Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

  • Leggings........ oh maternity comfort!
  • Baby movements
  • Glitter nailpolish
  • Pinterest
  • Tomorrow is pay day! Whoop!
  • House re-decorating!
  • Ollie being at pre-school and the lovely drawings he brings home!
  • Coca Cola
  • Crisps and anything salty
  • Knowing (having decided on) the baby's name :)
  • Maternity clothes.... my maternity clothes are nicer than my real clothes!
  • Poached eggs and smoked salmon
  • Yankee Candles
  • My 2 dogs.... Dexter and Lola
  • All the new seasons of TV shows have started!
  • My handsome and hardworking hubby
  • Planning Christmas crafts
  • (and Christmas gifts)
  • Buying new baby boy things!

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Ark Open Farm (newest addition to the family!)

James was able to take the whole first week of September off work so we could have loads of fun as a family before Ollie started school.  One of the places we went to was The Ark Open Farm.  We had never been before and I actually had vouchers so we could all get in for free!  It was fab and we will definitely be going back.  They had little pots of food that you could feed to all of the animals.... pony rides, quad bike rides, a duck pond and a little train ride too.

Ollie was really brave and loved feeding the animals... I was a bit too scared!  He fed pretty much every type of animal they had!!

They are so good with kids there and the staff really encourage the kids to participate in the feeding/ cuddle the animals sessions and Ollie loved it!  He was really gentle holding this little chicky!

...and he had his first ever pony ride.  I was sure he was going to want me to hold onto him while he went.... but he didn't.  Off he went down the paddock on a tiny pony with only the guy holding the rope.  He smiled the whole time :)

There was a cool playpark there and a lot of it was made out of old tractor parts etc.  

He also fed a baby lamb his lunchtime bottle.

AND.... we came home with a new puppy.  He was sitting in this pen with his brothers and sisters and was just 9 weeks old and we were told they were all for sale.  We couldn't resist.  More about him in the next post.  He is a DARLING.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ollie is really enjoying pre-school!!

Ollie has been at pre-school now for almost a fortnight (although has spent the last 3 days at home with a chest infection though) and so far so good.  He loves it!  We haven't had any tears at all at drop off.  When I leave him off he runs into the classroom with hardly a glance back at me.  I have to REMIND him to give me a kiss!!!

His first day was a success though when I went to pick him up he had just fallen asleep on his teachers lap.

His class is quite small and he has 2 teachers, Laura and Stephanie.  They're both lovely!  He is learning the names of the other children and there are already a couple of names he mentions daily.  I love that he is making friends!

There is a boy in his class who is also called Ollie and I have been getting to know his mum a little bit.  She is also pregnant and is just a week or so behind us!  It would be lovely if our boys got to know each other a bit better and we could have play dates!

I have to say he sleeps a lot better now that he has started school!  It really tires him out and he is going to bed with hardly any fuss at all.  Previous to starting school it would have taken about 45 minutes to an hour to get him to settle.

He has started bringing artwork home and so far he has drawn 4 train tracks and 2 climbing frames!  He hasn't painted anything yet.

20 weeks pregnant!


You may find it hard to believe, but I am only just now 20 weeks and 5 days pregnant!  My date was moved back by 6 days at our 20 week scan.  Baby was measuring a little bit smaller than he should have been but it isn't a worry.

The scan went well!  He was moving around a lot and the woman who did the scan was lovely and very reassuring throughout.  Everything is measuring ok... a little behind but she said unless the difference is 10 or more days there is no cause for concern.  My new due date is 3rd February.

Our little boy now measures 27cm and weighs about 360g.  That's a huge increase in the past fortnight isn't it!!

James and Ollie have both felt the baby move now and it is really cool.  I feel him wriggle and squirm and kick a lot under my hand... but a lot of the time it stops before James gets over to it.  He has felt it a number of times though.  Ollie wasn't that impressed.... I don't think he has as much of an idea of what it really means!

We have the most perfect name picked out for this little man, but it is top secret.  It clicked almost instantly and just sounds perfect.  It's a lovely fit with our family name and with Ollie's name too.

How far along? 20 weeks!
Total weight gain/loss: +2lbs.
Sleep: Sleeping well.
Food cravings: Fruit juice, Indian food, sushi, cheese with tomatoes and crackers, fruit!
Best moment this week: Getting started on decorating the house in time for the baby coming!!
Movement: Lots of movement and the kicks are really strong!
Gender: BOY!
Stretchies: A couple around my belly button....
Belly Button in or out? Out and it makes me feel like throwing up!
What I miss: Iced coffee, brie, goats cheese, cider.
What I am looking forward to: Decorating the boys (love saying the boys) room!
Symptoms: Sore hips, sore back, tiredness, breathlessness!
Milestones: Finally 20 weeks!
Weekly wisdom: I have none!
Emotions: So excited.  We have baby's name picked and I feel like I know him already.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tomorrow is Ollie's Big Day!!

My first little baby boy is off to pre-school tomorrow!!  Agh!  Time has gone so fast and now tomorrow marks the start of Ollie being in education for the next 15 years (until university etc!).  Isn't that so crazy?

I read him the 'Starting School' book.  I had this book when I was his age too and I remember all the pictures in it and the story.  It's lovely.

Ollie's school jumper.
He is super excited about tomorrow and I am so proud of him.  I THINK he will be just fine.  He isn't really the type to miss James or I.... he dives in head first and isn't shy around new people.  He keeps telling us about all the fun things he is going to do there (play with sand, paint etc).

All of Ollie's school stuff laid out ready for tomorrow.
I spent this evening ironing all his name labels onto his clothes and shoes and everything.

My big boy asleep, getting his rest for the next day!