“Do you feel done?”

A question I found myself thinking after I had a natural straight forward birth experience with my Second Daughter.

As soon we arrived home and a Midwife visited the next day, she said goodbye and said we’ll see you for the next one,m I said you won’t but then thought…..hmm I thought I just didn’t feel ‘DONE’ She told me you know when you are DONE.

A couple of years flew by and I felt like things were starting to settle the girls were/still are good sleepers and I was starting to feel better in myself and even loosing weight and we’d just had an amazing holiday to America.

There were times when we’d discuss the idea of a third but it brought up so many points to consider. Yet came back to the decision we were more than happy with our two amazing girls.

So when considering another child, you think where will he/she sleep long term, the car you need to get another type to fit all three in full back car seats if they all still need them ( we did!) A couple of months before we did decide to go for an SMax. ( I missed my old car for a while because it had lots of nice extras ) Even though the Ford SMax is super economical and spacious so perfect for a larger family.

Splitting attention was also a tough one to think about and how would I even manage to look after three being so outnumbered? and then how would we arrange their bedrooms?

My third pregnancy was extremely hard. I was very sick for the first 20 weeks and then my gestational diabetes came back and had to take continually upped amounts of insulin and had numerous urine infections and more issues on top of all that, which I won’t go into.

When I found out I was expecting baby number three we were in absolute shock! However after the news had sunk in we were so excited and couldn’t wait for our growing addition to arrive.

Someone once said to me, You never regret the children you have and that is so very true.

I also think it’s more of a challenge with your first because you have to build the family and your whole life changes beyond recognition, However any subsequent children just fit into the family that has already been made.

So in May last year our final baby, Jake arrived ( we knew his gender from a scan in January 2018 ) and couldn’t be more happy, he completed our family perfectly. Yes at times it is a juggling act but my older girls are great with him and completely adore him. Jake’s face lights up when he see’s them.

Would you like a larger family? I also fully appreciate it is not always a choice for everyone.

baby bump

Baby Bump Number 3! Induction started ……. May 2018

Early January 2018
Gender reveal – January 2018

Gummee Glove – For all teething stages

The Gummee Glove comes in stages 1-6, covering from 0-33 months old ( also catering for children with additional needs) 

My baby has been wearing the 6 months plus size, which fits perfectly on his hand and didn’t come lose. 

The bright high contrast pattern and colours jumped out straight away at my baby,  The older children were also intrigued and headed over for a play,  they hadn’t seen a teether like it before. 

Gummee Glove

I was very impressed with the design because the glove stayed on his hand, as most other teething toys get dropped on the floor repeatedly then need cleaning which is a pain when out and about. As anyone with a teething age baby knows they drop toys or food continually. So the Gummee Glove was a revelation in this respect, far less bending down for me!

I love that the silicone teether can also be pulled out if required, but also stays held in. You could even add teething granules or gels to it, for helping to soothe sore gums. 

The crackly material also intrigued my baby along with the silicone sides where he likes to chew or hold onto with his other hand. 

The Gummee Glove is 100% cotton, the teethers are food grade silicone, BPA and Phalate free. The Glove is also machine washable and has a travel pouch included for hygienic storage. We love the Gummee Glove and would highly recommend, this would make a great gift for a friend at a baby shower or with a new baby, So definitely worth checking out www.gummee.life

Thank you Gummee for kindly gifting us the Gummee Glove, all opinions are my own. 

Gummee Glove

A What if bag?

After my baby was taken into Hospital last week with Bronchiolitis, He and I spent several hours waiting before being admitted to a ward, After it got me thinking that as parents we should have a bag ready to go and packed with a few essential items should we suddenly need to stay away, be it at a Hospital at a relatives or even getting stuck at work when the roads are un safe to drive due to snow ( this has also happened to me )

So in the just in case bag I have now packed

Clothing – Something warm ( big cardigan ) believe it or not the Hospital was freezing as under a air conditioning vent . I’ve also put a pair of leggings and a T-shirt just to freshen up.

Jumper

Clean Knickers, Socks, Bra,Slippers plus a nightie or pjyama’s- Simple but so necessary

Socks

A vanity bag – Mini Shampoo, Conditioner, Showergel, Tooth brush and Toothpaste plus deodorant,sanitary products, face wipes and moisturizer. (Pretty much the bare minimum to feel vaguely clean, I have major OCD and have to shower every morning without fail and wash my hair ) annoyingly I cannot break this habit.

Vanity case sample size toiletries

Spare change and a snack  ( although a bit tricky because it could go off )

Mobile phone charger or charge pack. I’ve seen these for really reasonable prices recently.

This is just for the main parent/ carer, Then I would tell someone where it is in case you need it. ( To my Husband it is the black bag on top of my wardrobe )

Do you have a bag like this packed? Would love to hear what you pack?

Xx

Bassetts Multivitamins ( Ad)

Recently we were given the opportunity to trial Bassetts Multivitamins tailored for ages 3 -6 with Talk to Mums.

Giving my children a vitamin daily is something I aim to do, however in the past hadn’t always remembered consistently.

The Bassetts Multivitamins are soft and chewy in various flavour’s so appealed straight away to my girls who are 3 and 6 years old.

