Red Rose Baby: 40 Weeks Update
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If I'm honest I never expected to get here. I've thought this baby would come early throughout my pregnancy. Bud was three days early and LM nine days late. With LM I was determined she would be born in September rather than on her due date of 28th August. When I had my 12 week scan with Red Rose Baby and was dated at 10+5 I was really surprised as, by my dates, I thought I was definitely 12 weeks. If that's the case then this baby is really late!
I had an appointment with my Community Midwife yesterday which went perfectly well until she measured me. I was found to be 38cm and to have had no growth since the last time she measured me two weeks ago. This meant a trip up to the Antenatal Day Unit (ANDU) for monitoring and a scan. This, coupled with an eye appointment for Bud, meant that we spent most of yesterday at the hospital.
Monitoring was fine but the scan revealed lower fluid levels. They should be 2-8cm. Mine were 2.8cm and only one pool of fluid was measurable. To me this sounds worrying but, on returning to ANDU for review they seemed happy with my results. My next appointment is with my Community Midwife at 41 weeks, unless this very comfortable baby gets a move on before then! I phoned and spoke to my CMW today as I was getting a little worked up last night and they are happy with the levels too. I'll be monitoring baby's movements and going in if I feel any changes. The sonographer estimated Red Rose Baby's weight at nine pounds. I'm hoping it won't get much bigger, if I'm honest. It doesn't seem like this one will be my smallest baby after all!
It was nice to have a little look at baby during the scan. We got no clues about gender, not that we wanted any, and I think the profile looked rather like it's big Sister. It showed baby is back to back, which isn't a surprise as that seems to be the way that I carry my babies. I've had two back labours so far and dealt with them OK, I did read yesterday that a back to back position can lengthen your pregnancy though so I'm interested in spinning it, if I can, to help it along. Baby is still popping in and out of engagement and was at the brim of my pelvis yesterday. I know when it's head is in my pelvis because of the pressure it causes when walking so I'm going to be bouncing on my gym ball to encourage it down more.
I was so hoping that baby would arrive this week, before half term. When Sunday arrives we're going to have to start juggling childcare for a few days, which probably means that will be D-Day! I was really hoping that baby and I would be home before half term started, and Ian would be off work. I'm not really looking forward to having both children to entertain on my own next week as I'm so worn out but Bud is very ready for half term and I know the rest will do him good. Ideally this baby will arrive before Sunday but I don't think that's very likely. It seems so strange to be so impatient for the baby to arrive as I've never really felt like this before. It's difficult to not really be able to plan anything until baby arrives, especially with two older children to care for and entertain.
So, here's my 40 week bump. I have been comparing it to my 38 weeks shot and I don't think there is any increase in size so it seems like the growth measurements have been accurate.
Fun Down on Duplo Farm at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester
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Win a Pair of Tickets to the Ideal Home Show Manchester
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The show will feature a fantastic range of guest speakers, including Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, George Clark, Gregg Wallace, Amanda Lamb, Martyn Lewis and Diarmuid Gavin, who will offer advice and tips throughout the show.
From Interiors to Home Improvements, Food & Housewares to Technology, Gardens, Fashion & Beauty and Shopping, the Ideal Home Show sponsored by Express-Bi-folding Doors also gives you the chance to explore thousands items you won’t find on the high street.
For more information, and to book tickets please visit www.idealhomeshowmanchester.com
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Pair of Tickets to the Ideal Home Show Manchester
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Funky Bibs from Funky Giraffe - Review and Giveaway
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Obviously baby hasn't arrived yet but we've been sent a gorgeous pack of ten bibs which will be a fab addition to the teething wardrobe of baby number three. We've been sent a set of ten bibs which are from the girlier side of the range but, even if Red Rose Baby is male we should be able to make use of some of them. Ours is Set 2 and it is a lovely mix of plain pastel shades with brighter character bibs and some really funky prints - I love the daisies and the butterflies.
When I've used the Funky Giraffe bibs previously I've always found them easy to use and to wash really well. The fleece backing is beautifully soft and does a really good job of keeping moisture away from skin and clothing. Exactly what you need if your baby is drool-y. LM hardly dribbled at all but we still used bandana bibs from time to time, simply as an accessory as the right one can really 'make' an outfit.
A set of ten Bandana bibs is available at just £20 from Funky Giraffe, which I think is great value for money! There's also free delivery if your order is £7 or more so it's a great way to add to your baby's collection of bandana bibs. For special occasions they have a gorgeous range of satin bibs and they can even personalise them for you. With scratch mitts, hats, socks, burp cloths and large bibs also available Funky Giraffe is a 'one-stop shop' for all your baby accessories.
