Where have we been?

Its been almost a year since we last published a post on 2 Bottles of Milk, so where have we been? 

Last Christmas I was so ill that I spent most of Christmas Day in bed asleep and it got me thinking about how hectic our lives were and how we needed to relax and let something rest for a while and that was unfortunately the blog! With everything that Leo had gone through and a new baby, as well as life in general it was the easiest thing to let go and allow more time for all the other stuff that was going on at that point. 

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We’ve Had A Baby Boy!

We’ve recently mentioned a few times recently that we were expecting our third child. 

Three under five we must be insane!!!

Well on Thursday the 19th October this little one made his entrance into this world and we both can’t imagine life without him already. 

As with our previous two he was born via Caesarean Section and like Leo this one was planned due to the risks to Keighley following previous sections.  

Both baby and mum are doing well and baby has slotted into life in our household extremely well. 

Now what’s this little ones name I hear you ask???

Well he has a very traditional name, we are traditional name sort of people with Oliver and Leonard (Leo) having previously made the cut.

May we introduce George Henry. 

My Sunday Photo: 17:29 Arriving This Week!

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This picture was taken way back in May when we announced that we were expecting our third child. To be honest it feels like a lifetime ago with how much we’ve had going on this year, what with Leos Cochlear Assessments, Holidays, Oliver starting school and many other things, however in real terms it wasn’t that long ago.

This coming Thursday (all being well with the hospital) our third child will be here in the flesh, as it were, and we all can’t wait. The boys are excited and they both are looking forward to their first cuddles and I know they will be great big brothers.

Roll on Thursday.

Photalife

First Trip!

Yesterday Oliver went on his first ever school trip to a local Farm and it’s got me thinking at how he is now growing up. 


The thing is I don’t know if I’m ready for it. I can vividly remember him being born and bringing him home from the hospital and now he is venturing off on adventures with his pre-prep school. 

When I went to pick him up from the school yesterday afternoon he was full of the excitement of spending the day with his teachers and friends and everything they had done at the farm, including seeing a Sheep race, and I am pleased that he is growing up and becoming independent. However inside there is a part of me that realises that this is the start of a long journey that eventually leads to him moving out and getting a place of his own. 


Now I realise that, that is a long way off but it did dawn on me, as he was telling me all about his day, that he was starting to move away from being almost completely dependant on myself or Keighley. 

Oliver starts Primary School in September and so I know that during his time there he will be having more day trips out and also trips out to friends houses and also trips out with friends. I also know that this is part of growing up and that every child and parent go through it. There is part of me though that has been taken by surprise by the speed it’s happened. As I said at the beginning of this post I can vividly remember Oliver being born and bringing him home from the hospital and also those first few days however over the last few months he has grown in confidence and character and now in experiences beyond Mum and Dad. 


There is a huge part of me that is looking forward to what the next few months brings in terms of Oliver’s development but there is also a small part that is sad to see that development. 

Planning for a Baby

With our 3rd baby boy due we are getting the hang of what our must needs are for the first few months of a baby’s life. If you are living on a budget or in a small flat/house you might find the list useful so below I have written out list of must needs and items to avoid. These are all my personal opinions.

Sleeping



  • Moses basket
  • Moses basket stand
  • 2/3 Sheets
  • 2 blankets

Somewhere to sleep is essential and the area in which you have the most options. Being on a budget and having a small bedroom in which we didn’t want to be further cramped we have always started off with a Moses Basket. Moses baskets seem to divide opinions on the online forums, most people moan saying their baby refused to sleep in them or they spend £100 for a few months use. luckily, we have never had this problem and I believe it’s because the size of the Moses basket! A lot of the Moses baskets we have seen in shops which are £80+ are very skinny/narrow yet the one we got from Asda (kinder valley brand) for £20 in their baby event seems to be very roomy we got the mama and papa stand from a charity shop for £3. Both boys were bigger babies 8lb /8.8lb and have slept in their baskets until they were around the 5/6month mark when they were ready to move in to their own room.

I suggest getting a couple of sheets and blankets due to accidents which will happen at the most inconvenient time.

