Tuesday, 1 December 2015

November Favourites

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara - This gives just a little colour to help fill in brows and sets them in place. I use this alongside Mac Impeccable Brown Pencil in Dirty Blonde.

Nars Adult Content Palette - This was limited edition, so is unavailable to purchase now, but I like this for Laguna and Orgasm which are both easy to get your hands on! Laguna is the perfect contouring shade and I love using Orgasm lightly on the apples of my cheeks.

Stella McCartney Stella Eau De Parfum - A beautiful blend of rose and amber that is so sensuous! With top notes of mandarin, rose and peony and base notes of amber. A feminine, sultry scent.

Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser - I love how this leaves my skin feeling - so clean, but soft and supple. It's £16 for 150ml, so it's a little cheaper than the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser!

Jolen Creme Bleach - I haven't used this for ages because of pregnancy (although I reckon it wouldn't have done any harm). I love using this for baby hairs around my hairline that are too short to highlight and of course for any unwanted dark hair. It's probably a topic most girls don't want to talk about because we pretend we're all perfectly hair free in all the rights places :)


Friday, 27 November 2015

Losing the Baby Weight

When I was pregnant, I was so worried about being able to get my body back and I watched in horror as the pounds piled on.

By the end of my pregnancy I had put on 33lbs which was within the healthy range that is recommended but seemed a lot to me!

Once I gave birth I was desperate to lose the extra pounds and get my body back. Within the first week I lost 20lbs, but then it slowed down to 2lbs the next week, then 1lb. I was stuck at 11lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight for a long time!

It took until 6 months postpartum to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight and at this point it just started melting away!

Seven 1/2 months postpartum - 5lbs under pre-pregnancy weight.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Top Five Baby Books | Seven Months Old

Trying to read to your active seven month old baby is not the easiest of tasks, especially when they're constantly trying to grab the book and shove it in their mouth!

When James was really little (up to about five months old) I read him lots of different storybooks and I would have his full attention...now it's a whole new game!

This is what I've learnt... 

First off, they have to be board books! Anything paper will be destroyed!!

Secondly, the stories can't be too long. Unless you have an angel of a baby, they'll probably lose interest pretty quickly.

Lastly...get really animated, make wild gestures and sound out animal/machinery/weather noises. Basically, make yourself look as stupid as possible!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Winter Hair Treatments

Coloured hair needs a lot of love and care, especially when you have bleach put through it. I always have a number of different treatments on the go to bring my blonde hair back to looking salon fresh.

Here's what I'm loving at the moment...

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Lighting the Home for Christmas

I couldn't help myself... Once it hit November, the weather got colder and the evenings got darker, I decked our flat out with a lot of mood lighting.

The first set of lights I picked up were from Primark. They're a battery operated string of 20 LED's and I bought them for £1.50. They look lovely twisted round a vase or on a mantelpiece. I actually went back and bought a lot more of these!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

What's in my Changing Bag Video

I finally, after a really long time, actually filmed another video! I've said before, I can be a bit (or maybe a massive) perfectionist, so every time I filmed something I never ended up posting it. But I've managed it this time.

Friday, 20 November 2015

The First Month of Weaning

Weaning is really exciting for most parents. Getting to see your babies reaction to foods and introducing them to amazing new flavours. But it can also be quite scary and stressful. If you plan to make your own baby food, you may be asking yourself: how smooth should the purees be? How big should a portion be? How do you introduce finger foods?

This is how our first month has been. The foods I've made, tested James on and what he's loved and hated.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The First Fashion Flat Lay

I had in mind a fashion post for yesterday but taking outfit photos while looking after a baby is pretty darn impossible. When I uploaded the photos to my computer, they were blurry and focused on a hairbrush!! I was not impressed, let me tell you! There was a lot of f'ing and blinding!

Today I decided to try a flat lay....

I have to admit, I am a little obsessed with flat lays. I don't know why, but I love looking through them on Pinterest and getting inspiration for outfits. To be honest, it's not just outfits, I just like a pretty flat lay.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The Best Baby Toys | Seven Months Old

I don't know what I would do without toys...oh how I do love them! Anything to help keep James amused and away from wires/TV's/gadgets (basically anything he isn't allowed) is fantastic in my books.

Usborne Noisy Numbers - James adores this book because it makes sounds as well as having brightly coloured pictures to look at. He especially loves the sound for the cats meowing, and smiles while shaking his head from side to side - too bloody cute for words. I can read this book to him over and over!

