Rosie’s 8 week update

Feeding
At 7 weeks old, Rosie was finally diagnosed with milk protein allergy. She is having Nutramigen formula. She feeds every 3-4 hours and has 4oz. She weighs 11lbs! 

Sleeping

Rosie has become a lot more alert during the day. If we’re out and about she will usually nod off in the car seat or pram. She finds it more difficult to nap at home. She likes her bouncy chair when we’re at home. 

During the nightime, Rosie still sleeps in her Moses basket next to me. She has a bath at 8.30 then bottle and put down at 9pm. Her sleep is a bit hit and miss. Sometimes she only has 1 feed, other times it’s 2 feeds. The best she has slept is 9pm-3am then 3.30am-7am. 

Likes

Rosie like walks in the pram, being in her car seat, bath time, watching her big sister. 

Dislikes

Being held too much and blankets!

Even now moving onto Nutramigen, Rosie seems unsettled. We have to give the milk two weeks and if no improvement then we’ll be off to the Drs again. 

Hello 2017!

Happy 2017 from me and my family!

The Mr will go nuts when he finds out his mug is on here mwahaha!

I feel quite sad that another year has passed and on the other hand, excited for the new year ahead. 

2016 on the whole was good to us. We had our beautiful baby Rose, enjoyed a family holiday and had good times with friends. I got to watch Miss Evie grow and develop and become such a character. We have made lots of new friends at toddler groups and reconnected with The Misters son. We have enjoyed so many little adventures along the year. 

I don’t believe in ‘New Years Resolutions’, everyday is a new day and you have the power to make changes everyday. However I have promised myself that I will get back to giving blood regularly. Once Rosie is 6 months old I can give again. It’s something I used to do before I had Evie and I’ve got out of the habit. But I think it’s so important to give blood if you can so I’m gonna practice what I preach!

I’m looking forward to all the adventures 2017 has to offer and pray there is more good than bad in our lives and in the world.

New Year Bucket List

1.Family break to Center Parcs

2.Celebrate me turning 30

3.Celebrate Rosie’s first birthday

4.Enjoy a me and the Mr trip to London to watch a Westend show.

5.Evie to start Pre-School

6.Get lots of use out of our Longleat Passes

7.Trip to Peppa Pig world with Zoe.

8.Keep up with Slimming World and work towards my target.

9.Give blood

10.Enjoy every moment with my babies and if we’re having an off day, remember, it’s a bad day not a bad life.

Whatever the new year has in store, I hope it’s a good one for you and enjoy the crazy ride that is life! 
Happy 2017 

Amy xox 

My toddler can’t talk

So my wonderful Miss Evie is 23 months old and is yet to say any real words. We had duck for a while but I haven’t heard that in a long time and Dada but it’s not always directed at Daddy.

She’s developed well in all other areas.Always met other milestones early or on time. She can recognise numbers 1-5, basic shapes, colours. She knows people’s names, she can follow two part instructions but she just can’t verbalise any of it. 

When she was a year old I noticed that she didn’t babble like the milestone book said she should be doing. All she babbled was baba. The HV wasn’t worried. Said she’s inquisitive, confident, met all other milestones. Come back at 18 months. 

Her babbling did develop and I hoped some words might come spouting out but at 18 months, not a sausage. Again I was told not to worry. She has good understanding and non verbal communication. The HV would check in with us when she’s 21 months. 

21 months came and still no words. Again the HV said she wasn’t worried. They can’t refer her for speech and language support as she doesn’t meet the criteria due to her meeting all other milestones, good non verbal communication and understanding! 

It does worry me, I feel like she is never going to talk. In a way I’m so used to communicating with her without speech, when she does talk it’s going to be strange. 

I’m always told to make sure I share books with her, sing songs, talk to her, ask her questions. I find it a bit insulting as I’ve been doing everything like this since she was a baby. I started sharing books with her at two weeks old, always singing and chatting away to her. We go to the library, baby/toddler groups, socialise with friends. 

It is becoming increasingly frustrating for all of us.

 90% of the time I know what Evie is telling me via pointing etc but that small percent of the time, when I have no clue what she wants to tell me, is so frustrating and heartbreaking.

She may lack in the speech department but my little sausage is a bright, happy, loving squidgy that certainly doesn’t let a little thing like speech delay stand in her way!

