Saturday, 27 August 2016

Pregnancy update: 39 weeks



Baby status: 

We saw the midwife again this week; she measured my tummy and we were coming up a little small so she referred us for a growth scan.. all good though; baby is a good size,still a girl, in position still and we even got to see a really clear ultrasound picture of her face!

Craving: 
Breakfast biscuits and cake- GBBO did not help this craving one bit!!

Eating: 
Lots of chocolate again this week- I had a craving for Toblerone actually and that had to be quickly given in to!

Buying:
Some last minute bits for when baby is here; a Widgey pillow from Babybundle and I also got to pick out some treats from Mamas and Papas to review on the blog once they arrive. We went for 2 pieces of clothing and then 2 practical items.. keep an eye out for this post soon.

Preparing: 
The house; I've finally gone into full nesting mode these past few days. I've washed nearly every piece of bedding in the house, cleaned the floors and got rid of clutter from around the dining room and lounge. The Mr has been very helpful too; doing the jobs that my mind is telling me to do but my body isn't allowing me to.

Sleeping: 
 
A bit better than last week but still waking up to use the bathroom every few hours. 

Emotionally feeling: 
Pretty good generally but the waiting game is getting to me a little bit now- its like going to bed on xmas eve as a kid and waking up wayyyy to early and not being allowed to see the presents.

Laughing at:

My friends checking in on a daily basis to see whether baby has arrived- its very sweet of them.. if i go overdue though i might turn my phone off..haha!

Grateful for:

My organised self- I spent a good few hours this week spreadsheeting our finances and I now feel a lot clearer about how we are going to afford me being off for 12 months. It's completely do-able i've just got to be careful not to overspend on stuff like going out for too many coffees,impulse buying baby stuff, and wasting food. I hope that once I've got into the swing of motherhood and the Mr is back at work I can be a bit more organised with our dinners; we need to get back into doing a weekly meal planner. 

Dreaming of:

The first moments of meeting her very soon- the relief, overwhelming emotions and the excitement for the journey ahead. 

Loving:

Having a bit of time to spend on my blog before she arrives- I've still got a fair few posts to finish off and schedule but I'm feeling optimistic that I will be able to continue to maintain my blog even during the early weeks. Not going to stress myself out about it though..

Looking forward to:

The first week of her being with us my mum and dad are going to be staying at ours to help out. I'm looking forward to having them around to help out and keep me motivated even if i'm exhausted. 

Exercising:

I've managed to do a bit more walking this week; my feet haven't been quite as puffy and I've just given in and now wear flip-flops with every outfit.  I've also been thinking about how I'd like to get active again after having her.. I think i'm going to begin with just lots of walks around the park. 

Savouring:

Feeling her move around in my tummy; its such a lovely feeling and I'm so used to it now I think it will be rather odd not to feel that anymore... but of course it will be even more amazing to look at her little face. 

Hope you've enjoyed my little update- we've decided that we are going to announce her birth via Instagram so if you don't follow me already then you should- @hollylucyhp


XOXOX

Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Treat Kitchen Sheffield Store Opening

Earlier this month I was very pleased to see an email from The Treat Kitchen drop into my inbox; as you probably know from my pregnancy updates I can't seem to get enough sweet things in my gob at the moment so this opportunity for review was right up my street!

To get my sweet tooth tingling The Treat Kitchen sent me a few samples to try out and tempt you with..
In my treat package I found some Little Diddy Pear DropsCoconut Mushrooms and some Radioactive Blue Raspberry Sours (all £2.50 per pack on the site and in-store)

The Treat Kitchen already have stores in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester and are going to be opening a new store here in Sheffield next week on the 3rd September. 

Between their website and stores they stock over 300 different varieties of sweeties, chocolates and handmade cream and butter fudges- dreamy right?! Take a closer look at the treats I got to sample....

The coconut mushroom- a must have for any retro sweet lover.  These mushroom shaped chocolate flavoured candies are melt in the mouth yummy with a generous covering of coconut flakes coating the outside. 

Next up I tried out the Little Diddy Pear Drops- again, another sweet shop classic. 
These are so more-ishly sweet and crunchy. Try these out if you order anything from The Treat Kitchen, you will not be disappointed. 

