Friday, 30 November 2012

Turning Two

I have a two year old!! 
We decided to go with a low key birthday this year as Seb is still young enough to not really understand whats going on yet. we're are saving the expensive parties for when he is a bit older!
We actually ended up celebrating yesterday as Phil had the day off work so on Wednesday i baked the cake, wrapped up the last few presents and blew up some balloons. 
 Typically Seb was much more interested in the balloons then anything else, although once he discovered that the parcels had toys and books in he got more interested! 
The big present that we got him this year was an easel and, i have spent the last few months building up a box full of crafty things to go alongside it. He also ended up with loads of clothes, books and puzzles and a Mr Potato Head which i can't wait to play with. 
 After opening his presents we had a birthday breakfast of pancakes and bananas, then we got ready and went to a new soft play place and stayed for about 2 hours, which Seb loved, it was much better then the one we usually go to as he wasn't confined to a tiny 'baby' area, plus it has toys for young babies too so i think that we'll be going back again
Then we popped a shopping outlet place as it was pretty much next door, more for me then Seb but he didn't seem to mind too much.
 Then in the evening we had cake. Seb was so excited that we had to light the candle twice. He kept pointing and saying "wow,wow,wow". 

So as you can see it was a nice simple day but we all had a lovely time and i had two very tired boys.

This morning, Phil's parents popped over with yet more presents but apart from that it has been a quiet day playing with some of our new toys.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

A letter for Sebastian

I can't quite believe that tomorrow you will turn two. Two whole years have passed since you arrived into our lives in a rather dramatic fashion.
I don't think anything could have prepared me for how much i could love another person, or for how quickly the time would fly past and how you would turn from a helpless newborn into a tantruming toddler in the blink of an eye. People do try to tell you these things, but it's hard to comprehend how true it is until you've been there.
You've grown up so much in the last few months; chatting away with real words, singing along to the radio, showing off that you know your letters and numbers and becoming such a cheeky monkey that at times you have made me laugh so hard that i cry.  Wherever we go, people comment on how gorgeous you are, and how lovely you are, it's like going out with a mini celebrity! You have a real eye for the ladies already, always looking for a smile from them!
Alex arriving was a huge change for you but you've taken it all in your stride, and you are so caring to him, stroking his hair, helping us with him and entertaining him that it makes me even more proud of you(i didn't even know that was possible). 

You would think after spending near enough every single minute together for 2 years that we would get bored or fed up of each other but instead the more time i spend with you the better, i don't want to miss a single part of you growing up and i feel so privileged to be around to see you change and learn new things each day. I know that when you are bigger, i won't be able to be there constantly and so i try to savour this time as much as i can.

 So tonight when you are asleep, i will come and tuck you in and give you a kiss as a one year old, and tomorrow you shall wake up and be two and we shall start another year of adventures.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful boy.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Review number 2 of the Flexi bath

I first reviewed the Flexi bath way back in June and at the time i said i would review it again once my bump had arrived.

The Flexi bath is a funky plastic baby bath that can be folded flat when not in use for easy storage. It can be used in lots of ways, the traditional baby bath at home, as a travel baby bath for water play, outdoor play, for toy storage, the list is endless. 

When it came to giving Alex his first bath we got the Flexi bath out and popped it inside of our big bath. Filled with a small amount of tepid water and popped him in. 
 Now as you can see from the photo like most newborns, Alex wasn't a fan of having a bath but as parents we found the bath easy to use and a great size for bathing a newborn with plenty of space for them to grow.
 Afterwards we simply re folded it and it is now being stored in our bathroom ready for next time. 
The fact that it is so easy to store really does sell this product to me as i mentioned previously we are short on space especially now we have another little person here. 

 The Flexi bath is available to buy here.

***I was sent this item for review purposes but all opinions are my own***

Sunday, 25 November 2012

My first week alone with 2

Well as I'm writing this, you can rightly assume that we survived our first week with Phil back at work.
I'm not going to say it went perfectly but i will say it wasn't as bad as i had expected, I'm not rocking in the corner and i haven't turned to alcohol! 

The week was broken up nicely, as Seb went out on Tuesday afternoon with Phil's parents, then Phil had Wednesday off and on Saturday afternoon my mum took Seb out for an hour. I feel really lucky that we have lots of people around who want to spend time with our boys. I used to find it hard accepting help with Seb as i didn't really feel like i needed it , but since being poorly in pregnancy i have learnt to accept it and have come to think of it as a positive thing, Seb loves spending time with his grandparents and vice versa.  

I think we're doing OK so far, they both seem to be pretty happy!
 If you have any tips on making life easier with a newborn and toddler, let me know please!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Foodie Friday: Toad in the hole

I've not done a foodie Friday post for a few weeks, but now I'm back into the swing of things, cooking is on the agenda again. 

Toad in the hole is one of my favourites and it is perfect at this time of year. This will serve 4 people.

