Adjusting to Our New Normal

It’s been 7 weeks since the newest member of the Herniman tribe joined us, and it’s been a whirlwind few weeks adjusting to our new normal.  

In one sense it’s like he’s always been here. He’s slotted into our lives as a perfect little addition. I’m finding the sleep a lot less harsh than first time round, as I’m already sort of used to it, even though G was sleeping through quite well most of the time, I’m used to the mornings getting up and on with the day, and the rough schedule we have. 

Though saying that, I do remember G being a fab sleeper for the first 8 weeks, regularly sleeping 5-6 hours straight from midnight to 6am, which suited me just fine. But the after his first set of jabs it went downhill for a long time after that. 

B is slightly less reliable to have those hours but isn’t too bad, letting me get in about 4-5 hours sleep in one block, which is lovely. I’m bracing myself for the first jabs to put a stop to that again though. 

B is looking very much like his big brother, which at times, sleep deprived, hazy times, is just a tad surreal. It’s like flashbacks! He’s also long like his brother. By the time these kids hit nursery they’re going to be taller than me! I got the weirdest look from the woman at soft play yesterday, when I told her G was 2…I may have to start carrying his passport around just to prove I’m not trying to scam 2 quid off the entry price, he is actually 2! B looked the same size as a 9 month old baby waiting for swimming lessons last week, so I’m pretty sure he’s growing the same way. 

A big surprise for me this time round has been breastfeeding. It just didn’t work with G, I expressed for 5 weeks and topped up with formula, but it wasn’t for us. I felt a little bad and guilty at the time, but ultimately we were happy and healthy, and G was getting fed so it was all good. 

I’d decided to try breastfeeding again this time, I wanted to try and find help if we were finding it difficult but on the whole had a very relaxed attitude of “whatever works”. I was taken completely by surprise when he latched on with out any trouble at all, and 7 weeks later is still permanently attached! 

I’ve been asked about my plans for feeding, how long I’ll breastfeed for, and until what age, but to be honest I’m so shocked it’s even happening I’d not put any thought into how long. I’m just going with it for now and seeing what happens. 

It’s been a hectic but wonderful few weeks, and I know that it’s only going to get weirder and wilder! We’re still very much on a steep learning curve with G, let alone adding another to our roller coaster! But I guess that’s parenting full stop, right?! 

Mrs H xxx 

Ken Picton Hair Salon – The Big Hair Do 

I recently wrote about how making time for us was important. Well the lovely Kerry from All About A Mini Norris kindly arranged for a group of us south Wales bloggers to visit the Ken Picton salon in Cardiff Bay as part of their #BigHairDo event.

The further I got into my pregnancy, the harder it was to even wash and dry my own hair! So I jumped at the opportunity to visit the salon and get someone to wash my hair for me. And when I discovered that their chairs have massagers in them too, it’s a wonder they even got me to leave!

Spending time with lovely bloggy friends – Mrs Helicopter, from Mrs Helicopter Writes

The staff were friendly and welcoming, not at all judgy over my home coloured hair. We were welcomed with cocktails from their licensed bar (some of us just had Pepsi) which is available for drinks whilst the salon is open, meaning you can turn any visit into a luxury pamper time.

Pampering happening at the Essie nail bar

The salon also boasts a nail bar as well as a makeup counter, so if it’s a treat you need, you can find it all in one place.

I was too busy chatting to my lovely stylist Zoe, and talking colour with Paul, to take full advantage of the nail and make up counters, but I got to see what a fab job they did on some of the other guests, so I can vouch for how great they are.

My before and after shots!

Situated in the heart of Cardiff Bay, it is truly a destination salon, you could literally spend the whole day there being papered and made to feel really special, before going for a nice meal or to see a show in the Millennium Centre.

I’m planning to go back post baby, maybe for Christmas, and treat myself to another day of pampering. Push presents are becoming a thing here right!?

Selfie with Zoe, the stylist

Seriously though, the staff were so lovely and knowledgeable, it would be a pleasure to go back and let them work their magic on my hair.

Some of the South Wales Blogger Tribe

Where do you like to go to treat yourself? Do you prefer to get your hair or nails done?

 

Mrs H xxx



Disclosure – we were invited to attend the salon as part of an event they were hosting, all views and opinions are honest and my own

Happy Halloween! – #Blogtober16 Day 31 and the Final Day!! 

Happy Halloween everyone!

I can’t quite believe it, but I’ve actually managed to completed #Blogtober16 hosted by Hex Mum Blog

I honestly thought I wouldn’t have a hope! A week, maybe 2, and I’d fizzle out, lose concentration with it and have a baby which would throw me right off. But I’ve actually managed to post every single day this month AND have a baby! I’m completely shocked! 

I won’t be continuing the daily posts through November, but I might look at something similar for Blogmas, but we’ll see how life is going by then. Daily blogging with a week old baby is very different than when they’re a tiny bit older! Newborns are the easiest part if you ask me!

I’ve loved this challenge though, and even though some of my posts have been quite short, it’s been brilliant for getting me slightly organised and getting better at scheduling etc. I really hope I can continue to get posts out more regularly (though not daily) and spend a little bit of time each week getting them ready and scheduled. 

A big thank you to Hex Mum Blog for this challenge!!

Halloween –

We didn’t do a lot for it this year as I’m still recovering from the birth. 

We did put up some decorations around the house, and watch Halloween specials of some children’s shows, Peppa pig etc. But G is a bit young to go trick or treating just yet, though he had a lot of fun dishing sweets out to the ones who called to us. 

I do feel a bit bad that more effort wasn’t made, especially as G was so intrigued by the “spooky oooOoooOo” stuff this year, but he’s probably just young enough to not notice too much. Next year we’ll have to make up for it, maybe it’ll be his first year trick or treating too.

Big effort may not have been made, but we still couldn’t resist the first chance for a #twinningiswinning costumes for both boys! 

B may not have been too fussed, but G was really pleased with his outfit, and that his baby brother was matching.
I hope you all had a fun Halloween and thank you for following throughout #Blogtober16! 

Mrs H xxx

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What Am I Most Afraid Of – #Blogtober16 Day 30

I try really hard not to show it to G, but I’m really not fond of spiders. 

I know it’s a bit cliched and there’s no logical reason to be scared of them, but they just freak me out!

I’m not a big fan of any insect type thing really, but the legs and the way spiders move just really creep me out!

Though I do try really hard not to pass my fears on to G. When there are spiders outside I do take him to see them, but there’s no touching, you know, for the spiders sake! 

Mrs H xxx

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3 Confessions – #Blogtober16 Day 29 

I’m not sure what I’ve got to confess that  a) I’d want to share and b) what you’d want to read?! 

Here goes I guess!

1. I’m a tv addict. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this at some point before, but I really am. 

Anything nice and cheerful such as Criminal Minds, CSI or Grey’s Anatomy is a lovely evening in by myself. 

Mr H and I love to spend a cozy evening in catching up on Eastenders or Casualty. 

2. I’m not sure I should even admit to this, I’m taking a risk at being labelled a very bad Brit. 

I can’t stand tea! The smell alone makes me heave, let alone the taste. 

I don’t like coffee either, though I do at least like the smell. I’d happily sit in a coffee shop for the afternoon, but I wouldn’t want to drink the stuff. 

3. I’m pretty bloody proud of myself for getting this far in Blogtober!! Can’t believe I can see the finish line, this month of them all. I really hope I can keep up with the organisation and make posts more regular. I certainly won’t be making it everyday throughout November too, but there shouldn’t be any excuse not to post at least once a week!

Mrs H xxx

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