Tuesday, 13 March 2012

36 weeks

Another week has come to an end and it means I'm only two days away from meeting baby.  I had my 36 week midwife check up last Thursday and it felt quite strange as I am now under the care of a new community midwife and it was only the second time we had met. So seemed quite strange that the next time I will see her will be after baby's arrived.

In all my pregnancies I have suffered with low blood pressure but over the last few appointments I've noticed it was coming back up to the normal range.  At Thursday's appointment I mentioned I had noticed this and the midwife said she had too and it was a good sign!  She also commented how much my bump appeared to have dropped since she had seen me a fortnight earlier.  When she measured me I was measuring a week behind my dates but said this was normal as baby now very low in my pelvis.  I was asked if I had packed my hospital bags yet and I told her not yet!  So was told I had better get it packed as soon as possible!! oops.  I told her about the strong braxton (practise contractions) and back ache I had been experiencing and she told me they were all the more reason to get my bags packed in case labour starts early.  We then went through the appointments I have to attend before baby arrives and my birth plan.  I have to go into the hospital the two mornings prior to my c-section in order to have steroid injections as a precaution for baby's lungs and also to have my pre-op appointment.  There seems an awful lot to pack into this week.  

Much to dad of three's relief I finally packed my hospital bags at the weekend, he's also been worried baby may try and make an early appearance due to the pains I've been experiencing!  I also did a deep clean of most of the house so that all that dad of three will need to do for at least the first week after baby arrives is hoover and wipe surfaces! I also did lots of ironing and washing again in the hope of making the first week easier for everyone.  Although my mother-in-law will be arriving the afternoon before to help with the boys and staying until the weekend and she will help out lots but I don't feel right asking her to deep clean for me as well.  Saturday morning I actually was allowed to stay in bed and rest for as long as I wanted as dad of three wanted to make sure I didn't over do things!! thankfully I turn my mobile to silent at night so I'm not disturbed.  Good thing I did as for some reason my mum rang me eight times in 25 minutes, left on answer phone message telling me to answer my phone and a text message with the same message!! I really wouldn't mind but she had been telling me how tired I looked the day before and to rest plus she lives about 400 yards down the road so if she was that worried she could walk here!! When I rang her back she seemed so surprised that I was actually sleeping! So I asked her wanted to be told she wanted to know what vegetables we wanted for Sunday lunch the following day! there was me thinking there was something wrong!!!

Yesterday morning Rowan woke up with a raised red rash on both cheeks.  So it was off to the doctors again to get him checked as I wanted to make sure what ever it was, was not contagious with the new baby arriving this week.  Unfortunately his chest infection is back, so we managed a week without antibiotics this time! Doctor thought the rash was related to the reoccurring infections so gave me some cream to use.  She did say that he would be fine to go to meithrin as was not contagious and felt running around would do him good.  I then decided to ask about the nebulizer that I had spoken about a fortnight ago with one of the other doctors.  I was told that I would have to purchase a nebulizer myself as they prefer not to have them used.  I asked is she had read the notes and explained that following our trip to hospital last month Rowan refused to use his inhaler and spacer (the action the doctor's would prefer) and that two other doctor's at the practise had agreed best course of action was a nebulizer for Rowan as he had responded well to it when had the use of one a fortnight ago.  I explained I still had one of the health centre's nebulizer and due to his reoccurant infections I would not be returning it to them at present!  I was completely shocked that I was expected to buy a nebulizer myself for Rowan who clearing needs one for the treatment of his asthma.  I asked how much a nebulizer cost and was told under £100. I explained to the doctor that with the new baby arriving in a few days I just did not have that money spare at present and I would be in touch after baby's arrived to discuss further.  When I told dad of three what had been said he wasn't best pleased either nor were my parents!.  I attempted to take Rowan to meithrin

This morning I had to make the two hour round trip to the hospital for the first of my two steroid injections for baby's lungs.  Rowan was going to my parents for time I was at the hospital and he was really pleased to see his dadcu (grandad) When I got to the ward they seemed surprised to see me and I had to wait for ten minutes in the day room.  I was then taken into a side room and given the injection.  I won't lie to you it really hurt and I've a lovely bruise to show for it already!  The midwife did worry me though as she made a comment about not promising a c-section on Thursday as it would depend on the special care unit and the ward!  I looked at her and explained I would be 37 +1 weeks on Thursday and was having my c-section due to it being my fourth baby and also that they estimated her to be a good weight so the injections were just a precaution!  She apologised and said she would see on on the ward on Thursday morning but I would be seen on the day unit tomorrow.  I got the impression she just had not read my notes and had seen the steroid injections and presumed there was a problem!  I did ring my mum though to double check I was right it was just a precaution and they were not anticipating any problems, as she had been at the last consultants appointment with me.  She confirmed I was right and said the midwife had been thrown as hadn't expected me!! 

