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It’s cold and wet outside so I have spent the best part of this grim Sunday afternoon looking through Amazon and adding things to a Wish List for the baby and I have come across an absolutely brilliant find!
Lullaby Renditions of Bon Jovi – CD
How fantastic is that!
Mike and I are both Bon Jovi finds and we’ve already started listening to a couple Baby Einstein CDs in the car in the hope that Baby Bump will like the melodies and also be soothed by the soft music once born. Mike has tried to play Iron Maiden at full blast in the hope the baby will be born an instant Iron Maiden fan but in the close confines of the car there’s only so much Iron Maiden I can bear. We did go to see Iron Maiden play in Valencia in August, little realising I was around 3 weeks pregnant at the time so he may not have heard it at that point but our little one had been exposed to fairly heavy & loud music from very early on!
Click on the link below to get your Lullaby Renditions of Bon Jovi CD! (yes this is an affiliate link!)
The Rockabye Baby! range of CDs is fairly extensive and covers Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Coldplay, Queen, The Beatles, Elvis, Nirvana, Radiohead, AC/DC, Led Zep and even Bob Marley and I have downloaded a couple of albums as well as ordered the Lullaby Renditions of Bon Jovi on CD and can’t wait for it to arrive!
Twice during the last week I’ve been lying in bed and a crippling cramp has had me doubled up in pain. Each instance has only lasted a couple of minutes but I’ve never really had cramp before and wasn’t even sure immediately of what it was! After waking up and starting to move around an intense pain has gripped my calf resulting in me wailing and writhing around on the bed leading Mike to sit bolt upright asking me what was wrong and where it hurt. After flexing my leg muscles a bit and a couple of minutes of soothing boyfriend treatment the pain disappeared, as did any prospect of a lie in along with it.
The second time it happened a vague memory of cramp being common during pregnancy came to me and I realised I hadn’t suddenly damaged by calf muscle but was just experiencing a painful muscle contraction so I looked up some basic cramp during pregnancy info online.
Apparently you are more likely to suffer cramp during pregnancy because of the additional pressure on your body due to the increased weight you’re carrying. The average weight gain for most women during pregnancy is between 10 and 16 kg and so far I have gained approx. 6kg. In Mike’s eyes, the fact that quite a bit of the weight gain can be attributed to the additional 3 bra sizes easily compensates for the oh-so slightly wider hip area so overall the cramp is a necessary evil and welcome side effect of my new pregnancy body we can both live with!
If you do get cramp you should straighten your leg and gently flex your leg trying to point your toes upwards. Massaging the affected muscle, walking around for a few minutes or putting a hot water bottle on the muscle may help. And as ever, a sympathetic boyfriend will always help!
At the beginning of this year the baby cheque or “cheque bebé” ceased to exist. The central government withdrew the 2,500€ payment payable to parents of babies who fulfilled a number of criteria in January in a desperate bid to reduce spending.
But, all may not be lost for parents of newborns in 2011!
In the town of Almáchar in Andalusia, parents continue to receive a financial incentive to local families on the birth of their baby. Introduced in 2007, the local government continues to pay the €1,500 gift in an attempt to boost the dwindling local population which sees around 10-15 babies born each year. The gift is paid in the form of vouchers that are to be used within local businesses to keep the money effectively “in house” and on top of this incentive, parents of newborns are also eligible for 2 vaccines for their baby that are not offered free by the regional government; meningitis and chicken pox.
If anyone knows of any other baby incentives offered in other parts of Spain then please share the info and let us know!