27 Weeks Pregnant - Baby #2

The baby is now roughly 14.5 inches long and weighs around 2lb. Her immune system is continuing to mature and her lungs are getting in lots of practice by breathing amniotic fluid. She will begin to put on lots of weight in the following weeks and currently looks like a more wrinkled version of what she will look like at birth.  

As mentioned on last weeks post I'd been feeling really under the weather lately. My cough and cold symptoms were getting worse and worse as the days progressed and I was beginning to struggle to breathe. To be honest, I don't think I've ever been so poorly. I couldn't get in to see my GP despite being so unwell and with the added risk of being pregnant so I had to ring 111 and basically I was passed from one service to the next, none of which helped me at all. After three hours of being on the phone and one anxiety attack later I was advised to go to A&E. I had to go and seek emergency medical care just to see a Doctor because no one would manage to fit me in anywhere, absolutely ridiculous. Turns out I had a chest infection and after a week of antibiotics I finally feel like I'm on the mend. I can't tell you how difficult it is to look after yourself when you feel so ill, while being pregnant and having a toddler who's also poorly! Other than that it's just been the usual feelings of heartburn and exhaustion. I also feel absolutely huge! 

Towards the end of the week I had a 4D scan appointment which I was lucky enough to win in a competition! The scan was at Precious Glimpse and I can't rate the place enough, our experience was perfect. We were so excited to attend and to see our baby girl once again, it felt like a lifetime ago when we saw her at the 20 week scan. We were certainly not disappointed, look at her little face. She was smiling a lot and we caught her covering her face and sucking her thumb too. We got some really great photo's and even a couple of videos of her live in the womb, technology these days is out of this world! Going off the scan she looks just like Noah but we will have to wait and see if she does when she's born. I'm totally in love with her and I know she'll be here before we know it.


Milkshake! Fabulous Friends DVD - Competition

Fabulous times lie ahead for fans of Channel 5’s Milkshake with the release of a new DVD collection by Abbey Home Media on Monday 7th November. This unique compilation of the very best children's shows from the long-running Channel 5 children's broadcaster Milkshake features two hours of entertainment from some of their biggest stars, such as Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Lily’s Driftwood Bay, and Bob the Builder. Two fabulous hours of fun and friendship are sure to delight young fans everywhere!

Featuring in this new collection are:

Peppa Pig – In ‘The New Car’, Peppa's family car breaks down. While it is being mended, they borrow a shiny new one from Grandad Dog's garage.
Thomas & Friends – In ‘The Thomas Way’, Harold the Helicopter breaks down, so Thomas and Duck take him to Sodor Search and Rescue for repair. Thomas wants to show them the sights but Duck isn’t keen. They need to learn to work together.
Pip Ahoy! – In ‘ Alan Loses His Bounce’, Alan starts the day full of music and bounce, until Norman the Snail tells him that bouncing is silly. Pip and Alba organise a surprise to cheer him up and get his bounce back.
Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom – In ‘Books’, Queen Thistle reads the children a story which inspires a question. They can't find the answer in the magic books in the castle, so go to the Wise Old Elf in the Great Elf Library.
Fireman Sam – In ‘Jupiter on the Loose’, the Pontypandy Pioneers visit the fire station, and Norman ends up accidentally driving Jupiter through Pontypandy. Sam races to the rescue!
Lily’s Driftwood Bay – In ‘Stop That Pudding’, Lily puts her newly discovered set of measuring spoons to good use when Nonna takes a tumble and needs a rest, leaving Salty to step in and cook an important pudding.
Bananas In Pyjamas – In ‘Power Cut’, Morgan accidentally causes mayhem in Cuddlestown when he plugs in too many lights and speakers in preparation for Camembert's birthday party.
Little Princess – In ‘I Want My Treehouse’ Little Princess builds a treehouse, then discovers Algie and Maid are also building one in the tree next door! Soon they are in competition to see who can build the best one.
Bob the Builder – In ‘Lofty Lets Loose’, Bob and his team are building a new giraffe enclosure at the zoo, but Lofty's excitement about meeting his favourite animal gets the better of him.
Wanda and the Alien – In ‘Starfish’, Wanda and friends help a hermit crab to find his starfish friend who was swept out to sea, aided by a giant whale and some important fish.
Toot the Tiny Tugboat – In ‘Toot's Funny Side’, Toot arranges a funny No Talent Show to help Paula the Trawler overcome her embarrassment when she makes a mistake.
Toby’s Travelling Circus – In ‘Ribbons and Strings’, Toby is inspired to create a ribbon-and-strings act in the show after witnessing the havoc caused by Momo and Freddo earlier with a yo-yo.
Wissper – In ‘The Slow Slow Loris’, Sonia the slow loris asks Wissper to help her speed up as the chattering monkeys keep taking all the best fruit first.  Wissper decides to  enlist the help of Monty the meercat.
Paw Patrol – In ‘Pup Pup Boogie’, Ryder, Chase and Rubble use their dance moves to help repair the tracks before the next train arrives.

