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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Stressless baby feeding - Tommee Tippee Perfect prep machine

Tommee Tippee Perfect prep machine £120 - (shop here)

"The Tommee Tippee closer to nature perfect prep machine makes a fresh bottle at just the right serving temperature in less than 2 minutes." 

Having a baby is an incredible and life changing moment there is no denying it, to think you have created life and the overwhelming love you feel for them the moment you see their face is undoubtedly breathtaking. But lets be completely honest it is also life changing as not everything in a daytime routine is as quick & simple, sleep isn't allowed anymore and taking a shower is classed as me time. Feeding is the most repetitive activity you will do and if you bottle feed your baby like i do making up a fresh bottle each time and waiting for it to cool can be a soul destroying 10 minutes at 3am whilst your hungry baby is screaming in your ear.


Monday, 20 June 2016

Perfect smooth skin - Cuppa Joe coffee body scrubs

Cuppa Joe St Clements coffee body scrub - £12.50* (Shop here)

Exfoliating is a massive part of my skin care regime and something i do very regularly to help keep my skin nice and smooth. For quite some time i have been using natural sugar based exfoliators as exfoliators with plastic beads don't break down and then go into the sea so aren't environmentally friendly. Cuppa Joe are extremely ethical as a company as not only are all their ingredients 100% natural and don't contain any nasty chemicals the ingredients used are from fair-trade farmers. This pleases me as i know when i'm using it not only is it benefiting my skin i'm also doing my part. 


Thursday, 16 June 2016

My Second Labour

All has been a little quite on my blog for the last three weeks and that would be due to me finally having my beautiful little girl. I thought it would be good to return with my labour story although i'm not much of a story teller, if your squeamish or not overly fond about labour maybe miss out on this one.

My due date was on the 23rd of May and rather surprisingly (cause what baby actually comes on their due day) in the early morning i started to get contractions, i let them run their course and got into a bath to relax however after a few hours they fizzled out. An hour or so later they returned to about one every ten minutes but i was getting horrific pain in my back so i called the ward and went in to be examined only for the contractions to stop again as soon as i got there. To help keep a record of my contractions so i knew exactly how far apart they where and how long they was lasting for i got a app on my phone (simply called contractions) and would greatly advise it. Whilst being at the hospital I was hooked up to a machine so they could monitor babies heartbeat for an hour and after an examination was told i was 2cm dilated so labour was happening just slowly so was sent home. I was extremely disappointed that i had a day of contractions and no baby at the end of it but went home and got some rest as advised waiting for it to happen.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Bottle-fed shaming

This is an extremely deep and opinionated topic and i don't right this post to cause any offence to either parties however it's one i wanted to discuss as I'm soon coming into that world again and i wanted to share how i felt the first time round compared to now. I have no issue with how a baby is fed by it being via breast or by formula, nor do i have an issue with it being in public or in the comfort of your own home. I suppose you could say I'm quite easy and laid back and believe it's entirely a mothers choice how they feed their baby. 

However what i do find is the shaming mothers are faced with if they choose not to breast feed their babies and the fact it seems to come from medical professionals and other breast-feeding mums, not saying I'm taring you all with the same brush but this is my personal observance. When having my son i had no idea what to expect from breast feeding but wanted to give it a try, he had the colostrum and i attempted to breast feed on our first night in hospital however the pain was greater than i expected and he just wasn't latching on which was causing more pain and distress for both of us. At that stage the mid-wife suggested (in a not so supportive tone) about formula, tiered and concerned about him being hungry i said it might be for the best but asked if i could try breast feeding again on his next feed to which i was told simply no. This upset me greatly, i was young, tiered and on my own as it was the middle of the night, I felt pressured into making a decision and was made to feel ashamed by the midwife cause i chose the formula. At the time this really upset me and i felt like i had already made my first mistake at being a mother.

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