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Friday, December 19, 2014

What I got my boyfriend for Christmas

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 novetly stuff! I got him a giant galaxy share size chocolate bar, mistletoe boxers, a miniture 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 realised 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 from Boots, €59.99 (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).

I also got him two Diesel tshirts 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
xoxo

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Series: Home Decor

Hey dolls,

I won't have many Christmas posts for you this year as I'm a busy new mommy, but here is my home decor for Christmas :) It's a little pathetic but we build more each year and I'm definitely going to be assessing after this year because I think it's pretty pathetic ;) I'll make one of my 'famous' lists for next year, get out early and stock up on what I think will add some more Christmas cheer to our little house :)

As it's baby's first Christmas I haven't had much time to decorate or much money to get more decorations, or even get out to the shops to look!! Also, I don't have room to store all our decorations so more just isn't an option at the moment until I figure out a better storage solution than cardboard boxes and plastic bags!!

Here goes...
Light up Santa (lights can flash or stay set)
Hanging ladder with Santa's
Close up of our personalised decorations from 2013 and 2014
Our kitchen set up! Train lights up (we need batteries and a screwdriver ;))
Mini White Christmas Tree with baubles, and our three 'homeless' snowmen!  











Our fireplace in the sitting room - full of new baby cards at the mo ;)
New decoration for Alex's first Christmas from his Nana
'My First Christmas' stocking from Mothercare - gift from Aunty Bethany and one of our stockings :) Held on the mantlepiece by snowman and Christmas tree from Dunnes Stores.
Our Christmas Tree, wrapped presents and new tree skirt (from Primark)
Tinkerbell Tree Topper from the Disney Store - poor Tink lost her wings!
We also have a big tube of different blue shaded and silver baubles which I normally put in a vase or hang strategically around the house but I'm just not that bothered this year! Also, I bought a floor mat with Santa and Raindeer on it from Primark but I haven't been able to find the right place to put it so it doesn't get filthy dirty from shoes!! lol

Next year I hope to get:
A garland for the mantlepiece or in front of the TV. 
Some sort of outdoor decoration/lights or  window stickers or something to make the front of the house look Christmassy!
A personalised family decoration with baby, mommy and daddy on it!  
A few more different decorations for the tree! We mainly have baubles, a few stars and we also have glitter covered acorns but I hate using them because glitters gets everywhere so it's very annoying :/

With a baby who is more than likely going to start pulling at decorations next year I will have to be smart with what decorations we use and where we put stuff. I'll worry about that next year ;)

Lots of Love
xoxo

Monday, December 15, 2014

Newborn Must-Have's

Hi Dolls,

Alex is now 17 days old (2 weeks and 3 days) and I have found myself discovering what I do and don't need for our small man! We bought a lot ourselves and were gifted a lot but here's what we definitely needed and I will also list the stuff I would avoid for such small babies!

 Must-Have's

Baby Blankets
With a winter baby I found baby blankets a godsend and a must - especially the super fluffy ones :) We were gifted with some gorgeous ones and I had stocked up on some myself.

Obvious enough I know but babies love warmth and comfort and having lots of these are handy - they get wet or dirty or spewed on often! Having a couple to hand is handy, we have a variety of super soft ones, cotton ones.

Sleeping bags don't really work at the moment when baby is so small. We were advised to ensure you use the correct size so baby doesn't slip into it!

Feeding Pillow
These aren't just great for breastfeeding mom's, this is also handy for bottle feeding. You slip it around your body and baby can rest on the supporting pillow. These are so handy if your like me and don't really have that much muscle in your arm to hold the baby up (I'm used to it now but early days my arm and back would be quite stiff and sore!).

We have the Clevamama 10 in 1 Pillow. These pillow's can be used for tummy time and sitting baby up with support.

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Nappy Disposal Bin
This is my number one must have! It masks the smell of baby's dirty nappies, stores them away until the bin is full and can be disposed of!

Basically all you do is push the nappy (and wipes) down until the bin clasps them and wind the grey twister around clockwise fully and the nappy is wrapped and gone!

We just changed the bag refills and emptied the bin once... so it really is a great product! Usually on sale in stores like Dunnes Stores during baby events (Ireland).

