Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Me and Mine - August

August feels like the end of an era. In September Parker starts nursery and then a couple of weeks after Paige starts reception. I'm nervous for them both, I'm nervous for myself. I'm going to have a couple of months where I actually have time to myself. Ok, it will only be 12 hours a week but that's a lot more than I get now. Then when baby girl arrives we will have 12 precious hours together. I think it's really important to have one on one time with new babies.

Mark had some lovely days off during August and it's honestly felt like we've all spent the summer together. If you can even call it summer, we've had more than our fair share of rubbish weather but I'm actually grateful, pregnancy and hot weather don't mix.




Our pictures this month are rubbish! Haha. I really want some lovely ones to capture my belly before bump turns into baby but this month these were the best we could do. We were at the seaside and walking hand in hand. The kids love this but mark hates it, we take up so much room. People always smile at us though, I love it! I also asked Mark to carry my bag for me as it was getting so heavy. I really am so pregnant now, I always forget!

Nicola Xx



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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

27 Weeks Pregnant - Baby #3


Baby
This week baby has almost got enough fat to regulate her own body temperature. The organs are pretty much developed so most of her growth goes into her brain which is beginning to show electrical activity. Her eyes now open and close with ease. She now measures around 38cm and weighs over 2lbs.


Symptoms
This week I've had more of the same from the previous. Nausea, pelvic pain and aches are happening daily. Baby girl also gets hiccups at least once a day and is still moving so much. I've had a rough week sleep wise, I can't seem to stay asleep and seem to be having very light sleep. I guess that my body is starting to prepare for a newborn. I've also had more heartburn. I think I've started having braxton hicks contractions too. I used to have loads with Paige and Parker.
I feel very pregnant now, if that's even a thing! My bump pictures make me look huge, I feel like in regular pictures I look smaller but I am very pregnant now!


Weight - 14 lbs gain from 12 weeks
Waist - 29 inch, half an inch on last week.
Belly - 34 inch, no change.

Nicola Xx

Monday, 29 August 2016

Hyperemesis Gravidarum - 24 Weeks On

I haven't blogged too much about my Hyperemesis, mainly because it's still very real for me. I've had a first trimester essentials post sitting in my draft folders for months now and I can't bring myself to write it. Mainly because my main first trimester essentials were my meds. Without them I wouldn't of made it through. With my previous pregnancies my HG improved between 16-18 weeks. I was off meds and felt great by around 20 weeks. That meant that I still had half of my pregnancy to fully enjoy.

This time is very different.


I'm currently 27 weeks and still suffering. I count myself very lucky to not be throwing up still and to be out of hospital, thankfully my meds are helping with that and I know some women aren't that lucky. But that doesn't make it any easier.

I've spent the last 24+ weeks feeling and/or actually being sick. I actually started feeling a few days after conception! I don't remember the last day when I didn't feel sick, I don't remember the last day I felt normal, I don't remember the last day I didn't hate taking my meds because I know that nothing is 100% safe in pregnancy.

I've felt really grumpy and fed up lately and I think it's down to my HG. I'm fed up of it. I'm sick of feeling sick. Of course baby girl is doing really well and that's the most important thing but I can't wait to feel normal again. I do love pregnancy but I'm not one of these women that sail through without any bad symptoms.

I've realised now that I might be stuck on meds until I give birth. That thought makes me want to cry. I hate it but I have no choice. Ultimately I would do anything to keep baby girl inside and growing well but its hard.

Lately a few people have questioned how I'm feeling. When I say that I'm having a bad day with my HG I always get the same response, "your still sick, hasn't that gone by now". And that honestly makes me want to cry as well. People still don't understand that HG isn't like regular morning sickness. I can't eat a bit of ginger and feel better and it certainly hasn't gone yet and yes, I'm 27 almost 28 weeks pregnant. People find it very hard to understand that without my meds I would still be really sick. I also get a lot of people saying that I don't look sick, I'm never quite sure how to take that. Should I look a certain way? I do try to hide my HG as best as I can, but it's all too easy to plaster a smile onto my face for a picture.

I guess because pregnancy is so wildly different for everyone people just can't get there head around something until they've experienced it themselves or know someone very close to them who has experienced it.


