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When my daughter was just over 9 months she was really getting to small for her infant car seat so we needed to move on and buy her a larger seat. We headed off to mothercare and spent a fair few hours trying pretty much every carseat in the shop. It appears that with my car (2007 Fiesta) i was quite restricted with what seat i could buy. After advice from the sales assistant we eventually settled on this seat from Britax. Out of our "short list" of cars that had the features that we wanted and that actually fitted in my car this one i personally thought looked the nicest and felt like it would be the most comfortable.
We managed to get this seat in the sale and therefore paid around £85 for it. I thought this was a great deal as some of the other car seats that we could have chosen were over double this amount.
To look at the seat is quite plain - which is what i liked about it. We plan on having a second child and therefore didnt want to go for something modern and trendy that we would hate second time round. The base itself is made out of black plastic. The seat cover is a dark grey and Black and is removeable which is handy for washing! The seat feels quite well padded and my daughter looks comfy in it. The straps are strong and sturdy and really easy to adjust. There are 3 different heights for the straps so it can be adjusted as your child grows. Ive always felt that my daughter sits really well in this seat and always feels secure.
The seat was quite easy to fit into the car, i personally find its easier if you have two people but once you know how to do it, it is easy enough to do it with one person. Once fitted correctly the seat felt very secure. The seat looks quite high up in my little car which is great for my daughter as she loves to be nosey out of the windows.
There is a lever underneath the seat that you can use to recline it, i believe there are 3 levels of recline. Its so easy to use and can be done gently if your child has already fallen asleep. My daughter often falls asleep in the car seat so it must be pretty comfy!
The seat is for use for children from 9kg-18kg which is around 9 months to 4 years old. My daughter has only been in the seat for around 6 months so i cant say how long it lasts but so far it still looks as good as new.
We purchased this car seat for my daughter before her birth. We chose this car seat primarily because we wanted one of the mamas and papas pushchairs/prams and this went with it to make it a travel system. This was actually purchased for us as a gift so i am not sure on the exact price but it was around £100 at the time of purchase. Its not the cheapest on the market and is actually inline with the most expensive seats around.
The seats come in a couple of colours that co-ordinate with your chosen pushchair. We went for Black as it was neutral. Due to the length of seat belts in my car (A 2007 Fiesta) and that fact that we didnt have iso fix in the car we were required to purchase a surefix base which was an additional £125. An Isofix base is also available for around the same price i believe.
The seat itself is sturdy and robust. The plastic parts on it are pretty strong and not at all flimsy. The only downside is that the seat is pretty heavy even before you have a baby in it so if your wanting to carry your baby around in it be prepared to get some serious arm muscles! That being said although its heavy so are all other car seats that are used as travel systems, i didnt feel that this one was particularly heavier than the rest. It weighs around 5.5kg.
The straps inside the seat are strong and easy to use. I found it quick and easy to put my daughter in it or get her out each time. There is a button at the bottom which you press to lengthen the straps to get your child in. You then pull the bottom part of the strap to tighten it. This was easy and i alsways felt my daughter was secure in the seat.
The material was easy to keep clean. My daughter was quite messy but i just wiped the seat up each time with a damp cloth and its still looks in great condition.
The handle to carry the seat is strong and sturdy. It has a button on either side so you can move it forward and backwards (needed for putting the seat inside the car). It also has a lever underneath the seat for lifting the seat off the pushchair or the car seat base.
Getting the seat in and out of the car was easy. I used mine with a surefix base and the seat itself just clicked onto the base really easily. You then need to put the handle down towards the rear of the car and put the seatbelt around the back of the seat. This part was quite fiddly as the section where you pass the seatbelt through is quite tight and with me having a small car it wasnt possible to stand at an angle where i could see it. Once id used the seat a few times though i got used to it.
I would definately recommend this seat for a baby. My daughter remained in her seat until she was around 9months and the seat is still in excellent condition. It will certainly be used for a second child.
When our daughter was about 5 months old we booked a holiday to WaltDisney World Florida. We decided that although our mamas and papas pushchair was great for day to day use we felt it might be a bit too big and bulky for travelling. We decided to purchase a smaller lightweight one for our holiday that we would be able to use full time once our daughter was big enough.
