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When life throws you lemons..

When life throws you lemons, make grapefruit juice. Then sit back and let the world wonder how you did it. 

This is how I feel about parenting really. So many trials and challenges, it is rarely straightforward. These constant battles, particularly the ones we feel we have to prove to the world enable us to show our strength and worth as good parents. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but nobody told us about the judgements and ongoing need to prove our love. 

The naivety and calm of our children should be emulated by ourselves and we should be proud of what we have achieved. Let them judge, let them wonder. 

Baby socks! Into the abyss?!

Where do baby socks disappear too? I swear I buy more on a weekly basis as they just seem to be lost in an abyss somewhere!
You will see bear wearing odd socks quite often! We’ll call it a fashion statement!
But seriously where are they!!

Poorly boys and billy bear

So I’ve been away a few days as both boys are ill 😦
Dude has been ill since Friday and slept most of the days. Typical! It’s half term and so far we haven’t done anything!

On the last day of pre school dude got given Billy Bear. We have to take him fun places and photograph our adventures. We haven’t got much to report as of yet. Considering the gruffalo trail at the weekend as dude liked that back in the summer. Let’s hope the rain can hold off!

A few more blog posts coming up soon! I have started on dudes spring/summer wardrobe so will show you that soon!

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Spring fashion for a mummy!

Yes back to spring again! The sun is shining here and I can’t wait for spring to arrive properly!
I had money still to spend from Christmas so went and did a bit of retail therapy for myself.

First thing I wanted was some nice dresses to wear with leggings or without as it got warmer in summer.
I picked this one up in the New Look sale for just £5!

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Fits great and long enough to wear without leggings aswell.

Next on to primark and picked up this lovely dress. It wasn’t till I got home that I realised I had pinned a very similar dress on Pinterest that I wanted for the summer! This was £13.

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Also from primark I got some thin blouse type tops and some white cami tops to wear underneath. These were £10 each and £3 for the cami.

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I also picked up some cotton ankle length leggings for £3

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My best buy in primark was some high waisted black skinny jeans. I have never been able to get into primark skinny jeans, I am a size 16 and my legs never got very far. But these are great. Being high waisted they hold everything in and makes me look a good few inches smaller. I don’t have a picture as I’ve worn them and they are in the wash but will update in a later post with them. They were £13 and there were various blue colours aswell.

Finally I went to salt rock and picked up a hoody. I have an obsession with these. My wardrobe is full but I didn’t have one in this colour and at £12.50 it was a must!

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So some of these bits will last me till the summer months. I can’t wait to get back into dresses and shorts again! Roll on summer!

Moving bear to his own room…

Last night we put bear in his own room in his cotbed for the first time.
He’s 8 months old now, probably a bit later than some people put their babies in their room but I just find it easier for them to be next to me when breastfeeding at night.
It didn’t go too well! By 12.30 he was back in our room! I probably should have persevered a bit more but I was so tired I went for the easy option!
We will keep trying each night, he’s got a cold at the moment plus teething so he’s not sleeping too well!

I did feel really lost with him not next to me. He will probably be my last baby so I want to keep him little for as long as possible! He may end up in our room for a little while longer 😜

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Theres just no need to judge! (Parenting Choices)

This video sums this up so well! Mothers judge each other all the time on the parenting choices they make!

WHY! As long as that child/children are happy and healthy and at no harm then let them all be!
The breastfed/bottle fed debate is boring, we all know breast is best but let people have the freedom to choose! Yes washable nappies are better for the environment but we all dont have the time for that etc, etc.
We should all be free to bring our children up as we want and nature them the best we can.

The Maxi Cosi Milofix Car Seat Review

So we recently needed to purchase a new car seat for bear. He had pretty much outgrown his Maxi Cosi Cabriofix and hated being in it as his shoulders were so squashed. After ALOT of research we decided on the Maxi Cosi Milofix. I have always thought of Maxi Cosi as a great brand with safe products there fore we wanted to continue using them.
Our first problem was sourcing one as Mothercare only sold them in specialist stores. After tracking one down and getting it demonstrated in the car, we were off.

The seat is rear facing till 15-18 months. You can choose to have it forward facing from when baby meets 9kg. It has 2 seating positions in forward facing (upright and recline) and just 1 position is rearward facing.
The seat is pretty compact for a combination seat and when fitted, sat behind the drivers seat easily.

It is available in 5 different colours, we bought it in Thunder Black.

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It is fitted with the isofix points in the car with a top tether reaching into the boot. It was easy to install and would be easy to transfer between different cars if needed.

To switch between rear facing and forward facing, the seat does need to be removed from the car and then 2 levers on the bottom of the base are pulled and the base swivels around.

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The headrest was adjustable and didnt require any rethreading of the straps, it was just one single movement. The 5 point harness seem fine and did its job.

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From the photo above you can see that when the seat is on a flat surface in rear facing mode, it looks well reclined. In rear facing you cannot change the recline on the seat. This is where we started having problems.
If you look at most car back seats, they are not flat. In our car, the back seats recline backwards towards the back as this design is deemed safest for an adult in an accident. However this worked against us for this car seat.
The recline caused the car seat to be more upright and therefore when Bear fell asleep, his head was on his chest practically curled over.
I tried to move the headrest , manuvere him in the seat but nothing worked to change this position.
I took the seat back to the shop who advised there was nothing that could be done as the recline of the back car seat could not be changed. They admitted that this problem had been common as most newer model of cars are designed with this recline.

Because of this, we decided to return this car seat. We did not feel that it was safe for Bear to sleep with his chin on his chest.

Overall: The seat is a great seat to Maxi Cosi’s normal standards. The extended rear facing is good if you dont want to shell out for a full ERF seat. It is compact and light and easy to transfer between to cars. The only downfall is the lack of recline in rear facing, as this is marketed ‘from birth’, I would not happy to put a newborn baby or even my 8 month old in it with how upright the seat is.

The seat is available from many retailers for around £225.

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