Word of the Week 22/04/2016 – Routine

Another Friday is here, where are the weeks going? Baby girl will be 11 weeks old on Monday – It’s crazy! We are finally getting into our little Routine, with each other. When my husband goes of to work in the mornings at 5:30 am baby girl has a little feed then a sleep till about 8 am. Between 7 and 8 am I get myself ready and can finally squeeze in a shower! and I also check my emails and write a few tweets. 8 am – 9am is baby girl’s feeding and changing time. Then by 9 o’clock we are ready to go out if we need to, or I will get her settled on her play mat while I draft up some blog posts.
Word of the Week - Routine

My baby girl might only have about 2 naps during the day, she is a very active baby and quite nosey, so I’m sure she thinks she missing out if she falls asleep! I don’t mind though as she sleeps lovely by night. 
Her bedtime Routine consists of a bath if its bath night. I don’t believe in bathing babies each night as their skin is very delicate and sensitive. Then I massage her with Johnson’s Bedtime baby lotion, it’s amazing stuff! The smell is gorgeous and makes her very relaxed with the calming aroma. I even use some on myself!
Johnson's Bedtime baby lotion
Next she has her bedtime feed. I do this with the lights dimmed and it calms her right down. She almost always falls asleep on her last feed, so I gently burp her after, and keep her upright on my lap for about half an hour before I put her down. I find if I don’t keep her upright she gets agitated. I believe this is from when she used to suffer from reflux, which thankfully seems to have disappeared now!.
So the one Word that sums up my Week is Routine
I hope you have all had a lovely week.


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Clothes for my baby girl

Today’s post is about recent finds and what clothes for my baby girl we have been given. We have been so lucky with family and friends giving us lots of clothes for baby girl.
Isn’t funny that before I had baby girl I never used to take any notice of the children’s clothes departments in supermarkets?
I can tell you now that’s changed! I’m straight over to the sale section hunting out bargains. I didn’t realise how fast babies grow. She is 9 weeks old and for the past couple of weeks she’s been in 3-6mths. It’s because she is very long, must take after her 6ft 4 daddy! Her sleep suits are baggy in the middle but fit her perfectly length ways.
We picked up this cute little pink dress in the sale at Sainsbury’s for her. It was £12 down to £6. I love the little matching pants inside that come with them!
This little pink dress will be perfect for her great-grandmothers 100th birthday party in July.

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Word of the Week 15/04/2016 – Dentist

This week’s Word of the Week is Dentist.
Word of the Week 15/04/2016 - Dentist

Yesterday I had to go to the dentist for prep work for a crown. I hate the dentist and can truly say now that its worse than having a c-section. I was probably being a bit naive but I didn’t know what prep work was involved with having a crown. I have never had one before. Even though my husband is a dental practise manager it never occurred to me to ask him what a crown is. 

I could not believe they grounded my tooth away! It was horrible. I can see why now I hate the dentist. 
To make things worse I had been thinking about it all week as this was the first time I was leaving baby girl with my parents. 
Thankfully I got to my appointment early and they had me in straight away. This meant I was only away from baby girl for an hour. Which was long enough for the first time. When I got back to my parents baby girl was fast asleep on my mum, she was no trouble at all. 
I hope you have all had a good week.
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Cornwall Baby Show 10/04/2016

On Sunday we drove up to Fraddon to Kingsley Village where the Cornwall Baby Show was being held. On our arrival we got out of the car and the wind was so strong it practically took our breath away! As we were walking across the car park with baby girl in her Cosatto pram it took both my husband and I to hold tight of the pram. I had visions of baby girl being thrown across the car park, this was my first scary moment as a mummy.
We arrived early so we went for a coffee and a green tea for me into Starbucks to pass a few minutes away. 
When the show opened at 10:30 we were some of the first people in there and I’m glad we went early because by the time we left it was extremely busy. Last week before the show I registered through Facebook for a goody bag. You had to do this before the show as there wasn’t enough for everyone. 
Cornwall Baby Show

We picked up our goody bag at the door and went in for a look around. It wasn’t quite as I expected. I think I expected more exhibits. In the space it was in, there could have been lots more. I didn’t see many baby clothes, and toys. There was an excellent display from Usbourne books. 
The pram and travel system displays were very good. Lots of brands to look at. 
selection of prams
My favourite of course being Cosatto. The British design is bright, colourful funky and just so cool! We won a Cosatto giggle 2 3 in 1 travel system  back in 2014 when we were eagerly awaiting our babies arrival. It was a further 2 years before we got to use it. Never mind that’s a story for a different day.
We had some lovely people come up and comment on our stunning New Wave Cosatto pram that baby girl was in. It made me feel proud that our baby girl is a little trend setter! 
The Cosatto design below is called Firebird which was on display at the show. 
Cosatto Firebird
The egg pram is at the top of the price range . 
Egg pram
My husband is a big guy at 6 ft 4 and we have been searching for baby carriers that will fit him, so we stopped by this display. The lovely lady there said he could try on one of the carriers to check the fitting. We were waiting ages for her to get to us as she was dealing with another customer, and unfortunately we never got round to trying one on. It was really busy at this point. 
baby carriers
We ended up leaving after an hour as it was getting  virtually impossible to get to chat to the everyone. I believe we got what we wanted out of the Cornwall Baby Show. The best part for me was chatting to the lovely lady at Baby Sensory with which has ended with us coming back home and signing up for classes with baby girl. There is a waiting list for the 0-6 month classes so fingers crossed we won’t have to wait too long! 
Baby Sensory

