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Summer holiday

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Well we are off tomorrow for our first proper holiday…abroad. Far away,on a plane (eeek) to a nice family friendly resort where there is no time difference that can interfere with our precious routine. Nice. That is how much children change you and the way you look at holidays. We no longer look at any potential night life (DVD’s it is then) well we did in a way..I mean in the sense that we checked that there are no night clubs nearby or it will be too noisy for Liliya to sleep! And the hotels are now picked according to which one has the best playground-based equipment and child-friendly activities. Although I am fully aware that there will be minimal lounging and a great deal of chasing after Liliya around the pool and we will probably want another holiday as soon as we get back but I absolutely can’t wait to go!(though I apologise to our fellow plane passengers now…)
See you soon xx

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Guest blog post by Dr Catherine Heaney

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A new post from our lovely guest blogger and glam Eco-Mummy Catherine Heaney…

Eco Baby

I’ve always had a bit of a green streak in me and when I knew I was going to have a baby I couldn’t help but worry about all those nappies I’d be throwing away!

Googling didn’t help ease my guilt, I kept coming across facts like these:

-3 billion nappies disposable nappies are used in Britain every year

-7 million trees are cut down each year to supply the British nappy market

-Disposable nappies take 200-500 years to decompose1

So I found an excellent company online that supply disposable biodegradable nappies.

http://www.naturebotts.co.uk/index.htm

​I’ve used them for 18 months now and still find them great. I buy in bulk and they deliver the next day if you order before 3pm. They even put them over the back gate if I’m not in so no waiting in for the postman required!

I also did try reusable cotton nappies for a while. Again I found a really good company online:

http://www.cottontails.co.uk/index.php

They are a Manchester based company but there are many other similar companies throughout the country. Our local council fund a free month’s trial of their service, as do many councils in other areas. Cottontails have a laundering service where they provide you with a bin and come and collect the dirty nappies once a week, dropping off clean nappies at the same time. I didn’t carry on with the reusables as I just found them a bit more of a hassle and as we go away quite a lot it wasn’t a very practical option. But if you are a bit more dedicated to the cause than me I’m sure this is an excellent choice!

So for a slightly greener conscience, go on give some eco-friendly nappies a try!

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Mirror mirror on the wall

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Who’s the fairest of them all? Well Liliya of course (and that’s according to her too!) she absolutely LOVES looking at herself in the mirror and will pose and pout for ages, she will also give herself a kiss when prompted it’s so sweet! The last few weeks can be described as the ‘settling in’ stage, I’m settling in at work and Liliya is settling in at nursery and is I dare say even starting to enjoy it. I also wish I’d bought shares in Calpol (paracetamol) as it feels like we’re getting through a bottle per week thanks to the lovely vat of bugs that is nursery, and every new infection is followed by ‘but this is so good for them to build up their immunity…’ yes but it’s also so hard for mummy and daddy isn’t there a jab that someone can invent for this?!

But not to moan, we are getting used to the new transition and as if I need another sign that she is growing up so quickly (sob!) Liliya is now the proud owner of her first pair of shoes! We went to Clarks and the service there is amazing, there is a good selection, they are used to dealing with babies and toddlers and to top it off…they take a photo of your little one and their first pair of shoes for you to keep! Guaranteed customer for life!
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Happy birthday!

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Happy birthday to my little Liliya! Although not so little anymore, I can’t believe how quickly one year has gone by and I keep thinking a lot of ‘this time last year..’. We celebrated with a egg-free chocolate cake (tasted the same) using the egg alternative from Holland and Barrett and its safe to say that Liliya got just a teeny bit spoilt with presents. I thought Christmas was bad but people were actually a bit restrained but it’s almost like for your birthday the rules go out the window and anything goes! But not to complain i personally cant wait to play with the new toys! We bought a Smart Trike which is a bike that can be pushed around now and as your little one grows it can eventually turn into a tricycle, the best choice was in Mothercare and she looks so cute being pushed around on it now! But I will finish off on a soppy note…to our lovely button-moon, thank you for the best first year and I can’t wait for all the years to come, we love you Liliya-Bop! Happy first birthday, Love from Mummy and Daddy xxxx

