• Featured ImageDaily Routines – Meet Gail and CC

    Welcome to my blog feature where we are sharing daily routines from all types of Mums and Dads. If you have only just come across this feature you can read all about it here. I would love for you to get involved.

    Meet Gail and her baby CC. Gail is currently at home with her baby daughter and coating down to her wedding.

    Tell me a bit about yourself and your family…

    My name is gail am 28 and a first time mum to Cora-Cameron or CC to us. I am an ex nursery nurse/massage therapist and currently am at home looking after my wee one and haven’t decided if am going back to work as we plan on having another sooner rather than later.

    My family at home includes myself, my husband to be (6weeks til wedding), CC and my mother in law. She spends 6 months of the year living with us.
    I have always loved children and it was even my job! CC was a wee surprise, we found out two weeks after booking our wedding!!!eeek!!!

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    Describe your daily routine…

    Our average day is pretty clockwork now, I was strict at putting CC in a routine and started her at around 6 weeks. Some would say that’s too young but babies are already picking up cues and learning. We followed the EASY sleep pattern until CC fell into her own routine that worked for both of us. She is now 5 and a half months but I haven’t started her on foods yet as she is satisfied with just her milk and am keen to try blw.

    So here is our routine
    7.10 – CC wakes up on the dot! She gets big cuddles in bed with me. She is always smiling.
    7.15 – nappy change, top to tail wash and clothes put on.
    7.30 – CC has a play with daddy before he goes to work and this is my chance to have a shower and get ready for our day.
    8.00 – CC has her feed of 8oz formula hungry baby. She is so like me…not interested in breakfast until she is fully awake.
    8.15 – play time with mummy! This varies…story books, tummy time, play mat or CC favourite touching the trees in the garden or picking flowers.
    9.00 – first nap. I can just put CC down and she falls asleep on her own I put this down to putting her down from 6wks before she sleeps and never feeding her to sleep. This is my time to do the washing, housework or enjoy a cup of green tea and my breakfast.
    9.40 – CC wakes again on the dot! She very rarely sleeps more that 40 mins in the morning.
    She takes a wee while to wake up fully (just like mum) and needs a big cuddle on the couch to wake up.
    10.00 – activity! Now we are busy busy busy! I live in a wee village outside edinburgh and we have lots of baby groups I have something most days!
    Monday – baby and toddles
    Tuesday – baby peep
    Wednesday – swimming
    Thursday – coffee and walks with my antenatal girls
    Friday – rthym time
    These all happen around 10am so we head off for fun.

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    12.00 – lunch CC has another 8 oz
    12.15 – I have my lunch( not always due to a baby who just loves my attention.) If I am eating CC will either go in her play centre or play mat and she will have a kick about and mummy gets food!
    1.00 – nappy number two, this is her big one again if she is really tired she goes herself but other days she like me to lie next to her and we sing songs and laugh together before I leave her to rest. She will sleep for two hours.
    2.00 – 3.00 finish any housework tidy up toys and prep dinner. Then I manage a tv catch up and a cup of tea.
    3.00 – play time again depending on how much washing I have got down CC may enjoy a bit of tv or play centre or we go for a walk.( we get out every day even if only for 1/2 hr)
    4.00 – feed time 8 oz again
    4.15 – daddies home!! He plays with cc, normally in the garden having a roll in the grass or they listen to music together. I make the dinner!
    5.00 – we sit down to eat and CC joins us, she is starting to grab for food or move her mouth copying us as we eat. She loves music so she usually has a smile listening to the radio.
    6.00 – she is starting to wind down and normally has cuddles on the couch as I clean up, do bottles and more housework!
    6.45- I run her bath, we have bathed her every night since 6 weeks and knows this is cue for bedtime. She loves bath time and am sure would spend all night in the warm water.
    7.15 – bottle is made and I take CC up to her room which is ready for bed time. Nice and dark and cozy! I dry her and we have a massage. She loves this and will get fussy if I finish too quickly (diva) ! I dress her and she gets a bottle another 8oz. She is nice relaxed and calm so as soon as she is finished, I place her in her cot and her eyes close. I say to her every night “night night love you remember your prayers” and that’s her!
    7.30/7.45 it’s me time with the boy…we love movies so may watch a film or he pours me a bath and I soak for an hour!
    10.30/11- I do a little dream feed…I want to stop this but am scared as she sleeps 12 hrs and if I stop she may wake hungry.
    Then I go to bed….

    It’s like this every day! It’s varies due to activities and I am not as strict now as she is older and follows the cues well. I am very proud of the hard work put in to get this routine.

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    What is your favourite part of the day?

    My favourite time of the day is the days she wants me to lie with her before her nap and we laugh, sing songs and she is still so young she stares at me intensely and I feel the love and bond between us.

    You can catch up more with gail over on twitter @mygailforce

    Thanks for sharing your routine with us Gail, it sounds like CC is totally adjusted and your routine definitely will help mums in the future I am sure. Good luck with your future wedding. 

