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Pregnant Guest Blogger Norwich Mumbler – 29 weeks update

When they say each pregnancy feels like it goes faster, they’re not lying.

 

I am 29 weeks pregnant now, which means only a mere 11 weeks to go.  At the beginning 11 weeks feels like it last forrrrrrrever, but now it feels like time is running away and B-Day (Birth Day) will be here before I know it.

 

I think one of the main problems is I’m trying to organise a rather large children’s activities event at the beginning of June…and I’m due on 29th June.  My husband was unimpressed when I told him my plan and said he would refuse to help me.  Of course he will help, he was just saying it out of protest that I was going to attempt this event at 37 weeks pregnant, but having an event deadline before baby deadline is definitely making time feel like it is going even faster.

DELEGATION will be my word of the day for the event on 9th June – if only I could delegate on the 29th June too, ha!

 

Even though time is FLYING, I’ve been pretty good at taking regular bump pics and I’ve posted a few bump photos on my Instagram stories (for some reason it feels less public than posting them to the Mumbler FB page?).  Quite a few people have commented on what a neat bump it is and I do always seem to grow a good bumpy type bump, but as ‘neat’ as the bump looks, it is now 85% stretchmarks.

 

They radiate from my belly button to around the diameter of a football.  I know body positivity and ‘loving the stripes’ is very popular at the moment, and when the bump is full of baby it is way easier to accept them, but it is the aftermath that I am slightly dreading.

 

I am trying to feel ok about them though and remind myself that my body has stretched itself to its limit not once, not twice, but THREE times and so far grown two incredibly hilarious, stubborn, kind and noisy humans.  Hopefully number 3 will be just as hilarious and kind, and a little bit less stubborn and noisy, but that it will still remind me it’s ok not to be ok with my post-baby body…it’s still damn amazing.

 

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Family-friendly restaurants in and around Norwich

Family-friendly restaurants in and around
Norwich

Going out for lunch or dinner
as a family can be a lot of fun. Whether you’ve stopped to refuel during an
exciting day in the city or are treating your nearest and dearest to a slap-up
meal, taking the kids out for food is a great way to spend quality time
together as a family.

To help you find the perfect
spot for your next gastro experience, we’re taking a look at the best family-friendly
restaurants in Norwich and the surrounding area.

Giraffe

A lot of the time, chain
restaurants offer the best choice – and most competitive prices – on
kids’ menus. What’s more, they often have activities and games to keep little
ones entertained while grown-ups enjoy their meal.

If you’re looking for a
convenient and affordable place for a family lunch, Giraffe is a great place to
start. The restaurant’s dedicated kids’ menu features everything from katsu
chicken curry to fish fingers and beans, ensuring there’s something to keep
even the fussiest eater happy.

Las Iguanas

Another reliable
child-friendly chain is Las Iguanas. Located close to the waterfront in the
Riverside Retail Park, the restaurant offers a great choice of vegetarian,
vegan and gluten-free dishes. They also offer free organic baby food for
younger children and staff are always happy to reheat baby bottles. 

Zaks

Back in the ’70s, local
musician Harvey Platt decided to bring a slice of America to Norwich and opened
the first Zaks in 1976. The restaurant has been dishing up US classics to happy
customers for decades and now has a choice of locations across the city. Kids
will love the burgers and fries on offer while parents will appreciate the
colouring books and other games that are on hand to keep little ones busy.

Fatsos

If you’re taking your family
for a day out in Great Yarmouth, Fatsos is the perfect place to stop for lunch.
Located on King Street, the restaurant serves up burgers, fries, pizzas, wraps
and other crowd-pleasing American classics. Wash your meal down with a freshly
made milkshake before heading back to the beach.

Fatsos also has a location in
Norwich if you want to stay a little closer to home.

The Swan

If you want to take the kids
out into the countryside for a bit of fresh air, The Swan in Loddon is a great
place to stop for lunch. Grown-ups can enjoy mouth-watering meals cooked by
award-winning chefs, while kids will love the classic family favourites on the
pub’s Cygnet Menu. Ingredients are sourced from local farmers and there’s often
live music in the early evening. Once you’ve finished eating, head out for a
walk in the local countryside to help your food go down.

With so many family-friendly
restaurants in the local area, parents in Norwich are spoiled for choice when
it comes to eating out. Find out more about family-friendly activities in and
around Norwich by exploring our site today.

