Lapland UK 2018

We were lucky enough to be invited to the opening day of Lapland UK and what a day it was!

Last year Ruby was terrified of Father Christmas, in her own words she ‘cried and cried and cried’ so I wasn’t sure how she would be this year. However, now she understands what Father Christmas does, she was super excited to meet him.

About a week before we went, Ruby was sent a letter in the post from Father Christmas inviting her to come and visit him. This was a nice touch and added to the narrative well.

When you arrive at LaplandUK, the parking is only a short walk to the welcome hall. You are welcomed by the Elves and the hall is set up with check in desks, here you get your passport and other extras such as a colouring book, newspaper, jingles (currency) and tokens for anything preordered on your booking. We were also given a sticker that allocated us on a specific tour. On the day we went there were two tours going at once but it’s cleverly done and if you didn’t know, you wouldn’t! There is also a cafe in the welcome hall where you can get drinks and a selection of cakes etc.

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Wingham Wildlife Park

One of our favourite days out is to Wingham Wildlife park, we have annual passes and go every week or two. For toddlers, this is a great introduction to a variety of different animals.

Unlike the lager zoos, you can really get up close and personal to a lot of the smaller animals; guinea pigs, snakes, lizards, birds, meerkats and penguins to name a few! They also have larger animals, such as tigers, lions, bears, wolves and monkeys. Particular highlights for Ruby include walking into the flamingo enclosure, watching the penguins play underwater and feeding the goats.

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Afternoon tea at The Lane, Deal

One of the best afternoon teas I have ever had, and I’ve eaten a fair few of them! The Lane in Deal has become hugely popular for their afternoon tea, which can be requested as vegetarian or vegan too.

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Easy bakes – Gingerbread men

Winter is finally here! This means a fair few more hours spend indoors for us, especially with Sienna being so little and it getting dark at 4pm. Afternoons are the perfect opportunity for us to bake whilst Sienna naps and Ruby’s favourite thing to make is gingerbread men – I think this is down to the tasty treats she gets to put on top! The recipe is very simple and it doesn’t take long to do…

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Flying with toddlers

I have always loved flying. There is just something about airports that I find fascinating; there are hundreds of people in one place making their way to destinations over the world. I used to pack my bag the night before, get to the airport and breeze through check in, hit the shops and have a bite to eat then board the plane without thinking twice about anything.

Not anymore! For the majority of the time, I now have a small two legged creature who travels with me too and my love for airports is slightly less than it was before.

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Beauty Box – An adult treat!

Since having Ruby my ‘me time’ has somewhat dwindled, I have found Beauty Boxes to be a welcome monthly surprise full of new products to try.

So far I have tried 3 different beauty box brands – Glossybox, Birchbox and most recently, Look Fantastic. They are all around the same sort of price (£12-15) once you factor in P&P and they get delivered around the start of each month.

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Visiting the local birthing centre

This weekend certainly has been a busy one! Today we went down to our local birthing centre for a tour. Luckily it was pretty empty so we were able to get a good feel for the place and see the all important room where the water births happen! I could not believe just how big the rooms were, a complete different experience to the tour we did on the labour ward that’s for sure.

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36 weeks…come on baby!

We have now reached 36 weeks! My midwife is currently on holiday so I saw a different one today who was lovely. We spoke about my birth plan and my wish for a water birth. As long as I go over 37 weeks and continue to have a pregnancy without complications hopefully this will be possible. I also want to try and give birth with only gas and air, however I can sit here and say this now, it might be a different story when it comes round to giving birth!

Our baby is also now fully engaged so even though my midwife says most first babies are late I’m keeping my fingers crossed she comes in time for Christmas.


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!