Thursday, 24 July 2014

JellyCat haul

JellyCat dust bag

I promised this last week, it's a bit late but better late than never.  So, a blogger I know tweeted me a few weeks ago asking if I knew about JellyCat.  I literally thought she was talking about an internet cat, oh how wrong I was!

She pointed me in the direction of their website and I immediately fell in love.  I knew exactly what I wanted to buy for Squidge, and that was the bedtime bunny (23cm tall, and £13).

Bedtime Bunny jellycat

Yes we're having a boy and yes I bought this when I thought we were having a girl, but I don't think that'll be a problem, it's just a little bunny in a night gown, and I'm sure Squidge will love it.  It's super soft and very cute, I'm actually tempted to build up a collection of these for me as I love them so much!

Once the bedtime bunny arrived, I was struck with JellyCat fever!  So back onto their website I headed to have a look at what else I could buy.  I knew I needed/wanted to get some little teddy ornaments for the pram, and JellyCat sell them, so I picked three I really liked the look of, and took the plunge.  Here are the three I bought.

Penguin JellyCat
 £12

Owl jellycat
 £8

JellyCat octopus
£12

A penguin, an owl and an octopus.  I didn't realise this until they arrived, but both the penguin and octopus have pull strings on them and they vibrate back up to a short string, nice!

The quality of the teddy's are fantastic, no loose stitching, all very neat and using high quality materials and if you buy them online, they each come in their own little dust bag. Don't get me wrong, you get what you pay for, they're not exactly cheap, but hopefully what we have out of it are teddys/toys that Squidge will grow up loving, and that's a price I'm happy to pay for.

Here's the baby collection of JellyCat toys :)


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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

28 week pregnancy update

28 week pregnancy update
L-R, Top-Bottom: A Cornish cream tea (I went very easy on the cream and jam), Carbis Bay beach, a diet coke with the name 'Pawel' weirdest spelling of the name I've seen!, hubby and I at the beach, one of my vegetarian meals, a stunning view we found by accident, and the museum of witchcraft in Boscastle


MY WEEK
Sorry this update is a couple of days late, we were away on our babymoon (I'll talk about that in a separate post).  It's been a crazy week starting at last Monday, the day I hit 27 weeks pregnant.  I ended up going to hospital as I was having reduced movements and had been for a few days.  As well as checking my wee and BP, they put a heart monitor across my belly to listen to Squidge's heartbeat, it was great and very strong (140-160 bpm), and with that I was discharged.

Then yesterday (Tuesday) I had my 28 week appointment.  It started off with a scan and we had the loveliest sonographer, he took the time to show us our baby, describe how Squidge was lying (head down, bum up).  Then told us that we're having a boy!!!!!!  Yep, definitely balls/scrotum that we saw!

Squidge was measuring ok - head is 2 measuring at 30 weeks, legs at 29 weeks and very long) and belly is about 2 days behind.  They also noted in the scan that my amniotic fluid seems to be a little less, not sure what it was before, but it's now 8.something, so they're going to keep an eye on that too.

I also met with the diabetic nurse who kitted me out with the stuff I need to check my blood sugar levels, I'll be measuring them 4 times a day - before 3 meals and after 1.  I so hope I don't need to do this after the baby is born, I hope my body can cope and go back to normal.

SYMPTOMS
Bit of bump ache, plenty of heartburn and getting tired very easily, as I discovered on our babymoon!

DIET & WEIGHT
Since I was away I haven't been able to weigh in this week, I should be able to next week though. I'm still getting used to this different diet.  I've swapped out white bread for wholemeal and the same with pasta.  It's difficult finding something to buy each day for lunch that fits both my vegetarian diet and the diabetic diet - so I'm going to start making my own lunch to take in, it'll be so much easier (and cheaper).  Cheese sandwiches FTW!

BUMP
Definitely growing and definitely feeling pregnant all the time, finally!  The bump is also starting to get in the way a bit - like having the laptop on my lap is getting more difficult :P

NEXT APPOINTMENT
Next Tuesday I'm seeing the diabetic nurse to see how my blood sugars are doing, fingers crossed for good news, I don't fancy having to inject myself :(

BABY STUFF
Funnily enough when we were on our babymoon we popped into a charity shop and bought a little dress for Squidge, I said to the hubby 'but what if we have a boy' and he said 'then we've just donated £2.50 to charity' :)  I thought that was a lovely way to look at it, I'll be donating the dress back to charity and they can make a little more out of it :)


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Monday, 14 July 2014

27 week pregnancy update

27 week pregnancy update
L-R, Top to Bottom: Found my Sooty puppet (32 years old!), Matilda chilling while we were painting, the bruise left on my hand after having my 2nd GTT on Tuesday, the purple wall in our bedroom - painting 2 of them purple this weekend, chilling on the sofa bump pic and then having a fan on me as I was overheating :)

MY WEEK
Well, it's been an eventful week!  So I had my 2nd GTT (glucose tolerance test) on Tuesday, then about 4:30 the next day I get a call from the ante natal unit saying 'hey, your bloods are back and they're high' - OK??? She followed up by saying 'just try to eat healthily, cut out sugar and come to your next consultant appointment in 2 weeks' and that was about it, she was desperate to get off the phone, and giving me as little info as possible.

So, I have gestational diabetes but haven't really been given any guidance on what I can and can't eat. From what I've read, I need to avoid white pasta, rice and bread - switching to wholemeal. Cut out any and all sweet stuff including sweet fruits and all fruit juice.  My next appointment is on the 22nd, so hopefully I'll have more of an idea what I should eat and what to avoid then - but I really am disappointed with the way I was told, it was a fleeting phone call and she gave me almost no guidance.

We've also been sorting out and decorating our bedroom, we need to sort it all out, to move some of our stuff from the spare room into it to help get the nursery sorted.

SYMPTOMS
Been quite achy, having to get up and walk around frequently at work.  A little heartburn and backache, but that's about it :)

The biggest thing this week is I've been having much less movement from the baby.  I'd normally feel about 20-30 kicks a day, but over the last few days I'm lucky if I feel 5.  So I'm just hoping little Squidge is ok in there and I'm eating right for her.

DIET & WEIGHT
Weight is up 3lbs but I expected that as I've had swollen feet all week - my weight tends to go up on weeks when my swollen.  Diet has been all over the place, first half of the week was normal, 2nd half of the week was trying to be diabetes friendly.

BUMP
Well, it's growing! Have a look at the bump pic above :)  It's so amazing to know there's a little baby in there, and I'm loving getting the house ready for her arrival :)  It's a good job we have so many months to prepare!

NEXT APPOINTMENT
22nd July - seeing the consultant, endocrinologist (thyroid stuff) and someone about diabetes.  I'll probably be having a scan too, hopefully they'll be able to confirm Squidge's gender :)

BABY STUFF
Only bought a couple of little bits this week, which I'll blog about separately, but lets just say, I've discovered the wonderful world of JellyCat and gone a little bananas :D


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