Friday, 21 July 2017

Welcome To The World Baby Girl


  Nila Mae Hutt

On the 30th June 2017 at 12.37pm i gave birth at home to my last baby girl, weighing 8LB 13OZ . She is everything i could of ever wished for and me and we are all absolutely besotted with her.

We named her Nila, which actually means enchanting moon , we used our two other daughters names to recreate this name and didn't know the meaning was such a beautiful one.













Welcome to the world baby girl
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Writing Slope For Children | Inxact Design


Writing has been one of Alessia's targets over the last two parents evenings. She loves writing and making stories but gets carried away in her story which results in her rushing and next thing you know, her writings all over the place.


When we were contacted to review the writing slope by Inxact Design i thought this would be a great tool to try out with Alessia.

The slope itself is pretty simple in design and sits on a table/desk with a pen/pencil slot at the top, has a non slip base and a slight lip at the bottom for your paper to sit in.

*It improves handwriting skills*

*Enhances concentration* 

*Helps with posture*

*Reduces shoulder stress when colouring*

*Great for all students*

*Doubles up as a recipe holder/book stand*

*Left and right hand friendly*




Alessia has loved using it and i can honestly say it has made a difference to her hand writing, she doesn't rush as much and sitting at her desk,she takes her time.

Retailing at £21.99 plus free delivery, can be purchased on amazon or at inxact.com

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Third Trimester | Baby Number 3


THE LAST HURDLE 

So we are so close to the finish line and i am so relieved. If you have been following my pregnancy journey then you will know there have been quite a few bumps in the road and i can honestly say this is the last munchkin this mama is having. Three girls is absolutely fine with me, sorry Scott! 
So where do i start!


MENTAL HEALTH


Emotions,anxiety and my depression over the last trimester has been really difficult, life has been slightly hectic. I ended up going on maternity leave early at 30 weeks due to the nature of my job, i work as a community carer and was having to be dropped off in the area that i worked and practically walk around all day and wait around in between my calls, which from 8.30am -3.30pm every day was a complete struggle and SPD has not been kind to me due to this.

BIRTH PLAN

From a confirmed home birth assessment,to being high risk with pre eclampsia, hospitalised twice and  then back down to low risk and back on the home birth ladder,fingers crossed ( and toes!) we can have this home birth and everything runs smoothly.We have had numerous different midwifes and still have not been allocated one which is very unnerving but we know what we want and already having two daughters, and one home birth under my belt i am sure we will be fine.



SYMPTOMS

I have had Braxton Hicks so intense for the last 6 weeks which have made going out and making the most of the girls before little one arrives impossible.Hot flushes have been a nightmare, some nights having two showers just to cool down. Swollen feet,hands ,calfs , you name it , it's probably been swollen, i am still having swollen hands and feet occasionally but this is common now i am 39 weeks +2 and feeling like a whale. My bladder has a mind of it's own and is totally in charge.With having the braxton hicks I ordered some third trimester teas from Amazon in the hope to speed things along, i am still pregnant and still drinking them....





CRAVINGS/FAVOURITES

Still craving mints, although the craving did go down for a few weeks as crunching them was giving me acid re flux, but now that has gone i am back on the mint bad wagon, have cracked my tooth but still crunching the damn things!
Also cola push ups from Aldi have become a firm favourite, over the last few weeks the UK  has had some glorious weather and also my cool it mama from the midwife in a box has been a godsend for cooling me down.



STRETCH MARKS

I have been so busy this pregnancy i have totally neglected my bump and it shows!. I have accumulated so many stretch marks and there is no going back now with them. Honestly though, being a mother of nearly 3, stretch marks and all the wobbly bits that come with pregnancy and afterwards do not  bother me. My body has carried 3 precious children and if the proof of that is a few tiger strips, i am totally happy with that.


My last pregnancy update, i really can not believe it is nearly all over, even though it has been an eventful pregnancy, to hold my munchkin at the end of it will be worth it.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Midwife In A Box Gift Set | The Natural Birthing Company


Pregnancy has its ups and downs, some of the downs for me this time have brought me to tears, really bad hot flushes, piles,yes i will hold my hands up and say that piles have been a nightmare third time round and quite frankly being a working mother of two plus pregnant is harder than you think!.


