Month: July 2015

My interesting facts about breastfeeding..

Whether you are pro breastfeeding or anti breastfeeding it always remains the same- how much do you actually even know about it?

I am hugely pro breastfeeding and my opinions are my own. But still I felt in the maternity hospital that I went to I was never told anything about breastfeeding a quick “do you plan on breastfeeding?” At your first apt but that’s it. If the answers yes, like it was for me there was no ok well here are dates of classes to learn or if the answer was no, there was no question of well why and what are your restrictions. Nutritionally breast milk is best for a newborn baby- there is no argument. So I think it should be encouraged more than it is in maternity hospitals. Everything I learned was self thought or from my beautiful sister in law. And 11 months ebf has also taught me tons. 
Here are a few interesting facts I didn’t know about breastfeeding and I think everyone should know! 

  • The amount of breast milk a woman produces has no relation to the size of the woman’s breasts. 
  • Babies that are breastfed have a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) 
  • Every mothers milk has a different and unique smell and a baby can differentiate between their mothers milk and a different woman’s.
  • A mothers milk is constantly changing depending on baby’s needs.
  • Skin to Skin contact in the first few hours after birth helps a baby breastfeed. It helps encourage their natural instinct to latch. A mothers breast can also detect if baby’s temp fluctuates even one degree and will warm or cool breast milk as needed.
  • Mothers can still breastfeed when they are sick, actually its amazing for baby because baby has already been exposed to the germs or virus and by the time mom is showing symptoms, baby is already receiving antibodies through her breast milk.
  • Breastfeeding can burn the same amount of calories as walking seven miles!!
  • Hormones released while breastfeeding actually sends signals to contract your uterus post baby, getting you pre baby tummy back in no time!
  • Breast fed babies get sick much less..it reduces risks of stomach issues, gastroenteritis, ear infections, it reduces the risk of asthma, diabetes and childhood obesity.
Thanks for reading ladies,
lots of love,
Laura
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Pregnancy Update… 13 Weeks pregnant

Hi everyone, 

Neil and I are so excited to announce we are expecting baby Doyle #3 in March 2016. 

Am I the only one that feels no matter what number pregnancy it is I feel like it’s the first all over again. “Is that normal? Is this normal?” It’s amazing which bits you forget. At 6 weeks pregnant I had some cramping and pains and felt a little worried but it was just stretching, which I knew in my gut it was but totally forgot from my last two pregnancies. 
Then came week 7 with what I dreaded most- morning sickness!! I had really bad morning sickness with Noa Belle and prayed it wouldn’t come back! But it did! Every weekend I spent in bed while Neil was off. I never understood why the call it “morning sickness” mine always lasted all day.. 
At 8 weeks I had bad tummy pains and still sickness morning to night.. Even with my  sickness with Noa Belle I did know what to expect but nothing prepares you for sickness morning to night and an 11 month old! 
At the end of our 8th week we had an early scan, we had one on Noa at the same time and it was really nice to just be reassured that although baby is the size of a rasberry there is a strong heartbeat and everything is where it is supposed to be. 
For me before the early scan I felt a little like am I even pregnant?!! Mad I know but I think when you have already been through two pregnancies and the bond that you develop with your unborn baby in the 10 months you’re carrying, it is quiet weird to have no feeling towards it or for me to feel very disconnected at the beginning.
Sickness and tiredness was really getting the better of me until 11 weeks when Neil and I and the kids went to lanzarote and since I never felt better. It might be coincedence approaching the 12 week mark or the help with the kids with Neil there and the lying by a pool 24/7 but I felt great and back to myself for the first time since we found out we were expecting! 
And just like clock work the day we came home I was sick all day and on the plane!! For anyone that has suffered morning sickness bad it can just come out of know where can’t it??! 
At 13 weeks I had my first visit in my maternity hospital, we’ve decided to go back to the national maternity hospital where Noa and Kyle were born! I always found them great and better the devil you know, right? 
As soon as I walked in it felt as if I had never left!! Even some of the staff still remembered me!! 
In our 13 week scan baby was opening and closing their mouth, and moving their little arms and legs around like crazy! It was surreal!! Even third time around!

How am I feeling? Today and this week I am feeling good. I am definitely alot more tired with this baby then the other two. But that’s expected with a 6 year old and a 1 year old!! We don’t have a lot of help with the kids either so takes it’s toll not getting a break when all you want to do is have a 10 min snooze! 
Size of baby? Our baby is the size of a lemon and the length of a pea pod this week! 3inches in length and 1 oz in weight!! 
Cravings? No cravings really so far. Just junk food and take aways- perhaps my body’s way of putting on weight??! 

