Thursday, 31 December 2009

2009 A year in reflection

It is the last day of 2009 and I am reflecting on this amazing whirlwind year. We have gone from a career driven couple to a relaxed fun loving family of 3 and I have never been happier then I am right now. So here is a summary of my year.

- I saw in 2009 with an amazing baby shower thrown by my amazing mum! Friends and family all turned up for my big suprise party and I got so many amazing gifts. We played games and mum made me cry with a gorgeous speech (which I will have to post on here some time). I was really touched (and emotional - pregnancy hormones!) that so many people had come and everyone had gone to so much effort to wish me and bump all the best.

- I spent the next few months attending yoga, drinking raspberry leaf tea, getting the house and the nursery ready, going shopping with mum and I even sold my beloved bmw convertible for something a bit more practical.

- On March 30th our gorgeous baby belle Soraya Anne was born. The moment we had all been waiting for! The single most amazing thing to ever happen in my life! You can read about that here.

- The first few weeks are a haze of feeding, sleepless nights and visitors but what really sticks in my mind the most are those late night feeding cuddles and BB sleeping on my chest for hours. Pure bliss. The first nappy, the first smile, the first finger grip, the first time she noticed her hands, the first babble, the first crawl, the first wave..these 'firsts' and many more followed and I am still amazed today, at 9 months old, the things she does. There were of course hard times too...colic, vaccinations and her first cold but they came and went just like everything.

- Our house has been transformed! A year ago our house was like a show home, everything had a place, minimalism was our style, well actually more hubbys style! Today our house is a home, there are toys galore, jumperoo's, walkers, a slide, play mats, rocking horse, dolls..you get the picture. I had a night away the other week, the first night me and hubby have spent apart in ages, and when I came back he said that the place felt really empty and cold without us...what a sweetie.

- On a work note I have made a big decision this year to sell the fashion company. I have another related business in the pipeline but there is no rush, I love being with BB so much and I don't want to miss this special time.  Also hubby's computer company is doing very well at the moment and so I am going to head up the accounts dep. We are also looking to open up another office in 2010 so exciting times ahead.

- Of course 2009 was also the year I entered the Bloggersphere and started this blog.  I have met some amazing people in the blogging community.  I have previously blogged about fashion and so coming into this mummy blogging community has been very different and everyone has been lovely. I must thank Carol over at New Mummy for introducing me to the mummy blogging world last year. A few others I would like to thank are Sian at Yummy Mummy Tips for introducing me to Stokke products, the Xplory being top of my list of must have buys, with Tripp Trapp & Sleepi coming a close second. I would also like to give a shout out to Susanna at A Modern Mother for keeping the Mummy Blogging Community together and I look forward to all you have in store in 2010 for us too :)  We had a great time at the London Zoo meet up and I have been in 2 newspapers and a magazine who were curious about mummy blogging, showing that it really is spreading through the UK now.

- So it has been a busy year all around with Baby Belle joining the family and business taking off, and I have to say it is the best year of my life! I am really looking forward to 2010...a 1st Birthday Party and a Wedding are planned but who knows what else the year may bring :)

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Baby's First Christmas

It will be Baby Belle's 1st Christmas this year and we are all a little bit too excited!!!!!!!

She is the perfect age, she is so aware of everything and loves presents and pretty lights. Every morning she waves frantically at her pink Christmas Tree, it is so lovely to see! I sit her down on her playmat and she quietly makes her way over to it. I tell her 'No' but for some reason she finds this word funny at the moment and simply giggles and carries on.

We are going to Baby Belle's Grams and Grandpa's house on Christmas Day. I have spent every year of my life doing this and I look forward to it so much. It is only now that I have a family of my own I realise how flipping hard it must be for mum though! She makes the biggest and best Christmas meal ever and there are 8 of us to cook for! We always get the most amazing presents and whatever you may have mentioned throughout the year has been remembered! Now I know my time will have to come very soon when I must host Christmas, it is only right and she has been doing it for 26 years of my life, she deserves a break! But how I can compare I am not sure.

The last 5 Christmases have been lovely but they have been a little 'bitter sweet' because two very special people are missing.  My Nanny and Grandpa Foley.  They were a massive part of our lives and at around 10am on Christmas morning every year I remember them coming over and swapping presents, us getting our selection boxes, Nanny nattering away, Grandpa sneakily dropping food for the dogs, and so many laughs at the dinner table (whoopy cushions galore, we never grew up!). They are missed but never forgotten.

Baby Belle has Nanny's Blue eyes and so this Christmas will feel so special, it is her 1st Christmas with us and it feels like a bit of Nanny and Grandpa are back with us too.

So to everyone out there this Christmas who are missing loved one's and/or has new little one's with them, I hope you all have a lovely time remembering and celebrating the people you have been lucky to have known and know.
 



 

 

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Baby's First Word

A real quick post here.

Baby Belle said Mamamama this morning! She has already said Baba (persian for daddy in our house) but she said Mama!

Problem is I can only get her to repeat it when she has a carrot or rice cracker in her mouth.  Needless to say she has had a few today :D

Mummy Blogger Meetup




A short but sweet post to say thanks to A Modern Mother for organising the British Mummy Blogger Meet up at London Zoo the other weekend. We had a wonderful day and even though the weather was awful it added to the splashing in puddles fun of it all, kindof!

I really would have liked to get around to meeting more of you mummy bloggers but the ones I did meet were just as lovely in real life as they are online.

Roll on the next BMB meet up.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

8 Months Old!

Our little Baby Belle was 8 Months Old on Monday. I can't believe how much she is growing, physically and mentally! She has really developed into her own little person now with such a personality!

