Saturday, 31 May 2014

Me and Mine - May

Yet another month has passed in the blink of an eye. I feel like this month was quite a big month for us. Paige turned two! I still can't quite believe that we have a two year old. It seemed very fitting that our pictures this month were from her birthday weekend that you can read about here.


I love that you get a little peak of bump in this months picture as this month may also have been our last as a family of three. I'm not due until July 4th but if baby boy decides to come early then he could very easily be a June baby. That is quite scary to be honest!


Again they aren't perfect pictures but they don't need to be. In fact none of us are looking at the camera this month but they are real. They capture a moment that we will never get back. I also love that the cake is in the picture as I made it. I stressed out so much over it and in the end it was perfect, Paige loved it!

Next month I will either be very, very pregnant or our new baby boy will be joining us in a picture.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx


dear beautiful

Friday, 30 May 2014

Pregnancy Sucks

Yep. I said it. Pregnancy sucks. I hate to moan about such an amazing thing but sometimes the hormones take over!

I do feel so very grateful to be pregnant. With Paige we had a long road of trying to conceive and this time we conceived very quickly but I believe that it happens when the time is right. I know a lot of people struggle a lot more and some never make it. This does make me feel bad about moaning but I'm trying to keep it as real as possible on my blog. I've never met anyone who has a perfect pregnancy the whole way through with no complaints at all. If that's you then I must say I'm jealous.

For me it started in the first trimester. Morning sickness. It isn't nice throwing up multiple times a day. Not every woman gets morning sickness but a lot do and it isn't very nice. I ended up in hospital on a drip and then on sickness tablets. A lot of women suffer a lot worse and have to stay in hospital.

During the second trimester things tend to calm down a lot. You mostly feel good. Your energy comes back and morning sickness normally fades away. Although it can last all the way through your pregnancy. I am very thankful that mine fades in the second trimester.

Then you hit the third trimester. This for me is hard. I've found it really hard. I have just weeks left and I'll be honest a part of me is wishing them weeks away. Between the heartburn, tiredness, extra weight, trouble sleeping, random aches/pains, the annoying braxton hicks, mood swings, water retention, stretch marks and running around after Paige it is hard. There have been times when I've sat and cried, the joys of crazy hormones. Sometimes you need to be that crazy pregnant lady who cries at the drop of a hat or eat one two many chocolate biscuits.

I always remind myself that my body is doing such an amazing thing. I'm carrying around a 5lb+ baby who is gaining weight and developing very quickly. I wake up and thank my body each and every day for been able to create and nurture a growing baby. I feel very lucky and know that it is 100% worth it.

But it is hard.

What do you find hard about pregnancy?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Review - Three Little Dinosaurs Egg Rescue*

Another month and another fabulous book from Parragon Books.

Paige will actually sit down while I read quite a long story to her which is lovely. She loves them even more if it has animals in as she loves to join in with the sounds they make.

The Three Little Dinosaurs Egg Rescue is such a cute book about three dinosaurs. One of them has the arrival of a little brother or sister to look forward to which is perfect for our situation at the moment. He and his friends have to watch the egg while mummy dinosaur has a shower but the egg gets stolen by a naughty mammal and the story is about how they get the egg back.

 
The story itself is cute and funny. It is perfect if your little one is about to become a big brother or sister. Even though it is about dinosaurs Paige loves it. She actually has loads of toy dinosaurs so this book is actually perfect for her. The pictures are also lovely and keep Paige entertained while I'm reading.

The book is priced at £5.99 which is very reasonable like all Parragon books.

Don't forget to check out Parragon Books on twitter and the website.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - we were sent this book for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

First Time Painting

Can you believe that Paige made it to 2 years old without ever painting. We've done loads of crafts over the past few months but for reason I'd always left painting. We have done hand and foot prints with paint but that's it. Maybe I was too scared of the potential mess, I'm not sure.

 
For her birthday we got her some paint and paint brushes. She had no idea what they were when we opened them on her birthday but she defiantly knows now and loves them as much as I thought she would!

She's always loved colouring so I knew that paint would be a big hit too. She is quite funny about getting messy though. She doesn't mind when she is eating spaghetti bolognaise but when playing with chalks and things she hates her hands getting dirty. This was the main reason for getting the paint brushes as I didn't think she would like finger painting.

