Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Gift for him | Cornerstone shaving box

Cornerstone box

When the nice people over at Cornerstone approached me to see if I wanted to review their shaving box in preparation for Christmas, I couldn't say no! As you can see from the pic on the right, hubby has a beard... and while he doesn't shave his whole face very often, he does need to shave the edges to keep it from taking over his face.

There's two ways you can use Cornerstone, as a subscription box, or as a gift box for someone. Each box comes with different skincare essentials, such as pre-shave face scrub, shave gel and post-shave balm. In the box is also a blade-cover for the razor, a set of 5 spare blades, and the razor itself (engraved) and pre-fitted with a blade.  For me, what really stood out (apart from how well presented this was) is the quality of the razor, it has such a lovely weight to it, and definitely doesn't feel cheap.

Cornerstone skincare

What is also boast-worthy is that their products are alcohol-free, BPA-free, paraben-free and contain no plastic microbeads AND their products aren't tested on animals - fantastic!

Cornerstone razor

Spare cornerstone razors

Cornerstone razor cover

You can select how often you shave, and they'll work out how often you'll need boxes - I selected that hubby doesn't shave often at all, and they recommended every 18 weeks (about every 4.5 months) for a box at £30 each time. The razor personalisation can take up to 3 initials too, I just opted for 2 for the hubby, CK.

I think this is a great gift for someone in your life who loves a bit of a pamper, hubby has loved having something arrive for him for a change :) And the quality of the razor really is lovely, such a simple shape, not fussy, but really nice quality.
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Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas presents with Wicked Uncle

Wicked Uncle toy banner
A little while ago the lovely elves over at Wicked Uncle approached me to see if I wanted to review a couple products on their site and see what it's like to use. What with Christmas looming, I jumped at the chance :) With £40 credit in my pocket, I opened up their site - the first thing you're greeted with is the different ways you can search for toys - so by gender, age or category (like 'explorer'). I went straight to toys for 3 year old's (can't remember if I selected boys... probably as there weren't any 'girly' toys that showed up).

Fireman mini story pompiers
Back of the box for the fireman mini story pompiers

I loved the range of toys available, there were so many that I knew Squidge would love, but a few I thought he might be a teeny bit young for, or not have the patience for. With that in mind, I picked toys I knew he'd love, based on how he currently plays. One thing he loves doing is pretending there's fires all around the house that he needs to go and put out, so the Fireman Mini Story Pompiers (£10.95*) I knew would be perfect, as there's a little cut-out wooden fire he can place around.

I also picked out a vehicle (he freakin' loves cars and diggers and tractors... anything with four wheels pretty much. It's by John Deere, a farm tractor with a farmer and some animals. They have places to sit and make noises, he'll love this :)

John Deere tractor and farmer with farm animals toy

Close up of the farmer and animals

Close up of where the animals go

It's possibly a bit young for him, but I think he'll love it all the same. He loves singing Old McDonald, so he'll like using this to sing the rhyme. This was £21.95*.

white chocolate snowmen

Last but not least, I picked some white chocolate snowmen as a stocking filler, now these I know will go down a treat and cost £4.95*.

I really like the selection of toys Wicked Uncle had, such a good variety, and no real 'duds' from appearance - I think this is down to them testing out all the products before they make their way onto the site. I'd definitely use Wicked Uncle again, I already have a few things picked out for Squidge and Dot for their birthdays (long wait!) next year.

The only real issue I had was finding where to put the voucher code... it wasn't obvious at all. I had to click on the total amount, which then opened up a window to put the code in. But that's not really a big deal!
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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Christmas flowers

Christmas bouquet from Prestige Flowers

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I'm a big fan of flowers. I buy them pretty much every week to decorate our dining table, and if the bunch is big enough, I'll split it to create another small arrangement for the kitchen window. I mostly go for simple bunches of roses from the local supermarket, but every now and then I splash out and get some beautiful stems from the local florist, and when I say splash out, I mean £20 for 6 roses!

You can imagine my excitement when Prestige Flowers got in contact to see if I'd like to review one of their Christmas bouquets - I pretty much squealed! I took at look at their Christmas arrangements and two immediately jumped out - the Festivity bouquet and the Winter Warmer bouquet (pictured). I had no idea which they'd send me, so I was very excited to open the box when it arrived, and was super happy when I saw it was the Winter Warmer bouquet :)

In the bouquet there's some greenery that's been sprayed copper, which I really love for an accent. In the bouquet you can expect white chrysanthemums, white lilies, avalanche roses and Christmas stars, as well as a variety of greenery.

