Monday, 23 May 2016

Six month baby update

Having a baby the first six months
It's been a while since I wrote about Noah (the last time was six weeks in, if you haven't read my first six weeks post have a look here). 

Where did the last six months go! I blinked and they flew by. One thing for sure is he's gotten very big (I now have biceps that a Grecian wrestler would be proud of from all the lugging around I do) and it's true what people say they grow in front of your eyes. Each day he can do something new, current talents, he can roll over, sit upright, has developed quite the little cheeky character and flirts with every lady he sees. He also has a penchant for stealing other babies toys that he has taken a liking too. 
Having a baby
His blue eyes are very characterful and give away exactly what he is thinking. He's a real socialite interacting, cooing and babbling with anyone who comes into view. 

He has also just started eating and as the child of a foodie has quite the appetite. Current favourites include carrot and parsnip, sweet potato, pea and broccoli and peaches, banana and strawberry. 
Baby weaning
He is however a very messy eater, so we will need to work on his table manners. 
Six month baby update
I can't wait to be able to cook more for him as he experiments with food. Who knows I might even do a weaning post with some recipes.  

I absolutely love being a mummy, the love I have for Noah is overwhelming, there really isn't anything I wouldn't do to make our little man happy. I won't lie it is bloody hard work and there have been many moments of self doubt and wondering if I'm cut out for what sometimes feels like the hardest job in the world. The hours are long, there isn't any free time for good behaviour and I get hardly any sleep. 

Noah had really bad reflux, so on a good night he slept about six hours maximum and this is in one hour fifty stints so my sleep was really broken. He wakes at five thirty and that's it, he wants to be up. I regularly go two nights a week with little to no sleep. You'll be amazed to learn that you can still function, and have a sense of humour with it.

You will meet parents who seem to have it all, the perfect birth, a baby that sleeps, is the first to do everything and you will feel sometimes like you have done something wrong. You haven't, babies are all different, will do things at different points and trust me they all have their moments.

Noah has quite the social life with lots of activities during the week, favourites have been Hartbeeps, which is a musical, singing and interactive play session.

Baby actiivties
Other highlights are sing and sign and swimming. There are wonderful sessions at local churches and libraries too. Unsure what your local area does get on google or join your local NCT

Finding any time for yourself as a mummy is impossible, my hair, nails and fitness have all gone to pot. I have however found Jelly Belly, a buggy fitness programme which for an hour each week means I can attempt to do some fitness and keep my sanity (that is if Noah doesn't try and play sabotage!).

I'm really looking forward to the next six months of exciting adventures that await us and watching my little man grow and develop. 

Thank you all for your love, support and interest during his first few months. 

Next week I will be sharing some tips on what I have learnt in the first six months of being a parent. If you have any advice or tips you would like to share do so in the comments below.  
Having a baby

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Monday, 2 May 2016

My Little Box - March

My Little Box
So far I've received five My Little Subscription Boxes, I've been really impressed with the variety of beauty and lifestyle surprises received. If you haven't read my earlier posts reviewing the first three boxes have a look here and here

Each month the My Little Box takes on a different theme. March's theme was that of bubbles, the box and all the items enclosed embraced all things big, bubbly and bright. 
My Little Box
The box design screams the eighties, retro roller-skates, pastel colours, backcombed hair and LA Gear trainers to me. 

Contained in the box was a sample size Givenchy's Noir Couture Volume Mascara. The full size comes in blue and black costing £25. 
Givenchy's Noir Couture Volume Mascara
The first thing I noticed on opening the mascara was the innovative brush shape, it might look a little odd but one thing is for sure it definitely adds volume and length. It really helped to plumb and define my lashes.
Givenchy's Noir Couture Volume Mascara
I loved this sample, it's the perfect size for travelling and has a lovely rich formula adding an intense shade of black. I have been faithful to my Yves Saint Laurent mascara for many years but I will definitely be buying the Givenchy when it runs out.

The next beauty offering you could easily mistake for the Beauty Blender but you would be wrong, this is produced by My Little Corner and will hopefully prove to be its better mini cousin (worth £7). 
Beauty Blender
Whilst this is the perfect size product for travelling, I personally found the density of the sponge too difficult to smoothly apply foundation, even when wet. But I'm sure with a bit of perseverance my technique will improve.   

Next up was Bubble Blush (worth £10), a lovely pink colour that can be used as both a lip and cheek tint. 
Liquid Blush

Now I'm not normally a fan of tints as the consistency is too runny, this however has a lovely creamy consistency and the perfect shade for summer. 

Next up a sample size of the cult soap free cleansing wash Garancia Pschitt Magic
Face wash
This year it celebrates ten years and I can easily see how this is a favourite product of many. As you know I like beauty products that are hassle free and this ticks those boxes, just wet your face pump the soft mouse and gently wash over your face. 

I have nearly used up the whole of this sample and it has done wonders to remove my dead skin and best of all is suitable for my sensitive skin. This is a definite repurchase. 
I can never have too many brushes round the house, as I am constantly loosing them. The inclusion of this pastel blue brush was very welcomed (worth £11).
hair brush
I doubt very much that it will help with the bad hair days but it looks lovely. 

Overall another wonderful box, next month will be the penultimate on the current subscription. The My Little Box is £11 a month plus £3.95 postage and packaging.

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