22 August 2014

Pregnancy: 20 Weeks

Another very busy week this week. Logan started school for the first time on Wednesday! He was raring to go and so happy, I got a bit emotional but what mother doesn't. I'll write about it in another post. Logan also started swimming lessons at our local pool yesterday. I was having a panic in case he didn't listen to the instructor (as he hasn't before) but to my utter surprise and joy he listened to every word and followed every instruction and loved every minute. I was very proud. It's a shame lessons only last 30 minutes though as Logan didn't want to come out at the end. We got there eventually though.

My 20 week anomaly scan finally came round and yesterday the other half and I drove to the maternity unit with reserved excitement. We couldn't wait to have a look at the baby again but I was worried just in case anything was wrong. I'm glad to say though that after twenty tense minutes of scanning the sonographer declared all was excellent and baby had behaved very well for the scan. I breathed a sigh of relief. It was so nice to see baby again and the scan was really detailed. We could see the heart, liver, kidneys, spine, ears, feet and hands in more detail. Really fascinating and left me a bit in awe of how the human body can grow something so complicated.

After the scan I had a chat with one of the midwifes and also to collect my notes. It seems they need to keep an eye on my iron count as it's normal but a little low. This happened when I was pregnant with Logan and ended up on iron tablets, not a bad thing but hoping I can avoid it this time if possible. I'll also be seeing my community midwife in a few weeks which is nice. She's a lovely lady and will be good to have a chat with her again.

Last week I said the OH couldn't feel the baby moving yet, well would you believe the very day after I posted my 19 weeks update he felt the baby move. It was brilliant finally sharing the baby moving with him. Logan still hasn't felt the baby move but I'll wait till the movements become stronger so there's no confusion for him. I'm still hungry and still feeling tired but can't complain really. All is going well so quite happy. Now I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend and sharing baby scan photos with the family.

20 Weeks Pregnant


Fashion Friday #22


Long sleeved top: H&M
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: Clarks


20 August 2014

Recipe: Banana Loaf

Now I'm not the best at cooking, in fact a lot of things confuse me when it comes to cooking. For example using herbs and spices! I have no idea what goes with what and tend to just grab a seasoning mix sachet from the supermarkets for certain things like beef casserole etc as I've no idea what herbs to put in it. Anyway one thing I think I'm pretty good at, or at least people have told me I'm good at, is making banana loaf or banana bread as some might call it. The recipe I use is so simple the kids could do it themselves but it's also super tasty, and if you're feeling adventurous you can always add in little extras to make it that much tastier.

What You'll Need:
2 Medium/Large Browning Bananas
1 Large Egg
100g Caster Sugar
130g Self Raising Flour
1tsp Baking Powder/Soda
55g Butter + extra for creasing the cake/bread tin

Extras/ Finishing Touches:
Handful of Chocolate chips
1tsp Vanilla Extract
Toffee icing

How To Do It:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c.

2. Peel the bananas and place in a large bowl. Mash bananas with a fork until most of the lumps are out and your left with a thick sort of liquid.

3. Add all the other ingredients to the bowl and mix together until you have a loose dropping consistency with your mixture.

4. Take the extra butter and rub it over your cake/bread tin so the mixture doesn't stick when cooked.

5. If you're adding chocolate chips or vanilla extract best to do this now and give it a quick last mix then pour the mixture into your tin of choice.

6. Pop in the oven for 35-40 minutes, when ready put a knife through the middle to check the mixture is cooked and nothing sticks to the knife and you're all done. Leave to cool in the tin for a little while before turning out or the banana loaf will break apart.

7. Whilst your banana loaf is cooking you can make a lovely toffee icing to go over it once cooled so it's like a lovely banoffee pie. I've used Glenda's Toffee Frosting recipe for this. Simple and works well. So tasty too.

So there you have it pretty simple and super tasty. If using choc chips I don't normally use the toffee icing but feel free to do whatever you think is best. You can also use this recipe to make banana cupcakes and toffee icing on top. Good for taking to school bake sales etc when you have to donate something.


