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Pregnancy Diaries: The half way mark

Hey ladies

So I have officially hit the half way mark, well this week sees me reaching 21 weeks. I feel should be zooming about the place with lots of energy  this trimester but I have to admit the past week or so I have been struggling; I feel really really exhausted, all the time. I have a lot of aches and pains too, my back in particular is always aching. I wake up fine but by lunch time my back is very sore.

Let’s talk health

Last week I had less movement than normal and as I said I just didn’t feel ‘right’, after a few days of worry I rang Holles Street and they told me to come in immediately, I spent about 4 or 5 hours in the triage area but they listened to baby’s heart beat and scanned me and all was well, it was great peace of mind. My advise to anyone is trust your instinct, if you feel off or movement seems different GO IN. I felt ‘silly’ and like a was wasting their valuable time but you know what, in hindsight, I should have called them sooner.

This week feels totally different, so much movement, all the time. I LOVE the feeling of my little baba moving. We had our big 20 week scan this week and it went so well, it’s such a great milestone and we are so so happy and relieved all seems to be well with baby. As for my type one diabetes, I am not having a good week, or maybe two weeks, my blood sugars levels are constantly changing, and so my dosage has to be changed all the time. The nurses in Holles Street are such a great help but it hasn’t been a great couple of weeks from that perspective. That’s just type one diabetes and pregnancy unfortunately, different growth levels with baba, different hormones levels and so on, all will interact with my insulin absorption and blood sugar levels.

This is the face of our joy when we got out from the scan being told everything looks healthy and well….

Let’s talk work 

Everyone tells me I should be resting more, but as you mammies know, that is close to impossible with a toddler! I am a stay at home mum half of my time and the other half I run The Style Fairy, and I suppose a hell of a lot more goes on behind the scenes with The Style Fairy than you might imagine; even small things such as getting back to peoples messages, emails and comments can take so so SO long each day – Often hours! In the background I am also working on brand collaborations, pitches and proposals for potential brands,  agent meetings, brand meetings, general admin and then off course the actual content creation for the blog and all the social media pages, it’s never ending!  And truthfully?….Most of the time I feel I am not succeeding at either…..The Style Fairy or being a mammy!! But I think that’s the age old battle all working mammies feel, and I am lucky I get to spend as much time as I do with Annabelle Ivy.

As most of you will know we are also moving house and in the process of COMPLETELY doing up the house we are moving in to, we hope to be in by April… seems impossible but we have some really great people helping us. We didn’t at the beginning and it slowed things down and brought major stress on the whole project but anyway, I’ll come back to that.

Anabelle Ivy was born at 36 weeks and it is likely I will have a similar situation with this baba so hence the rush to get in and get somewhat settled, especially for Anabelle, I would love for her to have some time in her new home before the new arrival turns her whole world upside down!!

Building a house or totally renovating a house takes so much time – It totally sucks you in. To give you an idea, the house we are moving into was gutted – I mean totally totally gutted, we were essentially left with the shell, so we have all the external building work done, the windows in, re wired, re plumbed etc and now we are starting on interiors! Oh the kitchen is in, so thats a big step. I will be doing  blog on this journey in the brand spanking new INTERIORS section of The Style Fairy so keep your eyes peeled for that if interiors is your thing!

Let’s talk Faaaasssssshion 

Enough moaning Naomi, get to the good stuff I hear you say 😉  Maternity fashion, so what have I bought, what am I looking at and where is the best place for maternity style?

First things first, I know, everyone wants to talk about jeans, jeans, jeans…. In fact, it’s such a hot topic I am doing a separate blog post all about maternity jeans, at the moment I am wearing a few brands so I can give my take on them all; POCOS, Penneys, ASOS, New Look, and a pair from iClothing just arrived in while I am working on this blog post. I will deffo try get around to that blog post this week.

The best place to see all latest fashion buys or bits and pieces I may get sent from brands is my Snapchat, my username is: thestylefairy. I am not on it constantly, I am not one of those people who feels the need to document EVERY element of my day (yawn), but I share bits and pieces of everything from my outfits, shopping, hauls, home, interiors, Anabelle Ivy, pregnancy, beauty products, that kind of thing!

I have bought a mix of maternity clothes and non maternity, when it comes to non maternity, I just keep an eye out for styles I know will work with a growing bump and go up a size (or two or three).

Here are a few pieces I have bought recently or that I am loving….

H&M

H&M have a really great maternity range, at good prices. I’ll reserve comment on the jeans for now, but they are great for jumpers, basics (t-shirts, tops and vests) and also some lovey dresses, jackets and knitwear. See the full range here

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see here (now on sale) This is vert light weight material so needs a vest worn underneath

See here. Also comes in green

PENNEYS

Penneys have also now launched a maternity collection, I have the jeans (again I’ll chat about those again in the jeans blog). From their maternity range I also picked up a long sleeved striped top, perfect for under blazers. I also bought a long line mustard blazer (from their normal range) to go with this. I’ll share a picture when I wear that outfit.

In general Penneys is great for picking up bits and pieces throughout pregnancy without spending a fortune. In particular keep an eye out for oversized knit wear and cardigans, jackets and blazers, shirts and blouses (just buy a few sizes up); shirts are great, I especially loved them in the later stages of pregnancy the last time, worn with a vest or t shirt and leggings.  You know yourself, but it’s handy to pick up basics there too like vests etc, although as bump starts to get bigger I prefer maternity vests as they are longer and cover bump properly.

RIVER ISLAND 

RI don’t do maternity, but I have picked up some bits recently that I wanted to share. Blazers are a great way to dress up a simple jeans and t-shirt look and you know blazers are a big wardrobe staple for me, they are ideal in pregnancy too, just buy a size up, and wear with your maternity jeans. I got this first one, (I got the size 12) but River Island have a really great selection of blazers in at the moment:

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see here. Worn open with jeans and a simple tee, this is a fab maternity look
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See here. Another fab option to style up a casual look

ASOS

I LOVE love love ASOS, pregnant or not pregnant. But as it happens they have one of the absolute best maternity wear collections. I often recommend ASOS for maternity occasion wear, some really fab, on trend pieces. They also stock a range of maternity brands so it makes life easier when it is all on the one website.

Here are some top picks from their maternity occasion wear range:

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Don’t get me wrong, I am also a big fan of wearing ‘normal’ clothes where possible, I don’t believe you always have to choose from the maternity ranges. Keep an eye for dresses that are stretchy or have the right cut and shape that will accommodate the bump – Wrap dresses for example are great!

