Wednesday, 31 August 2011

A Lot's Happened in 7 Weeks!

I can’t believe it’s been 7 weeks already that Noah has been in the world! It’s gone so quickly. He arrived 12 days late and after a failed sweep I had my waters broken and then he made a storming entrance in about 5 and a half hours! Nice and quick for mummy and he was a whopper at 9lb 14oz.
So what has happened in that time?
4 days after his arrival was his big sister Isla’s birthday and boy does she like birthdays! She’s not stopped singing ‘Happy Birthday’ ever since! I have to admit to spoiling her. Partly it was to do with the guilt at turning her world upside down and partly it was that I kept buying things in the run up to her birthday, putting them away and then when it came to the day I was actually astounded by how many things we’d bought that I’d forgotten about. Whoops! She had a fab day though and it was also a good opportunity for us to show off Noah.
One thing that has been good about having a toddler as well is that you really cannot hibernate indoors second time around, Noah has been out and about to a few birthday parties, Isla’s sports day, a trip to London for Lollibop, a saunter round a National Trust garden (well a big snooze actually!) and has even sampled the delights of Croydon (thankfully also stayed asleep for that too!). We get 2 days a week to spend quality time together when Isla goes to nursery and so far she has been really good at drop off and we haven’t had any resistance to going there.
However there has been increased ‘terrible two’ behaviour that I feel sure has been brought on by Noah’s arrival. Me and the OH are trying to be patient with her but it is very hard when some of the tantrums are over silly things (one over baked beans!) and her behaviour is completely irrational. Worst example was when she refused to get in the buggy home from the park. My other half literally could not get her in the buggy for love nor money, she was screaming/ throwing herself around etc, so he had to walk home and the walk which would take 20 minutes for us adults with long legs took them nearly 2 hours at little leg pace! Glad I wasn’t involved in that one, but I’ve had my fair share too.
She has also now gone into her big bed in preparation for Noah moving from the Moses basket to the cot. Getting her to stay in bed some evenings is a bit of a challenge but I love to see her in bed asleep.....
Noah’s arrival has also coincided with Isla’s increased interest in the potty which is a good and slightly tricky thing all at once. It is certainly fab that she’s trying to become more independent but it’s also giving us even more to deal with. The potty has become really appealing when it comes to bedtime, a nice stalling tactic we think but obviously we can’t get cross about it!
I had my 6 week check and have a clean bill of health, so there is no reason why I can’t start to get fitter and lose some baby weight. I’m not breast feeding anymore so I really cannot justify eating lots of cakes and biscuits any longer!
Unfortunately in Noah’s short spell on Earth he has now already experienced an overnight stay in the children’s hospital. While he lies in his moses basket snoring I sit here in the darkness typing. He has a rash on his tummy and although the blood tests have come back showing nothing conclusive he is in for observation. While here we’ve also addressed the reflux problem that he seems to have, so fingers crossed there will be less puking! *
The next thing we have to look forward to is a family holiday to Coombe Mill in Cornwall in 2 weeks time - we're so looking forward to it, more to come on that! So that's it really, and although we're sleep deprived and fit to drop every evening, we're a very happy family!

*Noah was fine after 1 night in the hospital, unexplained rash was put down to a virus. The staff at Queen Mary's (St Helier) really are fab, I cannot speak highly enough of the staff in that hospital.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Persil 2 in 1 with Comfort - Review


We were sent a bottle of new Persil 2 in 1 with Comfort Liquid Detergent to test and review. It has come in very useful with all the extra washes we're doing as we're now a family of 4 - there doesn't seem to be a day go by without the whirr of the washing machine (very useful for getting Noah to sleep!).  Persil 2 in 1 comes in two variants, Passion Flower - the one we tried, and Sunshiny Days.

We don't usually use Persil, we tend to be a shops own brand user or more recently Fairy since Isla came on the scene. We do however use Comfort Fabric conditioner as I think it has the best, most long lasting smell on our clothes and gets them lovely and soft. Before using it I did feel dubious about using a 2 in 1 product, as surely it can't produce the same results as separate products. I am a bit of a traditionalist as well and feel quite loyal to powder detergents.

What did we think? Well our clothes smelt lovely, really floral and fresh. I used it on our bedding and there is nothing like getting in to a bed that has freshly laundered sheets and the pillow cases smelling clean, it's as nice as smelling freshly cut grass in summer! The whole of downstairs was filled with the heady scent of flowers.

