Ten Months

 


Redsbaby Skip Stroller: a review

Having a baby with hip dysplasia has had its challenges - especially as our journey hasn't been a short one. Finding baby products that are hip-harness friendly has been a huge learning curve for us. Amelia has always worn a Rhino Brace, which keeps her hips abducted by splaying them widely in the correct position - which means that she doesn't necessarily fit into the things the way a regular baby of her age does.

That rang true for her bassinet (which she could not fit comfortably in with the harness on) as well as most regular sleeping bags, and even certain high chairs and prams. 

We were recently sent a Redsbaby Skip Stroller to test drive, especially for those times when Amelia is out and about in her harness. Her current regime is to wear it for all sleeps, including day naps. If we are headed out for the day, it's important that she can still wear it while she is sleeping, to ensure she has the maximum amount of harnessed time as she can. The great news? She fits SO well in this little stroller!

The stroller itself is pretty nifty. It folds and unfolds so easily, and it can literally be carried over your shoulder - it's compact, lightweight and user friendly. This is the perfect travel companion, great for when you don't want your full-sized pram taking up loads of space. And when I say lightweight, I mean lightweight: it only weighs 6.5kg! 

All of the little details are fantastic - beautiful embossed handlebars, stunning fabric on the hood and seat liner, plus a carry handle for when you fold it up and pop it over your shoulder. The hood is extendable with a zipper, and the basket is easy to access and holds up to 5kg weight.

So now you've seen it up close... how about seeing it in action? Amelia and I went for a walk to our local duck pond and gave it a good whirl! She is quite flexible while wearing her harness, so while her legs stay splayed outwards, she is also able to bend them at the knees - so the test was going to be how well she fit into the Skip Stroller while braced.
It worked SO well! She has fallen asleep in this pram on a few occasions now and if you know Amelia... you'll know that sleep is a miracle! Sign that she's comfy, I'd say. :) 

I adjusted the footrest to be up and flat, so her lower limbs were better supported. The seat was reclined to a position that she was comfortable with - something that was as easy as squeezing and pulling. Did I mention that the Skip Stroller has a flat recline option? Perfect for babies of all ages and stages.

If you're after a lightweight option, or a second pram, I highly recommend the Skip. It ticked all of our boxes, and it's the perfect throw-in-the-boot option for all new parents!

EXCITING NEWS: Redsbaby are having a MASSIVE sale on prams and selected items as part of the Spring Frenzy, with 20% off until the 12th November. Grab a bargain while you can! 

Check out their website: Redsbaby

Breathe Gently was provided with a complimentary Skip Stroller from Redsbaby for review - all reviews are my own. If you are interested in a product review appearing on Breathe Gently, please email me. #gifted 

You can also get in touch with me via my @mamajags Instagram page.

My Little Love Heart: a review

I swear, Amelia is the MESSIEST baby out of all three of my girls! Whether it's the constant dribble or the rather enthusiastic eating habits she has .. she's always a hot mess. And this Mama? She hates mess!! These beautiful handmade pieces from My Little Love Heart are just stunning, and perfect for keeping bub tiny (and adorable) during the day.

Bibs and teethers in beautiful neutral designs, made to perfection and best of all, from an Australian small business. Winning all round I'd say! There are loads of beautiful gift sets to choose from, in all sorts of patterns, prints and neutrals, as well as other beautiful keepsakes and treasures to shop for too. 
They also make the sweetest headbands, that suit from newborns right through to little girls. Aren't they just so sweet?

Visit them on Instagram
Or check out their website: My Little Love Heart

Breathe Gently was provided with a complimentary baby gift pack from My Little Love Heart for review - all reviews are my own. If you are interested in a product review appearing on Breathe Gently, please email me. #gifted 

You can also get in touch with me via my @mamajags Instagram page.