I am so thankful that my meds are helping a little. I'm thankful I'm not in hospital anymore and this baby girl is more than worth all the nausea and sickness in the world.

But I would like a break. I'd like to properly enjoy this pregnancy as there is a very good chance it will be my last. I'm not sure I could deal with having HG again. Its physically and emotionally draining.

Its so hard.

Nicola Xx

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Mummy and Me - August


August flew by. In a matter of days Parker will be starting nursery and then a couple of weeks later Paige will be starting reception. I'm not ready for either to happen and they've come around so quickly.

This month was a real mix of moments. I've spent a lot of it struggling with my Hyperemesis. The other parts were spent enjoying the sunshine and trying to just carry on as normal. I'm starting the third trimester very soon so getting to that tired and uncomfortable stage. I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of dreading the nursery and school runs. Especially the ones in October and early November as my due date gets closer. 




We've had some lovely times together this month. Some of my favourites were actually us watching movies and eating doughnuts in a afternoon while we watched films. We've had a few pretty miserable weather days so this has made our afternoons really lovely and relaxing.



Our pictures this months are from our recent trip down to see marks family. We spent the day by the sea. It rained but that didn't stop the fun. Chips and doughnuts were eaten. We also won loads of teddies and just enjoyed each other's company. The pictures aren't particularly great but I love them, me and my babies!

Nicola Xx



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Thursday, 25 August 2016

New Booster Seat Regulations

While pregnant I always researched every single product before buying it. I love reading reviews and recommendations from other parents. Its one of the reason I started blogging and love the blogging world so much! One of the hardest things I found researching are car seats. There are so many laws, regulations you have to follow to keep your child safe. We all want what's best for our children and keeping them safe while travelling in a car is a top priority.

Did you know the law is about to change for booster seat rules?

The current law states that all children travelling in a car must use the correct car seat appropriate to their weight or height. This is a must until they are either 135cm in height or 12 years in age – which ever they reach first. After this point, they must then use an adult seat belt.

When the new backless booster seat regulations come into force they will include making backless booster seats approved only for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg. Backless booster seats don't offer the same protection for children as high-backed car seats. They don't provide the side protection, head support or threaded seat belt guides.

When the new law comes into play it will apply to new products that come onto the market. It will not apply to ones already in use that comply with safety laws. So you won't have to buy a new car seat to meet with the new laws as long as your old one complies with existing regulations, so you don't have to worry about breaking the new laws by using your old booster seat.

It is important to remember that a backless booster seat really doesn't offer much protection at all, especially if you are involved in an accident that involves side impact. Many parents may fear the cost of buying a new high back booster seat but it doesn't have to be expensive. Online4Baby have a wide variety of high back booster seats available at very reasonable prices.

It can be very confusing finding the perfect car seat for your little one and can take a lot of research. As long as it complies to the laws the style and design don't have to be the prettiest around. It just needs to be safe.

Does your child currently use a backless booster?

Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

B2S Coats from House Of Fraser

With back to school right around the corner Paige needed a new coat to go with her new school uniform. Her last one is now too small and the Autumn weather will soon be setting in so she needs a little more than a light summer jacket.

We found this gorgeous Joules coat from House Of Fraser and fell in love. They have a lovely range of B2S coats & jackets.


I ordered Paige the age five and I think it fits her really well. She still has a little growing room left which hopefully means it will last through Autumn and Winter. The coat itself is gorgeous and really lovely quality. It is quilted and has a hood which I think is an essential for a school coat. Its also machine washable which is great, we all know how messy children can get.


Like I mentioned before there is a hood. It is a lovely size. The flower print inside is gorgeous but not over powering, if your little girl isn't particularly girly but it is a lovely touch.


One of my favourite things about the coat is the rose gold details. They are so pretty and add a really girly touch. There is also the Joules signature rabbit. I love that its really a small detail and not in your face. The pink looks lovely against the blue of the coat too.


The sleeves are cuffed at the end which means they stay where they are meant to, I also think they help keep the warmth in a little bit more too. The pockets are great and don't have zips or poppers, which means easy access. for younger children.
 

