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  • InBella, Hugo

    Gift Ideas For Hugo’s Second Birthday

    Hugo’s second birthday is fast approaching so I have started to think about what gifts we might get him. I always found it so easy buying for Bella but I really struggle with ideas for Hugo. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s a boy or if it’s just a second child thing. His favourite things to play with at home at the moment are the play kitchen, shopping basket, babies and cars. He loves the playmobil at his childminders too! The garden slide that Bella got for her third birthday is a big hit with him too. He is also Peppa Pig obsessed but I try to avoid too many character things as children change their mind so frequently!

    So I have been scouring online and have come up with a handful of bits that I think he would love. I’ve tried to keep everything fairly unisex too so these ideas should suit everyone.

    Bella has a scooter similar to this and Hugo is obsessed with it. This lovely yellow one also comes with a folding seat which I think will be so handy for his age. This will be Hugo’s main present along with a helmet too!

    I love personalised gifts and there is almost always something personalised on my own birthday list. I think this breakfast set would make a lovely birthday gift for Hugo! The Gift Co had loads of fab ideas for both children and adults.

    Toddler vans are just super cute and I think they’ll be great shoes for the summer as they’ll go with both leggings and shorts.

    As Hugo’s a summer baby it’s nice to be able to buy him garden toys for his birthday. I think he would love this little lawn mower!

    This water table would be great for both the children to play with together during the warmer weather! I’m a big fan of little tikes toys, they’re always so well made.

    It’s a bit of a tradition in our house that we always buy the children a top and/or some pjs with their age on! This 2 stripy tee is ADORABLE.

    Hugo has just got over his fear of the bath so I thought a new bath toy featuring his favourite little pig would be a hit!

    And last but not least is this diggers magnet book! Hugo has a Peppa one of these already and loves it. He’ll sit for ages playing with it so I think he’ll enjoy this one too.

    *This is a Sponsored Post but all opinions and words are of course my own*

  • InBella, Hugo

    Hugo At One

    I had every intention of writing a monthly update on Hugo right up until he turned one. I managed six months and then we bought a house. And as I’m sure you already know, blogging took a backseat while we got stuck into renovating our new home. So today I’m sharing a little update on Hugo now he’s a year old. I will no doubt share updates on him now and again in the future, when I feel like I want to remember the stage we’re at, just like I do for Bella too.

    Hugo has changed so much over the last few months and after looking back at the first couple of updates I shared, I can’t believe just how much babies change in that first year of their life. I feel like the baby days are almost over already and Hugo seems more and more like a toddler every day now!

    Weight – Hugo’s weight gain slowed down A LOT once he hit six months. He was last weighed at his one year check up and was 21.9 lbs.

    Size –  Currently he wears mostly 12-18/1-1.5 in clothes but is still fitting into some 9-12m bits too. He wears size 4+ nappies and his shoes are also a size 4!

    Feeding – We officially stopped breastfeeding at 11 months. Which is the same time I stopped with Bella too. It wasn’t the easiest transition this time around, but I know the time was right for us both. I will probably share a separate post all about our breastfeeding journey shortly. Hugo now drinks full fat cows milk and he has one bottle before his afternoon nap and one before bed.

    Food wise, he’s still not the best eater but is MUCH better thankfully. He usually has cheerios for breakfast followed by some fruit or a yoghurt. Lunch is always the meal I find the hardest, as Hugo isn’t a big fan of bread products. Sometimes he’ll have a snacky plate with things like crackers, cheese and fruit. Or if we have had something like rice or pasta the night before, then I’ll save some back and give him that for lunch. For dinner he usually eats the same as everyone else but he definitely has his favourites. He loves anything with pasta but especially bolognese or mac n cheese. He also really enjoys sausages and rice based dishes. His favourite snacks are raisins or cheddars. He’s not too keen on his veggies at the moment, he especially dislikes broccoli it would seem. But he’ll happily eat fruit, blueberries are LIFE.

