7/29/2012

Thomas's 2 Month Up Date

On the 27th July Thomas turned 2 months old, I can't believe how fast time is going. Everday I look at him and he seems to be getting bigger and more beautiful :)

So what's happened in his second month. He has had his 6 week check and everything is great with him he is growing nicely. On the 25th he has his 8 week injections and he was such a good boy we had a few tears but he was soon smiling at me again after but got a big niggly in the evening and didn't want to be put down so he had lots of mummy cuddles all night and the day after he woke up in a good mood again :)

Thomas's head and neck are getting stronger all the time he can keep his head up for ages now and it's not very wobbly anymore. He is a very smiley baby he loves being played with and talked to and he is almost laughing now. It makes my heart melt everytime he smiles at me he is absolutely gorgeous.

He is now drinking 5oz bottles of milk and is going about 3& 1/2 to 4 hours between feeds and at night he is sleeping pretty much straight through. Most nights he drops off about 9 and then wakes around 11ish for a bottle and then around 6 so I am getting more sleep which makes for a happy mummy :)

Cheeky chops




Feeding time is getting a little difficult if the television is on as he seems to be more interested in corrie than his bottle :)



7/28/2012

Competition Time

Are you feeling lucky today? Fancy a go at entering some competitions to win some fab goodies?

Kid One Stop Shop have some fab competitions at the minute so why not have a go.

Dribble Buster Competition – Win a Liberty Print Dribble Bib - http://www.kidsonestopshop.co.uk/blog/2012/07/win-a-liberty-print-dribblebuster/  ends 6th August 5pm

Maby Land – Win a lovely Kitty puppet and seat belt covers.

Snugglebundl – Win a fab Snugglebundl Lifting blanket.

Prince Lion Heart – Win a Bike!

 Mushroom and Co – Win a set of Teethers and Bath Toys worth £50 – end 27th August at 5pm

7/22/2012

The Mummy Diaries 22/7/12


Where are these weeks going? We are nearly at the end of July already and my baby boy is 8 weeks old already!

So what's been happening lately well Thomas has been for his first trip up north to see David's family we went on the 7th by train, his very first train journey too, not that he saw any if it he slept the whole way there and back. He was such a good boy even when people were playing pass the parcel with him.

Last Thursday we went for his 6 week check and everything is fine with him growing beautifully, the next thing is his 8 week jabs this Wednesday which I am not looking forward too I don't want my baby in pain. But u know it's all worth it.

We have been on a couple of outings this week too. On Monday we went to the local town to meet up with 2 friends and what a palarva it was getting about in the shipping centre with a pushchair is awful. It was the first time I've been up properly with Thomas and using the lifts was a right faff there is also one set of toilets with baby changing which was right on the top floor and only one working lift! Not fun!

On Wednesday we went for dinner with another 2 friends and Thomas was such a good boy although as usual he decided he was hungry as soon as my dinner came! Why do babies do that?

He makes me such a proud mummy everybody is always cooing over him even complete strangers when we are out and about. I want to get out a bit more now the weather is better. So I'm going to start going for walks in the hope it will start toning me up to so I will let you know my progress.

Make My Heart Melt

A few days ago David and I were traveling home after tea at my dads when David started to try and explain the love he felt for Thomas and it truely made me melt. He described it as a different love from what he felt for me obviously he covered himself by saying he loves me lots and lots but the love he feels for Thomas is completely different he said he thinks about him all the time and when he is at work or just pops out for a little while he misses Thomas.

I know what he means it's a completely overwhelming kind of love, the love you feel for a child nothing on this earth compares to it. It is an unconditional love, a protective love I would go out of my way to protect him from after all he is my baby boy and he depends on me even when he is in his 30's I will still feel this way.

Thomas only has to look at me and give me that cheeky little smile of his and I instantly melt. He will certainly know how to work his Mummy and Daddy when he is older.

