The search for the perfect changing bag

Now this topic may seem insignificant to some, but I love bags. I have had, at some point or another, a handbag in every colour, shape, size and brand. So when it came to picking my changing bag I knew this was going to be a tough decision. I set myself a budget of £50 and took to google. So there I am typing in the search bar ‘changing bags’. 17,000,000 results found. Great. That’s not helpful.

So I started to become a changing bag perv. Whenever I was out shopping, or going for a wander, I would have a little look at what everyone else had hanging from their prams. Straight away I noticed that the trendy mums are rocking the ‘yummy mummy’ changing bags. They are colourful and pretty with cupcakes and flowers on and oh so many compartments. But they are also outside my budget, and I felt a bit bad making my hubby walk around with a ‘yummy mummy’ bag when he was on Dad Duty. So that was one ticked off the list. I also noticed that a lot of people had bags that matched their prams. I liked this idea. However, I have an Oyster and I wasn’t too impressed by their range. They seemed a bit too practical, and a tad boring.

So at this point I am back to google. Ooooh Ralph Lauren changing bags. So sassy. But absolutely not within the budget. I wanted one that looked like a handbag, quite neutral so it doesn’t clash with everything, pretty and practical. I must remind myself to be practical. I was looking for a while and eventually settled on a burgundy and grey Babymoov bag. It was similar to a large handbag and came with a matching changing mat, nappy holder, bottle warmer, dummy holder…etc. It was a beaut and bang on £50. Result!

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I was so excited when the bag arrived that I put it on my new pram straight away and noticed that it was a bit lopsided. It just didn’t sit properly as the straps to hold it on seemed to be in the wrong place. But never mind, I could get over that. I love that it is deceivingly big. There is plenty of room for the crazy amount of things mothers need to pack for a trip out of the house with the little one. This bag has a place for everything, so you can always find what you need. However, I must have packed a little bit too much on one particular trip because the clip that holds it onto the pram completely snapped off. Now I have to sort of tie it on and hope for the best.  And my matching changing mat has gone missing. I feel like the relationship with this bag is over before its even begun.  I am sorry but this story doesn’t have a happy ending.

I am considering just using an oversized high street handbag instead. Perhaps that way I wouldn’t have to carry a changing bag and a handbag and I could have a couple in different colours…hmm who knows. But if you have the changing bag of my dreams then please come forward.

But for now, the search continues…

Thanks for reading!

Lots of love,

Mille & Me xx

Nursery Must haves

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It wasn’t long after I found out I was having a girl that my brain started filling with tonnes of ideas for the nursery. Hubby knew this was my domain, so kind of left me to it, with the help of his bank card! Mwahaha! For some reason, I was picturing my nursery to be like the ones you see in the magazines. These huge nurseries with everything in its place, absolutely stunning. A babies palace. Then I looked at our little box room and realised I needed to scale down my ideas slightly. I might have got a bit ahead of myself. But, there are some beautiful things out there to make your nursery perfect regardless of the size and budget.

Wall art – Some people love them, some hate them. Me personally, I think there is some gorgeous wall stickers out there, and they can really transform a room – especially if you don’t want to commit to painting the room. I’m a bit OCD with things matching, so I picked the wall art first and then chose accessories to match. I found them really easy to put on, although it did make me a bit bonky eyed after looking at it for too long. I found mine online and depending on what look you’re going for, they have simple and understated, to bold, colourful ones, so it’s worth taking the time to look through them all.

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Furniture – As I mentioned, our nursery isn’t the biggest, so we had to be really careful when we ordered our furniture to make sure it would all fit and maximise the space. Make sure you do your measurements! A lot of nursery furniture is sold in sets and this is definitely the more cost effective way of buying it. We waited for a sale in Kiddicare and managed to get a gorgeous dark wood set, half price. Kiddicare is quite good for furniture as they have them out on display so you can see what your buying. I wasn’t sure whether to get the changing station or not, but I would definitely recommend getting one of these now. You will need the extra storage and its perfect for hiding away all of those nappies you will have been stocking up on.  I also suggest getting a wardrobe with lots of shelves which you can put baskets or something similar in, to keep everything organised.

Finishing touches – You can be as subtle or as bold as you like with these. I think it’s the small details that make a room really special. I loved this little ballerina ornament I bought from Next. I would also recommend having a little lamp in the room, as you won’t want the main light burning your eyes during the night feeds and I found that the subtle lighting helped Millie go straight back to sleep during the night feeds too. I also happen to know a very talented lady who drew me a beautiful picture of Bambi (I am Bambi obsessed) and this is now the centre piece of the room and I love it! It’s always lovely to have something personal in there to make bubba’s room unique. Notonthehighstreet.com is amazing for personalised bits and bobs too, although some of it is a bit pricey. I am already eyeing up a personalised toy box for when Millie is older and we have a bit more room. I think some of them are stunning and can last you for years. I like to get my money’s worth!

