Sunday 2 April 2017

Preparing for Baby

Wow, 35 weeks pregnant. Can you believe it!? I’m struggling to get my head around the fact that in just a few short weeks, we’ll have our baby boy here! Of course, I’m super excited and secretly can’t wait to meet him but there’s just a few things we need to get out of the way first! 

Millie’s birthday is at the end of the month (around the time my section will be done believe it or not...) and she’s having her birthday party in 2 weeks time just to make sure we don’t end up having him early and she misses out completely. I have 5 more days left at work too which I’m hoping will absolutely fly by - then I’ll be off for a whole year (I hope!) But other than that, we are pretty much prepared for his arrival. Clothes are washed, just a few items that we’ve been given over the last week or so that need to go in, Snuzpod is up and in our bedroom, Moses basket it up and sitting in the nursery and his room is ready for when he’s big enough to go in there alone. Until then, all of his stuff is in there so the house doesn’t get too cluttered but we do need to sort a changing basket out to have downstairs just for ease. 

I wanted to share some bits with you that have either helped me through this pregnancy so far or that I’m looking forward to using once baby is here. From around 17 weeks, I’ve been relatively ’normal’ with all nausea going. I had a rough patch about 4 weeks ago when I was so tired that my body just wasn’t functioning and I was having terrible Braxton Hicks but other than that, it’s been pretty smooth sailing. I’ve been drinking Gaviscon like it’s water though for about 3 months now and munching the tablets everytime I eat but I guess there are worse symptoms to be experiencing! 

My stretch marks seem to be fading too as I’ve been using the Secret Saviours band and lotions religiously since around 21 weeks but I know that with Millie, my stretch marks actually only appeared around about this time so we’ll see if it helps to minimise them up until I give birth...

My hospital bag is all packed now too! It was a bit of a struggle trying to remember the sort of things I needed to pack so I googled ‘Hospital Checklist’ and just took off the main things that I felt like I’d need and trying to remember what I used/didn’t use when I had Millie. I think because I’m having a section this time round, I’m more prepared and know what to have so I’ve made sure I’ve got lots of maternity pads, newborn nappies and a range of baby grows too as the ones we had for Millie were huge! I’m also not ‘over packing’ so I took my iPad etc last time that I just didn’t use as there was no wifi and I took a book but I’d rather lie and watch my baby. I am packing some extra bits for baby boy though including some swaddles. I didn’t think about it last time and Millie ended up loving being swaddled so these Aden and Anais swaddles are perfect as they’ll double up as covers for breastfeeding too! 

I’ve also been buying some cute little bits for the nursery and some keep sake items too. This super cute Elephant is actually from Scentsy! My friend and ex-fellow blogger Gemma has her own Scentsy business and I saw this and just couldn’t not get it! Millie absolutely loved her Euan the Dream Sheep and it turned into more of a comforter for her than it did a sleep aid so I’m hoping that this little guy with its gorgeously smelling tummy, can do the same for our little man. There’s 3 other characters to choose too so make sure you go and have a look!

We’ve also had a ‘Meelight’ for in the nursery but will be using it in our bedroom until he moves into the nursery. It’s a little egg shaped light that is detachable from its base and is perfect for night feeds and changes as the light is dim enough to not disturb baby (or your partner!) and can remain on charge or at a socket point like a normal light would! I love that it can clip onto your clothes too, perfect when you’re trying to make and clean bottles at 3am! 

The last things I’ve been loving are these Bellybuds headphones. They’re a way for you and baby to listen to music together but without worrying that the loudness is going to disturb him too much! You simply plug your iPod/music into the headphone jack (link with yours too if you want to!) and then place the buds on your stomach with using the provided gel pads or just resting them on your stomach. It’s such a nice way to relax and feel your baby move to the music. It’s a different way to connect and you can also play recordings of storybooks or singing too! 

I think with all the other bits and bobs we are finally ready to welcome this little man into the world. Only 4 weeks to go and we’ll finally be able to announce his arrival to you all! 

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