Growing up & Moving on

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Why hello there! I see you’ve found our new little home on the internet. Well as you are all well aware we are due another little baby in March so ‘El and Baby A’ wasn’t really suitable anymore. Apart from the fact that Aidan is now a toddler, it also left me open to all sorts of favouritism guilt from any and all future offspring.

I wanted to choose a name that we wouldn’t grow out of again and also something that doesn’t stick me to parenting posts all the time and allows me to dip my toe into some of my other interests. Alas, Bumps and Roundabouts was born. I liked it as it was a play on words with pregnancy bumps to bumps in the road, and roundabouts because I swear I feel like I am going around in circles with a toddler all day!

I had planned to do this gradually over the next 6 weeks but as I have said a hundred times before I cannot keep a secret and so couldn’t wait to share the new name and look. Hopefully all my redirects and such are in working order because I done it all myself (with some help from the amazing people at Tsohost!) but please shout if any links are broken, etc. I can still be reached at elandbabya@gmail.com however over the next few weeks I will be paying it less attention so best to reach me at bumpsandroundabouts@gmail.com or twitter – I can always be found on twitter!

Hope you like the new name and design – stick around for all our bumps and roundabouts!

 

Gender Reveal for Bump #2

Today we had our 21 week scan. It’s is the big one that checks that everything looks ok with the baby. It is also the scan where they can tell you the gender of the baby, if that’s what you want.

Let me start by saying that we are very lucky and the baby looks perfectly healthy. They were able to see all four chambers of the heart beating, the brain, kidneys, limbs and everything else complex medical names. Both sonographers commented on how active baby was, it would not stay still. He or she is measuring perfectly for the due date, weighing 10oz and measuring around 10/11 inches long (she said it’s hard to tell because babies don’t lie flat in the womb.)

So….

I had great plans for how I wanted this video to go but of course including a toddler meant that things did not go to plan. Hopefully you will enjoy it anyway…

Gender Reveal Video:

Past the halfway point – 21 weeks pregnancy update

21 week pregnancy update

How I’m feeling:

Luckily all sickness has disappeared, my tea aversion has subsided and this baby has a taste for meat. I am not a huge meat eater usually, eating red meat almost never but since falling pregnant I find myself wanting things like pork steak and beef – so strange.
Braxton Hicks have kicked in. As irritating as they can be I definitely credit Aidan’s quick and easy birth to them so I am happy to welcome them back this time, albeit a lot earlier.
I find myself getting a lot more cramps than I did with Aidan. I have googled this and apparently it is good once it is not accompanied by spotting. It means the baby is “getting comfy” and your muscles are making room.
My bump has finally made an appearance. Seems like overnight I just popped and I went from nothing to looking like I swallowed a bubble. It is less noticeable in the morning but as the day progresses (and after I eat) it is very noticeable.

Skin:

In my first (and only) pregnancy update I mentioned that the doctor had given me cream for my face – it helped the problems on the surface of my skin but really done nothing for my cystic acne. I have been using Ziaja aloe vera cleansing milk which has managed to stop it getting any worse. I basically have two cysts – one on my cheek and another, smaller one on my chin for the past few weeks. They are not going anywhere but they also haven’t brought friends so I am happy enough. Last weekend I went to Cork and visited Lush where I purchased the Mask of Magnaminty to see if that will help in anyway so keep an eye out for a separate skin update soon, hopefully. Here are some photos of the difference in my skin from around 8 weeks to now.

 

Cravings:

Anything sugary. Seriously, some nights I feel like I might have a nervous breakdown if there is nothing sweet in the house. It is actually a little scary. I have no real cravings during the day but once Aidan is in bed I need the sugar!

Size of baby:

The apps say the baby is the size of a banana (10.5 inches) and weighs around 12-13 oz. We have a hospital appointment in a few days so I will have more accurate measurements then.