As this was our first child we didnt really know much about pushchairs so we spent some time doing a little bit of research (on DooYoo of course!) and one brand that we found had consistently good reviews was Maclaren. Its a brand that has been around for a long time and had a good reputation. They had quite a few models but after testing them out in various stores we eventually decided that the Maclaren Quest wasthe best pushchair for us.
We did a bit of research into the price and found that most stores were competitve on prices and generally you could expect to pay around £130 for this pushchair. We were lucky and ordered ours online when Kiddicare had a sale on and therefore managed to get it at a discounted price of £110 with free delivery.
As we have the intention of having another child at some point we decided to opt for the champagne colour as this is neutral and could be used for a boy or girl in future. In hind sight the down side of this colour is that it can mark relatively easily. However the fabric that its made of is quite easy to clean so its more of an inconvenience rather than an actually downside.
Like most lightweight strollers / pushchairs the maclaren has an "umbrella" fold. This means it folds up in half and pretty small. This is a great feature if your travelling or on and off public transport as we were. Unlike some of the larger pushchairs its really simple to fold, a lever to push down on one side, lift up the break section and fold in half. Quick and simple. Unfolding is equally as easy, open the clip at the side, shake out and push the break down into place. Both take less than a minute - which is great if its piddling down with rain!
The compromise you make on a lightweight stroller is that it doesnt have any features. The maclaren has a good sized basket underneath the pushchair and the seat reclines into 4 different positions. The seat isnt particularly padded but it is for children aged 3months plus so its perfectly suitable. The straps are strong and sturdy and the release button requires quite a firm push so theres not much chance your child we manage to undo it.
The maclaren comes with a raincover thats really easy to clip on and its actually a lot better than my one from mamas and papas. The pushchair weighs about 5.5kg so its really light.
Another good feature of this pushchair is that is has lockable front swivel wheels, this is handy if your going somewhere particularly bumpy -e.g. cobbles.
The hood on the maclaren is also pretty good - i sometimes find that if the rain is gentle i dont need to put the rain cover on as the hood covers quite a bit of my daughter. It also has a window so you can see through to the child and a decent sized pocket on the hood.
Overall i wouldnt hesitate to recommend the maclaren and i would most definately buy it again. Its not the cheapest on the market but its sturdy, reliable and nice looking.
I have been following Weight Watchers for a while now and i personally find the key to following their diet well is to find good yummy food and snacks that are low in points. These yogurts do the trick for me.
The yogurts are a good size unlike other diet products where they can be a bit on the tiny side. You get 2 of each flavour in the pack. I actually think both flavours are equally nice. Light and creamy but not overly sickly which i have found from some other similar flavoured yogurts.
For Weight Watchers followers the points value is clearly printed on both the outer packaging and on each individual pot.
Quite often Weight Watchers products can be pretty expensive which has always put me off buying their products in the past. Howevert these yogurts arent bad value at all. Normally the pack of 4 is around £1.50 in supermarkets. However i frequently see these on offers such as 2 for £2.50 or sometimes £1 for one pack. They usually have a pretty good shelf life on them so when they on offer i get a few.
Even when im not on weight watchers i have enjoyed these yogurts - lovely taste at a good price - what more could i want.
I have been overweight for aslong as i can remember. Never hugely overweight (or so i thought) i was about a size 16 when i fell pregnant with my first baby. After my daughter was born a size 18 was snug on me. I tried to diet at home but invariably fell off the wagon at some point soon or later(usually sooner). So come New Year and my standard new years resolution to lose weight i decided this time i was actually going to do it. So i headed off to my first weight watchers meeting on the 3rd January.
Im not a confident person and can honestly say i was so terrified of joining. Fortunately being the beginning of the year it seemed there were lots of new members just like me. My leader was brilliant and very welcoming, she put my mind at rest and i soon felt alot more comfortable. I left that first meeting full of motivation and laden down with lots of information about their new "propoints system".
Joining weight watchers can be expensive. Usually there are vouchers in local papers or online for "free registration" and then its simply paying £5.99 per week for aslong as you go. Its worth remembering that they charge you even for missed weeks. Another option (the one i chose) is the monthly pass. There is no registration fee and your first month is £12.99. After that each month is £19.99 by direct debit. This works out slightly cheaper. The best part about this option is that you get access to the weight watchers online forums and weight tracking tools. I found this invaluable - the people on their are full of great ideas and motivation to help you reach your goal. It also allows you to have access to the IPhone/IPod App for those who use it.