How would you like to win a copy on DVD? I have 3 copies up for grabs! To enter all you need to do is use the Gleam form below. Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions!

1 of 3 Milkshake! Fabulous Friends DVD's

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1. There will be 3 winners who will each receive 1 DVD.
2. Prize sent directly by the PR. 
3. Competition ends 18/12/16
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified. 
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Christmas Gift Guide For Children

Last week I published my Christmas Gift Guide's for Men and for Women and they've been quite popular on the blog front. To follow on from these two posts I've decided to create one which is full of ideas for babies, toddlers and children. I hope that some of my suggestions can help you a long with your Christmas shopping this year.

1. Triple Play Train - £22.99
I'm a big fan of wooden toys and have amassed quite the collection over the past few years. Not only are wooden toys durable and encourage imagination but I also find them suitable for quite a wide age range. The Hape Triple Play Train is something that I know will really interest Noah and one that will be ideal for keeping aside for the baby once she's older too. 

2. Teletubbies Superdome Playset - £29.99
I remember the first time that Teletubbies came out as my little sister was absolutely obsessed with it, so it delights me that over the past year or so they've made such a come back. The Teletubbies Superdome Playset is an interactive playset which promises hours of fun, ideal for toddlers 18 months and over.

3. Talk To Me Paddington - £29.99
I've always been a fan of Paddington Bear, he's a favourite of mine. In fact when I was at primary school that was my nickname as his name sounds very much like my surname. Talk To Me Paddington is an adorable interactive toy which can talk and even respond to your voice. I have this put away for Noah and I have to admit that I think I may have to pinch it from him once he's opened it, he's absolutely adorable.

4. Sylvanian Families Brick Oven Bakery - £39.99
First Paddington Bear and now Sylvanian Families, it's like taking a trip back to my childhood! I've always adored Sylvanian Families si it delighted me when I realised that Noah was taking such a liking to them too. We recently got our hands on the Sylvanian Families Brick Oven Bakery which has been wrapped up nicely for Christmas. With the set you get the bakery shop, bakery furniture, baked goods and even a little hedgehog character called Eleanor Bramble!

5. Fox Backpack - £22.95
With Noah recently starting nursery I've not just been looking for Christmas presents which are fun but ones which will be practical too, things which we need. I adore this fox backpack from Skate Hut as not only does it look super cute but it would also be ideal for nursery as there's plenty of space in it to pack his lunch and change of clothes.

6. Baby Born Interactive Doll - £39.99

Next on my list is the Baby Born Interactive Baby Brother Doll which is perfect for any child who loves to role play. This doll has lots of lifelike functions like crying, sleeping, drinking the bottle and even using the potty. Better yet, this doll doesn't even require batteries to do so! 

7. Num Noms Starter Pack - £9.99
Noah is only three but he's already really into collecting toys. He has various collections on the go but one of his favourites has got to be Num NomsIn case you haven't heard of them yet but Num Noms took the UK by storm this year and are now one of the leading collectables and rightly so. Nums are the outer, soft squishy, hollow characters that nestle on top of Noms, which are either fun scented stamps, motorised, lovely lip glosses or a funky eraser. 

8. Playmobil Country Farm - £74.99
We were recently given some hand me down Playmobil sets from a family friend and it's started a new little obsession for Noah. He can't stop talking about Playmobil so we've been thinking about expanding his collection. The Playmobil Country Farm is high on our to buy list as it looks like so much fun, despite the price tag! 

9. Buzz Lightyear Toy - £27.99
This is a toy that Noah already has, he was bought it for his second birthday and a year later and it's still played with on a daily basis. For this reason I just had to include Buzz Lightyear in our Christmas gift guide as it's truly a wonderful toy and one that any Toy Story fan would utterly adore.

10. Once Upon A Time Puzzle - £7.50

We are huge fans of the puzzles and games from Orchard Toys. They create such a wide range of different games and puzzles for children as young as 18 months through to older children and even adults. We've added the Once Upon A Time Puzzle to our list as it's something that I know we'll enjoy playing together on Christmas day. 

11. Shopkins Kinstruction Deluxe Supermarket Set - £29.99

As mentioned previously, Noah loves collectable toys and another of his favourites has got to be Shopkins. The Shopkins Kinstruction sets are ideal for children who love the collecting element of Shopkins but also combines a love of building too as they are to build the sets themselves. There are also various mini sets which are available which would be perfect for stocking fillers.

12. Baby Annabell - £49.99

Baby Annabell is almost like a real baby with her lifelike functions. She loves her bottle, cries real tears and she can even go to the potty. This is the perfect doll for children who are 3 years and on wards who love to role play and take care of their toys. 

13. Moobert Ride On Toy - £89.95
This ride on toy from Little Bird Told Me is bound to set your child's imagination into overdrive and bring them endless hours of fun. It's made from a solid wood frame with lots of fabric padding which makes Moobert not only sturdy but super comfortable too.