Does your child have a speech delay? How do you feel? How do you encourage their speech? I’d love any hints or tips! 

Life with a two under two so far…

 When we are met by new faces at toddlers or out and about, one of the first things people ask when they see I have two young children is”what is the age gap” usually followed by “gosh how are you coping!”. I smile and reply with “I just get on with it”. 

Which is a true  and a great quick reply but two under two, how am I coping? How am I finding it?
In all honesty you do just get on with it. Life is definitely more hectic. Trying to get out of the house is a military operation and my day is ran by a good routine.

We manage to get out the house everyday. There have been a couple of fails in the early days but now we’re in a routine we make it. 

I like routine and organisation anyway but life definitely has to have more of that at the moment. I get the girls clothes ready the night before and lay them out with nappies ready for the next day. I check my changing bag in the evening and ensure everything I need for a trip out is sorted. I set up an invitation to play for Evie every night so that she has something to do first thing which means I can feed Rosie in peace and wash up bottles, make breakfast etc. I plan Evie’s meals so I know what I’m doing come 5pm and don’t have to worry that I haven’t got anything. Of course this level of organisation isn’t for everyone but it works for me! 

There are days , especially in the first few weeks when I’ve cried. Rosie, at 7 weeks was diagnosed with CMPA ( cows milk protein allergy) and she had been very unsettled and poorly in those first few weeks. I didn’t necessarily find having two hard but felt like I was failing Rosie as she always seemed so unhappy. I didn’t know at the time that there was a medical reason. 

I definitely have twice the Mum guilt! Making sure I have spent enough with each child and making sure both have been sufficiently stimulated. The laundry pile never seems to go down and life is a bit of a cycle of nappy changes and feeding at the moment! 
It feels like Rosie has always been here and I can’t imagine life without both of my munchkins. I definitely do not regret having two children close together. Yes there are bad days when things seem too much. Rosie decided to fight her naps and Evie is having tantrum after tantrum. But on the whole the good days far outweigh the bad!

As the saying goes…’ my hands are full but my heart is even fuller’

What age gap do you have between your children? How do you find it?

Amy xx

Halloween Basket 2016

Oh I do love a themed basket full of activities and treats and Halloween is a great excuse to put one together, right? I love putting seasonal baskets together and it’s great to see Evie enjoy all the goodies. All the items are reasonably priced, I haven’t spent a fortune and come mainly from supermarkets and Amazon. So here is what’s in our Halloween basket…

For me, no seasonal basket is complete without books! Spooky spells and Peppa are actually books I bought last year. I’m taking advantage of the fact that E won’t remember them from last year so they will still seems new to her! I’m really looking forward to sharing ‘ten little monster’s with her. 

We don’t go trick or treating and E doesn’t get chocolate/sweets unless it’s a special occasion so I’m sure she will enjoy these couple of Choccy treats! The Mr picked up the Peppa DVD in Sainsburys . Will be a great way to spend a chilled hour over the weekend. 

I got this cupcake making set from Asda. Evie loves to help with baking so I’m sure we will have fun making some spooky treats! The cup was also from Asda. I will be making Evie a Halloween themed breakfast so this will go well with it. 

Of course, as Rosie is only 6 weeks old I didn’t get her much but didn’t want her to go without anything. She has this cute baby vest and Halloween bib, both from Tesco. 

So that’s our basket! Have you made a Halloween basket? What did you put in there?  

Amy xx

Rosie’s Birth Story!

Rosie is already a whole month old and currently snoozing in her Moses basket next to me. So I thought I would take the opportunity to write down her birth story.


It’s a lot less dramatic and much more positive than Evie’s. So here we go…

I was booked in for a planned C-Section on Thursday 15th September. I managed to keep baby cooking u til this date. We arrived at the hospital at 7.30am and we’re shown to our room. I didn’t enjoy my experience on the ward last time so I requested to pay for a private room and luckily there was one available.

A series of medical staff (Midwife, Anesnatist, two obstetricians and a consultant) came to meet us and talk us through the procedure.

I was told I would be going down to theatre at about 10am. The midwife sorted me out with some surgical stockings and gowned me up. Next we were escorted down from the ward to the delivery suite and shown to a little room where the Mr got into scrubs and I was getting more nervous by the minute. Again we were greeted by more medical staff, carrying out checks. Then the moment came. They were ready for us…

I walked into the theatre and it was like a scene from hobby City. Exactly how I would imagine an operating theatre. There were about ten people in there, busy doing whatever they were doing. Again more checks and all I could do was look at the operating table and think Β crikey, I’m going to have my baby on there within the hour!