Propoints consists of 2 main elements. Firstly everyone gets a daily allowance of points. This is worked out using your age/weight/height and sex. The minimum number of daily points you will get is 29. When i started my journey i had quite a bit to lose and so i was on 34 points. The second element is that you also get a weekly points allowance which is 49 points - this is the same for everyone. You can use these weekly points however you like. Some people chose to use them all on one day and have a "naughties day" and others would split them and have another 7 points per day. Some people used all of them, some people refused to use any of them. Its all your choice.
The weight watchers program is designed to help you lose between 1lb and 2lb per week (apart from your first 2 weeks where it is normal to lose more) even if you eat all of your weekly points. There are lots of extras that you can buy when joining weight watchers and typically these are vbery expensive (e.g scales - £30ish, cook books £10+ each). I didnt buy any of these. I used normal kitchen scales - a little more time consuming but cheaper and managed to get some great recipes online.
The way propoints works is that each food/drink is assigned a points value. This points value is based on how your body uses that food. So for example a slice of toast is 2propoints, low fat butter is 1 propoint and Black Coffee is 0 propoints. The idea is simple you "spend" you allowance of points on whatever foods and drinks you want but make sure you dont go over your daily or weekly allowances. Aslong as you are good with tracking EVERYTHING then you should lose the weight slowly and steadily.
To start with the plan can be confusing but as you go through the weeks you will find your own tricks and lower point versions of your favourite foods. I have been going for around 15 weeks now and have lost 35lbs. I need to lose another 5lbs to get to my goal weight but i am confident i will do it this time around.
Im not the sort of person that uses headphones on a regular basis. Most of the music i listen to comes from my home sound system or in the car. I pretty much only use my headphones when im travelling, either for work or for leisure. When i travel for work - it tends to be on a loud noisy commuters train or the London nderground. When i travel for leisure it tends to be on a noisy airplane. Both are situations where you encounter a lot of background noise which is whre my beloved bose headphones come in.
Previous to owning these i would just use my standard headphones that came with my ipod. Whilst these were perfectly suitable for short term use i found it quite irritating that unless i had the music turned up full volume i could still hear all the conversaions and noises going on around me. Fast forward to my birthday where i received these as a gift which is great as i would normally never dream of spending £70 on headphones.
I can honestly say they are one of the best presents i have had. One of the best features of these headphones is that they cancel out a huge amount of the noise around you, you still hear the odd thing but very little! You also cannot deny that the sound quality out of these headphones is stunning - very clear. I dont have my headphones on full volume but you dont need too to appreciate them.
They look really sleek and stylish and come with a good little case to keep them in so that they dont get damaged. They also come with 3 sets of ear buds to go over the headphone - small, medium and large so whatever your ear size these can fir comfortably.
The only negative i have about these is that i personally find the ear buds a little flimsy - the do fall off when you take them out so you need to be careful or you may loose one. One of mine has also started to tear but i have had them for a while now.
With regards to price - as i didnt purchase them i cannot comment on how much they were. I do know that they are very expensive for headphones but i can honestly say i feel that they are worth every penny. (i believe that they are around £75-£80ish).
Ive recently joined Weight Watchers and by far my biggest weakness when it comes to diets is my sweet tooth! Fortunately Weight Watchers have a good range of desserts so i can satisfy my cravings without blowing my diet.
The desserts can be found in the freezer section of most supermarkets along with all of the other weight watchers food. The come in the distinctive purple packaging and each box contains 2 desserts. As with all diet products Weight Watchers food can be pricey. Usually i manage to get some when they are on offer e.g 3 for 2 etc. If not they are usually around £1.50 per box. For the savvy bargain hunter they also sell these in Iceland for £1.
Most of the boxes still have the old weight watchers points values on them rather than the new propoints. In terms of the new propoints these desserts are 5points each - which is really good value.
The desserts are kept in the freezer and according to the instructions take just 10 minutes to defrost. I usually leave mine about 20 minutes as i find after 10 they can be a little bit frozen still.
You have a chocolate brownie at the bottom, which has a lovely chocolaty flavour - but the texture is a little bit cardboard like. Then you have layers of chocolate mousse which is delish! and topped off with a creamy topping.
