Homeday Children's Chairs

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When we were putting together our new master bedroom just before Leo arrived I was on the look out for a practical and stylish children's beanbag or chair to go in the corner of the room. Leo's cot is set up beside our bed and I wanted Frankie to have a special little corner too so she didn't feel left out once he arrived.


I stumbled across Homeday on Instagram and fell in LOVE with their children's seats! The size was perfect for the corner space I had set aside and the fabric was super practical for removing little kiddie finger marks from.




I stuffed ours with a mix of beans and old clothes - the beans took forever to put in (I don't have the longest attention span haha) but old clothing did the trick just fine and gives a nice firm feel for Franks to sit on.

For more information on the chairs you can visit their site here.

Other room details:
Chair - Homeday
Rug - Norsu
Bedding - Jamie Kay
Bed - Made by the husband
Light Shade - Norsu
Print - Olive Et Oriel
Cot - IKEA
Bassinet - Nature Baby

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Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan

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Our hunt for a new stroller began when we discovered we were expecting a second baby last year. Because Frankie is still at an age where she enjoys going for long walks in a stroller we didn't know whether to go for a double stroller and run the risk of her out growing it super quickly or go for a new single with some extra attachments that would suit both baby and toddler.



Mountain Buggy's new cosmopolitan caught my eye initially because of the beautiful new colours and fabrics the model comes in. I fell in love with the mocha (fitting colour name for a sleep deprived, caffeine fuelled mum haha) before even before trying it out. There were a few things that sold me on this model stroller:

1. 4 wheels & airless tyres. Our previous stroller which I absolutely loved was a three wheeler and I have always loved the idea of a 4 wheeler stroller for extra control when walking. We managed to somehow pop all 3 tyres on our last stroller so airless wheels was quite appealing to save time filling wheels and money on new inner tubes.

2. Accessories. You can attach some really cool features to the cosmopolitan which I absolutely love! We ordered the Free Rider scooter for Frankie to use on the back which both clips on for when she gets tired and un clips for when she wants to boost around by herself.

3. Light weight. The stroller weighs the same as our two year old so it is super easy for me to get in and out of our car by myself! It collapses really flat which is ideal for smaller boot spaces also.



My thoughts on the stroller so far when  being used with the carry cot attachment is that is glides beautifully when being pushed - so smooth and easy to manoeuvre without any buckling of the wheels. The carry cot itself is sturdy in design with a very comfortable inner - Leo looks snug as a bug wrapped up in his blanket in it on walks. The shade hood protects him really well from the sun (not that we will be seeing much of that now that we are heading into the cooler months!).





I am so excited to get Franks out and about on some long walks and share how we find the free rider in the coming months.

For more information on the Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan you can visit the website here.

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Birth Story | Leo Sawyer

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I have finally had a chance to sit down and begin to reflect on the crazy past week we have had! In theory Leo should still be in my tummy for another 2 days but instead he surprised us arriving 10 days early! I never wrote down Frankie's birth story but thought it would be great to share our experience this time around so here it goes.

On Tuesday 21st February evening I started to get a bit of cramping in my tummy and thighs - I jokingly said to Dylan we might have a baby soon (either that or I need to do a massive poo haha!) and we both kind of brushed it off. I was a week early with Frankie but knew it was often a different case with a second pregnancy. As the night went on they started taking a consistant form which I recognised from last time as being contractions.

Around 2am on the 22nd I woke up feeling nauseas and needed to run to the bathroom to throw up. From there onwards the contractions started to last longer and come closer together. I lay in bed eyes closed trying to rest through all of this as I knew how tiring (and in our case with Frankie long) labour can be. Trying to visualise with each contraction him moving further down my body and thinking that this is one less wave that I have to endure before he arrives. The pains were strong but by no means unbearable so I felt comfortable with not waking Dylan who was asleep next to me.

As the sun rose our normal daily routine began to start. Frankie came into our room for morning cuddles around 6am and Dylan got her up and bags packed ready for daycare. I mentioned to him that I think he better call his sister to take Frankie in instead of us as I was starting to feel a lot of pressure lower down in my body. Frankie came in and gave me a kiss goodbye and said "good luck".

Around 7:45am we jumped in the car and headed to the hospital. Traffic was slow being the morning school rush but luckily we only live a short drive away. We arrived at the hospital just after 8am and were quickly popped into our room where my midwife checked to see for far along we were - 9cm! I jumped into the birthing pool straight away which was absolutely amazing on my back which was aching like heck! I had two more contractions before I said to Dylan I think I need to push and NOW! Around 6 pushes later Leo was born into the water and my arms at 8:38am - perfectly healthy 8lb 6oz baby boy with a full head of hair.

We were both in absolute shock of how quickly and easily he made his way into the world. It could not have been more of a polar opposite to our long and some what traumatic birth with Frankie (which ended in an epidural and 2.5 hours of pushing!). There was such a small amount of pain (to the point where I didn't even realise we were passing through the transitional phase) and everything progressed so quickly. Before giving birth I had been reading briefly on hypno-birthing and I can 100% say that helped to put me in the right frame of mind for such a peaceful birth.

I wanted to share our birth story of Leo for anyone who has not had a positive birthing experience with their first child to know that it can be a beautiful experience the second time around. If anyone is interested in reading up on hypono-birthing I cannot recommend these two books enough: Ina May's Guide To Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin and Hypno-Birthing The Mongan Method by Marie F. Mongan.

Thanks for reading guys! :)

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