Saturday, 30 June 2012

Like Mother, Like Daughter

My daughter loves bees.  Fact.  So much so that I have taped a number of The Hive episodes on my Sky+ and have also bought her The Bee Movie just in case she gets a sudden craving to see her favourite bee friends.   She also attempted to chase a number of bumble bees during the week of British summer thinking that it was friendly little Buzz Bee from the Hive.  The hot weather had made them very lethargic so they were cruising around just above the level of the grass but lucky for them were just fast enough to get out of the reach of a curious toddler.  Too precious for words!

I guess that it all started with the Bugaboo Bee that she zooms around in.  She also has a LittleLife Bee backpack that she adores and so when one of her little friends turned one in June and his mommy chose a party theme of Summer Bugs, I knew EXACTLY what little one would wear.  A bee outfit!!!  She would love it!  

Just about as quickly as I had come up with this fabulously exicting idea, I hopped onto Google and found the absolutely perfect little outfit which amazingly arrived within a day, at no extra delivery charge.  

Something then clicked in my memory and I was transported back to when I was 5 years old.  I had been invited to a friend's birthday party and although I don't remember the theme, I wanted to dress up as a bee.  

My mom made my gorgeous Mya the Bee outfit and I vaguely remember feeling very proud and happy in my little outfit.  

Earlier this week I trawled through my Facebook photos to find a picture that my mom had uploaded a few months ago and eventually found the one of me wearing my little Bee outfit.  Looking at this photo made me realise that my daughter is now looking more like me than my husband, finally.  

Needless to say, my little girl adores her Bee outfit and it is now in her dress up box just waiting for her to put on when she feels like buzzing around like a beautiful little Bee.

A x

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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Around the World in 80 Words - Camps Bay Beach, South Africa

As I was trawling through Twitter one day I came across a post from @SAHDandproud v2.0 that was called 'Around the World in 80 Words'.  It caught my eye so I obviously had to click on it as I have a very nosey curious nature and wanted to see what it was all about.

Basically, it was fantastic.  You think of a place that you have travelled to and pick a country or something that left a lasting memory with you, be it good or bad.

What he had done was bring a ton of fabulous memories back from holidays abroad, holidays growing up as a child and my life growing up in Cape Town.   It was like the happy feeling I get after exercise or after a few cups of coffee.   Fabulous!

This is his original post that started it all.  There is also a great Linky so you can paste the link to your post here when you are done and share it with all the other people out there that love and appreciate exploring and travelling the world.

Here is my 50p worth about my little piece of heaven in 80 words...
I spent 22 fabulous years of my life in Cape Town.  When things weren't so fabulous I would take long drives around the scenic route of Cape Town, occasionally vary my route.

I would stop at this spot to look out at the ocean and at Camps Bay from a distance.  Simply observing.  This view always put things back into perspective, calming me, making me grateful for what I had and the beautiful country I lived in.


Voyage of Discovery: Selfless Parenting

Many of you would have taken one look at the title of this post and probably thought, what drivel is woman on about now?

I am not a selfish person although I do enjoy my own company, can easily get lost in a good book (or trashy vampire series for that matter - finished the Twilight series in less than 2 weeks while still working a full day and commuting!), and I love computers, blogging and generally doing things in my own time.

When my husband and I decided to try for our first baby in July of 2009 we were completely aware that having a child would forever change our lives.  Little did we know that it would completely change us but only for the better.

As I said earlier, I'm not wholly selfish but never, in my wildest dreams, did I imagine the amount of washing, mess, and other bits I would have to clean, wipe and deal with and the sheer volume of it all from such a minute creature.

For example, no one tells you about exploding nappies and when they did tell me about the different types of (interesting) poop, I would go onto auto pilot and grin and nod at what I thought were appropriate moments but not actually taking in a single revolting word.  Why would I be interested in some baby's bodily functions?!  I wish now that I had listened to their advice and warnings.  Needless to say, before baby I would have run a mile and now when I see a dirty nappy, I execute the cleaning up procedure with military precision.  Baby wipes, nappies, drying cloth, changing mats, spare clothes, nappy bags, nappy cream, iPhone (Peppa Pig re-runs are a lifesaver when changing a wriggly 2 year old) are always at hand and it's safe to say that I could probably change a nappy in under a minute, maybe a bit longer if it is a bit of nappy nuclear warfare.  The biggest thing though is...I don't gag at the thought of it, I simply get on with it.