Both me and Paige both love the coat. She looks grown up and I think it will be perfect for when she starts reception in September.

Have you found your little one a back to school coat yet?

Nicola Xx

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

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

26 Weeks Pregnant - Baby #3


Baby
This week baby girl is around 1.75lbs to 2lbs. The brain and lungs are much more developed. She can detect light and dark and can hear outside noises. Her eyes also begin to open this week.


Symptoms
I feel like nothing much had changed this week. My skin is still crap. I'm still having pelvic and back pain. My hair seems really flat and life less but isn't getting greasy quickly which is nice. I'm still experiencing nausea a lot but not 24/7 which is a nice little break.

Baby girl is still moving up a storm and wiggling all the time. Every time I sit down or stop moving she goes crazy.

I am so close to the third trimester. I still  can't believe how quickly it is going. We still have loads to buy! I need to start soon.


Waist - 28.5 inch, so half an inch less than last week.
Belly - 34 inch, so half an inch bigger than last week.

Nicola Xx

Monday, 22 August 2016

Introducing New Pampers Baby- Dry!



Did you know that babies spend around half their time asleep? Those precious hours aren’t just important for their mood, but they also have a positive impact on their development, too! Which is why I am so excited that Pampers are launching a brand new innovation and upgrade to UK parents’ #1 nappy choice: introducing 3 Absorbing Channels! New Pampers Baby-Dry feature a revolutionary nappy design with 3 Absorbing Channels and unique Micro Pearls™ that distribute wetness more evenly and lock it away for up to 12 hours. With less wet bulk in the morning, so your LO can wake up smiling! And, UK parents agree: 

New Pampers Baby-Dry has been recommended by 88% of UK parents *

New Pampers Baby-Dry are also been BritMums Bloggers Approved, Mumsnet Rated, Mother & Baby Tried and Tested and 90% of Netmums mums would recommend New Pampers Baby-Dry.

With New Pampers Baby-Dry working as hard as possible, you’re LO can say goodbye to wet bulky nappy and hello to a dry night’s sleep.

To celebrate the launch of New Pampers Baby-Dry, Pampers are working with baby sleep expert Jo Tantum - who is a member of the Pampers Love, Sleep & Play panel and has 25 years’ experience helping hundreds of families to achieve a peaceful night’s sleep! Jo has identified 5 sleep typologies that may help you to understand your baby’s sleep habits and needs better - so, is your little one a Starfish, Skylark, Sloth, Owl or Meerkat sleeper? Take a look and let me know using #PampersBabyDry! 

Starfish 
* This is when your baby sleeps in the same position, on their back with legs and arms out. They also wake up often and regularly, but they don’t go back to sleep easily after you intervene with a sleep prop – which they need to get to sleep!
Jo’s Tip – A muslin square, knotted in the middle. Tuck it down your top before giving it to baby so it smells of you and comforts them. Also, try and teach your baby to fall asleep on their own gently. Start in the day, at nap times, watching for tired signs, then settle them for a sleep in their room.


Skylark 

* These are the babies that wake up early in the morning, singing and shouting, and refuse to go back to sleep whatever you try!
Jo’s Tip – Wave sounds. This can be a sleep App or sound machine. Keep it on continually while baby is asleep, so when they come into a light sleep phase it soothes them back to sleep. Total blackout is also key – remember that babies can’t tell the time! They don’t know it’s 5am! If your baby wakes up early, try and respond to them as though it’s still night, rather than creating a habit of early waking. 


Sloth 

* These little ones love sleep and can sleep anywhere and everywhere - lucky you! But what happens when they wake up? You will know it’s going to be for a growth or developmental spurt or they are teething or not well.
Jo’s Tip – Increase feeding time by 5 minutes, if breast feeding and by 30ml if bottle feeding. If your baby is close to 6 months old, they may need weaning. 



Owl 

* This is when your baby goes to bed late and then wakes up in the night. They’re wide awake for long periods and can’t get back to sleep!
Jo’s Tip – A Sleep Fest! Allow your baby to sleep for 3 hours during the day to reset their internal clock. Babies need lots of sleep and it’s a myth that if you don’t give them naps, they will be so tired that they’ll sleep through the night. 


