What You Should Take Care of While You’re Still Pregnant

What You Should Take Care of While You’re Still Pregnant

The last couple of months and weeks or your pregnancy might be a bit overwhelming and even stressful. There’s the big day to look forward to, of course, but then there’s also the first couple of weeks after your baby is born – and it’s hard to know what to expect.

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You can try to take care of a few things first, though, to make it a bit easier on yourself. Besides from seeking advice from your friends and family members, there is a lot of expert advice online from those who have been pregnant and raised children before you.

Here is a handful of the things you should try to take care of before your little one is born so that you can feel a bit more confident and relaxed about everything.

#1 Learn how to give baby a bath

It’s always the little things we forget about when there’s so much on your mind already. Learning how to give your baby a safe and happy bath time is one of them – and we don’t usually realise that we don’t know this until it’s time for that bath.

Learn how to give your baby a bath, buy a tub for your newborn, and feel slightly more confident about this whole parenting thing.

#2 Pack your bags

It’s hard to say exactly when your baby is going to arrive, so you might as well have that bag packed already. That way, you don’t have to send someone to hurry around the apartment or house to pack everything for you in the last minute.

You’re going to need some things for yourself, of course, as well as some things for your baby. Have a look at for your little one ltd to make sure you’ve got everything covered such as diapers, wipes, and a blanket.

In the bag you pack for yourself, you should try to include everything that will make you feel a bit more fresh and comfortable. We’re talking slippers, socks, toiletries, nursing bras, and underwear you really don’t care too much about.

#3 Prepare some freezer meals

Did anyone mention that you’re going to have your hands full when your baby is born? With so much to think about and rejoice over, you might not be in the mood for cooking. That’s alright, though, just invite a friend over or make your boyfriend or husband help you out with cooking up a batch of freezer meals to keep you going when you’re home from the hospital.

A lasagna is a great option, as well as chilli, crock pots, and all types of casserole-meals. You’ll thank yourself for taking care of this later – and can look forward to all the great meals when you get back home.

Anwen is 11 months

Anwen is 11 months

Oh, Anwen, yesterday you reached the ripe old age of 11 months.  It’s crazy just how quickly you seem to be growing up.  In less than 1 month we’ll be celebrating your 1st birthday.  I have some great things planned. 

Although, here we are… at 11 months, shall we see how you are doing?

 

Growth

Weight:  I honestly don’t have a clue how much you weigh.  You appear to be getting longer and slimmer but still have lush knee dimples.
Clothing Size:  You’re in 12-18 months now for all, except for vests which are 18-24 months.
Shoe Size: Still no shoes, but I think you have big wide feet.
Nappy Size: Still a size 5, although I think I’m going to have to move up to 5+ very soon.
Teeth: You have some molars and all the front ones.  This month we haven’t really noticed any teething troubles but your chest seems to be playing up again so I’m expecting some new teeth very soon.

 

Favourite Things

Music:  You still adore music.  If I even start to sing you start bobbing around, waving your arms and clapping your hands… all with a massive grin on your face.  You know all of the actions to ‘Wheels on the Bus’ and love to copy. 
Attention: Anwen, you love being centre of attention.  I think it’s because you’ve always got someone to play with.  You have now realised that you can demand attention by shouting or just jumping on the person.
Food: You are still loving your food.  It’s fantastic to see the variety of food you will eat, everything is worth trying at least once.
Your siblings: Your bond with your siblings has grown even more over the last month and you love to play with them.  Macsen is who you turn to for a bit of rough tumble play… you try to get Enfys to play rough and tumble but often come up empty handed.
Playing: Your play skills have developed hugely this month and you have developed a love for playing with cars and reading books.

Dislikes

Silence:  There is still nothing worse than silence to you, well apart from being hungry.
Hunger:  It it’s time for lunch or dinner, you will let me know.  You rarely let me serve a meal late.  It’s like your stomach is a clockwork one.
Being left alone in a room: You still hate being left alone in a room.  In fact, I think it might actually be worse again this month compared with last month.

Sleeping

Bedtime:  Asleep between 6.30 & 7pm
Wake Time: 6am-7am… rarely outside of these times but it does happen.
Naps:  1x 2 hour nap after lunch.

Feeding

Bottles: We are down to 2 8oz bottles a day, 1 in the morning and 1 before bed.
Food: You eat everything we eat.  You love your food.  I have yet to find something you don’t like.

Exciting things this month

Waving and saying “Hiya”: Yes, this skill is back.  I don’t know where it disappeared but it’s back and it’s fab.
Standing up: You figured out how to pull yourself up this month and how to sit back down again. 

Anwen is 10 months

Anwen is 10 months

It’s hard to believe that in 2 months my last baby will be celebrating her first birthday.  Today, Anwen is 10 months old and has changed so much in the last month.  Her personality is truly shining through and she loves being surrounded by people.  There’s also quite the bond growing between Enfys and Anwen which is just beautiful to watch.

Things are changing daily so let’s have a look where we are today.

Growth

Weight:  No idea, she gets weighed but I try to forget once the Health Visitor leaves.  Only because, I know she’s overweight and I’m waiting out to see if, like Seren and Macsen, she slims down.
Clothing Size:  I said last month that we were only just in 9-12 month clothes… well we’re still wearing 9-12 month babygrows and some 6-9 month clothes. 12-18 months are far more comfortable so I do prefer to dress her in those.  Her vests are still 18-24 months.
Shoe Size: Still no shoes, but I think she has big wide feet.
Nappy Size: Still a size 5.
Teeth: She’s doing well with her teeth.  This month some of her pre-molars have cut through.

