Not long to go, so I headed to The Baby Show

Hi everyone,

How has your week been? Hopefully you weren’t affected too badly by the storm… There were a few fallen trees close to where we live in Surrey, but I think we managed to avoid the worst of it. As I could potentially go into labour at any point, it did cross my mind: would we be able to get to the hospital if it had all started during the storm? Needless to say I was worrying unnecessarily and everything was fine.

With less than two weeks to go, my baby bump has dropped and the head in now ‘engaged’, which is great because it’s a sign that things are starting to progress. This week I experienced my first nose bleed during my pregnancy. Apparently some people experience nose bleeds from their second trimester due to an increase in blood flow. Having the nose bleed didn’t particularly worry me and it stopped after a few minutes.

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Last Wednesday I was invited to the Chicco press event, where I was lucky enough to have a little look at some of their new products. A few things that caught my eye were the Jolie Bouncer, and the ‘Next to Me’ cot, which will be available in a few months. I also saw two fantastic pillows in the Chicco ‘Boppy’ range. You can get ‘Boppy’ as a full sleeping pillow or a breastfeeding version. I wish I had invested in the full sleeping pillow earlier on in my pregnancy as it would have helped me get into a more comfortable sleeping position at night, though I am sure it will be useful for next time around!

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Despite feeling pretty big and slightly uncomfortable, I am still fashion conscious when I’m attending events and being photographed. I decided to wear a gorgeous cape and some skinning jeans from the maternity brand Seraphine – perfect for the blustery winter weather!

 

On Friday I visited the Baby Show at Kensington Olympia. It was absolutely brilliant looking around all the stalls and I bought some great bits and pieces. At the Tommee Tippee stand I invested in one of their Closer to Nature thermometers, these come highly recommended. I loved the Little Green Sheep stand too, they make the most beautiful Cot beds and, according to Tina (a new friend I have made who owns the company/website lovedbyparents.com), “their mattress protecters work like magic!” I personally loved the look of their little sleeping bags and their fur pram liners – check them out thelittlegreensheep.co.uk.

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The Kiddy Evolution Pro baby car seats from Germany look fantastic. They have a great rocking function and they allow the baby to lie back in a healthy sleeping position for longer periods of time. The Stokke prams really caught my eye too. Bearing in mind Alex is 6’4, I think they would be ideal and they also look cool. There really is so much choice when it comes to all this baby stuff so ultimately it’s down to you and your preference.

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It was lovely seeing Sarah Jane Honeywell with the ‘Bababoogie’ team. They have a great DVD that you can use with a newborn baby to work out to ‘Bounce, Bond and Burn Off’. It goes without saying, I will be trying this out when I’m ready to start getting back in shape after the baby arrives!

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I spent some time at the Mama Baby Bliss stand and purchased a birthing ball. I also chatted with Holly Matthews, who is the face of their new massage and yoga pregnancy CD. Her husband Ross was there and he offered some really great advice that I have passed on to Alex. He suggested that, when the time comes and labour begins, it is important to let the parents know but noone else – no Twitter or Facebook updates, because people will constantly be asking for news. This time is precious and your partner needs to focus on YOU! Ross also mentioned that, when the baby has arrived and it is time to go home, it would be useful for Alex to be in charge of ‘scheduling visiting times’. As much as it is nice for people to visit, it is crucial that, as parents, you get some time alone with your newborn (who will become over tired if he or she is passed around all day for cuddles). You don’t want to be entertaining visitors and making tea the whole day. Ross and Holly (who have two daughters) were quite passionate about sharing all of this information and I loved chatting with them – thanks guys!

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So what else do you do two weeks before you are due to have a baby? Sell your house and buy a renovation project of course! Yes, it is all slightly crazy but I absolutely love property renovation and interior design and I’ve been buying houses and developing them since I was 19. I have moved around 9 times in the last 11 years. My new property show ‘Beat my Build’ starts on Channel 4 at 11am on 4th November and I hope its a success. If you get a chance to watch it, let me know what you think.

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We probably won’t move in to our new place until the new year, and it is certainly going to be interesting looking after a newborn baby, working and renovating a house. Having said that, it is going to be a very exciting journey and I can’t wait to share everything with you.

That is all from me for this week.

Lots of love,

Laura xxx

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