Can I see my toes?:

Yes. They are beginning to be shadowed but I can still see them… for now.

Stretch marks or swelling?:

No swelling. No new stretch marks but the ones I do have are starting to look a lot more prominent and looking at their position I can tell how the shape of my tummy has changed already.

Sex:

We are going to find out this week! I am very excited and already have the gender reveal video planned! I still have no feeling either way but I have been referring to it as a girl more than a boy – is that a sign? Maybe? Hopefully we will find out soon but I honestly have no preference other than a healthy baby.

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes | Recipe

 I was feeling a bit nostalgic yesterday so I popped back to see what I posted around this time last year. There was a post about how excited and happy I was that I had started a blog, and even though I’ve been neglecting it recently, I am still so happy I made the decision to give it a go. I also noticed this recipe which I posted exactly one year ago so I thought I would make these cupcakes again today. Be sure to tweet me a picture if you give them a go.
This post was originally published on November 3rd 2014.

Ingredients:

For Cupcakes:


175g of self raising flour
110g of butter
110g of caster sugar
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 large eggs
50g  chocolate chips
50ml milk
For Cookies & Cream frosting: 

250ml of fresh cream
25g of icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
8 Oreo cookies, crushed

 

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C and place 12 paper cases into a cupcakes tray.

2. Add all the dry ingredients (but not the chocolate chips) to a bowl and mix. 
3. Break 2 eggs into the centre of the mixture.  
4. Combine all ingredients.  
5. Add in half the milk and continue to beat.  You aim to achieve a light and creamy batter, use the remain milk to achieve this consistency, if needed.

6. Spoon the mixture into the cupcakes cases and bake for 15-20 minutes or until baked thoroughly.
7.Allow to cool on a wire rack before applying the cookies and cream frosting.
8.For the frosting, beat the cream, vanilla extract, and icing sugar until it’s thick.  
9.Fold in the oreo crumbs, gently. 
10.Spoon onto the cooled cupcakes. Extra Oreo crumbs can be sprinkled over the top.
 

 

 

 

I am a huge Oreo fan so these went down a treat in my house!

 

Until next time,

 

El x

My Google Baby

At least once a week I will ramble off something contrary to my Nan’s approach to parenting. Things like the right age for weaning or what foods aren’t suitable for toddlers. Every time she replies with ” All the babies these days are google babies. We didn’t have google when I raised seven children”.

But this got me thinking, I do depend on google and the rest of the internet on a daily basis. I use it for all things from recipes to hairstyles, videos to shopping and truthfully I turn to it for help in raising Aidan. As a parenting blogger isn’t that what I am trying to do too though? I am online sharing my experiences in the hopes of helping another parent who may need it. I post product reviews and how to posts for all types of parenting encounters.

Google How to be a parent

I use google to tell me if Aidan’s rash is normal, what he ”should be” doing at this stage and things to help him achieve his abilities. In theory, yes, Aidan is a google baby. I have used the google crutch to lean on during my parenting journey, my pregnancy with Aidan and this pregnancy. Here are some of the things I have googled in the past 17 months, since Aidan’s arrival…

  1. Are babies umbilical cords supposed to smell?
  2. How often should my X month old be eating?
  3. How much milk is too much? 
  4. *several colours, sizes, smells and consistencies of poop followed by* is this normal.
  5. Teething help!
  6. Are hiccups painful for babies?
  7. When should a baby *smile/ crawl/ start solids/ a million other things*?
  8. X month old routine.
  9. Are second pregnancies different? 
  10. How to explain a new baby to a toddler.

I’m pretty sure that the more Aidan grows and the arrival of the new baby, will only result in more google searches at crazy hours of the night. Hoping google can tell me how to parent two under two, manage to keep up to date with house work, blogging, youtube and life. Maybe it is personal assistants I need to google next (if only!).

 

Ok, own up, what is the strangest thing you have googled since having kids? I think mine is ”one year old ate half a candle” – just a note it was on his Dad’s watch not mine. More important note, he is fine since – obviously!