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Hectic

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What can I say…I can’t believe the last two weeks have gone by so quickly. I’ve gone back to work after maternity leave and I honestly feel that being in work is the easy bit. It’s the behind-the-scenes part that’s a bit tricky,the getting yourself ready, the packing your work bag, packing the nursery bag,organising nursery pick ups and well just leaving the house on time that’s the hard part. And in only part-time! Also I can’t believe that before Liliya was born I used to take it for granted that I would get a full-nights sleep before a day at work! The luxury! But not to sound miserable, everything is getting easier, it’s good to be back at work and good for Liliya to be in nursery…her immune system has had a barrage of bugs to deal with too and she seems to poorly all the time…but it will pass and am sure I’ll will feel like a pro in no time..well there’s a first time for everything!

Here is a link to Catherine’s post about going back to work!

Guest blogger…Dr Catherine Heaney

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Apologies for lack of blogging,I blame this on going back to work and finding time to do everything else,new found respect for working mummy’s everywhere it’s hard work!A full blog will follow, in the meantime here is a great post from our lovely guest blogger Catherine on an important subject we don’t always like to talk about it….postnatal depression,see u soon xx

Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooke Shields and Elle MacPherson. What do these three all have in common?

They’ve all suffered from postnatal depression. Brooke even wrote a whole book about it!

It’s a sad side of motherhood that is often overlooked. But there are many treatment options available so it’s really important to recognise the problem, talk about it and get help.

It’s very common to feel a bit down after giving birth – up to half of all women experience “baby blues” a few days after giving birth. This results in mood swings, irritability, tearfulness and anxiety but the feelings normally improve within two weeks.

Some women end up with more severe symptoms though which turn into postnatal depression. Typical signs of postnatal depression include:

– Feelings of hopelessness
– Sleeplessness
– Appetite changes
– Not being able to enjoy anything
– Anxiety
– Loss of interest in the baby
These feelings last for longer than two weeks and mean that sufferers find it difficult to look after themselves and their babies. Postnatal depression often occurs for no obvious reason but some women may be more susceptible to it, such as those who have had previous mental health problems or those who lack close support from family or friends. It can happen with a second baby, even if there were no problems with the firstborn.

If you think you might have postnatal depression, see your GP or health visitor who can offer you help. Treatment options include counselling and antidepressant medication. Counselling or “talking therapy” can help you understanding why you are experiencing certain feelings and help you change the way in which you think about and deal with depression. Antidepressants can be used for more serious depression, they can take a couple of weeks to start to work and usually need to be taken for at least six months. Breastfeeding is still possible whilst on antidepressants but some medications may not be suitable so it is important to tell your GP if you are breastfeeding.

Rarely (about 1 in 1000 women) a more severe form of depression called puerperal psychosis develops. The woman experiences hallucinations and delusions and may show manic behaviour. Treatment in hospital is often needed, ideally in a specialised mother and baby unit

The Royal College of Psychiatrists also has some really good information on mental health around childbirth, follow this link to a leaflet which has some practical tips on how you can help yourself if you have postnatal depression: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfoforall/problems/postnatalmentalhealth/postnataldepression.aspx

The Association for Postnatal Illness (http://apni.org/) is a charity that runs a telephone helpline and also has some helpful information leaflets.

So make sure if you’re struggling that you get help, for both your sake and you baby’s sake.

Cruel mummy

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A new phase this week is being scared of most things…namely loud noises, a big green exercise ball, anybody knocking on the door and as it now appears nursery too. I don’t know whether starting nursery has set this all off or if it was bound to happen at some stage but it seems Liliya has a great time there when I’m away..however greets me with a horrible cry when I arrive with a look that says ‘I can’t believe you left me!’ Oh my word it is so so hard but I know it must be done and yes I know it’s for the best blah blah it still feels like I’m being a very cruel mummy..though I suspect that like everything else this too shall pass…I have also joined Dad’s ranking and am now the best thing since yogurt and she tends to cling to me alot more when we are together,coincidence? Of course I secretly love it but it also confirms in my head that nursery is the way to go..on a funny note we attended church this morning to try and get things organised for Liliya’s christening. Though we tried to look as though we were regulars we were quickly given away when we found out about Liliya’s latest fear…the church organ. We had to leave early in the end as she bawled each time it was played!! She was terrified! Sweet but odd too! And no one has ever searched for this on google! X

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