Favourite Things

Music:  Anwen still does love music.  She started dancing this month too.  As well as trying to join in the actions on songs like ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘Wind the bobbin up’.
Attention: I suppose this comes down to having so many around us.  Anwen adores being the centre of our world and is ecstatic when you say “hiya” to her.
Food: Yes, Anwen does indeed love food.  She will eat it until the cows come home and will eat pretty much anything I put in front of her… she is definitely another Seren and Macsen.
Her siblings: Over the last month I have watched a bond grow between Enfys and Anwen.  Enfys loves to just sit next to Anwen to play and doesn’t complain if she is a bit of a pain.  Anwen just radiates love when she sees any one of her siblings and can’t wait for them to talk to her.

Dislikes

Silence:  There is still nothing worse than silence to Anwen, well apart from being hungry.
Hunger:  It it’s time for lunch or dinner, Anwen will let me know.  She rarely lets me serve a meal late.  It’s like her stomach is a clockwork one.
Being left alone in a room: Anwen still hates being left alone in a room.  In fact, I think it might actually be worse this month.

Sleeping

Bedtime:  Asleep between 7 & 7.30pm
Wake Time: 6am-7am… rarely outside of these times but it does happen.
Naps:  2x 20 minute naps during the day

Feeding

Bottles: We are down to 2 8oz bottles a day, 1 in the morning and 1 before bed.
Food:  Anwen eats everything we eat.  She loves food.  I have yet to find something she doesn’t like.

Exciting things this month

Crawling:  She started crawling last week.  She’s still a bit slow but practice makes perfect.  

Babywearing with the Wompat

Babywearing with the Wompat

It’s been years since I mentioned babywearing and how much I love it.  The time has come though, where I’m going to talk about it again.  I love wearing my babies.  This time, though, I decided I didn’t want to wrap.  I was never any good at it anyway.  Instead, I went on the hunt for something different. 

I asked 2 of my babywearing loving friends for their recommendations.  I wanted to try out the Ergobaby carrier but didn’t want to spend the money and end up not liking it.  One suggested a Wompat. 

I didn’t even know what a Wompat was.  It turns out they are gorgeous wrap conversion carriers.  They can be either full buckles or half buckles. 

I headed straight over to the only sling hire company I know, It’s a Sling Thing, to check them out.  I hired one that day.  I couldn’t wait for my fluff mail to arrive.

It actually turns out my friend has amazing taste.  After years of trying to master a back carry with a woven wrap and never succeeding, I got Anwen on my back without help.  It’s really simple to use and I noticed I couldn’t really make a mistake with putting Anwen in it.  Once it was on my back it was just like wearing a rucksack.  Just a really precious, really heavy rucksack.

Enfys loved it just as much as Anwen did too.

Within a few hours of receiving the hired Wompat, I had bought an ex rental one from them. 

Right now though, I’m getting excited.  I recently sent one of my pretty Girasol woven wraps off to be converted into a fantastic custom Wompat.  I’m getting it converted into the next size up to the one I already own. 

In the last few weeks, Enfys and Anwen have both spent their fair share of time on my back.  Anwen helping me cook while I’ve preferred using the carrier to take Enfys out for walks.  That way I only need to take to Donkey in single mode which makes everything so much easier.

Have you ever tried out a Wompat? 

Anwen is 6 months!  Happy Half Birthday!

Anwen is 6 months! Happy Half Birthday!

We’re halfway through Anwen’s first year – she is 6 months old.  By Christmas she will be able to join in with Christmas dinner.  🙂 By Christmas she will be sitting up. 

 

 

What are the changes this month?

Growth

Weight:  She has to weigh over 25lb now.  I’m having her weighed next week but I’m not overly worried about it.  If the health visitor didn’t come to me I wouldn’t have a clue.
Clothing Size: I have just started switching out the 6-9 months for the 9-12 months clothes.
Shoe Size: Anwen still isn’t wearing shoes but she has big feet.
Nappy Size: 5  (bigger than Enfys).
Teeth: She has a 3rd tooth!  It’s not the one I expected next but we have it.  It’s to the left of the bottom 2.  She has nothing where the top two teeth should be. 

 

Favourite Things

Attention: Anwen absolutely adores being talked to.  She gets excited by the sound of her favourite voices.
Singing:  She really loves singing.  Whether it’s nursery rhymes or songs she loves it.
People: Anwen loves people.  It’s a good thing honestly, given that she’s one of 5.  She is at her happiest when the living room is full and everyone is around her.
Sitting Up: She is getting so strong now and is almost sitting completely unaided.  🙂




 

Dislikes

Silence:  Silence is one thing Anwen really hates!  If it’s quiet something must be wrong.
Tummy Time: Anwen hates being stuck on her tummy, it really does make her scream.

 

Sleeping

Bedtime:  Between 6pm and 9pm (depending on how the day goes)
Wake time: Between 6am and 8am.
Naps: 1 long nap.  We have recently dropped the shorter naps. 

 

Feeding

We haven’t actually gotten around to starting the weaning process yet.  At the moment she has a great routine though.  She generally has a 5 7-8oz bottles between waking and going to bed. 

 

Exciting things this month

Anwen can now roll properly.  Although can only do back to front.