The same applies to baby vomit.  Oh my word!  Where does it come from?!  Projectile vomit that can cross an entire room, splatter everything in sight, getting in your hair, down your back, stuck in high chairs, on the cat or dog, you name it, nothing is safe!  I thought it was bad when I saw tired looking moms sipping on their extra large cappuccinos while cuddling babies who were dribbling milk sick from the corners of their mouths onto their clothes and inevitably onto mommy too.  In my opinion, small bits of milk sick have nothing on when a child has reflux or is genuinely ill.

Again it is needless to say that I now know that if I'm in a projectile vomit situation, I sprint upstairs with my daughter in my arms (if at home) and leap (carefully) into the shower with clothes on, turn on the shower whilst simultaneously stripping both of us down, de-vommiting and sanitising us, then drying and dressing us both.

Hubby and I now always keep spare clothes, a towel, plastic packet and extra baby wipes in the car too for short and long journeys as these seem to be the main two places where disaster strikes most.  Bottles of water in the car at all times are good too if the situation gets particularly messy, and you can rinse baby's mouth out too to help them feel slightly better.  Rather prepared than not!!!

Before baby I would have been sick at the idea of cleaning up someone else's vomit.  I do still gag of course because it is revolting (I'm only human!) but as it is my child, I honestly don't think twice about going to her rescue.  I love her and would do absolutely anything to make sure she is happy, comfortable and feeling better as fast as possible.

Sleepless nights can also take their toll but since I was used to working odd hours when I was a chef and also being a bit of a night owl in my early 20's, I found these manageable.  This is the one thing that I knew we would have so was pretty darn well prepared but all my mommy and daddy friends and was willing to listen as I am (slightly) competitive and wanted to prove them wrong.  I could manage sleepless nights.  My baby would sleep through.  It would be fine.  Well, thankfully it was and my daughter slept through from 10 weeks, was a healthy baby and even when teething would only be restless for a couple of nights.

Having a child in my life has definitely opened my eyes to the person that I am and the person, mother, wife and friend that I can be.  Our daughter is supposed to be learning from us but instead we are learning so much from her and loving every minute of it even if some of those moments are a little icky.


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

National Breastfeeding Week: 24 to 30 June 2012

In celebration of National Breastfeeding Week, the folks at Green People are offering £3 off of their Mum & Baby Rescue Balm.  

Not only does it soothe sore cracked nipples before and after breastfeeding but it also helps to reduce dry skin for both mom and baby and can be used to soften the perineum before birth to help prevent tearing.  From personal experience, I wish I had paid more attention to the latter before having my little one!  

Voted ‘Must Have’ Breast Treatment for breastfeeding mums by the midwives and mummy testers at TIPS, it is a wonderful baby shower gift for a friend or fabulous pre-baby treat to yourself.

What makes this product even more special is that is is made without Parabens, Lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants.  

Mum & Baby Rescue Balm is available to buy online or at your local Health store.


Sunday, 17 June 2012

Potty Training Couch Protection

I think that the time has come to begin potty training in earnest.  Nappy changes have become a nightmare with little lady either refusing to be changed or not wanting a nappy to be put back on.

This basically causes a bit of stress for all concerned and as a result I've started to leave extra nappy changing time before attempting to leave the house just in case it all goes a bit Pete Tong.  This is, of course, completely ridiculous so my husband and I decided that today was the day we would start potty training!  The nappy bag will contain 3 sets of clothes like when madam was a baby and hubby and I will be armed with a great deal of patience.

We have bamboo floors downstairs so they would be fine if accidents happened but I was slightly worried about my couches that had already developed various juice and water stains.   I then had an epiphany!  Waterproof cot sheets!  Hooray!  We no longer used them as our daughter is in a single bed so I grabbed them out of the cupboard and et voila, they fit snugly onto the couch cushions.  We have throw blankets on the couches because they help to keep the cat fur and dirty hand marks off of the cushions so we won't even know that the sheets are under there.

