Sunday, 22 January 2017

Feeding the future

I'm doing what comes most naturally to me so please don't make me feel like an anomaly. 

She's my daughter and no, she doesn't sleep through but really, what's her sleep got to do with you? 

I feed when she fancies and sometimes that's every hour but just remember she won't be like this forever.. soon enough she'll be running around asking me to switch the iPad on. 

My world is put on hold to nourish this child so please don't turn and look at me like I'm doing something wrong and make me feel like i'm an anomaly.

I don't spend my money on powder and bottles instead I spend it on cake and decaf.

I'm all for choice so do as you please but I prefer to travel lightly; a nappy, these boobs and that beautiful baby. 

I'm not flashing my tits...I'm feeding the future; so don't make me feel like I'm an anomaly. 


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Night times with the Meemoo Meelight

When I added the Meemoo Meelight to my Amazon xmas wish list I was questioned by a few relatives..."why ask for a light for christmas? Its a bit boring Holly!" but ohh how wrong they were. The Meelight is potentially one of the most useful gifts I've ever received! 

When I first had Aria I found myself using my phone a lot during the night as a torch but found the bight white light on the iPhone too harsh; it would often wake her up and also meant that I would get sucked into reading through my Twitter feed at 3am...switching my brain out of sleep mode and making it harder to catch those precious zzz's. 

I'd been following Meemoo on twitter for a while and had my eye on the Meelight but originally thought that £39 was a little steep for a light so resisted purchasing it and hoped someone would buy it for me for xmas.  Thankfully, my parents purchased it for me and I've used it every night since. 

The Meelight is a stylish palm sized light designed to use when getting up for night feeds, nappy changes and whatever else the little babes decide to do during the early hours!
As you can see in the picture above there are three settings to the soft golden glow; low, medium and high. Usually when doing the feeds in the middle of the night I just click the light once for the lowest setting then if we have to do the dreaded middle of the night nappy change I use the brighter settings.
The light unclips from the base and can be attached to your bra strap/pj's or can just be used as a handheld light. I quite often use it to try and locate the dummy Aria manages to spit out across her co-sleeper!
Not only does the Meelight help massively during the night it also acts as a bedside lamp; perfect to help make a calm relaxing atmosphere in the bedroom when giving her her last feed just before midnight. Once we move the babe into her own room the Meelight will be perfect in her nursery for massage time and night feeds; then when she's older it will be perfect as a reading lamp for her!

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post I originally thought that the Meelight was on the expensive side but after having used it for a few weeks I think its completely worth the money; us mothers spend so much time awake at night I think its only right we have the right tools to make the job easier on us. 

Check out the Meemoo website here.


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Babybundle review and giveaway

Brrrr its been getting nippy outside these last few weeks hasn't it? 

I've been layering up myself so of course I've needed to add some cosiness to Aria's outerwear. But, I'm pretty sure every mum will have encountered the moment when the babe is asleep but you need to get them into the pram ready to go out. How on earth do you manage or even contemplate putting a jacket on a sleeping baby?!
Well, Babybundle have just the perfect product for these occasions; their Snuggleblanki hooded travel blanket. The Snuggleblanki has been designed with handy openings to fit 3 or 5 point harness straps so you can move baby from the pram or car seat to shopping trolley whilst they are cosy and (fingers crossed) still sleeping!
Once you've popped the pram or car seat straps through the Snuggleblanki then wraps around the baby and can be loosened to suit the temperature as needed. Its suitable from birth and as its lightweight so it can be used all year round.
The blanket comes in a neutral grey colour which suits our style and Aria's outfits. Babybundle suggest it can be used in car seats,pushchairs, shopping trolley baby seats and baby gyms.
The Snuggleblanki currently retails on the BabyBundle website for £25.49 - I personally think its a pretty good price as we've used it daily since having it a month or so. 

This week we've started to use the next part of our Silvercross pushchair and having this blanket has been fantastic; its meant that if Aria falls asleep after a feed and we need to go out I can pop her in the pushchair, secure her in and wrap her up without needing to wake her to put her jacket on. 
 I'll be recommending the Snuggleblanki to my mum friends now that the weather is getting colder and colder each day- a top essential in my opinion!

