Thursday, 31 December 2009
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
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
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
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
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:
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
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.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
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
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
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.
Monday, 2 November 2009
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:
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
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
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
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
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...
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
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 bloggers3. 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
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
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.
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
Monday, 28 September 2009
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...
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
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!
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!
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
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 :)
Hearfelt Handmade's Blog She really makes some gorgeous things, especially the lovely felt cupcakes, seeing as it's National Cupcake Week, yummmm!
Have a good Tuesday
Friday, 11 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Sunday, 6 September 2009
-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.
Monday, 31 August 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
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
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
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
- Got Up! (Rolled out of bed more like)
- Had a shower
- Washed my hair (stupid idea really like labour doesn't mess it up!)
- Made my way downstairs
- Made myself some Raspberry Leaf Tea and Cornflakes with banana
- Turned on the telly...what a load of rubbish is on at "Stupid O'Clock in the morning", turned it off again.
- Bounced on my Birthing Ball
- Unpacked and repacked hospital bags 3 times making sure I had everything from lavender oil to scratch mits
- Couldn't contain my excitement anymore so took a cup of tea up to OH
- 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