We’ve arrived!

Me and bump are now in Dubai! I still can’t believe it. I’m sat here looking out on our balcony and can see the Burj Al Arab and have spent the morning having a swim in the pool and a stroll on the beach.

Apart from a slight meltdown in the kids section of Harvey Niks in Dubai Mall (don’t ask, but at least I choose fancy places to have my meltdowns!) it has all been very exciting. It has also been pretty overwhelming but I think I’m getting there. I had my first doctors appointment at City Hospital and that went really well, I had a scan which I wasn’t expecting and saw little bubs again which is always amazing. I saw two doctors and have another scan in 4 weeks so bubs really is getting a lot of attention in private healthcare.

Getting used to being on maternity leave is also very strange. I constantly feel guilty for not being at work and so am finding it a bit difficult to relax. I’m sure I’ll get there soon. In the meantime I am keen to get out and about to explore and to meet some new people (especially other pregnant ladies). So I have joined a Pilates class and also plan to attend some coffee morning type events to meet new people.

This afternoon I will be exploring the Marina so I’ll let you know how that goes… hopefully no further meltdowns!

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It’s almost time for the Bubs to move to Dubs….

In one week’s time I will be so incredibly excited as I will be moving to Dubai to join my husband. I will be starting my maternity leave early and am so pleased that I am as I am very much looking forward to getting settled in Dubai and having some ‘me’ time. I keep getting told by all of the mothers that I meet that I should enjoy every minute of the pre bubs time before all hell breaks loose and I plan to follow their advice.

So the first of two adventures is about to begin. I am starting to make a few contacts in Dubai, mainly mums or mums to be. Mumsnet has been particularly useful and through it I have made contact with some Dubai mums and have also been advised on things that I was worried about, e.g. how to navigate the private health system etc.

I certainly have a lot to figure out but I am suitably armed with lists (I do love lists) and Google (which as we all know has a wealth of knowledge but sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start with the search results).

I have decided to give myself the first few days ‘off’ and then I will start house hunting, car hunting, baby stuff hunting etc. etc. Lots of hunting.

I am thinking that my first baby stuff purchase will be the Stokke MyCarrier Cool as it is made from breathable material apparently, which I can only think is a good thing in Dubai as I really don’t fancy having bubs stuck to me in a big sweaty mess. Decisions decisions!

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A weekend for the Bump

I had a very busy weekend which was pretty much all centred around my growing bump. First thing on Saturday I attended the Mumsnet’s Bumpfest which was a one-day event dedicated to all things birth and baby-related . I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and although I know I have a lot to learn about babies, I was a little bit dubious. This is because I have found that the minute you get pregnant you are swamped with information and I wasn’t sure how much more information I could take in. However, I thought it was a great event. The Mumsnet team did a fab job and it was a very relaxed affair.

I went on my own (as my husband has now had to desert me for the desert!) and although I was definitely outnumbered by couples and grandma’s with their daughters, it didn’t really matter. I attended a course on baby first aid by the British Red Cross which was great and I would recommend the free app they offer. I then went to a class on breastfeeding and a talk on getting your baby to sleep, both of which were very informative and interesting. This was followed by a scrummy and much needed lunch and then some reflexology and a little massage. All very much appreciated by both me and my bump. That said, notwithstanding all of the very informative sessions, overall (probably due to the fact that I am a Yorkshire girl) I appreciated the bulging goody bag of freebies at the end the most!

So all in all, it was very worthwhile. I am still of the view that however much information you are given and courses you attend, you just have to muddle through once you actually have a baby, but all advice (correction – most advice) is helpful. Even if it is advice which you decide to ultimately ignore!

Then on Sunday I went to a pregnancy Pilates class, again with some dubitation. However, I really enjoyed it, so much so that I have signed up for another 10 classes. I think this is mostly as a consequence of my guilt at having finally quit my gym!

Oh and on top of all of that I moved from North to South London to live with some friends for the next month or so whilst I prepare to join my husband in Dubai. Therefore I spent the remainder of the weekend packing and exploring a new part of London, which of course included several tea and cake stops (baby wanted cake!).

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Dubs Bubs

Today was the day I feel like we have been waiting for ages, it was our 12 week scan. Even though we had a cheeky early private scan at 9 weeks, in my head 12 weeks has always been the big milestone. So after drinking a ridiculous amount of water I met my husband at the hospital and nervously waited for our scan (whilst very tightly crossing my legs!). It all went very well and we managed to get a nice little picture, despite Baby D hiding away and curling up into a ball. It still feels very unreal but i’m so pleased we can tell people now.

In other news, I will be spending my maternity leave in Dubai! As you might imagine, I’ve felt like I have been in a very surreal whirlwind over the last few months. Basically, we found out about Baby D on a Monday and then found out on the Friday that my husband had secured a great job opportunity in Dubai. A double whammy! So we are off! My husband will be moving soon and I will go towards the end of November. I’m very excited but also apprehensive about moving at such a big time in our lives. I plan to join antenatal classes, including yoga and go to various coffee mornings etc. in order to try to meet as many pregnant ladies and new mums over there. I have a lot to figure out but it all seems do-able at the moment. So in summary, we’re having a Dubs Bubs!

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Our little Dubs Bubs xxx

 

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My first post

Today I am having a massively lazy day. Although I am experiencing that ‘tomorrow is Monday’ guilt that I should be doing something more productive with my weekend, I am actually really enjoying it. I am still in my pj’s and only half an hour ago, at 4pm, I graduated from my bed to the couch.  So my very lazy Sunday has promoted me to do something I’ve been meaning to do for ages. Start a blog. I have often wondered what I would blog about and some recent, very happy news made my decision for me. About two weeks ago I found out that I am pregnant with our first baby. Me and my husband are over the moon. I couldn’t be happier but also have a fair bit of anxiety. I am only just about 6 weeks pregnant and I am worried about all the normal things newly pregnant women worry about. So I figure this blog can be my release.

It took me a few moments to decide on a suitable name and ‘Mum-blings’ seemed ideal. This blog will include all of my mumblings and will be very much based on ‘Mum’ things. The ‘blings’ bit just adds a little bit of glamour. I expect I will need the ‘blings’ bit the more I progress through my pregnancy as even at this stage I feel like a big bloated mess.

As I have never blogged before I was worried about privacy as at this stage very few people know that I’m pregnant.  This blog asked me whether I wanted to link it to my Facebook or Twitter. No! Even though I chose the no option I am still paranoid that I’m about to get outed accidentally.

I’m not sure how you end a blog but I’m going to finish this post here so I can work on making my blog look pretty as per the ‘bling’ requirement mentioned above.

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