Transformers Magazine Review

Reviews of two issues of the new Transformers magazine – the first by Owl and the second by Monkey.

Issue 1

We have been sent the first issue of Transformers magazine to review.  It came with some free gifts:

  • six game cards
  • a card mat
  • action figure

There is a giant wordsearch and a two-part comic.  It includes a competition plus a poster, and on the back is a supercars page and a page full of puzzles!  There are some character profiles too.  This magazine is quite good, and I will give it a 3/5 rating.

transformers magazine 1

Issue 2

We received the second Transformers magazine.  It came with two free gifts: a figure (called Bumblebee) and some trading cards.  There was also a game (no wordsearch unlike the first issue), a comic strip, a poster and pictures drawn by Transformers magazine.  This magazine is quite good.  I will give it a 3/5 rating.

transformers magazine 2

Pregnancy Diary: 20 Weeks

Today I am 20 weeks and 6 days pregnant.  I had my scan yesterday which was lovely.  Everything is fine and the baby is a boy.  It suddenly seems more real now.

20 weeks

Baby is: the size of a mango.  He is moving around a lot and the kicks are getting stronger.

I am: still struggling with insomnia, and the dizziness is worse when I haven’t slept.  Being half way through the pregnancy feels good though and I’m letting myself get a little bit excited about meeting the boy.

 

Pregnancy Diary: 19 Weeks

Today I am 19 weeks and 6 days pregnant, and behind schedule with this post again.  The photos were taken last Saturday before a garden party.  I was quite pleased to be able to fit into my size 10 East dress (last year’s eBay bargain) at 19 weeks pregnant – I wasn’t sure that I was going to get much wear out of it this summer.

19 weeks

Baby is: the size of a mango.  All the senses are developing now, and baby recognises my voice.

I am: feeling a bit rubbish.  It’s been a bad week, apart from the high spot of fitting into the dress.  Oh and I managed to make a rather good coffee cake for Paul’s birthday yesterday.  Other than that, I think I will draw a veil over it and hope that next week will be better.

 

 

Pregnancy Diary: 18 Weeks

It’s been a very busy week and I’ve suddenly realised that I’m 18 weeks and 6 days pregnant, so I’d better try and get this post published tonight.

18 weeks

Baby is: the size of a sweet potato – these vegetable comparisons are getting weirder I think!  I’m feeling lots of strong kicks now and seeing some of the movements too which is bizarre and quite compelling to watch.

I am: struggling with insomnia again – it’s now been over a week since I had a proper sleep and it’s just so hard to get anything done.  I’m also being bothered a bit by leg cramps, but otherwise physically everything is fine.  I started pregnancy yoga last Friday and I’m looking forward to my next class tomorrow.  It’s complicated to make the time to go to it, and sometimes feels stressful to make it happen, but I know it will be worth it.

Pregnancy Diary: 17 Weeks

Today I am 17 weeks and one day pregnant.

17 weeks

Baby is: the size of a turnip.  Long pause here while I wonder if that’s a Scottish turnip or an English one.  And google it.  Not sure I found the answer, but at least on the way round the internet I was reminded of this useful Scots word – must use it in conversation more.  Anyway I digress…  Baby is very active so I can feel the movements much more clearly, and even see my tummy moving quite often.

I am: still very tired, and not liking the heat – I think it is the reason I’m feeling more dizzy and faint again.  I’m starting to enjoy being pregnant though.  I love feeling (and seeing!) the baby move and it’s beginning to seem a bit more real.

I am getting a bit fed up about people making rude remarks about us having five children, but some people are lovely about it, and actually the “I wish I could have had more” comments are almost as frequent as the negative ones.  I spoke to a lady today who has two children, but wanted to have four or five.  She lost a baby when she was 40 and decided she couldn’t go through it again.  It’ s one of those brief conversations that really touched me and I will probably never forget it.  So today, despite all the minor reasons I am a bit stressed, most of all I am feeling very lucky.

Pregnancy Diary: 16 Weeks

I am 16 weeks and one day pregnant.  I was really trying to get back on track and planned to write this post last night, but it was such a busy day.  By the time I took the photos it was late at night, in electric light, and I looked terrible.  So I deleted the photos, and took some more today which I think are slightly better (though rather blurry – I was in a hurry!) , and were at least taken in daylight.

