Saturday, 1 June 2019

Baby Avery at One Month Old


I can't believe I am already sat here writing up Avery's first monthly update. He's already one whole month old! He was born on May 1st and now we've reached June which feels impossible. In the same way it feels as though he has always been here. He may have given our lives a big shake up but he's fitted in without a thought and I can't really imagine life without all three little people running around now!

Personality
 Avery is so little yet we already see so much of his personality, he's such a content baby who loves to be cuddled. It's early days and I know that over time his little personality will really start to develop and show. I'm excited to find out who he will be but for now I am happy to wait and watch as he grows and changes through these early days.


Sleep
Through the first week or so Avery slept really well at night. He woke every three hours to have a feed and would drift back off easily. The only exception in the early days was that he would have his own little 'witching hour' when he just stayed awake for no real reason being a little fussy in the middle of the night. He has grown out of that little phase and now I'm finding we are generally up for a fair amount of the night. He will sleep well once he goes down however getting him to go down isn't easy. I'm hoping this is just another little phase and he'll find a proper night time pattern again soon. 

During the day Avery has several long naps and is usually only awake for around two to three hours. His awake time is slowly increasing as time goes by and he's more alert during the awake time now than a week or two ago. 


Physical Ability
At just one month old it's rather astonishing what a baby can do. Avery has been able to lift his head for a few seconds since he was born, over this month he's increased his strength and control when he lifts his head up as well as increasing the length of time he holds it up. He seems to enjoy tummy time for a minute or two so far.

He has a pretty good grasp, he'll hold on to your finger, blankets, clothing and pretty much anything else he can get his hands on. 

Avery is now able to move around if he really wants to, he has figured out that moving his body around and squirming can help get him where he wants to be. It's making nappy changes quite interesting at the minute!


Milestones
There are so many milestones to share with Avery over the last month with his first day and night at home, meeting Scarlet and Dylan for the first time, reaching his birth weight are all milestones we saw during the first week after he was born. 
Over the rest of the month we have enjoyed watching as he had his first tummy time, started to grasp onto fingers, clothing and blankets as well as starting to discover the world around him. 

Health 
During the first few days of life Avery developed a little jaundice which for small babies who are born early is pretty normal. It's gone now and it wasn't anything to worry about,his levels stayed very low and only ever reached just over 80 which is fairly low. 

Quite recently we all caught a cold type bug that Avery also got a little bit of. Luckily he didn't seem to catch the whole bug and just got a bit of a runny nose. It did make feeding during the night a little harder but we did okay and he wasn't phased at all by it.


Feeding
Avery has his first feed in the time not long after he was born. We've been breastfeeding since and he's done amazingly well. He latched on well the first feed and hasn't had any latch problems at all. We've been lucky that he's taken well to breastfeeding from the start.

The only problem we've had at all is when he lost over 10% of his body weight at 3 days old and had to be given some expressed milk top ups to help him start getting back up towards his birth weight  again. All three of my children have had to have expressed milk top ups at 3 days old and Avery much like his siblings has thrived ever since. He did only have a few top ups and since he's gained back his birth weight and much more! He'll be due to get weighed in around two weeks time and was last weighed around 2 and a half weeks old when he was over 7 pounds! Which is amazing to think since he was only 6 pounds 2 ounces when he was born. 



Thursday, 30 May 2019

Win one of two personalised copies of "Goes to Sleep" book from Little Creatures {Giveaway}

In our house bedtime is always accompanied by a book to read together. It's not always guaranteed that the books will help in the getting to sleep department, more often than not everyone is still awake when we finish the books. Finding a book that children enjoy and which helps them drop off is no mean feat. It is however important. Having a good bedtime routine that helps to wind the whole family down for night time has more of an impact than you might think. A time without technology and outside influences to simply take a moment and enjoy a bedtime story can create precious memories and help with the bond.


It's here that Little Creatures are making a difference. They create personalised children's books using leading research to help combat and solve real problems faced by parents and children. They work with leading experts in paediatrics as well as The Children's Sleep Charity. It's through these connections and research that the book Goes to Sleep was born. It was created by co founders Kasia Dudziuk (illustrator) and George Berkowski (Author) with the intention of getting children the best possible nights sleep. Which in turn helps to get parents the best night sleep too. 


Goes to Sleep is a story that follows your child as they complete a bedtime routine before hopping into bed and drifting off to sleep. They'll fly off on a cloud and dream of great adventures including meeting a gorilla,elephant and many more animals who have had a very busy day. They're all staring to feel tired out and ready to fall asleep. 

The personalisation of the book Goes to Sleep is more than just a name inside the pages. Not only is your child's name added to the cover and story but your able to add many more personal touches to really help bring the whole thing to life for your child. You can add your child's hair colour and skin tone to really bring them into the books illustrations. 

The Goes to Sleep book would be a lovely addition to any child's bedtime routine. 
You can purchase a personalised Goes to Sleep book from £16.99.

Little Creatures are giving one of our readers the chance to win their own copy of Goes to Sleep which can be personalised for any child you like. 
Enter using the Gleam widget below.

Good Luck!

