My Mummy's World

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

NatraSan First Aid Spray Giveaway

When I had got pregnant I was told I would be one of those parents who wrap their children in cotton wool and would protect them from ever getting an injury. I've not been, we have been very lucky with Jack and when he bumps himself he just gets back up again. Many a time he's come home from nursery with a bump or a bruise and nursery have been amazed he's not cried or bothered about it.
He's more of a bump on the head boy as he's very outgoing then a scraped knee child. Infact very rarely has he had a scraped knee but I always like to clean them when he does get one.

Recently I was introduced to a new healthcare spray called NatraSan. NatraSan is like an antiseptic killing 99.999% of harmful micro-organisms in seconds. It contains pure hypochlorous acid, the bodies own antiseptic. It is mild but incredibly effective to kill germs including bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts and moulds whilst being completely safe to humans, animals and the environment.

It's a perfect product to have in your bag or first aid kit, as it's multi-purpose. You can use it on wounds, bites, acne, spots, athletes foot, minor burns and scalds, hand and skin disinfection and surface sanitation. It's priced at £10.00 for a 200ml bottle.
I've been lucky enough to have a spray to giveaway to a reader just simply complete the form below.


Natrasan

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A winner will be chosen at random within 3 days of the competition ending. The winner will then be contacted via email and will have 3 days to respond before choosing another winner. ALL entries are checked and confirmed and any incomplete entries are disqualified. Prize supplied directly from Renapur.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Things to do in London with Kids.

One place I really want to take Jack to is London, there's just so much to see and do there and it is our Capital after all. We did look at going before baby arrives, but financially and with everything else happening it just wasn't do-able. 
Below I've put together a list of places that I would love to take Jack too but of course, London is a big place and there's lots more places to visit. 

Sea Life London Aquarium. 
We have visited a couple of Sea Life centers now, especially Birmingham and its somewhere Jack loves to go. But I distinctively remember a staff member once informed us that the best one is the one in London, since then it's always been somewhere I've wanted to take Jack. He's amazed by the marine life

London Show. 
I'm not entirely sure if Jack would sit still for long enough but I would love to take him to one of the many shows. There are many family-friendly shoes available which include audience participation and are shorter than the regular performances. 
Image courtesy of ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo.
Ok, this may be more for me, but Jack and I love animals. I've never been to London Zoo and its somewhere I would love to experience with my children. There are over 800 species to discover there. There are also many interactive experiences available including Penguin Beach, Gorilla Kingdom and Rain forest Life. 

London Transport Museum.
Another fascination of Jack's is transport, especially trains but of any kind really. There are many different exhibits for visitors to view. The galleries are full of interactive exhibits for both young people and adults to play on - including real trains and buses, heaven for Jack.
Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

London Eye.
What better way to view the sites of London then with a breathtaking 360-degree view. I've been on the London Eye once and it was an amazing experience and although I'm not sure what Jack is like with heights he seems a bit of a dare devil and I'm sure he would enjoy. 

Buckingham Palace.
One distinctive memory from my childhood is my Grandad taking me to watch the changing of the guards, I would love to take Jack to see this. Although its not an attraction as such, its an iconic thing to experience. 

If like us, you would be coming from afar then obviously a hotel stay is a must if your doing more than a day. There are various hotels around such as this Holiday Inn, located in Kensington Forum. It's located in the heart of London, its just a short walk from the tube station for convenient travel to various London attractions. 

This post is in collaboration with Holiday Inn.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

When life gives you lemons...

When life gives you lemons, cut them in half and squirt life in the eyes...

