Happy birthday M

Dear M, 

Yesterday was your birthday so this is a tad late. Yesterday was so busy and hectic though that I didn’t really get much of a chance to sit and write. 

You’re 4 years old now. 4! In your words you’re a “very big boy who keep growing and growing and growing!”. 

Yesterday you kept asking me this question, “mummy, are you happy I’m growing?” I told you I was. I’m a little sad too though (that I didn’t tell you). I’m a little sad because each year you get bigger you get that little bit more independent and don’t need me as much. Don’t get me wrong, this is a blessing in some respects, but some days, you’re reluctant to give me a hug or a kiss, you’re just busy being a little boy I guess. 

I can’t believe how much you’ve changed year on year. I still think of you as my baby, you will always be my baby, but I need to let you grow. I need to watch and step in when you ask, and not assume like I usually do. Although, you’re quite good at telling me when I am overstepping the mark and you can do it yourself. 

You’re clever and funny, oh so funny. 

You’re simply the best big brother and, newly discovered (to you) little bother. You’re truly amazing and have adapted to both changes breezily. 

You make daddy and I chuckle on a daily basis. You fascinate baby J, he watches you like a hawk, it won’t be long and he will be chasing you around! 

M, you’re amazing, and whilst I’m a little sad you have to inevitably grow up, I’m so proud of how you’re growing into a lovely boy. You might not want a cwtch with me today, but last night, I climbed into your bed to give you a cuddle and you wrapped your arms around me and sleepily said “I love you my mummy” well my darling boy, I love you all the world and more. You’re precious and amazing. I hope you enjoy this year ahead of being 4. You’ve been so looking forward to it. 

We love you. 

Mummy, daddy and baby J 




Baba and Boo Review & Giveaway!

When the lovely Eve from Baba and Boo contacted me about doing a review about her beautiful cloth nappies I had to take a deep breath before it appeared I was about to rip her hand off. To say I was excited is an understatement.

Baby J and I started the cloth journey with a little bit of gentle prodding by three of my lovely friends who were already cloth nappy experts.

To say I was a little scared about cloth is an understatement. I asked such silly questions too which make me LOL and blush a little thinking about them… One of the gems being “so can I leave a cloth nappy on all day??” um… no Emily…. my lovely friend Kelly, very politely pointed out that I change disposable so why wouldn’t I change a cloth nappy?

So, the journey started. I bought a few nappies to try and see how I got on. The many prints that are available is astounding. There are so many pretties out there! Point score 1 for cloth, who wouldn’t want pirate skulls on their babies bum? Or ridiculously cute owls? Or any number of patterns. You think it, it’s there.

Okay, so I was convinced they were pretty. Now the washing side of things. Would it increase my washing load massively? Actually, no. Initially with only having a few cloth nappies I would just throw them in with the clothes, I don’t use fabric softener (which I’ve since learnt can affect absorbency) but it didn’t make a massive difference to the amount of washing a family of 4 creates. Now that I cloth exclusively I was every two days, it has made no difference to my routine at all. The biggest thing I’ve noticed? Black bag waste.

Yup, you read that correctly. Black bag waste. We here, in the back of beyond are on fortnightly collections. It’s a nightmare and black bags, like toys, and gremlins, multiply at extortionate rates! 10 black bags… 10 a fortnight I had when using disposable. My drive way is long, and those bags were so heavy. Now? 4, which is ordinary for us. Thats two trips up my driveway instead of five. Simple things people.

So like I mentioned above, Eve offered me some of her gorgeous nappies to review and I could pick which prints I wanted. How exciting! I am very much like a child at Christmas when it comes to fluff so how could I narrow it down? My gorgeous friend Kelly had sent me Pirates Ahoy! Truth be told I wanted them all! I eventually picked Bongo Bat and Otto Owl.

I am owls obsessed and so happy I went for this print. It’s beautiful and the colours really pop. Bongo Bat was chosen for Halloween purposes. Who wouldn’t want a Bat on the bum for halloween? Bongo is actually ridiculously cute and gets chosen to go on the bum very frequently by M. He loves choosing what nappy baby J is going to wear.

Baba and Boo deal exclusively with pocket nappies, this means you can tailor make the absorbancy to suit your needs. I was sent two microfibre inserts with the nappies which are very thirsty. With it being a pocket nappy it also meant I could add in a layer of bamboo to suit us going out for an extended period of time. I love pocket nappies for this feature. I love being able to make them super thirsty so they last.

Baba and boo nappies are also birth to potty so I will be able to use these nappies right the way through to potty training Baby J. If you go an take a look at the Baba and Boo website you can see all the fabulous prints available. I want Soldier on next! Super cute!

The fit of the Baba and Boo nappies is amazing too. I get a fabulous fit on baby J, bearing in mind he is 5.5 months old (HOW?!?!) I am still using the nappies on the smallest setting so I know they are going to go the distance.

My biggest regret is not using cloth with M, I wish I had embarked on this journey that much sooner. I wish I hadn’t been afraid and naive. I am happy we found cloth and beautiful nappies like baba and boo.

Now, here is your chance. Are you contemplating giving cloth a go? Are you a seasoned cloth used and want to expand on your stash, then enter this fabulous rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win some beautiful cloth nappies from Baba and Boo!
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