    The L’s Mum

    Thank you
    @mygailforce



  • Featured ImageThe One With The Mummy Guilt

    When I was pregnant I had this ideal picture of how life was going to be when my baby came along. I would be blessed with a well behaved bundle of joy that would sleep through the night almost straight away. I would be this perfect housewife who had a constantly clean house and no washing pile to speak of. I would be the perfect cook and bake lots of gorgeous treats and make gorgeous meals for my partner. I would be an amazing mum who managed to get her baby to eat lots of nutritious foods, and crawl and sit up and play nicely. I wouldn’t be a mum who would let her baby watch TV. I had all these wonderful scenarios going round my head on an almost daily basis that I never gave myself a moment to think of anything else, and thats when it hits you.

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    When the baby comes you are not prepared for the sheer life change that this cute little being is going to inflict on you. You underestimate the level of sleep you will actually get. That a 10 minute shower can feel like a whole day in the spa. So sadly the “ideal fantasies” I day dreamed about were flittered away and instead my mind was plagued with guilt.

    I became the housewife and stay at home mum with toys everywhere and and a house that looked “lived” in. I was that mum who put Baby TV on just so that she could get a five minute sit down with a hot cup of tea. I was particularly lucky with the sleeping but when he had a sleepless night boy did I feel it the next day, and still do. I didn’t bake, in fact I baked for the first time in a year last week. Home-cooked meals are not an everyday occurrence and The L’s Papa now enjoys chicken kiev and chips on a more regular basis than he use to. I have a washing pile which subsequently has it’s own cupboard which I can gladly shut.

    I became everything I didn’t want to be and It’s hard to admit but I have given myself a hard time over it all. But the truth is, I have a healthy and happy little boy. Yes he’s a little fussy at the moment but I think thats more down to the weather than my mothering skills. So the house looks a little lived in but its clean, and by the end of the day it’s always tidy. The washing pile is huge but as long as The L’s Papa has his work shirts washed and ironed and we all have something to wear then whats wrong with that? So what Baby L enjoys a little TV every now and again?

    The mummy guilt can really hit you hard when it comes to housework and general daily life but these babies are not small and tiny forever. I’ve developed a new mummy guilt, a guilt of wishing I hadn’t felt guilty for all the wrong things when Baby L was small. How I wished I had cherished those newborn cuddles and morning naps more instead of spending that time thinking the washing needs doing.

    So forgive yourself, let the pile of washing go untouched for a day, the vacuuming can wait and it doesn’t matter if you pull something out of the freezer for your tea. Life is too short and we spend way too much time not living in the here and now. I am most definitely guilty of that.

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum

     



  • Things To Consider When Buying Your Dream Home

    Once you’ve found your dream home, it’s easy to fall head over heals with the property and overlook important considerations that may affect your living conditions later down the line. What was once your ideal house can soon descend into a nightmare situation if you fail to do your research prior to buying. Whilst you will be eager to sign the cheque and move in straight away, it helps to do some practical investigation into the property and its surrounding area for peace of mind in knowing that you’ve made the right choice.

    Check the neighbourhood

    If you’re new to the area, it’s always worth checking the local community to make sure that it has everything you need to suit you and your family’s lifestyle. Local newspapers, community websites and government sites can provide you with everything you need to know about the area and provide you with important information regarding future events, developments and any issues that may affect the neighbourhood.

    When conducting research, you should pay attention to the prices of comparable houses, the reputation of local schools, facilities, community activities and the crime rate of the area. You may also want to visit the house at different times of the day to gain an insight into how quiet or busy the neighbourhood will be throughout the day.

    Think about your future plans

    If you’ve found your dream home, chances are that you plan on living there for a long time, and considering your future plans is therefore crucial. If you’re thinking of extending your family for example, you will need to realistically consider whether or not you have enough room and make sure that you have planning permission for extensions.

    You should also think about any cosmetic improvements that you may want to do later on. Upgrading the interior of your home may not be on the cards right now, but is likely to creep into your thoughts after you have settled in. Likewise, it’s important to budget for future expenses and think about the costs of maintaining the property.

    Security

    Security is something that is often forgotten about amidst the excitement of buying a new house. To ensure that you feel safe on a daily basis, it’s important that you plan for the unexpected and take measures to reduce the chance of any devastating losses. A thorough security check of the house should be conducted, at the very least making sure that the building has a working alarm system and that all doors and windows have secure locks.

    If you are completely in love with the property but find that it has an unfavourable crime rate or inadequate security protection, you may want to take extra precautions for added reassurance. Installing a CCTV system, security lighting or infra-red sensors may help to deter would-be burglars. Security equipment for your home is available from most DIY stores or from reputable online security suppliers, such as Big Brother Systems.

     Home inspections

    Before buying, you should also schedule a home inspection to ensure that you are fully aware of any structural repairs or improvements that may need to be made. After all, being fully informed of the building’s condition from the outset will help you to avoid any unwanted surprises later down the line.

