Friday, 23 June 2017

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Almost Three

Tomorrow you turn three. THREE! Three seems like such a big number, I've just got used to you being two. You do seem so much older than three though, you've always seemed older than you are.

You are the sweetest boy ever. You can be such a mummy's boy and love cuddles and kisses. But you are also stubborn and have a mind of your own. You can still be hard work but we wouldn't change you. 

You talk so well and don't shut up. You love drawing and writing and you are getting really good, well above your age. 

You're one of the youngest in your class at nursery but take charge during group activities. You have so many friends and adore going. 

You are very clever and it takes a lot for you to not get bored, when you do get bored we really know it! 

You love Paige and Harleigh so much. You are so sweet and caring towards them both. You love playing with them and just adore them. They couldn't ask for a better brother and we couldn't ask for a better son.

We love you Chops.

Mummy Xx

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Harleigh - 7 Months Old

This past month has flown by even more so than the one before. I can't believe that Harleigh is already 7 months old.

The biggest change this month is that Harleigh now has TEETH! She got her first at 6.5 months and her second cut just as she turned 7 months old. She looks so strange and I already miss her gummy little smile, we won't see it ever again. 

She is doing really well with her eating. She is having two meals a day. We are doing a mixture of baby led weaning and puree, Harleigh much prefers baby led weaning but also does so well with puree if they are slightly thicker. I am making my own puree and so far Harleigh's favourite is sweet potatoes. For baby led weaning she also loves bagels and strawberries. She is still having 4-5 bottles a day and will sip water with her food.

She is sitting up really well and hardly ever falls over now. She still doesn't love rolling but she can. She manages to spin around in her cot and on the floor. She has started showing an interested in crawling and will push her legs, she is still really far away though and I am loving having a baby for much longer than Paige and Parker, they both crawled at 6 and 7 months. I'm hoping if she crawls it will be closer to 8/9 months. Paige also pulled up and cruised when she just turned 7 months too. 

She is the most amazingly happy baby and we love her so much!

Nicola Xx

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Siblings - June 2017

These months just keep flying by. I was hoping that by June we would of had some more lovely days out in the sunshine but we've had a lot of wind and a lot of rain. I am really hoping that summer arrives soon.

The children really enjoyed half term together and just love playing. Harleigh is sitting up really well now so Paige and Parker are really enjoying sitting with her and playing with her toys, it's so cute! I love seeing how much more they interact with each other as Harleigh grows.

I can't wait for us all to celebrate Parkers 3rd birthday later this month. The kids get so excited for each others birthdays. We aren't planning much, just a little family party but it will be so much fun.

I love the pictures this month. They were just sat together in their pjs. Nothing fancy or special but I love how they are interacting together.

Nicola Xx

The Me and Mine Project

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Skip Hop Multi Level Uplift Bouncer Review

Interacting with your baby is so important and vital for their development and your bond together. The Skip Hop Multi Level Uplift Bouncer makes that all important interact so much easier. The bouncer was designed to naturally integrate baby into the family and create those wonderful uplifting moments. 

It can be a traditional floor bouncer and it can be elevated to many different heights. I love having Harleigh at sofa level and letting her interact with us at that height, the maximum height is up to 34 inches off the floor. I also love to take the bouncer into the kitchen with me while I cook, Harleigh loves to sit and watch me. To adjust the height is really easy, simply turn the dial and the bouncer moves up and down. It locks into place once your desired height is chosen. 

The bouncer itself is really lovely, and super comfortable. It is a really good size and is suitable until baby is 25lbs. Harleigh is now almost 7 months old and she is still really comfortable in the chair. I love the colour of the bouncer, it is a gorgeous grey and is very neutral so will look perfect in every home. The base is wide and steady and with the harness you can be sure that your baby is very safe.

The bouncer also includes a toy bar which can be tucked away or detached when not in use. Harleigh didn't really enjoy the toy bar when she was younger but as she has grown she now loves to stare at the mirror and try grab the toy. There are also two songs and two sound effects along with a soothing vibration. The vibration and bird sounds actually help Harleigh to fall asleep. 

While baby is small the 100% cotton jersey insert is perfect to help cushion them. It is really easy to remove and is washable. Babies make a lot of mess so having a cushion that is washable is essential. I have had to wash the cushion a couple of times and to be honest I haven't had the best luck. The cushion has ripped twice while in the wash, even though it is safe to wash. Skip Hop are looking into the cushion to see what has happened and how they can improve the cushion. Harleigh doesn't use the cushion now and hasn't for a while now so the cushion is no longer an issue.

My favourite thing about the bouncer is the fact that it can be adjusted. It makes it so handy and useful. You can use it everywhere! It isn't too heavy so can easily be taken upstairs too. 

Would you use a multi level bouncer?

Nicola Xx  

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

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Hello June - Weaning, Potty Training and Stomach Bugs

How are we in June already? This year really is flying by at such a speed its scary!

I wanted to write a little update and just catch up. Blogging has slowed down the past week or two mostly due to half term and then me getting ill, nothing too major just a stomach bug but it really has taken it out of me. Harleigh has started solid food and Parker has started potty training. Things are changing so quickly. My babies are growing up!

