Naming Ceremony

Yesterday, I wrote most of the script for the Naming Ceremony we are having for our boys in June. .

We never had a big wedding – we got married abroad, and we aren’t religious so wouldn’t feel right getting the boys christened, but wanted to do something to celebrate them. The purpose is to recognise and celebrate the arrival of a child and welcome him or her in the family and circle of friends. The parents choose “mentors”, “guide parents” or “supporting adults”.

We have a friend of ours performing the ceremony for us, and we have asked five friends, and Neil’s sister act as “guide parents” for the boys. I just need Neil to add few bits, and it’s done.

I’m a bit nervous about it, especially as I have written it myself, but ultimately, I am looking forward to it and sharing the day with family and friends.

Has anyone else had a naming ceremony for their little ones? What did everyone else think of it?

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Stage Two Sleeping – the new phase in a toddler’s sleeping habits

It’s wonderful to tuck your newborn up in a sleeping bag, safe in the knowledge they are in the right Tog for the season and won’t lose their covers in the night.  But when your child gets to the toddler stage they start to want a little more independence in the day – and night.

This stage in your child’s sleep journey means that the traditional baby sleeping bags are no longer suitable – and can even be dangerous if your child tries to get out of bed in the night.  But often the child is not old enough to ensure they stay snug under a duvet or cover, so this phase can often result in a disturbed night’s sleep.  Mum of two and Director of dreamgenii® Vanessa Blake recognised this new requirement and created the Twinkle Tog – a new sleeping bag with legs for toddlers. Vanessa is passionate about raising the profile of stage two sleeping   She says; “There is a point in your child’s life when they don’t want to be cocooned in a sleeping bag anymore and want to free to move around more easily but still can’t quite ensure they stay under their duvet all night.  We have created a new type of sleeping bag that is safe, secure and suitably warm, whilst giving the freedom of movement your toddler needs.”

Here Vanessa shares her top tips on toddlers reaching stage two sleeping.

Is your child a Stage Two sleeper yet?

Ø  Is she walking around easily?

Ø  Is she striving for independence and to do things for herself?

Ø  Have you moved her in out of her cot-bed and in to a toddler or single bed?

Ø  Does she move around her bed a lot in the night?

Ø  Does she like to come in to your bedroom when she wakes up?

If you answer yes to most of these questions then your child is more than likely they have reached the next milestone and ready to embark on stage two sleeping. Firstly, it’s important to recognise this as an achievement so praise your little one and let them know their new sleeping habit is down to them growing and developing.

Each child will react differently but if you are putting your child in to a new bed, they might find this slightly daunting so again ensure you encourage them. If you can, put the new bed where the cot used to be as this will act as a reassurance to your child. Sometimes we can change from cot to bed slightly earlier so don’t get rid of your cot straight away, it may be that your child needs a bit of time for the adjustment.

Some top tips for adjusting your child to their new sleep situation

1.    Try to keep to your normal routine so feed, bath, story, bed, this will help them feel relaxed and comfortable.

2.    Let your toddler have time to settle.

3.    Some toddlers settle better if you keep things quiet in the evenings, while others are better if you keep natural house noises going, as it’s reassuring to know you’re nearby so try to keep to whatever you gave been doing.

4.    A small night light could come in handy so if they get up in the night they can see where they are going and not trip.

5.    If your toddler keeps getting up after you’ve put them to bed, try to be firm so they realised they can’t take advantage of their new found freedom. A safety gate on their bedroom door is always advised specially if you have stairs or a bathroom on the same floor.

Natalie Hayhurst, mum of Freya 21 months, has been testing out the new Twinkle Tog and says; “As soon as I put Freyja in a toddler bed, I knew the sleeping bag we’d previously been using was no longer suitable.  We bought her small 4 tog duvet but she moved around too much and kept waking up in the night from cold.  So when I discovered the Twinkle Tog, I knew it would be perfect for her. She has the freedom she needs whilst staying warm – and I’m delighted that she is back to sleeping well!”