I know there are so many please
comment with your top favourite!

Jess

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Language classes for babies and toddlers in Norwich

Language classes for babies and toddlers in Norwich

As we all know, learning a new language as a child is a lot easier than learning a new language as an adult. Babies and toddlers don’t have to think about grammar, tenses or clauses. All they need is to become immersed in a new language and they’ll pick it up in no time.

Not only does learning a second language as a baby help to set kids up for a bright linguistic future, it can also help with brain development and general communication skills. Thanks to growing demand, there is now a great choice of baby and toddler language classes in and around Norwich. If you think this might be the perfect activity for your budding translator, here are a few of the best local language classes to try out.

Lingo Lions

Lingo Lions teaches Spanish to kids from 0–12 years. Kids are divided into different age groups, with 0–3 year olds all learning together. Lessons are fun and easy for kids to follow. Teachers have lots of experience working with younger children, so your baby or toddler is guaranteed to have a great time while learning new linguistic skills.

Lingo Lions, teacher Kate is very passionate and has sessions running across Norwich. Get in touch to find out if there’s a location near you.

La Jolie Ronde

Like Lingo Lions, La Jolie Ronde is suitable for children aged from 0–12. Both French and Spanish classes are available, giving you the opportunity to get your kids speaking multiple languages before they even start school.

Lessons are well-structured and are designed to reflect real-life situations. This gives kids an excellent grounding in their chosen language and helps to make the classes more relevant to everyday life.

As well as improving their communication skills, learning a new language has also been shown to give kids a confidence boost and aid all aspects of learning. Get in touch with the organisation to find out about lessons in your local area.

KidsLingo

French and Spanish are by far the most popular languages among parents who want to give their kids a head start. So it’s no surprise that the third organisation offering language classes for babies and toddlers in Norwich also specialises in these tongues.

KidsLingo offers a variety of baby and pre-school classes in and around Norwich. Most sessions take place in the afternoon or mid-morning, making it easy to fit lessons into your child’s day. The structure of the lessons will vary depending on the age of the children, with play a big part of language classes for babies and younger kids.

Language classes for babies and toddlers are a fantastic way to boost self-confidence, improve communications skills and give your child a head start in the world of linguistics.

 

Find out more by getting in touch with a group near you.

 

Jess


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6 tips from a mum down the line for new mums

  1. Trust Your New Mama Instincts.

It’s a cliché, you’ll hear it again and again but trust me. There really is nothing like your new super powers… the mother instincts. You know your baby better than anyone if you don’t feel someone is listening to it don’t be afraid to stand tough because at the end of the day its better to overreact than to have something missed. I have never regretted asking for a second opinion or refusing to leave a GP until I was listened to and so far I haven’t been proven wrong.

  • ‘I’m overwhelmed and I don’t know if I can do this.’

I don’t know a mum who hasn’t experienced this in some measure: either a wave of this that passed or who was brave enough to talk to someone because it was something more serious.

Please don’t suffer in silence. At the smallest end of the scale I would say breathe, speak to your mum, some friends, your partner, someone you can trust and share the feelings because with so much parenting, ‘it’s just a phase’ even if it doesn’t feel like it.

Be easy on yourself, you are a new mum not wonder woman.

At the other end of the scale, please don’t suffer in silence there is wonderful help out there for post-natal depression, for those anxious from a traumatic birth or for any other feelings that are weighing you down. Please go to your GP for support and advice.

This is not a sign of weakness it is something that happens, and you deserve to be supported through it.

  • Birth didn’t go as you expected

It rarely does – as a baby photographer I hear new birth stories on a weekly basis and I want to say to any new mums to be or freshly made mums – they rarely do.

Be kind to yourself about your experience… if you had a drug free, water birth order in but ended up dosed up on all the drugs and wailing for more… well, if that’s what got you through then amazing! … you made and pushed out a human being!

However you delivered your baby… you were incredible and you achieved an amazing thing. C-section, natural, home, hospital, epidural, drugs, no drugs… all that matters is there are 2 healthy humans at the end of it. Mum and baby.

  • Friendships Can Change.

This was a hard lesson to learn. When your world shifts its centre to a tiny small human it can mean your priorities change and alongside that friends/family member attitudes towards you can also change. This is not a negative commentary, but simply an acknowledgement that life brings people in and out of it for various reasons and for many this is one big turning point in life that moves people in and out of your life.