I laid down a washable mat and sat Paige at her little table. I then got card, paint, a paper cup and a paint brush. I was putting little blobs of paint onto the opened paper cup as a sort of pallet. She loved every second. It was so cute watching the concentration on her face as she mixed the colours. She preferred to stab with the paint brush rather than paint proper brush strokes. I think it's because it was her first time but after a few minutes she did realize that she could use longer strokes.
 
 
 
She loved painting so much and her first two pieces of art work are now displayed proudly in our kitchen. I can't wait to see what she creates next time and how her painting skills develop over the next few months as she gets older. She didn't really make as much mess as I thought she would. I think I had more paint on me from opening the tubs.

 
It looks like painting will become a favourite craft activity in our house. Does your little one enjoy painting?
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Nicola Xx

Monday, 26 May 2014

Bump Update - 33 Weeks



This week baby boy is getting even bigger and is still putting on around half a pound a week. He may also be around 44cm now. He should be head down and in position for birth but is unlikely to engage until I'm much closer to giving birth... I've heard that this is quite normal with second babies. Whereas with Paige started engaging a good month or so before she came.

My symptoms this week.. I randomly get heartburn if I lay on my right side. If I switch to my left it nearly always goes away, it's so strange.

I've also had a lot of Braxton hicks this week. I had tons with Paige too so it's very much the same this time. I'm still praying my labour won't be as long but we will see I guess.

Baby boy still moves around so much. When he moves now my whole belly moves and not just one place. I feel his hiccups around 3/4 times a day and some days I feel them in a different place each time. I'm hoping he is still staying head down as he is going to run out of room soon. You can nearly always see his hiccups from the outside too which is quite cool and I've actually managed to get a video.

This week has also started the tired and uncomfortable stage of pregnancy which isn't fun. I'm trying to slow down a little and take it easy but that's easier said than done with a toddler to run around after.

My feet are sometimes puffy at the end of the day but Mark will occasionally give them a rub and this helps a lot. I'm also trying to drink lots of water.

We also celebrated Paige's 2nd birthday this week and held a little party for her. It was quite tiring for me but totally worth it!

Don't forget to check out last weeks update and Paige's 33 week update.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx



Mother's Always Right

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Paige's 2nd Birthday

I didn't want to do anything too fancy for Paige's 2nd birthday but I defiantly wanted to do something to make it special for her as her last one as an only child.

We decided on a family day in the garden on her actual birthday and then a little party the day after with a few friends. We were luckily blessed with some lovely sunshine which made the whole weekend even more amazing.

Her birthday was spent mostly outside in the garden with family. We opened presents, played with new toys, ate cake and pizza. Her main present from us was a slide so Paige basically spent the whole day going up and down that. The joy on her face was amazing to see and she didn't stop smiling the whole day.

 
 
 
That night I spent making party food and cake. After all what's a birthday party without cake. I know I could of saved myself a lot of hassle and worry and just bought a cake but because I made her 1st birthday cake I kinda wanted to make her 2nd birthday cake too. Hopefully I'll make her cake each year and each year it will get better and better. I love baking and really enjoy it. I decided for a sprinkle cake because I think they look quite cool and seem quite easy. I really enjoyed making it and I think it turned out ok even if it is a little wonky. What do you think?

 
The next day came and so did her party. I actually had a couple of people cancel but all in all it was lovely with the few that turned up. We spent the day in the garden again chatting and watching the children play. We then ate party food, opened presents, sang happy birthday and tucked into the cake!


After a couple of hours people left and we got out birthday girl all to ourselves which I have to say was lovely.

 
 

 
 
We had such a lovely weekend and I wouldn't of changed a thing about it. I still can't quite believe that Paige is now TWO!
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

2 years of Paige

When Paige was first born I wanted to take a picture every week to chart her growth and how she changed. Although I probably have taken a picture of her everyday it's hard to keep track of them so her monthly pictures have come in handy.

Now I have a set of 25 pictures, one  as a newborn and one for each month of her life so far. Its amazing to see how she has changed. I wish the pictures were all in the same place or in a similar outfit but sadly they aren't. I still love these monthly pictures of her and I still think she can see a big difference between the months.