I was asked to perch on the side of the table to the spinal could be inserted. This is where the fun began…it took 4 attempts to get that bad boy in! I think the problem was, well, me freaking out. I was asked to skimp my shoulders and stick my back out. I thought I was trying my best but where I was tensing, I kept arching my back. The snesnatist put some local anaesthetic into my back-ouch and tried to insert the spinal. I felt a sharp pain in my back and knew it wasn’t right. This happened there times. I then sat there and thought “focus Amy”. If they can’t get this in I’ll have to have a general and I’m not missing another one if my children’s births.i took some deep breaths and focussed on the pattern on my gown and squeezed Mike’s hands. Bingo it went in no trouble and it was painless. Just felt like someone had pushed me in the back.

A warm tingly sensation took over my bum and thighs almost instantly. I had to quickly swivel around and Kay on the table before I couldn’t move!

Next thing I know I’m being hooked up to various machines, a midwife was trimming me up down there ahem and a sheet was put up. Mike was by my side, holding my hand. Enter the surgeons and we were off!

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t enjoy the first part. I felt lots of pressure which wasn’t so bad. I felt like I wanted to take deep breaths but I couldn’t seem to take in enough air and I started to panic a little that I couldn’t breath. The anaesthetist explained that it was because my diaphragm was numbed and I couldn’t use it properly. I was given oxygen and started to chill.

They announced that they were ready to bring our girl into the world. I felt a massive yanking and tugging which I did not enjoy! They lowered the screen and we saw our baby enter the world.

I’m crying writing this part because seeing that little person being born was thee most amazing moment of my life. She was all grey, wrinkly and covered in vernix. She was screaming and I just wanted to hold her. She was placed on my legs for skin to skin and a light shine on her to keep her warm. They allowed delayed cord clamping.

She was then taken to the resuss area to be cleared of mucus and weighed. The Mr followed her and bought her to me.

Unfortunately I had low blood pressure so couldn’t hold her as the weight of her on my chest would not be ideal. But The Mr held her right next to me and we both stared at her for what felt like a day. She looked just like Evie.

The rest of the operation seemed to take forever. It wasn’t painful, just felt lots of pressure and prodding! There was a weird calm in the room, with me and the Mr staring at baby girl, the anaesthetist and midwife writing up their notes. I could hear the surgeons having a conversation about their weekend and asking for equipment.

Finally it was all complete. Mr and baby were taken through to recovery while I was moved onto a bed and then wheeled through.

I finally got to hold my baby and I cried again! Recovery was my favourite part of the day. The nurse was so lovely, it was air conditioned, I held baby, fed her and we phoned our parents with the good news. I felt like I was in a blissful bubble, the only thing missing was my biggest baby not being there.

And just like that we were a family if four. In all honesty I didn’t enjoy the C-Section or the stay in hospital afterwards. But seeing my girl come into the world and being a Mummy straight away rather than through NICU was amazing.

Starting a new chapter, making new memories and going on new adventures with our girl gang. Perfect.

N.B They most probably will not read this but I want to say a big thank you to all the hospital staff. Everyone was amazing. A huge huge thank you to my anaesthetist. All I can remember was his name is Chris. I laterally would not have got through the C-Section without him. He answered my questions, put up with my worrying and wimpery and kept chatting to me throughout to keep my mind off what was going on (I’m rather squeamish!).

Autumn Bucket List 2016

Autumn is my most favourite season! I love the cooler days, crunchy leaves, cable knit cardi’s and Halloween. I also love a good bucket list to make sure we make the most of the season and make wonderful memories with my babies, the Mr , friends and family.

Here is what we plan to do over the season.

-Have a baby, y’know, no biggie!!

-Go on a hunt for The Gruffalo at Westonbirt Arboretum.

-Collect conkers

-Pick blackberries

-Walk through crunchy leaves

-Carve a pumpkin

-Visit Longleat at Halloween

-Halloween sensory tray with lentils

-Do Bowood scarecrow trail

-Play in the leaves

-Jump in puddles

-Watch Room on the Broom

-Visit a farm

-Make Popcorn

-Put together a Halloween Activity Basket

-Watch Halloween treats

-Take an autumnal walk

-Go to a bonfire display

-Eat hotdogs and watch fireworks.

