New Parents get FREE £500

As usual, I’ve been trawling the internet in the free time between snuggles, feeds and nappy changes, for anything useful to myself, my partner and now little one. From being on the council list (fingers crossed), to receiving Universal Credit due to the appalling amount of ‘pay’ for Paternity Leave (£150 a week – seriously!),Continue reading “New Parents get FREE £500”

Grants for Parents who Study

Parents Learning Allowance and the Childcare Grant are two wonderful pots of money for those, like myself since the birth of A, who are both parents and trying to study for a degree at a Welsh university (Open University counts, it’s base in Cardiff I believe, because it’s studying from home in Wales). The breakdownContinue reading “Grants for Parents who Study”

Baby A’s Birth

Here’s hoping you don’t mind a little anonymity, but I refer to my partner as J and now my baby as A. I’m a firm believer in you can not be too careful online, but also in privacy of the individual and so this is how I choose to write my birth story. It allContinue reading “Baby A’s Birth”

The Due Date

So the date, Saturday 3rd July 2021, has come and gone. I am officially 40 weeks and 1 day, overdue, and feeling only the normal aches and pains due to being bigger, heavier and of course pregnancy hormonal. I am very excited to get started, but am trying my best not to be like aContinue reading “The Due Date”

39 Weeks Pregnant

It’s been a few weeks since my last personal pregnancy update, and even that was a test of the new ‘Story Post’ WordPress has introduced. A lot and simultaneously not a lot has happened since! To recap, I went in for a routine (for me, I get extra) measurements ultrasound scan for the purposes ofContinue reading “39 Weeks Pregnant”

University Year 1 is Over!

At 36 weeks and 4 days pregnant, with an induction on the very near horizon (more about that soon!), I have officially submitted my Open University S112 remote exam paper at 10:43 am today. I am ecstatic to say I have finished my two 60 credit modules (so 120 in total – the same asContinue reading “University Year 1 is Over!”

2nd/3rd Trimester Must-Haves

For myself, the second and third trimesters of pregnancy have rolled into one. Possibly due to the fact that time just flies when you’re preparing for a baby and you know time is limited, but also because of the many appointments I have had on the way, making daily countdowns of ‘weeks to go’ aContinue reading “2nd/3rd Trimester Must-Haves”

My (High Risk) Birth Plan

Some things you may not know about me – I am 35 weeks pregnant (tomorrow) and am considered high risk because I have a heart condition called Focal Ventricular Fibrillation! Today, I am going to share my new, revised birth plan after consulting with my anaesthesiologist, obstetrician and midwife over the best and safest wayContinue reading “My (High Risk) Birth Plan”