Over the last few months i have had the chance to try out the Midwife in a box by the lovely team at The Natural Birthing Company.Full of beautiful, natural products developed by midwives , i have got to say i was so excited to receive it, it felt like a lovely treat, which sometimes us mums don't have the time for.


This gift set contains all four of their full sized products,which can also be re purchased separately, and 2x luxurious organic cotton flannels,which are softer than a babies bum!

It has also recently won 5 awards in the beauty shortlist Mama & Baby awards 

Best Mama to be Brand - UK
Best Gift for mums-to-be (Midwife in a Box)
Best Perineum Massage Oil (Down Below) 
Editors Choice Winner x2 (Pure Bliss & Cool it Mama)

which is incredible and well deserved!


The contents inside includes:

Cool it mama - cooling body spritz 100ml
Down below- Perineal massage oil 50ml
Pure bliss  - soothing postnatal compress solution 50ml
Bosom buddies- Breastfeeding oils 3x10ml
Two organic cotton unbleached flannels


Beautifully packaged and as soon as i opened the box i could smell the gorgeous aromas, all these products are full of natural ingredients, easy guide on how to apply them,i knew this box was going to be amazing. 


My two favourite products from this box

  Cool it mama cooling body spritz. It has helped control my hot flushes, especially now i am at the end of my pregnancy and due any day. Neroli and Ylang Ylang are great oils for calming down anxiety, which are key ingredients in this spray and have helped me wind down of an evening.

Down below perineal massage oil. Even though i have had two babies already, one of my worries is to tear or having to be cut. This oil contains rosehip, which brings elasticity and regeneration to the skin, this oil is also good for stretch marks and itchy skin, which i have also suffered with.

I would highly recommend this gift set to any pregnant mummies out there and new mums, the products are amazing and it would be the perfect gift for anyone expecting a little bundle of joy.

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Friday, 9 June 2017

Dreamgenii Review & Give Away



As you are all probably aware, as i have moaned, i mean mentioned it a few times!, sleep throughout this pregnancy has practically been non existent. I went 2 months with sleeping in with the children and on the sofa to try any means of getting myself and bump comfy, failing ever time.




The Dreamgenii pregnancy support and feeding pillow has been amazing for me!. For how compact it is ,i really didn't think it would be as effective as it has been.




THE AWARD WINNING PREGNANCY PILLOW

Aids restful sleep
Supports your bump,back and knees
Helps you to lie on your left side, which is the best position for you and bump
Prevents you from rolling over onto your back
Encourages maximum blood flow between mother and baby whilst asleep
Helps you to achieve optimal foetal positioning
Doubles as a feeding support pillow
Is actually recommended by midwives

Also 1 in 4 women actually suffer with SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) and i am one of them sufferers, it got to the stage where i had to leave work early to go on maternity leave as the pain was that intense. I can gladly say that the Dremgenni has eased off the SPD by an incredible amount, even just taking 5 minutes to rest with the pillow helps.


There is so much to this little pillow, it is super soft and so simple top use. It is shaped as a number 7 so you can not go wrong with getting into position, unless your ready for your little human to come out and can barely see your toes! :)

Video review is up on our channel too if you fancy a watch, link is below :)
https://youtu.be/o-gKxE3I544



The lovely team at Dreamgenni are offering my lovely readers and subscribers a chance to win one of their gorgeous pillows. All you have to do is enter below and keep your fingers and toes crossed!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Monday, 22 May 2017

EVERYTHING YOU'LL NEED TO FEED YOUR BABY

MINUS THE MILK!


Already having two children, people assume i have got it all together this time round with baby number three on her way. surely she must be a pro at this! i can assure you that is so far away from the truth.



Whether you are planning for your first little munchkin or your fifth!, you will still get that panicky feeling, have i got enough bottles?, do i need more bibs? especially towards the end of your pregnancy.

With due day just around the corner for us, planning and preparing over the last few weeks have been essential for me, making lists for lists,yes it has got that bad at times so this complete feeding set from Tommee Tippee is the perfect kit to help tick more than one item off your list.



It comes with everything you could possibly need for bottle feeding your little one and more, the bottle warmer is brilliant and i have had one of these for both the girls when they were little.