Here are her firsts for this month:

Babbling - She has always been a vocal baby but now she is doing proper bla bla bla sounds. It is soo cute. We call Daddy 'Baba' in our house, it is Persian for Daddy and so it seems like this is her first word babababa. Typical hey, what about mamamama :)

Finger Foods - She is now an expert with finger food, she loves cucumber, banana, toast and plain rice crackers (which she tries to fit in whole!)

Upright Crawl - She has been commando crawling for a few months but it is only the last month she has now started to get right up on her arms and rock.

Holding herself up - She loves to hold onto the sofa standing up. Grams also got her a 'makka pakka og pog' car (for anyone who doesn't know what this is, google it) and she will sit on this and push along on her legs to move across the room.

Laughs at 'No' = great :)

Laughs & Giggles when it is bed time and tries to make us laugh by twisting her head upside down, she is such a monkey, I have to turn away to laugh!

Waves - BB now waves goodbye and hello to people or things she recognises, very cute.

So there we go another month gone and so much change, but still no teeth...What ages were yours when they got their first teeth? I think BB is very late with this? Shouldn't complain I am told.

There will be another big first soon = Christmas!

Thursday, 26 November 2009

New addition to the WADs Xplory Family

Our love for the Stokke Xplory continues to grow and a new addition to the WADs Xplory Family this week....is our Forest Cream Accessory Kit & Footmuff.

I got them from www.lullabys.co.uk and I can not explain how good the service here was. I rang up to place my order, you can also order online, and the lady was lovely. The next morning the set was with me...now that really is amazing service for you.

LULLABYS don't only do Stokke merchandise they do everything baby and mum related, pretty much! If any of you are doing up a nursery or a childs bedroom you really must go and see their Teamson range of furniture here how cute are the butterfly chairs and bookcase.....my next things on the list :)

So anyway I'm sure you all want to see a picture of the Forest Cream in action? here you go:


Monday, 16 November 2009

The Cries of Colic

I have been meaning to do a post about Colic for a while now. Baby Belle suffered badly with Colic from 3/4 weeks of age and it was a very difficult hurdle. It is easy to forget how hard it was now that she is 7 months old but the same can be said about labour. It would be around the same time everyday, 4pm until 9:30pm, her little legs would pull up to her chest and she would scream in pain. It was heartbreaking seeing her like that, especially as she was such a happy baby when not in pain and hardly ever cried.

The absolute best advice I can give (and it's not really what you want to hear) is to sit it out, it will get better in time, generally around 3 months of age.  But I am one to talk, I tried everything when BB was suffering.

So for anyone out there in the same situation right now here are the things we tried.

-Infacol - Didn't help, even our doctor said it's a big con.
-Gripe Water - Worked for a day then lost it's effect but it is all natural so the best of the bunch.
-Colief - didn't work, another money maker and con.
-Dr Brown Bottles - These get the thumbs up, especially if you have a sucky baby.

The things I highly recommend however are:

-Baby Massage - Brilliant. Do half circles in a backwards C shape on your babies tummy. I would do this and BB would pass wind after 20 or so repetitions :) Also gently raise legs up to chest and do cycle motions with both legs.

-Tiger in the Tree:
Now this was THE BEST thing and I'm not sure what we would have done without it. BB would be screaming in pain and the moment we did this she would stop, and even fall asleep like it. But be warned you are in for some arm aching days.

I can't really describe Tiger in the Tree (other than what the title implies) so there's a picture for you. You can do Tiger in the Tree sitting down or standing up, or whilst on your laptop like my hubby :)


-Tummy Sleeping - Another thing which really helped was sleeping BB on her tummy, much to the midwifes disgrace. BB has always slept on her tummy and she could lift her head from just a few weeks old. Sleeping on her tummy obviously put pressure on it and helped with the pains.  She would also love sleeping on pillows or cushions, again I think the pressure helped. Her cushion sleeping became quite a BB trademark.

Everyone said wait until she is 3 months old and it will be a lot better and guess what..it was, she just grew out of it, her little system just needed to mature, the colic was gone.

So hang on in there. Try the medicines if you need to but if I was to do it all again I wouldn't. Take breaks and get your partner/family/friends to help. Do Tiger in the Tree though, it is a God send!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

My Weekend & The Stokke Xplory


Life has been pretty crazy recently, hence the lack of blog posts. Baby Belle is 7 Months old and that time has just flown. She makes me smile everyday and she is just the cutest thing ever (I am biased of course), I almost want to go wake her up right now for a cuddle!

As anyone who follows me on Twitter will know I have been looking to buy a Stokke Xplory stroller for a week or two. I had never really heard of them before until @mummytips @omgmummy and @soph4soph mentioned them and raved about how good they were.

So Hubby, Baby Belle & I went off on Saturday (with a bit of arm twisting) to try it out...it was instant love :) and so we got it. By the time we got home it was very late as we had made a day of it and gone out for lunch etc, so I didn't have a chance to take it out the box.

I love Sunday mornings as I get a lie in and hubby came upstairs and woke me with this Watch Video on youtube here

or here...

