Week 13 Update

So we have almost made it to August now and the end of week 13.  Time really is flying, though at the moment it cant go quick enough.  I want us to be nearly there now.

The biggest thing to note this week is that the bump has arrived.  Woke up on Saturday and it was there!  Just popped out of nowhere.  If anything it has made it all feel real.  I think now that everyone knows the other half is a lot more relaxed and not trying to hide it any more.

We have also started planning things a little bit.  We have held off to date as we haven’t wanted to jinx anything.  We have broken that and started to casually buy a few bits with our regular shopping – a tip we have been given by a few people so far.  Admittedly all we have got so far is a couple of packs of super sensitive baby wipes, but its a start.

The other half sent me through a list this week at work of what we need.  Scared the bejeesus out of me.  Here it is, and I apologise to the source as I’m not sure where it is from (if you ever read this let me know and I’ll credit you).  I have only included the initial sections too…..

Mum to be
· 2-3 x maternity support bras
· 2 x sleeping bras (use before and after the birth)
· 3 x nursing bras (use after birth)
· maternity trousers/jeans
· nightwear
· maternity underwear
· pregnancy pillow
· maternity tops
· maternity dress

Nice to have
· maternity swimsuit
· pregnancy support (belt)
· stretch mark cream
· pregnancy book
· keep sake journal
· baby development book


Hospital checklist (for a 1 or 2 day stay in hospital)
· hospital bag
· nursing nightwear x 2
· dressing gown
· slippers
· comfortable cotton briefs x 2
· disposable briefs
· maternity towels x 48
· nursing bras
· breast pads x 40
· toiletries/hairbrush
· toothbrush/toothpaste
· towel & face cloth
· newborn gentle wipes
· cotton wool
· nappies – approx 10
· 2 x baby bodysuits
· 2 x baby sleepsuits
· 1 x baby blanket
· infant car seat (essential for first journey home)
· mum – comfortable clothes for going home

Nice to have
· massage oil
· support pillow
· TENS machine

Don’t forget
· birthing plan and notes
· coins / money for car park
· mobile phone & charger
· drinks and snacks
· ipod / music
· camera / camcorder


Baby clothes (for first 2-3 months)
· 6-8 x sleepsuits
· 4 x wrap-over vests
· 6-8 x bodysuits
· sun hat
· 2 x soft cotton hats
· 2 x cardigans
· 2-3 x socks (pairs)
· 2 x scratch mitts (pairs)

Nice to have
· jacket/pramsuit
· 3-4 x daywear outfits
· shawl

(that’s only 3 of 9 sections)

Yeah.  That’s what I thought too! maybe we need to get a little more than just a few baby wipes!!


In other news we went to Bristol Zoo for a trip our with the god children on Saturday.  If you live close enough and haven’t been and live at all close I cant recommend it highly enough.  We were lucky to get some lovely weather and got to see this little fella:



They also had a “Big Bugs” exhibit too which the kids loved – though I hope never to meet this beast!



What I learned this week

  1. Babies need a lot of shit.
  2. I need to get another job to pay for all this stuff
  3. This blog is boring without pictures.  Something I promise to try and rectify as we go
  4. The Devil’s flower mantis is terrifying

Week 12 Update

Week 12 is here and its the most exciting update to date and we exit the first trimester!

We traveled back from an amazing holiday in Cyprus on Sunday with the excitement of a scan waiting for us when we got back on the Monday.

This brought with it 2 great things, 1. the chance for us to officially see “bean” as we have christened him/her and 2. the freedom to start telling our friends the good news.

The 12 Week Scan

So on Monday it came.  The scan.  The moment we have been waiting for ever since the urine soaked stick was first wafted in my face!

We arrived at the hospital with a mix of nervousness & excitement and reported in to the Maternity Services department.  Sat around me in the waiting room were 6 other couples all eagerly awaiting their turn.

When we went into the room for our amazing moment I couldn’t help but become fascinated by the fact that there was a Dyson bladeless fan on the desk.  It was amazing, almost silent and yet the breeze it kicked off was incredible.  How can the NHS afford such tech….anyway I digress dangerously away.

The scan itself was the most incredible experience of my life.

First bit of news – “There is definitely only 1” – thank god for that, whilst it would be nice in theory to get our preferred quota of 2 in 1 go im not sure my nerves or bank balance could really cope.  Maybe the old wives tails about twins running in the family really are just a load of old tosh!

The radiographer did have some trouble getting the little blighter into the right position in order to get the measurements that she needed.  It turns out that even at aged -6months he/she has the stubbornness of it’s mother.  What followed next was my wifes single happiest instruction from a member of the medical profession…. “have a walk down to the shop and get yourself a chocolate bar, we need to wake little baby up” …. her eyes lit up.

After our recess we got back in and got to experience our first look at the babies heartbeat.  I almost melted.  People have asked me if I cried.  I didn’t but it seeing its heartbeat made mine go mental.

Here are some of the scan pictures – I may as well share them with you as I have been showing pretty much everyone I have seen in the last 4 days

scan 2    scan 1   scan 4

I know they probably look like everyone elses scan pictures but to me they are just mind blowing.  I, sorry, we made that.  The fruit of our loins and all that.  The miracle of life!  What is amazing is that bean is only 5cms long but is already pretty much fully formed and even has teeth.

The good news is that so far so good.   Everything looks fine, nothing that makes anyone in a white coat nervous.  The only bad thing is that due to our slightly older age (33 & 32) we were offered the Nuchal translucency (NT) scan for Downs Syndrome which means a nervous wait on the horizon.  So along with measuring the fluid at the neck we had to go to another room for some blood tests (where there was another Dyson Fan….).  These are then combined with the OH height and weight and we have a nervous wait to see if we are considered a high risk or a low risk.  The painful part is that we are at the mercy of the NHS’s ‘no news is good news’ which means we have 7 working days to wait for a call to invite us back for more tests as we are considered high risk.  If we don’t then statistically we should be fine.  As I write this we are 4 days into the wait.  Fingers crossed.

The announcement

High on the news of the scan going well we decided that the time had come to break the news.  Suddenly a new weight fell on our shoulders… how should we do it.

Facebook.  Everyone does it on there so why don’t we?  We had told our family and close friends in person so decided to go with the message below:

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It also meant that we got to buy our first bit of baby clothing (Im sure this will be filled with many more in the future).  Man they are cute little shoes.  Can’t wait to start buying more of these.

Anyway, that will do for now.  Enough of my rambling.


What I learned this week

  1.  Never call your pregnant wife “chubbs” – no matter how much of a term of endearment it is meant to be.
  2.  Trimester is a real word and there are 3 of them and being at the end of the first one is good!
  3.  The NHS have amazing fan tech.
  4.  Announcing a baby on Facebook is the best way of getting likes!

Week 11 Update

A slight delay this week as I am currently enjoying the delights of Cyprus. I’m writing this from the comforts of a sun lounger just outside of Coral Bay…. (check out
http://www.simosvillas.com).  We are on a long planned family holiday with the parents and brother & Mrs


So this week has been another quiet one whilst we wait for the scan in just under a week.  Nothing to report in the week just gone.

The main struggle this week has been and will continue to be the heat and the wife not being allowed to consume any alcohol!  I’m making up for the 2 of us though taking one (2 and 3) Keos for the team.

Time away is proving light relief from work and the stresses of planning for a family.

Next weeks should be a more thorough and interesting blog so I will sign off for now and get back to my beer!