I may be kidding myself there!

7 Freaky Pregnancy Issues

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Pregnancy is a wierd and wonderful thing. I have experienced some pretty freaky things to happen to me socially and physically since being pregnant. Here is my list of freaky pregnancy issues that nobody told me about!

1) Stranger Danger

All social norms of interaction with strangers, work colleagues and others get forgotten when you are pregnant. You will be told at times that you look big, or huge or ‘absolutely massive’. The hilarious jokers will ask ‘Are you sure it’s not twins?!’ (Yeah i’m pretty sure mate). You will also be touched a lot which is odd for me as I am cuddly person but very much on my own terms. People don’t usually touch each other’s tummies in public. I do find it odd that strangers like to pat my tummy like I’m a big teddy bear. There is no personal space boundaries anymore. Some people are lovely and wish you well but most just want to tell you you are big and you will be bigger yet. Thanks.

2) Hairy Tum

Yes I have got extra hair on my belly. I told you this list was going to be freaky. I did not expect this and I was not warned this may happen. I’m not talking huge amounts of hair, I have not morphed into a yeti, but I have a definite fuzzy down which just isn’t very nice. I’m not sure why I am fuzzy it could be because baby is a boy and there is testosterone concentrated on my tum or it could be because my belly is growing and needs warmth for winter. Or it could be that I am literally turning into a teddy bear. I don’t know, but it is a furry bump that I did not sign on for!

3) Skin Issue overkill

If you have any skin condition no matter how slight before you are pregnant it will be made worse by ten fold. I had a bit of eczema and sensitive skin. Whilst I have been pregnant I developed an allergy to eyeshadows and certain eyeliners which resulted in eczema developing on my eyelids and eyebrows. I also developed a red sore rash around my nose and a patch on my neck. At the same time I have got eczema really badly on my hands and to top it off hormonal spots around my chin. So I have been enjoying the beauty of my ‘pregnancy glow’ no end.

4) The Joy of Peeing

Oh the peeing! When they joke on films and tv that pregnant women need to pee it is not an exaggeration. In my first trimester I peed probably every hour and now I’m in my final trimester it hasn’t really stopped. I need to pee at all times and I can always go. I have to suss out the loo wherever I am just like on a plane, I need to know where all the exits are. I haven’t been caught short too many times but the new development is peeing whilst I laugh like a little old woman. Delightful.

5) Baby Brain

Yes baby brain is real and I really am losing it. Recently I went to a supermarket to buy ingredients for Shepherds Pie. I came out with mince beef, a new nightie, some candles, Hot Chocolate sachets and rhubarb crumble. Yes I did. It wasn’t till later I realised as I thought I had completed a good shop. I also knitted a hat and boot set in what I thought was white but was actually cream. I lose complete track of sentences and at work I have number blindness and to be honest sometimes have no idea who I’m speaking to on the phone or why. I’m a danger to the public which is why my maternity leave should start now!

6) Nana Naps

I could have a Nana Nap at any point in the day. Period. Work is the hardest as I am tempted to crawl under my desk and sleep for a long time and I could do this at any point but especially at 4pm. I yawn all the time during the day and fall asleep in front of the telly like a full on Nana. But the really annoying thing is I can sleep very heavily when I first go to sleep but after the first pee of the night I can then lie awake for hours thinking about everything in the world and how I can solve the issue and not actually be sleeping at all. Even though I am absolutely knackered. It’s a conundrum a real conundrum.

7) Food Glorious Food

As well as sleep at any point I can eat at any point. I could eat a lot before and I have joked that I have a bottomless pit for a stomach as I am hungry all the time but now I am extremely hungry. I am so hungry I can eat a three course meal at any point. I am also in love with all condiments and vinegar. I have a deep love for Tartar Sauce on most things. As well as ketchup and vinegar. I had a chippy tea with my family recently and I had fish, chips, mushy peas, curry sauce, tartar sauce, ketchup, and vinegar and I have to say it was an utter delight.

So these are my freaky facts. Please don’t get me wrong I am overjoyed to be expecting and love my little baby so much but when your body goes through so many changes it’s hard to not appreciate the utter weirdness of this situation.

Baby’s Bunny Blanket

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Baby’s Bunny Blanket

I have been knitting this blanket it feels like for for 100 years. Ever since we started trying for a baby I knew that when we were pregnant I wanted to make an heirloom item in the form of a blanket for the baby. Something personal that I can bring the baby home in from the hospital and the baby can keep. So when we discovered this baby was going to stay I hunted down a pattern.

I saw this on Love Knitting and it was perfect for this project. I wanted to do something with rabbits as my husbands family are slightly obsessed with rabbits due to their Grandfather, who is a big influence on my husband, being a very successful rabbit farmer. The family collect rabbit items like ornaments and things and I’ve started doing it too. Its like our spirit animal so I wanted to link that in.

