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Learn to read with the Alphablocks volume 1 review

Thursday, February 28, 2013

When I seen that Abbey Home Media  were looking for bloggers to review some of their upcoming titles I couldn't contain my excitement. They are the company that brings you many of the popular childrens television programmes at the minute such as Cloudbabies, Timmy Time, Little Princess,  Horrid Henry and many more! The DVD which they offered us was the popular CBeebies show Alphablocks, Learn to read with the Alphablocks Phonics First Steps Volume 1. I was very happy with this choice as me and my partner had been speaking just days before about how we would attempt to teach Gracie the alphabet as she has mastered numbers and shapes already.

Memory Monday

Monday, February 25, 2013

Memory Monday 25th February 2013

My memory for this week is one that will stay with me forever. On Saturday two of our close friends got married! It was the first wedding both of the kids have been to and Zach got to wear his first suit (how smart does he look?!). I was so excited to dress the kids up smart for the occasion and the whole day was just amazing with no dramas. I had so many comments on how well the little ones behaved and they both had a lovely time. We were so happy to be there on such a special day for the happy couple. 

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Goodreid!

Gingerbread Cookies

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

This weekend me and Gracie made the tastiest gingerbread cookies so I thought I would share the simple recipe we used for you all to try. It's a great quick and easy recipe to try when baking with young children.


Memory Monday

Monday, February 18, 2013

Starting this week I am joining Joanne from Mummy2five in posting a picture linked to a memory every monday so at the end of the year I have a memory to look at for each week.

Monday 18th February 2013

My memory for this week is being able to spend a whole weekend doing fun things with Gracie. We went to the park to feed the ducks and play on the swings and slides. We went on a shopping trip to buy craft materials to have a craft afternoon making cards and pictures and we made the tastiest gingerbread biscuits. We've had a lovely weekend together doing things we haven't had chance to do since Zach was born.

Why won't my baby stop crying?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ever since Zach has been born he hasn't been 'well'. Luckily they haven't been major problems, but he just seems to catch everything and no one likes to see their children unwell. He was born with an eye infection, his belly button wouldn't heal, he had constant diarrhoea all day everyday up until 9 weeks and he had awful sore spots all over his face which were so bad people would stop me and ask what was wrong with my baby. The spots turned out to be dermatitis which was aggrevated by the fact he was dairy intollerant and the doctor was adamant it was just a viral infection. Luckily I had a great health visitor who noticed straight away he had problems and she rang and sorted out changing his milk. Finally I thought our problems were solved.

We were very lucky the first time around with Gracie the only problem she had was colic which was easily treated and although it was a pain we knew what the problem was and coped with it. She slept through the night from 5 weeks old and once she was more mobile the colic disappeared completely.

Well since changing Zachs milk there has been a big improvement with his skin it no longer irritates him and is a lot less inflamed. He still has problems with his belly though struggling to empty his bowels (politest way i could think to describe it) and when he does its certainly not pleasant. The major problem now though is the constant crying! Once he starts there is no comforting him, no matter how you hold him, rock him, cuddle him. He has the most heart wrenching, painful cry and when that is all I hear constantly whilst failing to settle him it really makes me doubt my parenting ability. I had a discussion with some friends a while back and suspected it was reflux but then he started chewing on things all the time so I thought I was over reacting and that he was just teething. The last week or so has been worse than ever his screaming is worse hes throwing up all the time, only a small amount of sick each time and sometimes just water, but all the signs of reflux are there. I might be wrong I'm certainly not a professional but theres only so many times I can lie with my baby while he cries himself to sleep in my arms and crying myself for no reason in front of my kids due to the sleep deprivation.

Hopefully in the next few days I'll be receiving a baby carrier to borrow from a friend to see if it helps and I will be making a visit to the doctor to try and get some medication to try him on. When my boy is not in pain he is so happy all of the time, always giggling, smiling and chatting away to us all and I can't wait to have my baby happy and pain free for good :).

Pancake Day

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Growing up my favourite day of the year was pancake day. Forget Christmas, birthdays and Easter, the magic left those occasions the day we realised Santa and the easter bunny weren't real. Who can resist a plate full of delicious pancakes with a mixture of yummy toppings chucked in!

And so the weaning begins...

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Well Zach is 19 weeks old today. The time is flying by and i've been noticing for the past few weeks that his milk just doesnt seem enough for him. I dont think i've mentioned before but Zach has a dairy intollerance which has made me really scared to start weaning as all the foods I gave Gracie as first foods mostly contained some kind of dairy. Well at the weekend he had his first ever taste of food ,after doing some research I found some baby porridge and baby rice that is non dairy for his first tastes. So far he has tried Plum baby porridge and he loved it!

bibs that keep clothes dry

Cornish Daisy: Dribble bib review

Thursday, February 07, 2013

The past few weeks Zach's been suffering with his teething. No signs of anything breaking through yet but his gums are sore and he's dribbling non stop! The thing I hate most when a baby is dribbling is when their clothes soak right through even when wearing there feeding bib. I don't like the thought of a baby sitting in damp clothing. Luckily the lovely people at Cornish Daisy sent us one of their beautiful handmade dribble bibs to try out.