May 1, 2013

Fluffy Bums: Real Nappy Week 2013

The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2013

Artwork Courtesy of Christine O’Brien

Well what a crazy week Real Nappy Week was this year!! I attended the Great Cloth Diaper Change at Babame in Newry and saw an amazing amount of fluffy bums being changed for the world record attempt!! Also met some lovely new mamas AND attending the warehouse sale afterwards for a few bargains!!

This year was the year of the Clothopoly which nearly had my head turned it was SO much hard work!! Sixty six different websites all with a hidden letter somewhere on them which you had to locate, AFTER you’d located all the letter you had to find the phrase they made. I even had Mr BP and his daddy on board trying to crack the anagram and eventually we managed it. The top prize was £500 worth of nappies so it was well worth entering and with 10 second prizes of £250 I just had to have a go!! I was EXTREMELY fortunate to be one of the ones who one a 2nd prize!! Wow!! Check out my awesome prize!!

Clothopoly £250 Prize winner!

Totally overwhelmed at such an amazing prize and it’s been great fun trying out all the different nappies on Noodle! He’s currently rocking his green MioSolo pocket and looking great in it!

Hopefully everyone else enjoyed RNW and will be trying their best to enter lots of competitions next year!!

January 5, 2013

Green Fingers: Succulents

I, like most people, love plants growing indoors because they give a sense of warmth and life as well as being something beautiful to look at. The one major problem I have is that I can’t seem to manage to keep much alive!!! One species of plant I do love are succulents! As they require little attention and can still give a lovely green tone to your living space they are perfect for me. However they don’t all come with flowers and colour but there are ways to still make your plants your plants stand out!

3 Ombre Jellyfish Air Plants

3 Ombre Jellyfish Air Plants

Set of three by PetitBeast

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Vintage Book Succulent Planter

Vintage Book Succulent Planter

By RootedInSucculents

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Gilbert The Succulent Troll

Gilbert The Succulent Troll

By TrollSucc

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Hopefully, even if you’re as bad as me at keeping plants alive, you’ll find something to brighten your day and home!!

January 5, 2013

Healthy Bump: Spaghetti Bolognese

I spotted this recipe while browsing through blogs on Taptu, although I don’t cook different food a lot, I do like to look at beautifully cooked food! Occasionally I will take inspiration and try something old with a twist or something new!! This time it was something old with a twist! Mr BP loves pasta, more than anything… perhaps more than me!

Spaghetti Bolognese
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Photo belongs to Good Food Channel

I didn’t actually follow the recipe but I was interested that green lentils were added, I have eaten them in soups but never thought of adding them to Bolognese! Well let me tell you, they do add a little something AND they’re good for you, they give you another one of your 5 a day and I will definitely be adding them to my Bolognese in future!!!

January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!!

imageI hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a lovely new year! I’m back… again!! One reason is that, even with the two kidlets running round my feet, I’m pregnant with #3 which unfortunately had meant hyperemesis gravidarum again. I’m only just over 10 weeks and have already spent most of the time lying down trying not to throw up!!! After two hospital admissions already I’m tired and fed up!!! I hope the HG will ease and I’ll be able to enjoy the pregnancy a bit more!!!

My wonderful husband bought me a Kindle Fire HD for Christmas and it’s been a life saver, I’ve been able to read for the first time in years!! Read two books in two days (the last two books of The Hunger Games trilogy) and started on a third (rereading The Magicians’ Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One), it’s been fantastic not losing my place if I need to get the kidlets something!! I definitely think my new years resolution is to read more!!

What are your new years resolutions??

May 9, 2012

Foxy Mama

Whether you’re a new mama, an old mama or pregnant with your first we all love a nice bit of jewellery!! So today I’m featuring some lovely pieces that are affordable and you can personalise them with either your Kidlet’s names or your other half.

