the second trimester

My Pregnancy: The Second Trimester

This trimester has felt long. What makes it feel even longer is the fact that no one can decide precisely when this one ends and the third begins! Seriously, my book and Bounty tells me week 26, NHS says 27 and other people say week 28 so I have given up guessing and am bringing this update to you around a time when I feel that I am getting bigger and things have definitely moved on. Continue reading “My Pregnancy: The Second Trimester”

DCby1 campaign, why getting your baby to a dentist is vital

DCby1 Campaign- Why Getting Your Baby to the Dentist is Vital

The DCby1 (dental check by one) Campaign was launched by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry in September to encourage all babies to be taken to the dentist for their first dental check by the age of one. This is a campaign that I feel very strongly towards due to the research I uncovered whilst writing my book Your Teething Baby: from one parent to another. I was shocked to read from the NHS that one of the main causes for a child to be admitted to hospital is down to Continue reading “DCby1 Campaign- Why Getting Your Baby to the Dentist is Vital”

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”

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?”

8 items you dont need to go out and buy for your newborn

8 Items You Don’t Need To Go Out And Buy For Your Newborn

As soon as that positive line appears on the pregnancy test the overwhelming urge to make a mad dash to Mothercare kicks in as quickly as your pregnancy hormones do! However, it can be so easy to take one look at all the cutesy items, the cuddly toys and matching nursery furniture and suddenly your credit card is taking a battering that it doesn’t necessarily need. What very few people tell you is Continue reading “8 Items You Don’t Need To Go Out And Buy For Your Newborn”

9 things I will do differently with baby number two

9 Things I Will Do Differently With My Second Baby

This may seem a little premature when I am only 16 weeks pregnant but there are a few things that I know I will do differently with baby number two. I’m not saying that I got it wrong with Jake, I definitely did everything that was right for him at the time and for me as a first time Mum. Being a Mum has been the best thing that has ever happened to me Continue reading “9 Things I Will Do Differently With My Second Baby”

why Cornwall is a great holiday destination with a baby

Why Cornwall is a Great Holiday Destination With a Baby

Our first holiday as a family was to the stunning county of Cornwall when Jake was just 6 months old. We didn’t fancy attempting a holiday abroad with a baby due to the fact we didn’t know how he would take to the heat or even flying so we looked at our options of where to stay in the UK. Cornwall stood out to us because they is just so much to see and do and let’s face it when you have a child your priorities of what a holiday has to offer completely change – bye, bye long days spent sunning yourself on a beach whilst drinking cocktails!

We booked a caravan on the family friendly site Continue reading “Why Cornwall is a Great Holiday Destination With a Baby”