Sleepsuits
Lots and lots of sleepsuits are a must! Alex wears these most the time, unless we are going out of the house, then he wears a little outfit but when your pottering away at home these are a very handy must have. If baby spews milk up on his shoulder, leaks out of a nappy or when changing wee's onto there's clothing then you will need to change baby so having a lot of these on hand is always a good option!

I find clipping them closed can be a bit time consuming at the moment (with baby kicking and getting used to how they close - especially around the bum). 

It's handy to have these also because I find because it's early days that changing nappies can be a nightmare when baby is crying and you just want to get them changed quickly.

Bottle teats
Teats in general are the pain of my life because they are always blocking! We have Avent and Tommee Tippee bottles. All the bottles we got came with slow flow teats - which now because Alex is used to drinking and demanding his milk then slow just isn't working! I bought some vari flow teats and these seem to work way better - they block less and Alex can choose the flow he wants. He's still getting used to them so drinks a little too fast sometimes so his mouth is full of milk he won't swallow but it's all getting used to them. I find the slow teats block and poor Alex would be chugging himself to sleep and nothing is coming out!!

Dummy/ Soother/ Pacifier
These have many a name and nickname - I call them dummies! Dummies are very much everyone's own choice! A lot of people are against them for various reasons - we decided to give them to Alex. He has now taken to them (quite annoyingly!). He used to suck on his hands and does so a lot less now he has the dummy.

If you choose to give your baby dummies be prepared to jump up every few minutes to put it back in babies mouth until they are old enough to hold it! When buying dummies, I bought some Tommee Tippee 3 pack of orthopedic dummies - Alex doesn't really like these and they didn't have a cover to help keep them clean! We got one Avent newborn dummy with a set and it had a cover so this is the one we use most often! A lot of 2 packs of dummies come with those covers so ensure you get the one's with the covers because they can be taken out and about! 

If you are going to opt for using dummies I'd advise getting the Clevamama SootherTree, if not for sterilisation, for storage of soothers! We normally sterilize dummies in our Avent Naturally Express Steriliser and I store dummies not in use in our SootherTree.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Perfect Prep Machine
This is another top must have! Ironically nearly forgot to add it to the list! This makes bottles for 4oz. onwards. This is a very easy machine to use and helpful when trying to console a crying baby! It makes bottles super quick and bottles don't need to be made in advance. I wish there was a portable version ;)

I would recommend this for all new mom's! We made bottles from scratch at the beginning because Alex was on 3oz. bottles, now we use the machine at home and are competent enough in putting together a bottle when out and about if needed!
 
Don't go there!

Newborn or 0-3 Month Jeans
What a waste! Having jeans for such a little baby isn't and wasn't such a great idea! When getting used to nappy changes I'd just avoid putting jeans on such a little baby because it's hard to change their nappies when you have to hold the pants around their ankles and put the nappy on between their legs and all that - it's much easier to change a baby the first few weeks without awkward pants! Soft pants are much better, they can be pulled off and put on quickly with little to no hassle!

Also baby jeans don't have comfy lining, or at least the one's we have don't have lining so Alex's legs will get cold inside them for now while it's still bitterly cold outside!

Naty by Nature BabyCare Size 1 (Newborn) Nappies
We were gifted these are part of the giftset my friend gave to me. These nappies are advertised as "70% biodegradable, chlorine free and use naturally breathable non-genetically modified maize materials". The nappy itself is quite cute covered in grey small hearts all over and are quite dainty small nappies. 

The reason I'm suggesting you not to get these (this size anyway) is because Alex leaked out of 3 or 4 of these nappies (just wet leaks!). The nappy was full of wetness and then Alex leaked out the side, so I don't know if he had a rather large flow or if the nappy just wasn't suitable for him! I wouldn't recommend these nappies but at the same time a lot of mothers speak highly of them and love them! Try them for yourself, they may or may not work for you! They are priced for less than €5 for 26 nappies. (link)

Clevamama Clevascoop
For now, while I get used to bottle making, this isn't the best product for me! I tried using it in the early days and ended up just resorting back to the scoop inside the formula. I do think this would be a good and handy product in time, and also it is very handy when out and about, but for at the moment with Alex so little it's just not working for me at the moment. 

