The Children

The Siblings Project {October}

It has already been a month! D and Baby S are still learning all about each other and witnessing their progress is something to behold.

The past month Baby S has started to take much more interest in D and what he does. D has certainly noticed and is more than happy to show her all he has to play with. Although D would really love it if she would play with his toys too. (I think the day she does will be the best day of his life so far!)

Around the  middle to end of last month I set up Simon’s green screen stand and attached one of our muslin swaddles to it as a make shift back drop.This was an effort to take advantage of the one area of really good light we get. It was all set up when D came home from school and I got some lovely shots of them both while they talked, posed, giggled and Baby S even tried eating D!

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Snufflebabe Nasal Aspirator Blogiversary Giveaway

We’ve hit cold and flu season (well here in Belfast we have!). Having a nose that you can’t breathe through is more than uncomfortable for us adults so just imagine how your baby feels with a sniffly nose!

Snufflebabe has the answer. Never heard of them before? Snufflebabe are the UK’s number 1 range of baby nasal decongestants. They understand that babies who have the sniffles struggle with feeding, sleeping and can get generally uncomfortable and upset. Their range helps parents to make baby more comfortable.

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One of Snufflebabe’s products which aims to make baby comfortable straight away is the Nasal Aspirator. The device itself was created by a mum of premature triplets. The Nasal Aspirator is easy to use and will clear mucus from your babies nostrils in seconds using a hygienic suction method. You’ll be pleased to hear it has been pediatrician approved! Continue reading “Snufflebabe Nasal Aspirator Blogiversary Giveaway”

Everything Else

Us Two Plus You Turns 3!

It’s so hard to believe that 3 years ago yesterday I hit publish on the first ever post on Us Two Plus You. A way for me to share what was happening with D and in our lives with our friends and family who live elsewhere. I never even imagined that anyone would take the time to read what I have to say!

Here we are 3 years on and blogging through Us Two Plus You has been pretty great! I love that I can share what I like and what I need to along with keeping such lovely records of our family and life together!

Looking back I don’t really think I expected to keep up with it and I actually didn’t think it would last. I’m surprised (and maybe a little proud) that I’ve hit 3 years. We have 3 years of memories, love, family, frustrations, tips, recipes and activities all stored in these online pages and I love that! I love how I can look back and remember writing those posts and enjoying the family time.

Today is the start of the years to come. I love blogging and sharing everything with you all. Sometimes when I write I remember that someone out there will read what I am saying and it might make a difference to them. That is amazing to me. I may not be a “big” blogger or well known. I am however happy, I set out to share my life with my loved ones and I have found a passion inside. I love to write. I’m not sure I am really any good at it but I am happy to try.

So much has changed over the last year and after 3 years I am hoping that this will be the year when I will become self hosted! That is my goal for now. I have put it off for so long and I will do my best to make it happen before Us Two Plus You hits 4!

I have really made an effort in the social media department and I now love Instagram! I was never really one for posting on social media a lot.Now it’s a totally different story and I hope to continue posting so if you aren’t yet following us do pop over and follow. Over the next year I want to continue my social media and try new things through each one. Lots more research is needed on my part but I am getting there!

That’s it! Thank you for reading along with me and having patience when I needed a break.It has been a fantastic 3 years and I am looking forward to the next!

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Giveaway

Higher Nature Kids Vitamins – Blogiversary Giveaway

It is autumn and as much as I hate to admit it the sun is quickly disappearing. Not only is it disappearing but it is getting colder and the children have all headed back to school. That combination will usually lead to one outcome.. bugs and sickness. If your child has just started for the first time like D has it’s likely to be a long autumn and winter. As part of Us Two Plus You celebrating our Blogiversary we have teamed up with Higher Nature to giveaway some of their Kids range of vitamins.

As we all know vitamins are important, more so over the autumn and winter months when our immune systems are really put to the test during daily life. It is even more important for our children who will be in contact with other children and adults a fair bit of their day.

Higher Nature was founded by Brian and Celia Wright with the intention to make a significant difference to their customers health. They do this through the use of active ingredients with the levels being set my scientific evidence about their effectiveness and safety. Their vision is to provide ethical, high quality and well researched nutritional products. They wouldn’t try to market a product if they didn’t think it would have health benefits and was ethical, even if it was a best seller!

