Previous Posts: May 2014

Outfit of the Day One

Hey Lovelies,

I hope this post finds you well. For a while now I have wanted to do a few fashion type posts, for some women post partum it can be difficult to be comfortable in your own skin. You have just gone through 9 months of carrying a baby while wearing at times what can be constituted as a small parachute. You then give birth and where i didnt expect to be back in my skinny jeans the next day I did look forward to having more options than my maternity clothes.
As I have chatted about here it can be tricky to feel fashionable post partum, I am breastfeeding and I still have 4 pounds to go to reach my pre pregnancy weight, its that awkward I don’t want to spend lots of money to loose lots of weight afterwards but I still need clothes to wear delima.
Anyway here is my outfit from the past week and just because I couldn’t resist I got Nathanael in on the act too!

 

Outfit
Cardigan Gap Outlet £7.99 – I scored this lovely spring coloured cardigan this past weekend and I am so pleased I usually can never find sale items that I actually want to wear.
Top Blooming Marvelous Nursing Longline Vest £15
Jeans I am living in New Look Denim Jeggings post c section they are comfy and I refuse to buy      anything more expensive until all the weight I want to loose is off.
Footwear – Faith White Wedge Sandals – I so miss my job and the store, these sandals came in white and a gorgeous mustard colour I wish I picked those up at the time as well.

Makeup
Foundation – Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Blush
Concealer – Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer in Light
Brows –  Maybeline Master Shape in Soft Brown
Eyes – Maybeline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze
Eyeliner – L’oreal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim in Intense Black
Mascara – Max Factor Clump Defy False Lash Effect in Black
Blush – Sleek Blush in Rose Gold 926
Highlight – Christain Dior Amber Diamond 002
Lips –  Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Imagianaire 56

Outfit

Top – Next, now that Nate is eating I tend to pop a top over a white bodysuit that can come off when he is trying some new food.
Bottoms – Primark, I am really impressed with how these have worn, for clothing that is easily outgrown I like to mix and match items

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Another Carters Haul!

Hey Lovelies,

As you can guess by the title I may have made a few more purchases at my favourite children’s store Carters. If only they would open a store in the UK! It would make my spending so much more convenient. Anyway I did purchase more items than shown below, but I will leave them till a later date as they are 9-12 month clothes which would swamp my slender Nathanael.

I loved the colour selection within this pack. I know that I will be able to pair these with various other items in Nate’s wardrobe. Plus how cute is the top that says “cute catch”

 

 

 

 

The next pack of bodysuits I purchased was based on the “handsome like daddy” top. I don’t know what its like in the US but there are tons of items with “mummy” on them but it’s hard to find items with Daddy on them, so this pack was a winner. Nathanael surprisingly looks really good in coloured items as I was slightly concerned on the green colour, however he suits it quite well. Its must be his uber pale skin that sits well with anything!

 

 

Finally I purchased some trousers for him, I have been really impressed with how his others have worn. Although I don’t think Nathanael will be in these until he turns 7 months his legs take a while to catch up with the rest of him!

 

Let me know some of your favourite items from Carters, or any other store that ships to the UK!

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High Five For Friday

Hey Lovelies,

I hope you have all had an amazing week and are looking forward to the approaching weekend. I am so thankful its Friday as its one day closer to my birthday tomorrow!
Anyway lets jump right into my favourite things from the past week;

1.  On Monday Nate and I got to hang out with Rachel and Joel. We went to a group which talked about our birth experience and how they could improve services to care. We walked out scarred and we have been through the birth process! Needless to say we wont be going back, but the joy is having a friend who when your in an awful situation you can laugh about it and still have a good time!

2. This past weekend we took a quick trip to the Lakeside Village (I still call this place the Yorkshire Outlet) Anyway it has a Gap Outlet store which was having an extra sale. Now I am one where I can never find things in sale that I like, however I must have been having a good day as I scored a cardigan and a jumper for the princely sum of £14, go me! I love their knitwear as it is so soft and comfortable. An outfit of the day will be coming up shortly.

3. This week I finished Seeking God by Esther de Waal. I bought this from a blogpost recommendation (which I can’t find now how annoying) by Micha Boyett in which she talked about how after the birth of her son she found it difficult to carve out time for God and her spirit life. I can totally relate! Anyway in this post and I believe her book Found she points to The Benedictine Rule. Curious I bought this book which explains the rule in greater detail. It was a great read and I was encouraged by becoming more accepting of the present moment and how to draw nearer to God by the use of Psalms especially in my prayer life.

4.  After moving into our home in December which had stood empty for the whole of Summer, our garden was in need of some major TLC. I am by no means a gardener its difficult to feel passionate about flowers when your sneezing every five seconds. However this house is our family home and I am grasping the nettle with both hands, whenever the weather has let up I have been out there with my trowel digging up dandelions. It came to a point this week that the grass just needed to be cut, I was going for the “wild garden look” that they comment on an episode of Gardner’s World, yet my garden had too much roar and not enough grass. I am ever so pleased to report our garden has improved greatly now Luke has cut it, now on with getting the moss out from the patio.

5. Yesterday morning I was able to meet up with my friend Nicola for a coffee and a good chat. I love the type of friends where you haven’t seen on a long time and you can pick up where you left off. When life gets busy you have to become intentional about friendships and I have to say that I am guilty of letting time slip by. Anyway yesterday was a great chance to catch up and talk about life, the time slipped by quickly! Nicola has a great blog which you can check out here

Product Wednesday – White Rose Creations

Hey Lovelies,

You may remember from this post here  that one of my favourite items in Nathanael’s room is his name sign.

Every morning I pass this item and smile, because now the name is
associated with our beautiful son, who is intrigued at life and wants to
grasp it with both hands. It reminds me of the meaning of his name “a
gift from God.”

