The Babymoon

It’s been a while hasn’t it?

I’ve hardly looked at my laptop or phone screen in the 3 weeks since Ivy has been with us. we decided to take a babymoon… like honeymoon, but after a baby! Something that is a very important bonding ritual for us.

newborn wrinkly head

Jay has been back at work for a week, and this first week of him not being here I have just spent my time taking things slowly. I let the laundry pile grow, the washing up bowl sit full and I didn’t even bother to wash my hair. Instead I spent the time cuddling my girls, playing (awfully boring) games, and watching Netflix (‘Are you still watching Postman Pat?’ Unfortunately Netflix I am.) We were all spending our time getting to know Ivy, and falling in love with her. I had some visitors pop over to see us, and I took a few strolls to the Childrens Centre and the local shop for very important top-ups of lollipops and chocolate.

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We had a couple of important to-do moments, such as registering Ivy’s birth at the local registry office and we even had a hospital visit for her tongue-tie to be clipped (separate post on this later), and when the kids were all in bed, we relaxed with our body weight in Pringles and a cheeky bottle of wine… and an American Horror Story Marathon. We enjoyed lots of skin to skin, snoozy cuddles, fun bath times and a million kisses, Mostly with Ivy….

babys first bath

Last weekend was amazing. We didn’t see anyone, or do anything. We spent the whole weekend at home doing odd little jobs, refusing to get dressed and Willow even gained her first ever experience of Sonic The Hedgehog. epic.

I can quite honestly say, these last 3 weeks have been the most beautiful happiest 3 weeks of our lives.

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Quinny Moodd Review

You may have read on my blog that we popped along to The Baby Show at London’s Excel a few weekends ago. A lot has changed since then, we have had a baby! And with a new baby comes new wheels.

Quinny Stroller Moodd Black Black Devotion 2015

Quinny Moodd Review For Toddler

We have spent the last week with our toddler in the test seat, prepping us for baby’s arrival. The new Quinny Moodd can be used superbly with a toddler, but is still easily adaptable so as to keep our new tiny human (Ivy) comfortable and safe when out exploring. The Moodd is the perfect mix of style and functionality, it looks stunning and has an amazing range of intelligent features. It is smooth and stylish and is perfect for the wide range of adventures us mums embark on – from school runs, to high-street shopping trips. Keeping it fashionable and comfortable, for both baby and you.

Firstly lets talk colour: We chose the Quinny Moodd in Black Devotion, just one of the 5 colours in the collection. Also available is Black Irony, Grey Gravel, Red Rumour and Blue Base. Each as stunning as the last with either a black or white chassis and coloured basket to match the seat and hood.

Quinny Moodd Review Colours From Catalogue

The Quinny Moodd can be used from birth in a couple of different ways – lay the seat flat and quickly pop in the newborn Baby Nest, or click the stylish, sleek and foldable (in seconds!) carrycot onto the chassis. The seat is suitable for toddlers too, up to around the age of three and a half (15kg), providing a smooth ride for when little legs start to get tired. To change from newborn to toddler versions is so quick and easy. The shoulder straps are easy to pop through the sequential height slots as needed, and the Baby Nest is equally as easily popped into place, with the head support zipped in on top. All of the straps are easily adjusted, and not fiddly at all, even for dad’s masculine (and sometimes clumsy) hands. The seat lays back completely flat with one-handed action, using a sleek tab at the back of the seat. For a toddler, the seat sits upright and can be turned to sit on the chassis forward-facing or parent-facing depending what your child prefers. The straps are comfortable, with just the right amount of padding that sit on baby’s shoulders without cutting into their neck. Each is popped in with fasteners to ensure that they don’t slip out of place. A very unique bumper bar (more like a super cool, T-bar for pretend driving) clicks into place with ease too. When the T-Bar isn’t in use, there in a great little extra bit of plastic to pop into its place to fit the empty gap on the seat, so the smooth and beautiful look of the pushchair isn’t lost. My toddler likes to be laid flat back in her seat when she naps in the pushchair, which the Quinny Moodd does perfectly, just like when being used for the newborn baby!

Quinny Moodd Review with Newborn insert

The carrycot for the Quinny Moodd is available to buy separately and looks just as stunning. The carrycot also folds flat in seconds. When the lady on the Quinny stand told me this I was sceptical, I have tried to fold quite a few various carrycots down over time and while they are all relitavly simple, I was often all fingers and thumbs and it took more than a few seconds (a few, even minutes) but with one swift action the whole cot collapsed into a thin wafer! Mind = blown! A great feature for those with small car boots, or even those short of storage space in the home.

