packing your hospital bag

Packing Your Hospital Bag

Packing your hospital bag is usually something you can end up leaving until the last month or so but in my case, I have just chosen to frantically pack mine now (with what I have to hand) as I have now been told twice this week that my baby seems to be getting himself into position, which with all my issues recently I am not overly surprised. If he doesn’t come naturally I will more than likely be induced a little earlier anyway so now is the time to plan, prepare and get my head around the fact I will probably have a baby this year and not next year! Continue reading “Packing Your Hospital Bag”

pregnancy and mum guilt

How Pregnancy Brings on a Whole New Wave of Mum Guilt

As if we need to feel more Mum guilt eh… Who’d have thought that pregnancy could bring on a whole new wave of it?! Well, it can and it has for me.

The first trimester wasn’t too bad. I was being physically sick and everyone could see the toll it was taking on me. I was off so many foods, I couldn’t keep much down and I could barely stay awake. Jake had twigged that I was pregnant before we even told him and he took on a good Continue reading “How Pregnancy Brings on a Whole New Wave of Mum Guilt”

nursery

How To Give Your Nursery The Wow Factor

One of the most exciting parts of welcoming a new baby is getting to decorate the nursery. Making space in your home for the new baby to occupy makes everything feel very real, and wondering who will be coming along to fill the room is part of the anticipation around meeting your child for the first time. What can you do to make the nursery unique and lift your d√©cor out of the ordinary? Here are the latest hot trends in nurseries that you can use to welcome your little one into the world: Continue reading “How To Give Your Nursery The Wow Factor”

The Baby Show

The Baby Show Experience

On Sunday I was invited along to The Baby Show at London Olympia. When I was pregnant with Jake we didn’t do any of the big baby things; we didn’t go to NCT, we didn’t go to baby shows or expectant parent evenings and my general attitude was to take things as they came and learn on the job. This is fine to an extent but when it comes to gadgets, new products, items that will make your life easier, I had no clue which is why I was so excited to be able to attend a massive show like this one. Continue reading “The Baby Show Experience”

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”