What is it about Autumn?

Sorry, for a moment there I got distracted! Bridget Jones Diary is on the TV in the background and I find myself drifting off and listening to it from time to time. I am not really a chick flick kind of girl but for some reason I like it. It’s a nice big hug of a movie that is not too taxing on the brain, so perfect for me at the moment. My concentration levels are shot after a particularly bad night of teething! Erk.

Anyway I digress…. what is it about Autumn that gives you that lovely warm comforting feeling? The weather is just about to turn after some lovely weather this summer and there is a fresh feel to the air, which makes you want to retreat inside and get all nice and cosy. I went into Home Sense for the first time a few weekends back and purchased a candle and diffuser with nice Autumnal smells, they smell absolutely yummy!

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Autumn smells from Home Sense

Its also made me start thinking about Halloween which I have never really been fussed about in the past, but its fun isn’t it! Last year, sleep deprivation prevented me from contemplating anything more complicated than feeding/burping/changing the baby. So this year I am determined to get into the spirit of anything fun and festive. I popped into Waitrose at the weekend for the weekly shop and trotted ahead of my hubby and the little tinker to have a look at the halloween themed aisle. They have some lovely things that are more fun than scary so perfect for what I was looking for. I bought a Halloween Trick or Treat bucket, a Halloween Pumpkin Tealight Holder and a pair of Halloween Pumpkin Sunglasses for the little tinker. He loves them and looks super cute!

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The little tinker loves his Halloween sunglasses

The little top in the picture above came from the Nutmeg range at Morrisons. Out of all the supermarkets who produce children clothes I would have to say it is one of my favourites. They are always nice and vibrant with interesting patterns and stay in great condition, plus they are very reasonably priced which is just what you want when you have a growing child. When he was a young baby I found Asda provided a better choice of sleep suits and body suits and would often shop there.

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Badger long sleeve top from Nutmeg
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Halloween George Pig long sleeve top from Nutmeg

I was thinking about going pumpkin picking this year, sounds like fun too me. Just need to see if there is something on near us. Hmmmm, will keep you posted!

Ta ta for now!

XXX

First Time Mum – Top Tips!

During my six months of maternity leave it was a pretty steep learning curve and there were many errors made and triumphs achieved along the way. I thought that if I am to ever go through this experience again (still not ready to even consider it!) I would not want to repeat the same mistakes. This is where my trusty notepad came in handy, maybe some of my notes could be of help to you –

Maternity leave – Batch cook lots and lots of lovely home cooked meals. Its going to be very hard to put decent meals together for a little while! Stock up on wet wipes, nappy bags, cotton wool, bath products, nappy cream and nappies every time you go for your weekly shop. Buy lots of kitchen towel to dry up changing table messes and plenty of hand cream for all the bottle washing!

Nappies – Aldi nappies are almost as good as Pampers but considerably cheaper. I would just buy a pack of pampers for nighttime nappies.

Nursery – I bought an Ikea  Trofast storage frame, plus 3 plastic storage boxes with lids (also from Ikea) for the nursery. One box for changing materials (nappy cream, cotton wool, wet wipes etc), one box for medicines and one box for bath lotions and potions. We can always use the unit for his toys when he gets older. I also purchased a Jennylund armchair for nursing which is very reasonably priced.

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Baby outfits – They are a total waste of time for the first 6 months. You have to change lots of nappies and outfits are far too flipping fiddly during nappy changes. Stick to sleep suits and body suits. Much more practical. Plus, newborn outfits last perhaps the first 3-4 weeks and perhaps not at all on big babies. Don’t buy too much.

Feeding – The holy grail of formula feeding… the Tommy Tippee Prep Machine. What would I have ever done without you? I also bought Munchkin Powdered Formula Dispenser to help with the night feeds. I would add however many scoops needed for each bottle into each of the three compartments, so I wouldn’t have to do this at silly o’clock in the morning. I would always mess it up and have to start again before I bought this! Oh and the best tip I would have is buy yourself a chalk board or white board to write down feeding times. In the early days your mind will be so foggy you will easily lose track.

Baby sleep – I used an ocean sounds white noise app from his first night at home and would recommend giving it a whirl. It helps to block out any possible noises that might disturb them and its pretty nice for Mummy and Daddy too. We also started a little bit of a routine in the early months with closing all the curtains and turning the lights off upstairs before going to bed. When had night feeds we did not talk, play or make too much eye contact to give us the best chance of getting him back off to sleep again. We also have a dimmer switch in his room that helps keep the lights low and we find this really helps.

Dummies – I was adamant that I wouldn’t use them and cried when I gave in and let him use one for the first time. Used sparingly they are ok. I bought some little carry cases to put them in when we are out and about to keep them clean.

Baby monitor – Get a video monitor for peace of mind. We moved our son into his own bedroom at 6/7 months and I felt super nervous. Our BT Video Baby Monitor 7500 Lightshow works really well and also has the added feature of sounds to soothe your baby or toddler.

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Well thats it from me today, ta ta for now! xx

 

 

What went in my hospital bag

15 months after setting up my Wordpress account here is my first post – What I put in my hospital bag. Ta da!

So I set up my blog account over 15 months ago and this is my first post. Better late than never I say! I knew becoming a Mummy would be hard but I guess nothing can prepare you for the role, it hits you like a ton of bricks. So much has happened since the birth of my little boy (sleepless nights, starting nursery, weaning, starting back at work and moving house) and all before his first birthday. So I am pleased to say it does get easier and that’s why I am sitting here today writing this post. Along the way I made constant notes about things that worked for me, and I hope that this blog can be of help to other first time mothers.

Looking back at my notebook, the first page covered what to pack in my hospital bag. I think I packed mine at around 38 weeks, just in case! I packed one bag for the baby (Pink Lining Blooming Gorgeous bag) and one bag (Antler Urbanite holdall bag) for myself.

Baby Bag

  • scratch mitts x 2
  • socks x 2
  • bibs x 2
  • cotton hat (white) x 1
  • wool hat (yellow) x 1
  • wool cardigan (white) x 1
  • muslin cloths x 3
  • bodysuit/vests (yellow & white) x 3
  • sleep suits (yellow & white) x 2
  • blanket (white) x 1
  • towel (white) x 1
  • nappy sacks x 10
  • nappy cream x 1
  • baby wipes x 1 pack
  • antibacterial hand gel x 1
  • nappy x 8
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Baby hospital bag

 

 

My Bag (for Mummy and Daddy)

  • snacks (crisps, tracker bars and jelly babies)
  • t-shirts x 2 (for Daddy)
  • puzzle book, magazine and pen (ha ha ha… that never got used!)
  • maternity pads x 2 packs
  • disposable underwear
  • slippers x 1
  • pink pyjamas x 1
  • long nightie x 1
  • flannel
  • underwear
  • breast pads
  • socks
  • outfit to wear home
  • change for parking
  • charger for phone
  • dressing gown
  • vest (as I had planned for water birth)
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Bernie the bear

Wash Bag

  • deodorant (for Daddy)
  • face wipes
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • lip balm
  • nipple balm
  • moisturiser
  • body wash
  • deodorant for me

We also threw a pack of nappies and box of formula in the boot.

If I were to do it all over again I would make a few changes to the list. I would advise bringing a pillow from home, those hospital beds are so uncomfortable and you really need your rest! Pick a couple of pairs of pyjamas in a dark pattern to wear around the hospital and a lightweight dressing gown. Plenty of change is a must as you cannot guarantee good phone signal. I think I got the baby bag spot on and I didn’t really need anything extra when I was there.

Hope this post has been handy! Ta ta for now!