Meerkat 

* They stand up, move around trying to get comfortable all night and they don’t want to sleep. They’re late to bed and early to rise. 
Jo’s Tip – Wind Down Time. Try bath-story-feed to establish a calming bedtime routine. Your baby is overtired and so they will thrash around trying to get comfortable just like we do. They will have lots of energy around bedtime and early in the morning, as their bodies and minds are overstimulated. 





 If you’d like to try New Pampers Baby-Dry, you can visit http://www.pampers.co.uk/offers-pages/samples-on-demand to claim your free sample. 

*based on a survey of 790 UK Parents, given the samples in May 2016

This post is sponsored by Pampers. 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Cantaloop Pregnancy Support Belt Review

Pregnancy can really take its toll on you and your body. It can be hard on your chest, back, hips and stomach. Basically everywhere. For those 9 precious months your body goes through so many changes in such a small space of time.

Once your bump starts growing it can be helpful to wear a support belt. Your growing bump can add pressure to your back, shift your balance and just generally put added pressure on your body.

I was recently sent the Cantaloop Pregnancy Support Belt to try out. I will admit that in my first two pregnancies I never used a support belt of any type. I honestly didn't feel the need. This time around my stomach muscles aren't what they used to be. My body is stretching out for the third time and sometimes a little support can do wonders.

Right now I am in the last few weeks of the second trimester and my bump is growing bigger daily. I feel like as I get bigger I may want/need some additional support, especially while running around after a 4 and 2 year old. My back is already feeling the added pressure.

One thing I love about the Cantaloop Pregnancy support belt is that you can't tell when you're wearing it. In the above picture you would never guess that I was wearing anything but my regular clothes. I love that you can hide it underneath your clothes. It is discreet but provides wonderful support.


The belt itself is very comfortable. You might not want to wear it if the weather was really hot as pregnancy women tend to get really hot anyway but in England we don't really have to worry about the heat that much. It has in-woven support with smooth sides for that added support. It goes underneath your bump and then around your back to help support where you need it most.



The belt is also stretchy so will grow with your bump. It is available in a few different sizes so there will be a perfect one for you. I'm wearing the small and still have plenty of growing room left. I can't wait to try it out in the third trimester!

Have you tried a pregnancy support band/belt?

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - I was sent the Cantaloop pregnancy support belt for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Dreamgenii Pregnancy Pillow Review

During pregnancy one of the hardest things to do can be sleep and stay asleep. In the first trimester you are so tired but sometimes can't sleep. I totally blame all the extra hormones flying around your body. During the second trimester the hormones tend to level out a little but then your bump starts growing which can take a lot of getting used to. Then the third trimester comes and you get huge and so uncomfortable.

With my two previous pregnancies I've found a pregnancy pillow an essential. This time is no different.

I was sent the DreamGenii pregnancy pillow to test out and so far I am loving it. It has four main elements. The back support, central panel, bump support and the leg support. When you first look at the pillow it does look a little scary but it is so easy to use and so comfortable. In the second trimester I like to use a pregnancy pillow between my knees to help support my hips a little more. This pregnancy they have really started to ache a lot earlier than previously. The DreamGenii pillow really helps to support my hips and legs while I sleep. My bump still isn't huge that I feel like I need the bump support cushion but it will be amazing in the third trimester. I am loving the back support. I think that's what sets this pillow apart from the previous ones I've used. It may only be a small pillow behind you but it really does work wonders for backache.

Before I started using the pillow I was worried about the central panel. For some reason I thought it would be really uncomfortable but it isn't at all, in fact I don't really notice it underneath me while I sleep.

The pillow is the perfect size in my eyes. It isn't huge that it takes up marks side of the bed as well as mine but it's big enough to support me and my growing bump.


Something else I love about the Dreamgenii is that you can buy different covers. Its nice to be able to have different options. The pillow would make a lovely gift for that special pregnant lady in your life or yourself. Sleep really is so important and comfort is a huge thing in pregnancy. It may only be 9 months of your life but a pregnancy pillow is a great buy and can be kept for future pregnancies.

Did you use a pregnancy pillow during pregnancy?

