Review: My 1st Years - An Ark for Noah

My 1st Years is a well known and well loved brand when it comes to all things babies. They are a luxury brand that don't just specialise in selling top of the range products but they personalise them too. Most products from the website arrive to your door in a gorgeous blue box which adorned with a beautiful big white bow. I think that a gift from My 1st Years is a welcomed treat to every Mummy or Mummy to be and the most perfect present for any baby's birthday, christening or christmas. 

Noah and I were recently contacted by My 1st Years and asked if we would like to choose an item from their website for the purpose of a review. As a huge fan I gratefully accepted and decided to choose the Silver Plated Noah's Ark Money Box because quite frankly every Noah needs an ark! 

The money box arrived in the My 1st Years signature blue box, a beautiful gift in a beautiful box. I didn't want to open it at first as it was presented so well. On opening the box I was taken away by how lovely the money box was, such great quality with lots of detailing. I requested it to be personalised with both Noah's name and his D.O.B both of which were delicately and correctly engraved. For just £22 it was an absolute bargain and I can honestly say I would pay a lot more for it. 

The money box is going to take center stage in Noah's new nursery once it's completed and it's a keepsake we will treasure forever. We were very impressed with the service, product and the range of products available. Thank you My 1st Years! We will be shopping with you again soon! 

We were sent this product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.


I'm bored..

Said no Mummy, ever!

Before I had Noah I never understood why parents said they never had time to themselves. I used to think well babies sleep and babies nap so why can't they? I used to think here they go again, bring out the worlds smallest violin...

Now that I am Mummy I shake my head and think "Jenna, Jenna, Jenna.." If only I knew. It was pretty nieve of me but I don't think people realise these things until they are parents themselves. 

It isn't as simple as; put baby in cot, baby sleeps, have a break. Nope! There a dozen jobs that need to be done and the second you sit down with a cuppa your bambino wakes up. Writing this post is a little down time for me and to prove my point entirely Noah just projectile vomited a bucket load of sick all over himself in his sleep! It's now 1am and I have just settled him back down. 

Babies are hard work but the most rewarding, fulfilling and enjoyable work of all. As much as I miss being to do whatever I like whenever I want I wouldn't change it for the world. Ever since Noah entered my life 9 months ago, there's never been a dull moment. I don't think I will ever be bored again, I simply don't have the time! 

What do you like to do to unwind? 


I'm an emotional wreck

I've found these last few weeks tough. There have been far too many ups and downs. It's been an emotional rollarcoaster, one I've wanted off. There are so many worries on my mind at the moment and if I'm not thinking about one, I'm thinking about another..

It feels like such a long time ago that we bought the house and started on the renovations. To think we actually had hoped to be in the house by May is just laughable and I can't believe I was so naive. We are now heading into September and still don't know when we are moving in. We are getting there slowly but there are dozens of odd jobs here and there that still need to be completed. Once we tick one job off the list another three are added and it's been like that since day one. It's like we can't catch a break. It's been great living with the inlaws but it's hard not having your own space both physically and mentally. Although I am comfortable here it just isn't our home. There are some days that I wish I could turn back time and not buy the house but I know that's just a stupid thought to think. There are many people out there that would love to be where we are but it's hard to think that way sometimes when you are in the thick of it. I hope I can be update you all soon on our move.

We've never really had to worry about money before. We both worked and brought in an okay amount of money but we never had to watch our pennies so we didn't. Now we have the house renovation to pay for we find ourselves in a different predicament and have to try to watch what we spend. What we spend isn't much because now my maternity pay has ended and we are struggling. With Noah's 1st birthday in less than 3 months I want to start buying his birthday presents but I literally have no money to spend. All my money and savings have gone into the house and I'm left with nothing. It's frustrating because I used to be able to buy whatever I liked (within reason) but now when I have a son and when it matters, I can't.

Last and least leads me to the bulk of my worries; going back to work. I have a month left before I have to return to work and when I think about leaving Noah my heart feels heavy and I feel like I wan't to burst out in tears. The guilt I feel when I think about leaving him is horrendous and I know it's daft to feel that way but I do. I see both the pros and cons when it comes to going back to work and staying at home but if I could choose I would choose to stay at home. Unfortunately at the moment we aren't financially able for me to do so and I feel so bitter about that fact. I wish there was a way I was able to work from home so I could support our family financially and support my son at home, everyday of the week and not just 4.

Yesterday morning I was sat on the bed mulling over all these worries and I began to cry. I then felt itchy, I couldn't breathe and I started to have an anxiety attack. I feel like there is just too many things to think and worry about at the moment and I feel emotionally drained. I have a constant knot in my stomach because I am constantly worrying about something. For a second I actually felt like packing a bag and running away with Noah just to escape from it all.

What would make me happy? I want to be financially stable. I want our home to be completed and to be living in it and enjoying it with my family. I don't want to return back to work, I want to stay at home enjoying Noah every single second of every single day.. Am I asking for too much?