Finding out you are pregnant is one of the most exciting yet slightly terrifying times of your life.
As you are filled with a huge mixture of emotions as well as morning sickness you will start to plan how to announce your news.
Who will you tell first? In the early weeks you may be so excited you want the world to know or you may want to keep the news a little more low key. You will need to discuss how do you tell family and close friends? Should you gather them all together and tell them at the same time? There’s really no right or wrong way.
You may want to give a special gift or card to your immediate families announcing their going to be a granny, grandad, uncle, aunt ect.
Once you have told family and close friends it’s time to start thinking about how to tell everyone else. Many parents wait till after their 12 weeks scan to make that special announcement.
In the last few years pregnancy announcements have become very creative with lots of thought and planning. There are special photos, videos, t-shirts and much more.
Announcement on social media
There are 38million active social media user in the U.K. alone so announcing the big news on social media is likely to be the quickest way to spread the news no matter where in the world your family and friends are. The most popular ways of doing this is by posting your scan photo or a “we’re very excited to announce…” status. You will soon be receiving many notifications, text and calls as your news spreads.
A photo of a line of family shoes with a tiny super cute pair of baby booties can be simple and effective.
Photos are the perfect way to include siblings in the big news a popular way of doing this is have the sibling hold a sign/chalkboard.
Make it personal
Try to make your announcement personal to you. If your musical then how about a song? Maybe you can involve your hobby or where you met?
We would love to hear how you announced the big news, please comment on this blog post and let us know
Email email@example.com if you would like our help make your announcement extra special.
Swimming is a great way to cool off during the summer months. I’ve rounded up the top local outdoor swimming pools for those last few weeks of pregnancy and keeping the children entertained in the holidays.
Portishead outdoor pool
Located near the lake grounds in Portishead this is the perfect place for a summer day out. The toddler pool is heated with green energy perfect for the little ones. There is limited shade so be sure to pack the sun cream and hat.
The lido in Clifton is the perfect place to relax and cool off in the final weeks of pregnancy. A non member adult afternoon day pass can be purchased Monday-Friday 1-4pm for just £20 you can enjoy access to the pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub.
Located in Street this is a great place to spend a hot day. There is a spacious law to enjoy a family picnic. Complete the day with a spot of shopping, well it would be rude not too.
Brean Splash Waterpark
Brean splash park offers both indoor and outdoor swimming. The outdoor area opened on 27th may for this season and looks great. I will definitely be planning a trip with my own children. The outdoor splash area features
- Seaside Water Play Area for under 12’s. This consists of a 3 x waterslide play structure within a shallow pool.
- Three super Waterslides including the River Ride, Serpentine Slide & Turbo Drop slides.
- Sun Bathing Area
Lymington Seawater, Bath
This is a place I have recently discovered through friends and looks perfect for the whole family as there is something for everyone. It features
- 120 metres of inflatable obstacle courses
- Water zorbs
- Stand up paddle boards
- Aqua jousting
- Children’s splash pool & sandpit
Have I missed anywhere? Let me know in the comments below.
We’ve had such a blast photographing lots of lovely families, children and babies on location amongst the beautiful bluebell woods over the last week.
Whilst planning for this year’s bluebell mini sessions we were lucky enough to visit and research lots of beautiful locations ensuring we choose the best possible locations for our sessions.
If you are looking for the perfect bluebell walk to take your family on. Do take a look at our top locations. Be quick thou as the bluebell season will soon be over for another year.
Bluebell woods in and around Bristol
The woodland located next to Avon Valley Riding School is an ideal place for family walk amongst the bluebells. This is a quite location full of bluebells with lots of other nature to be spotted as well.
Drive along the road between Cleeve and Wrington and you will pass this beautiful location which just can not be missed from the road. Park the car and enjoy a short walk amongst the sea of blue. This is the smallest of our locations but is worth a visit although can get a little busy.
Stoke Park Woods
Located in the heart of Bristol just off the M32, you will find Stoke Park Woods which is well worth a visit at the time of year. Stoke Park Estate, Duchess Gate, Park Rd, Bristol BS16 1AU.
Once part of the Tyntesfield Estate. The woodland cloaks part of the Carboniferous limestone ridge that runs from Clevedon to Failand in the Gordano Valley. The bluebells are particularly stunning in the southern and western parts of the wood.
Explore the beautiful and diverse woodland above the famous Avon Gorge.