Copper leaf detail
Copper star
Rose detail
Long shot of the bouquet
Close up of the bouquet

All the flowers in the box were in tact and un-damaged - no bad leaves, flowers, greenery etc, everything was perfect. It's a lovely full bunch too, jam packed. I absolutely love the quality of the roses too - a far cry from the cheap & cheerful supermarket roses I usually buy. These are large, full and in beautiful condition.

With the flowers they also sent me a lovely little vase that holds the arrangement really well, and a box of chocolates! Sadly, as I'm dairy-free I couldn't have any, however, the hubby demolished most of them (other than the fruity ones) and Squidge polished off the rest :) Hubby said the chocolates were delicious, and Squidge inhaled them without a second thought too.

Box of chocolates
Close up of the vase

The Winter Warmer bouquet is on offer at the moment starting from £24.99 - adding £10 if you opt for the large one (which I think mine probably is), add £5.99 if you want to add the vase too, and the chocolates are free.

What I've really loved about these, is how it's opened my mind to treating myself to a proper bouquet like this a little more often - they're only a few ££ more than the stems I buy from my local florist now and then, and this is a full blown bouquet. I also really like that these would make a beautiful centrepiece for the Christmas dinner table and could easily be split up to make a couple smaller arrangements. 
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Sunday, 19 November 2017

A little life update | Learning to Drive & YouTube

Our week in pictures

YouTube

This week has seen me return to YouTube. I've been missing it for ages, but just recently I really began to miss it. I don't have a decent vlogging camera (I'm using my iPhone 8 plus) but didn't want that to hold me back. The first video I filmed was a toy review of the Thomas the tank engine MINIS motorised track (also reviewed on the blog here) and the 2nd video was a proper follow-me-around style vlog, I'm hoping to do one each of those a week, not that I live a particularly exciting life :P 

Driving

This coming week also see's me starting to learn to drive at the ripe old age of 38! I had a few lessons when I was 19 and loved it, but I moved away to go to uni and didn't pick them back up again. But now I'm home full time with the kiddies, I feel really disconnected and stuck by not driving, so I'm determined to learn and to nail it, I've even picked out a little car (a 2007 Volkswagen Polo - we'll see if it's still for sale if and when I pass my test). I'm going to be having a 1 hr lesson one week, and the next week I'll have 2 lessons (1 x 1 hr and 1 x 2 hr) as my driving instructor only works every other Saturday. I'm really hoping I get on as well as I did when I learned when I was 19. There's so many things I want to do, I want to be able to just jump in the car and go to IKEA, or Dyffryn Gardens, or visiting family/friends etc.

Baking - new traditions

I've started baking with Squidge each weekend too, he loves helping :) It's nothing fancy, all we've done so far are Betty Crocker cake mixes, lol, but I want to do lots of other fun things too - we've started with these as they're dairy and soya free.

How's Dot?

Dot is doing great. We've now been exclusively breastfeeding for 3 months which I'm really proud of as I never managed it with Squidge. He's thriving and sits between the 75th and 91st percentile lines. He's really big for his age... clothes-wise, I've started buying size 6-9 months clothes as he's outgrowing his 3-6 months size, despite him only just being 3 months old! I did save all of Squidge's old clothes for him, but all the 6-9 month clothes are shorts and t-shirts as Squidge was 8 months old when in that size making it Summer!

I'm still not getting much sleep. Dot did do about 10 days of sleeping through the night when he was 7 weeks old, but since then he's only done it once or twice and he's now 13 weeks old. In all honesty, I don't mind getting up in the night to feed him - the thing I find most frustrating is it taking me an hour of getting him to sleep and putting him down, to actually get him to stay asleep, On a typical night I'm getting to sleep about 1:45am - then I'm up again about 4am and 6 or 7am. But I've gone back to falling asleep while feeding him at 4am and waking up 2 hrs later with him asleep laying across my lap with my arm under his head... not good really... I'm freezing as I'm not under the covers, and Dot then wakes as soon as I put him down in his cot.