    Routine – We seem to have fallen into a pretty good routine which seems to work really well for everyone. Hugo wakes up anytime between 7-8.30am. We’ll change his nappy and get him dressed before we head downstairs. He goes straight into his highchair for breakfast and he’ll also have a beaker of water. After this we either go straight out for the nursery run or he’ll play for a bit in the lounge on the days Bella is home with us. Lunchtime is about 12.30/1pm and then he goes down for his nap with a bottle after lunch. Once he wakes, he’s raring to go for playtime again. We tend to eat dinner about 5.30-6pm. Then it’s bathtime and in bed for 7ish.

    Sleeping – Hugo turned one and suddenly realised that sleep is a wonderful thing! He doesn’t usually have a morning nap, but will occasionally fall asleep in the car. His main nap is after lunch and he will usually sleep for 2-2.5 hours. I try to avoid letting him nap past 3.30pm as I know it will throw off bedtime. His usual bedtime is around 7pm and most of the time he will then sleep right through until anytime between 7-8.30am. It’s AMAZING compared to his big sister!

    Development – Since Hugo’s last update at 6 months, he has changed a LOT. He mastered crawling on the day he turned 7 months. And then took his first steps around the time he turned 11 months! I really wasn’t expecting him to walk before his first birthday but he surprised us all and now he doesn’t stop. He climbs everything, runs at the speed of light and just generally does not sit still. EVER. He says a few words now. Mainly ‘Mama’, ‘Dada’ and Hiyaaaa’. But his favourite way of communicating is by yelling. I have honestly never met such a loud baby. He shrieks like a banshee and gets so frustrated when you don’t do what he wants.

    He waves, points, blows kisses, nods, dances, shakes his head and claps. Hugo now has 12 teeth!! It would seem he pops them through, usually two at a time, with no issues at all. He is a total champ when it comes to teeth and never makes any fuss. Hugo is generally a fairly happy and easy child. Although he is definitely my wild one. He has no fear and loves nothing more than causing mayhem.

    In September Hugo will be starting nursery two days a week which I think he will really enjoy. I’m going to miss him so much but I’m confident he will thrive there and love every second.

    Likes & Dislikes – Hugo likes climbing, sleeping, dancing, swings, swimming, slides, being in the back carrier with Daddy, emptying cupboards, musical instruments, raisins, his sister and kicking a ball around. He dislikes bath time, being told ‘no’, vegetables, being restrained in his buggy and having his nappy changed.

    What we’ve been up to – It’s been such a busy few months. Our big home renovations are mainly finished now thankfully. We’ve also been to Center Parcs again which we all really enjoyed. We celebrated Hugo’s birthday, welcomed a new baby into the family and have just been enjoying this beautifully hot British summer we are currently having. I’m looking forward to the Autumn and getting into the swing of our new routine. And then before we know it, Christmas will be upon us. Life as a four is good right now and I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Of course I had to end this post with a little look back at Hugo’s first year in photos. And yes, I definitely did shed a tear or two while choosing these photos!



  • InFamily, Hugo

    Dear Hugo, you are ONE!

    Dear Hugo,

    On the 18th of June 2018, you turned one whole year old. The past year seems to have flown by at lightening speed and I just can’t get my head around how we are here already. It’s so bittersweet. Because I already miss your baby days. The newborn haze which consisted only of sleepless nights, nursing you and snuggling you close. Your beautiful new baby smell is now a distant memory and I would give anything to turn back time just to have one more day snuggling you as a tiny newborn babe again.

    But on the other hand, I have loved watching you grow over the past year. With the blondest hair and the bluest eyes you are undeniably beautiful. You have such a cheeky personality and you’re already getting yourself into so much mischief. You walk, you climb and you yell. Oh boy, do you yell! Whether you are happy, sad, tired or cross. You let us all know, by making such a racket!

    Hugo boy, your laugh is infectious and no matter how cheeky you are being, I can’t help but laugh and smile with you. You are utterly adored by everyone. I am often stopped in the supermarket by strangers who almost always compliment you on your big blue eyes and lovely toothy smile!

