Hauck Malibu Travel System

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I chose this pram purely by looking online, only seeing pictures and reading reviews. There were mixed reviews, half really loving it, and half returning it for various reasons. Reading the specification it seemed so perfect that I decided to go for it and check it out as if it was good it was ideal for me for a seemingly good price, and if it wasn’t any good then I could always return it.

I liked the fact that it was a single handle meaning it could be pushed one handed – something I have noticed that some other hauck models don’t have, and the fact that everything seemed to be included for the price. It also looked really well designed, and a lot more expensive than it actually was. Thankfully the covers are all removable and washable which should be useful for mucky fingers! I was attracted by the wide choice of colours available, though the colour I was really after (silver and caviar) was out of stock everywhere with no more stock coming in until after my due date. I chose Tango and Caviar as it was gender neutral and I preferred it to the rest, not liking browns and beiges.

Once I had collected my pram I couldn’t wait to get it open, and as soon as I opened the box my first comment was that it matched my car perfectly in colour (a small bonus for someone who loves things that match!) the box was quick to unpack, and I very quickly had the frame set up and was reading the instructions on how to affix the various attachments.
I have since spent a couple of days falling in love with it and getting used to how it works so I won’t have any issues when it comes to using it for real – taking the carrycot on and off and swapping it with the car seat, and familiarising myself with the instructions to make sure I have got all the clips done up that should be.

Having spent some time with the Graco Candy (before I changed my mind and returned it) which had a similar RRP I expected this to be similar in quality, but I was pleasantly surprised. I am 1000x happier with this one than I was with the Graco Candy. Everything seems far more sturdily built and less plasticky with little (insignificant) differences for example, the velcro is sewn onto the raincover and the raincover seems really well fitted to the pram. The changing bag opens out flat into a travel changing mat for when there isn’t anywhere to put baby down, and the car seat clips onto the frame very securely and rests on the bar along the back. There is even a storage bag to keep the pushchair seat and hood in when not in use – handy as it won’t be used for 6 months or so. That is not to mention the suspension, which seems to work fairly well around the house! (I shall test this more thoroughly when he’s here and it’s in daily use OUTSIDE!) All these seemingly little design features make it a far more useful and user friendly travel system.

Unfortunately the car seat doesn’t come with an in car base, or even an option to buy one separate, which was a concern about how quick and easy it would be to attach the seat into the car every time. I did watch a video online before I decided to buy the pram to make sure it was easy to fit and sure enough it seemed to be fairly simple. Having now tried it I can confirm that it is incredibly easy to fit. Unfortunately my seat belts are a little shorter than I would like them to be, it doesn’t affect the car seat once strapped in, however, it does make the act of strapping it in a little more difficult (my car clearly isn’t designed for fat people!) it means that getting the seatbelt round the back of the car seat involves a little more tugging than I would like, but once strapped in and pulled tight the seat is very securely in place. It comes with a removable bum and head support for smaller babies.

The carrycot comes with a cover with windbreak and a waterproof mattress with a removable cover which will be really handy as I plan to use the carrycot as a bed for daytime naps instead of purchasing a separate moses basket. By laying a 3-6month sleepsuit in the cot it looks like that will be about the maximum time that it can be used, though it can’t be used when they can move around by themselves anyway as obviously they then need to be strapped in to the pushchair.

Obviously this isn’t a Bugaboo or an iCandy pram, but you aren’t paying for one either. For £197.99 I find this a real bargain. I shall keep you updated about how it holds up with regards to ease of use and stability when the little man arrives.

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Tests

Transfer: Monday 7th January 2019

Wednesday 9th: Negative

Thursday 10th: Negative

Friday 11th: Negative – Looked again 4 hours later and saw a slight watermark.
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Retested at 9pm, maybe a very faint line?
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Saturday 12th: Faint positive?
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Sunday 13th: Faint positive, but I started to bleed. Bought a more expensive, supposedly more sensitive test. Line still as faint. Miscarriage? Fading out again?
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Monday 14th: Positive. No more bleeding
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Tuesday 15th: Positive
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Wednesday 16th: Positive. Took an ‘Official clinic test’ I had leftover from a failed IUI. Quite a strong line!

OFFICIAL TEST DAY TOMORROW BUT I THINK I KNOW THE RESULT!

Official Test

Aphid

I always name my bumps, and it’s an important decision because it’s what they are going to be known as for the next 16 weeks until I find out if they are a boy or a girl!

Effy-Mae was called Jellybean (a name that even appears on her headstone), Jackson was Shrimp, and after a lot of thought this little one will be known as Aphid.
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I was looking for an animal or plant that procreated alone as I thought that would be funny seen as how I am doing this on my own, I also looked up things that are 2mm – the size baby was when I found out it had stuck. Aphid came up in both categories and it seems perfect!