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Thomas & Friends MINIS Motorised raceway

thomas & friends minis motorised raceway

Last week Squidge came down with a virus, boo, yet another illness on his poorly streak. He stayed home from nursery on Friday and while we were at home we had an exciting delivery. The lovely people over at Fisher Price had kindly sent us the Thomas & Friends MINIS motorised raceway to review! Lucky Squidge!

setting the toy up

Being a bad blogger, I don't have any pictures of the box, I know, very bad blogger! I did however video the unboxing and first impressions which is now on YouTube (embedded below).

the instructions

The set comes with 2 x Thomas & Friends MINIS - Thomas and James. You need to make sure you have 3 x AA batteries and a small phillips screwdriver to be able to put this together. In the box was an assortment of parts, a couple stickers and a picture-led instruction sheet on assembling it.

the loop-the-loop

Once I put the video camera down, I managed to put it together in about 10 mins - it was really simple to follow the instructions, but I'd recommend a grown up putting it together if you have toddlers.

As soon as it was put together, Squidge instantly loved it. He kept saying to me 'such a cool toy mummy!' and even said at one point that it was his new favourite :) The toy/pieces felt really well made, very solid. You flip a switch at the bottom and the track starts moving to take the trains up the vertical slope. Then depending on which way you have the track-router set at the top, the trains will go down one of 3 routes - one turns them upside down, one loops the loop and one is an 's' shape. Squidge's favourite was the loop the loop (or, doop da doop as Squidge says).

close up of cranky

He played with this for hours and loved switching the track to send them off in different directions. He didn't get frustrated with it, just played happily. The only thing we didn't like about it was the loud clicking noise it was making - as time went on it happened less and less - I think something was getting jammed, it seems to have passed for the most part now anyway.

One of the really nice things about this if you're considering getting it as a Christmas present, is that the little trains (MINIS) in the Thomas & Friends MINIS advent calendar will all work with this. We've already bought that for Squidge, so I think by the time Christmas arrives, the motorised raceway is going to be very busy!

trains whizzing around the track

The RRP for this toy is £44.99 (although Smyths has it on offer for £24.99 at the moment!) and is suitable for children aged 3+.



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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Smokey vegetable rice | Dairy free

smokey vegetable rice

As Dot as a cows milk protein allergy, I've cut out all dairy from my diet, and as a precaution, soya too (they often react to both). What it's meant is that I'm cooking a lot more meals from scratch, which is great! I've struggled to find good recipes online for dairy and soy free that's non-vegan, so I've been making a lot of meals up. I thought I'd start sharing some of them on here in case it helps to inspire anyone else.

Ingredients

1 cup/portion of basmati rice
1-2 tsp smoked paprika
1 large white onion, diced
2 slices chopped ham or any other meat you like (chicken thighs work great in this)
handful of halved baby plum tomatoes
extra virgin olive oil
knorr vegetable stock pot

Method

1. Cook the basmati rice with the vegetable stock pot
2. Heat up some oil in a frying pan, chop the onion and start cooking. Once the onion is just starting to brown, add the paprika
3. Half the tomatoes and add them to the onions, and add the meat, add more oil if needed, and season well with salt and pepper
4. When the rice is cooked, drain it and add it to the frying pan, combine it until all the rice has changed colour to help absorb the flavour, and serve

I really liked this with some white pepper on top, and a little squirt of Hellman's full fat mayonnaise (dairy free, but obviously contains egg).

Don't be afraid to add more smoked paprika, it doesn't have too much heat, but it packed with lovely smokey flavour. I created this recipe to use things up in the fridge, so you could add anything to it. It'd be lovey with broccoli and red pepper too. I've also made it with a couple cloves of chopped garlic, that worked really well too.
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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Giorgio Armani Sky di Gioia

Giorgio Armani Sky di Gioia perfume

In the Summer, Giorgio Armani launched a new perfume, Sky di Gioia. It's a beautiful delicate fruity and floral scent, just like you might imagine being perfect for hot Summer days. It was inspired by pink sunrises over the ocean. Needless to say, I was pretty happy when this beautiful scent landed on my doorstep. 

The reason I'm sharing this now and not a couple months ago, is because for me, I think this is the perfect time of year for this scent, as we transition from Summer to Autumn. The scent brings back memories of hot summer days as you head out in boots and scarf, kicking up piles of leaves as you walk. It has a lovely warmth to it too, making it the perfect transitional scent.

The cost is about typical of a higher end fragrance, £48 for 30ml, £66 for 50ml or £79 for 100ml, you can buy it direct from the Giorgio Armani site, or places like Boots/Fragrance shops etc.

