Five months ago Alex and I officially announced our pregnancy in HELLO! magazine at one of our favourite places, the Four Seasons Hotel in Hook, Hampshire. It was fantastic to return there this past weekend to celebrate Alex’s birthday.
We really love the relaxed, yet outstanding, service of this place. It’s a beautiful country house where families and dogs are most welcome so the three of us, that’s Me, Alex and Alfie our little dog (well four if you include bump too), enjoyed a lovely weekend break that included eating amazing food, relaxing around the pool and taking Alfie for a few walks in the hotel’s beautiful grounds. They not only offer a babysitting service but they also offer a dog sitting service too, so we can’t wait to go back when the baby arrives.
Last week we completed our hypno-birthing sessions, which we’ve really enjoyed with Teresa Pegrum. I also discovered at my routine antenatal appointment that, although the baby is head down, it is actually in the Right Occiput Anterior position. This basically means that his/her back is towards the right side of my body, it therefore needs to rotate so the back is towards my front. My midwife informed me that if the baby stays where it is, or decides to turn towards my spine (known as back to back), it will be a longer and more painful labour – well that is something to look forward to indeed! In a bid to try and make the little one move, I have been introduced to a website called spinningbabies.com. The website has suggestions of what I can do to try and make the baby move into the optimum position for labour. Crab walking up the stairs (walking sideways) and bouncing on a birthing ball are just two ideas on the site, so I am glad of my recent purchase – my birthing ball from Mama Baby Bliss! It’s certainly coming in handy now.
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned my concerns about Alfie our little dog, and how he would react to the new arrival. I have since invested in a chair from Chicco (that is suitable from birth to 3 years), so I can be sure that the baby is out of reach from him. This little chair is called the ‘Polly Magic’ and I really love it. It has a nice little bar over it with some little toys to keep the baby occupied and I think it will give me piece of mind with the baby being off the floor. Talking of toys, this week I was also given a cute little bubbaroo as well as this little fellow (pictured below), ‘the drool monkey’ (from the online gift shop Cinnamon Sue). It reminds me of something I carried around as a child whilst I sucked my thumb that I called a ‘dah dah’. It’s an organic dribble bid, rattle and comforter all in one – a great idea.
I have also recently been introduced to saffronbells.com who sell absolutely beautiful gifts for a newborn. Their unisex anklet bracelet with little bells are a wonderful keepsake that can be worn by the child as a bracelet in to the teenage years. I think they are gorgeous and worth a look if you know someone who is expecting and you want to buy them a special present to celebrate their new arrival.
In other news, we have started to pack up our house in preparation for our house move. Some people have said to me it’s ‘extreme nesting’. As I mentioned in last week’s post, we are purchasing a renovation project. We had an offer on our house within two weeks of putting it on the market and we are really impressed with our estate agents Park and Bailey. We actually have a HELLO! magazine photoshoot at our house with our new arrival in a few weeks so we won’t be moving out before then, but as soon as I can tell you more about our new project I will! My new property renovation show Beat My Build¬†started on Channel 4 this week so hopefully you’ve had a chance to watch it. I don’t just enjoy presenting property shows, I love taking on my own projects too.
This week I have my last voiceover for A Place in the Sun¬†before the baby arrives, and I will also be attending the Channel 4 Upfront¬†party that showcases what is to come next year. I guess this will be my last chance to glam up before the big day!
Well that’s it from me for now.
Lots of love