This weekend we went to a baby and mother fayre to pick up some cute baby stuff for you. This gave us lots of ideas about how to make your arrival a special one. There was lots of toys and innovative things to make things easier for mummy and me, and life more comfy for you. I suspect mummy will drag me to far more shows now and your nursery will look like backstage at Dragon’s Den.
Trunkies - laughed off Dragon's Den but now a UK best seller
Your mummy has been on eBay again picking up some fabulous stuff for you. We collected 2 more moses baskets to lay your little head in and as we can’t decide which one to use for you, we’ll probably end up keeping them all!!!! Your new bedroom is coming along and is stocked up with loads of stuff and is growing by the day. We have lots of booties, baby grows and little jump suits for you to look cute in.
We also had a visit to nanny and grandad’s this weekend for a lovely dinner. Mummy got to see lots of photos of daddy when he was a baby, just like you!!! Daddy was a cute baby (more cuter than mummy) so I’m hoping you take after me.
Mummy is getting bigger by the day with you inside, and we’re beginning to think you might already be playing with a sibling! As daddy’s mummy’s mummy was a twin, it’s possible that you might be one too. It’s true that mummy is going slightly mad with you inside, and I need you to hurry up and arrive so you can help me look after her!
Until next time, Daddy xx
I’ve been so unbelievably tired – I nearly missed this update! In fact, tomorrow we’ll be at 10 weeks – 1/4 of the way into the pregnancy. It’s been a busy few days for baby, and a busy few days for mummy too. I am officially huge. My tummy is tight and hard, and my clothes are ridiculously tight. I’m glad I’m breaking the news to work soon as I’m not sure I can hide it too much longer. Craig finds it amusing that I’ve grown so much and has the audacity to say I’m just ‘filling out’. I won’t deny that baby + tiredness = virtually no exercise, but I know the bump is all baby. The books also state I should be gaining between 1 lb and 2 lbs a week at this stage – sounds more than right to me!
Morning sickness comes and goes but it’s not debilitating so I’m coping just fine. I do get nauseous at work though and if I get up from my desk too fast I feel a pulling sensation in my abdomen. I’m fairly energetic throughout the day but fall to bits in the evening. From 7pm my eyes are drooping and I have to lie down. I’ve been making the most of my weekend and napping as much as possible. This seems to help my energy levels throughout the week.
I’ve also been hoarding! Baby now has a few cute baby grows, hats and shoes!!! My doppler has also arrived in preparation for my second trimester. This will allow me to listen to baby’s heartbeat and post a recording onto the blog. I can’t wait until his or her heartbeat is strong enough to hear!
So what’s new with baby…?
- Baby is now the size of a green olive (around 30 mm (1.2 inches) in length)
- Baby’s digestive system is developing (aswell as the muscular diaphragm that allows baby to breathe and hiccup).
- With basic physical structures in place and increasingly distinct facial features baby is starting to look like the beautiful baby we’ll all meet in a few months time
- This week the irises of baby’s little eyes can function, but the eyelids still remain fused shut. They’ll stay shut until about 26 weeks of pregnancy when baby is able to cope with changes in light inside my tummy
- External ears are formed and the inner ears are now filled with fluid. This means baby is already developing a sense of balance ready for all the somersaults in a few months time!
- Tiny milk teeth are just starting to form, but won’t emerge from baby’s gums until they’re about six months old
- Oh and baby now has a tongue!
Here’s a mug shot of what our gorgeous little one looks like today! As you can see, the fingers and toes are much longer and more developed, and the umbilical cord is thinning out. Some truly amazing developments in just one week…
9 weeks old - look at the arms and legs!
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.
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
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
£2.50 from eBay… RRP £99. Brand new, never used moses basket from Mama’s & Papa’s. How’s that for a bargain!!!!
Moses Basket - M&P Gingerbread