With our first family holiday only 7 weeks away, I’ve started to buy some cute clothes for Johnny. I’ve been buying him 3-6 months clothes but as he’s fitting into that size already I think I’m going to have to stop buying for a few weeks and see how much weight he puts on! Therefore I thought it’d be a good idea to show what I’ve got so far!

Baby Boy Haul FF

Baby Boy Haul

Baby Boy Haul FF

Baby Boy Haul

Baby Boy Haul

Baby Boy Haul

Baby Boy Haul

I love these two little top and short sets from Tesco for £5! The first is an animal too with green shorts and the second is this ‘Sail away with me’ top and yellow shorts. For the sake of £5 even if Johnny only wears them a few times it’s worth it. I’m hoping they’ll release similar sets before we go so I can get them in a bigger size if needed. He’s such a little chunk! Also from F&F, I bought the two rompers in grey and white and also the sleeveless boat one. These are great for in the day on holiday.

I love this cute romper and top from Mothercare, it’s just nothing like he owns. Also, this will be really cute when it’s hot in Barcelona. I’m just worried it looks pretty small for 3-6 months.

I’m obsessed with Zara baby boy clothes, they’re my favourite. I got this cute colour striped top and I’m going to pair it with these beige pants. Last week I bought the white top with palm trees which I thought is ideal for our holidays and I couldn’t resist these green jeans for cooler days. I also got this khaki top which will be lovely for his holidays too (not sure why the last two photos are so light!) I won’t be putting the green shorts with this but again I think these are gorgeous just with a plain white t-shirt in the day. Finally, I couldn’t resist this denim shirt from Primark for just £5. I’ve also picked up this swimsuit from Next aswell as this cute sausage dog dungaree set which I haven’t included.

Where do you like to shop for your children?

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Some may argue that you become a family the day you’re married, buy a dog or even a house together but for me it was the day Johnny entered our lives. Maybe even so the day we saw that line on the stick. Becoming a family is more than just that signature on the line, it’s more than just a wedding ring*, it’s all about being a team.

Family

Before Johnny arrived, I was naive to think our married life wouldn’t be affected. Of course I expected the sleepless nights, the 30 second cat licks and eating once your meal was cold but I didn’t expect how united we’d become. I’ll admit 5, even 2 years ago I wasn’t that interested in starting a family. Ryan and I had just gotten married, I got a good job in the city and we bought our dream house. This time last year I decided something was missing and that was someone to look after, to nurture. Luckily it didn’t take long for the happy news to arrive and to this day that’s something I feel up most fortunate about.

As I said becoming a family is all about team work, holding the baby whilst I nip to the loo, handing me my 7th can of Diet Coke or simply letting the dog out whilst I’m feeding from one and pumping from the other. Starting a family makes me realise how lucky I am to have my husband and unfortunately I don’t really tell him enough. Sure there are days when I want to strangle him and who cares if he forgets to change the template names on my Moonpig card or the ‘clean’ dishes have food still stuck to them, he tried!

We have become a family, counting down the minutes till he’s home from work so I can have a quick bath, expressing milk to the point I feel like a cow just so JJ has enough whilst I’m out – it’s all  about the team work. We’re a family and we work for each other! Me and my little family of four.

When did you count yourself as a family?

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There’s no doubt that I have a lot to be grateful for when it comes to swaddling. Since we started, a few weeks after Johnny was born, I now get more than 10 minutes sleep at a time. Johnny use to startle himself with his legs and arms so swaddling him solves this problem. I did feel a little mean at first but he actually likes it now as he starts smiling when he sees his swaddle. I reviewed the Summer Infant swaddles a while back and although we absolutely love those, they are more for warmer wearher so we wanted something thicker. We were sent an ErgoPouch Cocoon* to try, which with being a 2.5 tog, I couldn’t wait to try.

Ergococoon

Ergococoon

Ergococoon

Ergococoon

Ergococoon

We chose the ErgoCocoon Tribal Blue design for our cocoon but I absolutely love the Blush Leaf pattern too. Our cocoon is 2.5 tog so it should last us a few months yet before it gets too warm and we revert back to the Summer Infant swaddles. I was forever worrying Johnny was too cold in the night but I don’t have that problem anymore and he wears a thin vest too, at least until the weather improves. Our house is quite cold but if you have a warmer house you’d be fine with just a nappy on. The ErgoCocoon also comes with a handy room thermometer which will tell you the tog best suited for the temperature of your room.

It’s a lot easier to put Johnny into than the Summer Infant swaddles as it has a two way zip system which also makes nappy changes much quicker. We will carry on to swaddle Johnny for a few more weeks yet but the great factor about the ErgoCocoon is that it has tiny poppers where the arms are so it actually turns into a sleeping bag. It is more expensive than other swaddles but as it’s two products in one, a swaddle and sleeping bag, it actually works out cheaper than buying both products separately.