For example just bought this dress, it’s not maternity so I went up a size and it sits lovely on bump

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I also bought this, again, not maternity but plenty of room for bump. Love this dress. Also blazer style dresses are great as by their nature they are smock style so work great for maternity wear.

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Lastly, I also bought this oversized tunic top, it’s so comfy and perfect over bump, add a belt above bump if yo want t define your curves a little! And it’s on sale!!!! I can’t wait to style this up!

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Another tunic style top, also on sale

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Topshop

Topshop also do a great maternity range, on the pricier she but some fab pieces. Great for knitwear, pyjamas, and day dresses. Spotted this dress this week and it’s really nice.

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iClothing

iClothing have a maternity range, although it is a little small at the moment, hopefully they expand….pardon the pun 😉  See their full maternity range here.

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I have these leather look trousers, lovely stretchy fabric, I haven’t worn them yet but can’t wait, I would style with them a chunky polo neck jumper or wear with one of those tunics from ASOS I showed above.

iClothing also have some fab wrap dresses, non maternity but would still work very well over bump.

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Elora Maternity

Elora Maternity is an Irish owned online maternity boutique. I wore lots from them in my last pregnancy and plan to again this time. Visit their site here.  They stock beautiful maternity jammies , as well as some gorgeous occasion wear dresses, plus some nice day to day tops. Here are some pieces that caught my eye, although the owner of Elora Maternity has been in touch with me and said they are expecting a lot of new stock over the coming weeks.

Zara

Zara obviously doesn’t do maternity wear but I love them for  blouses, tunics, blazers and basic vests.

Isabella Oliver 

This is one of my favourite maternity brands but be warned it doesn’t come cheap. But the quality is second to known. I invested in a white shirt from them in my last pregnancy and it is still perfect:

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It also comes in a red stripe and a blue stripe – so fab! If you do invest it will be worthwhile

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If you have an office job there are some really stunning work wear pieces,all very high quality. Plus they do some stunning dresses too.

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Ok I think that’s more than enough fashion for this time.

‘Til next time
Naomi xx (and bump)

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Pregnancy Diaries: Early Stages

19th January 2018

Hello all,

Well my news and my bump is well and truly out at this stage. This week makes me 18 weeks pregnant. Wow, ok even writing that scares me a little because time is now starting to fly! The first 12 weeks felt like the slowest in my life though. I have decided for this pregnancy I am going to do a pregnancy diary, weekly or fortnightly or  just as often as I can. I plan to share a “bump date”  (an update on the size of the bump!!), how I am feeling, what I am up to, what I am planning, what I have bought for baby or me etc etc etc. Just an online diary of my pregnancy….

Since I announced my news I just cannot believe the amount of you who have emailed, snapped or messaged me to say you are pregnant too, I’m excited to share this journey with you. 

Pregnancy so far…

Overall I have been fine, no major sickness thank god, the first 10 or so weeks I suffered with really bad nausea and just the usual exhaustion. That has passed, except maybe the tiredness, I am pretty much always tired, but that might be down to running around after a crazy 2 years old!

18 week bump

As I said I am 18 weeks now and in the past two weeks my appetite has been HUGE, I am constantly hungry at the moment nothing is satisfying me at all right now. I’m not craving anything in particular, any kind of food will suffice!!! Oh and I am crazy hormonal, crying at the drop of a hat! I’ll cry pretty much over anything right now. My poor hubby!

When did I find out…

Do you remember the day storm Ophelia hit? It was a Monday, I was stuck at home in my parents house in Cavan and in the  back of my mind, I thought I may be pregnant, I just had not been myself but was only a few days late…… So I didn’t want to get my hopes up,  because of the storm all the shops in Cavan were closed so I wasn’t even able to do a test until the next day when I drove back to Dublin. And, as they say, the rest is history. Perhaps I’ll have to call the baby Ophelia!!!! 😉

When I found out I was pregnant it was bang in the middle of a really busy time for me, I had several jobs lined up with brands, I’ll never forget the day working down in Kildare Village, I was about 7 weeks pregnant, I felt fat and bloated and nothing would zip up on me, and I was violently nauseous, I never thought I would get through it. I had the best assistant that day, Suzanne, thank you, I told you my secret and you were my angel that day!

Working in Kildare Village, pregnant and holding back to vomit!
The old “hand across my tummy” trick!!

You may be surprised to hear the amount fo people who messaged me and asked me, was I pregnant, that I looked like i had “weight’ on and they were happy for me. I was so shocked someone would ask me this, I still am, and this was v early in pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Type One Diabetes 

As some of you may know, I live with Type One Diabetes and have had the condition now for 19 years. For the past 3 years I have been wearing an insulin pump (a device attached to my stomach which delivers insulin via a canula in my stomach, I am connected to the device 24/7)

Cannula and wire in my stomach

Long long long story short, having type one diabetes makes pregnancy VERY challenging. I won’t go into too much detail, because for non type one diabetics I am sure it makes for a fairly boring read, but it is a HUGE part of my pregnancy so I can’t not discuss it in these diaries. It means there are risks for me and also for baby and I have to be very very closely monitored, since I was 5 weeks pregnant I have been in Holles Street fortnightly, the team there are excellent, but it’s very intense and every day is a challenge.

On the weeks I don’t go to Holles Street I have to ring the nurses and go through my blood sugar readings from that week and they make adjustments to my dosage. At present, I test my blood sugars approx 12 times a day (often much more) On top of that I have complications in my eyes as a result fo diabetes so my eyes and my vision has to be very closely monitored.  All in all, I often feel it would be easier to move into Holles Street!! But all that being said, the team in Holles Street are brilliant and it is wonderful to have such support.

What my insulin pump looks like

Pregnancy Style 

Ok so I got bigger WAY faster this time around, jees I was not expecting that. I know lots of you say you couldn’t notice in the photos but trust me that was all just clever angling and posing!!! I also tend to wear oversized knits a lot in the winter anyway so it was well hidden if you did happen to see me in person I was probably wearing something very baggy!. As well as bump popping quicker I just generally put on a lot of weight quickly all over, and my boobs? Holy god my boobs got massive!!!! So clothes became tight very fast. But we are all SO different and so many factors contribute to what size you are or aren’t. None of that matters, once you and baby are healthy that’s all that matters. People do like to tell me quite regularly how big I am, my personal favourite was when my brother asked me “Jesus is that normal Naomi? Like how big you are”!! Thanks a mil Merv!!  Anyway, it’s all relative, we are all so different!!

