30 July 2014

Second Time Round

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One of the other reasons blogging took a back seat last year was because the other half and I were trying for child number 2 and it just didn't seem to be happening at all. I can only imagine the stress of our son being diagnosed with autism didn't help in any way as you're meant to be all relaxed about trying for a baby and "don't think about it and it'll happen eventually". Well all I could do was think about it, topped with my son being diagnosed with autism I felt like a failure as a parent. I know it wasn't anyone's fault for my son's autism or not getting pregnant but when you're feeling low everything seems to look a lot worse than it is.

Anyway I'm glad to say this year has been better than last and I am now 17 weeks pregnant and expecting baby number two in January 2015. A long while off yet but everything seems to be going ok so far and at the 12 week scan there was definitely a baby in there which put me at ease a bit. Before the scan I actually became very paranoid and thought I must have been making up my pregnancy symptoms even though I'd received 2 positive tests at home and 1 at the doctors. I suppose we were just trying for what felt like ages I couldn't quite believe it had happened!


Bump at 15 weeks
 I'm feeling much the same as I did when pregnant with Logan; feeling yucky and sick up until about 16 weeks, some sickness, tiredness however this time I have a sore painful back much quicker. It's so sore at points I'm hobbling around and if I do too much one day I wake up the next day feeling like I've been ten rounds in a boxing ring. Not great but can't complain much because at least I'm actually pregnant, hurray! I've been referred for physio although remembering from the last time they didn't do much, just gave me a few exercises to do and a support belt for my back and bump. Maybe this time I'll end up on crutches!?

People have already been guessing if I'm going to have a girl or a boy which is lovely. I have no idea myself at the moment although last time I thought I was having a boy as I couldn't think of any girls names. The other half and I aren't finding out the sex of this baby either, we'd quite like a nice surprise at the end. All part of the fun. Logan's very excited to become a big brother which is lovely but I'm sure it'll be a shock to his system when the baby arrives and the poor dogs won't know what's hit them when a screaming baby is brought into the house. I'm sure it'll all settle down though and everyone will take their normal place in the family unit.


Bump on holiday
 So there you go, finally pregnant again and looking forward to our new babies arrival next year. There's plenty to keep me busy till the end of this year so I'm assuming the time will fly in! Lets hope all goes smoothly or as smooth as can be.


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29 July 2014

Where do I Start!?

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As the title of this blog post says, where do I start!? I haven't blogged properly or taken any sort of interest in it for a whole year now. I sort of fell out of love with it really and a few things were happening with family life at the time so blogging took a back seat.

One of the major things in my families life that would change everything (for the better really) is that my son, Logan, was finally diagnosed with Autism. My other half and I had know Logan was a bit different to other children a few months after his first birthday. There was always a small niggle in the back of our minds, we tried not to compare him to children of the same age but how can you not? It's his peer group and I know every child develops at certain stages but they have milestones to reach don't they? And unfortunately he just wasn't reaching some. Plus he was showing other different behaviours such as hand flapping when he was very excited or becoming really uncomfortable and agitated in loud noisy places. He also wouldn't talk, point to anything or respond to his name. It's like he wasn't much interested unless he was doing something that he wanted to do.

Since Logan was so young when we picked up on his different behaviours we were told things like "oh he's so young and boys develop slower than girls, he'll probably grow out of it." or "maybe you should wait till he's at school before you have him tested for autism, he's so young they probably won't even be able to tell." or my favourite "I didn't talk till I was 4 and look at me now, I'm totally fine." I know people meant well and were trying to reassure us but we just knew something was different. At one point though as Logan progressed, whilst we were waiting for tests and also going through tests, he did much improve and catch up on some of his milestones and I think we tried to convince ourselves that maybe he didn't have autism. Maybe we were overreacting, paranoid parents that had worried about nothing and wasted health professionals time? However in June last year we got the news that our beloved son did indeed have autism, it sort of knocks the wind out of you, like you're having an out of body experience and watching your body react from some distant corner in the room. Even though the news was expected really, you try and tell yourself as a parent that my child couldn't possibly have autism. I didn't do anything wrong when I was pregnant! I didn't drink, smoke, take drugs, eat any dodgy cheese or pate! Why is this happening to my family!? But it was and it wasn't anyone's fault so we had to deal with it.

Posing for the camera in Anstruther

At first we weren't sure what to do. Do we tell people do we not tell people? But being autistic wasn't anything to be ashamed of so why hide it? So we told close family and friends to start with and as we gradually came to terms with autism and how we could best support Logan, we eventually started being able to tell complete strangers. So if Logan should say hit a child for no apparent reason, we knew it wasn't his fault, it was the autism (like some kind of dark entity) and we could tell the child's mother/ father etc what had happened and why. We would always make Logan apologise though and try to explain to him why hitting was wrong.