He is sooo crazy! :)

Hubby's friend was staying with us for the weekend so they both said they would go to Cambridge for the day with Baby Belle and road test the Xplory. He came back that evening with a churpy smiley baby, some flowers for me, a cute love book (bless him) and soo many good things to say about the Xplory...men raving about a pushchair? I kid you not! That must prove its worth right!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

A Mummys Poem

Here is a little poem I got from my lovely mum (Grams) today (not one of hers but so nice nevertheless) I had to share it with you:

I hope that my child, looking back on today
Will remember a mother who had time to play
Because children grow up while your'e not looking,
There are years ahead for cleaning and cooking.
So quiet now cobwebs, dust go to sleep.
I'm nursing my baby and babies don't keep.
TZCYGZ4RM2D7

Monday, 2 November 2009

Simple Human

I know there are a lot of companies at the moment contacting us mummy bloggers to review products but I just had to take this company up on their offer when they emailed me and said I could pick ANYTHING from their website. Seeing as I have only ever done one review I thought it about time I did another. Also their products have been featured in House, Desperate Housewives, Lost and Ugly Betty, all of which I am a fan of (but especially House)!

simplehuman do Luxury Housewares and their products are stunning, check them out at http://www.simplehuman.co.uk/. I had a look on their website and chose the deluxe rectangular recycler. This particular model retails at £124.99 and although it sounds like a lot of money, for what is essentially a bin, read on to see why I 100% think it is worth every penny.


We recycle whatever we can in our household and before we got this we had a seperate bin for recycling and one for general waste, well this combines the two and looks super stylish too. Before I say anymore here are some pics of it in our kitchen:




Doesn't it go nicely with our Granite StarGalaxy tiling :)





Why I think it is worth the money:
  • fingerprint-proof finish on stainless steel - This really works, we tried to get fingerprints on it but they just don't show up!
  • silent, slow close lid - Great so small children don't get fingers trapped, the lid closes so slowly.
  • Super easy to empty - You can just pull out the inserts or bag.
  • 10 year warranty
  • Looks lovely!

Also you don't have to use the recycle part for recycling you could use it for food waste instead, if you compost. Also they do free delivery for anything over £49 which is great value for such a heavy item.

Because I have only good things to say I feel I'm not telling the truth but I really have nothing negative to say about this. Simplehuman sell bin liners to fit the bin too and they are not much more expensive then average bin liners but if you like to bargain hunt like me then you can still use your own run of the mill ones, they will fit, not perfectly but well enough.

They also sent me this twin soap dispenser which retails at £49.99 and again I can't fault it.

It fits in a bottle of shampoo easily and loads of bodywash or soap, whatever you want! And you can control how much you want out.

There is also a hook on the side for a razor, it is super easy to put up and apparently rust resistant. And again, as with all their items, don't they look lush! I will definitely be buying more from their range!

simplehuman also have a blog http://blog.simplehuman.com

Friday, 30 October 2009

An Emotional Morning

I am writing this sitting in hubbys office, it has been an emotional morning...I will explain.....

I had the flu last week (apparently swine flu but Doc advised against taking Tamiflu as it makes you very sick) so I sat it out but was very scared about BB getting it. She developed a very runny nose and cough but she coped so well and it didn't even affect her sleep at night. Well this morning was a different story:

-BB wakes at 5am and hubby gets up for the usual morning feed, I then get up at 7:30 and join them downstairs.

-We eat, drink coffee and then put BB down for her usual morning nap..she starts screaming (she hardly ever cries) so I try for a bit longer and then decide to take her back downstairs.

-Hubby goes to work (by this time it's gone 9am) so I give BB her breaskfast of apples & cranberrys mixed. Happily takes it.

-BB plays for a bit and watches an episode of In The Night Garden.

-She starts screaming and crying again and this time it doesn't stop. I try everything from cuddling her (as I know she is tired and needs some sleep), putting her down on her own and I even try her with a bottle so she might nod off, but no luck.

-After 10-15 mins I check her back and neck for a rash (nothing). I take her temp (slightly low at 35.4).

-After 30-40 mins I start to really worry, she is bright red from crying and her nose and eyes are streaming. Also bear in mind BB hardly ever cries, not proper cries anyway so it is really hard to see her this way. I try taking her in the garden and she stops for about 1 minute then starts up again. I continue to try everything from putting her down in her cot, leaving her alone for 2 minutes, shaking toys, putting the hair dryer on. I call hubby (he's on route to a customer going through Leicester) and I call mum (Grams) "I don't know what else to do mum, blub blub, she won't stop crying" mum says "keep calm I'm on my way".

-I take BB into my stock room, I have a door with all my necklaces hanging on it, she stops crying to play with them, I am sooo happy, I stay there for 10 minutes and my back has never hurt so much, she is 19lb now so it is not easy carrying her around for over an hour, especially when she is wriggling and kicking. My phone's ringing downstairs (a concerned hubby wants an update) so I leave the stock room and of course BB starts crying again. I grab phone and head back to my necklaces..this time they don't do the trick and BB doesn't want to know :(

I head outside again, BB wrapped in a blanket, she is so worn out from crying now and I feel so helpless that she is bringing tears to my eyes. I just carry on holding her close and sit on the garden chair. I keep rocking and 'shhhh shhh ing' her and she finally drops off.

I hate 'Sad Hiccups' (you know the noise babies make when they have been crying and fall asleep). Grams arrives and joins us in the garden, I am sooo pleased to see her. She makes a bed on the sofa for BB and we put her down to sleep. Then she makes me a cuppa..aaahhh tea!

BB wakes up about half an hour later but is much happier and smiley again.

So now I am at the office (mum told me to go have a few hours to myself). I just got a text from her saying she is at the park with BB in the pram and she is asleep :)

So there we go a very emotional morning!

When BB had stopped crying and was asleep on me, I sat there for a while holding her thinking how lucky I am to have a beautiful healthy little girl and how hard it must be for parents whose babies are seriously ill. I thank God every day for her, and seeing her so upset this morning broke my heart but I knew she was ok and just stuck in a loop of tiredness, teething and flu. I'm also so lucky to have my mum (I know you'll be reading this at some point) you are always just a phone call away whenever I need you, you are my strength and reassurance.


