Monday, 28 July 2014

Boy Or Girl?

We have our early gender 4D scan booked for sometime this week, I won't mention when as we're not sure whether we will be announcing straight away. But I thought it would be fun to see what you all think we are having. I love guessing other baby genders even though I'm usually wrong 90% of the time. I actually have no idea whatsoever what we are having and we will be happy either way! 

So here are some of my symptoms/old wives tales:

No cravings
Aversions to favourite foods (Junk food, crisps, chocolate, Macdonalds, fizzy drinks)
Acne not too bad 
Morning sickness during weeks 7-8 
Feeling pretty good rest of pregnancy 
Heartbeat 184 at 9 weeks 
Chinese calendar says boy (was correct with girl for Amelia)
No weight gain 

What do you reckon...boy or girl? 

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Visiting London With A Toddler

We visited London last year when Amelia was roughly 14 months old and are looking to go again for a weekend break later on this year before baby number two is due as our last little holiday as a family of three. Amelia will be 2 and a half meaning she will be able to experience more than she did last year. We only had the one day to explore London itself and did see many of the big attractions but there is so much more of London to see. Despite what many people think, London is a very child-friendly city.

Where to stay

It's probably a good idea to stay in the centre of the city when visiting with a toddler or young children as you'll have easy access to all of the attractions. Children get tired very easily and you don't want to be carrying them all over London just to get back to your hotel. You can find great deals on websites such as Hotel Direct for family deals throughout the year.

Friday, 25 July 2014

16 Week Pregnancy Update - Baby #2

This week baby is the size of an avocado and weighs roughly around 3.5oz, these weeks seem to be flying by and it really is true that it goes so much quicker the second time round. I've not really had any symptoms this week and don't really feel pregnant other than when I haven't eaten for a while and feel sick or light headed. 

Still no cravings, and I've still gone off all of my favourite foods. I can never decide on what to eat and my cupboards are full of junk food sat waiting to be eaten. Water has been making me gag this week usually when I'm taking my pregnacare tablets in the morning, I'm not really a fan of water in the first place so I think I may have to make sure it's ice cold next time as I seem to be able to drink that easier. 

I haven't put any weight on yet which is very strange as I'm definitely bigger although I never put weight on my hips so probably won't need to go up a dress size. I was lucky enough last time to wear my size 6 jeans/leggings my whole pregnancy but I do think I'll need to buy some maternity wear this time round just for comfort. I'm starting to look frumpy in t-shirts so think I may have to get the baggy ones out until my bump gets bigger. 

I have no nickname for bump yet nothings really stuck with me, I always see people with nicknames for theirs but I didn't have one for Amelia either so probably will end up just calling the baby 'bump' ha ha! What did you name your baby/bump whilst pregnant?

You can read my 15 week pregnancy update here incase you missed it and I'll be back next Friday for week 17 (and a gender reveal sometime soon!)

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Guide To Buying A House

Buying a house can be a rather difficult challenge, especially if you are trying to get on the property ladder for the first time. The average person in the UK doesn't buy their own house until they are 30 unless they have parental help. Many people struggle to get the deposit together and it seems to be a hurdle that many first time buyers can't seem to climb over. We are currently rending and have been since I moved out back in 2011. With the price of living increasing it's becoming harder to save as monthly bills have become more expensive. We would love to own our own home one day and will continue to save until we are able to. 

This infographic gives a step by step guide to buying a house, from what additional expenses you will need to cover, where to start looking for a home to exchanging contracts. It's very useful and interesting for those who are currently looking at buying a house and for those who wish to in the future to give you a rough idea on what you will need to consider. 

How long did it take you to buy your own home?

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Brilliant Blogs For Mums

Oh So Amelia has been listed in the Brilliant Blogs For Mums in this month's At Home Parenting magazine which has been guest edited by super nanny Jo Frost. I was finally able to get my hands on a copy and we are amongst 13 amazing blogs. The issue is now on sale in supermarkets and WHSmith and you can also view the digital copy here. 

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