So here is my baby from a newborn too a 2 year old...

Newborn
 
1 Month
                                                          
 
2 Months
                                      
 
3 Months
                                      
 
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5 Months
                                                       
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24 Months
                   
Did you take weekly or monthly pictures of your little one?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

24 Months Old

My baby is officially two. I have no idea how that came around so quickly.

 
This month started off with tantrums and plenty of them. This included screaming and tears. Let me tell you it wasn't fun. It only lasted a week or so and then stopped. Now if Paige doesn't get her own way she normally walks off to a corner and just sulks for a little bit. Its pretty cute to be honest, hehe. Along with this she says no to everything. Even if she wants something and you ask her if she wants it she will say no.

Her speech is still coming along and she now puts two words together a lot more often. She will also point at things and count them up to three. After the third she says two again. We are working on the rest but she knows how to count and points at things and says the numbers. She still isn't one for repeating words that we say but she has her way of communicating with us and it works well for the most part.

 
She is still doing really well in her toddler bed and has even started napping again. She previously stopped at 18 months and now 6 months later she has started again. She was getting so grumpy around 4/5pm so we decided to try to get her to nap and it worked. She now naps around midday for 1 and a half to 2 hours. I never let her sleep past 2pm as I don't want her bedtime to be too late. When she didn't nap she would be in bed and asleep for 7:30pm. Now she naps she is normally in bed and asleep by 8pm. She tends to wake between 6:30-7:30am which isn't so bad as I'm normally awake.

A big thing this month is her walking up stairs. She will walk up and down stairs like an older child/adult. She holds onto the rail and walks up or down normally. It freaked me and Mark out the first time she did it as she has only been crawling up and down stairs since we moved house as at our other house our stairs were far too steep.

She is still very into crafts, play doh and cooking. She doesn't really draw as much now, she used to love it. She is still obsessed with her bear and will not go anywhere without him.

I'm now off to cry a little over the fact that my baby is two.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

Monday, 19 May 2014

Bump Update - 32 Weeks


This week baby boy is now around 42cm long and gaining weight fast. His lungs wont fully develop until just before birth but baby's born now have a very good chance of survival. He may also have a full head of hair by now... I guess we will see :)

I've noticed a couple more stretch marks this weeks, mostly on my lower belly near my belly button.

I'm finding it hard to sleep again and regularly wake up around 2/3/4am. Once I wake I tend to find it quite hard to go to sleep and stay asleep and I'm sometimes wide awake around 6am in the morning. I have started napping this week though as Paige has suddenly started napping again. I normally only manage an hour or even half an hour but just laying in bed and resting helps.

I can defiantly tell that my uterus has grown this week. It feels a lot higher up and sitting upright is getting uncomfortable. Baby boy still feels pretty low compared to what Paige did.

I've had slightly less heartburn too which is nice but this seems to vary on a daily basis. When I do get it, it's mostly right before bed or during the night.

My skin has broken out a little this week too. I'm still getting a ton of Braxton hicks and baby boy is still wiggling up a storm. I have noticed that he does tend to have a day or two a week when he will be really quiet and hardly move. He is still also getting hiccups 2/3 times a day.

I think we have sorted out our pram situation. We are going to buy a new car seat that fits onto two of our pram chassis we already have. We will then get a buggy board for Paige to stand on. I'm a little nervous at the fact we won't have a double and I'm not sure how I'll cope when I'm on my own with them both but we can always buy one after baby boy arrives if I find it too difficult.

Don't forget to check out Paige's 32 week update and last weeks 31 week update.

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx



Mother's Always Right

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday!


The day has suddenly crept up on us. It felt so far away but today our baby girl turns two. I still can't believe she isn't the newborn that we brought home from the hospital. She is now a beautiful little girl with a totally different hair and eye colour. She has the most amazing personality which grows more even day.

Babies change a lot in their first year of life but they also change a lot in their second too. Much more than I ever imagined.

This year will see Paige becoming a big sister and growing and changing even more. I'm sad to say goodbye to my one year old but welcoming my two year old with open arms and I cant wait to see what this year brings.

Happy 2nd birthday, my beautiful little girl.