I'm pretty sure I'm not the first mom to do this but honestly, why didn't I think of this earlier?!

We have had only one accident (ironically, in the bathroom), so let's see how this goes!  Wish us all luck!

A x

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Review: Green People Organic Babies Soothing Baby Salve

I've had the pleasure of reviewing the Organic Babies Soothing Baby Salve which is produced by Green People.  Their products are not tested on animals, contain no nasty chemicals or irritants and they donate 10% of net profit to health and environmental charities which are 2 more reasons to love this wonderful organic brand.

My daughter suffers with mild cases of eczema, dry skin and occasional heat rashes.  The salve was really put to the test during the recent heatwave as she developed a very bad heat rash on top of the eczema that had started to develop behind her knees and in the crook of her arms.   Her skin was red, dry, irritated and sore.

I applied a very small amount of the salve to the affected areas and as it says on the tube, you honestly only need the smallest amount.  It is slightly greasy but doesn't leave an oily residue and has a very pleasant lavender scent.

Within a matter of days I saw a noticeable difference on my daughter's skin and within a week her skin was soft, moisturised, not red or irritated and the patches of eczema had more or less gone.  I breathed a huge sigh of relief as this was the first produce that I had tried in a long time that didn't need to be applied in a thick layer and that worked so effectively in seemingly no time at all.

What is it the baby salve made with?

  • 96% organic ingredients including Hemp and Calendula (helps to reduce inflammation and soreness of the skin).
  • Rich in Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids (essential for healthy skin).
  • Beeswax (helps to create a water proof barrier on baby's bottom).
What can it be used for?
  • Nappy rash.
  • Dry skin.
  • Soothing heat rash.
  • Eases eczema, psoriasis and other adult skin allergies.
  • Soothes dry cracked heals and hands.

As my daughter's skin is so sensitive I decided to bath her in the Organic Children citrus and aloe vera bath and shower wash at the same time that I tested the salve.  We have very hard water in our area and when she was bathed in other commercial brands her skin was left feeling dry afterwards.  This wasn't the case with the Organic Children bath and shower wash.  Her skin felt soft and moisturised from the first wash and was noticeably less dry and irritated.

I have also used the salve on my own skin when I developed a skin irritation on my left hand which disappeared a day or two after applying it.  Only the most minuscule amount need be applied to have a very noticeable effect.

The RRP for the Organic Babies soothing baby salve is £9.70 for 100ml  and the Organic Children bath and shower gel RRP is £7.75 for 200ml.  The range is available for purchase through John Lewis, Ocado, Independent Health stores and at the Green People online store.

You can find more The Green People baby and children products here.

Note: We were sent the baby salve completely free of charge by The Green People to test and review.  The bath and shower gel was purchased at the RRP by the Blogger herself.  All views are our own, completely honest and unbiased.

Friday, 1 June 2012

My Baby with her Bjorn

When a friend of mine had her little girl last year I happily gave her my Baby Bjorn as well as one of my little girls bright pink and very padded snow suits.  I completely forgot that I had passed these to her until she reminded me over the weekend and handed them back (in case I ever have number 2?!).

Shortly after we got home my daughter grabbed the Bjorn and started to put it over her shoulders.  Going along with it, I gently helped her adjust the straps and other bits, securing the pouch at the front at the sliding clips and buttons.  It was completely bizarre to see my little one wearing the exact thing that I had used to carry her around roughly 2 years ago when she was a little baba.  

Little one then asked me to get her a baby to carry around in the Bjorn.  Well, not in so many words as that would be amazing, but she did ask for her bear.  It alway sounds far more posh coming from her in her little British accent as opposed to my flat South African drawl.

We fetched the (scary) looking bear from her room, dressing it in the snow suit that she had brought upstairs with her and placed him in the Bjorn.  Et voila!  My baby girl carrying her baby bear in her Baby Bjorn, as happy as pie.

I still can't believe she was wearing it never mind that she even know what it was or how to put it on?!  Growing up so beautifully and almost too quickly.

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