Monday, 11 October 2010


Well, my 2nd summer holiday is here in 4 weeks time and I've just started fabulous pilates classes with Victoria Swain. She runs the Buggy Fit classes in St Albans and is excellent at watching everyone and making sure that they are doing everything in the correct way. So, let's hope that by the time I am on the beach, I am looking a bit more fit not fat!!

Fit 4 Two - so worth it, and you can take baby along too!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

It's all about the soft leather baby shoes!

Check these out!!!

I HAVE TO get a pair for Bella. Aren't they just too gorgeous! I can just see her look at her feet and going "ooooooh! Kitty cat!!!"

Ahhh! A week in the sun!

Well, we are back from a fabulous week of basking in the Lanzarote sun! What a fabulous place. Sun, sea, friends, great food and wine, what more could a girl want? Well, other than winning the Euro Millions of course!!

After all the debate of what to pack, I think I've now (finally) got it!! So, for my next summer holiday I will pack:-

  1. More nappies than I need - they were 12 Euros for 26. Seriously?! Are they extra special Pampers?? Last time I checked it was £6 for 32 or something like that in Boots!
  2. One of those UVA/UVB sun tents for kiddies for the beach. Taking a buggy, no matter how big or small, to the beach, is a luss. Take 1 x baby, 1 x sun tent, stick baby in tent = no mess, no fuss and happy, cool baby.
  3. Disposable nappy changing pads. Great for putting in the buggy when little one is sitting in it in their swim nappy. A swim nappy should actually be called a poop catcher as they provide absolutely no other purpose! We had numerous accidents so thank goodness we only bought an el cheapo second hand Maclaren Techno otherwise if she had made a wee in my Bugaboo Bee, I would have been a teeny bit upset.
  4. Extra baby formula. Bella uses SMA and I got something that is similar to Aptamil which is the closest to SMA but heck, was it expensive or what? Honestly, I'm really glad to be living in the UK with all the baby events and fabulous prices. I will NEVER again complain about the prices of nappies, formula or any other baby item again!
  5. Lots of baby vests or babygros. I never know what to call these, but the ones without arms and legs. I tried sleeping her in a nappy at night but when the temperature dropped it got a bit too nippy and these were fab.
  6. Obviously the usual Calpol, baby medi kit, teething stuff, nasal spray and anything your baby needs. I ended up using Bella's nasal spray and now I realise why she doesn't like it. You try blasting that stuff up your nose, it's awful! At least it works though which is all that matters.
  7. Pack a small play mat or extra towels to put baby on when you are busy. Also, just take between 3-5 key toys. Anymore than that is a waste of space and just adds to your weight allowance.
  8. Good sunblock for you and baby or in my case, just use the baby's sunblock. I forgot mine at home one day and hers is factor 50 and it saved me from a rather burn face.
  9. Make sure your buggy has an umbrella or sun shade cover to keep the sun off of baby's face.
  10. Extra baby wipes because you always need those. Great for getting sand off baby.
  11. Take a happy go lucky attitude. You are travelling with a baby and things happen!!!

Friday, 20 August 2010

Pay It Forward

Today I gave away half of Bella's 0-3 month clothes and I must admit, I was a little teary eyed when I sorted them out. My little baby is no longer teeny tiny and will soon be in 6-9 months! I wish she could stay this way forever but in the same breath I can't wait to see her life unfold :)

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Books, book and more books!!!!

I have always loved to read. There is something magical about going into a bookstore. I think it's the calm and quiet that I love, coupled with the smell of the freshly bound pages of 1000's upon 1000's of stories just waiting to come to life. I could simply spend hours looking at the various titles and reading the blurbs. My husband thinks I'm a bit crazy of course!

I am about to finish (after four months) The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown and have bought three books (3 for the price of 2!!) for my holiday. I know that this is rather ambitious with having baby to look after but one of the three is for my hubby (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The other two are, Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Travellers Wife) and The Water Horse by Julia Gregson, who wrote East of the Sun. The latter is set in 1920's/30's England and India. It revolves around the lives of three young woman who are all trying to escape various situations. The imagery is spectacular and it is a very gripping read and left me with an urge to visit India one day.

Well, let's hope that I can read at least one of those!! Is anyone else reading anything interesting?

Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Who would have thought that one day I would find a trip to Mothercare to be exciting?! It's a magical place, full of gorgeous, adorable baby clothes, toys, gadgets and gizmos and things that I just (not really) have to have!

That said, I ended up buying two new dummies, two new bottles with size two teats, a ridiculously expensive umbrella which almost cost the same as my second hand buggy, a sippy cup for the hot holiday in a few weeks and three books. The books were on 3 for 2 which is one thing that I LOVE about the UK. I am a complete sucker for these so called bargains and they get me everyone time. The taggie book, other crinkly one and Baby Einstein one are wonderful though and I'm sure that Bella will love them one day. In the meanwhile I have seen a few activity centres which I now must have so think I shall be doing a bit of eBay surfing later on this eve.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Fun in the sun

We are off on a family holiday shortly and I am hoping that I know what to pack for baby. I'll just chuck in a few bits for myself when I get a chance but I feel like I am taking an entire case just for Bella! What are your top five bits that you would take with to a foreign country where the temperature will be in the high 20's?

Toy Run 2010 supported by 2Evolve(tm)

Thanks to Charlie Gilson for the donation of the two girl and boy sock monkeys for the Toy Run in Cape Town on 27 November 2010. For more information, please click on the link.

If you would like to donate toys contact Melany Fischer via that page or email me.

Bella 18 weeks wanting to be like daddy

My husband is a triathlete in his spare time, which basically means that every spare minute that isn't spent with myself and baby is spent swimming, cycling or running. What do your partners do to keep fit and how do you fit it all in ?

Songs to sing to a 19 week old baby

Okay, so now that I can sing The Grand Old Duke of York and Old MacDonald upside, backwards, in my sleep, etc. what songs do you sing to your babies? I have also started to sing the colours of the rainbow and the abc song. Never to young to learn!

I've got a book of nursery rhymes and have gone through all of those but these two seem to be her favourite. I do have the ELC Old MacDonald hand puppet which probably adds to the appeal of that song and I clap for the Grand Old Duke and do marching actions. I must look a bit odd...well, more odd than usual. I do enjoy every minute though!!

Trial and error

I decided to be reckless last night and skip the 10.30 p.m. feed and what happened? Almost like clockwork at 3.05 a.m. she needed a feed! I've learned my lesson, that's for sure!

Monday, 16 August 2010

Holiday fun!

As our summer holiday, and first family holiday, fast approaches I am starting to get in a small panic. I'm not so worried about what I need to pack for myself but what am I going to pack for baby?? We have had a few weekends away and I am learning how to pack for her...well, sort of, but this is what I think I will need for some fun in the sun!


Sleeping Beauty and the 3.00 a.m. wake up call!

Bella is an absolute angel. She is now nearly 20 weeks old and has slept through the night since about 10 weeks, with the odd occasional stir in the night. She started to wake around 3.00 a.m. recently for a feed so I've had to introduce her dream feed again at 10.30 p.m. which seems to do the trick. I don't want to start weaning her just yet. What are your thoughts? Has anyone experienced anything similar?
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