Thursday, 31 May 2012

The Gallery: Sunshine

I am a pale skinned, Scottish redhead so I tend to shy away from the sunshine.  My poor skin can't handle the suns rays.  But even I couldn't miss the opportunity to enjoy the lovely summery weather we had over the last week.  We have been on long walks, enjoying time in the garden, and to a barbecue.  


So in order for Samantha and I to enjoy the sunshine we needed a few things:

Sundress and lots of shade:


Not forgetting a sunhat:



And lots and lots of this:


This post is taking part in the link up over at the Sticky Fingers blog. Check out the other entries here.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Successful Night Out

On Friday I had tickets to see Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, an American gospel group, in concert at the Concert Hall in Glasgow.  We had had the tickets since just before Samantha was born, and at the time I was confident that she'd be fine to stay in with her daddy while I went out. 


Well, I was apprehensive about going.  Samantha still isn't taking milk from the bottle yet, although she takes about an ounce and a half before she gives up and has a wee tantrum.  Plus this would be the longest I'd be away from her.  I know deep down that she's fine with her daddy, but still I was anxious.

I was instructed not to phone or text, unless hubby text first.  Fair enough.  So I went and thoroughly enjoyed the concert.  Hubby says Samantha had a wee bit of milk from the bottle, and took a wee while to settle but when I came home she was fast asleep, and she didn't wake up for a feed until 1.45am.  I'll call that a success. 



It was definitely worth going out for, the concert was amazing.  They really are a spectacular group.  I know gospel music isn't everyone's cup of tea, but my sister and I were raised listening to the likes of Signature Sound, and the Gaither Vocal Group, and the likes. 


I'll leave you with videos of my two most favourite of their songs.  The 4 part harmonies are amazing. 





  

Review: Asda's Little Angels Baby Wipes

I love Asda's Little Angels range, and I regularly buy their nappies for Samantha. Recently, they have revamped their Little Angels baby wipes, and we have been given the opportunity to review them.


The wipes are fragrance free, but still have a nice fresh smell about them. Not perfumey, but fresh. They are not too wet either, if that makes sense. Sometimes I find wipes too wet, and sometimes too soapy, and they leave Samantha's skin quite wet after wiping.


The best thing about these wipes though is that they come with a little pot of cream, integrated into the lid. The plastic lid is divided into two, one side for your wipes, the other for the cream. As a nurse, I cannot express how much I love a good barrier cream. I advocate using it on children and adults, as in my line of work, the amount of sore, red bums I see is shocking. Sorry, off on a tangent there! But the cream being part of the wipes packet is great because you don't have to remember to pack a separate pot in your changing bag.


My only negatives would be that it's a wee bit difficult to open the side with the cream in it one handed. If you are holding onto babies legs or holding a nappy in place then it can be quite tricky. And also, once your wipes are finished, there's no way of keeping the remainder of the cream. Which is a shame, I hate to see it go to waste.


All in, we love these wipes. Even Samantha tries to reach for them when we use them!!




The wipes retail in store for £2.48.


*We were given these wipes in exchange for an honest review.*

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

The Gallery: Morning

The Gallery is back after a wee break, as Tara was unwell and had a brief stay in hospital (feel better Tara!!).


This weeks theme is morning. After a bit of an unsettled night, a certain little someone wouldn't go back to sleep. So she ended up coming in for cuddles with mummy and daddy. I don't know anyone who can look that cute after a rotten nights sleep!!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Review: Asda's New Baby Trollies

Whenever hubby and I go shopping, we have no choice but to take the wee one with us. Thankfully, usually there are trolleys with carriers for the baby's car seat. However, I cannot tell you how many times I have either run the trolley up the back of someone's legs, or dragged a display basket halfway up the aisle, because I can't see over the top of the car seat.


So when I was asked if I wanted to review Asda's new baby trolley design I jumped at the chance.


Samantha and I took a wee trip over to Asda Govan to try them out. So here's what we thought:


Pros: The shelf for the car seat is a good half a metre lower, allowing you to see over and avoid hitting anyone or anything!


Just chillin' around the aisles!

With the old trollies, groceries sit right under the carrier area, making it a bit awkward to access. On the new trollies the area for your shopping doesn't start until half way under, which is good, no more banging my head on the edge of the car seat!








Cons: Asda say the shelf on the bottom of the trolly is ideal for bulkier items. Its not really a shelf, just the legs of the frame of the trolley that are a little closer together. Good for really big items but only if the boxes/items you are buying are a larger width than the frame of the trolley.



My biggest disappointment with the trolley is that it's very shallow. It's about the same depth as the normal shallow trollies. Which is not ideal if you are doing a big shop, with lots of bulky items like cereal boxes or juice bottles.  My groceries were almost reaching the top of the trolley, and that was just with fresh stuff, no bottles, boxes etc.


So overall, I like the trollies, they are definitely much better than the old ones.  I just think they could be a little bit deeper for those big shops.









*I received a gift voucher from Asda in exchange for an honest review*

Friday, 11 May 2012

THAT Time Magazine Cover

I don't know if you've seen the latest Time magazine cover. It's the one which has a woman standing, with her 3 year old standing on a chair in front of her, and he is suckling on her breast. The headline says "Are You Mom Enough".


Now I've not read the actual article, so im only going on my reaction to the cover.


My initial reaction was, "mum enough for what?". Mum enough to breast feed? Or mum enough to continue breastfeeding beyond a year?


Is it implying that if you DON'T breast feed your child for longer (or at all) you are somehow not doing the right thing? That breastfeeding is the be all and end all of motherhood? Or is it asking are you brave enough to breast feed right through until your child goes to school (or beyond in some cases) as if it is a daring feat that only the strong of will can attempt?  Is it saying that if we aren't like this woman, we are somehow less of a mother?  What does it mean to be "mum enough"?


