Yes I get it you have to pee….. a lot!, you can’t get a good nights sleep, there’s morning/all day sickness and heart burn but there are a lot of positives of pregnancy too.

Here are some of our reasons to love being pregnant do you agree let us know and comment below

New Clothes

Now you don’t need an excuse to go clothes shopping again, you can pick a whole new wardrobe to clothe your ever growing baby bump. I loved Isabella Oliver when I was pregnant although I had my babies early and didn’t really have a big bump to dress.

https://www.isabellaoliver.com/

Maternity Leave

Maternity rights in the UK are actually fairly good, and depending on your circumstances with shared maternity/paternity leave you can enjoy up to 52 weeks between you and your partner.

Conversation Starter

When you’re pregnant is that there is always something to talk about, from when you’re due, to what you’re having, baby name ideas and opinions on breastfeeding. This can also be a downside too but this post is for the positives, perhaps we will write more on the downsides later in another post.

Bigger boobs

Cant hide this one, the fact is pregnancy will probably give you bigger boobs. In some cases significantly bigger boobs and you will need to buy lots of pretty new bras.

Free Dental Treatment

From now until your baby is one you can receive free dental treatment and prescriptions on the NHS so do make the most of this. You will need to ask about a maternity exemption card from your midwife or GP.

No more periods

No explanation necessary here.

And then there is the moment your baby is born after all the anticipation and preparing and you realise its all been worthwhile.

Fiona X

 

 

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What is the nub theory?

Some parents-to-be are desperate to find out the sex of their unborn baby as early as possible, and will search for clues at the very first scan. Which is pointless, isn’t it? Everyone knows you can’t tell the baby’s sex at the 12 week dating scan. Or can you?

The nub theory works on the basis that from 12 weeks, boys’ genitals (or the genital tuber, as they are not actually properly shaped bits and pieces at this stage, and both sexes will have a little tube) will be angled differently to a girls’, and so by carefully examining your scan picture, you can work out the sex.

If the nub is angled greater than a 30 degree angle in relation to the spine, it is likely a male fetus. If it is pointing straight out, under 30 degrees, or down, it is likely a female fetus!

How reliable is the theory?

There is no firm research to bear the nub theory out, but many mums swear it is accurate – and obviously as a bit of fun, it can do no harm!

So what do you think about the nub theory? Let us know your story in the comments section below.

If you are further along and want to try another gender reveal method this one is also popular and seems fairly accurate.

http://photographybyfiona.co.uk/gender-reveal-trick/

You can also have a 4d gender scan Bristol, Our partner company Window to Womb Bristol do gender scans from 16 weeks and you can find out if you are team blue or pink.

Gorgeous Scan

Geplaatst door Window To The Womb Bristol op vrijdag 9 oktober 2015

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As you can tell by the frequency of our blog and social media posts the last few months have been hectic for us to say the least! We would like to say thank you to all our clients for their patience whilst we have been working to get images edited and with you as quickly as possible.

Portraits are such a popular festive and great gift that many of our clients booked there Christmas mini sessions as early as August and we are already looking at organising next years. All our Christmas Mini sessions sold out so quickly that we added a few extra dates/times.

If you are interested in staying up to date with our mini session news for next year please do join our mailing list here.

This year we also had the pleasure of being invited to hold mini sessions at The Hungry Caterpillar Play Cafe in Downend and a Christmas party with santa at the Windmill Hill Community Centre. The party was organised by the lovely Amy McKay and was such a lovely event for local families. The room was full of under 5’s doing all kinds of Christmas activities from singing to making Christmas cards.

These were new experiences for us but we had so much fun that I’m sure we will do more events like this in the future. To keep up with all our latest events and news follow our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/photographybyfiona

We’ve have been working long hours and there’s been many late nights over the last couple of months but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are looking forward to taking a few days off over Christmas to spend some time with our families. We are taking limited bookings over the festive period for newborns so if anyone has there newborn over the festive period please do get in touch and we will do our best to schedule you in.

We would like to wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

Fiona & Natalie x

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When you think about it choosing a name for your baby is one of the hardest things you will have to do.

After all the name you choose will stick with your baby for their entire life, its essential you find something you both will love.  There are a lot of things to consider which may make this a little daunting but don’t fear here are a few tips we have found should you need them…

  • Start talking about names

At the very beginning of your baby name hunting journey, just start talking about names. Talk about them with your partner, talk about them with family, talk about them with strangers. It’s a fun conversation starter and will help you generate ideas about what you like and don’t like.

·        Make a list

Keep a running list of the names you like even if there is a name you’re pretty sure you would never end up choosing – add it to the list. Sometimes names can grow on you over time.

·         Consider family names

Maybe family names aren’t your style, but it’s worth considering to see if there are any names that may have a family connection that you like.

·        Look at the initials

Do the initials spell out words? I’m not saying you should veto a name you truly love based on initials alone, but awkward initials just might prove to be a “deal-breaker” for you so it’s worth a look.

·        Avoid unusual spellings

It can be fun to come up with unique spellings for your child’s name, but think about the long-term. Do you really want your child to have to explain how to spell their name every-single-time for the rest of their life?

  • Be prepared for peoples opinions

Everyone has an opinion. Ignore them. This is your child and you get to choose their name. You may want to consider withholding sensitive name information (particularly if it’s a very unique name) until your baby is born or only telling those closest to you or whose opinions you truly want.

 

Finally….

Write it, say it 100 times, think about it… You’ll be using this name for a very long time, so make sure it’s one you’re not going to get sick of.

 

How did you decide on your baby’s name? hopefully your not regretting your choice, let us know in comments or over on our facebook page.

 

Best Wishes Fiona X

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Cake Smash sessions are a great way to celebrate this important milestone in your baby’s life, from baby to toddler.

When you book a Cake Smash and Splash session with photography by Fiona we ask if you have a theme in mind or any particular colours you would like us to use, this is because we create bespoke set ups for each smash session we do, personalised to each baby in some way. This can be based around a few colours or a whole theme. Do you have a cute elephant themed nursery, does your baby love the zoo or have a favourite story book?

For example this Teddy Bears Cake smash session we recently did for Teddie. We spent a whole afternoon painting this backdrop and loved the outcome.

Or this Panda themed set created by us for Freddie whose mummy wanted a vegetarian and baby friendly (as healthy as possible with little sugar) cake.

 

 

We work with a lovely professional cake maker called Laura who deigns each cake based on our theme requirements and they taste amazing!! If baby doesn’t finish their cake we always make sure mum and dad get a slice if they want one.

Let’s be honest…. Baby is not always keen on their first taste of cake (I know, I know I would be diving straight in too) and this is completely ok. All is not lost if baby is not as interested in the cake as we would think as we always get a gallery full of lovely images and in our experience baby either will love the bath set up designed to clean them off after, if they don’t the cake.

   

Some parents like to book their smash in advance so they can use the images on birthday invitations and we also think the images look great enlarged on a kitchen wall or even bathroom wall for the splash photographs (ask us about waterproof panels!). If you have had a session with us recently let us know what you have done with your digital images by posting a photo in the comments. We would love to see.

To book your cake smash and splash session click here to contact us….

BOOK YOUR CAKE SMASH SESSION

We look forward to meeting you!

Fiona & Natalie X

 

 

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