If I Had My Life To Live Over
by Erma Bombeck
The following was written by the late Erma Bombeck after she found out she had a fatal disease.
If I had my life to live over, I would have talked less and listened more.



I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.



I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.



I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television - and more while watching life.



I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.



I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.



When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."
There would have been more "I love you's".. More "I'm sorrys" ...



But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute... look at it and really see it ... live it...and never give it back.
© Erma Bombeck

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Like mother like daughter

Bit of a frivolous post for you here but we all need a bit of superficiality now and then right? I have so many 'serious subject' posts half writen but fancied a lighthearted one. I had to laugh the other day when my hubby pointed something out to me and consequently got the camera out. What is strange about these pics?

I think maybe pink and grey were in my head that morning!?! And then we saw this:


Ok so hubby lined them up but they were next to each other!

I love fashion and have 2 rooms dedicated to clothes and jewellery (well one is actually a stock room but also used as my walk in wardrobe) and Baby Belle has soooo many clothes too so it is no suprise some of mine and her things match up but it was just funny this happened all in one morning.

And anyway it looks like daddy is carrying on the theme too with the cardigans and PJ's (he will kill me for putting this one up by the way ladies so keep it quiet lol!), this was also the SAME morning!



As long as this trend doesn't carry on with her sleepsuits and frilly knickers I am sure we are ok

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Cushi Tush Seat

Baby Belle & I were very lucky to be given the opportunity to review the Cushi Tush Seat.

Now I was really pleased by this because BB has a pink bumbo with tray and her cutey chubby legs get stuck in it and she hates being restricted, she also hates being reclined in her bouncy chair now and always fights to sit up... so I was looking for an alternative anyway. B3MCUGTGB6HH

I got to choose the colour and so I picked the multi coloured one as we have sooo many pink things and I fancied a change. When the box arrived I couldn't believe how light it was, perfect to put in the car when travelling to friends and family houses.

As soon as Baby Belle saw it she went for it, she adores the pattern. It is 100% easier to put her in then the Bumbo seat and taking her out is again so much easier as her legs are free. The tray part fits on like magic and is very sturdy for her as she is only 6 months old. So i put her in it with her toys on the tray and she sat in it for ages, mainly playing with the pattern at first! When I went to take her out she wanted it back as you can see in this pic...



We now use it for play time and feeding time. It is great! And again like I said it is so light so I pop it in the car when I go to people's houses too.
All in all I cannot fault this product and it even goes nicely with our decor :)


They are also very reasonably priced at £34.25 and they do lots of colours, you can have a look at them here http://www.cushitush.com/

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Gift of Life

Pampers & Unicef Give the Gift of Life


Pampers/UNICEF campaign: 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine

Join forces with the Pampers & UNICEF ‘Gift of Life’ campaign in its goal to help eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus by 2012.

It's easy to join the campaign:
It is so easy for mums to help. During October, November and December 2009, for every Pampers product purchased with the ‘1 Pack = 1 Life-Saving Vaccine’ logo, Pampers will provide UNICEF with the funding for one life-saving tetanus vaccine to help protect a mother and baby in need.


You can also help by doing the following right now:

1. Open the virtual Gift For Life by going here

2. Pass on to 3 other bloggers

3. Add the campaign badge to your sidebar & feel incredibly proud that you are helping to make a difference!

So I am passing the Gift of Life onto Josie over at Sleep is for the Weak

Erica over at Little Mummy

and finally Pippa over at A Mothers Ramblings

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Surviving Baby Belle's 1st Cold


After doing Baby Belle's 6 Month old 'firsts' for you the other day...another couple of firsts cropped up - Her first go on the swings and her 1st COLD!

Well she LOVED the swings at the park but I can't say the same about the cold, the poor little thing has a blocked up nose and is struggling. She has a dummy (bimmy) and so she is finding it quite hard because she wants bimmy but also can't breathe through her nose.

Night Number 1 was very hard work, considering we are used to Baby Belle sleeping from 7pm until 5:30am. She couldn't sleep because of her nose and so OH slept in her nursery with her until midnight, I then took over until 5am, he then took over and let me sleep in until 8:30.

On Day 2 of the cold Grams came over and even though BB was poorly she still jumped up and down in her walker when she saw her! So I nipped out and bought a Humidifier and some nose drops (which I am trying not to use unless it gets worse). I can't praise the Humidifier enough though, her room is so lovely and fresh and has a lovely moistness in the air :) I also put a tiny bit of Albos Oil on a muslin cloth and hung it up over her Cot (out of reach). And last night she slept through again!

It is now Day 3 & her cold is still bad but she is coping so well and still smiling away as usual. Unfortunately I also have a terrible cold so me, OH & BB are having a lounging around day today and BB's Aunty Haj is popping over from London to say hi. So anyway my advice is a humidifier, albos oil (very small amount out of reach of baby), calpol (if slight temperature) and lots of fluids.

Wads x

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

This Mummy Blogging World

Just a quick post.  I haven't been blogging for long but I can not believe what a community of mummy bloggers there are out there/here!  I have seen a sudden rush of people visiting my blog and it is so lovely to be getting comments and emails from you all. And the twitter community is insane too, you can find me there at www.twitter.com/MummysShoes

I am hoping to expand on my blog to include fashion soon too, or I might start a seperate fashion blog? Who knows, at the moment I love writing about baby belle and being a mummy for the first time, I could talk about her all day! I am sure you would all soon get bored though (Aside from Grams).