So tomorrow I have to go back for another injection and my pre-op appointment.  My mother in law will be arriving and it will be our last night as a family of 5!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

HIPP Organic Baby club and HIPP Organic stage one giveaway

When I was pregnant with the boys I joined every baby club available and rejoined them with each pregnancy.  This time around however I have only rejoined some of them this time around.  One of those I have rejoined is the HIPP Baby Club.

The HIPP organic website provides a wealth of information from pregnancy right through to when baby is nine months plus.  They have some great recipe ideas suitable for eating in pregnancy, a due date calculator, a week by week pregnancy guide to information on foods that should be avoided in pregnancy.  Once baby has arrived their guide continues with baby's development, breastfeeding and bottle feeding information and more recipes for mums.  They even have information on colic and reflux. Then when baby is ready to be weaned they have some helpful advice regarding weaning and ideas for first foods.  Why not pop over and have a look for Hipp Organic and sign up for the baby club.

They also have a lovely forum where you can chat with other mums to be and mums.  When you join their baby club you will receive a range of items including free HIPP Organic samples and money off coupons, a very handy room thermometer, first year record book along with regular emails from HIPP.  When the boys were being weaned not only did I make my own purees but I also used HIPP Organic baby jars when going out and about as they were very convenient and I knew I could trust what was being put into the jar. 

HIPP Organic have very kindly provided me with a goody bag containing some of their stage one foods to giveaway to one lucky person.  All the items are suitable from four months of age with the exception of the Banana Porridge which is suitable from six months.

Included in the goody bag is:
A packet of Banana Porridge, 6mth plus
A Jar of Apple and Pear Pudding, 4mths plus
A Jar of Banana Custard, 4mths plus
A jar of Vegetable and rice with Chicken, 4mths plus
A Pouch of Banana, Pear and Mango, 4mths plus
A Pouch of Apple, Strawberry and Banana, 4mths plus.

To be in with a chance of winning these great products all you have to do is:

1. Follow my blog via networked blogs or google friends connect (located on right hand side of my blog)

2. Leave a blog comment telling me why you would like to win the goody bag 

For a bonus entry (one bonus entry for each step completed, remember to leave a comment so I know you have completed each step)

3. Pop over to Hipp Organics  facebook page and leave the comment " I want to win Hipp Organic stage one goodies with mum of 3 boys" and tag Mum of 3 boys into the comment

4. Follow Hipp Organic on Twitter and tweet "I want to win a @HIPPOrganic goody bag with @welshmumof3boys http://mumofthreeboys.blogspot.com/2012/03/hipp-organic-baby-club-and-hipp-organic.html

Giveaway will close on Sunday 25th March 2012 at 8pm.  The winner will be chosen using a random number generator.    Open to residents of the UK and Ireland only.  
 Good Luck everyone and remember to let your friends know about the giveaway

Giveaway now closed, thank you to everyone who entered.

Apologies for the delay in announcing the winner, but I would finally like to announce the winner of the Hipp Organic Goodies ...

Congratulations to Carolina who has won the goodies.  Please email me at welshmumof3@gmail.com with your contact details within the next 48 hours and I will get your prize sent out.

A huge thankyou to everyone who entered.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

The Art of Swaddling with Aden and Anais

When I had the older two boys I tried to swaddle them but was very unsuccessfully.  They either managed to wriggle free or they just did not seem to settle.  So when Rowan came along I didn't even try to swaddle him.  However during this pregnancy I have  read articles in parenting magazines and also stumbling across Aden and Anais  its made me wonder why not try again. 

