Friday, 29 August 2014

Travelling With a Baby - Flying

I thought this might be an apt post to do seen as I am up visiting family in Scotland at the moment and Isla has now been on 3 Easyjet flights in her 19 weeks in this world. I am due to fly back with her by myself (for the first time) next Wednesday so wanted to share some tips that I'll hopefully keep in my mind on the way back!

Top tips for flying with a baby:

1. Be prepared - it's like preparing for a whole day out really. You need to make sure you have enough formula (if bottle feeding), nappies, wipes etc to cover you for the whole journey. Ensure you have a spare baby outfit in case of milk or poo explosions. I'd also take 2 muslins in case of any accidents, muslins have saved the day in a whole manner of situations in our household before! Nappy bags or sealable plastic bags are also a must to lock away any unpleasant smells from nappy changes etc. After all everyone is stuck in the same area for the duration of the flight and definitely don't want to smell baby poo the whole way!...

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Topic Thursday: Taking care of yourself as a new mum

Once you've gone through pregnancy and had your baby it's easy to get sucked into the all consuming, albeit lovely, world of being a mummy. Being a mum is a 24/7 job with no holiday days to take. You become the entourage to your beautiful little newborn from the minute they are born.It can be easy to lose sight of the little things that you used to enjoy and that made you feel like 'you'.

Here are a few (very simple!) tips on how to jump out of the mum-rut!

Even if it's just for a trim, having your hair seen to can make you feel like a whole new person. It can be hard to get to the salon but if you can take baba along or get the partner to watch them in the evening for an hour, go for it! There's also plenty of fab mobile hairdressers out there that will come to you and are often cheaper than the salons...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

What I Wore Wednesday: Mummy OOTD #6

Leopard Top, H&M
Cardi, Primark
Jeans, Zara
Shoes, New Look

Struggling to figure out what to wear up here in Scotland. The weather changes 3 times a day!! It is quite mild today though and we're heading on a road trip out to where we used to live so hoping this keeps me warm enough. I'm still loving leopard prints (but not the tacky kind!) and have seen a jumper and scarf from H&M that have my name all over them - Friday payday purchase perhaps :)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Push Presents

I often get funny looks from people when I mention the topic of push presents. I believe it has originated in America but like all good things from the good old US (hello Starbucks, McDonalds, numerous TV programmes etc) it is slowly finding it's way over here.

A push present is basically a gift your partner buys you for carrying and giving birth to your child. It's a thank you for all the hardship you've had to deal with in the process.

I know some people find push presents tacky but I'm all up for being thanked. I mean, my goodness, if there's anything I've done in life that I deserve to be thanked for it is definitely childbirth!!!

There is also the argument of 'well your baby should be enough of a gift in itself'. I am in no way arguing that the gift of a child isn't the greatest gift you can ever receive but it most certainly did not come wrapped up in nice paper with a lovely bow attached! Your baby took 9 months to create and a whole lot of hard work to bring into the world. The way I see push presents is just a little token from your partner to acknowledge how hard you worked to bring your beautiful baby into the world.

We have also embraced the American tradition of baby showers so why not embrace this one too...

Monday, 25 August 2014

2nd Wedding Anniversary

2 years ago on the 11th August 2012 we got married!

Originally we were planning to go away child free for a European city break for our anniversary but timing wise with Isla's christening, and the fact that my darling husband forgot to renew his passport in time, those plans got shot to pieces!...

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Silent Sunday

Isla was baptised today! This was her beautiful cake made by a friend who also made my wedding cake :)

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Topic Thursday: Hair loss post pregnancy

Well well well, I was wondering when another delightful post pregnancy body change would join the party and it appears hair loss is the next guest to arrive!


How cruel. It's not as if I have enough hair to lose anyway, I'm practically bald! I've always had very fine, straight blonde hair and have envied anyone with thicker hair than me i.e. everyone! I am all over hair extensions (when I can be bothered these days - think I've only worn them once since Isla was born!) and any product that gives me a glimmer of hope of achieving the bouncy volume rocked by the likes of Blake Lively...