Happy 1st birthday.. 

I can’t quite believe that my little monkey is one today! It feels like just yesterday we brought him home and moved into our new house (yes we did both on the same day). 

It’s been the best year watching him grow and learn. He’s so cheeky and loving, and such a happy little boy. He is so precious and is loved so much by us and all his family. 

Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been the easiest of years, the lack of sleep, constant tiredness, and hard work and commitment that breastfeeding takes, has all been worth it to see that smile and hear that giggle every day. 

I could go on and on all day, but my intention was not to write an essay today, so I will leave you with a few pictures of my DIY cake smash.. I will post more about this at a later date..

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAMI xx 🍰🎉🎊🎈🎁💝👶

   
   

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My Travel System..

I thought I’d share my experiences of my travel system so far. And no I don’t mean my fancy new wheels (I wish). Gone are the days when I could drive around in a lovely sports cars with two doors, two seats and a teeny boot. When I say travel system, I am referring to my baby’s travel system.  Talking of cars though, I do struggle with my normal size hatchback to fit everything I need for baby, so perhaps I do need some new wheels (hint to the husband).

When looking for a car seat, safety and ease were the two factors that were most important to me. Myself and the husband debated on the safety element for some time, and in the end we reached a compromise and went for a car seat that fitted the bill for both (or so we thought). So, we opted for the Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus, which is suitable for age 0-12 months and would slot nicely onto our pushchair frame. The car seat itself was £190, but we were lucky enough to have this gifted to us from my sister. In addition the base is £150.

My baby was a tiny baby, weighing 5 pounds 13 oz at birth, and to my surprise, I found carrying him in the car seat a struggle from the start. I have no idea how mothers cope with bigger babies, and I stuggle even more now that he is so much bigger. I guess to combat this, it fits nicely onto the pushchair frame, but in my experience I find it a bit of a faff to get on and off the pushchair frame, and ever since I experimented with this and using the adapters, the isofix base in the car sometimes freezes.. Not quite the ‘ease’ factor I had in mind.

To make matters worse, my baby dislikes being sat in the car seat, and will often scream and have a tantrum until I take him out. My visions of popping into my mum’s with a peaceful sleeping baby, undisturbed still in the car seat, has been well and truly shattered. My car seat remains in the car all of the time and I am always scared we will have a tantrum on our hands every time we step foot in the car. So, I no longer need the ease and portability factor and am therefore kicking myself for not listening to the husband and opting for a safer car seat that lasts until the baby is much older. Take this as a lesson and think hard and long before making any purchases.

Thank god for the Bugaboo Cameleon 3. We opted for the limited edition navy (suitable for a girl or a boy), setting us back £875. My baby has loved this since the very first time we used it (much to my surprise as we were struggling so much with car seat journeys at the time). I find the frame easy to assemble and dissemble, and the carry case clicks into place easily. I can manoeuvre the pushchair easily and it is very lightweight, perfect for a petite weakling like myself. The best part about it is my munchkin loves it, he much prefers being lay flat and can look around and take in the sights. The only downside, as mentioned previously, is it does take up most of my boot space, and there isn’t much storage for baby bag/shopping.

My munchkin is lucky enough to have enjoyed many walks in the park, the countryside, and around my local shopping centre and so far, this has been one of our most successful purchases for Sami.

 

 

38 weeks and still going..

So I have almost reached the home straight, but no signs of baby just yet.. Although, I have finally encountered swollen feet and as of today we now have a baby car seat (hooray). 

The reason for the swollen feet is my very active weekend for my cousins wedding. We travelled down to stourhead in Wiltshire (hospital bag in tow) on the Friday afternoon, and the horrendous rain did not bode well for the wedding the next day. I was lucky enough to be staying in a Natural Trust Cottage with the bride and two of the bridesmaids on site, which was lovely and quaint. 

Despite the rain, we decided to take a midnight stroll to check out the marquee which had already been set up for the reception the next evening. It looked magical, with lots of mood lighting, and quirky decor, making us all even more excited for the next day! 

