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Happy New Year 2013 and Thank You!!

 

Happy New Year Everyone!! Hope you had a good one. We went out to a friends house for a couple of hours but then had to return home due to a very tired Thomas. We celebrated with a bottle of champagne and watching the fireworks instead!

The end of 2012 meant the end of my Project 366 where I tried to take a photo a day and post it on the blog. I succeeded in taking the photos but sometimes struggled to get them on my blog resulting in large back logs. I have decided to do a Project 365 this year too but am going to put all the pictures into one weekly post published on a Saturday night or Sunday morning with a bit of an explanation as to what we got up that week. Thank you for your support last year with Project 366. I really appreciate it. I know this blog basically became a Project 366 blog for long periods and I apologise for that. I intend to write about more interesting stuff and show what we are getting up too, a lot more this year and beyond. Thank you to The Boy And Me for inspiring me to start Project 366 in the first place.

2013 will also hopefully see a few other changes on the blog too. I am hoping to move to self hosted which will mean a few more discreet advertisements and sponsored posts are added to the site. This blog will not become one long advert though. I hate it when blogs put on lots of sponsored posts all in the one go and I will keep this in mind when I accept them as I know how annoying they are for me.

In other news, Thomas moved from the baby room into the toddler room at nursery today and his walking is coming on a treat. I am sure I will be running round after him soon. I am hoping to set up my own business (more details to follow soon) this year too.

Thank you for keeping on reading Jo's Nursery. It is greatly appreciated. I hope you all have a fantastic 2013!!!! 🙂

 

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Thomas’ First Calendar

Just after Thomas was born, we were lucky enough to recieve a Baby’s First Calender. This is similar to a traditional baby book, but in calendar form that is suitable to go in your baby’s room. The calendar comes with a handy room thermometer and lots of stickers including first smile, first tooth, immunisations and other baby first events.

This calendar will probably never replace the traditional baby book, however it is very useful for extremely tired parents to use when important milestones happen and you do not have the energy to fill in the book. Family and friends can also see the calendar very easily too.

I am looking forward to adding more events as Thomas starts doing more and more things. Many thanks to Danny for sending us the calendar to review 🙂

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I’m still here!

Hello everyone. I am sure you are beginning to think that this is turning into just a Project 366 blog and I have completely lost my blogging mojo.

Well, let me ensure you that this is not the case. I have more blogging mojo at the moment that I have had for a while. However, Thomas is now becoming more alert and very aware as to what is going on in the world and because of this, he is hardly sleeping in the day. Once he has gone to bed at night, we have dinner, an hour in front of the tv and then before you know it, its bedtime. I seem to have no time at all to blog properly how I want to as I am to tired once he has gone to bed.

I am hoping in the next month or so that this will change and I can make more regular appearances apart from posting a picture a day for a year. Next week, Thomas is moving into his own room and I am hoping he will start sleeping through the night soon too.

If you do have any tips to make moving him into his own room easier or to encourage him to sleep through the night, I would love to hear them.

Thanks for keeping on reading Jo’s Nursery. It is much appreciated 🙂

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Product Review: Natureshop’s Baby Range

When I was pregnant, I was approached by Nature Shop and asked if I would like to try some items from their baby range. As I did not know whether Thomas was a girl or a boy, I chose a couple of neutral items and they were a sleeping grown and a hooded towel. I am very impressed with both items.

They are made using organic cotton and are excellent quality. The hooded towel is the best one we have got. It is the thickest and put the normal thin baby towels to shame. The sleeping grown is lovely and yet again, feels very high quality. Despite it is being neutral, I think the sleeping grown is slightly feminine for a boy but that is just me being really picky if I am honest. There are other colours available which are better for boys. I cannot wait until I get 5 minutes and can order Thomas a few more goodies from Nature Shop.

Many thanks to Katarina for sending me the items to review 🙂

The First 9 Weeks

I have now been a Mummy to Thomas for 9 weeks and I have loved nearly every single second of it. Once we sorted the feeding situation out, Thomas is now contended the majority of the time. However, there are occasions when he gets overtired and cannot be consoled at all. He likes looking around and sometimes looks round for so long that he forgets to go to sleep. Thomas then just crys until he eventually goes to sleep. I do not like this as nothing I do will stop him crying.