I'm still getting used to making bottles so counting the scoops makes it better for me!

Hope you liked my first mommy post!

Lots of Love
xoxo

Friday, December 12, 2014

My Birth Story

Hi Dolls,

Let me begin by saying when you give birth all dignity goes out the window - so this post will be TMI so if your not interested it may be best to move onto another post ;)

It's Alex's Birthday!!
Thursday November 27th - I had a clinic appointment as I was 40 weeks and 6 days pregnant and this appointment was for an internal examination and to determine when my induction should be scheduled. The appointment was scheduled for 8.40am. We were called at just before 11, and my doctor who examined me determined my waters had broken and I was 3cm dilated! The doctor said 'Oh it looks like your staying in with us today'. I wasn't happy :( I had 3 and half hours sleep over the past 48 hours and I had no idea when my waters broke - it could have been right before I was called into the Doctor or the day before!

11:50 - I was admitted to the Induction room in the hospital.
13:00 - I had an antibiotic drip put in at 1pm because the doctor believed my waters broke more than 18 hours before that point!
14:30 - I finally got some food (not hospital food - I was offered but said no, because of the shock of the beginning of labour!). Daniel (boyfriend and baby daddy) went to get me a toasted ham and cheese sandwich from the coffee shop and I must say it was delicious!
15:15 - The midwife in the induction room (AnnMarie) wanted to examine me internally to determine how far along I was and to see if I should be put on the gel or a drip - this is the doctor's decision but the nurse wanted to be sure of the information before calling the doc! During the examination, she broke my waters! I had no idea it was coming! The nurse advised my back waters had broken and this is why I was dilating but slowly so by breaking my waters this got the labour started properly. So basically the doctor upstairs was wrong! Having my waters broke was disgusting but not painful in any way. Basically they stick a knitting needle type device inside you with a hook on the end (photo below).
Amniohook - long needle type tool with a hook
16:30 (approx.) - I got gas and air. I didn't realize it would alter my voice like helium. It really did help with the pain. It did give me very bad dry mouth, my lips only got dry once and I had my balmi to hand.
17:30 - (approx.) Daniel swapped with my mom as my support so he could have a rest because he was exhausted! Mom came in and after a short period of time managed to convince me to get more pain relief than the gas and air because I was struggling with pain - not just contractions but my hip was quite sore!
6pm - I was moved to delivery suite number 4 for the epidural. I was hooked up to the gas and air and shortly after the anesthetist came to administer the epidural. Getting the epidural wasn't painful at all, just uncomfortable having to lean so far forward curling my spine. The midwife pushed my head into my chest so I was basically eating my nightdress! My mom was made to sit in a chair nearby in case she fainted from the site of the epidural! Daniel came just as this was occurring so had to wait before swapping.

After this I didn't take note of what was happening when (time wise). I just remember a lot in bits. After the epidural, Daniel came in and my mom left. I was telling Daniel I was miming singing a song in the induction room to mom when the radio was playing. The midwife (Anna) said we can put on the radio in the room so when Daniel turned it on Christmas FM was playing so we kept it on! What felt like shortly after I was having regular contractions and felt like I needed to push sooner than I actually did! I was no where near as far along as I thought! I had my eyes closed almost the entire time after the epidural - I know I'm weird, but I think having heard about Mrs. Meldrum's burst eye vessels during her first labour I was afraid it would happen to me! I was also exhausted and felt like I couldn't do it. I think I went to sleep a few times (can't really remember). The epidural didn't work for me so the Midwife called for the anesthetist but he or she was busy in theator so by the time they came by my room I was 7 or 8cm dilated so they didn't see the point in giving it to me at that stage. After this the pushing began, it was kind of horrible! I had a pain in my hip that was pretty unbearable so when it came to lifting my legs to push I couldn't do it alone. Daniel had to help me, after a while a midwife was called in to help because I just gave up - the pain was unbearable! :( My hip pain was worse than the labour pain going on down below! I remember a few people coming in and out of the room but Daniel told me afterwards that a bunch of students came in to see what was happening in the room - doing the rounds!


