4 Month Baby Review

Baby girl has reached the 4 month old mark. Where has that time gone?
 I can still vividly remember that freezing cold Tuesday in February bringing her home.
This is her 4 month baby review of things I have observed and experienced.
Baby Review -4 months

 

You probably realise by now that I don’t post pictures of her on here because I want to protect her from the online world that is out there. I know a lot of bloggers are fine with posting photos of their little ones but at this moment I feel as if I need to protect her from it. I would hate for her to get teased when she’s older by other kids that have found her mums blog with all her embarrassing baby photos. You know what kids are like.
She is turning into a gorgeous little lady and growing before our very eyes. Each day she is developing and learning something new.
One of her favourite shows to watch is Doc McStuffins and when the fix you up song comes on it really grabs her attention!
I was breastfeeding her yesterday and when that song came on she whipped herself off my boob and turned her head towards the TV smiling away. It was one of those precious moments.
Before the Doc McStuffins moment we had to go and see the nurse for her last set of immunisations. I was holding her on my knee in the waiting room and she really surprised me by calling out in her own words to the kids playing on the floor. She was laughing and cooing away not forgetting drooling down her chin!
I just thought to myself, you poor little sweet baby you just don’t know what’s coming.

I pulled her little trousers down a bit and the nurse gave her two injections in one thigh then the Meningitis B vaccine in the other. She just screamed like a banshee. Worse than the other two previous occasions.Bless her, tears rolling down her face, hugging tightly into my chest. It made me feel sick. At least it’s over now until she’s 1 year old, where the polite nurse informed me there’s 4 injections!

Baby girl is really good at her tummy time. She holds her head up. Her little legs kicking away. But she is still yet to turn over. I feel this could happen any day.
Ha ha.
I’ve been saying it for a few weeks now and what does she do last evening?
Yep turned right over in front of our eyes!
baby on tummy - 4 months

 

I am sure there will be no stopping her now.

 

 

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My Sunday Photo 12/06/2016

I just happened to walk past this gorgeous Rose in my dads garden the other day and it really caught my eye.
The pink/red colour is just so beautiful – nature at it’s best. 
Roses-Red-Pink
Happy Sunday! 

Photalife

Driving Experiences with my Dad

To celebrate Father’s Day coming up on the 19th June I am writing this post dedicated to my dad and my driving experiences with him. 

So Let me first tell you a bit about my dad. 
He’s in his 80’s and still drives locally around his town popping to the shops or doctors. 
He’s been driving most of his life. Back when my dad started driving in the 1940’s there wasn’t much of a driving test. 
You just got in the car and drove around a bit! 
I always love to hear about his driving experiences and this quote is from him for when they used to take driving tests back then.
“They used to make us stop on a hill and get out to put an egg behind the tyre to see if you rolled back”
Haha, imagine doing that nowadays! 
Driving Experiences with my Dad - rachelbustin.com tyre safety


Dad drove Milk lorries back in the 1960’s and he still says today it was the best time of his life. 

Of course back then there were many little farms dotted about the Cornish countryside, on quiet roads. Not like the stresses on the roads that the lorry drivers have today.

Anyway my dad got lots of best driving badges which he say’s makes him a better driver on the roads today. Driving a lorry gave him much more road experiences. Especially when it comes to spatial awareness. Driving lorries down country lanes makes you so much more aware of what is around you.

When I’m out in the car with dad his judgement is excellent. He is really good at negotiating when trying to get past parked cars or finding that space you don’t think exists! 

Driving with my dad is fun. 

He always gives a running commentary. Especially when we are pottering around our local area. He likes to tell me things like when he was a boy our local hospital was just a large green field. Or this road used to be a horse and cart road and over there used to be a farm that I used to pick up milk from.

I love these times together.

One thing that my dad is very serious about is tyre safety. He always checks my husband’s tyres on his car when we go round there as he does a lot of miles for work. Its a running joke now!

My dad always says “the most important thing on a car is the tyres, as it’s the only thing in contact with the ground”

I have to agree with him. Tyre safety is so important nowadays and I know when you are driving your kids around you want to be in a car that’s safe and roadworthy. 

If you are looking to replace your tyres why not try Point-S. They sell top branded tyres at the best prices online through their booking system, and get them delivered to your nearest fitting centre.



*This is a collborated post



Office Culture and Workplace Wellbeing

I’m on Maternity Leave at the moment but would like to express my thoughts on Office Cultures, and Workplace Wellbeing and we all know that everyone has their own little quirky office routines! 

It’s nice to actually have the time to look back over at the workplace and think about that wonky chair that everyone avoided and the button on the coffee machine everyone knows not to press. 

Somehow everyone forgets to tell the ‘newbie’! 

Oh and not forgetting you must not sit in ‘Barry’s’ seat at all costs. Not if you don’t want to be given the worst tasks for the day and that look of annoyance that will make you cringe into the floor.

Office Culture and Workplace Wellbeing - rachelbustin.com

Who hates Monday’s? 

I think we all get ‘that’ Monday feeling starting on a Sunday night. 

The thought of having to get up and head off to work knowing it’s 5 whole days of this until the weekend.

I know I used to rather go to work any day but Monday’s. There is something about Monday’s that gives you that feeling of dread and despair. 