1. Kilt Pin Brooch ~Gracie Collins || 2. “You’re Priceless” tag ~Sarah Sheridan Designs Ltd3. Silver Disc Bracelet ~Hurley Burley || 4. Fine Silver Stacking Rings ~ Soremi5. Porcelain Heart Pendant ~ Badgers Badgers || Word Letter Tile Cufflinks ~ Highland Angel

I thought this kilt pin brooch by Gracie Collins was really original and I love that you can have two names on one tag too so it’s great if you want to put twins on it or your whole families names! And it’s a total steal at just £25! The “You’re Priceless” tag pendant I felt was very different and maybe something a little more offbeat if you’re not looking for the usual jewellery and only £20. I thought the bracelet by Hurley Burley was nice and earthy and the cord is actually silk for £25. My favourite of all the pieces are the Fine Silver Stacking Rings by Soremi as each ring can have a different name or letters on it for £23. The Porcelain Heart Pendant is so delicate and it would suit a really elegant lady for just £17.50. For the man, or suit-wearing lady, in your life a pair of Letter Cufflinks would be a nice touch for £28.50.

May 9, 2012

Blooming Baby: Little Butterfly Toys

There are so many toys on the market it can be hard to find the more traditional wooden toys. We are overwhelmed in nearly every shop, even when doing our groceries, with plastic toys for our Kidlets and sometimes we just want something… well a bit different! So today I’m bringing you Little Butterfly Toys who specialise in selling traditional, educational, robust wooden toys.

They are a family business brought about after they had their first child and the majority of the toys they sell are fair trade too! Not only are they fantastically colourful and beautiful but for the adults they also hark back to a time before computers and give us a sense of nostaglia.

Billy magnetic wooden dress up doll caught my eye because my daughter is at an age where dressing up is great fun for her. I’m constantly being asked to put her dolly’s clothes back on after she has removed them and given that this is magnetic it just makes it easier!! Such an original toy and it also comes with many outfits including a superhero and fireman! There is a girlie version too, which I’m sure my daughter would just love, called Princess Elise.

I also totally fell in love with this adorable little house which not only has different doorbell sounds but also 4 keys attached to the handle and 4 door locks on the house! Made by Melissa and Doug who are a US based company who have been producing a huge variety of wooden toys, jigsaws, art supplies & craft kits and classic, traditional toys such as wooden castles, dolls houses & magnetic dress up doll sets for over 20 years.

May 8, 2012

Sling Library Northern Ireland

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A few weeks ago I took over the Sling Library Northern Ireland, it was a total accident and it wasn’t my intention to take it over but I have done so with passion and fervor!! The past couple of weeks I’ve spent trying to get the website up to par and although there is still a lot of editing needing done to it the main site is up and running. I know that it’s going to be a tough slog getting it to a point where it’s really usable as a lot of the available slings and wraps are old and not up to the standard of many of the more modern wraps and carriers available.

In saying that my own personal stash has grown rapidly since Atticus was born! The only problem, if you can even call it that, with having a bigger stash is trying to decide what to wear each time I go out!!

May 7, 2012

And… *POOF* I’m back!

I don’t think I factored in that being pregnant meant having a baby and therefore having more limited time!! However I’m here now!!

I wrote my beautiful son’s birth story just after he was born so I will copy it here for posterity although I remember it, not in a bad way, like it were yesterday!

After having a troublesome pregnancy blighted with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, placenta previa [which fortunately moved!] and a pre-term labour at 34w which was stopped! Atticus Roman Christopher made his appearance at 3:50am on July 21st 2011.

