I have had a few nursing covers before, but this one is by
far the best I’ve ever used.The cover
has a rounded, stiff neckline that lets you look down at the baby while still
maintaining your privacy (and dignity!).To me, the
ability to keep my eye on the baby has made the first few day of nursing much
easier.This stiff neckline is easier to
use than the “mesh top” poncho models of other brands of nursing covers because
those do not stand away from your body so you are looking down at the baby using an awkward angle.
The cover is large enough to cover the baby and your stomach
and the fabric is lightweight so that the baby does not get too hot.(The fabric of one nursing cover that I had
was really hot and the baby would sweat and fuss when I tried to use it –
needless to say I didn’t use it for long).
The neckline is made from a similar material to men’s collar
stiffners and it is washable.I love the
print of my cover (I love anything floral…the Cath Kidston store is my idea of
heaven) and how easily it adjusts.It
folds up to a very small size and is easy to stow in my diaper bag.
I know this cover is a bit pricey - but in my opinion it is worth every penny!
Crathes Caste is about 20 minutes from our house.When we arrived at the castle, our group was
directed into two different carparks.I
was with my husband in the Range Rover and we were directed to the “large car”
lot, while the Mini Cooper was sent to a different lot.Our lot was a pit of mud.The car in front of us was sliding all over
the place and even our truck slid a bit.I had a lot of trouble pushing our stroller with Little Boy inside
through the mud.When we exited the lot,
a lot of people were complaining about the mud.Later in the evening when we were leaving the event to go home, the
attendant apologized to us for sending us there to park and told us a tractor would
be along shortly to start pulling out cars.Luckily we made it out with no trouble.
But…on to the actual event…
This year, the theme of the Enchanted Castle is “Fantasia.”The trees near the walkways around the castle
are lit up in various colours and some of the lights have movement associated
with them as well.We were all given
glow necklaces as we walked in.
When we entered the castle grounds we saw a fire-eater.This fascinated Big Boy, but I found it
difficult to watch.When we initially arrived
they were broadcasting pictures of people at the even through a projector onto
the side of the castle.There was a
roving wizard entertaining the children and also a fire juggler.
After a short while, the main show started on the
castle.A film set to the music of the
film Fantasia (but not the film Disney’s Fantasia) was broadcast onto the side of the
castle.Little Boy was fascinated by
this, so we watched for quite a while, probably longer than we would have
without his enthusiasm.
Later we walked through the castle gardens and they were set
up as a slightly scary enchanted garden.Big Boy did not seem to cotton on to the fact that the gardens were meant
to be scary, which was good, because lately he is afraid of everything.In the gardens were some whimsical vignettes
such as sparkly toadstools with a fairy doing juggling tricks.
The inside of the castle was also open to walk through.
We had great weather – mild and clear – for the evening and
for our family, the event was fun and a success.
Yesterday Baby Boy was 3 days old and
we decided to take him on his first trip into town to register his birth. We
packed him into his bucket car seat and drove downtown. We parked and walked
over to the gorgeous Marischal College building in Aberdeen. This is the
local services and registry building for Aberdeen. Here is a link to some photos: http://www.scottish-places.info/features/moregpix1482.html
I drive by Marischal College frequently
but I'd never been inside before yesterday. I have to admit I was a bit
disappointed in the interior décor. It was austere, clean and spare -
The waiting priority system was
incredibly efficient.In no time we were
interviewed by a clerk who made out the birth certificate. We were
quickly on our way and Baby Boy slept the entire time!
Then we walked over to Back Wynd to the
photographers where we had previously had Canadian passport photos taken.
Unfortunately, they refused to take photos of an infant so young - the
reason that they gave was that "they think it's not right".
Puzzlingly, even though they refused to do our photos on moral grounds, they
referred us to another photographer on George Street.
We drove over to George Street and the
photographer took the photos immediately. It went really well. She
had a little bed to lay the baby in, so we woke him up and she took the photos.
After a couple of pictures she had a good shot.
I fed the baby while the photographer
cropped the photos and then we paid and went home.
It has been a while since my last post, and that is because
something dramatic has happened in our household.
On Sunday night, Big Boy woke me up complaining of a nosebleed.I noticed at the time that I was not feeling
very well either.After much discussion
and telephone calls to the appropriate NHS services, it was decided that my
husband would take me to the hospital.
Later that morning, at 5:50 a.m. we welcomed our new baby
boy into the world!He is a belter,
weighting in at 9 lbs. and 2.4 oz. and he is 54 cm long.He was born our biggest boy yet.
After an overnight stay on an observation ward we were
discharged and we are now at home, resting comfortably, as they say.
For the purposes of this blog, and until he outgrows it, I
christen him “Baby Boy.”
Over the next few days and possibly weeks, many of my posts
will be on a theme of pregnancy and childbirth in Scotland compared to
Last week I had the enjoyable experience of accompanying a
friend to a fashion consultation at John Lewis.Basically, the idea is that you book an appointment to go to the John
Lewis department store and one of their fashion advisors assists you in selecting
new clothing.You have the use of a
private change room and the consultation takes between 90 and 120 minutes.There are different types of appointments
ranging in price from free to £20 (I believe).The basic advice is free and for £10 you can be served coffee and cakes
and for a bit more cash outlay (I believe £20), you can be served lunch.
Prior to the appointment my friend filled in a form
containing her pertinent details including size, what occasion she was shopping
for and other preferences and limitations.At the beginning of the appointment, the fashion consultant talked to
her about her preferences and needs and then left us in the change room while
she pulled some clothing for my friend to try on.The first few items were a bit “hit and miss”
as the consultant honed in on my friend’s taste, needs and fit.The consultant continued to bring fresh items
into the change room throughout the appointment and she was very helpful with
regards to addressing questions surrounding how to wear certain items and how
to combine pieces into outfits.
My friend selected some pieces and purchased them, but I
would not have characterized the consultation as a “high pressure” sales
situation.She bought only things she
really loved and that were attractive and would fit into her lifestyle.John Lewis is a major department store here,
and has a very good returns policy (in my experience their customer service is
exceptional, and I have blogged about this before:http://janiceljlj.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/great-customer-service.html), so if my friend changes her mind before
she wears something (or if her husband hates a piece) she can always return it. Also, the consultant brought her many pieces that were on sale, and made it clear what the price reductions would be and how long the sale prices were available.
I thought the consultant was respectful, helpful, flexible
and knowledgeable about clothing and fit.The biggest change that she made with my friend was to guide her toward
better fitting clothing – which is always a positive change. She did not push my friend into uncomfortable styles or try to influence her taste. I don’t currently need to refresh my
wardrobe, but when I do, I will book a consultation for myself.My only concern is that in John Lewis I have not generally seen the type of clothing I prefer to wear (more of a boho-casual
style), but if I find the clothing to stuffy or formal, I can always choose not
to buy it!