Welcome back to my next installment of The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries #4. You can catch up with last weeks here. This week sees me at 25 weeks so only 15 weeks until my due date. To be honest because I’m having the baby at 39 weeks as planned the due date doesn’t mean much to me at the moment. Anyway as I’m at the 15 weeks point before my due date this week work needs to know what I plan to do.
With baby girl I left pretty early at 32 weeks. Partly because it was December and working in retail is hell at this time of year. Secondly I still had nearly 5 weeks of holiday to take which I took before my maternity leave started. Then of course baby girl decided not to come and arrived at 42 weeks. That time before she came I kept myself busy with blogging, reading and preparing for a new baby.
Welcome back to my second Living Arrows 2/53 post of 2018. As Donna pointed out there are actually 53 Mondays in 2018, so it’s now out of 53! It was exciting to join Living Arrows last week, to read about what other bloggers get up to with their little ones. I’m sure my posts will pale in comparison. I do wish I had more time to get out and about with baby girl, but being a working mum it’s hard at the moment.
The idea behind Living Arrows is to celebrate childhood. It’s name is taken from a poem by Kahlil Gibran,
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Well this week, we have seen a huge development in baby girl’s talking. She has come out with all kinds of words and phrases.
“There you go”
“I’m OK! You Ok?”
Her counting has come on loads as well. She spots numbers really well. My husband has a number 9 on his tracksuit bottoms and she pointed to it going “nine”. She has turned 23 months old this week and I think she is advanced for her age, I suppose I’m biased though! My mum says with her being born 14 days late she developed loads more in my tummy!
Yesterday she learnt the word “nana” when we we talking about bananas. The “B” is still a little hard for her to pronounce at the moment. She really is a little sponge soaking up words and phrases all the time.
I wonder what she will come out with next?
Thanks for stopping by today.
Happy New Year!
Hello and welcome back to #LuckyLinky Week 40.
As you all know I love to enter competitions and have been doing it for years, much longer than I have been blogging! So I want to see all your lovely competitions all in one place. It will make it much easier for all of us who love to enter competitions and for compers who want to find new and exciting competitions.
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Join Katie (MummyinaTutu) and I in a competition frenzy!
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It’s been nearly a month since my last update. Now I’m at the 24 week stage. Although I still haven’t seen my midwife, that’s not until the end of the month when I’m 28 weeks. I have been in to see a consultant. He went over the details of my last pregnancy with baby girl. It’s funny as I don’t remember some of the things he read from my notes about the previous pregnancy, I must have been out of it!
Anyway he went through all the options because I had a previous emergency c-section and came to the conclusion that the less risky thing to do would be to have a planned c-section. To be honest it’s a huge relief off our shoulders. I had a terrible time at baby girl’s birth due to the failed induction, so the safest for baby and I is to have everything planned. View Post
If you’re planning to have children, you need to know what to expect. While most parents talk about the reduced sleeping hours – and you will truly have to function on two or three hours a night in the beginning – not everybody is completely honest about the costs inherent to raising a child. Bringing up a child in the UK costs more than the average home, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
Ultimately, as a parent, you need to be prepared for a cost of over £230,000, which includes childcare and education until the age of 21. If you compare in terms of household budget, proportionally a British household will spend nearly 40% of their net incomes on raising a child. Of course, the more children you have, the more expensive it’ll be – although, thankfully, one household with two children spends less than two households with one child each.
Unsurprisingly, the costs vary depending on where you live in the UK. However, you’ll still be paying well over £200,000 to bring up a child everywhere in the country.
In other words, there’s no secret to cut down the expenses. But there are ways to maximise frugal living to make sure that you don’t break the bank!
Each child costs a quarter of a million
For 2018 I want to share with you all my thrifty tips and how you can save money and of course try new things. Each Thursday I will share something with you that I regularly do to save money in our household. Saving money this year is a big must on the agenda due to myself being on maternity leave later on in the year.
Here is the first Thrifty Thursday post for 2018!
I love to try new things. A few months back I discovered an app called Shopmium that let you do just that – try new things. It’s easy to use trust me! While I’m browsing around the supermarket I get my phone out and check out what I can try this week. My husband loves to see what I’m bringing home next with the weekly shopping! Although he wasn’t too fussed with the Chickpea snacks I got the other week!