The best – and worst – baby buys

I’ll admit it. We went over the top buying things before Izzy was born. The vast array of colourful toys, cute clothes and must-have gadgets combined with excitement and nerves meant we bought a whole host of things we could have done without.

Some things were so useful we got our money’s worth out of them ten times over, but others were a complete waste of space, time and money.

Here’s a list of some of the best – and worst – baby products we bought first time round. (more…)

Pregnancy: Packing your hospital bag

It’s week 33 and time for me to start thinking about packing my hospital bag. Like most elements of this pregnancy, I am approaching this task in a much calmer fashion than the first time.

I listened to all the advice and did lots of research – and then packed everything that was suggested. Too much of everything. A lot of things didn’t get used and it was awkward to move several large bags from the labour ward to the maternity ward.

So this time less is more. Or less, as that is the point. Here’s a few things I learned from last time. (more…)

Proud big sister-to-be

Izzy seems to be really taking to the idea of having a brother or sister. When she talks about it there is such pride in her voice and on her face, and it makes us very proud of the way she is handling such a big change in her life. Of course once Nemo is actually here I know we will have some challenges to face and her enthusiasm may be tested, but throughout the pregnancy she has been preparing for being a big sister.

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