Peaceful Toddler Bathtime Tips

Apart from the first few early weeks, Aidan has never been a fan of bathtime. He will either scream from the second his skin touches the water (which is neither too hot nor too cold) or he will save it up for a major meltdown when the washing actually begins. This usually results in a stressful, 2 minute, not rinsed properly, now I am soaked too, type of situation. Taking all this into account I usually brand baths as “Daddy time” and make up a lovely speech about how lovely it will be for them to bond during bathtime – more than just a pretty face you see!

However, sometimes Daddy has to work meaning that I must brave the terror. Tonight was one of those nights. I faced into bathtime with a toddler who was already having a bad day, refused dinner, was cutting back molars and was getting tired – every parents dream situation!

Well get this, I got through it with a squeeky clean,  fully washed, completely rinsed haired boy with zero tears. ZERO! How did I manage this magic you ask? Well here are 3 things I done differently…

1. Small amount of water
I love to get into a bath and be completely submerged in water, now obviously I don’t do that with Aidan but I have always about half filled the bath. Tonight I thought what’s the point if he is just going to scream to get out in 3 minutes, it would be a waste. So, I only filled the bath about 3 inches deep and he loved splashing his feet on the top of the water.

2. Face cloth
Usually the biggest trauma for him comes when water gets on his face so I brought a face cloth to pat his face if he splashed water on it. It also helped when rinsing his hair as I was able to dry his face straight away – I would rinse and cover his face with the cloth immediately as if it were hide and seek, it worked a treat! Toddlers, once something becomes a game they are all about it!

3. Toothbrush
This may have just helped because he is cutting some back molars but after cleaning his teeth I gave Aidan his tooth brush to chomp on for a little longer while I tidied back his toys and emptied the bath. (Another must for us because when taking Aidan out of the bath he tries to run and climb – that mixed with the water is cause for disaster and major back pain so I usually drain the bath, put his towel on and then take him out.) I let him have it up until he was in his pyjamas so that he was distracted and not trying to wiggle away.

Overall, considering his mood of today, tonights bath time couldn’t have went any better and I will definitely be using these tips again… or at least sharing them with Daddy for bath time bonding.

What I’ve been watching | Netflix

There is nothing better than sitting down with a blanket and some munchies on these cold autumn nights – until you turn on the TV to realise once again there is nothing on! Thank heavens for Netflix! Here are some things I have enjoyed on there over the last while…

FILMS:

  • Not suitable for children
    ”Facing infertility because of his impending cancer treatment, a young hipster sets to impregnate a woman – any woman – before time runs out”

    Jonah, the young hipster, learns that he has cancer and the treatment will mean that he is unable to have children. With only a few weeks until his surgery Jonah sets out to try and have a baby – any way possible. Set mostly in a college type frat house filled with parties and care free youngsters this film changes those dynamics and shows lovely stories of friendship, longing and heartbreaking dead ends.
  • Scream
    ”Creepy phone stalker. Lunatic killer with a ghost face. Everyone’s a suspect. But you’ve never seen horror like this.”
    I have always been a fan of the Scream franchise, I remember buying all the DVDs back in my teenage years, so I was only too happy to return to the small town of Woodsboro to meet Sydney as her and her friends become entangled in the middle of a murder spree.

