After a reluctant gear change in to "crimbo-mode" we are officially in the swing of it here... We're one eager bunch of ornament shopping, tree picking, lounge decorating Christmas critters and this festive family of four is only gathering momentum as the days countdown! Bring it on!
Monday, 9 December 2013
Slowly slowly from the baby bubble, I am becoming vaguely aware Christmas is coming. Initially I resented the whole season with the honest belief it should probably be cancelled to allow everybody to continue celebrating the arrival of my baby boy... But apparently that's not going to happen... So we're going with it and after the initial resistance I'm really excited!!
Our first Christmas as a family of four begins then and here's some snaps of Euna's homemade gift tags... :D
Friday, 6 December 2013
It's been month tomorrow. Cor. What a month. It's been that typical raw mash of extreme emotions. Suffocating love and crazy chaos and crippling exhaustion and total bliss. I've had waves of feeling like some unstoppable wonder woman when it's all going good. Look at me mothering TWO babies, I am woman SEE ME MUMMY-ING! Then it goes bad and I have waves where I feel so incompetent I should probably just call social services on myself now because clearly I will never ever get them to school age without losing/maiming/dropping down the stairs/insert other horrendous parenting outcome at least one of them.
But all the while the good stuff, the bad stuff and the crazy chaotic I'll-never-admit-this-on-my-blog stuff is going on, we're making solid gold memories here. Solid. Gold. And I'm drinking it in, every second. A whole month has vanished already...
Today an older lady stopped us at the garden centre, when we were getting the Christmas tree, to tell how fast her babies had grown up and how now her youngest was 32... I don't doubt her, I don't doubt her for a second and it scares me.
Please slow down baby boy and baby girl.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
1 week down. Week one with two down.
It was ok. Good infact! Far less eventful than the apocalyptic-esc scenes my former pregnant self imagined. I learnt it's a lot about thinking ahead and I mean for everything. Even if I want to go to the loo, I have to think ahead. I think could Euna gouge out one of Bow's eyeballs in the time it takes me to wee? Yes. Which baby is easier to take to the loo? I'll take the mobile one, coax her with a toy, which toy? Bunny. "Euna come see what bunny is doing?" I put on the floor directly outside the toilet, maybe give bunny a toilet roll to play with. Etc. It's long winded. It's not impossible, it's not rocket science, it's not even hard work like it's physically demanding, but it's long winded and we're just talking about having a wee here!
The long winded-ness also means it's busier. Those little pockets of "free time" that littered my day when it was just Euna and I, are now filled with breastfeeding, a second round of nappies, washing, cuddling, changing sicky clothes, soothing sore boobs... Upside is that I have high hopes for the baby weight doing a faster disappearing act this time. Downside is how alarmingly fast the days disappear. Here we are in Bow's fourth week, newborn clothes are looking snug and I swear all I did was blink to get here!
This post could start to sound negative so far. It shouldn't. It's shouldn't because this is wonderful. I guess I imagined the experience of baby 2 feeling somewhat anti-climactic, essentially it was just "Euna round two" so it'd be the same just without the novelty factor right? Wrong. So so so wrong. Having Euna was about having a baby. Having Bow is about having a family. He's transformed us all. He's made the landscape of all our lives so much richer, fuller and everything we do is now for, with and about our family as a whole. Somehow he's made us a unit, a whole and that's the most wonderful feeling ever.
So I love it. Call it crazy baby making hormones but I do. I love the random long windedness to everything. I love being this busy.
I also love that I've needed help these last couple of weeks. I'm bad at accepting help or asking for help or feeling comfortable putting myself in a position where I need help. That might be pride but it's not conscious. But help I've had and what a great way to remind yourself how fabulous your friends and family are?! What a great way to have my babies see how fabulous the other people in their lives are?! I'm feeling especially lucky for these wonderful people in our lives right now.
Thank you friends. Thank you family.
