I‘m writing this post at 9pm the night before it goes live, and my main pregnancy symptom for this week could be pretty much summed up with the words, “Holy crap, I’m tired!”, so here’s a handy visual representation of how I’ve felt this week:

Jellycat Bashful Bunny

I found this on my phone, so either Terry took it, or the bunny set the self-timer and did it himself. Whatever’s going on here, it looks like bunny is definitely living his best life. As for me, meanwhile, here’s what Week 29 of pregnancy looked like for me…

Week 29 Pregnancy Symptoms:

Baby hiccups! (As in, hiccups that the baby gets, I mean, not just tiny little hiccups that I’ve been having.) Luckily, one of my friends had told me about experiencing this when she was pregnant, and it was also covered in one of the many, many NHS leaflets I’ve been given, so I knew it was possible to start feeling the baby hiccup around this time. What I DIDN’T know, on the other hand, was how often this should be happening, and at what point I should start worrying about it, so I started worrying immediately, just to cover my bases. Well, if I didn’t have something to worry about, I’d probably worry about THAT, so at least it gives me something to do, hey?

(Yes, it is totally normal. A bit weird, yes, but normal…)

Other than that: tiredness. But I think I’ve made my point about that, so let’s just proceed straight to the fun bit of these posts, shall we?

Week 29 Pregnancy Purchases & Preparations:

First up: this guy –

Jellycat Bashful Bunny in beige

He’s a Jellycat Bashful Bunny, and, as you can see from the photo at the top of the post, he likes to drink some. OK, I’m joking: if you’re a longtime reader, you might recall that I have a tiny pink Jellycat bunny, which I use as a stress toy on flights etc. I call him Pinky, because, well, I don’t really have a whole lot of imagination when it comes to naming soft toys, apparently. (See also, my own childhood teddy bear, Ted)

This bunny is a beige Pinky, so we’ve named him ‘Binky’. Yes we have. Oh yeah: he’s for the baby, by the way: I just realised you might have been thinking I randomly bought myself a  soft toy, but while I won’t say I wasn’t tempted, I did manage to resist. On this occasion, at least.

Binky was not the only toy to arrive this week, though, because, look! A Whisbear!

Whisbear (Who is just called ‘Whisbear’, because, seriously, I give up on naming things, I really do…) is actually a white noise machine: he clips onto the edge of the baby’s cot, and switches on automatically when the baby starts to cry – or, of course, you can just switch him on yourself, if you prefer. We got him because so many people recommended a white noise machine that we were all, “The peer pressure is too much: we surrender!” In an ideal world, we’d prefer the baby to be able to sleep without relying on certain noises etc, but everyone’s told us that there’s absolutely no possibility of this happening, and, well, the bear is damn cute, so yeah: you can never have too many cuddly toys in your life, can you? (Er, the BABY’S life, I mean…)

Speaking of sleep:

Sleeepyhead Deluxe

The Sleepyheead Deluxe is another thing absolutely everyone has recommended to us, so when the brand kindly offered to send us one, I was, like, “Er, YES PLEASE THANK YOU.”

So, this is a “sleep pod” which you can either use inside the baby’s crib, or on its own. The idea is that it basically cocoons the baby’s little body, making him feel secure, and a bit like he’s back in the womb again – so, it’s a bit like swaddling, basically, but without the actual swaddle. It came with a mobile toy arch and a spare cover, and, as I said, it’s been one of the top recommendations we’ve had, so we’re looking forward to trying it out (Or watching the baby try it out, obviously…), and seeing if it really is as good as everyone says it is.

(Just to quickly add here, I’m aware that there’s been some controversy over “sleep bumpers” in recent weeks, and that some of them have been withdrawn from the market due to safety concerns. We’ve been assured that the Sleepyhead isn’t one of the types of products that there’s concern over: the fabric is actually completely breathable, so it’s safe to use, and our intention is to use this during the daytime, anyway – i.e. if we’re in the living room, say, and can’t be bothered lugging the moses basket downstairs, we can just use this – so he’ll always be supervised when he’s in it!)

Finally, last week I promised you some photos of our Dubatti Travel System set up as a stroller, so here you go:

Dubatti Travel System Stroller

storage bag on Dubatti stroller

leather handle on Dubatti stroller

The seat can be used either way round – so, either facing you, or facing away – and, as I mentioned in last week’s post, when it’s set up like this, we can also clip our car seat (Which hasn’t arrived yet, but then again, neither has the car we’ll be using it in, which has yet to be purchased…) onto it, which I think will be really handy. I also really like the little storage compartment under the seat, which will be a useful place to store all of my lipstick and hair products, no?

(JOKING! I’M JOKING!)

The first photo also gives you a little sneak peek of the nursery, because *DRUMROLL PLEASE*….

THE NURSERY IS ALMOST COMPLETE!

I mean, we’re still waiting for the furniture, which won’t be arriving until the middle of November, so I’m going to wait until then to do the full reveal, but as of this week, the room has been painted and cleared of junk, which is a HUGE amount of progress for us, seriously. So far, I’m really pleased with the way it’s looking: I just wish I could say the same about the kitchen…

Or, indeed, the hall:

messy hallway

As you can see, the Chamber of Secrets has once again been opened, and our old friend, The Bag for Life – now onto it’s third Pregnancy Diary appearance in a row – has managed to sneak in there. I guess it really IS a bag for LIFE, huh?

