What to pack!

Now I am officially on maternity leave, I feel that I should probably get my hospital bag packed. After reading different peoples lists, I have narrowed mine down a little as some of the lists were so extensive you would need a good couple of suitcases to fit everything in!

We have 3 bags, one for me, one for Chris and one for the baby!

So in my bag I have decided to pack:

  • Birth plan/notes
  • Loose fitting PJs
  • Dressing gown and slippers
  • Change of clothes
  • A pack of big knickers from Primark!
  • A large pack of maternity pads
  • Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wipes, lip balm and a hair brush
  • Make-up
  • Still Lucosade and a few sugary snacks
  • Towel
  • Nursing bra

Chris’ bag:

  • Camera and charger
  • Money for car park
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Magazines
  • Snacks
  • Music

Baby’s bag:

  • 4 baby sleepsuits
  • Nappies x 10 (size 1)
  • Scratch mitts
  • Hat
  • Going home outfit
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Muslin squares

It does seem like a lot but compared to some of the lists I have seen it’s actually quite minimal.

Everything has suddenly started to feel very real now.

5 weeks to go!

Last week at work for 11 months!

Today I had my final day at work, it feels so strange to think I am not going back Monday and I am not too sure what I am going to do with myself! I decided to leave now at 34 weeks as I’m getting a little uncomfortable driving for an hour each way and by the time I get home I am shattered.

So now it is time to relax and prepare for the new arrival, hopefully getting in quite a few swims over the next few weeks as I find it is the only thing that makes me feel 100% comfortable at the moment!

Third and final trimester!

Finally in my third trimester, the end is in sight! I am now 28 weeks and still feel pretty good, I am still exercising regularly and do not feel too uncomfortable yet.

My midwife has said the baby is now head down so hopefully now will stay that way until the birth but we will see. The kicks have got a lot more intense and I am needing to go to the loo even more which I did not think was possible!

12 weeks to go!!

One final Babymoon!

I love, love, LOVE to travel! This will be the thing I miss the most, or so people keep telling me. I however hope that having the baby will only encourage us to travel more but as a first time Mum I am  not too sure what to expect so watch this space on that one!

  
We have decided to stick to Europe for our final break and visit Prague and Budapest, both places have interested me for a while so it seems appropriate to tick these two destinations off my long list.

We flew with Ryanair to Prague for £40 each and then took a private car (how posh!) to our AirBnB  apartment which was located in the new part of the city. The apartment was in a beautiful old building and was huge, perfect for the two of us and my ever expanding bump! Our host was there to greet us upon arrival and gave us valuable information on where to go, how to get around and most importantly what to eat. The apartment cost was similar to a hotel however the space we had was far greater and we fitted in just like locals rather than looking too touristy!

Prague was beautiful! It is now one of my favourite cities and I cannot wait to come back one day.The contract between the old city and new city was fabulous and the castle the opposite side of the river to the one we were staying was well worth the trip over. The best thing I ate whilst here was hands down the pancake from Den Noc but be warned this place is very small so tables get taken very quickly, it is also tucked away on a small street so can be tricky to find but well worth it. Having said that, we did not have a bad meal whilst in Prague and we were pleasantly surprised with how reasonably you could eat out here. Much cheaper than London that’s for sure!

  
After three nights in Prague, we took the train to Budapest which took about 7 hours and cost us 19E each for a second class seat. We had a whole compartment to ourselves in the end and were left alone to enjoy the scenery and read in peace. This trip was so easy and was much better than the hassle of flying such a short distance. I got all the information I needed from Seat61 which we have also used many times when in Asia.

Budapest was just as picturesque as Prague and again it was very easy to get around. We travelled by foot in both cities quite comfortably, even being nearly 6 months pregnant I found it very manageable. I would highly recommend eating at Comme Chez Soi which is the number 1 restaurant on Trip Advisor currently. Again it is quite small so booking is advisable however we did manage to walk in and get a table for a late lunch. This family run restaurant served high quality Italian food with local charm and they went out of their way to make sure you had a good experience.

Being pregnant, I was unable to try the spas in Budapest which was a huge shame as they sounded lovely so I would like to go back one day just for this! One highlight of the trip for me was visiting the underground hospital in Budapest, ‘Hospital in the rock‘ which run tours most days. The tour is based around the emergency care the hospital offered during the second world war.

We stayed in another Airbnb apartment which was smaller than the last but it a great part of town which was in easy walking distance to everything that we wanted to see. This time we did not meet our host as they had a number combination for the door but there was lots of information left for us in the apartment on the best things to do during our stay.

So our final babymoon was extremely successful! We both had a lovely time getting away for a few days and would highly recommend both destinations. I did not find travelling at 6 months pregnant to be difficult, in fact it was probably the best time to travel as I was in my second trimester so was feeling pretty well!

 

Bump @ 25 weeks

25 weeks down, 15 to go! My bump is finally starting to show now and I am well and truly into my maternity clothes. I have always been pretty small so learning to accept the changes to my body has probably been one of the toughest things so far. I think I am frightened that I will never again fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes. So far I have put on just over a stone and a half and although I am allowing myself a few extra treats here and there I am not eating any more than I usually would be.

As soon as I remember what we are getting at the end, the weight gain seems like a small price to pay!

Hitting the gym at 24 weeks

I am still very much trying to keep as active as possible during this pregnancy, I have taken a step back from most of the more challenging classes for now but I am still managing to get to the gym or go for a swim 4 times a week.

I am hoping that keeping myself fit will mean an easier labour but we will see!

22 weeks – watching my belly move!!

After not feeling much up until now, this evening laying in bed I could definitely feel the baby kicking! Chris even managed to feel it kick once which was lovely – he has been waiting to feel this for ages!

We could also see the movement and either a foot or hand poke out just below my belly button several times – this was extremely odd and weird for me but strangely exciting too.

I still cannot feel the baby move all the time but it was reassuring to have finally felt what I know were actually kicks!

ASOS – maternity sale

I have given in and got online to seek some maternity clothes! I came across ASOS maternity sale which had a huge collection of brand to choose from and the prices were really reasonable.

I managed to get work and casual wear which should last me through for £100 with free delivery on Tuesday, excited to try on some clothes that will fit nicely and not now be too short or tight due to my expanding bump 🙂

Also, Topshop have a few good bits left in their online sale, I managed to get a maxi dress for £10 which will come in handy next week when we go on our babymoon.

21 week midwife appointment

Today I had my next midwife appointment at just over 21 weeks. This appointment was not a long one and the usual bits were checked – my blood pressure which was slightly low but not enough to be worried about, my urine which was fine and also the baby’s heartbeat. The baby’s heartbeat was the best bit as you could hear it go up and down which the midwife said was the sign of a very strong heartbeat.

We also spoke about me not feeling the baby at the moment but she was not too concerned and told me to have a warm bath or watch for movement in bed – she said as this is my first I may not notice unless I really concentrate as the baby’s movements are still quite hard to feel.

Next appointment in 4 weeks – bloods will be taken this time (routine) and I will also get given a growth chart.