125g self raising flour
150ml milk
2 eggs
1oz butter
Sausages-i like to use 'posh' sausages these ones were Pork and Apple

Preheat your oven to 200C. 
Pop the butter into a roasting dish and add the sausages, then pop into the oven for 20 minutes. 
While it's in the oven, make your batter by whisking the flour, milk and eggs together.
After 20 minutes get the sausages out, arrange them so that it will be easy to serve, and then pour over the batter.
Pop back into the oven for around 25-30 minutes when has risen and has a nice colour.
I served ours with cheesy mash and veg.
Do you like toad in the hole?

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Guest post: Things you forget about newborns

Hi, I'm Beth, aka Momma B and I blog over at Momma B & Babyboy about my wonderful family - my fiancĂ© Colin, big boy Daniel (who's two and half) and littlest boy Joshua (who's five months old already!) I've had this post sitting in the notes on my phone (I'm a list-a-holic!) for the last three months or so, but it seemed too late to post it after having Joshua, so when Emma had the beautiful Alex I thought it was the perfect occasion to share those things I'd forgotten about newborns - for all those Mamas-to-be out there! And an excuse to share some squishy newborn Joshua pictures too! Enjoy! 
How nothing else matters when your baby is asleep in your arms - washing, tidying, cleaning can all wait, they're only this tiny once!
How much breastfeeding hurts for the first few days. Between wonky latching techniques and after pains, I considered stopping. But only for about 0.375 seconds, it's worth everything. Untitled 
 How your heart grows to accommodate a new little love. While I was pregnant I had the ridiculous worry that I didn't have room in my heart for anyone else, but of course I was totally wrong! Untitled 
How their fingers and toes are SO small. Their little toenails are basically non-existent, and their fingers can barely wrap round one of yours! Untitled How their poop goes BRIGHT YELLOW. Don't panic. On the subject of poop, expect explosions. Daily. Untitled 
How skinny they are, little frog legs fresh out of the belly. All that extra soft extra skin, folding over their little limbs.
How hungry breastfeeding makes me. Seriously, even five months on I could eat the entire contents of my fridge right now, even after three solid meals and snacks! Untitled 
How their heads are so soft, and smell amazing. I wish I could bottle that. Especially after a wash, when their hair is extra fluffy and there's a faint smell of talc too. Untitled 
How boys pee, everywhere, as soon as their nappy is removed! Joshua peed in my face the first night, eww! Untitled 
How you can be so exhausted, but so blissfully happy all at once. Luckily both my boys are wonderful sleepers, but it's tough to adjust. I still can't help but smile when I pull Joshua into bed with me at 3am, for a night feed, precious time just the two of us! Congratulations on your two gorgeous boys Emma!! :)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Just my imagination

In this house we love to use our imagination, whether it be via small world play, making up songs or building with blocks. Seb is currently into making dens and spends alot of time under his table, using his chairs for doors. Imaginary play aids all areas of a childs development, as well as being great fun!

Seb and i were recently lucky enough to win a Ribena Play Box on twitter. I wasn't sure what to expect from it, but when a huge flat packed box arrived i was sadly excited and made Phil make it up right away. The box came with instructions to make it into a house or a car. We chose the house. It took Phil a while to build and then i decided to roughly paint it too.

As soon as Seb saw the house he was straight in, he got a collection of his books and took them inside too and spent most of the day in and out. As he still quite young, the box ended up being destroyed after a couple of days use but we had so much fun with it!
Thank you Ribena!!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Review: Mama Pack

When i was pregnant with Seb, i joined all of the baby clubs and was duly inundated with freebies and vouchers galore. I loved getting my Bounty pack and it was part of the whole first pregnancy experience. 
This time around i didn't bother with them(although the Bounty pack i got in hospital was excellent this time). 

The only pack i decided to have a look at was the Mama Pack. 
I'd heard of this last time around  but never got around to ordering one so this time i made sure i did. Although the pack is free, you do have to pay postage which is £2.60 so very reasonable for what you get.

The Mama Pack is an ethically influenced pack and i was interested to see what i would receive as i love trying different products. The pack itself is a reusable tote pack which is a nice change from the plastic packs that you usually get.
Inside were loads of goodies! Far more then i expected to receive. Some of the products i already knew about and others are new to me. Here is what arrived.
Palmers Samples x4, The Ginger People Gin Gins Boost x4, Miessence Sunflower body wash sample, 7 day supply of Pregnacare Original,  Pregnacare moisurising cream sample, Ecover non bio washing powder sample, 2 Naty nappies, 2 Teapigs teabags, Sample pack of waterwipes, Various information leaflets.

You can order the Mama Pack here. I would say it is well worth ordering one while pregnant or as a new mum to discover some new products. It would also be nice to order if putting a gift together for a new mum as you could pop in the samples for her and baby.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Invisible Nasties-Sick with Fear

Did you know you should change your toothbrush after you have been ill?
I have to admit it isn't something that i've ever really thought about but it certainly makes sense!

***I am a member of the Colgate 360 club***

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Going back to my youth

Ten years ago most of my weekends included glow sticks at some point. Those days are a bit of a distant memory now but i can still find good use for a glow stick!