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The dreamgenii® Twinkle Tog costs £29.99 and comes in four different designs; Circus Spot, Sweet Sheep and Twinkle Star in pink and blue and comes in 1Tog or 2.5Tog so suitable for your toddler, whatever the season. For more details log on to www.dreamgenii.com.

I was sent a Twinkle Tog for Jake to try, and although he is a bit big for it now,I still managed to put it on him. He seemed to like having it on, although as it was a bit on the tight side for him (it was aged 1-2 and he is just 3), I didn’t let him sleep in it.

It is well made and it looks nice. It is elasticated round the ankles, so even if they toss, turn and wriggle, it shouldn’t ride up to leave them with cold legs. It has a zip fastening, so nice and easy to use.

As soon as Zack is on his feet, I will be using it for him!

*I was sent the product to review, but have received no other payment

Today, you are 3

Dear Jake

I can’t believe you are 3 already. Time is going so fast, I just wish I could press pause.

You still make me very proud (and sometimes frustrated). I am especially proud of how well you have taken to being a big brother. I know it can’t have been easy for you to go from having all the attention, to having to share it, and I know sometimes you are a little bit jealous, but I know you two will end up being the best of friends. You have a lot to teach him.

You started swimming at the beginning of the year and you are doing so well with it. The next lot of lessons you go for, you won’t need me or your daddy in the water with you. So grown up!

You are a feisty (you get that from me, sorry) and sometimes stubborn (me again) little boy, but you can also be really loving, and I love all of the cuddles you give, and secretly quite like the fact that you are a bit of a mummy’s boy.

You are a very loved little boy. Just because we have Zack now, it doesn’t mean we love you any less, it just means there is one more person in the world to love you.

Carry on doing what you are doing, Monkey. I have high hopes and dreams for you, and I know you won’t let me down xx

Academy 4 Wellbeing

I have recently heard about the Academy 4 Wellbeing. Having recently given birth and wanting to lose the baby weight, I would absolutely love to do something like this.

The Academy 4 Wellbeing is a brand new weight-loss retreat designed to transform your life. In just a one week stay the Academy 4 Wellbeing will give guests the skills and knowledge to improve their entire wellbeing; from health and fitness, to nutrition and weight loss.  The Academy brings together leading experts from across the globe to create tailored programs for each individual. The Academy 4 Wellbeing will open for the first time in September 2012 at the picturesque Trentham Estate in rural Staffordshire. Prices start at £995 for a seven day stay.There is also the option to do a non-residential 7 day course.

Designed to be the antithesis of intimidating boot camps or strict weight-loss regimes, The Academy focuses on the individual; through education and empowerment. Each guest receives a unique and tailored programme which nurtures and supports them and is based on key principles of ‘the three pillars of wellbeing’; Emotional Health, Physical Health & Nutritional Health.

The Academy 4 Wellbeing gives access to the UK’s leading experts, offering advice and support.  With Directors for Physical, Emotional and Nutritional Wellbeing, as well as a Weight Specialist Consultant who was recently honored with the Queen’s Nurse Institute Award for services to nursing for her work on weight management, this experience will revolutionise attendees’ attitude towards food and exercise.

The Academy 4 Wellbeing will change attendees’ lives because…

  • It is not a quick fix solution. It gives attendees sustainability as well as the emotional, physical and nutritional tools to live a happier and healthier life.
  • It gives access to the leading UK and international wellbeing experts.
  • A supportive and empathetic approach is at the heart of the Academy.
  • The one week residential course ensures attendees get hour by hour education and support.
  • Healthy, calorie controlled gourmet cuisine is served throughout.
  • Puts attendees in a ‘real life setting’ with support from the Academy’s experts to equip them with the skills they will need when they return to their day-to-day lifestyle.
  • Courses are personalised to meet individual needs and requirements.

