One Week To Go!

Eeek we are finally on the exciting count down! We have a week until we go on holiday, although I am excited, I'm also getting a little anxious, we still have a few odd bits to get, mostly for Isla - like stuff for on the plane and some food to pack in our suitcases for her like the pouches etc. We done a food shop tonight and we got a few bits which I will share over the weekend, I also need to start packing as I always leave it to the last minute and I don't think that is very wise, especially with the amount of stuff we need to take for Isla. I have got some posts lined up so look out for them, are you going on holiday soon? If so where are you going? 

Tara xxx

Isla's OOTD

Islas outfit of the day - her headband is from the Star Bowtique and is a shabby flower style with rhinestone elastic which catches the light beautifully. 

Her tshirt is from Primark or Primani as I like to call it lol. It's plain white with a lovely pink material spelling out the word LOVE.

Her shorts are also from Primark, these are in a hot pink colour which I love. They are the only shorts that are not huge around the leg part and were only £4! I might get them in the other colours too as they for really well. 

Her jelly sandals are from Gap, these are in a hot pink colour to match the shorts. If you happen to go into Gap and see these pick them up and smell them.... Not only will you look a little weird and get some funny looks, but you will realise that these actually smell really nice haha! I think it's just the new material smell but it has made Islas wardrobe smell so good so that's a bonus! 

What were your little ones wearing today? Have you got any recommendations that you think I may like for Isla? 

Tara xx

Long Weekend In The Sun

Perry surprised me by taking last Friday and this Monday off of work! It was such a lovely surprise as you know what it's like when you're a SAHM and sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming, well things like this give me a awesome boost! As my parents were away in Egypt we decided to go to their house for the 4 days as they live up the road from the beach and as the weather was meant to be nice we thought it would be perfect. 

On Friday we spent most of the day in the garden as we had bought Isla a swing so we wanted to set it up and also we wanted the rabbits to go in the garden too. It was so hot! My legs got incredibly burnt and was very painful, I stupidly forgot about them when putting cream on, like who does that!? We also went to the beach for a little while so Isla could play with her new buckets and spades. 


On the Saturday we just went back to the beach again for a bit, it was a bit hit and miss with the sun so we dressed up a little warmer. When we got home we did have a BBQ and also Isla went on her new swing, we need to get the baby seat to go on it so she can go on it properly. 




Sunday we spent ALL day at the beach, we took our beach shelter, also a mat and wind breaker as it was quite windy, and we took a picnic down with us so we could have lunch on the beach. It was such a good day and took me back to my childhood when I would spend all day on the beach with my grandparents, it was nice to spend the day there and also Isla went in the sea for the first time! She loved it, it wasn't too cold either and she was in a uv suit and hat to protect her from the sun. We had another BBQ at my mums and just enjoyed being a family. The rabbits were loving the garden in their run too. 




On Monday we went for a lovely walk down to the harbour and sat watching the boats and seagulls, it was like a proper seaside day :) we got a ice cream and then walked back to my parents house to get ready as Isla has swimming lessons on Mondays. We came home first to pick up Islas arm bands and then headed off to her lesson which she thoroughly enjoyed. After swimming we then went back to my parents to tidy up and pack up all our stuff. Over the long weekend I made the most of using my mums washing line in this good weather so managed to get 2 black bin liners done! The only down side is I have a mountain of ironing to do now! 


What did you get up to at the weekend? Also what are your plans for this bank holiday? 

Tara xx 

Isla's 17 Month Update!



17 months!? When did this happen and how!? I can't believe how quick this year is going, as much as I'm enjoying watching Isla grow into a proper little toddler and learn new things, its also a very bittersweet moment. So where to start.. 

Isla now weighs 24lb 6oz which puts her in the 75th percentile for her age, she is mostly in 18-24 month clothing as the warmer weather is coming all of her summer clothes are in this size, so that they last the whole of summer. She is in 12-18 month pyjamas but they are getting tight on her so when we get back from holiday I am going to go through all of her clothes. She is wearing a size 4 shoe although one foot is a size 4 1/2 she comfortably wears a 4 and a size 4 1/2 in Clark's shoes. Her hair is growing slowly still, I can get it in a pony tail and bunches which looks so cute on her! 

She is no longer having a bottle, she drinks her milk out of a sippy cup now, she has milk in the morning with her breakfast and again before bed (6oz) she has 3 meals a day and 1 snack at 3 pm to break up lunch and dinner. She has 1 nap a day which is only for an hour, sometimes 1 hour 30 minutes if I'm lucky. Her bedtime is at 7:30-7:45 and she sleeps through until 8am ish. She brushes her teeth in the morning and before bed, mummy's not allowed to do it, so I have to have a battle to give them a good scrub afterwards. 

She is still going to swimming lessons, she is now in the next group up (18 month +) although all the kids are over 20 months so she is still really young in the group. She floats all by herself in the water, with her arm bands of course, she will float on her front and bring her back up and kick her legs, she has only just got confident enough to lay on her back by herself. But yet again mummy can't hold her in the water! She is such a independent little girl and its frustrating at times, I hope it gets easier soon! She starts gymnastics next month which I'm so looking forward to :) She can do a roly poly all by herself now, and she walks round on her tip toes a lot to, she also loves to climb and is generally a very active little girl, she is always up to something. 