Aden and Anais make a gorgeous range of swaddling clothes, sleeping bags, washcloth and towel sets and even blankets all made from muslin.   They also have a great section on their website where you can find out more about why swaddle with muslin and the history of muslin.  

I have very kindly been sent a pack of four of their gorgeous muslin swaddles to try when baby arrives.  Each swaddle is 47" x 47" and is made from 100% cotton muslin.  
You can see the range for yourself and even buy some by visiting here.
The swaddles are available in single packs which cost £17.95, packs of two at £29.95 and packs of four at £44.95.  All of the swaddles are prewashed so you can use them as soon as they arrive.  All of the swaddles feature gorgeous exclusive designs as well and are available in unisex prints, prints for girls and prints for boys.  The set I was sent was one from the girls selection.  

I was also very kindly sent a set of burpy bibs in the baby cakes design.  As a breastfeeding mum I'm sure they will come in useful and these look great.  Not only can you use them as a burping cloth you can use them as a bib as baby gets older and starts on solids.  Again these burpy bibs are 100% cotton muslin and are prewashed.  A pack of two burpy bibs cost £17.95 and are available here

Finally and very generously Aden and Anais sent me a copy of 'Swaddle Love' by Raegan Moya-Jones who is the founder of Aden and Anais.  Swaddle Love is about Raegan's own experiences of Swaddling her children.  It also contains the history of swaddling, which I have to say I found very interesting and how to swaddle.  I've now almost finished reading the book having picked it up only yesterday.  I've found it a very enlightening and honest account of swaddling which has made me more determined to swaddle my new baby.  All the boys suffered with colic from one degree to another and they didn't really sleep through the night until they were well over a year old.  So having now read that swaddling can help babies sleep and relieve colic I certainly feel its worth another go.  Plus the fact that this baby will be my fourth child I feel the need to establish a good sleep routine is essential not just for myself and baby but also for the rest of the family.  

Raegan's book 'Swaddle Love' is well worth a read and is also available from the website priced at £12.95.  Raegan has set up 'Swaddle Love Foundation'.  The foundation's goal is to "Our goal is to eliminate touch deprivation in orphaned babies across the world".( taken from the website swaddle love foundation section. For more about swaddle love foundation
Raegan donates all her royalties from her book 'Swaddle Love' to the foundation.   

So wish me luck on my swaddling journey and I will let you know how I get on.  


Clinton Cards has Mother's Day Wrapped up

Mothers Day is fast approaching but worry not Clinton Cards has a great selection of cards, wrap and gifts especially to say 'Thank you Mum'.  

From Cute and sweet

to comic.  So which ever genre you choice your mum is bound to smile.  Cards range from 99p (both in store and on line) and you can even order a personalised one from £2.79 from Clinton Cards On line but make sure you get in quick to ensure delivery for Mothers Day. 

They also have a range of wrapping paper and gift bags that will melt your mums hearts.  

Gift wrap ranges from £1.75 and is available both in store and on line. 

You will also find a range of gifts from £2.79.  There is the ever popular Me to You and Boffle, to art deco, personalised gifts, experience days and flowersWhatever you decide remember you haven't long to make your mind up!

Friday, 9 March 2012

My Birthday Meme

Mummy Constant tagged me to take part in a linky set up by The Five F’s, where we all discover facts about the day we were born

When is your birthday?
26th September 1978

Pick three people who share your birthday and what you know about them?
Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, who is a long-distance runner from Kenya 

T.S Eliot, An American-Born British writer and poet.  He was also a Nobel Laureate (he wrote the Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats which was turned into the musical Cats)

Winnie Mandela,  She is a South African Politician who has headed the African National Congress Women's League.  She was also married to Nelson Mandela when he became President of South Africa in May 1934 they separated two years later. 

Is anyone listed as being born on the same day (ie same year)? If so, what do you know about them?
Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner

List three people who died on your birthday and what you know about them
Betty Carter who was an American Singer died on 26th September 1998.

Levi Strauss An American Clothing Manufacturer died on 26th September 1902, most famously remembered for Levi Jeans.

John Byron who was an English Poet died on 26th September 1763

List three notable events that took place on your birthday
Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of  the earth on 26th September 1580

On 26th September 1984 United Kingdom agreed to the hand over of Hong Kong.

