Friday, 19 December 2014

Getting crafty with Baker Ross


For the festive season, we were kindly sent some crafty bits to do from Baker Ross which I was glad about, as occupying Sienna these days takes a lot.. she is constantly the go and asking for 'something fun' to do. 

Well, these definitely hit the fun button, Sienna was very excited to see her table full of glittery card, googly eyes and sticky gingerbread men and she got stuck in. We did the Gingerbread house magnet kit first and I'm so pleased with how it turned out, it was easy for Sienna to do herself, sticking everything on (although she had a little help doing the photo and magnets) and it looks really good! We didn't have any up to date photos so we had to use one of her when she was younger but it still looks great I think and these would make perfect gifts to family from toddlers. 

Next we did some of the baubles cards which we got a bit carried away with.. we forgot to take any snaps of our process but we did get one of the finished cards.. how fab do they look! Again Sienna had a little help from me (I did the squiggles of glitter glue) but other than that, it was all her. I think they're so cute! I did try to explain that all the sticky things were to make more gingerbread houses but she wasn't having any of it so I let her use them for the cards.. I guess there is no rules when it comes to crafting and toddlers!

We haven't got round to making any of the pom pom decorations yet but I am sure they will look great when we do! They look so fun :)


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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Goodies from Asda


I received a cute little package from Asda on Saturday so I thought I'd share it with you. We were sent these gorgeous decorations to add to our Christmas tree and I adore them! The one on the left is the Glass encrusted tear drop* and the right one is the Pinecone decoration*, I think they are gorgeous and they fit our rustic decor theme of reds and gold really well. They look brilliant on our tree with the rest of our decorations! They also popped in a few extra goodies, a set of nspa body butters and a hot chocolate mug set which will be perfect for a little pamper session one evening next week!


Have you got any of your tree decorations from Asda? If so, which ones? 

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Getting pregnant fast


Following on from yesterday's post, I wanted to talk a bit about what the doctor said to me when we got the results of the post mortem on Rocco. He said that most of the women he see's that miscarry tend to be the ones that get pregnant quickly. Exactly like me.. I can get pregnant just like that but I can't keep them. This is mainly why we decided to wait a bit before trying again, as I didn't want to get pregnant straight away and it happen again. Of course, there is no saying that it won't happen if you take ages to fall pregnant but generally, you have a stronger baby. 

I have never used ovulation tests before but I think after the wedding, we do plan on trying for another baby and hope we do fall quickly (but with a strong baby) as we would have waited over 2 years by then! I may give ovulation kits a go then, I feel like next time we need to do everything 'properly'. 

Knowing your ovulation is the greatest and number one key to getting pregnant fast. Trying to conceive without knowing when your ovulation day is, is like looking for a needle in a haystack. How do you pinpoint your ovulation then? One way to check for ovulation is through an ovulation predictor kit or an OPK. An ovulation predictor kit or an OPK is a one step tool to check ovulation. It’s almost similar to the pregnancy tests except that it detects ovulation instead of pregnancy. It checks for the surge of the LH or the luteinizing hormone which is responsible in stimulating ovulation, according to www.pregnancytips.org. A woman usually ovulates midway through her cycle with cycle day 1 as the first day of her menstrual period. If you have a regular 28 day cycle, you are most like to ovulate around day 14. To ensure that you don’t miss the surge, you may start using the OPK around day 7 or 8 until you get a positive result. Two dark lines means you are ovulating and that’s the best time to baby dance for more chances of getting pregnant. As a first course of action by a fertility doctor, many woman are prescribed Clomid. Clomid acts to stimulate ovulation, so tracking your ovulation especially if you are on doctor-prescribed course of Clomid is keenly important to make sure you can time baby-making just right.

Like I said yesterday, it's still a little scary the thought of getting pregnant but I'm hoping when we feel ready, that excitement will come back!



Did you use ovulation tests/kits? Do you think they helped?

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Ted Baker Charm and Beauty purse



If you're still looking for Christmas gift ideas, this set from Ted Baker is gorgeous! This is the Ted Baker Charm and Beauty purse* and it includes the cosmetic bag, hand cream, body spray, candle and a little tin lip balm. The print of the bag/packaging is gorgeous and girly and the products have a sweet, feminine smell to them as well. It's the perfect pampering set for girlie girls and is available exclusively from Boots for only £12! 


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Broody?

Lately I have been feeling a little bit broody again, but it feels weird. It feels different this time. I feel broody and then remember what happened with Rocco and freak out. The fear of ever being pregnant again is quite overwhelming.. the thought of having to spend 9 months living in fear is a thought that will never be easy and I don't think we will ever be ready to take that journey 100%.

Sienna newborn.

But that journey will happen. 

We are sure we want to try for another baby but not yet. We have decided no babies before the wedding but hopefully as soon as the wedding is over, we will both feel ready to see what happens. 

It may seem like we have 'forgotten' Rocco easily but we haven't forgotten him at all and there isn't a day I don't think about him or wonder what he would have looked like, sounded like, slept like...
It feels odd we don't already have two babies in our house. When I got pregnant the first time this year in February, the baby was due around the end Oct/beginning of November and ever since Sienna's 2nd birthday, I feel like I have really felt the loss of our pregnancies even more so. Christmas I feel is going to be even harder as with all 3 pregnancies that have happened this year (feb, june, july), I should have a new tiny squishy baby or been at least 6 months pregnant.

I find myself when I'm out shopping or on a walk with Sienna, thinking 'that should be me' when I see  another mum with a toddler and newborn/bump. I find myself in the house playing with Sienna thinking we should have a new baby to play with or a big bump to look after. I also get scared of strangers making comments like 'soon be time for another one' when we're out and about. It has happened once so far and I smile and say 'soon' but walk away and feel a bit heartbroken if I'm honest. I feel like strangers look at us and think we are 'mean' for having her as an only child, but they don't know we haven't tried 3 times this year already.

But we have hope that the right time will come. Sienna will be the best big sister when the time comes wether it's 3 years or 13. We just need to get to there...

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If you follow The Radford Family on Facebook, you will know that they went through the same thing with their Alfie. I have so much admiration for Sue Radford, she carried on filming, looking after her kids and herself all while dealing with the grief of losing her baby. It's a hard thing to do.. I struggled to just look after myself, Sienna and Warren, let alone if I had 16 other kids. And now they have just announced they are pregnant with baby number 18.. amazing! She is an inspiration to anyone who has been through this and I wish them all the luck in the world. Atterley road asked me to share who is my inspirational #ARWOMAN and I definitely choose Sue. Find out more about their campaign on their blog and also let them know who your #ARWOMAN is on Twitter & Instagram


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