Monday, 25 July 2011

Authentic Review of The Birthing Shirt!

When I was given the chance to try out the Bamboo Jersey Birthing Shirt made by The Birthing Shirt Company I was really pleased as I'd not found something to wear in hospital that would make me feel comfortable before, during and after the birth. I wanted something that would give me good coverage but that would also be good for when our little man arrived and I could give him immediate skin to skin and let him feed.

When I had Isla I was wearing my OH's Ramones t-shirt! Sounds quite funky, but in reality it was a stupid thing to wear as I had the IV in my hand, so I couldn't get it off and to have skin contact with her I had to pull the whole thing up. It didn't do much for my modesty either!

So as soon as it arrived I packed it in my hospital bag and when the day arrived for my induction, and I'd got comfortable in my room I got changed into the Birthing Shirt. When my OH first clapped eyes on it he questioned why was it in such a dark colour, shouldn't it look a bit prettier than it did? Er, no, I don't think a pretty pink shirt will look nice once it's got all kinds of labour and birth nasties all over it, the colour is perfect to disguise all of that!

I can only say positive things about it!

Firstly, it really does allow you to move during the whole labour process. It isn't restrictive at all, allows you to get into whatever positions you find comfortable to give birth. It's roomy and comfortable and has two slits up each side which makes it easy to move your legs around and pull it up and down as necessary when having examinations and also when the baby is about to arrive.

The front buttons right down to your midriff meaning you can have skin to skin immediately your baby is born without any struggle. This is also perfect when you're wearing it to breast feed baby. I'm making good use of it now I'm home, as it is the most suitable thing I have to wear in bed as I can give Noah a feed in a jiffy .

The fabric keeps you cool, which is great for during labour as it's a hot and sweaty process!! It is made from Bamboo grass, and is much softer than cotton (like cashmere). Bamboo grass also needs less pesticides to grow so it is far more eco friendly too.

All in all, I really am so pleased that I was given the chance to try the birthing shirt. I know some people may ask is it really necessary but once you've got one and you use it during labour you'll see what a great design it is and how fit for purpose it is. It is also brilliant for breast feeding.

The Birthing Shirt is available directly from The Birthing Shirt Company  website , retailing at £35.99 and there is free delivery until 31st August and also from the NCT online shop

I was given a birthing shirt in order to write this review.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Welcome to the World Noah!

Here's our not so little boy! Born last Wednesday at 5.22pm weighing in at 9lb 14oz. He was 12 days over due as he was so comfy in my tummy! I'll be giving the low down on the birth story soon, but lets just say that unlike with Isla's there will not be 3 parts to it as it was all super speedy!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

I ♥ Bottle Green Cordials!

When you're pregnant it can get a bit tiresome drinking the same old soft drinks every day! Alternating Orange squash and Apple and Blackcurrant gets a bit boring after a while, so when I was sent a Bottle Green and Blossom Cottage Cordial to try, I think my taste buds thought they'd gone on holiday!  

I tried the Bottle Green Strawberry and Elderflower and Blossom Cottage Pear and Elderflower. Both were delicious - think I favoured the Strawberry one more because it just feels so summery. I liked it with loads of ice and still water but the suggestion is that you could drink it with sparkling water to make it more buzzy or even if drinking it in winter it could be used as warming hot drink. Other suggestions that will become more interesting to me once Baby Boy is born is to mix with a with rum, making a yummy summer cocktail!

They are both free from artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners and are made from natural ingredients mixed with spring water.

Both drinks are available from all big supermarkets. Also if you 'Like' the Bottlegreen Drinks Facebook page, they will donate 25p to the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Campaign.

I was sent both drinks to try and review and my opinions are my own.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Lollibop Live!

As well as waiting for Baby Boy to arrive, we're all really looking forward to going to Lollibop in August, I can't wait for Isla to have a really fun day! This 3 day event is the UK’s only festival where all the entertainment is for children. Lollibop has created an action packed programme that will delight all pint sized festival goers and there are some things geared towards adults too.

One of the areas that I think will be really fun is the Lollibop Live Main Stage where RastaMouse will be in Da House!

There are still early bird tickets available from Ticketmaster, the promo code to quote when booking is LOLLIBLOG
Don't delay get your tickets today, it's going to be one fun weekend!

