A few weeks ago, we had the time of our lives at Coombe Mill. It was our first holiday as a family of four and although it did not really feel like a ‘holiday’ as I used to know them (lying on a beach LOL!), it was amazing making memories together as a family. Fiona, Nick and their children have created an unforgettable amazing place and we can wait to go back again next year! The rest of this post is very photo heavy as I cannot put into words how much fun we had so I will mostly let the photos do the talking:
On our first full day on the farm, we saw Sally the pig give birth to her 11 piglets
We enjoyed finding eggs every day and then eating them for a late breakfast when we got back to our lodge
When I first had Thomas, we tried a variety of different nappies to see which were best for us. We wanted quick absorption of liquids, no leakage and a comfortable fit. After intensive testing, we discovered that Thomas got nappy rash in most brands apart from Pampers as the others did not soak the urine up quick enough. We have not looked back since. Thomas has been Pampers every day up until two months ago when we potty trained him. Daniel has been in Pampers since the day he was born too and I have not tried another nappy on him as I know Pampers are the best for us.
I knew Pampers nappies were good but I did not know how good until I took the #Britainsdriestnappy test. We were sent a pack of Active Fit nappies in size 3 + to review and do the test with. To do the test, I had to:
Pour 150ml (equivalent to 3 baby wee’s) of water onto the nappy in the middle where the baby bottom usually is
Wait 1 minute and 30 seconds
Then put a piece of kitchen roll on top and press gently. No wetness should appear on the kitchen roll. The nappy should have absorbed it all.
I then cut the nappy in half with scissors so I could see all the micro pearls inside that had absorbed the water.
I have always been impressed with Pampers and are now even more impressed than what I was before since seeing how the nappies actually work. I have about another two years worth of nappy purchasing ahead of me before Daniel is potty trained and I know I will keep on buying Pampers until that point.
Disclosure: I was sent a pack of nappies for the purposes of this test and review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Over the last few months, Thomas and Daniel (mostly Daniel!) have been testing out a range of Fisher Price newborn to toddler products. We received the Sit Me Up Seat (pictured above), the Kick N Play Piano Gym and the Rainforest Friends Newborn to Toddler Rocker. Our first impressions were that the range was brightly coloured, easy to set up and seemed to have both children interested as soon we put them up. Here are more detailed reviews relating to each product.
Sit Me Up Seat
We were very impressed with this seat. It folds fold for easy storage and transportation to grandparents for example. There are two toys attached tv at are interchangeable with other Fisher Products (the Piano Play Gym is one example). Daniel loves sitting in this seat and quite enjoys playing with the toys. Thomas likes this seat too and keeps asking to sit in it despite being too big for it!
Honk Honk! I am playing a small part in the Team Honk Relay which involves over 200 bloggers taking a baton from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for Sport Relief. It started in Lands End on 12th January and finishes at John O'Groats on 23rd March. The full route and plan are here. Team Honk are hoping to raise over £20,000 for Sport Relief. Various modes of transport are being utilised as part of the relay and these include, pushchair pushes, roller blading across the Humber, boating round Bristol, #Honkopoly around London, fancy dress, onesies, bikes, scooters, planes, hiking, rafting and mountain climbing.
I am part of Team Honk Birmingham and will be taking the baton from Worcester to Bearwood, West Birmingham on Saturday 15th February. I am collecting the baton from Nikki from Stressy Mummy near junction 7, M5 in my car and am then driving home to collect Thomas and Daniel. Thomas, Daniel and I are then going to get the no. 9 bus into Birmingham with our decorated pushchair to give the baton to Erica from ninetothreethirty and A Little Luxury For Me. Thomas and I will be wearing Sport Relief t shirts with deeley boppers and headbands. Daniel, the youngest participant (I think!) of the relay (he will be 5 weeks old) is wearing a fantastic red snowsuit, very kindly donated by The Essential One for the event. We shall be honking on the bus and asking people to donate to Sport Relief using the text number below:
Text HONK to 70005 and donate £5 to Sport Relief (standard message charges apply)
Team Honk Birmingham would appreciate any donation you can give us, whether it be large or small. Every penny counts! You can donate to us here. Thank you for your support!
You can follow the action of the #teamhonkrelay and Sport Relief on social media here:
Team Honk Twitter & Hashtags: @team_honk #teamhonkrelay
Sport Relief Twitter & Hashtags: @sportrelief #SR14
TeamHonk facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teamhonk
TeamHonk pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LoveAllBlogs/teamhonk-2014-relay-teamhonkrelay/
The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014. The public can join the fun and games by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at over a thousand venues around the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
As one of the biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world.
Last Sunday was Rememberance Sunday. We decided to mark the occasion by placing a Poppy Cross and planting some daffodil bulbs at Thomas' Grandad ashes site (my Father in Law) who died earlier this year. Niall was in army (Mechanical Emgineers) and served during the late 1950's/60's in places such as Germany, Singapore, Cyprus and Burma.
Niall's ashes are buried on the edge of the local cricket ground where he was an umpire for many years. It was a lovely sunny day and Thomas was very keen to get involved helping his Nan (my Mother in Law) and Daddy plant the bulbs. He enjoyed putting the bulbs in the holes and putting the soil back over them. Thomas helped his Nanny push the cross into the ground too. Afterwards, we went back to the clubhouse for a drink and then took Thomas to the park next door for a play in the playground.
Thomas loved playing on the park. He is getting a lot more confident and coming out of his shell now he is two years old. Everything on the park was the perfect size for him and I am sure we will be back again soon. I look forward to going back in the spring when the daffodils are in bloom and show Thomas' little brother where his Grandad is.
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Hello everyone. Sorry for the delay in between my pregnancy diary updates. Life has been a bit crazy here! The third trimester has started with an emergency growth scan as my midwife measured my bump as small. This was probably positional because until last week, the baby has been mostly lying in a transverse position. We had the scan and everything was fine thankfully. It did cause a night of worry for us both though.
I had henna on my bump for the second time from my friend Manie who is a doula and runs a company called Opal Aura. Manie put ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ on my bump as Thomas has been singing it a lot recently and I wanted to give him more connection to my bump and his little brother. Manie is also going to be giving Stuart and I antenatal coaching and she is currently planning my baby shower. I will keep you updated on these as soon as I can.
I have been given a top (pictured above) from the new Kiddicare maternity range and I love it. It is really stylish, comfortable and it washes really well too.
I am hoping that the next nine weeks pass by without any complication. I know I am going to be exhausted but have been exhausted all the way through this time. I am looking forward to maternity leave at 34 weeks and am really hoping we do not get too much snow in November, December and January. I would still like to get around as much as I can.
Thomas is 2 years old today and I cannot believe how fast the time has gone. It only seems like five minutes ago, Thomas was a tiny baby. Here are some of the things Thomas can do now he is 2 years old:
Mummy and Daddy are both very proud of you Thomas and we cannot wait to see what you do next! We know you are going to be an excellent big brother and we look forward to our next adventures together as a family of four!