    Try to avoid getting too excited about the house and remember to ask yourself all the necessary practical questions. For example, can I afford to run a house this big? How safe is a detached garage? Has the house got enough privacy? How long will the commute to work be?

    Whilst you might have found the perfect house in the perfect neighbourhood, if the answer to these questions is no, it might not be worth it in the long run.

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum

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  • Featured ImageThe One When The Baby Bites and Pinches, and Scratches and …

    There I was minding my own business a few weeks ago, enjoying a nice cup of tea whilst Baby L played. I could have sworn at that very moment I was thinking “Life is pretty good.” My little boy was occupying himself, and watching some disney junior, which is a welcome change from Baby TV let me tell you, and playing with some of his toys. I was feeling quite happy with myself. Dare I say it, thinking I had cracked this “mum” thing and I was raising a good little boy.

    He turns and looks at me, I smile at him and he smiles back, melting my heart in the process. He stands up and toddles over to me. Just picture it, this cute little boy taking unsteady steps towards me, I’m literally bursting with pride, he grabs my knee and his mouth hits my skin (note to self, shorts are not suitable attire anymore) and bites me, my smile fades, its like everything has gone into slow motion and I’m shouting NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    My boy has decided to become a biter. But he doesn’t just stop there, oh no, He’s quite the little bully, and let me tell you I seem to be the primary target. I can’t even recall a time he has done this to his papa, who clearly is his favourite parent. Fact.

    He pinches me, scratches me, hits me, and then laughs. Like the actions themselves aren’t bad enough, he feels the need to mock me with his evil laugh (slight exaggeration, and his laugh is actually very cute). Now before I get told he doesn’t realise he’s doing this, deep down I know this to be true. He’s just learning, and as I am with him 24/7 I am the one he experiments his life lessons on. But boy does it hurt.

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    (So cute)

    The main thing is I can’t seem to find the trigger, he’s never just portraying one emotion at any one time he’s behaving like this. He could be really excited, happy or angry, upset and frustrated.

    I’m hoping it is just a phase, and any advice on how to handle the ouches in a way a 13 month old would understand are greatly appreciated. Until then, its long sleeve tops and trousers and in this weather a sweaty mummy is not the best look in the world.

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum

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  • Blogging safely: Five health and safety tips for using computers

    Whether you blog for work or pleasure, or both, you might spend hours on end at your computer. This means it’s really important that you’ve well versed in some basic safety information. After all, while racking up the words on screen may not seem like a particularly risky activity, there are certain dangers to avoid. For example, computer work is associated with neck, shoulder, back and arm pain, as well as fatigue and eyestrain.

    Here are five top tips to help you stay safe while blogging.

    1) A good setup

    Firstly, it’s really important to set your workstation up properly. Ideally, your forearms should be approximately horizontal and your eyes should be at the same height as the top of the screen. Also, make sure there’s enough space under your desk for your legs to move and avoid using seating that places excessive pressure on the backs of your legs and knees.

    In addition, it’s a good idea to have space in front of your keyboard where you can rest your hands and wrists when you’re not writing. Your mouse should be positioned within easy reach so you can use it with a straight wrist and, while controlling your mouse, support your forearm on your desk.

    2) Take regular breaks

    If you’re writing against the clock and are under pressure to meet deadlines, it can be tough to take breaks. However, it’s recommended that you make room for frequent short breaks to rest your eyes. Ideally, you should get away from your screen for around five to ten minutes every hour.

    3) Extra precautions for portable devices

    Laptops and tablets can be really convenient. However, they come with certain added risks. For example, larger laptops can be cumbersome and heavy to carry around. If you do have to shift this equipment, make sure you follow manual handling guidance.

    Also, where possible, use a suitable workstation complete with desk rather than your knee or a coffee table.

    4) Beware electrocutions

    Like all electrical equipment, computers are associated with a risk of electrocution. To minimise the chances that you’ll suffer a shock, carry out regular visual checks of your equipment. You will need to take action to repair or replace it if you see evidence of damage to plugs or connectors, or if the cabling is not properly secure. Burn marks or stains are also cause for action.

    Any repairs should be carried out by people with the necessary skills, experience and knowledge. If you’re in any doubt, get a professional to check your computer over.

    Keep your workstation clean

    Even if your computer looks spic and span, bear in mind it is probably harbouring plenty of bacteria. If you don’t make an effort to keep it clean, you run the risk of contracting potentially nasty infections.

    As a general rule, try not to eat over your computer as you’re bound to create crumbs. Also, from time to time you may benefit from disconnecting your keyboard and turning it upside down over a bin so that any unwanted additions fall out. You can also spray antibacterial cleaning products onto a cloth and then wipe this over your keyboard. Make sure you don’t get your keys too wet though.

    Given the risks to health associated with computers and other types of display screen equipment, it’s important to take the issue of safety seriously. If you think your knowledge on the topic could be improved, it’s worth investigating the Display Screen Equipment/Computer Safety courses offered by Phoenix Health & Safety.

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum

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