birth reflections meeting

My Pregnancy: Birth Reflections Meeting

When I had Jake on Christmas Day 2013 it ended in a very traumatic emergency c-section which affected me for quite a while after. I wasn’t offered any extra help afterwards, any counselling or explanations about what happened. All I had to go on was what I could vaguely remember from my time in the hospital and the bits that my husband relayed back. It was a long, exhausting labour and when you have been pulled and prodded, checked and injected, seen countless faces and gone through an epidural and a spinal block, then surgery everything becomes a blur and the facts and details are lost.  Continue reading “My Pregnancy: Birth Reflections Meeting”

what to look for in a school

What To Look For In a School

It is that time of year when parents are stepping into unknown territory, checking out school websites, working out if catchments areas mean anything anymore and questioning which school will be the best for their darling child. The difference this year is that this directly affects me too! I have already seen the lists of open days, been asked where he is going by family members and mentally debated with myself over not putting down our catchment school as an option. The thing is none of us first timers really know what we are supposed to be doing. Continue reading “What To Look For In a School”

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Nursery Makeover: Upcycling Pine Furniture

So, baby number 2 will be here in January and I just know these last few months will fly by what with lots of birthdays, Christmas, Jake turning 4 all to come in between and as I am usually a super organised person (Jake’s room was completed as soon as we found out we were having a boy) so I am slacking a little here with the new nursery but I have plenty of ideas. Trying to find the time being a Mum of one, working from home and having the usual housework to do has been a tough task but I can very happily report that I have now made a start on project nursery! Continue reading “Nursery Makeover: Upcycling Pine Furniture”

breastfeeding journey

Will My Breastfeeding Journey Be Different With My Next Child?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how this baby will differ from my first and one of the biggest questions I have is whether I will find the breastfeeding journey the same? With Jake, I had no issues. Once I was ready to hold him after my c-section, the midwife placed him just below my breast and Jake quickly snuffled around and moved himself to my nipple and happily began to feed. I often heard stories from other Mums Continue reading “Will My Breastfeeding Journey Be Different With My Next Child?”

17 Ways To Ensure You Don’t Feel Down as a Stay at Home Mum

Leaving your 9-5 daily grind once you have children can seem like the dream choice. You’ve probably spent years wishing you didn’t have to commute to work, thinking how lovely it would be to get all those jobs done around the house, staying on top of the chores and spending coffee breaks in a cafe whilst chatting with friends. Oh, how the imagination can run away with you! In reality being a stay at home Mum can be far more lonely, much harder work than any job you’ve ever had, you can feel as though some days you are living in Groundhog day and at times, it can leave you feeling isolated.  Continue reading “17 Ways To Ensure You Don’t Feel Down as a Stay at Home Mum”

being a mum without a mum

Being a Mum Without a Mum

Becoming a Mum was the one thing in life that I was always certain about. Having been brought up surrounded by strong females I was always confident of the fact that this was for me and that I would have the best support any girl could wish for…

Unfortunately, fate would have other ideas. Having battled with Cancer for 15 years it finally took its hold over my Mum’s body and there was nothing more that could be done. I had watched this strong, Continue reading “Being a Mum Without a Mum”

why exercise during pregnancy is important

Why Exercise During Pregnancy Is Important

Gone are the days of taking it easy, sitting back with your feet up and eating for two… New research shows that none of this is good for either Mother or baby. I probably did way too much of all of this during my first pregnancy which led to weight gain and a longer recovery from my emergency c-section. I found that my lack of strength really had a knock on effect on my energy levels, on my core returning to its original state and I was at the heaviest I had ever been. It took me around a year to feel able to return to exercise after an unsuccessful attempt at 6 months which would lead to severe abdominal pain after each class for a few days after. I just wasn’t ready.  Continue reading “Why Exercise During Pregnancy Is Important”