31 December 2010

New Year

Happy New Year everyone!

What a funny old year it has been! If you told me, a year ago, whilst I was at my dear friends Anna's house eating pizza and drinking gin and cranberry juice and preparing to go out, that this time next year you will be living with your boyfriend in a flat in Bristol, expecting a baby in 3 weeks, I would have most likely choked on my pizza and spat out my gin!

So things can change quite dramatically in a short space of time! I'm happy with the changes, I feel like I'm getting what I have been wanting for a long while, and I'm about to embark on a huge, very scary but exciting adventure, and that is something I'm very happy about.

I made some very lovely friends this year, have learned many lessons, sacrificed, slowed down, had many minor wobbly moments, seen new places, spent time with amazing old friends, cried, laughed, hugged, fallen over, been scared, lost things, gained things, found love and made a baby. All in all for me it has been one of the best years I've had so far. I've learned so much about myself and other people, and feel I have taken a massive brave step into my future.

So here's to the future! I hope this next year continues to constantly suprise me, teach me and show me new things, and I think it just might!

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So this evening my sister, Rob and I are having a quiet night in. My sister and I are going to make pizza and carrot cake cup cakes, have a face mask, watch Amelie, play Wii party and cards, and have a fun evening!

This afternoon has been slightly crafty. My sister showed me these iron on transfers that she has, and let me use some. So I took some plain white baby grows and tried it out! I'm so pleased with the results, I want just buy tons of plain baby grows and these books of my own and make make make! I will truely have the coolest baby on the block!







30 December 2010

Why thank you Mothercare

Hello! I hope everyone is ok during this weird period between Christmas and New year. I have sort of forgotten about Christmas and the holidays now, and have gone on full over-drive in getting everything ready for the baby. I'm 37 weeks today, which means that if the baby came now, or any time in the next 3 weeks there would be no problems, as he is considered full-term, from now on he's just chilling and getting fat! Lucky thing! As for me it's getting pretty uncomfortable, walking far is a hard task as is doing most other things like cleaning and tidying, but I can't seem to stop doing those things! Last night I had a horrible stitch feeling in my stomach, which is apparently caused by the baby lying on a tendon or ligament, making it very uncomfortable, thanks baby!

My sister is still here, and still determined to get the baby out before she leaves next week...We shall see!

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The last few days have been spent shopping! Nothing for me, all for baby. Yesterday I went to Boots and with a gift card that my lovely friends put money onto for me (which was amazing!) I bought essentials such as nappies, cotton wool, nipple cream and things like that. I bought some disposable nappies to begin with, the Nature care ones, just for the first week or so, so I can get used to changing the nappy and hopefully get some sort of routine with everything else, then I can concentrate on using washable nappies after that.

So today we went swimming, then took a trip over to Ikea and Mothercare. I bought the rest of the things I needed like storage boxes for clothes, muslin squares and other bits and bobs. I then went to Mothercare to get the rest.

Bristol city council have a really good scheme where if you spend £50 on resuable nappies, they pay the retailer £30 of it. So I knew that they did these starter packs by a company called Bambino Mio, which are about £50, I also bought a changing mat and two packs of sheets for the crib.


So I took it all to the till and they rang it through, and they said I only had to pay £1.82. I didn't really understand why, but kept quiet anyway. It should have come to about £70, then £40 with the £30 voucher, so somehow they managed to only charge me £1.82 for the whole lot! I can't actually believe it! So with the extra money saved I bought a nappy bin and a breast pump!

I was so excited that I got so much! I can't believe my luck!

We sorted and put away everything when we got home...I'm so excited! It's all pretty much ready, just waiting for the baby now!


28 December 2010

Photo time!

So I finally worked out how to get my photos from my camera onto my computer! Hooray!

These last few days, well nearly a week have flown by, what with my Birthday, visitors and Christmas. We have just got home from Essex, where we were visiting family! My sister is with us still, and it's nice to be back home!

So here we go with the photos:

My birthday breakfast, marmite and cheese pancakes

birthday pyjamas from my mum, but too small at the moment!

Our amazing aquired swinging crib

Birthday guests

Christmas morning!

Pretty christmas flat

The giant


Melon faces!

goodies!

Rob's silly christmas face!


Lovely dinner cooked by Tilly!





presents!

After dinner relaxing!

my convenient twiglit holder

Scrabble and cheese in the evening

Boxing day at my families


My lovely cousin Grace

Me and my dad


Rob's creation

In Saffron Walden

Our snowy walk












I had a very nice Christmas indeed, I really enjoyed being in my own new home, having our first Christmas here! It just means now that the birth is only 3 weeks away!! aaahhhh

25 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! I'm currently lying on the sofa with Rob, Vic and Tilly with very full bellies and a wriggling baby!

Photos to come later!

Hope everyone is having a lovely day!!

21 December 2010

pram-a-lam

Today we got our pram! hoooraay!

My mum came to visit and dropped off christmas goodies, as did Rob's dad, so we have lots of lovely presents under our tree now! We then headed off to Mothercare to have a look. Rob had the day off so he could come and try out the prams. We were going to just get the Mothercare travel system, but after looking we decided to go for a slightly more expensive pram, the Graco vivo. It seems good and sturdy, with a car seat...so I like it! I can't wait to actually be able to take the baby out in it, there is something really exciting about pushing around a pram...

I also had my midwife appointment today. I told her that I had been have slight cramps in my stomach when I go to bed, sort of like mild period pains, I thought she would just say 'oh that's braxton hicks' but she said that when it happens to phone the assessment center, and they will tell me what's happening, perhaps I should have done that before...oh well, we shall see if they happen again!


We also went over to Rob's parents to pick up some baby stuff that they had collected from various places. Rob's mum has got us a a really nice swinging crib, and a moses basket. Rob's gran put us together this box of amazing knitted blankets and cardigans, knitted by her, and a really nice blanket crocheted by Rob's great gran. It's very exciting to finally be getting things together. My mum had also very nicely bought some bath stuff and extra bits like that...

So I'm 36 weeks this week, only four more to go!







Me and the Christmas tree!

My sister is hopefully coming tomorrow! How exciting! I'm REALLY excited about Christmas now! weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!



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