The set includes 

1x Electric steam steriliser
1x Electric bottle warmer
2x Insulated bottle bags
4x 150ml Feeding bottles-with slow flow teats
4x 260ml Feeding bottles-with slow flow teats
1x Bottle and teat brush
2x Medium flow teats
6x Milk powder dispensers
1x Soother 0-6M
1x Teat tongs

We would highly recommend this starter set to anyone that is expecting a baby.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Fairy Toadstool Nightlight


Alessia has been struggling recently to settle at bedtime, we have recently moved house and i think this has played a big part in her not settling into her new room as well as we had hoped.

We have tried numerous things,leaving the door open,different lamps and lights but nothing seems to do the trick,until now.

We came across an online shop called The Irish fairy door company that provide an array of magical fairy products for children and that is where we found the 3D Toadstool nightlight




I knew straight away Alessia would love it, we are very big fairy fans in this house, and Tinkerbell is her absolute favourite!. Whether the light would help her sleep was another question.

On arrival Alessia was eager to find it a place on her bedside table,battery operated it can be moved anywhere and also fixed to the wall with the attachments provided, placing her favourite Fairy doll Celia next to her new home, she thought it was brilliant!.


After the normal bedtime routine of teeth brushing and story time, we turned the nightlight on and ,with fingers and toes crossed, we said goodnight.



Now usually we have a few trips up and down the stairs, being thirsty, scared of a shadow, thinking of monsters, the list goes on. The nightlight has a sensor activated so after being on for 30 minutes it automatically turns itself off which saves the battery life, an added bonus!.



Before the nightlight had chance to turn itself off she was flat out, hand on heart i could not believe it. It has been a hit ever since, she will even turn it off on occasions saying 'she doesn't need it tonight'. We are so proud of her and are so happy she is finally settling into her new bedroom. 

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Theraline

Being pregnant has its up and downs, more downs towards the end of the pregnancy in regards to serious back pain, SPD, sciatica , sleep deprivation....shall i go on? 



For me the lack of being able to get in a comfy position to rest my back has been unbearable at times and have found myself in floods of tears because of the pain and discomfort. When i was contacted by theraline to review their original maternity pillow i jumped at the chance, ill try anything to find some comfort!.




When i received the pillow my first reaction was that it was massive! i had never tried out any pregnancy pillows with my last two pregnancies so really didn't know what to expect.

I was pleasantly surprised ,it is made up of tiny little micro beads that allow the pillow to conform to the shape of your body throughout your pregnancy.It is very flexible without losing any of its supportive structure.

Some of the benefits to this pillow are
  • Relief for leg,belly and back
  • stable support for your body throughout the your pregnancy
  • takes the strain of neck and shoulders

I absolutely love relaxing with this pillow, it has really helped with taking the pressure off of my lower back and i can quite happily lay in bed for an hours nap in the afternoon with no aches whatsoever.




I cant however seem to sleep with it all night, whether that is the pillow or just me but as a relaxing aid it is perfect for me, and by the looks of it the girls too. Alessia in particular loves to use it whilst going on the laptop, kids eh!.


Have you tried the Theraline pregnancy pillow? or are thinking of getting one? Let me know what you think.

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

We Finally Went! | Merrivale Model Village

The one place in Great Yarmouth that we have wanted to visit for years and never got round to going is the Model Village. Until now!


The model village is situated by the sea front and is impossible to miss, we call it the borrowers land and Alessia is adamant she has seen real life borrowers there now!.

There is so much to do and both the girls were fascinated by the different scenes that have been arranged, Farms, a circus , Ferris wheel, you name it, its probably there. 



The villages are also filled with beautiful flowers , ponds and fish which makes It even more beautiful.



Our favourite has got to be the Brownie girl guides camping scene, with us all being Brownies, me being one a very long time ago!, we loved this display.


The girls were also given a quiz sheet which entailed going round the village finding the answers to the riddles which we really enjoyed and it got the girls thinking and also learning new facts.



We had such a lovely day here and next time we wont leave it so long!
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Monday, 20 March 2017

It Has Arrived! | Hybrid Stroller


So my very own transformer stroller has finally arrived and i wanted to share with you my first impressions of it whilst we are still waiting for this little princess to pop out!

