Friday, 27 April 2012

Crocheted Name Banner

Ever since Samantha was born, I've been looking for letters to spell out her name for her bedroom door.  I looked everywhere.  The Early Learning Centre (before it shut down) had some wooden ones, but the letter was obscured by picture of something starting with the letter, and they didn't have enough to spell out Samantha.  I thought I would find some in Ikea, but no such luck.  I found some online, but they were quite expensive.  

Then, quite by accident, I found this seller on Folksy.  She had just what I was looking for! So I ordered one for Samantha, and here's the outcome:

Cute, no? 

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Review: Mama Feels Good Breastfeeding Top

The SECC Baby and Toddler show is coming up this weekend, and as mentioned in a previous post I have been asked to review a couple of items provided by some of the exhibitors from the show.

So I have been given a breastfeeding top made by Mama Feels Good, supplied by More 4 Mums who will be exhibiting at the show. 

A little information from their website:

More 4 Mums is an online store offering great value products for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mums.  We offer Affordable Maternity & Nursing Bras, Sleepwear and Tops.  There is also an increasing range of lovely products for all new mums and babies.
More 4 mums is a family business  offering great service.  Set up by Lynn Hogg, a mum of 2 young girls over four years when she was looking for a new career that allowed her to care for the children at home.  

The top I was given was the Owl Print top, made by Mama Feels Good, who hand screen print their tops.  It has two layers, joined at the shoulder on the inside.  I must admit I was a little confused as to how to use it, but when I looked online and saw this video, it made much more sense!

You lift the top layer, and just pull the bottom layer to the side, over your breast.  As you can see, it's discrete; it only exposes what needs to be exposed.  No podgy belly hanging out, no rushing to cover the rest of you with a scarf.  

So far, I have been using the nursing vest tops, with the straps you can unclip, and wearing them underneath normal tops, which can get very warm and quite fussy.  Sometimes the bottom edge of the clip ends up pressed against the baby's face which can be quite uncomfortable and leaves a mark.  When I was shopping for nursing tops, I realised a lot of them double as maternity tops and LOOK like maternity tops.  Also a lot of them are floaty, floral, girly type tops, which I don't like and looked quite matronly.  This top is funky, looks like a normal, every day, non maternity/nursing top, and is really comfortable. 

It's £25.99 which is a little pricey, but considering that it's a specialist top, and hand screen printed, it's understandable.

I love the funky owl print, I won't take pictures of me using the top, cos lets be honest, no one wants to see that!! (Please excuse the fat rolls. In my defence, I have just had a baby and the top is a Medium, and I am definitely NOT a medium ;o) ).  Over all, it's a really nice top, it's comfortable, affordable, stylish, and I can see it becoming a staple piece in my wardrobe.  And best of all it's not obviously a breastfeeding top!!

I can't wait to see what other products they have to offer at the Baby and Toddler Show.

*I received this product in exchange for an honest review

Monday, 23 April 2012

Battle with the Bottle...

As mentioned in a previous post, we are struggling to get Samantha to take a bottle.  She has been exclusively breast fed from birth, and we've never really needed to give her a bottle because she's never been away from me.  Until Wednesday night when we tried to go to the cinema.

We need to persevere with trying to get her to take a bottle, as I will have to leave her at some point.  I have tickets to a concert on 18th May and so hubby will be on feeding duty.  We tried last night with the bottle but she screamed, held her mouth open and moved her head away from it.  The minute I put her to the breast she suckled away no problem.  It makes me feel so bad as, although I know breast feeding has been the best thing for her, maybe I should have given her a bottle earlier.  And I don't want to leave her, thinking she's going to be hungry and grumpy and hubby's not going to be able to feed her. 

We are using Avent bottles and teats, but hubby seems to think the teats are too long for her, so we are looking into different teats.  Anyone have any suggestions or advice?

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Review: Bibbles!

This week I was invited along to attend the bloggers breakfast, arranged by the PR team for the Scottish Baby and Toddler Show.  This is the first time I've ever done anything like this, so it was interesting to meet some lovely Scottish bloggers, and have a coffee and a chat (I resisted the cake and scones - I feel positively angelic!).

The PR ladies had brought along products from some of the exhibitors for us to review.  Our first product is the bandana bib from Bibbles!  