I have not bought ANY maternity clothes yet… I am managing right now on two pairs of maternity jeans from my last pregnancy, one from New Look and one from ASOS. But from now on I am going to start having some fun styling this bump, and I have to say I am really excited.  I will share all my style tips here and across my social media, number one on the agenda is jeans – it’s the age old debate! I want to try a few styles and report back. Last time my fav was New Look over the bump. My fav shops for maternity wear are; Topshop, H&M, New Look, ASOS and Isabelle Oliver. I am looking forward to exploring some other brands too this time around.

The photo you didn’t see Christmas Day, I was actually bursting out of that dress but really wanted to wear it! Lol… I was already a full size up by here and it was still very tight.

Also, I like to just wear normal clothes as much as I can and go up a few sizes, I sometimes find a lot of maternity clothes can be a little frumpy! But let’s see how we get on and as I said I’ll share it all here.

At the early stages it all depends on what you wear, some days I look big and others you wouldn’t be able to tell, just depends on the clothes. I much prefer now though and not trying to hide that, I hate that part.

Bump not obvious at all in this dress, wrap dresses are BRILL
this is the same week but its VERY obvious in this dress, it’s all about the style and cut of clothes

Different the second time around…

Second time mammies….. It’s different this time isn’t it? You know more, you are less naive and I am not ashamed to say I am terrified! I worry about how I will manage with two? How will Anabelle react? Am I a good enough mammy?

Anabelle suffered with SEVERE silent reflux, she cried non stop with the pain and discomfort, feeding was a disaster, she never slept, it was so hard.  (many of you know this but I have never been able to bring myself to blog too much about it as we all went through a very tough time with it) What if baby 2 has reflux? Will I be able to cope? Am I strong enough?

I’m incredibly excited too, massively. I can’t wait, I’m scared but I can’t wait. I feel so lucky and so happy to be able to give Anabelle a brother or sister.

The Next Chapter…

To make things just a wee bit busier we are also moving house and hope to be before baby arrives!!! Eeeeeeckkkk… Crazy few months ahead. I hope you will stay with us and follow the journey. Make sure to tune into my Snapchat (username: thestylefairy) and my Instagram, because I am sharing lots of house updates and interiors stuff over there.

‘Til next time

Naomi & bump xxx

 

P.S. To make tings a little different I am considering maybe recording these pregnancy journals, doing video diaries instead. I am not sure… Would you like that? I thought it could be fun and interactive and will get more interesting when I start to buy maternity clothes and bits for baby. Let me know in the comments section 🙂

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Outfit Ideas: Casual Maternity Style

Some of our lovely followers have got in touch with us and asked us to style some outfit ideas for their growing bumps 🙂

Our favourite highstreet maternity lines include:

Topshop – See HERE

Boohoo.com – See HERE

ASOS – See HERE

New Look – See HERE

Check out the 5 versatile looks we have styled below. Let us know which is your favourite and if you would like us to do more posts like this 🙂

Look 1

Top: River Island, €47 – Shop HERE

Leggings: Topshop MATERNITY, €26 – Shop HERE

Coat: River Island, €107 – Shop HERE

Watch: Abbott Lyon at River Island, €135 – Shop HERE

Bag: River Island, €50 – Shop HERE

Trainers: Vans at ASOS, €74.32 – Shop HERE

Look 2

Dress: Topshop MATERNITY, €44 – Shop HERE

T-shirt: River Island, €13 – Shop HERE

Hat: ASOS, €13.51 – Shop HERE

Bag: Topshop, €34 – Shop HERE

Boots: River Island, €75 – Shop HERE

Look 3

Top: Topshop MATERNITY, €46 – Shop HERE

Jeans: Topshop MATERNITY, €52 – Shop HERE

Coat: Boohoo MATERNITY, €22 – Shop HERE

Earrings: River Island, €17 – Shop HERE

Bag: Topshop, €36 – Shop HERE

Boots: River Island, €60 – Shop HERE

Look 4

Top: Topshop MATERNITY, €40 – Shop HERE

Jeans: Topshop MATERNITY, €50 – Shop HERE

Coat: Boohoo MATERNITY, €41 – Shop HERE

Hat: River Island €17 – Shop HERE

Bag: Mango at ASOS, €67.55 – Shop HERE

Trainers: River Island, €30 – Shop HERE

Look 5

Top: Topshop, €26 – Shop HERE

Jeans: Topshop MATERNITY, €52 – Shop HERE

Blazer: Oasis, €37 – Shop HERE

Scarf: River Island, €25 – Shop HERE

Bag: River Island, €45 – Shop HERE

Trainers: Adidas at ASOS, €101.35 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

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Outfit Ideas: Maternity Wear

At The Style Fairy we are lucky enough to have a large number of mother’s and expecting mother’s following us. Some of our lovely followers have got in touch with us and asked us to style some outfit ideas for their growing bumps 🙂

Check out the 5 versatile looks we have styled below. Let us know which is your favourite 🙂

Look 1

Top: River Island, €43 – Shop HERE

Dress: Warehouse, €61 – Shop HERE

Watch: Oasis, €50 – Shop HERE

Bag: River Island, €33 – Shop HERE

Shoes: River Island, €30 – Shop HERE

Look 2

Top: Topshop, €44 – Shop HERE

Jeans: Topshop, €52 – Shop HERE

Choker: Topshop, €20 – Shop HERE

Bag: Topshop, €40 – Shop HERE

Shoes: Topshop, €40 – Shop HERE

Look 3

Dress: River Island, €55 – Shop HERE

Earrings: River Island, €16 – Shop HERE

Bag: Topshop, €34 – Shop HERE

Boots: River Island, €73 – Shop HERE

Look 4

Top: Topshop, €25 – Shop HERE

Jeans: Topshop, €57 – Shop HERE

Sunglasses: ASOS, €20.27 – Shop HERE

Bag: Topshop, €29 – Shop HERE

Shoes: Converse at ASOS, €74.32 – Shop HERE

Look 5

Dress: Topshop, €44 – Shop HERE

Earrings: Topshop, €16 – Shop HERE

Bag: Topshop, €34 – Shop HERE

Shoes: Topshop, €40 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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Holidays in Mallorca

Hey ladies

Last week, we were in Mallorca on holidays as you might have seen on my social media 🙂 We had a blast, it was just so much fun, a total last minute holiday (we booked a week before!!!) but it was just brilliant.

I have had so many questions on Snapchat and Facebook about where we were and where we stayed and would I recommend it so I thought a blog post was the best way to answer everyones questions.

We stayed in a resort called Insotel Cala Mandía Resort and Spa (visit their website here). I heard about this resort from my brother and his wife, they have 3 kids (11, 9 and 4) and have been going there for years and always love it.