Ok so its not quite as fabulous as a big slice of full fat choccy cake - but as far as a diet variety goes it wins lots of brownie points from me :)
I cannot explain how much i love my Pliko Pramette! I purchased it just in December 2009 as i my store had some discontinued colours in the sale. At the same time i also purchased the car seat and surefix base to go with it but i will review these seperately.
My first baby was due in April 2010 and like any new parent to be i spent hours reading page after page of information about different prams, buggies, travel systems etc etc. By the end of it i thought my head was going to explode with so much information. I spoke to a few friends who had older versions of this pramette and although their opinions on it differed they all agreed for the first 6 months or so this was the best they had used.
Of course i didnt just take my friends word for it i took my time and went to various stores and tested out various pushchairs and prams. The things that were important to me were that it was lightweight, easy to fold and that it would fit in the boot of my fiesta - which wasnt huge. The pliko ticked all of these boxes.
Its so simple to fold up - once you have the knack of it, it really can be done one handed. More importantly it can be done really quickly! Which is a must if your packing it away when its pouring with rain! Its very light - around 10kg i believe and fits into the boot of my Fiesta with room to spare!
Some of the colour combinations are not to my taste but i have one in light and dark grey which i love! There are lots of accessories that can match it - parasol, carseat, foot muff and changing bag etc.
The best thing about this pramette for me was the fact that it started off as a pram when my baby was small. Had a big hood over it and cosy toes so my baby was nice and snug. It was easy to push and had a good storage basket at the bottom.
Now that my daughter is older i have it converted into pushchair mode. Its easy to switch between the two (takes about 2 minutes to zip/unzip to change it over). In pushchair mode is equally easy to push, my daughter seems really comfy in it as its well padded. It reclines really well so she happily has a nap in it around town.
The only slight negative i have is that my daughter is now nearly 10kg and is too big for it. As the pushchair is so padded shes a bit squashed.
I have used it extensively over the last 8 and a bit months and it is still in excellent condition. Its now packed away securely ready for if/when another baby comes along. I would most definately recommend this pramette to anyone and everyone!
This is one of the hotels that opened at the same time as the Magic Kingdom park almost 40 years ago. Despite its age it is still a stunningly impressive hotel! And can be spotted quite far away due to the sheer size of the main tower.
The hotel is located right next to the Magic Kingdom park and if your lucky enough (or rich enough!) you can get a room over looking the Magic Kingdom and be able to see the fireworks from the hotel.
As you can see from the picture one of the main features of this resort is that the monorail runs straight through the middle of it. This mororail can take you straight to the Magic Kingdom park, the transportation centre or to the other 2 hotels on the monorail loop. Your also close enough to be able to walk too or from the Magic Kingdom which in peak times is a brilliant feature at park closing time! The resorts pool is peaceful and pretty although to be honest - its nothing special. Another great thing about this hotel is that they have a lake behind it that offers a variety of watersports.
The resort has a number of great restaurants ranging from Chef Mickeys which offers character dining (with Mickey and Pals) to a fine dining restaurant at the top of the tower called the California Grill. It also has a couple of good shops in which to pick up those all important presents!
Rooms are designed with a contemporary feel and are extemely comfortable and spacious. As with all Disney properties the rooms are always immaculately clean too.
The contempory is a stunning hotel and if you love the Magic Kingdom then the location is brilliant. However its just not the right hotel for me. I personally find that although you are close to the Magic Kingdom you are far away from the other parks and water parks. I would prefer to be in the Epcot area as there is so much more around - especially for an evening if you dont want to go to a park.
Big Thunder Mountain is known as one of the "Three Mountains" in the Magic Kindom, Florida. (The others being Splash Mountain and Space Mountain). It is essentially a run away mine train type ride, that takes you through sharp turns, steep hills and drops and has some interesting scenery along the way.
Big Thunder Mountain is one of the Magic Kingdoms most popular attractions and as a result can get pretty busy, especially in peak times. I would suggest wither getting their early or get a Disney fast pass to reduce your queuing time.
The background story to the ride is that this was a thriving mining town that suffered from a Flash Flood. Some years later Mine trains were found to be running around the tracks on their own without a driver. As such the queue area is themed like an abandoned mining office. There are various artefacts on the walls to take your attention away from the long queue.