To place an order check out funkygiraffebibs.co.uk, or one of their international sites in France, Australia, Spain or Italy.
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Disclosure: We received the bibs for review purposes.
Geronimo Festival - One Week to Go
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Our friends at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and SeaLIFE Manchester will be bringing building workshops, and their very own Touch Pool where visitors can meet , and touch, sea creatures!
The Circus Zone will see regular shows taking place throughout the day, with gravity defying trapeze artists and hilarious clowns. There are also circus skills workshops, if your children want to try the skills for themselves. There will also be classic Punch and Judy shows to entertain the whole family.
There's a chance to get creative in the Funky Junk Zone. Bud loves a bit of junk modelling so he'll be keen to visit here I think. There's also cooking workshops and buggy makeovers, if you're feeling creative in other ways.
PIG is an ever popular, eye-catching installation and show, featuring a nine metre long sleeping sow in a pen. Geronimites can see her snuffling, opening and closing her eyes, and hear her snoring. A farm-hand invites ten people at a time into the pen to take a peek at a 10-minute long, unexpected piece of theatre inside her belly. PIG is an outdoor theatre event suitable for all ages. Performances will be running approximately every 15-minutes, for 2-hours twice a day, throughout the festival.
North West Half Term Family Fun
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In addition to the silent disco there will also be a #HookedonMusic quiz with prizes to be won, and the Jungle Disco which is aimed at getting the under fives dancing. For more information, listings and times check out msimanchester.org.uk Admission is free.
A total of twelve children aged 5 to 12 will be inducted into the Creative Crew following a series of challenges. Beyond just their LEGO®build skills and techniques, the Creative Crew will be called upon to be the first to test out and review new rides, tell the world about cool new LEGO® products and teach others how to design amazing builds.
Once selected, the Creative Crew will each gain a family pass for four to the attraction for a year, they’ll attend monthly creative design and build sessions with our Master Model Builder plus one lucky winner will receive a family trip to LEGOLAND Florida!
Entrants can also enter daily competitions on social media to win tickets to the attraction by visiting their Facebook page and Twitter.
Binky Bear Goes to London
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We were sent a gift set which included the new book and our very own Binky Bear. all packaged up in a very smart red polka dot gift bag. LM took one look at the Binky Bear teddy and claimed him as her own. He's a lovely little fellow, about twelve inches tall and smartly dressed in his waistcoat and neckerchief. LM has recently started to enjoy choosing books to look at on her own and she loves getting Binky, finding his book and looking through it on her own.
Binky Goes to London tells the tale of a shopping trip to the capital. Binky gets a little bored and decides to wander off to see the Queen. He meets some new friends along the way and showcases both the wildlife and working animals of the capital city. We won't spoil the end for you but Binky gets very close to the palace and meets some of it's special residents!
My children have loved meeting Binky Bear. Both Bud and LM have enjoyed the story and LM loves her new teddy. I think this would be a great book to take on a trip to London. As it's illustrated using photographs your child could follow in Binky's footsteps and follow him along on his walk, there's even a map inside the cover to make it easier for you. I think my two would love that.
From a parents' point of view the books are lovely quality, with engaging, rhyming stories which are really lovely to share with my chidren. The hardback book feels lovely to hold and the full colour photographs are great to look at and discuss with them. This book is Binky's third adventure - the first two see him visit rural Hampshire and Winchester - we'd quite like Binky to come up North next please? The gift set is avaiable to order from Binky's website priced at £22. It would make a great gift for a child on a trip to London or at any other time.
If you'd like to find out more about Binky Bear and his books then check out his website - binkybear.co.uk/ or follow him on Twitter (he actually tweets!) @AllAboutBinky or visit his Facebook page.
Disclosure: We received the Binky Bear gift set for review purposes.
Red Rose Baby - 38 Weeks Update
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The two weeks since my previous update have passed quietly. My SPD has returned with a vengeance and, to be honest, just walking the school run has been a massive exertion. I was so pleased that Bud had only three days in school this week, and on one evening went to a friend's for tea. Only having the afternoon school run twice was bliss.
LM's behaviour has been a little challenging this week, I'm not sure if that's because she senses the impending change for us all or for some other reason but parenting her has been difficult this week. She had the most epic temper tantrum on Friday because I wanted her to wear a puddle suit. Apparently that didn't match her sartorial standards and, let's just say, we were almost late for school and leave it at that!
