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. 

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

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

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.

Specification
Chassis
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. 



Carrycot
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

24 January 2015

Baby Wear from House of Fraser


I'm sure everyone has heard of House of Fraser, the department store that is probably the most sought after place to go when you are wanting to buy designer brands and splash the cash. Not only do they offer gorgeous fashion for men and women, but they do fabulous children's ranges too. 

When I was offered to try and find a baby outfit for £30, I assumed that this would be a challenge. I mean, even children's brands can be expensive sometimes, so I wasn't expecting much to be honest. But I was wrong and managed to do quite well within the budget since they have some great kids and baby offers on at the moment. 

So, what did I choose?


Pumpkin Patch Baby Boys Long Sleeve All In One
Pumpkin Patch is a fab brand that has grown throughout the years and their in-house design team draw on inspiration from the kids in their lives to ensure each garment is fresh and fun with the distinctive Patch signature.

This gorgeous bold red suit is perfect for a stylish little baby with its ocean theme. Super soft material will keep bubs cosy warm and will be gentle against his skin and the popper fastenings means that we have easy access for nappy changes. 


Lilly & Sid Baby Boys Fox Appliqué Sleepsuit
Lilly & Sid are a boutique brand that have beautiful designs and super soft specially selected cotton to make sure that the babies in your life and in the best possible comfort.

This sleepsuit, with its cute navy and red stripes and it brown cuffs that match the fox appliqué, is a truly stunning item. Again, with poppers for easy access, it washes so well and is lovely and soft to touch. 


When it comes to baby wear, bibs are an essential item. The amount of times little babies throw up, mixed with their dribbling which only gets worse when they're teething, they are a must have item. 

Kite Baby Boys Mouse Bandana Bib
This is such a great design of bib, the pretty little mice on the front and matching red edging is super cute. Bandana bibs are so stylish for little ones to wear and seem to be everywhere at the moment.
A very generous sized bib that will fit bubs for a while to come. 

Name It All Over Print Bib
Again, a bandana bib, the Name It bib stands out with our favourite theme, owls. With a basic cream colour and owl repeated pattern throughout, it is such a simple yet beautiful design.
This bib is quite small so will fit for the first few months. I like that it's a snug fit though as it means that it will protect bubs chin from dribble and stop him from getting a rash. 

Overall, I am so impressed with the amount of baby clothing that I could get and cannot wait for bubs to arrive (due next Friday!!!) so that he can wear them. To check out the deals for yourself, visit the House of Fraser website

9 January 2015

Week 37 Pregnancy Update

I know, I know, I forgot to update you all with how my scan went last week. (You can read about why I was having a scan here) but I have just been mega busy this week with Thomas going back to school, Charlie starting nursery and sorting everything out in the babies room, ready for him. 

Anyway, last Friday I went into hospital for a further growth scan. I was exactly 36 weeks then and bubs was estimated at weighing around 6lb 1oz, not a bad size really. But since my growth charts are based on the fact that both, Thomas and Charlie, were big babies, he is measuring up a little small compared to them. 

A close up of bubs face at my scan
Now, this is nothing for me to worry about as it may just mean that he won't be as big as them (I mean, not every baby is the same) but the hospital did say that my midwife may want to send me for another scan at 38 weeks just to make sure he is growing okay in there. 

Being at 37 weeks means that I am now classed as 'term' in my pregnancy. Despite being physically ready to come into the world, this doesn't mean that he will arrive any time soon. A normal labour can come anywhere between 37-42 weeks as this is classed as full term. 

Getting towards these last stages of pregnancy, I have become very tired indeed. Although I know that it's great that he's cooking well inside me, I really can't wait for his due date to arrive now as I feel bad for the boys, who keep asking me to play but I cannot. I'm either too tired or, cannot get down into the floor without being in pain. 

There are many old wives tales about things that can help you go in to labour, spicy food raspberry leaf tea, fresh pineapple etc, but, to be honest, nothing works (I have tried these before), baby will only arrive when he is good and ready. 

You can however, go on long walks, bounce on exercise balls etc as these are shown to help baby engage into the pelvis and soften the cervix which could cause contractions, but again, if baby isn't ready to labour, then these will more than likely just be Braxton Hicks that will wear off after a while. 

I have been having a lot of tightening's over the past couples of weeks now so can imagine that bubs is getting ready for his big arrival, but if not, I'll be here next week with my next update. 

8 January 2015

Chuggington Brewster’s Big Build Adventure Set


Being an Official Tomy Blogger, I am lucky enough to receive some of their brand new toys to review and trial. Not only is this a privilege to do, but the boys love it too, obviously, as it means that they are gifted toys from their favourites ranges, and this time, that is Chuggington. 

The Chuggington Stack Track range is huge. A plethora of tracks that can all be built separately to create their own little set, or can be built together to create new tracks, vast tracks that can be built outwards or upwards for extra speedy fun. 

We have been lucky to receive the Brewster's Big Build Adventure Stack Track Set which can be build into 4 different layouts using the one set. We chose to go with the layout shown in the front of the box as it gave extra height, thus more speed to the trains but you can also see all of the layouts available on the box too and they are easy to assemble together.


