Friday, 23 August 2013

Life Lately - Bye Bye Dream Feed

Hey! How you doing? I'm just sipping on some fresh coffee, much needed can I tell you! Had a total meltdown yesterday but today is much better. I took Eva to bookbug at the local library and we did some food shopping in Asda. They have a baby event on so I picked up some swim nappies in time for Eva starting swimming lessons at Splash Start on Monday. I had a voucher so only spent £1 on 12 swim nappies! Go frugal Mumma!

Loving this IKEA video of late, this song is stuck in my head 24/7.

My little contortionist friend Eva, only got up once last night at 1am which isn't too bad. If she could actually sleep all night that would be fabulous dear. I am planning on cutting out the dream feed tonight, which normally happens at 10-11pm. Hoping that goes well! The whole point of it is to fill Eva up so she doesn't wake so as thats not even working and possibly creating bad sleep habits anyway I want to cut it out. Eva was 10 months on Tuesday so I don't think she needs it anymore. Hope I'm right. :)

Border has fairly grown!

Happy Weekend Readers! Its my little sisters birthday tomorrow so we are off to my Mum's for some lunch and rainbow cake (yum!) and on sat evening I am going out (!) to a friends for dinner. Good Luck Martin! haha!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Eating Organic

Since we started Eva on solids at 6 months I have become a bit obsessed with eating organic foods. I have this need to be knowledgable when I start something so I had to know exactly what was best.  I never gave her baby rice I didn't listen to other people who thought they knew better because thats how they did it. No way was I going to give Eva a rice bottle from 2 months of age because it was done for their babies.
I believe babies cannot digest the rice well so never used it and only introduced oats around 7 months when Eva began having porridge. Again this was steel cut oats, which I ground myself, mixed with my breast milk, added a tsp of flax seed, and she loves it. We still give her this.

Anyways, I am so passionate about eating organic, and really really love my food that it is nice to know you are getting something that's not had chemicals and is really good for you. I like to cook from scratch every day, so does mean I do a LOT of cooking because I hate processed foods. I do still eat them, don't get me wrong, everyone likes convenience but only if I am so tired and there is nothing else to eat.

Monday tends to be the day I will cook for Eva, she absolutely loves organic Celeriac. I had family say to me 'What's that?' haha they had never even heard of it! Its grown in the ground lol and tastes quite anaseedy.
The best website I found for my all my go to baby recipes is
Totally amazing recipes that I find are tasty enough for the whole family.

I have totally rambled with this but I just believe organic food is better because its pesticide free and better. There are more and more cancers in this world now which must be coming from somewhere and many believe its the pesticides. People who eat non-organic have lower sperm counts I read in a study. I just really want the best for my baby especially if there isn't 100% knowledge on the matter as yet.
nom nom banana
Eva agrees, organic is best!
So before you offer my child chocolate or non organic juice, just know I am not going to let her have this. Plain water is fine and fruits and vegetables are perfect. Hey that's just my two cents worth on the matter. Oh, if we have to buy jarred food we only eat Hipp organic, its convenient for when you are out and about and can't heat your own cooked food and Eva loves it too.

Take it easy, let me know your views too!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Bit of baby love

Had no sleep lately, absolutely shattered with Eva still waking up 10 times at night, just for me to nurse her and put her down. So all plans of going to breastfeeding support group have gone right out the window. Motivation = 0.
Its almost time to start cooking dinner, making a yummy cottage pie tonight with some mince from the butchers.
Eva is finally napping! She definitely needed it!

Having a bit of time to reminisce and think about what life was like before Eva. I almost can't remember what I did with my time??

Old Pictures

Baby Brigid and matchy matchy Mum!

With Bruno the dog, I'm a clog wearing little dutch girl

clog wearing tomboy cat carrying kid!
 Oh yea, up until age 8 I lived in Holland. I was born there and my dad's dutch. His name's Arjen in case you're wondering. Clogs were the footwear of choice for some reason, I can't imagine wood being too comfy now though! Isn't my Mum gorgeous?? She was possibly around 29 here, 3 years older than I am now.

me age 17/18 and my sister Annie

me age 19, just a normal night out for me!

Age 19 I had just met Martin and I was still a wild tearaway, he certainly tamed me and set me on the right path.
Portugal 2011

Lanzarote 2011

 2011 was the year I was made redundant after almost 3 years in a job I thought I would be in for life. But this is how it goes and I thought this was a good opportunity to begin college and do Interactive Media.
October 13th 2012!
One week to go before I was due, Martin and I were doing walks out everywhere to try and induce labour, I had no idea what I was in for. Truly I saw things in such a romantic view, I was so unprepared for what was going to happen. Even in labour I was treating it like a holiday, reading Game of Thrones in between contractions, I haven't had the time to read anything since!
1 day old bubas both still in hospital

 That first night I co-slept with Eva, nobody said anything about it but I was itching to leave, I was made to stay in for 3 days! I didn't sleep, was so exhausted and emotionally drained ( still am ) and my whole life had turned upside down. I was so protective of this little baby, I didn't think love would feel like this! I could only let Martin hold her, couldn't let friends come to the hospital, and I cried if midwives or anyone tried to hold her. This was overwhelming! I was this baby's mummy and nobody was getting near!

watching YouTube Videos on my phone
Eva and I still watch YouTube everyday at lunchtime if were at home. We catch up on our Saccone-Joly's, The Scheurman show, and more recently ItsJudy'sLife as well. We mainly watch the Saccone's as I began reading Anna Saccone's blog when I was pregnant.

The Spy

 When Eva was very little, a surefire way to get her to stop crying was to make her 'fly'. Put her horizontal and fly her around the room. She would then creep round corners and become the Spy! Think Pink Panther themetune.
My mum and Eva

Eva and I at Yo Sushi!
 Hope you have enjoyed my pictures. Monday is nearly at a close and I should think about doing dinner now, life as a mum never stops huh!

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

DIY Hot Air Balloon Lampshade

Back in April when we were beginning to look for bigger places to live I started planning Eva's bedroom. I wanted her to have a totally fun nursery with glow in the dark stars on the ceiling, handy bookshelves for her to put her own books back on. Finally the dream is coming together. I had found a hot air balloon shaped lampshade on eBay but unfortunately it sold before I could buy it. I was gutted as thought it would be beautiful for Eva's room.

Instead I found a few possible ideas to MAKE one! I love a bit of a DIY now! LOL

found from Pinterest searching DIY hot air balloon lampshade
 So following this tutorial from Smart School House I started my project. I collect ribbon and knew I could make a go of it. I bought a paper lantern lampshade in pink from eBay. I cut my ribbon to length and glued it to the inside rim as per the tutorial and attached it to a garlic basket from Lidl! ( Thanks Lidl) Finally it was finished!

Ta-dah! Completed hot air balloon lampshade!

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