My Journey

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A Catch Up

on September 1, 2014

So it’s been a while and I’ve got a lot to tell you and share with you 🙂 I hope everyone is okay.

The biggest news I have to share with you is that I am pregnant (22 weeks) and that by the end of the year Oliver will be having a little brother 🙂

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So in preparation I have started sewing.  Some of the items I have made more than one of and am putting them onto my Etsy page for Snugglebugz (find me here).  The first thing I have been practicing is my changing bag.  I used the Stellar Weekender pattern from Swoon and love it.  So far I have made two at 70% for a perfect sized changing bag.  I can fit 5 of Oliver’s nappies in (he’s a size five), a pack of wipes, nappy sacks, creams and hand sanitizer, a juice bottle/cup, my phone, purse and keys, and a spare set of clothes.  Perfect for a day out.

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This week I have also made one of these full size, for my hospital bag and started to pack it.  I can’t believe how much space is still in there after everything I have packed!  There is a carry size pack of newborn nappies (how small are newborn nappies, I really don’t think Oliver was that small ever), a pack of the fabulous H20 Water wipes so I don’t have to mess about with cotton wool and water every bum change, 3 sleepsuits, 1 vest (I need to get a couple more), one towel for bath time, my toiletries (travel sized) babies toiletries, a blanket/wrap for in the car, birth announcement notes and a pen, breast pads and hat and mitts.  There is still plenty of space for all of my clothes and a coming home outfit for us both too 🙂 I am in love with this bag, I love the fabric and all the other things about it!

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As you can probably see, it has 2 patch pockets on the front, 2 open pockets on the back, an open pocket on either side and 4 big open pockets inside!  Plenty of space and lots of places to separate different items, mine and baby’s toiletries are all in one pocket, with announcement cards and pen in another.

I told you I have packed breast pads and a hat and scratch mitts.  Guess what? I made them!  The breast pads are reusable, breathable and have the softest fabric on top :)  They’re also a lot prettier than the disposable ones and took minutes to do, so I have decided to make some more.  Four pairs won’t be enough for me anyway :)  The hats, I have made in both blue and pink (I made them before our last scan) and there are plenty for in the Etsy store – I also have some plain denim look knit material so may even make another little hat in that too.

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I am also hoping to make a few more items to go directly into this bag 🙂 a changing mat that can be rolled up to keep handy but also not be cold on new baby bums, a dummy pouch and some more bibs are all on my list as well as burp cloths.

Enough about babies though, I have a toddler too!  And he’s growing up so fast 😦 in less than seven weeks my gorgeous baby will be two!  It doesn’t seem two minutes ago since I was preparing for his arrival, let alone his first birthday (and now his second).  He’s a very chatty little boy and although he doesn’t have tonnes of words, he has enough to get by, and definitely knows his own mind.  I asked him for a kiss the other day and he shook his head, laughed and then pulled his tongue out at me!  Cheeky monkey!  He still likes his snuggles though which is fine by me.

Here’s a recent picture so you can see how far he has come from that little man in the incubator.

2014-08-19 21.47.55-1I’ve also been doing some sewing for him over the summer and made him two little pairs of shorts, and a pyjama eater.  The pyjama eater I got told would scare children but Oliver loves his, they will be added to the Etsy store in the next week or so.

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Of course, you can still find the staples of dribble bibz, messenger bagz and burp cloths on the store too.  If you can’t see something you are looking for, please send me a quick message, either through the Etsy store or on my Facebook Page where I will do my best to help.

What does all this mean for me though? 

Well being pregnant means I can’t have any of the treatment I need to sort out the slipped disc that I have, so I have to wait until at least January before I can have my MRI scan to help the specialists decide what course of action to take.  It also means that I no longer work for Santander as they have ended my contract due to ill health.  So instead, I have been on a short course with the Prince’s Trust and registered Snugglebugz as a business and am starting to work on building up stock for Christmas fairs and things like that.  Hopefully I will be adding a newborn clothing range and some gorgeous snuggle blankets once I have been through the CE testing with them.

So that’s everything I have to tell you all, I hope you are all well and am looking forwards to catching up with you! x


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