Monday, 24 July 2017

Buying second hand for Baby


Since I was around 12 weeks pregnant, I started searching on eBay and Gumtree for second hand items of the bigger items we needed and to prepare for the baby... When we had Millie, we bought everything full price and wasted a lot of money in the long run as I didn’t feel comfortable buying second hand, but with Mylo, anything I could get second hand or even slightly discounted, I did! The main things I wanted to get were the Travel system, Snuzpod and a Changing table... everything else I was happy to pay whatever I needed for them. 


eBay was a great way to find items that were local to me and an amazing way to save money too! I actually bought quite a lot of Mylo’s clothes from eBay as there were a few bulk buys on there for £20-£30 and the clothes had barely been worn! Some of them even had tags on still and there were items from Next, Mothercare, Joules and Gap, massive bargain as I got clothes that ranged from 3 months to 9 months to see us through! Don’t be put off buying clothes second hand - I must have only spent £50 on full priced items, the rest were from eBay or charity shops! 

I managed to get our Snuzpod from eBay too paying just £100 for it and it was practically brand new! The previous owners had used a sleepyhead on top of the mattress so it had barely been touched! It even came with a mattress protector and sheets so we saved well over £150 buying that second hand. We did need to travel to Rugby for it though (around 30 miles) but the petrol used to go and get it still made it cheaper than buying it full price! Don’t worry if you don’t drive though, don’t let places like eBay put you off as there are some fab ways of getting large items delivered like this eBay courier, Shiply for a reasonable price! If you’re buying a big item and getting it for quite a discount then it’s definitely worth looking into getting it delivered. 

We also got this amazing changing table off a friend - it was originally pine but with a lick of paint we turned it into our own changing table and absolutely love it! You can find similar items on eBay and don’t be scared to paint or amend anything to how you want it to look! The tin of paint was a couple of quid and the baskets were £1.99 each from Home Bargains - a perfect place to hide away all the bits and bobs needed for baby!


Even though I bought a lot of items second hand, I still plan on selling whatever I can on to others through similar sites or even on the selling pages on Facebook. Larger items are easier to maintain and sell on as long as they’re in good condition and even if you get a fraction of the price you paid for it, when it all adds up its completely worth it! I just have to sort through Mylo’s clothes and bulk them all together and I’ll have my first lot of clothes to sell on and I’ll continue to do that over the next few months! 

(Collaborative post)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Contraception after having Children

Now, it may be a bit of a touchy subject to cover but, if you’re reading this then the likelyhood is that you either A), already have kids, B) are pregnant with kids and are dreading the day you have to consider contraception again or C), are just curious as to what this is all about because you saw a couple of condoms on the picture... Am I right!? 

contraception

Well, now Mylo is now 3 months old, we’re back into the swing of things (in that department) and I’ve started to consider my options when it comes to contraception. Ideally, the best and most permanent thing to do would be for Adam have the snip but, realistically, that’s not going to happen as we’re still both really young so the balls in my court unfortunately and means I’m left in control of birth control. Condoms are our best friend at the moment but they aren’t really the most ideal or the safest way to make sure we have no more babies! 

Previously, before I fell pregnant with Millie, I was on the pill (Microgynon I believe?) but I was actually taking this when I fell pregnant with Millie so when she was born, I wanted to go for a safer option and decided to have the implant. It worked great for me for just over a year with no side effects what so ever. However, fast forward 18 months and I started getting horrible mood swings, felt so depressed and actually had to start taking the pill alongside the implant to balance out my hormones which went against my reasons for having the implant in the first place. So, my implant was removed and I went cold turkey for a few months until we decided it was time to try for a baby... Fast forward a year and here we are. Back to square one, if you like. 

ONE condoms

ONE condoms

Now, with the pill, implant and ‘going cold turkey’ being ruled out this time round, I’m left with very few options, these being; the injection and the other being the coil. Neither really jump out to me, especially with the injection being similar to the implant and filling me with fake hormones, the copper coil is really the only one I’m left with an is really the only one that seems like the best fit at this moment in time. I’ve done a little research and spoken to my doctor about it too and it does seem to be the one thats ticking all the boxes but I think I’m going to give myself a few months to recover fully from my c-section, take things carefully and ensure we’re always using protection no matter what, and then see what happens. For the time being though, we’ve been using these ONE condoms which are great and there are so many types! They even have glow in the dark ones - something that made me giggle! The fact that they come in these plastic tubs is also quite appealing as they don’t actually look like condoms, quite obviously they are but they don’t have that boring packaging like all the other brands do and, they’re actually cheaper than your ‘well-known brand’. I’m past the days of going to the family planning clinic and getting free condoms unfortunately... 

