Day out at Graves Park and Animal Farm

One of the best things about moving to a new area is the excitement of exploring your new surroundings. We have now been in Derbyshire for 2 months, and alongside the unpacking, sorting and meeting new people (well attempts to!), we have set aside lots of time for exploring and days out. This beautiful sunny patch we have had recently has been amazing for us as we have truly been able to enjoy all that Derbyshire and the Peak District has to offer!

Last week Little Lady and I decided we fancied a trip out and so we headed to a place close by that I had been told about – Graves Park in Sheffield. Its to the SW of the city so very handy for us. The journey only took us 15 minutes from Chesterfield which was great. When we got there we parked in the car park (40p per hour so very reasonable) and headed in to explore.

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First we went to the Animal Farm which was free to get into which I thought was brilliant! We popped into the Visitors Centre and Shop and picked up a cup of animal feed for £1 and headed off to meet the animals.

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LL is getting very brave when we go to farms and loves to feed the animals. She has learned to keep her hand flat and thinks its funny when the animals tickle her hand or dribble on her!! (Luckily there were lots of hand washing stations dotted around the farm!). She doesn’t seem to mind how big the animals are and gets quite annoyed when one tries to take over and stop the smaller animals from getting a share!

 

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Of course there she was just as excited to meet the small animals too – rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, chickens and chinchillas were among those we spotted. The hatchery was a highlight too and we saw some brand new baby chicks fresh from their eggs.

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After a walk around the yard we headed down to the paddocks in search of sheep, goats, pigs, donkeys and deer. LL was carefully rationing the feed so we didn’t run out too fast – much to the disgust of some of the sheep who would have eaten the lot!
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Back into the Barn and we found some young goats who came to play with us. Then it was off to see the baby piglets, some were tiny, only a couple of weeks old.
IMG_3251Another firm favourite with LL was the tractor in the yard which she could sit on and pretend to drive. She spent ages telling me about her journey around the farm, to feed the animals with the hay in her tractor.

IMG_3287After we had fully explored the farm we were feeling hungry so headed across the park towards the play ground and cafe. I wished I’d brought a picnic with us as it was a lovely day and there were lots of benches around the farm to enjoy your food but we hadn’t been that organised.

The cafe (on the other side of the park) was basic but reasonable and we both enjoyed our sandwiches. Once our energy levels were back up it was off to the park! There was a great range of play equipment for all ages and she had a great time!

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Finally we wore ourselves out and headed back to the car – via one last walk through the farm yard. By this time it was close to 3pm and we had managed to be there for over 3 hours. The only cost is the car parking at 40p per hour (and lunch but next time we would take a picnic). Such a great, cheap day out and somewhere I will definitely be returning to!

Linking up:

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 

My Maternity Wardrobe

I’m trying to build a capsule maternity wardrobe this time around. Full of things that can be worn together and mixed and matched. As I’m not working this time its mostly casual things that I need. I thought today I would show you some of the basics that I have got already. I have really struggled to find maternity clothes instore anywhere this time around. When I was pregnant 4 years ago I was able to buy some stuff in store but now I keep being told I need to order online in most High St stores which I don’t enjoy doing so much. A large branch of H&M is the only place I have found so far to buy instore. I haven’t managed to get to a Mothercare, JoJo Maman Bébé or Mamas and Papas so far this pregnancy but I will soon. Oh and someone told me that Kiddicare do maternity clothes so that’s somewhere else I can try!

So what am I wearing lately…

More or less as soon as my 12 week scan was done and I knew everything was going well, I dug out the maternity jeans I’d kept from my previous pregnancy. A combination of an existing tummy and the baby meant that fastening myself into my normal jeans was getting pretty uncomfortable. I had passed on most of my previous maternity clothes to friends and family a long time ago, but a few key pieces I kept. They are all denim and all from JoJo Maman Bébé.

Mid Wash Bootleg Maternity Jeans – £29.00

Mid Wash Bootleg Maternity Jeans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firstly a pair of Bootcut Jeans. These are a real wardrobe staple and can be worn with most of my tops. I love the dark colour of these and the bump support is fantastic and very comfortable. I wondered whether having worn them for a previous pregnancy I would have stretched the elastic too far to wear early in this pregnancy, but it seems to have gone back to its original size and is sitting very nicely supporting my still fairly small bump.

Cropped Denim Maternity Jeans – £29.00

Cropped Denim Maternity Jeans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With baby due in September, I’m hoping for some nice weather over the summer so these Cropped Denim Jeans are another staple. These don’t have the full elasticated bump support, but instead have elasticated panels in each side which allows the bump to be supported and sit comfortably above. This is a much more comfortable style when the weather is warm as it stops the bump from getting too hot (Seeing as I am always hot in pregnancy this is a Very Good Thing!!).

Again the denim is lovely and soft and these cropped jeans go with most tops in my wardrobe. When the weather is picks up again, I’ll be living in these!

Mid Wash Pleated Maternity Denim Skirt- £29.00 

Mid Wash Pleated Maternity Denim Skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My last staple from JoJo Maman Bébé is a Pleated Maternity Denim Skirt. This has been a great item to wear in both pregnancies and I have worn it in summer with a strappy top and flip flops, and in winter with thick tights and long boots. Another staple that can be dressed up or down and for all seasons. Again this skirt has the elasticated support which covers the bump and again, its so comfortable. The skirt has a pleat in it and is very flattering, its also a practical length which doesn’t cause me any issues when running around after a toddler!