The Stack Track risers are what gives the extra height and these are easy to put together, even Thomas can connect these to the track when he decides to change positions of the track.  

The track comes with Brewster and Tyne engines so that you can play as soon as it's built and features a rotating crane that will lift the engines up and down to the highest and lowest points on the track. The rickety bridge collapses as trains go through and can be fixed by simply flipping the switch to allow trains to run through. Lets see whether Brewster and Tyne can fix it before anyone falls through the bridge. 

This set is great because it also has a working escalator which takes the trains to the very top of the track. You simply twist the crank and the escalator will begin to climb, pulling any trains with it, up to the top. 

Thomas and Charlie love playing with the Brewster’s Big Build Adventure Set, keeping the occupied for hours as they create the track, play with the crane, bridge and escalator and try to work out new layouts which will get the trains zooming around faster and faster. 


If you decide that you want to expand your track, then you are in luck, as the Brewster’s Big Build Adventure Set comes with 2 adapters so that this track can easily connect to any other from the range. 

You can find out more information on the Tomy website about the Brewster’s Big Build Adventure Set, the whole Stack Track range and where it is available to purchase. 

2 January 2015

36 Week Pregnancy Update

So, today I hit the 36 week mark. Only 4 weeks left till my due date and soon, bump should arrive to meet us all and have cuddles. 

This week has been great Christmas-wise and spending time with the family, but bad in the pregnancy stakes as my midwife appointment, again threw up some problems which needed checking out. 

First of all, even though I had a growth scan 2 weeks ago, my bump is measuring smaller than it should be and is now crossing over a percentile line and I need to go for a scan again to check that he is growing okay. My scan is this afternoon so I'll update you once I'm back home. 

Secondly, my midwife, had me on the bed to check bumps heart rate and thought it was a little fast. To be sure that everything was okay, she kept the doppler on my bump for 7 minutes and during this time, bumps heart rate was staying at around 190bpm which is way too fast (ideally, it should be 110-160bpm) and so this meant that I needed to go into hospital to be monitored. 

Laying on a hospital bed for an hour with machines checking bumps heart rate was horrible. I hate laying on my back at the best of times, but with a pulled muscle and a heavy baby, it meant that I was so uncomfortable indeed. Luckily, after being monitored, bumps heart rate had dropped to around the 140bpm mark and they said that everything was fine. They did note though, that I am having contractions, regular contractions, around 5 minutes apart. These are not painful at all and not massive ones so they weren't really worried but did point out that it could be a sign that bump will arrive early and that, if I was to get any bad pains, I should come straight back in. 

So, that was my week of pregnancy. I will update again once I have more news and am a little sad that soon, these updates will be finished although that does mean that I will get to meet bump and that's a plus!

1 January 2015

Christmas Time Means Family Time

Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I love every aspect of it. Collecting presents through the year, wrapping, bowing, decorating, glitter, Christmas crafts, opening presents, oh and of course the food. 

After all the present and decorating, Christmas finally begins for us on Christmas Eve. The boys get a cute parcel of treats (all Christmas based) with treats and craft items, a letter from Santa confirming that they're on the Nice List and a magic key which gets placed on our tree so that Santa can enter our house, we don't have a chimney you see.


Reindeer food is sprinkled in our garden, all the way up the path, like a brightly glittered runway for the reindeer's to see, and then mince pies, milk and carrots are left indoors for a snack. 

The boys usually play up at bedtime, they're not tired, need a drink, are hungry or want to tell me their life stories, as you do, but not on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve is the only night of the year where they go to sleep without no fuss. Because they know that Santa only visits sleeping children. 

Morning arrived and we were all woken by daddy shouting Christmas songs until we got out of bed. It actually took Thomas a while to realise that it was in fact Christmas Day and of course he then went mental and rushed downstairs. 


The first thing he noticed was his bike and he was so happy. You see, Thomas had been asking for a new bike for ages and, we had been telling him that Santa might not have time to make all of the toys that he wanted (the full Fireman Sam set) and a bike too and so it was a shock when he received everything that he had asked for. 

Charlie, on the other hand, wasn't bothered about the presents. He just enjoyed opening them. Ripping through the wrapping paper and putting the gifts at the side so he could open more. I think next year Santa should just treat him to wrapped up empty boxes haha!

We spent the next few hours opening toys, setting them up and playing until it was time to go to my parents house for dinner. We go there every year to have a big family meal. The kids loved having their own little table to sit at and enjoyed pulling the crackers and getting crappy gifts. I swear the jokes get worse and worse each year though! 


One of the great things about Christmas is that I don't need to cook as, at night, we go back around to my parents house for a Christmas party where the whole family comes round to celebrate. Eat, drink and be merry. Well, I say drink but there wasn't loads of that going on as 3 of us are pregnant! How cute is our Christmas bump photo. 


Boxing Day is spent trying to organise everything a little. Working out where the new toys can go and realising that there just is no room for it all. We need an extension just for Christmas presents haha!

It has been a truly amazing Christmas. I love our little family and spending time with the extended family too. Just imagine, next year there will be an extra one to open presents for, dear lord, I don't have a clue how we will manage to fit anything else in here!