2/28/2017

My Breastfeeding Hopes And Fears



It's been three years since I had Noah and it's hard to remember him as the soft and squishy newborn that you see in the photo above. He's now a boisterous toddler who's all about superhero's and literally never sits still. Yet just looking at that newborn smile takes me back to that very day and all the memories and feelings come flooding back.

The newborn days can be tough, especially for a new parent. They don't call it the fourth trimester for nothing, it is hard but it's oh so worth it. Back when I was pregnant with Noah I had hoped to breastfeed him but I have to admit that I didn't really prepare myself for it. There's so much to learn when it comes to caring for a new baby that I felt totally overwhelmed once he was born. It's no surprise that when the time came to breastfeed him that I struggled. He had breast milk and plenty of colostrum during his first week but I eventually switched to formula as I openly admit that I wasn't prepared at all. I'd started to make myself ill with the stress and guilt of it all and I think that could have all been prevented if I had looked for more support during pregnancy and had done my homework. That being said I don't regret making that decision, it was right for us at the time because of all the reasons above but this time I hope to do things differently. 


I'm currently 9 months pregnant with baby number two, my baby girl is due any time now and I'm determined to give breastfeeding another go. I feel so much more prepared this time because I've been doing my research and feel like I know what to expect. I've read numerous breastfeeding articles, spoke to countless breastfeeding Mum's, signed up to a couple of breastfeeding support groups online and have also joined the community of parenting bloggers with Medela. That's right, I'm a Medela Mum! 

This post is all about my hopes and fears when it comes to breastfeeding. Of course my fear is succumbing to the emotion and stress of it all again like I did with my son but I hope and think I won't this time around. My hopes are to breastfeed and express for as long as possible and that my baby thrives. Having this army of support and knowledge behind me this time I know that I can do it, or at least give it my best shot! I'm so excited for this new breastfeeding journey to begin.


Do you have any breastfeeding tips you would like to share with me?


- Wrote in partnership with Medela



2/27/2017

Mummy & Me - February



When writing last months Mummy & Me post I was convinced that when it came to my February Mummy & Me that our baby would be here by now and that we'd finally be a family of four! She had other ideas in mind though as I'm currently 5 days overdue. As I type this it's the 25th of February and as the month draws to a close I've decided to go ahead with these two photo's from the February as she may now be born in March! The first photo is a slightly candid photo of myself on the birth ball while having a tender moment and big cuddle from Noah. He insisted on sitting on my knee and I just had to ask Nick to take a photo. It's a photo I'm going to treasure forever and one that I'll be showing both children. The second photo is my bun in the oven who has decided to keep us all waiting by being overdue. Come on little one, we can't wait to meet you! 


Nicola... Life Through My Eyes

2/25/2017

Project 365 - Week 8/52


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Another week has flown by in the blink of an eye. Noah was back at nursery after half term so it was nice to get some normality and structure back into our week. He still only goes three afternoons a week, nine hours per week but having some sort of routine seems to make our weeks easier. On Monday I had my 40 week midwife appointment, on my due date. Everything went great with both the baby and I and at the appointment and I was offered a stretch and sweep which I of course accepted. I had one with Noah but it wasn't half as painful as this one was but I think it was because I wasn't dilated yet. I was absolutely gutted to find this out as I've been having so many pains for the past few weeks that I would have thought I'd been somewhat dilated. At least knowing that I didn't have high expectations of going into labour anytime soon and just came to terms with the fact that this baby is going to be overdue. My Mum visited a few times this week which was nice as I was able to relax quite a lot. Nick and I enjoyed a nice lunch out just the two of us earlier in the week which was really nice. We go out for a meal around once a week but of course usually always take Noah. It was strange not having to entertain a toddler though I have to admit. We are now drawing to the end of the week and our baby is showing no sign of making her appearance, I'm now 5 days over due! Lets hope by next weeks post she will be here and we will finally be a family of 4. Wish me luck! 

What have you been up to this week?


2/22/2017

5 Ways To Make A Memorable Baby Shower

Baby showers are a celebration that the UK mums and dads has recently adopted from our American cousins and they've become all the rage over the last couple of years. They seem to grow in popularity every year and it's no surprise as to why. They are a great way to celebrate your pregnancy, they add to the excitement of the lead up to your new arrival, they are the perfect excuse to have a party with your friends and family, receive lots of thoughtful gifts and eat a truck load of indulgent snacks. What's not to love?


I had a baby shower when I was expecting Noah which you can read all about here. It was hosted by my mother in law and all my closest family and friends were invited. I was in two minds about having a baby shower at all, as I'm not one to be the centre of attention, but I'm so glad I did as it was a very special day for me and one that I remember fondly. I was surrounded by people that I love and I laughed so much that a few times I thought I may actually force myself into labour!

Not only did I have an incredible time at my baby shower but I also received some really useful gifts too. My favourites being a baby bath, baby towel and a whole hamper full of Pampers Sensitive Wipes and Pampers Premium Protection New Baby Nappies. I used both the nappies and wipes as soon as Noah was born as I knew they are the only newborn nappy endorsed by the British Skin Foundation, so would be kind and gentle on his newborn skin which was great for my peace of mind. It also helped me a lot as a new Mum, as I didn’t need to buy any wipes or nappies for the first couple of months. As lovely as baby clothes, shoes and toys are you can’t beat receiving the necessities and Pampers were just that to us.

If you’re thinking of having a baby shower or wanting to plan one for a friend, then I really can't recommend one enough. Today I thought I'd share a couple of tips which could help you create a baby shower to remember.

1. Invite the right guests
This could make or break a baby shower, it really could. Do your research on who your expectant mother would like to attend as you really don't want a sour face relative or arch enemy turning up for the event. She'll want to be surrounded by her nearest and dearest so it really is all about quality and not quantity when it comes to your attendees.

2. Be organised and prepared
When hosting, it certainly pays off to be organised and have some sort of itinerary to work with. You want the baby shower to run smoothly and avoid any stress which other guests or expectant mother may pick up on. You also don't want to be running around like a headless chicken and will want to enjoy the party yourself.

3. Plan lots of fun games
A highlight of my baby shower has got to be the games! There are so many fun games that you can plan for a baby shower, some are ice breakers, some bring out people’s competitive side and some are downright hilarious. A favourite of mine has got to be the chocolate nappy game where you add different melted chocolate bars to different nappies. They are then passed around and the guests have to guess what chocolate each nappy contains by sniffing it. The person who guessing the most correctly wins!

4. Provide lots of food and snacks
Imagine turning up to a baby shower and there being no food! There would be a lot of unhappy guests and well not providing food to a pregnant lady is just the epitome of cruel, how could you do that to her! Sacrilege! A buffet style spread would suffice but make sure there is lots and lots of cake!

5. A thoughtful gift or two
A good place to start are the essentials that any new parent will relish as a present – a healthy supply of Pampers nappies and wipes to get them started, it definitely helps having them on hand! A very personalised and thoughtful way to end a baby shower is to also present the expectant mother with a memento to mark the occasion. There are so many options when it comes to a thoughtful keepsake, especially online and most don't cost very much either. I was given a crystal heart decoration with a blue ribbon and it was one of the first items I put inside my son’s memory box. I still treasure it three years later.

For more tips and advice on throwing the best baby shower possible read this article brought to you by Pampers. Do you have any tips or ideas when it comes to hosting a baby shower?


- Wrote in collaboration with Pampers as part of The Pampers Baby Board.