The quality of the bag feels amazing and I love it has extra material over the zip to stop Johnny trying to suck the zip over night. He’s always hungry! Another brilliant swaddling product has confirmed my love for this newborn hack, I can see my under eye bags slightly disappearing with every successful night. I definitely need to invest in the ErgoPouch cool version for Summer.

My only negative with these swaddles is that I’d find Johnny’s head right at the top of his Next to Me bed when I woke up. Somehow he can push up the bed, I think because there’s so much extra material at the bottom. However, it is still a little big for him as it’s 3-12 months and he’s only just in 3-6 months clothes (even though he’s only 10 weeks, chunk!) so I’m hoping this will stop soon as he fills it out.

Have you tried swaddling?

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I am so bored of my house at the moment, I feel like it needs a massive Spring update! I would love to completely re-do our lounge – a new couch and re-painting but thanks to standard maternity pay starting next month it’s just not going to happen. Instead I’m just going to add cheaper pieces and hopefully this will give the house a bit of a refresh.

Interior Wishlist

 

As you can see I’m loving plants! How cute are these cactus candles from Next? They would look gorgeous on some floating shelves above my couch, I’m obsessed with those and desperately need to buy them! I also love the artificial plants in the pots and vases from New Look – they have some really nice homeware items at the moment! My favourite though is the hanging plant in the glass bubble which is also from New Look. This will just add something to boring walls or the corners of the room.

I’m also on the look out for new ceiling lights. I’ve found a few from Cox and Cox* including this drop down copper light which would look gorgeous in my lounge. I also love the metal trapeze light for a more subtle look which I’m trying to aim for although a statement light can really transform a dull room. I’m also looking for a new clock but I think Johnny might be a little upset about getting rid of our old one. He can sit there for hours staring at the clock on the wall, giggling away to himself, it’s so cute! I love this simple grey clock from Debenhams, again it’s quite subtle.

Accessories wise, I love the gold trinket dish from Laura Ashley and also the gold leaf mug from H&M. I really like gold accessories, they always look so much more expensive than they are. I actually want this green cactus tray to use as a blog photo prop too. I love how much the floral vase screams Summer! It will look gorgeous with pretty pastel flowers in it either in the lounge or even my kitchen as it’s all monochrome in there. My final pick is this floral cushion from Next. Although I’m not sure it would go with my current couch, when I get my dream grey couch these will look gorgeous on there.

Have you got any interior transformations planned?

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You may remember I posted about Johnny and I being Nuby UK ambassadors last year, we’re finally here with our first review! As I’ve been exclusively breastfeeding we hadn’t had chance to try out the Nuby Natural Touch Steriliser and Dryer* until last week as I’ve started to express. Nuby have also very kindly offered to give one of my readers their very own steriliser and dryer too, you can enter in the Rafflecopter box below!

Nuby UK Steriliser and Dryer

Nuby UK Steriliser and Dryer

Nuby UK Steriliser and Dryer

Nuby UK Steriliser and Dryer

We chose the the black version as the Tommee Tippee perfect prep we have is also black so I thought they’d match but it also comes in white. As the name suggests this clever product not only sterilises your bottles and breast pump it also dries them too! When I was only expressing to relieve pressure in the first few days of Johnny arriving, I didn’t bother to dry the pump properly as I wasn’t giving him the milk but I did notice the milk was really watery. However, now that I’m doing it properly I’m drying the pump and bottles in here, it’s a life saver when I’m on my own with Johnny. The product has three functions – sterilise only, sterilise and quick dry and sterilise and super dry. I’m never in a rush for the bottles as I have too many so I go for the super dry to save me drying with a tea towel as I find bits always transfer. You can easily see from the unit which option you’ve selected by the blue light.

Some sterilisers are really ugly and bulky but I love the sleek black design of this especially as most of my kitchen accessories are black so it doesn’t look out of place. The unit holds 5 bottles plus other accessories such as a breast pump. The best factor is that if you keep the lid closed the bottles stay sterile for 24 hours which is great as we don’t need all the bottles within a few hours time. It’s also compatible with all bottle types so don’t worry if you only have one brand and of course you can sterilise soothers in here too. If like me your baby hates being put down, you can easily use this one handed – it’s that simple. This has saved so much time already and will only be used more and more over the next few months as we try to get Johnny used to one or two bottles a day as well as breastfeeding. The giveaway is open to UK residents only and will be sent from Nuby UK.

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Have you tried anything from Nuby?

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