Life of recent has been a little bit, well challenging - everything happens for a reason though right? Well we can only hope so. 
I've not wrote a general life post in absolutely ages - I hate the thought of people I know reading about my life especially since I found out some family members read the blog but this is my little space of the internet so what the hell. 
I was hoping this year would be a lot better with no down-falls but it seems not. The end of October last year saw me split with Ashley, although it was hard I'm still here to tell the tale. In December mum and I decided the house we lived in just had too much negativity and we decided to sell up and purchase somewhere new. In January we placed a deposit on our brand new home - I've never lived in somewhere BRAND NEW before neither had mum and we are both truly looking forward to it. Our house we were living in sold really quickly - in fact the first person who viewed it placed an offer and purchased. 
Unfortunately for us, on the development we were purchasing our house, they had a problem which delayed our house by around a month. The sale of our house went through really swiftly which saw us having to move out with no new house to move too. This sent us into mini panic mode as rental houses are minimum of 6 months and we would only need somewhere for around 3 months, we looked at hotel stays but that was just too expensive so we've ended up temporarily living with my Nan for a short while - not ideal but still. We got rather excited when we had a call to ask if we could move the end of June rather than end of August - of course we could in fact that would be ideal. However that's not been the case, end of August is still our date. I only hope our new house will be the fresh beginning for mum and I and it truly is perfect.

The temporary living accommodation is not the only thing making me a little negative at the moment - there are many other factors too I'm just not brave enough to write about them at the moment for fear of certain people reading - families hey! I'm certainly not looking forward to the first month or so with baby, and this should be the time I treasure.

Luckily I have the birth of baby #2 to look forward too as well as having my Mum and Jack there for me on a daily basis - they literally are the reasons I carry on each day. 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

PregnancyPillows Review

Sleeping when pregnant can be difficult, I've especially found it difficult of recent for a mix of reasons but the main one being getting comfortable. When pregnant with Jack I never had any problems with my sleep and getting comfortable but my bump with Jack was much smaller than this time. Within the last couple of weeks with my pregnancy with Jack I would occasionally have an extra pillow between my knees but not always and this did the trick. This time, that just wasn't cutting it. So when PregnancyPillows contacted me asking if I wanted to review one of their pillows, I was quick to decide yes. 

PregnancyPillows are based in Manchester and specialise in pregnancy and nursing pillows helping us get our sleep before baby is born and supporting us with feeding afterwards. They have over 15 years experience and offer long lasting products in a range of designs, fabrics and colours. 
PregnancyPIllows L Shaped Pillow

I opted for the L-Shaped pillow which provides comfort and support in a more manageable size. It's basically a huge sausage shaped like an L, but can be shaped into other ways too. There are four other pillow styles too which can all be customised with different fillings, colours and lavender scented filling. I opted for the 'Original' in cream. 

The pillow arrived really quickly and I was really looking forward to using it that evening. Jack also found it very comfortable and kept hugging it throughout the daytime. The case is very soft against the skin, much softer than a normal pillowcase. I was unaware of the lavender scent, its not overly powering in fact I can't even smell it too much anymore. 
PregnancyPIllows L Shaped Pillow
Image from PregnancyPillows

I have used the pillow in a variety of different ways. I've used the pillow to sleep with, with it between my legs supporting my bump and helping for an easy nights sleep. I've used it in a V-Shape supporting my lower back when sitting, and Jack's used it this way too. I've also used it folded up as a giant pillow, when I've just wanted a little extra support. 

It can be a little awkward to move around at night, but its super comfy so this takes that away. The cover is machine washable so if it falls to the floor in the night, I don't mind. I only wish I'd have got one of these sooner and it's definitely something I would recommend to pregnant friends. 

Please Note: I received this pillow for the purpose of this review all opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Hand Hygiene with Dettol

Hand washing is one of the most important daily tasks. It's one of the simplest forms of personal hygiene and the easiest way to protect ourselves and our family from germs. It's the first line of defense against the spread of nasty diseases such as the common cold and flu to hepatitis A. We greet so many people with our hands, its important to protect ourselves. 

As parents we have to teach our children many things in life, and personal hygiene and hand washing should not be missed out. Jack hasn't really learnt much about germs or spreading of them so far, yet is beginning to learn its important to wash his hands before eating, after playing outside and after a nappy change. Children of both genders seem to just attract dirt, but for some reason boys more so. Jack like many other children of his age needs constant prompting to wash his hands, but in the long term he will learn and will know its important. 

