Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Hotels Santai Family Resort)

It all feels like a dream now. No wonder, I am proper late with this post (what’s new ha ha). Nevertheless, our holiday in Turkey (back in September) was great. Probably that’s why it went so fast. We would have happily stayed for at least another week. But, oh well, all good things come to an end…

Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Santai Family Resort)

We booked our Turkey holiday about 4-5 months prior the actual trip and it seemed we had ages to wait!

I am not even gonna talk about holiday shopping and packing today. Trust me, it is a nightmare to pack yourself + 3 kids for a week. I am tend to think I might need EVERYTHING when it comes to packing. I would probably take the whole entire house if I could. But then there is a very limited space in luggages (even though we bought 20kg extra suitcase and had 1 hand luggage each). So at the end I had to somehow make those important packing decisions and to only pick the stuff that we could definitely not survive without.

So finally, the morning of so much waited 16th of September has come. We were finally off to the airport!!!

Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Santai Family Resort)

And then I had to face my least favourite part of our holiday – the flight. I am TERRIFIED of flying! I don’t even know why, I cannot explain, and I understand, that I am being silly here. But I just can’t help- am frightened when it comes to plane journeys. I was preparing myself for this since it was booked, but I was still feeling very tense, even lightheaded a bit.

But no choice, hey. If I wanted to get to Turkey, I had to board this damn plane. I don’t suppose I could drive there or take a train, huh? So I did board a plane at the end.

Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Santai Family Resort)

At the beginning of the flight I was not too bad actually. I thought I was holding myself together. But once I felt a slightest turbulence, that was it – I was about to cry and I didn’t even care about that sunny Turkey no more. Nearly 5 hours on the plane seemed like ages to me.

Now, believe me or not, I found a solution there. Maybe not ideal solution for a mother of 3, but, hey, it really did help and that was all that mattered! So here is my secret medicine if you are scared of flying: Continue reading Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Hotels Santai Family Resort)

Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding

Breastfeeding or Bottle FeedingGiving birth to 3 beautiful children, has left me with 3 different experiences, that influenced my views while making a decision on breastfeeding or bottle feeding.

I was 21 years old only when I had my eldest daughter Luka. I thought I was an adult, but, honestly, I wasn’t. Looking back, I can confidently say – I was then a child having a child. Therefore my views on having a baby (or raising a child) where totally different from what they are today. Perhaps it’s one of the reasons, why I found parenting so complicated back then.

After Luka was born, I did try to breastfeed her. But It didn’t even last a week. I was finding breastfeeding extremely inconvenient, painful and on the top of that, I ended up with a terrible mastitis. I soon gave up. I believe it was also lack of information and also support. Breastfeeding or bottle feeding was no longer in question for me. I decided to go with the easiest option – I quit nursing and started formulas instead.

It didn’t seem to make my life any easier though. Waking up at night, getting formula ready, while baby is already screaming with hungriness. And then feeding from the bottle (trying to hold it properly while my own body is switching off as tiredness is taking over), etc.

Nine years later, Daniella was born. I was, of course, then 9 years older and 9 years wiser perhaps, compared to how I was with my first baby – Luka. Breastfeeding or bottle feeding was question raised again. This time I said to myself, that I need to be strong and go ahead with breastfeeding. Whatever it takes.

So I did.

Ah, it wasn’t easy at all. The pain during those first weeks was unbearable! I was so scared of every feeding approaching! I wanted to shout, cry, scream, I wanted to quit and go with the bottle feeding instead. It was really really bad.

But I did it! Extracting the milk and nipple shields helped me to survive it. So I successfully continued breastfeeding Daniella.

As soon as nursing stopped hurting (couple of weeks on), that’s when I saw main benefits of breastfeeding.

I am not talking about baby here. Call me selfish, but I found breastfeeding beneficial to ME! During the first days/ weeks, when baby is still so tiny and when I was not yet fully recovered from giving birth, the little lie in, while baby was nursing, was a true life saver for me. Knowing myself, otherwise, I would have handed a bottle to Edward or Luka, so I could get on with my  cleaning or cooking or doing other (not) so-important work in the house. Believe me, house chores can wait. That half an hour of peace while baby is breastfeeding, is very important. Probably more important, than I ever thought it would be. Not only for baby, but for mummy especially. It does help to regain lost energy, improves the mood and life doesn’t look as complicated after all! 🙂

Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding

Another reason for applauding breastfeeding is when Daniella used to wake up at night. Not having to make formula worked out so well and, again, gave me the so much needed few more minutes of rest. I used to take Daniella in our bed and she would be nursing while I was carrying on with my sleep. I came to the point, that I wouldn’t even remember waking up at night, I only knew, as I was waking up with my baby next to me. Continue reading Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding

Harry’s 11 Months Old Development Update


I wanna cry! Harry is now 11 months old, next update will be closing the very first year of our fast growing baby boy. 🙁 Where did the time go??? I still remember like it was yesterday – me and my huge bump trying to survive June’s heat last year! It then felt, that my pregnancy is gonna last forever, but look at us now! 11 months old… I really really wanna cry… 🙁Harry's 11 Months Old Development Update

OK, I am gonna try to compose myself, as I need to get on with Harry’s 11 months old development update – I am already late – apologies for that. Where do I start.