Friends without children may not understand your new life (I know I didn’t maybe support friends who were new mothers before I became one myself) Girls nights may be rarer, relationships with partners may become strained (have you heard the one about who is more tired?!)

It all gets easier but don’t feel alone if friendships ebb and flow differently. All us mums have experienced it and if you are lucky, you’ll meet some new amazing friends through being a mum.

  • Be kind to yourself. 

The most important of my points. Be kind. To Yourself. There is so much advice out there for keeping a baby happy… and after all that’s your new role in life. But a happy baby needs to be supported by a happy mum.

Care for yourself as you do your baby…. Nourish yourself, rest, get fresh air and get support when it feels too much. Small things such as watching your favourite film while feeding your baby, having a bath, staying in your pjs all day and just ignoring the washing… it’s not easy but sometimes it is vital.

  • Get Some Fresh Air

It’s funny how I resented being forced to have fresh air as a child. However, since the moment my children were born something switched and I genuinely now believe that fresh air can cure anything. Feeling sad? Get fresh air. Got a cold? Get fresh air. Feeling stressed? Happy? On the cusp of cabin fever? Fresh air.

Daylight is good for us, walking and moving is good for you and if you want to start exercising a bit post baby, it’s a lovely, gentle way to start. I always used to invite my new mum friends for walks so we could enjoy it together. I did blog my top 5 baby friendly cafes 2 of which are in based in a park - win win walk and cake!

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The Honest Confessions of a NICU Mum on…. Baby Classes

The Honest Confessions of a NICU Mum on…. Baby Classes

 

So, it seems that once you’ve got the baby out of you then you have to then suddenly fill your calendar with sensory classes, baby massage and bounce and rhyme classes.

During my pregnancy with my eldest I can’t really remember on finding local baby classes, or planning to attend them. It was more than likely the fact others were doing it and me feeling like I should too!

I was quite fortunate to live a few minutes from a local children’s centre where they held most of the baby classes ion my town.

Even looking back now I remember baby classes with conflicting emotions.

Elijah had colic so someone had suggested baby massage and I did put our names down to see if it would help.

By this point we had endured a NICU stay, and were waiting for a surgery date. I began to decline mentally and certainly remember feeling panicky about attending the class.

Luckily my friend also attended with me, but I still feeling some afraid that people would pick out me as the NICU Mum, and I didn’t want their pity. I was going through a really bad time of accepting what we had been through, and also what we would have to go through and meeting other mums with their healthy babies was hard.

I briefly mentioned it to the teacher in case there was any sort of medical restriction and I saw the pity in her eyes.

I did what I do best, and deflected it, providing some distraction was also Elijah who had projectile vomited all over one of those brightly coloured matts.

As much as baby classes are great for getting you out of the house, for meeting other mums I think there is also a slightly darker side to them, well that’s my experience anyway.

I found I was always comparing myself to others, and my baby too, who was bigger, was was sleeping better, who was doing what.

There is also a fear of judgement when I whipped my Tommee Tippee out of the changing bag, I felt like I was failing.

This is likely just a representation of my mental state at the time, and I am even now, very socially awkward.

I did find it quite hard to go into a room full of parents I didn’t know and to me felt as though I was being put on trial.

I tended to feel comfortable with certain mum friends and would prefer just a house play date rather than sitting in a circle singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Over the first 18 months with Elijah we attended them sporadically, but I just don’t think we found the right fit for us. We also had a lot going on with NICU surgery, recovery etc they were just not on my top list of priorities.

I think there is a stigma surrounding baby classes too, I know of some wonderful ladies whom I have met who run their own classes and I am sure they would have certainly been better suited to us.

There are some great baby classes now on offer that are now offering something different from the norm that also help the parents out too (links below).

Greg always felt the odd one out as he tended to be the only dad and I just didn’t feel comfortable enough to keep going back.

I haven’t actually taken Harlow to a baby class and I do beat myself up he is missing out but truth is with two kids, and a trillion schedules to manage we just don’t have time. He is quite happy to play with Elijah and friends.

It has sadden me that many Children’s Centres are closing and this is where many baby classes are held, and despite me not using them much I know how important they are to others and having the access of them.