Hand washing is as simple as can be, 
1. Wet hands under warm running water and rub soap all over hands, including in between the fingers and nails whilst counting to at least 30. 
2. Rinse soap away thoroughly with warm water.
3. Dry your hands using a clean dry towel.

As well as washing your hands, choosing the right hand soap is important. Choosing one which is anti-bacterial can help kill germs more effectively. We always ensure we have an anti-bacterial hand wash. Another good thing is the Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System, it dispenses the soap into your hand when detected by the sensor meaning you never have to touch it. We recently received one to test out and we've found its been really useful. Being a no-touch system it never comes into contact with the bacteria on your hands, helping keep it clean and hygienic. You can also switch the sensor off so you don't accidentally dispense soap each time your near it. 

Along with the No-Touch hand was system we also received some surface cleaner and wipes as keeping your surfaces clean is also important to maintain a healthy hygienic home. Dettol kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses including E Coli, salmonella, MRSA, and flu viruses whilst leaving no residue behind. 

You can enter to win a prize bundle from Dettol by simply entering below.

Dettol bundle

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A winner will be chosen at random within 3 days of the competition ending. The winner will then be contacted via email and will have 3 days to respond before choosing another winner. ALL entries are checked and confirmed and any incomplete entries are disqualified. Prize supplied directly from Dettol

Please Note: We received some products free of charge for the purpose of this post.

Why I'm choosing to have a Cesarean birth

With Jack I had a natural birth, delivering him naturally with no intervention - phew!
So your probably thinking why am I choosing to have a cesarean birth this time.

During my pregnancy with Jack I had reduced fetal movements regularly and the final week of my pregnancy saw me placed onto daily CTG monitoring at hospital. I went into natural labour at 39+6 and had a vaginal birth. However, during the final part of my labour Jack's heartbeat was dropping and Ashley was asked to place his hand upon the emergency call button ready for intervention. This sent me into panic mode, one thing I wanted was to not have any intervention with my birth. I was ready to push so pushed as hard as I could to get Jack out but this only caused me to tear. Luckily Jack was born with no problems at all, just poor mum here. After a while I was wheeled around to theatre to be stitched back up and the following day I was told about my tear after I had a little cry because I wasn't allowed to go home. I was informed that I had a fourth degree tear, which was the worst the poor surgeon had seen in his career and that it was important I healed correctly. I was also informed it would be wise for any future births to be via a cesarean section as I would be at high risk of tearing again. 

Almost three years later when I found out I was expecting again, whilst talking to the community midwife she asked my birth choice and told me I was wise for choosing an elective section. I'm lucky to not be incontinent and for me the risk of tearing again, not healing and becoming incontinent is worse than having a cesarean which I may have ended up needing anyway. 

Yes I'm a little sad I won't get to experience a natural birth again however I've had the opportunity once which I'm more than happy with and the health of myself and baby is a lot more important. 

You can find out more about C-Sections on the NHS website

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Week 38.


It's hard to believe I'm almost at the end of this pregnancy journey. It started off rather slow and I was thinking it would take forever to reach the end, now it's nearing I'm not wanting it to end.

I only have one more midwife appointment now before baby arrives. At my last midwife appointment everything was well - my fundal measurements are following the curve after the drop so now we are following the 50th line rather than 90th. I don't feel that my stomach has grown much more over the past few weeks, it had on my fundal measurements but I'm struggling to see the change. My pelvis is becoming more painful and I can tell baby is definitely low down. I'm rather lethargic as I'm struggling to sleep at night but its something I've learnt to cope with. 

This week baby is averaging a weight around 7lbs, I'm guessing baby is above that considering she was 6lbs6 roughly 3 weeks ago. All organs are now fully formed and ready for life outside of mum's tummy. The only remaining change left to happen is babies eye colour, due to lack of pigment. 

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