You might have also seen me link to BabyBundle in my most used baby items post back in November; I mentioned the Buggytug wrist strap as one of our essentials.

Babybundle have kindly sent me a wrist strap to give away to a reader- if you'd like to enter then head over to my twitter for more information!

Check out the BabyBundle site here for more baby essentials!

What's your top baby travel essential?


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

My top breastfeeding clothes

Throughout my pregnancy I didn't really splash out on many items of maternity clothing; I made do with what I already had and just adapted some of my outfits to fit my expanding middle. But, once Aria arrived and I began breastfeeding I quickly realised that my wardrobe contained about 3 items I could wear that provided easy access to the boobage area.

I went on an online mission during night feeds to find some suitable nursing outfits.... sounds easy right? Well, it bloody hasn't been! I'm so surprised at how limited the range of clothes are for  breastfeeding ladies from high street shops... they seriously need to up their game! Yes I'm breastfeeding, but that doesn't mean I want to surrender my sense of style and dress like a 1970's teacher.

I've also found that the majority of high street brands who do stock a small number of breastfeeding clothes lump the easy access items in with maternity clothes- why do I want to buy clothes that I see modelled on pregnant women.. I'm not pregnant anymore!

Aria is now 4 months old and I've only just started to feel like I have a selection of clothes that are both practical and stylish; here are the items I've been wearing the most-

Fatface - Layla Demin dress £49.50- Not specifically a breastfeeding dress but I've found this dress super useful since purchasing just before xmas. The straps unbutton at the shoulder for easy access and I can mix and match the tops I wear underneath. They don't have to specifically be breastfeeding tops either because the bottom half of the dress keeps my tummy covered up.

New Look- Grey nursing cami £7.99- A cheap and super useful vest to have as part of the breastfeeding wardrobe- I mainly wear this underneath my usual jumpers and shirts; again, it means that I don't have to flash my tummy when feeding as the straps unclip to reveal a hole around the nip area. This vest is also available in white and black. 

JoJo Mamanbebe- Grey Marl feeding top £29- I very often chuck this top on with a pair of jeans and a bobble hat and I'm ready to go; its warm, got a hidden slit for nursing and is similar to a top I had and loved before i began breastfeeding. 

Topshop- Funnel neck feeding top £20- I love funnel neck tops and this one is specifically for nursing; it has a hidden slit across the chest area for easy access. I've been wearing this under the Fatface denim dress; this outfit makes me feel confident as it's pretty much an outfit i'd chose to wear even if I wasn't breastfeeding. The only downside of this top is that its only available in black...not ideal for those occasional moments when baby decides to be sick on me after a feed!!

JoJo Mamanbebe - Breton Striped feeding top £26- Out of all the items I've featured I wear this top the most... I team it up with jeans or the denim dress and tights. This top also has a concealed slit across the chest area and is available in a number of different colours. 

Topshop- Moto Demin Oversized Shirt £38-  Again, not specifically a breastfeeding top but one I've found very handy to put on over the feeding vests. I do find I have to be a bit more confident about getting more flesh out when wearing shirts and the vest but it doesn't bother me much anymore. 

I pretty much just wear the above 6 items with jeans at the moment and then accessorise with a different bobble hat or different coats to add some variation! I'm still on the lookout for some more breastfeeding friendly dresses, do you know of any good websites? Have you come across the same problem when looking for nursing wear?


Friday, 23 December 2016

Baby update: 3 (and a bit) months

It's so crazy Aria has already hit the three month mark; as every parent on the planet says.. time goes 
so quickly when you're raising kids! I thought I'd do a little update on how things are going in general, partly to share with you all but also as something I can look back on in the months to come and remind me of how things are at this point in time.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Thanks I Love It- Curated Gift Sets

Friends galore but time poor? Well Tili could be the answer to all your gifting needs! Thanks I Love It or Tili for short have recently launched a new gifting concept; a hand selected bundle of products, beautifully packaged and locally sourced from around the UK.