We're doing it! I'm doing it! High-family-of-four-5!!
Thursday, 28 November 2013
He loves to be swaddled. He'll only feed when he's hungry. He likes the vibrating chair. He doesn't get very windy. He has awake spells mid morning and early evening. He has dry skin that we're trying not to bath very often. He' growing hair quickly and it has a cows lick at the front same as Steve, Euna and I. He can't bear the slightest hint of cold and can only be put down if he's super snuggled in a blanket or two. He likes quiet and frowns a lot in his sleep when Euna is having a screech. He feeds about every 2 hours in the day and every 3 to 4 hours at night. He's super quiet in the evenings. He doesn't like total darkness so we have to keep the landing light on at night.
Oh and he's loved... So so SO loved...
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Just a quick piccie post as I sift through some pictures from an impromptu photo shoot at home the other day... 1 x dirty bath towel, 1 x blanket, 1 x sofa pouffe (totally had to Google the spelling for that) and a slightly brighter November day = ...
The rest are to follow!
Monday, 25 November 2013
Call me crazy but by and large I love being pregnant... Granted, I probably love it a lot more retrospectively but at least it is very cool... The cake, the scans, the stretchy clothes, baby shopping, nursery crafting, the big boobs, awesome baby kicks, the gender guessing... There's a LOT to love.
Beyond that I have really loved taking time out every week to record my bump and the pregnancy. It really helped me to absorb it all and enjoy everything about this journey... So here's a little ode to my bump and my bump's photo journal...
If you want to read about my pregnancy week by week you can check out my pregnancy page here and make sure you've read my birth story here!
Finally... If you've read all the way along... Thank you!! It's been so great to share! :D :D :D
Friday, 22 November 2013
I've made no secret of my little The Essential One obsession. What's not to love? Quality, essential items, well made in plush natural fabrics. Their focus is on supplying the baby and maternity items you need and making every item them do so well done that each becomes your instant favourite and "go to".
In addition to such a solid ethos they focus on super fast delivery and satisfy my love of needless packaging...
So what's inside the packaging? (These and these.) Unisex beige and white baby grows/sleepsuits. When it comes to tiny babies it's baby grows all the way in this house. Comfy, cotton, moveable, breathable baby grows. I have little interest in waistbands, fussy fabrics, stiff embroidered detailing or anything close to a real "outfit" before a couple of months old at least. I just want baby to be comfortable and these baby grows are so worth shouting about because they are sooooo comfortable.
They're made from 100% "superfine cotton" this means they're a natural and breathable fibre and according to the product description the "superfine" part is why they are so soft. They have popper fastenings down the front and inside the legs. The popper spacings seem reasonable; not so many it's annoying and not so few you have any gaping.
I really like the beige and white colours, they're truly unisex and I really like light colours on newborns. The stripe, logo, star, spot and plain designs are simple but sweet. My favourite is the plan with small logos all over. They have built in scratch kits which is very handy for me as I seem to be the owner of one scratch kit eating washing machine, though you can get mits to match if you prefer.
These baby grows are £19.99 for a pack of 3. To me this is great value for the quality you're receiving especially as they come in sweet little matching drawstring bags (which make them ideal for gift giving). £19.99 puts them cheaper than the real premium brands like Jojo Maman Bebe (from £14 each) but around £3 more expensive than Next and Marks & Spencers 3 packs. I'm more than comfortable with this positioning on the market as they whilst you can get cheaper these are just that little bit more special and unusual.
Besides... Baby Bow seems to rank them oh so high on the snuggability scale... :D :D :D
Finally, in addition to the mits, you can also get hats and vests to match! All equally fantastic quality and value for money. Although unfortunately it's too chilly for me to snap a piccie of Bow in the vests with out him wobbling the bottom lip!
If you missed baby Bow's birth story make sure you go catch up!
Note: I was sent these products free of charge to review, though all opinions and ideas within this review are 100% my own.