So a bit of background information: (from their website

"Bibbles are hand-made in Nottingham, in the UK from fabrics that I source and select locally every month. Every bandana bib is made within a few miles of my home, and from the highest quality cotton with a super absorbent fleece lining and nickel free, adjustable press-studs.It’s the unique combination of cotton and fleece means that the outer cotton layer absorbs wetness whilst the fleece under-layer acts as a barrier, preventing the clothing from becoming wet. The "tunnel" fleece disperses the wetness, creates airflow and allows moisture to evaporate so the bib dries out quickly.  Of course the Bibble is fully washable and is even available in larger sizes for older children and adults with special needs."

Samantha is now at that stage where she is drooling constantly.  She's like one of those St Bernard dogs, all slobbery! Her hands are never away from her mouth and she's starting to suck her fingers, and her clothes if she can't get to the hands, so bibs are a necessity.  The beauty of this bib is that it keeps the moisture away from her clothes and skin underneath.

Not only are the bibs very practical, they are made from some very lovely fabrics. Unlike most bibs that have cartoons on them or are just white with a plastic backing, bandana bibs come in lots of different patterns.  We had the Mini Spot bib, which is red with white dots. 

What I like most about these bibs, besides the practical element, is that they look like part of an outfit.  It's not obviously a bib at first glance.  My husband thinks Samantha looks like a cowboy with hers on! 

But the best thing about these bibs, is the price.  Each bib is only £3, which appeals to me because, you know, I'm a wee bit frugal (my favourite four letter word is sale!).  

The only downside to these bibs is that they're just a tad bit too small, however larger ones are available from their website.  They also do adult sized ones!

I can't wait to see what other bibs they have on sale at the exhibition.

*I received this product in exchange for an honest review. 

Silent Sunday

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Failed night out

Hubby and I attempted to go to the cinema last night. We had everything prepared; I expressed a little bit of milk although I couldn't manage an awful lot, and I had little cartons of Aptamil to tip her up if needed. Mum and dad were more than willing to come over to babysit. She was fed and settled when we left. The cinema is only 5 mins away from us so we wouldn't be too far away if needed. I was a little bit anxious, as it was the first time we would be away from her for so long.

We chose to go and see Titanic. The ship had just hit the iceberg when I got a text from my mum. Samantha wouldn't settle, and was point blank refusing to take the bottle. So we had to come home. Thankfully we have see the movie before and know how it ends!

When we got home the poor wee thing was really hungry. My dad had got her settled but as soon as I put her to the breast she guzzled away.

Maybe it was too soon to leave her. I don't know how we are going to convince her to take a bottle in future. But we gave it a shot. Maybe next time it'll be better.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The Gallery: Easter

This weeks theme for the gallery is Easter. Our Easter weekend wasn't very eventful. Hubby was working Friday Saturday and Monday, so there wasn't much of an opportunity to go anywhere. We went to church on Sunday morning, where we got to meet our friends newborn baby for the first time! He's absolutely gorgeous and so tiny! I sometimes think that Samantha isn't growing, but when I saw her next to Lachlan, she's positively giant! Won't be long til he overtakes her though.

Sunday afternoon was spent at my mum and dads having lunch. Gone are the days of my youth when we would spend Easter weekend at my grandparents, decorating boiled eggs, and going to The Glen to roll them down the hill. We always had a competition to see who's egg remained intact the longest. My grandad always won... Methinks he painted his with varnish! I can't wait to be able to do all these things with Samantha.

Since Samantha is a little young for chocolate, my mum got her a little Easter chick. She was also wearing her little Easter chick babygrow. And of course, as tradition in our house dictates, it's not Easter until you've had one of mums homemade chocolate crispy egg nests!

This was our Easter. Check out the other entries over at Tara Cain's blog:

Friday, 6 April 2012

Baby Weight: Week 1

Well this was supposed to be my first week of being good, eating well and listening to my Thinking Slimmer slimpod.

It all went horribly pear shaped on Wednesday when we got a Chinese takeaway for dinner. Then we were out for dinner last night to celebrate my mums 60th birthday. And now, while I'm typing, I'm tucking into a box of Thornton's treacle toffee. I seriously have no self restraint. needless to say I have not weighed myself this week.

I have managed to listen to my slimpod most nights. There have been a couple of nights where I've been so tired I've completely forgotten about it and just went straight to sleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

My plan for the coming week: Pick a different time to listen to the slimpod. Get out and walk with the pram more. Avoid the Chinese takeaway!!!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The Gallery: At Peace

This weeks theme for The Gallery is At Peace.

There's very little peace in my house now since the wee one arrived. But when she sleeps, ah 'tis heavenly peace...

Why not check out the other entries over at


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