We got some glow sticks a few months back and put them on a shelf to use at some point. As it is getting dark earlier these days, we decided to crack out the glow sticks, turn off the lights and see what Seb made of them.
Needless to say he loved them, we lined them up, made shapes and bracelets with them.

These are so cheap to buy(£1 for 10) and make for a really nice sensory activity for babies, toddlers(and mum and dad too).

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Two weeks

It's been two whole weeks since Alex made his entrance into the world and so far it has been a tiring, emotional and pretty fabulous time. He was registered on Monday so is now all official.

Alex is alot like Seb both in looks and also in temperament (so far).  He seems to be quite laid back and content, sleeps well and only really cries when he is hungry for his milk. When he is awake, he is very alert and loves looking at our faces.
Unfortunately he lost quite a big chunk of weight from birth going from 7lb 13 to just under 7lb and at 2 weeks old is still only back up to 7lb 6. so they are sending someone over next week to just check he is still gaining.
I was breastfeeding him but after alot of tears and discussions have made the decision to put him onto formula, this isn't purely because of his weight(although of course it does come into it) but i was finding things quite tough and feeling guilty for not being able to spend time with Seb, who wouldn't come near me for kisses or cuddles(causing more tears from me).
I knew it would be hard having 2 under 2 and that feeding would be a challenge especially after my previous experience with Seb and i had promised myself not to feel guilty this time if breastfeeding didn't work out for us and although i was a little upset about it, i also felt relief that i had made a decision and we are now happily using formula. I have to make my choices based on both of my children and Seb has been so much happier the last few days and we've been able to spend some time together again. 

After a shaky start where he just ignored him, Seb is getting more interested in Alex. He helps to change him, bounces him in his chair and does a fantastic imitation of a newborn cry. We've had a couple of occasions where he has come and tapped "ander" on the head but we're trying to not make a big deal of it and just praise him when he does nice things.
One of the things i am looking forward too over the next few months is seeing them develop a bond and become partners in crime.
 My emotions have been all over the place but seem to have settled a little now. I am tired from the night wakings as this time around there is no chance of a lie in or daytime naps due to having a lively toddler!
I have recovered well from the section and we have been out and about this week using the sling and I've been fine. 
My only worry on the horizon is Phil going back to work on Monday, being on my own all day with both boys will be interesting I'm sure!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Trendy Tuesday

After being MIA for a few weeks with being in hospital and having a newborn, i am back to joining in with Trendy Toddler Tuesday or as it is now known Trendy Tuesday.  As i've been missing, this week i've popped few different outfits on and as it is now for all ages, i've included Alex's outfit for today. 
This is from Sunday, a lazy day at home with visits from the grandparents.
I Rock tee-No Added Sugar, Skull print tights-Slugs n Snails
On Monday we went to get Alex registered and Seb re-registered, went to the pub for a drink and had a quick look in town.
Green Skinnies-Matalan, Nivarna tee-Zara, Long sleeved black top worn underneath-H&M, Socks-M&S
Today we've had our visit from the health visitor and been to daddy's work to be introduced to his colleagues. 
Never too small to rock onsie-H&M, Yellow starry socks-Primark
Do you have a trendy little one? Join in with the linky over at Medicated Follower of Fashion.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

The wedding

It's been 6 weeks now since we got married(it feels far longer!) and i have finally got around to popping a few details on here along with some of our photos. 
Theres over 200 photos in all but i've tried to avoid putting many on with people who may not want to appear on my blog!

As i was 8 months pregnant when we got married, i really struggled to find a dress that would fit and that i loved as much as my original wedding dress. I ended up wearing a maternity dress from ASOS, with a cream lace top and layered skirt. The dress wouldn't have suited a huge bouqet, so instead i went for a simple posy from Etsy. I wore a vintage bracelet from Etsy and another bracelet borrowed from my mum.
My shoes were Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Lady Dragons and i had these fab diamante stickers for the bottom as my something blue.
 My 2 younger bridesmaids wore cream dresses with bow detailing on the waist and my older bridesmaid wore a pink strapless dress from Topshop. All 3 had rose wrist corsages from a local florist.
Our wedding car was a gorgeous white Rolls Royce, it was so comfy, i could have sat in there all day!
I look very serious here! 
I walked in with my dad, to Etta James-At Last. The other songs we had during our ceremony were, Kissing You and Nat King Cole-L.O.V.E. We spent so long trying to sort these out but i can't really remember hearing them now! I think this is where the nerves hit me.
Confetti time! 
 This group photo was requested by my mum as she wanted a shot of all of her 11 grandchildren together(including Alex as a bump), as you can see the littlies didn't comply, but i still really like the photo as its nice and natural.
Our sweetie table went down really well, especially with the little ones. I actually didn't end up eating any of it! I'm glad we took the time to do it ourselves rather then pay a company to do it. 
Our first dance was to These Arms of Mine-Otis Reading, we were worried about our dance but it was actually quite nice to have a couple of minutes to chat to each other.
I loved how our photographer suggested a photo of our hands on the bump.

This is my favourite photo from the whole day. Seb looks just gorgeous(not that i am biased of course)
So there we have it, a short summery of our day. It literally flew past.

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