    Your sister is absolutely besotted with you and has been from the moment she laid eyes on you. Every morning she rushes into your bedroom and clambers into your cot armed with various toys and books to entertain you while I get ready in the morning. I love to listen to you both giggling away together.

    You really are such a special little boy Hugo and you have slotted into our family dynamic better than I could have ever imagined. You have filled a hole I never knew was even there.

    We celebrated your first birthday a couple of days early with a joint celebration at your grandparents’ house. We ate BBQ food, you played with balloons, your cousins and sister swam in the pool while you took a nap. And then when you woke, you happily devoured your first slice of birthday cake. It was simple but lovely.

    On your actual birthday we did all the things you love most. We started the day with presents and croissants before heading to soft play for a couple of hours and a spot of lunch. The afternoon was spent at home playing with your new toys before Nanny and Grandad came over for mac n cheese (your favourite!). You finished your special day off with a quick visit from your cousins before bedtime.

    Happy 1st Birthday Hugo Bear! We love you SO much. Xxxxx

  • InBella, Hugo

    Hugo At Six Months

    Half a year already?! I feel like he is changing so much now, I can’t keep up! I’m really glad that I have been writing these monthly updates though, so I can look back at them in the future. And no doubt sob that I miss my teeny baby. Hugo’s sixth month was a busy one with his first holiday and we moved house! I’m super late sharing this but I did start writing it just after he turned six months in December.

    Weight – I had Hugo weighed last week and at six and a half months he weighed 19lbs 6oz! Which is more than his big sister at a year! He is on the 75th centile for weight.

    Size – Officially in size 4 nappies now and 6-9 months clothes. Although he is already fitting into some 9-12 month clothes already too!

    Feeding – Still breastfeeding. Which is becoming pretty difficult sometimes. Hugo’s going through a phase of pinching and scratching whilst he’s feeding and its so painful!! I’m hoping it passes soon. The Minbie bottle I mentioned in my last post was a total fail. I tried multiple times with not much joy. Don’t get me wrong I love breastfeeding but I am getting pretty desperate for him to take a bottle. I did get him to take a couple of bottles of expressed milk last weekend which was in MAM bottles. I have tried a few times since and sometimes he will drink, other times he won’t. It’s all very much on his terms.

    I waited until just before Hugo turned six months to start weaning him. And we’re a few weeks in now and sadly it just isn’t going very well. I started off by offering him fingers foods, just like I did with Bella. However he was extremely ‘gaggy’ to the point he just threw up every single time he put food into his mouth. I had a little google and it seemed that the general consensus was to try purees instead. So that’s what I did but I found he still gagged and threw up just as much with purees. Being spoon fed also made him extremely distressed and upset.

    Over Christmas I stopped all together for a couple of weeks as Hugo was full of cold and throwing up a lot of mucus anyway so I didn’t want to distress him further. We started again in the new year and I have spoken to a health visitor since too. She advised to just keep offering him a mixture of purees and finger food daily and see how he goes. So this is where we are currently at. Hugo seems to prefer the baby led weaning approach, he likes picking food up and is very good at putting to his mouth and sucking it. He is still very ‘gaggy’ but isn’t throwing up as much now thankfully. I think he just has a super sensitive gag reflex!

    Routine – Our routine has been all over the place lately as we went on holiday at the end of November, have moved house and then all the Christmas festivities. So I am still trying to get things back on track.

    Hugo still usually wakes up around 7-7.30am has a feed, nappy change and then I take him down in his pjs for breakfast. After he has eaten (gagged a lot and thrown food to the dog) I then get him dressed for the day before we head out on the nursery run. He still usually sleeps in the car. We’ll either head home or out to see friends / to a baby group etc depending what our plans are. Then ideally he will have lunch, milk and an afternoon nap before picking Bella up at 4.30ish. It’s then back home for a play with big sissy, dinner, bath and in bed by 7-7.30ish.

