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Happy 2nd birthday to my biggest, littlest man..Β 

And just like that.. my little monkey is 2 today πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰.

 This second year has gone crazily quick and I can’t believe what a funny, kind, smart and happy little boy he has become.. and did I say funny? He is such a little character and makes all of our lives happier. I love how he articulates himself and it still shocks me that my little baby can talk in full sentences and demand what he wants, and more often what he doesn’t want. We are certainly saying goodbye to the baby days now and I’m so excited to watch this little man grow. 

We had big plans today as Bugaboo had invited us to the Henley Royal Regatta but my youngest boy isn’t well so we had to cancel our plans but we still had a lovely family day together. And the boy got his cake! 

His second year has been taken over by mummy being pregnant, and becoming a loving big brother. It honestly melts my heart how kind and loving he is to his brother and I just can’t wait for them to be able to interact more. Of course we’ve had the odd moments of jealousy (in the early days these were considerably more), but I was really suprised by how well he took to mummy having a baby attached to her 24/7 particularly as he was such a clingy baby before. 

He also learnt to crawl in his second year (13 months), and finally took his first steps at 19 months, and went from being able to say a handful of words to speaking in proper 7-8 word sentences! You can’t blame him for this though as mummy and daddy BOTH like to talk lol. 

Another highlight for him was getting on the plane for our first family holiday to the other side of the world to attend his Aunty Holly & Uncle Tom’s wedding. And he became a cousin to his darling cousin Ava, and is due another cousin very soon! He is slowly gathering a full on gang around him and I can so see him being the ring leader in the future! 

At 13 months we finally got this very headstrong little boy to eat a full meal, and at 15 months old we said goodbye to mummy’s milk in prep for his brothers arrival. He then had a new found love for food and all things acidic! He is slightly obsessed with blueberries, grapes, raisens and oranges! He still calls his water ‘tea’ as he truly believed he was drinking the same tea as us when he started drinking water and the name has stuck since. 

His favourite activity is cutting the grass with daddy and he has an obsession with airplanes! He spots them before me and his first ever screen time after his first birthday was watching planes landing and taking off on YouTube.. this soon switched to watching nursery rhymes but I still think we may have a budding pilot in the making. 

He is just so cheeky and funny I really don’t know where he learns it all from. He is currently in bed singing ‘oh my god’ to himself as I type this! The cutest part is he knows when he is being cheeky and making us laugh. 

Anyway, this was meant to be a short birthday post and it’s turning into an essay already! Every year around his birthday I plan to take some photo’s for him to look back on as kind of a birthday gift from us. So last year I did a Cake smash in our back garden, and this year I took some cute pictures in our garden again but this time with his little brother… 


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Breastfeeding · Food · Parenting

Postpartum weightloss day 2Β 

I’m actually quite proud of myself that I stuck it out and yesterday I made myself another ‘no cook’ healthy snack Box lunch! This one was even more yummier than the last..


What it’s made of..

  • Homemade wrap (1 tablespoon goats cheese, handful of spinach leaves, 3 slices of qourn chicken, topped with 30g of salsa on Mediterranean tortilla bread) 
  • 10 walnuts 
  • Cucumber slices (60g)
  • Red pepper sticks (100g) 
  • A babybel (Stolen from my toddlers snacks) 

The other stuff..

  • 463 calories 
  • 17.2g Fat
  • 48.5g Carbs
  • 16.3g Protein

I stuck to a healthy porridge for breakfast although wanted my usual toast SO SO bad. Although I was naughty and had a mcflurry in the afternoon as it was just so hot! Ah well, small baby steps.. 

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Product review..The breastfeeding sleepshirt..

Any breastfeeding mum will have come across this struggle at some point in their nursing life. You wake up to do the night feed and your pjs annoy your baba by flapping in their face and they get further annoyed by you taking so long fumbling around in the dark to lift your pjs up. You are then sat up half naked for the good part of an hour, or you fall asleep nursing and spend the rest of the night freezing with half your top up and half down.
Well ladies, I have discovered something which will revolutionise nighttime nursing for you.. the breastfeeding sleepshirt by Daisypops.
The sleepshirt has sleeves to keep your shoulders warm (one of the reasons I hate wearing vests to bed is I spend most of the night with my shoulders out of the duvet..), and a simple split across the front of the top so you can pop your baby on your chest and feed away without having to fumble around in the dark and without freezing to death.
It’s also great for loungewear when your in the house (especially in the postpartum early days)  but want to be in something comfy that is still practical to feed in. In fact I love mine so much I have been using it out of the house as it’s just so easy to feed in! It has been a godsend when leaving the house in this mini heatwave! 

The material is lovely and soft and it comes in 7 lovely colours and the lovely people at daisypops now ship to the UK! I was super impressed that my top arrived in less than a week. The shirt costs approx Β£27 and is worth every penny as even though it’s summer here in the U.K. the weather cannot make its mind up so some nights are freezing and some nights boiling hot and I hate being cold at night.

The pro’s for me are fuss free feeding, no more cold shoulders at night, and super discrete feeding if you wear it out the house. I’m not usually a fan of nursing clothes as they don’t usually look good, but this sleepshirt has been really well made with lovely quality cotton and I felt great wearing it and it’s going to come in handy so much during winter night feeds.

 
Check out the different colours available here and thank me later πŸ™‚ 


Lovely Rebecca at Daisypops sent me this sleepshirt to try out and review but all views are my own. 

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Postpartum weight loss beginsΒ 

Okay okay, so I posted about this a few weeks back and after a couple of days of eating well and losing a couple of pounds over a couple of weeks, I gave up and my diet has become out of control.

