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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!

The Bump Class: Book Review

The Bump Class: Book Review

The Bump Class by Marina Fogle & her sister Dr Chiara Hunt was written to provide accessible, professional and unbiased advice to expectant mothers. I became aware of it when Ben Fogle tweeted about it just before it was released, happily around the time of my first scan.

Keep reading to find out what I’ve made of it now I’ve got to the halfway point of my pregnancy.

#NewMumHacks

Last chance to enjoy a hot cup of tea

It’s never too early to start picking up tips from more experienced mummies. In fact, thinking ahead a little, it’s probably easier to take advice now so I can filter it before the emotions and sleep deprivation kick in.

This week I took part in a Twitter party hosted by Mumsnet Blog Network, using the hashtag #NewMumHacks. I picked up lots of hints and to make sure I still have them on hand when I actually need them, I’ve compiled my favourites in to a blog post. Hopefully you will find them useful too.