We love you loads Xx

Friday, 16 May 2014

Tomorrow You Turn Two

Last year on this exact day I wrote this post.

I remembering writing it so clearly. I cried during the whole thing and now a year later I've read it again and cried some more.

I still remember the night before and the day you were born so clearly, I don't think I will ever forget. Another year on and my memory is a little more fuzzy but I always have your daddy's amazing memory to help me out and fill in the missing parts.

We all looked a lot different two years ago, especially you. I will always see you as my tiny newborn with dark hair even though now you are my beautiful toddler with such light hair. Its crazy how much you can change in two years.

Me and daddy have changed too. We got married during your second year and that day will always remain very special to us. In my eyes it sealed us together as a family and we now all share the same last name. We had aimed to get married before your second birthday but we never thought it would of being possible. We had also wanted to start trying for a little brother or sister before your second birthday too. Little did we know that we would be 7 weeks away from your baby brothers due date!

I hope you enjoy your special day tomorrow and your party on Sunday. I know you will be spoilt by all family and friends.

But for now mummy wants to remember the day you were born and remember her tiny little newborn...


All my love,

Mummy Xx

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Review - Motorola Digital Video Monitor*

When I was pregnant with Paige I researched a lot into different baby products. One of the main things was a baby monitor. As a new parent sleep is probably one of the biggest things you worry about. Whether it's not getting enough or worrying that your baby is sleeping too long. A baby monitor can help calm your nerves, especially when you move your baby into their own rooms.

We first got a simple baby monitor and it did the job but I hated not seeing Paige. There's something about visual confirmation that puts you at ease even more. One of the reasons we never purchased a video monitor was the price. I'll be honest I thought they were too expensive and not worth the money.

Now I think very differently.

When Asda Direct got in touch and offered me the Motorola video monitor to review jumped at the chance. Paige is nearly two but I still use the baby monitor every single night without fail and with baby boy due in a couple of months I was in the market for a new baby monitor anyway.


The Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor has many different features. It has wireless technology, a 3.5 inch colour screen, up to 300m range, infrared night vision, out of range alert, stand, temperature display and 5 lullabies to name a few.

 The set up was very easy. All you do is put the batteries in and charge it up. The first charge is very important as it sets up the batteries for future battery length. I find I can have it charging over night while we are sleeping and then during nap times and when Paige goes to bed I can have it off charge and down stairs with us. The battery lasts fine that way but if it were to get low it does have the low battery alert which is very useful.

Some of the features I particularly love about the monitor are the screen and the stand. The screen is 3.5 inch and quite large. The quality of the picture is also very good during the day and via the infrared at night time. The optimal position for the camera would be mounted on the wall or on a shelf pointing at where your baby sleeps. At the moment we haven't done this as we are wanting to use the monitor for baby boy when he arrives. Although I do believe that we could buy a separate camera and control them both via the same parent unit which would allow us to have a camera in both Paige's and baby boys room.

You can also pan, tilt and zoom the camera via the parent unit. This feature is very useful especially if Paige climbs out of her bed in the morning and starts playing with her toys. I can still keep an eye on her wherever she is in her room.

I love the temperature display and the infrared night vision. Both are very useful and the infrared turns itself on as soon as the room gets dark enough so I don't have to worry about changing it over.

You can also have two way communication via the parent unit to the camera so if I wanted to I could talk to Paige. This is particularly useful if she is having trouble settling herself but she does often get a little confused about where the sound of mummy's voice is coming from, hehe.

The volume can also be adjusted and does go pretty loud. Lights also flash on top of the parent unit to display a visual form of the sound.

So far we have used the monitor for nearly a month and the only thing I don't like are the lullabies. There are five different ones and I will be honest I hate them all. They freak me out. They sound like funeral songs. Paige doesn't particularly like them either. Even though I would still recommend the monitor and think it is a great piece of baby equipment. After all you don't have to use the lullabies.

This monitor is also the winner of Mother & Baby Gold award for 2012/2013 and a Which Best Buy. I think it lives up to the awards and is a great monitor.

It retails for £130 which is a lot but considering how good the monitor is and how much it is used I would say it is a fair price.

I'd love to see some better lullabies on the monitor but I really am just being picky.

Have you tried a video baby monitor?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

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