Giveaway – BabySteps Scratch-Off calendar (CLOSED)

At the moment we are two babies up (plus our angel of course) with no plans for more in the foreseeable future. Don’t get me wrong, I love babies, I really do – otherwise I wouldn’t have had any… – but in a kind of bittersweet way I am glad that the baby days are ending and we can have so many adventures together now. I do occasionally get broody, but if I get really desperate I could just borrow a baby, right?

I don’t think there is ever a time when one of my friends is not pregnant; so many have had babies recently or are expecting very soon, and I really do love watching their pregnancy journey’s, and then of course the baby journey’s and the overload of gorgeously adorable photos! (That is when I get broody).

After two babies, I far from consider myself an expert on the topic – I’m still clueless at some things and just wing it really! But when people ask for advice, I do try and help in any way I can as I know how hard it is being a first-time parent and not leaving the hospital with an instruction manual – heck, even with subsequent babies!

The BabySteps scratch off calendar doesn’t claim to be an expert at babies & parenting either, but it does provide parents-to-be with a different fact or tip for each day of pregnancy. The fun is in the scratching off of each day to discover what is underneath, so kind of a cross between an advent calendar and a scratchcard, but you get the greatest reward at the end – a tiny human!

It’s something I have never seen before and I would have loved to have received one of these during either of my pregnancies, but alas…

You can find out more about the brand here or purchase a calendar on Amazon, but I do also have one to give away to a lucky reader – just enter via the Rafflecopter below, and good luck!

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Open to UK residents 18 & over.
Entries must be received by 11.59 pm on 02/12/2015.
The winner will be drawn randomly via Rafflecopter/random.org when the giveaway has ended and will be sent an email informing them they have won.
The winner has 28 days to respond to the email or a new winner will be drawn.
The prize will be sent directly from the PR.

Review – ElevEase Shower Step

During my pregnancy with N, I suffered with backache right from the beginning and it was pretty awful towards the end. This made “grooming” my legs a real problem – it hurt so much to bend over to reach so I went for the gorilla look mostly (I even tweeted about it under #pregnancyproblems) – it’s a good job I was heavily pregnant through the winter so as not to scare everyone!

Having PCOS means when I defuzz, my hair grows back really quickly and if I want to wear a dress or shorts in the summer months then I have to do it every day. Ever since N arrived, I’ve suffered with backache more than I did before; it’s never really gone away. When I was asked if I wished to review the ElevEase shower step I thought it would be good to see if it helped the problem.

The ElevEase shower step aims to help people who have back problems do everyday beauty regimes with ease and reduce the pain whilst doing these tasks. So it needn’t just be used for shaving legs – it can also be used for exfoliating, tanning, toenail painting, and moisturising (among others). It is simply as it says – a step, which is fixed to the corner of your shower/bath with the special strong adhesive which is included with ElevEase.

To affix ElevEase to your shower requires 3 simple steps:

  • ensure the shower surface is clean & dry and apply the supplied adhesive to the back of the step
  • fix the step to the corner of the shower at the knee height of user and hold tight for 3 minutes
  • leave to bond for 24 hours without using the shower.

The shower step has a slanted surface on which you rest your foot, and also a handy holder for your razor. I chose the white step to review but it can also be purchased in chrome. It is made of very strong plastic – obviously it needs to be to hold the weight of your leg. There are guidelines on the back of the step that show you where to apply the adhesive – which has a strong, pungent smell by the way! But I suppose this is from the ingredients required to make it so strong. 
Once it was affixed to the wall I admit I didn’t wait the 24 hours recommended for it to bond. I had to go out the next day and I needed a shower so I risked it. Admittedly I was a little sceptical that it would hold my weight, but it did even after less than the 24 hours. And it is still stuck to the wall and doesn’t look like it’ll be going anywhere! 
When defuzzing the calf area of my legs I did find I didn’t need to bend as far, but I still did a little to do right at the bottom – though this may be because I am as blind as a bat without my glasses on and I needed to see properly! It didn’t cause me any back pain though. When defuzzing the tops of my legs, I found it was actually a bit of a struggle to do with my foot on the step – I found it much easier to just do it normally as I don’t really bend over whilst doing that bit anyway. 
Overall, I think the ElevEase Shower Step is a great product for those that do more than one of the regimes mentioned above and suffer with moderate to severe pain regularly. For its cost, I think it is worth the investment if you will use it often. 
The ElevEase Shower Step retails at £15.97 and can be purchased from Amazon.

