Theraline Original Maternity and Nursing Pillow #Review

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At almost twenty weeks pregnant with twins, I’ve been finding sleeping comfortably difficult for weeks now. With my pelvis being affected by the hormones and probably the fact my bump is growing rapidly, having a pillow between my knees has been necessary from early on.

Now, I can’t lie down for any length of time without waking up with aches and pains. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been having to sleep sat upright. If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, you’ll know how excited I was to be reviewing the Theraline Original Maternity and Nursing Pillow.

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The pillow is filled with beads but isn’t jam-packed with them so it allows you to get yourself comfortable and support the parts of your body you need to.  The first night I tried the pillow I was watching tv on the sofa and used the entire length of the pillow.  I plumped it and squished it until there were less beads by my head and under my stomach and more between my knees making it just right.

You can also fold it in half and have more space between your legs if that’s how you feel most comfortable.  I tend to use it slightly differently each time depending on where I’m aching that day.

 

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Most nights I have had it in an upside down V behind me as I sleep sat up.  This means the long sides are full of beads and stop you from sliding to one side as you sleep and the tip of the V is softer with less beads at the nape of your neck.

Usually you will probably need a maternity pillow during your third trimester but as I’m carrying twins, at twenty weeks I am now the size I was at at least 30 weeks in the past already!

 

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It’s not just me who likes the pillow.  I’ve woken up to find Pooh Bear snuggled up at the end of it when I’ve been lying down to sleep and have had to keep it away from the boys as it makes quite a good weapon! (It is not a toy and it is not recommended that children use it as such or that smaller children and babies are left alone with it)

I also don’t want it covered in what ever they are eating or have just eaten which is one of the reasons I’ve kept it away from hubby too ;)  He already uses a pillow to hug to sleep so I know once he tries it out, I’ll be hunting for it each night before I go to bed.  The cover is easily removed and washed so it’s not too big a deal but I’d rather keep it nice until I don’t need to use it quite so much and my sense of smell is still supersonic so I don’t want stinky food aromas annoying me as I try to fall asleep.

At least I know it will still be used once I don’t need it at night

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Something which is important to me when it comes to buying products to use during pregnancy and child rearing is the longevity of the product. Can and will I use it in five years time? Sometimes a product is so useful during that short period that it is worth the investment or you can sell it on or give it away. Others, like the Theraline Pillow, do have more than one use and I can see us using it long term.

You can use it as a laptop pillow and I’ve been using it whilst crocheting.  Theraline also recommend that it be used for breastfeeding.  As a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter I err on the side of caution when using a pillow as an aide to breastfeeding.  I would recommend that if you want to use a pillow whilst nursing that you latch baby on first then arrange your pillow for extra support.  This is so that the pillow isn’t interfering with latching on and position and attachment and also so you don’t get too dependent on using a pillow and find you aren’t able to feed out and about without carting a pillow around with you.

Now, I’m expecting twins and I will need to use a pillow at first because I can’t physically hold two little ones in a sustainable position at the same time.  I have lots of great support through volunteering myself so I’m not sure exactly how it works and it will depend on each baby too.  Once we get the hang of it, I’ll be writing a review on this pillow as a nursing pillow for twins and will probably take it to my local support group to have a practice before the twins arrive too.

 

 

***Disclosure***  We were sent the Theraline Maternity and Nursing Pillow in order to write a review.  As always, the views and opinions expressed are honest and unbiased.

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Bug Observatory and Research Centre Review

The last few days the weather has been glorious so when we were contacted to review the Bug Observatory Dome and Bug Research Centre from Tobar, we couldn’t wait to explore in the sunshine.

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Our garden is quite bare.  We have a cherry tree, a couple of bushes and a lawn but no hedges or rocks or particularly bug-friendly areas.  We need to make a bug hotel or something similar to encourage more.   Having said that, we’ve seen three types of caterpillars have regular visits from ants, ladybirds, lots of butterflies and beetles and slugs and snails.

