Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Four months

Age - four months

Weight - 15lbs 4oz (again not official)

Height - 27" (as above)

Sleeping habit - She is just on the edge of being too big for her Shnuggle and moving into her own room. It's funny with Blondie Boy he was in his own bed by now and I remember pushing NotBlondeHusband to let him sleep in his own room. With Baby Girl he is the one trying to push me but I'm not sure she's ready to be in her own room yet.

Eating habits - So this has been a learning curve for us with me being back at work. I'm expressing 10-12oz a day while I'm at work and she seems to be drinking at least that if not more while I'm away. My freezer stash isn't that deep and I've not been adding to it so I'm not sure what to do other than trying to up the number of times I pump at work. Breastfeeding while working full-time is another post in itself!

Favorite activity - Working out in her baby gym, blowing spit bubbles, squealing, eating her hands

Milestones - Teeny tiny ponytail

Firsts- Time in the snow, basketball game, birthday party

Like to compare? Here is Blondie Boy's 4 month update.

(sorry for being one day late, but Mondays are BB's swim lesson day)

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Cosatto Giggle Pixelate Pram Travel System

I've been a big fan of Cosatto for a long time and was ridiculously excited when we got the chance to review the Giggle 3 in 1 Travel System a 2 way pushchair, pram and car seat carrier. I love that Cosatto's products are functional and practical but don't scrimp on style. I've got an amazing travel system that suits my family's needs but also looks AMAZING.

Giggle Pixelate Travel System

We chose the pixelate pattern--it's bright, funky and anything but ordinary. I honestly get complimented on it just about every time I leave the house and if I don't I overhear people saying what a gorgeous pattern it is!  The pattern isn't just for looking good though as Baby Girl loves staring at the bright colours, too. 

Bright coloured baby pram

Both the inside of the carseat and pram are patterned as well (something I'd not seen before) and we all know how beneficial it is for babies to interact with bright colours and shapes.

Baby sleeping in car seat

So the Giggle looks good but let's talk about how it works. I'll start with the Hold 0+ carseat: I totally love this carseat! It is a bit bigger than the one we had for Blondie Boy but it seems much more comfortable for Baby Girl. One of the best features is how it seamlessly clicks into the base in the car. One of the most frustrating things about carseats can be how long it takes to get in and out of the car, making quick trips that much longer. The Hold base easily installs to the car and then the seat clicks in and clicks out quickly and easily.  The Hold can also be strapped in securely with just a seatbelt; it is not difficult at all and can be done one handed, which meant when I was without the car and had to pick up a sick Blondie Boy at school I could strap Baby Girl in to the taxi. The Hold will also click in and work with Isofix fitted cars. The only small downside is that the car seat is quite heavy, particularly with a growing baby in it!

Best school run pram

Easy school run with baby

Once you are out of the car the Hold clicks directly into the pram base. For me this is ideal as it means when I'm picking up Blondie Boy at school I can get Baby Girl in and out of the car with little hassle. After my c-section and severe SPD I wasn't allowed to carry anything heavy so carrying the car seat was not an option; being able to clip the Hold carseat into the pram base was essential! I can be a bit of a faff getting the Hold in and out of the base. Ideally you'd like one seamless motion but I have it worked out now that I need to clip in one side and then the other side--the same is true for taking the seat out of the base. You couldn't do it one handed but I'm okay with that because it means  I know the carseat is secure in the base.
Rainbow Pram Pushchair

The pram base itself is very easy to open up and close down. The base opens one handed using hydraulics although you need two hands to collapse it (it has two buttons plus a safety button)-again you know this means it is safe and secure and you aren't going to accidentally close it while using it. The pram/ cot clips in and out easily. When Baby Girl was first born I wasn't allowed to go up and down the stairs post c-section so she slept in her Giggle in the living room! 
Baby sleeping in sunshine

It is roomy and comfy and I love again that there is pattern inside the carry cot to stimulate your baby. Even though it's spacious for baby, we were able to get the carry cot, pram base and all of Baby Girl's stuff easily into my mother-in-law's trunk when we went to visit. There is nothing worse than a pram taking up all your trunk space but the Giggle can hang out in your boot and still leave plenty of room for groceries or other shopping.

will pram fit in my boot?

The Giggle Pixelate Travel System is available for £430 and the Hold Pixelate Infant Carrier Carseat is available for £125 but for a limited time you get it FREE with any Giggle Travel System!

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Transatlantic Blonde were provided this travel system for review but all opinions are our own.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Three months

Age - three months

Weight - 14lb (not official just by weighing Auntie Katie with and without BG)

Height - 24" (again not official just her Auntie using Grandma's measuring tape)

Sleeping habit - Still a great sleeper at night (fingers crossed) and little naps during the day but she sleeps the longest on people.

Eating habits - Roughly every 3 hours. She will take a bottle of breast milk now which is great. We've both been sick so she had been shorter feeds, every 2 hours which was super draining.

Favorite activity - Squealing, kicking or cuddling her friends.

Milestones - She's 100% found her hands. She loves to stroke soft things, eat her hands and will grab your hand to put her pipka in her mouth.

Firsts - Christmas

If you like to compare/contrast here is Blondie Boy's 3 month update.

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Two Months

Age - two months

Weight - 11lb 8oz (as of last week)

Height - 23" according to her check-up last week

Sleeping habit - She still doing a big sleep overnight and then only little cat naps during the day. That said she slept for 4+ hours this afternoon while I met a new friend for coffee. She'd just had her jags though so probably that!

Eating habits - Still 3-4 hours although yesterday she was on an every 2 hours mini-feed thing and didn't go to bed until 3am. I just started pumping today and hopefully she will take a bottle of breast milk from her Dad tonight.