Come on little Aphid, only 33 weeks and 3 days left (assuming I am induced at 38 weeks as I was last time)

Worry

I’m pregnant.
The lines on the multiple tests I took show that.
The lack of a period shows that.
So why am I worrying that I’m not?!
Why do I feel the need to take another test to check that the line is still strong?
I always thought people were mad for taking multiple tests – false positives are almost unheard of.
But that’s not the reason.
I don’t disbelieve that I was pregnant, I disbelieve that I still am,
that this baby hasn’t slipped through my fingers already.
I took another test this morning.
Just to check.
A strong line.
My next official test for the clinic is on Thursday.
I won’t test again before then.
But I also won’t let myself believe I am pregnant.
I played these mind games with myself when I was pregnant with Jackson, and up until 30 weeks I didn’t let myself believe I was going to have this baby.
Maybe once I’ve had a scan, and there’s a heartbeat, will I let it sink in a little bit,
allow myself a glimmer of hope.
Then again, maybe not.
There is a long way to fall from a glimmer of hope.
I will take this one day at a time and see how I feel, but I am determined to enjoy this pregnancy, however long it lasts!

 

Second Official Test

Today I took my second official test. It was a nervewracking week – more so than I expected, and I ended up doing a test halfway through, on the Monday, which still showed a nice strong line. By Thursday I was pretty confident that it would still be positive, but there was still a nagging doubt. But first thing this morning that nice strong line appeared again, reassuring me that Aphid was still in there.

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After the school run I phoned my clinic to let them know the results of the test and to book in my early pregnancy scan which has to be between day 35 and 45 (actual age, not since LMP). This was booked for 15th February, day 44. 22 days seems like a very long time!

I went up to the clinic this afternoon to get my fragmin injections (blood thinners) that I have been on since the first positive test and will be on for the duration of the pregnancy, and on the way back I popped into my doctors surgery to inform them of my pregnancy and so they could let the fetal medicine team know and get me an appointment to discuss the fragmin. The receptionist instantly booked me a midwife appointment and said that she deals with all of that, so that is booked in for 8th February. I’m a bit worried about having it before my scan to check that everything is ok, but also the sooner I am under the fetal medicine team at the hospital, the better.

Spotting

BLOOD!
Panic stations!
Well. A little bit of spotting.
PANIC!
I had the same level, infact, a bit more, during my two week wait, which stopped as quickly as it arrived.
So maybe there is no need to panic…
Or maybe there is?
This has lasted a bit longer, but is less.
I never spotted at all with my first two…
I did have a massive bleed at 10 weeks with Effy-Mae, which she survived, but they believe was caused by a clot which eventually killed her.
The reason I am now on fragmin in any future pregnancies.
I have been reassured by the twitter community that spotting is normal,
moreso with IVF pregnancies due to all the hormones, and progesterone pessaries apparently don’t help.
I hope this will stop soon and I can relax again, but I don’t think the worry will ever go.

6 Weeks and Morning Sickness

‘How are you?’ ‘ I feel sick and everything smells!’

Heightened sense of smell isn’t something I experienced before and I can’t say I’m enjoying it! I can smell slight changes in the air in my house, I can smell myself even though I’ve just showered, I can smell food a room away… it’s a nightmare!

On Wednesday I turned 6 weeks pregnant! What! This is a milestone for me that I was simultaneously hoping to reach, and dreading; at 6 weeks during both my previous pregnancies morning sickness has kicked in.

This pregnancy has not disappointed, in fact, from around 5 weeks food aversions and slight nausea started, getting progressively worse until 6 weeks… Wednesday, and bam. I couldn’t look at food, and I threw up!

But this pregnancy is different. In fact, each of mine have been. In my first I was working full time. I was fine, nauseous and running to the toilet throughout the workday to throw up, but I had warning, could get across a shop floor, upstairs and into the toilet before hurling. In my second I wasn’t working. I started off in my own house, and ended up staying at my parents in bed hugging a bowl for 2 months with a slight detour via hospital being hooked up to a drip for 3 days. The throwing up was instantaneous with no warning, but afterwards I was ok, and able to eat my dinner. However I still managed to lose nearly 2 stone. This one? CONSTANT nausea, but I seem to be able to mostly hold off the sickness with deep breathing and thinking of ANYTHING other than food!

But this is tough. Last time I didn’t have any other commitments, I was able to spend 2 months in bed, this time I have a job and a 4 year old… how are you meant to feel so completely rough and still be around to do what you need to do? School runs and shifts and appointments, when all you want to do is lay in bed and cuddle a bowl!

To top all of this off, the spotting has continued for over a week now, getting no worse but no better either. Still brown not red and the clinic have said not to worry… easier said than done! What if this pregnancy is all over already and I’m putting up with this morning sickness for nothing?? I literally will not relax til I see on a scan that Aphid is ok, and even then, relax is a strong word! I can’t see me doing much of that for the next 7 months!

Hopefully everything is ok, the spotting is just one of those things and the morning sickness is the positive sign I have always previously taken it to be!

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