Third Trimester – Hooray!

Oh my goodness, how can it be? I’m onto the home straight! The last time I posted I was a mere 16 weeks and now at almost 28 weeks everything is starting to feel very real.

There have been a few developments since I last posted. Firstly, at the 20 week anomaly scan we were delighted to discover that bubba is growing perfectly and there are no signs of problems. We also decided to find out what we are having (I couldn’t resist) and it turns out that baby is a girl ❤

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At 21 weeks (Christmas eve,eve), I had a bit of a nightmare. I got up as usual and went to the bathroom to find… blood! Well as you can imagine, I was terrified that something terrible had happened and we rushed down to the hospital. After a short wait (it’s a bit like A & E where you get seen as and when) I was taken into a side room with a bed, a bathroom, and lots of intimidating equipment. I really have no experience with hospitals, so along with the worry of what was going on with my baby, I was pretty anxious about being in that environment. Luckily, the midwife that came to see me was really lovely. She asked me what had happened and took a urine sample. Then she listened in to baby’s heartbeat and all seemed fine. Finally (I knew it was coming) she told me that she’d need to examine me. Queue the undignified pose with that pathetic bit of paper which does nothing to cover anything! Oh and the spotlight!

The good news was that there was no obvious signs of anything wrong, and they took a swab for further tests, and let me away. Apparently sometimes these things just happen!

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At 25 weeks I had another panic. On the previous days I had felt a lot of movement from my little one (I love it so much), and then I had a day where I hardly felt her at all. It’s not that I hadn’t felt ANY movement, more that I had only felt her once or twice, and the movements that I had felt were weak in comparison to the big kicks I’d been getting before. I tried all of the usual tricks – drinking cold water, having a sugary snack, laying on my left side in a quiet room and focusing… nothing seemed to be doing the trick. In the end I dragged the husband back to triage again. I spoke to yet another absolutely lovely midwife who reassured me and checked baby’s heartbeat. Everything appeared to be fine, thank goodness. It’s possible the baby had moved and so I couldn’t feel her kicking as much.

There’s a fabulous charity called ‘Kicks Count‘ which provide advice to expectant mothers. I have downloaded their app which I use to keep track of how often I have felt baby move during the day and it helps to reassure me. Kicks Count advise people to ALWAYS get checked if they feel like there has been a reduction in movements, and I must say that the staff at the hospital appear to share the same opinion – it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If I were to give any advice to a pregnant lady, I would say that if you are worried at all, never hesitate to call your midwife or the staff at maternity assessment.

 

Well I think that’s enough of a ramble for one post! I wish I was closer to being ready for baby to arrive, but I am getting there slowly and surely. I will post again soon (as long as I don’t drown in this mountain of university deadlines!)

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Advent Activities (22nd December)

For many of us, this is the last working day before the Christmas holidays! I hope you’re having a great one! Here’s today’s fun activity:

Design a Christmas Tree

What you’ll need:

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    A Christmas tree template printed on A4 paper (There are loads of these on google, or you can click to download my super simple Tree template )

  • Pompoms/ sequins/ any other little decorative items you may have

What to do:

Basically, let this activity is about allowing the children to explore patterns by arranging the items on the tree. They can look at different colours and shapes – all important numeracy skills. The wonderful thing about this activity is that it isn’t permanent so children can create a design, clear it off, and start again!

 

Have a brilliant Friday and Christmas weekend!

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Previous Doors:

Day 1: Paper Chains

Day 2: Reindeer Cam

Day 3: Salt-Dough Ornaments

Day 4: Letter to Santa

Day 5: Christmas Role Play

Day 6: Scented Pictures

Day 7: Christmas Baking

Day 8: Home-made Christmas Cards

Day 9: Christmas Puzzles

Day 10: Do Something Kind

Day 11: Feed the Birds

Day 12: Go for a Walk

Day 13: Festive Playdough

Day 14: Read a Christmas Story

Day 15: Paper Snowflakes

Day 16: Christmas Movie

Day 17: Ice Play

Day 18: Christmas Around the World

Day 19: Christmas Colouring

Day 20: Sensory Bottles

Day 21: Singing

Advent Activities (21st December)

We’re into the 20’s now – not many doors left on our Advent calendar!!

Today let’s get into the festive spirit by

Singing Christmas Songs

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Singing is a lovely activity and has loads of benefits such as reducing stress and improving circulation! If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to break out the sleigh bells, or any other instruments while you’re singing!

Here are some of my favourite Christmas songs for children (with YouTube links in case you don’t know the tune):

Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer

Jingle Bells

We wish you a Merry Christmas

When Santa got stuck up the chimney

Twinkle twinkle Christmas star

Away in a manger

 

I’ll bet you can think of plenty more! So warm up your voice and get singing! Bonus points if you can sing for someone else – bring a little joy to a friend or family member.

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Previous Doors:

Day 1: Paper Chains

Day 2: Reindeer Cam

Day 3: Salt-Dough Ornaments

Day 4: Letter to Santa

Day 5: Christmas Role Play

Day 6: Scented Pictures

Day 7: Christmas Baking

Day 8: Home-made Christmas Cards

Day 9: Christmas Puzzles

Day 10: Do Something Kind

Day 11: Feed the Birds

Day 12: Go for a Walk

Day 13: Festive Playdough

Day 14: Read a Christmas Story

Day 15: Paper Snowflakes

Day 16: Christmas Movie

Day 17: Ice Play

Day 18: Christmas Around the World

Day 19: Christmas Colouring

Day 20: Sensory Bottles

 

 

 

Twitter Chat Update

In an effort to ensure that our weekly #EYshare’s are relevant and engaging, I have created a board where people can post their own ideas/ suggestions for future chats. This board is open to all and does not require a subscription so I do hope that it will be used!

Here is the padlet board:

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As this post will (obviously) move down and become less visible, the board will also be accessible through the ‘Twitter’ page (see top menu).

This is a little bit experimental so let’s see if it works! Thanks everyone!

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It’s Story Time!

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As you probably know, on the 2nd March it will be World Book Day. Not only that, but it is in fact the 20th year of World Book Day! So, in preparation for the big day, I have been thinking of some story and book based activities and experiences.

Create a Reading-Nook

There’s nothing better than a little cosy space to get lost in a book. Why not move some furniture, lay a blanket, build a pillow fort, or just grab loads of cushions to make a really appealing space for the children to read?  You could even try making it dark, adding a few fairy lights for that magical touch! Just remember – you don’t want the children to strain their eyes, so try providing some torches or small (safe) lamps for them to use.

Read Together

This may sound obvious but it’s SO valuable and important to children. I wrote about some ideas for making story time engaging in THIS previous post – take a look!

Get Creative

Do your children have a favourite book? Why not help them to make a new book cover? You can approach this in lots of different ways (draw it/ paint it/ use ICT/ act it out and take photos…) and can use these activities to develop plenty of skills. This can also spark discussion about the key features of a book cover (title, author, picture) as well as about the story itself.

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Take a Trip

Why not go for a walk over to the local library or even the local bookshop? Choosing a new book can be so exciting for children, and it can even help to encourage those reluctant readers. Some libraries offer story sessions and other activities, it might be worth your while doing a little research!

 

I hope you have a brilliant Book Day! I look forward to seeing some fabulous activities and inspired costumes – please share! Tweet me: @EarlyYearsIdeas

 

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