Sunday, 19 August 2012

We Have moved

We are no longer posting to my2mums.blogspot.com.

You can find us here - My Two Mums



Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Everyday


Recently we have been following The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers blog.





We have decided to join in with this weeks theme. Go check out her blog to join in.





This weeks theme is Everyday.





Since November the thing we do everyday is capture almost every moment of C's pregnancy.

















Belly shots from the side, belly shots on outings, family belly shots. I don't recall seeing any pictures of my mum when she was pregnant with me.





Cameras weren't just with you everywhere you went. With the luxury of owning a smart phone I can snap a picture on the go. So in 10 years time or less I can share the moments just before our world changed.





I think I might need a bigger memory on my next upgrade.











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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Pregnancy Hospital Bag and Checklist


Everyone is different when it comes to preparation for your baby's arrival. We wanted to pack my hospital bag at 30 weeks, but time got the better of us. Now it's finally packed at 35 weeks.





We spent weeks reading baby sites, blogs and watching vlogs on YouTube to help us pack the perfect bag for baby and I. We use the term perfect lightly. I'm sure there will be items I don't use and will think they are redundant once baby is here. But that's for another post.





I have packed one large suitcase for baby and I, I also have a Changing bag and bag for K.





We will write an additional post about K's bag for those interested in packing a bag for their partner.










Pregnancy Hospital Bag contents





Main Suitcase
Widgey Pillow - Great for Nursing
Two Flapjacks - To keep energy up and possible snack once baby born
Pack of Sesame Crackers - To keep K's energy up
Hairbrush
Deodorant
Glasses - I want to be able to see baby
Two packs of Maxi pads - It was suggested that these would help with bleeding after birth
Breast pads
Throw away knickers - For during labour or after
Zip lock bags - To keep any soiled washing away from clean clothes
Sudoku and Pen - I imagine I will not get a chance to use these, but just in case
Two packs of anti bac wipes and one of baby wipes - To keep me fresh during labour
Two packs of Andrew toilet wipes - Have seen these recommended for use after labour for *sore bits*

Toothpaste and toothbrush
Kindle, iPad and chargers
Lip balm - Have heard lips can get dry during labour
Shower gel and shampoo
Birthing plan














Three Pyjama tops
Two pairs of pyjama bottoms - Got larger size than normal so they weren't restricting on tummy
Bikini top - Am hoping for a water birth
3 pairs of socks
Comfy dressing Gown
Change of clothes for trip home

















5 Muslins - For all kinds of baby spills
4 Pairs of leggings
4 Baby grows
4 Sleep suits
4 Pairs of socks
2 Soft Hats
1 Gorgeous Cotton Monkey Trouble hat from GurgleBox
3 Pairs of scratch mitts
3 Bibs
1 Pair of Booties
2 Cardigans






*Our hospital is near a main town centre with a Mothercare, so if we need anything else K can get it.
















Changing Bag
Bag of Cotton wool Balls - For nappy changes
Pack of nappies - Size one
Changing mat
Small comforter - K likes this so it's been packed
Trial nappies - Received free in magazines so thought we'd use them up






There are some extra items we haven't purchased yet that will be going in but we think we've covered the essentials.





When did you pack your bag? What essentials have we missed? What didn't you use?










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Sunday, 1 July 2012

Surprise Baby Shower


Yesterday we got a very nice surprise when we arrived at my Nan's house. We were meant to be going round for lunch with my sister, niece and mum but were greeted by my two aunts and my mum's cousin. Suddenly we were on the receiving end of an impromptu Baby Shower.





They had laid on a lovely spread including a crafty sign made specially for us.









Mums to be sign






The buffet was piled high with all our favourites which we just couldn't resist and my sister baked a chocolicious cake.






Delicious Chocolate cake






We were even more surprised when my sister appeared with a clothes horse full of cute baby clothes for lil Monkey. Which then followed with so many goodies for our lil one that it's spoilt before it has even been born.






My two mums baby shower






We had such a lovely day and it's got us even more excited for our baby's arrival in just over 5 weeks.









group family photo






Did you have a baby shower? Leave us a comment and let us know what you did at your Shower.

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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Philips Avent's New Natural Range - Review


As mentioned in our previous post "It's an Avent Event" We were lucky to get a first glance at their new Philips Avent Natural Range.






Philips Avent



We were really surprised to discover that it had been 25 years since they had redesigned their bottles. We were both familiar with the Avent range due to C having a younger sibling she used to help feed with the classic range and myself having a niece who used Avent bottles.





The new Natural range claims to help bottle feeding more natural and suitable for parents who are breastfeeding.





Since C decided she would be giving breastfeeding a go once baby arrives we felt these bottles looked ideal for us. C suffers with a growth deficiency in one breast which resulted in several surgery attempts to correct it. This means we are unable to know if she can breastfeed from this breast or not. We decided that to help remove worries of being able to feed from one breast by expressing and combining bottle feeding with breastfeeding.





Avent have tested the bottles and have claimed that babies are more likely to accept their new teats instantly. Which puts our minds at ease slightly as we were worried if baby would take both bottle and breast.









