Toddler’s Togs – 7

Gifts often make the best clothing

Sometimes some of the best items of clothing are chosen by others and often this is the case with M’s clothing.

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This week Molly has on a pair of leggings that I would most probably not have chosen to buy if I had seen them (I don’t often buy black clothing) but these are so cute on M and the touches of colours throughout the black make them really pop out.
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Boots, a gift: The leggings are from Boots and are 12-18 months. We just tried these on M now she is 18 months and they are still a little too big for her.
Indeed the leggings are less leggings than baggy trousers but this doesn’t detract from them.
The waist of these certainly are too wide for M but thankfully they are not too wide that they have fallen down, yet.
Boots is somewhere I often forget about when it comes to getting clothing and I really need to look there more often as they have so many lovely designs.
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Homemade: Well I love this jumper and I am proud to say that I knitted it with my own fair hands!
This is one of my favourite knits and she has been wearing it for a good 6 months now.
I borrowed the pattern from my mum and I may have to borrow it again so I can knit another in a different colour.
Trainers:
Sketchers: £28.99 from Amazon: I have featured the trainers before and they are definitely M’s go to shoes of the moment (unless you count her wellies that she can’t actually walk in).
She gets so many comments about these wherever we go and I very much love them! Think she will be getting a lot more pairs in the years to come, especially if they are on sale.
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Rebecca Adlington’s top tips for taking your baby swimming

Take your baby swimming early

You don’t need to be an Olympic swimmer to take your baby swimming – all you need a swimming costume, swimming nappy for your baby and some water.

Despite popular belief you do not even have to wait until you baby has had their immunisations – it is thought that this advice is from when polio was common but there have been no reported cases of polio since 1984.

We took M swimming from the age of 6 weeks and she has loved swimming so much. Just seeing the swimming pool excites her and she loves getting her face wet, putting her head under the water and having a general splash about. Even in colder waters she enjoys her time in the pool and I put this down to taking her swimming when she was so young.

 

You can take your baby swimming at any age, both before and after they have been vaccinated. It doesn’t matter if they haven’t yet completed their course of vaccinations.

 

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But if you were an Olympic swimmer then you would surely have some great hints and tips to share with others and this is exactly what Olympic swimming gold medalist and new mum Rebecca Adlington has done with her five top tips to make swimming fun and enjoyable for even the littlest water baby:
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Rebecca explains:

1: I loved being in the water from a young age and my sisters and I were fortunate to have parents who took us swimming every Saturday. It was the most fun we had as kids and created lots of wonderful memories. And it doesn’t cost a fortune!

2: Swimming is a life skill everyone should have – it could save your life one day as well as being great for your health and wellbeing. I’d love Summer to follow in my footsteps but whatever she decides to do, I’ll be happy as long as she’s a confident swimmer. Just like my parents, Harry and I plan to take her swimming every week.

3: Getting back in the water is empowering for new mums as well as being a great confidence booster. It’s easier said than done, but women should try not to worry about their post-pregnancy figure and instead embrace spending time with their new arrivals. It’s also worthwhile remembering that swimming is a fantastic all over body exercise which can help tone your body. You actually burn 300 calories for every 30 minutes of swimming, which is why it is one of the most effective forms of cardiovascular exercise.

4: Swimming is one of the few activities you and your little one can actually participate in and enjoy together – it provides that real special bonding time for parents and children.

5: Once you’ve been swimming with your baby a few times you’ll realise that it’s a huge amount of fun and really not much hassle. Preparation is key of course and a well-packed swim bag can make it even more enjoyable. I never leave home without Huggies® Little Swimmers, which won’t expand or leak in the water, a change mat and oversized towels to wrap up in when we come out of the pool.

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For practical advice, support videos and a step-by-step guide to baby swimming, visit www.littleswimmers.co.uk.

Breastfeeding anxieties – so confused what to do!

Can I cope with failure again?

With only 8 weeks to go until our due date I have started to worry about breastfeeding again.

Last time I was adamant that I would breastfeed and, at the time, was anti formula feeding. I understood the benefits of breastfeeding, health benefits and financial benefits, so I was absolutely gutted to find that M had no interest in breastfeeding (or bottle feeding for that matter but at least you can stick a bottle in her mouth to get her going). She would not latch on at all, even with a bottle she would not open her mouth for it but for the first month and a half I tried my best to get M to have as much breastmilk as possible.

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When we were in the hospital we did get some help from breastfeeding support workers but they seemed as stumped as we did about how to get M to latch. The midwifes didn’t have the time to help and forced us to bottle feed, telling us we would not get home if M wasn’t bottle fed. During this time one midwife did give us a breast-pump to use and we did but we were greeted with laughter when only 1ml was expressed after 30 minutes.

We went home having fed with a bottle and even then M was just taking 5-10mls a time. She just wasn’t a hungry baby.

When home we spoke to the midwife about breastfeeding and she said my milk would be delayed because I had had a c-section and because I was so unwell. Why had no-one at the hospital told me this? She did not help with breastfeeding but did book me an appointment with the breastfeeding support worker who was on holiday at the time.

In the week we were at home I tried where I could to breastfeed but I felt useless. How do you hold a baby on your boob? How do you get them to open their mouth? How do you get them to stop crying when you try? How do you stop crying when your baby refuses to latch on? It was just awful.

Then the support worker came and just said to me that I had two options: 1, I could keep trying but she did not think M would ever take to the breast and I could fall into depression and resent feeding or, 2, I could give a bottle and enjoy the time I have with my baby when she is small. This was the turning point for me. When an expert tells you that you should bottle feed and enjoy life. I am so glad she came even if she couldn’t help me.

