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My Sunday Photo {19/11/2017}

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This past week Baby S hit 5 months old, as per usual we had her monthly mini photo session for some photos with her milestone card. Straight after she was playing with D’s Mickey Mouse toy and making faces as me. Of course with camera still in hand I couldn’t resist a few shots. I just love this one!

It is certainly one for putting in our albums.

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Giveaway

Canagan Pet Food {Giveaway}

We have teamed up with Canagan to offer all you cat owners out there the chance to win a hamper of their fantastic Cat Food!

Never heard of Canagan? Canagan is a brand of pet food for both cats and dogs.  Canagan pride themselves on being Britain’s finest grain free dog and cat food. Their best nutritionists have researched the dietary needs of both dogs and cats. Canagan did this so they could make foods which meet your pet’s dietary needs as well as creating a diet which closely resembles those which would have been eaten by your pet’s ancestors. While also containing the right ratio of meat protein and fat to carbohydrate. That means that Canagan has a higher meat content than most too!

Not only do Canagan ensure their products are the right ratio of foods for your pet but they also use only the best ingredients in their foods. The meat and fish used inside pet food is chosen to be wholesome and delicious while provides tons of nutritional value since dogs and cats are carnivores and will get better nutrition from meat sources. Which also connects to why Canagan is grain free, dogs and cats will find grains much harder to digest since they would have hunted and eaten meat in the wild before domestication. That means Canagan pet foods will best match their ideal nutritional and natural food. Canagan pet food would be the perfect, delicious food gift for your cat or dog this Christmas!

Inside the hamper we have to giveaway there are three different flavours of Canagan cat food.

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Firstly there will be Canagan Chicken with Vegetables Grain Free Wet Cat Food which is made using skinless chicken. The food is simply tender cooked chicken which is cooked in its own gravy with vegetables. Containing 58% Chicken, 30% chicken broth and 8% vegetables ( 4% of each carrots and pumpkin). Continue reading “Canagan Pet Food {Giveaway}”

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Baby S at 4 Months Old

Considering Baby S will be 5 months old by the time I post this it’s safe to say I am running a little late with this update. When I wrote her 3 month update I missed a good bit out, unintentionally. As a result I have decided to try a new, more organised way of recording how Baby S is developing and what milestones she is hitting. I’ve been using post it notes to remind me of little things that have happened!

Personality

As I mentioned in her 3 month update Baby S has certainly got her own opinion and is learning just how she can express that opinion to get what she wants! She is such an independent little lady. Well as much as she can be at 4 months old! She still isn’t so keen on crying and will only resort to crying if she really must or has just woken up. She prefers to shout instead.

Baby S lovs to smile - 4 Months

Over this past month she has really started to smile much more. The same goes for giggling. She has been giggling at everything this month including talking teddies, D being silly, funny faces and peek-a-boo. We have discovered her tickles this month two which invokes cute giggles and squirming to try getting away.

Baby S loves holding my finger.

Baby S loves to hold on to you and show you affection through cuddles, finger holding and trying to eat your nose. I’m convinced she’s trying to give kisses as I kiss her little chubby cheeks a million times a day which always makes her smile and giggle.

Sleep

Baby S doesn't like sleep anymore.

In Baby S’s 3 month update I mentioned how well she slept and was taking at least 2 naps every day. I don’t think I had even  hit publish on that update for more than a few days before Baby S decided that we don’t do naps anymore! Although naps went completely out the window during the day she seemed quite content, for the most part. After a week or so Baby S got grumpy around the times she would usually have been napping. That was hard. I hate when she is upset! At the same time her bedtime routine was shot (Not that we had a great one to begin withand getting her to sleep could take hours and hours of feeding and cuddles. Mummy perks right there!

Physical Ability

Baby S can grip toys and move them around - 4 Months update

Last month she was starting to sit up in her little seat, she had tendancy to lean on one side most of the time and really depended on the support but she loved it! Now Baby S seems to be starting to sit much straighter and using her balance a little more. She is still only able to stay sitting up alone for 3-4 seconds at the minute. She isn’t a fan of the falling over onto the cushions part of practicing sitting up.

Her grip is getting better and better, this last month she has started to get her hand in a better position to lift and grip items. Although her movements are slightly slower she is improving well. She now opens her hand for a few seconds before tightly gripping onto the item. Baby S has started to bring the items towards her face in an attempt to get it to her mouth or to feel the texture. Her aim isn’t perfect but she can get it up to her face and push her hand away when she wants to let go. She’s very recently learn that if the item doesn’t drop she can shake her hand and it will fall. Clever girl!

