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A treat for mummy, a treat for daddy

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Hello gorgeous little one…

With all this spending in preparation for you to arrive, mummy and daddy are giving themselves a little treat each for Christmas! We’ve managed to convince ourselves that both treats (tangibly) are also for you, so they’ll be guilt-free purchases our end.

Mummy's new camera - Canon 1000d 18-52mm
Mummy’s new camera – Canon 1000d 18-52mm

Mummy’s is a grown-up camera. By the time you read this, digital cameras will have probably been replaced by something new and wonderful – but mummy wants a top of the range starter camera to take gorgeous photos of you, daddy, and the rest of the family. Mummy and daddy take horrendous photos and often look like porkies (even though neither of us really are) with 3 chins each. Right now Daddy takes pictures on his phone (an iPhone – this is the best phone on the market right now) and mummy kind of relies on him to do it. I don’t want to miss a single thing when you are born and want millions of pictures to show your girlfriend/s or boyfriend/s when you’re older. So a little bit of research has shown this to be the bestest camera out there for novices like mummy. Just in case we have a new currency system when you’re born, or you want to laugh at our £ value – it’s going to cost mummy around £200.

Lucky daddy is getting a flash television for the living room. He already has a pretty enormous one, but now he wants an upgrade. He has already upgraded his sound system from a dvd one to a blue-ray one (mummy doesn’t really understand what this means) and now he wants a new television to match. He’s been researching this for ages and mummy will be pleased to get daddy off the internet so she can talk to him again. Daddy has convinced himself that this purchase is due to you coming along – he reckons your arrival means he won’t get as much boy-time down the pub anymore (he only goes there 1 night a week now!) – so he wants a way to spend more cheap evenings in. Mummy is pretending to be moody about this as it’s expensive at £750 – but she doesn’t really mind.

In other news – Aunty Louise came to see us this weekend with Lenny. Lenny was really excited to see your hairy brother Billy and chased him around the house. Mummy felt fine then, but she’s been a bit sicky with you in her tummy ever since. She’s really tired and keeps throwing up. I’m not complaining as I know it’s you trying to get comfortable in there. I haven’t told daddy yet but I’m convinced I can feel you shifting around – it’s like a fluttery sensation. Maybe it’s in mummy’s head as it would be very early, but it definitely feels like you’re partying in there!!!

So on Wednesday it’s first scan time when we’ll get to see you for the first time – mummy will 12 weeks into her term, and we’ll find out exactly how many weeks old you are. A nurse will put some jelly on mummy’s tummy and roll a little plastic thing over our bump. The images from my tummy will then be transmitted onto a screen so we can see you! If there’s two of you in there, this will be the time we find out. It’s a very exciting time and we can’t wait.

So til Wednesday sleep tight and get some rest little one – you’re doing really well and we’re very proud of you for being so well-behaved xx

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Handmade goodness

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My dream nursery - I love pretty much everything about this room especially the colours and the purposeful mess

We’re officially “nesting” at the moment in the Mill’s household. I’m really keen to have the nursery ready early so I can wander in every night from work and daydream about the day baby comes home. I’ve seen some gorgeous nurseries online and I want ours to be just as special. The idea is to have the ‘bones’ in place (furniture) by next month, then we’ll just add little bits to it over time. By the time our tiny one is in, it’ll be the most gorgeous room in the house; stuffed with little trinkets and features.

So where are we right now?

We have a Moses basket and a baby bouncer, a cot tidy, a mobile, and have made a start on the stuffed toy collection – hardly the impressive start I wanted! I’m a massive vintage fan and love hings with a past. This extends to pre-loved things that other babies have enjoyed. I plan on sourcing unique and pretty bits from eBay, Gumtree, independent baby shops, craft fairs and boot sales…  I’m hoping to find the odd thing I know no one else will have and we’ll keep for future babies to come (that’s right Craig – I’m thinking 3). What I can’t find, I’m likely to make (or buy homemade)  – and I’m loving all the tiny knitted booties and mittens on eBay. I really love the thought that someone makes them as a barely profitable mini business as they sell for £1.99 +p&p – they must  just love being thrifty and making things! Every item is unique with miniature ribbons and bows.

 
 
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Baby booties on eBay - these are so cute and intricate!