16 weeks

Baby is: the size of an avocado, and can now probably hear. I should mention this to Paul, as he will want to start introducing the baby to a wide selection of classical and choral works as soon as possible.  Not sure I’m ready to unleash that just yet.  I might get Tiddler to sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to my tummy though!

I am: completely exhausted but generally feeling a bit better than I have been.  That’s about as positive as I can be at quarter to midnight.  Hoping for a good night’s sleep, but it might be difficult in this heat.

 

Pregnancy Diary: 15 Weeks

I am 15 weeks and one day pregnant today.  I am probably too tired to be coherent, but I’m determined to get this post up tonight!

15 weeks

Baby is: the size of an orange, and can now control his/her own movements.  I’m still feeling them when I remember to pay attention and I’m trying to do that as much as I can, though I’ve been so busy it’s hard to do, but at night I can feel it and it’s nice.

I am: very tired – I know I have said that every week, but it’s still the only thing I can think of to say when people ask me how I am.  Really all I want to do is sleep, and if I ever lie down in the daytime I can fall asleep easily.  Not so much at night, unfortunately.

I have now seen the diabetic nurse, and got my blood testing kit, because I had gestational diabetes in my last pregnancy.  So far my levels have been fine, but the testing is a real nuisance and quite unpleasant.  It’s also quite difficult being organised with snacks when I am out, and I’m feeling a bit more sick again because I’m trying to eat fewer carbs and fruit which are often the things I am craving to deal with the sickness.  It’s a very tricky balance, but I’m going to try really hard to manage the diabetes with my diet as I did last time.  I really don’t want to have to take the medication which may make it less likely that I will be able to have a natural birth.  I know it’s early to be worrying about that but I can’t help it.  I have had lovely natural births with my last two babies, and felt completely normal straight afterwards instead of feeling like I’ve been in a car crash.  I can only hope I will be so lucky again.

 

Our holiday at Butlins: Part 2

Following on from Owl’s post last week, this is Monkey’s review of our Butlins break.

My holiday at Butlins Bognor Regis

butlins kids 2c

At Butlins we stayed in the Wave Hotel.  In the Wave Hotel there was a Games Port.  In the Games Port, there were 2 PCs, a Wii, a Playstation (with Minecraft on it) and more.  In the hotel room there were bunk beds with TVs on each bunk.

butlins kids 2a

At the swimming pool there were some water slides.  There was the Master Blaster.  There was a fairground with a few rides, swing chairs, dodgems and more.  Before we left we had ice creams.

butlins kids 2b

We were invited to stay on a 4 night break at Butlins Bognor Regis as part of our role as Butlins Ambassadors.  All opinions are our own.

Pregnancy Diary: 14 Weeks

After the change to my due date last week, I’m out of routine and keep forgetting how many weeks and days pregnant I am.  It’s good blogging a pregnancy because it makes me pay attention to it!  After the first baby, the dates and milestones usually blur into one, and I’m trying not to let that happen this time.  Today I am *thinks for a bit* 14 weeks and 3 days, and I am happy to be in the second trimester at last.  The last few months have felt very long.

14 weeks

Baby is: the size of a lemon, and moving around a lot.  I first felt it last Thursday, at 13 weeks and 6 days.  Other than the first pregnancy, when I felt the baby move at a fairly standard 20 weeks or so, I have always been able to feel movements quite early.  It was around 14 weeks with the second and third pregnancies and I think the last one was the same as this one, at just before 14 weeks.  It’s very reassuring and makes it much easier to feel connected to the baby.  At this stage I can only notice the movements when I’m sitting or lying still, so that’s all the more reason to remember to rest now and again.

I am: still very tired.  The sickness and dizziness are lingering on a little but I am much better than I was, and I have a bit more energy now so the house looks quite a lot tidier than it has been for a while.  It’s all relative and there’s a lot more to do, but I feel happier for a bit of therapeutic decluttering – I’ve taken a bag of clothes to a friend today, and there are nine more bags of clothes, toys and books in the back of the car ready to go to the charity shop tomorrow.  The last week or so has been quite difficult, but I’m focussing on the positives and other than that just trying to take it a day at a time.  I’m not sleeping very well, though slightly better than last week which was terrible.  My pregnancy hypnotherapy CD is helping a bit but I did have to listen to it three times last night!  I’m not sure what else I can do.  Any tips for dealing with pregnancy insomnia and exhaustion gratefully received.

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