Friday, 14 September 2012

While we were waiting...

We 'officially' have 9 days until your due date little one, but anytime now would be great.  You see, you are quite big already apparently, just like your sister was, half-reared your great nanny would have called you.  Our hospital bags are packed, yours and mine.  Everyone is ready to give you lots of cuddles!

Your home is ready and waiting to welcome you...

Fresh little white socks and sleepsuits await you

Your adorable Lollipop Lane Moses Basket from Grams and Papa stands in the lounge ready for daytime sleeps...

...and your handmade willow crib will be by our bed upstairs (although it does look nice in the kitchen) ready for night time sleeps.  
Your big sister has requested it be by her bed though :) She is very excited to meet you!

Your nursery is all kitted out.  Your beautiful Oak Sleigh Cot from Uncle Chris is ready to welcome your tired little head in a few months, or whenever you have outgrown your crib.

Your Maxi-Cosi Car Seat is ready to bring you home from the hospital

Daddy has just put together your lovely bright Fisher-Price Bouncer ready for you to have a bounce in.

Your new Stokke Xplory pushchair is ready to take you on lots of trips

and of course we couldn't miss out Sophie the Giraffe.  Ready to be chewed!

But most importantly we just want you here safe and sound and healthy.  So come when you are ready little one, you know when the time is right, we are ready for you and love you so much already!

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Friday, 7 September 2012

We won : The Achica Blog Awards 2012 for Nursery and Childrenswear!

Wow guys, I don't know what to say other than THANK YOU. won under the Childrenswear and Nursery Category of the Achica Blog Awards!  You can see some of the other winners here too

I was totally blown away with the number of votes my little old blog received!  Not to mention the tweets and emails from readers, friends and family and even more amazingly some fantastic PR companies I have worked with in the past, who really got behind my blog!

It was a lovely surprise to be in the final, let alone win, so thank you!  It couldn't have come at a better time as we are 'patiently' waiting for baby number 2 to arrive any day now.  So it served as a lovely little pick me up!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

My Pregnancy Menu: What I ate Wednesday

My diet in the 3rd Trimester has pretty much stayed the same and I have wanted the same breakfasts and lunches daily! I won't be doing this every Wednesday, as I know a lot of mummy bump bloggers do, but here is an example of what I would eat on an average day.


Nearly every morning I have been having porridge (oats made with water and a dash of almond milk). Topped with fruit.  
Here I had it with apple (I have had a real thing for green apples in this pregnancy!)

Here again is another favourite.  
Again porridge (made with oats, water and almond milk) and topped with bluberries, banana and cinnamon.
On the days I don't have this I will have boiled or scrambled egg.
Plus I will have a large glass of water and a cup of tea most mornings (I have not completely taken caffeine out of my diet!)

Snack (around 10am)
I have been loving Onken Cherry Biopot Yogurt and as you can see so has Belle

If we don't have this we will have some fruit in some natural yogurt or if we are out and about we may have something a bit more naughty, such as cake, or ice lollies (when the weather is nice).


I have been having this for weeks and I just don't get bored of it!
Wholemeal Bread or pitta with Olive Oil and Zatar
Plus some green and black olives with feta (again olives has been another major craving of mine in this pregnancy)

Afternoon Snack

From 34 weeks I have been having a cup or two of Raspberry Leaf Tea everyday.  I sometimes add a tiny bit of honey.

Obviously this changes daily as I'm pretty sure Belle and Hubby would get bored of the same thing!
Here we had Salmon (with olive oil, lemon and parsley wrapped in foil and baked in the oven).
With new potatoes, baby spinach, tomatoes and olives (drizzled with lemon juice)

Evening Snack (sometimes but not always)

In the evenings I will sometimes have a glass of warm almond milk or a cup of coffee with a biscuit.  Some days I won't have any snacks in the evening as my tummy just feels too full now after dinner as baby is taking up so much room!
I will always take a bottle of water up to bed with me, which will be completely gone by the morning.

Oh and of course my Iron tablets I take daily, which I have been very forgetful with up until now!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

First Day at Pre-School

Today Belle started Pre-School!

I can't believe she has gone from Nursery a year ago:

To this:

We are so proud of her and the friends she has made.  She is such a bubbly and caring girl and we have never had tears from her when going to school...even on Day 1!  She adores it and always has stories to tell us at the end of the day.  She especially loves being the 'milk pourer' at snack time and adores getting her wellies on for forest school!

It was hard saying goodbye to her again this morning as the summer holidays were so lovely.  It was so nice to spend so much time together, especially as baby will be arriving any day now.  I will always treasure our mother and daughter time, but I know how much she thrives at school and for now 3 days a week is just right for her.

I had this waiting for her at home time (obviously not the whole lot, but a slice :))

Oh and when we got home from pick up there were some lovely presents waiting for us on the doorstep from Grams.

For me a gorgeous vase, flowers and card (and check out the beautiful ribbon)

and of course a lovely treat or two for princess:

What will I be like next year when she starts reception!

This post is for The Gallery, the theme is ‘Back to School’.