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OUR ANNUAL FESTIVE DAY! | A FAMILY TRADITION


So, yes I am aware it's only November 18th when we're putting up the tree and that is early for us too. Usually our "Festive day" falls on the closest weekend to December 1st but I am 37 weeks pregnant and as we make "festive day" a really big deal every year, I wanted the littles to get the day before I go into labour. I could realistically go into labour any day and I always remember the festive day of 2016 when it was Iris' first Christmas and she was only about a month and a half old and she was so demanding and Lucas' behaviour suffered because he was frustrated by being made to stop so I could feed Iris and actually baby is going to be newborn and have no care in the world. I think it's really important for Iris and Lucas to have all the attention and to have our special day together before baby arrives.

PREGNANCY SURVIVAL TIPS & TRICKS


Pregnancy is so incredibly difficult, it is the absolute best reason for feeling crap BUT at the same time it is really hard and survival is key. You have to keep reminding yourself that you're amazing and pregnancy is slowly draining you to help your baby grow. I thought i'd throw together a little blog post with whats helped get me through this pregnancy, hopefully if you're struggling too this might help!

MY BIRTH PLAN - WE'VE SEEN A CONSULTANT MIDWIFE | BABY NUMBER THREE


Getting my dream birth has been a serious, serious fight! I was so desperate for a home water birth which you can read HERE. Due to a previous C-Section, I was told that they heavily advise I do NOT go ahead with a home birth and went into the hospital. They spoke about being strapped the monitor throughout the whole labour process and being on labour ward. This is so far from what I want for my last birth that I really had to be a bit stubborn. I will always listen and respect what the Midwives and other medical professionals say but in this case I had to disagree and come to a compromise.

36 WEEK UPDATE - WE'RE BASICALLY PREPARED & WHAT DO I PUT ON CHRISTMAS LABELS? | BABY NUMBER THREE


Hello Thirty six weeks pregnant. I'm officially a little scared now. I am a few days away from the gestation I had Lucas and i'm a week away from full term... I am huge, uncomfortable but loving this bump of mine. I am still wondering daily about baby and who they are and what they'll be like.
I have spent the week with a mammoth list of things to do and I have ticked off a lot of it. Little things like put a lightbulb in my new lamp (for the breastfeeding through the nights) and pack that hospital bag the best I can.

WHAT'S IN MY HOSPITAL BAG | BABY NUMBER THREE


Packing my hospital bag is one of those annoying unfinished things until D-DAY! So not everything I'll be taking is photographed but i'll list those things below anyway. I need to swap my tiny holdall to a cabin sized suitcase because i'm getting stressed by the  fact everything feels squashed.
I haven't gone over the top again with mine either because it's so easy to go over the top and overpack and i'm hoping to be in and out of hospital really quickly!

You can see what I packed for when I had Lucas, HERE and what I packed for when I had Iris, HERE.

FIVE THINGS I'D GIFT A NEW MUM | AD

*This blog post features Bloom Magic flowers and is part of a paid collaboration with Bloom Magic, all words and images are my own with Bloom Magic. All other featured items are not being paid for to be featured and are items I like and wanted to include.*


 After having a baby everyone gifts the baby, which is blooming lovely, don't get me wrong BUT poor Mum sometimes gets forgotten. She's just pushed a watermelon out a very small space or been sliced open and is now not sleeping very well and either has to make a bottle every few hours or have her nips chewed off. I have been thinking about things we could gift to new Mum's.