What's your favourite Summer to Autumn scent?
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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Squidge's bedtime reads | October

A picture of childrens books Zog, Keith the cat in the magic hat and Don't let the pigeon drive the bus

I thought I'd start a new feature on Pixiedoes. Squidge loves stories, he loves having stories read to him at bedtime (and the rest of the day), but his favourites change pretty frequently, so I thought I'd start a monthly favs of Squidge's favourite reads.

Zog

a page from zog
This is actually an old favourite of his. I bought him the board book of this when he was a baby, and about 6-12 months ago he really liked Daddy reading it to him as he was finishing his dinner in the evening. Then recently as a gift we were bought the big book version of it - so now we have a copy for upstairs and downstairs (I did try to get him to take a copy to his nanny and grandad's where he spends 2 days a week, but no he wants to keep it downstairs, who am I to argue!). Now we have one upstairs, he asks for it most bedtimes.

We're pretty big fans of Julia Donaldson here, we have over half her books and Squidge absolutely loves them.

Zog is the story of a dragon, a dragon who really wants to earn a golden star. Each year the teacher teaches them something new like breathing fire, and gets them to go and practice. Eventually Zog befriends a princess and a knight and finds himself a new career.  I'm really not doing it justice! It's a good story, and Alex Scheffler does a wonderful job illustrating it.

Keith the cat with a magic hat

A page from keith the cat with the magic hat
This was another present and it's been an absolute hit! Keith is a cat who has an ice cream land on his head (oops). To save face, he tells his cat friends it's a magic hat and not just an ice cream. Through a series of consequences, his cat friends believe it really is a magic hat until they find themselves chased up a tree by a dog!

It's a lovely story, beautifully illustrated and perfect for pre-schoolers.

Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!

a page from don't let the pigeon drive the bus
This really is a funny book. It's written from the perspective of the bus driver, and then the pigeon. It talks directly to the reader and encourages you to answer (which I love)! I really like books that are different, and this really is. From the illustration style, to the way you read the book, it's really unusal but very engaging. Squidge really loves it, especially the bit where we shout 'LET ME DRIVE THE BUS!' - thanks to that it was an instant hit :) 



I wonder what will be Squdige's favourites next month? Do you have any recommendations?
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Friday, 20 October 2017

Squidge's 3 year update

Squidge looking out of a train window

It's official, I'm a mummy to a 3 year old! Where did those 3 years go? I honestly feel like the luckiest mummy in the world, Squidge is the loveliest boy, he's kind, caring, sweet, funny and beautiful. He makes me so proud to be his mummy every day.

Speech

I thought I'd kick off with this as it's the only thing holding him back at the moment. His vocabulary is excellent as is his understanding, but his pronunciation still isn't great. A couple weeks ago he went to see a speech therapist to be assessed, and she said he has 'disordered speech'. So she's drawing up a treatment plan for him. It's the back of the mouth sounds he has the biggest problem with, the front sounds he's mostly fine with. Hopefully his first session will be soon and I really hope it helps. He starts the rising 3's in January and hopefully it'll be in a Welsh medium school, so it'll be really really beneficial for him to be able to say the right sounds.

Feeding

It's becoming a bit of a headache. He's never been a great eater, but he's becoming more fussy as he's getting older. Refusing to try new foods (even the tiniest taste to see if he likes it) and only sticking to what he knows. Meals are also taking aages, with him taking around an hour to eat a small bowl of food.  He's been quite poorly recently and every time he's poorly, he stops eating. As a result, he's lost quite a lot of weight, and is starting to worry me. I really need to try and fatten him up a little as he's really really lean - a couple more colds and he'll be in danger of becoming underweight.

Saying that, the last couple days he's actually eaten really well, which is so lovely to see him with an appetite :) 

Clothes

He's really in a mix of sizes at the moment - his pants are for age 2-3 and I think he'll be staying in that size for quite a while as his hips are really small. Trousers/jeans he's in a combination of size 2-3, and some 3-4 - the problem he has is that a lot of the size 3-4 are great in length for him, but they fall down on him because of his little hips and bottom. Tops he's definitely fully in 3-4 now, especially with his big head :) I'm not buying as many clothes for him from John Lewis any more - I still love their clothes, but I find often the head holes are a little small. Instead I've been buying from M&S, F&F at Tesco, Asda and Mothercare.

Development

His imagination is fantastic, I absolutely love watching him play. One of the presents I got for him for his 3rd Birthday was the Playmobil take along dolls house - he really likes this and it really plays to his imagination. It's just a delight to watch him play and create little scenarios for the characters. He even got one to ask the other one to be best friends the other day, like omg, I nearly died of a cuteness overload!