I’d ideally like for the dresser drawers to already be filled with blankets, socks, baby grows, bibs etc, when baby comes home. Anything else we receive as gifts will be bonuses. I’m less fussy about these. We’ll probably know whether we’re having a boy or a girl in a few months but most early clothing is gender neutral so this collection can start right away. I don’t see the point in spending a great deal of money on this. Baby will have some expensive one-off outfits for special occasions, but otherwise they’ll be perfectly happy in hand-me-downs and bargains sourced in high street sales. Babies don’t stay tiny enough to make use of one outfit for more than a few months, and they can be messy too. I’d be heartbroken if I spent hundreds of pennies on things that get ruined in 5 minutes; baby won’t be aware if his / her baby grow costs £20 or £2,50.
Facebook - Mummies Club
Facebook – Mummies Club

 

Speaking of money I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a Mummies Club. The idea is to connect with other new mummies in the area and donate old outgrown items to those mothers with children younger than your own. I have two ideas at the moment; a ‘bring and buy’ bi-monthly event, or a strange twist on secret santa. Obviously option 2 would be far more exciting but it would be a logistical nightmare! I floated both ideas on Facebook last week and people seemed to think it was a good idea. I may well run with this later on in the pregnancy. We’re in recession and every penny counts at the moment, for everyone, not just us. It would be so nice to help  each other out and make money at the same time. I’d love to hear peoples thoughts xx

The wedding and the big move!!!

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What a hectic few days! Sorry I went AWOL but there has been so much going on! Here is the latest update from team Mills, live and direct from our gorgeous new home in Tilehurst.

Mr and Mrs Marshall

Mr and Mrs Marshall

Firstly, Lou and Ben got married on Friday 30th September in glorious sunshine at Reading Town Hall. I’ve only been to 2 weddings in the last 15 years (my dad’s, and now Lou’s) and both were in Town Halls. You can see why they are so popular. The building has so much history and you really get a “sense of occasion”. The Town Hall is bang smack in the centre of town so it makes the day even more special as people stop and stare as you arrive. Craig fancies a beach wedding for us (in a few years time) but I’m now thinking I want to stay in the UK. Little does he know, I’ve already bookmarked a few venues and I suspect the list will triple by the time we’re ready to go for it.

Farmer-to-be Lenny in his scrummy little outfit

Farmer-to-be Lenny in his scrummy little outfit

Everything went perfectly. The venues were dressed beautifully, the food was yummy, and it was great to see so many of my schoolmates and their families. Louise looked amazing and the lads scrubbed up great too. It was also so cute seeing Lenny come down the aisle with his granddad in his tiny suit!

Luckily my dress was long enough to disguise the epic fake tan fail on my legs - shame about my choice of shoes though!

Luckily my dress was long enough to disguise the epic fake tan fail on my legs - shame about my choice of shoes though!

The next day Craig and I woke up at 9am and finished packing up my flat. Being pregnant means I didn’t have a hangover, but my feet were in agony due to a bad heel choice the night before. Craig’s friends were great; Martyn Pyke lent us his van, and ‘muscle-man’ Phil Steven’s gave up his time to help Craig with the heavy stuff. I felt awful not being able to get stuck in and help, but I had to protect bump and stay away from lugging things around. Luckily the whole thing went smoothly and we were in the new flat surrounded by boxes by 5pm. The flat is now looking stunning and I can’t wait to have my mates round to see it. Paul is due round tomorrow for a peek, my mum is also thinking of dropping by in the day, and I’m sure Craig and I can manage a mini house-warming in a few weeks time (I just need to butter him up first!).

See you all soon for another update! Gems xxx

Craig is seriously going to regret buying me baby books!

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So where are we at?

At week 5, my baby is now 3 weeks old. He or she measures 1.25 mm (1/20 of an inch) and now has a tail and head. The central nervous system is already beginning to develop, and the brain and spinal cord is beginning to form. Traces of the eyes and ears are discernible, although these begin to form at the sides of baby’s head and will shift into place in a few weeks time. Muscle and bone tissue are beginning to come into being – although the bones won’t harden for a little while yet.

I love this bit… the walls of baby’s heart are now forming – it will begin to beat by the end of the week!

As for mummy – well I’m doing great. Feeling very bloated and experiencing a few aches and pains here and there (I’m sure you can guess where without me having to elaborate). I’m still getting very tired throughout the day. Although I’m always up by 8.30am at the latest, I seem to need a quick power nap during the day and I’m always in bed by 10pm. The morning sickness seems to be abating but I’m under no illusion that I haven’t seen the worst of it. A little cough will lead to me reaching mid conversation with Craig!

It’s pretty hard for Craig. I snap a fair bit where I’m still suffering from stopping smoking, and our evenings are being cut short where I’m so tired. Moving into our new home on Saturday should really help with this as we’ll no longer be managing two homes. He’s been amazing so far. Every morning baby and I get a quick kiss goodbye before work so it’s well and truly sunk in that I’m expecting. His research on diet and vitamins knows no bounds so I’m lucky baby is getting the best possible nourishment.

Tomorrow is Lou’s wedding so I’m planning a fake tan, manicure and pedicure this afternoon. I also have washing of Himalaya proportions to contend with, and haven’t even begun packing up the flat. It’s going to be a very long day! So I’m signing off. Next post will hopefully be from our new home in Tilehurst – here’s some pictures from the estate agency details (with the previous tenants furniture) to give you idea of what it looks like:

The frontage

The frontage

Mummy and daddy's room

Mummy and daddy’s room

Baby's room

Baby’s room