Thursday 25 May 2017

A Parents Guide to being Summer Ready

I think it may be safe to say that summer has finally arrived! We’ve had some lovely weather this week and it’s set to see us through the bank holiday weekend too which is fabulous, however, I’m struggling to enjoy the sun as much as I’d like as of course, we now have Mylo to think about and we need to ensure that he’s protected and doesn’t get too hot. 

Millie loves being outside and doesn’t let any sort of weather bother her! She will play outside come rain or shine but it’s how we protect her when she is playing outside that matters most. We’ll ensure she has a water bottle full of cool water or juice, a sun hat on and sun tan lotion to prevent her getting burnt and to protect her skin. She has a Wendy house too which provides much needed shade when she needs it and also a little pop-up tent that she can chill in if the sun does get too much. With Mylo, we have kept him shaded in his pushchair with a mesh cover over him which protects from sun rays and also stops bugs getting to him. In the summer months, we’ll probably be spending a lot of time in the garden so we’ll make sure that he’s also covered in lotion and has hats on to protect his head from the heat if and when it’s needed. 

It’s hard to enjoy the sun sometimes when you have little people to worry about and if you end up spending most of your time shaded rather than topping up your tan, you may want to go ahead and look at getting yourself a tan elsewhere! There’s just nothing better than having a lovely tanned completion and I feel that a tan can sometimes replace makeup! I love having a tan and often get spray tans now I’m a Spray Tan technician and it just makes me feel so much better about myself - it also means that being a busy Mum, I don’t have to worry about spending time applying fake tan or going on sun beds etc. 

If you’re more about the gradual tan and want it to look natural (as if you have been out in the sun rather than getting a spray tan), Ellisons supply the professionals with St Tropez lotions and you can read their summer E-Book here which gives some great tips about getting summer ready whether you’re a Mum, Mum to Be or just a regular singleton enjoying the sunshine! Whoever you are, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the sunshine and get your skin set for summer #ReadySetGlow

What’s your favourite way to get yourself Summer ready?! 
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Saturday 13 May 2017

I had a Baby!

I’d like to introduce you all to our newest edition and our beautiful Baby Boy, Mylo Robert Bailey.

Mylo was born via Elective Section on May 3rd at 9:54am. He was healthy and well and we came home the day after. I’m recovering really well too but have taken a step back from blogging for a while to get used to having a baby around again. 

Stay tuned for regular updates or follow me on Twitter or Instagram for daily photos and to see what I’m getting up to! 

Monday 1 May 2017

Hospital Bag: Elective C-Section

The time has come and I’m due to go into hospital for my elective section on Wednesday 3rd May. I’ll be 39 weeks + 5 day so very close to due date but I’m happy that baby has stayed putt as being in my tummy is the best place for him! When I had Millie, I took so much into hospital with me but didn't actually end up using most of it and also didn’t have things to hand that I wish I did so I’d like to think that second time round, I’m a lot more prepared and organised as I know what’s to come! 

If you’re having a section or simply going into hospital to give birth, take a look at what I’m packing in my hospital bag/suitcase (as it’s easier to carry/wheel with me before and after baby is born)...

For me:
- Slippers as I didn’t take any last time and I was wondering around bare footed! 
- Nighty x 2, easily accessible and loose fitting so they’ll be comfortable to sleep and move in.
- 5 x Black high waisted knickers so they don’t rub on my scar and will hold the giant pads in place.
- Loose dress to come home in so I’m comfortable. 
- Baggy t-shirt + leggings (as a spare outfit just incase)
- Flip flops (however, I’ll probably wear these to the hospital as my feet have swollen already.
- Nursing bra: I have a super comfy one from Bravissimo that un-hooks but has no wiring in so I can wear this for when I’m coming home. 
- Maternity pads x 15 and disposable pants for as soon as I come out of surgery. 
- Breast pads
- Nipple cream as I plan on breastfeeding for the first few weeks (if I can)

- Toiletries including:
Lip Balm
Shower gel
Toothbrush + paste
Feminine wipes
Face wipes 

- Other items including:
Phone charger
Can of Lucozade for after surgery 
Breakfast bars 
Chocolate bar 
Hospital notes
Purse with change in

For Baby: 
- 3 x Small baby sleep suits as we only took ‘Newborn’ for Millie and they were huge on her! These are up to 7.5lbs so hopefully should fit if he comes out the size we’re expecting.
- 3 x Small baby vests
- 3 x Newborn sleep suits incase he is a little bigger and we have another size option. 
- 3 x Small baby vests
- Hat 
- Mittens
- Warm cardigan to come home in
- Newborn nappies 
- Cotton balls 
- Water wipes 
- Bath towel
- Muslin cloth 
- Large muslin swaddle cloth 
- 8 x Aptamil bottles incase he doesn’t take to breastfeeding 
- Blanket  

It seems like quite an extensive list when I look at it like this but I know that I have everything we’ll need without worrying about forgetting anything. I’ve prepared for the poo explosions, blood stained clothes, comfortable fitting things and even both types of feeding options. Adam also has his own bag sorted with camera stuff in, some protein shakes and snacks for himself, a spare t-shirt incase he gets baby goo/poo on him and his iPad etc to watch whilst we’re waiting to go to theatre. 

I just can’t believe how fast this pregnancy has gone and I am so ready to meet my little boy. Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything out!