They are both doing great so far and I am so proud of them. 

I've even used our Babycook to cook up some homemade puree for Harleigh. She does prefer baby led weaning over puree so we are mostly going down the baby led weaning path but with some puree thrown in for good measure. I will be doing a full review of the Babycook when I've used it a little more so look out for that. 

Parker is three this month and will be starting school nursery in September and for that he does need to be potty trained. We tried him in April and he just wasn't ready but I think he might be getting it now. Paige wasn't potty trained until a month after her third birthday so we aren't pushing Parker but we are supporting him as much as we can. I truly believe that if you rush potty training it can do more harm than good so we are taking it slow and letting Parker take the lead. 

We need to get busy planning Parkers birthday and hopefully some fun things in summer!

Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Me and Mine - May 2017

Another month has flown by. We've had a lovely May. It started with a lovely trip to Bluestone. It was so nice to spend some quality time together, we didn't want to come home.

Shortly after that we celebrated Paige turning 5 years old, I can't believe she is now FIVE! We didn't do much for her birthday but we did have a little party on the day. We had planned to have a little BBQ the weekend after but unfortunately Paige wasn't well.

On the same day Harleigh also turned 6 months old and we have officially started weaning, I forgot how messy it is!

We've also had family visiting and some gorgeous sunny days in the garden. I am very much looking forward to more.

May was a super busy but lovely month. Our pictures this month were taken in the park. I do love my little gang, so very much.

The Me and Mine Project

Monday, 29 May 2017

When Pets Make Too Much Mess

Having three children means mess, so much mess! 

Having three children and a pet means even more mess. 

Millie was our first little baby and we got her just a few short months after we started trying to conceive. She is now 6 years old and is such a little terror but we wouldn't change her for the world, well maybe I'd make her a lap cat!

Just like children, pets cause mess too, so that means I really need a hoover that can deal with both the children and Millie. This is where the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser, my saviour, comes in. The Pet Hair Eraser has an amazing tangle free brush roll which makes it ideal for pet hair. Millie loves to sit on the sofa, she sleeps on it pretty much all of the time, but that means a lot of cat hairs on all of the cushions. The Pet Hair Eraser has specialised Pet tools to help you clean up. The pet turbo eraser tool is perfect to get rid of embedded pet hair from stairs or sofas, I even use it to give the bottom of the duvet a quick once over if Millie has been sleeping upstairs. Millie also has a climbing tree and I love using the turbo tool on that too. 

She is an indoor cat so that means she has a litter tray. Although it is a hooded one she somehow still manages to get litter all over the surrounding floor. It gets very annoying and is not very hygienic. To be honest it's a constant worry of mine with little ones running around and picking things up all of the time. The pet hair Eraser is great at clearing it all up and gets it done really quickly. Where Millie's litter tray is we have laminate flooring. The Pet Hair Eraser is a multi surface cleaner so switching from carpet to laminate flooring isn't a problem. I like to use the crevice tool to clean up food and litter, it has a handy led light so I see right into the corners.

It's nice to be able to quickly bring out the vacuum cleaner and know that I can clear away pretty much any mess that the kids or Millie make. It won't be long before Harleigh is crawling and we all know how babies like to put everything in their mouth.

How do you deal with children or pet mess?

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - I was sent the above item for the purpose of this post but all views and opinions are my own*

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Mummy and Me - May 2017

May is always one of my favourites months. The weather is usually nice and summer is just around the corner. This May hasn't disappointed. 

We celebrated Paige's 5th Birthday, I can't believe she is 5! Time really does go too fast. Harleigh also turned 6 months old and began weaning which is so much fun and very messy! 

We've had some lovely time together which included our second ever holiday. We went back to Bluestone and had the most amazing week, we didn't want to come home. This months picture is from there and I love it so much. 

We also got a new car this month too. We will be ending the month with family visiting and possibly a trip to the seaside if the weather stays nice. 
Nicola Xx

Nicola... Life Through My Eyes

Friday, 26 May 2017

Slumbersac Baby Sleeping Bag Review

Harleigh was recently sent gorgeous baby sleeping bag dainty dolly from Slumbersac. When we moved her into her own room and her cot I knew that I wanted her to use a sleeping bag just as Paige and Parker did. They always loved theirs and knew that Harleigh would too. 

The sleeping bag is available in many different sizes and togs so there will be one that is perfect for your little one whenever they need it. The dainty doll print is really cute. Light pink and white with a gorgeous embroidered dolly on. The bag is 100% cotton and featured an off centre zip and poppers. The poppers are also under the arms and can be used when baby is on the smaller size and it makes it fit better, although with some wiggling Harleigh usually pops them open.

Harleigh seems really comfortable inside and has plenty of room to grow. It washes and dries really well and is great quality. 

I can't recommend Slumbersac enough, we love them. I'm currently eyeing up the bags with feet in as they look great for toddlers!

Does your baby use a sleeping bag?

Nicola Xx

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

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*
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