We had quite a productive hunt finding…

a six-legged Spider who seemed to be doing well despite the lack of limbs on one side…

a Two Spot Ladybird…

a Waterlouse (Woodlouse to you and me)…

and a Beetle (can you spot him hanging around in the research centre below?).

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The Research Centre comes with large tweezers which would be good for collecting worms and slugs but I was a bit worried about the boys squashing their subjects before studying them.  Spud did catch the woodlouse very gently with the tweezers though but I helped with the other creatures and they were easy enough to coax into the magnifying pot.

It was great being able to see the bugs up close especially their undersides which you don’t necessarily see usually.

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The clear plastic funnel of the Research Centre comes off the green bottom completely meaning you can re-release the bugs with ease but it took a bit more effort getting the ladybird out of the Observatory.   It made itself very comfy and I had to gently knock it off the side with a pencil before tipping it out of the sliding door.

We had a lovely time looking for and studying the bugs and will be taking our the magnifying glass and pot out into the field in the future. A bug hunt is such a lovely way to keep little (and bigger) ones busy and it’s educational too. It’s something you can do on a whim whatever the weather (although I’m a fairweather hunter) and especially on those days when you don’t know what to do to keep everyone entertained. Next time we’re going to do some observational bug drawings.

I’d have liked to have included some photos of the boys in action but they refused to get dressed and were only wearing underpants that day!  We’ve had a few days like that lately.  Well there are no rules about being dressed to hunt for bugs!

Happy to be finally linking up again with Coombe Mill’s Country Kids this week.  Morning sickness and fatigue have meant we’ve not been beyond our own garden in the sunshine for a while now.  Please pop over and see what else people have been getting up to in this gorgeous sunny weather.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 

 

****Disclaimer****  We were sent the Observatory Dome and Research Centre for the purposes of this review and as always, our views and opinions are expressed honestly.

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THE best Rocky Road recipe we’ve EVER tasted!!!

We love Spud’s (and now Pooh Bear’s) school.  They are always inviting parents in for little events and activities.   In fact, you get 20 minutes every morning to spend in class with your little ones doing an activity or task.

Last year when Spud was in Reception,  he made some Rocky Road for one of his ‘Catch Up and Cake’ sessions. 

(They’re basically informal Parent’s Evenings for the early years where your child makes cakes in the day to share with you as you look through their Learning Journey and chat to teachers) 

I was surprised that I not only got to taste some (both boys tend to gobble up the cakes they make for us before we get a chance too) but that it was the best Rocky Road I’d ever tasted!!!

It was a really lovely touch that we were given a laminated copy of the recipe with some fab photos of Spud concentrating very hard on making his creation and we’ve used the recipe a few times.

This weekend I made some Rocky Road for Pooh Bear’s birthday.  It only takes ten minutes to prepare and you only need simple ingredients so I love knocking up a batch when I don’t have time for anything more elaborate.

Friends at the party absolutely loved the recipe so I sent them a copy and then thought I’d share it with you lovely lot.

It really is scrummy and so easy to make with little ones or for those times you need to whip something up to take to a friend’s or when you have visitors.

Here is the full recipe, please share…

(I made a couple of alterations to the original recipe; I prefer digestive biscuits for instance)

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300g (11oz) Dark Chocolate.  (You can do half dark, half milk but all dark is my preference)

125g (4oz) Margarine or Unsalted Butter.

3 Tablespoons of Golden Syrup.

200g (7oz) Digestive Biscuits.

100g (4oz) Mini Marshmallows.

Melt the butter, golden syrup then chocolate together in a saucepan. Don’t get impatient and turn it up too high else you risk burning the chocolate.

Crumble the biscuits into the chocolate mix. I usually crumble them by hand as I add them but the boys enjoy putting them in a sealed bag and bashing them with a rolling pin.

Mix thoroughly then add the marshmallows.

Mix again then spoon into a tray lined with baking paper or cling film. Cover with cling film then pop into the fridhe to set.

Done :)

P.S. Apologies for the lack of photos of my last batch but it was eaten the same day before I decided to write tgis blog post.

