Rocco’s first smile, baby tips and moving home!

Happy New Year all!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year.

We had a wonderful Christmas with little Rocco. He was well and truly spoilt by all our friends and family.  The best present Alex and I had was Rocco smiling and making eye contact with us for the first time on Christmas morning – it was amazing.

I can’t believe Rocco is already two months old.  Watching him develop and change is incredible.  I’ve got some fantastic black and white toys that are brilliant for helping develop his sight and he loves looking at the baby shapes book which a friend bought him.  He has lots of the Lamaze toys, too, which come highly recommended for educational purposes for babies.

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It’s fair to say that before Rocco was born I bought a lot of things that I probably didn’t need (as most new parents do). I’ve listed my top 10 items that I would recommend any new parents should invest in…

1.  A lot of white baby grows, vests and muslins.

2.  The Tommee Tippee nappy wrapper bin.

3.  A bath cradle that you can put in the bath to wash your baby. Rocco loves having a bath and he has one every evening before he goes to bed. This has helped to establish a bedtime routine.

4.  The Bugaboo travel bag.  It’s very useful if you are going abroad as you can store the pram as well as lots of other bits you will need if you are travelling.  The airline will put it in oversize baggage.

5.  The Kiddycare car seat that can also lay flat. As far as I know it’s the only one of its kind.

6.  Easydream’s Ewan the Dream Sheep, which replicates the soothing sounds of a pregnant mum’s womb and heartbeat and helps your baby get to sleep

7.  The Chicco Polly Magic chair which can be used for a newborn and will last until they are three years old.  It’s fantastic for keeping a baby high up away from pets.

8. The Gro Egg room temperature thermometer.

9.  A Gro Bag sleeping bag (I find this easier than swaddling).

10.  Tommee Tippee baby monitor.

All of the above items are things that I have genuinely tried and tested.

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Alex and I are now living with his parents as our house is a complete building site.  It’s lovely living with them and we are lucky that on both sides our parents are extremely supportive, especially since I have returned to work. too.

Hopefully our house will be ready by May but from previous experience I know building projects often over run.  The house we have bought is being completely rewired and having a new heating system.  We have knocked down a few walls and the main internal structure is now in place.  We are also extending the property so hopefully our planning permission should be through by February.

We are having new windows throughout and we are using a family run company called F & L Windows who I have used previously. I often find that if you can find a small company you like and trust, they can offer some good deals because they don’t have such large overheads. F & L also have a great after sale service.

I’ve found a brilliant company who are making our kitchen for us handmadekitchens-direct.co.uk.  They are extremely competitively priced too and worth looking at.

I should have some great before and after photos of the project which I will of course share with you.

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It’s great to see Dancing on Ice back on our screens but it’s sad that  it’s the final series. I would love to have been part of it all but instead
I’m out in Austria for a month, taking part in another exciting show.  In my previous blog I mentioned I’m involved in Channel 4′s The Jump and I’m absolutely loving it. I have got about two stone to lose to get back to my pre-baby weight so as well as being an amazing show to be involved with, it is a really great opportunity for me to get back in shape.

My lovely mum is with me helping for the first few weeks then I will be joined by my good friend Cat and then following that my mother-in-law. Alex will of course be joining me in two weeks too and I can’t wait.

Until next time.

Laura xxx

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