The pattern was designed by Suzanne Strachan and is called The Four Bunnies. It is a blanket knitted in knit and purl with embossed rabbits in 4 different positions. For the pattern she used Rowan Baby Merino Silk in a grey. I chose a beautiful pale green colour callef ‘Little Duck Egg’ by Sublime in Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK. I know it’s different to the pattern but I found this in my local shop and I just loved it. According to the Sublime website the yarns in this type are designed for babies as they are ‘reassuringly delicate, soft and smooth yarn’ in the ‘gentlest natural blend next to baby’s skin’. I loved the gorgeous green colour and the feel of the yarn.

The pattern itself is pretty simple it is a garter stitch edge with the embossed rabbits made by purling on the knit side following a guide. The instructions however were not clear to me. I couldn’t figure out how to emboss the bunnies at first and it took my knitting extraordinaire Mother-in-law to take a look at the pattern and discover the key on the very last page. It just shows you what an extra pair of eyes can do to help a project. She also gave me some 4mm circle kneedles on a loop which made it a lot easier as it is a lot of stitches! It can be a difficult pattern if you are not concentrating as you must follow the guide at all times to get the bunny shape but once I was in a rhythm it became a lot easier. I have been knitting this bunny Blanket all over the place taking it with me. To my Mums house, out to the garden and in the car on longer journeys I’ve been trying to squeeze rows in here and there. I finally finished the main blanket whilst we were on our Babymoon in Wales.

This is the final finished main blanket. You can see the four bunnies; successfully embossed and I’m really happy with it. It’s just what I wanted.

To finish the blanket the pattern has images on how to overstitch the bunny tails to make them stand out so I tried this and failed at it. I can’t follow diagrams I need written instructions or to be actually shown. So I watched some YouTube on Duplicate stitch and did this over the tails instead. As it’s a different stitch it made them stand out more so I am happy with it. My final touch was to use duplicate stitch further in the corner of one of the bunnies and put in our baby’s initials. We have already chosen his name and had it ready for so long before he was even conceived. This really made the blanket special for me. I’m 24 and a half weeks when writing this and I’m really pleased I could knit something like this for him to keep we will use this blanket to bring him home from the hospital and its just really special.

Knitted Toys: Big ‘Barry’ Bear

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Knitted Toys: Big ‘Barry’ Bear

There are two things I love in this life. One is babies and the other is knitting toys for presents for babies. (Well all people really)

For this particular baby I wanted to make something quite big and just for him. So I thought what is the one thing that every child needs? The answer is a teddy of course. So I searched the Internet for a pattern as I have made all the other bear patterns I own and I do get bored. I came across the Big Berry Bear Teddy pattern by Lorraine Leathem on Ravelry. It’s such a cute and proper bear. With a big fat tummy and head.

Just the head and body

The pattern uses a self striping wool but I went for a classic beige and I got stuck in. It’s such a lovely pattern, it’s very clear and lovely to just follow along in the evenings. I changed the face a bit as I believe every toy has its own face that comes through as you start to embroider it on. And I used some orange glass beads for eyes that I found at the bottom of my knitting bag. For its ears and paws I needle felted some brown felt into the yarn for furriness and it worked really well.

Finished but naked Big Barry

When the bear was finished it looked a bit naked so I knitted a scarf in the colours of the baby’s Daddy’s rugby club that he plays for. Bright blue and canary yellow. It really finished the bear and he was renamed Big Barry. I hope he will be a good companion for Baby Callum as he grows. I was even more thrilled as I was asked to be Baby’s Godmother! Must have been because of Big Barry!

With his rugby colours

Close up

With his new owner

Oh Boy a boy!

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I hbear boots and hat bomoave been knitting for babies again, this time I wanted to do a set of matching boots and hat. With the birth of the Royal baby boy there were suddenly lots of inspiring knitting patterns in magazines and I decided to knit a set for my sister’s nephew who was born in August recently, He was tiny at 7 pound 2 ounces and is a beautiful little boy. I found a pattern in Simply Knitting magazine which is closely becoming my favourite for a set in a really light cream for a bobble hat and boots and decided to make this.

I chose a cream from the Sirdar Snuggly range in shade 0303 which is a very similar buttery cream colour that was in the picture and I thought it would suit a very new born baby. The hat itself was quite simple stitched in garter stitch which decreased in rows to make the round shape. I finished it with a bobble that I made using my fingers and trimmed to shape.

the boots were made in 3 pieces, first making the solboots and hat bomoes using garter stitch and following the shape the second part making a piece that went over the top in garter and the third using stocking stitch to make a soft inner lining. the boots are then all stitched together and I am always surprised when the pieces come together to make an actual boot!

I couldn’t resist also adding a toy to the present and I called on my favourite pattern for a traditional teddy bear. Using the same wool I knitted a small cream bear. The pattern I really like is by Laura Long from Storytime Knits, one of the 3 bears. I made the Mummy bear one on size 4 needles so it was quite small. After I stuffed the bear I used baby blue wool to embroider the face of the bear and gave him a little belly button for character. I also stuffed the ears and put in a small piece of blue, pink and lilac striped material. This added a bit of a colour and texture to the bear and I think it worked really well.

I think they were slightly too big for him but i’m sure he will grow into them and they will keep him really cosy. I really enjoyed using Sirdar Snuggly wool its so soft and so easy to work with I will be looking for it in the future for my other projects for little babies.20130813_212942