Finally, were the radioactive blue raspberry sours- just looking at these fluorescent blue beasts makes my mouth do strange things... 
I realised quickly after putting one of these in my gob that they are seriously hardcore. WAY too much sourness for my liking and I think I made it all of about 5 seconds before oh so elegantly spitting it out in my cuppa. However, my sour sweet loving Mr found these very tasty indeed.. although it still made my mouth hurt to watch him eat them. 

The Treat Kitchen new store is going to be in the Meadowhall shopping centre here in Sheffield.  To mark the occasion they are holding a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mayor of Sheffield at 11am on 3rd September and, to make it a proper sweetie launch they are giving away 75,000 treats during the day (store opening from 9am)- yes you read right, 75k!!

Check out the huge selection of sweets over on the website and if you are in Sheffield why not pop along for the opening day!

What's your fave sweet? Are you a fan of sours?

XOXOX

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

What's in my hospital bag?

I ran a poll over on twitter a couple of weeks ago about all things baby and the most requested post came out as the "What's in my hospital bag?" post so here it is...

Since being pregnant I've loved reading these posts on other peoples blogs just to get an idea of the types of things I should consider taking along when the babe decides to arrive.

I thought it would be nice to do my own post so that I can maybe help out other women when they need to google what to take with them to the hospital!

I'll cover both mine and the babes bags in this post and split it down into sections to make it a little less listy.

I completely expect to come home from hospital and ask myself "why did I bother to pack that?!" but for me its part of the whole experience of prepping for her arrival. Someone also said to me at work yesterday.. "its better to take it and not need it than need it and not take it!"
First up,  is the Bounty folder; inside here are my hospital notes. Mine are thankfully very boring as I've had no concerns during pregnancy so all pretty standard info on my blood pressure and tummy measurements. Along with the notes are some compression socks for when my feet get a bit swollen (fit ehhh?!) and also some forms we need to finish filling in with her birth details to claim child benefits- I had no idea that everyone can claim this... did you?! People at work keep reminding me to complete it asap so I've kept it handy in here! 

I've also decided to take a travel pillow with me just incase I need some extra neck support when at the hospital- this could potentially be one of those "why did I take that?" items. 

I've packed all my bits and pieces into this Hugo Boss holdall kindly loaned to me by the Mr- I didn't see the need to go out and spend money on a fancy bag that I'll just be chucking into a taxi and putting on the floor in the hospital. 

Stuff to wear when I first get into hospital



I have no idea how I'll feel when I go into labour but I can imagine I'll want to have nice airy clothing on so I've packed enough pieces just incase.


Low rise black knickers (M&S £7 for 5 pairs)- note- never thought I'd be posting pictures of big knickers on here.. oh how glam!

Pack of shoe liner socks (Primark £2)- I hear that feet can get cold during the big event due to redirected blood circulation so thought best to take these to keep cosy.

Lace trim nightdress (M&S £14)-  easy access for those oh so glam inspections.Black nightwear a must during this situation if you get me.

Grey dressing gown (mine was in the Mothercare sale but heres a similar one for £30)- potentially not an essential for labour but why the heck not treat myself to a new one.

Loose fit striped t-shirt (Primark £3) and Grey vest top (Primark £3) Strappy pink vest top (Primark £1.90) - I wanted a choice incase its really hot/cold on the ward.

Flipflops- I got these free from M&S because I spent over £35 on undies and nightwear- much to my mum's safety dismay flip-flops are on every 'Hospital bag essentials' list I've read so thought I'd take some just incase... fear not though.. I will not be wearing them with the socks!

During the big event

We don't really have much of a birth plan as such; more of just an agreement between me and the Mr to try and avoid any of the heavy stuff. But, as I've never experienced anything like this before I might totally change my mind and I'm okay with that. But, to help me along the way at the start I decided I want to try out a TENS machine.

Babycare sent me one of their Elle TENS machine*  (£71.50 or £27.50 to hire) to pack in my hospital bag and review once we've tried it out. Excited to see whether it works for me!