It also makes me stop to think of the loving hands that created it,
who took time to source and make something individual for our son, our
friends Ollie and Abi.

I wanted to post and share that they now have an
updated website with a brand new online shop. I
would be thrilled if you went to take a look. There are some great ideas for Father’s Day such as their Whiskey Glass Holders which comes with the glasses to match. I also have my eye on a few gifts for me such as the hanging heart outline as well as the tealight holder to match (hint hint Luke)

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

This is not a sponsered post all opinions are my own, the product mentioned were purchased.

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Nathanael Six Month Update

Hey Lovelies,

So its time for the half year update for Nathanael. I honestly can’t understand where the time went from hobbling out of hospital with Nate in a car seat I couldn’t pick up to him now eating independently! On with the update

Weight: I have just come back from weigh and play and Nathanael is now a healthy 15lb 2oz. I honestly feel that he is heavier than what he has been weighed, when I am carrying him around most of the day he is like a dead weight.

Length:  Luke and I did a measuring of a kind, its quite difficult to measure a baby so I understand why the health visitors don’t do it that often. If our measuring can be relied upon he was 63cm.
Eating: This is the big change recently, when Nathanael turned 25 weeks we decided to slowly introduce him to the world of food. As I have mentioned in this post here we are weaning Nate the baby led way. His first food was a banana, we cut the banana in half, left part of the skin on as our book suggested but I think he was slightly unsure as to what to do with it. We had more success with mushing the banana slightly and loading a spoon for him, which he put directly in his mouth and had a good old chew! He loves crumpets and he also likes to suck the butter off toast, he has tried homemade custard, melon, and broccoli, he loved homemade tuna croquettes and guacamole with tortillas, but I think his favourite is weetabix he gets it everywhere!
We have had some gagging which is to be expected with baby led weaning as he learns what to do with the food in his mouth. We also have had two occasions where he has choked, but having prepared for the event we were quickly able to dislodge the food using this technique never put your hands in the baby’s mouth to get offending item. It was fun  however to see the piece of carrot fly across the kitchen, I am pleased we informed ourselves of what to do if he did choke and now I feel confident for the future.
Food is fun before One so we are just taking the time to introduce him to new flavours and textures, but his main source of nutrition is still breast milk. We are also following NHS guidelines and giving him a multi vitamin drop now he has turned six months, this is so important for vitamin D especially as this becomes harder to absorb from Mum when they turn six months.

Sleeping: Another recent development has been on the sleeping department. On Friday we moved Nathanael into his big cotbed in his own room. My heart is bleeding as I type this, Luke and I would have been perfectly happy to have him in our room for a while longer. Our original plan was to have Nathanael in our room until we came back from our trip to Wales in June. However over the past two weeks he has woken himself up sporadically at around 10pm. This is usually the time  where one or both of us is headed to bed so it appeared that we were disturbing him, also he was banging his hands on the bars and propelling his feet from a great height onto the mattress. This concerned us both because although the mattress is soft it isn’t as springy as his cotbed mattress and we didn’t want him hurting himself on the bars of his compact cotbed. All of this appeared familiar to when we moved him from his moses basket into his cotbed, so on Friday night, on a whim we moved him into his room. We didn’t hear a peep from him the whole night, I was worried that he would wake up and be confused, but my laid back son took it all in his stride and fell to sleep all the same. It was Mummy that “suffered” for six months I have awoken to his coos, gurgles and yes screams. I have gone to bed joking with Luke as to what pose he has this time we have the Sun lounger, Thunderbird One, Starfish and Egyptian. This is just a sign of him growing up and becoming more independent, but I will miss my tiny baby boy.
  
Nappies:  We have no nappy malfunctions to report in this post, he is still in size 4 nappies from Kiddicare.

Clothes: Nathanael is in size 6-9 months tops and some 3-6 months trousers, he is in that awkward stage with his trousers again where some 3-6 months are too short but most 6-9 months trousers are too long.

Things Nate likes to do: I am always amazed when I read the previous monthly update as to what Nathanael has learnt since then. This month is no exception so I will try to be as thorough as possible. Nate has become obsessed with his feet, he loves having his feet rubbed at baby massage and has learnt to grab his feet while they are in the air. Nate loves to kick his feet while your changing him, and his personal favourite is banging them from a great height while he is in bed.
Nathanael has TWO teeth since his last monthly update, we did have 3 days where he wasn’t a happy camper it didn’t bother his sleeping which was really good for a relief for Mummy and Daddy. Nate has attempted on various occasions to pull his teeth out, he likes to grab them and see if they will move and for a while looked thoroughly unimpressed that they had arrived. However now Nate is eating I think he has learnt to appreciate them. 2 down 18 to go!
From around four or five months they suggest that your baby may attempt to roll from their back to their front. Nate mastered early on the front to back roll, however he believes its beneath him to roll from his back to his front. After all he would end up with his face on the floor and we know how vain he is, instead Nathanael prefers to roll onto his side and pose to his admiring entourage aka Mummy minion and Daddy minion. If they are not there to witness his expert move he will bellow … I mean call for their attention.
Finally Nathanael does a great superman impression, his favourite past time of late is to be held over ones head like superman, at which point he will smile and giggle frantically, wondering how on earth he got up there and if only it would last longer!

Nathanael, these past six months have been the best six months of my life. To wake up to your funny little moods, and explore and share the day with you is a privilege. Each day I learn a little more about you, and see your personality develop. I think you have a lot of your Dad’s calming influence. You are interested in people and are content to watch and learn, however your a lot like your Mum when it comes to having had enough and will let us know quite efficiently. Don’t change who you are Natey Bob’s Mummy and Daddy love you exactly how you are. Here’s to the next six months!