Tag: Baby

6 months pregnancy update: Gender Reveal, Anxiety and Cravings

So I’m now 6 months, or 26 weeks. Or 14 weeks left….sounds better! I said I’d do a pregnancy update as I love reading pregnancy updates from others 🙂

The ‘Big’ scan & gender reveal

We had our big 20 week scan at about 22 weeks and delighted to say everything looks ok. I was so worried, I find with each pregnancy you get more and more worried that your luck will run out having perfect healthy babies and pregnancies. So I am delighted and don’t take for granted how lucky I am to soon have a healthy baby hopefully.

So, the sex! Well I have a girl already, then the boy, then the baby girl and this one is………A BOY! I was pretty surprised as I was sure it was a girl because my pregnancy with the boy was horrible and what are the odds of girl, boy, girl, boy. So we are pretty excited now that the boy will have a little brother. He’s chuffed too as are the others.

I found out the sex because….well simply put I’m very impatient. I’m not mad on surprises and I like to be prepared. Great excuse to shop too 😉

Symptoms

I’m not doing too bad on this front. I get bad back, SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) and pelvic pain while pregnant but so far it hasn’t been as bad as it was on my other pregnancies. Still, after 3 minutes of hovering my back and hips go into a spasm. Not exactly sore, just uncomfortable and very frustrating not being able to do as much as I need and want to do because my body fails you know?

Anxiety & Depression

I feel this is important to include just because I know others go through it and look to he internet for advice. As some of you know I have clinical depression and anxiety which for the most part I manage well with meds, mindfullness etc. I’m seeing the psychologist in the Rotunda who is so lovely and explained depression so well to me so if anyone needs to go to him try not to be worried, it’s all very casual and helpful.

I was reluctant to stay on meds during pregnancy but I didn’t on my last 2 pregnancies and ended up constantly battling with my moods suffered really bad then after the birth with my hormones all over the place. So, I think, for me, the benefits of staying on my medicaton outweighs the cons.

The doctor upped my dose slightly too, again not ideal, but because of the extra blood volume my meds are being diluted and my normal dose just wasn’t cutting it. The higher dose has me feeling much more myself. I’m slightly more lethargic but I’ll live with that side effect, easier than having panic attacks during the night. You always have to weigh up the pros and cons to these things and at the very end of the day I need to be in a good head space to mind 3 kids and newborn!

Clothes

I’m pretty much living in high-waisted leggings from Pennys and long/baggy tops. I did buy a comfy pair of jeggings from New Look though just so I have something proper to wear if going out…you know so I don’t look like a complete disheaveled mess all the time 😛 They were only €22.99 too which is great.

Cravings

I can’t stop eating Easisingles cheese? I gave them up years ago as I know they aren’t the healthiest but I can’t help myself now! Oh and ice pops, anything cold like that or nice cold fruit and I’m all over it.

Sleep

I’m sleeping OK but snoring loads apparently. Himself recorded me because I didn’t believe him and wow am I loud and all the giving out I do about his snoring ha! I was awake until 2am last night though as the baby had hiccups for about an hour and a half! The jerks my stomach were doing stopped me from sleeping, crazy and amazing all at once.

So that’s just a little update on how things are going. Any other pregnant ladies? How you are getting on. Oh and my belly button is still in just in case you’re wondering, seems to be one of those pregnancy questions people like to know! Yaz xo

 

Chicco Urban Stroller – Review

As a Chicco Tested for Happiness blogger we will be trying out some Chicco products here at GlitterMama HQ. We were sent the Chicco Urban Stroller to give our honest thoughts a couple of months ago so here is how we got on.

Chicco Urban Stroller

Glitterbaba and I have been using the Chicco Urban Stroller for walks to the school and back etc. You get the base and the seat which can be foward or rear facing but we’ve so far only used it as a bassinet. See, the main part can be switched from bassinet to rear facing seat very easily all while still attached. You just press the two buttons at the side to bring it forward. Then you can adjust how far your child is laid back with the strap underneath and adjust the leg rest with another two buttons. Easy peasy!

As a bassinet it’s great but although you get a cover to line the seat with to make baby more comfortable I find you still need a thick blanket to make it more soft for their little bodies and head. I love though that I can adjust how flat she is laying especially if I want her head to be slightly raised so she can see more on our walks, some babies hate lying completely flat so this is great to be able to do with a bassinet. Some days when in t eh house I put the back rest a good bit up and put a cushion under her bum and legs and she loves sitting there watching me make dinner etc.

There is a huge basket underneath which is great for when we pop to the shops but it can be a squeeze to get shopping in and and out of the basket while the seat is a bassinet but I imagine it will be easier when glitterbaba is old enough to have the seat converted as tehre will be more space over the top of the basket.

Other pros are the wheels can be locked, removable bumper bar, the handle bar is adjustable and you can buy colour packs for it which contain a hood, seat liner= and a foot muff. I got a cream coloured one, would have loved to see what it would look like with a pop of pink though! 🙂

Cons are that it is quite bulky, I don’t mind that for walks but it’s quite big for a boot, well bigger than what I’m used to.

I was also given the travel system ie the car seat to go with it but being very honest guys it has a lot of flaws as a travel system. Unlike a lot of buggys that you can attach the car seat straight into, with the Chicco one you need to attach another attachment before you can pop the seat in which lets face takes up more space in the boot and is just a hassle and if you forget that extra part (which has happend) you can’t use the buggy at all with the seat. A

Also the auto fix base I found strange as I thought the point was that you just pop the seat in and out. With the Chicco one it does pop in easily but you also have to bring the shoulder belt around the back of the car seat which is fine…except that it clicks back meaning next time I have to unbuckle the whole auto fix base so I can pull the shoulder strap around. So it just made no sense to me and seemed to defeat the purpose of it being auto fix. The base also made the car seat very forward facing which for a newborn baby is not good.

Overall as travel system I would not recommend it to anyone but I do really like it as stroller by itself for it’s convenience of being able to switch between a bassinet and toddler seat all from the one attachment and make adjustments to the beck and foot rest even as a bassinet. It’s also wide and roomy so your baby/toddler will have lots of space to stretch and move 🙂 The colour packs are handy too so you can change the colour if you decide to have another baby 😉 I’m really looking forward to using this seat as a forward/rear facing seat when glitterbaba is a bit older.

I hope this review helps, and if you have any questions for me about the product please don’t hesitate to ask. I’d also love to hear your thoughts esp if you have this stroller? Yaz x