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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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House Update: Our Kitchen & Living Room

We did it! I’m so happy that finally, after six long months of dust, stress, cracked walls, living out of boxes, indecision, tears and two kitchen fitters, our new family kitchen/living room is, dare I say it, done! Not to mention the little life event of having a baby in the midst of it all. After all the initial building and structural work was over and the massive ‘which kitchen do we choose’ decision was made, I’ve totally loved, with…

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Give It Six Weeks

I just had one of those baths, you know the kind you sink into and it soothes every part of your over tired, post-baby wobbly Mumbod and it occurred to me that this is the first relaxing evening bath I’ve had since Woody entered the world just over six weeks ago. Both babies were sleeping and I found a moment for myself and for the first time since he was born I gave myself a little pat on the back…

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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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