TV SHOWS:

  • Fargo
    ”Inspired by the classic Coen brother film of the same title, this new limited series embroils several quirky Minnesotans in a ‘different’ true crime.”I believe I mentioned Fargo in my last Netflix post so I won’t go into detail about it again but there is a second season on the horizon so if you haven’t yet watched this I highly recommend it.
  • Scream
    ”In this new TV series sequel to the classic horror franchise, a cyberbullying incident in Lakewood leads to a murder with echoes of the past.”Like I mentioned above I was a huge Scream fan in my teenage years so you can imagine my excitement when I heard they were making it into a series. Now, honestly, this is very much a teen drama but once you get past that it becomes a very intriguing storyline with many twists.. right up until the very end! It looks set to have another series too so fingers crossed.
  • Educating Yorkshire
    ‘This engaging documentary series follows the staff and students of a West Yorkshire high school, from playground high jinx to life changing events.”I have watched all of the ‘Educating..’ series. When we are in school we can’t wait to get out but now that we’re out we want to go back – figure that one out? Seeing it from the teachers point of view is interesting, mainly because I remember always thinking they were doing things just to be awful and mean.

KIDS:

  • Toy story
  • Monsters Inc
  • Curious George

DOCUMENTARIES:

  • Mortified nation
    ”This comic documentary follows the Mortified movement, a series of stage events where adults share awkward childhood moments in front of strangers.”Huge hat tip to theclothesline.ie for suggesting this. Several adults reading passages from their childhood/ early teenage diaries. So many relatable stories and even more hilarious ones! If any of you have diary entries you would like to send me I would be all too grateful for the giggles.
  • The Gabby Douglas story
    ”This biopic tells the story of Gabby Douglas, who became the first black gymnast to win the individual All-Around champion at the 2012 Olympics.”I am a major gymnastics fan and I watched Gabby take the gold during the 2012 London Olympics. Her story is very inspirational and her mother seems like a great woman. With the world championships starting at the end of the month this is a great way to get your wet your gymnastics appetite (if that’s your thing).

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*Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and received a Netflix subscription and an Apple TV in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews, however, all opinions are my own. I also already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.

Things I haven’t eaten this week…

Normally, I have a 16 month old with an appetite that challenges his Dad. However, over the past few weeks he seems to have gotten really bad at eating – I am blaming his teeth because isn’t that what we always do? I have noticed though that food on my plate looks one hundred times more appealing than anything I offer to him and so here are all the things I never got to eat from my plate this week….

  • Sunday’s potatoes – We aren’t really potato eaters in our house but every Sunday we go for dinner at my Mom’s house and she makes potatoes. It appears that the potatoes she gave me tasted fabulous but the ones on Aidan’s plate were inedible.
  • Apple pie and custard – Sunday’s scavenging didn’t end there. After refusing much of his dinner, except for my potatoes, Aidan was only too happy to ‘help’ me tackle my dessert. I will have to assume that it was nice because I never got to find out.
  • Banana – As one of the toddlers favourite foods I usually have to eat bananas in secret. I did think however that once we had one each that would suffice. I thought wrong. The speed at which he inhaled his banana was as long as I took to peel mine. Two bananas for Aidan – None for me.
  • Yogurt – He doesn’t even like yogurts! An entire apricot yogurt he ate – the last one might I add!
  • Toast – I made myself two lovely slices of toast. You know when they are the perfect level of toasted and the butter is melted just right and it tastes….. well I can’t tell you that because they were swiped from my plate when my back was turned!
  • Biscuits – I am not a massive biscuit fan. I like Jaffa Cakes but I consider those more of a cake. Imagine one day I fancy a biscuit so off I go hunting for some. My dreams are quickly shattered when just as I am about to divulge the small one begins to whimper and points in the direction of said treat.
  • Orange Juice – Not even my liquids are safe anymore!
  • Apples – Last but not least. Aidan can somehow find apples where they don’t exist! We keep our apples in the fridge which is out of his reach but on more than one occasion I have found him stuffing himself with an apple, seeming to appear from nowhere? Not only does he eat the skin, he also eats the stalk, pips and core of the apples. How do I tell a 16 months old not to eat the core of an apple?

 

It is funny how once they are eating you would literally give them the food off of your plate. Once Aidan gets fed then I would go without – although is that favouritism now that I have another baby in my belly to feed?

