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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Baby's First Christmas and New Years

Hi Dolls,

This post is so delayed but that's the joys of having a newborn who seems to be a lot more alert than I thought he would be at such a young age, and having a boyfriend who hogs your laptop for football manager when you do have a free 5 minutes ;) I use my iPad for blogging sometimes but all my pics were on the laptop so this is the first free chance I had to get this post up for you!

I want to share my bubs first Christmas with you and also provide you with knowledge of how Christmas day went for us having a new baby and traveling between two families and counties!

Christmas Eve

Alex first wore this green long sleeved 'I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus' top his (paternal) grandparents gave him. It's 6-9 month size but I had to get a wear out of it at least once (even though it was like a dress on him ;)). He wore it for about an hour before spewing up on it! 

Alex and I ventured up to Cork Airport to meet my friend Sinead off her flight from Paris. Sinead moved to Paris during my pregnancy so this would be her first time meeting Alex and it was a surprise! We found out the time of her flight and surprised her at the Airport with my other friends! It was a nice surprise and a nice way to spend Christmas Eve when we didn't have any big plans! I also called out to my parents for a bit so they could see Alex during the festive few days :)
(l-r) Me, Molly, Sinead holding Alex, and Niamh
When we got back to Limerick that evening we went to Alex other grandparents house and spent the evening watching TV, eating sweets and choccy, talking about past Christmases and the neighbours popped in to meet Alex too.
Christmas Day

The night before Christmas Alex was a little fussy so we didn't get much sleep (as you could probably tell). We got up pretty early to go down and open pressies as Santa had arrived! Santa did good! He put Alex's gifts under the tree and mommy and daddy's gifts on the arm chairs!

Alex and his daddy next to all his new presents from Santa

Alex's first Christmas he was a little spoiled by Santa and family and friends! The gifts above are all from Santa:

Toy Fi Teddy (link)
Disney Baby Mickey Small Plush (link) - comes with a car shaped teether attached.
The Night Before Christmas book and jigsaw set
Taggies Cuddles N Tags Gift Set (link)
Lamaze flapping bug
Lamaze Classic Discovery Book (link)
Hamleys cuddley teddy
Spider man watch clock
ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks (link)
Bright Starts Lots of Links (link)
Alex's outfit is from Carters

Went to see Santa with Nana and Grandad

Alex went to see Santa with Mom and Dad

Alex and Santa

'Santa's little helper' top and joggers from Tesco F&F, Mustache dummy was a gift.

Top is from F&F, pants from Primark and booties from Dunnes (Playmat from Smyths)

Sleepsuit from F&F (gift)

Santa hat and booties from Carters, Pants from M&S, top was a gift from Mothercare

Christmas jumper from Primark, hat and booties from Carters, pants from M&S, Harry the Donkey was a gift

Alex's robin pjs from The Childrens Place

Cuddles with Grandad

Personalised blanket gift from Horizon Designs from Alex's Aunty Bethany

Safari toy box from Home Store and More
Around 11am we went to Daniel's parents house, so Alex's paternal Grandparents house for breakfast and so they could spend some time with their grandson on Christmas day. We swapped pressies and spent time relaxing.

Then we hit the road at 1pm to Cork to Alex's maternal grandparents for Christmas dinner. We waited for my sister and her boyfriend to arrive and we all sat down to eat! Dinner was delicious! We had the same as we do every year, turkey and ham, mash potato, roast potato, croquettes, veggies and desert normally consists of jelly, custard, ice cream and some sort of cake/pudding! When dinner was ready Alex woke for a feed so right when I was about to tuck in! I had to feed him first and then have my dinner when every one else was nearly done :( Sad times! Lol.

After dinner we watched movies and some lame TV. Daniel headed back to Limerick on Stephen's Day as he had a primary school reunion that night and I was heading out with friends. We had a good, relaxing first Christmas but it can be stressful with such a young baby! Christmas 2015 will be so different!

New Years Eve

New Years with a newborn is strange! No one really asked us out because they presumed we'd want to be together, which was true but it was strange not being around others too! Daniel and Alex slept and I was window shopping on New Years Eve! At 30 seconds to midnight Dan woke to say Happy New Year and drifted back to sleep again, exciting huh ;) lol.