17 August 2014

Starting School for the First Time - Basics for Boys

Logan will be starting school for the first time next Wednesday and to say I'm a little nervous is an understatement. He seems completely fine with the idea and he's had a good few visits so knows where he's going and what to sort of expect. I'm just worried it'll be a bit much for him and maybe too noisy or he gets frightened by the school bell. I'm sure everything will work itself out in the end and I know I'm not the only parent to worry. It's just a new chapter in his life.

Anyway, so my main point of this post was to advise on the basic things boys need for starting school. I know every school is different so here's my take on it.

Polo Shirts x6
One of the first things you'll need is polo shirts. The school that Logan is attending has a standard uniform of yellow polo shirts (thank you lord) as I'm not sure he'd survive with white. He likes to get very messy, and although he might not be as messy at school as what he does coming home from nursery I can never seem to keep whites looking white so yellow is perfect. Since you have to put your child's name on everything as well I've ordered polo shirts from a local embroidery company and asked them to put the school logo/ badge and also Logan's name on the top. It seems to be the popular thing at the moment. I've ordered 6 polo shirts as well as hoping they'll last him into next year at least and there's one for every day he's at school plus an extra just in case I can't get everything washed quick enough. I haven't bought any shirts only for the reason I worry Logan won't be able to cope with a load of buttons just yet. He can get quite frustrated. Maybe next year.

Trousers x5
I've went for some hard wearing black trousers from Debenhams, around 5 pairs as I'm sure at least one or two of these pairs will have the knee taken out of them in a few months. Fingers crossed that doesn't happen but I thought best to be prepared! I've heard that M&S, Sainsbury's and Asda are also really good and reasonable for school trousers/ uniform.

Jumpers x3
Now that the Autumn/ Winter months will be rolling in I thought it sensible to order up some jumpers in the schools maroon colouring. Same as the polo shirts I'll have the school logo and Logan's name stitched onto the front. I've went for 3 jumpers for the whole cleaning/ washing aspect as don't want to find myself short.

Socks x6 pairs
Neutral socks maybe best for school but I like to see a splash of colour now and again as well. I quite like the socks from Sainsbury's but H&M boys socks are also really nice and well priced. If you're lucky you can normally pick them up in the sale.

Shoes x1 pair
Taking Logan to get new shoes can always be a bit of a battle. He's got his own ideas and likes now on what he wants so plain old school shoes don't quite cut it for him. However even though getting school shoes was stressful it needed to be done and since we're used to the Clarks layout we went there. It was a busy day but eventually we found some nice shoes we all liked that were easy to put on i.e. velcro. They're lovely and smart and one pair was plenty as little feet grow quickly.

Gym Kit x3 t-shirts, x2 shorts, x1 shoes, x1 drawstring bag
For this school Logan's attending they have a dress code for gym kit. Basically white t-shirt, plain dark blue or black shorts and black non-marking gym shoes i.e. plimsolls. So I managed to find some adidas white t-shirts for £2.40 each, bought 3 as would be rude not to. Whilst Logan was getting his school shoes in Clarks we also bought a pair of their black doodle plimsoll shoes (£6.99) as these seems to be most popular. And we've noticed other kids having theirs personalised so we'll get that done as well. As for shorts I've had a nightmare of a time trying to find any and I still haven't got them. I've searched the web and H&M seem to have a good select in the right colours so I'll be nipping there at the weekend. Last but not least we're required to have a drawstring bag to put it all in for the kids to hang on their pegs. The embroidery company had ones in the school colours so just bought that and got it personalised with Logan's name.

School Bag x1 & Stationery
Every child needs a school bag even if they’re little. It's like a right of passage and it doesn't have to be expensive, yet! We're all about the super hero's at the moment so purchased a Spiderman bag from Sainsbury's which was about £9.00. I then saw a cool marvel super hero bag on Amazon for £7.00 so bought it as well as it's always handy for us to take out and about and keep the school bag separate. As for stationery I kept it minimal with a marvel pencil case from Amazon and a matching stationery set from Amazon as well. It includes; 1 pen, 1 pencil, 1 ruler, 1 rubber and 1 sharpener. I'm sure if he needs anything else the school will supple or let us know.