The September 26th 1960, saw the first televised debate takes place in Chicago between Presidential candidates Richard M Nixon and John F Kennedy

Tell us about a holiday that falls on your birthday

New Zealand Celebrate Dominion Day on 26th September.  Its is the anniversary of the day in  1907 when New Zealand was granted Dominion status within the British Empire.  However it is no longer observed as a statutory bank holiday.  

I'm tagging:

 Mummy Vs Work

Mummy of 3 Diaries 

Multiple Mummy 

Mummy Mummy Mum 

I really enjoyed this meme, I learnt alot about what happened on my birthday

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Georgia Grace Maternity and Breastfeeding top from Babes with Babies

A few months ago I was absolutely thrilled to get the opportunity to work with Babes and Babies I had come across Babes with Babies website towards my last pregnancy and was so disappointed I hadn't discovered them sooner.  So when I discovered I was expecting this time I had a look to see if I could find them on both facebook and Twitter and started following them on both.  

I was very kindly sent the gorgeous Georgia Grace Maternity and Breastfeeding Top in Dark Orchard to review.  Right from when the parcel arrived I felt think I had been sent something special.  The top was packaged beautifully in tissue paper with scent and then placed inside a cardboard box which was then tied with a bow.  The attention to detail was lovely and made me feel like I was been treated as if I was special, if you know what I mean.  Once I opened the package up and took the top out I couldn't wait to put it on.  

I ran upstairs to get dressed (as the parcel had arrived in the morning post) and put the top on.  I was about 19 weeks pregnant when I received the top and already had a bit of a bump.  The Georgia Grace top fitted perfectly.  It has a very flattering cut with three quarter length sleeves and a lovely V shaped neckline.  The material is both flattering and forgiving.  The bottom of the top has plenty of material which allows the top to be worn throughout your pregnancy and then beyond without the top loosing its shape.  Additionally you can wear this gorgeous top while breastfeeding thanks to its clever and discreet double layer.  It also means you can easily feed baby without a revealing too much and b without having to fiddle with zips and clips.  This is an extremely practical top.  

Since receiving the top at about 19 weeks it has become a staple of my maternity wardrobe this time around.  It has been the only one of my maternity tops that I have been able to wear throughout the pregnancy and has adapted to my ever growing bump fantastically.  I have worn it with jeans, skirts and trousers making it a very versatile top indeed.  It has washed well and kept its shape throughout.  It is recommended that you dry the top by laying flat and not ironing.  I have lightly pressed the top on a few occasions but have followed the instructions and dried flat without the need to iron afterwards.  The Georgia Grace top is very comfortable to wear and unlike some of my other maternity tops I have not felt restricted when wearing it.  I'm looking forward to being able to continue wearing the top while breastfeeding.   The Georgia Grace Maternity and Breastfeeding top costs £69.00 which while may sound a lot is actually I think its fantastic value for money considering you can wear it throughout pregnancy and beyond.   The Georgia Grace maternity and breastfeeding top is also available in Black and both colours are available in five sizes from XS too XL.  If you would like further information or to buy one for yourself please visit Babes with Babies

If you have the chance to have a look at their website I would thoroughly encourage you to do so.  They have a range of gorgeous  yet practical maternity wear and breastfeeding clothes.  They also have some gorgeous baby gifts and new mum gifts. Along with gift vouchers, a great idea if for all new mums.  It's also worth keeping an eye out for their sale as they have some great discounts and offers.  I wish I had come across Babes with Babies in my last pregnancy as well and certainly intend to use them again when looking for breastfeeding clothes as it is difficult to find both flattering and practical breastfeeding clothes. 

Babes with Babies London was founded because "we believe that pregnant women and new mothers deserve a touch of luxury; that this new phase of your life should be filled with enough moments of gorgeousness to get you through the stresses, strains and the sleepless nights." (taken from the about us section of Babes with Babies website). 

Monday, 5 March 2012

weeks 34 and 35.

The last two weeks have flown by for various reasons which is why I am a bit late posting this entry to my pregnancy diary.  