In terms of cleaning power, it was good, I'm not going to say perfect but to be honest I'm finding some of the stains that Noah is creating (I think you might know the kind I mean!) are tough for any detergent to remove completely. What I like about it is that 2 in 1's create less packaging waste and you save money as you're only buying 1 product.

I would recommend Persil 2 in 1 and think it will become part of our laundry repertoire.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Pacapod Sequoia Change Bag - Review


Firstly I have to start by saying, I LOVE THIS BAG! I'm not normally a bag addict, but what I am is a bit of a control freak and I like to be organised and this bag really does help with these aspects of my personality. With the arrival of Noah it's essential for me to be sure I have everything when I'm out and about. 

I was sent the PacaPod Sequoia Change bag to try and review, and before I had it in my possession I loved it because it looked so stylish. It doesn't look like a baby change bag and the outside gives no notion of what it contains inside, which is a fantastic organised system - two 'pods' to contain all your baby paraphernalia and a pocket for your own 'mummy' bits.

Firstly, the outside. It really is a designer change bag. It is beautiful to look at and would suit any fashion conscious mum. I chose the 'mink' colour but it also comes in black. It has a leather covered clutch handle and also has a shoulder strap, long enough to be worn across the body.

Now for the inside: the main bag contains the 'pods' - one for changing and one for feeding. The feeder pod can also be used as a rucksack as it has the straps tucked into the pocket at the back. The changer pod has 7 pockets and they are all marked with what they should contain, which is an excellent reminder system for me because I'm always forgetting to put something in the change bag, like barrier cream/ hand, the little symbols inside the bag really help. The changing mat rolls up neatly and goes into the rear of the change pod, it has a nice fleece bit at the head of the mat so it's softer for baby's head.

The feeder pod is a fully insulated cool bag and can hold up to 4 bottles and can keep them warm for up to 3 hours. It also comes with a detachable bottle cover. Keeping baby's feeding bits separate from the changing items is also better in a hygienic sense.

What I also like about the pods is that they have a clip that enables you to attach them on to the buggy, therefore creating more space in the bag if you need it or also allowing you to take a pod out with you separately of the whole bag. The bag also has 3 pockets, one which the full length of the bag for mummy's bits and pieces, saving the need to take out a handbag as well.

We tend to make sure that the bag is always filled with everything we need and use it at night time when we're up with Noah, the changing pod is always filled for those nocturnal nappy changes.

I would thoroughly recommend this bag to all mummies/ mums to be - I love using mine, it feels designer and when I use it I'm confident that I have everything with me that I need! It is really well made. The materials feel of a very high quality and I reckon it will definitely withstand all the use it's going to get. Get your Sequoia Baby Change bag from Pacapod, retails at £130.

I received a Pacapod Sequoia Bag in order to write this review.



Silent Sunday


 
Silent Sunday

Monday, 15 August 2011

Postman Pat turns 30!


Postman Pat, Postman Pat, Postman Pat and his black and white cat..... who doesn't know the words to that song!?

On the 16th September it will be 30 years since Postman Pat was created and to celebrate his birthday he is asking is fans to send him birthday cards and drawings and in return they will receive a personal message from him!

It's hard to believe that Postman Pat has been entertaining children all over the world for 30 years and together with his black and white cat Jess he has become one of the most loved pre-school characters ever created. As well as watching Pat on TV children can also now play with the toy range from Character Options.

In order to get a personal message from Postman Pat children should send their birthday wishes and drawings to the following address giving a valid email address and the child's full name:

Postman Pat
Evolution PR
The Abbey Centre
Daventry
NN11 4XG

I feel sure that this will make any Postman Pat fans day!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

YourSurprise.co.uk - Great for Personalised Gifts!

YourSurprise.co.uk is an online shop focused on selling fun, personalised gifts for all different occasions and targeted at everyone from babies to businesses. All gifts can be personalised with a photo, text and name therefore making them unique.

I was given the chance to try out the site and make a purchase to see just how easy it is and to look at the range of gifts that they do. The selection on the site is so varied and original, gifts range from bottles of wine with a photo of your choice on it, to personalised songs and the gift I chose to create which was a children's book, Teddy Bear Land, starring Isla as the main character.