The good news is that there is finally – FINALLY – a good reason for the current state of my hall, and it all comes down to the new shed: or “That %$#@*&! Shed” as I think of it. It’s apparently being delivered and constructed tomorrow – TOMORROW, people! – which means that the Cupboard Under the Stairs will finally be emptied of its contents, which will make their way to the new shed, leaving the under-stair space free from the pram, etc. Or that’s the plan, anyway: as you’ll recall if you’ve been following these Pregnancy Diaries, and wondering why so many of them revolve heavily around garden sheds, we’ve been hurt by Shed Men before, and it’s hard to put your trust in another one, you know? But Terry has been out and laid the foundations, and Shed Man 2 swears blind he will turn up as promised, so I’m REALLY hoping that next week’s update will feature a tidy house and a brand new shed. Which, OK, are pretty weird things to include in a pregnancy diary, obviously, but if you read this post, all will become clear. Or, I hope so, anyway.

Wish us luck, folks…

16 Comments
  1. “Blinky” is a brilliant name, no worries! (and also a very beautiful toy. Baby will love it!) About the baby hiccups: I know, right? Weird. But also kind of fun.

    1. I totally understand the namefinding process here.
      My sister has a white teddy bear called “Jelly” (from jelly bear), then got a bigger grey one, which she named “Joey” after a crush she had on a certain musician back then. So when I found and bought a grey bear that was just in the middle of them both (size-wise) it was only logical to name him “Jolly”.
      So “Binky” is an absolutely veritable choice. And he’s cute!!! 🙂
      By the way: Don’t be afraid to buy cute stuffed animals for yourself. Being an adult means you have your own money to buy the things your parents never bought you… 😛 *looks at her Star Wars collection with a mixture of sheepishness and pride*
      Errr, signing out now. 🙂

  2. Good luck with the shed. Is all the stuff in the kitchen and hall going into the shed or will some of that be in the cupboard too?
    Loving the purchases, that’s fun.

    1. A lot of that stuff is going to the tip, some for the hut and probably just the pram + hoover + one tool box for the cupboard under the stairs 🙂

  3. Max has named all of his soft toys (hundreds) and all of his “Cars” cars e.g. Lightning McQueen comes in different forms, depending on the narrative/sequel so one is called mud. He has hundreds of these too lol. Bet your bub will have your naming quality too.

  4. So, no kids here but my best friend has 2. Whenever I visit her, I sleep in the room beside them and get to listen to their white noise machine. Best. Thing. Ever. I love their white noise machine as much or more than those kids. I’ve even downloaded apps to my phone so I too can have white noise at home.

  5. You know people are always commenting that all the baby is going to do it make a mess on all the lovely things you buy your baby, well I had to laugh today because I see there is actually a company who sell nursery furniture that is called Milk and Poop. As soon as I saw it I immediately thought of you.

  6. Your cuddly purchases are gorgeous, which is lucky because they all have faces and will now live with you forever. Even the little bumper critters! Adorable.

    I am very invested in your shed saga as I have friends who have had similar shed related disappointments since MARCH this year and they now have a base for the shed, but still no shed. I bought a shed once, I went to the shed place, ordered it, they turned up and built it. I had no idea this was so rare! I’d quite like a garden office/workshop one day but now I think I probably can’t get lucky twice…

    Got every crossed for next week’s update.

  7. That’s *everything* crossed but feel free to interpret it as ‘everyONE I meet’s fingers and toes crossed that Amber gets her shed’. Honestly, my friends’ (non)shed has taken over all our conversations to that extent.

  8. I so didn’t want to use white noise either. Then you see the virtually instantaneous impact it has on a screaming baby and you change your mind very fast.
    We use an app on our phones at the moment but when Emilia moves to her own room we will need something else to play it to her so might get one of these bears. The app we use is perfect though (White Noise Baby Sleep, it’s free) – you can use about 20 different types of white noise, e.g. hoover, cat purring, fire crackling, and you can either put it on constant, or on a timer which you can set to however long you like. Handy when out and about too. Emilia has her own special mix that gets her to sleep – a lady shhing, a river, and waves. And once she’s asleep next to me I shut the shhing lady up and just listen to the relaxing sound of the waves and it is kind of lovely!
    And I also vote Sleepyhead is amazing. She does sleep in it at night because she is right next to me in a Baby Bay crib, and I swear it makes her so cosy.
    Can’t wait to see your little one – you must be getting so excited now! Also, loving the drunken bunny. Brilliant. xx

  9. Aw, baby hiccups! I constantly think that I’m done with babies, but then I see a post like this! Eeeep. I miss it. A lot. Hiccups are so cool. I swear, C would get hiccups at the same time every day and they would last like 10-15 minutes. Poor lad. That Jellycat bunny is so cute! I have an elephant for C and I think I love it more than he does!

  10. ‘Binky’ is what it’s called when a bunny jumps up in the air from happiness, so it’s definitely a good name for a little bunny cuddle toy! 😀

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