Friday, 24 November 2017

Harleigh 12 Months Old

My tiny little 6lb 14oz baby is ONE! I can barely believe it. Its gone so, so quickly. It makes me so sad.


We still haven't had any steps but she is getting really good at standing by herself, her balance is really coming along. She can now climb on to the sofa and up the stairs. She nods her head for yes, dances to songs and blows kisses.

Another two teeth have cut meaning so now has 6 all together. We've also had a lot more babbling and sound making from her which is lovely. She is usually very quiet. We also had a first word, mama. She said it three times the day before her birthday but hasn't said it again.


She is still having three bottles a day and three meals. We have started to introduce cows milk and at the moment she has half and half for her bottles. She weighs around 20lbs.

Sleep and naps are a little off, we are weaning off the dummy but only on day 2 so far. Any tips?

She is turning into a toddler very quickly and it makes me so sad. I am excited to see when her first steps will be as both Paige and Parker were already running around by now.

Nicola Xx

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Christmas Gift Guide - Baby/Toddler 2017

Next up is the baby and toddler gift guide. I love buying for babies and toddlers at Christmas. I think the things out there are so cute. I tend to do a mixture of toys and items that parents will find useful. I know what it's like to have a house overrun with toys so sometimes giving other little things is nice.




I love the idea of giving a Personalised Christmas Eve Box and Plate for a baby. You would have to give it early for them to use it but if they were really small it could be given on Christmas day and just saved to use until the next year. Its such a lovely, special personalised gift I wanted to include it.



1. Baby rabbit china mug - I love getting keepsakes for babies and toddlers for Christmas. I think a little keepsake plus a little toy makes the perfect present. This mug can be personalised with a name and date of birth on the back.

2. Bashful Bunny - I also love Jellycat teddies. I think they are a little more special than a regular teddy and so very soft. All my children have a special Jellycat toy and we have a few favourites in our house.

3. Harry and Rose Gift Set - A skincare set is always a nice touch at Christmas. Maybe paired with a little toy for baby the parents will always need skincare items for baby. This set from Harry and Rose is very luxurious and smells wonderful.

4. VTech Activity Table - Harleigh has this and loves this. Suitable from 6 months it's a great toy for a growing and developing baby. They can play with it sitting down and when they are ready to stand and play simply add the legs.



5. BBC Children's DVD - With Sarah and Duck, Mr Tumble, Go Jetters and Hey Duggee there will be something you toddler loves. I don't mind my children watching an episode or two in an afternoon when they a bit tired but bedtime is still a couple of away, some quiet sofa time makes the world of difference.

6. Sing-along Mr Tumble - Babies and children of all ages seem to like Mr Tumble. All my three will happily watch him on tv. He's fun, bright and super colourful. This toy is great for a baby or toddler as its super soft too!

7. Halia RoseTeether - A teether is a great gift for a baby. Its always nice for them to have a few different teethers that are safe for them to bite down on and chew. They all prefer different ones and this is one of Harleigh's favourite's.

8. Blade & Rose Leggings - Clothes are a good gift too. As a parent I know how quickly babies grow so they always need bigger clothes. The Blade & Rose leggings are very comfy and cosy and come in so many different designs.  

Nicola Xx

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Christmas Gift Guide - Mums 2017

Next up is my mums gift guide. I feel quite confident with the gift guide as I would love to receive any of these items myself.




1. Pamper Gift Set From Letterbox - As a mum i know how hard it can be to make sure you give yourself enough me time. Getting a gift set as a gift for a mum is a great way to help them chill out a little and make time for themselves. This box is great, it contains chocolate, Himalayan Pink Salts, Bath Oil, a candle and some bath truffles.

2. Braun Satin Hair 7 Hairdryer -  A great hair dryer with many features including colour save technology, cool air button, satin ion technology, antisatic, 2m cord and 2000w. A hair dryer is quite a practical gift and I think feel most women would have one, if there anything like me it's probably on its last legs and they could use a fresh new one.

3. Grace Cole Gift Set - A different kind of gift set to help mum, auntie or even grandma relax. Including a hand cream, bath and shower gel, body lotion and body mist. It even comes in a cute little bag which would be perfect to travel with.

4.  Grace Cole Candle - A gorgeous looking and smelling candle. Maybe you could pair with the gift set to create an amazing present.




5. PopSocket - A great little device which would be perfect as a stocking filler. With loads of designs there will be one you and the receiver will love! They are handy to give you extra grip on your phone or to use as a stand.

6. Beauty and the Beast Chip Mug - I love Beauty and the Beast and think this cup is adorable. I love to collect cups and I know a few others that do too so this would make a lovely gift for a cup or Disney lover.

7. Clarissa Hulse cosmetic bag - A cosmetic or wash bag filled with a small candle or some other goodies would make a lovely gift. I love this one, super bright and really good quality.

8. Ruby + Ed Slippers - Slippers always make cosy gifts. These gorgeous ones are handmade, great quality and very luxurious.




9. Superdrug Rapid-Pedi Foot File - I see Christmas as a time to give give that someone can pamper themselves with. An electric foot file in a gift bag with some fluffy slippers/socks and some nice nail varnish would be a cute gift.

10. White Glo Teeth Whitening Set - A teeth whitening set might not be your first thought when giving a gift this Christmas but if you know someone who prides themselves in how they look it could be a great gift, especially if paired with something else too.

11. House Of Lovely Stuff Tote - A tote is a great gift, some practical but still a nice gift to give. The House of Lovely Stuff totes are great quality and made in limited quantity which makes them that little bit more special.

Nicola Xx

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Harleigh's Smash Cake

Another baby turning one can only mean one thing... another smash cake!!

I loved doing smash cakes with Paige and Parker, even if they didn't got to plan. Parker really did enjoy it more than both girls. Harleigh wasn't very sure just like Paige but she did actually eat some unlike Paige!


It also seems like Harleigh thinks she is above using her hands to feed herself and instead required a spoon! Maybe the only first birthday smash cake to involve the baby using a spoon!!


  

She did eventually kind of get into the swing of it but I honestly thought that she would dive straight in, she usually loves cake! I guess the situation is very different. 





I spend ages making sure the cake was perfect and even made the little topper. I love the pictures I got even if they weren't what I imagined. 

It seems my babies don't really like smash cakes. Do yours?

Nicola Xx
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