Birth Announcement!Β 

So pleased to share that our baby girl has arrived! 

This is Rosie, born on 15th September 2016 at 11.17am via planned C-Section. 

She is simply amazing. All of us, including her big sister, Evie, love her so much. 

So excited to start our adventure as a family of four! 

Holistic Hampers Review

Aromatherapy Β isn’t something I have considered before I fell pregnant with Baby No2. I have always suffered with migraines. When I was pregnant with Evie they improved but they came back with vengeance for this pregnancy. I was really struggling with how to deal with them as I can’t take medication. I was ready to try anything. I discovered a lovely small business over on Facebook called Holistic Hampers…

They have been very helpful in advising me on aromatherapy products to help ease migraines.

I recently received some happy mail from the ladies over at Holistic Hampers. They create hampers, nappy cakes and their most recent addition- subscription boxes full of aromatherapy/ natural beauty goodies! They very kindly sent me a pregnancy friendly subscription box to try out.

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My box included…

Ylang Ylang bath fizzer– This was lovely. It made my skin feel so soft. When the fizzer hits your bath water it fizzes and releases the gentle ylang ylang essence into the air, helping you to relax and unwind. The fizzer is really handy as it splits into two so you can get two uses out it! I used one for my bath and Evie enjoyed the other half in her bath.

Lavender Oil– This smells amazing! I have been burning the oil in an oil burner in my bedroom. I am finding sleeping very difficult recently, with being in the third trimester of pregnancy, I am always waking and trying to get comfortable. I have burned the Lavender oil for the past three nights when I go to bed and I can honestly say I haven’t slept so well in a long time!

Vitamin E soap-I wouldn’t usually use a bar of soap (well that makes me sound clean! But you know what I mean?!) as I find they dry my skin out. But this Vitamin E bar is really nice. My skin felt fresh and really soft after a few uses. It will last a really long time so great value for money!

Echinacea Cream-This cream is really good for soothing, relieving and de-toxifying the skin. The cream is lovely and thick so a little goes a long way, but it applies really lightly and doesn’t make my skin feel clogged or oily. It was really good at soothing my super sensitive pregnancy skin after a day out in the sun!

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Burning lavender oil

I have really enjoyed using the items in my box. It’s really good value for money, considering the majority of the item nos last a long time and you can get multiple uses out of them. I think it’s really fun to get some treats through your door every month, not knowing what they are. It’s a great way to try things you may not have tried before!

The subscription boxes are Β£10 plus P+P, if you speak to Holistic Hampers they can tailor your box to suit your needs eg allergies/medical issues. You can subscribe to monthly boxes or have a treat once in a while. They are flexible and you’re not tied into anything. Pop over to Holistic Hampers on Facebook to find out more!

 

 

A planned C-Section Pre-Op…What to expect.

I have known since before conceiving that if I had another baby it would be delivered via planned c section. I never knew that I would need a pre-op, it never crossed  my mind. While this isn’t a bad thing or really anything to be worrried about, I can’t help but be curious about what happens. I don’t like medical appointments, they unnerve me, I even get really nervous for scans.

So anyway, while waiting to have my pre-op, I scoured google for answers as to what would happen. Not a lot came up and what did was outdated.

So for those curios like  me I thought I would explain my experiece of a c section pre op.

My Pre-Op experience

It was all pretty straight forward and nothing to be worried about. My blood pressure was taken and pulse. The midwife then checked my urine. She took some blood and explained that they need a fresh sample incase a transfusion is needed. 

She then gave me a tablet called ‘Rantidine’ to take at 6am on the morning of my C-Section and explained that I shouldn’t eat or drink anything from 12am that morning. 

There was lots of paperwork to fill in, she asked me questions about my previous C-Section and we chatted about having 2 under 2 while she made some notes on the computer. 

I was then invited to lay on the bed and the Midwife listened to baby’s heartbeat and had a feel of her position. 

Then I was talked through what would happen on the day and my preferences in the operating theatre eg music/ skin to skin/ delayed cord clamping.

And that was it! Sent on my way and I will see them in 3days eeek! 

Like I say all pretty standard and nothing to fear. I just like to know what’s going to happen. 

Have you had a pre-op? Did yours differ or pretty much the same? 

Amy xx