Seats are generally for 2 people, but if your slim enough you can get 2 adults and a small child in one row. As soon as the riude starts you are thrown into darkness and the first of many sharp turns. You then go up a steep hill before the ride takes you through the mountains on a series of sharp twists and turns, hills and drops. The ride is pretty fast and can be quite bumpy but its all great fun.
Although its hard to pay attention when the ride is wizzing about do try to look at some of the things around the ride track - for example near the end there is a man sitting in the batyh reading a news paper and when you climb up through the cave you will see lots of baths on the wall (you have to do this ride at night to see them I think).
I think this is a really long ride for a theme park and it makes it well worth the queue. My favourite time to go on this is when it is dark. The ride is fast and bumpy and therefore may not be suitable for some people, but it is one of the most fun attractions in the park in my opinion.
Splash Mountain is log flume style attraction located in the Magic Kingdom park within the Walt Disney World resort in Florida. There are also versions of this rides in some of the other Magic Kingdom parks (e.g Paris).
Depending on the time of year you go you may encounted a large queue for this ride in Florida as although it has been there for many years it still remains a very popular attraction. The longest queue I ever saw for this ride was 3 hours! If you plan it right and get there first thing in the morning or get a Disney fastpass for the attraction you can cut this queue time.
If you do have to queue its not so bad, as with all Disney attractions the queue area is well themed and has various things to look at that will help pass the time. A substantial section of the queue is under shelter too, which is great if your visiting at a hot time of year.
Once you reach the front of the queue a cast member will place you in a row ready to get on to the boat. The ride seats 8 people in four rows of 2. The restraints are large padded bars that pull down over your front. One thing im sure you will notice when you sit down is that there is a fair amount of water already in the boat - this gives you a pretty good indication that you are going to get pretty wet!
The ride begins by taking you through an indoor themed area based on Disney's film the song of the south (Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, Brer Fox etc). I have yet to see the film but still thoroughly enjoy the ride. The ride tells the story of Brer Rabbit who leaves home looking for a laughin place. Brer Bear and Brer Fox are chasing after him trying to catch him.
You go through several cheerfully themed indoor areas, that have animatronic animals singing and dancing songs from the movie. As the villians in the film (brer bear and brer fox) chase after the rabbit you encounter some darker scenes that involve several short drops. From memory I think 2 of these are inside and in the dark.
Towards the end of the ride Brer Rabbit manages to outsmart the villains and they end up falling down in the briar patch. Riders follow this fall with the rides biggest drop (which is visable on the way to get to the ride). A photo is taken as you drop and you can purchase this after the ride.
An Indoor Segmant follows after the ride which shows Brer Rabbit returning to his "home sweet home" and is finished off by the annoyingly catchy zip a dee doo dah song which no doubt you will find stuck in your head.
I personally love this ride, I think it is brilliantly themed and has lots of happy scenes and catchy songs. It has just enough drops to make the ride that bit more entertaining too. The final big drop is quite steep but the padded bar makes you feel very secure. My 70 year old Nan loves the ride so it cant be that scary!!
My little girl was born just 10 weeks ago but i had already been using Infacare for most of my life as i have extremely sensitive skin when it comes to bubble bath.
Infacare is widely available in most major supermarkets, chemists and drug stores such as boots. It can be quite expensive compared to other baby baths as i rarely find it on any special offer. I usually pay somewhere between £1.80-£2 per 400ml bottle.
It comes in a white plastic bottle, with blue pictures and writing on the front, it will be with all the other baby products (not the bubble baths) and should be easy to spot.
I find this product really good value for money as you only need to use a small amount and you get lots of lovely bubbles - great for the kids (and mums!). I think Infacare has one of the nicest smells of any baby bath i have tried. Its really soft and fresh smelling - not too heavily perfumed like some of the others can be.
I have always used Infacare for myself as its one product where i can have a really lovely bubbly bath but not end up itching and sneezing all evening. As soon as my daughter was born i knew this would be the product i would use on her. My mum even used it on me when i was a baby so its been around a long time.
The packaging may have changed over the last 15 or so years that i have been using it, but the product is still the same. A newborns skin is soft and sensitive but there is no brand i would trust more with my babies skin.