I wore these three pieces throughout my first pregnancy, and now they are perfect for wearing through this one too. I pretty much live in denim at the moment!

For tops, I had a very successful trip to H&M in Westfield Shopping Centre in Derby a few weeks ago and this is what I picked up.

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I loved this MAMA Cotton Blouse – £12.99 so much that I got it in both colours, pink and blue. Its a cute little blouse for summer with a checked pattern and short puff sleeves. Its quite thin so best suited to a lovely warm day although I have also worn the pink one with a jacket over the top for a day out which looked nice too.

I picked this long sleeved top up as I thought it would be a great basic to wear when its not so warm. I can’t find it on the website but think it was around £12.99. Its a navy and white striped top which is shaped around the bump giving a lovely shape to the top. I think I’ll keep wearing this through the summer as its not too thick and there are always days that you want to keep a little more covered up!

The pink MAMA Jersey top £9.99 is another lovely basic. Its gathered around the bump and has a nice button detail on the neckline. The only thing with this top is I have to be careful as if the buttons come undone it can be a bit too revealing! Again this is a lovely thin top for the warmer weather but I’ve been wearing it with a navy cardigan while the weather has been a bit cooler. On the right is a navy and white polka dot round necked t-shirt (again I can’t find this on the internet) which looks really nice with denim and gives a lovely shape to my bump.

I’m sure my maternity shopping spree with continue over the next few weeks and I’ll be back to show you some more Smile If you have any tips on where to shop for maternity clothes please leave me a comment or tweet me @hellofromjoblog

 

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Pregnancy Update – Week 23

Pregnancy Update

Week 23

This was a tough week and I’m really starting to feel pregnant and big and awkward! I’ve been having trouble sleeping – either too hot, or pins and needles or just not able to get comfortable. I’ve been trying to use a pillow to get comfortable but its not really working well. I used to have a pregnancy pillow and think I may need to invest in something similar again. Any recommendations? Something that can be used when baby arrives for feeding would be good so I get some good use out of it!

I’ve also been poorly this week. We had visitors over the Bank Holiday weekend which was really lovely, but the brought a sickness bug with them! Neither hubby or Little Lady caught it so I think maybe I’m more susceptible  while pregnant as usually I have a cast iron stomach! I wasn’t actually sick during my first trimester (just a constant feeling of nausea) so this was my first bought of sickness this pregnancy. I had one awful night where I was up every couple of hours. The strangest sensation was feeling the baby moving while I was being sick! I think he wondered what on earth was going on. It must have been quite a roller coaster for him in there! I had 2 days where I couldn’t really eat anything which I was a little worried about but am now feeling much better. Yesterday I managed small meals and today I feel much closer to normal. The thing I noticed the most was my complete lack of energy over those couple of days. It felt worse than I would normally expect with a stomach bug. I guess thats down to the baby still taking what it needed, leaving me with no reserves!

We are away for the weekend this week – going back to Devon (where we recently moved away from) to see some friends and stay with family. So that will be another busy weekend. Then we have guests staying here for a few days so no time for much rest! I need to make sure the house is clean and tidy before we go away, and change the spare bedding etc so there is plenty to do but I’m struggling to get the energy together to do it. I think little and often is the answer!

I’m almost out of all of my pre pregnancy clothes now, only a couple of tops still fit me. I have some maternity clothes from H&M which I got a month or so ago and will need to get a few more now I think to last me. Sounds like a good excuse for a shopping trip!

Pregnancy Update – 22 weeks

Pregnancy Update

Week 22

How can I be over half way through this pregnancy already?? Its crazy how quickly time is flying, and its a stark contrast to my first which seemed to move so slowly. I guess that’s the difference between sitting at a desk all day thinking about the pregnancy and chasing around after a 3 year old! There isn’t really much time to think about it 🙂

I’ve not had much time to take things easy this time around. In addition to being SAHM to Little Lady (3.5) we have recently moved house, and area, 200 miles from Devon to Derbyshire. When I told my midwife she rolled her eyes and said pregnant women are advised to avoid stress, err I don’t think I’ve managed that! Things have settled down though and life is fairly calm at the moment!

We had our 20 week scan last Friday, a little later than planned as we moved right when it was due. I did find out which team we are on this time, but will keep that a secret a little while longer as there are a few people in the real world who I haven’t told yet! Everything was good, and baby was moving around and showing its moves for us 🙂

Physically, I have a bit more energy now than I have for a while (am sure this is related to the move being over too!) and I’m not feeling too bad. I have started waking each night though, as I’m feeling uncomfortable. I’ve tried using a pillow for some support and this is helping a bit but I may need to look at maternity pillows which are designed for the job as I remember that this only gets worse as I get bigger. I also need to do some shopping for maternity nightwear and underwear, as my normal things are no longer comfortable. I expect this will help with the sleep thing too. I can’t really remember where I bought this sort of stuff from last time so need to shop around and see what I can find!

Little Lady is starting to understand a bit more now as well. She came to the scan and we’ve been talking about that a bit which has helped. She is looking forward to being a big sister, and is taking an interest in babies when we are out and about which is nice. She doesn’t believe that we know the gender though, and keeps telling us we have to wait and see when its born. I’m hoping to get her potty trained at night soon so that is well out of the way before baby arrives.

I’m feeling lots of movement now which is lovely and very reassuring. Its mainly when I sit quietly in the evenings or at the computer but sometimes I’ve felt a flutter while I’m out. I can’t wait until the movements get a bit stronger and more regular. I think it will be lovely when they can be felt from outside and Little Lady can feel them too!

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