Thursday, 11 September 2014

Mumkind Giveaway

I have now been blogging for six month's and i am pleased to be hosting my very first giveaway on the blog from Mumkind for one lucky reader to win 2 of there Ginger Me Baby Lozenges and 2 of there Water Our Way water enhancer's which contain vitamins to help any mums to be or new mums feel less tired.

So who are Mumkind ? Mumkind are a new pregnancy nutrition brand for mums to be and busy new mums who say "Our mission is to make it easier for women to take care of themselves " and who have some great products such as flavoured water enhancers, bedtime drinks, nutrition bars and ginger lozenges which are designed so that pregnant women get there nutrition from food and drinks rather then tablets. They have been created by pregnancy nutrition experts and have the backing from nutritionists, doctors and midwifes including Dr Emma Derbyshire who works in maternal nutrition.

So what can you win? one lucky reader can win two tubs of Ginger Me Baby Lozenges which are perfect if you suffer from morning sickness as ginger is great at  helping with sickness and these will be available to buy in over 300 Sainsbury's stores and online from Amazon from the 17th of September 2014. The winner will also win two Water Our Way - water enhancers, you just add a drop of these to water for a great berry taste and they contain vitamin b to help combat tiredness and fatigue and contain 0 calories. And these will be available to buy online from Amazon from the 17th of September 2014 also.

I wish that these had of been around a few week's ago when i was struggling with tiredness and fatigue towards the end of my pregnancy as they sound the perfect pick me up for mums to be or for busy new mums like myself who are feeling tired after birth and coping with sleepless nights.
You can check out the Mumkind website and all of there products here .

So all you mum's to be , new mum's or anyone who just wants a bit of a energy boost why not enter this giveaway and good luck.

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* The prize is for one winner and will sent direct from Mumkind and is open to uk entry's only, the prize winner has 14 day's to respond before a new winner will be drawn.
Tuesday, 9 September 2014

I Am A Babies R Us Babyologist

I have only been blogging just under six month's as a way to record my last pregnancy and i am not the best of bloggers as i have so much still to learn and i need to post more regular then i do. But i really love blogging and have enjoyed the last few month's and have made some lovely blogging friends and have been lucky enough to review some great products and service's. One of which is top secret until November.

But i am so pleased to announce that i have recently been selected to be a Babies r us Babyologist tester. I never thought that i would be picked by babies r us i just seen that they were advertising for Babyologist testers on the Toys r us facebook page and filled in the application form to apply and i was so shocked yet over the moon when i received the e-mail recently letting me know that i had been selected. I will soon be testing out some baby monitors which is perfect for are new arrival Jacob to try out so keep an eye out for a review coming soon.
And i just want to say thank you to everyone for reading my little blog and for being so nice and supportive because i would not be getting such great blogging opportunities if it was not for my lovely readers and the blogging community.

Lindsay x
Monday, 8 September 2014

Review- Pop Goes Your Name Children's CD

When i was a child i use to love receiving gifts with my name on and now i am a parent i love buying personalised gifts for my children as i feel they are more special. Since starting my blog and joining twitter i have discovered some rather lovely company's who make personalised children's gifts and one of these company's pop goes your name contacted me on twitter and kindly asked if i would like to review a one of there personalised children's Cd's.

Pop goes your name is a new family run company based in Hertfordshire which was set up by parents Lucy and Richard after the birth of there son Noah and Richard is actually from Durham in the north east which makes the company even more likeable to me as i love supporting small family run and local company's, plus they are really nice friendly people . They sell personalised Cd's for young children which are a mix of upbeat pop type songs and nursery rhymes and each song has the child's name in it throughout.
You can buy the Cd's from there website where they currently have 800 children's name to choose from and if they don't have your child's name you can fill in a form on there website and they will record it for you next time they are in the studio, or if they do not have your child's name spelt the way you spell it they will change the spelling on the CD for you which is a nice touch.
We received the CD for Sophia who is just over one year old and it arrived really quick within a couple of days and the CD came in a nice case with Sophia's name on the front. There is 12 songs on the CD and they are all upbeat catchy songs that toddlers will love , when Sophia heard her name in the first song her little face lit up and she was soon bopping along dancing away to the tunes . Her favourites songs off the CD were wiggle time and your song as she seemed to dance nonstop to these songs.
The CD has fantastic sound quality and the tunes are really catchy i am sure every toddler will love them and after a few listens i even found myself singing along as they really are so catchy and uplifting.
Would i recommend this CD ? yes i would as they are a perfect mix of songs for young children and they have the child's name throughout each song which will delight the listener. The quality of the CD is faultless and i personally think that these Cd's are a brilliant idea.
As i mentioned before the Cd's are available to buy from and are priced at £12.95 which is what you would pay for a CD in the shops so i think they are good value as they are personalised CD and i normally expect to pay more for personalised products. And with Christmas fast approaching these would make great gifts for young children and are a nice change from the usual Christmas presents that children receive and i am planning on buying my two year old niece a one for Christmas.