Philips Avent Natural Range Bottle






The new teats are shaped to resemble a breast and are very soft and pliable. They also have a twin valve which prevents air going back into baby's tummy. We were also informed that they wouldn't collapse in on themselves when sucked on. Which we noticed happened to previous teats C's sibling used.





The bottles are slightly slimmer than previous models and feel nicer to grip, which we could see little hands holding easier.









Philips Avent Natural Range Breast Pump



We also like the look of the new breast pump. It's angled slightly different to the previous model to allow for comfort when expressing. It also has the petal shapes exhibited on the bottle teats which purpose is to massage the breast to assist in expressing. We liked this idea as we think it could help C to express from her sensitive breast.





Overall we are really impressed with the Philips Avent Natural Range. The true test will be once our baby arrives.






Philips Avent Natural Range Bottles and Breastpump



*we received a breast pump and two bottles for review

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award

This is fab! Thanks so much Momma of Mojo.

Momma of Mojo has given us this meme award, go check out her blog, it’s really lovely. 

This Meme award requires you to share 5 random facts about yourself and link back to the blogger who tagged you. You then have to tag 5 bloggers to do the same.


 It’s a great opportunity to share some random facts with your readers.

 So here are our facts!

K - I was once on Live & Kicking TV show, the Famous for Five minutes section. I got to dance with the cast of Fame from the West End Musical with my Guide troop.

C - I was given a moped when I was younger and the first time I got on it to ride it I rode it straight into a fence.

K - I once went to Hamley’s to be taught magic by Marvin the Magicians crew. I had to perform a magic trick for Marvin himself.

C – I completed a course in Lighting Design at Uni and Lit a show at the BAC, a professional theatre in London. It was for the Universities Postgraduate Directors Programme.

K & C – We once decided it was a good idea to go camping in Brighton in March. We ended up nearly freezing and decided to pack the tent up at 3am in the Morning and drove home.

Now all there is left is to tag the next fab folk we are giving this award to.

@Petitmew - Go check out her lovely colourful blog - The Petit Mom She has lots of fab reviews.

@simply_hayley - Another Lovely blog from a lovely lady. - Simpley Hayley Where else can you read about someones experience of Britmums on crutches?

@Angoewright78 - Go show her blog some love - Mum of Three Boys She has three adorable little boys and a great blog.


*we know we've only tagged 3 people, but this is K typing this and I am under strict DR orders not to type too much due to my tendinitis. Cop out I know.

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Monday, 25 June 2012

Why We Blog


I'd love to be able to say that when we discovered we were pregnant, I turned to Clara and said,

"Let's blog our experiences and change the way the world views same sex parents"

But that really isn't how it happened.

I've had several blogs before. They were always half ass attempts for me to keep track of things I was up to. My most recent success was my Things Before I'm 30 Blog. I say success, my idea of success was updating it once a month or more. My Things.. blog seemed to take a back seat once our world started to change.

This blog was going to be different. We were starting a family. We were about to experience things we had never experienced before.

I wanted us to share these experiences, almost to show outsiders that our experiences are not too different from theirs. Also to keep track of moments that are fleeting, moments we would want to be able to share with our family once they are all fully grown.

We were also frustrated by the lack of same sex female parent blogs in the UK. Quite often I would Google to see who was going through what we were going through and stumble across American or Canadian blogs. Which is great. We love a lot of these blogs. But it's always nice to discover someone talking about similar issues in relation to your country and legislation's etc.

Now I'm not saying these blogs don't exist. They do, but we wanted there to be more visibility.

So our conversation went more like this... 

"Do you think we should blog about our pregnancy?"
"So that there are more Same sex parenting blogs?"
"Yeah"
"Do you think anyone will read it?"
"My mum might..."



So My Two Mums was born and instantly started to evolve. We soon realised our blog was not too different from other parenting blogs. I mean we had our own niche, which was great but we shared similiar issues.

We would love to make a difference on the blogging scene. But since the birth of My Two Mums our journey has proved to be so much more.

We have realised we blog because it makes us happy. We feel as though we've been accepted as just another couple of parent bloggers.

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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Practical Parenting & Me

At the beginning of my pregnancy I discovered the joy of pregnancy magazines & I have been hooked ever since.

At first they weren't really any help to me as they only concentrated on women who were 12weeks+ & I think this is an area that needs to change. Women need more support in those first 3 months, what with the morning sickness, the worry & all the countless symptoms that crop up, I think it would help greatly to read articles from other women who are going through the same thing. However, I now love them lol.

The articles that I always look forward to are the bump blogs & the birthing stories. At first I read them out of fear of having to give birth but now I have come to terms with it & am actually looking forward to my day, I read them just to be nosey.





A few months ago I saw a Tweet from @PPPMagazine asking for bump bloggers for women who were in their 2nd Trimester, so as a dedicated reader of their magazine I jumped at the chance & emailed them with our details.

Within a few hours we received a reply asking when we were free to have a chat. Kirsty & I were very happy that they wanted to feature us.




If you would like to read our second trimester bump blog you can find it in the July issue of Practical Parenting & Pregnancy Magazine. *Out now*

We'd love to know what you think about pregnant magazines, do you have any favourites?

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