Blog, bump and Chloe updates

I know it’s been a bit quiet around here but I have some fluffy posts planned and agreat giveaway for the start of July, so subscribe to the blog (RSS button and email sign up are on the right hand side), follow on Facebook or Twitter to make sure you dont miss it!

Baby has now reached the 25 week mark, yay! Am feeling good, tired but good, need to stay hydrated a bit more now the weather is finally starting to warm up a bit though. And am making sure Chloe gets as much one on one time as possible, trying to fill our days with fun things to do and a bit of learning mixed in. She loves talking to baby and keeps telling them to come out so they can play! I cant wait to see Chloe be a big sister and hope they’ll be super close as they get older, will they be total opposites or thick as thieves? So exciting!

Getting ready for baby’s arrival is taking shape, we bought a play mat/gym thingy and a bouncer/downstairs day bed (rather then a moses basket) – the amazing looking Stokke bounce ‘n’ sleep. The Xplory is still on order – am getting pretty annoyed with the company we ordered from as despite having our money and order for 4 weeks they seem to have done nothing with it and are unsure if they have the carrycot in stock and cant say how long one might take to order. Really? That along with the fact they keep saying they’ll ring me back by the end of the day with an answer and twice now they havent, I’m thinking of cancelling as other places have it all in stock and with some offers on, it will work out at the same price, so it’s not like it’s worth it to stay with them. I just hate bad customer service, if you say you’ll ring back then you should do, even if it’s to apologise and say your still trying to get an answer but again I cant believe in two days they cant check their warehouse to see if they have a purple one in stock and if not then order one and tell me how long it will be and at least just send out what they have. But then again I would have thought in the 4 weeks they’ve had that they would have ordered one in and kept it aside ready for delivery to me but maybe that’s just asking too much? Oh well I’ll ring them today and we’ll see, maybe it will all be sorted…………………anyway!

So left to get is the car seat and isofix base – so wish we’d got an isofix base when Chloe was little as it does save those extra few minutes everytime you use the car, especially with it being towards winter and us having to get Chloe in the car as well. I wanted a Maxi-Cosi car seat again but Daddy has insisted we get the matching one to the Xplory, the BeSafe iZi Sleep and to be fair we love Chloe’s big BeSafe car seat so it’s not a bad thing, except it costs an extra £100. But I guess if I’m getting my dream pram then he can get a say in the car seat. I’m hoping we’ll be able to get a bit off with some price matching/cashback I want to get it by the end of August so we have a while yet. Oh and we’ve decided on a crib for upstairs, one that attaches to the bed so baby can be next to me but in their own space, which hopefully should make night feeding a breeze. And we probably dont need anymore newborn nappies but I will get a few more closer to the time I’m sure. And I need to get some bits for my labour bag (which I’d like to be all packed and ready asap), sheets/bedding for the crib and cute newborn clothes. I have resisted buying any clothes except maybe 4 items so far, but I need to sort though Chloe old stuff and see what we actually need rather then wasting money on stuff we dont need. So looking at it all written down I need to get a move on! Must make a list, everything seems more manageable with a list!

And Chloe well, she is just amazing, she can count, knows shapes, colours, animals, recognises her name when it’s written down, absolutely loves watching the birds in the garden when we’re at the table and loves doing crafty stuff. She went to a birthday party at the weekend and came home super excited and wanted to show off her party moves and her headband she made. I love that we can have proper little conversations about things and she can tell me what she wants. We’re going to officially start potty training next month after we buy her a new potty as she just isnt that into the one we have at the moment, maybe it’s too low down but we’ll get a higher up one and try a seat on the toilet if she shows an interest in waiting to use that instead. I’ve also got a ton of different training pants and big girl pants on their way to us so she can have a say in what she wants to wear. She’s still not 100% on telling us when she’s wet or dirtied her nappy but it’s getting there and the fact we can talk about growing up and being a big girl and using the potty/toilet like mummy and daddy is helping. Plus as with most things, Chloe does tend to do things in her own time but once she’s decided to do it then there’s no turning back and she’s off. So I’m hoping this laid back approach is going to be the same and once she see her new pants she’ll want to go for it, I dont want to make her do it, fail and get upset, she has plenty of time to do it at her own pace if she needs to. And of course if she hates it then we’ll keep on with nappies a bit longer, ideally it would be great if she was potty trained before baby is here but I dont want Chloe to feel like things have to change once baby is here, so we’ll see and I will be updating lots.

So that’s probably about it for now, lots to look forward to with Chloe and bumps arrival and fluffy things on the blog for you guys. I am trying to aim for 2 posts a week but in the evenings I just want to curl up on the sofa and go to bed early. I so miss the days when Chloe used to have a nap and I could get things done! Lets hope the weather at least stays nice for a bit now.

Michelle xx

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