Monday, 29 July 2013

I'm Getting Married!

After 5 years of being engaged me and Mark are finally getting married. 

When we first got engaged
We planned on getting married a lot sooner. We gave up on trying to conceive after 15 months and started planning the wedding. Then a month later got that precious second line on a pregnancy test. I personally didn't want to be a pregnant bride. I don't have anything against it but it just isn't for me. 

So we waited until now, until it felt right. I'm comfortable in my body again and having Paige there will make our day that little bit more special.

The big date is in November (I'll keep you guessing on that date for now). We are so excited!

Planning is in full force and I'm currently in the process of finding the dress. We then have to sort flowers, buy rings, buy Paige's dress (which is already picked out and so cute!) and just general wedding stuff left.

We are only having a small wedding, with 10 close family and friends at our local registry office. But I think it will be perfect. We have a lovely meal planned for afterwards.

At the end of the day our aim is to get married, as long as that happens nothing else really matters.

I'd love to know your tips for a budget wedding and let me know if you would like more wedding updates.

Thanks for reading ,

Nicola Xx

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Project 365 - Week 30

Monday 22nd July
Snuggling with mummy
 
Tuesday 23rd July
Comfy?
 
Wednesday 24th July
Paige's hair when its pulled straight
 
Thursday 25th July
Little panda socks
 
Friday 26th July
Is Paige's getting the same panda obsession as me? :)
 
Saturday 27th July
Eating her tea with a fork 
 
Sunday 28th July
Big girl
 
 
She is getting so big!!!!!
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Nicola Xx

Friday, 26 July 2013

Friday Chaos Blog Hop

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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Review - Tommee Tippee Aeroplane Spoons and Steri-bottle

Tommee Tippee Explora Aeroplane Spoons

 
I'm sure we have all had trouble getting our little ones to eat at mealtimes and I know I'm constantly looking for different things to make meal times fun. The new Tommee Tippee Explora aeroplane spoons help with this problem. They are a spoon in the shape of an aeroplane designed to make mealtimes a little more fun for you and your child. Suitable from 4 months old, BPA free and a great addition to the Tommee Tippee family. They come in packs of 2 and cost £3.79 and are available to buy at Asda.


 
I will admit they aren't my favourite spoons to use when feeding Paige and she only really gets fed yogurts and pudding now but I do like them. When accompanied with an aeroplane noise Paige loved them. She ate well off them and we didn't have any problems. The shape makes them a little awkward to hold at first but you get used to it.

Tommee Tippee Steri - bottle

A steri- bottle is just as it sounds, a sterilised bottle which is ready to use to feed your baby. All you have to do it unwrap, fill the bottle with milk, feed your baby and then dispose of the bottle after use. It comes with a wide, textured “breast- like” teat, and a special valve, designed to reduce the risk of ingesting air during feeding. They are BPA free and 100% recyclable.  

 
I think it's a great idea. I love that you can pop them in your bag for a day out and have bottles which are ready to go and already sterilised. These would also be great to take on holiday and would take the hassle out of washing and sterilising bottles.
 
When we first tried the steri-bottles I was worried that Paige wouldn't take to the bottles. Since she was a newborn we have used Tommee Tippee bottles but the teats on these bottles are slightly different and at first she wasn't too keen on the teat but it didn't take her long to get used to them.

 

The bottles come in a pack of 2 and 5, costing £2.49 and £4.49 and can be bought from Boots. They hold 250ml and com with full instructions on the back of the packet of how to use them which is very straight forward. They are suitable from 3 months plus.

More information on both products can be found at www.tommeetippee.co.uk

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - We were sent some samples of the products for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are mine*
 

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Pots and Pans


Sometimes the really simple things can make the best toys. Yes it's nice to go out and buy your baby a lovely new toy but even them can get boring.

Paige loves to play with household things. Of course I'm not going to give her something that will hurt her but something she can play with and she loves it. The first thing we tried was playing with pegs and it was a big hit.

So I stepped it up a gear onto pots and pans.

Paige loved playing with the pots and pans. She also had her bricks which she loved putting in and out of the pans. The lids were also a big hit but I think her favourite item was the sieve. It was so funny to sit and watch her play and explore the items. The sheer joy on her face was enough to tell me that it was a big hit. She had a spoon and would stir the bricks just like she sees me doing when making tea.

 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 

Do your children like playing with safe household items?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Monday, 22 July 2013

Top Tips - For Eczema

I thought I'd put together a little post of some of the things that I have tried to help ease Paige's eczema.

1. The first thing we did was change the washing powder to a non-bio one and stopped using fabric softener. At first I really noticed a difference with not using the fabric softener but after a while you don't even notice. The clothes may not smell as fresh as they did but they are still clean.

2. Keep baby in cotton clothing. Cotton clothing allows the skin to breathe and is a non irritant against the skin.

3. Keep babies skin well moisturized. When Paige's eczema was at its worst I used to mosturise her skin after every nappy change. This also stopped her itching so much so helped the eczema calm down.

4. Avoid soaps. Even if they are especially for babies skin avoid them. We have a lot of baby products still unused and unopened. All we use on Paige's skin is Aveeno because the doctor suggested that. It doesn't have that fantastic baby smell like other products but it's natural and soothing on her skin and works really well for us right now.

5. Keep fingernails super short. With short nails they can't scratch or irritate the eczema as much!

All in all trial and error works well. We tried a few different things before we found products that worked well with Paige's skin. Every child is different and not all will react the same to Aveeno for example.