My husband and I call it ‘that dreaded Monday feeling’

Wouldn’t it be nice to turn up on a Monday morning with the feeling of happiness and excitement you get on a Friday?

We all get that #FridayFeeling  and by lunchtime on Friday’s we can’t wait for the day to end.

Don’t we all want that feeling when you turn up to that lush comfy chair where you can start your morning jobs its like feeling at home? Especially if you do work at home! If you want that kind of fantastic chair, look over at Furniture@Work which I’m sure you would be able to find the one for your office. Whether it’s your home office or workplace station.


Great for your posture. Comfy and snug yet supportive. A great chair to work from contributes a lot to your health and wellbeing. 
Office culture and workplace wellbeing
We all want great working conditions. It makes us all happier in our workplace. A huge percentage of us have to work so we need to be happy while we are there. You have to admit we spend a lot of our lifetime in the workplace.
I’m sure some one said somewhere that a happy workplace means greater productivity from your staff.
It’s just common sense really isn’t it? 
Workplace wellbeing quote from rachelbustin.com

You can find a free ebook here on  A guide to office happiness

*This is a collaborated post

Will My Baby’s Eyes Change Colour?

There has been a huge ongoing discussion in my house about our baby’s eye colour, since she was born 4 months ago.
Will her eyes stay blue? 
 
Or will they turn brown?

My eyes are a deep chocolate brown shade, but my husband’s are light blue like the sea. I have always thought brown eyes are a more dominant gene.This got me thinking, so I have decided to do some research into baby eye colours.

Will My Baby's Eyes Change Colour?

I asked my friend about her little boy’s eye colour when he was born as he has deep brown eyes now, and she said his was blue when he was born.OK still hope for my little girl to have my eye colouring. At six months old she said his eyes went brown after being grey for 3 months.

Really, I said to her, so they do change colour it’s not a myth then?

She must have thought I was a bit stupid.

As a first time mum unless you read up on stuff like this in books or on Google you really don’t have a clue.Where do you find the time to do that as a new mummy?

I’m sure most new mum’s like me are up to their ears in nappy changes, feeding, sterilising, clothes washing and the constant tidying up.

Whilst I came up with this idea for a post I thought I had better look up baby’s eye colours and see what exactly happens.Will my husband win the blue eye battle or me with brown eyes?

What are the odds?

I started reading lots of different articles about babies eye colours and they can also have neither of the parents eye colours but can inherit a grandparent’s colouring.Well this has put a cat amongst the pigeons so to speak as my dad’s eyes are a greeny colour!

So that has just thrown another angle into the “discussion”.

So I have discovered that something called melanin is responsible for the colour of the iris and the amount that is present, has something to do with the genes that the baby has.When the baby arrives into the outside world the melanin production in the eyes is kickstarted by the bright light. A small increase in melanin means the eye colour will stay blue. A larger increase produces darker colours like brown.

My findings are that the biggest changes in a babies eye colour happens between 6 and 9 months, so a little bit more waiting for us i’m afraid and our baby will have a 50:50 chance of having blue or brown eyes.
 
So will mum or dad win the battle of the eye colour?
 
 You will have to pop back in a few months time to find out!

 

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The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day is coming up, so I’m sure you are all out hunting for that little perfect gift. If you have dad’s that are anything like my dad they don’t want a lot, but they appreciate what little gift you do get them. So here is the perfect gift – A Sugru Starter Kit
When I was given a Sugru Starter Kit from Sugru to review I knew this would be the perfect Father’s Day Gift for those DIY home hacks.
The Starter Kit includes:
  • 5 single use packs of Sugru in 5 different colours.
  • A great little storage tin.
  • A little booklet full of project ideas and how-to guides.

 

Sugru Starter Kit
Image from Sugru.com

So What is Sugru?
 
Sugru is a moldable glue that sticks to almost anything and turns into a strong flexible rubber overnight. It is made to stick to as many materials as possible forming a strong bond to aluminium, steel, ceramics, glass, wood and other materials including some plastics and rubbers.
Invented for people looking to repair and improve stuff, it’s used by people in over 160 countries. Handy for any number of small home improvement projects, Sugru’s durable cured properties mean it’ll stay strong and securely bonded anywhere from the freezer to a hot shower, from the garden to the great outdoors.
Sugru’s name derives from the Irish word for ‘play’ and is available in 10 different colors which can be blended to make any color you like. Sugru is available at a wide range of retailers as well as online at Sugru.com.
Home Hacks Made Easy - Sugru Starter Kit
I love the cute little practical tin that comes with the starter kit. Great for keeping your Sugru pieces in.
Sugru Starter Kit - Sugru in many colours
The handy guide that comes with the kit is fab! It’s a really great quality guide with loads of hints and tips of what where and when you can use the Sugru. I especially love the way the Sugru can be used to help cables work for longer. We have been through loads of cables where the wires break inside. The Sugru just helps protect the delicate ends.
Sugru Starter Kit - help keep your iphone cables working longer
So what’s a home hack then? It’s a kind of DIY that we’ve all be doing for years without even realising it. Often referred to as fixing, tweaking, tinkering or enhancing. It’s the perfect gift for anybody who loves a good idea.
Would your dad love a gift like this?





* I received this product in exchange for an honest review.