My due date was July 18th and with this being my 2nd child I was much calmer about going overdue and when my due date came I was still happy putting my feet up and enjoying my last days being pregnant knowing I would miss it when it was gone. The following day [July 19th] I had my routine consultant appt. and I was given a scan. Lying on the table seeing how big my “wee man” had become was amazing and she checked the measurements saying she was guestimating the weight between 7lb 14oz and 8lb 7oz which to me sounded about right considering my daughter was 7lb 10oz at birth. While scanning me she looked a little concerned and moved the scanner round a bit before asking what my birthplan was. I explained that I wanted a waterbirth as I’d had with my daughter and preferably with no other pain relief. She again looked back at the screen and pointed at the amniotic fluid explaining it was showing on the ultrasound that meconium had been passed and was now in the fluid. I asked her what it meant and she said that she wouldn’t let me continue to carry him because of the risk and that I would be induced the following day and would no longer be able to have a waterbirth. I burst into tears on the table as I didn’t imagine I would cope with being induced and not having pain relief. She offered me a sweep in the hope that I would go naturally before the following day and not need the induction. I was already 3cm but the cervix was still thick.

I was sent to DOU [day obstetric unit] for a CTG to see if there were other signs of distress in baby and was having regular contractions [because of the sweep] but nothing over exciting. The CTG showed that baby seemed to be fine and I was discharged and told to go home and take paracetamol and/or a bath to ease the contractions and if they hadn’t stopped in 2 hours to return – because of the meconium in the fluid I was told my labour would need monitored constantly. I went to my best friend’s house and we got dinner, I took paracetamol and had a bath and still the contractions were coming regularly but hadn’t really intensified or got closer together. Eventually 4 hrs after being discharged I rang them back and explained the situation, I requested to stay at home as the contractions hadn’t become any worse and was told I needed to return to be monitored.

I returned to the unit and was examined to be told I was stil 3cm but my cervix had completely effaced. The said I would need to be admitted even though I wasn’t progressing quickly obviously things had changed and because I was due to be induced the following day they said there was no point in going home. I was taken up to the ward and left to rest. The following day the nurse came round and did a CTG saying that because I was still having contractions they might break my waters to get me progressing rather than wait to induce me with a pessary that afternoon. However when the Dr came round they suggested they I might progress on my own and hopefully I wouldn’t need induced. I was advised to bounce on the ball and walk as much as possible to try and get things moving which I did but when I was examined at 6pm that evening [20th July] I was still only a stretchy 3cm so I was given the first pessary. I had a few more intense contractions but nothing exciting and was told that nothing would probably happen until I had the next pessary at 1am. At 10pm my fiance, Chris, was sent home and told that he would be called if there was any change. By 10:30 the contractions were becoming stronger but I was told I still wasn’t in established labour but because of the pain caused by the induced contractions was given gas an air. I found it to be quite strange at first but did warm to the drunken feeling I got with it. When 1am [July 21st] rolled round and she came back to examine me and give me the pessary I was a stretchy 4cm and was in established labour so she didn’t need to give me the 2nd pessary but because everything had moved so slowly she left me with the gas and air for company. At 3am I buzzed for the midwife to come back as I was feeling the urge to push, when she came she told me she was examining another lady and would be back shortly. When she returned at 3:15am and examined me she said I was only 5cm I explained that I was unable to control the urge to push and she said my waters were bulging and she would send me to delivery as if they were burst I would progress faster and to try not to push. I left the ward at 3:20am almost killing the midwives for taking my gas and air off me and she phoned Chris to tell him to come down. When I arrived upstairs in the delivery suite I was still pushing and pushed so hard that my waters broke, ahhh that felt good! There was meconium in the fluid and I was moved to another [clean!] bed to continue my labour and given my precious gas and air again!! They were using the doppler to monitor babies heart rate which was now dropping with contractions so they attached a monitor to his head. At 3:40am I started pushing properly with the contractions and Atticus was born 10 minutes later. I had wanted the cord to be left to pulse but because of the meconium they needed to assess him immediately and were unable to do it at the bedside. They also went to give me the injection to deliver the placenta, even though I’d expressly written in my birthplan that I didn’t want/need it fortunately I was lucid enough to tell them not to!! They checked me over to see if I needed stitches and I only had a 1st degree cut on my right inner labia and some grazing so no further care was needed. Atticus was weighed and measured and I was shocked to hear that he was an impressive 9lb 7oz and 56cm long!!! Still a little high from the gas and air I started crying and telling the midwives how proud I was of myself for delivering him without further pain relief!!! As my labour had progressed much faster than anyone imagined Chris arrived at 4:10am to see his son for the first time and couldn’t believe how much bigger than our daughter he is!!