My rating – 4/5

Disclosure
I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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The ‘Berry’ Pregnancy Diaries – week 39

Wednesday 19th February – 39w
One week until D-Day… And I’ve been asked today if I’ve had the baby yet! The answer is… I’ve also been told I look like I’m ready to explode! Yeah, I feel it too! 


Thursday 20th February – 39w 1d 
I’ve been getting AF type cramps on & off now since the weekend, but they never seem to be coming to anything. As far as I can remember, I had the same for the last couple of weeks before little man arrived. I’m hoping it doesn’t mean this baby is going to arrive over a week late like he did! Nevertheless, I’m at that really fed up stage now. 


Friday 21st February – 39w 2d
I’ve felt funny today like something is going to happen soon… Highly unlikely though! But for the purposes of nesting and (mainly) eviction, I scrubbed the floors down on my hands & knees this evening whilst little man & Daddy were out. Then when I was getting ready for bed I had some major tightening and pressure in my groin which has got me hoping it had got things started! 


Saturday 22nd February – 39w 3d
Getting things started? No such luck. The pain went when I laid down, nothing happened overnight and baby is still in there… But I am absolutely shattered today and have been trying not to nod off whilst little man has been running around like his usual hyper self! I’ve been for a walk and done some nesting, come on baby! 


Sunday 23rd February – 39w 4d
I’m getting really frustrated and fed up with this cramping now as it’s been pretty much constant since Friday night’s pain episode, but it’s leading to nowhere. Grr. I’ve been trying to keep busy today to take my mind off it but it tires me out even more.


I finally booked a maternity shoot for tomorrow, talk about cutting it fine! I had one with little man though so really wanted one this time but thought I’d left it too late. 


Monday 24th February – 39w 5d
Hubby was off work today so I got a lovely lie in which was much needed, thank you! On my first toilet trip of the day though when I stood up from the loo, I had immense pressure and I thought I was going to fall to my knees! Hopefully that was baby fully engaging… (Or the start of things – haha, yeah right!).


Unfortunately we didn’t have the maternity shoot in the end as the photographer’s little boy woke up with what was confirmed as chicken pox and she didn’t want to risk passing it onto me as she’s not immune. I obviously didn’t want to take the risk either so while it’s a bit disappointing for both of us, it’s for the best. Bless her though, she said she’d throw in a freebie when we have a newborn/family shoot. 


Tuesday 25th February – 39w 6d
Well the pressure from yesterday didn’t turn into anything, again. Grr. Though the cramps have gotten a little stronger again, especially after going for a walk. They actually made me stop in my tracks a couple of times too. But still fed up. That is all.


After a discussion on Twitter about home births with Fi from Childcare is fun, I’ve been baking brownies this evening ready for the midwives. I thought it was a lovely gesture, and they might be extra nice to me…


At 39 weeks, berry is the size of a mini watermelon.
Most of the vernix and lanugo has disappeared.
Berry will swallow the lanugo where it will be stored in its bowels, and be part of its first bowel movement. 
They have a steady supply of antibodies from the placenta that will help it fight off infections for the first few months after birth.
Weight gain will continue although at a slower pace.
Movements will begin to slow slightly as they don’t have much room left to move around.

The ‘Berry’ Pregnancy Diaries – week 38

Wednesday 12th February – 38w
Two weeks to go!


Once I’d taken little man to nursery this morning, I came home and crawled back into bed – I woke up again 2.5 hours later so I must have needed the sleep! I was awoken by a yucky dream though – with ants crawling all over me! Previous to that one I’d had another one where I was discussing home births with a pregnant friend, and she asked if we needed to provide bed socks for the baby? Anyway…


Thursday 13th February – 38w 1d
I’ve been in so much pain today with this damn SPD, hardly been able to move. Please hurry up baby.


I’ve also come to the decision that we’re having a boy. I don’t know why, just finally have a ‘feeling’! 

