4/23/2017

My Sunday Photo - 17/52



OneDad3Girls

4/22/2017

Project 365 - Week 16/52


16th April - 22nd April


16th April 2017


17th April 2017


18th April 2017


19th April 2017


20th April 2017

21st April 2017


22nd April 2017

We started out week with Easter Sunday! We visited family and ate lots of chocolate eggs! It was quite a relaxed Easter Sunday! On Monday we met up with family and went on an Easter Egg hunt around Gawthorpe Hall which we tend to do every year, it's become quite a tradition. Noah really enjoyed walking around and finding all the Easter gnome's with his cousin, finding their names and then filling out the questionnaire. Once he'd finished we then took our sheet to the ladies who had organised it and Noah won an Easter egg in return! On Tuesday I thought Noah was back at nursery so ended up walking up there to only find it closed, which he found hilarious! Silly Mummy! Instead we spent the afternoon in the garden with our next door neighbours, enjoying the sun and a natter! It was then back to nursery on the Wednesday and Noah was actually looking forward to going back and seeing his friends. My Mum also came over in the afternoon to spend some time with Ava and I, then we did the nursery run together. Thursday was nursery again, Friday was the usual shopping and visiting family. Today, on Saturday we had an afternoon out at a local park and met up with family again. It was warm when it wanted to be so we had to make the most of it.

What have you been up to this week?



4/20/2017

Siblings - April 2017



Last month I took part in a blog series that I'd been admiring from afar for years. I wrote and shared photo's of our first ever Siblings project and I explained how I was so excited to start documenting my children as they get older and their bond in this way. You can read that post here.

Ava is now six weeks old and ever since the day she was born Noah has been the doting big brother I always thought he would be, honestly I couldn't ask for anything more from him. As soon as he wakes up in the morning he asks to see her and will jump into my be, curl right up to her and smother her in kisses and cuddles. He's so gentle with her and is very patient when he knows that I need to tend to her, he really is a superstar. Ava is fascinated with him and actually gave Noah one of her very first smiles which made Noah's day! 

I cannot wait to watch these two grow up beside one another, it really is true that your heart doubles in size the minute you have another child.




The Me and Mine Project

4/18/2017

Ava - 1 Month Old



It only feels like two seconds ago when I was writing Ava's 1 week update but here we are a whole month later, my baby is now 1 month old! You think that time flies by fast when you have one child but my gosh it goes even faster the second time around. I can only imagine how fast it goes when you have a whole football team of children! 1 month in and I cant imagine life without our little Ava Jean and we are now totally used to being a family of four and as tiring as it is I wouldn't have it any other way.


Character
She is one very happy and content baby the majority of the time. She's the happiest in my arms, a proper Mummy's girl and will often cry in other peoples arms but as soon as she's back with me she's happy again. As well as being held she loves being spoken to and although she's been smiling since she turned three weeks old she's only just starting to coo, so she really likes to try to communicate with us. I think she might develop quite a feisty side just like me because one minute she can be quite content to absolutely freaking out with the click of a finger, usually because she wants me! 


Size
She's has just started to fit into some 0-3 months clothes but some newborn and up to 1 month still fit. They all vary so much in their sizing so she's just in that middle ground at the moment. She was weighed last week and now weighs 10lb 14oz and is following the 91st percentile line perfectly. The health visitor said it was absolutely spot on and she couldn't have asked for anything better. She also told me well done and it was just really rewarding to see Ava's gain knowing that all her sustenance comes from me. She's just moved into size 2 nappies too.


Health
Ava had a few ailments when she was a week or so old. She had an infected umbilical cord and needed antibiotics, had dry skin and has since had slight cradle cap and a tiny bit of oral thrush (which is common for babies to get after having antibiotics.) Thankfully after all that she's been brilliant and nothing to complain about at the moment. 


Feeding
We are now 5 weeks into our breastfeeding journey and I couldn't be happier with how everything is going. I had cracked nipples on our first couple of days as her latch wasn't correct but ever since everything has been great. She's had a few cluster feeding sessions here and there but I've gotten so used to them now and it already feels second nature just to have her at my chest. I'd intended to express and freeze some supply as soon as I could, around six weeks as recommended but as time goes on I feel no rush to do so as I'm really enjoying how everything is going at the moment.


Sleep
I've got no complaints when it comes to Ava and her sleep. In fact I think three year old Noah is harder work at bedtime! During the day she sleeps when she feels like it and is usually only awake half an hour at a time but is more awake in the evening. She usually has a big feed in bed with me when I go up for the night around midnight and will sleep through till 4am, feed and then go back to sleep. The wake ups and feeds are quite a blur really as I feed her in a sleepy haze and then we both just go back to sleep. She's still sleeping in bed with me, in the nook of my arm but we are making progress in her crib, slowly but surely! 


Milestones
* Ava had her first bath at 9 days old as we had to wait until her cord fell off and her infection was clear. She cried as soon as we put her in the bath but then she realised she liked it.
* She was registered and we sent off for her first passport at just 12 days old.
* She started smiling socially at just three weeks old and she hasn't stopped since. As soon as she wakes up in the morning I only have to look at her and she starts beaming from ear to ear. 
* She not only follows you with her eyes but moves her head too. She really enjoys watching her brother in particular. 
* She has just started to be vocal by cooing and she really tries to respond to our voice. Sometimes she gets quite frustrated when no noise comes out her mouth. 

Favourite things
Cuddles of Mummy. Staring right into Mummy's eyes, all the time! Nursing in bed at night. Watching her brother. Being in the car or pram but only when it's moving. Her Forever Friends musical bear. Being held, cuddled and kissed.


4/17/2017

DC Super Friends Power Punch Batman - Review



Golden Bear are always coming out with new and exciting ranges for children and babies a like, continuously pushing the bought out when it comes to their wonderful toys. Ava was recently sent a couple of soft toys from their brand new In The Night Garden Baby range which I reviewed here. Noah wasn't left out when it comes to partnering with Golden Bear as another new range of toys has just been released and it's superhero themed! If you know Noah at all you will know that his obsession for everything and anything superhero related is immeasurable and quite frankly insane for a three year old, so I was excited to receive this toy for him.




Introducing DC Super Friends Power Punch Batman, Noah's new best friend! I can see this toy becoming a huge hit with DC fans of all ages and would make a great gift for any superhero lover out there. DC Super Friends Interactive Power Punch Batman retails at £24.99 which I think is good value for money because considering it is a soft toy there's quite a few things that it can do.

First of all it has full pose-able arms and the fists make punching noises on impact. You can also press his chest to hear Batman talk and declare many of his famous sayings and phrases. The fun doesn't stop there though as Batman's eyes also light up when he speaks! All these interactive elements makes it so much more than just a soft toy and really keep young children interested and entertained.



As you can see by the photo's Noah was so excited when he spotted DC Super Friends Power Punch Batman so I had to get it out of the box at the speed of light! He first commented on how "cool" Batman's mask, boots, gloves and utility belt was, then when he saw it's eyes light up he was blown away! Considering Noah has a very short attention span for certain toys, soft toys in particular I think he got on great with it and it now sits at the end of the bed and watches over him when he sleeps! 

Do you have a superhero fan in the family? Would they like this toy too?


- I was sent this product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.