Friday, 29 January 2010

My First VLOG

Ok here goes my first VLOG..Everyone seems to be doing them so thought I would give it a shot...think I'm starting to regret it..I HATE myself on camera eeekkk


Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Doting Mummy Update 9 - 10 Months Old

I missed Baby Belle's 9 month post so thought I would write a post about what has been going on.  It has been a very busy couple months with Christmas and New Year but we had an amazing time.  We have enjoyed the snow (snowball fight between me and hubby got a bit out of hand), been to a couple new baby groups and also been in a couple of papers and a magazine (bit of self promo but if you want to see them please click here :))

So BB will be 10 months on Saturday and continues to make us laugh daily. She has moved on from trying to make us laugh with her upside down head to a new 'fake laugh' which sounds more like a cough.  If she hears a conversation where people are laughing she will look at you and join in by doing her fake laughing/cough. It is super funny and very cute!

She waves a lot, she waves hello and goodbye. She points at everything she wants.

She is pulling herself up and climbing and starting to cruise. She has a mini trampoline and she climbs up onto it and stands up. She is becoming VERY dangerous! As with everything BB does things all of a sudden and started pulling herself up all in the space of 3 days..nothing is ever gradual with her.

She thinks she can sing and will sing along to the tombliboos and Grams nursery rhymes.

She is trying to say hello. If you give her a phone she makes a sound which sounds like hello

If you ask her where the 'tick tock clock is' she will do a click clock noise with her tongue.

She LOVES Grandpa...Between 5-6 months Baby Belle would only really play with me, hubby and Grams for long periods (probably part of the seperation anxiety stage) but she cannot get enough of Grandpa now! Everything he does she finds funny and she will stay with him for ages and ages playing and giggling.

Feeding - BB loves eating everything with her hands now...which is very messy. She very rarely allows you to spoon feed her but I'm all for baby led weaning so I guess that is a good thing. She LOVES her food which I am very grateful for...her favourites at the moment are yoghurt, pasta with a cheese/cauliflower sauce (very simple to make), and still top are pears and rice crackers. Pear was the first food she ever tried and she continues to love it..pureed, mashed or whole she will demolish a pear in a couple minutes!

Hiding - If you ask BB 'where she is' she will cover her face and then laugh.

So these are most of her 'firsts' for this month. I cannot believe we are just over 2 months away from her first birthday! Party Planning is in full swing.

You can see some highlights of her 9-10 month period here

It will be a busy couple months with a 1st birthday to plan and also a wedding to plan for September...good times!

Monday, 18 January 2010

Favourite Photo Meme

Thank you to Carol at New Mummy and Ellie at Insomniac Mummy who tagged me to do this great post.

What I have to do...Pick a favourite photo and explain why. Sounds simple right?...

....NO! Oh My Gosh...I have sooo many pictures, especially of baby belle, which all bring back such amazing happy memories, I am literally glued to my camera with her! And then there are all the pictures from my childhood which again bring such great memories. And then there are pictures of me and hubby and all our holidays and special times!  I am going to pick 2 because I was tagged twice (cheating a bit I know, sorry)

So first it has to be my little angel, the light of my life, Baby Belle. This was taken on her 1st day in the world and out of all the pics we have, professional etc, this just makes my heart flip. The birth itself was an amazing experience for me and hubby, we were only talking about it all over again last night, it is the single most amazing thing I think we will ever go through. The first time I heard her cry, looked into her eyes and the first time she grabbed daddy's finger and tried to suck it seconds after being born...just out of this world.  Not a day goes by when she doesn't make me smile, I thank God for her everyday.

And secondly I chose this one of me and dad at a 'father & daughter dance' in America.  I chose this one because it reminds me of the great times I had living out there.  I remember feeling right at home the moment we got there and this must have all been down to mum making the house a home and introducing me to some great friends like Beth, Sarah & Lizzie. Brownies Troop 155, Halloween, long summers, Disney World...we had some really great times.

