How we got ready for starting school tomorrow!

At the beginning of half term I got a surprise parcel! A free set of Braun healthcare products from Influenster and Braun in exchange of my honest review! Yayyyy

I received a Braun Thermoscan7 with Age precision Ear thermometer & a Braun Nasal Aspirator 1!

New healthcare gadgets ❤️

All these technical words but basically I got a brand new thermometer and snot sucker! I was so excited! My old snot sucker was… well OLD! It’s a Frida one where I use my mouth to suck through a filtered tube attached to a bulb that goes on the nose. Its efficient and has lasted almost 4 years. I remember struggling so many times with my son and then the baby to hold them down, put the tube in my mouth and other part in their noses. It was a constant struggle but now I got a new electric one!! And they think its a game and will happily let me vaccum their noses for snot🤣 oh the joys of motherhood! One day your pregnant imagining all your beautiful moments with your children and the next your excited about a snot vaccum 🙈

The thermometer is an ear one and it comes with the cover bits too! My old one was over 4 years old too from Lidl but it was contactless and I have noticed that lately its not working so well. I get alot of error msgs or Low. Well this new one is so cute and the screen lights up to let you know if the reading is good (green), elevated (yellow) or bad(red)!

Green! I’m good ☺️

Our routine:

  • Sort our uniforms
  • Get new school shoes(mysterious holes in the old ones🙄)
  • Cut hair(I cut the boys hair in the first week off school so should be ok till end of the month)
  • Temperature check on us all
All greens ✅✅

The thermometer is very easy to use and easy to read! I’ve been looking for a new one for some time now and I’m so lucky to have been chosen by Influenster and Braun to test it out! I love it! It has a memory to save the last 9 readings, BPA free, 21 disposable covers, it has pre warmed tip(which is great for babies and kids, has a nightlight And it’s currently on Sale on Amazon from £55 to £36!! Definitely worth it and has a 2 year warranty.

The snot sucker ( nasal aspirator) is amazing specially on the baby because she still hasn’t mastered the ‘blow your nose’ and often gets a blocked nose at night or in the morning when she wakes it. It has 2 different size silicone suction heads, 2 gentle settings and is dishwasher safe! It’s a great gadget to have around flu & cold season! It’s also on sale on Amazon from £40 to £29! Definitely worth every penny.

Now that we know that we are all Green ticked on the thermometer and are feeling well and no Covid-19 symptons I am more confident to send the boys to school. I have done my part being safe and protected.

What’s your routine like before shipping the kids back to school? Share your tips to help others

What you need to know about breastfeeding 🤱🏻

It’s not just whip your boob out and feed!!

I AM NOT A SPECIALIST/PROFESSIONAL!

You would think that because breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world it would come easy! But it doesn’t. Anyone who’s been through it will tell you that.

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They never tell you about the first few days or more of breast pain(yes pain) when your baby is learning how to properly latch on and stimulate the milk production & the infections you can get!

Your diet is extremely important because as when baby was in your belly, what you eat goes to baby. So a healthy balanced diet is necessary high in healthy fats, carbs and vegetables. You need to relax too, yes I mean sleep when baby sleeps and all that mumbo jumbo. BUT YOU MUST! Being over tired and miserable is not good for you or baby because they can feel it.

Regarding the pain there could be a multitude of reasons as to why its hurting to breastfeed and that should never be ignored. You could have:

  • Thrush(yeast infection) which you and baby have to be treated for because it can end up being a vicious circle between your nipple and babys mouth(yes they can get it in their mouth from you)
  • Mastitis which is terribly painful inflammatipn in either one or both breasts that can lead to infection and you need to watch out for the symptoms(inflamed red swollen breasts, red patches, hard painful lumps, flu like symptoms, discomfort feeding and tender hot breasts)
  • Blocked duct when the passage that carries milk from the mammary glands gets blocked. symptons are similar to mastitis except the hot breasts and flu like symptoms. This could be caused by oversupply, not draining the breat completly
  • Tongue/lip tie on baby can make it hard to breastfeed as baby is unable to properly latch on the breast. Normally midwives check this at the hospital already when baby is born but if you think your baby has this check with your health visitor, treatment is a short snip of the membrane under the tongue or under lip.
  • Latch, when baby doesn’t latch on properly it is very painful and means baby is able to drink enough milk. try to bring baby to the breast(not you to baby) and as baby opens their mouth aim your nipple to the top lip, this will ensure a better latch.

I am a big advocate for breastfeeding! I’m so proud of my journey so far and know how hard it is to breastfeed and having to give up and pump/formula feed. I know the heartache and depression that follows up because you feel like you’re letting down your baby. Sometimes you gotta choose you. And your mental health. You are doing the best for your child no matter where his milk comes from!

Us mums go through all kinds of bullying and judgmental comments no matter what we do. If we breastfeed or formula feed, if we cuddle to sleep or let them cry it out. At the end of the day it’s the mums decision. We as women should support each other!

So I’ve decided to do a breastfeed series here to help those who need. I AM NOT A SPECIALIST/PROFESSIONAL! Its just a gathering of all my research to be able to breastfeed my children and all my struggles and how I tried to solve them with the help of many people. You need a good support network of family, friends and lactation consultants/midwives/health visitors.

The health benefits to breastfeeding your baby are enormous and as you will find out breastmilk is literally LIQUID GOLD and you will understand why.

Last day of Homeschooling!!

Finally! I’m so done! I was not destined to be a teacher!

It’s a bitter sweet moment as todays the last day of Homeschooling but that also means Half term is starting! Half term=holiday! For the kids obviously because I haven’t had a break since March last year!

I feel like I’m gonna regret this but I’m going to do a 2 week daily craft session with these kids 🤣 yesterday we made homemade playdoh (2 ingredients only: 1 cup of conditioner + 2 cups of cornstarch) you can add food colouring & essentials oils too if you’d like.

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The boys loved it and obviously made a mess everywhere. But they were still and quiet for about 1 hour and it was lovely. I actually had a coffee that was still hot!

Today I haven’t figured out what we’re doing but I might do a Lego challenge for them. Baby is easily pleased with some pots and pans and some wooden fruit.

Baby’s kitchen☺️

Anyone want to join me for the crafts challenge? Good luck to all the parents out there! Peace be with you🙈 and wine🥂