A few of you will have seen that we have had a bit of news this week, but I thought it was about time that we announced our newest little superhero officially!
We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of our beautiful son Blake!
Our second little superhero arrived with a successful VBAC birth, a story that I’ll share in the future but not just now, weighing in at 9lb 5oz.
We were lucky to go home just 2 days after he was born, and we’re learning to adjust to each other. G loves his little brother, and is really lovely and gentle around him, and comforts him when he cries “it otay baby bake, daddy got you!” Serious heart melting stuff!
There has of course been some tears (mostly from me), and I’m certain they won’t be the last. But mostly we’re enjoying getting used to each other and loving our newest little addition. Newborn cuddles are the best.
We’re really excited to share our newest addition to The Herniman House with you all. Posts everywhere may be a little slower or random or uploaded at silly o’clock in the morning, but be warned, plenty of baby spam is coming!
Tonight as I put you to bed, I realised it would be the last time you would sleep in your bed as an only child.
This weekend you’ll be staying with your grandparents, as you often do on weekends, and if your baby brother doesn’t arrive before I’ll be induced to have him on Sunday. In which case you might end up staying with grandparents a little longer.
I’m sure that’s not going to be too much of a hardship with all the extra milky bar buttons you’ll be spoiled with!
I’m excited that we’re going to have another little member of the tribe, and that you’re going to have a little sidekick to grow up with.
But it was still a bittersweet feeling, knowing that my first baby is going to be a big brother.
You’re still only little yourself (I know, I know, you’re a big boy but you’re still our baby!) but I hope you know that we will love you just as much as we always have no matter how different things might be.
Tonight the bedtime routine went completely out the window, and I squeezed myself in beside you and cwtched you until you fell asleep.
As many mums will know, we don’t get a handbag for a while, but a baby bag. Over the last few months though I’ve almost had my handbag back, with just a few toddler items (usually food related and the odd dinosaur or Teletubbie floating around) and a section for nappies and wipes.
But with Baby Herniman 2 due to arrive at any moment, I need a refresher on what essentials I’ll need again! So I’ve linked to a post I wrote a little while ago, laying out all the essentials I need in a changing bag
We have been using the Diono Radian 5 for a few months now, and we’re really impressed!
Many people who know me know that I’ve been banging on about the safety aspects of extended rear facing for a long a long time now. But getting the right car seat is essential to extended rear facing. Safety will go out the window if the seat is the wrong fit so please research that the seat is suitable for your vehicle and your child.
The radian 5 boasts a unique steel frame, meaning that it is incredibly well structured against any impact. It also means that the seat is really heavy, and even more weighted and secure in an accident. It also means that it can seat children up to 25kg, approximately 7 years old. This is from birth too! It’s at the higher end of the price range, but when you take in to account how long it should last, it’s simply provided one seat for the first 7 years instead of having to upgrade to the next suitable size etc.
It took me a little while to fit the car seat. I did need help lifting the seat in to the car, I’m not particularly strong anyway and being pregnant meant I didn’t want to lift it much. The instructions are fairly clear to follow for fitting, but it has additional straps and safety features that I wasn’t used to from other seats so I did watch a few videos on YouTube to double check where I needed to fit everything and how to check that it was installed correctly.
Despite the heavy frame, the seat is much narrower than you’d expect. Car seats can be really bulky and uncomfortable to sit next to, but this fits in our small car a lot easier than previous seats we’ve had. We recently went on holiday with my parents and our small Suzuki Splash was the main vehicle for day trips and visits to local restaurants etc. This meant there were for adults to fit in the car, two in the back alongside the car seat. Now I’m not saying it was a comfortable position for a long period of time, but I’m not sure that it would have been at all possible with other car seats.
The seat itself is really comfortable for G, and the interior is nicely padded with memory foam. Even rear facing G has been kept comfortable on long journeys for holidays this summer, wherever his legs rest is padded meaning they don’t tire or ache with leaning on the sides, so he remains comfy at all times. He’s fallen asleep on more journey’s than I can count and very rarely falls forward in the seat, something I was worried about as it doesn’t recline like some other car seats do.
It’s recommended that the fabric is surface washed rather than removed and machine washable, so I do try to wipe it down fairly regularly to keep on top of the cleanliness of the seat, especially as it’s an item that can last for many years. It would be easier if you could remove the covers to wash, but at the end of the day isn’t the end of the world. When you take into account the more important features of the seat, this for me out weighs how to clean the seat.
Overall I am really happy with the Radian 5, and we will be using it for G for as long as possible. The safety and comfort features are exceptional, and they’ve also just released a few extra colour options too and are really stylish. I feel confident in recommending this car seat to anyone, and I certainly wouldn’t do that for such a big safety feature if I didn’t truly believe in the product. We’re also going to be getting a second seat for Baby Herniman 2.
Mrs H xxx
Disclosure – we were sent a Diono Radian 5 for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own
A few months ago I’d written about finding G some new activites that would help him burn off some energy, and learn some new skills.
We were looking into sports based activities, as he has so much energy we knew that they would be something he would enjoy.
After recommendations from many parents and other bloggers too, we decided to try swimming lessons with Waterbabies. After two taster sessions that went really well, we started the very next term.
Every Friday has been swimming lesson day, and G has had an absolute blast! He gets so excited when he knows where we’re going and literally skips into the venue where we attend lessons.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from a baby swim class at first. They’re still so little, and I know many start classes a lot younger, some only weeks old! So I just thought it might be a confidence building thing, enjoying the water and just having a splash about. But it is so much more!
It is of course fantastic for building their confidence in the water, but they are learning lots of skills and techniques, many of the safety based, so as well as learning to be in the water, they’re learning how to get in and out safely and how to behave around water.
Like I said many start a lot younger so I thought G may be behind and need to catch up, but he took to it so well and soon caught on to what to do.
Even so, I never thought that in just 10 weeks he’d be able to swim a short distance without any support! I was almost crying with pride and he was beaming.
From having no swimming skills at all, apart from how to make a splashy tidal wave, he can now get in and out of the pool safely, make doggy paddle arms, make breast stroke arms, swim with the aid of a float and dive underwater. So many new skills that we can use on our holidays soon!
But even more than all the skills learnt (I am really pleased with them of course!) is that I’ve really enjoyed the lessons too. If you’ve got toddlers then you’ll know its near enough impossible to get them to stay still for our much longed for cuddles! Swimming practically forces them to stay close to you for a while, something I made the most of!!
We have really enjoyed our time with Waterbabies, and we’re signing up for the next term (although it runs through my due date so Nanny and Mr H will be taking over at some point and I’ll be cheering from the sidelines!)
Do your littles have swimming lessons? What other activities do they enjoy the most?
Mrs H xxx
Disclosure – we were offered a discounted term in return for an honest review of our experiences. All views are my own.