He loves being read stories, and now remembers them so that when he leafs through the pages, he can say the story out loud. He's loving nursery rhymes too - his favourites at the moment is 3 little ducks and the abc song, and oh my gosh he's cute singing them with his cute little voice!

He's been able to count 1-10 for a while, but by himself has started picking up 11-20 and even surprised me yesterday when I got to 21 he said 'twenty two' for the next number, I was amazed!

We gave up dummies a few months ago now and he's not once asked for them since the dummy fairy came, I've been so impressed in how he's dealt with this. He's also now fully potty trained - I'll write a separate post on our journey with that.

All in all he's thriving. He's such a loving big brother, he brings us so much joy, happiness and laughter. Spending time with him really is a treat :) 
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Thursday, 19 October 2017

My breastfeeding journey

Me breastfeeding Dot in public for the first time

If you've followed me for a long time, you might remember that I wrote about my breastfeeding journey with Squidge about 3ish years ago over on mummy-pixie. It didn't go well, he couldn't latch and I really had no idea what I was doing. Looking back now, I'm pretty sure he had a tongue tie, but I didn't even know about that then.

This time I was determined to breastfeed and make it work, and luckily for me, Dot is able to. But it hasn't been an easy journey.

The first couple weeks

These were tough. When he was about 2 weeks old, I got mastitis in the left breast, as well as blocked ducts which meant I couldn't express off the milk in my engorged breast, and I had a cracked nipple which wasn't only bleeding, but had puss coming out of it, I know, TMI, sorry about that!

Because of that, feeding on the left breast was an absolute no go, and for a couple weeks I fed from the right breast only. He seemed to be getting enough milk for the most part, but we were still needing to do the odd formula top-up - this was mostly the midnight feed, there just never seemed to be enough milk in my boobs for him. The problem with the formula is that he almost always threw it up... and it bloody stank like gone-off milk, yuck!

At about this stage I joined a couple breastfeeding Facebook groups, and that alone saved my breastfeeding journey. There were things Dot was doing that I didn't understand, but there's so much knowledge in these groups that they were able to explain it to me.  For example, the newborn cluster feeding where they're literally on the breast all day and night. I assumed I wasn't producing enough milk and would have to give up. That's not the case at all, that's the baby 'putting in an order' with your milk supply ready for the next day or couple days etc. By the baby being on the breast (whether getting milk or not) my body was learning that it needed to produce more milk, then the days after that were easier as the supply was increased.

He still doesn't latch that well, sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't, but most of the time it doesn't hurt either. The only time feeding hurts any more is if my breasts have become engorged, then they become quite tender all over. 

Sleeping...

When Squidge was 8 weeks old, he started sleeping through the night, at least until the 4 month sleep regression hit! I've never expected Dot to do this as he's breastfed, and typically breastfed babies are more likely to wake at night. 

However, at 6 weeks old I grudgingly introduced a dummy - he was using my breast as a soother. If I didn't have any other children I'd have happily let him carry on, however, when I'm also looking after a 3 year old, having to wipe his bottom after the toilet several times a day, I can't let the baby use me as a soother, I need to be mobile. So I tried him with a dummy. 

That day, the day I introduced it, he napped the best ever (during the day) and hasn't napped that well since! He was having good 2 hr naps in the bouncer, leaving me free to spend time doing crafts with Squidge. However, most of the time Dot refuses the dummy, he only seems to accept it if he's really tired, and most of the time, at night only. But that brings other issues, like waking 10 times a night because the dummy has fallen out of his mouth. 

That's all well and good in the moses basket as I can just lean over. But in the next couple days, Dot will be in a proper cot as he's too big for his moses basket now. That means getting out of bed a lot of times a night! It's either that, or get him up and feed him (if we take the dummy away).... what to do?

I'm also pretty proud to say that since about week 4, Dot hasn't had any formula, he's now exclusively breastfed :) That midnight feed my boobs didn't seem to produce enough for, I just stayed up really late one night with him on the breast (putting the order in!) and after that it's been fine :) 

A rash on Dot's chest from the dairy allergy

It does also look like he has a diary allergy (CMPA - cows milk protein allergy). He had most of the symptoms (rash, arching and screaming on the breast, lots of wind, very vinegary poops and lots of them especially when feeding, and loads more) apart from weight loss, but as he was using me as a soother, he was getting plenty of milk. 

