Friday, 24 October 2014

26 Weeks Pregnancy Update

Today I am 26 weeks pregnant. The past few month have flown by and I'm not under any illusion about how the rest will fair out. I know that after this stage, the rest of the pregnancy will drag. Whilst my little boy is inside, growing, I am out here getting impatient and wanting to meet him. 

Only another 14 weeks left (hopefully no longer than that like with my other 2 boys!)

My little boy seems to be getting stronger by the day now, constantly kicking me whilst I sleep and has a very strong kick I must admit. He is now around 2lb in weight and 14.5 inches in length so is starting to really grow now. 

For me though, I feel totally shattered. Even writing this now, I am struggling to sit at the laptop and type without and overwhelming feeling of being in discomfort. Sitting up straight is a major problem at the moment and I now find myself slouching to one side just to get into a more comfortable position, sometimes even resorting to lay down. 

Food wise, I have been craving chocolate a lot this week. I find this too horrible though as, at the moment, when I eat chocolate I get dizzy and feel ill and so it's been hard to have these cravings. I've told my husband that once this baby is born, he needs to buy me a huge hamper of chocolate to make up for the months of missing it. 

I next see my midwife in 2 weeks and so will probably update you all again after then. At that time she will be pinching more blood to make sure my levels are okay, I will get to hear my babies heartbeat and we'll be talking breastfeeding. 

How did you find you coped as your bump grew and the tiredness and aches set in?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Rosehips To The Rescue - Phytacol Giveaway

Nothing can take away the joy of a new born child, but pregnancy certainly has its challenges and stretchmarks is one of them, probably the main worry for new mums. I remember worrying so much when I was pregnant with my first child, but now I've kind of got used to the fact that they are there. 

If you want to combat them though, the 2 new products from Phytacol are for you. Phytacol comes in an oil (Phytaoil) and lotion (Phytalotion) format and has been specifically created by experts to help beat stretchmarks as they have utilised the anti-stretch mark properties in rosehip oil.  

Rosehip oil has recently become famed for its use as a moisturiser, but research shows there is more to the hedgerow fruit than simply beating dry skin and now, those who have been using rosehip oil have found that it has the ability to smooth scars and stretchmarks.

It is found to be particularly rich in essential fatty acids and contain a substance called bioflavonoids. Fatty acids are essential for healthy skin and bioflavonoids are known to be powerful anti-oxidants that have been shown to protect the body and skin against harmful substances that cause ageing skin.

During tests in the US, tretinoin, a Vitamin A derivative that is also contained in rosehips, was found to be helpful in combating wrinkles and helped smooth skin tones.

Phytacol utilises the active ingredients of the whole rosehip extract, and rosehip seed oil, with other goodies for the skin (including vitamins A and E, and natural oils of apricot kernel, lavender, lime and geranium) to create a product that really packs a punch when it comes to beating stretch marks. Both the lotion and oil are easily absorbed into the skin and contain no mineral oil, synthetic fragrances or colours.

Phytaoil is priced at £10.99 and Phytalotion £9.99, for further details please visit the Phytacol website. 

Now, how would you like to win both Phytaoil and Phytalotion to try out on your skin? Well, all you need to do is enter using the Rafflecopter form below to be in with a chance.

Please remember to check the T&C's at the bottom of the Rafflecopter application and our full terms here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the required entries will be disqualified. After the one mandatory entry, others will open up to give you extra entries. You do not have to enter by all methods but these will give you extra entries into the competition if you do. 

And please, if you are commenting on the blog as 'anonymous' can you please write your name in the comment otherwise I cannot count your entry.

Ends 16th November

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Yes I Have Stretch-marks, Who Cares?!

You know what I am sick of? People assuming that I am gutted about my stretchmarks, People thinking that it's okay to point them out and blame my children for ruining my body. People who seem to put others down for having them or love pointing out that they had 5 kids and never got any.

You do know that pregnancy, in fact, is not a competition!

I really don't care that I have stretchmarks. The same as I don't care if you have none. 

Every pregnancy is different, none are the same and I think that's a great thing. We will never know exactly how each of us feels as we go through it as everyone is different. It would be pretty boring if everything was the same for everyone. 

Being honest, I got loads of stretchmarks when I was pregnant with Thomas, with Charlie I got an extra one and so far no more in this pregnancy. Although, I can imagine I will do towards the end. And you know what? If I do then so be it. 

I didn't get pregnant thinking that everything would go smoothly. That I would have 9 months where I would be glowing and where my boobs would rocket to twice their size. That, within minutes of giving birth, I would go back down to a size 10. That I would be the perfect parent and my child would never cry. 

Because you know what, none of that is true. 

Pregnancy, for me, is horrendous. Morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, heartburn, dizziness and braxton hicks are all but a few things I go through in pregnancy. Whereas my sisters, 2 of which are currently pregnant also, get none of this. Their pregnancies run smoothly and I don't mind. 

At the end of the day, I am just happy that I can conceive and that my baby is sticky this time round. 

You don't need to be in competition with each other. It's an amazing time, so savour it, as once it's over, you'll miss it.

Yes, I have stretchmarks, Who cares? I sure don't!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Read With Biff, Chip And Kipper App

Now Thomas is at school full time, he has been reading with the school and learning phonics to help his knowledge grow. One thing the school use is the Biff, Chip and Kipper range of reading books. Thomas absolutely loves these and regularly brings them home to practice reading with. 

To help him at home more though, I was offered to review the new Biff, Chip And Kipper app from Gazoob, which I have downloaded to my phone for Thomas to use.

Gazoob is a developer and publisher of children’s interactive and educational digital apps and games and recently launched ‘Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper’ as a range of interactive reading apps.

Created in association with Oxford University Press and starring the much loved characters from Oxford Reading Tree, the ‘Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper’ range features six levels of reading and phonics books, complementing the learning children are undertaking at school and giving parents the opportunity to support their child’s reading at home.

The app is created to be educational but not boring and so has fun stories that have a lot of repetitive words to help children learn them and also includes games and puzzles too. I love the fact that Thomas can now use my phone for learning without him constantly playing on my games instead. 

When you get to the menu, it is fairly easy to use. You start off on level one and can swipe right to get to the higher levels, Once you've decided on your book, it will come up with a list of common words that are used within that story and that the child will be practising when reading it. You can also choose whether you want to use the auto play feature whereby the whole book will be read to them, or they can select to read it by themselves and scroll through the pages as they read. 

Each page only has a minimal amount of words and the picture depicts what is happening in the story. Children can read the words as they go, or if they get a little stuck, they can simply press on the word and the app will read it out to them. This is a great way for a child to learn to read whilst parents can be happy about the fact that their child can check a word they are unsure of.

What's more, whilst reading the book, your child can enjoy finding things in the picture that are associated with the story. This might be rhyming words 'dog, log, frog' or words that begin with.. type games. And, at the end of some of the books are a little treat with a game to play. Thomas enjoyed the mazes which he got to work out and help the characters get to the other side. 

Overall, I think that this app is a great learning tool for children to help them learn along with the Biff, Chip and Kipper books which they get from school. As well as teaching children how to pronounce words and make sentences, the app also teaches children how to use technology too as they need to know how to swipes, click and move around the screen whilst enjoying the books. 

I also love the fact that it's not just about reading the books but also, it keep children interested by asking and teaching about rhyming words, the alphabet and games too. 

The Read With Biff, Chip And Kipper App is available on iPhone and iPad from the App Store , Android from Google Play and the Windows Store.