TANTRUMS... Oh my have they got a lot worse, I think I am definitely experiencing the terrible twos early. She has been having the worst tantrums ever, and even more in public which is extremely stressful to deal with. I can see a light at the end of the tunnel though, as she is starting to understand more she is getting a tiny bit better. Its such a hard age as she doesn't understand discipline and she can't really communicate at the moment. Which brings me on to my next update about Isla, she is now putting two words together, she's been doing this for the past 2 months now. She says 'bye Daddy' 'Ready Steady' 'My baby', she is not copying many words I ask her to say, I'm not concerned at the moment at all as she can say over 15 words, and I know one day she will just start talking and saying every word possible! She is definitely more advanced in the physical side and has been since a young age. The only animals she really knows is dog and rabbit, she also says woof woof when I say dog so she understands that's the noise it makes. Ive been struggling to get her to point to things in a book when I ask her to find them, so if anyone has any tips id really appreciate it!

She uses a pen in a pincer grip with her right hand most of the time, otherwise she just holds half way up the pen and scribbles that way. She also understands instructions I give her, like picking up her food off the floor after she's eaten and throws it in the bin, also if I ask her to bring something she will bring it to me. We are off to Egypt next month and I know she is going to absolutely love it with all the swimming pools and the splash parks. Her favourite toys are her baby, her pushchair, her kitchen and the slide at the park. That's all I can think of for now. Thanks for reading 


Our First Family Holiday Abroad!

So as some of you may already know, we are off on our first proper family holiday in the beginning of June. We are going to Egypt and the hotel we have picked also has a splash park so I know Isla is going to love it as she is doing so well with her swimming lessons now, she can float on her belly and back all by herself in her armbands. I have been buying bits for our holiday over the past 2 months and I am pretty much all ready minus a few bits that I need to get like toiletries. I am starting to write lists of all the stuff I want to take so I won't forget anything when it comes to packing, and also I just like to be organised like that :) 

I have a few blog posts in mind coming up which will be about our holiday and all the preparations and organising that I am doing as this holiday is a big deal for me Ive never taken or been with a toddler abroad before, so this is all new to me! I pretty much have all of Islas stuff I just need to start sorting out outfits and start packing! Ive also recently just got my new pushchair which I am going to take abroad with us, its the Maclaren Techno XT in black. I will also be doing a full review on this soon, so stay tuned for that. 

I will have some more posts up soon,

Tara
xx

My Labor & Delivery Story With Isla

Tuesday 18th December 2012

Around 8:00pm I started to have some quite painful period pains along with very uncomfortable back pain, nothing was consistent and it was quite hard to time the pains. They were all over the place so I didn't think much of it as 2 weeks previous I had strong braxton hicks which I thought was labor! We went to bed around midnight and I said to myself that if it was the real deal I would be woken by the pain.

Wednesday 19th December 2012

At 1:00am I woke up, I could feel no pain so thought they had gone away just like before, I got up to use the bathroom when I got the most excruciating pain, I returned to the bedroom to wake Perry up. After this the pain kept coming every 3 minutes lasting for 1 minute, it was so painful I could hardly breathe. We started to time them using an contraction app on the iPhone, when I see how regular they was I was shocked at how quick they was coming as they shouldn't start off that fast. The pain was so bad I didn't know what to do my body went into shock because of how quick it was all happening I was boiling hot but covered in goosebumps!

1:45am

I rang the labor and delivery ward, I spoke to a male midwife who asked me to describe what was happening, he said I could go in if I wanted to, so I got somewhat dressed and left for the hospital, I also rang my mum asking her to come to the hospital. I wouldn't allow Perry to park in the car park so I walked from over the road from the hospital in just a T-shirt in December! Perry wheeled me super quickly in a wheelchair with a squeaky wheel to the labor ward. I honestly thought they was going to send me home saying it was false labor.

2:45am

I was admitted to my room where the midwife checked my pulse, but the pain was so bad I could not keep still. It seemed like he thought I was being a wimp and he told me to calm down and I was stomping on the spot to deal with the pain. He asked me to do a urine sample so I went to the bathroom and I had my bloody show and all of a sudden I felt a gush of pressure and I screamed saying "I need to push!!" and I went back into the room and managed to lay on the bed.

3:00am

A female midwife came in and checked me, she said I was 10cm and ready to push! I was so scared and begged them to take the pain away but they told me the only way was to push, so I started pushing At this point my mum arrived and came in to stand with Perry. My waters did not break, so the membranes and bag of waters was coming out first, this is why it took so long to push her down the birthing canal! Perry went very pale when the baby's head started to crown and he ran off to the bathroom, then I looked down and there was my daughters head still in the bag of waters and my mum shouted to Perry to come back in or he would miss the birth. When her shoulders came out the waters broke and she pooed in shock.

4:15am

Baby Isla was born! Weighing 6lb 13oz.
Normally you receive a injection to help the placenta come out but they would give it to me as I had done it all natural so it took over an hour as my bladder was full. So they done a catheter and drained my wee so the contractions would come back. I can not describe the relief when the placenta was delivered it was amazing!! I tore very small in two places inside and so I had disolvable stitches. I am to this day still so amazed and proud about how I done so well in labor and giving birth, I never dreamed I would of done it without any pain relief or that it would of happened that quick. I really hope my next birth goes like this!

Welcome...

Hello and welcome to my new blog! 
My name is Tara and I am 21 years old, engaged to the love of my life, Perry who is 26 and we have a 1 year old daughter called Isla. 

I have created this blog to record all the details of  our family life and the ups and downs that come with being a young parent. This is going to be my space to talk about my life, my feelings, to get things off my chest after a bad day,  to do reviews of baby products, and post anything mummy or baby/toddler related. 

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