The Wild West at Frosts – Woburn Sands

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Half Pint & Squishee hit the desert sands for a slightly different take on sandy summer fun

Joining forces with MK1 Shopping Park!

 

ARGH! This is such exciting times!

The amazing retail and leisure park that is MK1 (that epic place that houses the Odeon IMAX and all those clothes shops…) asked me to join forces with them to help showcase my favourite picks of fashion, home and leisure that is on offer there!

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Squishee receives a lovely gift from Morrck

Squishee would like to say thank you to the lovely people at Morrck who kindly sent him one of their baby hoodie car seat blankets. 

32 WEEKS PREGNANT: WHY I CAN’T WAIT TO REACH THE FINISH LINE

It’s been forever and a day since I gave a pregnancy update and so much has happened and is set to happen, it feels good to just let some of it out. 

Aside from the standard pregnancy complaints; Insane heartburn, struggling to turn over in bed and backache that makes me limp, I have some very real reasons why I am praying the next eight weeks go smoothly, swiftly and why I can’t wait to hold our baby in my arms and just know “we did it”. 

HALLOWEEN CIRCUS AT FROSTS WOBURN SANDS

If you frequent my local area of Milton Keynes then I am sure you have heard of Frosts in Woburn Sands

It is ultimately a garden centre but local peeps know it offers so much more than that. Frosts put on an impressive array of events throughout the year from their infamous Santa’s Grotto, a sandy beach in the summer and a real ice rink in the winter. Then there’s the various hands-on events that can teach you how to make candles, wreaths or flower arrangements. They even advertise special events in their restaurant with various themed afternoon teas. 

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But for now it’s October, it’s half term, Halloween is exactly one week away and the circus is in town. Having set up home in a big black striped circus tent at Frosts Woburn Sands, they are promising spooky thrills with a Halloween themed family show. So what does that entail? Keep reading…

PREGNANCY UPDATE: GOOD NEWS AND JUMPING JELLY BEANS

First of all, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to all the people who have sent me messages over these past few weeks. It might not have seemed much but having people to talk and share experiences with really helped me through this emotional and very worrying time. You are all amazing, thank you. Now onto the blog. 

This is just a quick update with what happened on Monday when I had a viability scan to see if our pregnancy was progressing normally.

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I drank lots and lots of water and was a bag of nerves sitting in the waiting room waiting to be called in for the scan BUT…

…Great news! We had a heartbeat and we saw on the screen our very own little jumping jelly bean with their heart beating away. It was such a beautiful moment and all the stress and worry over the past couple of weeks felt worth it.

The sonographer conducted some measurements and with that we had an adjusted due date given. Our baby’s official due date is 1st January 2017. New Year’s Day. Cripes!

Adjacent to the gestational sac, the sonographer did find a large haematoma which would explain the root of the bleeding. The midwife I spoke to after the scan explained that this could rectify itself on its own but whether it will and what will happen in the meantime can’t be guaranteed.

On Tuesday I had my routine midwife ‘booking’ appointment and was told the best route for us is to be referred to a consultant at the hospital and will be under consultant care for the foreseeable of this pregnancy.

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If you’re curious about what happens in a ‘normal’ pregnancy, this booking appointment (usually at your GP’s surgery) is the first pregnancy appointment you will have. You get to meet the midwife who should remain your midwife for the entire pregnancy. You have to help your midwife fill out a huge pregnancy booklet that will be your ‘pregnancy notes’. This booklet is SO important, it needs to go with you to all appointments and stay with you when you go into labour. I remember mine from our previous pregnancy and after 9 months it does end up looking at bit dog eared and worn, but it does the job.

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Inside it has detailed medical history questions including about your own health and that of close family. They are keen to know if there’s any known illnesses in your immediate family or any operations, medications or therapies you may have had, or are currently undertaking.

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The midwife also takes some blood. This is the first time of many times during your pregnancy where you will be having tests of various types. Blood, urine, maybe even gestational diabetes tests or vaccinations. If you have a phobia of needles now is the time to face it head on. I promise you by the end of the nine months you will just shrug and give your arm when your midwife says “I need to take some bloods”.

The next time I see my midwife will be when I’m 16 weeks pregnant. Before that will be the 12 week routine ultrasound scan. I really can’t wait for it and the chance to see our little jumping bean again (although they will be so, so much bigger by then).

So, finally some good news and I can feel relieved that an experienced consultant will now look after us.  I still feel fragile and have some concerns but I’m doing my best to stay positive and looking forward to the future being a Mum of two.  

 

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A BOU TOOK A STROLL THROUGH THE DEEP DARK WOOD…

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If you’re a parent then I’d say it’s quite a safe assumption that you’ve heard of the Julia Donaldson book, The Gruffalo. With its catchy rhymes, colourful characters and good humour it is no wonder that it has captured the hearts and imaginations of children around the world. It was one of the very first books I bought when I knew I was expecting my little boy and we all fell under the story’s spell. The kid loves it when I do the voices of the different animals and although he can’t read yet, I know he appreciates the vivid illustrations from Axel Scheffler.

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Now The Gruffalo Experience has arrived in Milton Keynes and when I was asked if our family would like to steal a sneak peek before it opened to the public, we of course, couldn’t say no.

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All that I knew prior to arriving was that it is in Middleton Hall in the centre:mk and The Gruffalo Experience promises a walk through and interactive journey into the deep dark wood.

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From the outside the space looks like a giant white inflatable bouncy castle but once inside, you get transformed into the pages of the storybook. The way they have used the space and effects used to create the feeling of you being in the story are fab but all totally in keeping with the original book. There’s no interpretations or disappointment, thankfully.

The staff are friendly and energetic as they take on the role as your guide through the wood. I think they engaged really well with children of all ages. I was a little worried that my son was going to be too young to appreciate the experience. At only 20 months he was the youngest there but that didn’t stop him from being captivated by the characters and the storytelling, so even if you’ve got children under the age of three I think this is a lovely thing to experience as a family and you can take a pushchair inside too. For older children there is lots of opportunity for participation and learning what it’s like to be one of the characters from the book.

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The Gruffalo Experience is open at the centre:mk from 19 March – 10 April 2016.

This is definitely the must-do event for the Easter 2016 hols. Tickets are £7.95 per attendee (adult or child) and under two’s are free of charge. Check out the centre:mk’s website to find out how to book tickets:

http://www.thecentremk.com/Events/Events-Listing/The-Gruffalo-Experience

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