Thursday, 17 August 2017

Fisher Price 'Butterfly Dreams’ 2 in 1 Soother + Giveaway

If there is one thing that we have used religiously since having Millie and Mylo, it’s White Noise. White Noise can help to block out noises of street, home and everything else which may stop you from getting to sleep. Not just used for babies either - we have used white noise ourselves to help us sleep when we’ve struggled and it really does work. I think you focus on the noise whether its the noise of a rainforest, a fan/hoover type sound or a light lullaby, whatever it is, it’s designed to help soothe and settle. 

We have a Ewan the Dreamsheep for Mylo and Millie still uses hers too, its a great way to keep baby settled and you simply click each foot to play a variety of white noise sounds however, it only lasts for 20 minutes and you have to manually click each foot. So we were eager to try the Fisher Price ‘Butterfly Dreams’ soother from Fisher Price when it arrived and have been using it ever since. 

It has a variety of white noise sounds, soothing lullabies and nature sounds, a projector light that has lovely stars and moons projected onto the ceiling, colour changing night light which gives a gorgeous glow to the room and a cute little butterfly bear that can either sit in the nightlight or can be removed and used as a toy. 

The one thing I like is that is has different timers that you can set so there is an option of 10 minutes, 20 minutes or 30 minutes and also different volume settings too - so it will automatically turn off and you don’t have to worry about turning it off yourself. Milo tends to fall asleep pretty quick but we take longer and often rely on the white noise to get us to sleep too so we leave it on for 20 or 30 minutes. 

If you don’t want a standalone soother, you can also get a 3 in 1 projection mobile which has the same sort of features but hangs over the cot. As Mylo isn’t in a cot yet, this is the best option for us and it can be moved into his nursery too! 

I’m also giving one of these away over on my Twitter so head on over and simply Retweet my tweet! I’ll be announcing the winner this weekend! 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Bobble Art at Intu Derby

We’ve been looking for new things to do this summer and because the weather has been pretty poor, it means we’ve spent a lot of time indoors. But rather than not doing anything or going to the same soft play, we took a trip to Intu Derby, our local shopping centre, as they have some fab events and activities on for the kids this summer! 

Along with all of the mall activities, Bobble Art had their own in-store activities which included Arts and Crafts for all ages, imaginative play and creative play too! They have a lovely, child-friendly store which encourages children to play and explore with toys for all ages, including ones of Mylo’s age, going right up to ages 14/15 years old. There are painting books, puzzle pieces, backpacks, travel accessories, stationery and lots, lots more! Millie loved playing with some wet and dry paints which is a board that when wet, looks as if it has been painted and then once it’s dry - you can do it all over again! It’s a great way to keep her entertained and I don’t have to worry about the mess either! 

We were also given two amazing goodie bags when we left - one for Millie and one for Mylo. Millie received a Ballerina bag and a Magnetic board in hers and Mylo got a little rucksack (which is going for up Christmas when he’s big enough to use it) and some little animal figures! It was so lovely of them to cater for both children and we also bought some little bits too! Millie loves tattoos at the moment so she got a set of unicorn tattoos (amazing) and a little coin purse which actually went with her bag! 

You can arrange childrens craft parties with Bobble Art which is a fab way to keep kids entertained and an alternative birthday idea too! Take a look at their Facebook page to stay updated with any events and activity days they have on in store. 

Friday, 11 August 2017

My Breastfeeding Experience

August is Breastfeeding awareness month and I thought I would share with you my experiences of Breastfeeding... The good bits, the bad bits and the ugly bits! 

As you know, I had Mylo back in May and Millie is now 4 years old. I knew that when I fell pregnant with Mylo, I wanted to breastfeed. With Millie, it was the complete opposite. I didn’t feel like I wanted to even try - I wanted the ease of being able to go out if I still wanted to and not be overwhelmed with constantly feeding a newborn baby. I did actually feed Millie once as we had our first bit of skin to skin but I couldn’t get on with it after that as I was so sore from my emergency section and so tired, I didn’t have the patience. The midwives tried to get her to latch but it wasn’t working - I was becoming more and more frustrated and so was she, so she had her first bottle in the hospital and took to it fine - she was bottle fed ever since starting on Aptamil and then having to move to Aptamil comfort as she suffered with trapped wind and would bring a lot of her bottle up. 

I didn’t ever feel that I had failed as I knew that I wanted to bottle feed her anyway but I think it’s important to say that whether you have breast or bottle fed, no-one else will know. It’s not like you can point out these people in the street, it doesn’t make a difference in the long run so why beat yourself up about it at the time?! Luckily, I was never pressured to breastfeed, obviously the midwives promote it as it is seen to be better for both Mum and Baby for bonding but both times, it was completely my choice and the midwives supported it completely. 