Touch & Feel Buggy Buddies - This book doesn't get read much, but instead is constantly being chewed. I don't know what it is about it, but it will keep him entertained for twenty minutes or more sometimes!

Stacking Cups - These are a lot of fun for adult and baby. I stack them up, he knocks them down...repeat 20 times :) He also likes bashing them together and throwing them off his high chair.

Fisher Price Roller Blocks -  These come in a set of 4 (one of ours is probably under a chair) and have a little ball in the middle of the block that can be rolled. Again, these can be built up into a tower which James loves! I like to make lots of towers for him to crawl at and knock down. Our dog enjoys this too, although he's always running off with them.

Hope you're all having a lovely evening
I'm off to edit a video which will hopefully be up on my channel soon!

Monday, 16 November 2015

Hair Care Update: Shampoo and Conditioner

This would be a massive post if I included every single hair product I use, so I've separated it into categories, starting with shampoo and conditioner.

I change up the products I use on a week to week basis as if I use something consistently for too long my hair can look a bit dull, so I do have quite a big stash.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

A Little Homeware Haul

As the nights have been drawing in fast, I've been obsessed with making our home all cozy with fairy lights and candles.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Changing Body in Pregnancy

I wrote this post at 37 weeks pregnant, but am only posting it now and James is seven months old (oops!).

Weight gain
This was my first worry. It may seem shallow, but I was really concerned about my body changing in a way I couldn't control and not being able to get it back after the nine months. At first, I did seem to gain weight quite fast (according to pregnancy guidelines), particularly when I felt quite sick in the first trimester. Carbohydrates were the only thing I could stomach! But, as the weeks have gone on it has steadied out and doesn't show on my body like it did at first. It's recommended that you gain between 25-35lbs if you're of an average weight but the majority of that weight is extra blood and fluids, the baby's weight, the placenta, amniotic fluid, uterus and breast tissue.

As it's now coming to the end of my pregnancy I can honestly say the weight gain doesn't really bother me. I have tried to be quite healthy when I haven't felt sick and have included a lot of salads and vegetables into my daily diet, but I have also allowed myself treats and will never let myself go hungry for long. I've been moderately active throughout and that definitely helps. I walk the dog on a daily basis for 30 minutes to an hour and try to always keep busy doing chores.

**By the end of my pregnancy (just shy of 40 weeks) I think I was 33lbs and I had puffed out quite a bit**


Friday, 13 November 2015

Some Days Are Tough

Being ill is crap, but having to see your baby feel ill is bloody awful! 

It's been a week full of snot, crying & sick.. So Pj's it is! And I thought why not show you what we wore. Who says outfit posts have to be fancy?

James is wearing a lovely little owl print romper from Gap (last year). This was actually the first time he wore it - what was I thinking? Sick baby in a new outfit....are you crazy!? But he looked so cute, especially with the little navy socks that he would not keep on!! The owls have little mustard wings and they matched so well with the socks (I know, I'm ridiculous).

Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Ikea Toy Haul

Last Sunday we got ourselves up and out nice and early so we could be at Ikea the minute it opened. The main reason for going was fairy lights, storage boxes and photo frames, but we ended up coming away with so many goodies for James, a teddy for Milo and a new duvet for us (to be fair our old one wasn't breathable at all - way too hot).

James slept the entire time :)

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Seven Months Old | Baby Update

James turned 7 months yesterday so it's time for another baby update!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Peanut Butter and Jam Cupcakes

I am obsessed with peanut butter, so of course Peanut Butter Cupcakes is my ultimate dream. Cake and peanut butter mixed together? Yum!

I found this recipe on Good Food Channel a couple of years ago when doing a bit of birthday baking for a friend.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Breastfeeding Is Hard but So Amazing..

I wanted to write about how I've found breastfeeding because I had a completely different idea of how it was going to be.

Before having James I went to a couple of classes and read up about breastfeeding to prepare myself but I don't feel anything prepared me for how it actually was in the first few weeks.

I think the classes I went to didn't talk too much about the drawbacks of breastfeeding because they're worried it will put people off, but by not being told all the facts, I spent the first few weeks upset, overwhelmed and found it difficult to bond with my son!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

October Baby Favourites

Sainsburys Ice Cube Tray
These are the perfect size for making up James' purees and they have a rubber bottom to make it easier when popping out the frozen cubes! I like to make up smaller portions so I can mix cubes together and make up different meals for James.

