Showing posts with label Baby. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baby. Show all posts

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The Day That....

I got the birth I wanted.

I had my first son by emergency caesarean section after being induced.  It was amazing and I was instantly besotted with this tiny little bundle of joy.  I also had an overwhelming feeling of sadness that it hadn't been a natural birth.  I felt like my body had betrayed me.

I got my natural birth with my second son.  It was agonisingly painful but I got my gorgeous baby at the end of it and it was all worth it.  Except that I had to have three months worth of physiotherapy following his birth because I had traumatised my body while in labour due to having Symphisis Pubis Dysfunction.  I had done everything wrong when in labour.

When I was pregnant with my third son I was determined to get the birth right this time.  I was with the midwife when my waters broke.  They sent me home and my contractions started while I was driving.  I got home and my husband arrived ten minutes later to take me to the hospital.  I was trying to phone my mother as I wanted her with me but I couldn't get through to her.  We got to the hospital car park and there was nowhere to park and I started panicking.  I felt sick and realised that I was in transition and I screamed at my husband to just stop the car!  I didn't want to give birth in a car.  As I was getting out of the car I could see my mother walking out of the hospital towards me.  It felt so surreal and my husband later said it was like seeing an angel as we were both panicking by this point.  (I will point out that she was working at the hospital on this day and she had come out to try to phone me).  My mother took me up to labour ward while my husband got my bag and parked the car.  He only just made it as ten minutes later my beautiful baby boy was born.  I'd had a 40 minute scary, intense labour but it was perfect.  This photo of baby, myself and my mother was taken just 10 minutes after he was born.  I look at it and remember the happiness and joy I felt.

This is my entry into The Boy And Me The Day That competition.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Birthday Boy

I've had a busy few weeks what with the Easter holidays and the children being home, and then this week, my oldest boy turned six.  I still can't quite believe it.  I am now a mum to a six year old.  It may not sound like a big deal, but to me it feels huge!  I think it's because I've always seen the 0 - 5 age range as still being a baby.  Having a six year old means I've got a big boy.  So it was a week of celebrations and fun (plus a lot of stress for me).

The drama around his birthday has been going on for a few weeks.  Up to now I've always had a big birthday party for my him, inviting all my friends children, the whole class, and anyone else that I met in the run up to it.  But this year his birthday fell in the school holidays, and being totally fed up of inviting all 33 classmates and only getting about 5 replies, I decided that maybe it was time for him to start having smaller parties where he just invited his close friends.  After some complaining and nagging, he eventually gave in.  So a small party it is.  We still haven't actually had this as he doesn't go back to school until next week so we're going to have it then.

We did have a fantastic day on his birthday though.  I decided the day before his birthday to make a cake for him.  At this point I must admit that I did go to the supermarket and look at the cakes.  I almost gave in the the temptation, but decided while staring at the shelves of shop bought cakes, that a) it would be cheaper to make my own, b) mine would (hopefully) taste better and c) I wanted to do it.  It would mean that I had actually done something for him other than buy and wrap a few presents.

So, the morning of his birthday I made him a chocolate cake.  A few sweets and Mario cars and Voilà!

I'm quite proud of it.  Though what matters more is that Zac loved it.  So much so that he couldn't even wait until it was finished.........

Licking the spoon is the best bit!
We had a fantastic, fun-filled, family day.  It was busy and noisy and everything a birthday should be.  Happy birthday to my gorgeous, not-so-little boy.  The last six year have flown by but they have been the best years of my life so far.

The day my life changed forever

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

My lovely boy

I have a strange urge to share one of my favourite photos with you.  Maybe it's just an urge to have this memory posted here forever.  It's the screensaver on my mobile phone, and the photo I show everyone.  It's a photo I took of my third son when he was just 3 weeks old.  He looks so comfortable and peaceful and I just want to give him a cuddle.  He's my baby.

But as a mum of three lovely boys I now feel guilty that I haven't posted photos of the other two so expect some more baby pics soon! ;-)

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Someone pass the Teething Bling!

*Please note this is NOT a sponsored post*

It feels like Oliver has been teething for forever!  His clothes are constantly wet from dribbling, he's biting on anything he can get his hands on, and has a sore bottom. We tried all the usual teething products but he much preferred to chomp on something he shouldn't i.e. mobile phone, remote, me!  Then, a while back on Facebook, I came across a company called Teething Bling.  Now, I love to try anything new so when they offered me the chance to have a free pendant in exchange for giving them some information on local retailers, I jumped at it. I was offered a choice of colour so I chose 'jade' and excitedly awaited it's arrival.  I wasn't to be disappointed.  It arrived quickly and in a pretty little organza bag, making it a perfect gift.  In fact, I think it will become my gift of choice for new mums as it's a gift for mum and baby all rolled into one.

I've always loved jewellery, but had pretty much given up on wearing any since I've had children.  They generally don't mix.  If I did try wearing a necklace I would either be worried about bits coming off and the baby choking on it, or more commonly, being throttled when the baby pulled on it.  But my new pendant solved both these problems.  It is perfectly safe for the baby to chew - no small parts and is non toxic, and it has a breakaway clasp so no more being throttled. Yay!

But more importantly, will Oliver like it.  Well, the proof is in the picture.
He loves it! It's become a new toy to him.  But better than a new toy because it doesn't fall on the floor when we're out.  It drops to just the right level on me - just below my breasts - so is flattering, while having enough length for Oliver to play with when he's sat on my lap.

My friends with babies also think they're great.  Some have gone on to buy their own and one has bought one as a gift.  Friends without babies have said how lovely they are and that they would wear one!  I've been asked where the 'stones' come from.  People are always shocked when they feel them and realise they're not hard.

We loved it so much that I decided to buy a second pendant in 'Zebra'.  I think this one has been even more successful as babies naturally love contrast so the black/white stripes are perfect.

I could really use another one to go with brown/cream clothes.  Maybe Vanilla Bean (really fancy a scented one) or Chocolate Brown?  That's the only problem.  Too much choice.  It's like having a bag or shoes to match every outfit.  Now I feel like I need the Teething Bling to match too!  And there's currently 29 colour available on the website so lots to choose from!

You can buy Teething Bling from
Pendants cost £12.95 and you can also purchase bangles, gift sets, teen bling and gift cards.

Here's some info from the company: 
Teething Bling® is the original teething jewellery. Made from the same material as most teething toys, our teething pendants and teething bangles look great on the adult wearer but are safe for curious babies to handle and chew. Our teething products are non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC, latex and lead free and all pendants come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety measure. We carry the very important CE trademark which means we meet strict safety standards. Teething Bling went through four years of rigorous safety testing.

By the way, Ollie cut his first tooth last week (that's another story) so his Bling is under even more pressure now!