Apart from that, motherhood is everything I expected it to be and more. I cannot remember what life was like before we had him. I occasionally have vague recollections but they feel dream like. Our family and friends have been amazing and I do not know what we would of done without them.

I have only left Thomas with Stuart for 5 times so far and he has taken him out himself a couple of times too. My Mom has had him once for for 4-5 hours over the festive period but that has been the only time he has been looked after by someone else outside of our house. I am hoping to increase this a bit more in the New Year.

This festive week has been a bit hard on us as Thomas has had a cold and bit of a fever. Most of the time he is ok but occasionally he just will not settle at all and we have had to give him Calpol, take him for a walk or just let him cry until he settles. Last night he had his best night’s sleep so far (Calpol fuelled), sleeping from 9pm-4.45am then going back down at 5.50am and sleeping until 9.15am. I am hoping this is a sign of things to come.

We really enjoyed Thomas’ first Christmas and cannot believe how many presents he got. Thank you again our wonderful family and friends. I love being a Mummy and am looking forward to whatever 2012 brings. Stuart and I want to get married, get Thomas christened and move house so it is going to be a busy one. I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog in 2011 and will join us for our adventures next year and beyond. Thank you for all your support and help this year. It is much appreciated.

Happy New Year! 🙂

Maternity/Newborn Photoshoot with Jay Mountford

When I was pregnant, I was actually quite proud of my body and my bump and I wanted some way to remember it by. So when I saw @jaymountford/ @cosmicgirlie on Twitter did maternity/newborn photo shoots, I jumped at the chance.

Jay’s website show the quality of her work and wide variety of the pictures she can take. I can only show a small selection on the blog from both shoots. I was 36 weeks pregnant when we did the maternity shoot. We had never had one done before so we will both a bit nervous and did not know what to expect. She instantly put us at ease and we laughed our entire way through the shoot. I know see my garden in a different light too as Jay used light and angles of the shots to show it in a completely different light.

For the newborn shoot, Jay came when Thomas was 10 days old. She took her time and made sure that we were happy with every stage before proceeding. She really understood our wishes as new parents and even taught us a couple of baby calming techniques too. We had a great time on this shoot too, despite us feeling jaded due to lack of sleep. Thomas looks amazing in the photos and it is such a great way to remember the start of his life, as he has now changed so much already.

Jay has written about her experience of the maternity shoot here. I cannot wait to see what she thought about the newborn shoot too. Thank you Jay for a wonderful time and an amazing experience.  🙂

Winner of The Yummy Mummy Breastfeeding Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who entered my Yummy Mummy Breastfeeding Giveaway. I am pleased to announce that comment no 17 by Leonie Kay (@blogatwit) is the winner. If you can please email your address to joskitchen@hotmail.co.uk, I will get the prize sent out to you as soon as possible. Thank you again to everyone for entering 🙂

Please Support Sudocrem’s All Babies Count Campaign

Sudocrem, the UK’s leading nappy rash cream, is delighted to announce a donation of up to £25,000 in total to the NSPCC. Sudocrem is currently supporting ‘All babies count’, an online campaign which will support the NSPCC’s work to prevent the abuse and neglect of babies.

Here’s how you can support All babies count:

  • Sudocrem will donate 50p for each new ‘like’ on Sudocrem’s Facebook page (Visit www.facebook.com/sudocrem)
  • For every tweet using the #allbabiescount hashtag Sudocrem will donate 25p

This is a campaign that I feel very strongly about, especially with a nearly 7 week old in the house. I know it can be hard being parent. There have been some very tough moments so far and Thomas is not even 2 months old yet. I just do not understand how parents can harm their children. However the NSPCC estimates over 198,000 babies in the UK (one in four) are at high risk because they are born into homes with domestic violence, mental health problems, or drink and drug dependency. These families and especially the children in them need our help. I have taken some money that I was going to use to buy Thomas a Christmas present and have donated to the campaign instead. It would be great if we all did the same but if you cannot, every little bit helps so please tweet and like on Facebook as much as you can. Thank you 🙂

Many thanks to Blog Match for informing me about the campaign