Saturday, 31 July 2010

Postie Checklist

1 Itti Bitti D'Lish AIO, Red, Medium
1 BAMbooty Hooty Booty, Large (a return)
2 Ebay Cheapies, White with Green Stars and White with Animals, OS
1 Slinky Minki, Minty Stripes, Large, Special Order with Poppers

Still not heard from Cheeks and Cherries, waiting for the Itti to come in stock, not heard about the validity of the exchange of the Bambooty, Ebay cheapy could take 10-30 days, Slinky Minki has a special order on poppers rather than applix :)

Hopefully some nice surprises to come in the post!

6 Month Milestone!

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to breast feed. There was no doubt in my mind about that, I would have a baby, and feed it the natural way.
When I became pregnant and had to make those kinds of decisions, I knew I would give breast feeding the best effort that I could, but if it wasn't working out for us, I would formula feed. I had decided to be as laid back as possible.

I am so proud to have fed my son for 6 months. It is a terrific achievement for me, especially as so many people fall at the first hurdle. I admit, Louie has had two feeds of formula, once, cup fed in the hospital as I was so poorly and exhausted that I needed some sleep, and once because we had theatre tickets and I wasn't able to pump enough milk for my boy.
And although Lou is now being weaned, his sole source of nutrients still comes from his mama and I am so proud!

He is an incredibly healthy, strong and well built little boy, and I am proud to say that it is all down to me!

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Schooling and Handmedowns

Two things I read today have really got me thinking. The first was an article in The Green Parent about schooling. Most european children do not start formal education until they are 6 or 7, in England it is 4. England also is the bottom of the table rating children's happiness.
We touched on this in psychology at a-level, showing that swedes and norwegians are much happier and perform better than their English counterparts, put down to excellent nursery care and the importance of play based learning.
If I had the option, I would love to keep Louie home for as long as possible, however I know I am not the best person to school him, and social interaction is far too important to deprive him. If there were schools which centered on play based learning until that age in this country, I would be the first one there with my son.

Secondly, I read a post on a forum, which was entitled 'Hand me down cr*p' which riled me a touch.
Why would anyone be ungrateful for being given lots of things for their child? Maybe it is just me, but if I had given someone something of Louie's, something I had loved him wearing, or he loved playing with, i would expect the decency of them to at least be gracious.
Babies don't NEED all new things. Newborn clothes last for 2/3 weeks, Louie lived in other children's clothes. His 3-6 clothes have lasted longer but I have only bought him a few bits and pieces. He isn't going to care that another child has worn it!

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Louie's Half Birthday

I can't believe my little boy is six months old, it seems unreal! He has grown up so fast!
To celebrate we went to Wistow, the Maize maze! It was so much fun! A big maze, made from maize in the shape of a spitfire (hence Dan enjoyed it!)
It didn't take us long to get around but it was worth it, a every nice day out.

On our way to Wistow, we stopped off at Blaby and paid the Farmers Market a visit. It was lovely! Dan and I had sausage sandwiches for breakfast and we got lots of goodies for our Sunday dinner tomorrow, including a Ham and all the veggies.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Our Garden!

Check out our huge tomato plant! Wowza!

I can't wait to eat them! For Louie to try some too! It's doing really well!
And the loverly washingline!

Heyey wait a minute Mr Postman...!!

My recent fluffy purchases have arrived! :D Woo!
My Cushy Tushy Bee is here, and it looks REALLY good! It is an all-in-one nappy, which I havent used yet and it seems really thick, even without the main liner it comes with, AND it has a smaller booster! I can see this being a really reliable nappy!
And the nappy bin came too, thank god! And the nappy bag, which is quite small but I think it will serve its purpose nicely, at least it wont be TOO big :)

My post! Plus Louie in his NEW blueberry!

Happy bunny now!
Just to wait for my Red Itti and my Hooty Booty!

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Reuse and Recycle

This is a music box that belonged to my cousin Iain, and has found its way around our family, it was a favourite of mine when I was a baby and now it resides in my beautiful boy's cot.

I am very proud that when Louie came into our lives, people have been so generous. We have been very lucky that we have been given lots of things, new and old. Louie wears clothes which have been on two or three other children, has pre-loved toys, nappies which have adorned other babies bottoms and you name it, we have probably had it pre loved! Louie even plays with toys that were mine when I was a child, and uses my baby blankets.
It really is special that he can share things that I had as a baby, it makes me feel that our bond is so strong.

In the world we live in today, it is important to reuse, it means less things need to be produced and therefore there is less waste. Not to mention the cost of buying everything new.

I know that we will be saving everything for future siblings, and loaning things to others and recycling our things.
Waste not want not :)

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Sunday Family Day

Today we made a visit to the Great Central Railway in Loughborough. Louie wasn't too taken by the trains, they were a little too noisy and scary for him but Mummy and Daddy enjoyed themselves!

We had lunch in the little restaurant and bought Louie three Thomas books from a secondhand bookshop! It was lovely!

Saturday, 17 July 2010

fill your pants!

Today we visited a nappuccino event at Brocks Hill park! Cloth nappies galore!
A lady did a talk and showed everyone all the different types of real nappies you could get and how to use them etc. It was very informative, overall a good morning! They also were offering 10% discount, which was fab and used to get a blueberry minky and it is absolutely divine, so silky and soft. We went for the blue and coffee spots, it will go with most things :)
Our cloth nappy stash is building now! I'm going to have to re-evaluate my shelves to accommodate!
I was really sold on the idea of real wipes too, and when we got home i ordered some 'cheeky wipes', which means we are going the whole hog on the whole eco drive! Its the asda baby event next week and we aren't actually going to need anything!

So that means that now we have;
3 BumGenius' v3 (one dark blue, one light blue and one yellow)
1 TotsBots Bamboozle rainbow in orange
1 Bambino Mio Prefold
1 Blueberry minky in blue latte
1 Itti Bitti D'Lish in red
1 Cushie Tushie in Bee!!
10 Little Lambs in size 2
1 Little Lamb in size 1

and a Blueberry wrap for the big cloths :)

I think were doing REALLY well!

So Mr Postman, we cant wait for you to bring our new wipes, wetbag, nappy pail, beebum and itti!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Real Nappies!

So disposables are bad, they don't degrade and you use thousands of them! Hello Real Nappies!
Here is my lovely little Louie in his brand new BumGenius (V3)
We are getting on really well so far, I can't wait until Saturday, the real nappies day at Brocks Hill - I hope i can come home with lots of goodies!

Homegrown Veggies!

We have a few tomato plants in our garden to get us started, with the ambition of growing some spuds, lettuce, peppers, cucumbers and things like that but last night Roger sent Dan home with a bag of homegrown mushrooms!
They were DELICIOUS! Definitely the tastiest mushrooms I've had in a while. They were lovely in our bacon sarnies for breakfast!


There's me, Heidi, my partner Dan and our 5 month old son Louie and this is our green journey!
We all need to be more conscious of our world and how we are destroying it, as a family, I feel we need to take steps to stop our huge impact, even if it is only small things, every little helps!

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