Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Day Out | Hope Nature Centre & Animal Park



Hope Nature Centre and Animal Park is a charity run by young people with learning disabilities in Southwick, Wiltshire. The charity was founded in 2000, in May 2006 after six years of fundraising the tea room opened.  The following year chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, goats and a pony all found a new home in the nature centre and May 2008 saw the opening of the animal park.  The park is now home to may more animals and has approximately 700 visitors a week. 
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Staying Cool During Pregnancy | Cool It Mama Spritz

I had my eye on the Cool It Mama spritz for a while before purchasing it and having used it constantly over the last few months I have to ask myself why I didn’t pick it up before.  To be honest, probably as I was sceptical about a product that is meant to cool you down, but it really does work and not only that, it smells beautiful. 
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Tuesday 10 | Baby Names We Love But Won't Be Using


Choosing a baby name is to me, one the most important and overwhelming task you're faced with as a parent. We've never been particularly bothered about choosing a name that's trendy and standing out and being different has never been in the forefront of our minds. To us it's about the child and their future.  Regardless of how we may think our society act, people seem to be judged on their names, so we have always taken this into account.  I think it's important to imagine a name you like on an adult as well as a child, to me some names are absolutely fitting for a baby but maybe not so much for an adult, and vice versa. 
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Monday, 14 August 2017

Maternity Style Top Picks | Autumn/Winter Edition


I am a HUGE fan of clothes shopping, but I have to be honest, maternity clothes don't really do it for me!  I find a lot of them to frumpy and ill fitting - for me anyway.  I wouldn't call myself a style icon or even particularly fashionable, especially during pregnancy.  At the moment it's hot, so I've been living in shorts and vests (pyjamas at home!), but as I getting bigger Autumn/Winter will arrive, my least favourite seasons which isn't a great time to be struggling for outfit ideas! My go to maternity clothes are leggings, a long vest and cardigan or jumper.  I have some maternity jeans but I'm yet to find a pair that I really love. I also don't think you need to invest in a great deal of maternity clothes, but I do like to have a few staple items which I can mix in with my normal clothes. 
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Friday, 11 August 2017

Managing Your Time & The Demands Of Having a Toddler And A Newborn


Managing your time equally between your toddler and newborn is something, with the best will in the world, you can't prepare for. Thinking the other day about Emelia, and how well (on the whole) she has adapted to a new baby made me think how I'd feel if Brett came home one day and said "This is my new wife! She's going to be around for the rest of our lives, I'll still love you and spend time with you but she will need to be included in everything."  Umm, I don't think so! Far fetched I know, but for your toddler, this is how things can seem the second they meet their sibling, and more so from the moment they're brought home.  Excitement is likely to be the first emotion displayed, it certainly was for Emelia, but the realisation that a new person has joined the family and steals a lot of time with mummy and daddy means the tantrums begin to set in and all hell breaks loose.
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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Pregnancy Update | First Trimester + 6


This update is several weeks late, but better late than never right?  When I found out we were expecting again I couldn't wait to start documenting everything, particularly as I had never done so before.  From day one we have been faced with hurdles and uncertainties surrounding the viability of the pregnancy.  Fortunately, the baby has been developing perfectly and on that front there are no issues. Having lost a baby late into the second trimester and then a premature labour and delivery with Oscar, we were told from the outset the chances of another preemie are extremely high or I could miscarry at any stage.  We've had a few scares already but the staff at the medical centre and my consultant at the hospital have been outstanding, I'm being closely monitored and they're doing everything within their power to keep this pregnancy going for as long as possible.
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Baby Shower Gift Guide


Baby Showers are more popular than ever before, for us in the UK it seems anyway.  Not something I've ever had personally, but they are something I have (and seem to be a lot recently) shopped for.  I have to say, I am one of those gooey women who love looking at anything baby related. I definitely get over excited when it comes to cute baby items, a cuddly toy, blanket or even a nicely dressed crib! So whenever one of my friends is expecting I love to look around and see what's new in the baby market.  When it comes to buying new baby or baby shower gifts I think we can all agree it's much more exciting to choose a pretty outfit or snuggly teddy over something practical like carseat adapters or a steriliser. I've rounded up some cute (and hopefully semi practical) items which I think are perfect to both give and receive, these are all personal favourites of mine, some of them I've received as gifts and some I've bought for friends.
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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Tuesday 10 | Travelling With Children


Tuesday 10, a new series I'm bringing to my Blog! As I'm travelling back to the U.K next week what better way than to kick off our first post with my 10 Top Tips for a relatively stress free travelling experience with children. 
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Monday, 7 August 2017

Oscar's Journey - 7 Month Update


I am SO behind on Oscar's updates that I almost gave up with them, but this is my attempt at getting back into the swing of them! 

So here we are, Oscar is 7 months old - How that happened I don't know.  It's so cliche to say but the time really has flown by.  For the most part we are lucky and he is a happy and easy baby. The only issue we have really had has been his feeding.  He has never been a brilliant feeder, something that's always been put down to him being premature, but I always had a nagging feeling that there was something more going on.  Whenever I took him to be weighed I would mention that he wasn't feeding well, he would take ages, sometimes up to or over an hour for a few ounces. He'd cry, vomit and had nasty nappies.  For weeks and weeks this was dismissed and I was told to 'see how he goes.'  I think the doctors were getting irritated by us taking him in frequently saying we (I) thought something was wrong with him. 

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