Located just outside of Nailsea. Park next to Jacklands Fishing Lakes pick up a map of the trail and go explore. The Children will love this walk there is even a ‘gas’ bubbling pond.
Spotting a carpet of bluebells in a woodland is a highlight of any springtime walk. However bluebells are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). To ensure the bluebells keep coming back year after year your family should stay on paths, not pick the bluebells and keep dogs on a lead.
We are always looking out for new locations so please do let us know in the comments if you have found a great bluebell woodland.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Bluebell photographer near me:
NOW BOOKING: LIMITED EDITION BLUEBELL SESSIONS
Having a photography session of your child in the bluebells can be one of the most beautiful locations of the year. We are so lucky to have such a plethora of bluebells here just outside Bristol in the South West. Woodlands with a floor of bluebells gives their photography session an enchanting, timeless and magical feel.
I am currently taking bookings for bluebell photo shoots – but be quick! They don’t hang around for long. If you would like a bluebell session with your family, children or a beautiful maternity portrait of your growing bump please do get in contact by email firstname.lastname@example.org or click the BOOK HERE link to purchase your session.
To book could not be simpler, Just click the link below, choose your preferred time slot and date and press add to cart to purchase the session
We only have a limited spots available that we will be offering whilst the bluebells are in bloom!
What you need to know:
It is a beautiful option for maternity portraits, updated baby milestones, Siblings, older children and family images.
There will be a plan B if rain stops play, be sure to join our Facebook event as that is where we can post weather forecasts!
You can book one of our special Limited Edition Bluebell Mini Sessions during the dates and times below:
Limited Edition Spring Bluebell Sessions
• Welcome email with what-to-wear guide and how to prepare
• Facebook event, with updates, location details
• 20 minute session
• 10+ image online gallery to choose from
• Your favourite 5 images high resolution for you to download and print as you wish
• Option to purchase extra digitals at just £10 each (half normal price)
The price is £69
This includes 5 Full Resolution Digital Files with print release.
Extra images from your online gallery can be purchased at half the normal price of £10 each.
*FULL PAYMENT IS DUE AT THE TIME OF BOOKING through the big cartel payment system, it is really easy.
HOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT
Click the link and pick your preferred time then add session to cart to go through and purchase, we will then send you a confirmation email with all the details you need. If you can not fully check out your preferred time slot it may have already been taken, please choose another time.
First birthday Bristol:
Planning your baby’s First Birthday Party?
Here are some party food ideas to help you plan your baby’s First birthday party.
It is here their first birthday party, this is a huge landmark in your baby’s life and yours too. Somehow you have gone from tiny babygrows to first words and its all been a bit of a blur if your honest but congratulations you have made it to ONE.
ONE whole year of loving this new little person. You will have been planning this milestone for a good few months now but its arrived so quick and now the thought of planning their first birthday party maybe overwhelming you, am I right?
Jigsaw Sandwiches: These are a great idea for a fun way to make a sandwich a little more exciting for a party. Why not buy a cheap jigsaw piece cutter and make little bitesize sandwiches, Id fill them with soft ingredients like spreadable cheese, ham or tuna. I suppose any cookie cutter would work great for this and you could even include a theme such as star shapes or crowns for a little princess.
If you don’t have the time I also found these from M&S Online
Or make striped finger sandwiches by using one slice of white and one slice of brown bread, fill, then cut off the crusts and cut into fingers.
Always will be a favourite for this age I am sure, berries, halved grapes and apple slices.
Things to dip:
Crackers, breadsticks, cucumber and carrot sticks have always gone done well at my children’s parties
Mini Sausage Rolls:
Mini Sausage Rolls are surely everyone’s party food favourite.
Crisps: I like to call them airy crisps, Wotsits, Skips and quavers to name a few.
Rice Krispy treats: You know the ones where you cover Rice Krispy’s in melted chocolate and it couldn’t be simpler.
Don’t forget the cake, Whether you choose to make your own or buy one from the supermarket your child wont remember but it will be the centrepiece of the party.
I hope this has given you a few ideas for your little ones first ever birthday party. Please remember at this age the party is more for the adults than it is for your little one and try not to get too stressed about giving your baby the perfect day too much as its very unlikely they will remember much of it anyway.
Is your child turning one soon, an alternative way to a party to celebrate is a Cake Smash and Splash photography session. If your interested in finding out more about these fun shoots please do email us at email@example.com or visit this page for more information and full pricing.
First birthday party