At breakfast each morning I like them to have either cereals or toast ( my eldest won’t eat toast  but will have a cheese and ham toastie  – very continental! Plus at least one piece of fruit normally apples ( has to be a red one ) , grapes or strawberries and a yoghurt. I feel especially as we head into winter a daily multivitamin rounds off their breakfast nicely.

My girls do have a bit of a sweet tooth, so I was pleased to see that they contain no added sugar, as they consume enough already. As a Mum I try to do my best for my children so giving them a daily multivitamin gives them a bit of an extra top up that they may be missing especially with one of my daughters being quite fussy at the moment, although I am hoping this to shall pass! as they say, whoever they are!

The girls say the vitamins make them happy because they have a smile on them. This has also been their opinion on the Bassetts Omega 3 and Multivitamins that come in a orange flavour with no reports of a fishy aftertaste = Happy me!

The Bassetts Multivitamins contain vitamin A, B6, C and D to help support healthy eyes, skin, teeth,bones, muscle and immunity.

Currently on offer in Tesco at 3 for the price of 2 each pack contains 30 vitamins.

Pampers Pure Nappies and Wipes

I was very happy to be asked by Pampers to be one of the selected parents in the UK to trial the new Pure range

Pampers Pure

The pure range provides up to 12 hours of dryness like the other Pampers nappies. Yet they are clinically proven for sensitive skin on even the most delicate of little bottoms and are so soft!

The new Pure range of nappies are made with new plant based materials, premium cotton, sugarcane based material and responsibly sourced pulp whilst also being made with 0% perfume, chlorine, bleaching, latex.

The Pure wipes crafted with organic cotton are made up with 99% water and 1% gentle skin protectors, 0% perfume and alcohol free.

I’ve been trialing these nappies and wipes for 5 days now and I am very happy with the results. They fit my little boy comfortably, the designs are very cute ( my favourite being the milk bottle one ) as love clothes in that design too.

The Pampers  Pure nappies also withstood 2 explosions which normally would have been up to his neck ruining whatever he was wearing, so this was a huge plus for me.  Also after a full nights sleep, he woke up with no leaks and seemed very happy, Something I shall be recommending to my friends who are pregnant and those who have young babies.

The Pampers Pure wipes are also great and can be used on newborn skins as they are so gentle.

I also feel more aware now of how much better these nappies are for a baby’s skin and the environment compared to cheaper ones that are not made in such a considerate way.

*I have not been paid to write this review but was provided with a pack of nappies and a pack of wipes to sample.

#PurePioneer#PampersSquad#PampersPure

 

Newborn Sleep Deprivation

When I had my first baby at the age of 26, the sleep deprivation was something, somehow I was NOT prepared for!  Despite all the advise I’d been given. ( The photo above was from 15 weeks ago when I had my third baby )

From the moment my little girl was born, Breastfeeding was quite tricky and frustrating as what ever I did I couldn’t get her to stay attached! I had lots of help from various staff on the maternity ward yet it was so tricky to get going, these difficulties I think added to the pure exhaustion early on. What I would come to realise is that it was a skill that I needed to learn as I hadn’t been a Mum before and she hadn’t been a baby before and I think that’s a great way to look at.

I finished work just two days before I was induced because of Pre-Eclampsia so barely had time to get my head around going from work mode to being a Mum.  Once my little girl arrived I started noting every time she fed and everytime I woke up! The latter I wouldn’t advise.

I even kept the record of that sleep schedule on my phone to remind me in the future.

I remember feeling so tired that I could barely function, I don’t think I slept at all until she was about 14 days old. It was hard going and something that I wasn’t prepared for, For some reason I just thought I’d go home and go to sleep for 7 hours. Hilarious looking back now!

So what I learn’t by the second/third time round, was the following:

  • Don’t record your awake times ( Record feeds if it helps, but if feeding is going well I wouldn’t worry )
  • Use a swaddle with a zip up the middle like the ‘Love to Dream’ ones.
  • Understand  that newborns feed little and often because of their tiny tummy’s even more so with breast milk as it digests very quickly.
  • Only change their nappy if full or a poo
  • Put them to sleep in a crib next to you as soon as they are asleep sleep yourself even if you only get an hour it all add’s up and will help you the following day
  • Get out and about in the fresh air
  • Have a low dimmed light on all night ( I found this to help as could see what I was doing in the middle of the night )
  • A little tip I saw on the internet was to place a warm hot water bottle in their cot, then remove allow to cool a little ( test with your own hand/ elbow ) when you feel it’s not hot lay the baby after a feed and I found this really helped my baby feel able to sleep.
  • Rest/ sleep in the day if you can ( annoyingly I never could!)
  • In advance of your baby’s arrival do a good food shop if you can and freeze meals or buy ready meals for when you are just too tired, if all else fails get a takeaway – you deserve it!
  • Drink lots of fluid, water if you can it really helps with milk supply
  • Eat regular meals and lots of snacks
  • For me having a shower every morning really helped, especially as I found you sweat more post birth and if breastfeeding it’s nice to not smell of it ( again a personal thing ) Having a shower really made me feel better and far more awake.
  • Another useful idea for night feeds is having a little area in your room with all the supplies you need for the night for me it was ( glass of water, cereal bar, changing mat, nappies, wipes or cotton wool and a change of clothes in case of a poo explosion )

Last of all, Remember this too shall pass and  before you know it your little baby will start sleeping longer stretches.