7/21/2017

Ava - 4 Months Old



Writing these posts month after month I always say that I can't believe how fast time is passing us by and how quickly she is growing and I'll say it again, what's going on?! Ava is now 4 months old and she's really coming into her own little character now and it's so lovely to watch her grow and learn as the weeks and months pass us by.


Character
She is such a sweet natured little girl, she's so happy and is always smiling. She loves to be talked and sung to, kissed, cuddled and snuggled. She's already like my little best friend, she's such a sweetheart. She's starting to find her voice, has a whole array of different noises and is her happiest when she's in my arms. 


Size
I haven't had her weighed for a while but I know she's gaining weight like a trooper, she's really thriving. She is wearing mainly 3-6 month clothes but some of it is small, other pieces have plenty of room so I think it depends on the fitting. She's very long and has super chunky thighs and little hamster cheeks. 


Health
She's has a little cough and cold on and off lately, thanks to her brother bringing home all the germs from nursery. She's been fine in herself though and has just got on with it, although she's had a little bit of calpol here and there. She had her second lot of injections a few weeks ago and thankfully had to side effects from them.


Feeding
We are still breastfeeding and everything is going really well, I'm so happy about our journey so far. I feed her on demand and she probably feeds about 10 times in 24 hours but I couldn't really put a number on it really as I don't keep track. The past week I've started to express milk here and there with my Medela Swing so then my partner can feed her in the evening too. So far it's been helping when it comes to settle her but I'll mention more about that below.


Sleeping
As mentioned above I recently started expressing my milk as I wanted to try something new at bedtime. Ava has only just started settling upstairs in the evening (before this she would only sleep when I went up to bed!) Now I take her up at 7pm, all dressed and ready for bed and I breastfeed her to sleep. I then sneak away and about 15 minutes later she will wake and my partner will take up a bottle of expressed milk and usually she will then go to sleep. This is the only way we can get her to settle without me there with her so for the moment we are going with it. She usually wakes twice in the night for a feed but I usually fall straight back to sleep with her. Naps are still hit and miss but we are making progress in that department too, I think! 


Milestones and new tricks
*She now laughs at funny things and not just when she's tickled. She's only recently started doing it so both Nick and I have to really try to make her laugh but Noah only has to jump up and down and she's in a fit of laughter.
*She can now reach and grab for things perfectly, without missing. She's a dab hand at bringing things to her mouth and can even put her dummy in herself.
*She's very vocal and has so many different noises and sounds that she can make. Her favourite at the moment is like a gurgling sound and one that sounds just like a telelphone ringing!
*She's not yet rolling over but when you put her on her belly for tummy time she's very strong and try's to push herself forward with her legs. It wouldn't surprise me if she learnt to crawl before she rolled but I hope she takes her time!
* She had her first bottle at last week and has just the one in the evening and it's my expressed milk, not formula. Some breastfeeding babies can be fussy when taking a bottle but Ava accepted the MAM bottle right away, the first type of bottle we tried!
* We bought her a jumperoo and she's learning how to bounce in it pretty quickly. 


Likes and dislikes
Ava loves to be held, cuddled and kissed. She's totally besotted with us all and thinks her brother is hilarious. She loves her bedtime feed when we snuggle up in bed together and I nurse her to sleep. She also likes books, songs, singing, slinky, sophie la girafe, musical toys, her bunny, muslin cloths, baby TV, Peppa Pig, trees, bath time, Mummy's bed, Daddy's beard, watching us eat. She doesn't like having her clothes changed, she hates it. She also doesn't like being in her car seat or in the car.




7/18/2017

The Hidden Meaning Of My Favourite Flowers



I absolutely adore flowers. There's something about them, perhaps the scent and sight of them which instantly makes me feel happier. I've been with my partner for almost ten years now and he's only recently started buying them for me, can you believe that? I'll let him off though because he's pretty much perfect in every other aspect, he's my best friend and the most amazing father to our two children (but if you are reading this Nick, keep the flowers coming!)

Flying Flowers recently invited me to write all about my favourite flowers and I was excited to take part because it's not a topic that I usually get the time to cover. So here you have it, my favourite flowers and their hidden meanings.


Roses
It's no surprise that roses represent love and adoration but you will be surprised to learn that it's not what every type of rose signifies. The colour of the rose depends on the meaning and the message you want to portray to the recipient; white roses for sorrow, yellow roses for happiness, peach roses for friendship and of course red roses for love. My personal favourites have got to be pink, peach and yellow roses as I'm such a big lover of pastel colours.

Cherry Blossoms
Now you don't get cherry blossoms in any sort of bouquet that I've ever come across but they are probably my favourite flower of all time. They signify the beauty and fragility of life and whenever I see a cherry blossom tree in bloom I can't help but feel at ease, they are beautiful. They only bloom for a short amount of time and they always remind me that life really is too short, you've got to make the most of it. I'd love to visit Japan one day mainly to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, I think the experience would literally take my breath away.

