Learning New Techniques from Booby Tuesday!

Baby-Gooroo-Breastfeeding-Postitions-PosterToday I attended Breast Feeding Group and it was so nice being surrounded by others that wanted help and support. Not only did I feel at ease, I felt calm – which was nice, as it’s the first time I wasn’t thinking about work, deadlines, pressures, stepchild arriving and more! I just relaxed and calmed into the group, I even made a friend (cheers!). Most of you will know I have real issues with trust and therefore keep people at a massive distance from me. I have 3-4 people I talk to and can be truly honest with in my life, everyone else, kept at arms length.

So, I am going through the motions this week and trying to check the latch, the hold and that she is okay with feeding from me. I have learnt the following already:-

  • Bring the baby to the breast, not the other way round
  • Hold the back of the neck, not the head and allow movement
  • The chin should be on the breast, not the nose (a problem I had!)
  • Place the nipple on the nose and allow baby to tilt head and latch on
  • It is okay to feed from both breasts in one sitting
  • Most breastfeeding stories are myths – like not being able to have a glass of wine if breastfeeding or not being able to take anti-biotics or painkillers
  • The most important – breast feeding does NOT come naturally to everyone, but it is natural and designed to work for you and the baby, so keep going and praise yourself for trying and sticking with it

I really enjoyed my group and will be going back next week and as many weeks as I can, so I can be helped and supported along my journey.

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photo 1I was a very lucky girl to be thrown a baby shower by my lovely friends a couple of weekends ago. We visited a lovely place in Ipswich, Suffolk called Arlingtons. A lovely venue, really stunning and vintage inside with a huge staircase that takes you back to ‘Mr Darcy’ times! Once at the top, we had our own private room and it was filled with my friends and happy smiling faces. After the week i’d had, I needed some happy people to see!

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I walked in to a pink mirage of beauty – lovely pink balloons, pink gifts and of course pink flowers. It really looked stunning and made me well up I was so touched everyone had put in so much effort just for me and my bump. The Full Image of Groupwhole table and room looked stunning. Vintage style tea-cups, saucers, vases and jugs and just my ideal place to be spending a Saturday afternoon. My chosen godmothers were also there (looking fantastic in pink) and so was my mummy, my mother in law and my closest friends. 

Arlington’s really did make the afternoon special, bringing out pots of hot tea, jugs of cool water and lots of stunning cakes and sandwiches all on beautiful vintage cake stands. The presents sat in the corner (lots of them!) and I was lucky to get 3 Nappy Cakes as well as a baby swing, goodies for baby and me as well as the most beautiful clothes. 

CakeWhilst the lovely games started (guessing baby weight, time in labor) I was introduced to my 

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entertainment for the afternoon – Shooting Stars Video and Photography! My whole day was captured by the lovely Jennifer who turned the very classical affair into a more fun (but still classical) event! My video from everyone was so funny (and true!) and I watched it and just smiled (before crying) when I got home. I still can’t believe I am going to be a mummy again and still a bit shocked by it all. I was also blessed with a stunning cake and cupcakes set from the amazing Krumblies – just beautiful in artwork, taste and execution. 

A beautiful day for a beautiful princess to be; I felt very spoilt, loved and appreciated – just need my little lady to arrive now!   

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Joules PantsI was a *very* lucky girl Friday 4th April and was invited to a VIP event for Joules based at Trinity Park in Ipswich. It was ‘shamazing!’ As many of you know, my love for Joules run’s pretty deep, in fact if you cut me, my blood would run floral. So when I received an invite to come and shop at an event offering 50-70% off + an extra 10% I actually nearly died on the spot. 

I packed up my bags, headed over to Trinity Park in Ipswich and followed the beautiful pink signs for the entrance. Parking my car has never happened so quickly, and as I entered I was greeted by a very handsome chap (far to young for me to be calling him ‘hot’) and was given a large plastic bag ready for my items. 

Joules Pink Posh WelliesFrom jackets, tops, skirts, baby and children items, through to a whole ‘Wellie’ station, I actually could have just laid on the floor and screamed in excitement. An hour later, a bulging bag dragging behind me, I paid for my goods. I couldn’t believe what I got for £130 – and am a proud to be wearing ‘Joules-o-holic.’ Jazzy now has a lovely new wardrobe complete with jacket, gillet, tops and wellies, but I do too (so does the mother, as I thought I better get her some new wellies too). 

Thank you Joules for the invite, I love you more than I ever did and am proud to be a Joules Addict.

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