14. Cuddledry Cuddleduck - £7.99

The adorable Cuddledry Cuddleduck is made with natural rubber, child safe paints, is pthalate free and contains natural antibacterial properties. Not only is it about as baby friendly as a rubber duck can be, but it’s also genuinely useful - it’s designed to be easy for babies to hold, and the natural rubber makes it a great teether when it’s not swimming about in the bath. The perfect stocking filler this Christmas! 

15. Guess How Much I Love You Toy - £24.99
From the best-selling book Guess How Much I Love You this Peek-a-boo Big Nutbrown Hare will keep little ones entertained for hours. Squeeze Big Nutbrown Hare's foot to play a game of Peek-a-boo and he will move his arms to hide his eyes, say "Peek-a-boo" and giggle. He has such an infectious giggle he is sure to have baby giggling along too!

16. Weleda Baby Gift Set - £22.95
Featuring Weleda's best-sellers from their 100% natural, award winning delicate and soothing Calendula Baby range. This eco-friendly drawstring wash bag contains Calendula Nappy Change Cream 75ml, Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash 200ml, Calendula Body Lotion 200ml and a FREE organic cotton flannel for baby's bathtime.

What are you getting your children for Christmas this year?

- This post contains some PR samples.

Mummy & Me - November

Another month, another Mummy & Me post! November is always an important month for us as not only is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas but it's also Noah's birthday month too. It only makes sense to use two of his birthday photo's for this months post as this day was the highlight of our month. I can't believe Noah is now three! It only feels like two minutes ago when I was expecting him and now I'm expecting his baby sister! At the same time it also feels like he's always been here. I struggle to imagine what life was like before him, not that I ever want to. He's the apple of my eye and always will be.

Nicola... Life Through My Eyes


The Funny Things That Toddlers Say And Do

- Advertorial brought to you in association with Aptamil Growing Up milks.

You may have seen my previous posts in which I tell you all about the series of videos that Aptamil Growing Up milks have created. 'The Science of Play' videos are fantastic and they are all about toddlers and how they interact, learn, play and explore with one another. 

I was recently invited to create a series of blog posts in collaboration with Aptamil Growing Up milks and their Science of Play videos and have been working hard on them these past couple of weeks. These posts are all about Noah and a recent playdate that we held at our home and outside with a few of his toddler friends. 

My first post was about the first part of our playdate and my second post was all about part second which can be found here. Our playdate was a success for both parent and toddler as not only did we all thoroughly enjoy ourselves but it was wonderful to watch the children interact with one another. Playdates are so important as toddlers learn so much from their friends and through play and that was really evident on our playdate with a difference.

Today I bring to you my third and final post which is a little different to the two before. This post is all about the funny and entertaining things that toddlers do and say on a daily basis. When we hosted our playdate I took note of some of the amusing things that the children did and also wrote down a list of some of the comical phrases that Noah has come out with lately.  I thought this would be a good topic to cover as there's not a day that goes by that Noah doesn't have me in fits of laughter. 

The baby name suggestion
I'm currently pregnant with baby number two and we often discuss the pregnancy and the baby with Noah. He's so excited to be a big brother and loves that we are including him in so many aspects of our plans. One of the areas we always include him in is when we are discussing baby names and his name suggestion was "Yoda!" He wants to name his baby sister after an old green alien and he doesn't seem to want to budge on the idea either! This is certainly a story I will be sharing with them both when they are older! 

The pearls of wisdom
"Bogies are baddies and butterflies are goodies!" This is a little piece of information that Noah decided to enlighten me with recently. I have no idea where the thought came from, it just came out of nowhere but I couldn't help but laugh. What must he have been thinking to come up with that? Why butterflies and why bogies!? 

The life of the party
On Halloween we attended a family party and they had set up a few games for the children to play, apple bobbing being one of them. After all the older children had bobbed for apples it was Noah's turn.  He's not three yet so we knew he wouldn't be able to manage it so after a couple of tries we held an apple still so he could grab it with his teeth. We gave him such a big round of applause and he was so happy! So much so that he decided to turn around and sit in the bucket of water fully dressed in his superhero costume! Everyone couldn't stop laughing, he really was the life of the party.

The comical genius
Taking a toddler out shopping is always an experience and a half, no matter how they behave. Noah has never been one for tantrums and is quite a laid back toddler, but he does like to be silly when we go shopping. We recently stopped at a supermarket to grab a few household items that we needed. I was selecting a few things off the shelf whilst Noah was stood behind me and when I looked back he a pack of toilet roll held up against his ear like he was on the telephone. Humourous quirks like these are actions which are learnt and discovered through play and why play is such an important part of toddlerhood.

Toddlers are marvellous little creatures and although they can sometimes be a handful I know I wouldn't want Noah any other way. His imagination, curiosity and happiness is immeasurable, it's truly a magical age. I think I could sit, listen and watch him all day long!

If you'd like to find more information about toddlerhood and learning through play head over to the 'Discover Toddlers' section at The Huffington Post to view all of the Science of Play videos.