The Mummy Tag

Thursday, 13 February 2014

1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum, or a Working Mum?
I'm currently a SAHM but I'm looking to go back to work part time, it's harder than I thought to find a job that has flexible enough hours!

2. Would you have it any other way?
I think being at home most of the time and working a few hours a week is the right balance for me so yes, I'd like to find a job please!

3. Do you co-sleep?
No, we never have and never will. Oscar has been put down on his own in his own basket/cot from day 1 and it has worked brilliantly for all of us.

4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?
Ewan The Dream Sheep! 

5. How many kids do you plan on having?
At the moment, we're happy with just one. We might consider in the future having a 2nd but nothing's decided yet.

6. Date nights? How often do you have them? 
Not very often at all! We tend to just get a bottle or two of wine and enjoy that on a Friday evening.

7. Your child's favourite show?
Baby Einstein is the favourite at the moment but he also enjoys The Tweenies, anything with bright colours really!

8. Name one thing you brought before you had the baby and never ended up using?
I think most things we bought have been used, we didn't go crazy buying loads of things and only got items we thought would be useful. One item that we stopped using after a couple of months was our baby monitor that had a movement sensor pad, it worked fine in his Moses Basket but used to go off constantly during the night once he moved into his cot. It nearly gave me a heart attack at first and then we ended up just turning it off and getting a HD sound monitor instead.

9. Your child's favourite food?
Strawberry flavoured anything.

10. How many cars does your family have?

11. Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?
I had lost 3 stone before I got pregnant and finally got to about 9.12, I went up to 12.4 at the end of my pregnancy and I'm currently about 10.3 when I last checked a couple of weeks ago. (I'm 5'7)

12. Dream holiday with your kids?
America Roadtrip! Obviously when he's a bit older so he can remember it and also give us time to save up for it haha!

13. Dream holiday without your kids?
Amsterdam probably.

14. How has your life changed since having kids?
We have less money, haha! And also have to plan things around nap and feed times which can make getting out trickier than it was before.

15. Finish the sentence "It makes heart melt when..."
We go into him after his nap/sleep and as soon as he sees your face he breaks out into a huge grin, so cute! 

16. Where do you shop for your kids?
Mothercare, Next and Sainsbury's TU range have some adorable pieces for really cheap.

17. Favourite make-up and skincare products?
I don't have a huge selection of skincare but I love my micellar water and my Origins masks. For makeup, Max Factor mascaras and Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation.

18. Huggies or Pampers?
Aldi Mamia nappies, they are half the price and do the exact same job, no leakage.

19. Have you always wanted kids?
No, when I was a teenager I was adamant I would never have children EVER. Then when I got to 20 I started to change my mind and started thinking I'd like one and at 21 I got pregnant.

20. Best part of being a mum?
Watching him learn new things and interact and his smiles and laughs.

I tag anyone who hasn't done it yet and wants to!

Five Among Friends - Get To Know Me

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Five Among Friends is a blog feature running different Q&A's each month, I thought it sounded like a great idea so decided to pop up a post and answer the questions!

This week's theme is Getting To Know You.....

This week's questions were written by Hayley at Sparkles & Stretchmarks....

The Questions

1) Describe yourself in 5 words

Ooh, I hate trying to describe myself! Hmm, I'd have to go for friendly, optimistic, shy, caring and I can't think of a word but I love messing about and finding the funny side of things? Immature maybe, haha.

2) Why did you decide to start blogging?

I was reading lots of blogs and I really wanted to start my own but didn't know where to start. My beauty blog started off as a lifestyle/pregnancy type blog but then I found I enjoyed blogging about beauty and was a bit wary about posting a lot about myself. I tried mixing baby & beauty on my blog but it didn't feel right so I made Tiny Flutters and here we are!

3) How did you choose the name of your blog and why?

I wanted something that related to babies but wasn't too central around Oscar's name in case we have another baby in the future and I'm still blogging. Tiny Flutters seemed like a good fit because when I first felt them in my belly, it really hit home that I was carrying a little person inside me and our lives were going to change forever. 

4) Tell us something about yourself that you think might surprise us!

Hmm, I mention my boyfriend quite a lot but he is actually 14 years older than me. When people first find out they're always really shocked and ask how do we get along but we've known each other nearly 4 years and been together over 3 and we never even notice the difference. I've never gotten along better with someone in my whole life and we are always chatting away and have so much in common.

5) What is your favourite and least favourite thing about blogging?

My favourite thing is that I just love being able to write. I've always loved writing since I was little and when I left education, I couldn't really find anything to write about until I discovered the blogging world. It's nice when you think of something you want to write about and then just go for it, especially when people comment. My least favourite thing is not being able to come up with anything to write about or worrying about someone leaving negative comments on one of my posts.

Don't forget to check out these other girls answers too....

Ewan The Dream Sheep & Ewan Snuggly | Review

Monday, 10 February 2014

I just thought I'd pop up a quick review of Oscar's favourite little friend. We got Ewan The Dream Sheep when I was pregnant after reading lots of 5 star reviews saying that he was a brilliant sleep aid (plus, isn't he adorable?) and we have not been disappointed.

According to the site, Ewan emits soothing sounds at a low base frequency and has a calming warm pink glow which will help settle babies and toddlers to sleep. The womb and heartbeat sounds that Ewan plays are actually recorded from real life to help make them extra soothing. He also has rain, vacuum cleaner and harp options mixed in with the heartbeat sound to provide extra reassurance. 

