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It’s been a while :-)

January 3, 2014

Goodness, how easy it is to get out of the blogging habit. I’d love to say it’s been because of me choosing to focus more on the boys before I go back to work. Or because my anti-marriage tax break campaigning has really kicked off. But, in all honesty, these would be untrue. It’s actually because I’ve rediscovered my love of all things crochet. Having not picked up my needles for over a year I’m now doing loads. My current major project is this hexagonal blanket which is proving very satisfying to make up.
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Full disclosure – I’ve also been watching lots of Borgen in the evenings too!

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Baby :-)

February 27, 2013

Baby Bum arrived today at 2.22am in the morning. Of course this isn’t his real name – we still need to come up with a blog pseudonym (and a real name!) But for now let’s stick to the name his big brother has taken to calling him – so welcome Baby Bum.

Eventful birth. I’d hoped for a home birth but my blood pressure was too high during labour so we transferred into hospital. Ambulance, blues n twos, the whole shebang. Baby was born literally within five minutes of getting to the hospital. My waters broke immediately on arrival and in four pushes he was out. All rather dramatic and exciting (and so near to him being born on route!) The ambulance men were still in the room apparently when he popped out. Though at the time I was very much out of it on gas and air and am rather hazy on the details.

But that’s a story for another time. Will hopefully write up my birth story as I did for Bub. But for now just want to enjoy my little babe and the fact he’s currently sleeping!

Bloggy stuff

February 17, 2013

Have been blogging and tweeting a bit more since being on maternity leave. In anticipation that this might continue and to get ready for the arrival of Bub’s little brother I’ve been doing a bit of blog housekeeping.

So I’ve now got myself a proper domain name – http://www.dontwakethebaby.org.uk

I’ve also updated my twitter details to match and am now tweeting as @dontwakebaby. Annoyingly some Russian seems to have got to @dontwakethebaby first but never mind.

I’m sure there is much more I can do to develop the blog but this feels like a good start 🙂

Maternity dressing

August 3, 2012

I’ve now passed 11 weeks pregnant and am eagerly awaiting my scan. I’m keen to tell people about the pregnancy and still haven’t even been sent my scan date yet…

One reason I’m keen to tell people is because my bump is starting to show. This is hard to gauge as I think I’ve looked about four months pregnant since giving birth to Bub. But my tummy does look a bit more bump like and I know in some outfits I do look pregnant. One guy even offered me a seat on the train (but maybe he was just being nice.)

My weight hasn’t begun to increase yet so I can still fit in all my clothes. But I’m sure it’s only a matter of weeks before I can’t get my trousers done up and my dresses are too tight in the tummy.

So I’m starting to think about maternity wear.

I still have all my maternity clothes from before. I haven’t yet felt bothered to try them on but I’m hoping they still fit me. I am heavier than I was when I had Bub so it’ll be annoying if they don’t.

However my tastes have changed quite a bit in the last few years. I used to wear trousers and tops all the time. Now I prefer dresses and wear a dress, either alone or with leggings or jeans, most of the time. This means I have begun to browse the web for nice maternity dresses to supplement my pregnancy wardrobe.

What do you think about these ones which have caught my eye?

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Any good tips for where I should be looking for nice maternity dresses?

Not quite a BFP… yet!

June 11, 2012

A ‘secret’ post, which I shall make public if and when we decide to reveal the exciting news. Yes, I’m pregnant! Under four weeks pregnant actually. My period isn’t due for two more days. But I did a HPT a couple of days ago and got a faint second line. Have done a few more since too which have confirmed it.

This is only our second month of TTC. This is all a big contrast to last time around. Then we took 24 cycles to conceive Bub. That’s two dozen emotional roller coaster TTC cycles – almost two years. I finally got pregnant, naturally, after a bit of help from the NHS. I had some exploratory procedures which, whilst not finding any problems, did succeed (I think) in helping spring clean my insides. We conceived two cycles after this took place.

It’s clearly ridiculously early days. I don’t think last time around I was aware this soon after ovulation. However it does feel pretty similar. I’ve had an odd sensation in my abdomen for a couple of days. This happened with Bub too, I think it’s implantation. It’s not uncomfortable, just weird. Strangely reassuring in a funny way as it shows something is happening down there!

Have also just found out a couple of colleagues are pregnant too. My poor boss…

Rowan Jana knit tunic

June 9, 2012

Finished my first adult knitting project in years. This is mainly cos I’ve been doing multiple baby knits for Bub and friends. But this one was for me.

Rowan’s Jana tunic in wool-cotton. Should look like this:

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I have learned, from bitter experience, that I NEED my knits in machine washable wool. Too many old projects are unworn because they no longer fit I can’t easily wash them. So I swapped the yarn to a non-Rowan cheap cotton of a similar weight. But I don’t think it’s impacted at all on the final outcome.

I also cheated enhanced the design by not doing the cable pattern on the back and instead leaving it plain. As this was my first ever cable knit I thought that forgivable. Though I’m pleased to say I found cable pretty straightforward and am looking forward to doing some more.