To see if that's what was bothering him, over 2 weeks ago I cut dairy out of my diet (something I never thought I'd be able to do!) and this past few days I've really noticed a difference (it takes 2 weeks for the protein to leave your system). His rash has gone, he doesn't cry on the breast very often or arching his back, not as much wind and his poops smell normal.  I'll test again when he's closer to 6 months old (I'll have a small glass of milk or something) and see how he copes with that. He *should* grow out of it, fingers crossed he does anyway!

8 weeks in and we're doing great, I'm just so pleased I've been able to do this for him :) 
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Mummy of two | The first 6 weeks

Mummy of two

I've officially been a mummy of two for 6 weeks now, and I honestly feel like I've won the lottery. How did I get this lucky, to be the mummy of two wonderful little boys. Don't get me wrong, it's been far from easy, but we've taken the challenges on and are doing well.

Sleeping... lol

Dot with a dummy
Yeah funny title when you have a newborn! My sleep at night is sparse, much more sparse than when we had Squidge. Dot is breastfed and comforts on the boob. Typically, we'll go up to bed about 11:30 and I'll feed him then. He either goes to sleep well at that point, until about 2:30am, or he'll stay awake right through to that feed and until about 3-4am. The problem is, he hates his moses basket, and at 6 weeks old has nearly outgrown it! I can put him down in it fast asleep, and within 1-2 mins he'll be fully wide awake and alert.

Then what typically happens, the feed about 2:30am, he'll have that and we both fall asleep either as the feed ends or during the feed. I wake up at like 5am with him lying across my lap and my arm under his head (supporting it) and me sat up and dozing. Then as soon as I transfer him to the moses basket, he wakes and is ready for his next feed.  So, I'm not getting much sleep at all, maybe 2-3 hrs a night at most, but I'm functioning quite well on it too :) 

Today however, I caved. I caved and gave him a dummy, something I was desperately hoping to avoid. But my goodness, he's a different baby with it. He's not soothing on me anymore. If I didn't have Squidge to look after too, I'd happily let Dot soothe on me, but when I need to be mobile to look after the toddler, I just can't. As a result, Dot has slept in his bouncer today (he's only previously managed half hr in it!), he's fed better off me (had a good full feed that didn't take too long), and seems happier.

Diet changes

Dot chest rash
We think Dot has a dairy allergy. He definitely has silent reflux, but we think that in itself is a symptom of the dairy allergy. He screams on the boob while arching his back and bringing his knees up, spits up feeds a lot, is very sleepy and struggles to stay awake for feeds, has had a chest rash, has lots of explosive poops which smelled really vinegary. So, I've cut out dairy and soya from my diet. Today is day 5 of that and I'm starting to see some changes in him. His poops no longer smell of vinegar, and he's not screaming on the boob as much. He did a lot last night, but he seemed to have some trapped wind.

They say that cows milk protein stays in your system for up to 2 weeks, so I'm not expecting to see any drastic changes until then. If I need to cut out eggs too I'll try that, but only after a good month of being dairy free. 

Breastfeeding

Dot breastfeeding
This is actually going really well! We had some struggles if you remember (mastitis, blocked ducts and a cracked nipple) but overcame them, and more recently he's been struggling to feed on that same left boob. I took him along to a breastfeeding support group who helped me with the positioning, and now he's feeding on the boob much better, whoop! My supply seems ok for the most part, unless he's grazing lots, then he struggles to get enough milk. I'm just so pleased I'm able to do this for him, despite the constant milk patches down my top after a feed :P

Weight

Dot in Squidge's bed
Well, he's a big strapping baby that's for sure! He's gaining almost 1lb a week! He was weighed on Tuesday at a whopping 12lb 13.5 oz at 6 weeks old (for comparison, Squidge was 12 weeks old when he reached 12 lbs). He's in size 3-6 month clothes for the most part, some larger 0-3 months babygrows still fit him). He's 91st percentile for height, head circumference and weight which is great. He certainly doesn't look chubby, he looks pretty normal, with creases in the right places :)

Squidge

Squidge in his rubble hoodie
I don't want to miss Squidge out :) He's doing well, in fact, it's his 3rd birthday tomorrow :) He still has speech issues (pronunciation) and will be seeing a speech therapist next week about it. He makes us laugh every day with the things he comes out with and his cheeky beautiful little smile. He's taken to being a big brother so well, he's so caring and loving. He's absolutely nailed potty training too, it's just a shame that he has an tummy bug at the moment (lots of poops every day...). He's just a delight, I can't wait to see what the next year brings for this little chap :)

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