Pushing the head out stung a lot (as expected from watching one born every minute)! It was tough to push it out but my advice would be to push 3 times if possible during each contractions because it will go a lot quicker!! As the head was near out the midwife lubricated near his head so it would come out easier! I found it hard to catch my breathe after pushing so was hyper ventilating a bit and so the midwife (at my left leg) kept giving out telling me to calm down :/ It wasn't pleasant but I guess it helped! I asked the midwife to pull the baby out with a vacuum or something because I felt I couldn't push him out - but the funny thing was I had a long way to go!! A doctor did come in and examine me and was talking episiotomy - I was terrified and asked not to be told about stitches because I couldn't take it - the midwifes and doctor laughed at me :( Not nice!


Once the head was out I had to pant and not push. The baby was out shortly after but it felt like a long time :/ Alex was born at 12:01! It was crazy, I thought it was like 3 or 4 in the morning. They cut the cord and moved the baby onto the table at the side. He cried after a bit of time and was eventually put on my chest! 



Daniel got to hold him for the first time and it was a very special and nice moment. Despite his nerves he was glad to have done it (I may have forced it ;)).

Once Alex was born, and the placenta delivered (I felt like I needed to push but the midwife advised not to!) we had some alone time with the baby. The midwife got us some tea and toast (which was amazing). Daniel packed up the stuff from the induction room and we moved to our room at 3am.

I text my best friends, close friends and siblings of mine and Daniel's but the text message didn't send! I rang my parents house and told them he was born and Daniel rang his family to tell them. My phone was put across the room in my bag and due to the epidural and catheter I wasn't allowed get out of the bed for 4 hours! It was so annoying but I did try! It was very uncomfortable so I stayed put! After 9am the catheter was removed and I could get up, unpack my bags and freshen up!

My legs were so sore and what felt like partially paralyzed :( I couldn't get in and out of bed easily, I couldn't change my clothes or

The first night in the hospital he slept through the night (winced once but was fine again), the second night he was very unsettled because (according to the nurse) all the visitors would excite him when they held him and unsettle him - so note to new mom's don't let lots of people handle the baby in the hospital!

At this stage I really just wanted to go home. I didn't like how the nurses seemed to just give out to us and be mean - we are both first time parents with no practice or much awareness of babies! I thought we'd be better off at home. I was told twice that we could go home Sunday. Saturday evening Daniel's mom, dad and brother came to visit Baby Alex in the hospital. They came from Limerick to Cork and were 2 hours early for visiting so with the security tight and refusing them entry until 7pm, they went to a pub nearby for some dinner and came back at 6.45pm and were left in. They fed him, burped him and had a cuddle. They headed away around half 8 and Daniel left shortly after. 

Saturday night wasn't too bad, I did have to get up a few times during the night but it wasn't too bad! He just wanted some cuddles :) Sunday leaving the hospital was a nightmare! In a panic Daniel forgot the baby seat at my parents house so my mom brought it in and swapped the car seat with Dan's bag, the baby vomited onto Daniel's leg and he was going to change but I forgot and said mom could take his bag! Whoops! Then, the midwife wanted to weigh Alex and I had to wait to be seen by a doctor because of my legs. The doctor came eventually and my legs seemed perfectly fine but I was in pain with them so she said it will go away within 2-3 weeks! In seeming fine, my leg activity was fine and strength was there. So, the mean nurse came in and obviously not being happy I wanted to leave asked what we were waiting for, I advised her the midwife wanted to weigh Alex before we left and she said 'oh come on so' and Daniel took him to get weighed while I was made stay by the bed and eat the lunch that had arrived for me (despite me telling the nurse that morning I didn't need lunch because I'd be going home). Daniel came back with Alex, his socks were thrown into the cot next to him (no effort made to put them on!) and when we were alone Daniel told me the nurse gave out to him for Alex having a wet nappy and he was forced to change him - to this point I was helping Dan with nappy changes because he wasn't used to it or confident doing it, which didn't bother me because I was thrown into changing nappies at 4am in the dark so got used to it quick! Dan was sweating with the pressure - stupid mean nurse! 