Disclaimer: I was kindly sent a CD free of charge from pop goes your name for the purpose of this review however all opinions and words in this post are my own. 
Family Fever
Thursday, 28 August 2014

Introducing baby Jacob Oliver

You might have noticed I have been quiet on my blog and social media recently and if you follow me on twitter you will have seen that baby Jacob Oliver arrived on Tuesday the 19th august 2014 at 9.31pm after a super quick labour ( 40 minutes ) weighing 8lb 6 1/2oz at 39 weeks pregnant. 
Jacob had hypothermia at birth so we had to spend a few days in hospital  
So he could warm up in a heat cot. But he is totally perfect and we are all in love with him and I can not believe he is now 9 days old. 
We have spent the last nine days getting to know him and I took a bit of a break from blogging to spend time with my little family . 
But I will be getting back into blogging soon as I have lots of lovely reviews to post and of course to update you all on my birth story and what life is like with a newborn a toddler and a tweenager . 
We are all a bit poorly at the moment with a dreaded sickness bug and I am just keeping my fingers crossed Jacob does not catch it. 
Hopefully we will all be feeling better soon as I am looking forward to getting back into blogging . 
Lindsay x
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Week 38 Pregnancy Update

I wrote this post the morning i went into hospital to get induced but i never got around to posting it and now Jacob is one week old! But i thought i would post my very last pregnancy update so here it is.
This is my very last pregnancy post before i go into hospital to have my baby as i am exactly 39 week's pregnant today and today is induction day! I can not believe that my pregnancy is over and that i will soon be given birth and meeting my baby boy.
Week 38 has been hard in fact it has probably been the hardest week of my pregnancy. Nausea turned up with a vengeance this week i have been feeling or being sick every day this week. I have also suffered with mild heartburn. But the thing i have found the worse is just how uncomfortable and exhausted i feel my lower back is agony, my hips and pelvis feel like they are broken i get so stiff and can hardly walk i really do feel like an old lady. I am also getting really bad cramps in my feet and legs which are waking me up lots during the night as they are so painful ! I am getting hardly any sleep on a night time due to leg cramps, needing to pee a lot , baby kicking me during the night and also i just can not get comfortable my hips feel like they are breaking when i am in bed and if i try and roll over my pelvis feels like it has snapped in two the pain is unbearable. I have no idea how i will manage to give birth when i can not even get out of bed on my own or roll over.
I am so tired as well i have so much blogging and everyday things to do and catch up but i just simply have not had the energy to do anything as i am so tired and the other half has been working 7-7 all week so i have been on my own with the girls which has been hard work when all i want to do is sleep.
I feel so bad complaining about how hard pregnancy has been this week as i feel like i should be enjoying the last few days of pregnancy but i have just found them so hard. I have been in tears with sheer exhaustion and pain .
In baby news i have had no medical appointments this week. My bump feels huge and every movement baby makes is now hurting me his feet are right under my ribs and boy can he kick hard. I am going to miss my bump and the kicks though once it has gone.
I have also been getting lots of braxton hicks this week and lots of period type pains but no sign of labour.
We are all sorted for baby now more or less we have brought all the essentials and all the baby stuff is organised. I have brought him some nice outfits this week and a new pink lining changing bag even though i already have one off Sophia, but they had a sale on and i just could not resit.
That is about all that has happened this week , the week just seems to have flown over in a blur of tiredness and i truly can not believe that this is my pregnancy over with and i will soon be writing up my birth story.