Water Bottle x1
School nowadays seem to like the kids drinking water throughout the day to keep their little brains alter. Our school sells water bottles for around a couple of pound however Logan already has a Spiderman one which will go with his school bag so no point getting a new one. Sainsbury's have a lovely range though and are good no spills ones. Hate leaky water bottles!

Name Labels
Everything your child owns needs to be labelled in some sense as things will constantly go missing. If it’s anything like nursery I'm sure it'll happen at school too. You can either go for a laundry marker pen which can be purchased from Amazon, Mothercare etc or you can buy labels that stick on.

Coat x1
It was hard deciding on a school coat. I wanted something that was light weight, water resistant, could keep Logan warm and also had a hood. In the end I went for one of the coats that the Debenhams designers have. It was either Jasper Conran or John Rocha but the coat is lovely. Navy blue with water resistant material outside and a fleece lining plus a hood for when it's raining. It's very plain but perfect for school.

I can’t really think of any other basic items that a boy would need for starting school. If there's something I've missed out please let me know or if there's something you would include do tell. I haven't included a lunch bag and box only for the reason that some kids may have school dinners so wouldn't need it. Logan will be having school dinners so he won't need one at the moment. When he's older and takes an interest in having a packed lunch then of course I'd get him a lunch bag and box for him to use. For now we'll stick to the dinners though.

Ready for the big school!


Silent Sunday



15 August 2014

Giveaway: First Day at School Personalised Book

A lovely little giveaway just in time for the young kids starting school for the very first time. Logan and I reviewed this book recently and found it to be rather brilliant. Such a great way to prepare your little one for starting school and help ease their anxieties.

So if you would like to win your own personalised First Day at School Book for your little one then follow the below steps.

How to Enter:

Basically all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is follow The Breastest News on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me you have done so. As simple as that! If you'd like an extra chance of winning then simply follow The Breastest News on Twitter as well and leave a comment telling me you have done so. That's all you have to do, very simple.

This is a UK only giveaway, closing date is 22nd August 2014 at 12 noon.

Winner will be chosen at random by my 4 year old son.

Good Luck everyone!!


Pregnancy: 19 Weeks

There's been tons going on this week with trying to get Logan all organised for going to school next week, booking swimming lessons, cramming in our last days of the summer holiday and physio appointments. It's all been full speed ahead here.

Pregnancy wise I've been feeling very tired and major hungry. All I want to do is sleep and eat. I'm putting the tiredness down to running around like a loony and also the fact that my body has increased it's blood count by 50%, wow! The eating, well it says on the NHS website that I'm more likely to be hungry at this stage so I'm going along with it, haha.

I can feel the baby moving a lot more now which is lovely, still can't be felt on the outside yet but I'm sure in the next few weeks it'll happen. I've got my 20 week anomaly scan late next week and I'm feeling a little nervous about this. Just having a panic I think and hoping that the baby is growing normally. For those of you that don't know the anomaly scan is carried out between 18 - 21 weeks of pregnancy and is a detailed scan which checks for any major physical abnormalities in the baby, although it doesn't pick up every problem. Fingers crossed all goes well.

My back has been hurting quite a bit as well in the last few weeks so yesterday saw a trip to the physio. The physio department at my local hospital hold pregnant women groups now to show you how exercise and posture can help with your sore back. I was a bit sceptical at first however the lovely Lynne, physio, was great and showed the group lots of different exercises. She also explained why and where we'll be getting back pain/ pelvic pain with the help of some handy props. Apart from the room being far too hot the session was really good and I was reassured to hear that if my back pain does get any worse I can have a one to one session if I want. My friend, who has just had her baby, also suggested reflexology so I'll look into that as well if need be.

I'm looking forward to the weekend now with a lovely relaxing meal lined up with friends and a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival lined up for Logan. Should be fun.

19 Weeks Pregnant


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