What makes the Academy 4 Wellbeing different?
It’s Founder and Chairman understands, more than most, what attendees are going through. Bob Bowers, a successful businessman, spent years working hard to build his business but at the expense of his health. The turning point was when he was diagnosed with diabetes due to his weight.  After searching for a weight loss retreat in the UK to no avail, Bob had to go to America for his treatment and support.  Bob is now a healthy weight, having turned his life and his health around.  Motivated to help others, Bob set up the Academy 4 Wellbeing with his son Daniel. 

Bob states: “The aim of the Academy is to help those wanting to improve their health and wellbeing. We are passionate about supporting each and every person who comes through our doors.  Our aim is to educate and empower them to lose weight and keep it off.”

I think this sounds wonderful, I just wish I had the money to spare to go there for a week. I really like the three pillars of wellbeing in that although exercise is an important aspect, that not all it’s about. A typical day at the Academy looks like this. Looks like it would be hard work, but I bet you would feel a real sense of achievement after doing it.

Fore more information, go to http://www.academy4wellbeing.com/

Now to figure out how I can get myself there…

Test, Try and Buy at The Baby Show

The Baby Show is back offering a shopping haven for new parents and parents-to-be at the NEC Birmingham from 18th-20th May 2012. Forget the hassle of the high street, The Baby Show takes out the stress and confusion of shopping for your baby by housing the UK’s biggest baby brands all under one roof, so you can compare and try products before you buy! With over 250 must-have brands including Fisher-Price, Mamas & Papas, Mothercare, Marks & Spencer, Britax, tommee tippee and new companies Mammae, Poco Nido, Kinderroom and Curaprox, there will be brilliant buys for all! The UK’s leading parenting experts will also be on hand to offer advice on sleep, breastfeeding and first aid.

Tickets are available in advance for £12.00 or two for £20.00, to book tickets visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk.

The Baby Show in association with Prima Baby and sponsored by Fisher-Price is an exciting event filled with the latest and greatest products in food & feeding, pushchairs, nappies & wipes, toys, clothing, furniture, car seats and carriers, from major brands.

Parents who come to The Baby Show will also find substantial offers and savings that cannot be found elsewhere.

Melanie Hall, Show Manager states: “The Baby Show is the destination for expectant and new parents. It is a fantastic day out; offering first class information, a chance to talk to like-minded mums and see the UK’s best baby brands all in one place. Our aim is for each parent to come away feeling happy, informed and confident in what they have chosen.

Fisher-Price
Fisher-Price will have the best available toys on display, ensuring that parents and parents-to-be will find something that’s ideal for little ones at every age.

Prima Baby
Prima Baby at stand N15 are giving visitors a free goody bag when two issues of Prima Baby magazines are purchased for just £2 (RRP £2.80 per magazine).

Face of the Show
The show sees the welcome return of the hugely popular Face of The Baby Show which offers parents the chance to enter their baby in the competition to find the face of The Baby Show and have the chance to be part of the 2013 marketing campaign. Hosted by Bumpkins (formally Sonam studios) each child will be photographed, capturing the very best images to be entered into the competition. What’s more, all parents will be given a free copy of the photograph of their child to take home from the photo experts at Bumpkins.

Me Time
For those looking for a relaxing and tranquil day out knowing your little one is cared for, the Fisher-Price crèche provides the perfect place and the safest hands in which to leave your children, where they can enjoy the latest toys for free and be supervised by fully trained and professional carers. The show is geared to making visitors lives easier and offers a home delivery service as well as the Emma’s Diary FREE shopping drop-off and collect by car service. There’s also the Emma’s Diary Mums meeting point, a fabulous arena to meet other new and expectant mums for a well-earned cuppa! The Pregnacare Juice bar will be serving fresh juices and smoothies across all three days to quench those shopping thirsts and give visitors a chance for a refreshing break. Superdrug are also at The Baby Show, be sure to stop by the Beauty Booth and take advantage of some great show discounts.

Free at the café!
Plum Baby’s under 1’s Cafe, will be serving little ones a sample of free baby food from 9.30am -5.00pm every day, as well as offering exclusive show offers on the Plum range.