I’ve found the whole experience a lot easier second time round and think the recovery has been easier and I’m a lot more confident.

June 28, 2011

Update!

I know it’s like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth but there has been shit going down!!! I ended up really sick again, and hospitalised for more IV rehydration then I ended up in pre-term labour!! That was really scary, they gave me injections to mature Ace’s lungs and tablets to try and relax my womb to stop the contractions. They kept me in for a few days to monitor me to ensure that he would be okay and so far so good. Then we ended up with no internet/phone for weeks because of a silage tractor pulling the line down [one of the downsides of living in the countryside!!].  As if that wasn’t enough my beautiful Pandabear ended up hospitalised this weekend after taking a febrile convulsion due to an upper respiratory tract infection!! She’s now on antibiotics and still a little off colour but nearly back to normal. It just seems I can’t catch a break right now!! Fortunately Mr BP has been an absolute angel [for a change!!] and has really supported me and been there for me.

I’m now down to the last 3 weeks of my pregnancy and have spent a lot of time researching vaccinations [to vax or not.. or to delay?], a baby carrier for Mr BP to use [as he will not use my slings AT ALL!] and whether I want to put delayed cord clamping to my [as yet unwritten!] birth plan!!! It seems there is so much to do and not enough time to do it… you’d think that after 9mo to prepare I might be some way to getting things finished. Even with having being in pre-term labour I still haven’t packed my hospital bag!!

In other news my fantastic home-made washing powder [click to read original post with recipe] is still going strong and I haven’t even used half of what I made even with the extra washes for the cloth nappies! I also bought a few Itti Bitti Tuttos during the RNW [Real Nappy Week 16th - 22nd May 2011] offers. I so loved the Itti Bitti D’lish I had but they just did not work for Pandabear’s shape at all which made me really sad, I’m so pleased the Tuttos do work for her because they feel so nice and work well too. I also like the fact that the Tuttos claim to work from 7lb all the way up to 44lbs!

I definitely recommend you head over to Alternative Mama’s blog for her giveaway which closes tomorrow [June 29th 2011 @ 21:00 GMT]!!

April 18, 2011

Blooming Baby: Lifefactory

I stumbled across these gorgeous eco-friendly bottles. Not only are they green but they’re also gorgeous!! They are glass bottles with a silicone sleeve which comes in a number of colours. We all worry about the chemicals that are leaking from our baby’s plastic bottle into their milk or juice but this takes that worry away completely. The glass is free from chemicals and they’re super easy to clean as you can just throw them in the dishwasher. The silicone sleeve helps prevent breakage, looks stunning and provides good grip for either you or your baby to hold.

 9oz Baby Bottle

There are beverage bottles available too, however, they don’t have the “thermal shock” protection that the baby bottles do. The thermal shock resistance means that the baby bottle can go from freezer to fridge to hot water if you wish to store breast milk in the bottle for later use!!  The price isn’t too dissimilar from a regular baby bottle and in the UK they retail for about £9 for the 9oz size. They also come in a 4oz and 9oz size and can be converted from a baby bottle to a sippy cup style top by just buying the caps separately. The baby teats come in a range of flow rates so it’s just a case of buying the next stage of teat for your little bundle or even just buying new teats for a 2nd child rather than having to buy a whole new set of bottles!! They can also be converted to a snack holder using a lid.

Although Lifefactory are an American company the bottles are available from a couple of online stores in the UK too, like Colourful Baby World and Earthbaby although the accessories are more limited and I haven’t seen the adult beverage bottles available here. That being said even if you were looking for a baby gift that was a little bit different I’m sure they would be well received by most parents!

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