Fat Club – So it begins!

New year, New baby, bugger… same body!

Last night, with my lightest clothes on, compulsively emptied bladder (wee weighs you know!), and all jewellery removed, I set off to Weight Watchers to rejoin. I’ve done WW before with much success on the Points plan and to be honest was itching to get started.

Not sure why I'm grinning actually - I've just started dieting?!

On arrival everything was locked and everyone was queuing outside, on the busiest road into town, at 7pm (so it was busy) under a neon orange banner… no doubts about what we were all doing here then! The Leader was late and I was in a good sized queue but that was ok; gave me time to do pelvic floor exercises whilst listening to the ladies around me (Anyone who has ever been to a “fat club” before now will know what I mean when I say that at these classes, it’s no holds barred – there seem to be no inhibitions and people are very happy airing all manner of personal news and gossip quite publically, so just stood listening can be amusing!).

My turn… I reregistered, stripped off as much as I could whilst still remaining decent, breathed out (air weighs you know) and jumped on- 14 stone. This may sound a lot to some people but six weeks after a baby, I’m thrilled (I was 14st 7 when I fell pregnant!) and apparently I don’t look my weight (damn good job really!). I told the Leader I wouldn’t be staying, even though it was my first time back for a year nearly, and I was fine as I was just going to follow the plan as before. Apparently not – the “old” plan no longer exists and there is a whole new way of working out your foods etc. Buggeration! Guess I was staying then.

The class was hysterical! The Leader is a lunatic who constantly goes off at a tangent but is very amusing and I think I’ve now grasped the new way of eating/planning meals though next week will be the test of that! So a week of reading, pointing, checking and drinking water until I feel like I’m drowning internally to give myself a kick start.

I’ll report back next week on my first (hopefully) loss and let you know how the class goes!

PS Doesn’t anyone know why my “fat club” is full off skinny people, I could eat some of the lovelies who were weighing in yesterday and still stay within my points allowance!? Hmm!

REVIEW: Tommee Tippee – Closer to Nature Feeding Bottles

With my first son I used a different, cheaper brand of bottle, mainly because it was a name I had heard before and had seen other Mums use. They were ok, but I found that they leaked easily (just what you need – a soggy changing bag!) and very quickly the bottles looked scruffy and marked from normal washing and sterilising and this meant that the measuring amounts up the side soon faded.

For obvious reasons when I fell pregnant this time with Taylor, I was looking for another brand and Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature bottles had been recommended. Now I see why. Six weeks on, none of the above mentioned fading or leaking problems for a start! This a biggie for me to be honest, I like babies, especially new babies to have everything looking nice, so my gorgeous newborn with a dirty-looking bottle just doesn’t do it for me!

I have found these very easy to clean, the wider bottles really allowing you to get down with your bottle brush and ensure nothing is lurking, and the white cuff which holds the teat, holds it fast so no leaking and milk getting stuck underneath.

Taylor is a hungry baby, just as his brother was, gulping milk as if I was going to run off with it any second. This  meant with Kieran that he tended to take extra air and a windy baby, particularly one who tended to have a huge burb followed by bringing milk back up, is not a happy baby! Seeing as I have used Tommee Tippee exclusively since Taylor was born, I can’t directly compare them to another brand, however I feel that the design of these Closer To Nature Bottles, with a super-sensitive anti-colic valve and optimum venting during feeding goes a long way to achieving a smooth and settled, non-windy feed!

These bottles are available in two sizes, 5 fl oz and 9 fl oz bottles which means you can reduce the space used in your change bag considerably when using the up-to 5oz bottles. Once your baby goes past the 5oz feed amount-wise these are still perfect for cooled-boiled water drinks.

An added plus for me is shape of the bottle, making it easy to hold the bottle regardless of what position I’m feeding in (and the wannabe trendy mum in me just likes the shape and design because I think it looks good!).

Being new to Tommee Tippee I wasn’t sure how I would get on with these bottles but have to say I am very pleased. I’m looking forward to exploring more of the range!

Ratings-wise I would give these bottles a 4.5/5 – the only reason it’s not a 5/5 is that I haven’t tried another brand of bottle with Taylor so can’t compare directly on the same baby!

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