Nicola Xx

*Dislcaimer - I was sent the Dreamgenii pillow for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

25 Weeks Pregnant - Baby #3


Baby
This week baby girl weighs in at 1.5lbs. Just a couple more weeks until she will weigh around 2lbs. I can't believe she is so big already. Baby fat is building under the skin still, so her skin looks less wrinkled by the day. My uterus is now the size of a soccer ball too. Blood vessels are developing the lungs further and the nostrils are opening up this week.


Symptoms
This week my HG has played up again. I swear it's never going to go. I really hoped it would but it looks like it might be here to stay. I had a good few rough days where I constantly felt sick, even my meds didn't help. I was also really tired, it really takes it out of you especially when you have two children to look after. I've had more backache and pelvic aches this week which isn't fun but I think that symptom is here to stay until the end too. Baby girl is still really active and moves constantly, she loves flipping around and my belly goes into all weird shapes. She also still get hiccups all the time, Paige felt them for the first time this week and was so completely amazed. My skin has really broken out this week and I'm struggling using my thumb sometimes. I'm craving pudding and custard!



Waist - 29 inch, same as last week.
Belly - 33.5 inch, half an inch gain on last week.

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Looking Forward To Autumn and Winter

Lets be fair we never really have a proper summer in England. We get a few days at a time where the weather is lovely but it never lasts long. To be completely honest I don't mind so much. I love our changing weather and love autumn/winter time. I am especially excited this year as baby girl is due in November. With that in mind I'm going to be needing some simple, easy to wear, comfortable outfits for after she arrives. I need quick simple outfits that I can throw on but look like I've made an effort. I will have two school runs to do each day pretty much straight after baby girl arrives.



I was recently looking in the Joules sale at lovethesales.com. They have some great items. First up is a simple mid-length t shirt dress that can easily be paired with tights, boots and a cardigan for a comfortable but cute autumn/winter outfit. At £19.95 it is a lovely piece that will wear well all year round.



My go to outfit is always jeans, a top and some comfy shoes. I need to be ready to chase the big two and normally walk quite a lot during the day on school runs. I love this Harbourprint jersey top, again really comfortable but with the added print it doesn't look like a basic t shirt so can be worn when I need to look a little more pulled together. This top is also £19.95 and would look great with some black skinny jeans and ballet flats.



If you didn't want an added print or design on the top you could always pick something like the Harbour jersey top. A simple stripe makes this top look classic and effortless. It still looks great but is a little more simple. You could throw on a pretty scarf or a necklace for some added detail.
Lastly I love these Joules Print Welly in Rose Stripe. They would look so cute with any outfit. They are super cute but really practical when it comes to the English autumn/winter rain that we are pretty much guaranteed. They are only £30 which I think is great for such lovely Jules quality.

I think I may have a thing for florals and stripes after writing this post! Are you loving florals or stripes like me?

Nicola Xx

*via lovethesales*





Monday, 15 August 2016

Siblings - August


Another month gone past in the blink of an eye. I can barely keep up!

This months both kids seem so grown up, Parker learnt to walk upstairs without holding on at all. He is getting so clever and even more cheeky. Paige is excited for big school, but a little nervous. We now have most of her uniform but need to get shoes and a coat soon.

They've had a lot of time together this month with Paige on holidays. They do love spending time together but this month they've both wanted to play separately, especially Paige. She enjoys doing her own thing during Parkers naptime. They spend 99% of their time with each other and for the most part are amazing. Parker seems to be getting really frustrated this month, he wants to do so much more and understand everything but is still too little for somethings and hates it.

They have both loved getting out and about this month. They love adventures together and with us all as a family. Walks in the woods, afternoons in the garden or playing in the park. They both have so much fun together and I am so blessed that they get on so well and love each other so much.


They both still adore bump, especially Paige. I don't think Parker really, truly understands. Paige loves to feel her baby sister move and loves seeing my belly grow. Parker will still randomly kiss my belly but also kisses daddy's belly too, hehe!

Parker has his first stay and play sessions at nursery at the end of this month and then starts early in September. Paige then starts reception in the middle of September. Big changes are ahead for this brother and sister!

Nicola Xx
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