    Sleeping – Sleep is still rubbish sadly. A couple of weeks ago he was waking pretty much HOURLY. It was way worse than when he was a newborn. Sob. The last few nights have been sliiiiightly better. But hes still waking about three times on average.

    Development – This boy does not stop MOVING. He is rolling, sitting, crawling backwards and just generally shuffling his way around the place. He gets up onto all fours and rocks back and fourth, whilst getting very cross that he can’t master moving forwards yet. I also watched him get himself back up to sitting from laying down a few days back. He is just so active and has definitely hit that ‘into absolutely everything’ stage. He is also really vocal and I love listening to his babble away.

    Oh and finally after all the dribbling he has cut not one but TWO teeth.

    Likes & Dislikes – Hugo loves his jumperoo, sitting up in his highchair, causing havoc rolling about on the floor, swimming, baby groups and pulling his sisters hair. Dislikes weaning, sleep and not being able to properly crawl…

    What we’ve been up to – Since Hugo’s five month update we went on our first little holiday as a four to Center Parcs. We took Hugo swimming for the first time which he really enjoyed. He also celebrated his first Christmas and New Year which was so lovely despite him being full of cold. And last but not least, we also moved house! I was super sad to say goodbye to the house Hugo was born in. But I am looking forward to putting our mark on our new home and making lots of memories here too.











  • InHugo

    Hugo At Five Months

    Five months!! Although of course I’m late publishing this again and he’s nearer to six months now!! He’s changing so fast now and totally breaking my heart every time he hits a new milestone!

    Weight – I fiiiinnally took him to be weighed. The last time I went he was 6.5 weeks! You can totally tell he’s a second child haha!! So at 5 months (22 weeks) Hugo weighs a whopping 18lbs & 4oz!! I dug out Bella’s red book to compare and she weighed 18lbs 15oz a couple of weeks before her first birthday! I’m not kidding when I say he’s a big boy 😉

    Size – Still in size 3 nappies. I have already had to dig out the 6-9 month clothes too which I feel so sad about. I just feel like he didn’t get very much wear out of his 3-6 month clothes at all before they were getting too snug!

    Feeding – Hugo is still exclusively breastfed. Slight progress on the bottle front. After seeing an advert on Facebook I bought a Minbie bottle that claimed it was the best bottle for breastfed babes! As soon as it arrived I whacked it in the steriliser and got the breast pump out. He surprisingly took an oz or two from it with little fuss. Normally he screams the place down as soon as a bottle is put near him. But he was surprisingly happy to try the Minbie one. So will persevere with it! Fingers crossed.

    I have been thinking more and more about beginning to wean Hugo a few weeks early. He’s just so big and so hungry! The health visitor advised me to wait it out until Six months which I was surprised at, as the one I saw before had said he’d probably need to wean early as he was so big! I plan to do baby led weaning again so I think I will start him on some finger foods in the next week or so and just see how he gets on.

    Routine – Wakes up around 7-7.30am, feeds, nappy change and dressed for the day, then downstairs into his bumbo normally while we have breakfast. Then it’s nursery run time and he’ll usually sleep in the car. Once we get home/ out he’ll then have a quick top up feed and is awake until his afternoon nap! He’ll then go down about 1.30ish after a big feed and sleep for 1.5-2 hours. Up again until bedtime at about 7ish.

    Sleeping – Sleep at night has been HORRIFIC pretty much since the day he turned four months. I remember the four month sleep regression being hell with Bella too. Some nights he’s been waking up every hour and I am really struggling at the moment as I’m just so.damn.tired. He still goes down without a fuss and he isn’t wide awake in the middle of the night or anything. He’s just waking frequently and most of the time he wants to feed. Another reason I think he may be ready to start weaning?! Luckily he’s still napping well in the day.

    Development – Hugo is officially rolling!! He did it for the first time two days before he turned five months. And he hasn’t stopped since! As soon as you lay him down he rolls straight over. He’s also pretty sturdy with sitting up too. Until he lunges for a toy and he loses his balance!