Two piece Pyjamas
James kicks a lot, so sleepsuits with poppers are now really hard work. Pyjamas with a short sleeve bodysuit underneath are far easier for bedtime.

Annabel Karmel book
I flick through this book all the time for meal ideas and weaning advice. It's fantastic for when you first start your baby on solids as it explains how long to cook each vegetable/fruit for and how to prepare purees.

I started using this on a rash James has had since he was born and it's now completely dissapeared. No other cream has worked, in fact some made it more angry looking!

Johnsons Talc Powder
I use this on James' bum every night before putting his nappy on. It helps to protect against moisture making him sore, as sometimes he goes through the night with no change.

I hope you've had a great weekend

Saturday, 7 November 2015

What I Ate...Breakfast on a Saturday

Babies rarely let you sleep in... So it's up at 6am for us most Saturdays (7 if James is feeling generous).

I usually pop James in his highchair after he's had his morning milk and give him some toast fingers to eat/play with. The majority of these end up on the floor for Milo.

I then sit down and have my (much needed) latte while our breakfast is cooking. We usually have two boiled eggs with rice cakes - sounds boring, but it's so nice with a bit of ketchup or some ham. I find it's much less bloating than bread and far less calories. 

Then James has his puree... this time it was mashed apple and mango from Organix. I usually give him homemade food but I want to start introducing more lumps so bought a couple of these cartons to see how he takes to it. He liked it the second time I gave it to him when it was straight out the fridge - I think he loves cold food!

We then treated ourselves to croissants with jam as the weekends are meant for treats! These All Butter Croissants from Tesco are delicious.

What do your Saturday breakfasts look like?

Friday, 6 November 2015

My Breastfeeding Must-Haves!

Lansinoh Lanolin Cream
Use this as soon as you give birth. I didn't use it for a couple of days when my nipples were already sore, but I think had I used it earlier it may have stopped some of the irritation.

3-4 Nursing Bras
They constantly need washing so it's good to have a few. I like Emma Jane and Carriwell. I also have the sports bra from Boob which (although expensive) is brilliant!

Nursing Sleep Bras
If I don't wear a sleep bra, I wake up drenched in milk. Not pleasant! -- This was at the beginning, but once my milk had regulated at 3-4 months this stopped.

Snood Scarf or Dark Shawl
These are great for feeding in public. My snood is a thin cotton one from Primark. Of course if it's winter as long as you have a coat or jumper you can throw over yourself, you can be pretty discrete. I found that summer is harder in terms of breastfeeding!

Muslin Cloths
I often pop one of these just below my boob to stop milk leaking while feeding (especially in the early days - not so necessary when milk has regulated). Breastfeeding can be quite messy and if you're in public or just don't want to constantly be changing your top, this can help - unless your baby decides to spit out all the milk he just drank on you :)

Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breastpump
This is the only pump I've used so I don't have anything to compare it to but it works really well for me. It's quick, easy to use and I can usually get a good amount of milk, especially if I pump in the morning. I would really suggest getting a pump if you want a little time away from your baby...This was invaluable for me in the early days and also meant I could have a cheeky glass of wine too :)

Cereal bars or quick to grab snacks
If your baby needs feeding and you think may be sat down for ages, cereal bars are wonderful. I've personally become obsessed with flapjacks. James always seems to cry for food right when I'm starting to get hungry - typical!

Bottles of water
Obviously you need to drink lots of water when you're breastfeeding so it's good to have bottles ready in your fridge that you can quickly grab.

I was recommended to take vitamins the whole time I'm breastfeeding.

I don't recommend bothering with special breastfeeding tops except maybe a couple of clip down camisoles to wear at home. H&M do a pack of two for £14.99. But these aren't really that necessary.

I hope this was helpful to any new mummies or pregnant ladies

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Before I Met You

This is a post that is probably about eight months overdue... I thought about scrapping it, but maybe there are some pregnant mamas out there who want a bit of inspiration.

First up, the jacket! Military inspired with faux leather collar and gold buttons. It's from River Island, but I actually picked it up in a charity shop in perfect condition for under £10 - bargain!!

The jumper is from the Topshop maternity line. I would highly recommend them if you're pregnant, I bought most of my maternity clothes from there and will keep them for any future pregnancies :) I found the quality and fit are much better than other brands!