We booked flights and hotel separately. We flew from Belfast airport; the main reason being the flight times from Dublin to Mallorca were really awful in terms of the times; crazy early morning flights or silly late night time flights and with a toddler that is just not ideal, it would mess her up totally so we always try find day time flights.

We flew with Easy Jet and they were just fantastic! We had a car booked to collect us from Palma airport in Mallorca to bring us straight to the hotel. It is such a good idea to have this pre arranged. Another reason we picked to go to Mallorca is that is flight time is only 2 hours 40 mins so it is nice and short, ideal for Anabelle!

The Hotel 

The hotel is fab, it is a complete family focused  resort, to the point that if you don’t have kids I really wouldn’t advise going to be honest. There is an over 16’s area, restaurant and pool etc (which is quiet and calm) BUT to be really honest it is aimed at families and kids. There are (I think) 6 pools, and a selection of restaurants (I think 5)…

We went all inclusive for the week which worked out great, although we ate and drank WAY too much all week, but sure isn’t that what holidays are all about!! I find all inclusive brilliant for Anabelle too, she can be quite fussy at times so it is great to have the variety and if she doesn’t finish or like something we can just get something else for her. Plus it’s great not to have to carry cash around and just be able to go up and get a drink, a coffee, an ice cream at any time.

There is a massive indoor and outdoor buffet for breakfast lunch and dinner, we went there mostly, massive variety and really good food, with a special kiddies corner too. There is also a 50’s style dinner you can go for dinner which is very fun and the food is lovely too.l

Overall, I found the food to be good, you do get a little bored of buffet after a few nights but at the same tine with kids it is just so easy and handy!

When the main buffet restaurants are closed there are a few places that have food available all day long (if the kids or you get hungry) so you can just walk in and grab what you like there was always; fruit, pastries, yoghurts, bread, chips, pizza, chicken nuggets etc etc.

There is a sectioned off baby pool in each one of the pools and we mainly spent the entire day there, Anabelle just LOVED  playing in the water and it was so safe and secure. There is also a dedicated baby/ toddler pool with lots of mini slides which she loved too.

Swimsuit: Shein – See here

On top of that there is a water park within the resort, ideal for say 4 years and upwards (Cormac and I both did the slides so there is no age limit!!! lol)

There are also a few playgrounds around the resort, as well as tennis courts. In terms of entertainment, there is a mini club (think for 2 – 3year olds) a junior club and a teen club which do activity all day with the kids (painting, dancing and all sorts of fun activities to keep them amused)

Aside from the pool the highlight for Anabelle was the nightly kids disco at 8pm – she loved it!

Racing to the kids disco!!!

There is adult entertainment every night too but it doesn’t start til 9.30pm and we found that too late, after the kids disco, Anabelle was always exhausted so we all had early nights.

We stayed in a family suite and it was lovely; Be sure to ask to stay in BLOCK A. There resort is huge and split into 3 blocks, A, B and C. We flew A was definitely the nicest place to be.

Overall, yes I would highly recommend it if you have kids and looking for something really fun and entertaining for them. It is a lovely hotel, good food and fab pools. It is very noisy all day, as you can imagine and outside the restaurants at night there was like a buggy car park – Let’s just say the kids RULE at Insotel Cala Mandia.

Travelling with a Toddler

I get asked lots for tips for travelling with a toddler and I have some blog posts on this you might find useful. See HERE and HERE

If you’ve any questions or anything I didn’t cover, just leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you 🙂

Outfit Diaries 

A post wouldn’t be complete without at least some fashion 😉 So here’s a round up of some of the looks I wore on holidays.

Flying: It’s so important to be comfy when flying. The key is not to dress too heavy, instead wear layers so you can peel off as needs be!

Shop this grey dress I wore flying HERE
Dress: ASOS, have it a while though similar here
River Island, see here
Dress: Penneys Beach Bag: ASOS – See here
Dress: Penneys
Beach Bag: ASOS (see here) Kaftan: Penneys Swimsuit: Shein
Top: Zara Shorts: Penneys Bag: ASOS
Penneys dress (Annabelle’s is from Dunnes)
Dress: Shein – See here (Anabelle’s is from Jojo Maman Bebe)
Dress: Shein (see here) Earrings: H&M
Kaftan: Shein – See here

Dress: Zara (no longer in stock) Heels: Dunnes Stores
Maxi dress: Shein – See here Beach Bag: ASOS – See here
Dress: Shein – See here Earrings: H&M Sandals: ASOS
Dress: Penneys (Anabelle’s is H&M)

Hope you enjoyed the post

‘Til next time
Naomi xxx

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Anabelle Ivy

Hey ladies

A few weeks back we had the pleasure of working with the brilliant Edel O’Malley photographer on a family photo session… with a difference. I didn’t want “posed” photos and I knew Anabelle Ivy, being the age she is, wouldn’t sit still for a second so when Edel got in touch with me about an outdoors lifestyle/location session, I thought it was just perfect for us.

I’ve known Edel quite a while now, she came to our home and did a newborn photoshoot with Anabelle- see it here (AB was just 8 days old). Then again when Anabelle was about 8 months old I had some more shots done with Edel. Anabelle has grown up and changed so much over the past year that I was dying to capture some memories of how she is now; walking, talking, laughing, playing and running around like a little lunatic! I knew a studio setting wouldn’t be right for her. Instead, Edel met us in our local park here in Dun Laoghaire and we took it from there.

Edel has a very relaxed, gentle and calm way about her, Anabelle instantly felt comfortable with her (as did Cormac and I) She has such a good way with kids, there was no directing or trying to get Anabelle to stand a certain way or even stand still for that matter, Edel just followed Anabelle’s lead and caught some incredible images of her and us as a family, just laughing and playing in the park.

These are the kind of memories that will last a lifetime, as Anabelle grows up I know we will look back on these and smile, and always be grateful to Edel for capturing her character and her joyful spirit in such a beautiful and captivating way.

My little girl is turning 2 at the end of September and I can hardly believe it. I know everyone tells you to treasure every minute because it goes by in a blink, but now I can truly understand that. They say “the days are long but the years are short” and it just really rings true.

We didn’t have the easiest of starts in the whole world with Miss Anabelle Ivy, she suffered terribly with severe reflux for almost a year, and there were days when I thought her crying and pain would never end but thank god that is a distant memory for us now, and we have the happiest, giddiest, most loving little girl on our hands now.