Baby S can remove some of her bibs.

Baby S is certainly not a fan of bibs! We have a few which have a small amount of Velcro and big pulling (quite hard) you can remove them. Baby S has figured out which bibs come off this way. We are lucky if they last a minute!

Development

Although I tend to forget that Baby S came rather early and was considered a premature baby (She was born at 36 weeks + 3 days) it does mean that her developmental markers are a bit out of wack and she hits them at different times from other babies her age. She’s not far behind but now it is becoming a little more apparent that she should be that little younger. 

Baby Sloves toys that jingle

Over the last month Baby S has really started to actively show an interest in her toys on her toy bar while having playtime on her mat. She loves trying to touch them and making them move. There are a few small toys which interest her outside those on her toy bar, she loves the few which make a jingly tune. She also enjoys babbling away to them! Most recently she is showing an interest in toys which light up as well as making sounds. She gets so excited when she about them.

Her babbling has started to advance further and she tries new sounds and shapes with her mouth. Some are a work in progress but she mostly gets a sound to come out instead of just mouth movements now. She certainly loves to talk so far! 

Milestones

A big milestone I forgot to mention in last months update is that Baby S can roll over from her tummy to her back! She thinks it’s funny and giggles just after she’s done it. Each time she does roll over she moves herself into different positions to do it. So far she’s taken no interest in trying to turn back over to her tummy but she shouts to let us know she wants to go back on her tummy.

This last month Baby S has started teething. She seems to be cross teething with some of her back teeth coming through. There is one in particular on her bottom right side which seems to be causing her a lot of discomfort. I don’t think she will be waiting too long for it to break through. You can already see the whole tooth shape under her gum if she is screaming (usually when I put her in her pram!). She really enjoys biting down on anything firm she can get her hands on, daddies skinny fingers are her favourite. 

Health

So far we have been very fortunate and Baby S has managed to avoid all the bugs going around, considering D has had one or two so far she’s doing well. I’d like to think breast feeding is giving her the extra anti bodies she needs to keep most of the bugs at bay! I haven’t got her weighed this month but I did measure her (myself and she is now measuring up at 66 – 67 cm. She’s fitting perfectly into her 3-6 month clothing now. I must admit I am a little worried she will out grow them before too long.

Feeding

We are still exclusively breast feeding. This month I have been breastfeeding Baby S for longer than D and I had managed to! Breast feeding is going well. She is still feeding around 10 times a day and will have 2 – 3 night feeds. Although she’s not sleeping through she is only waking up for a feed and a quick change before drifting back to sleep.

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My Sunday Photo {11/11/2017}

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Last weekend we took a trip to our favourite museum. We do visit regularly (Once or twice a year) and every time we do it is a hard job to get D past this display case. The only case in the whole of the museum which contains a whole host of dead animals. Yes they’re all dead in a museum, I know. These however are dead animals being.. Yep, you guessed it dead animals! Hung up to display how food was kept to stay fresh and dry out.

D loves this case and has to stop and talk about every animal! Despite the awkward and strange looks from every single parent who walks through to door directly opposite. Thanks to whoever decided this particular case must be placed right at the entrance. 

I just had to share his curiosity, here is asking what animal it is. I possibly definitely neglected to add in the dead part when we spoke about the fish..

 

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Review

Thomas and Friends Smart Tablet {Review}

D has started school in the last few months and it has quickly become clear that he loves to learn. He has always had an interest in learning new things but he’s so excited to be going to school and having ‘lessons’. He really enjoys when he gets homework home (I wonder will that last?). Since he started we have really been trying to find all kinds of activities to encourage his learning at home.

I know that in primary one (reception) they don’t really put emphasis on the lesson side of learning, everything is still mainly learnt through play. I find that D gets much more engaged if he is playing with toys based on characters he loves. His all time favourite character has to be Thomas The Tank Engine! We have teamed up with UK Trends to share their new range of Thomas The Tank Engine electronic learning aids!

Thomas and Friends Smart Tablet Review

The Electronic learning aid we are looking at is this Thomas and Friends Smart Tablet. I wish I had recorded when we actually showed D the tablet. He got so excited he couldn’t contain it and let out a scream of joy!