Finally the leggings, which are from Asos. I don't think you can get these anymore which is unfortunate because they were amazing!! I highly suggest leggings for when pregnant, but if you can find thicker materials that are more like spandex they are far more wearable.


I think the nail polish I'm wearing is OPI The Thrill of Brazil - oh how I miss wearing nail polish. I know it would end up getting cracked and I wouldn't have time to re-apply so it would just look awful!

Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Delicious Treats in 15 Minutes

When given the option of having a bowl of Cornflakes or a bowl of Crunchy Nut, I always go for the latter. So, unfortunately, Cornflakes tend to go stale in our household.

Rather than throw them out, I thought I'd recreate them into something far more mouth-watering. Because, who doesn't love Chocolate Cornflake Cakes.

To make these I melted 65g butter, 130g chocolate (broken up into chunks) and 4 tbsp of golden syrup. Once that was melted I set it aside to cool and then mixed it together with the 130g of Cornflakes I had left in the packet. I then popped 12 cupcake cases into a 12 hole muffin tin, spooned the mixture in and then placed in the fridge to set.

Voila! Yummy treats in 15 minutes! 

And this recipe is the most delicious one I've used so far, I think because it contains a bit more golden syrup than usual.



Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Autumn Face

It's all about airbrushed skin, flushed cheeks and berry toned lips when Autumn rolls around. And there are three products that I am currently loving to achieve this look.

First up is Nars Orgasm blush - a classic, beautiful peachy pink shade with a golden shimmer. I love this for Autumn as it has slightly red undertones and on my fair skin it gives a gorgeous flush.

The second product is Nars Sheer Glow in Ceylan - a medium toned shade with yellow undertones. This works perfectly to neutralise any redness on my face and blur out imperfections, it also lasts all day without needing touch ups. I've spoken about this foundation a lot on my blog, but it is so worth the money!

The last product is Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Plum - a deep berry shade that sits comfortably on the lips. This line of lipstick is not available anymore but they do so many shades in their Super Lustrous line and I always find the quality of Revlon lipsticks to be fantastic.

Not the best picture (hence the blurred background)...but here they are applied. I feel so Autumnal when wearing them and that makes me (as sad as it may sound) extremely happy!

Thanks for reading!

Healthy Banana Oat Bites

Since starting to wean James I've wanted to give him the healthiest options I can and over the next few months I'd like to try and get him accustomed to healthy snacks rather than anything loaded with sugar. So I've been cooking up different snacks in a bid to find treats he likes.

These Banana Oat Bites contain just four ingredients and taste pretty good!

Ingredients - 

150g Oats
150ml of Milk
2 Mashed Bananas
A handful of chopped raisins

Method -

Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees C...130 for fan ovens.

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl then pop in a baking dish lined with greaseproof paper/baking parchment (I forgot to do this so it was a pain getting them out) and bake for 35-45 minutes depending on how you'd like the consistency.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool then cut into little bites.

These are perfect for babies as they are fairly soft and you can cut them to your preferred size. As James is only six months I've cut mine into long chip shapes so he can hold them easily.

Let me know if you have any recipes that are great for babies or children. I'd love to try them!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

October Favourites

It's the end of October...so it's Favourites time!

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle - With top notes of Orange, Bergamot and Grapefruit, this is quite a citrusy perfume. It's also delicately feminine with it's floral heart notes, and yet sexy because of it's musky base notes.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion - I love to layer this with Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle as the scents are so similar. It's one of the nicest smelling lotions I've ever sniffed and lasts absolutely ages!

Nars Sheer Glow - I've gone back to Sheer Glow as it is my all time favourite foundation. While I love the high-street options I've been using the past year, nothing can really compare to Nars and I think many people seem to be of the same opinion. I applied it one day last month to use up a bottle I had lying in my drawer and since then I've been scrapping out the last of it until I finally caved and bought another.

Revlon Colourburst in Plum - As everyone else seems to be doing, I've pulled out my dark lipsticks for autumn and I am loving them this year! I'm not sure you're able to get this particular lipstick anymore, but the colour is available from most brands on the high street. I have my eye on Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry though, which is eye-wateringly expensive.

MAC Faux - A beautiful mauve-pink satin shade that is deep and sexy for autumn, but not too heavy, so perfect for everyday wear.

So that's it for October..what have you been loving?

Thursday, 29 October 2015

What I Ate...While Pregnant

I love reading posts about what people eat, and I had all the intentions to photograph everything I ate today...but forgot. So I had a look through my photos and found some pictures of what I had eaten one day when I was pregnant.

