With much anticipation the Aldi Baby Event finally arrived and saw Jane shoot off at 09:30 to be sure to beat the masses. As it turns out it was rather quiet at that time of the morning and she had a relaxed nosey checking the full range of items in all available colours, somewhat different to my experience.
Pregnant Parent Mayhem
During my lunch, I headed of to an Aldi close to work where, lets just say, there are more mums and dads out of work, than the national average, and it was rammed! With everything strewn all over the place it looked like the aftermath of a Black Friday event!
Still I persevered and managed come away with six Tommee Tippee bottles (even though we plan on BF), Nuby baby pram teethers, muslin cloths, a knitted blanket, long sleeve bibs, and some baby bodysuits – the latter being a mistake. I ended up with “12+ mths” for a newborn – good going Chris!
Our latest big buy was once again thanks to eBay and hence a bargain to say the least!
Our perseverance finally paid off as we managed to bag ourselves a Stokke MyCarrier for the bargain price of £30 on eBay! This, compared to the £140 price brand new is a huge saving meaning another £100 goes into our holiday fund pot 😉
Last week we were told that 25cm at 25w + 1d was on the bottom end of the scale for our baby growth model and although we weren’t concerned, it was suggested we called back for another check up 7 days later.
Todays measurement showed 27cm at 26w + 1d which is now on the upper end of the scale so it just goes to show, the daily intake of 5 x Sainsburys Double Chocolate Cookies really is helping in the development of Pancake.
Another photo shoot
Due to the initial measurement being on the low side, and now we’re on the upper end of the scale, NHS processes and procedures require us to attend another scan later this week to make extra sure that everything is fine.
Like last time, we’ve been reassured by the midwife and once again, we’re not overly worried. To be honest we consider ourselves quite lucky as we get another opportunity to get a glimpse of Pancake and possibly grab another photo or two.
Who knows, maybe this time I’ll be allowed to find out if its a blue or pink pancake!
Grabbed a bargain
Grobag Twin Pack (0-6 Months)
During a quick lunchtime browser session, I stumbled across the Grobag Twin Pack (0-6 Months) we’ve been looking at getting and had hope to grab while at the Baby Show yesterday.
The twin pack contains both a 1.0 Tog and 2.5 Tog baby sleep bag which seems ideal for Pancake who is due end of August and over at Amazon it is’ currently £23.99 delivered.
We’re just back from the Baby Show held at Birminghams NEC! Feet are up, coffee and tea poured and now its time to see what we’ve gathered on our trip out 🙂
Firstly “Tiring” is the foremost word that comes to mind if I was to be asked to describe the Baby Show in NEC Birmingham which we’ve just returned from.
NEC Baby Show Lowlights
The £10.40 per ticket (40% discounts widely available online), we both thought was about right for a show that potentially offered so much. However, we weren’t prepared for the additional £12 car park charge, which didn’t seem to be mentioned anywhere and came as a surprise when we arrived.
Considering parking is free when you attend the Baby & Toddler Show at Manchester, I personally don’t think it’s justified and hope the organisers seek a better deal for future shows. View Post
So today we had our 20 week scan and I am happy to report that our sonographer reported everything looked exactly as she would expect at 20 weeks. Measurements, heart beat, blood flow, umbilical cord, movement, everything… everything was exactly they would expect at this stage.
A huge sigh of relief!
Every single step along this crazy journey is yet another milestone we’ve never experienced before despite having tried to become parents for over 3 years.
We’re still not yet jumping up and down with joy and excitement, which is proving increasingly difficult as the days pass by, but the 24 week stage isn’t far away now. At this point I think we’ll be boiling over with bottled up excitement and we can finally let our hair down and finally accept that we’re pregnant and we can’t wait!
Baby Sales Galore
Because we’re new to this, we’re noticing things that would normally slip by – sales of baby goods being one.
The past few days we’ve noticed a huge increase in the number sale events kicking off online – all baby orientated. We’re not sure if this is something that gets recycled every 3 months or so, and so naturally not wanting to miss out on a great deal, we’ve very tempted to go a bit nuts.
Checking a few sites reveals some great deals from Mamas & Papas, M&Co and Asda George and we’re also hopeful that Aldi will have another baby event before Pancake is due.