Keeping comfy after the big event
I'm under no illusions about how my body will look straight after the birth- I'm still going to have a big bump so I know I'll want to be as comfy as possible. I decided to pick up a pair of joggers (£3) from Primark in a size up and then some thermal soft ankle leggings (£8). I'm pretty sure I won't wear the latter pair but they will be handy for the lounging at home in in the weeks to come.


Other essential bits for after the birth are:

Nursing bra's (M&S £32.50 for 2 pack)
Lanolin cream (£8.99 from Boots)
Small towel (John Lewis £8)
Ultra slim breast pads (Boots £2.79)
Maternity pads (Boots  £1.29)
Disposable knickers (Mothercare £2.75)

Toiletries 

I'm not taking a ton of stuff with me as I hope to not have to stay in too long.

Aussie shampoo and conditioner (Boots minatures)
The Bodyshop shea butter lip balm*
The Bodyshop shea body butter*
Compact Mirror (£1 Primark)
1 Flannel (Ikea pack of 10 £3)
Cuticura antibac gel (Boots £1.49)
Mini hairbrush 
Toothbrush and toothpaste 
Andrex washlets (Boots £1.99)- to help freshen up during and after.
Invisibobble hair bands (Amazon £4.48)- the only type of bobbles I use now- love that they don't leave my hair kinked!
A couple of hair grips- for pinning back my fringe when I am getting warm. 
Small towel (John Lewis £8)- just incase they don't give me one at hospital

Other random bits

Headphone splitter (Primark £2)- just incase me and the Mr want to listen to music together. We've set up a playlist ready on Spotify of music that I think will help me focus. Of course i'll be taking headphones too. 
Gym ball and pump  (Decathlon approx £10) - I've heard mixed comments about whether to take tour own birthing ball- all rooms are meant to have one in but our antenatal leader said sometimes they are a bit short of them- I'd rather just take our own just in case.  

Three way travel fan (Boots £6)- Although I think taking a fan is a great idea I wouldn't recommend this one.. its loud and hard to turn on and off but I can't find the energy to drag myself to town to swap it over. 

Snacks

I don't know how much of this I'll need but I'm sure the Mr will be in need of some sugar whilst at the hospital.
Go Ahead bars
Rowntrees fruit pastilles- strawberry and blackcurrant (the best ones for sure)
My fave Haribo, Super Mix
Trebor soft mints
Lucozade

Baby's bag

ToTs by Smartrike changing bag*- I was sent this fab changing bag a while back, you can see an in-depth post on it here
Snuz Cloud Nine swaddle blanket* (Snuz £14.99)- Thought this would be good to wrap her in for some sleepy time whilst still in hospital.This blanket goes with our co-sleeper bedding.. so cute! Keep an eye out for a full post on our co-sleeper, bedding and accessories next week. 

2x Muslin cloths (John Lewis £8.50 for 6) I've been told my life will soon be covered in muslin cloths! They are handy for all sorts of baby related gunk. 

Cotton wool (Boots £1.65)- Probably not an essential as the hospital will more than likely have tons of this but just incase. 

1 pack newborn Naty nappies (Boots £4.29)- I did try to persuade the Mr to opt for re-usable nappies for the babe but he wasn't having any of it. So, the next most eco friendly option available seems to be Naty nappies.

1 pack Naty nappy bags (Boots £1.85)

Clothes for the babe
This, for me, was the most difficult part to figure out- thankfully my mum came to the rescue and helped me pack the baby bits a couple of weeks ago.  I've popped in bits for a small baby, average sized and then a big baby- I actually saw my midwife yesterday and she guesstimated that I'm going to have an 8lb baba!

Starting at the top left-

Pink and white hat (H&M- not on website but one similar here)
Grey long sleeved bodysuit (H&M part of a pack of two for £6.99)
Pink long sleeved bodysuit (H&M part of a pack of two for £6.99)
2 legging sets from H&M (H&M £6.99- they don't do this set with the bunny print on now but heres the grey ones in a set)
1 cotton striped bundler (M&S- this one was in the sale but here are some very cute bundlers in the new range)
1 teeny tiny vest by ZGeneration 
Flower sleep suit 1 month size (M&S included in a pack of 3 for £15)
Striped sleep suit in newborn size (M&S included in a pack of 3 for £15)
Basic white sleep suit 1 month size (Mothercare included in a pack of 3 for £8)
Red pearl knit cardigan larger baby (Mothercare £10)
Cotton sleeve cardigan newborn (M&S £10)
1 burp cloth (Tesco pack of 3 for £4.75)
Another muslin cloth
2 pairs of socks from H&M

I also need to pack her coming home outfit which I picked up right at the beginning of the year from The White Company.. its so cute but I'm going to save that one for a photo of her in it!