Use the Thomas and Friends Smart Tablet to help with development

He immediately set to work figuring out how it worked. As you can see the Thomas and Friends Smart Tablet has big bright pictures which have the buttons under Continue reading “Thomas and Friends Smart Tablet {Review}”

Review

Milton Anti Bacterial Surface Wipes {Review}

When you become a parent you quickly learn that anything a young baby has should be sterile! I mean everything, it is recommended that we even wash their clothes on a 60ºC wash. However it quickly becomes evident that we cannot bring all the equipment to steralise with us where ever we go. Can you imagine if we had to?

Well Milton has the answer with their Anti Bacterial Surface Wipes!

If you have not yet heard of Milton the brand was born in 1967 when the brands products where first used in the trenches of the First World War to treat skin burns. Once the war had ended Milton became a household brand for use as an antiseptic and disinfectant to name just a few. Come the 1940’s when there was an outbreak of  gastroenteritis, which caused the deaths of 4,500 babies aged below one. After which Milton developed their cold water steralisation method, saving thousands of babies. Fast forward to today and Milton have a full range of cold water steralisation products for both at home and on the go.

Milton Anti Bacterial Surface Wipes Review

One of the products developed for on the go parents are the Milton Anti Bacterial Surface Wipes which come in a handy wipes packet which contains 30 individual wipes in the small square package pictured above. The Milton Anti Bacterial Surface Wipes are the perfect answer for parents on the go! You can use them to clean everything from tables and changing units (Is it just me who hates using public baby changing units?) to sterilizing dropped dummies and teethers! Continue reading “Milton Anti Bacterial Surface Wipes {Review}”

Giveaway

Win a limited Edition copy of The Fixer’s Manual from Sugru

I love to make things and one of my big loves is reusing something to make something new. I try to reuse as much as I can in my craft projects. In a way I guess that makes me a fixer of sorts. If like me you are creative and enjoy fixing things then this is for you!

I am delighted to be teaming up with Sugru, the company that made the world’s first mouldable glue! Genius right? They have recently worked with some great animation experts to bring their Fixer’s Manifesto a new lease on life! The finished product is lovely and quirky don’t you think?

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I love The Fixer’s Manifesto, I agree with many of the aims expressed and use a good Continue reading “Win a limited Edition copy of The Fixer’s Manual from Sugru”

Everything Else · Review

Infacare Night – Time Baby Bath – Review

Over the last few months bed time has got harder and harder with D. We’ve been trying everything we can think of including longer stories, cuddle time, extra time to calm down before bed and baths as much as we could manage before bed. Nothing was helping! He would go to bed fine but would still be up hours later unless we walked for miles!

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I was contacted about trying out Infacare’s night-time Baby Bath a couple of weeks ago. Of course I had to say yes! I was ready to try anything that might work to help him get to sleep, talk about perfect timing!

If you have never heard of Infacare is a baby bath product which is ultra mild. Both of Infacare’s products are PH Balanced, meaning that they create naturally occurring acid and alkaline levels which are usually found on the skin or in the hair.

Infacare night-time baby bath review - 750ml bottle

As you can see above Infacare’s night-time Baby Bath comes in a rather large bottle, 750ml to be precise. Although the bottle is very large, it wasn’t something that I felt impacted the use. Since it is a bubble bath which I usually Continue reading “Infacare Night – Time Baby Bath – Review”

Review

ACE Cleaning Products – Review

I don’t know about you but I seem to do a major cleaning spree at the turn of every season. It now takes me a bit longer to get through the whole house but I do go room by room and clear out everything and clean all cleanable surfaces in every way possible. I leave nothing unturned!

When I was contacted about trying ACE cleaning products the timing could not have been better. I am always on the look out for better cleaning supplies especially those which are environmentally friendly, I was intrigued. I had heard of Ace before and I actually used their stain remover a few times when I saw it on the shelves while shopping.

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Never heard of ACE? They are a brand of cleaning products and stain removers which take a science based approach to environmental sustainability. They have a dedicated team who are always exploring ways to improve their sustainability. ACE’s commitment is that all their products are concentrated to reduce the amount of packaging, they aim to make products which clean at lower temperatures, Use ingredients which are safe to use and that are safe for the environment! Not only are the environmentally friendly but the Ace products meet all EU environmental and waste water treatment standards too. Finally Ace aims to make their manufacturing as eco-efficient as possible by minimizing their use of energy, water and waste. Continue reading “ACE Cleaning Products – Review”