7/20/2012

Doughnut Time

I have recently started putting Thomas in his blow up doughnut and he loves it he will spend ages in there looking at the bright colours around him and cooing sweetly to himself. It comes with some little toys that are suppose to hang off bars that go over it but Thomas has more fun kicking them and touching them when they are in the doughnut with him. This is great for stimulating babies as there is lots of different fabrics for little fingers to touch and all of the toys make noises too. Mummys if you don't have one of these I do recommend it :)

7/19/2012

How Does A Mummy Get Anything Done?

Seriously! Where are you suppose to find the time to do everything that needs to be done around the house as well as look after a small baby. Its often 12pm before I've realised I haven't even had my breakfast never mind got dressed or even thought about tidying up.
So I have been looking around the Internet and other blogs so see if I can find some easy to stick do cleaning rotas. The best ones I have found is on http://www.athriftymrs.com/ and in particular her Housewife labels. In one particular post she details her daily cleaning routine which is rather simple to follow its basically doing things as you go along so your cleaning doesn't build up. This is one of the simplest of things that I always seem to fail to do. So I am hoping with a little inspiration from her I can keep to my own cleaning rota.

So Starting from today I am going to attempt to stick to a cleaning rota. I will try to keep up with cleaning as I go along and that way things shouldn't build up and cleaning shouldn't really take me too long.

Monday
Clean kitchen thoroughly and hoover and mop floors.(Floor in bathroom will also be hoovered and mopped as they are next to each other)
Sort through fridge and throw away any out of date food.
Sort and washing out and get it done.

Tuesday
Hoover living room and dining room.
Tidy any of Thomas's toys away that aren't being played with or used.
Run a duster around.
Clean mirror

Wednesday
Tidy dinning room
Throw away any unimportant letters that have been left lying around.
Do any washing that needs to be done.

Thursday.
Hoover both bedrooms through
Empty bins upstairs
Put away any clothes that have been left lying around
Dust bedrooms.

So If I manage to stick to this it shouldn't me more than an hour a day to keep the house spic and span and I should hopefully be able to get all this done whilst Thomas is having his naps.
I will also get Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays off (Obviously I will still tidy as I go along)

7/18/2012

Yummy Mummy - Babyliss pro 230 Elegance Review

For the past couple of months I had noticed my GHDs just hadn't been cutting the mustard. In fact seeing as though GHDs are suppose to be one of the best Straightener brands out there I have never been overly impressed with mine.
So the time had come to find some new ones. So after researching different brands and models on the internet I came across these which had lots and lots of good reviews so I decided to purchase them.

Here is what the Babyliss site says

  • Heats up to 230°C with three temperature settings for all hair types: 180°C, 200°C, 230°C
  • Ready to use in 15 seconds
  • Advanced Ceramics™ technology gives ultra-fast heat recovery to ensure constant high heat performance
  • 1" super shine titanium-ceramic plates for a smooth, sleek finish
  • 25 % longer plates for fast styling
  • Ionic technology for frizz-free shine
  • Multi-voltage for worldwide use
  • Luxury storage pouch
  • Heat proof mat
  • Auto shut-off
  • 3m salon length cord

First of all aren't they pretty? They are a beautiful sleek nude pink colour and come with a stylish pouch to keep them in, but to be honest I think I may use this as a clutch bag as I have a dress that this will go lovely with!


Anyway enough about the prettiness lets get on to the important stuff, like do they actually work. Yes they do! The straighteners have 3 different heat settings depending on your hair type. Number 1 for very fine hair or if your hair only needs a quick going over. Number 2 for medium thickness hair and for hair that has been coloured (this is the setting I use) and then Number 3 is for thick to afro hair.

After 15 seconds you are ready to go, I love how smoothly these glide through your hair. I hate, hate, hate straighteners that tug and pull your hair but these are just perfect no tugging at all.
With my GHDs I found that I still had to go over the same chunk of hair quite a few times but with these I find twice is enough, which cuts the time it takes to do your hair. Perfect for Mummys who don't have ages to sit and straighten their hair.