Research different products on the internet, that's what I did. I went on forums and spoke to other mums about their child's eczema and saw what worked for them.

Do you have any tips to share?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Project 365 - Week 29

Monday 15th July
Keeping cool drinking her water
 
 
Tuesday 16th July
Latest obsession
 
 
Wednesday 17th July
14 Months Old
 
 
Thursday 18th July
Lazy day
 
 
Friday 19th July
Summer salad
 
Saturday 20th July
Paige's first plait
 
 
Sunday 21st July
Messy eater
 

I am very excited that I can now plait Paige's hair. I never thought to do it before.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Saturday, 20 July 2013

We Were Brave

If you saw my post from a couple of weeks ago you will remember that me and Paige were planning on going to a toddler group. Well after I wrote that post it actually got cancelled because of a refurbishment that was happening but the next week came around and we headed off.

As we started our 15/20 minute walk to the class I was very nervous but more in a hurry to get there, Paige was non the wiser sat in her pram. We got there and were greeted by the lovely lady holding the class called Charlotte. She was very nice and started talking to Paige asking how old she was. I butted in and said how she was almost 14 months old. Charlotte then made some comments about how big she was 14 months clearly thinking that she was older. On a little side note why do people insist on telling me how big she is. I'm her mum and I spend almost all day with her. I know she is big for her age. There is no need to make 500 comments thank you very much!

After that we went down to the class. There were only 3 other babies with 3 mums there so the class was very small. This helped Paige a great deal. After a few minutes sitting on my knee she was up and running around. The eldest of the other children was 11 and a half months and wasn't walking so they all kind of stayed in the main area while Paige explored.

We played games, sang songs and then had a few different activities which involved balls, scarves, rattles etc. She was loving it all. She, like the other babies, didn't really join in with the songs but she would clap whenever the songs mentioned clapping and I held her for some songs so she could join in a little more. I think that she is just at a strange age where she wants to explore everything but can't quite join in with the songs and stuff.

One of the last things we did was put the children in the middle of the room and play with them big parachutes. Paige loved running underneath, it had everyone laughing. At the end Paige curled up in the middle of the parachute clearly worn out by the group. 

She made me so proud. With her stranger anxiety I thought it would take her a lot longer to join in but she did amazingly well and we are defiantly going to the next one in 2 weeks time.

As for me, I tried to join in convocations but the other ladies didn't really seem interested. They had all been together since the start of the sessions so I guess knew each other pretty well. I'm hoping that over time they will accept me into the group but if not me and Paige will still go and have a fabulous time together.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Friday, 19 July 2013

Friday Chaos Blog Hop

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Thursday, 18 July 2013

14 Month Update



Paige has come a long way this month with food. She will more or less eat anything you put in front of her. She might not like it all but she will try it. She still loves fruit and would eat it all day if you let her. She has had pear, nectarine, cherries and plum new this month and loved them all. Still hates banana unless it is in a puree with other fruit.

 
She naps once a day, normally around 11/11:30am for 1 and a half  hours. Any longer and she doesn't sleep. Goes to bed at 7:30pm and wakes around 7:15am. This is working perfectly for us right now :)

Fits in both 12-18m and 18-24m clothes still. Tops defiantly fit better 18-24m and trousers/shorts 12-18m. Legging in size 18-24m fit her well. She is still quite a big girl but I think her growth is slowing down a bit.

Can you believe she still has 4 teeth?! Surely she has to get some more before she is 15 months old. She acts like she is teething for a few days and then nothing. I think there is defiantly some movement going on. I wonder if she will get the next 4 all at once.


She learnt to say no this month, which is fun :) Apart from that she isn't really talking as much. She will babble and say some words but isn't progressing as much as she has during other months.

Gives kisses and waves a lot more. Used to do both before but stopped doing it when you asked. Now she will give you kisses almost every time you ask. She will also give extended family kisses but she has to know them well as her stranger anxiety is still there but not as bad. She still loves teddies, doesn't really have a favourite anymore but will kiss, hug and try feed them.

 
Still loves to play at the park and will go over bridges and through tunnels. She doesn't enjoy the swings as much as she always wants to be walking around and being nosy. She is also getting very good at drawing and loves it!

 

She loves dogs and cats. If we see a cat or a dog she sits straight up in her buggy, points and wants to go near them. Its so cute!

 
She has learnt to walk on her tip toes and is starting to learn how to go up stairs without bending down and using her knees, if that makes sense? And she is learning how to put shoes on. She gets so frustrated with herself because she hasn't quite worked out how to do it. 

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Toddler Fashionista - I'm Super Cute

See my first toddler fashionista post HERE.

I try and dress Paige so that she is comfy. I can't think of anything worse than wearing uncomfortable clothes, especially when it's warm outside.

All the clothes are from Next not too long along but I can't seem to find them on the website.

The top is very cute, blue with white writing and white stars on the back. I think it was around £5.50.

The trousers are little 3/4 length which feel very comfy. They were £6. They also have a little elastic section inside so you can adjust the waist size, very useful if your baby has a small waist like Paige does. I must admit that white isn't practical and Mark was the one who actually choose these trousers but they wash well!

The little shoes are the same as the last toddler fashionista post and were £10 from Next too.



 
 



Overall I think this outfit is cute, simple and easy to recreate with clothes from all different brands. All the items can be worn with many different outfits ensuring that you get plenty of wear out of them before they are outgrown.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx
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