Heavenly Organics Review

A little while back the people at Heavenly Organics asked me if Aidan would like to review their products, which have just launched in Ireland – the answer to that question is always YES! I’m not sure if I have mentioned this on here before but Aidan has an allergy to strawberries which makes finding snacks for him very difficult. I explained this to Heavenly Organics who had no problem in sending me some of their ‘strawberry free’ products.

heavenly organics

We tried their new mango, apple and banana Coconut Squishies. They are smoothies that you can drink straight from the package (oh the novelty gets him every time), made with coconut milk and contain 1 of your 5 a day. We have repurchased these 3 or 4 times already, they were a huge hit. I mentioned them in a recent vlog too as they have become such staple in our lives.

They also sent us some Happy Halo Bites. These were so handy to pop into my bag and give to Aidan when we were on the move. They are easy for little hands to hold and taste yummy. They come in both apple and banana flavours.

waferWhile in our local Supervalu restocking our Coconut Squishies I picked up some of their Wafer Wisps. Again, delighted to find a toddler snack that didn’t contain Strawberries. We got the pumpkin and banana flavour and they smell fab! Sadly, Aidan won’t share them but I guess that is a good thing. I think they would be great to use as ice cream wafers in the summer too (yes, I am already talking about next summer!). These come in a spinach, apple and kale flavour too.

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Overall, we are definitely fans of heavenly organics superfoods and they are already becoming a constant in our house. They are available in Supervalu all over Ireland, Ocado in the UK, Amazon online along with many others.

 

*We were sent some Heavenly Organic Superfood products to review but as always all opinions are my own, 100% honest thoughts… and Aidan’s*

The first 13 weeks | Pregnancy Update

Time for all the fun of pregnancy to start all over again now. The 9 months of not seeing your toes, wearing leggings daily and avoiding certain smells that make you feel like you’ve had a rough night on the tiles – a magical time! These first few weeks have definitely gone a lot quicker than when I was pregnant with Aidan, probably because I am running after him now rather than lazing around.

the first 13 weeks

How I’m feeling:
I had slight nausea from around weeks 6-10, then I developed a terrible tummy bug for a week. Although it was horrible at the time it seemed to rid me of any ‘morning’ sickness – woo!
Tiredness, just like with my first pregnancy, is the hardest part. When I was pregnant with Aidan I would nap once or twice a day, obviously that is not an option now but I do fall asleep by 10:30 at the latest most nights.
Boobies – Oh my goodness! It seems like they are full of razor blades and pins. Aidan loves to climb all over me which results in watery eyes and a slight amount of swearing under my breath.

 

Skin:
This pregnancy, my dear friend cystic acne has reared it’s ugly head again. This time it seems to be a lot more concentrated on my chin and jawline, bringing with it a pain similar to that of childbirth. I visited my doctor this week who gave me a cream to try so fingers crossed it helps some what. I have been using Ziaja baby soothing cream and it definitely helped with the pain and redness.

 

Cravings:
Does everything count? I’m not noticing a huge change except maybe the odd sugary treat when Aidan heads to bed. Oh and milk – again, like last time, I can drink litres and litres of milk in a day. (We went through 6 litres in 2 days last week – just me and Aidan!)

 

Size of baby:
At our hospital appointment last week the baby measured 2.7 inches I think? Like a small apple, maybe? I am terrible with judging size but if it is anything like Aidan it is going to be big!

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Can I see my toes?:
Yes. Although I am noticing a little bump already, at 13 weeks, where it was a good 20 weeks before Aidan made a bump.

 

Stretch marks or swelling?:
No swelling and no new stretch marks – not that I don’t think I have room for anymore after Aidan left his mark!

 

Sex:
The baby not me you filthy minded animal! Considering there are so many similarities between the pregnancies I would guess it is another boy. My gut instinct is a boy. I have no preference either way because a boy would be great for Aidan to have a brother so close in age, likewise a girl would be great to help me even out the numbers and pick the princess movies!