It is funny how we as parents put so much pressure on ourselves to sensor the hell out of our little ones believing it is what we should be doing at a detriment to ourselves.

I worry about this un necessary pressure on vulnerable new mums, and wish I could go back and tell that panicked mum it was all okay and it doesn’t matter because you are just doing your best.

Happy mum/dad, happy baby whether you go to baby class or not.

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Vicki Cockerill is a Freelance Content Writer and NICU/CHD Mum to two boys, she authors The Honest Confessions Of A NICU Mum Blog and co-founded the @KnackeredandNorwich Social Club and campaigns for NICU and MMH issues. You can contact her via her blog or social media;

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Norfolk Parent Event Businesses

Norfolk Parent Event Businesses

When you are a parent, days and nights out aren’t quite the same as pre children are they? Where you would crave a long pub lunch by the river, you now want to know where the baby changing facilities are.

Nights out come with the inevitable hangover and somehow cramming into the pre baby night out mini skirt and going to a club doesn’t have the same appeal.

But, how and most importantly where do you go to get the much needed me time, playdates and night out that are parent friendly (accompanied by a few gins of course!)

Below you will find some amazing parent focused companies who arrange amazing meet ups with or without children, day and night so everyone will find something for them. Best bit of all?

They are all based in Norfolk! if you know of anymore please comment we'd love to discover more!

 

@NorwichMumbler

Your one stop shop for all things parenting. Family fun days at Norwich Castle? An active Facebook community? Reviews and information of all the best days out and family friendly facilities in the area? Norwich Mumbler really does have it all in a non-judgemental and welcoming environment, both on and offline.

@KnackeredandNorwich

Okay, I may be slightly biased with this one as I co-founded the social club but it is a monthly meet up in and around Norwich’s amazing coffee shops for parents, small businesses, freelancers and anyone else who wants to come along! It is a great platform to connect and network with other likeminded people and meet those people you’ve been following on Instagram for ages! There is normally a talk of sorts or skill share and highlighting causes close to our hearts like Harper’s Little Helpers and period poverty, most of all it’s a great chance to get pout the house, enjoy some great coffee and company!

@Wegotthissometimes

Emma has put together an amazing event company specifically targeted at giving parents the night of and bringing them some of the glitterati of Instagram right to their doorstep in Norwich. From Mother Pukka, The Unmumsy Mum and who can forget The Scummy Mummies? Unforgettable nights out for parents is the name of the game and Emma has certainly delivered again and again. Don’t forget to sign up for priority notice of new ticket releases!

 

@Mummaandmore

A local events company run by the lovely Sarah to showcase local small businesses and support working parents. With some brilliant events like Mumma Jumble and Mumma Market and not to mention the frankly amazing Women Supporting Women Facebook group this is one mumma on a mission to empower the working parents of Norfolk.

 

@TheParentandBabyShow

Baby shows seem a slightly out dated concept. The Parent and Baby Show have turned that on its head by bringing a regular, fun, and interactive show. With on hand advice, baby changing and feeding facilities, and some amazing local and national brands normally with a brilliant festival theme. There is also a PABS Business Hub over on FB and upcoming awards supporting local businesses!

With so many events, days out, and communities on offer in the local area you really are spoilt for choice and will find it hard to fit it all in!

Do you run or host a parent event businesses or organise regular meet ups?

We want to hear from you so we can add it and share it with our readers too!

 

Vicki and Jess


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Things to do with Kids: Top 5 places to fruit pick in Norfolk

Top 5 places to PYO -  fruit pick in Norfolk

 

Picking your own fruit and veg is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. As well as giving you the chance to enjoy some of Norfolk’s best produce, it’s a great opportunity to teach your kids a little more about where their food comes from. To help you plan your fun day out, with the help of friends I’ve picked the top five favourite PYO spots for you to explore this summer.

 

  1. Blofield

 

At Blofield, you can pick your own strawberries and sweet pea flowers in early June and gorge on raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, tayberries, currants and sweet peas later in the summer. Located just to the south east of Norwich, the farm is open for PYO Tuesday to Sunday throughout the picking season.

 

  1. Whitehouse Farm

 

My backdrop for family shoots this year ,  Whitehouse Farm has been owned by the same family for generations. The tools that decorate the walls were once used to work the land, and although machines have long since replaced manpower, they still add a nice decorative touch to the farm’s café. The cake is epic , and they have lovely shops to browse as well as fruit pick!

