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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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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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Welcome to the World

At 9.05pm on Monday 18th April 2016, we welcomed our beautiful 9lb baby boy Woody John to the world following a really special water birth. Despite being induced, his birth was everything I’d hoped for and I’m actually super proud of myself (but I’ll go into further detail in his birth story post). Deep down I always knew it would be an induced birth and that we would need to forcibly evict him, just like his big sis. My uterus is clearly…

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A Letter To My Baby Girl

To my baby girl, Nora Jane. It doesn’t seem like five minutes since we were eagerly awaiting the arrival of our baby girl. Who would she look like? What will we name her? How could I love her as much as I love the dog?! Look at us now, almost four years down the line and we have you, Nora Noodle. Our opinionated, super beautiful, crazy, princess-loving babe. My absolute favourite little thing in the whole wide world. But soon, you…

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Bump Update: 39 Weeks

Happy April and happy baby month to us! Despite the fact I currently resemble a beached whale with ankles the size of eighty year old tree trunks, it still doesn’t at all seem real that we’ll have another baby within the next twelve days. It’s insane. How many weeks and due date? 39 weeks + 2 days pregnant. Baby is due 11th April 2016, only 5 days till due date! Symptoms? I am so bloody tired! I totally forgot how…

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My Hospital Bag Essentials

Midwives recommend that you have your hospital bag all packed and ready to go by 36 weeks just in case baby decides to make an early arrival. Today, at 36 + 2 I finally got around to packing it all up. I’ve gathered together all my fave bits and pieces (and of course the not so glamorous post birth essentials) and compiled a little list for both me and baby which hopefully other mums-to-be may find useful! For me during and after labour:…

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Bump Update: 35 Weeks

I can’t believe it’s March already! That means we’re officially having a baby next month! How on earth did that happen?! Even if he’s like his sister and decides to arrive fashionably late, he will 100% be here before April is through. I remember hitting this milestone with Nora and feeling so prepared. So not the case this time around! How many weeks and due date? 35 weeks + 2 days pregnant. Baby is due 11th April 2016, 5 weeks and…

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My Surprise Baby Shower

Late Thursday night, I was sat watching yet another murder documentary (Ste is obsessed with them, should I be worried?!) when I heard someone outside our front door. Assuming the worst I sent Ste to investigate. He didn’t find Burglar Bill, but he did find an invite to my surprise baby shower which my absolute sneak of a sister not so stealthily delivered. I was so excited and super nervous but totally over the moon! Em also threw a surprise baby…

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Bump Update: 30 Weeks

I can’t believe we’ve hit the third trimester already! This pregnancy seems to be flying by, although in another way I do feel like I’ve been pregnant for an eternity. It’s a long wait when you find out you’re expecting at only four weeks. Although this is my first proper bump update, I have been taking regular bump pics throughout the last 30 weeks. Its so amazing how your body changes and grows to accommodate another little human! I actually…

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