With each passing day I see more and more of her incredible personality coming through and she honestly just blows me away, she is fiercely independent, determined, loving, sweet, stubborn, funny, giddy, hyper, mischievous, affectionate and has a smile and a giggle that would set the coldest heart on fire.

A single kiss from this little girl and the whole world seems ok again.

If I think of just how fast the last two years have gone by, I know the next two will be even quicker, that’s why I am just so so glad we got the photos done when we did, they sum her up so well.

Thinking of having some pictures done of your family? 

I would really encourage any mammies reading this to consider getting a lifestyle shoot done with Edel, you will not be disappointed, trust me!! From now until Christmas Edel is offering 10% OFF on her lifestyle location shoots if you mention “The Style Fairy” when booking.

Location sessions like the one we did can be done at home or at a location of your own choice. The package includes over an hour and a half session time, so loads of time for plenty of great shots, or to even allow for a change of location if you wish & Edel will travel to you. To get more information on her packages you can email Edel on info@edelomalley.com OR you can visit her website HERE to see more of her work

And when you get in touch with Edel make sure to tell her we sent you 😉 So you can avail of her discount over over the next few months.

Hope you enjoyed the post

‘Til next time

Naomi, Cormac & Anabelle Ivy xxx

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Mammy Diaries: Johnson’s Top to Toe Baby Bath

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Hey ladies

So recently I was asked by Johnson & Johnson to take part in a really fun and interesting campaign they are running with their Johnson’s Top to Toe Baby Bath. You can check out the full video I did here:

I was asked to run a small experiment comparing Johnson’s Top to Toe Baby Bath with regular baby soap and the results were really interesting. I placed a fresh rose in each of the jars; one jar containing the Johnson’s Baby Bath (mixed with demineralised water) and one containing the baby soap (also with demineralised water) .

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After 24 hours I took the roses out from the jars and the difference in how the two roses faired out was crazy. The rose that was in the Johnson’s Top To Toe Baby Bath was still perfectly intact, still bright, petals looked and felt fine and in general just looked normal. Where as the rose that has been soaking in the baby soap was not nearly in as good condition; it had wilted significantly, it was faded and white in patches and it looked like it was rotting in the centre; check out my video to see exactly what I mean.

It certainly really made me think of the importance of what I use on Anabelle Ivy’s skin. I have always, from day one, been very careful about what I use on her skin, both in the bath and any creams or lotions used post bath. Baby’s skin is so delicate and soft and I’m so conscious of what I use on her skin. In fact, baby’s skin is up to 30% thinner than adult skin which is why it leaves it so much more vulnerable.

Bath time is a huge part of our routine, although now she is getting so much bigger it is getting a lot more messy… and fun!! I’m almost always soaked after all her splashing an jumping around. She loves it though and I always find she sleeps so much better after a bath. Toys are a must have in our house, otherwise she gets bored after 10 seconds and starts trying to leap out!

After the bath we keep the routine the same, into her jammies, then its story time with her favourite bed time book (Goodnight Moon) and her last bottle of the day in her nursery. I always keep the lights dimmed low and talk nicely and calmly to her, she is so hyper during the day that I think this routine helps cal her after a hectic day. Last but certainly not least her Sleepytot Comforter, she just gets this at nap time and bed time and associates this magic bunny with sleep – definitely one of my best buys.

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Hope you enjoyed the post

‘Til next time

Naomi xx

 

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Travelling abroad with a toddler

Hey ladies

So, we went on out first family holiday abroad with Anabelle Ivy at the end of December, I have had so many requests for a blog post on how we got on, any tips or tricks I learnt along the way so here you go 🙂 If you want to have a read about where we stayed etc, you can check out my other holiday blog post here.

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I’ll start by saying, I was SO nervous about travelling with her, I had no idea what to expect. Anabelle is now 15 months and at the time she hadn’t started walking (although she took her first steps on our last night of holidays). But she is a VERY active, busy little girl, she doesn’t stop for a second. I guess like any normal 15 month old, but she doesn’t tend to sit on my lap for longer than a few seconds, so I was particularly scared about how the flight would go (it’s about a 4 and a half hour flight). Secondly, I guess my other main concern was trying to keep her in somewhat of a ‘routine’ but whilst also allowing to us to stay out longer in the evenings, go for meals etc.

All aboard
All aboard

The Flight

I got lots of tips from my Snapchat followers before I left, all of which were brilliant help. Thank you ladies 🙂

  1. So, first up, one of my big fears (and I know silly) was being seated next to a person who wouldn’t be tolerant of Anabelle and would be ‘tutting’ at us, I know, I know, I shouldnt have been worrying about that but I was. That’s just me. Anyway, the gentleman beside us, as soon as we were seated asked the air hostess if there was any free seats on the plane and if he could be moved to one, and he was. He was happy, as were we!! We had the whole 3 seats to ourselves – it was perfect. So I really advise just asking the air hostess when you are boarding, and I’m sure the person next to you would be more than happy with that arrangement too.
  2. Snacks, snacks and more snacks! Genuinely, bring so many snacks, honestly this is the best tip we got and it worked. It preoccupied her and kept her happy – we brought lots of carrot sticks from Ella’s Kitchen (they are like crisps but healthy and she loves munching on them). In fact we brought mostly snacks from Ella’s Kitchen, as they are so handy. The other little snacks she loves are like mini flapjacks and they take a while to chew so they kept her going oh and raisins! Raisins are brilliant, she loves picking them out of the little box plus they take a while to chew. It’s the novelty of them I think!
  3. Both mammy and daddy bring a bag on board – I had the changing bag, with plenty of nappies, wipes, a change of clothes, plus a mini hand sanitiser, your mini changing mat and mini anti bacterial wipes (got in Boots), nappy bags – You know yourself, general changing bag stuff.
  4. Cormac (aka Daddy) had a bag with snacks, food, formula and bottles and toys. So what we did was, I bought her a few small, cheap toys that she didn’t see until the plane, we only gave her one a a time and there is always great novelty with something new, so we had a little book, a small bear that played music and a few small trinket toys. I mainly got them in Smyths Toystore and I also picked up some interesting stacking toys in Early Learning Centre. We also brought a sticker book and wow she loved that – we got great value from it, and must have killed at least a half hour – Even if Daddy’s face was covered in stickers by the end!
  5. She slept for over an hour on the way out and back so that was great, she doesn’t normally take a bottle anymore during the day but giving her the bottle helped calm and comfort her and nod off to sleep.
  6. I was really worried about her little ears popping. Tales of burst ear drums and screaming babies had me terrified!! So I made sure she was sucking her dody on the way up and down, she has a special little bunny (with a soother attached) that we only give her at nap time and bed time so when we brought that out as the fight was taking off she was only delighted! I also had Calgel (which I find BRILLIANT for teething) so I put a tiny amount on the soother to ensure she sucked on it, as I know she loves the taste so much. It worked a treat.