 

The strawberry season is due to start in mid-June. You can also pick up fresh cut meat in the award winning butchers and stop for a tasty cake in the onsite café.

 

  1. Hillfield Nursery and Farm shop

 

Hillfield Nursery offers a huge range of PYO fruit. As a result, the picking season at the farm is long, with PYO available from May until September. Among the delicious delights on offer you’ll find rhubarb, gooseberries, strawberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, raspberries, blackberries and over 200 types of apple among much more. There’s also a farm shop where you can pick up other local specialities.

 

  1. Fairgreen Farms

 

When asking around I found out about Fairgreen Farms & that they specialise in blueberries, so if this is your favourite summer fruit, you know where to go. The season begins in mid-July and should run until September. During this time the farm is open six days a week for PYO.

 

  1. The Tacons Farm Shop

 

The Tacons farm shop offers a fantastic choice of PYO fruit and veg. As well as classics like strawberries, you can also pick a range of other seasonal produce including onions and pumpkins. The farm is open daily for PYO throughout the season, giving you plenty of opportunities to get out and get active with the family. While you’re at the Tacons, visit the farm shop where you’ll find an excellent selection of other freshly picked fruit and veg from the surrounding fields as well as a choice of high quality local produce.

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For more ideas on things to do in Norfolk, take a look around my blogs.

 

Jess


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Top 5 private pools to hire around Norwich, Norfolk

Top 5 private pools to hire around Norwich.

 

Sometimes going to public pool with a young baby, or energetic toddler (or both!) doesn’t quite have the same appeal as booking a private pool. Being able to wrangle the children in and out of their swimming stuff on your own and then enjoying the pool all to yourselves does sound like the better option to us!

So, we have looked around and here are our top 5 private pools to hire around Norwich.

Rackheath Pool Norwich

This tropical pool is heated all year round, perfect for little ones which is why it features in our top 5 private pools to hire around Norwich. It comes with baby changing facilities and even travel cots. You can purchase Splash Happy Nappies from here as well.

You can book here.

Woodrising Pool Hire

Private, and a very relaxed atmosphere makes this pool great for families which is why it is one of our top 5 private pools around Norwich. It is a great place to learn to swim and very family orientated. Lessons are also available. The pool is located just outside of Shipdham, Norfolk.

You can book here.

Pears Pools

Found 5 miles south east of Norwich, Pearls Pools has numerous facilities which is why we find it in our top 5 private pools to hire around Norwich. It has a wet room, baby changing facilities, pre-sim rooms, and even a lounge area. It has everything you could possibly need for a relaxed family swim.

You can book here.

Bacton Private Pool Hire

Next on our top 5 private pool to hire around Norwich is Bacton private pool. Pack the inflatables as this 33-degree heated pool is perfect for all members of the family, why not bring along Gran too! With a play area located on the side of the side of the pool and a baby changing station it really is as family friendly as they come.

You can book here.

Anchorage Pool

The final entry on our top 5 private pools to hire around Norwich is located just outside of the city centre in Stoke Holy Cross. Maintained at a constant warm temperature it makes it suitable for babies first time in the pool. Changing areas, showers and even tennis and gym activities it has something for every member of the family.

You can book here.

Do you know of any family friendly private pools that you recommend? We would love to hear from you, so we can add them to our list!

Vicki Cockerill is a NICU/ CHD Mum of two boys, a freelance blogger and social media adviser, Co Founder of #KnackeredandNorwich social club and maternal mental health advocate.

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Top 5 Baby Friendly Cafés in Norwich

Top 5 Baby Friendly Cafés in Norwich, we all want to be able to get out of the house and survive the day with the kids. Whether it is to escape the four walls, socialise with an actual adult. All we want strong coffee and a baby friendly place that we feel comfortable in. One that caters to the poo-nami explosion that is bound to occur and contain the smalls with high chairs whilst we inhale cake. - oh how i miss those days!

To help you on your way i’ve have put together the top 5 baby friendly cafés in Norwich.

The Soft Play Café

Soft play and parenting go together like Mel and Sue. This baby friendly café in Norwich is one with a slight difference. Twinkle Toes Soft Play Baby Café has been designed with a small soft play area within in the café. Baby classes are help upstairs and there is a menu on offer to keep even the fussiest of eaters happy. Parents get to socialise with one another, so you could come away with a new mum bestie or two!