Isla loves being read to at bedtime and I decided that she would love a book that she featured in and the timing was perfect as I made the book in time for her 2nd birthday. The book was very easy to make, all the personalisation parts of it are prompted for when you start to make the order. For this particular book you can give the name of the main character and then you can also name 2 friends to star in the book, so I chose Isla's cousin and another friend. You can also write a personal message for the inside page of the book. It was so easy to do and from that point on it was just a case of entering address and payment details as per all other online shops.


We didn't have to wait long for it to arrive from The Netherlands, and when it did (nicely packaged I might add!) I was pleased with it, and knew that Isla would be impressed with her starring role! And she really was. After it was read for the first time, she asked for it again straight away, which is always a good sign. It's a really cute book and I think that a child would be easily impressed if they found that they starred in their bedtime story.

So all in all, it was a great success and I'd recommend YourSurprise if you want to find a gift that you can put your own personal stamp on to make it original.

Most gifts can be delivered within 4 working days and are sent in a fancy gift package! If you spend over £50, you save 50% on your shipping costs!
Check out YourSurprise.co.uk selection for the best gift and personalise it today!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

John Crane High Tea Shape Sorter - Review

Ever since Isla was 6 months old and was given a tea set and plate of pretend cakes for Christmas, playing tea parties has become a regular part of her role play games. She loves pouring tea and handing out the cups to people and pretending to eat cakes, so when we were sent the John Crane High Tea Shape Sorter to review I knew it would go down really well and is also so pretty!


This gorgeous wooden set is a two tiered cake stand and comprises of 15 different shaped and brightly coloured cakes.The great thing about this shape sorter is not only do children learn to match shapes but each of the cakes also has a number on their base which corresponds to the numbered shapes on the stand. Isla is great with matching shapes but the fact that this also includes the extra feature of number recognition is brilliant!

Apart from the educational aspects of this toy it is just so stunning to look at, all the cakes are so beautiful and individual, decorated with strawberries and cherries, they're so girly and sugary! I can see that we will have lots of fun with this and also that it will have longevity in terms of playtime. My Other half also commented on how well made it is and it was very easy to put together.

Since Isla has had it we've had more tea parties than The Ritz! We love this set and I think it would make a perfect gift for any little girl! 

High Tea Shape Matching Set available from all good toy stores including Dillon’s ToyBox , RRP £23.95

John Crane stock many other fab wooden toys, check out their blog here for more information http://www.thejohncraneblog.co.uk/

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Widgey® Nursing Pillow - Review

I was really pleased to be asked to try out the Widgey® Nursing Pillow as last time around with Isla I found that I couldn't get enough of pillows for all different uses - in bed during pregnancy and for back support when relaxing in the evening and then when she arrived for assisting with Isla's positioning when I was feeding her whether breast feeding or bottle feeding. So I became a bit of a pillow addict!

I was sent a fab Cow Print widgey and I couldn't wait to use it.



Widgey® Nursing Pillow is a feeding aid for nursing mothers with a firm filling and removable cotton covers (great for milk spillages!!). Uniquely designed to hug around the mother it removes the need for the mother to clasp both the child and the pillow whilst breast and/or bottle feeding.

The Widgey really has longevity as it's uses are as follows:

- Can be used in pregnancy for back support
- Is used for nursing baby, it hugs round mums body and provides a raised support for baby to rest on as they breast or bottle feed.
- Once your baby is 3 months old he can be rested within the confines of the pillow to aid digestion of his milk
- And lastly once your baby is around 6 months old and attempting to sit up unaided the Widgey can be positioned around the baby so he will be supported if he falls backwards.

So you see it really is worth it's weight!

I've found this cushion really handy now I'm breast feeding, it raises Noah up a bit so that I'm not bearing all his weight on my arms and as I use a different position to feed him on each side it works in both instances. I'm also looking forward to using it to support Noah when he's starting to sit up as I like the fact that it will surround him and it is quite a firm pillow so he wouldn't fall over.

The Widgey has a RRP: £29.99 and is stocked at: www.thebabycatalogue.com, Mothercare, John Lewis, Boots,Toys R Us, Asda, Tesco, Amazon.

I was sent a Widgey free of charge in order to write this review. The opinions expressed are my own.