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35 weeks pregnant: Decorating and dates

35 weeks pregnant: Decorating and dates

As I write this post I am half way through week 35 of my pregnancy and Pea is apparently the size of a honeydew melon.

I anticipate that most of this coming week will be spent watching Wimbledon and as I type, Andy Murray has just started his fourth round match against Nick Kyrgios. I’m not sure what I’m going to do when the tennis is over as lying on my side is increasingly the most comfortable way of giving my ribs space and it’s hard to do much from that position.

Guest Post: 14 tips from the first year of parenting

14 tips from the first year of parenting

My friends recently celebrated their son’s first birthday. After surviving their first year as parents, Lesley was keen to ensure that I would benefit from her experience when Pea arrives, which prompted her to put together this list.

Having had the privilege of spending lots of time with Lesley and her gorgeous son since she’s been on maternity leave, I know that many of these tips come from personal experience, trial and error, and some have been handed down from other parents.

I’ll definitely be referring to this list with Pea, but rather than save it till then, Lesley has kindly agreed to let me share it for the benefit of other new parents. After all, tried and tested has to be better than textbook advice when it comes to bringing up babies! I hope you find it useful – over to you Lez!

Choosing a pram: How to survive the process!

Choosing a pram: How to survive the process!

Buying a pram is the most expensive investment for most parents preparing for their new arrival. It’s also the item that’s going to get the most use. Why then is it such a complicated process?

Hubby and I pretty much made up our minds about which pram we wanted before we set foot in a shop. I even managed to ‘test drive’ a few models. Yet what should have been an easy verification process before we handed over the credit card still managed to take us the better part of 3 hours over 2 separate visits to John Lewis.

One thing I’m sure of is that standing in a shop with no ideas about which pram you want will be totally overwhelming to your pregnant self. I’d highly recommend doing your preliminary research from the comfort of your sofa. There are just so many options to choose from.

In order to make the process easier, I asked my friends to answer a series of questions about the prams they used. I’ve put their responses together in this post. I can’t promise that it will make it easier to order the pram you want, but it will help you assess the options from a real life parent perspective.