Lindsay x
Monday, 18 August 2014

Induction Worry

It's 10pm at night and i really should be asleep as i am so exhausted lately and i have a busy day tomorrow as tomorrow is induction day! I will be exactly 39 week's pregnant and i can not believe that my pregnancy is almost over now. My bag's are packed and all of baby's things are sorted , my birth plan is wrote out the house is tidy (well as tidy as it can be with a one year old who destroys everything in site) and childcare has been arranged for the girl's. But i am a bag of nerves i have butterfly's in my tummy and feel sick with worry.
 I just don't feel ready for baby for some reason i feel like my pregnancy has flown over so fast that i have not had the chance to enjoy it as fully as i should have. I am going to miss my bump and feeling baby's kicks. And i am worrying about how i will cope with a tweenager starting high school a newborn and fourteen month old. I know i will cope and i am just being silly worrying over silly things as lots of people have children close in age and manage just fine.
But what i am worrying about the most is going into hospital i have to be there for 11am so it is looking like baby wont be born until late tomorrow night or sometime on wednesday and i do not think i have the energy for a long labour. I am also so worried something will go wrong that baby will go in distress or that induction fails and i need a c-section or some kind of assisted delivery. I am also so worried about baby i know its perfectly normal for babies to born at 39 weeks and he is classed as full term but i am worrying if he will be o.k and worrying if the medication i have been taking will have effected him in any way as i was stupid and went on google and read that labetalol can make baby's slow to breath at birth.
I am also worried about the whole induction process which is crazy as i have been induced before and know what to expect and i had a really easy straight forward experience of induction with Chloe. I know after you have had a baby before they like to just break your waters to induce you but my baby has not even dropped down yet and is still very high up above my pelvis so this wont be possible due to the risk of cord prolapse. So i do not know how they will induce me i am guessing with a pessary which i have heard can take a long time. I am also worrying about the pain as my last birth was only just over a year ago so i vividly remember just how much having a baby hurts!
But mostly i am worrying about being apart from my girls, i have never has a single night away from Sophia since she has been born even when i had surgery in october i was home the same day. And i hate being apart from Chloe too as she is like me a worrier and i hate not being there to make sure she is o.k. I know that the girls will be well looked after and have fun with the other half's mum and i know that lee will probably be home with them if labour is taking ages.
I hope i am not in hospital for day's as i am tired already due to not being able to get comfortable to sleep and just feeling so tired off late pregnancy.And there is noway i can rest on a maternity ward as it is noisy and i am such a homebody i love my own bed and home comforts.
I know that induction is what is best for me and baby but i wish that i was having a normal labour again as my experience of that was such a nice experience and i was in and out of hospital fairly quick. I am silly to worry as i know that me and baby will be closely monitored and well looked after and that my girls will be fine without me and probably wont even miss me. And i know that once my baby is placed in my arms all my worries will disappear and it will all be worth it.

Lindsay x

Review- Yoga For Pregnancy App

I had never done yoga before until last year when i started to take Sophia to baby yoga classes and i have to say both myself and Sophia loved these classes and i would recommend them to anyone as they are lots of fun. So when i found out i was pregnant i toyed with the idea of joining a pregnancy yoga class as i had heard that yoga in pregnancy is brilliant and can be useful for birth.But having two children and a partner who work's shifts meant that i simply did not have the time to join a pregnancy yoga class. So when i was given the chance to review a pregnancy yoga app i thought this would be a perfect substitute for not being able to attend classes.
The app
I have been using the app which is called Yoga 4 pregnancy and is available to download from itunes on my phone for the last few week's and it is so simple to use. I liked that this app is a video of real pregnant women doing yoga moves with clear voice over instructions telling you what to do and relaxing music on in the background. You just click on "yoga lessons" on the app's menu and you are given the option of either playing the whole yoga video which is 38 minutes long or you can select which chapters you would like to watch which are generally only a few minutes long so are perfect for if you are short of time and just want a few minutes to relax. The chapters are basically just different yoga moves and there is also some relaxing and breathing chapters which i have been finding particularly useful as i am going into hospital tomorrow to be induced so i am sure i will find these tips useful for when i am in labour.
As a total yoga novice i found the instructions and demonstrations in this video really easy and clear to follow and after doing these poses and relaxing exercises i really did feel better for it and less stressed. And as this app has been specially designed for pregnant women it really is easy with no difficult moves and helps you relax and connect with your baby.
One of the chapters in the app
My favourite parts of the app are the 'short relaxing one 'which is really relaxing and encourages you to connect with your baby and 'breathing through a contraction' as i remember in my last labour i kept being told to breath slower by the midwife so i have been practising this the most in preparation for labour.
This app is great for all pregnant women and i would highly recommend it as it is so easy to use and is at a very reasonable price of only a couple of pounds.
This app was created by Anna White who is a qualified yoga teacher who runs classes in Manchester. And who i follow on twitter just search @yoga4pregnancy_ where she shares lots of lovely pregnancy yoga tips. She can also be found on her website where you can find out more about Anna and her pregnancy yoga classes.

Lindsay x

* Disclaimer i received this app for free to review however i was not paid in any way for this review and all words are my own honest view of this app.