Easy Like Sunday Mornings
In the meantime our Sunday mornings, when J doesn’t have a shift, are still dominated by “Day 130 in the Pancake Chronicles“, lying in bed reading the latest entry from the Pregnancy Plus app which has been a real eye opener.
It’s a great way to chill first thing in the morning, more often than not with the dog joining us, as we read what expect in the next 7 days. For
Before the madness of having a child ensues, and the planning, shopping etc, we’ve decided to treat ourselves one last time. Feet up and recharging our minds in what has been an unsettling time with work, we’ll be setting sail as we head off for a week-long cruise and will remain disconnected from the technological world.
Making the news
What was making the news on this momentous day? Below is a collection of front pages I’ve collected dated 7 April 2015.
We’ve still got over 4 months to go and already we know there’s no getting away from the fact that shopping for your first baby can be very expensive business – something we’re learning very quickly. On top of that, its likely one of us will be off work for a year meaning substantially less cash coming in each month.
With that in mind, we decided to budget as much as we could, refrain wherever possible from buying anything that although cute, wasn’t particularly necessary and try our best to adhere to a few other money-saving ideas along the way.
Creating a list
We’ve created a shopping list and thus far, we’re finding that we are sticking to it reasonably well. We’ve not bought a massive amount yet, but we have found that simply by having a list is making us stop and think before buying every single “oh so cute” item we see on almost a daily basis.
We also hope that by having a list, it will mean we can share it with those wanting to help us out such as parents and siblings. We’ve heard so many people say that they received tons of clothes for 0mth – 3mth babies and next to nothing for 6mth onwards. I guess its understandable but to get the most wear out of them, we plan to add a few items that would suit Pancake later on, maybe 6mth – 12mth.
There are hundreds of websites offering advice and guidance but one thing we’ve learned is to remember in most cases, the review reflects one persons experience which may not necessarily reflect our own lifestyle.
We found the Baby & Child section of the Which? website and invaluable source of information when deciding which travel system to go for and as all the products are tested in the same way, it means we had a true comparison.
Join Which? for £1 for the first month is well worth it, could save a few costly mistakes and is a website we’ll definitely be using again as we start looking at carriers and slings, monitors and high chairs in the coming months.
Consider second-hand items
This is very important to us, not that we’re tight, but because we’ve seen the deals to be had on eBay and have also seen friends picking up fantastic clothing bundles at car boot sales (check CarBootJunction.com) and from Gumtree.
After a few weeks of setting up a number of automatic eBay alerts and monitoring what the Silver Cross Wayfarer pram was going for, we managed to grab the travel system (one of three that were on our shortlist) off eBay for £266. For that we got;
Simplicity baby seat
Brand new, the travel system and accessories would have come to £675 meaning we were lucky enough to have saved over £400 simply by buying second had. For something that is in near perfect condition, a scuff here and there, it means we have £400 to spend on other essentials.
Initially once we’d won the eBay auction we were worried we’d made the wrong decision getting the Silver Cross Wayfarer. However after reflection and in the knowledge we’ll be using a sling more often than not when out and about, we think we done right 🙂 I guess we’ll only really know in 4 months time!
Decorating a baby’s bedroom has to be one of the most enjoyable and fun parts of preparing for a new arrival and I know I’m itching to get started. Simple bright colours and wall stickers are the usual route, however paying £120 for a colourful scene isn’t my idea of value.
Google and Pinterest are your friends when it comes to ideas and stencils and I plan to keep the colours to basics (blue, red green, yellow, brown, white) to easily create my own simple scene at a fraction of the cost.
I love simplicity and innocent feel of the Tesco Baby Club animals and I may have to drop them an email to see if they have large versions of the characters I can use as a stencil to help me design my own scene.
Watching the online sales
Whilst visiting our independent local baby store the assistant told us of some new parents-to-be admiring prams and asking if they “looked good” with a particular model, treating it like some sort of fashion accessory. I suspect their priorities will change after a week of nightly feeds?
Anyway, as you’ve probably gathered, we’re not bothered if we’re seen in last seasons clothes and Pancake (like it or not) will fall into this way of life too. We be making the most of the Online Sales, snapping the odd thing or two in the Spring Sales in preparation for next spring and of course making the most of cash back sites and discount codes..