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Clothes for Holidays 

I mainly got her summer clothes from Next, Heatons, Sports Direct, Gymboree, Jojo Maman Bebe and Dunnes. I got sunhats and little pool shoes (which were a life saver) in Jojo Maman Bebe (online). The little all in one swimsuits I bought (which were brilliant) I got from Zoggs.ie – It’s a brand you can get in lots of places but their sun protection suits are great.  I bought some things which she didn’t wear – for example, I wasn’t comfortable with her in criss cross or low back stuff as I was so terrified of her getting too much sun, it was a rookie mistake on my behalf, but I’ll know for next time that I am happier with sun clothes with a small cap sleeve…

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I brought 3 little cardigans with me for her and they were great as they went with everything and kept her warm in the evenings – one from Hetaons and the others from H&M.

Sun cream we got a kids Ambre Solaire one which was I think Factor 50 and it was a spray so that worked well, even if she hated when we were applying it!

The float we got for the pool was one we bought over there and it was brilliant, she could stand right into it and walk around the baby pool – She was thrilled with herself!!

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Supplies for Holidays

I did bring a supply of nappies, but just enough to get us through the first few days, so don’t over pack as they take up so much room. I also brought some swimming nappies, but again don’t over do it as you can buy all out there. I also packed formula, just a few bottles and I picked up these sterilising bags on Boots (got them online) and they were really handy. I know, most wouldn’t normally be sterilising bottles at her age, but I still like to, that’s just me! Moral of the story, do bring enough to last you at least maybe 3 days and everything else you can get out there. I have to say I did bring a few Ella’s Kitchen dinners (perfect when we went out and there was nothing suitable on the menu). And I also brought LOADS of snacks and I am so glad I as we could find nothing similar in the shops over there.

Stroller

The stroller I have is the Babyzen YOYO, I got it from Bella Baby (you can see it here). I absolutely love it, it’s incredibly lightweight and folds up so neat, and even has a strap for carrying across your shoulder.

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Trying to keep your routine

Anabelle Ivy is a fairly structured routine now (at long last!!) and sleeps very well. God I never actually thought the day would come when I would be writing that, but there you go. She takes a two hour nap during the day. I wanted to maintain some level of routine but also for us to stay out later in the evenings. Saying that we were still in bed/ up in the room every night by 9.30pm. My little lady DOES NOT sleep in the buggy, no way, she just won’t do it. If your little one does, the great, you can let them sleep in the evenings in the buggy but it just isn’t a runner for us. So I knew before I left I wasn’t going to stress myself out by trying to get her to do so over there. We had interconnecting rooms, which was ideal, so her room had the cot and it meant we could go into our room and watch TV and not be afraid of waking her. Plus we had the balcony off our room so we were able to sit out on balcony, have a few drinkies and chill out.

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So, what we did was just each day we tried to extend her nap as late as we could. At home she goes for her nap from 1pm – 3pm, where as over there and because there was so much happening we were able to keep her up til 2pm or 2.30pm and that then gave us the chance to keep her up later in the evening. She also slept on later in the mornings over there which was great, so we let her at it, and mostly she woke around 9.30am/ 10am! Bliss!!!

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So many people say they do grow up so much on holidays and I really agree. Every day she amazed me, she became more vocal, smiling and waving at strangers. It was a different holiday in so many ways, but I have to say it was far and above the best holiday we have had. She just made every day so much more fun! The flight home was a little tricky, she was overtired to begin with and by time we got on the flight she was so cranky, but we survived and I lived to tell the tale, so I won’t be as scared on our next flight!

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Hope you enjoyed the post

‘Til next time

Naomi xxx

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Baby Weaning: My Top Tips

Hey all,

Every time I show anything to do with weaning or when I share what I am feeding Anabelle Ivy on Snapchat I seem to get a crazy amount of screenshots and so many questions, so for ages now I have been meaning to get around to writing a quick blog post on our weaning journey. (My Snapchat username is: thestylefairy if you fancy following me)

Now, let me start by saying Anabelle Ivy has/ had severe silent reflux (she is doing really well at the moment thank god) so weaning was not easy for us, to put it mildly!! So this blog post in ways is aimed at mums who may have babies with reflux and are unsure where to start or are looking for ideas or even just to hear from someone else who has gone through it too.

Although in saying that there are some generic tips too which hopefully other mammies will find useful. I didn’t opt for baby led weaning – we do a little here and there now that her reflux is under control, but off course so many choose to do full BLW and that’s a brilliant option too, just whatever suits you.

Also, just want to say – this is just our personal journey – this is not by any means medical/ professional advice of any kind, this is just how I did things and what worked for us, so please, please don’t take this as gospel. It’s just one first time mamma’s journey!

 

A brief word on our journey

Anabelle Ivy had really, really bad silent reflux – we tried everything to help her; from chiropractors to osteopaths, religious cures, you name it, we did it, in the end it was medication and time that healed things for us. I think this is a blog post for another day though… Anyway, long story short, we were advised to wean early as many reflux babies thrive on solids.

Please note: the recommended guidelines to begin weaning is 6 months. We were advised however to start sooner, so at 19 weeks I started and it DID NOT go well… at all. I was really stressing out over it, some foods caused her reflux (which had been reasonably controlled) to flare up.. badly!! And I felt like we were back to square one with her.

Foods that were a major no no for us included; baby rice, carrot, apples, pears, (basically all fruit as it was too acidic for her system). So I stopped solids totally, I was so nervous about stopping, but in fact it was the best thing I could have ever done for her. I gave it a break of about 4 weeks or so before trying again. The break gave her time to let the reflux settle and get her system back to base.

The best advice I got through to the whole process was ‘there is no rush’ (from a fellow reflux mammy – Thanks Annie). I think I had myself so obsessed about weaning and doing it ‘by the book’ that I lost sight of everything and that, as we are always told… every baby is different. The reality is, well in my humble opinion, there is NO rush, you won’t create bad habits in those early days and lastly, I learned the importance of following my babies lead.