When I had Mylo, I wanted to try and breastfeed for as long as possible and if not, at least try and combination feed. When I came out of theatre, Mylo happily latched straight on and fed for a good half an hour, after that, it kind of went downhill. I struggled to get him to latch but he was quite clearly hungry, and he took a liking to one boob over the other meaning that I was starting to get sore on that one. The midwives helped lots trying to encourage him feeding on the opposite boob every other feed and they even came and hand expressed for me to get the colostrum out to syringe feed him. During the night, I remember getting a bit teary and worked up because I was becoming sore and could see that Mylo was clearly hungry so I buzzed for a Midwife and asked if it was ok to give him a bottle... she told me that it was completely my choice and if thats what I wanted then go for it! So, I did. I gave him a bottle and didn’t feel bad about it at all. He drank it so fast and secretly I was relieved. From that point on until a little over a week later, I combination fed him. I mainly breastfed first thing in the morning, in the afternoon and last thing at night with bottles in between and it meant that I got some rest and Adam also got chance to bond with him. There was no problem with this whatsoever. Until my milk came in. 

My milk took a little longer to come in and didn't officially appear until Day 6 so I was simply just giving him whatever I could and essentially, topping up with formula. The day my milk came in, it all changed. I was in so much pain, literally toe-curling pain, I couldn’t do it anymore. I was feeding Mylo around 10am and sat crying because I was in so much pain. He was feeding fine but the pain was simply unbearable. I had to give up. I just couldn’t put myself through it when I knew that he had taken to bottle feeding fine and it meant that I wouldn’t cry every time I fed him. I felt kind of sad that I couldn’t do it - not because of the ‘hype’ surrounding breastfeeding, but because of the bond we had whenever I fed him. It’s an unreal feeling and I’m glad that I got to experience it, however, this was something that also made me want to stop...

Adam admitted around a week into being back at home that he was struggling with bonding. He hadn’t felt that overwhelming rush of love yet. He hadn’t bonded because he hadn’t had time to! Because I was focusing on feeding him either breast or bottle, Adam had missed out on the chance to feed him and bond with him. Those hours where you simply just look at them quietly and let the love sink in had been stolen from him because I did all the feeds. I hated this and reassured him that it would come... a few days after, that feeling subsided and everything just felt right. I had made a decision that wasn’t just best for me, but also for my baby and my partner. 

Breastfeeding is such a controversial topic, not amongst Mums but amongst everyone else. Whether it’s people judging others when they do it in public, health professionals pushing it onto new Mums or friends that have had such success giving false hope to Mums. Hopefully, hearing 2 different stories of my breastfeeding journey will give an insight to what it can be like to breastfeed if you’re thinking about doing it yourself. Don’t get me wrong, I fully support it for those who can do it but I honestly don’t feel that it matters - if formula wasn’t as good as breastmilk then it wouldn’t have been made and we wouldn’t be feeding it to our children. A few things that I couldn’t have done without whilst I was breastfeeding though were the Lanolin nipple cream - this stuff was a lifesaver when my nipples started to crack and also a well-supported nursing bra. The one I used was from Bravado - it was so comfortable and I actually still wear it now. It was fully supportive especially when I was sore and aching once I had stopped feeding and had removable pads too! What I did was took the pads out and replaced with nipple pads to soak up any leakages! 

But, when it comes to breastfeeding - it’s not Breast is Best, it’s FED is best. Do what’s right for you, not for everyone else! 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Holiday Moments of 2017

I can’t believe that we’re in August already and the weather seems to have taken a step back! We had such glorious sunshine at the start of the summer and now, all we’re getting is rain! I’m glad we have already had the best of it and made use of it whilst it was here!

We went on holiday earlier on this year due to having Mylo and of course, being on maternity meant we got to miss the school rush and the increase of prices! Even though it was only a week down in Cornwall, it was a week away for us all to spend some quality time together! We have returned to the same place in Cornwall for 3 years now and plan to return next year too but I thought I’d share with you some of the memories we made whilst we were away! 

We may be taking another little trip later in the year if we’re able to so it might not be our last holiday of the year however, I’m not sure we’ll get the weather we did when we were in Cornwall as it was beautiful the entire time we were there! 

It’s lovely being able to make memories and capture them - both Me and Adam love taking our camera out with us wherever we go, especially when we’re somewhere as beautiful as Cornwall and Truprint have made that easier for you to do too where you can turn them into a canvas or phonebook! If you sign up to their email subscription you also get an additional 15% off your order! We’d be lost without our pictures, we take so many and look back on them year after year, I think we definitely need to take advantage of getting them printed rather than just keeping digital copies - it makes it a lot more sentimental I think to have them to hand.

What are your favourite holiday moments? 
(In collaboration with Truprint)