Lots of Love

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Baby Clothing Haul

Hey dolls,

So I went shopping on Sunday for my little man because some of his clothes have shrunk in the wash and he's getting very long for his 0-3 month clothing! And I also now know how much clothes I need to keep the little guy going because I won't get away with keeping him in sleepsuits some days ;)

I have F&F, Penneys and Dunnes Stores below. When I was shopping I noticed in F&F, they have almost equal amounts of boys vs. girls clothing (basically you wouldn't notice the difference). In Penneys I was very shocked to see most of the clothing for newborn upward was along a wall and 85% of that was was all girls clothing and the boys was bunched in down the end! To be fair if I had a girl I'd probably be delighted but it was hard to look through clothes when they have some on top of others to save on space! Dunnes Stores I find had equal amounts too but that could be the bigger sizes more so than little baby's clothing!

Tesco F&F (Sale clothing)
Dark grey joggers - was €6.50, bought for €4.55
Grey long sleeved top - was €5, bought for €2.50 in 50% Sale
Stone pants, €6
Grey and navy blue 2 pack of joggers, €6
Mickey Mouse long sleeved top, €4
Navy zipped hoody fleece with stars, €5
Joggers and top set, €7
(I cannot figure out how to rotate these pics on the post (they are right way up on my laptop :())
Striped long sleeve top with yellow jeans, €10
Green and navy long sleeved tops (2 pack), €6

Dunnes Stores
These joggers are so soft and lightweight that they'll be light on his legs so he can kick about and the material is cosy too!
Light grey and dark grey jogger 2 pack, €8
Light blue and darker blue jogger 2 pack, €8
Most of the clothes purchased are 3-6 months so he won't be wearing them for a little while but why not stock up while the sales are on and while there are lovely little bits in the shops! I have to say Primark have some very very nice girls clothing for 0-12 months too, so if you have or are having a girl it would be worth a look :)

I do need to stock up on clothes for myself, staple pieces for my wardrobe I can wear on a regular basis rather than statement pieces! A lot of my clothes I wouldn't wear again, or are stretched from my pregnancy, or just don't fit right anymore!

Lots of Love

Monday, January 5, 2015

My 2015 New Year Resolutions

Hey Dolls,
Another year is upon us! I can't believe how quickly 2014 flew by - I was pregnant for most of 2014 so that also made the year a little uneventful in terms of blog posts, updates etc. but very eventful because I had a baby so I'm starting the new year as a mommy!

Looking back at past New Year Resolution posts, there are a lot of similarities in terms of weight loss, drinking more water (basically better my health). This year I've never had a better reason. I also have some weddings coming up that I will want to try to look my best for and obviously get my body back as soon as possible!

My resolutions are:
Getting my body back to normal, if not better!
After having a baby my body has obviously changed! I didn't gain as much weight throughout my pregnancy as I would have expected so that is a good thing! In the early days of motherhood I wasn't eating properly or even staying hydrated so I lost weight quick, but now after Christmas with all the food and families looking after the small man and having that extra time to munch away I'm sure I gained weight again!
Be less uptight/controlling
I'm so controlling and uptight when it comes to organizing the house and almost everything to do with my baby! I need to relax and let others, especially his dad, learn to do things there own way!
Stop talking about the future!
I mentioned this in a previous resolutions post - at Christmas/New Years time of year I get really down because of all the engagements that pop up, I would love to take that next step with my boyfriend and even more so now that we have a little baby together! I would've preferred to be engaged before having Alex but things happen for a reason! Now that the Christmas season is over so is my constant talking about that topic, it will happen when it happens but I do want to take that step so we can plan our big day and the rest of our lives together!
Drink more water and less fizzy drinks
I want to drink more water because I need to be more hydrated and water will help me on my track to be healthier! Giving up fizzy drinks may also help me to be healthier and I need to be a good role model for my son and it will also help Daniel with his stopping drinking coke too, because I don't make it easy ;)
Try to eat cleaner
Eating clean has been a big want for so long, but I'm not the best cook! Also I never really had the time or energy to cook dinner's other than frozen dishes! I plan to cook a lot of meals from scratch and when Alex is weaning all his food will be much healthier than what we were eating in the past! I want to change our diet to give him a chance to eat healthy.
Keep the house tidy and organised
I want to keep the house tidy because we do have a lot of visitors and a lot more family stopping by now that we have a baby, I want them to be able to sit down and not move loads of junk off the seats! Also, it'll be a lot easier to upkeep if it's organised, where everything has a place! It's just about showing Daniel where stuff goes because he has a habit of hiding things in random cabinets!
Make memories
Now that we are in 2015, looking back over the last year we didn't do a lot! Every new years eve I reflect on the past year and apart from having my son, I feel like I haven't achieved much! I'm also a photo hound, and looking back over the last year I didn't take a lot of photographs so I want to do more so I can remember more!
Go for a walk up to 3 times a week
I want to get out of the house and do stuff, even more so now that I'm not working! I want Alex to get fresh air and of course myself! It will also give me the chance to exercise while I can't go to the gym! We have a wedding in May and our son's Christening in April so I want to lose at least 2 dress sizes by then to look and feel better about myself!
Be the best mom I can be
I think I'm a good mom to Alex, but sometimes hormones and depression get the better of me and I start to put myself down thinking I'm a bad mom :( Which I'm not, but feeling down and hopeless sometimes it's tough!
Plan our extension
My 5 year plan includes extending the house to the way I picture it in my head and now that there is 3 of us this cottage is getting smaller! It's very cramped with all the stuff that comes with a baby!! I hope we have a 'playroom' in the extension along with more room for our baby to grow and develop! We don't have room for some baby stuff I'd love like a large play mat or walker but at the moment there's nothing I can do about it yet!
Save/Budget money
I am the worst with money! I splurge and spend which is very bad especially since my income is half it used to be and we have a baby to look after! In 2015 I have Daniel's 30th, I plan to send him to Manchester for a match and to see the stadium! We also plan to have a party. We have a christening to plan and pay for! We also have a wedding we were invited to, and also may be going to Birmingham in the summer for a relatives 10 year anniversary of her passing!
Do a major house clear out!
This house is very small, I want to do a clear out of clothes and stuff we don't use or rarely use! As Alex grows we will need more space, even putting up the Christmas tree this year was a struggle! We need more space, hense the extension but we won't be able to afford one for a while!
Use my products more regularly!
I have a lot of Soap and Glory products, skincare products and hair stuff I need to get through! I know the products will start to go off so I need to start using them and pampering myself, I was the worst for making time for myself in the past and with a baby it'll be worse but I'll give it a go!
Be more active 
I'm very lazy so I want to be more active, if I stick to my resolutions of keeping the house clean and walking then I'll definitely be more active! I want to be healthy and energetic as my son grows so I can be there for him in a better way and be able to play and run around with him!