I was a fan of Sudocrem long before my little girl came on the scene but now I use it even more! It is widely available in all supermarkets, chemists and your high street stores such as boots, superdrug etc. It comes in all sorts of sizes from really small right up to a 700g tub. I usually buy the 250g tub for around £3.50-£4. Its very noticeable as it's a grey tub with a white label and red writing, as far as I know nothing looks similar to it.
It might sound expensive but I find the tub lasts a really long time - I purchased a new tub when my daughter was born, she is now 11 weeks old and I am about half way through it. With my daughter I use it whenever she has a sore bottom from her nappy, as soon as I notice it's a bit red and sore looking a pop some on and in a day or two she is back to normal.
Prior to my daughter being born I would use it for all sorts of things. When I was pregnant I was prone to bad skin, this worked wonders on drying up spots. I also suffer quite badly with eczema and usually use a steroid cream, during my pregnancy I couldn't use this so I used Sudocrem instead. I cant honestly say it worked as well but it worked a lot better than any other over the counter treatments I could buy! And at a fraction of the cost.
Other things I have found it useful for are - Insect bites, it takes the itching off a bit and stops them from getting too big and swollen. Its also really good if you have small bits of sunburn - e.g ears or nose. My husband always gets a burnt nose on holiday and this works really well at repairing the skin quickly.
Sudocrem for me really is a magic cream, it has so many uses and is such good value for money! It is one product I would never be without.
When my little girl was born, I ended up with quite an assortment of baby wipes that I had been bought prior to her arrival. This meant I was able to try out many different brands to work out which ones I preferred. Unfortunately Huggies were my least favourite out of the major brands.
The packaging is pretty standard like all other baby wipes. It comes in a plastic package with a plastic re-sealable window on the front to remove the wipes. I found the window was very good and re-sealed really well so the wipes contained their moisture until I had finished the packet. However I found that the wipes frequently stuck together when trying to pull one out, meaning I ended up pulling out 2 or 3 each time. This is a waste of wipes and meant I ran out quicker than I did with other brands. The packaging is bright and colourful and you can easily identify that they are huggies wipe. They were available to buy in all major supermarkets and chemists and were usually around £2.20-£2.50 per packet. You get about 64 wipes per packet.
These wipes were quite a lot thicker than other major brands and as such you get less in a pack. It also made the packet a lot bulkier than other brands, which was a bit of a pain when it came to putting them in my changing bag, the smaller the better for me.
The wipes however were really strong and were a decent size. They were not as flexible as the other wipes but to be honest I didn't find that mattered a great deal. The wipes had a lovely fresh smell to them which I really liked.
I always tend to buy whatever baby wipes are on offer and just because Huggies were my least favourite out of major brands, I would still buy these over any supermarket brands or if they were on the best offer. The only reason I didn't like them was because of their thickness and the fact that the package was so much bulkier than other brands.
When my little girl was born, all sorts of well wishing friends and family bought me countless packets of baby wipes so I was fortunate enough to sample quite a few different brands.
Johnsons wipes were one of the ones that I really liked. They come in a light pink plastic packet with white writing on it. Like other baby wipes they have a plastic re-sealable window, but they don't have the heavy plastic lid on that some other wipes do. I didn't mind this as I find they fit in my changing bag easier the smaller they are. The window re-sealed really well and kept the wipes full of moisture which was another plus point for me, as id tried other brands where the top few wipes would keep drying out which was a bit of a waste! The wipes usually came out one at a time too, I rarely got wipes sticking together unlike with some other brands.
The wipes were fragrance free so there was no heavy perfumed smell, just a lovely fresh clean smelling wipe which I prefer. As advertised they were kind to my babies skin and she never ended up with any rashes or anything from using these wipes.
The wipes are made of a flexible material and are quite strong without being overly thick. I found that you only really needed one wipe for a wet nappy.
The wipes are widely available in most major supermarkets or chemists and generally are at the more expensive end of the scale when it comes to wipes. Ranging from about £2.50 to £3.00 a packet. However places such as Wilkinsons quite often have them on special offer and I recently purchased some for 97p a packet which makes them cheaper than some of the supermarkets own or value brands.
I don't usually tend to stick to a particular brand of baby wipes, buying whats the best deal at the time. Having said that after trying lots of different wipes these are definitely my favourites and when on offer I always "stock up" on these ones for my daughter.