nursing box ideas

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”

nicu journey week three

Our NICU Journey- Week Three (part one)

Another week, more hospital visits to come and I begin to notice the toll it’s having on all of us. The tiredness, the worry, the stress, the juggling of normal life with hospital life. You can only fully understand all of this if you have been in the same position, it’s a whole other world. Having Jake around is a lovely distraction from the seriousness of it all but trying to balance his needs with yours is a skill I am only just about managing. Continue reading “Our NICU Journey- Week Three (part one)”

our nicu journey week two

Our NICU Journey- Week Two

One week has passed in NICU and so much happened that it was all a whirlwind. We had the elation of your arrival, the relief of you doing so well but also the sadness of leaving you behind as we went home each day without you. I’m not sure what to expect this week but I have a funny feeling it’s going to be even more emotional as time goes on.

Today (Tuesday) you would have been 33 weeks if you had still been inside me. You are still teeny Continue reading “Our NICU Journey- Week Two”

our nicu journey

Our NICU Journey- Week One

So, you arrived early. I expected it, I just knew my body hadn’t felt right, I’d been saying this since week 24 and after my waters broke early I mentally prepared myself for your premature entrance into the world. We had the tour of Neonatal during my first hospital stay… it took me aback. We were shown the incubators and told that was where you would go straight after birth if you came early, it took all my strength not to cry. As a blogger, I have read many stories from others I follow of their premature babies being in NICU and I have been moved by what has been written but nothing can prepare you for for the reality of it all. To see tiny babies lying inside what is essentially a plastic box, Continue reading “Our NICU Journey- Week One”

new baby- my birth story

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”

toddler cutlery review

Encouraging Better Toddler Eating with Clever Grip Cutlery

 

As you will know from some of my Facebook posts, dinner time can be a real struggle in our household. Breakfast can go down a treat and can even last all morning, lunch is usually a healthy selection of finger foods which includes meat, cheese, fruit and so on but dinner time? That is a whole other ball game! Hot meals are not Jake’s favourite and trying new foods is a battle I have started to despise at 5pm. I’m not sure why this has occured but he has always been a very choky child and has always had issues with different textures so I think it has become a natural progression over the last couple of years. Continue reading “Encouraging Better Toddler Eating with Clever Grip Cutlery”

nautical theme nursery

The Best Nautical Themed Products for Your Nursery

Doing up the nursery for baby number 2 has been a mission but one that I have been passionate about seeing through, even when with issues such as carpet sizes being wrong, uneven walls, a tricky shelving unit and an eager three-year-old who wanted to add his own touches to the walls! Continue reading “The Best Nautical Themed Products for Your Nursery”