Recycling can save lives! Recycle for Count The Kicks

This is a super, super important blog. I have recently found out that by saving up my baby food pouches (Ella’s Kitchen etc), I can send them along to a charity called Count The Kicks for them to recycle. They are able to raise money from this recycling which goes straight back in to their hard work spreading awareness. If you are pregnant I urge you to look at their website – Awareness saves lives!

Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 15.42.25Count The Kicks aims to empower mums-to-be with knowledge throughout their pregnancy. This charity was set up by Sophia Wyatt in 2009 following the devastating stillbirth of her daughter Chloe. Sophia had experienced reduced movement during her pregnancy. This is a cause that is very important to me – I had recurrent reduced movement with Austin which eventually led to me being induced early at 36 weeks. I’m so thankful that he arrived 5 days later alive and well, but for some other mums this isn’t the case.

A baby’s movement indicates it’s wellbeing and by understanding their baby, mums can be empowered to trust their instincts and ensure the healthy delivery of their baby.

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The UK has the second worst stillbirth rate in the developed world and currently more babies die in the womb or first week of life than they do from Cot death, road deaths and meningitis combined. While there isn’t one solution to reducing stillbirth, a decrease in fetal movement is a key warning sign that the baby is struggling in the womb and early delivery could save nearly a third of stillborn babies. The Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths and Deaths in Infancy found that lack of prompt management to reduced fetal movement was a contributing factor to stillbirth.

A similar campaign in Norway saw the rates of stillbirth drop by 33% and in the UK a similar awareness campaign in the 1980’s around cot death saw rates of sudden infant deaths fall by a massive 70%.

It is so important to support this cause – most of us recycle anyway, so how much harder is it to pop it in the post instead?!

Click HERE to find out exactly how simple it is to recycle for CTK. There are also other items you can recycle, such as used printer ink cartridges, biscuit wrappers etc. It’s so easy and you really can save lives.

I have been saving up my baby food pouches for the last 3 weeks and it’s amazing to see how many I’ve collected in that time. I’ve kept a large padded envelope in the utility room next to my normal recycling box. I pop all items for Count The Kicks in the envelope and each month I shall send it off to the correct place. I am able to post it – or even better I can drop it off to my local regional collector. This is a volunteer that accepts your items and recycles them on behalf of CTK. I used the map on the website and found out my closest one is a few roads away – it couldn’t be easier!

I’m looking forward to knowing that Austin’s rubbish could quite literally save the life of another baby.

Thanks for reading!




What’s in my hospital bag?

As with everything during my pregnancy, I’ve been far too over excited to wait and have been doing everything for the baby super early! I started to gather bits and pieces for my hospital bag when I turned 7 months pregnant and here is a little look inside, as well as a copy of my packing list:

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Above is pretty much most of what will be going in my baby bag. List as follows:

  • Ewan the sheep (plays noises from in the womb to help settle the baby)
  • 4 muslins
  • 2 cotton hats (July/August baby makes me think wooly hat not needed!)
  • One pair of scratch mitts
  • 2 dummies (I am unable to breastfeed, so no worries about the baby getting used to a teet)
  • 5 newborn nappies and 10 tiny baby nappies
  • Baby wipes – for me to wash myself quickly or mop up spills etc
  • 4 short sleeve tiny vests
  • 2 short sleeve newborn vests
  • 4 long sleeve tiny baby vests
  • 3 sleepsuits
  • 2 favourite outfits. One for hospital photos and one as a going home outfit
  • A toy bought by my mum to put in the hospital cot
  • Baby blanket

I chose to pick tiny baby nappies and clothes to put in the bag as I tend to find that even on big babies, newborn clothes look massive! If I had taken newborn and they were too big, I’d end up getting stressed trying to explain to my husband where the tiny baby clothes are in the nursery at home and which styles I wanted bringing back to the hospital. I decided I’d take a punt on me not birthing a whale and stick the tiny baby ones in the bag. Even if the baby is 8 or 9lbs, I’m sure tiny baby clothes would fit until we got home, as even those don’t look too tiny to me! In case tiny baby ones do end up too small though, I have covered all bases. To avoid sending the husband home and trusting him to bring back the right things (all the while not having a meltdown about him raiding the nursery, leaving it in a mess and then arriving back to me with clothes fit for a 6 month old), I have packed a very small bag containing 15 newborn nappies plus vests and sleepsuits to keep in my car boot. That way if the tiny baby clothes are too small, he just has to pop downstairs to the car park and bring up the bag of pre-packed bigger stuff. Control freak, me?!

The bags I will use for the baby will be ones I already own – a blue polkadot Cath Kidston holdall, plus overflow into my Cath Kidston changing bag as below:

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The bag I will use for myself and my husband will be a plain black hand luggage sized suitcase and will contain things like 100,000 pairs of knickers, spare trousers, straws, iPad, phone charger etc. I am yet to pack that – no doubt I will do it this week so watch out for that!

Have I missed anything from my baby list? Do you have any tips for having a summer baby in hospital – long sleeves, short sleeves? I’d love to hear!



Meet our little boy!


Amazing early birthday present from my parents this morning….. A scan In 4D!
Top left photo looks just like me when I was little so I’m excited to see if we’re right when he finally arrives! We also got a dvd to bring home which means we can watch him wriggling around on TV as much as we like 🙂
So exciting to get a proper glimpse of him – and the best news yet, my placenta has moved which means no planned c – section!!!!!!!!! So relieved as my phobia of being in theatre was making me petrified. Let’s see if things start and end naturally. Fingers crossed!


Oh. Hello 3rd trimester!

Today is a day I never, ever thought I’d see and it feels so weird!
After all the years of trying for a baby and the endless IVF cycles, I’m slowly getting my head around each exciting stage as it comes along. First the positive pregnancy test, midwife appointments (me, having a midwife!) 12 week scan, 20 week and gender scans, 2nd trimester and now the 3rd. I’m so fortunate to be here and still can’t quite believe it!
Today I am 27 weeks pregnant. There’s debate over when the 3rd trimester starts, but I’ve always gone by the English and very popular pregnancy app that I use, and today when I opened it, it said I had reached the 3rd! Eek!
Of course, this now comes with automatically panicking and planning for the final hurdle. All of a sudden I feel I should be getting my hospital bag sorted, planning who will look after the dogs when I go to hospital, bringing the baby home – oh my gosh, I’m actually going to bring a baby home…!
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Right from the beginning we were so over excited after how long it took us to get pregnant, that we had our nursery more or less finished by the time I was 18 weeks! To be fair, we already had a wardrobe from when it was the guest room and were given a cot and glider chair by a friend etc, so all that was left to do was choose colour/theme, get painting and organise the mountains of clothes we had bought/been given.
As it is pretty much completed, I plan to add a little sub heading tomorrow under the ‘Pregnancy’ tab and do a little post of our nursery so far, so look out for that!
As I have a low lying placenta, I need to go for another scan at 32 weeks to check if it has moved. If it has then I am able to go for a natural birth (which I’m desperate to have if I can), but if it hasn’t moved I will need to have a planned C-section. I don’t mind the scars, pain etc but am petrified of being awake in theatre. I have a horrific phobia of theatres/operations/anaesthetic and can’t even imagine my phobia allowing me to actually be awake during an operation so I’m really, really hoping by the scan the placenta has moved. If not, a C-section will be planned for around 11 weeks from now. 11 weeks. ELEVEN WEEKS. I’ll be having a baby in 11 weeks….O…M…G!!!