Quinny Moodd Carrycot review

The chassis unfolds automatically. When the lovely lady at the Quinny/Maxi Cosi stand showed me this I was absolutely blown away….How this simple feature makes my day so much easier is amazing. With one hand I just release the catch holding the chassis down and up it pops….all by itself using its unique gas spring system! A great feature when juggling 2 restless toddlers and a newborn whilst trying to get out of the door for school. Folding the chassis is very easy too, with the whole system folding back in a smooth downwards action with very little effort and unlike other prams, the seat doesn’t need to be taken off first.

moodd folded

image from quinny.com

 

I am very short and my husband is quite tall. This is often a problem with handle bar height. If it’s too high I will get shoulder pain when walking and if it’s too low he will get back ache. Luckily the Quinny Moodd handlebar is adjusted with a small button on the bar itself. You just have to squeeze the button and put the bar to the height you want it and it just clicks into place. When walking with the Moodd, changing between myself and the husband pushing the pram, we automatically changed the height between us without even a second thought. It really is that easy… :) Happy shoulders and happy backs!

Quinny Moodd handlebar review

The only little negative I can find with the Quinny Mood is the shopping basket size. It holds a maximum of 5kg, something which I would have liked to be bigger. I think the basket would be ideal for nipping to the shops, but for myself who can often wander the town centre for a *cough* little while, I think I would struggle to fit much more than a few items of shopping (along with toys, coats, juice bottles and several sticks- you know what toddlers are like) In the basket.

I found the whole pushchair system felt quite sturdy and strong, with no worries of the buggy tipping up on me when mounting curbs and little footpaths when out and about. I was worried about how sturdy the Quinny Mood would feel as I am used to wider 4 wheel systems and the Mood sits on a 3 point (but still has 4 wheels) style chassis. I soon forgot my worries when walking and safety didn’t cross my mind, not once. The whole pushchair feels light to manoeuvre and fits into shops door ways and around aisles very easily. Walking around The Baby Show through the crowds, the whole pushchair performed with ease. I didn’t bump into anyone (I often feel like I need L-Plates for the first few outings with any new pram) and I could turn the system on the smooth carpeted arena one handed! Luckily for me… as I was also holding lots of shopping purchased for the new baby!

Quinny Moodd Wheels review

The brakes are very simple to use. Push down on the red tab to brake and on the opposite wheel just tap the grey tab to go… it is that simple. The brakes felt strong and couldn’t be knocked out of place accidently, which provided me with extra peace of mind, especially as I use public busses often.

There are lots of extra attractive accessories and features to the Quinny Moodd. The hood to the seat is thin and light, with no bulkiness and has added high (50+) UV sun protection. There is a small all in one rain cover. If you wish to add a car seat or carrycot onto the chassis there are adapters available that just click on and off in a matter of seconds. There is a foot rest for older children that can be pushed right back and under the buggy itself when being used for babies or smaller children. A Footmuff, buggy boards, parasols and cup holders are all easily available to purchase that go with the Quinny Moodd, all designed to suit your busy lifestyle with little ones.

The Quinny Moodd was put through its paces with our 3 small children. It continues to deliver pleasure, ease and happiness to us all. A well designed pushchair that is so very simple, well designed and made to a high quality.

Out of 5 points for each, I rate this model of pushchair the following:

Practicality: 4

Style: 5

Quality: 5

Comfort (for baby & me): 5

Overall: 5

Quinny Moodd 5 star review

 

 

 

A Beautiful Placenta

Our heart shaped placenta.

Our heart shaped placenta. The Tree Of Life.

 

I finally got to keep my placenta! Yay!

With Willow, I had these amazing plans to keep the placenta and bury it with a Willow tree in our garden. Of course we got distracted, and forgot to pick it up from the hospital.

With Olive, I had to have my placenta removed after the delivery under anaesthetic because my body didn’t want to release it naturally. It was whisked away whilst I was under.

But this time, I proudly left the hospital with a goodie bag… containing that magic one-use organ! An organ that I grew, just for my baby. It was used for 40 weeks and kept our baby alive. It attached my baby to me. And when she was born, so was it! Pretty cool, huh?!

I created some fab prints of the placenta for us to keep and took some stunning photographs of it to share. It’s not something that we all get to see. Some of us have babies and never look at our own placentas, never knowing how big they were, what colour it was or even seeing how it attached itself to us life givers.

Its a beautiful organ, that should be respected. After all, without it we wouldn’t have our children! There are lots of uses for a placenta. You can read more on what to do with the after-birth, after birth here.

umbilical cord

amniotic sac placenta

The amniotic sac, cord and placenta. this side of the placenta was attached to my womb.

 

Another Baby Girl Has Arrived

We did it!!!! We brought a new little baby girl into this world on Sunday, and her name is Ivy.

Say ‘Hello’ Ivy!