Anyway after being to so many different classes and autism parent groups I think the other half and I both feel really comfortable openly supporting and discussing autism with anyone. Like I said before it's nothing to be ashamed of and if anything having the diagnosis has helped us to help Logan in so many ways which we couldn't before. When he was at nursery we were able to put special measures in place, with the help of the nursery, to make Logan's life so much easier. We can now prepare so much more for trips out and about and can judge his reactions to certain environments to make places and experiences as pleasant as possible for him. We know his triggers, what sets him off and can now avoid or redirect where possible. Some people are even surprised when we tell them Logan's autistic, apart from the hand flapping you wouldn't know he was any different from any other 4 year old.

So Logan being diagnosed with autism wasn't the end of the world, it's actually been the best thing ever. He was going to have autism anyway no matter what we did but having the diagnosis helps us and other people understand him better and maybe appreciate the way he acts a bit more. He's turned out to be such a chatty happy social little boy. Not something you would typically associate with autism but everything's different. He has so many friends I can't keep up with all their names and nobody has a bad word to say about him which is lovely considering how testing he can be sometimes for the people who care for him.

Enjoying a day out at the zoo

There you have it though, one of the reasons why blogging wasn't really important to me or thought about much last year. I had so much more to think about other than what I was going to write about on my blog. I am hoping to get back into it though but I'm going to take it at a slower pace this time and do it when I want to do it not because I feel like I have to or to keep up my stats or any of that nonsense. Some things in life are more important...



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Introducing the Revolutionary Magic Mitten

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Every once in a while a truly revolutionary product hits the market and the incredible Magic Mitten is one such example. This ingenious product is set to help parents across the world instantly settle distressed babies and regain precious sleep!


The patented Magic Mitten is the first ever handheld baby calming aid that plays settling white noise sounds that only your baby can hear. The specially designed sounds have a swiftly calming effect that will soothe your baby whenever it’s distressed. Even babies with colic are gently soothed into a calm state, removing a stressful burden from sleep deprived mums and dads.

The clever design allows you to securely and easily hold your baby while holding the Magic Mitten to your baby’s ear so it can be used by anyone, at anytime, at home or out and about. Simply pop it in your baby bag wherever you and baby go.


Features:
  • Fixed volume providing safe decibel level                
  • Automatically switches off after 10 minutes use for safety and prolonged battery life
  • Three sound options, including mother's heartbeat, ocean waves and rain on a tin roof
  • Triple layered comfort pad for cushioning and sound diffusion
  • Removable comfort pad for easy cleaning
  • Rechargeable via AC/DC charger or USB connection included 

The Magic Mitten is set to hit the UK this month and will be available for £39.99 from www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk as well as a number of carefully selected retailers.

The Magic Mitten Story

The Magic Mitten was created in New Zealand by father Mark Hubble to help soothe his new daughter Lily. When Lily got herself in a state she was very difficult to settle and Mark and his wife exasperated themselves trying all kinds of things to calm her; dummies, pacing, rocking, singing, driving around in the car...the list goes on. Mark believed there must be a better way. So he began researching the calming effects of white noise and vowed to create a product that brought together the perfect sounds at the perfect pitch. 

Mark began designing an effective, safe and portable settling aid, that could be operated while holding a baby, and that didn’t drive everyone in the vicinity crazy. Mark's initial prototype was so successful at calming his daughter Lily that he knew he was onto something. The results were like magic!

Together with friends Simon and Dean, Mark developed, patented and began selling the Magic Mitten, which is now being distributed all over the world. 

To find out more about Magic Mitten you can visit www.magicmitten.com 


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1 July 2013

Win an iPad Mini with Sudocrem

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Sudocrem has launched their ground-breaking Facebook Treasure Hunt, where there are still 2 x iPad minis and loads of other top prizes to be won. The campaign has been so successful that Sudocrem are in fact going to run a second treasure hunt with a further 10 x iPad minis to give away from 8th July - 16th August.

It’s really fun and even easier to use! Firstly, users are encouraged to join the rapidly growing Sudocrem Facebook community, access the competition then select one of 40,000 areas to dig within one of four virtual environments – The Forest, The Beach, The Park & The Lake, in the hope of uncovering one of 8,000 prizes on offer. That’s a 1 in 5 chance of winning!  Entrants can gain up to an extra 6 ‘digs’ when they share the competition and invite their Facebook friends to play.

If you would like to take part all you have to do is click here (on a desktop, tablet or mobile) and you can begin digging for treasure. Who knows, you may win an iPad mini!



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27 June 2013

Biting The Bullet

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Biting the bullet could mean so many things to so many different people and for us it's about becoming husband and wife. The other half and I have been engaged for almost 6 years now and we always said we didn’t want to be one of those couples who stayed engaged forever and never got married. Well it seems that's just what's happening to us at the moment!

It's not for want of trying though, when we first got engaged all those years ago we thought about all different types of weddings from a traditional Scottish wedding to running away to Las Vegas and getting married by Elvis - we just couldn't decide what to do. Then I fell pregnant with our son and the wedding plans were put aside, 1.) because I didn't want to be pregnant whilst getting married and 2.) because kids are expensive and so are weddings.