Wholegrain rice cakes, two boiled eggs and ketchup.
Tea and a glass of orange juice.

I pretty much eat this everyday. I realise it does not look or sound very appealing, but I love it! In fact, while being pregnant I loved it so much, that I was actually looking forward to getting home from a holiday so I could have it! I just find it is much less bloating than eggs on toast.


Two slices of wholegrain toast, mozzarella, chicken slices, chopped tomato and basil drizzled with olive oil.


Apple, Babybel and teaspoon of peanut butter.


Steak (well done), Chips and vegetables.


I think I may have had a bag of chocolate (or two) after this as well...I can't go to bed without pudding :P


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

What my Baby Loves #1 (Six Months Old)

There are three toys that James will drag himself across his playpen for and which I would highly recommend to any mummy's out there, or anyone buying a present for a 6 month old.

1. V-tech Little Singing Cody - Cody fascinates James. He sings, lights up and speaks to your baby.

2. Early Learning Centre Keys - These came in a set along with a phone and remote control, but the keys are definitely James' favourite as he loves chewing on them and also pressing the buttons which create different noises and make little lights flash. They're supposed to be for 12months+ but he still enjoys playing with them!

3. Bright Starts Sensory Balls - These come in a pack of three and are great at helping your baby to practice crawling as they roll away from them and also coordinate how to grab and keep hold of a round object.


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Autumn Skincare

I start out by taking off all my makeup using Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water. I've used this for ages and included it in a previous skincare post. It's gentle and does a brilliant job at removing all traces of the days grime! I then massage Ren's Hot Cloth Cleanser onto my face and remove with a warm muslin cloth. Sometimes I'll give it a second go if I had a particularly heavy face of makeup.

If I'm not fake tanning I will give my face a spritz of Lush Breath of Fresh Air, then apply Boots Cucumber eye gel and finally Lush Vanishing Cream to my face. The Lush toner makes my face feel refreshed, but I'm not sure if it does a lot other than that. I prefer to use Vanishing Cream on my face at night as opposed to a specifically made night cream because all the ones I've tried are so heavy! As for the eye gel, it's pretty cheap but does a good job at soothing tired eyes.

In the morning I use Nivea Refreshing Facial Wash which is for normal/combination skin. It can be a bit drying so I prefer to only use it once a day as I don't like to strip my face of natural oils - I believe that's a cause of many breakouts! After I spritz with Lush Breath of Fresh Air, apply Boots Cucumber eye gel and then use Nivea Day Cream for normal/combination skin. I love this cream as it contains spf15, leaves no oily residue and costs about £2 on offer. 

For those days I have hideous skin I use Ren's Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask. This face mask is great for getting your skin perfectly clean but doesn't dry it out. Not sure whether it's claim to reduce the appearance of pore size is true though...I will have to pay a bit more attention next time I use it!

Speak to you soon

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

James' Six Month Update

I can't believe it's been half a year already..but here it is, James' six month update!

Sleep & Routine

I really pushed since he was 12 weeks to get a consistent bedtime routine from 6pm-6am and it's paid off for the most part. He was sleeping through for a while, then went through a phase of waking every 3 hours, then more than that and now he feeds twice a night at about 1 then 4. I need to make sure he gets a lot of sleep at night because his daytime naps are so short. Up until the 6 month mark I tried to put him down for a nap two hours after he last woke..A typical day looked something like this:
6am - Wake up
8am - Nap
8.30am - Wake up
10.30am - Nap
11.00am - Wake up
1.00pm - Nap
1.30pm - Wake up
3.30pm - Nap
4.00pm  - Wake up
5.30pm - Bath then feed
6.00pm - Bed
Now he's turned 6 months he has started having 3 naps most days, but timings are all off at the moment and we're all over the place. And by the afternoon it's so hard to get him to sleep that I have to take him out in the pram.


We only started weaning one week before James was six months, but so far he's taken to it really well. In the first week he had baby rice, carrot, sweet potato, banana, apple and pear. He's not too keen on fruit but loves everything else. I've been cooking all his meals myself and I've really enjoyed it so far - I can imagine that will wear off though.


By six months he was able to sit up unaided for short periods of time, but didn't pull himself into a sitting position by himself till he was 6 months 1 week.

He's rolling about all over the place and gets himself into a crawl position but can't quite work out how to manoeuvre his arms and legs just yet.