So I’d love to hear about what contraception you use and whether you changed at all after you had children. Have you had any bad experiences or better still, do you have the coil? I’d love to know what you think and whether you recommend it at all?! 
(Contains PR sample*)

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Mylo Bailey


I thought I’d do a little introductory post on Mylo and how we’re getting on as a family of 4... 


Mylo is now 8 weeks old, I’m yet to do my birth story but I don’t know if it’s worth writing as it all went so smoothly! After having an emergency section with Millie, I opted for an elective section with Mylo and was so happy with my decision! He was born on 3rd May 2017, the day our 3, became a 4 and our family was completed! 

He is such a happy, content baby - completely different to Millie however, I’m sure it seems easier as we’re a little more clued up on how to do this parenting thing, Millie was a big shock and the first year was basically us winging it! He weighs around 11lbs now (not had him weighed recently) and loves his milk - he has been having 6oz bottles for a while now. 


He loves to be sat up watching whatever is going on and loves kisses and raspberry kisses! He is definitely a Mummy’s boy too (which is what I wanted!) and knows instantly when I’m in the room. It’s so lovely having him around at the moment - I cherish the days where it’s just me and him when Millie goes to Pre-school but I also try and split my time between them both when she isn’t. It’s difficult to juggle, I must admit, and having 2 definitely tests my patience but I know that in a few months time, Millie will be able to play with him and entertain him a lot easier than now - he does know who she is though and there have been times that she’s sat and spoke to him and he’s smiled one of his gummy smiles at her! 

The only thing we’re still working on is sleep. It can vary from night to night and he seems to have meltdowns at around 8pm most evenings which can be super stressful, especially when I have Millie to get ready for bed too! I’m sure whatever it is will pass and he will settle in time because he loves his sleep but for now, we know this period is short and we’ve got much better things to come! We use Ewan the Dream sheep like we did with Mille to settle him to sleep most evenings but he is quite happy laying on his cushion and nodding off there too! 


Monday, 5 June 2017

Sleep

Mylo is 5 weeks old now, how time flies! But saying that, it means we’ve now had 5 weeks of that lovely broken sleep - waking every 3-4 hours and having to see the following day through whilst feeling like your eyes aren’t even open! For the first week, we slept downstairs with him so that we could nap whenever we could without disturbing each other and doing this meant we at least got a block of around 4 hours each per night. 


When it comes to having a newborn, people are quick to comment on the ‘no-sleep’ aspect of it all but the truth is, it’s such a small part of whats happening and you forget about it when you experience all of the other things... First smile, giggles, cuddles, even the first time they sleep through! I’m not saying that it’s easy because it isn’t and that’s coming from someone who loves to sleep but if I can power through then anyone can! 

We still work on a shift basis now, for example, one of us will do the 10:30pm feed whilst the other one goes to bed and then the other will wake up for the 3/4am feed allowing each other a good 4-5 hours sleep if not more. It’s all about communication and teamwork, I think, and I hold my hands up and praise those Mums who do it alone! One thing that definitely helps me to wake up feeling relatively human though, is having a good nights sleep! When I was pregnant, I was propped up with so many pillows, pillows under my side, in between my knees, everywhere! But it meant that I was supporting my body and was comfy too - even on the sofa now, I prop myself up especially when I’m feeding Mylo and it helps so much! 


Even Mylo has his own little pillow to help him sleep, especially if I’m just getting ready - I pop him on his Babymoov Cosydream and he’s supported really well. 

If you’re struggling to sleep or even get comfortable in bed, take a look at this little adjustable beds video and see if there’s something you can change to your sleeping arrangements to help you become more comfortable! Take it from the #SleepExperts and grab a good nights sleep whilst you can!