Friday, 21 October 2016

Paperchase Scrapbooking

One of my guilty pleasures is stationary and scrapbook materials. One of my favourite shops is Paperchase. I can't walk past without the urge to go inside, there is nothing I love more than walking around in search of quirky new bits of stationary. For sometime I have wanted to start a scrapbook for baby Ava Mae. I imagine being able to give her scrapbooks on her 18th birthday that are filled with scan pictures, photographs and keepsakes to document every moment of pregnancy and her life. A little while ago I found myself browsing the Paperchase website for all the bits I would need to get started with scrapbooking, needless to say it quickly escalated to me placing an order! 

Kraft Square Scrapbook - £8.50.
252 Self Adhesive Paper Photo Corners - £4.75. 
Paperworks Ribbed Kraft C6 Envelopes (10 Pack) - £3.50.
500 Transparent Self Adhesive Photo Corners - £2. 
5 Coloured Cat Highlighters - £4. 

My order arrived really quickly and It felt like Christmas opening it! New stationary never fails to put a smile on my face! I really like the Kraft scrapbook and although Paperchase now offer the ability to be able to add customised messages to the front of their scrapbooks I decided not to. I like that the front of the scrapbook is plane so I can eventually add my own design to the front. I also bought some photo corners to stick in photographs and envelopes to hold any keepsakes. Although I did not really need to cat highlights they ended up in my oder anyway. I have a soft spot for cats and they look so cute! 

I can't wait to share some of the pages with you!  At the moment I have just finished sticking in all her scan pictures and I'm moving onto adding photos from our Gender Reveal Party

Do you keep a scrapbook?

Claire Louise Xx


Monday, 17 October 2016

Just Not Very Good At Being Pregnant!

I really wanted to get stuck into blogging and being a little more sociable this week whilst starting my maternity leave but yet again things have not gone to plan! During last week my mum came over to help sort out the house ready for baby Ava Mae's arrival. I have gone into major nesting mode and it turns out I did a little too much....

After decorating and going into mass 'clean like crazy' mode with my mum on the Thursday I woke up Friday morning and found I had passed my mucus plug at 30 weeks! Whilst I was home alone, with Ian at work, I didn't think about calling the hospital or my midwife for most of the day as I was not in any pain or discomfort. It was only towards the evening as Ian came home I thought of ringing my mum who insisted I should call the hospital. So after a quick phone call off to the hospital we went. 

Once we arrived at the hospital I started to experience some tightening on my bump and sharp shooting pains on my cervix. I had an internal exam and some swabs taken to see if I was going into labour. Luckily these came back negative but I was kept in overnight to have baby monitored and discharged the next day once the pain and tightening had settled down. 

I was due to have a growth scan in two weeks but my consultant thought it would be best brought forward just to check that everything was okay with baby. Although little Ava Mae is proving to be a trouble maker thankfully everything was fine and she is head down in a good position ready for delivery. Everything was forgiven as during the scan she turned her head and gave us a beautiful picture of her face! Just look at those chubby chops!

I feel so disappointed in myself at the moment its unreal! I struggled with morning sickness and the fear of another miscarriage during the first trimester of my pregnancy. The second trimester felt like a blissful honeymoon period, I felt great and really started to enjoy being pregnant. Now I have entered the last trimester I just feel like I am totally rubbish at being pregnant! I have become really clumsy and accident prone and just feel like Ava Mae is not safe inside me anymore as I constantly worry that something is going to go wrong at the last hurdle. I know all of these feelings are totally natural but it doesn't stop them from getting me down. I'm just really not enjoying these finally weeks. I want her to stay put as long as possible to make sure she is healthy but at the same time I have found myself counting down these last few weeks of pregnancy looking forward to B-day more than ever! 

It was always planned that closer to my due date (21st December) I would spend weekdays, whilst Ian is at work, staying at my mums as her house if closer to the hospital I plan on delivering at and it would also mean not being home alone during the day. After everything that has happened and just with the way I am feeling at the moment we have decided to bring this forward. So I'm currently sat at my mums being pampered like crazy obviously with the occasional "You're not carrying that!" as I'm now banned from going anywhere near the hoover or dust cloth! 

I keep telling myself that hopefully I will be one of those women who is sucks at being pregnant but handles labour like a warrior, I can dream right?

Being at my mums is giving me time to catch up on blog posts but it does mean I won't be able to film or blog my nursery room tour for a little while longer! I do have a few other posts I can be getting on with including some shopping a did for my hospital bag and my second trimester update! 

Claire Louise Xx


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Baby Haul

I feel like I have been so rubbish with my blog over the past week! After a fall down the stairs I had to take some time to rest and decided to take my maternity leave two weeks earlier than planned. Luckily both baby and I are fine. Yesterday was my first official day of maternity leave and I'm going to be 30 weeks on tomorrow so I'm looking forward to resting and getting all the final bits done before baby arrives! I have finally gotten around to blogging my baby haul post featuring the things I have been buying for baby over the past few months.

Shnuggle Bath Tub - £19.98.

Slumberdown Bump & Baby Nursing Pillow - £9.99.

The Gro Company Gro Egg Digital Room Thermometer  - £20.
Kinder Valley Moses Basket Rocking Stand - £20.
Kinder Valley Wish Upon A Star Moses Basket - £27.
Graco Baby Delight Swing - £45.

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System - £24.99.
Angelcare Nappy Disposal System - £7.49.
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine - £74.99

Tommee Tippee Express and Go Pouches - £6.99.
Tommee Tippee Express and Go Storage Case - £9.99.
Tommee Tippee Express and Go Pouch Bottle - £7.99.
Tommee Tippee Express and Go Breast Pump Adaptors - £4.49.

Babymel Satchel Jumbo Dot Navy Changing Bag - £45 SALE £36.
Motorola MBP26 Digital Video baby Monitor and Babysense Pad - £159.99 25% off £120.65.
Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser - £6.99.

TK Maxx:
Lindam Adjustable Back Seat Mirror - £9.99. 

The Baby Show:
Cybex Anton Q-Plus Group 0+ Carseat (Royal Blue) - £216.
Cybex ISOFIX Base - £99.
Close Parent Pop-in New Gen V2 Big Box Reusable Nappies (Bamboo) - £289. 
iCandy Peach Royal Blue - £1015.
- seat
- seat liner
- Footmuff
- Rain Covers.
- Carry Cot.
- Elevators.
- Carseat Adapter.

I have been saving like crazy and going without so much that I used to enjoy to be abled to afford all these things. I feel really proud of myself for being able to do it all and it feels so good knowing I now have everything I need and the nursery is almost complete! I absolutely love my iCandy and I can't wait to be pushing Ava Mae around in it!

Claire Louise Xx

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