When Oscar arrived, Ewan was put into action straight away. Even from a few days old, Oscar enjoyed the red glow that he gives and fell asleep happily listening to the heartbeat option. We have always put Oscar down awake when we can and never soothed him to sleep on us, so Ewan has been even more important in providing reassurance and a calm atmosphere for Oscar.
To change the sounds that Ewan plays, you simply hold onto the button for  2-3 seconds on one of his legs and the sound then plays for twenty minutes - usually enough time for your little one to have drifted off. If not, just pop him back on his cycle again and you should be good to go.

Ewan also has a velcro tail so that you can hook him around a Moses Basket or cot or you can even take him on your travels with you, we've attached him to Oscar's pram a number of times when we've gone out and it helps him drift off to sleep even if we're out somewhere a little noisier than he is used to.

Now that Oscar's older, he absolutely loves playing with Ewan when he goes to bed. As soon as he's zipped into his sleeping bag he turns to look for Ewan's glow and starts stroking him. He has now also figured out how to change the options so we often hear the sounds changing on the monitor as he clicks away, haha!
When my mum and I were out shopping, we spotted Ewan Snuggly and he was purchased immediately. As soon as we showed him to Oscar, he reached out for him and started squeaking happily and I don't think I've ever seen him so excited with a toy, he was playing with him the whole car journey back and then fell asleep with him under his arm. Ewan Snuggly has knotted legs for baby to play with and he's also the perfect size for tiny hands to grasp onto easily. Plus, this little guy has a velcro tail just like his friend, so we tend to fasten him onto Oscar's dummy strap so he doesn't go astray.

Overall, Ewan has definitely been one of, if not the best purchase we've made for Oscar and I couldn't recommend him highly enough. He's been loved  from Day 1 and he's still useful as he grows up through to toddler age (maybe longer!) he also won the Mother & Baby Gold Award 2014. If you want more info about Ewan, then click here.

Oscar's 8 Month Update

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Hey Oscar!

Another month has gone by and we are getting closer and closer to your 1st birthday, I can't believe it's only one more month and then you will have been out in the world for as long as you were in my belly. It seems like you have been a part of our family for ever and we can't remember what it was like without you. You bring smiles to our faces every day and a little grin or laugh from you can brighten any day.

You are now able to sit up on your own unaided for short amounts of time, you like to sit on the sofa and play with your toys or sit on our bed. You still need a little support or else you might topple over but you are getting stronger every day.
You have started shaking your head from side to side and if someone shakes their head at you, you sometimes copy us and do it back! You also love to pull your socks off at every opportunity you get, I have a pile of odd socks due to them getting placed around the house. You are loving your bath time more and more and love kicking your legs like a little frog. I can see your personality developing all the time and you are getting better and better at expressing yourself and when you want something, you're not shy to let us know!

You are still on your Stage 2 weaning foods but we introduced you to mandarins a few days ago and it was love at first taste - you cried when Daddy was eating them without offering you any. You are now having them daily as a snack and we chop them up into smaller segments for you. You try and squash them a bit with your tongue so I think you might be getting accustomed to not swallowing everything whole... Raspberries and strawberries are next on the agenda!

You have had a slight change in your sleeping routine, you now tend to wake at about 8am and go down at 8pm but you just started getting tired earlier, so we changed the times and it's working much better for us all.
You don't seem to have any interest in your dummy at all these days and so they are very rarely used, you still prefer your thumb.

 I think you are teething at the moment as you are sporting some cute rosy cheeks accompanied by a lot of drooling and chewing on everything you can get your little hands on. You're also fond of pulling some hilarious faces (see last picture, haha) that look like it might be your gums irritating you but you've been a good sport so far and not complained much at all.

You are such a well behaved little man, we can take you out anywhere and you always sit quietly and patiently and never complain or kick up a fuss, you have the most lovely personality.
It's your Grandad's birthday tomorrow, so we will be visiting Grandma & Grandad tomorrow for a little celebration.

We love you so much.


Next Boys Spring Collection Picks

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Now the shops are beginning to introduce the Spring range of clothes, I couldn't help but have a little browse and see what cute things I could find for Oscar. He'll be in 9-12 month clothing by the time Spring properly comes around, so this year we'll be able to be a bit more adventurous with clothes for him as he was only a newborn when it was last warm.

As usual, I had a little peek at Next's offerings and these were the few pieces that really caught my eye. Oscar hates wearing bulky clothing, so this lightweight zipped green hoody will be perfect when the weather's warmer but there's still a little breeze in the air. I thought this World Explorer t-shirt was adorable, it also has a print on the back and I love putting Oscar in brighter clothes, I think they look so cute on babies and children.
For the earlier parts of Spring, you won't go amiss with with something a little warmer - this Stone Anorak will be great for any rainy days due to being shower resistant and having a hood now that Oscar will be in a new car seat meaning he'll be carried to and from the car with no protection.
I couldn't resist these Monster jeans, I absolutely love anything with dinosaurs or monsters on for Oscar so that's how the little set of 3 t-shirts caught my eye too.
Finally, these Denim look shorts are a must, I like Oscar wearing jeans when we're going out somewhere proper but if he's just having a lazy day then it's nice for him to feel comfy in something a little softer and lighter.

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