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Hugo's First Day Out

Hugo’s First Day Out

It’s tempting with a newborn to just stay at home – it’s much easier that way. But it also has the danger of driving you absolutely nuts, so probably good to get out and meet other humans.

August 6, 2016
Stuff Hugo Does

Stuff Hugo Does

With little Hugo growing up fast, I want to make sure we capture the little things he does. Nothing special, just the hiccups, snoozing, smiling stuff that happens all the time, but are probably the things we’ll miss the most when he’s running around screaming the house down 🙂

July 31, 2016
Baby Has a Name

Baby Has a Name…

Although we knew we were having a boy from about week 16, We didn’t really think too hard about a name, and once he was born we didn’t have a name ready! So for the first week he was simply ‘baby’ or ‘the little one’.

July 30, 2016
Our Baby Has Arrived

Our Baby Has Arrived!

Apparently only around 4% of babies arrive on their actual due date… Well, looks like we have one of those 4%! Our little boy finally arrived (11pm, 18th July 2016) after a long day of labour, but we’re delighted to report that mum and baby are both doing well!

July 20, 2016
Test Drive to the Birthing Centre at Chipping Norton

Test Drive to the Birthing Centre at Chipping Norton

We’re a week away from due date, and everything in the house is ready so we thought it would put our nerves at rest if we had a test run to the Cotswold Birth Centre in Chipping Norton. At least this would give us the chance to test our plan and reassure ourselves that we

July 9, 2016
Getting Ready for Arrival of Baby Part 1

Getting Ready for Arrival of Baby

With just a week to go until the birth due date, we think everything is baby ready at home. We have the bags packed, checklists checked and drawers bulging with baby stuff…

July 9, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon Cinema

Wednesday Afternoon Cinema

With Hannah on pre-maternity leave holiday, we’re starting to go a bit crazy being in the house, so thought we’d treat ourselves to a random mid-week trip to the cinema. Plenty of decent looking films at the moment, but Hannah being an action fan, we went for Independence Day.

July 6, 2016
Looking for a Nursery in Leamington Spa (Part 2)

Looking for a Nursery in Leamington Spa (Part 2)

After looking at The Lighthouse Nursery last week, we were back in Leamington Spa to take a look at a couple of other nurseries. First up was Emscote House. It’s pretty close to The Lighthouse, so still nice and convenient for Hannah’s commute for dropping off and picking up.

July 5, 2016
Looking for a Nursery in Leamington Spa

Looking for a Nursery in Leamington

Despite the fact that baby is still not born yet (4 weeks to go!), we thought we’d best start thinking about child care for when Hannah returns to work next summer. We’d heard that places get booked up well in advance, and that it’s worth registering for a place early.

June 21, 2016
Joie Stages Group 0+/1/2 Car Seat Product Review

Joie Stages Group 0+/1/2 Car Seat

As we get ready for our new arrival, there are lots of new things popping up around the house. So, I thought I’d try my hand at an unboxing video. This is for our new car seat – the Joie Stages Group 0+/1/2 Car Seat.

June 21, 2016
Making the House Baby Ready Part 2

Rearranging the House for Baby (Part 2)

With a fair chunk of our ‘non-essential’ items in storage (thanks Mum and Dad), we can now properly convert our home from Dean & Hannah mode to Dean, Hannah & Baby mode.

June 7, 2016
Bourton on the Water

A Morning in Bourton on the Water

On the way home from Stow on the Wold, we stopped in Bourton on the Water. I guess everywhere needs to be ‘on’ something around here. Another amazing place, that we knew nothing about before. Probably helped by the amazing weather, but it was such a fantastic morning – chips for lunch was the icing

June 6, 2016

Short Break at The Old Stocks Inn, Stow on the Wold

With relaxing holidays potentially a thing of the past once the little one arrives, we thought we’d take the chance to enjoy a night away. Just so happens to be our wedding anniversary on 7th June, so that was all the excuse we needed! We booked into the Old Stocks Inn, Stow on the Wold.

June 5, 2016
Antenatal Class with the NCT

Antenatal Class with The NCT

With our first ever baby due on the 18th July, it’s time to learn what about it’s all. We signed up for an NCT course in Banbury, which is split into 2 Saturdays. They are full days running from 9:00 to 17:30, so pretty full on. Unlike the NHS classes, the NCT ones aren’t free,

June 4, 2016
Making the House Baby Ready

Rearranging the House for Baby

To make room in our tiny house for our new arrival and some new furniture, we’ve made the tough decision to get rid of all non-essential items, mainly the excessive hifi kit that apparently isn’t essential to a new-born baby. Who knew?

June 3, 2016
We're Off to Sunny IKEA Cover

We’re Off to Sunny IKEA

Seeing as we needed a few things from IKEA to make the house baby-ready, we thought we’d take the camera with us. What could be more exciting than a routine trip around a furniture shop? Obviously the highlight of the day was the meatballs and the weird gravy. For advice when it comes to navigating

May 28, 2016
Jenny and George's Wedding

Jenny & George’s Wedding

No summer is complete without a good wedding and a bit of rain, so if you can combine the two you’ve hit the jackpot! Jenny & George’s wedding combined a traditional church ceremony, followed by a lovely reception in the village hall in Buckland, Oxfordshire. It was a fantastic day – great company, food, music

May 21, 2016
Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry Gardens

With some serious thinking to do over our self build budget, and whether to move forward with Tom Gresford or Charlie Luxton on the house plans, we decided to take a day off and head over to Waterperry Gardens. Unusually for a bank holiday, the sun was out…#bankholidaybonus

March 25, 2016
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