So anyway, to all my followers thanks so much for coming along on this journey with me and following my blog.

1/2 Year Birthday Celebration


Well I know it's wordless Wednesday but I am full of words because Baby Belle is 6 months today, half a year! I can't believe it, I remember going to baby clinic and seeing the 6 month olds and thinking it was sooo far away.

We had a lovely day, and Baby Belle got lots of nice things, including a cute tea set, a cute halloween costume, tutu skirts (like she hasn't got lots anyway!), a huge Upsy Daisy, as you can see from the pic and lots of other bits. She also had a little cake, which I took to daddy's office to share with the team whilst Grams had an afternoon with little miss.

So here are BB's firsts this month:

- Sits up unsupported
- Holds her beaker and drinks/chews on it!
- She can Squeal (mainly when we are out shopping or in public places) thankfully her voice is still little :)
- She can Crawl (well more like crawl commando style) around. I was in the kitchen for 3 minutes yesterday and she was very quiet on her play mat...so I went to check on her...she had made her way over to her changing mat and was playing with the nappy bags!!!! I nearly had a heartattack...plastic bags and babies! Not the best combo! So needlesstosay I have now had to put EVERYTHING out of reach.
- Looks at herself in the mirror
- Had her first Rusk
- Is now in the bigger seat of her Quinny Buzz pram (she must feel ristricted in the carseat attachment because she just struggles and kicks about in it now) and won't sit back, she HAS to be upright all the time.
- Can throw things down and watch you pick them up, and NEVER gets bored of this.

So there we go, half a year old. I am already planning the 1st Birthday...it is going to be BIG and has a great theme!

Lots of Love

WADs (Wives & Daughters)
xxx

Monday, 28 September 2009

Strictly Provocative?

All over the news today has been the amount of complaints from viewers of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing Show of how it has turned tacky. Now I have always watched Strictly and love it, I love the outfits and the dancing and the funny judges and guessing scores. But even before all this media hype about the outfits getting more and more tacky I actually noticed this and my husband even commented on it.

This is one of the news stories if you want a read Strictly Come Dancing: Viewers outraged by tiny and 'tatty' dresses that are cheapening the show I don't think this article gets the point across because the images are not that provocative and are quite typical of latin dance!

However I do agree with what it is saying and the hundreds of viewers that called in. For example did anyone see the 'here comes the girls' dance? Well if you didn't here is an image from it...

No one can tell me this is typical of latin dance? This to me resembles a lap dancing club!?!
Now I know dance, I love to dance and watch it and I also know that latin dance is a bit provocative and sexy but there is a line and I really believe it is being crossed. I think if my little girl in a few years time was watching this I would feel a bit anxious.

For anyone that wants to watch that dance then you can click here and judge for yourself. It is about 1hr 15 mins into the show (so you can forward it).

I love the little latin dance outfits but the black catsuits and black underwear? Not so sure that is necessary. Would love to know your thoughts :)

x WADs x

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

I'm a great read apparently and so are You!


Well it has been a great month for me..with 2 awards, thanks ladies!

This one is from the lovely Domestic Goddesque who is a little superwoman in her own right.

Along with this award comes a little task and I must share ten happy memories with you, which should be easy and don't worry they won't ALL be about my little baby belle! So at numero uno

1) The birth of my little Princess Baby Belle. WOW! what a happy memory, makes me tingle thinking about it, I need to go give her a squidge right now! Painful = YES...Worth it = YES YES YES!

2) My Nanny & Grandpa - unfortunately they are no longer with us but I have so many happy memories. What sticks out the most is me and my big brother at their bungalow, crushing biscuits in a grinder and thinking we had made dinner for them...they would eat it too! And putting a wet flanel in their bed thinking they would get in at night and get a wet bottom...we didn't think about the consequences of a soaking bed and mattress at that age!

3) All my birthday parties growing up...I had the BEST birthdays ever and it was all thanks to my amazing mum. She always made the birthday cakes (which were so fab) and I had great parties with fab party bags for all my friends. My whole childhood is just a great memory!

4) When my huband asked me to move in with him (few years ago now). I was working in London and one night I got back to his house for dinner and he had made one of the spare rooms into a dressing room for me...it was such a sweet thing to do, it had a tall mirror and seat in front of it and everything.

5) Christmas - I can't say one specific one because they have always been so magical, even now! I can't wait for this one though because it is Baby Belle's first one! I just love all the family being together and the warm feeling that it brings, and of course mum's Christmas dinner!

6) America - I lived in America for a few years and this always brings back good memories, from the deep deep snow and sledging in winter to the lovely warm summers and Halloween was the BEST there, people made more effort for halloween in the USA then they did Christmas!

7) The proposal in Turkey - My husband got me to walk up this big hill away from Patara Beach one day, in 45 degree heat in sandals and all I did was complain all the way up about how boiling my feet were lol. Then he said look and in a rock crevice was a little box with a ring in :)

8) Finding out my dad was going to be ok after a major operation. It was only a year ago and it was a very scary time for all of us but when he came out of the operating theatre and put his thumb up to say he was good it was a great feeling!

9) Whitwell - My happiest memories are growing up in this village. Me and my best friend Clare were so mischievous. I could do a whole blog on the memories from this village!

10) Getting the giggles with my mum, usually because I have said something that doesn't make sense and used the incorrect word!