    Still a complete dribble monster but no toothy pegs just yet! Overall Hugo is such a happy and content baby. He is so chilled compared to what Bella was like at this age.

    Likes & Dislikes – Hugo likes rolling around on his play mat, sitting up in his bumbo to watch us eat, standing on your lap, watching the world go by from his big boy seat of his pushchair, being smothered in kisses, twinkly Christmas lights, bath time and daddy’s singing (surprisingly!). Dislikes sleep, bottles and supermarkets!

    What we’ve been up to – It’s been a pretty busy month for us all! Hugo experienced both his first Halloween and fireworks displays. And we celebrated Bella’s fourth birthday!!

    By the time Hugo turns Six months old we will have moved into our new home and will hopefully be feeling suitably festive!! I’ve been terrible at taking photos on my big camera lately and I still haven’t had my Olympus Pen fixed after it broke a month after I got it. But I know I’ll cherish these iPhone snaps all the same 😉 Although the gorgeous black and white was of course taken by my wonderful sister in law!

  • InBrand Collaborations, Hugo

    Babystyle Hybrid Edge Review {Carrycot Mode}

    When you have a new baby, I always think one of the biggest and most important purchases you will make for them is a pushchair/buggy/pram/stroller/travel system or whatever else you wish to call it! You may remember a few months back, I shared my first impressions of the Hybrid Edge by Babystyle. I was really impressed with it then and after using it for five whole months, I am even more impressed with it now! So I thought I would share with you a bit more about how we’ve been getting on with using it in carrycot mode for Hugo.

    I’ll start by saying that I absolutely LOVE the Hybrid. Aesthetically it matches my taste absolutely perfectly. The Stonewash colour is just so lovely and we have received lots of compliments on it! Not only does the Hybrid look great, it is also extremely user friendly. It pushes well, folds down easily and feels super well made. I said in my first post how I felt that the Hybrid was really good value for money and I stand by that comment, even more so now.

    Hugo is Five months old now and we are currently still using the pushchair in carrycot mode. It is so spacious compared to other carrycots I have seen. Hugo is a pretty big baby, yet he still has plenty of room! He always seems very happy in his carrycot and often drops off to sleep when we are out and about. We have also used the carrycot overnight a couple of times when we have stayed at my in-laws and he slept fantastically in it then too. The carrycot has proper feet on it which makes it perfect for using overnight as it can stand alone. I also find this handy for when I am getting it in and out of the car as it means it wont get the fabrics dirty if I have to pop in on the floor.

    We also regularly use the car seat mode on the pushchair too which is an absolute lifesaver when Hugo falls asleep in the car and I am just nipping into somewhere quickly. I tend to use it like this for Bella’s ballet class as its only half an hour long and it saves me both time and hassle. Sometimes I do find it a bit tricky clipping the car seat into the adaptors, it does seem to require a bit of a knack!

    My only negative comment on the Hybrid would be that sadly the logo has started to rub off on one side of the chassis. Presumably from getting it in and out of the car so often. But I am a little disappointed about it as it instantly makes the Hybrid look a bit old and unloved, which it most certainly is not!

    But apart from that, I honestly couldn’t be happier with it. Below is a few bullet points of the things I particularly like and the couple of things that I dislike.


    • Super spacious carrycot
    • Pushes like an absolute dream
    • Collapses down quickly and easily
    • Carrycot can be removed with just on hand
    • The wheels pop off if you need to give them a clean or if you’re pushed for space in the boot
    • Generous basket underneath which is easy to get to
    • Lovely to look at
    • Deals with multi terrain very well
    • Compatible with our Maxi Cosi car seat
    • Easy to use rain cover
    • Nice big sun visor on the hood
    • Adjustable handle
    • Bag clips to stop your bag sliding down the handle
    • Good value for money


    • Car seat can be tricky to clip into adaptors
    • Logo has already started to rub off









    *Babystyle very kindly sent me the Hybrid Pushchair mentioned in this post for a collaboration. All opinions are of course my own*