Taking it out of the box filled me with so much excitement, like a kid at Christmas, sad i know but look at it! it is gorgeous!

As you know i love the colour green so i went with the shade pistachio which is beautiful.




 I had no difficulty putting it together. The wheels literally click into place and the frame folds down with ease.The seat can also be positioned facing you which is a bonus.

I also got the carry cot attachment to go with this which is perfect for little newborns,it has its own mattress and feels super soft and cosy. This attachment fits into each side of the frames half circle slots and clicks into place.




The basket underneath this stroller is very large and can also be used to store the hybrid changing bag.





One of my favourite things about this stroller is both the seat and carrycot has a little compartment. For them quick trips to the local shops that don't require a changing bag that has everything in it plus the kitchen sink, this little beauty can be used for small change,keys and your mobile phone. 




I am so pleased with it and can not wait to give it a proper test drive once little madam is here and give you a full review!

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Heavenly Tasty!




Back to school time and one thing i dread more than anything is the packed lunches!. Kadiann enjoys a hot school meal most days but Alessia is not keen on them and has a packed lunch 4 days out of the 5, she loves the chippy Friday lunch though!




Trying to keep snacks in Alessia's lunch box healthy as well as yummy has been an issue in the past. Making sure things are not repetitive, Alessia enjoying her lunch as well as it keeping her full is what i aim for.



Heavenly Tasty is an organic company that produces organic superfood snacks, cereals, fruit squishes, bread sticks, i could go on.They have such a wide variety of different yummy treats to suit both baby and child.

We got the privilege to try out some of their snacks and Alessia loved them!. They are available to purchase in most supermarkets, Ocado,tesco,Waitrose,Morrisons, to name a few, and also Boots which is very convenient if your out and about and need a quick snack stop.


Have you tried Heavenly Tasty? ,what did you think?, let us know if you was as happy with your snacks as this little munckin.

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Friday, 27 January 2017

First Trimester | Baby number 3


Yes i am actually writing about my first trimester, i am pregnant!. This all seems so bizarre to me and i cant quite believe it yet, although i should by now. If you would like to know more about us finding out and if we had planned this little munchkin then you can check out my  pregnancy diary video on my you tube channel :)

So, the first trimester for me has been a bit of a rocky road. We found out we were expecting around 4 weeks and it has pretty much been a bit of a roller coaster ride.

EARLY CRAMPING & BLEEDING

At 5 weeks i had cramping, i wasn't to sure if this was down to me still working my normal shifts, as a carer in the community, and perhaps over doing things so i left it for a few days to see how i got on. After a few days i noticed some bleeding and got booked in for an early scan at the early pregnancy unit. 

Unfortunately they were unable to see much due to me being so early on in the pregnancy and re booked me in for the following week.We went back a week later and everything was fine, with a great sigh of relief for myself as i had been a nervous wreck that week waiting.

SYMPTOMS

Initially i had very sore breasts, even the bath water seemed to give me such excruciating pain, which is quite common for me and i had this in my previous pregnancies. This ,thankfully, has eased off and is somewhat bearable. Nausea pretty much throughout the first trimester was horrendous, the feeling of being constantly hungover left me feeling very poorly and i had been unable to eat much and did not have much of an appetite at all.

Dehydration also played a part towards the end of this trimester, and i also had quite a few headaches, whether these two were linked i am not sure but the headaches are now far and few between and  i managed to control the thirst.

CRAVINGS

I cant say i have had any cravings so far. I had such odd cravings with the girls and they lasted throughout the pregnancies but this time round i haven't had any of yet. The only thing that i would class as a bit of a craving is oranges and satsumas, i have been really enjoying these, whether they will become a craving,time will tell.

12 WEEK SCAN

So we had our 12 week scan and i have got to say i was very nervous, being a sufferer of anxiety i cant seem to shift the worry of is everything alright, so we went in, we took both the girls, which was lovely, and we all saw little bean. The baby was doing excellent, wriggling about waving and having its only little party in there, which was amazing to see.






So the first trimester is over, seems like it has gone by in a flash!. Lets see what the second trimester brings :)

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