Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Harleigh - 6 Months Old

Half a year old! That is so crazy. It only feels like she was born a month ago. Third time around goes so fast, too fast. Far too fast!


At 6 months old Harleigh is doing well. Not a great deal has changed in the past month though. She is still having three naps a day and is very up and down with how long they are, typically they last anywhere from 40 minutes to 2-3 hours. At night time she isn't having bottle anymore but still uses her dummy. She has slept 11 straight hours twice this month which was amazing but usually she is up 2/3 times although the worst this month was eight. 

She is still drinking 6oz of milk every 3-4 hours during the day and has just started having food. We are only two days into food but she is doing great so far. We are mostly doing baby led weaning but with some puree thrown in. We are taking it really slow and have a really relaxed attitude, after the other two we know that they all get there in their own time.

She is still sitting on her own and sometimes is really good but half the time she gets distracted by her feet, this girl loves her feet. She will suck her toes and play with her feet for ages.


She still loves her toys and jumperoo. She like tummy time still but get annoyed that she can't crawl. She brings her knees up and tries but has no idea what to do. She still hasn't rolled anymore and barely even tries anymore. She really isn't fussed with rolling, Paige was never a roller either. She loves standing though and much prefers that to even sitting.



She still hasn't got any teeth and I am loving the gummy smiles. She does still seem to be teething but not too badly right now. I wonder if we will get teeth soon.

Nicola Xx

Monday, 22 May 2017

Britax Affinity 2 Review

Having a pushchair when you have a baby is an essential piece of equipment. There are so many options out there sometimes the choice is a little overwhelming. When Harleigh was born we were sent the Britax Affinity 2. I was very excited to test it out and it gets a lot of use on the school and nursery run multiple times a day.

As you can imagine over the years I've used a lot of pushchairs. Some I've liked and some I haven't liked. The Britax Affinity 2 is up there with some of my favourites.



When Harleigh was first born we used the frame and the carrycot. The carrycot is a must have in my opinion for a newborn and I had loads of comments from people saying how nice it was to see a newborn in a proper carrycot. The carrycot is designed to be used from newborn, it is wonderfully padded and provides great protection and comfort for your precious newborn. Harleigh really loved it when she was tiny and I felt like it was really safe for her. It also come with a strap to keep baby still while inside.



The hood can also be adjusted using a simple button on the side. The carrycot is a good size, big enough to have a 4/5/6 month old in but after around 5 months I found that Harleigh just didn't want to be laid down flat.



That is where the seat unit comes in. It is really easy to switch between the two, simply push buttons at the side and the carrycot comes off and the seat unit clicks on. The seat unit is for 6 months plus, although we did move Harleigh a little earlier. Her head control was really great. The seat is fully reversible and also reclines. I love having the option of world or parent facing. Harleigh is still only 6 months old so I much prefer having her parent facing still but once she is older I will move her to world facing.



The straps and harness are adjustable and really easy to use. Harleigh loves sitting up more and looking around. To adjust the seat position is really easy too, again just a simple pull from the back of the seat and it lays down, perfect for naps when out and about.



 The hood on the seat unit is one of my favourite features. Its a really nice size and has a ventilation window and has UPF 50+ sun protection. Some hoods can be too small but this one is perfect.




The foot rest is also adjustable with the click of a button and will be great once Harleigh is a toddler and a little bigger.



The frame is also really easy to use. It has a simple but effective break with green and red to help you remember which side is which. The break location is nice too and doesn't get in the way while pushing. The basket is an ok size but is slightly open on one side which can cause things to fall out if they aren't in properly. The handle can be adjusted too which is great for me as i'm quite petite.




The wheels are quick release which for us has worked out well. We have a smaller car so getting the pushchair in the boot with the wheels on is hard work so popping them off is so much easier. It does fold down well and is a lot better than some other pushchairs I've tried, it also has a handy lock while folded. The ability to take the back wheels off is great and gives you that flexibility if you do have a smaller car. The front wheels can be swivel or can be locked which is great for grass. The pushchair doesn't really well in all conditions, I've even used it in snow without an issue.





We really love this pushchair and can't recommend it enough. I love the carrycot and seat unit and both work really well for the purpose they are needed for. We picked the black chassis and the cosmos black colour pack which I think looks really simple and classic. 

This is the first Britax pushchair we've tried and wont be the last, we love it!!

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - We were sent the above item for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

Friday, 19 May 2017

Review - Bluestone 2017

If you've followed my blog for a few years you may remember that back in 2015 we visited Bluestone. Well at the beginning of May we drove the 200+ miles to go again and boy it was worth it!



Check in was super easy. I used the online check in before we left. I could pop in our car registration and names of the people coming. Harleigh was missing but after a quick phone call to the helpline she was added without any issues. It was super quick and easy. When we arrived we had to wait in line for around 10-15 minutes then drove to the window and got our keys and information pack. We still had around an hour before we could get in our lodge so we parked car up and had a look around until 4:30pm. You can pay for early check in and some lodges do have a 3pm check in but we didn't mind having a stroll around after the long car journey. Checking out is even easier, once your week is up simply pack up and leave your lodge by 10am. You can stay on site and spend a few more hours enjoying yourself which is nice if you don't want to leave straight away. When you do leave you simply drive out and drop your key cards in a box.