Friday 14th February – 38w 2d
Eviction proceedings are now underway! Only spicy food and bouncing on the ball so far, but may have to resort to more drastic measures at some point… Maybe like what got us into this position in the first place! *Snigger*


Saturday 15th February – 38w 3d
I could have fallen asleep standing today. I’m feeling quite fed up now. Sigh. Though I have been getting no end of Braxton Hicks, probably just getting my hopes up…

Sunday 16th February – 38w 4d
Had another strange dream last night. I was just wandering about (somewhere) and I had a really bad urge to pee, so I knocked on somebody’s door to ask to use the toilet – it happened to be a dinosaur that answered…


I’ve also been in tears nearly all day because I’m so tired, little man keeps getting up earlier & earlier and I just can’t take it any more right now. 

Monday 17th February – 38w 5d
After the BH on Saturday, I’ve been getting cramps on & off for the last couple of days, though they don’t seem to be coming to anything. Grr…


Tuesday 18th February – 38w 6d
I had a home visit from the midwife today, as she needed to check my gases anyway (which are all still okay by the way) so there was no point in me going in. All is well with me – BP is fine, and for once my wee was clear of anything! Bump is still measuring 37 weeks but it’s nothing of concern at the minute as it’s only one week behind. Baby’s heartbeat was fine and they are still head down, but still only 1/5 engaged which deflated me a bit – was hoping it may have moved further down by now! Oh well, at least it’s not going back the other way! The BH have reappeared too, leaving me quite breathless…

At 38 weeks, berry is the size of a leek.
They may have taken their first bowel movement of meconium by now!
They are practicing breathing and urinating.
They can use their fingers to grasp very tightly.
The fat stores are still continuing to build.

The ‘Berry’ Pregnancy Diaries – week 37

Wednesday 5th February – 37w
I am term! Eviction proceedings will commence shortly. And I’m just the usual tired & achy. 


Hiccup placements last night were feeling like baby was going to burst out there & then though. 


I also weighed myself today – I haven’t done very often this pregnancy as I am making better choices than last time, but I still like to know how I am going every so often. I’ve gained 19 lbs so far, which is 10 lbs less than the total I gained with little man, so I’m pleased.


Thursday 6th February – 37w 1d
The midwife rang this morning to sort out about bringing my gas & air for my home birth. It was supposed to be coming tomorrow. When I was shopping this evening I had another call saying that the gas & air would be delayed as they would like me to see the consultant first to see if it was okay, because of my BMI & the fact I was on fluoxetine at the beginning of my pregnancy. She left this as a voicemail as I missed the call so I got myself in a right state thinking that I wouldn’t be able to have one now. I rang her back to get more information and she said that they as a team don’t see any problems with a home birth for me but they would like me to see the consultant anyway. BUT that even if he said no, they would still let me have one but they would need to come out first to form sort of plan. That made me feel a bit better. So I have an appointment with the consultant next Tuesday. 


Friday 7th February – 37w 2d
I’ve really been craving chocolate lately. Baby must need it. 

Sunday 9th February – 37w 4d
Today I’ve had mega backache and also period type cramps like the day before I went into labour with little man. Hoping it’s just a false alarm as I really want to wait now until I’ve seen the consultant! 


Monday 10th February – 37w 5d
I’ve had those cramps again today…


Tuesday 11th February – 37w 6d
So we saw the consultant today – well, his registrar actually. This was combined with a check up – baby is fine, still 1/5 engaged, good heart rate and I’m measuring 37 weeks. My BP was fine but there was traces in my sample again, though my last one came back fine. The registrar just asked a few questions – she didn’t even ask about my BMI so that obviously wasn’t a concern to them, it was mainly the fluoxetine. She went and had a chat with the consultant and he said it was all OK and I was signed off, yay! The midwife rang me this afternoon to find out what he said, and arranged to bring my gases which were brought promptly this evening! They are currently hiding away in the cupboard… But baby, you can come out whenever you like now! 

At 37 weeks, berry is the size of a leek.
They are now considered full term!
Fat continues to be added at a rate of half an ounce a day.
The head is cradled in the uterus by the pelvic cavity surrounded and protected by the pelvic bones.
Most of the lanugo & vernix has disappeared. Baby will swallow these along with other secretions and they will become the first poo – the meconium!