Personality wise Harry is changing by the day! Most of the time he is cheerful and very smiley, he hardly ever cries. He knows how to fight for his toys though and wouldn’t give up easily. Will be screaming (not crying) till he gets it back (just like daddy ha ha). 😀Harry's 11 Months Old Development UpdateHarry is becoming so boyish. I can already see his preferences for cars over dolls. And I am so happy about it, as I was not sure of how Harry will be dealing with this. Our house is full of barbies, princesses, doll’s prams, baby dolls and other girly stuff- since the majority we are women in here. It is lovely to watch how our boy naturally chooses to play with his boyish stuff rather than girlish (even though I do find him sometimes biting Barbie’s hand or leg or trying to rip My Little Pony’s tail off). When we go for a walk he pays a lot of attention to passing cars- I have never noticed this when my girls were growing up.

Harry's 11 Months Old Development Update

Harry enjoys playing with Daniella. He definitely sees her as a play mate. As soon as Daniella enters the room, Harry’s face always lights up. I am very happy to see them enjoying each others company, I hope this will never change. Continue reading Harry’s 11 Months Old Development Update

Harry’s 9 Months Old Update

Here I am, finally writing Harry’s 9 months old update! Another month, another update – time really doesn’t wait.9 months old baby boy development update

I was so sure Harry will be properly crawling by the age of 9 months old. But no. He does move around a lot – backwards, forwards, like a caterpillar, but doesn’t yet crawl. Daniella was a confident crawler at this age. Harry seems to be a little lazy (got it from his daddy I think). 🙂 Anyway, I know, that some babies don’t even crawl at all, so who knows, maybe our Harry is one of them. 🙂

9 months old baby boy development update

Besides the fact , that Harry doesn’t yet crawl, that doesn’t mean, that he sits in one place. NO-NO-NO. I can never find him where I left him! He loves navigating backwards, not seeing where he is about to go, therefore, I often find my cheeky boy under the coffee table or under the laundry rack. I can’t stop giggling while writing this, you should see his funny face when he struggles to get out. 😀9 months old baby boy development updateHary’s favourite occupation at the moment is to get himself to that same coffee table and to clear it’s bottom shelve completely- Daniella’s magazines, pencils, everything what’s there – all must go to the floor – as per our new housekeeper Harry! Only ‘few’ extra things for mummy to tidy up. 🙂

9 months old baby boy development update

This month Harry’s night sleep was definitely all over the place. I had not one and not two sleepless nights. At some point I was feeling so knackered, I thought I was reaching my limits. It was probably to do with the fever , that we all had before Easter. But thank God fever is gone, Harry sleeps much better and mummy has her energy back (the question is – for how long?). 🙂 Continue reading Harry’s 9 Months Old Update

Harry’s 8 Months Old Update

Our now 8 months old son Harry had grown another mile during past month. We are now saying goodbye to Harry’s Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up seat, that was so useful, as Harry can now confidently sit on his own – I was so looking forward to this! Our baby loves sitting on the floor surrounded by toys! He is reaching for the toys that are further away, can lean on to one side or another without falling or gets himself onto his tummy when had enough of sitting. How exciting is that?! 😀

Harry's 8 Months Old UpdateAlthough Harry can sit confidently on his own, he is not yet able to sit up by himself from lying position. Unless I hold his legs. But I am sure he will learn it soon. I am not rushing at all, everything is happening too fast for my liking anyway, I will miss our boy being a baby… 🙂

Harry still loves his tummy time and he now started pulling his legs under his tummy, trying to pick himself up. And when he manages, he then rocks forwards and backwards – I remember that move with Daniella, soon after learning this, she started crawling.

Harry's 8 Months Old Update

Harry’s sleep last month was definitely with ups and downs. He had the small flu. Runny/ blocked nose was the worst part of it! Harry hates anyone touching his nose even without flu, so he was really struggling to cope with his cold. Therefore, it had affected my nights a lot. It seems all is getting better now, thank God. 🙂

Harry's 8 Months Old Update

Our 8 months old baby boy sleeps 2-3 times during the day (I actually prefer 2, because he settles for his night time sleep 1 hour earlier then). Harry’s first daytime nap is at 10.30am to 12am and the second one is at 2pm to 4.30pm. After that he easily sets to sleep for the night at/before 8pm. Continue reading Harry’s 8 Months Old Update