There is no need to buy a cot before the baby is born so save up and buy it once the baby needs it.

On a budget? 

Look for a second-hand Moses basket stand. charity shops often have them. Be aware if you get a second hand Moses basket make sure you buy a new mattress due to SID risk when using second hand mattresses this also goes for reusing the mattresses for your own babies.

 

Bath time/Nappy changing


  • Nappies
  • Changing mat
  • Wipes
  • Baby towel
  • Muslins squares
  • Bath support

We have never used a baby bath or felt the need to get one, both boys have gone straight into a big bath with the aid of a bath support (not bath seats) People worry about having to bend over the bath and the effect it might have on their backs but babies shouldn’t be in the bath for longer than a few minutes so it really shouldn’t be a problem but if you do suffer from a bad back then the kitchen sink it another option.

I haven’t forgotten about baby wash/baby bath I have just never used them on the boys until they were a few months old before then plain water is plenty to get them clean and they are always the gift of choice from people when you have the baby so you should have plenty.

For muslin squares see below.

On a budget?

We have never used a changing table but have a changing mat which we moved around the house as needed.

Nappies and wipes, some of the own brand are as good or better than the more expensive brands. We use Little angels by ASDA and Huggies pure wipes. Don’t go overboard stocking up on nappies before the baby is born because you never know how soon they are going to grow out of each stage. If you do want to spread the cost then most supermarkets do saving cards so each time you go shopping add the cost of the nappies on to the saving card. Don’t be fooled by the offers in the supermarkets they are on regularly.

 

Travel


  • Car seat
  • Pram
  • Sling

If it’s your first baby do a lot of research when buying your pram in will save you money in the long run.

Check it fits in the boot of your car

Check the handle length is suitable of you

Check you like the way its pushes

Read reviews online

Make sure it looks comfortable for a baby to use up until the child is a toddler.

If you go on public transport a lot check it’s easy to put up/down while holding the baby and bags plus the weight of the pram.

Think about the colour of your pram, buying a bright pink pram is great if you know you’re only going to be using it for your first or if you know you will only have girls but a decent pram should last you 2/3 children so picking a unisex pram means you have no reason to buy another.

Car seat are important and an item in which you shouldn’t buy second hand, car seats are not only effected by being in car crashed but the age of the seat. Speak to the experts when buying a car seat.

 

On a budget?

Buy a second-hand pram there are so many on sale have had limited use because the buyers have not thought of their lifestyle and what best suits them, meaning they have to buy another pram shortly after baby is born.

Think about do you really need a car seat that clicks onto the pram? Or on to the base in the car? We have never had either the reasons why are it takes a minute once you get the hang of it to put the seatbelt around the car seat and babies shouldn’t be in their car seat for long periods of time. Think about your lifestyle and when you will be using the pram? Do you do lots of short trips 10/20mins etc? if so you might find it benefits you to have the pram converters but if like us where our main trips out are visiting family where the car seat is carried into their house, days out in which we use the pram, supermarkets where they have special trolleys on which your cars seat fits and lastly this time round we will be doing school runs but they are in walkable distant so no car seat needed. You will save a lot of money if you just buy the car seat rather than one which fits on a base or pram. We love the Mothercare 0+ which is often on sale for £40 odd pound.

 

Clothing


  • Sleepsuits/baby grows/rompers
  • Vest
  • Cardigans
  • Coat depending on time of year

It’s so hard not to go overboard shopping for baby clothes but after two boys I have found for the first 4+ months my boys lived in sleepsuits for a few reasons. It was how they was most comfortable because tops roll up, trousers roll down, the material isn’t baby friendly…

It is easier to undo a few buttons to change their nappies then take off trousers also its easier to layer a sleepsuit with cardigans, vest and blankets to ensure the baby is at the correct temperature and lastly, I think babies look cuter in little baby grows then “mini adult” clothes in which they have plenty of time to wear.  

Depending on the time of year you might need a simple coat for the baby, ideally you would layer up with cardigan and blankets because they don’t recommend you use thick coats with car seats.

