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Mother’s Day Giveaway #2 | Win a €50 BEUTiFi.com Voucher

BEUTiFi.com is a website that enables women to search, browse and book hair and beauty salons, freelance professionals and offers online, instantly.

You can browse thousands of hair and beauty salons and freelance professionals offering their services in your chosen location.  On BEUTiFi.com you can out check profiles, portfolios, special offers and ratings for each salon and professional near you. You can sign up to their website and start browsing NOW!

The lovely people at BEUTiFi.com have decided to treat one lucky My Little Babog reader with a €50 voucher to spend on their website and spoil themselves whether it be for a new hair-do, make over or manicured nails.

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To enter

LIKE BEUTiFi.com on Facebook

LIKE My Little Babog on Facebook

and finally COMMENT below.

GOODLUCK!

Giveaway closes on Mother’s Day, Sunday 15th of March. Winner will be announced on the My Little Babog Facebook page.

Mother’s Day Giveaway #1 | Win a €50 Penneys Voucher

Competition now closed!

We may not agree on everything but the one thing I think we can all agree on is that Penneys is the number one shop for a bargain or two here in Ireland. It’s the one place you can dress the kids for summer on a budget and it’s the holy grail of inexpensive fashionable shopping with all the latest trends!

Coat €28. Trousers €17. Bag €11.

 I have some awesome Mothers Day prizes to giveaway over the next week and to kick things off I have a €50 Penneys voucher to GIVEAWAY to one lucky My Little Babog reader.

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To Enter:

LIKE My Little Babog on Facebook

LIKE Penneys on Facebook

and finally COMMENT below

Giveaway closes on Sunday 15th of March. Winner will be announced on the My Little Babog Facebook page. Goodluck all!

Things NOT To Say To A Pregnant Woman

I’m fourteen weeks pregnant, enjoying the second trimester. I’m at the ‘eat what you want, as much as you want, do whatever you want’ stage. And so far there have been no hormonal outbursts, midnight snacking or endless toilet trips. Second trimester is treating me kind.

Some of the questions I have been asked by family, friends and strangers, my midwife or consultant didn’t even ask me. Here is a list of questions I have been asked in the past few months and things you should not actually ask a pregnant woman.

Was it planned?

Since when is it okay to interrogate someone about conception? FYI if not being on contraception means ‘planned’ then yes my little babog was planned.

Was there nothing on the telly?

Well considering half of Ireland is expecting in August, NO there was nothing on my TV in November…

Are you sure you’re not having twins?

Why don’t you just tell me I look fat! I’m pretty sure there is only one little person in there. I am NOT having twins!

I think you’re having a boy/girl…

Let’s get one thing straight you cannot guess by a person’s figure, skin, eating habits, piss or poo what gender their baby is going to be. FACT!

Are you planning anymore?

Would you ever let me push this baby out first! But if I’m honest I’m pretty sure the other half has booked in for a vasectomy.

I thought you were finished?

If I was finished having babies would I pregnant right now? No.

Can I touch your belly?

How about can I touch yours? No… Okay, you can’t touch mine either.

You may think these are all reasonable things NOT to say to a pregnant woman but I have heard them all, in this pregnancy and in less than fourteen weeks. So just to be clear, tell me I look amazing, tell me I’m glowing and tell me I’m looking radiant. DON’T TOUCH MY BELLY and we’ll all be friends.

What My Baby Actually Plays With

My kids have a room full of toys. Kayla’s have built up over the past few years and in fairness she could sit in there for hours and play happily with her colourful imagination.

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Frankie on the other hand has been spoilt in less than eleven months old with hundreds of euro’s worth of toys. While I buy a lot of second hand toys at a quarter of the price, he was spoilt at Christmas. Almost half of the gifts he received are under his cot, unopened because he has way too many. And if I’m completely honest he has no interest in any of them.

My baby likes to play with…

A tangle teaser

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An old remote control

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A cardboard box

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Cooking utensils

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Wipes and nappies

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…and finally Kayla’s kitchen and her Frozen dolls.

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What does your baby like to play with?

She’s Gone VIRAL!!

I recently shared my pregnancy announcement here on my blog, including a YouTube video of Kayla’s reaction. It has since gone viral. The video has been shared by thousands, with over 40K views since Tuesday evening. My four-year-olds response to the news has everyone a little teary eyed.

I collected her from school on Thursday and she was so excited to tell me the long list of names who had seen her video. She told me she was famous, that she was a little celebrity. Her words, not mine.