He can crawl backwards.

He giggles if tickled and smiles all the time at everyone and everything. I even find him giggling and smiling at our spotlights on the ceiling sometimes! He's such a happy baby and rarely cries, except for if he's woken up too hot and when we took him to swimming lessons.

He's able to entertain himself for long periods of time now, which is fantastic because between 4 and 5 months he got wound up quite often as he wanted to move about but couldn't. I can now get a lot more done, but with weaning that extra time is getting used up cooking and washing up (typical,eh!?).


James is feeding at least every two hours in the day. He's a grazer, just like his mummy! Breastfeeding is such a breeze and a joy now. I'm so glad I stuck with it those first six weeks because I could have so easily given up. It really affected my relationship with James in the early weeks as I resented being the only one who could feed him and I was just so tired. I could have asked for a lot more help and asked his grandparents to come round and cuddle him while I slept but instead I felt the need to keep on top of housework and try to do everything myself. If we were to have another baby, I would not make that mistake again. It's so important to ask for help and not try to be a martyr. Your health and relationship with your baby is far more important!

By the way...to any mums starting out on their breastfeeding journey, it really can help you to lose weight, especially by the time your baby is six months. I eat such fatty foods some days and feel as though I must have gained weight, but I'm now 4 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight. Of course I'm sure if you really went to town eating...it may not work :)

Weight and clothing size

He's still in most of his 3-6 month clothing and some 6-9 (with sleeves rolled up). James is a fairly small baby and was in the 25th centile at his last weigh-in, but I don't think he's put on much weight since then so may have dropped to the 9th. I need to take him to the baby clinic to check.

That's all I can think of for this month's update. Now I'm off to finish dinner cause there are things in the kitchen beeping at me.
Thank you for reading!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

August Baby Favourites

I've been looking at my beauty products and wondering to myself what have been my favourites for the month of August, but I don't feel as if anything has changed much and I'm always using the same things.

So instead, I thought I would show you some of James and my favourite baby items.


Sophie the Giraffe
If I give this to James he can play and chew on it for up to almost an hour - he just loves it! It may be a bit pricey at £12.99, but I think it's definitely been money well spent. Our Cockapoo Milo really wants to play with it though...in fact most of James' toys, Milo wants!

Tesco Ultra Soft Wipes
We were using WaterWipes at first as they were supposed to be really gentle on a newborn babies skin, but since James is now nearly five months I have been trying other brands and these Tesco wipes are really great value for money and haven't irritated his skin at all. We also tried the Tesco fragrance free wipes, but I found them to be a weird material that didn't wipe easily.

Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules
James has definitely had some sort of teething pain for the past few months but no teeth as of yet. I think it's the teeth moving around under the gums causing him some discomfort, and these teething granules seem to work quite well at the moment when he's angrily shoving his hands in his mouth.


Fisher Price Jumperoo
This is THE best toy we have bought, by far!! At first he seemed a bit unsure, but I think he was just amazed at all the lights, sounds and objects he could explore. He wants to be sat up rather than lay down now, so his playmat will only entertain him for a short while before he shouts at me to get him up. Whereas with the Jumperoo I am always getting him out way before he appears to be bored of it. I managed to buy it for £74.99 from Amazon which is considerably cheaper than most places I've seen it, so do look around for bargains.


Sunday, 9 August 2015

Four Month Baby & Postpartum Update

I've been a bad blogger...but I don't feel like that's too surprising for me. It's too easy to get out of the swing of blogging and suddenly weeks or even months have passed by. But I'm determined to write about James at four months old. I would have liked to have done a 3 month update, but our laptop was completely messed up for about a month (I know, excuses, excuses).


Weight: He was about 13.5 pounds last time he was weighed at just over three months.  I've been taking him to be weighed every four weeks as he's always steadily put on weight so it hasn't been too much of an issue.

Routine: His routine is basically centred around sleeping and feeding with play sessions in between. We've started some baby classes now and often go for walks or shopping as he does get bored of being in the house. We're also starting swimming in September.


