Being a Mummy : Baby Lewis is 1 Month Old

Thursday, 12 February 2015

(Baby Lewis)

How are we already at ONE MONTH OLD!!!!! 

Yup Baby Lewis turned 1 Month Old on the 7th February. This last month has gone so quickly.
Every day I can see a change in Baby Lewis... already he's being more vocal and kinda chattering away to himself in baby language... it's so cute. I've also noticed that he's really starting to fill out now and is putting on weight well.

This week we decided to start up the Vlogs again on my YouTube channel after many messages from you guys asking where they had gone... Thanks for your patience as you can imagine these first few weeks have been a little busy... hee hee hee :) 

Something not so great... 
..... as you will see from the Vlog Baby Lewis ended up having an over night stay in hospital with me... He was vomiting throughout the day so we ended up going to A&E. 
They kept him in the hospital as he had low blood sugar. However after some anti sickness medicine and some good feeds he started to keep his food down ok and his blood sugars went up again so the following day we were aloud to go home.
However after talking to the Doctor it would seem that they think he has an intolerance to milk protein. Therefore I've had to eliminate dairy from my diet because I am breast feeding. This is pretty tough believe me... however after having a trip to the Bio Organic Store here in Dubai and stocking on milk alternatives such as Coconut Milk, Soya Milk and Oat Milk I have to say my first week of being dairy free hasn't been that bad! 

Last Saturday Chris' mum arrived here in Dubai. The weeks flown by however we did have great fun and had a fab photo shoot with Chloe Lodge Photography... I'll share some more of the pictures soon on the blog so keep an eye out... 

Just to keep you in the loop... I've decided to now do Monthly Baby Lewis updates so watch out for them... however I will be sharing lots more New Mummy stuff and Pregnancy Stuff so watch this space... 

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Sparkly Sunday

Sunday, 8 February 2015

YAY! Sparkly Sunday time...

This is a really cool idea. Basically you make a profile and then add the want button to your bookmarks bar and then select from different websites the things that you would like... 
It's great because here you can create your dream wishlist and near Christmas / Birthday time its a great thing to share with people so that you get the things you want.
Personally I like it as I really enjoy placing things on my Wantfeed as it feel like you're shopping but you're actually not...if that makes any sense at all... 
Find my WANTFEED here.

2. Be A Fun Mum

(Photo thanks to Be A Fun Mum)
I came across Kelly's Blog "Be A Fun Mum" whilst browsing pictures on Instagram. This post "Love The Moment" is brilliant. I won't put much more on here you'll have to click on the link to find out more.

3. Bando

(Photo thanks to Bando)

Yet again another website that I found thanks to Instagram. I absolutely adore all the quirky goodies on offer in Bando but I especially fell in love with this cute little coin purse. Perfect for Spring don't you think?

4. Cassey Ho - Hot Body Year Round

( Photo thanks to Cassey Ho and Amazon)
If you followed my #VLOGFIT last year you will have seen that I followed the eating plan by Cassey Ho from her Blogilates website. I'm a big fan of this lady as her exercise routines and meal plans do work. This month she released her first book which I reckon I will invest in.

5. Inner Me

(Photo thanks to Inner Me)
I've followed the Inner Me since the start of the company because the idea of thoroughly researched vitamins with pretty packaging really appealed to me, plus I have to say I really admire the lady who set up Inner Me Nikki Cooper.  If you're looking for a daily dose of vitamins to pick you up then check them out. 

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Being a Mummy: Week 3

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Several people have messaged me and said.. "Enjoy this time as it flies by". 
At first I thought "What the heck are they on about..." now though with a little one who's already 3 weeks old I understand exactly what they are saying... How is little Lewis 3 Weeks Old already?! 

(Baby Lewis in his funky outfit of the day)

I've had a few Facebook messages asking where Lewis' funky trousers are from... they're from a UK company called "Blade & Rose"  I absolutely LOVE THEM as they're bright and colourful, they also have a cool pictured on the bum... (this pair have a picture of a whale on them.) Also they are really stretchy and easy to get on which makes life a lot easier when your little one decides he wants to wriggle all over the place... PLUS they are nice and loose which is great as Lewis has been suffering with a little bit of wind! (I got my Blade & Rose trousers from BabyShop here in Dubai.)
Lewis is also wearing in this picture some Fisher Price shoes (from Babyshop) and a little suit from Mothercare.

