We are going back home for Christmas to my brother's house so it will be lovely to celebrate Fletcher's first Christmas with family and some of his cousins.
Of course Fletcher won't really know what's going on and will probably be more interested in the wrapping paper but Santa is bringing Fletcher his Santa sack, a Fisher Price chatter phone, some Wiggles Books, new pyjamas and a Mickey Mouse t-shirt.
We are giving him a Britto Pablo Puppy:
We wanted him to have a special cuddly toy that he can have forever and when I found this I thought it was awesome.
DH and I aren't giving presents to each other this year as the cost for flights and going home for 3 weeks was costing a lot. We are also attending an old school friend's wedding up there in early January too.
We're getting our tree on the 1st too. In August we were out for the day and took Grace into a year round Christmas shop and she was just so incredibly happy staring at the lights on the trees, so I really can't wait to get it all lit up.
Not sure what we're getting her, definitely something to go in the bath will be a present as she loves the water and splashing around in the big bath. Like Poppie I don't think we'll be doing presents for one another, until I get some money coming inn we don't really have it spare, and we'll want some spending money for our holiday later in the year (and we need to save to go to my cousin's wedding, on the remotest of all remote islands off the coast of Greece in May). I really love a good wedding, always enjoy the big day and seeing people I love happy, but it does seem to be a bit of a competition lately where every one of my friends and family need one bigger than the last and it always costs us a fortune to travel there, stay in the hotel, eat at the pre-wedding dinners, get your hair done because it's too posh a place not to etc. If I could go to a wedding and it cost me less than £500 I'd be thrilled. I've started buying my wedding outfits off ebay as most of the Monsoon/Coast type dresses have only been worn once to a different wedding anyway. Damned Facebook you can't wear the same one twice! Sorry, rant over, I just worked out that between two weddings, an engagement party and a going away party for 3 cousins who are sisters I'll have spent around £3200 in less than 12 months :O That's a big chunk now that we don't have a second salary.
We're doing Christmas small this year. Sophia's definatly not going to have a clue lol Me and hubby arn't getting each other anything and we are only buying for our nieces and nephews and Sophia. Being on maternity money we can't really afford to do it like we usually do. We're going to get Sophia some baby toys like rattles etc as szhe hasn't got anything like that yet.
Christmas dinner will just be the 3 of us and then we've told the family they are all free to come over in the afternoon evening and we'll put out some nibbles and what not xx
we had a free photo shoot today for Sophia It was a friend's dad and he wanted to build up his newborn portfolio. We are getting a free print as well but they're are all online for us to see, so wanted to share a few of my favourites with you all xxx
Wana - that's ok, you are not bragging at all. You weren't big to begin with either so that probably helps. I have a lot to work on from pre-preg anyway! Those photos are great. She's very cute!! Free photo shoots are always good!
Really cute photos Wana. My mum is paying for us to have a family photo shoot next spring when Grace is 1, and I'm really looking forward to having some professional photos of her.
Just before I had Grace I was 31lbs heavier than when I fell pregnant (which is a LOT by 28 weeks!) but most of that was Grace, fluid, and a HUGE amount of water retention from the pre-e. I was 10lbs heavier than pre-pg by 3 weeks after having her, so I count that as my actual baby weight gain. I've always approached dieting very seriously, and burned out quite quickly, but this time I'm going by the rule that nothing is forbidden, it just has to fit into 1200 calories a day, and EVERYTHING must be logged on myfitnesspal as otherwise I can easily tell myself I'm well under 1200 and it's more like 1800. I allow myself one day off a week, not to go mental, but for example if we're going out to a restaurant or to my mums for sunday dinner, I'll try to eat a sensible portion, but I'll still eat what I want to. Sticking to the calorie limit has meant on some days I've skipped dinner as I had some birthday cake or I'll only have toast and fruit salad for lunch as I know I've got a friend over for dinner and I'll have a glass of wine. For me this way works better as I tend to fall off the wagon quickly if I put strict rules in place like 'no chocolate, no baking, no wine'. I'm chuffed to now be at my smallest since uni, still a long way to go but the last 6 weeks haven't been hard really, and it hasn't felt like a diet, it's just ticking away in the background, and logging my cals is second nature now. It is interesting how much pregnancy has changed my shape though. I was always busty, but with a fairly small waist and hips, but since pregnancy my bust is significantly smaller, whereas my hips are definitely wider. I think I still have another 6-10lbs to loose before I actually fit my pre-pregnancy clothes.
Grace is in a right mood with me today. She was sick on her playmat yesterday, so it went in the wash overnight and it's good as new today. But I've reattached the arch bit with the toys on and it looks different to before, I think I had it poorly attached before and now it's right, but she's so angry that the toys aren't dangling exactly as she's used to! She also refused to take her bottle this morning as usually she has a glass 100ml prepacked one, that I just heat and screw the teat onto. But she's been draining that in the last few days so I've been lining two bottles up before I start. Today I tip the two 100ml glass bottles into one 250ml plastic bottle, same teat, and she looks at me like I'm taking the mick. She played about for 40ml then just clamped her mouth shut and gave me 'the look'. Does anyone else have a baby this wilful?! I wouldn't mind if she was stropping about a new flavour of food I was trying her on, but this is the same milk she always has, and the same teat, just a slightly different container! ARGH!
Wanab, Sophia is so beautiful! She’s getting so big so quickly. Good job! I lost all my baby weight by 6 weeks, I didn’t have to do anything either. I think maybe it’s the breastfeeding because I’m still losing weight and I haven’t been watching what I eat.
Dinah, I love myfitnesspal. I was using that app before I got pregnant to lose weight. My daughter has her days. Yesterday she refused to eat any solids, a little carrot no cereal. She had 2 spoons of carrots and then refused.
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