These straighteners have Ionic technology which helps to tame frizz and make your hair lovely and shiny. Now do beaware these do make a buzzing noise don't be worried that they are faulty, this is the noise they are suppose to make to show it is working.



Would I recommend these? You bet I would, I would tell you to get these over a pair of GHDs any day. Plus these were only a fraction of the price, I got mine from Argos at only £31.99.

Marks out of 10? I would give these 8.5 I have only had them a short time but already it's love. Apparently these are brilliant for curling too but I have not tried this yet so maybe if I can achieve curls with them they would be well on their way to 10/10.

7/16/2012

Yummy mummy - Sale Bargains.

After 9 months of not really being able to buy any nice pretty clothes due to my expanding bump, as soon as I gave birth and started to loose weight I couldn't wait to buy myself some nice new clothes. With a new baby and being on Maternity pay as you know money is a little tight but we all deserve treats once in a while, so you just have to be clever when your spending your money. I have been busy buying some new bits from Ebay (I will be doing a seperate post on that) but after having money for my Birthday I had a quick little look in the sales to grab myself some bargains.

Here's what I got



I got 2 tops from Matalan for £8 each. I love these pastel shades, These tops are a little sheer but not so sheer you can see absolutely everything underneath.


From Tesco I got this beautiful sheer chiffon style mint green blouse which was reduced down to £4!
A gorgeous Ombre effect Jumper that was reduced to £7 I love that it has 3/4 length sleeves too
And finally I got these shoes in the style of Toms but for a fraction of the price at £8.

I have refrained from going proper shopping to save a bit of money but to be honest i'm much more enjoying bargain hunting on Ebay at the moment. Infact you could say I am a little obsessed! A post to come on that soon.

7/15/2012

Yummy Mummy - What's In My Bag

If you follow bloggers who are part of the Beauty and Fashion communities you will have seen this bag hundreds of times but I finally gave in and bought myself a "Focco" Or as you can find it on Ebay a Designer inspired stud bottom bag. Here is where I found my Bag

I had no problems with the seller, the bag was dispatched promtly and arrived in great condition and was packaged really well and it came with it's own dust bag.



I have been using it none stop since I got it and used it when we went to visit David's family and it was full to the brim and it is still intact which I am pleased about as I was worried it would just be a flimsy thing
I decided to do a "Whats in my bag" post to show it off and plus I love these types of posts because I am nosey hehe.

So what do I keep in my bag.


My Keys
Paracetamol
Johnsons Handcream
Carmex
Eyeko Lipbalm
D&G Light blue - My favourite summer perfume
Notebook
Filofax - Even though I can't remember the last time I used this!
Pen
Kindle
Purse

7/14/2012

Never To Early For A Book

Long before Thomas was born I have been picking up little books for him mostly from Charity shops or if I see them on Sale anywhere. When he's a little older I will start adding a bedtime story in to his bedtime routine.
My parents always read with me which I think gave me my love of books and I have always been a good little reader. So I think this is important for me to take time and read books with Thomas to get him off to a good start ready for when he starts school. Yes I know it's a long way off but like I say it's never too early.
So during my last trip to Matalan I notice they had a stand with lots of cheap books so I picked a few up for Thomas to add to his growing book collection.

We had a little read through one of the books. He loved looking at the big bright pictures he couldn't take his eyes off them.



As you can see they are cheap as chips so I would definately recommend you go check out the books in Matalan. Let me know if you come across cheap books in other places too :)

7/13/2012

I Wonder If...

...Thomas will ever enjoy bathtime?


We managed a smile when I was washing his hair, but as soon as I put him in the bath to wash him he screamed and screamed :( I've tried warming the water a little more and talking to him and trying to make him smile. Any other ideas?

7/12/2012

Yummy Mummy

As my blog is Yummy Mummy training I thought why not incorporate my love of fashion and beauty in to it. This way I can also keep my toe in the fashion and beauty community. Plus nobody wants to be a frumpy mummy do they?

So from now on I when I am talking about all yummy mummy things I will include it in the title.

