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Not The Mama I Want To Be

How weird is being a parent? You spend every day willing your babies to grow, learn and develop and then find yourself looking back at photos and feeling sad that your babies have in fact grown and developed and that they aren’t really babies anymore. It’s the most incredible thing to watch a miniature human develop but god, is it bloody hard at times. I’m having an ‘I’m a really rubbish parent’ kinda day today. We’ve had a couple of mega tantrums from…

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Nine Months In, Nine Months Out

Isn’t it incredible that the female body can grow an entire human in just nine short months? It never ceases to amaze me, but what amazes me even more is just how much one tiny person can grow, develop and change in just nine short months… To my baby boy, I’m laid with you in the dark. You’re fast asleep on my chest, nestled as if you were just a newborn. Admittedly, you’d now be the world’s largest newborn, but…

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My Little Piccolo

Although I’ve already raised a child to the ripe old age of four years old, I still feel like I’m doing everything for the first time again with Woody. I can’t believe how much I’ve forgotten since Nora was a baby and that teamed with the fact that each and every baby is very different has left me feeling like I’m stabbing at things in the dark all over again. Now Woody has reached the magic six month mark we have embarked…

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Secretly Sad: Gender Disappointment

I thought long and hard about writing this post as I know it will hugely divide opinion but if someone who feels how I did happens to stumble across this and take any comfort from it then that’s good enough reason for me to put this out there. Can I firstly start by saying I know I am so unbelievably lucky to have two beautiful, healthy children and I am fully aware that it isn’t something to be taken for…

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Woody’s Birth Story

I was secretly completely anxious about giving birth for a second time. My labour and birth with Nora, although very medicalised with an induction, drips and an epidural, was so straightforward and completely complication free. I worried that this time I wouldn’t be so lucky and what if something went wrong. I also knew that because Nora arrived pretty quickly that the chance of me having time for an epidural this time around was slim. That’s when I knew I needed to do…

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Your New Adventure Awaits

Where has this summer gone? I’ve spent the evening ironing unicorn name labels into a hundred pieces of school uniform. How is it time for you to go to big school already?! I didn’t want to be the mum who sobs in the playground as you run off to your new class but considering I cried on your induction day, I’m not holding out much hope for a flood-free school run. It seems only a few weeks ago you were…

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My Top 5 | Breastfeeding Essentials

The 1st-7th August marks World Breastfeeding Week. WBW aims to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, placing an emphasis on the health benefits, protection from diseases and on the role in which breast feeding can have in reducing poverty and hunger worldwide. Breastfeeding is by no means a walk in the park but to me is one of the most rewarding things I have done as a parent. Luckily, Woody was born a champion feeder (Nora definitely…

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Just One Of Those Days

You know the kind that makes you wish for bedtime before even 9am has arrived? It started with a morning poo explosion from the Woodster. Unfortunately the Sleepyhead was his latest casualty. Anyone who owns a Sleepyhead knows the absolute battle that is removing and cleaning the non-tumble-dryable cover. Woody’s extreme reliance on his Sleepyhead spelled out a day minus napping. Woohoo! Shortly after the poo explosion followed projectile vomit straight down the front of my dress, which at the…

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#6weeksofsummer – P.Y.O Manor Garden Flowers

Today we had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful walled garden of Manor Garden and picked our very own bunches of home grown British flowers. Situated on the banks of the River Tees, a set of sturdy wooden doors hides the most beautiful garden boasting rows and rows of amazing smelling blooms just waiting to be picked, a sensory garden and the cutest retro caravan. Armed with a pair of snips we wandered the rows of carefully tended to blooms…

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Happy Birthday, Baby Girl

To my birthday girl, I have just kissed you goodnight as a three year old for the very last time. We have read the same book you insist we read every night despite the huge pile of books you keep next to your bed. When you wake tomorrow you will be four; you have been so eagerly awaiting this day for weeks. No longer a toddler but a fully fledged child. I must admit I have to blink back the…

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