We have two of their products from the kids range to giveaway to one of our readers!

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Win Tickets to The Baby Show at London Olympia -Blogiversary Giveaway

This October The London Olympia will be hosting the UK’s leading Pregnancy and Parenting event of the year,  The Baby Show with MadeForMums. You won’t want to miss out on this fantastic shopping experience!The Baby Show will be taking place from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October, at Olympia, London. You will be able to find everything you will need for your baby, your bump and you including amazing offers. It’s all in one place for just three days.

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You will not only be able to see all the amazing products and brands but there will also be brand and product experts who will be available to tell you anything you need to know and answer questions you may have. You will be able to get hands on with brands and products too! Making The Baby Show a great place to find the products that will fit your needs best.

The Baby Show has over 200 exhibitors who will all be showcasing their best and latest products for you. You will find brands like Mothercare, iCandy, Tommee Tippee, Peg Perego, VTech, Chicco, Stokke and Britax! That isn’t even mentioning the independent brands which aren’t available on the high street who will be there.

There is a great service available for you to really enjoy the shopping experience without  all the bags holding you back! You will be able to take advantage of the free Emma’s Diary Collect-By-Car service which is where you can just drop of your purchases again and again until you have a carful.

Not only will there be brands and experts available but The Baby Show with MadeForMums has an incredible line up of speakers who will be taking to The Baby Show Stage. These will include renowned experts from the world of birth, breastfeeding, sleep and nutrition.

It really is a must-attend show for mums and dads-to-be, parents, friends and family members.

As a mum of two children The Baby Show has always interested me, in fact I tried to find a venue here in Northern Ireland to attend. Sadly there isn’t one.

However we’ve team up with The Baby Show to give away two pairs of tickets worth £40 each! You can enter using the Gleam widget below by clicking the link below.

Ticket Competition Terms & Conditions

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 years or over.
  • Competition is open to UK residents only.
  • Entry into this competition confirms your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and your agreement to be bound by the decisions of The Baby Show.
  • Entry is strictly limited to one person per ticket code. The winner will be notified by email or phone call once the competition closes.
  • The winners will be selected at random from all the correct entries received before the closing date and time.
  • All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, cash or otherwise.
  • Entrants will receive a ticket code which can be activated at http://www.thebabyshow.co.uk/.
  • Tickets cannot be sold on to third parties.

 Blogiversary Giveaway – Tickets to The Baby Show London

The Baby Show at Olympia, London is open from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd October from 10am until 5.30pm each day. Standard on the door tickets are £20 and children under 14 go free!  For more information please visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk.

Everything Else

Sometimes I am just not ok

Over the past year a lot has happened, a lot in our lives has changed. We went from a family of three to a family of four, D changed from nursery to school, Our house has been rearranged to fit us all and everything we need. There seems to be less hours in the day. Not only has our family life changed but I have personally changed. Going from pregnancy while still being mum to mum of two, the body changes, the hormone changes, everything that happens isn’t easy!

There have been days when in all honesty I have felt like super mum. Both children are happy, they are entertained, played with, cuddled, stories are read, washing and cleaning are done, we’ve had outdoor time, baths are done, everyone ate dinner and got fed, everyone has slept well or napped. They are the super mum days. Those days are amazing!

They are however few and very far between. I am not super mum. Hell some days I don’t even feel like I am good at being plain old mum! Those are the hard days. The times when one is throwing a tantrum, one is screaming and is hungry but doesn’t want to feed, lunch was whatever I found in the cupboard that was easy and not entirely bad for us. Yohurts and cheese strings? Yep we’ve had those lunches. Fruits and vegetables aren’t my priority when I feel like I could lose my shit at any second. I feel guilty about that. Even more so on the rare occasions that I do lose my shit! These days happen. Not every day but they come more than those super mum days.

They come and they stay. Oh yes the day ends and the next usually isn’t bad but those days I remember. I agonize over what could be different why wasn’t I good enough? Am I just no good at being a mum? Will my children grow to hate me? Will they not enjoy childhood? Am I not giving them enough? I know deep down these are silly questions. I know that I must do something right at some point since they are usually happy, a good bit of the time and our house gets clean regularly and everything happens as it should. Although it is those days that stick and come up when I am feeling off.

