Things to buy [baby# 2]

Baby#2 will be arriving less than two years after Isabelle was born, so as you can imagine we already have a lot of things that we need.  We are also team yellow so I cannot even go out and buy lots of pink or blue clothes!  There are a few things that I have my eye on however, as it would be nice for baby#2 (and me) to have a few new things 🙂

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  1. Snuzpod 2 – this just looks amazing and I was won over by the review from The Uphill.  It is a co-sleeping crib which enables you to sleep with your baby next to you, but not in the bed with you as it has a removable side.  I had the Chicco ‘Next to me’ crib with Isabelle, and whilst I liked the concept of a co-sleeper crib I did not like the build quality of the Chicco offering.
  2. ABC Zoom double pram – Even though Isabelle is walking now, there is no way we could get away without a double pram – it would take me an age to walk to Tesco with her, and what about when she is tired?!  We looked at all the popular doubles (iCandy, Bugaboo and Uppababy) but none of them stood out to us.  We really like the look of the ABC Zoom as even though it is a tandem, the babies are more or less at the same level – with a lot of other tandems, one baby is stuffed under the other which I do not like the idea of!
  3. Sleepyhead – I am umming and ahhhing about this one.  It is massively expensive for what it is, but check out those reviews!!  This is definitely one that I would have to persuade James to think about, as essentially we would be paying nearly £100 for a cushion!

Does anyone have any experience with any of the goodies I have my eye one?  I would really value your experiences!

24 weeks pregnant [baby #2]

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How far along: 24 weeks

Gender: We didn’t find out the gender at our anomaly scan, and do not have another opportunity to, so we are team yellow!  Obviously it is personal preference, but I think there is something magical about not knowing the sex of your baby until it is born, it is the truest surprise in the world!

Maternity clothes: Yes for bottoms, not so much for tops.  I am living in about 3 pairs of maternity jeans, floaty/baggy tops and a couple of maternity tops from my first pregnancy – I really wish I could treat myself to some new maternity bits but I just cannot justify the cost at the moment, especially when they are used for such a short pace of time.

Sleep: Sleep is good!  I just cannot get enough though.  Last night I slept from 9pm-6am and I am still tired.

Best moment this week: Feeling quite a lot of movement, and continuing to think about names.

Movement: Baby seems to be establishing some sort of movement pattern.  I do worry about movements a lot though.  During my first pregnancy I visited hospital a few times due to worrying about reduced movement.  This triggered an extra scan at about 35 weeks, which showed that my babies growth had tailed off.  She was born at 41 weeks and only weighed 5lb 14oz, so her growth definitely did appear to stop.  This is a worry for me during this pregnancy, what if it happens again but it makes baby ill? What if my placenta doesn’t function correctly?  I am not due to have another midwife appointment until I am 28 weeks, but I have requested an additional one before that so that I can discuss these concerns.

Looking forward to: I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend with lots of naps!

If you are pregnant how are you feeling?  Did you find out the sex of your baby?

 

My tips for mums to be/new mums

I am not going to pretend that I am a parenting expert, I am far from it.  I still have days when I wonder how the hell we have managed to keep an actual human alive for over a year.  However there are a few things I remember from the haze that is the first months of Isabelle’s life that I thought may be useful for any Mums to be or new Mums out there.

Allow yourself time to recover

It is really easy to think that as soon as you have given birth, whether it be by c-section or a natural birth, that the hard bit is done and you should bounce back to ‘normal’  This is not the case.  However you have given birth the fact is that your body has been through an enormous trauma and you need to remember this before you start running around looking after visitors, let them look after you!

Don’t be in rush to loose weight

I know, I know, this is easier said than done. Unless you have amazing genes you will probably feel exactly how did after giving birth – like you have been left with a deflated balloon instead of a tummy.  As long as you eat healthily (despite the fact that you will probably want to live off sugar and caffeine to stay awake!), and take it easy you will be fine.  You will never get these first weeks and months back of your newborns life, my view is that this time should not be spent worrying about a little extra weight.

Enjoy your newborn snuggles

The likelihood is that your tiny newborn will want snuggling – a lot. Enjoy these snuggles is my advice.  Isabelle is 16 months now, and the only time I get a decent snuggle is when she is feeling a little poorly (is it wrong that I enjoy these snuggles?!).  I know that it is easy to fall into the trap of worrying that your little one will not settle without being cuddled, but try not to fret, the time will come when they are happy to be placed in their cot for a snooze without any help from Mummy!

Don’t buy lots of clothes

I did quite well with this before Isabelle  was born actually, but then we were team yellow, so I didn’t want to go too overboard with neutral things.  It really is true what they say though, you will get bought/given a LOT of stuff when baby arrives.  I received things from people I never would have expected to!

Try not to worry about how you decide to feed your baby

This is a tough one.  I received little to no help from the hospital in getting breastfeeding established and I ended up leaving the hospital bottle feeding just to get out of there.  Luckily a fabulous midwife visited me the day after and gave me all the help I needed.  It was all go with breastfeeding from then on.  I had my heart set on breastfeeding from an early stage in my pregnancy so I persevered, but that is not to say that there is anything wrong with bottle feeding – it is your personal choice.  Please do not let anyone make you feel like your choice is the ‘wrong one’.  There is no ‘wrong one’ when it comes to feeding your baby – my moto is “happy mummy, happy baby!”

Accept help

I was really bad with this after Isabelle was born.  Isabelle was a much longed for baby, and once she was born I irrationally felt that I had to do everything for her as she was ‘my’ baby.  I should have asked for, and accepted, more help from people, I know I will be when baby #2 arrives!

Do you have any advice for new mums?

 

Where has the time gone?!

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Life took over! I haven’t written a post for about 8 months, I was busy being a Mummy, returning to work aaaaaand getting pregnant again!! Yep, Baby #2 is due in May 2016 and we couldn’t be more excited to add to our little family.

Isabelle is now 16 months and the absolute LOVE OF MY LIFE! I am absolutely obsessed with her and her cute little ways.  I will do a separate post on her 16th month update shortly.  I think I will also start to do some pregnancy update posts as it would be nice to have a record of this amazing time in my life.

I have been back to work since mid November and I am quite enjoying it.  It is nice to have some time to myself, being me, and not a Mummy (not to say that I don’t miss Isabelle, of course I do).  All being well I should be back on maternity leave in a couple of months, preparing for baby #2’s arrival.  We opted not to find out the sex of this baby (same as with Belle) which, I think, makes it all the more exciting!!