Sunflowers
The first thing that springs to mind when I see a sunflower is happiness but they stand for a lot more than that. Did you know that sunflowers also represent loyalty and adoration? I didn't! There's something about sunflowers that make me smile and feel cheerful, they are so bright and colourful. I really want to grow my own with the children next year as they'll both be a little older and it would be a fun project for us to do as a family.

Daisies

Last but not least we have the delicate little daisy. Daisies represent beauty and innocence and you can really see why. When I think of daisies I'm taken back to my childhood, sitting in the garden making daisy chains with my siblings and cousins. Daisy was also on our baby name list back when I was pregnant with Noah but of course with him being a boy we had to scrap that idea. It's no surprise that they've always been special to me.

What are your favourite flowers and do you know their hidden meaning?



- Wrote in collaboration with Flying Flowers.

7/17/2017

Cornish Daisy Bibs - Review & Competition



I've been blogging for five years now and over the years I've worked with countless brands and companies, on reviews, competitions, collaborations and so on. A firm favourite of mine to work with has got to be Cornish Daisy.

Cornish Daisy is a home run business, founded by Kate, a busy and hardworking Mum of four. The brand was founded shortly after baby number three was born as Kate had been making clothes by hand for her new baby. So many people asked her about the clothes, where'd she'd bought them and how lovely they were that she decided to start making and selling to order and Cornish Daisy was born.


I was a huge fan of Cornish Daisy back when Noah was a baby as I found them to be the best dribble bib on the market. We had a couple of bibs and Noah had so much wear out of them, they were washed continuously throughout teething and weaning, through copious amounts of drool and food stains and three years on and I can still use them with Ava, they are as good as new! I think that says it all really!



Now that Ava is four months old and is drooling like a trooper I decided to buy a couple more bibs from Cornish Daisy but Kate said she'd send me a couple as a gift and asked if I'd like to set up a competition for her, I happily obliged!

We were sent three bibs; Sweet Pink Stripe, Pink Floral Liberty Print and Beaches and Cream. I love being able to choose the pink and floral prints now I have a girl but there's so many different designs and colours available.


These beautiful handmade dribble bibs are designed and sewn by Kate from Cornish Daisy. Their extra special design sees water resistant breathable fleece for the inner fabric and a highly absorbent soft cotton interlock on the outer to ensure little chins and clothes stay dry all day long.
The soft folds of fabric which sit under the chin give a cowl effect and produce the cutest of looks while still being of the utmost comfort when wearing. The bibs are secured round the neck with a safe resin fastener which has two poppers so as baby grows they can be adjusted. The Cornish Daisy Dribble Bib provides both functionality and comfort while also offering a unique and trendy look for any lucky little dribblers.


Cornish Daisy dribble bibs cost £5.99 each and are well worth the price as they are handmade to the highest of quality and really do stand the test of time. Bib's can also be personalised with vinyl letters with up to 10 characters for an extra £1.50 if you'd like something a little extra.

How would you like to win a set of three Cornish Daisy dribble bibs? I'm giving away a set here one the blog and also over on Facebook too! Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions!

Set of 3 Cornish Daisy Dribble Bibs

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1. There will be 1 winner of the prize mentioned above.
2. Prize sent directly by the PR. 
3. Competition ends 13/08/17
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified. 
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7/15/2017

Project 365 - Week 28/52


9th July - 15th July

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11th July 2017

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13th July 2017

14th July 2017

15th July 2017

Another week has been and gone in the blink of an eye. Seriously, there's not enough hours in a day! We've had a pretty easy going week this week and nothing out of the ordinary happened. Sunday we went to a open day charity event at Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary. It was such a good day out, for such a good cause and I left feeling like I'd love to adopt a dog or cat in the future. It was a beautiful day too, such lovely weather. We had our usual weekday routine of Noah at nursery in the afternoons and me attempting to cram in some sort of blog work and nurse a baby in the short amount of free time that I get. Noah loved nursery yet again and had a sponsored bike ride there this week, the money raised is being put towards new outdoor resources for the children. We raised £40 which I was happy with, it's nice to know the money is going and that Noah and the other kids will benefit from all the money raised. Noah had some sort of viral rash this week and Ava has a little bit of a cough, but both have been soldering on none the less and haven't let it bother them too much! I've started expressing milk now to try and establish more of a set bedtime routine with Ava as she's such a little night owl but so far it's a bit hit and miss. So far we've had a pretty lazy weekend so far but tomorrow we will have our weekly family day out but we've not decided what to do just yet.

What have you been up to this week?