We stayed in a Gateholm Lodge. It was lovely, with one double and two single rooms there were plenty of space for us. We also had a bathroom and an ensuite. The Gateholm lodge is upside down so the bedrooms are downstairs and the living area is upstairs. We didn't find this an issue but we did have to be careful to not make too much noise after we put the children to bed as you could hear the floorboards downstairs if someone upstairs was walking around. The bedrooms and bathrooms were lovely, clean and comfortable. Plenty of space to hang clothes and put suitcases but not really anywhere for the stroller although we could of left it outside. 









Upstairs there was an open plan kitchen and living room. It was a lovely size and again very comfortable. In each lodge a high chair and cot are provided which was lovely and Harleigh made use of them. There are also baby gates on the stairs which is always a lovely touch and gives you peace of mind and that little bit of added safety in a new place.




In the kitchen there was also a nappy bin so once you'd finished with a nappy you simply placed in that bin and then it would be taken to be recycled, again a really nice touch especially with two children still in nappies we used the box a lot! 



The resort itself is so lovely. It feels like you are in the middle of nowhere and is peaceful and very green. There are bunny rabbits, bug hotels and ducks on the lake. The older two loved spotting all the animals.





If you don't fancy one of many lovely walks available there are plenty of others activities for you to enjoy, some free and some you need to book and pay for. Before going we tried to book some activities online but unfortunately kept getting error messages, we could of easily phoned and i'm sure could of booked over the phone but we decided to leave it and try book when we arrived. Booking online is advised as activities can get full quickly. We did visit the booking centre while we were there and the staff were very helpful. In the end we didn't book any extra activities because of the times they were on. A lot of activities were on at times that didn't suit our family, for example the kids nap time.




There are lots of free activities to do as well. There's the Adventure Centre and the Blue Lagoo. The Adventure Centre basically has lots of different things inside, perfect for if the weather isn't too great. There's mini golf, a bouncy castle, soft play, play area, lego and a small arcade. This is where the climbing wall and some other paid for activities happen too. Also included in the Adventure Centre is the circus room, this is a big soft play room for under 5's. We love the adventure centre and always make sure we visit a few times during our stay. 





The Blue Lagoo is the water park onsite. It is open to the public as well as guests but there are guest only sessions every morning. It includes water slides, a lazy river, wave machine and play areas. The Blue Lagoo is one of our favourite things to do at Bluestone. Me and Paige visited this time as Parker isn't too fond of water right now. For the water slides children do have to be over 1.1m but if they aren't that tall yet there are still plenty of things for them to do. We had a lovely morning there, everything is clean and the staff are very friendly. There are family changing rooms which is great and very helpful. 




If the weather is nicer then there are two outside play areas to keep the children entertained. One was closed when we visited but that was the one that i feel is more suited to older children anyway. The second which was open is a new addition and the kids loved it. There was a wooden boat, slides, swings, a giant family seesaw and a few others things too. 



There is also the Steep Ravine. We haven't yet tried any activities as the kids are a little young, i think activities start for 6-8 year olds.


We also attended kids hour. This was a free activity held in the village hall one evening. It was run by two lovely ladies who had glitter on their faces, the kids loved it. They played games and made a real effort to include everyone and learnt everyone's names, i have no idea they did it!



Bluestone lodges are self catering but there are a variety of places to eat on site in the Adventure Centre and in the village. There's the Woodland cafe, restaurants and Camp Smokey. We still didn't manage to get to Camp Smokey but we will next time we visit! There is also a shop to buy your essential items, the pasties and pies are so yummy. Things are a little more expensive than a regular supermarket but they are some close by if you don't want to pay the extra although the convenience is great. There is also the new addition of The Chippy. We tried The Chippy and it was really good. It was quite expensive though and a fish alone was around £6. We also looked at the Woodland cafe but again just couldn't justify the £5 price for a kids sandwich and a packet of crisps!




You are more than welcome to leave the site, simply walk up to your car and you can drive away. We did this on a couple of days and there are some great places nearby. We visited Llawhadden Castle, the Dinosaur Park and Tenby. 


Overall we really enjoyed our week and were so sad when it came to an end. We are already looking at going back next year and can't wait! 

Have you visited Bluestone?

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - We spent the week at Bluestone for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Birthday Pictures - Paige is Five

If you've followed my blog for long you will know that i love taking birthday pictures of the kids as they turn a year older. I love having them to compare against the previous year and to see how much they change in years to come. 


Paige is now five and I can't believe that my little baby is so big. They really do grow up so quickly, i swear i only took her two year pictures the other month!

I think looks so grown up in this years pictures. Her face has grown and changed slightly. She looks like a big kid! 






We can't wait to spend another year with her.

Nicola Xx
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