So of course I treated her like one for the day, we headed off into town yesterday, a mammy daughter date, no boys aloud. We went to Ann’s Bakery and into Lush one of her favourite shops. With a belly full of berries and hot chocolate she sniffed and danced around the store in excitement picking her favourite bath bombs. She picked the Unicorn horn and Granny Takes A Dip, great choices me thinks.

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Her video has featured on the IrishMirror.ie, HerFamily.ie, Her.ie, Evoke, MummyPages, The Independent, Elite Daily, Family Friendly HQ and The Daily Edge. Her little face is taking over everyones newsfeeds.

If you have seen the video shared anywhere else, do let us know!

First Trimester – Pregnancy Sickness – Is there a CURE?

What is Pregnancy Sickness?

Pregnancy sickness is the painstaking suffering of nausea and vomiting all day long and not only in the morning. Since for some women the nausea and vomiting is the worst in the morning, the common term is ‘morning sickness’. Pregnancy sickness can differ from feeling nauseous to feeling so nauseous that you have to vomit. Pregnancy sickness seems to be caused by a mixture of all the hormonal changes that occur in the female body due to the pregnancy and the sensitivity to certain smells.

I’ve previously sailed through two pregnancies by-passing the dreaded sickness smugly, never even the slightest touch of queasiness. My little babog swimming around inside has changed all that. I’m wrenching at almost all foods, the odour, the texture, the taste. Snots, nappies, slurping, chewing and munching, it all REVOLTS me. Why can’t people just chew with their mouths closed. Like ewh! I have nausea and vomiting all day long, not only in the morning. I feel shit all day, everyday!

I’ve been spending my days hovering around the bathroom, hibernating indoors trying to hide any existence of my pregnancy. I’m struggling to conceal myself from my four year old shadow who currently thinks I’m dying. She has watched on in horror as I gag and puke.

I researched and researched and RESEARCHED for the cure. There is no magic cure. There is no magic pill. There is nothing I can do but ride it out.

I have eaten and snacked before getting out of bed to keep my energy levels up. I have tried to eat ginger biscuits, they repulse me. I’m sipping hot water with a slice of lemon in the mornings and I’m drinking water by the gallon to keep hydrated. I have eaten smaller meals and snacked more frequently not allowing myself to get hungry. I’ve nibbled peppermint sweets when I feel the faintest queasiness come on. I don’t eat and drink at the same time. I’m also eating bland foods such as crackers and dry toast and I’m taking plenty of supplements.

Did any of it work? Eating smaller frequent bland meals kind of helped. I also picked up a vitamin spray which helped avoid gagging over large vitamins. It’s such a horrible experience. Stupid hormones.

 How women go through a whole pregnancy feeling like this is inhumane. I like food. No I love food and I was slowly drifting into a depression watching my little family devour all the beautiful foods I would chef up at dinner time whilst stubbornly nibbling on a cracker or dry toast.

The fog is finally lifting, I’m starting to feel myself again at almost twelve weeks. I just hope I don’t get any weird cravings like the last time.

Win a 5 Week Messy Monkeys Course

I recently reviewed Messy Monkeys with Frankie, he had a brilliant time exploring having the freedom to create in messy play.

 I now have a 5 week Messy Monkeys baby session valued at €58 to GIVEAWAY to one of my readers!! Suitable for babies aged 6-18 months, starting Friday 27th February, 11.30am – 12.15pm in Mounttown Community Facilities, Dun Laoghaire.

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To enter LIKE Messy Monkeys Facebook Page
and
COMMENT below what you babies favourite messy play is

GOODLUCK!!

T&C’s
Winner must claim prize within one week or alternative winner will be chosen. Open to R.O.I residents only. Giveaway closes Monday 2nd Febuary. I received a course of messy monkeys to review and giveaway, all opinions are my own. This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter.

New Years Resolution

Each year I form a list of unrealistic goals and resolutions in the lead up to the New Year, and usually by day three my pledges are non existent. This year I rounded up the family and we created the Alphabet of Adventures.

The Alphabet of Adventure shows twenty-four places we would all like to visit next year. Starting with a trip to the National Aquatic Centre, we will head off and complete our journey around Ireland finishing off with a trip to Dublin Zoo.

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We as a family pledge to try eat healthier and get active. Kayla and I have agreed to walk to school with exception to the weather. We have also decided to cut down on our sweet treats, we will drink more water and read more books.

Kayla and I have also decided we are going to teach Daddy to cook. Scrambled egg, beans,  toast and cheerios just wont cut it any more. Tips, cookbooks, frilly aprons welcome!

I will blog our way through our a-z of adventures and keep you all updated on how we get on.

Happy New Year Guys!!!