7/11/2012

Tommee Tippee Powder Dispensers

If you have a baby you will know when it comes to going out anywhere for any length of time you need to take absolutely everything but the kitchen sink with you. For me taking feeds is the most faff, I first bought an Avent Milk powder dispenser which looks like this. Click Here

 Now I do like this it's handy if you are going on a short trip as it only holds three feeds worth of powder. So when I was going anywhere for any length of time I still had to take my big bulky tin of powder which when you already have a big changing bag full of a variety of things is far too bulky.

So after seeing these I knew I had to get them.
They are handy little tubs that you put your powder in and they sit inside the bottle each tub can hold up to 8 scoops so they will last you until your little one is on 8oz and they fit inside the 260ml bottles.

Now there is a couple of ways you can use these, you can either fill the bottle with boiling water and keep it in an insulated bag to keep the water at the right temperature if you are going to be using them within a few hours, Or you could keep the boiling water in a flask and pour in to the bottle when you need it then you just remove the lid on the dispenser and then pour in to your bottle and give it a shake and then let it cool down until its the right temperature for your baby.

I personally think these are great and well worth the £3.99 I paid for 6. You can also use them at home as they just make the whole process of preparing a feed a lot quicker when you have a baby demanding his bottle.



7/06/2012

My Cesarean Experience

If you read my birth story post you would know that a cesarean was not what I was wanting when I was going through my birth plan with the midwife. I had wanted a nice active calm labour and didn't really give any thought to a C-section as I was thinking I would be doing it all naturally. Thomas had other ideas though (Birth Story)
Having a Section was no where near as bad as I thought it would be. Obviously it was scary as it was an emergency c-section but there was no pain when they were actually delivering Thomas as I was able to have some of the glorious gas and air as they were giving me the epidural and then I went numb.

When Thomas had been born we were taken to recovery until I started to get some feeling back in my legs which I think took a couple of hours and even then it was only very slight movement. We were then taken to the ward to try and get some sleep. In the morning I was able to move my legs quite well but thankfully I still had no feeling in my tummy. Mid morning a midwife came to remove my catheter and drip which wasn't very pleasant, I was then encouraged to have a shower. I was a little shaky on my feet at first but taking it slowly I was fine.
I was taking paracetamol and Diclofenac which is an anti-inflammatory and I also had to give myself injections to stop my blood from clotting as I wasn't able to get up and walk that much. I also had some rather sexy green support stockings to wear. The pain killers only took the edge of the pain for a short time after the epidural had completely worn off so walking was rather painful and I couldn't straighten up properly.
Sleeping or trying to sleep was pretty awful thank god for hospital beds moving I had to sleep pretty much sitting up because lying flat was pretty impossible. During my stay in hospital I tried to move about as much as possible so that I wouldn't seize up.

Once we were discharged and were at home things were a little more difficult during the first week. We have quite a low settee so sitting down and getting back up was really painful. David had to take Thomas off me before I could stand up.
Getting in and out of bed and doing the night feeds was something I dreaded as it put quite a lot of pressure of my tummy so David had to help me with that too.
After a couple of days at home I started to get a bit down as I was in what seemed like constant pain my tummy was so painful still along with sore boobs. I just felt crap and looking after Thomas was a struggle as I couldn't just get on and do things I had to rely on David which was frustrating for me. I'm so so glad he had 4 weeks off work.
When I took the dressing off the pain was much worse as there was nothing supporting the wound and to make matters worse I had the stitches with the beads at the end which caught on everything. On the Saturday which was a week since the section I had my stitches removed made everything a lot easy and also I found it much easier to move about and I could start doing more.

Over the few weeks the pain got less and less moving about was much easier as my scar started to heal. Now nearly 6 weeks after the section I barely have any pain now, occassionally I forget myself when I sneeze and that hurts you need to support your scar when you sneeze and in the early days also when you cough.