We had no idea how to use the car seat apart from the 10 minute demonstration at our parent craft classes so we winged it - remembering obviously that the straps need to be tight enough you can fit two fingers under so the baby has room to breath! We just weren't confident with lengthening the straps to fit him! We were all ready to go and I couldn't have been happier leaving because the nurses were just mean about it - they were either going to miss our gorgeous little man or they thought I was wrong to leave - despite the magazine saying first time moms stay 2-3 days if normal delivery so I was well within this!

Getting to the car was fine but because the car was so packed with stuff it was a little stressful getting him into the car and myself in the backseat and having all the stuff (including moses basket!). Daniel drove us and halfway home we stopped for a burger and I slept most the way!

When we landed at home Daniel's parents, aunt Ros and granddad were waiting to greet us with the fire lighting inside to keep us warm! Alex was so quiet and peaceful all the way home and in the house :) He was snug and happy out. We were given some gifts and they left us be. Daniel and his mom left to do some food shopping and I was waiting for my mom to arrive with more stuff for us (stuff being bags as I stayed home for 2 weeks before the birth). In between when Daniel left and my mom arriving the baby blues hit! I was worried about how I'd cope with Alex now that we were home! Once mom arrived I stopped winging to myself and just talked out my fears! Mom helped us set stuff up and get organised. When both mom's left it was a little scary but it was nice to be alone with my little family :)
My little family - Daniel holding Alex and me on 7th December
Alex was 9 days old!

Alex is now two weeks old as of 12:01 on 12-12-2014! It's crazy to think it's been two weeks already!! 
Alex 11 days old - make shift photo shoot with mommy :)
Lots of Love
xoxo

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Meet Baby Fitz ;)

Hey Dolls,

Sorry I've been MIA from my 41 week update! I was a little busy giving birth to my gorgeous baby boy!

Meet...

Alex Gerard Cornelious Fitzgerald


Proud Mommy and Daddy
Alex was born on 28th November 2014 at 12.01am and weighing 9 pounds!

I will return soon with more pics and a longer post but for now my little man needs his mommy's full attention!

Lots of Love
xoxo

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pregnancy Update - 40+ weeks

Hey dolls,

I'm officially overdue by 4 days! I really hope the lil guy makes an appearance soon because I'm getting very worried about him being in there too long and me not noticing if something is or could be wrong, and I want to meet him obviously and I want to get into the Christmas spirit which is quite difficult being this uncomfortable! 

If he's still 'cooking' on Friday I will have a 41 week update (also dependant on my appointment Thursday with the midwives). 

So I just wanted to update you on the above and also let you know in early December I hope to have a post up about my party season essentials from beauty products to accessories. Let's hope my new baby is as good as gold and let's me do at least one blog post in December ;) hehe.

Lots of Love
xoxo

Update - my gorgeous baby boy, Alex, was born on Friday 28th November at 12:01am! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 40 Weeks

Hey dolls,

Today I am officially 40 weeks pregnant! It is so strange to say, the 9 months has flown by! I had a check up at the hospital yesterday but the same old examination occurred. I mentioned the baby's movement reduced considerably Wednesday so I was sent to the Fetal Assessment department to have baby's heart monitored. I was hooked up to a heart monitor and every time I felt baby move I pressed on a blue button that noted it on the chart. All was fine with baby and moved a few times through the exam. I was in there SO long I started to get quite anxious and uncomfortable so my blood pressure rose a bit but after a second check it was normal again. I have another appointment booked for next Thursday (if I don't go into labour before then) to have an internal examination and schedule induction!

