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    Reading to your baby – Why I read to Spike and why I think its important

    I’ve read to Spike since day one. I literally don’t think there has been a single day in her life that she wasn’t read to. At 6 months old I started reading the first Harry Potter book to her while she was snoozing on me. In fact, I even did a little bit of reading to her when I was pregnant. She developed a love for reading early on and days were spent reading books when she was a toddler. Now she’s learning to read herself, but I wanted to reminisce and share a bit about the reasons why reading to your baby is important. Reading from an early age…

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    Spike at seven months

    So Spike is just over seven months old, and as you can see this blogging business has gone on a go slow, the two are most definitely connected as it would seem she has turned into a monster of the highest degree. You love your children, unconditionally, and you will always love them. But I’m not going to lie, there are times they will make you want to scream. We got to December, six months in, and Spike made me want to scream a little bit. As we hit six months the separation anxiety kicked in, I couldn’t leave the room for a second without her crying, we also hit the six…

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    Mummy friends and baby groups

    When I was pregnant I didn’t go to many groups or talk to many people. I joined a Facebook group for pregnant women who were due in May 2015 and that was about it, I didn’t even post very often on the group just used it as a way of finding out what to pack in my hospital bag and other bits and pieces like that. I also went to ante-natal classes run by my local sure start children’s centres but didn’t talk to any of the other parents there. That was until a week after I was due. My partners friends wife was pregnant at the same time as…

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    So a month on…

    So Spike finally arrived. She was just two weeks late, that was quite possibly the longest two weeks of my life! I had to be induced and the labour and birth was far from what I had hoped. But thats a story for another day. Spike has now been with us for a month. She arrived in the world on 29th May at 5:15am. She was perfect in every way and me and T were in love the second we saw her. We got her home the same day and had one terrible night… then the good and bad moments started! When you are pregnant people are full of tips…

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    The countdown is on…

    So obviously I’ve spent the last 9 months on a countdown. I have had this thought it the back of my mind that has told me exactly how long it is to my due date and getting excited for when I’ll meet the little one who’s making me so tired and beating me up from the inside. Its certainly been a journey, and that countdown amped up in April when I finished work for my maternity leave. Unfortunately since that Monday morning since I woke up knowing that I didn’t have to go to work the meme above has pretty much summed up my thoughts. I feel like the last four…

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    Bumpdate: weeks 34 – 36

    These last few weeks have gone so quickly that I hardly know where I’ve been or what I’ve been doing! Weeks 34 to 26 involved my last weeks at work, a birthday and a test drive to the hospital for my other half who is still in the process of getting his driving licence! I have been feeling a lot more movement from Spike but not as many kicks, she seems to be nestling into my bladder so much more and the hiccoughs, oh the hiccoughs! They are so adorable but I think she has them every day at least twice a day. Its a nightmare when you’re trying to partake…

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    Weeks 29-33

    So my first few weeks of the third trimester have been and gone, and they were packed full of activities, scares and new things! As we live fairly close to Manchester we were lucky enough to be able to make it to the Baby and Toddler show on the weekend of week 29. For anyone who hasn’t been there were stalls everywhere selling things that you wouldn’t have even considered you needed for your baby and people on hand to tell you why you did. I was a little disappointed that it was literally full of people just selling you stuff with very few demonstrations and advice panels but it…

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    My second trimester

    So whilst writing this Im 29 weeks pregnant. I’m also freaking out that by the end of the week I’ll be 30, and I’ll only have 10 weeks to go, when I consider that Christmas was 10 weeks ago and how fast that has gone by its scary! I wrote just before Christmas that I was bored of waiting and that didn’t go away my whole second trimester. There was the excitement of finding out whether the baby was a girl or a boy, then there was the excitement of feeling her kick and move and T getting to feel that too. However they, whilst massive milestones during pregnancy, were…

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    Decorating the nursery: starry eyed

    Have you ever looked at the sheer price of decorating, and filling a full room from scratch? Most of you will have, but because we have always rented we have only filled a room, and slowly. I remember moving into our first unfurnished flat and having to sit on cushions for weeks while we waited for the sofa to be delivered, and then having to wait a while longer before having anywhere to rest a cuppa or food because we couldn’t really afford to buy a coffee table yet. We pretty much staggered the cost of filling a house by moving into a furnished flat, then into a part furnished…

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    Hickory… dickory… dock? – reading to a bump

    I am a massive reader. I read mainly young adult books, to myself, and then rave about them over at Readaraptor, i.e. not out loud. I don’t read out loud and I haven’t read out loud since I was at school and we were forced to. My usual environment is pictured – hiding behind a book. I want to pass my love of reading on to Spike, I want her to love books as much as I do and I plan on making trips to the library a very regular thing in our house (they only aren’t at the minute because seriously, you should see my bookshelves – I don’t need to…