Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Week 39/40 Pregnancy Update: OMG, I'm Having a Baby!

Being pregnant with your first baby is a totally different thing to when you are pregnant with your second, third, forth baby. Your first baby is about finding out all these things about pregnancy, learning as you go, admiring every second and dreaming about that little person that you get when it's all over. 

When you already have children, it is totally different. You have done it all before so in a way, you are just working through the motions. The sickness, 12 week scan, feeling baby move for the first time, 20 week scan and finding out the gender, kicks getting harder, heartburn and then labour. 

I've followed this list and ticked everything off as I went, but then tonight I realised something. Yes, labour will happen soon and that will be the last thing off my pregnancy list, but after that, I'll have a baby. 

A baby! My third baby. How did this happen. Like, I obviously know how it happened, but, after going through this list of pregnancy timings, I kind of forgot that there would be a baby at the end of things. 

And that knocked me for six!

Today, I am 39 weeks and 5 days. Between now and the 9th of February (which is when the hospital have to induce me) my baby has got the chance to make his own decision on his birthday and arrive any day he wants. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

At 40 weeks, the baby will be on average, around 51cm in length and have a weight of 7lb 6oz. He will now understand my voice and will be more comfortable around me over anyone else when arrives. That is why skin to skin contact is so important. For all those months, bump has heard my heartbeat constantly and so, when the skin to skin happens, it calms down the baby after such a big birthing experience. 

So, at the moment, it is just a waiting game. He will arrive when he is ready but hopefully soon as I, and the rest of the family, cannot wait to meet him and get baby cuddles. 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Baby and Toddler Event at Asda

It's come to that time again wher Asda have their Baby and Toddler Event. The event that any parent looks out for and that mums to be can stock pile everything ready for their babies arrival. 

I love these events as it means that I can get some great deals on things that I was already going to buy. That's why I always wait for these events to come up before I start to collect things. Namely, baby bottles because, as always, the fab Tommee Tippee bottles are in the event for only £9.81 for a pack of 6. What's more, this includes the coloured ones too which are just extra cute.

When it comes to bath products and wipes, I always choose Johnson's as they are gentle on baby's skin and their scent is divine. The Johnson's baby Skincaring Essentials Box is £10 and includes near enough every Johnson's product that you can think of, all inside the cute box which is perfect as a nappy storage box for when baby arrives. 

The Johnson's Extra Sensitive Baby Wipes Multipack are £7.97 and includes 12 packs of their wipes. That is so cheap for Johnson's wipes. So much so that I have actually ordered 5 of these boxes so that I have enough to last ages. 

For sleep time, this cute Chicco Goodnight Stars Projector Blue is only £15 and comes in either blue or pink. I love this as not only is it a night light, but it is a projector too. The enchantment of the projected starts and the relaxing musical background help baby to sleep and soothe little ones. 

Then, getting on to the more expensive of the baby products, you can pick up this lovely Mamas & Papas Barnie Buggy for only £60 in the Baby and Toddler event. This cute stripy pushchair is suitable for girls and boys with its yellow, stand out, colour frill. It's Mamas & Papas so is a name that you can trust and, at that price, it's a steal. 

The Asda's Baby & Toddler is on now until Sunday 8th February both online and in store. You can find all these bargains and much more on the Asda website

Monday, 26 January 2015

Aldi Baby & Toddler Range

I'm sure you all know by now, that I am due my baby this week, on Friday in fact, so when I see that a supermarket is having a baby & toddler event, I make it my mission to pop in and see what deals they have on offer for me to stock up on. 

This week is the turn of Aldi, whose Baby & Toddler range goes on sale on the 29th January and we have been lucky enough to be sent out some of the range to try out before the range goes live, and I can tell you now, they have some fab items coming up, perfect for babies. 

Whether you are stocking up for your bump or buying gifts for pregnant friends, there is so much to choose from at Aldi. 

Muslin cloths are a must when you have a newborn. Sickness is a daily occurrence and so being prepared and having a muslin cloth close by is a great idea. I also find that they are great for covering up whilst breastfeeding too. These from Aldi are £3.29 for a pack of 3 which a cute owl on one of them. 

