Baby vs Beard

Category: Pregnancy

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Week 31 – Wedding Anniversary & Waterproof bedding!

5th Wedding Anniversary

This week marks our 5th wedding anniversary!  How time has flown! It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago I was a bubbling mess seeing my beautiful wife walk down the isle. Sarah and I decided to celebrate by having a night away in the Lake District.  We visited a place called Grasmere and took our pooch Daisy along for the journey.  We like to take her with us when we visit the lakes as the walks are tremendous for her and pretty much everywhere is dog-friendly. She’s also very keen on a swim! We only stayed one night but we got to visit Grasmere lake and Thirlmere lake. Both of them were really nice to visit, very relaxing.

aside from the wedding anniversary, we had a pretty busy weekend.  We went to our local pub annual band festival, seen some great bands and I decided to stay up late and watch the McGregor vs Mayweather fight which subsequently meant I slept all day Sunday. My days of pulling all nighters are definitely going to come to an abrupt end shortly so I figured I’d take the opportunity while I still could.

My brother and two sisters also visited us which was nice as I don’t see them half as much as I should. It was great to catch up with them. We had some drinks and played Speak Out which led to probably one of the funniest nights I’ve ever had. If you haven’t tried that game, you absolutely must!


I don’t think she’d admit it but Sarah is well and truly nesting at the moment. We recently had a new kitchen installed which has now finally been painted. She’s ordered new doors, light bulbs and seems obsessed about things ‘being done’. Prior to the siblings visiting I cleaned the house from top to bottom much to her delight. I think she’s finally realizing we’re going to have a little person here soon and wants everything to be perfect.

Waterproof bedding

As our due date closes in on us, one of the things people have recommended to us is a waterproof mattress cover.  This is going to stop the damage done to our mattress if Sarah’s waters pop while we’re in bed.  It’s just as well someone mentioned it to us as we’ve not long bought a new mattress and it’d be a shame to have to throw it if it does happen while she’s asleep. I feel like 5 years old me going to bed at the moment as the rustle is quite annoying!

The hospital bag continues to dominate most of Sarahs time this week.  She’s been out buying more stuff and at this point, I honestly couldn’t tell you what’s in the bag anymore.

I plan on writing my about page this weekend so if you’re interested you can find out a bit more about us.  Also as always, any questions or comments you can contact me!

Week 30 – Antenatal classes and hospital bags!

Antenatal classes

This week we’re into our 30th week of pregnancy.  A lot has happened, notably our last antenatal class (which have been excellent I must say).  A couple with their 3-month-old baby came to talk about their experience so far. There was a massive emphasis on “enjoy your free time now because once the baby arrives…you’ll have none”. They talked about labor and lack of sleep which seems to be the recurring issue people are talking about whenever I mention we’re having a baby.

It’s probably going to be a massive shock to me as currently, I like to sleep 10 hours a night. We also covered bathing, changing, safety and unfortunately cot death.  The classes themselves have been absolutely brilliant, especially as first-time parents with absolutely no idea what to expect.  Although saying that they’ve been equally terrifying and definitely hammer home how “hard” it’s going to be.

Is it really that hard?

I’d say one thing which has been mentioned over and over, not just at our antenatal classes has been how hard things are going to be and sitting here I really can’t see how it’s going to be so difficult. Yeah, a crying baby probably isn’t going to be ideal and there’s going to be days when we’re both just fed up, but surely being a parent can’t be that difficult if you’re prepared and know what to expect?

I know it’s probably going to be a lot harder for Sarah as she’s taken a year maternity leave and I’ll be working through a lot of these hard days, but I’d like to think we’re pretty solid and clever enough to recognize when we need a break. We’re incredibly lucky to have a lot of support around us, so I don’t think we’re going to be too bad.  I must say though, I’m writing this through naive eyes so future me might look back on this and want to smack past me for being an idiot. We’ll see I guess!

Hospital bag!

Hospital Bag

Sarah has started packing her hospital bag. You’d think she was packing for a 3 month trip to Thailand from the amount of crap she’s packing. It’s hard to tell if she actually needs most of the stuff because when we travel abroad she’s a big packer anyway. This time I don’t really have an issue with it because I really want her to feel comfortable and prepared for the hospital. It’s really strange writing this because time is just flying at the minute, there’s not a lot of time left.  A friend of ours just has their baby last week and they came early, 34 weeks to be precise.  That’s mind blowing to think, that could happen to us….and that is only 3 weeks away!



Come to think of it, I best get myself away….gotta sort this hospital bag! Oh, if you think we should be taking something that the internet doesn’t suggest contact me and let me know.