So there we have it, I could add so many more but these are the first one's that spring to mind. So now I have to pass this award on and I do so to:

Lorraine over at Ramblings of a mum on the run Because she writes so well and she has recieved two awards this week and I want to make it 3!
and
Sandy over at Baby Baby Because I can so relate to her head being all over the place :)
and
Carol over at New Mummy Because I just love her blog and bought a Sophie Giraffe thanks to one of her reviews and Baby Belle LOVES it

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Eid Celebrations


I have been a rubbish blogger and not done a post in ages but I do have my reasons, honestly :)

It has been Ramadan for the last month, which has meant getting up at 3am to eat and fasting until the sun goes down. I haven't been fasting this year, due to baby belle but OH has been and so we had a day of celebrations yesterday as it was Eid finally! I woke up yesterday morning and breakfast was made (he actually always does this), baby belle dressed and presents on the table! I LOVE presents!!!

We had a lovely day with lots of food and of course we had to go out for a coffee because OH hasn't been able to drink during the day for the last month and was having coffee shop withdrawal symtoms. It was bliss! I think Baby Belle is actually really lucky because she will be celebrating Eid and Christmas throughout her life.

Monday, 14 September 2009

My First Award!


Well I had a lovely weekend as the weather was gorgeous for once and what made it even better? Well I got my first award! Given to me by the lovely mizz pink at ramblings of a mum on the run her blogs and tweets always brighten my days :)

So now I have to pass it on...This was difficult picking only 4 because I read sooo many good blogs but here we go lovely ladies:

Diary of a Yummy Mummy Because I love Tory Burch's style too!

The Life of the Twenty Something Mum For her heartfelt honesty in her recent posts

Babies who brunch Especially love the blog about the 'shadow' I can relate to that :)

and finally:

Hearfelt Handmade's Blog She really makes some gorgeous things, especially the lovely felt cupcakes, seeing as it's National Cupcake Week, yummmm!

So everyone please pop along and check out these blogs. Also if you have time nip over to A Mothers' Secrets There is a great collection of posts on 'boy or girl?, did you want to know?'

Have a good Tuesday

WADs xxx

Friday, 11 September 2009

A Friday Rant


What is it with some people.

I was in a shop and looking at this really nice wooden high chair. Another lady (known as 'Snoot' from now on) with two little girls was also looking at it too and opening the top etc. I thought I'd make conversation and said to snoot

"it's nice isn't it".

Snoot looks at me and continues fiddling with lush highchair

I thought fair enough perhaps she didn't hear me, always give people the benefit of the doubt.

I couldn't see a price on it and snoot looked like she was looking for one too so I said

"Can you see a price anywhere"

With that Snoot looks at me (up and down) and says to her daughters:

"Come on Girls lets go and order this"

WHAT? How unbelievable rude was she!

Anyway I bought the cute highchair anyway.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

What Women Want


On the 12th October I'm going to a Women In Business Conference in Peterborough.

Any Mumpreneurs out there that fancy it? These conferences are great fun, you can network, learn and you get a buffet lunch too

You can find details here:



x WADs x


Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Musical Minis


This morning I decided to take my 5 month old daughter to a Musical Minis Group. They have them all over the country and I have heard good things about them, this was confirmed yesterday by Carol at New Mummy too who also said they are good. So I went along to the one in Alwalton this morning.

I was a bit worried because on their promo video the oldest baby is about 9 months old but Soraya loves music so at only 5 months I gave it a shot. It was great! She was the youngest there but it didn't make any difference.

We did so many nursery rhymes from row your boat to Little Miss Muffet and finished with the Hokey Cokey. Soraya just LOVES people clapping hands, thanks to Grams, anyone who claps she reaches out to join in! So she really enjoyed that! Also the babies and children are given musical instruments to play with so she liked the noise and watching the bigger babies play.

One thing I would warn is that it is much more tiring if you have a baby under 6 months because you end up holding them for everything, musical statues, hokey cokey etc but it is a great work out!

All the other mums there were really nice and the lady who ran it was really good with the babies and children.

I will definately be going again next week!

x WADs x

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Facebook - Popularity Contest?


I’ll explain how Facebook works in the most honest terms you’ll come across:

-You sign up for an account. You put in some rubbish quotes and little blurbs about yourself, like you were making a singles ad. You are in a way, because you’re about to sell yourself out to the lowest bidder.

-You include pictures of yourself. You only pick the “best” ones. You also include every single picture you’ve ever appeared in, just to show strangers how outgoing you are. Girls will show off their bodies, and guys will show off their cars and the girls who just made a profile. They know you. They went to school with you. They own the right to be in the same picture as you, because they are popular.

-You include every aspect of your personal and professional life on the profile. Your schools, where you work, your relatives, address, phone number – anything you would be terrified of if someone got a hold of. Don’t be afraid though, this is the Internet! No bad people on the Internet to abuse the system, ever.

-You start looking up your friends. You know, those people who sometimes call your name if you’re in viewing range. Once you see their Facebook profile, you add their friends, because hay– you’re FRIENDS too.

-You look up the definition of the word ‘friend’ and realise you are so very bloody wrong

-You start to join the ‘clubs’ or groups of people with similar interests. No need to look hard though, there’s a group for everything. You can even make your own.

-Your friend writes on your “wall.” They say something meaningful like “OMG I haven’t seen you in ages! We gotta hang out soon!” Weird, eh? Last time I checked I hung out with my friends all the time. In fact, we were having so much fun hanging out that we forgot to not see each other in ages.

-This little light bulb goes off in your head about every person you’ve ever met. Is my ex-boyfriend on Facebook? How about that boy that assaulted me? How about the bullys at school. Wow, they’re all here! I can’t wait for them to know my every waking moment thanks to my friends writing on my wall about every breath I take.
-You start adding everyone, ever. You try to complete your entire high school by clicking every piece of blue text imaginable. You feel so liberated when that bully that beat you up apologises 9 years too late. It’s so easy to apologise over the Internet than it is to be a real person and do it in person with some heart and soul.

