Gymboree ...

In November we had a new soft play centre open up round the corner from us. I'd been looking for a group to take Isla to on my days off but nothing exactly fitted my requirements. She's an energetic little girl so I wanted something that would keep her busy and occupied, and hopefully wear her out!

It's a Gymboree group that has opened up at the Notcutts garden centre that is literally up the road from us. (Walkable in nice weather!) They've taken an old camping shop on site and have transformed it into a permanent soft play centre where they offer classes to your child's age and ability. We managed to get a free tester session the first day they opened and both absolutely loved it. It's immaculately clean, it's bright, warm and the staff and other Mums and Dads are lovely. We signed up straight away for a regular class that we go to once a week, and I've noticed such an improvement in Isla since we stared going. She absolutely loves it and gets so excited when you tell here where we are going. The massive benefit from joining up is as members, you have access to the open gym they offer. Most dys they have a few hours where you can take your child and let them play as they wish. Like taking them to a normal soft play but without paying per hour! We go all the time, especially at the minute with the weather being so horrible. 

It's one of the best things we've done so far! 


My Little Girl ...

This little girl is such a mini me ... Such a Mummy's girl. 

I love her so very much, even on the days that she tests me and pushes my patience. She may only be 16 months old, but she has one hell of a character. Each day we are discovering more and more about her personality and watching her develop in front of our eyes. She is such a proper little girl already - she loves watching me get ready in the morning, standing by my dressing table, trying to get my make up and pretending to put it on. She cradles her little dolls like they are her babies and feeds them with her own bottles. 

I'll be honest and say that it worries me what she will be like when the baby gets here ... I think that eventually she will be an amazing big sister, but I do worry that she will miss out on time with me and that will change her. 

I hope that she will always be my little girl.


Pregnancy Journal, Number Two - Our 20 Week Scan ...

Dear Baby G,

We had our 20 week scan on the 15th December, almost exactly 2 years after we found out we were expecting Isla. I was having plenty of movement from you, so I wasn't quite as nervous as I have been on previous scans, but as always, there were a few butterflies!

We didn't have to wait as long for our scan this time, and were called in quite quickly, despite the very busy waiting room. I think this was about the 7th scan we have had in our lifetime, and this time we had the most lovely of sonographers. She talked us through absolutely everything, she told us what she was looking for, what she was measuring etc. It was so incredible to see you again! Again, you were wriggling all over the place! And drinking again! I could actually see you move at the same time I felt you move, which hasn't happened before. It's always so magical. We told the sonographer that we didn't want to know whether you are a boy or a girl - we stuck to our guns - and I'm so pleased we did! It's the most amazing surprise to find out when you are here. We didn't see anything that made us think what you were either way, apart from the picture we came home with ... you have the exact same profile as Isla and the very same button nose! But I don't know whether that means you are one way or the other!

People keep saying to us that we must want a boy now, given that we've already got a girl. But either way, we really don't mind! We just want you to be happy and healthy! We think that there are positives to either a boy or a girl. We just know that it is you we are waiting for to complete our family.

We keep asking Isla whether she is ready to be a big sister and whether she wants a brother or sister ... I don't think she understands what we are saying but she nods her head and gets excited! I can't wait to see my babies grow up together.

I feel like now we are in 2015, we are in the countdown to meeting you ... it's only just over 17 weeks until your due date and I feel like that may go quite quickly!

We're having a good pregnancy so far, which I am very very grateful. Any sickness I had has subsided which is great! My appetite is pretty much the same, no cravings and nothing I want to avoid. I have put on a few pounds already, but I think most of that may be Christmas chocolate! I can feel you move already so much, so much more than I did with Isla. It's so lovely to have you make your presence known! My bump is getting bigger and bigger! The only symptom really is the tiredness at the minute - but I think that has more to blame on your sister and life in general rather than just the pregnancy!

Stay safe in there Baby G.
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