Fantastic Services: a review

Life with three kids is noisy, it's fun, it's exhausting, but most of all... it's MESSY.
Hands up if you feel like you're never getting on top of the housework? I've threatened many times to just give up and clean the house properly when the kids move out (oh, in about 20 years time) - it's the never ending tasks that sometimes pile up and make it all seem too hard. Mum life = a constant juggling act!
We were lucky enough to be #gifted a domestic cleaning service recently from Fantastic Services and goodness, I am well and truly hooked. We have a double storey house, so we chose a few targeted rooms that we felt needed a little TLC - particularly bathrooms, kitchens and general living areas, as they get the most foot traffic on a daily basis.
The team arrived promptly, carried all of their own cleaning products, and were courteous and kind throughout the entire process. I was slightly mortified at just how messy our home was at the beginning of the clean, but the team were judgement free and got straight into the (rather enormous) task at hand. 
Our kitchen and living area looked fantastic when they were done... and don't even get me started on the bathrooms - amazing.
Coming up to Christmas, a house clean would be an amazing idea for a family who enjoys useful or practical gifts for the festive season - or as a treat for yourself. Go on, you're worth it!
Best of all, if you use my referral code to register yourself on the website, you'll automatically get a $20 credit into your account ready for you to use - how cool is that? 
What sort of service would you make use of - a one off clean, or perhaps something more regular?
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Nine Months

 

Eight Months

 

August & Everything After

Apparently we are already heading into that latter part of the year where time speeds up and the weeks all blur into each other - and I'm so not ok with it.

So what's been happening over here?

Amelia had her hip dysplasia x-ray and review, and unfortunately is still requiring harness time - her right hip angles are still not where they should be. She is now wearing her harness for ALL sleeps, which works out to be approximately 12 hours a night, plus 3-4 hours across the day. We are all pretty exhausted, but praying this last batch of increased harnessing will help us get across the line. Her next review is mid-September.

Georgia is back in the swing of things at school and Claire is enjoying two days a week of daycare, with both girls thriving on routine. We're enjoying it while it lasts, as the threat of Covid restrictions creeping back in again is on all of our minds. Both girls have gone back to swimming lessons. Georgia is doing amazingly well. Claire is just starting out and is, well, Claire. 

As for me, I turned 36 last fortnight. It was incredibly low key and sort of feels like it didn't happen at all.. but I spent it surrounded by family, so that's what matters most. I'm continuing to work with some amazing small businesses and having a ball photographing the kids as well as the products we are lucky enough to shoot. I'm also thoroughly enjoying my Virtual Assistant roles, and have been learning and growing in that department every day.

I'm slowly inching closer to the elusive 10k Instagram followers milestone, one that I've been aiming for for many years. I'm trying to do it as authentically as possible (hence the snail's pace) but hopefully the wait will be worth it! 

Amelia is rocking her Jamie Kay duds from Oakie Baby. Use MAMAJAGS15 for discounts.

Seven Months

Six Months

Hips Don't Lie

A few weeks ago, we revisited the Children's Hospital for Amelia's ultrasound, which was pretty uneventful. Instead of going straight in to see the Professor afterwards though, we had to go home and wait for a telehealth appointment a few days later. I was really nervous, as the ultrasound technician had indicated that there were still issues present - so in my head, I was mentally preparing to have to be wearing her Rhino Brace in the day as well as the night.

Thankfully, it wasn't as scary as I had thought. The ultrasound showed that her hips have shown some improvement, but there is still work to be done. It's positive, because it means the hours she's spending in the brace at night time are helping - but it's also showing she still has some immaturity in the bone and cartilage around her hip joints. The plan was to keep the brace on for another few months, before we get an x-ray to see how they are progressing.

We also need to have Claire come along for the next appointment, as both are now going to be ortho patients. The doctor was concerned that nobody had ever scanned or x-rayed Claire's hips after all of her gross motor milestones, so just to be safe, he's planning to have her checked as well. Apparently hip dysplasia can run in families, so we need to make sure nothing was missed in her early years.

It means that our sleep will remain broken for the next little while, but we're getting used to it now. And correcting her hips right now is the most important thing! That appointment is coming up in a few weeks, so I'm really, really hoping for some positive news. It's been a very long few months!





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