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  • Entrants must be aged 18 years or over.
  • Competition is open to UK residents only.
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  • The winners will be selected at random from all the correct entries received before the closing date and time.
  • All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, cash or otherwise.  
  • There will be two winners who will each receive a personalised copy of "Goes to Sleep"
  • The prize will be sent directly from the PR.



Thursday, 23 May 2019

This Noisy Isle, a treasure hunt show at Brighton Fringe {Giveaway}



Take a different look at the world through the exciting, immersive theatre and street games as they mix together in the treasure hunting theatre show, This Noisy Isle. Created by Spun Glass Theatre for ages 7 - 11 years old, This Noisy Isle was inspired by The Tempest.

Taking the journey through This Noisy Isle aims to bring the younger audience more understanding on the concept of human displacement and the challenges the UK's migrants face. With over 65 million people in the world being displaced This Noisy Isle wants to highlight and teach children about this social concern. By using poetry, magic and the excitement of adventure to share the real challenges faced by migrants and refugees who enter into a new country. A whole new world in a way.


This Noisy Isle is a show like no other, it uses a unique blend of immersive street theatre and street games to bring the whole show to live with the audience in the story. You'll go on an outdoor adventure with puzzles. You'll need to steer your team through some choppy waters in order to find a new home. Miranda, Caliban, Prospero and Ariel will lead you through the treasure hunt and help you learn about how people who are displaced integrate to new languages and cultures in their new homes.

This Noisy Isle is going to be showing at Brighton Fringe between the 31st of May and the 2nd of June.
You can purchase tickets to see This Noisy Isle at £5 for a child, £10 for an Adult, £8 for concessions or £20 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children.)


We have an exciting giveaway with one lucky reader winning a Family Ticket to see This Noisy Isle at Brighton Fringe on the 2nd of June at 12pm. To be in with a chance to win enter the giveaway using the Gleam widget below. Please take a minute to read the terms and conditions before entering.

  • Entrants must be aged 18 years or over.
  • Competition is open to UK residents only.
  • Entry into this competition confirms your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions
  • The winners will be selected at random from all the correct entries received before the closing date and time.
  • All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, cash or otherwise.  
  • There will be one winner who will receive a family ticket to a showing of
    This Noisy Isle at Brighton Fringe on  Sunday the 2nd of June at 12pm.
  • The prize will be sent directly from the PR.


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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

DIY Superhero Canvas Art for Children

Over the last few weeks we've been redecorating the children's room and getting it ready for Dylan and Scarlet to share. It has meant that in some areas we've kept everything very neutral and in others it seems a little more on the empty side. In a bid to add a little personality back in we decided to create something to add to the wall along their beds. We have got some wall stickers for part of the room but this space was somewhere to add a little more personal touch. 

I came up with the idea for making our own Superhero Canvas Art after I had seen a little valentines DIY ideas video on Facebook where they created a heart shape on a canvas with paper before adding random paint strokes and blobs all around. The finished product was lovely and it seemed like a lot of fun which Dylan could join in with.

You will need:
Small square canvases (you can change the size or shape if you wish) 
various colours of paint
cotton wool balls
clothes pegs
paper
scissors
masking tape



We set to work with my idea and first we had to decide what we wanted the focus to be. I went with the really easy option of superhero logos, the not so easy task for Dylan however was choosing which superheroes we would use! After a while we decided on a few and got to work drawing the logo shape out on paper and cutting each out. Once cut we taped it down with a piece of masking tape folded over. Ensure the tape doesn't come over any lines around or in the design itself. This is really important. 


 Once we had our canvas prepared we needed to get the colours of paint we needed. I had already decided we would use each superheroes iconic colours to make the design really pop. We took the cotton wool balls and added one to the end of a peg for each colour of paint. 


Now comes the fun part, using the cotton wool on the peg as a dabbing type of paintbrush you need to cover the whole canvas. Ensure you use several colours or shades to get a good effect and try to keep the colours well spread out over the whole canvas with space to add other colours or shades in between. Your main aim is to cover all the white on the canvas. Do take more care around the superhero logo to ensure it doesn't move around or you may not get the effect you want.



You now have two options, allow the paint to dry first or remove the logo before the paint has dried. We have tried both methods and I did prefer to do it while the paint was wet as on a few we did manage to get some paint under and removing when dried made this very difficult.


Once the canvas is dried your ready to hang up your artwork and enjoy it! 

I'd love to see the results if you decide to make your own.


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Welcome To The World Baby Avery - Birth Announcement

This time two weeks ago I was getting the final preparations completed before our induction date! In the end we didn't actually need induced and our baby boy was born just a few hours after our planned induction. We've now had our littlest baby boy with us for almost two whole weeks and I think it's finally time that we shared the news on here!


Meet baby Avery. He's just perfect and weighed 6 pounds 2 ounces when he was born. We only stayed in hospital for one night before we got to head home. Which has been totally different to when Dylan and Scarlet where born.




He's been getting cuddles at every opportunity from his big brother and sister who are just as equally smitten with him as me and Simon are! 

I did finally remember to share my final bump update which had been written up before I gave birth. Over the coming weeks I will share my birth story too. 


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