-You begin to electronically stalk your friends and people you hate. You can’t stop checking their profile on a daily basis. You start to feel nauseous when you’re waiting for their weekend pictures to be posted on Monday. You get butterflies when you start to see their innermost personal life displayed for all to see. You don’t notice you’re a victim too, since there’s no way to track who’s looking at yours.

-You can’t sleep at night until you check every profile ever. You start to get a slight buzz when you find out that your worst enemy hurt themselves while on vacation. You get chills down your spine when you hear the pity in their writing and you like it.

-You start to use Facebook wall writing as a substitute for email. You write very personal plans and thoughts to your ‘friends.’ Funny, if you wrote any of that stuff in an email and someone read it, you’d be mortified and feel violated. You equate wall writing to leaving “voicemail”. Since everyone else is addicted to Facebook, of course they’re going to see it in minutes.

-You don’t remember the last time you spoke to a friend on the phone. Why bother? Facebook is 24/7 free and no long distance. Voice? What’s that? You can hear their voice in their pictures of them holding their drinks. You can, can’t you…?

-You start using Facebook as a filtering service for your entire life. You start to judge people’s worth based on their profile. How many books they have read? What do they listen to? Is their life quote deep or just funny? Does it change every day? Oh my god, this person likes dogs too! Must be a great person…!

-You start to wonder who’s watching your profile. You make changes to your profile to appeal to everyone alive. You become a generic version of yourself. You’re afraid to express yourself because maybe…JUST maybe the love of your life will hate you because you don’t like dogs. You now love dogs. You love everything. Everything you hate is now “all right!” and everything you love is now “cool.” Spread yourself thin, because that’s the way to bring people closer to you.

-You notice that Cindy has 137 friends. You’re a few short of that number, so you start adding your cousin’s school friends. Seems logical, seeing as you’re both alive and on the same planet

-You run into someone you 'Facebook with' in real life. They start to tell you about their life and events, but you already know everything. Who needs human contact and conversation anyway? Seems useless, you can barely listen to mp3s while talking at a bar. That Gwen Stefani’s not gonna listen to itself, you know. This person you barely know is now congratulating you on your new job. Seems totally appropriate, seeing as they don’t know what flipping colour your eyes are, or, you know, anything else.

-You read something on some website that says that if you spent as much time on Wikipedia as you did on Facebook, you’d be one of the most knowledgeable people alive and actually contribute to society

-Your attraction to the opposite sex quadruples. Guys that have no personal skills are now chatting you up on Facebook. They’ve seen you drunk in pictures and now they want to be beside you. You love the attention and check your profile every chance you get. You have just found the ultimate dating service – the kind that violates every privacy act and human rights issue known to man.

-You don’t remember that last time you used MSN Messenger thanks to Facebook. You always login on invisible mode, so you don’t have to talk to anyone. You decided that MSN is just a great address book for people you hate. You read somewhere that you should delete people you don’t talk to, but then the list would be 4 people long! The horror! There’s no need to address your insecurities about your social life, really.

-You start to believe your own Facebook profile. You become more fake and more ‘fake outgoing.’ You change your little status message to alert everyone about your Cuba vacation and any every flipping minutia imaginable. The best part is that since anyone can read this, thieves know what you’re up to and break into your house without incident. The insurance company laughs at you and calls you an idiot. I am not far behind.

-You die, finally. No one notices because you weren’t there to post that as your status message. The end.

I didn't write this but I wish I did (http://www.tommyzor.com/v2-upgrades/facebook-end-of-humanity/) Don't get me wrong some people use facebook in the correct way and that is fine but there really is a problem out there of people who are obsessed with it! My husband runs an IT company and the amount of companies that are checking their records and realising how much time employees are spending on Facebook is quite shocking! Not suprisingly they are pretty much ALL requesting to block it.

And what is it with all the girls doing 'peace poses with fish lips' or 'biting the thumb poses' on drunken nights out, I really worry for my little girl growing up in this crazy facebook world!

x WADs x

Monday, 31 August 2009

Irish Eyes


Although Sunday was a happy day for us all because Soraya turned 5 months it was also a very sad day as it was the 5 yr anniversary of my nanny passing away (and also grandpa 2 weeks earlier).

They were the most amazing people in the world and I have sooo many happy memories, I just wish they were still here. I miss them more then ever now that their great granddaughter is here because I would have loved them to meet her, I don't think it ever really gets easier. They would have loved her to bits and she has nanny's eyes at the moment, Grandpa would have called her a little rogue!

As the years go by I can see so much of nanny in my mum and so I know there is still a big part of them around. My mum was so close to her parents and so I know how I'm feeling is even harder for her but she has so much strength (like Nanny) and we use this day to remember all the good times we shared.

To Nanny & Grandpa (Pat & Kitty) We Miss You So Much

xxx

5 Months Old!

My little BB (Baby Belle) Soraya was 5 months yesterday! I really can not believe it.

She seems so grown up now compared to when she couldn't even move. Now she can do so much!

The most amazing things in the last month have been:

- Rolling over - as soon as you put her onto her play mat she rolls onto her tummy

- Creeping - Yep she is nearly crawling already...she only ever moves to the left though because her left arm always seems to get trapped under her. She makes her way from one end of the play mat to the other if there is something there she wants to put in her mouth :)

- Grabbing - She can grab whatever she wants now...including trying to grab my cup of tea or dinner, whatever I try to put to my mouth she wants!