To see my past few new years resolutions, you can check them out here:

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Santa called! - Christmas Haul

Hey Dolls,

This Christmas was a very special Christmas as it was my first one as a Mommy and it was obviously then my baby boy Alex's first Christmas too. We had a lovely day, which I will have a post on following this one soon! I treated myself to some of the products below and then my boyfriend, I mean Santa, got the rest! Here's what I got for Christmas from Santa/my boyfriend:

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Blush Palette - €43 in Debenhams (link)

Ralph Lauren Big Pony Female Pink Eau De Toilette Gift Set - €49 in Debenhams (link)

Urban Decay Naked On the Run - €44 in Debenhams (link)

Frozen DVD

Coca Cola pyjama set from Primark (Penneys)

Coca Cola Napkin Holder

Coca Cola Straw Holder

McBusted Album
 Stocking Fillers:
Energizer iPhone 5 lightening cable (1.5m) - €15 in Boots

E5 Universal Car Charger - Approx. €7 in Tesco

Dairy Milk chocolate bar
I also got an OPIA Candy Cane Swirl scented candle (smells amazing) and a makeup set in a black travel case. How was your Christmas? I will have a post shortly on my first Christmas as a mom!

I got some lovely gifts including a No.7 skincare set from my sister, a star shaped trinket box and 'family' photo frame from my boyfriend's sister, a 'mommy's little helper sleepsuit' and baby clothes from my boyfriend's other sister, a nivea gift set and petrol gift voucher from my parent, 'A Mother's Story' book and a gift voucher for Mes Amis from my boyfriend's parents. (A post to follow with photo's on some of these :))

Lots of Love

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Alex's One Month Update

Hey Dolls,

It is crazy to think but my baby is one month old already! He was due November 21st so it would've been crazy to have a one month old by Christmas, considering Christmas 2013 I was thinking this Christmas I might be pregnant - but I have a baby! So weird (still)!

A lot of people said I'm 'like a duck to water' when it comes to caring for my baby, but as I've said, in the Maternity Hospital I was thrown into doing everything alone - so I had to change that nasty first dirty nappy in the dark at 4am! There was poop everywhere!! After the hospital, home doesn't seem so bad ;)

This won't be much of an update because he's still a bit young for change's but here goes anyway...

First week
One Week Old on 05/12/2014
Two Weeks Old on 12/12/2014
Four Weeks Old on 26/12/2014
 **Milestone Cards available here from JoJo Maman Bebe.