You will notice I have not included socks or mittens that’s because Most baby grows have built in feet meaning you don’t need socks and mittens are not something I am a fan of! The reason being babies use their hands to feel their surrounding and seek comfort if you think back to most scans and 9/10 times the baby has their hands up at their face touching it nor did I regularly cut the boys nails, I found when I did cut them that’s when they were most likely to scratch their faces. Babies nails are very soft and once they get to a certain length they normally spilt and can be pulled off I found that cutting them with nail clippers was what made them sharp.

On a budget?

Clothes can cost you as much or as little as you want, supermarkets do a great range for very little and often have sales.

 

Feeding


Feeding Is such a personal choice and each choice requires different equipment on which there is plenty on line if you should need some guidance.

 

Extras

  • Bouncy chair
  • Muslin squares

Babies very quickly need somewhere other than their Moses baskets to sleep this often comes in the shape of a chair of some sort, there are so many on the market and it all comes down to personal choice.

Muslin squares are the one thing I cannot live without they have so many uses, for our first the muslin quickly become a comfort and he wouldn’t sleep without one. They can be used as blankets, cloths to wipe up sick, laid on a changing mat so the baby isn’t laying on cold plastic or in public changing room on a dirty changing mat. A sun shade on prams or car windows plus so much more. I love M n S ones they wash up amazing unlike some cheaper ones which lose shape.

On a budget?

Chairs can be picked up very cheaply second hand and for the muslins they are cheap enough that if someone asks what you want for the baby you’re not making an unreasonable request 😊

Yikes! You’re Two!


Leo turned two today! Where have the last two years gone?!? 

I can still remember sitting outside theatre in the hospital waiting to here his cry or hear of news that both my wife and him had made it through delivery. The change at that point from being a Dad of one to being a Dad of two didn’t really dawn on me, however over the last two years I have realised how lucky we are to have two children close in age. Yes they fight from time to time but mostly they get on well and really care and love each other. 

Leo has had a life full of appointments for his hearing and although that isn’t slowing down anytime soon, (in fact we have more then ever) he is always receptive and upbeat in his attitude. 

Today we’ve had a quite Day celebrating his birthday with just myself and Leo for most of it. However at the weekend we are going to be seeing lots of family and celebrating more. 

There are times I wish he would slow down with the growing up, especially recently as he’s seemed more and more like a little boy rather then a toddler. We all take the moments to laugh and share and enjoy and those will be the memories I will cherish and remember for years to come long after he has grown up. 

Happy Birthday Leo. 

A Spookily Thrifty Halloween!

Tips for Halloween on a budget. 

Welcome to A Spookily Thrifty Halloween! 

With Halloween now less then a week away we thought we would spend the next few days giving you hints, tips and craft ideas to help keep the cost of those Halloween Parties for the kids down. 

We are covering everything from Decs and Food through to Costumes and Music. 

So stay tuned to our spooky blog for money saving tips this week. 

Picking Our Own Pumpkins. 


A couple of weekends back Keighley was away on a Girlie weekend so I had the boys all to myself for two days. On the Saturday morning I decided I wanted to do something with them to keep them busy. 

I had read on a local Facebook Group about a farm that allowed you to go and pick your own pumpkins and thought the kids would love it. Last year we had taken them Potato Digging  and they loved it so thought this would be a fantastic idea. 

When we arrived we parked in a field near the entrance and were greeted by two huge round hay stacks with pumpkins painted on. Oliver loved them and ran up to them asking for his photo to be taken. 

We entered the place which was obviously a great big field to be greeted by a very friendly person who explained what we had to do and what else there was to do once we’d finished picking our pumpkins. This included things like Pumpkin Bowling and other games. 

We grabbed a wheelbarrow and headed off into the field. Oliver and Leo immediately started picking up pumpkins they wanted so Daddy had to step in and sort out what was actually useable for us. 

We ended up with six pumpkins and Oliver also picked some corn on the cob to take home and eat, which in total came to £9 so a lovely cheap trip out.  The kids had a lovely time and Oliver has asked if we can go again.