Lastly, of course we will need to take a car seat to bring her home in- we went for this Mothercare Ziba seat for £70- we don't have a car at the moment so we aren't going to be using it a lot so didn't want to spend lots on one. Mothercare have this car seat in black on offer for £35.. bargain. 



Inside the car seat I've put a blanket and bunny; my mum crocheted both of these for her. So adorable! I've also added a large swaddle/muslin by toTs by SmarTrike I was sent a few months ago. Thought this might be handy if its too warm to put a blanket on her on the journey home. 



Have I missed anything? Am I taking lots of unnecessary things? Let me know in the comments!

XOXOXO

Friday, 19 August 2016

Pregnancy update- 38 weeks


Well hello there! 

Can you believe it... 38 weeks pregnant.

I say it each time I update you on how things are going but I still can't quite get my head around it all. In no more than 4 weeks the babe will be here.. just a waiting game now. 

Baby status: 

I saw the midwife this week and she confirmed again that baby is head down, ready to go and not likely to move any further down now until the big event. 

Craving: 

Porridge, peaches, water- things have seemed to get healthy over these past 2 weeks thank goodness. 

Eating: 

Still loading myself up on chocolate treats now and again but I've started to think about how my body might look after giving birth and the more crap I eat now the harder it will be to lose!

Buying:

Not a lot this week; we ordered our sling 3 weeks ago from a store which I won't name on here and today they've still said its out of stock so I've cancelled the order and going to find elsewhere to buy it from! We've decided to go for the Close Caboo sling- anyone else had this one?


Preparing: 

The plans for when everything starts- I've briefed my mum and dad about what they need to do; basically get to Sheffield, let themselves in to our house with the key i've given them, tidy the house, get some nice food in and then when baba is born they can come see us at the hospital to bring us home! Can you tell I've turned into a frantic organiser woman?!

Work stuff- On Wednesday this week I finished work for a full 12 months so had to make sure the person covering my role had everything they needed- this felt very odd and I'll admit I did shed a tear; mainly just because its a weird feeling knowing I won't be involved in work related stuff for a full year! I'm sure that will soon fade though once the babe arrives. 

Sleeping:  

Not a lot now.. I wake up at 1am, 4am and then 6am needing to pee. Good practice though for night feeds eh!

Emotionally feeling: 

A bit of a wreck this week; I've cried over leaving my iPhone headphones at work, Rhiannon Ashlee's Birth vlog and having swollen elephant feet. 

Laughing at:

The ridiculous things that seem to make me cry. 


Grateful for:

Comfy maternity clothes I was given by my auntie. The most comfortable items have to be the maternity yoga pants with a huge stretchy waist band and some flipflops the Mr bought me for my swollen feet.  Also, the hot milk and honey pedicure my colleagues at work bought me as a leaving gift- I decided to treat myself to a gel manicure too whilst at Spa 1887

Dreaming of:

How my days will be when she is here- I cant wait to start our journey as a family and also seeing how in love the Mr is going to be with her.. heart eyes emoji right there. 

Loving:

That it's just a matter of days now until she gets here... the what were nice movements are now becoming rather uncomfortable if i'm honest! The last few days it's felt like she's trying to burrow her way out but in the wrong direction. 

Looking forward to:

Being able to help round the house once she's born- at the moment I feel so frustrated that I cant lift anything, pick anything up from the floor, spend long on my feet cooking... all those types of things. I never thought I'd think that I'd miss the ability to clean and tidy...

Exercising:

Yeah that aint happening at all... I can barely walk down the road now and my taxi rides are becoming more frequent!

Savouring:

The quiet time we get to spend together in the evenings watching our Netflix series. 


Hope you've enjoyed my little update- we've decided that we are going to announce her birth via Instagram so if you don't follow me already then you should- @hollylucyhp

XOXOX