With my next pregnancy I would definately rather have a natural birth if that is possible, but if I had to have another cesarean it wouldnt be that bad. Having a baby is more than worth the pain

7/05/2012

Things I Miss About Being Pregnant


If you had of asked me back in May what I would miss about being pregnant I would have said absoutely nothing. I was 14 days overdue and permantly uncomfortable suffering from terrible heartburn all the time. Not being able to put fasten my own shoes and my fingers being so swollen I couldn't even wear my wedding ring.
But now looking back at my pregnancy I had it very smooth and now I have a couple of friends who have recently announced they are pregnant and seeing their updates on facebook and twitter has made me actually miss being pregnant.

So what do I actually miss. 

*My bump believe it or not, even though in the last couple of months I was fed up of feeling like a hippo and hardly being able to lift myself of the settee (We definately need a higher one before baby number 2 in the future) My Son was in that bump growing in to the beautiful baby boy he is.

*The kicks, even though they were uncomfortable at times and kept me awake past 1am most mornings. It was my son moving about and stretching and I loved it. Lets face it, its a very very special thing Daddys will never know what it feels like.

*The Ultrasound scans. That first time we saw our baby at the 12 week scan David and I both welled up seeing this tiny little thing fluttering about on the screen was the most amazing thing ever. Wondering how he/she would look and what they would be like when they were born. Then the 20 week scan was even more wonderful when the sonographer told us we were having a little boy.

*Midwife appointments. Even though peeing in a pot every couple of weeks was a pain. I got to hear my babys heartbeat and have him checked over to make sure that everything was ok and that he was growing nicely.

*The anticipation and excitement of what to expect, wondering who he will look like and what it will be like to become parents for the first time.

*Shopping, buying all of the things our little boy would need. I use to look at his clothes all of the time take them out of the drawers unfold them, fold them imagining what he will look like in certain outfits.

Pregnancy is the most amazing thing ever and I'm already looking forward to the next although not for at least 2 or 3 years. The end result a beautiful baby is worth all the morning sickness, heartburn, sleepless nights and stretch marks.

The Mummy Diaries 5/7/2012


I thought I would start a weekly diary where I write about my week so again it's something for me to look back on and remember what it was like being a new mum. I will probably write my diary entry every Sunday as that's the end of the week.

This week has been very tiring Thomas has been rather grizzly especially in the evenings. He doesn't let himself fall to sleep easily so I think it's just that he's letting himself get over tired, but I think also he has had a bit of a bad belly but I think that's going or gone now.

On Saturday night I had a couple of hours of and went out for a drink and yummy ice cream with my friend Jo. It was the first time I had been out for a couple of hours since before Thomas was born. Although I did miss him it was nice to just get out of the house for a couple of hours and to be Sarah not just mummy. It was the first time David had been on his own for any length of time at night which is when Thomas is hardest to settle and he coped really well which I knew he would. I think he just panics and worries that Thomas will be difficult and won't settle, but he really has nothing to worry about he's great with him.

I opened Thomas his very first bank account on Monday too as its never to early to start saving for his future.

Yesterday the parent practitioner came to do a bit more baby massage but I haven't really had much chance to do any yet with him because he doesn't like being fussed about with yet and it gets him more worked up than calming him. I will persevere though as it would be nice to use it before bed so he knows in the future that is part of his bedtime routine.

I had a tattoo yesterday which I posted a photo of on here last night. It's given me the bug again I'm already thinking about one that I want on my foot but I'm going to hold off until Christmas I have to space them out or else I would be covered before long.

I'm going to my dads tonight as sort of a birthday tea because it's my birthday on Saturday but I'm going to Barnsley at the weekend to see davids family because it's also his birthday on Monday and plus his family haven't seen Thomas since just after he was born and his aunties and nan haven't seen him at all yet. So the little boy will be having endless cuddles off them all this weekend :)

7/04/2012

Thomas Is 1 Month Old

On the 27th June my little boy was 1 month old, I can not believe just how fast the month went! He is already changing so fast he's beginning to fit in to more and more clothes as he is getting chunkier he is getting proper little rugby player thighs which his Daddy is very proud about.