These are why I am sometimes found crying alone. Why people must ask if I am OK. The truth is that no! Sometimes I am just not OK! Do I really have to be? Must I always have my shit together and be ready for anything? Can I not just sit and cry when I need to? Or must I always be worried that this is a sign of something being really wrong?

I don’t actually think I have something wrong, maybe during those moments when I am stressing myself out and worrying like crazy that I am just not good enough I might. I don’t once it’s over. Once I have cried and let it all out I don’t.

I’ve put off writing this since I am not suffering postnatal depression and I generally do okay sometimes even great. I do need to say it though and I need to share that sometimes I am just NOT okay but that it is OKAY to feel that way!

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Me and Mine

The Me & Mine Project – September

It has been a long time since we last joined in with the Me & Mine link up. Too long I think and now that we are a family of four I really do want to remember to get family photographs and have photographs with me in them. It may only be one every month but it is much better than having none!

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While I was pregnant with Baby S, D and I would do lots of art together. We did a lot during the weekends and over school holidays. One of these little art sessions D made this lovely little picture of a family of giraffes. Me, Simon, D and a little baby S in my tummy. Two big adult giraffes and two small children giraffes. It is just so cute! Continue reading “The Me & Mine Project – September”

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Baby S Birth Story – A Natural Breech Delivery – Part 2

Here it is, Part two of my birth story with Baby S! If you missed part one you can read it using the link.

They talked to us about how different this would be. I wouldn’t be allowed to lie down and would have to be up on my knees leaning on the back of the bed where gravity would have more effect. I had actually wrote in my notes that I wanted to use this position rather than lying down so I was pretty good with it. They wouldn’t be checking me anymore and would let it just happen. Which although a bit scary was also as natural as it could get. They warned us both that we would not be alone and that there would be quite a few people in the room during this process. They also told us that a theater was ready and on standby so that if something starts going wrong everything was ready to go straight away. I pretty much blocked the thought of things going wrong from my mind. There was no way I could think about rushing off to surgery in a whirl.

I was hooked up to the monitor again. This time it did work! Well most of the time. It fell off a few times and had to be moved each time she dropped further down. Not much changed for about an hour. (I think) I wasn’t really keeping track of the time but both midwives went off on break and came back. One explained that we would be waiting for different things once she started to come out and that they would talk us through it.

I was incredibly thirsty and was literally drinking a glass of water every few contractions. Which had gotten incredibly close together. I only had enough time to get a drink in between. (almost a full glass!) Since I had left the house thinking I would go back and without our bags I had nothing I planned to use in labour. Mostly my hairbands, I had to ask the midwife if they had anything I could use! She magically came back Continue reading “Baby S Birth Story – A Natural Breech Delivery – Part 2”

Review

Find Me A Gift – Shark Hooded Towel -Review

I don’t know about you but for me one of the really boring items in my home is our towels. I splashed out on beautiful towels when I first moved into a house on my own. They didn’t last long between my hair dying and fading or fraying in the wash! So I pretty much go for one colour now.

However I am very aware that towels are a necessary but are so not engaging for children, they just aren’t fun at all! I have been on the look out for a really good hooded towel that is not only big enough to cover D but is engaging, fun and will last for longer than the next growth spurt. I don’t like the towels they wear like aprons, not for at home. I recently started to think the one I really wanted just hadn’t been made yet.

That all changed when I was contacted about the Shark Hooded Towel by Zoocchini from Find Me A Gift. This was the type of towel I have been looking for.

Find Me A Gift is an online retailer who specialize in great gift ideas. They have items to cover every occasion you can think of. From Birthdays to retirement gifts they’ve got it all! They want to find gifts that will be fun and quirky, items that will get you excited to share the gift with the recipient.

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The Shark Hooded Towel arrived and it came inside this lovely box which is perfect for wrapping up (I hate wrapping clothing or towels!) when giving as a gift. The box also Continue reading “Find Me A Gift – Shark Hooded Towel -Review”