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She arrived very fast, and is our smallest delivery yet at just 6lb 8oz. She flew out! Here is the low down…

I had planned a birthday party for Willow on Sunday 8th March. She was turning 3 on Monday, so we had this little party for close friends and family. I started cooking the sausage rolls and laying the party table (With awesome Frozen theme) when the first contraction struck. It was all in my hips, a very familiar feeling to when I had Olive… who’s hip contractions started when I was in Tesco. 5 minutes later another struck. These pains had a totally different feeling to the long build up contractions that I had been experiencing on and off for a few weeks. I just knew. Today was the day. And I was going to miss Willow’s party. I was going to miss cake.

I jumped in the bath to see if the pains would calm down a little. Taking a bath in early labour is a great way of seeing if ‘it’ is the real thing or just Braxton Hicks contractions. If the pains continue once in the warm and soothing water it’s likely to be the real thing, this was definitely the real thing! The pains were getting slightly stronger and all still in my hips. I called downstairs to Jay  suggesting that he should ring his parents and inform them that they would be hosting the party and we were going to have to make a move to the hospital. QUICKLY. I then called the delivery suite to let them know that we would soon be coming in. Pop the kettle on!

Once we had packed the hospital bags into the car we were quickly on our way. It broke my heart to say ‘Good Bye’ to the kids, all ready in their party dresses. They really didn’t understand why we leaving them when they were so excited. There have been a lot of road closures locally in the last few weeks on a couple of the roads leading to hospital. We ended up having to take a scenic route, which felt like a lifetime. Once in the car the contractions were coming every 3 minutes. I could feel a unmistakable pressure building down below, and hitting every red traffic light going I was starting to find it hard to maintain a steady mind and keep calm.

After leaving our house at 11am, we arrived at delivery suite at 12:10am!! I was shown into a beautiful room on the midwifery lead unit, Somewhere that I have been wanting to deliver since we had Willow. I was always too high risk to be allowed in the midwifery lead unit, but after 2 smooth previous births I was finally allowed. I was so excited!! I could see my birthing pool, and getting in there was a priority for me. The midwife asked me how I would like to have the room- as it was bright beautiful daylight outside I wanted the black-out blinds drawn, lights low (She brought out candles, oh I was in heaven!) and noise kept to an absolute minimal. I go into myself when in labour and have delivered quietly and peacefully with the girls, something that is important to me.

I was quickly examined to show I was at 4cm, but my waters were bulging and baby’s head was low. To deliver a baby you need your cervix to stretch to a full 10cm before baby can arrive. With first babies this can take some time, and midwives  tend to say you dilate on average 1cm per hour, but this can happen a lot quicker with subsequent babies. I (half jokingly) said to the midwife “Please don’t sent me home!” She reassured me that I wasn’t going anywhere. We did have a laugh!

She started filling the birth pool for me, and dimmed the lights in the pool room. It looked beautiful. As I was taking my party clothes off (My best dress and tights, for Willows birthday party!) I had one big sudden contraction that made me lean into Jay for his support, followed very quickly by another contraction which I instinctively placed one leg up on the bed. POP!! There go my waters! I had my waters broken by midwives during my previous deliveries to help labour along and I always wanted to know how it felt to have them pop naturally. It was an odd feeling. I felt them ‘pop’ quite high up behind my belly button and then an uncontrollable gush of fluid…. very strange. Despite being during an immense contraction I remember saying to myself “Here we go! It’s time” and being so excited!

water birth 3rd baby

The midwives were filling the pool as quickly as they could when my waters broke, and the midwife realised that she could see the top of baby’s head. I didn’t have long to get in that pool to receive my wish of a water birth. If I was going to be in the water, it had to be NOW. I wobbled over to the water, hopped in when another contraction struck. With the contraction came the familiar feeling of fullness. Her head was half out! The midwives were telling me to lean back and as I leant into the student midwife’s arms, baby Ivy came sliding out all in one big push and I got to catch her! The time was 13:17pm.

Ivy Water Birth

Oh, that feeling! Pure relief, Zero pain, a slimy and warm tiny human reaching out to me… Oh the memory makes me want to cry. I held her close for a few minutes until the cord stopped pulsing and then Jay cut the cord, something that he has done for all 3 girls. I had to get out of the pool quite quickly as I needed to have a managed 3rd stage (Just a quick injection to help placenta pass easily) due to my previous retained placenta with Olive.

From examination to delivery… 17 minutes. I was in the pool for just 4 minutes. I didn’t get to use the water as pain relief, I just didn’t have time. But I did have my wish fulfilled for delivery in the water. I had been practicing Hypnobirthing for a few weeks, which I also didn’t have time to use… I had brought along some amazing birthing MP3’s to listen to aswell! I was gutted! But, my positive mind thoughts had definitely helped me birth… and ROAR!! my baby out.

I hopped onto the bed and started to breast feed Ivy, and the placenta quickly followed with one little painless push. And that is when life as a family of 5 began. We ate, slept, cuddled and showered quietly and peacefully. The midwife described my birth as “Absolutely perfect and one that she wont ever forget!!

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Absolutely perfect…. even if it all was a little speedy!