So at 1 month what can Thomas do?


He has started to smile and no it's not just wind as he smiles when his Daddy and I talk to him and play with him I'm still trying to get a proper smiley picture.

He is holding his head up for around 10 minutes now on his own. He has held his head on his own for a few seconds to a minute since he was a day old, but now his neck is getting stronger and stronger.


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He is becoming more and more alert everyday and is staying awake a lot longer during the day. He loves it when you carry him around so he can have a good look around and he loves looking at big pictures you can tell he is taking in all of the different colours.

He has started to sleep a bit longer during the night now. He usually has a feed around 10:30 -11pm and then wakes between 3 and 4 and then wakes again between 6:30 and 7 and he naps most of the morning away too which is good it means I get a chance to have a snooze too. He feeds lots now during the evening tanking himself up so he can sleep longer. I think in the next couple of weeks we will put his feeds up again as he is draining most of his bottles then he may even miss out the feed in the middle of the night.

We can finally dress him in more outfits Yippeeee. During the first couple of weeks he could only wear sleepsuits and 2 dungaree outfits. My mum had to go out to but some newborn trousers for him but even them have only just started fitting him.

New Tattoo



Just a quick post to show off my new tattoo dedicated to my beautiful boy. I absolutely adore it, i'm already planning my next one. I have been bitten by the tattoo bug again.

7/03/2012

Is Breast Always Best?

*Please note these are my own opinions*

Towards the end of my pregnancy when I started to think about how I would feed Thomas it seemed the only option for me would to breastfeed it gets pushed on to pregnant ladies so much you feel like its the only thing you should do, even considering bottle feeding seems like it is frowned upon by many midwives but for some women it just doesn't seem to work.

After I gave birth I had skin to skin with Thomas and he latched on properly himself and I thought wayhayy this is going to be a doddle. How wrong was I? The next day we tried feeding him again and he seemed to forgot what to do. I did have lots of midwives on hand to help which did help with showing me what do to but I felt like I had to force Thomas's head to stay in place which I didn't like to do, he kept wanting to pull away and just suck the very end of the nipple which began to make me sore. The more I moved Thomas away for get him latched on properly the more he screamed in frustration and the more I got frustrated. We then saw a breastfeeding nurse who showed me different positions none of which Thomas really liked.
The whole experience was beginning to make me sore I was beginning to dread feeding time. On day 2 Thomas decided not to latch on at all but the midwife still kept thrusting him on me make my nipples so sore having to deal with that as well as a sore tummy from having a Cesarean was beginning to get me down. I then had rather a moody midwife who told me to express some milk and then she didn't actually stick around to show me how. When I couldn't express anything because my milk hadn't come in they decided to feed him some formula to make sure he was getting some food.

I stuck at breast feeding over the next few days and when I went home I began to get really down and teary over it and absolutely dreaded the next time he would need a feed because it was so painful. I persevered and tried to use a Tommee Tippee hand pump which was next to useless and didn't work.
When I next saw the midwife I explained the problems that I was having and I asked about turning to bottle feeding as it was beginning to get too much for me, I was quite suprised when she had a positive reaction, she told me to do whatever was best for Thomas and I. So we changed to the bottle to take some pressure of me. I did try to still do a couple of breast feeds during the next couple of days even though Thomas and I were a lot calmer as he wasn't as hungry it was still very difficult to get him to latch on.

I made the decision to stop breast feeding to be honest I felt awful about it and got very teary when I spoke to my husband about it, I felt like I was failing. The health visitor made me feel better though as she told me Thomas had the best stuff, the colostrum during the first few days. Looking back now though I know I made the best choice by stopping as I would have got more and more down and you don't want anything spoiling your first few weeks as a new mum.

Will I give it a go in the future? Of course I will, I will try again with my next child if that doesn't work and I was to have more children I would still try. I'm not completely against breast feeding. It just didn't work for me and Thomas this time.
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