Baby’s development this week? If baby is a girl she already has over 2 million eggs in her ovaries, how amazing is that?? 
Baby is sucking their thumb at this point and practicing for breastfeeding! 
Baby already has it’s own individual set of fingerprints! 
I’m so excited to be adding a pregnancy side to my blog and doing updates and pregnancy style! 
So stay tuned!! 
Thanks for reading! 
Lots of Love 
Laura 
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Boots Parenting Club

This morning Noa and I had the pleasure of going to the Boots Ireland Parenting Club launch.
Boots Parenting Club is available to mothers of children under 3 and also expectant mothers. When you sign up, you give information about your due date and/or you toddlers date of birth and in turn you receive emails with tailored advise about your specific child and the stage they are at at the moment and special offers.
Another amazing thing about Boots Parenting Club is when you are a part of it you will receive 10 advantage card points for every euro you spend across the baby department. this excludes as usual formula for under 6 months and medicines. Which I think is just so amazing, for products that you are buying everyday anyway you are getting 10cent back for every euro you are spending.
Boots baby section is so extensive, if you get all the bits you are buying everywhere else in there instead together, think how much you could be saving.
A fun promo they are also doing for the launch of their Parenting Club is that for any baby born today boots are giving a €20 voucher for the first 300 applicants- just email the name of your newborn to bootsbabyroi@gmail.com

So back to my morning, firstly it was so good to bring my 10 month old Noa with me. And the event was set up so well, so child friendly. There was loads of nibbles for mum and baby, tea and coffee and juices. Playmates on the floor and ball pits filled with balls that Noa was just loving! A clown doing face-painting and also crayons and pictures for the older kids to colour. Just set up so well and so relaxing for the mums that brought their little ones with them! They had samples off all products Boots have to offer which was great to see as I saw some products I never knew boots stocked. Noa was just loving Violet from leapfrog, that is definitely on our birthday list!

Aisling O’Loughlin gave a talk about her experiences as a mum. We also heard from Niamh O’Reilly from The Nursery and author of  “No Fuss Baby & Toddler Sleep” she gave a great talk and was so helpful in helping mums with any sleep problems they’re having. A boots Pharmacist was also on hand to answer any questions.

This was my vert first blogger event and I was so delighted to be part of it. It was great to meet some other bloggers and mums. And the goodie box at the end was amazing!!
Cant wait for the next one!!
Laura
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Chilly Moo Review

So who doesn’t love ice cream? Well nobody in my house that’s for sure! Kyle is 5 and would eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a constant battle to try get his dinner into him before the dreaded bells of the ice cream man coming into our estate!! But let’s get one thing clear Chilly Moo is not ice cream it’s frozen yoghurt and for me that’s the best bit! A healthy alternative for my little ice cream fiend!!

I first saw Chilly Moo in our local Tesco and always meant to pick some up to try! Chilly Moo is an Irish Frozen Yoghurt, 100% natural and a perfect alternative to ice cream for our whole family. 
Another battle we face everyday is our 10 month old Noa looking for some of Kyles ice cream which she cannot have! Chilly Moo is Gluten Free, 19% real fruit purée and sweetened only with fruit juice concentrates! (Low GI so no sugar highs for an already buzzing 5 year old) and it’s perfect for Noa to have a little taste while her big brother is having some! 
It’s low fat despite using full fat milk and yoghurt! So perfect for mummy to indulge a little too!

First to review was my brutally honest 5 year old Kyle. With his love for ice cream I was a looking forward myself to see how this great alternative measured up. As soon as he tasted it, it was love “wow mom it tastes like a milkshake” were his exact words! Good enough for me. It was then my turn to try! Strawberry and Banana was our first choice and I have to say Kyle was right it was amazing. Like so good!! I have found with a couple of different brands of froyo that they can be quite watery and lose their real flavour. I have to say honestly, Chilly Moo isnt one of them, it is creamy, full of flavour and absolutely delicious.

So next was Noa Belle, let’s just say for a little girl that has never had ice cream or any form of frozen yoghurt before u have never seen anything like her!!! She was instantly addicted. If any of you saw my snap chat stories or video on my Instagram you can see she is loving from the get go.. 

To the point where Kyle would walk into a room with some ChillyMoo in a bowl and our newly crawler would dart across the room saying mmmm….. She was literally liking the empty tub after Kyle!! 

It comes in a variety of different flavours. We tried strawberry, mixed berry and strawberry and banana. My favourite was strawberry and kyles was strawberry and banana. But actually all are equally as delicious! I also loved trying different things as toppings and mix it up a bit. Fruit salad and chopped nuts were favourites in our house.

For me personally I loved it and so did my kids. And it’s nice to know exactly what they’re getting in each bowl and not filling them with sugar! 
Try it, you won’t be disappointed. 
Thanks for reading 
Laura 
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