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Sick Days as a Parent?! Yeah, They Don’t Exist!

Remember the days when you were ill pre-babies? (Just?) You called in sick to work, you could pull the covers back over your head and sleep all morning. Then you could get up and have a long soak in the bath, make yourself a lemsip and curl up in front of the telly under a blanket. You were probably only ill for a day or so because you could recover so quickly from all that lovely rest and sleep… Bliss!

And now? Continue reading “Sick Days as a Parent?! Yeah, They Don’t Exist!”

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What’s it Like to have a Baby with Reflux?

Reflux. It’s a word I’d heard of previously, just as I had done with Colic but when your first child has no issues with these things there isn’t any need to look into it further or discover what it actually means to have a baby with either or even both of these conditions. Well, my wake up call has come– quite literally! My newest addition has been suffering for weeks now and no matter what we try there doesn’t seem to be much let up… Continue reading “What’s it Like to have a Baby with Reflux?”

Reasons to Select Quality Wooden Toys for Your Child

Toys are without a doubt special in the life of every child. They also help them form special memories and experiences. While toys are fun for your child, picking out the wrong ones can actually prove harmful to them. Furthermore, spending long hours in front of tablets and smartphones has a negative impact on the learning and development of your child. This is where wooden toys come in! Quality wooden toys are not only sustainable, durable and appealing; they are also great for the learning and development of your child. Here are the five major reasons why you should choose wooden toys for your child instead of letting your child play with electronics: Continue reading “Reasons to Select Quality Wooden Toys for Your Child”

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Don’t Stress New Mama, You’ve Got This!

The step into Motherhood is an exciting one, it’s what you’ve been waiting for, for 9 long months but what happens when the baby arrives and it’s not all warm cuddles and a cute sleeping bubba? You may be able to relate to some of this… Continue reading “Don’t Stress New Mama, You’ve Got This!”

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How Can You Support A Family With A Baby In NICU?

It can be difficult for people to know what the right things to say or do when a family welcome a baby prematurely. I must admit that before we had William I was pretty clueless about the ins and outs of NICU life and even though I have known of couples who have had a baby pre-term it felt as though if I asked lots of questions I may have seemed as though I was prying and I didn’t want to offend by asking the wrong thing. Now I have been in those shoes I know what a scary, lonely time it can be and for me, I found talking helped. I think we can all be a little too polite at times and perhaps if we spoke about situations a little more we could all offer and receive more help and support.

So, what does a family with a baby in NICU need and how can you provide that support? Continue reading “How Can You Support A Family With A Baby In NICU?”

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Nursing Box Ideas To Keep Your Toddler Entertained

Preparing to bring a new arrival home from hospital is an important task and one area I have been thinking about is something that will help to make Jake feel included and entertained whilst I am nursing his baby brother; a nursing box. This will be a special box that he can go to at anytime for when he is feeling bored or possibly left out and will keep him happily occupied whilst I am otherwise engaged. I know he will have a good understanding at his age but it will all still be very strange and new to him and as he has been the only child for 4 years I want him to feel as though his needs are also being thought about. 

So, I have had a little hunt around on the internet to find items that will suit his needs and these are what have grabbed my attention and are going on my wishlist. Continue reading “Nursing Box Ideas To Keep Your Toddler Entertained”

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An Eventful Birth Story: PPROM, VBAC and Prematurity

If you have been following my blog you will know that I have been openly documenting my pregnancy journey  and all topics that come along with it. What I thought was going to be a straight forward time and something lovely to write about suddenly changed at week 24 when I had a bleed. What followed was a second bleed, the loss of my mucus plug, the diagnosis of Group B Strep and then the preterm premature rupturing of membranes (PPROM) at 30 weeks leaving me in hospital to be monitored and the chances of infection being very high; a normal pregnancy had suddenly changed to one that was risky and quite scary.  Continue reading “An Eventful Birth Story: PPROM, VBAC and Prematurity”