Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How to buy a pre push present



This is an advice post for all the dads to be out there! When your partner is heavily pregnant she definitely needs lots of love, reassurance and pampering. I've been very lucky in that my partner Nev has been really attentive to me throughout my pregnancy and has made me feel completely loved and cared for.

I was so thrilled with this pre push gift he surprised me with at the weekend. He'd ordered a basket to be delivered to his work then filled it with all my favourite things. It included Gin and Tonic, sausages, bath bubbles and body oil from Neal's Yard, fancy chocolates, a Jo Malone grapefruit candle and a pineapple!  Naturally I won't be quaffing the G&T for a while but it was so lovely to receive naughty gifts as well as nice ones.

So gentlemen, if you're struggling for gift inspiration why not treat the mum to be to a few of her favourite things? It was certainly one of the most thoughtful presents I've ever had.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Cute



I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in bed today and a read of the papers. This relaxing Sunday morning bedtime ritual may soon become a thing of the past yet will hopefully be replaced with scenes like this!

Image from Pinterest

Friday, October 21, 2011

Weekend Links



My due date is fast approaching and I'm very much hoping this baby shares my love of good time keeping! I'm trying to be patient and grateful that everything's gone well so far but know that if I go overdue I'll be climbing the walls!

One thing that's been really nice is that I've had some time off work at the weekends with my partner. Being a Humanist wedding celebrant means that I'm often out on a Saturday and Sunday conducting marriages, so it's been lovely to have the time at home with Nev. Naturally our thoughts are turning to what life will be like for us when the baby comes. We expect our world to be turned upside down and can't wait to be parents but we also hope to remember that we are still a romantic couple and to be mindful of that side of our partnership. Real Parenting has an interesting article on how having children changes your relationship.

Here's some other interesting things I've found for your weekend reading:

If every there was a subject that attracted a huge amount of BS it must be that of breastfeeding. Sure we all know it's the healthiest and most natural way to feed your baby but can we please leave it at the facts? It has recently been claimed that breastfeeding increases social mobility. I'm rather fed up with these studies that perpetuate results that cannot possibly be measured in any kind of scientific or accurate way. Men wouldn't stand for this if it was them but women are regularly made to feel inadequate and guilty when it comes to this part of child rearing. It's rare to read anything remotely positive and sensible about bottle feeding so well done to Circus Queen for her post on bottle feeding with love.

Keen as I am to bring on labour I'm finding it hard to walk to the ned of the street rather than go on a run. Therefore I was super impressed with this lady who ran the Chicago Marathon then has her baby eight hours later.

I'm also very eager to meet up with the other ladies from my NCT class again when we've all had our babies. I've been reading a lot about how to look after my little one and have found it quite funny how ante natal classes are mostly about the birth rather than what to do with the baby when it gets here. Real Parenting ponders whether childcare classes will become popular.

Have a great weekend!

Image from Babble.com. There's lots of advice here on creative family picture poses.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Cute


This little penguin looks very happy despite being in the snow. Luckily our baby has lots of lovely warm things given to us from family and friends to keep it cosy this winter.

Image via Pinterest

Pregnancy Insomnia



Nine months has felt like a long haul for me and I'm delighted to be near the end of this journey and about to meet my baby! The general advice about this time seems to be to get plenty of rest to reserve energy for the sleepless nights to come but that's easier said than done. I'm suffering from pregnancy insomnia at the moment so thought I'd come up with a few tips about how to pass the time in the wee small hours...

1. Cocoa. This delicious hot drink was invented for insomniacs, as it doesn't taste remotely as good during hours you should be awake. Making a cup of cocoa when I wake up at 4am has been an enjoyable ritual and a nice treat.

2. Pinterest. This site was surely invented for insomniacs and hours can be wasted here. Pinterest is basically a virtual pinboard where you can store visual links to things you love on the web. It's where I find many images I use here. I also have boards for craft inspiration, cakes and style. I like to think these will all come in useful 'one day'.

3. Emails. The middle of the night is a great time to catch up on your correspondence and this is probably the very first time in your life you've sent an email at 03.38 and not had to worry about the content the next day!

4. Twitter and Facebook. The chances are there'll be someone else up to talk to, particularly if you follow or are friends with other mums to be. I quite enjoy reading the drunken status updates of others and reminiscing about the time when that was me.

5. Wool. An hour's worth of knitting or crochet a night will have a lovely baby blanket produced in no time at all. Alternatively you could even knit something for yourself and not for the baby. Radical!

6. Wardrobe. Now's the time to think about getting into some of those pre pregnancy clothes, although sadly I know I won't fit into them all for a while. Making sure my wardrobe features only my most flattering clothes that will fit has made me look forward to wearing them again. Things I won't get into are stored away for now.

7. Nursery. Organising nappies, folding baby grows and sorting cot linen are all useful exercises. I've also heard that the more prepared you are the sooner the baby will arrive. However if nesting really works then our baby would be here already!

8. Telly. Everyone has an embarrassing programme they watch in secret (or is it just me). Now is a good time to indulge your bad telly habit.

9. Write lists of things you need to do for the baby coming. Sometimes the thought of all you need to do can be overwhelming and creating a to do list can ease the stress and help you sleep.

10. I can't think of a last one so I'm off back to bed!

For the record my boyfriend is not drunk in the photo above but delirious with happiness!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Baffie


We all know Christmas is coming soon and it's lovely to find some unusual gift ideas. I'm very taken with the shop Baffie, as all the products are sourced from independent designers and curated in one handy online store. The Tea Cake Bib is super cute and I also love the Ballet Style Booties below for £22.


If you're the handy type there's also a selection of great knitting and crochet patterns including this adorable Christmas Polar Bear pattern for £3.


BTW: 'Baffie' is the Scottish word for comfy slippers!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday Cute


My boyfriend usually grows a winter beard and I love seeing him with a new look. However he always tries to grow it too long (something to do with wanting to be Brian Blessed in Flash Gordon) and I have to nag him to trim it! He has been warned that the baby will want to grab it so this pic might persuade daddy to power up the beard trimmer...