When you start to wean is up to you – Follow your babies lead, and keep in mind, there is no major rush, all in good time 🙂 Pouches/ ready made baby food are really handy, especially if you are on holidays or away from home, I just prefer to make up everything fresh and freeze it for her. Another main reason for not using jars/ pouches was they all seemed to contain foods she couldn’t eat, which was very frustrating at the time. For babies with Reflux and/or CMPI it can be tricky so your nearly as well just making you own.  (now she is doing better we have more flexibility to use pouches etc when we need to)

Food Prep

I like to set aside some time, usually on a Sunday evening and do up big batches of food, when you are in the groove just go with it and make up loads so you can then freeze them. I make up several portions of each food at a time. That I then just mix and match with each other. As we progress more, I’ll start making up more “dinners”. This week so far we’ve done savoury mince (which was a big hit). But by doing up big batches like this I feel it takes out all the hassle and work then for the week(s) ahead.

The Tools

Highchair

This kinda comes under this section too and because I get asked so often which highchair we went for, I thought it best to include again. We went for the Stoke Tripp Trapp in wheat yellow with the sweet butterflies cushion. I have to say I love it, it is certainly a pricey option but I love that it will last for years, and extends as baby grows. It’s also just so neat for small spaces which is great.

Anabelle loves her Tripp Trapp
Anabelle loves her Tripp Trapp

Beaba Baby Cook

This has been an absolute god send – Definitely one of my best buys. It is so neat and small, it’s easy to clean, doesn’t have loads of parts (thank god) and the best bit – It steams the food (steaming is best way to cook babies food as it keeps in all the nutrients as opposed to boiling) and it then blends/ pureés the food. Amazing machine!!

Beaba Babycook, Bella Baby, €134.95 See here
Beaba Babycook, Bella Baby, €134.95 See here

Books

I know I said before I was a bit too fixated with manuals and books, and I was… So I’ve ditched the “how to” type stuff i.e. you must do this on day 1, and on day 3 give this and bla bla bla; all too regimented for us (particularly with reflux) and didn’t suit my baba. BUT in saying that I do love my book for recipie ideas and general advice/ tips. So, I have the Anabelle Karmal Meal Planner and it is brilliant for giving you some inspo and ideas. I always have it handy so I can have a peak through.

For those who like a more regimented approach that my “makey uppy’ shenanigans then you should have a look at the Gina Forde weaning book – it is very structured much like her other books, but it certainly has some great advice and tips too.

I really recommend this one. Eason, €23.70 See here
I really recommend this one. Eason, €23.70 See here

Freezing Trays

I have showed these so much on Snapchat and honestly I think I get asked nearly every day where I got them. Lol… And actually it was a lovely reader who told me about these to begin with. First off, it is best to use ice cube trays to freeze your food as it’s a good guide as to how much to give your baby, so start one one cube and build it up.

I like these ones because they are a good size plus I like that you can cover them over  with a lid in the freezer plus they stack great on top of each other. There are loads of places that stock great ice cube trays such as Heatons, Dunnes Home, Tesco etc. I just like these particular ones..

Oxo Tot freezing trays, Amazon, See here
Oxo Tot freezing trays, Amazon, See here

Freezer Bags

So, I steam my food, let’s say cauliflower (Tip use the cooking juice to make more moist when you want to blend) then I put them in the oxo trays (above), let it cool, then into the freezer, the next day then I remove from the trays and put in labelled (food name and date) freezer bags. I know to lots of mums this sounds like the most obvious thing in the world, but I was so clueless when I started that I would have loved to read something like this…

Clevamama Freezer/ Storage Pots

These are handy for powder formula when out and about and also I used at the beginning for defrosting one/two cubes (she is now obviously on way more). They are also handy for making up complete dinners – then you can just pop them straight into the microwave to defrost.

Clevamamms storage pots, Mothercare, €6.95 See here
Clevamamms storage pots, Mothercare, €6.95 See here

Bowls & spoons

I am not overly fussy with bowls – I have a few sets from Tommee Tippee and they are perfect – All the big shops have good selections. Spoons I tend to be a bit more picky, I hate those really lightweight ones or plasticky ones or ones that are too flat. I use the Tomme Tippee heat sensitive ones (they turn yellow if food is too hot). I also have these Dreambaby heat sensing spoons  and like them.

Cups

Sippy cup – Ah dear lord the sip cup, to say she is FASCINATED with her cup is an understatement, she loves it. Again, not fussy here and opted for a simple Tomme Tippee one.

Plastic Bibs

As all us mums know, weaning is a messy business. I find wipeable bibs the best – I have a few from Nuby. The likes of this one is ideal.

FOODS TO START WITH

The mainstream foods to begin with would be apple, pear, carrot, and/or baby rice, but unfortunately they were all the things that caused us serious problems with reflux so it was a case of trial and error for us.

To begin with potatoes ended up being our champion and after that avocado. I didn’t rush things at all, and just gave her a small bit in the mornings and really slowly built it up. If you have a baby with reflux or silent reflux – try opting for root veggies and more bland tasting options, these worked for us;

  • potatoes
  • avocados
  • sweet potatoe
  • butternut squash
  • parsnip
  • baby porridge (ready break though worked well for us)

For non reflux babies then you are able to be much more adventurous with various fruits, rice etc etc. Always give a new food in the morning so you can watch for any potential adverse reactions through the day. Give one food for a 3 day period at least before moving on to a new food.

I took things even more slowly than this, after the first weaning experience was so bad and caused her such a reflux flare up (and such pain), I dint want to rush her.

For other reflux mammies, I found this traffic light food guide really helpful. But use with caution and your own instinct, e.g. pear maybe in the green zone but it was a total no no for us, avocado was in the amber yet it was a key safe food for us for a long time.

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Save & print this reflux mammies – I found it so helpful

FOOD PROGRESSION

As I’ve said I took things very slowly and didn’t even begin mixing foods until I had a substantial list of “safe” foods. So after the above list, I introduced things like pumpkin, parsnip, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, peas, leek, courgette, and then moved on to things like eggs, bread, cous cos, pasta, lentils, chicken, fish (cod), and mince. We still have to be very careful when it comes to fruit and it is only in the last couple of weeks she has been able to tolerate any fruit (she is now happily and without pain able to take peaches, pears and bananas… hooray)

After a food had been tolerated, pain free for a few days, I then would give that food in the evening. So I started with one spoon feed a day early in the morning, then a second spoon feed (after maybe 3 weeks) in the evenings and then eventually introduced a third “lunch” feed in the early afternoon. Now her feeding times for solids are circa 8am brekkie/ 12pm lunch/ 5pm dinner.