- Giggling - She giggles SOOO much, she has such a wickedly cute giggle!
- Holds onto her feet when trying to change her nappy

- Blows Raspberrys all the time

We also started weaning this month and she loves her food. We had friends from Ireland come to stay this weekend and they couldn't believe how placid a baby she is, I think they heard her cry once when it was bedtime and that was it in 3 days! She is such a good girl and makes me laugh every day.

We love you so much Soraya
x WADs x

Friday, 28 August 2009

Back to Blonde


I did it...I went back to being Blonde.

I was sooo very nervous as I walked into El Esha Salon in town. I have had long brown hair for a few years now and I was going to get a full head of highlights so I could go back to being a blonde. My hair is naturally light brown so I knew it wouldn't be too hard to maintain but I was still scared. I chose El Esha because I used them a year ago for a fashion shoot and they were lovely then too.


I met my hairdresser and voiced my concerns...I DON'T want orange hair...please.....and DON'T want too much chopping off either as want it kept long, I've been growing it for ages now and it's taking so long! I have a bit of red in my hair so knew highlights could go orange but this was DEFINATELY not the case...3-4 hours later I came out with long blonde ashy honey locks!

My hairdresser was AMAZING. She really knew her stuff and I just love what she has done (and trust me I am FUSSY when it comes to my hair!) I recommend El Esha in Peterborough to EVERYONE. They are all so lovely, from Maggy on reception to the owner Jayne and all the other girls!

They are such an upbeat happy bunch and I even had an arm and hand massage whilst waiting for my highlights to develop and a free gift and lots of offers for tea and biscuits.

The conversations in there were not your typical catty chat you expect from a group of girls but just nice friendly banter where they always involved the customers...such a nice change!

So anyway that is what I spent yesterday doing whilst Grams looked after Baby Belle. It's funny a year ago I would have probably sat in the hairdressers talking about my fashion business and silly things but all I could talk about yesterday was my little angel..gosh I've turned into such a mummy!

x WADs x

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Weaning Begins


We decided to start Soraya on solids the other week. I know she is only 21 weeks but she was showing all the signs of being ready!

Anyway her first taste of baby rice was just the funniest thing ever! She looked at the spoon and her mouth went wide open and I mean super wide like a yawn! The baby rice went in and was never to be seen again! All this talk of weaning being messy is so far non existant with us! But we shall see if that is still the case when we try baby led weaning.

Seeing as she liked it so much I decided to start stocking up on pureed foods and had a mad blending session a couple of nights ago. I bought some of the little Annabel Karmel Food Cubes and bought two of her books too, they are brilliant. I have so far done Pears, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots and Banana. Soraya is now having pears in the morning and carrots in the afternoon. After a week on these I will start to get a bit more adventurous but don't want to overload Baby Belle with too much just yet. She certainly likes her food at the moment though!

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Birth Story

It was the 29th of March and I woke up at 1am, 2am, 3am and 4am with regular strong braxton hicks. I didn't wake OH up because I thought if this really is it he will need his rest! Eventually I thought this is silly and got up and continued with the following....

  1. Got Up! (Rolled out of bed more like)
  2. Had a shower
  3. Washed my hair (stupid idea really like labour doesn't mess it up!)
  4. Made my way downstairs
  5. Made myself some Raspberry Leaf Tea and Cornflakes with banana
  6. Turned on the telly...what a load of rubbish is on at "Stupid O'Clock in the morning", turned it off again.
  7. Bounced on my Birthing Ball
  8. Unpacked and repacked hospital bags 3 times making sure I had everything from lavender oil to scratch mits
  9. Couldn't contain my excitement anymore so took a cup of tea up to OH
  10. Woke OH up by saying 'I think today is the day'!

So anyway by this time it was about 9-10am and me and OH are downstairs and I decide to ring my ma & pa (Grams and Grandpa from now on) because the contractions were getting stronger and 'me being me' can't NOT tell my mum anything.

The slightest thing that happens and I'm on the phone to her! Infact when I first found out I was pregnant, after telling OH, I decided to meet mum for lunch in town and tell her there. So I ring her up and say fancy lunch at 1 in town, she says yes of course and I put phone down. Then I sit there for all of like 30seconds twiddling my thumbs and ring her back saying 'I can't wait that long..you're going to be a grandma! We still met for lunch though :)

...It is a Sunday and it is the Australian GrandPrix and we are Formula1 mad in our family so I watch the whole GrandPrix whilst bouncing on my birthing ball. Time goes by and the contractions get stronger and stronger so I pull out the Tens Machine, I hated it...made my back tingle tooo much but I persevere and give it time to build up. I call the midwife led unit at PDH for their advice because I am now timing my contractions and they are coming regularly every 4 minutes, they say I sound very in control so if I want to hang on a bit feel free otherwise come in and they will check me over. So I hold on another hour then go in....I'm 1cm ONLY! They say I can go home again if I want or stay there..so I go home and have a nice (as nice as it can be when having contractions) long bath and get OH to give me LOTS of back rubs.

I make it until 5pm then go back into hospital and things really start kicking off...Baby Belle is definately ready now. I had gas and air but it made me very sick at first but after being sick twice I got used to it and I really recommend it. The doctor came in at about midnight and said he wants to see more progress or is taking me to theatre so I pushed with all my might then :) And at 1am Soraya made an appearance, all on her own...it was the MOST amazing experience in the WORLD!

The aftercare I recieved is a story for another day though! I can't exactly say my hospital stay was as amazing as the birth
Before you were here I wanted you,
Before you were born I loved you,
Before you were here an hour I would die for you
This is the MIRACLE OF LIFE