I was lucky enough to win a competition ran by The Ls Mum with Burble Baby for tickets to the Manchester Baby and Toddler Show, which was amazing! Whilst there I, obviously, headed straight over the Burble Baby’s stand and found this lovely necklace by Cherub Chews.  I have actually been looking for a breastfeeding necklace for a while as Boo is getting more and more distracted especially whilst we are out and about and I needed something to bring her focus back to me so she can at least have a quick feed if she needs one.

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I adore bright colours this rainbow necklace is perfect, the range of colours mean that it goes with practically any colour/outfit making it very versatile. I have had to stop wearing regular necklaces since having Boo as she is always trying to put them in her mouth or pulling really hard on them when I am holding/feeding her.  However she seems to be content to play with this necklace, and gently plays with the beads, or when she is sleepy just holds on the coloured beads while she is feeding.

The contrast between the hardness of the plain wooden beads and the softness of the crocheted beads is a great idea, and Boo loves to play with both the wooden beads and the crochet covered ones.  I also love the wood smell which the necklace has, and I am really glad I bought this one made of wooden beads as the smell just adds to the appeal of it.

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As the packaging states everything in the necklace is non-toxic, eco-friendly, and sustainably sourced from within the EU which is great as I like to know where things have come from.

The adjustable cotton cord means that I can wear it at any length which again means it can go with many different styles tops, and also means that Boo can bite and chew on the beads when I am wearing it and she is sat one my knee or being carried, something which she loves to do.  I can only assume that chewing on the wooden beads is helping her with the discomfort she is getting from teething too as we have tooth number 5 on it’s way through.

I have only had this necklace a few days and already I love it and honestly wish I had bought one a lot earlier as it would have take a bit of the stress out of feeding a very easily distracted baby outside of the house, it was even enough to mean I could feed her in the absolutely jam packed Ikea restaurant on Sunday, something which would have been absolutely impossible before the necklace.

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I love the necklace so much in fact I will definitely continue to wear it after Boo stops breastfeeding, I think it will be a special reminder of my breastfeeding journey with Boo and something which can be a very visual representation of it.

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Since having Boo in December 2013 I have found that time does strange things, I am not sure if it is because Boo is having some weird effects on on the timespace continuum or something? Time has sped up by about 1000%.  When I was younger December used to last for ages, I mean how many windows are there in an advent calendar?  A lot more than 24 when you are a child.  But now it seems like I haven’t turned around twice and Boo is already 9 months old.  I cannot believe how quickly a year has passed, I am soon back at work (cue tears – from me) and I am already thinking about Boo’s birthday and 2nd Christmas… 2nd!!

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For her first Christmas she was less than two weeks old, she looks so tiny I can’t believe the changes already.

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I have also noticed that as well as time speeding by it also disappears, in large chunks…. what I am describing definitely feels like aliens are at work here! Days disappear in between naps, feeds, nappy changes and mealtimes, even a day which starts at 5.30am seems to have disappeared before I finish my first decaf coffee, (I say finish I mean throw away the remaining cold half at about 2pm because I have forgotten about it).

I wonder if it’s an age thing, now that I am nearing 30… shhhh! I have heard people complain that time speeds up as you get older, but I never thought it would be so apparent. My working week seemed to last forever before I had Boo, and it felt like I was pregnant with her for at least 9 years, but my labour seemed to last 5 minutes (it was 12 hours but if felt like 5 mins).

I am not complaining, I am just marveling at the wonder of how having a baby can fill your life so much that you don’t notice at the weeks and  months slip by, it is little wonder we all feel they grow up too fast.

Does the speed of time increase when you have more children I wonder? Does it slow back down when they start nursery or when you start back at work?

Boo is definitely a time bandit, (oh how I love that film)!  And I know I have to treasure everything single day as they flash past in a blur!

I feel like I am insane for even writing this post but I need to sort out some things in my own mind and writing them down may help me to sort them out.  Hyperemesis Gravidarum was, without a doubt the worst experience I have ever been through, so why on earth would I consider going through it again?

Am I crazy for considering a Hyperemsis Gravidarum second pregnancy?

I have, this last week or so, for some reason started wondering what Boo is going to miss out on by not having siblings in a typical sense.  I have also read several blog posts which feature the amazing bond between siblings and it has really struck a nerve with me.  She does have two half brothers but they live in another country and for reasons beyond our control which I do not really want to go in to Boo will not, in all likelihood, have much of a ‘sibling’ relationship with them.

I feel like there is a whole list of questions I need to answer;

1. Am I insane for even considering a second pregnancy which could mean I suffer with HG again? A Hyperemesis Gravidarum second pregnancy – I am not sure I can even wrap my head around it.

2. If I do suffer with HG do I try to take medication preemptively to try to make the symptoms managable?

3. What about the about the consequences of 2. if I do take the medication? And not just consequences but guilt

4. If I chose not to take the medication how will I cope with looking after Boo and myself while suffering with this?

5. What is Boo missing out on by not having a sibling? And is this ‘worth’ suffering HG again.

6. Will Boo not be missing out on anything because she will not know any difference?

7. Will I be able to cope with 2 babies?

8. If we do decide to go ahead then when is the ‘right’ time? When Boo is more independent/older or when Boo is too young to be able to remember?

9. No, really, am I insane for even considering a second HG pregnancy?

10. I feel insane (I know that’s not a question)

I know there are probably a lot more questions and things to think about, but this seems like an overwhelming list as it is!

What I need to do, I think, is chat to some other ladies who have had 2 or more HG pregnancies and get their thoughts on it.

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The Wanderer Returns…

Look what I found… two days later, in the leaves and crap at the side of the road. And no, I did not get funny looks from the cars driving by as I picked it up and then stopped to take a picture on a nearby bench!

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