Favorite activity - Watching American football...I'm not even joking the girl loves the NFL. She's also a fan of the bouncy chair and smiling.


Milestones - She had her 2 month vaccines which now include an oral vaccine for rotovirus which is new since BB had his 8 week vaccinations. She can also pull her pipka out of her mouth herself which is kinda crazy hand-eye coordination!

Firsts - Flight (transatlantic and domestic), funeral and passport. I promise I'll blog about flying with a newborn soon. I've said it twice now so that means I have to do it right?

If you like to compare/contrast here is Blondie Boy's 2 month update which includes a wee video of him at this age too. Do you think they are alike?

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Bess Kanter 1922-2014

I've been a bad blogger; I've not blogged or even managed to stick up a guest post in 3 weeks. Since Baby Girl was born a few really shitty things have happened. I won't get in to it all just now but I had other things to worry about (in addition to new baby worries!) and just couldn't really bothered to do much. Then unfortunately my Grandma Bess, my last living grandparent, passed away. 

I know I was extremely lucky to have three grandparents live into their 90s but it still hurt to lose three in the last 18 months. My Grandma Bess hadn't been 100% herself the past two years; she was still Bess but things were getting foggier and jumbled after a series of strokes. She was always fiercely independent and I know she wouldn't have wanted to stay in a perpetual state of time confusion where her past memories intermingled with her new future.

She had a flair for the dramatic and decided, after another suspected stroke, that 92 years was enough. Not just anyone dies on their birthday, so I like to think she at least went out in style. I was able to talk to her on the phone and even though she couldn't respond I'd like to think she knew. My sister was there with her when she passed away and I know both my Mom and I were ever so grateful for that.

It may sound silly but she wasn't just my Grandma, but one of my best friends. When I was a little girl I'd put on her nightgowns and stuff my toys down her couch so I wouldn't have to leave. I remember staying up and watching The Golden Girls and Tracey Ullman Show with her, going to the pool (she tanned and gossiped while we swam) and she always had those mini boxes of cereal for us of the sugary brands my parents never bought. She doted on my sister, cousin and I.

She always without fail told me how pretty I looked when we'd Face Time. I could have a dirty ponytail and no make-up, she didn't care. She loved and adored us without question. She welcomed NotBlondeHusband the same and would tell her friends how her grandson was taller than her china cabinet. She loved and believed in us all and supported each of us.

I've written before about how she was the original Carrie Bradshaw and I know my Mom, sister and myself all got our passion for fashion from her. Bright red nailpolish and lipstick will always remind me of her and I'm so lucky to have two of her rings--one for myself and one for Baby Girl when she is older. She loved sparkle and I know she wouldn't want any of her rings to sit away in a drawer not worn.

I've rambled on a bit here but to be honest I didn't get much time to work through any of this. When I heard she wasn't going to get better NotBlondeHusband left work early and drove Baby Girl and I to Edinburgh to the US consulate to get her an emergency passport as Jewish funerals happen as soon as possible. While we were there my Grandmother passed away and as soon as we got back in Glasgow I booked a flight home for the next morning.

Flying with a newborn isn't as bad as you'd think but that's a post for another time.  I'm so lucky to have had such a wonderful, loving, honest and funny woman in my life. I have so many wonderful memories and funny Bess stories that I will always keep close to my heart.  

She once told me that bitches live forever, so we had nothing to worry about. She just didn't realize she was nothing of the sort. I love you Bessala and while I'm glad you don't have to live with one foot in the past and one in the present any more, I still am going to miss you more than anything. I'm so glad to have had you in my life as long as I did, but I just wish we could have kept you for a little bit more.

Bessie Kanter
11/4/22 - 11/4/14

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

What I Wore Wednesday: Meet House of Polynesia

I'll be having a series of guest posts scheduled over the next few weeks as I'm recovering post c-section and settling into life with our new baby. I'll be writing baby posts but won't be very fashionable! Please show the guest bloggers some love and be sure to visit their blogs! Interested in having a guest post? Just drop me an email!

Aloha every one so glad to be here; I'm Kathleen from House of Polynesia!

So I am a sucker for comfort, and nothing says comfortable to me than a loose tank, jeggings and a flowy kimono/cardigan. With cooler weather and Fall approaching I love layering with light fabrics that are a little generous when it comes to fit. I am kind of loving gray, white, black outfit combos lately. I like the modern and simple look, but I always find a way to add color and for an outfit like this my go to is my turquoise colored necklace. Which is a must for me when I need a little bit of color.

Outfit Details

Tank, Cardigan, Necklace | Forever 21
Pants | American Eagle
Sandals | Target

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

One Month

Age - one month

Weight - Okay I'm creeped out because I could have left Blondie Boy's update up! She was weighed last week and was 8lb 6oz--the EXACT SAME he was at the same time. Her cheeks are really starting to fill out so I'd suspect she's more.

Height - 19" at least that's what I put on her passport form 

Sleeping habit - If we time it right she's only up once a night, but I go to bed around midnight and am up between 7-8am. Not too shabby since I can go back to sleep when she does since BB is at school.

Eating habits - She feeds roughly every 3-4 hours sometimes less. To say she is a good eater would be an understatement. 

Favorite activity - Pooping or peeing right after you've finished cleaning her tuchus.

Milestones - There really aren't any the first month that I can think of--she has a belly button now does that count?

Firsts - She's had her first bath and multiple sink baths after that (see favorite activity). She also had her first sleepover at Grandma's house and her first road-trip to Edinburgh to renew her brother's passport.

If you like to compare/contrast here is Blondie Boy's 1 month update.

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