How far along? 40 weeks
Total weight gain/measurement: No idea, I had my bump measured and the doctor seemed happy with the size so I guess normal sized but not too small?! As for weight I would take a guess and say I weigh a total of 2 stone more than I did before I was pregnant!
Maternity clothes: Yes but I mainly sit around the house in comfy jogger pants though because I'm quite uncomfortable now at this stage and getting dressed and putting on socks is a nightmare :(
Stretch marks: Same as last week, nothing new!
Best moment's so far: I guess reaching the 40 week mark and nearly having the experience over! I know that's not the nicest to say but at this stage I'm so huge and swollen I just want my baby in my arms and not in me anymore!
Miss anything? Sleep - last night was an absolute nightmare! I kept tossing and turning and I had to pop to the bathroom loads through the night (it was as if I drank a gallon of water before going to sleep!). I know my sleep is only going to get worse from now on because I'm at the end of the journey!
Movement: Not as much, but he's squirming away! From the heart monitoring, when the baby moved you could see his heart rate rise! So I know he's not very comfy, he is running out of room!
Food cravings: Nope! I don't have much of an appetite to be honest because I have awful heartburn at nighttime!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Queasy yes, when I try to put on shoes/socks it's very difficult so I feel quite off trying to bend over or lean forward! I now have someone put them on for me if I need to go out! 
Gender: Boy
Labour signs: My bump has dropped twice in recent days so it is much lower now than it was when it initially dropped. I have a lot of pressure and I don't like eating much because there's not much room for food :( I have had a few cramping pains but nothing major or constant!
Symptoms: I have severe heartburn (as mentioned above), severe lack of sleep, pain in my pelvis when the baby moves, severe swollen hands and feet, and my face is so puffy! 
Belly button in or out? Out, when I sit down! It can be in a little, but mainly out.
Happy or moody most of the time: Moody! I am so sick of people looking for updates on when I've popped. I have friend's texting which is somewhat fair enough, but then I have people watching my Facebook (liking statuses on my wall when they normally wouldn't) just to keep an eye on if I post anything! I also have some people (acquaintances or old friends) commenting on stuff or messaging me asking for updates and advising they are waiting on 'the call' - the only people special enough to be getting a call is both mine and my boyfriend's families, my 2 best friends and whoever Daniel wants to call! But most friend's will have to wait for a text message when we get to it or find out on Social Media - I don't plan to post any pics on Social Media until Daniel's sis see's the baby in person!
Don't get me wrong, I totally understand people are just excited to know when he will be born but at the same time having every Tom, Dick and Harry (randomer) looking for an update just drives me banana's when all I want is the baby to be out and healthy!
Looking forward to: Holding my baby and having the labour over! I'm SO nervous about the contractions :(

As I've learned this week, I would highly recommend anyone who is early on in there pregnancy to do pelvic muscle exercises! I've only learned recently that needing to go to the bathroom is a nightmare and those exercises would help hold everything in a little better! 

If you have any questions about having a baby in Ireland or any questions in general feel free to ask :) comment below or my contact information is available in the tab above! :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Baby Gift Haul

Hey Dolls,

So below are some of the gifts Baby Fitz has received from various family and friends (I apologise in advance if I didn't feature your gift and you wanted me to - I didn't get the chance to photograph and document everything :().

These gifts above are from my brother, soon to be uncle of Baby Fitz :) He went off in all his excitement one day and got the baby a few bits in Mods and Minis and The Baby Shop (both in Wilton Shopping Centre). Above is a cellular blanket in blue, a super soft 'I love hugs' blanket, a cot decoration of a teddy holding a star that plays music, a little teddy with teething rings on the feet and a wooly hat with matching mittens.
Above is a little put together hamper that my friend's Niamh and Salome gave me from Boots. Inside was a pack of Water Wipes, Boots Baby Zinc and Castor Oil cream, head to toe wash, a moisturising lotion, a teether and a packet of Naty Nature Babycare Nappies.
Here is what some of my colleagues got me before I finished up in work. They gave me two gift boxes (above), a box of nappies and a blanket and sleeping bag (not photographed). So above, there is baby powder, wet wipes, Johnsons Shampoo and lotion, 3-6 month size socks and a cot toy. There was also some baby vests and sleepsuits that are in my hospital bag!
The Ball Playnest Activity Gym is from two of my friends (along with the above Boots Hamper). (The bouncer in the pic is just the one myself and Daniel bought ourselves for the little guy!)
The above is part of the gift given to me by friends (Stacey, Natalie, Donna and Laura) at my surprise baby shower. Not pictured above is the record keepsake book, photo frame, many many clothes (from Pumpkin Patch and Disney Store) and personal knitted white cardigan with blue buttons. Among the many things above includes; Disney comb and brush, feeding bowl, petroleum jelly, sterilising fluid, cotton buds, toothbrush, thermometer, manicure set, baby powder, sippy cup, 'Rescue Oil' for stretch marks and scars, 'Baby/Child on Board' car sign, Dove moisturiser (for me) and a lovely sweet smelling candle :) I'm sure there's more but there was so much it was hard to keep track ;)
This is my favourite blanket and one of many received from Grandma/Nana Fitz, Daniel's mom. She went to the UK during the summer to visit family and came back witha  bag load of blankets from Asda :) There was the one above, a spotted textured one, a winnie the pooh one, and many more!
My friend AnnMarie gave me the above, a 6-9 month dungaree set from Boots and a teether ring, also from Boots. The vest top has little white and red car detail.
The above was an early gift given to me closer to my birthday for the baby from Salome. It is the cutest Converse All Star hat and sock set. I was going to get one myself in Dublin only weeks before but my sister talked me out of it (due to the price)!