On the morning of the wedding, we enjoyed a lovely full English breakfast with all of the other guests that had stayed on site at the Spread Eagle Inn, and then excitedly went our separate ways to get ourselves ready. 

I opted to wear a bright blue summer dress (dress details on previous post about my maternity shoot) with flat sandals, due to the rain the day before I didn’t fancy heels and my other dresses were too long for flats. And I am so glad I did! As the day involved lots and lots of walking around the beautiful grounds at stourhead. 

The ceremony took place in the Pantheon, which was built in 1753 and modelled on the Pantheon in Rome. It’s a beautiful little building which is visible from across the lake when you first enter the gardens. Enroute we also walked past a waterfall, not something I have seen in the UK before! Just as the bride and groom had said ‘I do’ the sun came out just in time for some lovely photos outside the Pantheon and lake, it really was perfect timing. 

All of the guests then took a stroll around the gardens, stopping in the grotto for a drinks reception, ending up on the other side of the lake for canapés and more photographs. The sun stayed shining and it was a lovely and relaxed atmosphere, I was amazed when I realised it was 6pm already (and took a quick opportunity to go back to the cottage and freshen up a little). 

We then moved over to the stable yard to the Marquee where the evening reception was to take place. By this point my feet had ballooned so I had decided I would be staying in my seat for the rest of the night. The evening began with some traditional speeches, I particularly enjoyed my uncles ‘father of the bride’ speech which made us all a little emotional. Dinner was traditional roast lamb with lots of trimmings and was yummy! 

The bride and groom then cut the cake and took their first dance to ‘dream a little dream of me’ by The mamas and papas. The band for the night was The Wurzels which fitted the barn theme nicely.  Even I got up for ‘combine harvester’ before I called it a night to put my poor swollen feet up. The bride and groom looked so so happy together and my cousin looked simply stunning. It was a lovely wedding and I cannot wait for future baby cousins for my little one 😄 

   
   

  

      

My Baby Shower 

Thanks to my lovely sister,  I was able to enjoy a lovely baby shower with my close friends and family. As I had family coming from other cities, we opted to hold this on a bank holiday weekend (a little earlier than I initially wanted), so my baby shower took place when I was 32 weeks.

I am so glad we took this decision, as the prep took two full days and a day to recover and clear up afterwards. I sat back and relaxed, whilst my sister and cousins took care of this (very lucky me).

We decided on a semi afternoon tea theme. My sister and Cousin S took care of the menu and baked all of the cakes/ treats the day before along with other members of the family. On the menu was; baby themed shortbreads, chocolate brownies, themed cupcakes, lemon and blueberry trayback, mini trifles, mini baked strawberry cheesecake, scones with cream and jam and chocolate dipped strawberries.. It was all delicious and looked dreamy!

My sister also suprised me with a two tiered baby shower cake, which matched the theme and rest of the decor perfectly. She did a grand job of decorating my mums conservatory, with most of the decor handmade with the materials from Hobbycraft, and some very cool Kilner drinks dispensers, along with various cake stands we have collected from my wedding.

I kept the guest list small as didn’t want anything too hectic, so overall there were around 20 guests. The first activity was to decorate a patch of fabric with coloured ink, I intend to create a patchwork blanket for the nursery with the finished patches. This was a great activity for everyone to get involved in as everyone was arriving, as it was casual and allowed everyone to mingle.

We then had a baby quiz which involved trivia on baby facts, a music round with songs with ‘baby’ in the lyrics, and guessing baby pictures of all the guests. We also played baby themed charades and had a baby themed piñata. I don’t think we could have crammed in any more baby themed games into a few hours.

I had a lovely time at my baby shower and was extremely spoilt by my family and friends, it made the whole thing seem even more real and made me even more excited for bumpy’s arrival. I am very grateful to my sister and Cousin S, they will make great (and helpful) aunties!