Wednesday, 22 October 2014

9 Months in V 9 Months out

Dexter James turned 9 months old earlier this month, a whole 9 months out in the big wide world! It's weird to think how much he has grown in that small amount of time. I know this sounds daft but these past 9 months have flown by much faster than when he was in my tummy. I haven't had him weighed since his eight month check but he has definitely grown because he no longer fits in any 6-9 month clothes.

We're still breastfeeding although Dex has taken a dislike to my right breast meaning that one has stopped producing and it has returned to its previous size - making me very lopsided indeed! I've stopped the afternoon feeds and will slowly be cutting down the other feeds and replacing with formula until he is ready to move on to cows milk in a few months. I had wanted to carry on breastfeeding until he was one but with him just feeding from one breast it is getting quite uncomfortable. Along with breast milk and formula Dex is eating a variety of foods and enjoying everything he tastes (apart from scrambled eggs). He eats whatever it is that we are eating and he has a love for blueberries, bananas, prawns, cherry tomatoes and well pretty much anything you give him. He eats a crazy amount of food!!  Our drop in clinic with the health visitor has changed days to a Thursday which is a pain because we are both working therefore it makes it difficult for us to get him weighed.

We're still going to baby swim school and although we had a brief few weeks of crying, Dex seems to be enjoying his classes again. We've also started baby sensory classes which is great for socialising but I feel Dex may be a bit too old for some of the activities we do. The class is aimed at 0-13 months but anyone who knows anything about babies will know how much changes each week never mind each month, so what is suitable for a newborn won't necessarily entertain a one year old. I am glad that we have signed up I just wish the class was around when Dex was younger.

Over the past few months Dex has learnt to crawl, climb up on things and walk around the furniture. There really is no stopping him now that he's mobile. I really don't think it will be long until he is walking by himself, he's just so flipping nosey and wants to know what's happening in each room. I love how inquisitive he is but it does make things tough when you want to get things done around the house haha. He's definitely become a lot more vocal over the past few months too, "mamma" and "dadda" are his favourite words at the moment although "Hiya" an "Smudgie" (our cat) does make an appearance every now and again. I can't wait until he's talking - watch this space, I'll probably be wishing for silence when he does start!

Here are a few photo's from the past month............enjoy! 

Saturday, 18 October 2014 Giveaway

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Bimuno Immunaid Giveaway

Being a parent is no easy job, especially when you're not feeling 100% as I found out last week. I was hit by the dreaded "End of Summer Cold" that always seems to catch me unaware although it happens every year.

According to the weathermen we're in for an Indian summer but I have no doubt that winter is lurking just around the corner and where there's cold weather you'll find all sorts of nasty sickness bugs and germs. Last year I was heavily pregnant during the winter months and somehow managed to avoid any type of bug which I have no doubt means this year there will be double the sickness!

During my pregnancy I was quite concious of my health and that of my unborn child. I wanted to make sure he was getting the very best start in life and so made sure I took supplements that would enhance his growth whilst in my tummy. I have yet to give Dexter any kind of vitamin or pro biotic since birth although I have read a lot about their advantages. We're still breastfeeding at the moment and "fingers crossed" apart from the recent cold neither of us has been ill which makes me think there's something lurking in the not too distant future......cue Bimuno Prebiotics

Who are Bimuno I hear you ask?

Bimuno was first launched in 2007 as a health supplement powder and as a consequence of its success has now been extended to a range of advanced formula pastille products. 

"Bimuno was born with the vision of developing products which we believe will revolutionise the concept of ‘healthy eating for all’. Clasado’s aim is to discover, develop and harness the latest nutritional technology, providing clinically proven products which improve and enrich the quality of people’s lives. By so doing we seek to become recognised as the leading experts in digestive and immune health."

So why Bimuno Prebiotics and what are they? 

Prebiotics are a special type of carbohydrate which serves as food for your body’s own good bacteria helping them grow and multiply. Compared to probiotics which are ‘live bacteria’ and can be destroyed or digested in the stomach before reaching the colon where they need to work, prebiotics are non-digestable so get to you gut intact.

Bimuno has a unique dual action so it not only energises your immunity by boosting Bifidobacteria, it also reduces the levels of bad bacteria in your gut at the same time.

They sell a range of products that are available in well known pharmacies and shops such as Boots,Sainsbury's and Superdrug. They sell powders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome aids, travel aids and also a new immune system boost product called ‘Immunaid’. You'll be able to read my review in a few weeks time but in the meantime one of my lucky readers has the chance to win a box of Immunaid.

If you love the look of Immunaid then you're in for a treat as you could be in with a chance of winning one box. All you have to do is complete the entries in the Rafflecopter below. 

Here's some information you should read before entering:
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  • The winner will be announced on Twitter shortly after it ends and also notified via email. They will have 10 days to claim their prize. 
  • This competition will end on 8 October 2014.
Good luck!!!

(I have not been compensated in anyway for this giveaway, all thoughts and opinions are my own, information on the products can be found on the Bimuno website)

Sunday, 28 September 2014

My Sunday Photo

This weeks photo was a sneaky ten minutes I had to myself, it's one of those rare moments that new mum's get. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed myself.....who knows when the next one will happen. 
Happy Sunday everyone x


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Time Away From My Blog...........

If you follow my blog you will have noticed that I haven't been around much lately, there are many reasons for this some of which I'm not ready to talk about but things are slowly getting better. I have recently started back at work full time which in itself is a big shock to the system after living in my little baby bubble for 9 months with Dexter. I've been back almost two weeks now and it's starting to settle down although I do still feel like I don't belong, I know things move on and it's great that the business is changing and growing, I just need to realise that there's a bit to catch up on and I can't expect to be back in the swing of things straight away.

Before going back I was a bit worried about Dexter and how he would take to not seeing me for 40+ hours a week but to be honest I needn't have been worried at all. He's doing really well, he spends most of his time with Daddy as his hours have been changed to a more sociable 7am-3pm rather than 9am-11pm. Of course it's less money but at the end of the day spending time with your son is far more important than having material possessions. Whenever Daddy is working Dexter spends time with his grandparents which is great for him and them, we're lucky in that they don't live too far away. I think it's me that has found the whole thing the hardest but I have started doing different activities with him when we're together so I can maintain out bond. We still go to baby swim school on a Monday then last week we started attending another class called "Baby Sensory". I believe they run the classes up and down Britain, I hadn't really heard about it before until an advert popped up on my Facebook so I decided to give it a try. I'll write a post about it shortly for those of you who have yet to learn about this great class.

I'll update you all on Dexter's progress over the next few days, unfortunately today and tomorrow are my longest shifts of the week so no more blogging for me today as it'll more than likely be a midnight finish. I'll catch up with you all soon and I just want to say thank you for bearing with me. I'll be back in the swing of things soon.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Dexters 8 Month Developmental Check

Hi everyone, it's been a while since I've written anything. We've had a really busy summer with plenty to keep us busy - some bad but lots of good. I'm also back at work. I've just finished my ten 'Keeping in touch days' (If you're not sure what they are you can read about them here) and I'm going back to full time next week - you can read more about that in a later post, today is about Dexter and his 8 Month developmental check.