I did express milk from a borrowed hospital grade breast pump for a month or so but even this became to much for me to cope with.

Fast forward another pregnancy and this time I just don’t know what to do. Of course I want the best start for my baby but can I hand the rejection of another baby who maybe won’t want to latch on? Can I cope with the feeling of devastation if I fail at breastfeeding once again?

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I want to try again with breastfeeding again but I think I am more anxious and worried about what will happen this time. I feel more awkward about how to position a baby on my breast. I am worried because I know just how upset I would get about breastfeeding when I tried, and failed, with M. I am also confused because this time around I know that formula feeding is not the evil that I had thought it was last time.

Toddler’s Togs – 6

My pretty little flower

For Christmas and M’s birthday she was gifted a lot of pretty clothing in size 12-18 months and now, aged almost 18 months we are starting to get to wear some of the clothing.

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The top has a tier at the back so I can tie it to fit round M’s waist nicey and the fabric is a nice soft cotton.

As it is summer in Scotland we layered the top with a long sleeved top, obviously, which I think the yellow fit in quite well with it.

The fitted nature of the top add a little extra touch, adding more dimension to the top.

What I like about the leggings is that, unlike so many other brands, these ones actually fit lie leggings on M. She has got ridiculously skinny legs and most leggings look more like trousers then leggings when we put them on her. Also they fit on her waist a bit better than most.

The sandals are from Mothercare (£12) and we love them. We had these in a size 2 when M was younger and I was so sad when she out grew them that I just had to buy them in the next size for her.

The front of the sandal has a heart cut out and I just love them. It is a pity that I could not predict what size of feet M would have next summer or I would be buying some more sandals for her in that size too!

When she wears these sandals we get so many comments from people who admire her shoes.
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31 weeks pregnant

Blood pressure, sickness and tiredness

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It has been a while since I did a pregnancy update. I have been too tired, too busy or just too unwell to write much but I have finally found some time to sit down and write a wee update.

The last update I did was when I was 25 weeks pregnant, oops didn’t realise it had been that long!, and in that time we have had a good few midwife appointments.

At the 28 week appointment with the midwife it was found that my blood pressure was raised (140/80) although the student first got it to be 140/100, so I have now been asked to come in for blood pressure checks every two weeks. At that appointment I has had protein in my urine so it was looking like pre-eclampsia could be rearing it’s ugly head! They also found I had a urine infection so all in all the 28 week appointment as a bit of a disaster.

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Fast forward a couple of weeks and I had a blood pressure appointment at 30 weeks and thankfully my blood pressure has gone down (118/78) so that is positive and my urine was also clear so I am hoping that the high blood pressure at 28 weeks was a blip (on the way to the appointment M feel and really banged her head on the carpark which made me feel sick from the sound so it could have been that).

As well as having a urine infection, which I did not really notice I had and would not have known if the midwife had not phoned to ask if I had any symptoms (a week after the urine test), I have had a stomach bug which really made me feel miserable. Thankfully that passed after a couple of days and now I feel so much better.

That said with nine weeks to go I will admit I am now getting very tired and very ready to meet this little one!

What vegetable are you?

At 31 weeks I am now carrying a coconut and baby now weights over 3lbs (3lb 3oz approximately) and is now around 41cm long! Not much more growing left now.

Swelling?

With my raised blood pressure and protein in my urine at 28 weeks I had fully expected swelling to be all the range right now but strangely I am STILL wearing my wedding rings!!! Even if I had to take them off tomorrow I would be so happy to have just been able to wear them this long. Last time we are sure I had taken them off before the 20 weeks scan (using every method known to man to try and get them off without chopping off my fingers).

Symptoms?

 

Heartburn. Need a say more. Awful, dreadful, painful heartburn.

My ribs have been pretty sore for about a month now but they do seem to be easing a bit and are certainly now as bad as when I had rib flare when I was pregnant with M.

Baby update

At 31 weeks Button will be gaining weight by growing body fat. Button’s skin will also be becoming less red and more pink in colour.

His or her iris’ can now dilate  in response to light changes.

At this stage in development baby is having longer sleeping periods which would explain why I don’t feel it move for longer periods of time (which Button then makes up for later when he or she awakens!).

Play and learn colours (Priddy Books)

Fun ways to teach colours

Play and learn colours – Roger Priddy

Learning has to be fun for a child to pay attention and pick things up and one way M loves to learn is to spend time talking with a book. Play and learn colours is a great board book that allows her to do all the things she loves the most – talk, play and read.

The front cover really took M’s interest when we got this book as it features an indented circle in the middle of the page that provided her with 3D fun (the circle is cut out on each page within the book so indents inwards).

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We have a few first 100 word books but I really don’t think you can have too many. This one is slightly different than the others that we have as this has some fun things to do on each page, from sliding tabs, to touch and feely parts,  or a wonderful colour wheel that spins!

Each page features a different colour with photographs and words to go with a number of different images within that colour – green broccoli, red rose, blue shoes etc.

M loves this book because it has things for her little hands to play with and she especially loves the colour wheel at the back which she spins round and round for ages!

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She loves pointing at each image for me to tell her what they are and constantly moves from one page to another before going back to the beginning again.

I have had a few tears when I have put this book away so we can go out, or have tea, which I think goes to show how loved it is by M and I can see us using this book a lot over the years to help with her vocabulary and colour recognition.