Tili was founded by best gal pals, Danielle and Sarah, after they both became tired of the repetitive, endless hunt for meaningful and unique gifts for their friends. As well as wanting individual, interesting gifts the ladies also wanted to support UK busineses, so they made it their mission to gather together the best of local goods and package them up in carefully thought out gift packages. 
If you're anything like me and have little time to go on the hunt for gifts these boxes will be just the thing for you! Till kindly sent me over 'The Glam' box to review.
 Each box comes with a brand information card; explaining the concept of supporting UK small sellers and also mentioning that 10% of their profit goes to charities around the UK. Alongside this it also comes with a 'menu card providing more information on each of the products found in the box. 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

My 2016 xmas wishes

Merry December everyone! 

As I have a newborn baby there is no way I'm committing to complete Blogmas this year but I've been inspired when scrolling through my twitter feed this morning to write down something christmassy. So, I thought it might be nice to start with talking about my xmas wishes for this year.. not presents, just things I hope to come true during the festive time this year.

1. Minimal stress- I can't honestly remember the last time we had a stress-free xmas and although we have a newborn this year we are doing everything we can to make it as calm and relaxed as possible. My family don't live in Sheffield and rather than us travelling to them or them squeezing into our baby paraphernalia filled house we thought it best we rent somewhere over the festive period. We found a rather Home Alone-esque house on Air BnB that will accommodate (sing in the style of 'On the first day of Christmas')...6 adults...1 baby...2 crazy dogs... 2 cars full of presents.. 1 M&S shopping order anndd a whole load of crappy christmas TV!

2. Nice food- Over the years my family have done alternative xmas dinners, one of the most memorable was an Indian themed meal which, of course, consisted of turkey tikka. This year, we've decided to steer clear of the traditional roast and just opt for a christmas style buffet. Less cooking, more time for drinking and we can pick bits to suit everyone. The girls in the family (bar the baby) have all had access to an M&S and Tesco account over the past few weeks and we've been adding bits and pieces day by day. We've so far covered xmas eve; my brothers girlfriend is from an Italian family and their tradition is to have fish on xmas eve so we've adopted this idea and ordered some rather delicious salmon dishes from M&S to go with mussels and chips! On xmas day we are having cold meats, bread, cheeses, crisps, pigs in blankets and a huge amount of chocolate! Some of you will be quivering at the thought of no traditional turkey and all the trimmings I know.. but think of all the washing up we're dodging!

3. An alcoholic drink- The last time I had a proper drink was at the beginning of December last year.. I found out I was with child the day before xmas eve so I missed out on the obligatory Snowballs and my xmas tradition of cherry Amaretto sours. Although I'm breastfeeding I'm planning on literally expressing my tits off so I can have a few glasses of bubbly over the xmas weekend.  Although.. the thought of being up half the night, slightly sloshed with a crying baby sends shivers through me so I'll see how I get on...hmm maybe granny and grandad might want to do night duties?!

4. Cosy PJ's- Christmas wouldn't be christmas without a new pair of xmas jammies would it?! I've got some cosy ones on the way to me at the moment.. once they arrive of course I'll do the obligatory PJ's, xmas tree and sparkly lights photo over on my Instagram.

5. A happy baby- I know this xmas wish will come true already; I can tell that Aria adores spending time with my parents.. she's so chilled out and relaxed when they are around so 4 days of having their attention will make her very happy. She gets loads of cuddles, plenty of what my mum likes to call botty air time (no nappy on and legs all over the place) and hours of made up songs sung to her! As she's only just about to hit the 3 month mark I think its pretty pointless spending loads of money on presents for her so I've just bought a cute tree decoration with her name and the year on. However, I know Johno thinks I'm being a scrooge so I'm sure she'll get a few gifts from her doting daddy.

Of course, I do love giving and receiving presents at christmas but this year feels different due to having a new addition to the family..all the focus for me is about spending time with the people I love and having a few more pairs of hands to help out with the babe!

What are your wishes for your xmas this year?