why I was wrong about co-sleeping

Why I Was Wrong About Co-Sleeping

Before you become a parent you know it all, don’t you? I mean, how many times did you look at a parent and think my kid wouldn’t be stropping in the street like that, my kid will eat all their dinner, no fuss from my amazing imaginary children! My baby will be in a great routine from early on, oh and they will never, ever sleep in the bed with me. Yeah, this was me all over and I’m here to admit it because at the end of the day I had no clue, not one at all. I assumed far too much, I had never experienced the type of sleep deprivation that comes with children (only from drunken nights out!). I had never had a tiny person rely on me 24/7 and I never had to question every decision I made throughout the day– over and over and over again. Continue reading “Why I Was Wrong About Co-Sleeping”

sick days

Sick Days as a Parent?! Yeah, They Don’t Exist!

Remember the days when you were ill pre-babies? (Just?) You called in sick to work, you could pull the covers back over your head and sleep all morning. Then you could get up and have a long soak in the bath, make yourself a lemsip and curl up in front of the telly under a blanket. You were probably only ill for a day or so because you could recover so quickly from all that lovely rest and sleep… Bliss!

And now? Continue reading “Sick Days as a Parent?! Yeah, They Don’t Exist!”

3 pictures of sons and Mum to show what I've learnt about being a Mum again

10 Things I’ve Learnt Since Becoming a Mum Again

Having your first baby is a huge learning curve. The nappies, the sleepless nights, breastfeeding, teething, weaning, learning to leave the house with the biggest bag packed full of items to prepare you for every possible circumstance. You cry, you laugh, you wonder why you did it one minute and the next you are beaming with pride… it’s a funny old time but you get there. The first year passes and your tiny baby gradually turns into an actual little person and then you have all sorts of other areas to contend with; toddler anyone?! Tantrums, potty training, why Mummy but why’s?!

And then you decide to do it all over again… Continue reading “10 Things I’ve Learnt Since Becoming a Mum Again”

newborn baby reflux

What’s it Like to have a Baby with Reflux?

Reflux. It’s a word I’d heard of previously, just as I had done with Colic but when your first child has no issues with these things there isn’t any need to look into it further or discover what it actually means to have a baby with either or even both of these conditions. Well, my wake up call has come– quite literally! My newest addition has been suffering for weeks now and no matter what we try there doesn’t seem to be much let up… Continue reading “What’s it Like to have a Baby with Reflux?”

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The Fourth Trimester Has Arrived!

It feels a bit odd to be writing about the fourth trimester when I never actually got the chance to write about the third. I had wanted to document each trimester of my pregnancy and enjoy talking about it all but as William decided the third trimester wasn’t entirely needed I just jumped straight to our birth story instead!! 

So, the fourth trimester eh? (Yes, tri does mean three so we’ll just ignore that technicality) I will be honest, Continue reading “The Fourth Trimester Has Arrived!”

newborn baby being swaddled

11 Ways to Tackle Colic

Colic has taken hold of our household and it damn well sucks! I have been taken by surprise with this one and as my first child never had these issues I feel like a novice Mum again, learning on the job. I have taken to social media to ask for advice and didn’t actually realise how many different remedies or ideas there were for tackling colic. I have tried some of these and not everything has worked for us but Continue reading “11 Ways to Tackle Colic”

piggy bank knocked over, saving money

4 Reasons Why Saving Just Isn’t Enough For Most Families

Let me dispel a misconception that may be causing you to lose sleep some nights… You are not bad with money. You are not irresponsible. You are not a bad parent because your credit rating is less than stellar and despite appearances to the contrary, you are far from alone. As living costs skyrocket the cost of raising a child is becoming increasingly untenable even for double income households with relatively well-paid jobs. In fact, at last count, the cost of raising a child to the age of 21 was close to a quarter of a million pounds. That’s a lot of anyone’s money. When you were growing up, your parents probably extolled the virtues of saving. While don’t get me wrong, saving is an important step in managing your household finances but given how heavily the financial deck is stacked against parents today, it’s rarely sufficient on its own in this day and age…   Continue reading “4 Reasons Why Saving Just Isn’t Enough For Most Families”