Sleeping: Sleep has changed dramatically over the past few weeks and James will not just fall asleep like he did at 2 or 3 months, I now need to put him down for naps or he'll be up for hours and start shouting and getting generally quite moody. Our average day looks like this:
6am - Wake up
7-7.30 - Down for a nap
8.30 - Wake up
10-10.30 - Nap
11.-11.30 - Wake up
12-2 - Down for a nap (Sometimes he'll sleep for a while, sometimes only 20 minutes)
3-5 - I try to put him down for a nap but he often fights it
5.30-6 - Bath, feed and down for the night
2am - Wake for a feed, then straight back to sleep
I had to work quite hard to get him into a bedtime routine and we've spent the past few weeks sleep training. Sometimes it will take an hour of patting, sshing, a dummy and rocking. Also, I always make sure to put him down sleepy but not asleep, or else he'll wake up crying 20-30 minutes later.

Eating/Feeding: In the day he eats about every three hours, sometimes two. He's really quick at feeding and breastfeeding is so lovely and relaxing now. I never thought I'd get to this place, but I hope to breastfeed to a year.

Sizes: He's generally in 3-6 month clothing, but can fit some 0-3. And, he's in size 3 Pampers.


Milestones: He smiles all the time, giggles, loves his playmat, can roll over from tummy to back and back to tummy, can move himself around by shuffling on his head and stomach, fully supports his head and if given support can sit quite well. He grabs everything now and is rarely seen for five minutes without his hands in his mouth!

Me: I was back down to my original weight at about 10-12 weeks postpartum. I did have to add in quite a lot of walking and exercising plus healthy eating, but breastfeeding definitely helped. It does make your appetite much larger though, so you do have to be strict with yourself. The main part of my body I'm concerned about is my boobs and I've been trying to do some toning exercises to help strengthen the muscles so (fingers crossed) they're not too deflated once I quit breastfeeding. I also have had to leave my belly button ring out and it has now pretty much closed up. It actually kept unscrewing and I was really worried James might pick it up and choke on the ball, so I thought better safe than sorry!


Thursday, 18 June 2015

Newborn Essentials


Muslin Swaddles
I use these for everything. As a blanket, cover from the sun, to swaddle, mop up sick, over my shoulder when burping, tummy time blanket, as a sheet, under his head while feeding (milk tends to leak everywhere)...the list could go on forever. I have bought most of my swaddles from Aden & Anais, but also have some really cute London print ones from Piccalilly. We have over ten of these, which may seem excessive, but even with a white load of washing going on 4-5 times a week I still sometimes have no spare ones in the cupboard.


Vibrating chair
We didn't have one of these when James was first born, but it would have saved a lot of stress if we had. We bought the Graco Duet Rocker when he was a few weeks old and it's made my life so much easier. I could not get half the things around the house done without it and sometimes it soothes him more than cuddling him. It also comes with a bar that you can hang toys off of!


Mam Dummies
These are the only dummies James seems to like and they come with a microwave steaming box. I know some people are against dummies, but they work well for James either for spacing out feeds or if we're out and he's unhappy or unsettled in the pram they help to comfort him till I can pick him up. I used to feel guilty or like I was doing something wrong giving him one, but now I just think if my baby likes them then it shouldn't matter what anyone else thinks!

A changing table/station
We originally just had a changing mat that we pulled out on the bathroom floor when we needed it, but this was so impractical for us. So we bought a £25 table from Ikea that is fabulous and makes life a lot easier (even though it takes up what little room we have in our bedroom).


Mamas and Papas Acqua two stage ergo bath
This bath has a side for your newborn to lay in and a side for when your baby is sitting up. It's great because you don't have to hold your baby while they're in the bath which leaves your hands free to wash them, grab their towel..etc. The only downside is that it is huge!

Milton AntiBacterial Handgel
I love this handgel as it doesn't seem to dry my hands out. I always have a bottle at our changing table.

Lots of sleepsuits and bodysuits
This does depend on your lifestyle, but we spend lots of our time at home at the minute, so I don't put James in an outfit everyday. And, for the first month I didn't have any outfits for him, just sleepsuits because it was so much easier! He's also quite prone to drinking too much milk and spitting it back up and also having massive poo explosions! Although we do lots of washing throughout the week, we're often running out of sleepsuits. My favourites are from Next as they have built in scratch mitts, aren't stupidly expensive and wash really well. The best quality have to be Jojo Maman Bebe, but at £15 a pop, I doubt I'll be buying many more of them - I bought most of James' off EBay for half the price six months ago. As for bodysuits, I just go for the £2,75 basic white 3-pack from Tesco.

This removes all the poo stains from white clothes and gets rid of bacteria, but it is quite harsh on clothing so I only use it on items that really need it.

Do you have any essentials you couldn't live without when your baby first arrived?


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