That's it for now. I may do a baby clothing haul of some of my favourite pieces that Baby Fitz owns if you'd be interested :)

Lots of Love
xoxo

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Baby's Nursery (rough edition ;))

Hey dolls,

With only 3 days until my due date (as I am kindly reminded by my friends) I finally got the nursery started! I have the changing table and wardrobe in now. So I decided to do a seriously rough edition of my baby's nursery.

We don't have the cot in the room for 2 reasons - 1 because there was no mattress for it until today and secondly because my boyfriend's mom thinks it's bad luck (or something) to have the pram and cot in the house before the baby is born!

So here goes then...

Because we don't have the cot in or the shelving up, I decided to put the babies few teddies or soft toys on the changing table (this will obviously need to change when he arrives!). (L-R) Winnie the Pooh and Piglet (both from Tesco), Loved so much teddy from Mothercare (love this little guy!), Mickey Mouse, Mickey blanket and the green Chameleon is from the Disney Store. The white little lamb plays music and I got him in Tesco at Easter time.

Changing Table - the changing table is from Mama's and Papa's. It is a working progress. So on the top there is a colourful changing mat with some animal on it (didn't really look at it properly)! I also have the rug for the floor, still in it's plastic, thrown on top until the cot goes in the room. There is a little storage shelf in from to store easy to grab items for washing baby or changing nappies.

In the shelves below, the top one has all the wipes, some number 2 pampers nappies (newborn), products for bathing or skincare for baby, water wipes, teethers and some other gifted products. On the floor to the left of the pic is my Tommee Tippee Sangenic nappy disposal unit. In the bottom shelf, there are some more newborn size nappies, pampers changing mats, our angelcare baby monitor and some gifts I will put on the shelf once there up!

Wardrobe - My boyfriend and I designed the wardrobe to fit our needs. As the baby's room is quite small, and the cot and changing table were gifted to us second hand, I wanted my boyfriend to be able to put something together. So having scoured pinterest we came up with the above. We have 5 slots, 2 hanging bars, a row with 3 baskets (baskets are medium sized from Dunnes Stores, €8 each) and down the end there will be 2 shelves (not ready yet!).

Below are pictures closer of each slot and basket -

 Baby vests, folded in bundles as per size.
 Sleepsuits, folded in bundles as per size.
In this slot, I have miscellaneous outfits that weren't on hangers. Anything on a hanger I just threw into the hanging bar for now, just by size.

Onto the baskets:
 The first basket on the left, we have 0-3 month booties and all his socks (need to get more).
 In the middle basket we have muslin cloths and hats.
 In the first basket on the right side, we have bibs and dribblers. I have a few more than I thought which is good!
I had all baby's shoes in the basket but decided to only keep in there shoes for the first size. So the shoes in the above pic are at the base of the hanging section and are from 3-6 months onward. The blue booties are medium sized from Pumpkin Patch and the other 3 pairs are from Dunnes Stores.I also have some of baby's Christmas clothes stored on this shelf so I don't lose them or forget about them!

Hope you enjoy, I know it's nothing amazing but like I said it's a work in progress. Once the cot is in and shelves up I will have a full overview of the room - I'm just glad most the stuff is put away and out of bags and boxes!

Lots of Love
xoxo