So that’s just a few of my nursery must have’s. Creating your nursery is one of the really exciting parts of preparing for your babies arrival, so have fun with it! Thanks for reading.

Lots of love,

Millie & Me xx

Post baby body confidence

So many ladies I know worry about what their figure will look like during and especially after pregnancy. I will be honest, I was one of them and still am to an extent. The usual questions crop up time and time again. ‘I wonder if I will get stretch marks when I have a baby? I wonder if I will put on loads of weight? I wonder if down there is…..’ Well you get the idea. TMI!

During my pregnancy my craving was jam doughnuts of all things. I have always had a sweet tooth so it didn’t come as a surprise really. But I could smash through 3 or 4 of these jam doughnuts in one sitting. Ask anyone who worked with me, they have seen it first-hand. Not my finest moment I must admit! In hindsight, I probably should have just had the one doughnut when I fancied it. Everything in moderation and all that, but this is not how my pregnancy brain worked at the time. So when I stepped on the scales a few weeks after having Millie, I knew there was a bit more junk in the trunk, but blimey! I nearly cried.

But…I have joined Slimming World and I am focused on getting back to the weight I was before my pregnancy. Because that’s the thing ladies, it can be fixed. It’s nothing that cannot be undone. We can all have Lucy Meck bodies, it’s just going to take a bit of extra work. Stay positive! You must remind yourself that it took 9 months to put on, so don’t worry if you don’t ping back into shape overnight. Those ladies that do have the ability to do this are superhuman, and have hidden powers, so they don’t count in this for now.

One of my biggest fears was stretch marks. I didn’t have any during my pregnancy and thought I had successfully avoided them, but the second I stopped using the bio oil after Millie was born, I did get a couple. That’s it I thought, I’m never wearing a bikini again, my body is a mess. I’m going to wear granny pants forever and just be ugly. Sulk, sulk, sulk.  Then I realised, I have these because I carried my daughter. I cooked this precious little girl, and she is worth every little mark I have. And these thoughts don’t make the stretch marks go away but they make them a lot easier to live with.

Now for any blokes reading, I hope you have managed to stick with us this far because this bit is for you. Now you have had a bit of an insight, there is a job for you to do. Please try to remind your girlfriend or wife how beautiful she is, how sexy she still looks, and show her you still find her attractive. We are sensitive little creatures after having a baby and just one small comment goes a long way. I think the saying goes…a happy wife, a happy life?! Which is probably true.

I know it sounds cliché but I really do believe that confidence in yourself is the key to success whatever size, shape or weight you are. With or without stretch marks. Pregnant or not pregnant. Love it all, because you are mighty fine regardless!

Thanks for reading!

Lots of love,

Millie and Me xx

The Poddle Pod Review

 

 

 

Ok, so I don’t want to sound to too dramatic about this…but I think the Poddle Pod has changed my life forever. I swear, it’s a God send. For those of you that don’t know what the Poddle Pod is, it’s basically a foam pod for the baby to lay in and is designed to snuggle your baby to sleep. How it works is that when you pop the baby in the middle, the outer squishy parts mould around the baby so that they feel like they are being cuddled to sleep.

Now I know she probably gets this from me, but Millie is a bit needy. She loves a squidge. Which is amazing because I love cuddling her, but there are times when I really need to get stuff done. For example, it’s pretty tough to make dinner with a baby attached to you or to even go to the toilet for that matter. I didn’t really like napping with Millie on my chest or in my arms, as I always worried that she would fall or something while I was asleep, God forbid. So the only other option we had was to lug the Moses basket up and down the stairs depending on which room we were in, and Millie would howl the house down when we put her in it because she didn’t get that comforting feeling from the basket. We tried putting all sorts of blankets in there to make it better, and swaddling her too, but nothing seemed to work!
So now Millie uses the pod, she settles so much better for naps and I can pop her down in there if I need to get bits done around the house. She loves it and is more than happy to just lay in it and chill, even if she is not sleeping. As the sides of the pod are higher, I don’t need to worry about Millie rolling, as I would if I had put her onto the sofa. I know this result may not be the same for every baby, but definitely worth a go if your struggling to settle baby in the basket like I was.
The pods are around £30 each, although I borrowed one instead. I think that’s pretty reasonable, especially if it allows you a bit of extra sleep, which is priceless if you are a new parent! I would perhaps recommend getting a couple of spare covers, in case of any sicky accidents (we have had a few!) Although, I have found that a blanket over the pod works just as well. The good news is that they also sell the Toddle Pod which is a bigger version of the Poddle. Believe me, I will be investing in that bad boy.
So there it is. The Poddle Pod. Beg, borrow or buy one and catch up on some well-deserved ZZZZZ’s!! You can thank me later..
Thanks for reading!
Lots of love,
Millie and Me xx