Hi Sugah ladies!
It has been a very busy and long few months from working in Germany and London while heavily pregnant for editorials, New look, Debenhams and Mothercare campaigns. I flew home at 37 weeks pregnant and sat on my pregnancy ball (so kindly posted from London by my lovely husband) with feet like Shrek for 5 weeks.
Countless cups of tea, hours of trying to paint my toenails, googling signs of labour, hormonal tears and the occasional tantrum, Leila finally arrived two weeks late after 20 hours in labour which ended up with an emergency c-section. She was a healthy 8lb 14oz and the length of a three month old baby!
I instantly fell in love and have this mushy, cliche mummy love for this little creature. I have developed first time mummy syndrome and now find I humour in dirty nappies, winding and I can't stop staring at her in the middle of the night watching every little facial expression and listening to her snore is oddly relaxing.
One of the biggest decisions while pregnant was wondering what buggy to buy and because I walk everywhere in London I needed something durable and able to put the mileage on everyday. Hours of research later, conversations with new mothers and many trips to John Lewis to test many ranges, we picked the iCandy Peach Jogger in cranberry.
It is a popular pushchair and can easily convert to a pram by adding the Peach carrycot. I love the way it looks, simple, modern and stylish. It is light to push, easy to steer and being a three wheeled pushchair I can dodge around people on a busy high street. This all terrain system has air- filled tyres which make life easy when pushing over grass and bumpy pathways and I gave it a good test drive weaving around the stalls at St George's Market (picture left at our favourite coffee stall). The tyres are so solid I don't even have to worry about getting a puncture. Now i can pound the pavements and get back into shape and not worry about Leila being unsafe, uncomfortable, or just waiting for the buggy to fall apart.
Swaddling, I didn't have a clue about this until Leila was given a Love To Swaddle Up suit. Every night i have a battle with Leila trying to keep her hands under the blankets to her keep warm and cosy. I was unsure how she would cope having her hands covered. The Love To Swaddle UP (pictured below) boasts about being the world's first swaddle that ingeniously allows your baby to sleep in her natural sleep position with arms up.
Swaddled babies who have access to their hands can settle better and sleep longer, as they are able to self-soothe and are kept feeling snug and free from waking by the startling Moro reflex.
The first night she had it on was the night she went longest between feeds and slept for 6 hrs in the middle of the night. She is forever wriggling around and grabbing bottles while i'm trying to feed her so The swaddle helped with calming her down and instead of her gulping down the bottle and getting full of wind, she took her time and made my life a lot easier when trying to get up those big belching burps.
The swaddle will be the first thing I pack in Leila's little suitcase this week when we go back to london for our first photoshoot together on Monday!