Roll on a few years and Logan is now 3 and half years old, we've got our house, the dogs etc and we're now thinking it might be time to approach the wedding subject again. It's not that we don't want to get married, we'd love to do it sooner rather than later. The only thing is I've become majorly fussy about where we actually get married. We've visited lots of venues across Edinburgh and Fife and nothing seems to tickle our fancy, well my fancy more like. The other half rolls his eyes every time I moan about the lack of a good wedding venue in our area. Of the venues we have visited some desperately need updating, some had very 'special' staff, some seemed too good to be true (and after reading reviews they were), and some were so strict a broken glass would probably get you kicked out! Maybe I'm just looking for flaws now, expecting to be disappointed or maybe I'm turning into a Bridzilla already and I haven't even properly started planning anything yet!


Last week however we decided to start a fresh and pick a few venues which we thought would meet our needs so off we trotted to Balbirnie House, my face tripping as usual expecting the worst, and you know what?? It was lovely. The staff were friendly, enthusiastic and polite, the venue is gorgeous with plenty of space in and outside the house and the prices weren't through the roof either. This of course gave us hope that there is a perfect wedding venue out there for us. We just hadn't looked hard enough the first time round.


So we haven't booked anything yet as there's still a few more venues we want to peruse but we both feel refreshed from our experience at Balbirnie and for that I'll be forever grateful.





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26 June 2013

There is a God...

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Well a miracle has happened in my household today. By some freak chance of nature this morning as I was getting ready for work, I perused my usual work attire and whilst shuffling the drab trousers I own found a pair I'd bought circa 2008. Now these trousers haven't been worn since I became pregnant around April 2009 and I've been so lazy busy since having my son that I've never shifted that extra 2 stone I gained! But what the hey I thought this morning, I'm going to try these bad boys on and pray that they fit. And do you know, by some god almighty angelic act of nature they fit!!! Jupiter's cock I could have cried with joy, I smiled at myself in the mirror and had to stop myself from shaking the other half awake to tell him. I'm sure at 6am in the morning he wouldn't have been as happy for me as I was for myself about fitting into trousers that I've had since 2008. So I'll save this joyous miracle to relay for our chat over dinner. Can't wait!

The thing is though, I've been stuffing my face with meals out and McDonald's left right and centre recently so have no idea why I'm fitting into these trousers? Don't get me wrong I've tried to starve myself be healthy but I'm too lazy to stick it. I thought this morning I'd maybe possibly split the arse when I put them on so had to double and triple check before leaving the house. Or maybe I'd burst the zip without noticing? Or were these definitely my circa 2008 trousers!? Then it got me thinking, could there possible be a God out there after all? Even just a tiny little one who pities women like me who struggle to contain their love of junk food and general unhealthiness! Yes!! There must be, there has to be and for once I've been chosen to receive something good in life. A few pounds off to squeeze into some lovely forgotten clothes.

So hurray for once in my life, things might be looking up - especially if God looks like this…




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25 June 2013

Michiko and Me Action Against Hunger

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Michiko and Me announces charity partnership with Action Against Hunger

A commitment to help end child hunger


British childrenswear brand Michiko and Me is pleased to announce its support of Action Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger. Michiko and Me will provide year round support by making a generous donation on each product sold to Action Against Hunger..  Donation amounts will range from £1 to £5 per product and to celebrate the launch of the partnership, Michiko and Me will apply this donation across their entire product range.

Nicky Lumb, founder of Michiko and Me says, “Our Michiko and Me designs are based on a principle of growing as the child grows. This notion of our children growing happily and healthily is a privilege that we often take for granted. Most of us are fortunate enough to be able to feed our children but this is not the case for all families around the world. Knowing you cannot feed your child is so painful, which is why Michiko and Me wanted to back a charity that supports children and families in the struggle against hunger. Action Against Hunger’s work includes saving malnourished children’s lives and improving families access to food and clean water for the future, making them the perfect charity for us to partner with.” 


Caroline Chaplin, Senior Corporate Fundaising Officer at Action Against Hunger, says, “We’re delighted to be working with Michiko and Me in this innovative way. Not only will it help raise vital funds for our work, but the added exposure we gain through the partnership will help educate more people about the devastating impact of child hunger and the steps that we can all take to help defeat it.” 

Michiko and Me will start  making a donation to Action Against Hunger with every sale through their website www.michikoandme.com from the 1st of June . This will also apply to brand new products such as their Iroka dress. Action Against Hunger’s logo and website links are clearly featured on the Michiko and Me website and social media sites to help raise awareness and further promote this partnership. 

You can show your support by spreading the word and sharing our posts on Facebook www.facebook.com/MichikoandMe and Twitter @MichikoandMe


About Action Against Hunger
Action Against Hunger | ACF International is an international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger. Recognised as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, ACF works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger. With 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster and chronic food insecurity, ACF runs life-saving programmes in over 40 countries helping some 7 million people each year.


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