Milestones: Alex is giggling and smiling in his sleep - I know the smiles are more than likely wind but it is too cute not to dote over! It's very soon for a milestone update but Alex is getting on great and putting on weight like a trooper! He moved from 3oz. bottles to 4oz. after about 2 weeks the hungry bug ;)

Sleep: In the beginning Alex's clock was all off, he slept all day and was up during the night! He is mad for cuddles so he can go to sleep - such a bad habit but I can't help cuddling him when trying to get him to put himself to sleep in the moses basket - he may be too young for this though so plenty of cuddles when I can ;) He is a very good baby but he has been constipated so the little mighter gets fussy but he has a good reason!

Best Moment: The best moment is when Alex is in mine or his daddy's arms all relaxed, awake and just looking around happy out :)

Worst Moment: This has to be his constipation - he struggled so much it really upset me but he is getting better now but still struggles with it the odd time!

Health: He had a 2 week check up at the GP's office - he is very good, minus the constipation! He does have a little mucous in his chest and his nose is a little blocked up with a cold but that's the joys of having a baby in winter! He is doing well and gets such relief when we clear out his nose!!

Eating: He usually eats every 3 hours - he is supposed to have 4oz. bottles every 4 hours but he's just too hungry so has them every 3 hours roughly! Sometimes this is extended a little or shortened a little! He was eating almost every 2 hours closer to his 3 week old mark...

Things I want to Remember: Well he projectile pooped and peed across my parent's velour couch!! He hasn't peed on me yet (thank god!). He also peed all over his clothing and snowsuit when his Nana Marie was changing him in the Boots Baby Room on his first shopping day out with his Mom and Nana! His poor Nana felt awful so went and bought him another snowsuit in boots and luckily I'm organised enough that I had spare clothes in my changing bag! Also, his eyes have gone from a blue-ish colour to hazel/brown - this eye colour makes me melt (just like his Daddy's eyes) so I'm going to find it hard to say no to him! His little giggle in his sleep is so adorable I wish I could catch a recording but it's at such random times it's hard to pin point it!

Hope you enjoyed my Small Man's update and there will be more to come!

Lots of Love

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas

I just want to wish all my readers, followers and stoppers by a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2014 has been a 'quick' year! I was pregnant for most of it so didn't have many opportunities for FOTN posts and didn't put much make-up on during my pregnancy unless I was off out somewhere special and even at that it was a poor attempt! Hopefully 2015 will be a better blogging year! :)

Keep an eye on my 'Upcoming Posts' tab at the top of the page to see what's coming and links to recent posts you may be interested in!

My blog will be quiet until after Christmas so don't forget to come back in the new year - follow me on Bloglovin' and you can keep up to date with posts that way too :)

Lots of Love

Friday, December 19, 2014

What I got my boyfriend for Christmas (Updated)

Hey dolls,

Each Christmas I try to get my boyfriend similar gifts to our first Christmas along with some new ones! Our first Christmas we were just friends getting to know each other. Our relationship was pretty complicated! So I decided to get Daniel some small gifts of stuff he would like along with novelty stuff! I got him a giant galaxy share size chocolate bar, mistletoe boxers, a miniature box of roses chocolates and some other small bits. Daniel loved each gift he got as it showed how much I had grown to know him over our 6 month friendship - I think Christmas sealed the deal on his feelings for me as soon after he realized he had true feelings for me and on that gift swapping day sparks flew :) That is where my new found love of Christmas came from! 

This year I got my boyfriend:
FitBit Zip Activity Tracker in Blue, €59.99 from Boots (link)
Fifa '15 for Xbox ONE, €69.99 from HMV (same price in GameStop)
Galaxy Milk Chocolate Share Bar, €2.95 in Tesco
Nestle Smarties, €2.50 from Tesco
James Bond Ocean Eau de Toilette Christmas Gift Set, in Debenhams for €39.00 (link)
Nandos Shake Away Peri-Peri Salt Shaker Set, €10 in Boots (link)
Starbucks Cocoa Hot Chocolate Trio with Stacking Tins, €12.50 in Boots (link)
12 Month Xbox Live Gold Membership, €49.99 in HMV (same in GameStop)
Star Wars Darth Vader and Son postcards, Waterstones for €9.99

Transformers Men's Short Pyjama Set, Tesco for €18
Men's Character Slippers, €15 from Dunnes Stores (not exact slippers but close enough!)

I also got him two Diesel t-shirts with a 'how to be a gentleman' logo on them, one navy and one cream coloured, black jeans from Dunnes Stores and I will be buying him new runners (sports footwear) in January when the sales come in - yes I'm a cheapy but I've a newborn to shop for ;)

What did you get the man your life this Christmas? Want to see what Youtuber and Blogger Mrs. Meldrum got her husband, check it out here!

Lots of Love