There’s a couple of reasons for this.. Firstly, breastfeeding makes me super super hungry ALL of the time. I must consume so much in a day. And secondly, I am so so busy with the boys that I just grab convieniant snacks all day as I don’t get to sit down to eat a meal until dinner. (I still have three meals they are just rushed and whilst hovering over my toddlers highchair when he has his meals). The result is I don’t just grab any snack, I go for complete and utter junk as I just need energy. I’m actually feeling sick thinking about the amount of crisps, cake, chocolate and biscuits I eat daily! 

I’m starting to feel really lethargic and not great in myself, which certainly is made worse by the lack of sleep I am getting. And, all of this junk is not good for my breastfed baby. so this time I really mean it when I say I am going to start a healthier diet.. and hope to lose some weight in the process although I won’t be calorie counting or starving myself, as after all I am breastfeeding. 

So to motivate me (seeing as my weekly outfit posts have motivated me to get out of my leggings and t shirts).. I am going to update you all with some healthy meals I am eating and my postpartum weight loss journey.

The plan is to…

  • Cut out toast for breakfast and switch to porridge
  • Limit myself to one cup of tea a day
  • Create simple and quick lunches that involve very little cooking (I get around 20 minutes when both boys are napping in the day) 
  • Cut out the crisps, chocolate, cakes, fizzy drinks! 
  • Stick to my normal home cooked dinner

So day one this is what I had for lunch.. there was no cooking involved, unless you count boiling an egg.. but my toddler was at nursery so I had the time to think and make this.. 



My ‘snack pack lunch’ consisted of:

  • 2 hard boil eggs 
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Cherry tomotoes 
  • 30g of mature cheese 
  • Red grapes 
  • A teaspoon of peanut butter

In total this came to 400 calories and had 22.8g of Fat, 23.8g of carbs and 22.2g of protein… As I said, I am not calorie counting but I’ve included this for anyone who is interested. 

Let’s hope tommorrow when I’m home alone with both babies I still manage to keep this up! Wish me luck! 

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Outfit of the week

So this weekend we have faced a new dilemma.. what to wear during a heatwave that is breastfeeding friendly and minimises two sweaty bodies making each other even more sweaty πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

 I will save you all from witnessing what I’ve been wearing this past weekend, so here is an outfit from earlier on in the week, before the heatwave kicked in. 

A light cotton t-shirt from Zara, with some New look jeggings, with some comfy sandals from Asos πŸ˜. 


All of the summer clothes sales have started but I am trying my very best to avoid looking online as it really is time I did something about my baby weight! From tomorrow I am actually starting a healthy eating plan! Wish me luck.. 

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Outfit of the week

So this week we had yet another wedding meaning another ‘formal’ feeding friendly outfit to find. As I didn’t have time to get to the shops, I had massss of online deliveries arrive all week, and finally caught a moment when both babies were napping to try it ALL on and settled for this lovely outfit.. 


Both the top and skirt are from Asos and both items are currently half price.. I’ve added the links below.. 

Embellished white top
Metallic Skirt
I felt great and the outfit was perfect for feeding in which was ideal as my little monkey wouldn’t drink the expressed milk I had taken for him! 

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Outfit of the week

In the search for some new breastfeeding friendly clothes, I stumbled upon the website Shein. Stylish, on trend clothes and very reasonably priced. 

I’m still waiting for the haul of things to arrive (the two downsides I’ve found so far is, your items come sporadically and take a very long time to arrive). But so far I am loving this T shirt. 

I wore it with high waisted jeans and a vest underneath so I could feed by pulling the tshirt over and the vest down. Oh and my Adidas sandals. And I felt great wearing it πŸ™‚ 

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Outfit of the weekΒ 

So this week we attended a wedding and I had the dilemma of what to wear that I could also easily breastfeed in (and hide my mum tum in πŸ˜‚). 

I found this lovely wrap dress from River Island.. as it was wrapped at the front it was easy to feed in without having to take the dres off! Perfect!

Apologies for the poor images, these were taken at the very end of the night after running around with a screaming baby for pretty much the entire wedding! 

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Outfit of the weekΒ 

As the weather has been so unpredictable and cold lately I’ve had to dig out clothes from my autumn/winter wardrobe. Summer hurry up please. 

This black jumpsuit from Asos (from the Asos White collection) is perfect for this weather and really really easy to feed in as it has a zip down front. I wore a tshirt underneath for OUOD (one up one down) for even more discrete feeding. Oh and I’m still loving my current favourite mum shoes, my leather converses 😍.


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Post baby diet starts NOW

Okay so I’ve been saying for some weeks now that the healthy eating has started, BUT after weighing myself last week and realising I have put on 4 POUNDS after losing the initial baby weight, this time I’m really really going to try. 

I only put on a stone with this pregnancy but I still had a stone to lose from pregnancy number one when I fell pregnant, so in total I am just over a stone larger than I’m used to. Breastfeeding makes me super super hungry and lack of time and preparation leaves me reaching for sugary snacks. I have consumed probably a dozen packs of digestive biscuits in the last 12 weeks, it’s actually embarrassing! I’m going to be realistic and hope to lose up to half a stone, as I know my appetite is crazy as a breastfeeding mum. 

We have so many summer weddings and events that I really do want to do something about it now. So I am writing this post with the aim that it will motivate me to stick to it and update any progress. So, as I write this I am 9 stone 7 pounds.. wish me luck! 

Fruit taken from my fruit bowl which is almost rotting due to non consumption πŸ˜‚