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9 Months Pregnant

9 Months Pregnant

There are so many things I knew before my first pregnancy. My parents live in Brazil, so unfortunately I didn’t have my mum around to give me advice throughout my pregnancy and she didn’t have the opportunity to share her own experiences before I gave birth.

By the time my mum arrived from Brazil, I had already given birth to our gorgeous little boy.

9 Months Pregnant

9 Months Pregnant

If Only I’d Known…

  • That in real life, being pregnant and massive is not as glamorous as they picture in magazines and books. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed being pregnant and I will do it all over again, but a big bump gets quite uncomfortable towards the last trimester.
  • One Day Old

    One Day Old

    That “morning sickness” does not happen only in the morning. Instead it should be called “all day sickness”. I felt quite sick while pregnant from the moment I woke up until I went to bed. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I found out that mini cheddar would make me feel a bit better, so I kept some by my bedside and reached for a couple as soon as I opened my eyes each morning.

  • That strangers treat you like friends when you have a bump. I lost count how many people approached me and asked questions about my bump, whether I knew what it was. Once I actually wanted to reply “I hope it is a baby, not a cat” (I blame my pregnancy hormones), but instead, I had a big breath and I thought it would be more sensible to say “it’s a boy”.
  • One Week Old

    One Week Old

    That on the other hand, the only place nobody seemed to notice I was pregnant was on my train journey to work each morning. No matter how big I was and the “Baby on Board” badge I was proudly wearing, I wasn’t offered a seat on the train. As it was the rush hour and the train was so crowded, I had to ask to sit down or my bump would be squashed. They would eventually get up, but not before giving me a look.

  • One Month Old

    If Only I’d Known.. How Much I Would Love Him!

    That no matter how much you plan your pregnancy and birth, most likely it will not go according to plan. In my birth plan, I wrote that I wanted my son be born in a birthing pool with no pain relief, listening to classical music. Instead, I had two epidural and also a few complications when my son’s heart stopped while in labour. Eventually I was rushed to have emergency caesarean, I was put to sleep and didn’t see my son’s birth.

  • That being in labour is not the most glamorous event of a woman’s life. Before giving birth, I’ve never thought that I would be with my legs open in a room with different doctors, midwives and nurses looking at my private parts.
  • That I should make the most of any help offered.  I have always wanted to do everything on my own, but after my c-section I had to learn to sit down and relax a bit more, ask for help when needed and accept any help offered.

No matter how my pregnancy and labour went, I wouldn’t change it for the world. My baby boy is the best thing has ever happened to us and we love him to bits!

Aptamil PrepforBirthThis month, LittleStuff has teamed up with Aptaclub, who have launched a brilliant new ‘Preparing for Birth’  app to support Mums through the last trimester of pregnancy. The app is designed to help mum stay organised through editable checklists and answer questions with tips and advice. It also comes with a contraction timer and birth announcer.

I’m so glad I came across this amazing app as we are currently trying for our second child. It would be brilliant to have much information this time as I will be planning one pregnancy while looking after a small child. Why don’t you also download the app?

This post is Lilinha Angel’s World’s entry into the Aptaclub ‘If Only I’d Known…’ competition

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Half Term Fun Ideas: Top 3 Holiday Tips

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Hope you are all enjoying the Easter holidays, it has been very busy at work so sadly I wasn’t able to take any time off.

The kids will be off for another week, so in case you are running out of ideas, I thought I would put together a little list with suggestions of tried and tested activities.

1. Crafting

Crafting with Old Petals

Crafting with Old Petals

Little man loves crafting, whenever we are home, he starts drawing, painting and crafting. For Valentine’s Day, we created cards with old petals.

You could use a similar idea to make cards out of Easter egg boxes and wrapping. If your house is anything like mine, you will still have lots of Easter eggs to go through. They would also be used to make cupcakes.

2. Baking

Baking with Children

Baking with Children

I think baking is one of the best activities ever invented. Not only it keeps children busy and entertained, everyone can enjoy the lovely results afterwards.

Before you pick up the apron and chef’s hat, check out my Top 5 Tips for Baking with Kids.

Butterfly Cupcakes

Butterfly Cupcakes

Over the weekend, we made a lovely Butterfly Chocolate Cupcake, it was very easy to make and very tasty too. As you can add your own filling, it is a versatile recipe and you can adapt it to suit your tastebuds.

If you fancy something different, you could make some lovely sweets made of dried powdered milk, or perhaps some Banana and Chocolate Mini-Muffins using leftover Easter eggs.

The Fruity Flapjack Bites make a perfect afternoon snack, they are made of oats and raisins for a healthy snack.

3. Family Day Out

London Zoo

London Zoo

We enjoy staying home but sightseeing is also lovely.

The British Library offers several London exhibitions and there is always something interesting to go and see. You could also check their events, tours and permanent galleries for a fun afternoon!

We have recently been to the London Transport Museum and it was a lot of fun. Little man enjoyed driving the buses and trains, perfect for train-mad kids!

Sea Life London Aquarium

Sea Life London Aquarium

We have also been to London Zoo and we had a very enjoyable family day out.

The zoo is quite big, so I would suggest arriving early and taking a packed lunch and snacks with you, so you can make the most out of your day.

Our latest visit was to Sea Life London Aquarium where little man went face-to-face to a shark.

He was so excited and even fell off from the bench. It all happened so quickly that he thought the shark would cross over the glass and get him. It was an unforgettable day!

Whatever you are up to, enjoy the rest of your Easter holiday!

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Happy Easter – The Meaning of Easter

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The Meaning of Easter

The Meaning of Easter

Although the weather is more like Christmas, it is Easter Sunday tomorrow. We all know and love the Easter eggs involved, Easter egg hunt and Easter holidays, but Easter is much more than chocolate and holidays.

Easter is the foundation of the Christian faith since it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary.

Jesus Crucification

Jesus Crucifixion

Easter is the culmination of the passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer and penance. Holly Week is the last week of the Lent, when Maundry Thursday celebrates the Last Supper in which Jesus gathered his 12 disciples to share a final meal.

During the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples that he would die soon by passing round bread and wine, explaining that bread was his body and wine was his blood.

Jesus rose from the dead

Jesus rose from the dead

Good Friday celebrates the crucifixion and death of Jesus. The Roman soldiers arrested Jesus and took him to Pilate, and it was decided that Jesus should be nailed to the cross and placed alongside two criminals.

While at the cross, Jesus suffered a very slow and agonising death. On the third day after his death, Jesus came to life after being crucified and visited his old friends.

Easter is more than just Easter eggs and hot cross buns, it is when we celebrate the fact that Jesus gave his life to save us.

Jesus is Alive!

Jesus is Alive!

As it says in the Bible: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

There is a lovely song that explains Easter: Hillsong – “This is Our God”

“Freely you gave it all for us
Surrendered your life upon that cross
Great is your love
Poured out for all
This is our God

Lifted on high from death to life
Forever our God is glorified
Sovereign king
Rescued the world
This is our God”

May we all remember the true meaning of Easter. Happy Easter!

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