Unfortunately one of the main reasons is that Rowan and then myself were ill again :(  I can't tell you how frustrating it was but touch wood we're now both better and fingers crossed Rowan is finally sorted with his asthma.  Two weeks ago Rowan's asthma started playing up and we were given more antibiotics as a precaution as the doctor wasn't sure if he had an infection or not.  Rowan wasn't at all pleased to be at the doctor's again and didn't want to be examined but we managed it somehow, no mean feat with a big bump getting in the way I can tell you!  So we spent the day having cuddles on the sofa.  By the next morning though he was wheezing so it was back to the doctor, Rowan must have felt worse as he didn't complain at all compared to the previous day.  We were given steroids and a nebulizer to treat the wheeze.  The doctor tried  to encourage him to use the inhaler with the spacer in the surgery but he just wouldn't so it was decided if he responded well to the nebulizer we would look at having one on a permanent basis for him.  

I had really wanted Rowan to be able to have at least a few full weeks at meithrin in  the afternoons before the baby arrived, mainly so he would not feel pushed out once she arrives.  But it was starting to look unlikely.  Once we had got the prescription filled we headed home to see if I could get him to take the nebulizer.  He's really into dragon's at the moment so I decided to tell him the nebulizer was dragon medicine and would help him breath (for those that haven't seen a nebulizer before, when you have it turned on and the mask on it looks like your breathing smoke out the sides of your nose!)  well it worked and he sat for a whole 15 minutes having a cuddle and watching television while he used the nebulizer.  The result was fantastic, the wheeze vanished.  The downside with the nebulizer is it can make you very sleepy which I'm certainly not complaining about as meant we could have a quiet day.  We managed to be wheeze free for almost four hours before Rowan needed to have the nebulizer again which is fantastic.  By that evening Rowan was really excited to show his daddy his dragon medicine when he got home from work.  He needed the nebulizer once during the night which we had a little struggle with as I think he scared himself waking up wheezing as it must have reminded him of the night we rushed him to hospital.  But between myself and dad of 3 we calmed him down enough to use the nebulizer and within minutes he fell asleep again and slept through the night.  The following day he didn't need the nebulizer at all thankfully.  I was advised though to keep hold of it just in case.  Thankfully I did as on the Sunday night just after he completed his course of antibiotics he started to cough and wheeze again.

Unfortunately for me having Rowan home ill took its toll on me and I was suffering from lack of sleep not just due to Rowan but I was feeling very uncomfortable and the acid reflux was back with a vengeance.  I was also getting a few other symptoms which made me think I had picked up the infection Rowan had.  So straight after the school run on Monday morning last week I rang the doctor's surgery and made an appointment for us both to be seen. By mid morning we both had antibiotics, although the doctor was not sure if I had a chest infection or UTI.  She also agreed that as Rowan had responded so well to the nebulizer the best course of action was to have one at home for him, so I was told to hang on to the health centre's one until one for Rowan could be organised.    She also agreed that Rowan would be fine to go back to meithrin that afternoon as was not contagious and seemed fine in himself.  She also pointed out it would enable me to have a rest.  So that afternoon Rowan went off to meithrin and I managed to doze on the sofa for an hour and a half.  It was so nice to have some quiet time for a few hours. Rowan loved being back with his little friends but by the end of the session was very tired and would fall asleep in the car on the way home!  I think he needed the antibiotics to clear the last of the infection.  

braxton hicks with back ache but they never increased in intensity and would stop if I rested.  I think we were all worried that they would want to admit me even  earlier than planned.  The registrar assured me that they would change my antibiotics if needed and as long as my waters did not break or the pains become more like contractions I would be fine for the planned c-section on the 15th March.  She did say that it was not ideal to go in for a section with an infection so fingers crossed I would be free from infection by that stage.  She arranged for me to be seen on the labour ward two days before my c-section to have a steroid injection as a precaution for baby's lungs.  I would also have to have a second steroid injection when I had my pre-op on the day unit the day prior to my c-section, again as a precaution.  She also requested the anaesthetist came to see me at the pre-op as I have had several chest infections through out the pregnancy.  I was told to ring in on Friday for the results of the sample.  

We were all relieved I wasn't being admitted early and agreed I would rest as much as possible and hope the antibiotics I had were the right ones and I would feel better soon.  On the Friday I rang the antenatal unit for the results but the computer system was down so I had to wait a few hours until I had the results.  Thankfully they came back clear and I was told to see my community midwife as planned the following week but to ring labour ward if contractions started etc.  Just knowing that my sample was clear made me feel better plus I seemed to have responded well to the antibiotics I had been given at the start of the week.  Rowan was also a lot better by the weekend which was great.  

