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It is Almost Time to say Goodbye and Thank You

It is coming up to that time of year where a big change is on the horizon. As I have mentioned before, Jake is about to leave pre-school and will be starting school in September, although I haven’t quite got my head around it all just yet. There is so much new to think about, settling in sessions to attend and parents evenings to get all the relevant information but before all of that, I need to think about how I say thank you to the amazing staff at his pre-school as he ‘graduates’ from there. As Jake is my first child, this is all new to me Continue reading “It is Almost Time to say Goodbye and Thank You”

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What I Need to Get Myself Summer Holiday Ready

My holiday is coming up and we have decided that after experiencing a rainy Wales last year we need sun, so Crete here we come! I am so excited. Yes, we may find it a little harder now we have 2 boys and because William is still very small, but we deserve this break, I am craving the sun and Jake had such an amazing time in Zante 2 years ago, that I want to be able to give him that Greek experience all over again.

But before I go I have some things I need to do to get myself summer holiday ready! Continue reading “What I Need to Get Myself Summer Holiday Ready”

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How I Solved my Baby’s Colic and Reflux Problem

If you have followed William’s journey, you will know that soon after coming home from the hospital he began to suffer from colic and reflux. Jake never had these problems so everything I was seeing and experiencing was all completely new to me. I had heard of parents pacing the floor all night but until I had William I honestly never had a clue how bad things could be. I was shattered. I felt defeated by the lack of sleep and the endless crying and being told by doctors that ‘it’s just colic’ wasn’t enough for me. I’m not one to sit back and wait for things to work themselves out, especially when it comes to health. I need to be actively finding a solution, looking for tips, doing anything to help my children and just waiting for him to grow out of it all was never an option.  Continue reading “How I Solved my Baby’s Colic and Reflux Problem”

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Mini First Aid Berkshire Review

First aid training for babies and children was something I had always wanted to do but with the arrival of Jake and the whirlwind of becoming a first time Mother it meant it became one of those things I just kept (naughtily) putting off. Then when William arrived 8 weeks early, it seemed to be the only thing I could think about. My perspective on child emergency care had vastly changed and when he was allowed to come home with us after 3 weeks in NICU, I was extremely nervous that something would happen and I wouldn’t know what to do. The hospital were amazing and provided us with basic CPR and choking knowledge before his discharge but I felt that I needed more in-depth training which would cover other possible accidents or medical situations, so when Alison from Mini First Aid Berkshire got in touch about attending one of her 2 hour classes, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading “Mini First Aid Berkshire Review”

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Managing Maternity Pay: Making Ends Meet on Less Money 

Your new baby is a fantastic new arrival in your life. When your youngster arrives, you can expect plenty of new experiences and love to come your way. Unfortunately, you might also notice a rapidly emptying bank account too. If you’re worried about coping with the dwindling income you’ll have during maternity leave, you’re not alone. Continue reading “Managing Maternity Pay: Making Ends Meet on Less Money “

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School Days Are Coming… And I’m not Ready

Dear son,

This week was a biggie. We found out your school place and even though the build-up has been coming for months, I wasn’t expecting to feel this way. When we viewed the schools I was excited for something new but over the weekend I had a sinking feeling begin to grow in the pit of my stomach and as soon as I scanned my eyes over that long-awaited email I felt sad. Continue reading “School Days Are Coming… And I’m not Ready”