When we got home we took a look at the goody bag. It was not quite what I expected. It was full of leaflets which we could have picked up form the individual displays. My husband did like the mini packet of Haribo sweets! I would have liked a pen! 
Don’t they always give away pens at these things?
 Me being a stationery addict was slightly disappointed not to have got a pen! 
Cornwall Baby Show
There was a baby on board car sign included which will come in useful.
Leaflets from the Cornwall Baby Show

I loved the Happy Birth Project display by the midwives from the Princess Alexandra Maternity Unit at Treliske Hospital, which is where baby girl was born. The Happy Birth Project is there to raise money to help the midwives decorate the unit and make it a more of a happy, homely and relaxing place to give birth. They are having some building work starting in the Summer to build water birthing pools which they don’t currently have.
They have a lots of local grannies who knit hats and booties for them to sell to raise money for the project. We could not resist this gorgeous little white hat with a pink flower, and gladly paid £3 for it for the charity. 
The Happy Birth Project
I hope you all had a good weekend!

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Word of the Week 08/04/2016 – Immunisations

The weeks are flying by! This week baby girl turned 2 months old and time for the dreaded immunisations. It’s all that’s been on my mind all week. I’ve been thinking silly things like what if she gets a temperature? Will she have a fever with them? Or worse what if they make her really ill? 
So my Word for this Week is Immunisations
immunisations

Wednesday night, the night before her immunisations baby girl slept for 6 and 1/2 hours. Her longest night time sleep yet! It didn’t stop me waking up numerous times throughout the night checking on her though. I kept thinking is she OK? Is she hungry? Is this normal? It’s really unlike me to be so on edge, but since I’ve had baby girl I have turned quite neurotic. I used to be really laid back- isn’t it funny how motherhood changes you? 
Well going back to the immunisations, I woke up yesterday morning really nervous, especially as I was going on my own as my husband was at work. Her appointment was at 9:50 so plenty of time I thought to get ourselves up, get ready and give baby girl a feed. It would be this morning that baby girl wanted a really long feed after her really long sleep. She was still feeding at 9:00 so I had to quickly dash around when she had finished and put her coat on, hat, booties and into the car seat which she hates! Then run around putting the bins out as Thursday’s are bin days! 
I am someone who likes to be early for appointments so hate being behind (before I had baby girl I was out the house in no time, now it feels as if it takes forever!). Anyway we finally got in the car to head to our local doctors surgery, with it being still the school holidays the traffic was very light, and we were there in no time at all. I was also lucky to grab the last parking space available. 
We arrived a few minutes early so saw a couple with their baby go in first. OMG the crys that came from the baby that I heard in the waiting room was piercing and totally heartbreaking. Not something a new mummy wants to hear, when you are next in line! 

Anyway we were next up. 

baby and me
I was sensible enough to put little trousers on baby girl today so all I had to do was pull them down for the nurse to jab the injections one in each chubby thigh. I have never heard baby girl scream like that before it was a painful cry that made me well up and nearly burst into tears myself. I just managed to hold it together for her and tried my hardest to calm her down by talking and cuddling her tight. Bless her chubby cheeks with tears rolling down her face. 
As soon as I put her back into the car seat she fell asleep. We went straight home afterwards and I was advised by the nurse to give her 2.5ml of Calpol to stop a high temp/fever from coming on as she had the new Meningitis B vaccination which can cause these. It’s the first time baby girl has had Calpol and it was a huge mission to get it down her throat! She was a little grumpy for the rest of the day and slept loads more than usual only waking up to feed. Just before bedtime she seemed back to her normal self and slept again for 6 1/2 hours. – Mummy getting a good nights sleep! 
So there you have it my Word for The week is Immunisations. 
I hope you have all had a great week! 

rachelbustin
The Reading ResidenceA Cornish Mum

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Night-Time – Word of the Week 01/04/2016

This week my Word for the Week is Night-Time
Before I had baby girl, sleep was very sacred to me. 8 or 9 hours sleep a night was completely normal to me. I was also a very heavy sleeper and nothing would wake me.
 Isn’t it funny how your body changes to accomodate a new little person in your life?
NightTime - Word of the Week

Now my sleep cycle is completely out of wack. Night-Time is not the same anymore! The first few weeks baby girl was actually a very good sleeper, I was getting 3/4 hour blocks of sleep. Then the dreaded reflux kicked in! Poor baby girl, she could not get comfortable lying on her back. We rose her mattress slightly at one end but that did not help at all. The only way she would get comfortable and able to sleep was lying upright on my chest. I have spent a few weeks sleeping upright. She loved the skin to skin contact as well, its very soothing and calming to her. 
The past week her reflux is much better, hopefully she is growing out of it, fingers crossed. In fact lst night she slept for nearly four hours. Then we did a nappy change and a sleepy feed and then she was back to sleep again. She is much comfortable lying on her back agin now as well.
There is something very special about Night-Time feeds. It’s that magical 2/3am time when all is quiet. I would not change my previous sleep life for anything. To see baby girl’s sleepy smile at night is worth all those glorious undisturbed sleeps. (New mummy – sleep deprived, still basking in new baby arrival, opinions my change after months of sleep deprivation!)
I hope you have all had a really good Easter! 
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