The ‘Wonderful Baby and Child’ Café

There is no better review for a baby friendly café in Norwich than from that of a parent. Cactus Café is cosy, breastfeeding friendly and has a small play area, that’s on top of the numerous glowing reviews from those who took their children there.

The Park Café

Eaton Park Café is a baby friendly in Norwich found in Eaton Park complete with baby changing facilities, highchairs and a breastfeeding friendly environment what more is there to want? Cake? Got that too, lots of coffee to warm up with? Of course! No more leafing through the bag for half eaten Organix!

The Famous Café

When asking about Norwich Cafés, there is one sure to be mentioned by everyone you ask. Café Britannia is a baby friendly in Norwich is famed for its family friendly write-ups and award-winning breakfast and afternoon teas. There is indoor and outdoor seating, so no problems with parking a pram or two and getting in the way. They have an early open and late close compared to most cafés which means when you have been up since 5 and ready for lunch at 7.30am after a long night you can pack up the baby and head straight there!

 

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The Technically not a Café

I had to sneak this one in, as it is not a café per se, but it is very baby friendly. Giraffe Restaurant offers a kid’s menu, outdoor seating, colourful surroundings, activity packs for the kids as well as our favourite feature; kids eat free on Saturdays and Sundays. It really is a winner in our books!

From new born to toddlers I hope you enjoy trying out our recommendations for the top 5 baby friendly cafés in Norwich and if you have one to add i'd love your suggestions to share wit new mums and dads!

Also the AWESOME Norwich Mumbler has started Family-Friendly stickers . They are being awarded to businesses throughout Norwich and Norfolk  read more about it here.

Please check out my other blogs, if you have a blog or run a baby/ family relaet business i'd love you to guest blog , pleaseeeee get in touch!

 


Pregnancy guest blogger - 34 weeks could this be my last blog before baby is born?

Pregnancy guest blogger  34 weeks could this be my last blog before baby is born? I can’t believe it’s been 4 weeks since my last blog – I feel like I have a whole heap of stuff to share with you!

 

My last blog was at 30 weeks and we were off to Centre Parcs  . It so happened to be the week that it snowed so it was awesome timing and I didn’t have bored kiddies (even bigger hurray!)….although I learned a few things whilst we were there this time:

  1. In a place where you have to walk everywhere AND it’s snowing AND you can’t get your coat done up around your gargantuan belly it gets pretty damn nippy!
  2. Putting puddle suits, coats, hats, gloves, scarves and wellies on 2 children 10 times per day gets REALLY ANNOYING!
  3. They are right – you have no balance when pregnant…not so much Bambi on ice, more like the Gruffalo on ice!
  4. The rapids are really not that much fun when you have to sit up to go down them – boooo!

 

Since we got back from holiday we have been in ‘get organised’ mode.  Now given that we have not got rid of anything from our last two children, this is itself is a mega task. To the point where our house is basically a complete mess , as everything baby related has been pulled out to either wash and sort or to sold/given away. I’m actually writing this surrounded by 10 bags (and 2 boxes) FULL of girls clothes!

 

I ‘may’ have given in to one purchase for this little one (not that we need anything!), but I have treated me/him to a Joie Serina 2 in 1 Swing .It’s one of those that for the price it really should rock the baby, feed the baby, make the tea, clean the house and iron the shirts for you. It might not do all of that, but if it means that I can manage 3 children then I’m all for the investment!

 

It seems when you get to this stage of pregnancy people believe they have some sudden permission to comment on the size of your belly – now I should point out that I’m not actually hugely offended by these comments (I’m pretty thick skinned), but my absolute favourite so far has to be RIPE! Yes, someone said I looked RIPE…I mean WHAT AM I, AN AVOCADO?

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Either way the comments about having a big belly are right, yet again I have a big bump (but then I have in every pregnancy) although this one is in fact the smallest of them all so far. Even so he has got the midwives hopping at me about having my GTT {https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1483/glucose-tolerance-test-gtt} test done (which up until now I have refused). I have chosen instead to buy a blood glucose monitor for use at home and measure my own blood sugar levels so we will see what transpires there.

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Who wants to put bets on whether baby is born before my next blog post at 38 weeks?

 

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