Anyway the final result looks like this:

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Tag

April 12, 2012

Oooh, exciting 🙂

I’ve been tagged in a blogging meme by Team Cleo and asked to answer her questions. Never done this before but sounds like fun so here goes…

The rules:

1. Post the rules.

2. Answer the questions.

3. Create 11 new questions.

4. Tag 11 people with the post.

5. Let them know you tagged them.

My answers

1. How many children do you have?
One – little boy Bub asked 26 months.

2. Do you want to have more? If yes, how many more?
Another one hopefully. Don’t think I could cope with any more!

3. Where do you usually bring your child/children to on weekends?
Soft play 🙂
And sometimes swimming and visiting relatives too.

4. Does your baby soothe himself/herself to sleep, ever? If yes, how did you achieve that?
Yes, he does now. But for the first ten months at least he didn’t and it was a bit of a nightmare. Think I wasn’t helping though in my desperate efforts to get him to sleep. It was his daddy who cracked it in the end (find out how here.)

5. In your opinion, does your toddler have far too many bumps on the head?
No. I try not to be too much of a helicopter parent about this, though others may disagree. Obviously I don’t want him to really hurt himself but I also don’t want to wrap him in cotton wool.

6. What is your children’s favourite indoor game/activity?
At the moment it’s jigsaw puzzles. He absolutely loves them.

7. Are you happy being a staying at home parent / working parent?
I’m a working parent and the main earner in the house. This does stress me out a bit and I’d love to be able to go part time. But on the plus side it means Bub gets to spend lots of time with his Dad and I enjoy my job so can’t complain.

8. Do you have pets?
A cat, called Mia. We used to have three chickens who were a lot of work and very noisy. I sometimes wish we still had them as I reckon Bub would have loved them.

9. How often do you ‘get out and play’ with the whole family in a week?
About once a week. Most of the time Bub is with either his mummy or daddy, not usually us both.

10. Do you cook?
Yes. Unfortunately Bub’s stay at home dad has yet to appreciate the need to have my dinner on the table when I get back from the office 😉

11. Who is your child’s favourite cartoon character / band (e.g. the Wiggles, Sesame Street, etc)?
His favourite tv show at the moment is definitely Mister Maker on CBeebies.

My tags

I’ve now got to tag some fellow bloggers. Here are some of those I enjoy reading. You don’t have to continue the chain I’m just doing this for fun and would like to know your answers to my questions.

mama.ie
Tinyheartbeat
Ephemeral Digest
Existere
Navelgazing
Proper Fud
I’m so fancy
Chronicles of Conception
KitschyCoo
AmbitiousMamas
Planning with kids

My questions

1. Do you consider yourself a yummy mummy?
2. Why did you start blogging? And do you still do it for the same reason?
3. What’s your biggest vice?
4. What is your claim to fame?
5. What do you miss most about your pre-kids days?
6. Where in the world would you live if you had the choice?
7. How many tattoos do you have?
8. What time did you get up this morning?
9. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
10. What did you want to be when you were little?
11. How many times did you fail your driver’s test?

Finding the good in the bad

February 5, 2012

Last night was only the second time Bub has spent a night away from his parents (one of us at least!) And it was our first unplanned overnighter. Bub’s daddy knew he’d be away, on a mate’s stag do. I thought I’d only be gone a few hours and be back by the time he fell asleep. That prediction didn’t account for the snow across the Midlands however. Fortunately, so fortunately, Bub’s aunty was able to stay over the night with him. And poor thing he took an age to get to sleep and woke up twice in the night. But at least he was safe. And at least I was safe and not risking it on the roads. I saw too many cars, much more powerful then mine, getting stuck and skidding around. It was quite scary. In the end I stayed in a comfortable hotel and probably got the plus side of the deal.

Such an odd and eventful weekend. Did I mention we all feel ill too? In many ways it’s been my crappest few days in a long while. But it’s also given me a bit of perspective and an appreciation for my usual hum drum normality. And made me appreciate just how lucky I am to be here, with my Bub and his daddy and our family around us.

Upcoming challenge: Bristol 10k

January 11, 2012

20120110-223513.jpgAm still keeping up with the running and gradually getting a little faster. By this I mean moving up from what my running watch describes as a ‘fast walk’ to the heady heights of a ‘slow jog’. Being able to run 30 minutes non-stop, even slowly, is more than I’d ever hoped to be able to do this time last year so I’m well pleased with my progress.

I’ve now decided to spur myself on, or at least bag myself a serious runners t-shirt, by entering a race. So I’ve put in for the 2012 Bristol 10k in May. This is about three times further than my usual run so feels like an appropriate challenge. And with over 10,000 runners I surely, surely, surely can’t be the slowest person….. Can I??

Open house

December 30, 2011

Open house pretty much over. Well for me anyway as I’m on Bub duty tomorrow morning. Been a good day, lovely to catch up with lots of friends. It wasn’t all that busy however mainly due to being a weekday. Just enough to be respectable though!

We did all feel a bit old though when my younger sister left to go to a ‘proper’ party taking place nearby. I was reminded of the scene in my favourite tv show Spaced when Daisy and Tim hold a housewarming do which is so rubbish they end up gatecrashing their teenager neighbours party…. But no, instead we persevered, and in the end it was a really nice day.


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