2 gorgeous blankets arrived, a fleece blanket (£2.79) which has a cute owl embellishment on the front, so suitable for us as we have an owl theme running through most of the babies items. We then also received a gorgeous blue cellular blanket (£2.49) which is truly stunning and so cosy, perfect for a newborn bump. 

I love hooded baby towels as they are so comfy for little ones, once they've had a bath and need warming up quickly. They hug their head and protect them from the cold. This one from Aldi is only £3.49 and comes in a gorgeous white towelling fabric and, since we are having a boy, we received the one with blue edging and an aeroplane theme. 

Babygrows, the one thing that is essential for newborns. My boys lived in them for the first few months of their lives as I find that babies are more comfortable in them as they are snuggly. This 3 pack that we received is so sweet as they have an elephant design with a white and grey colour-way. 

So, so many baby and toddler items will be in the range which goes on sale on the 29th January. But do hurry as stock never lasts long and you don't want to miss out on these fab products. You can find out more information on the Aldi website

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Cosatto Ooba Duck Egg Travel System - Initial Thoughts

A few weeks back I was privileged to be invited to the Cosatto SS15 Press Event at their HQ in Bolton (you can tea about my day here). Being a mummy to be, I was excited to have a sneak peek at their new designs as ranges and it was great to test out and have a go at the pushchairs before I decided on which one I wanted for bump. 

After much thought, and loads of deliberation, I just had to go for the Cosatto Ooba in Duck Egg. I mean, it just oozes style and prettiness, whilst being sturdy and so practical. 

The Cosatto Ooba is the cream of the crop when it comes to luxury pushchairs, and being a Cosatto, it means that it comes with everything you need for a pushchair and more. With a rain cover for each of the seat, carrycot and car seat units, footmuff and a coordinating changing bag, you literally are, ready to go with the Cosatto Ooba.

Ooba’s compact folding lightweight chassis and the 2-way multi-height handle means that using this pram is super easy and simple. The brake is on the handle so is easy to click on and off without having to search for it with your feet. Even the wheels are easy to clean as they are quick-release and so can be taken off for cleaning, as can the carrycot liner. It has a luxury leatherette fabric and exquisite tailoring which stands out from the crowd too.

Lightweight aluminium chassis
All round suspension
Leatherette handle with adjustable height (99 – 108cm)
Flip-over handlebar means no need to remove the seat unit to change direction
Compact, easy to fold and carry
Quick-release handle mounted brake
Quick-release removable wheels
Lockable front swivel wheels

I love the chassis of the pram. It is huge and sturdy, so durable and I know that my baby will be safe in the care of it. 
It's a bit bigger than other prams too which is great for my husband who usually struggles when it comes to pushing prams. He has a bad back and so cannot lean forward to push small prams. The fact that the handle on the Ooba rises so high means that he won't have a problem with pushing it. 

Suitable from birth
Comfy lie flat bed – perfect for newborn
Removable apron
Carry handle built into hood
Removable and washable liner for easy cleaning
Carrycot suitable for occasional overnight sleeping
UPF 50+ sunshade protection hood
Toy loops in hood

Seat Unit
Suitable from 6 months to approximately 15kg (3 years old)
Cosy Toes with zip off reversible liner
Duo Directional™ mode (in or out facing seat)
Multi-position recline
Multi-position adjustable calf support
Removable bumper bar and cover
5 point safety harness
UPF 50+ sunshade protection hood
Toy loops in hood

Hold Duck Egg Car Seat
Group 0+ suitable from birth to 13kg/29lbs
Easy to get from A to B without waking baby
Rearward facing on front and rear vehicle seats
5 point harness with quick release buckle
Free head hugger, tummy and chest pads

I adore the Duck Egg design. The colour is boyish but still unisex enough to be suitable for a girl too. The leatherette fabric just gives it that elegant edge and the patterned inner ouzes style. 

So far I cannot fault the Cosatto Ooba Duck Egg Travel System. Not only does it come with everything you will need for travelling in style, but it is so robust and durable that I am putting my full trust in it to protect my baby whilst we are out in the big wide world. 

I cannot wait to push little bubs in this and show it off to the world and will be back in a few weeks with an update as to how we are getting on with using the pram and our overall opinion on it. 

For more information on the Cosatto Ooba Duck Egg Travel System or to check out other products available, check out the Cosatto website