The main stage
Not only a shopper’s dream, but The Baby Show is an event filled with expert advice from information including talks on breastfeeding by Clare Byam-Cook, sleep with Jo Tantum and first aid talks from The British Red Cross.

New Brands
New brands showcasing at the event this time include:-

Partners Labour of Love – A brand new app to assist pregnant women in the build up to birth

My Beauty Bundle – Perfect gift for pregnant women or new mums

BabyDam – Has changed bath time for good

SnuggleBundl – Innovative approach to lifting your baby

Laboraide by Opro – A product to assist in pain-free birth

Baby Mum-Mum – Food snack for babies, big American brand – new to the UK this year

Waterbaby – New bottled water containing Folic Acid for a healthy pregnancy – new to the market this year

The Baby Show at Birmingham NEC takes place between 18th–20th May 2012. Tickets are available in advance for just £12 each from www.thebabyshow.co.uk

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I love going to The Baby Show. I really enjoy wondering around and seeing all the different gadgets. Last year we bought Jake a swim jacket, and this year I am on the hunt for a new swaddle blanket for Zack.

I  have one pair of tickets to giveaway to a lucky reader.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to leave me a comment telling me what you would like to buy from The Baby Show.

For extra entries, you can do the following (one extra entry for each done):

For one extra entry, tweet the following: I want to win a pair of tickets to The Baby Show with @rozzibee http://bit.ly/KPRdWV 

For one more extra entry, go over to my facebook page and “like” it.

Leave me a comment if you have done either or both of these.

All entries must be received before 10pm on Sunday 13th May. Winner will be selected at random and contacted by me. UK entries only.

The winner, as chosen by random.org is Katrina Langley

The Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award meme

I ‘ve been awarded The Sunshine Award by Aly of Plus 2.4.

You have to do the following :
1.  Include the logo in a post on your blog.

2.  Answer 10 questions about yourself.

3. Nominate as many  bloggers as you want.

4. Let your nominees knows about their award by linking them to the Sunshine Award in their comments section or Twitter.

5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you!

10 questions for the Sunshine Award

Favourite Colour: Pink

Favourite Animal:  Dogs

Favourite Number:  7

Favourite Drink: Coffee

Facebook or Twitter: I can’t choose! I use them both in different capacities. Urm. Facebook? Argh!  Too hard to call.

Your Passion: I’m not sure I’m passionate about anything really, other than my boys.

Favourite Pattern: Never really thought about it. Although my favourite top is flowery.

Giving or Receiving Gifts: Giving

Favourite Day: Saturday

Favourite Flower: Roses

Now I shall tag:

Fenngirl

Kate

In GP’s We Trust?

At the end of July 2009, I went to the GP’s for the first time about my Hodgkin’s Lymphoma symptoms. I say symptoms plural. Although, back in the July, it was just one symptom. Alcohol induced pain. It took a further two visits over another four months before I even got referred for an x-ray and then another two months until I was finally diagnosed. A total of six months and twenty days from my first visit, until diagnosis. By that point, I had a persistent cough. When I say persistent, I couldn’t even get through a sentence without coughing.

This might sound unusual, however, a survey undertaken by the Teenage Cancer Trust has shown that out of 300 patients they asked, doctors had missed common signs of cancer in a third of them. And on top of this, a quarter of the patients said they had to go back to their GP at least four times before they were diagnosed. I guess I should be grateful I only had to go back three times.

You don’t always get a lump when you have cancer. I didn’t. My mass was in my chest and there was no cancer present anywhere else. So, often, the symptoms are mistaken for a virus.

Last week, the Teenage Cancer Trust launched it’s first cancer awareness week and are trying to get schools to talk about cancer in the classroom to make youngsters aware of the signs and symptoms.

The most common cancer in youngsters is Lymphoma, and Lymphoma is the 5th most common cancer in the UK.

We trust our GP’s. And most of the time we should, Most of the time it will be a virus, or something non serious. But we need to make ourselves aware of the signs and symptoms that it could be something more serious and not be worried about being persistent with doctors if we feel the need.