Mamas & Papas Giveaway!

This year I've been so lucky to have the support of Mamas & Papas to help me look good during my pregnancy as they generously gave me some of their maternity clothes to try and review. I really did feel good and further to that they sponsored me to go to CyberMummy. I loved Mamas and Papas before this, particularly for clothes for Isla and decor for her nursery.

I'm now lucky enough to be able to offer you the chance to win a gorgeous summery tunic from Mamas and Papas maternity range. Here it is:

It's a size 14 and it really does look fab on (I was given one to wear to CyberMummy) and is so lightweight and cool for summer. It currently retails at £36.

All you have to do to win this gorgeous tunic is comment below on what is your favourite thing about being pregnant!

For a second optional entry please follow @iheartmuthahood and @mamasandpapas on Twitter and Tweet the URL of this Giveaway including @iheartmuthahood

Please leave separate comments below for each entry.

Please also leave a way of contacting you (twitter ID, email). This competition is open to UK residents only.

This giveaway will end on July 15th. Good luck!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Bump Watch...Week 40 & Waiting

As I'm hoping this is going to be my last week of Bump Watch I'm being brave. I wouldn't normally post a picture of me so scantily dressed but it was a hot day, I was getting splashed by the toddler in the paddling pool and I look at this picture and see it for what it is, me with my 2 children! I'm not massively confident about my body but I love how it has housed Baby Boy for 9 months and I'm proud to show it. So here I am (my one regret: I wish I'd fake tanned!):

The due date has come and gone and we're waiting for baby boy to make an appearance. It's strange waiting because I didn't have to last time, things started happening 3 days before my due date with Isla so this is all new to me. Because I had a few plans in the run up to BB's due date I fully expected him to put in an early appearance thus scuppering my attendance at CyberMummy, but I needn't have worried it seems and he's still hibernating inside my tummy. Making his presence felt with big shunts and wriggles.

So what have I been doing? Well, it's been nice to spend some 'extra' time with Isla. These were days that I hadn't expected to spend with her as a family of 3 and it's been great and the nice weather has helped as we haven't been cooped up. She's also carried on with her normal routine of nursery and also spending time with her grandparents, so I've had some time to rest and also potter around the house, preparing things (that were already prepared!) and thinking about the future. I'm enjoying the day times but the night times are a bit long. Most nights I'm up for the loo at least 3 times, my hips ache on both sides from sleeping on my side with this heavy weight and I generally don't sleep past about 5.30am (Isla usually doesn't rise till at least 6.30).

What happens next? I'm booked in for a 'sweep' on Saturday morning, something I'm not particularly looking forward to, given all the intervention I ended up having last time. I was told I could phone midweek to see if there was a cancellation and I could have the sweep early - mmmm, let me think....NO THANKS. Although part of me thinks maybe I should? 

It feels a bit like life is on hold but at the same time like it's situation normal. Here's hoping that he decides to come soon, we want to meet you!

Friday, 1 July 2011

Delicious & Quick Cod Recipe Courtesy of Youngs Seafood

Back in April I went to a fantastic Cooking and Tasting Event with Youngs Seafood and I've been meaning to post this recipe ever since as it was so delicious and also so quick to make. We got given lots of fish to take home and so I decided to make the Cod recipe for my Other Half and he loved it. Here's the recipe:

Roast Cod with Cider Braised leeks, peas & pancetta

Roasted cod fillets with leeks, peas in a creamy cider sauce

Serves 4
4 fillets/ portions 100g to 120 g each with skin off
50g of diced pancetta
1 leek cut into rings
100g of frozen peas
Olive oil
25g of butter
150ml of medium dry cider
3 tbsp of crème fraiche
1tbsp of chopped parsley
Sea salt & ground black pepper

Preheat oven gas mark 6  / 200c
In a medium size frying or roasting pan fry the pancetta, add leek, peas, stir, add cider place fish on top, season.

Cook in middle of oven for 10 minutes, remove, add crème fraiche stir carefully replace in oven cook for a further 10 minutes, remove from oven add parsley stir carefully. Serve.

Click fish recipes for more of Youngs delicious meals!