I'm afraid I just don't get what Time magazine is trying to get at.  But then, I haven't read the article, so I haven't found out the message.   I suppose that was the magazines intention, to grab your attention, but does it have to be so provocative?  It's as if it wants to pit mother against mother, breastfeeders vs bottlefeeders, long feeders vs short feeders, but lets face it, as mums we face so much pressure every day, do we really need more?


There are so many choices when it comes to feeding our children. I breast feed because we tried it, and it worked for us so we're sticking with it. Others try and it just isn't for them. Some can't breast feed, some won't breast feed, and that's all perfectly fine. It's whatever suits you and your baby.


Personally, I won't be breastfeeding Samantha beyond a year, let alone when she's three. My personal feelings towards that is, if your baby can ask for it, it's probably time to stop. It's just not my choice.  Plus I haven't seen any convincing evidence to say that breast milk at that age is beneficial or contains nutrients that they won't get from food.  


Mothers get enough grief, and are made to feel guilty about their choices already.  Most first time mothers, myself included, already feel so overwhelmed, do we really need a magazine cover implying that we are inadequate?  As I say, this is just MY opinion on the cover, but that's the way it made me feel.  But I tell you something, it's got a lot of people talking about breastfeeding.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

16 Weeks

Samantha is now 16 weeks old.  It has gone so quickly, yet feels like a lifetime.  It feels like she's always been here and always been part of our lives.  


All smiles: with my cousins daughter.
Samantha smiles a lot now, and has such a cute little giggle.






Her grip is getting better, and she holds on to her toys well.  Of course they all end up straight in the mouth!  She has rolled over once, but then got such a fright that she immediately burst out crying, and she's never done it again since.  We have tummy time, and story time, even though she doesn't know what I'm saying, but I like to read to her. We have a fairy tales book now, and last nights story was the Gingerbread Man.  I forgot how much I liked these stories when I was a wee girl.


Her weight is steadily increasing, slowly, but surely.  She's now 10lbs 11oz, and I've had to pack away some of her baby grows and outfits as they just don't fit any more.  I still worry that she's small for her age and she still wears 0-3 months clothes, but I know all babies are different.  Soon we will be thinking about starting to give her proper food.  What a scary thought! 


At the weekend we had such a bad time getting her to sleep.  It was a battle right to midnight, then she'd wake up at 1am to get fed.  Which meant a very tired mummy and daddy, but an even more exhausted Samantha! It lasted all the way up to Tuesday night, where she slept from  8.15pm to 8am! Which meant both hubby and I were up almost every hour just making sure she was ok.  She does have the best sleeping face though:






Wonder what the next few weeks will hold for us.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Our week

I go to a breastfeeding group on a Friday morning, and there's a little boy who was born the day before Samantha, and he's a whole 5lbs heavier than her!! It makes me wonder if Samantha is just going to be a wee small thing, or if that boy is just extraordinarily big.  It's been nice going to the group, as it gives us a chance to meet other mums and babies.  I attended a lovely mum and baby group for the first time on Friday afternoon with a friend and her little boy.  There's 7 weeks between him and Samantha, and boy can you tell!  He's a big boy too, but he's older so has an excuse.  This group was different; we all just sit and chat, there's no structure to it, and you get a free cup of coffee (proper coffee from the cafe, in a proper cup too! How posh, lol).  We are becoming right little social butterflies!  But it's so good to just chat with others who have babies the same age as Samantha. 


On Saturday my mum, sister and I went to the Scottish Baby and Toddler show at the SECC.  It was the first time I'd been to anything like it, and I have to say I quite enjoyed it.  There were lots of interesting stalls, and I bought a few things for the wee one.  We got a Morrke Baby Hoodie for the wee ones car seat, a Totseat for when she's a little bit older, and I got another breastfeeding top from More4Mums, which says Mama's Home Grown Melons on it... It appealed to me!! Samantha got grumpy as we were going round the stalls so we didn't stay for too long.


I entered a few of the competitions, as you do, and we had a good wander around.  I was sad to hear that this is the last show they're doing in Scotland, as it's not financially viable to stage another one next year.  Feels like Scotland gets the short shrift again!!  I was looking forward to going next year too.  


Saturday night we managed to go out for 2 and half hours to a get together at a friends house.  My parents came over to babysit for us.  I'll admit I was quite anxious, as the last time we tried to go out we had to come home early.  But this time we were only at a friends one street away, so it was no big deal if I had to come home.  I fed Samantha before we left, and thought she would maybe go to sleep after that, but no such luck.  So I left her sitting with her Grandad, watching the football.  


After an hour and a half (and a couple of texts to my mum to make sure everything was ok) my mum sent me this picture:







Both sound asleep!! My mum had said Samantha had had a wee grumpy spell about 9 o'clock, but she wasn't hungry.  So my mum had a brainwave, and wrapped her in my jumper.  She could smell me, so she calmed down and eventually went to sleep!  Never would have thought of that!  So we had a good night, and came home about 10.30.  Samantha slept on through to 2.30am that night, so we know we can go out and it doesn't have to be a huge drama or a worry. 

I was checking my emails on Tuesday morning, when I got one saying I had won one of the competitions I'd entered at the Baby Show: a Senses blackout blind for the wee one's room!! Amazing, I never win anything so I was really chuffed.  I had to phone the guy just to make sure it wasn't a joke!  It was something that hubby and I were looking into getting anyway, so winning one is such a nice bonus.  

Then I got another lovely email later that afternoon asking me to make some little knitted wedding favour bags.  I'm going to be kept lovely and busy for a while with that! It's nice to be knitting with a purpose again.

That's been our week so far, lets hope the rest of the week is as eventful!


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