MEAL IDEAS

It is only recently we began getting a little more adventurous. But to begin with, with my expanding list of safe foods, I began mixing flavours. Once I have everything frozen, it’s so easy to just defrost a few cubes & mix and match the flavours.  So popular combinations here were;

  • Butternut squash & sweet potatoe (also nice with peas)
  • Leek & Potatoe
  • Broccoli & Cauliflower
  • Sweet potatoe and spinach (with peas too)
  • Potatoe & pretty much anything
  • Banana & Avocado

More recently we are having lots more fun and experimenting with new tastes and combinations. Popular dishes at the moment are;

  • Pasta with cauliflower and cheese
  • Chicken, peas, potatoes & carrot with gravy (made from baby stock cubes I bought in Boots)
  • Savoury mince  (Round steak minced, celery, carrots, peas, leek, beek stock, tomato puree and dash of Worcestershire  sauce and allow stew for hour – so yummy). Serve with mashed potatoes

TASTY & SIMPLE RECIPIES IDEAS

* Click on the recipes below for full details*

Where she states to use her own pasta (in the recipes above) I just use wither baby pasta (bought on Boots online) OR spagettit cut up into little piece or those tiny small shells.

For loads more recipes check out Anabelle Karmal’s website here, it’s very handy as you can filter it by the age of your baby and it brings up so many recipe ideas.

A sample day with us at the moment would be;

Breakfast: 1/2 a Weetabix (mixed with banana or another fruit purée), Readybreak (I add cinnamon) and I mix in various fruit purées (well for us we are still only getting used to fruits because of her reflux)

Lunch: cheese omelette or scrambled egg & soldiers or any of the above mentioned combinations. Today we had cod with butternut squash, peas and sweet potato.

Dinner: Again, a variation on any of the above mentioned ones, but toady will be savoury mince with mashed potatoes and carrot purée

Hope you found this useful 🙂

And if you are on the horrible reflux journey – Stay strong, chin up, this too will pass. Although I know, having gone through it, when you hear that you just keep asking, when, when will this pass? But it will and it does. We have good days, some great days and some down right awful days. But we’ll get there.

Snapchat: thestylefairy
Snapchat: thestylefairy

‘Til next time

Naomi & Anabelle Ivy xxx

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Mammy Diaries: Things I’m loving…

Hey all,

If you’ve been following me for a little while now, you’ll know every so often I do a post in the ‘Mammy Diaries” section talking about all the things I come across that make life a little bit easier, or things I am loving as a mum. So in previous posts I’ve talked about our Stoke Tripp Trapp highchair, Ewan the Sheep (saving mammies around the country), the Beaba Babycook (my life saver when it comes to weaning), the Sleepyhead pillow and loads more.  Check out my previous posts here , here and here.

The posts are always a reflection of where Anabelle Ivy is, so at almost 9 months, these are some of the items I have and love at the moment (as well as the ones mentioned in previous posts) 🙂

  1. Maxi Cosi Two Way Pearl Car Seat

The first car seat we had was the Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus, a perfect new born carseat, Anabelle Ivy is so so tall though it wasn’t long until she grew out of it. So we decided to go for the Two Way Pearl next, which uses the same base as we had bought initially (the Maxi Cosi Two Way Fix Base, see here) We went for the ‘Robin Blue’ purely as it is a nice neutral colour. The Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus has worked out great for us, it is a rearward facing car seat, but can also be forward facing too.

Maxi Cosi Two Way Pearl, €289 See HERE
Maxi Cosi Two Way Pearl, €289 See HERE

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2. Sleepytot Baby Comforter

This next item has been an absolute godsend and Anabelle Ivy absolutely LOVES it. I can’t recommend this enough for any other babies who love their soothers.  I’ve been chatting loads about this already on my Snapchat (username: thestylefairy). Basically this clever little bear has 4 velcro paws so you can attach a dody to him (or all 4 paws as one readers has told me) I only give Anabelle the bear at nap times and bed times and she loves it. Also overnight if her soother falls out it is easier for her to find the bear and put the dody back in herself (instead of Cormac or I jumping out of bed!!!)

Sleepytot Comforter (small), €12.99 See HERE
Sleepytot Comforter (small), €12.99 See HERE

3. Sleep Shade for Buggy

This was a total ‘must have’ during that one week of summer we had! And hopefully before the summer is over we will have more sunshine so will come in handy again (fingers crossed). It’s perfect for anyone heading away on holidays too. It’s a universal sleep shade, meaning it fits almost all buggies. It has UPF 50 fabric to protect baby from harmful rays and also features lots of mesh panels for excellent ventilation.

Sleep Shade in "Birdy" print, €24.50 See HERE
Sleep Shade in “Birdy” print, €24.50 See HERE

4. iPad holder for car

Unfortunately Anabelle isn’t the best traveller, although things are improving now, ever since her reflux is more under control she is travelling much better too. We bought this in a fit of desperation, but I am really glad we have it now, if she is a bit cranky or upset riding a long journey we just stick on some cartoons and it distracts her until we get home. I know this will most likely come in vital as she gets older too and when we want to do longer trips!

iKross Extension 360 Car Mount (suitable for ipad), €20 (approx.) See HERE
iKross Extension 360 Car Mount (suitable for ipad), €20 (approx.) See HERE

4. Baby Milestone Cards

These don’t need an explanation – Perfect for all those special moments that become memories for life. i was late to the party to get these so a good reminder for mammies-to-be OR they make an excellent gift for someone who has just had a baby.

Milestone Baby Cards, €18.95 See HERE
Milestone Baby Cards, €18.95 See HERE

5. Joolz Parasol

I have the Joolz Day Travel System (which I LOVE by the way and if you interested on reading how I made my decision to get that buggy you can see here and here – Might be helpful if you are pregnant and unsure which travel system you want)

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Recently I picked up the matching parasol and it has been such a brilliant buy. It is perfect for when she is awake but in the buggy and needs the sun out of her eyes (which really annoys her). The sleep shade I mention above is only good when she is asleep, but if we are sitting outside while she is awake (like at a recency family BBQ) or if we are out walking during her awake time, I always have it with me. The arm is movable sod you can adjust where you want it to sit, for any other Joolz mammies, I recommend getting this!

Joolz Parasol, €39 See HERE
Joolz Parasol, €39 See HERE

6. Baby Banana Teething Toothbrush

The ladies in my baby Facebook group recommend this, and I always take their advice. I only got it this week so it’s early days but Anabelle Ivy is teething like crazy so anything to help and so far it’s proving a big hit. Plus you gotta admit, it looks pretty hilarious too!

Baby Banana Teething Toothbrush, €12 (approx.) See HERE
Baby Banana Teething Toothbrush, €12 (approx.) See HERE

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