This weeks been another good week... 
Lewis is a little love... however he has been suffering from trapped wind this week and earlier on in the week it seemed no matter how many times I winded him it made no difference to him at all as he still lay there squirming about crying. This is very frustrating as a parent... not because of the crying but because he was uncomfortable and I couldn't make it better. 
We were advised to get Infacol which is based around Simeticone. This helps to make the air bubbles bigger and easier to pass... We tried this out and to be honest I'm not sure if it actually made things any better... also after reading all the ingredients I decided not to use it anymore as it contains Saccharin Sodium, flavouring and two E numbers!!!! 

Good news though I seem to have figured out a way to deal with the trapped wind... 
I had a Boppy pillow brought for us by a friend. You can read about them here > BOPPY 
Now after every feed I sit him in the pillow for a few minutes so he's nicely upright and comfortable and then wind him gently after that. Giving him this extra bit of time after feeding seems to have really helped and he seems a lot more comfortable and chilled. 
YAY for that!

(Retro Feasts at The Beach Dubai)

This week we decided to take Little Lewis for a walk round "The Beach" here in Dubai... 
We actually had our maternity photo shoot at "The Beach" in Magnolia Bakery... so it was really nice to take Lewis in there now he's here.

(Maternity Photo shoot at Magnolia Bakery by Chloe Lodge)

Lots of peeps have been asking about our Vlogs... can I just say it's nice to know that you've been enjoying them... The Vlogs will be back and they'll be plenty of videos coming up on my YouTube channel soon... however this week we thought we would do a quirky, fun little introducing Lewis video... so click here and watch that now... 

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Sparkly Sunday

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Hi there lovelies,

I know Sparkly Sunday is much loved and I would like to apologize for being a little bit flaky over the last few weeks and not posting... The last few weeks of pregnancy were so busy and then of course Lewis arrived in the world, so even busier. But right now whilst little Lewis is sleeping I'm getting chance to catch up on Sparkly Posts so here you have the first Sparkly Sunday of 2015!

1. "Goodbye" - Martin Eriksson ft: Clare Elise (REMIXES)

So "Goodbye" was released late on in 2014. We had loads of success with the original track with worldwide support. Because of this we decided along with Southside Recordings to release a remix package. This originally was exclusive to BEATPORT however now you can get your copy off of ITUNES.  Please download and support.

2. Kikki K
(Quote card picture thanks to Kikki,K)
Since discovering this store online via the wonderful world of INSTAGRAM ... (you can follow me HERE) I have to say I've become a little obsessed and my wish list is growing every day! 
I LOVE STATIONARY. It's a little bit of a passion of mine. 
This little online store ticks all boxes as regards cute, quirky stationary... so if you're looking to brightening up the office this New Year then grab yourself some goodies from here. I particularly like these cute quote cards.

3. Irregular Choice - Mr & Mrs Shoes

(Photo thanks to Irregular Choice)

On our wedding day I wore the sparkliest of shoes (as you would imagine) however If these had been around on our wedding day I have to say these would have been my perfect pair of shoes.... sparkly and with funky heels! AMAZING... as you can see they are out in February and priced at 139 GBP.

4. Bluebird Tea Company

(photo thanks to Bluebird Tea Co)

You may remember me mentioning this fab tea company from Brighton in the UK a little while back here on the sparkly blog as they did a fab pumpkin spice tea late last year. However I thought I would pop them on the blog again because in the New Year I know that we all look for healthier options as we try to shape up after eating lots over the festive period and when I did #VLOGFIT I found fruit and flavoured teas helped to satisfy my sweet cravings without the all the calories. For instance check out this cool tea that I've posted above "Strawberry Lemonade".

5. Clare Elise Sparkles YouTube Channel

Finally just a little favour... Please click on the link above and head on over to my Sparkly YouTube Channel and click subscribe once you're there. On my channel I post beauty video and vlogs...... Thank you xx 
(Clare Elise)

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