I saw the midwife again on Thursday and, beyond a little protein (nothing serious) she was happy with our progress. Baby is very firmly head down and deep in my pelvis. I knew this from how awkward walking is! I'm booked in again for my due date but we both think that I may not need that appointment. I'll be very surprised to still be pregnant then I think.
I think we're all set for baby's arrival now. Our SnuzPod has arrived and Ian will be building it in the next couple of days. I can't wait to use it with Red Rose Baby, I really feel that it will make those night feeds easier and I'll be sure to tell you how we're getting on with it.
The nicest thing to have happened recently is the lovely surprise Baby Shower that some of my best blogging friends threw for me yesterday. Karen from That Lancashire Lass, Jen from My Mummy's Pennies, Jenny from The Brick Castle and Sim from Sim's Life teamed up to give me a lovely little party at Karen's house and it was so nice to have time to sit and chat with them before baby arrives. Red Rose Baby and I were really spoiled with some lovely gifts too. Sim made an epic Red Velvet cake, and we played Baby Bingo. I also have all of their predictions for baby's date of arrival, weight and sex. We will see who is closest!
This might be my final Bump Shot on the blog. My bump is still really round and I've had the 'basketball' comment a few times. The pictures above show me front on, I've been trying to get a decent one for a while. I still feel smaller than I did with Bud and LM and I'll be interested to see what this baby weighs. I'm still measuring spot on for dates and, while this isn't the most exact science, I was measuring big with both LM and Bud at the end of my pregnancies with them. Despite the discomfort of SPD, this baby definitely feels smaller.
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100 Family Adventures by The Meek Family
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Recently we were sent a copy of 100 Family Adventures by Tim, Kerry, Amy and Ella Meek, a fantastic new book which aims to give families lots of ideas for ways to spend time together.
Heroes of the City YouTube Channel Giveaway
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It can be tricky to track down appropriate channels for little ones to watch on their own and we've found the Heroes of the City channel great for Bud to practice navigating around and choosing what to watch himself. The channel is really well organised and you can find playlists featuring each series' episodes, music videos and even crafts.
A recent addition to the channel has been a playlist featuring a series of films suitable for toddlers. Bud has loved sharing these with his little sister. They take the form of introductions to the various characters and are great for younger children.
One of Bud's favourite playlists is the Sketch & Guess videos with Calamity Crow. He loves trying to guess what is being drawn before Calamity Crow can.
Wildlife Jack - Series One on DVD
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When we were offered the chance to take a look at a brand new DVD named 'Wildlife Jack' I was very intrigued. It's a show that airs on Disney Junior in the UK and we haven't heard of it before. The DVD would be an introduction to the series for Bud and LM.
For those similarly new to the show, Wildlife Jack is a great new series which is filmed in the UK and features animals that are native to the British Isles. Wildlife Jack is an animated (he's a cartoon) six year old boy who reads his Grandfather's animal book and is transported into the world of animals alongside documentary-style footage of the creatures he is encountering. The well know wildlife presenter Chris Packham voices Jack's Grandfather.
The DVD features five seven minute long episodes of Wildlife Jack, as follows:
Episode 1: I Want To Fly - Jack sees a blackbird chick fly for the first time and tries to learn to fly from birds too.
Episode 2: Hide & Seek - There's a hungry otter around and Jack discovers some ingenious ways the river animals stay safe.
Episode 4: Sand & Sea - Jack joins a herd of seals and then meets all kinds of scary and enchanting underwater creatures.
Episode 5: Making Friends - Jack tries to join a herd of deer, but quickly learns that only one deer is allowed to be in charge.
We've really enjoyed Wildlife Jack on DVD. It's been educational for both Bud and LM. Bud has enjoyed furthering his knowledge of animals and watching Jack's adventures. LM has loved learning a few new animal names and the footage of all of the different creatures. From a parent's point of view I think that a series featuring the animals of the UK is a refreshing change, often I think that Bud knows more about creatures that he only has a chance of seeing in the zoo than in the wild. In fact he's asked lots more questions about the animals featured in this DVD after having watched it a couple of times.
We'd really recommend Wildlife Jack for children aged up to six or seven, possibly older if they are interested in animals. It's an innovative, fun, educational series and my children have really enjoyed the DVD.
Wildlife Jack Series One is available on DVD priced at around £7:49. To find out more about the show, or to order the DVD please visit the Wildlife Jack website. There is also a Wildlife Jack book available from Amazon, and downloads from Google Play and iTunes.
Disclosure: We received the DVD for review purposes.
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