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Twin Pregnancy Diaries: A Pair of Avocados

Well were almost at 16 weeks and I’m sat relaxing after celebrating Pooh Bear’s fourth birthday. 

The twins are particularly wriggly this evening.  The movements don’t quite feel like being poked from the inside but are more swishes and swirls.

Tonight is the first time I’ve had heartburn and it’s reminded me of the awful heartburn I had later on with Pooh Bear.  I’m not one for taking medication but it was bad enough for me to chew on chalky tablets and slurp on heartburn remedies.  It was so awful at one point that I couldn’t lie down to sleep because the acid was so bad.

Worried that it’s started so early but I suppose it’s to be expected as I’m twice as full up as I would be otherwise.

The fresh orange I have been taking iron tablets with seemed to set it off but I can’t really do anything about that.  Hopefully some peppermint tea will help for now.

Early on I ate a lot of oranges but I’ve not had any food cravings for a while. Now I’m fighting the urge to dye my hair turquoise!!!! I’d do it now if it weren’t for work but I may well be giving birth with colourful hair. Trouble is, my eco conscience is telling me to stick with red henna rather than a non-natural, chemical blue shade. Damn It!

The boys are back at school this week and we didn’t really do anything planned as I’ve been so tired.  Thankfully the anaemia seems to be waning and I’m feeling less lethargic now.  So glad for the sunshine over the holidays meaning we could enjoy the garden most days.  Saved us some money too so every cloud.

Wanted to document my bump better this time so I’m definitely going to have to get a selfie stick.  Still hoping I’ll start to bloom at some point! Anaemia gives me an attractive set of dark circles under my eyes.

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Looking forward to the 20 week scan so we can be more prepared for hopefully a healthy pregnancy but also if everything isn’t going to go as smoothly as we hope.  I’m not impatient for them to be born but I’m impatient to have a better idea of how high risk we might be.  Keeping everything crossed for an uneventful pregnancy with just the usual struggles.  You know, swollen ankles, SPD, stress incontinence, heartburn, insomnia etc etc.

Finding it hard to keep up with Pooh Bear’s new name choices but think he’s currently chosen ‘Spikey Spikey Longnose’ for his twin and Spud is still ‘allowed’ to name the other.

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Twin Pregnancy Diaries: When Life gives you Lemons, Make Lemonade

So I’m just over 14 weeks pregnant now and the twins (wow it feels strange typing that!) are the size of lemons.  We found out over a week ago that there are two little beings growing inside me and it’s only just sunk in.

Hubby has been obsessively tidying since the second we returned home from the scan and I was starting to get a bit worried about his state of mind. He has barely sat down on his days off and has taken ‘nesting’ to the next level!

Yesterday he commented on my bump for the first time and gave it a rub so I think he’s starting to get over the shock of going from a family of four to a family of six.

Apart from a new sling and a bigger bed, we hadn’t planned on spending any money on the new baby but we’ve already bought a double pram and a double stroller. I’m worried it’s a bit to soon but we can’t afford to buy everything later on and need to spread the cost.

The stroller was in the sale and I found a cheeky discount code giving me an extra £15 off and we’re picking the pram up over the weekend having bought it second hand through Gumtree.

All we really need now is a bigger car(!), another 0+ carseat and some more cloth nappies. We’ll probably need more clothes too but that can wait until closer to the time and when they arrive.

Keeping everything crossed that they don’t come early and poorly but we have lots of support from family to help out if that happens. It seems like we’ve got such a long way to go and I was hoping for a straight forward, low risk pregnancy like last time. Now I feel like I’ve been thrust into this whirlwind of extra appointments and uncertainty.

Just the thought of getting too big for clothes is worrying enough and finding shoes to fit if my feet swell as much or more than last time.

Thankfully these thoughts aren’t swamping me and come and go and when you disregard my anaemia symptoms, everything is good at the moment. I’m even sleeping better lately.

Just asked Pooh Bear what his current favourite names are…

‘Spikey, Spikey, Blankey’ and he’s letting Spud pick the other name.

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