So this weekend I decided I had better start getting organised.  Dad of 3 got the pram, car seat and moses basket out of the attic and I stripped them and washed them all ready.  I spent two hours ironing all the washing yesterday and then a further two hours baking cakes and welsh cakes with the boys!  However as usual they managed to eat a fair few once cooked.  When I make welsh cakes I always do some for my parents as well.  We were also looking after my parents cats and chickens as they had gone to visit my brother, his partner and their new baby along with my brother and sister who were also attending a wedding near by.  I was so jealous knowing that they were all there enjoying cuddles with my new nephew while I was here at home.  Although fingers crossed they will be coming home in the next month or two and I can have cuddles with my nephew then and they can have cuddles with my baby too!

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Theraline Maternity and Nursing Pillow

Just before Christmas I sent one of Theraline's Maternity and Nursing Pillows to try.  When it arrived I loved the bright design and the fact it looked so comfortable.  

That night I put it to the test, having been having trouble getting comfortable at night quite early on in this pregnancy.  Once I had taken the pillow out of the bag I positioned it on the bed so I could lay propped up and supported to watch some television.  Then I got myself comfortable.  I can't tell you how good it felt sitting back in the pillow, I felt so much better supported than I had done previously.  The pillow maintained its position but seemed to mold itself to the shape of my back so I had the support where I needed it most.  The pressure was taken off my lower back and I was able to sit up without any discomfort for the first time in weeks.  The Theraline Maternity and Nursing Pillow is made up of millions of micro beads which is what makes the pillow supportive yet soft and comfortable to use.  

Then from just after Christmas I started to use the pillow not only to sit up with but to help me get a comfortable night's sleep.  Then I used the pillow full length to help support the weight of my ever expanding bump! After that I shaped the pillow so that I was elevated along with the use of other pillows to ease acid reflux and then finally I am now using the pillow to help take the weight of my bump and my legs so I can sleep better.

The pillow has been invaluable to me throughout my pregnancy.  I have been able to use it in different ways as my pregnancy has progressed and the pillow has adapted easily without loosing its support.  I am looking forward to being able to continue using the maternity and nursing pillow when I have had the baby in just over a weeks time while I am breastfeeding.  I'm hoping it will make breastfeeding a little more comfortable after my c-section.

The Theraline Maternity and Nursing pillow is "antiallergenic, warm, breathable and washable as 140 o F" (taken from Theraline website) The Theraline Original Maternity and Nursing Pillow is available with a variety of different coloured covers, I was sent the Theraline Original Maternity and Nursing Pillow with Little Flowers Yellow cover.  The Theraline Maternity and Nursing pillow costs £44.95 which includes free delivery and is available from Theraline's online shop which you can access via their website You can also find Theraline on facebook where you can keep up to date with offers and their other great products.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Sponsored Video - Twinings

This post is sponsored by Twinings.

Last years animated advertisement by Twinings 'sea' had such an overwhelming response that Twinings have created another instalment entitled 'The Hill'. The hill will be launched on March 4th 2012 and features the vocals of Lissie who is an American Folk-Rock star. Her touching cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Go your own way' brings a very heart warming touch to the animation.

'The Hill' shows a women overcome hurdles(the rocks, fog and hill) which then start to clear and she emerges into the sunshine where she reaches the top of the hill and a place where she can see and think clearly again. The song 'Go your own way' fits really well with the theme of the advertisement which also ties in with the 'Gets you back to you' campaign integrated Strapline and the message that “busy women should take ten minutes out to get back to themselves”.

The first instalment 'sea' saw 1.4 millon hits on You Tube and the track featured 'wherever you go' which was covered by Charlene Soraia. Will this follow suit? The campaign has touched such a wide number of people with its emotional and evoking message. Through the campaign women are encouraged to find ten minutes in the day where it is achievable to take time for themselves, including have a cup of tea.

Twinings also have a website which is dedicated to the campaign and you can find suggestions from real women about how you can 'take 10 minutes'and you can even request a free sample of Twinings Tea.

Why not take a look at the new advert and see what you think