I think pretty much everyone has been tagged in this meme now in the mummy blogging community.  So this is an open invitation...if anyone reading this would like to carry it on please do and let me know

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Wootton Bassett, Iraq, Afghanistan & War Crimes

Last week I saw a comment on someone's facebook page that shocked me a little (It shouldn't have I is facebook after all). I had to of course have my say and tell this person how ignorant a comment it was. I did of course reply and we got into a big debate and guess what...facebook removed it...obviously a bit too controversial. Now I did get a bit personal and said 'you daily mail armchair pundits make me laugh' but these people's ignorance astounds me.

In not so many words this person believed that 'Islams should be stopped' from marching in Wootton Bassett and that it is a 'good thing' we (the west) went into Afghanistan and Iraq! Firstly 'islams'?? Islam is a religion, you mean 'Muslims’ and even if the grammar was correct the march is not for 'Muslims' or just for Muslims. Not all followers of Islam can be associated with this march. The march is to try and raise awareness of the war crimes which have gone on and are still going on in Iraq & Afghanistan.

Please don't get me wrong, I do not agree the march should take place in this location BUT I can understand these people's anger. I know of people who have lost babies, mothers, sisters, brothers over there. These people do not see our soldiers as heroes and you can understand why. I value everyone's life as sacred and my heart goes out to everyone in this country who have lost their soldier sons or fathers etc. But you cannot get away from the fact that we should not have been in these countries to start with.

A common argument is that we had to promote freedom and release the people who are victims of such injustice. 7 years on and who can really believe this? I'm not sure that any sovereign state has ever been changed or "fixed" with an invasion, least of all with an invasion that has been proven illegal over and over again. Does everyone forget the initial 12-18 month deadline that was provided for a security?

Every analyst worth his salt predicted that the situation across the Middle East would worsen and that terrorism would increase. Well they were obviously correct but I am not going to go into stats as they are meaningless without a sphere of understanding of the situation as a whole.

If we are going to war, at least tell us the truth in the first place. To be honest, the whole thing can be summed up by the following. PNAC send George Bush a letter nine days after 9/11 stating that "a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq," should be made.

Hold on, we thought it was because Iraq was harbouring WMD...I think anyone can see that the whole thing was a bed of lies. But to then invade Afghanistan too. America has wanted a new government in Afghanistan since at least 1998, three years before the attacks on 11 September 2001. The military action began long before the World Trade Centre fell. And these stats that our country keeps publishing on how happy citizens are now that our soldiers have gone in?? I have yet to speak to one person from there who agrees with this. Here is an article on America's hidden interests in replacing the Government there; it is definitely worth a read The Debate: Did Oil Influence

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair Review

I am a new recruit to the mass following of Stokke® products. You get one of their products and you just want more and more! For those of you who follow my blog you will know how much I adore BBs pushchair; the Stokke Xplory and the accessories for it are just so moreish. Because of this love I was very excited to be asked to review the Tripp Trapp Highchair by Sian To at as Clear as PR.

I picked the natural colour so it would fit in with our dining table but they come in a vast array of colours to suit everyone. You can see the colour range here.

As suspected I loved it straight away, easy to assemble and I got a baby pack too which includes Seating rail, Crotch strap, and Baby back plate. I then realised you can buy cushions to make them even more gorgeous and comfortable so I got the pink tails design, very cute indeed!

I put baby belle in it and she instantly looked happier then in her other East Coast Wooden High Chair. You can also adjust the footrest to the right position but the best thing is she is right at the table with us! Because there isn't a tray on this she can use the table like the rest of us and she loves it!

The best thing about the Tripp Trapp is that it grows with your child. It starts as a high chair and then can be used as a booster seat and then turns into a stool...pure genius!

It is stylish, recommended for ergonomy and will last a lifetime. What more do you want from a highchair?  It isn't the cheapest highchair at roughly £125 but it will be all your little one needs for years to come. The baby pack and cushions are a little extra too but again well worth it!

So guess you want to see our lovely Tripp Trapp in action:

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