I had a lovely first Mother’s Day, with lovely company and beautiful gifts.
Yesterday I experienced my first Mother’s Day as a mum. I think this is a big milestone for any new mum and the day takes on a whole new meaning! I think once you become a mum, as long as you had a good relationship with your mum you appreciate her a lot more. As a mother, I also appreciate my body a lot more – it’s amazing what it does throughout pregnancy and labour. Continue reading “My first Mother's Day”
Written for World Sleep Day on 17th March 2017, this post is about our sleep routine with our baby.
I love sleep, don’t you? Unfortunately, it’s something that most new parents are lacking in – unless you’re one of the lucky few! As it’s World Sleep Day today, I thought I’d discuss our sleep routine with Autumn with you.
Once we got back from the hospital after her operation, we started a sleep routine (she was 6 weeks old then). From what I’ve heard, it doesn’t sound like sleep routines work with all babies and each person/couple has to tailor it to their needs. However, this is what we do: Continue reading “Our Sleep Routine – World Sleep Day”
For a while after she was born, I hated the name that we gave to our baby girl.
When you’re pregnant you spend hours looking at baby names with your partner, trying to pick the perfect one for your unborn child. My husband and I were no different; hours were spent searching the internet looking for inspiration. So, it pains me to say that for a period of time, I couldn’t stand my daughter’s name, despite the fact that I was the one who had chosen it. Hearing her name made me flinch; I felt like I wanted to change it to something else…
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When do you first start feeling like a mom/mother/mum? This post discusses when I first felt like I was a mum. Was it when I took my positive pregnancy test? Was it when I saw my baby on the sonographer’s screen or was it once she was actually born?
It was late January 2016 that I took my positive pregnancy test, so I’ve been thinking a lot about this time last year. I was thinking about when I started being a mum and when I started feeling like a mum. Without getting into a pro-life vs. pro-choice debate, I’d like to share my story and discuss with you when you first started being a mum. Continue reading “When do you start feeling like a mother?”
We’ve been reading with Autumn since she was a 6 week old baby. She loves books and here are her current favourite children’s books!
Inspired by World Book Day tomorrow, (2nd March 2017), I thought I’d write about some of the books Autumn has in her collection or has borrowed from the library. Since Autumn was only a 6 week old baby, I’ve been buying and reading books to her often.
It’s never too early to start reading to babies, as it helps them to learn and it’s another activity you can do to help develop their senses. To begin with, black and white books are best as they can’t see especially clearly and they enjoy looking at the contrast. As they get to a couple of months old, they start to pay more attention to bright colours. As a 5 month old, Autumn now absolutely loves books, especially if they’re brightly coloured! She really looks at them and interacts with them by touching them and trying to hold them. Sometimes she even tries to turn the pages by herself!
Autumn seems to have three favourite books currently:
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Looking for something free and fun to do in Kent? The Kent Big Weekend is on 1st and 2nd April 2017 and allows people to visit some of Kent’s biggest attractions for free!
Every year since 2011, there has been an event called Kent Big Weekend/The Big Weekend. This year, it takes place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April.
Kent Big Weekend allows thousands of residents in Kent to enjoy a day out at one of 117 of the many tourist attractions that the county has to offer. Entry closes on Friday 3rd March 2017, though, so you’ll need to be quick! Continue reading “Be quick for Kent Big Weekend 2017”
Sharing my breastfeeding story, from a fantastic start despite initial latching problems due to the issues I faced as a result of Autumn suddenly falling ill.
Breastfeeding is a very personal thing and every woman with a child has her own story about why she breastfeeds, why she stopped breastfeeding or why she formula fed from the start.
My story begins years before I even fell pregnant, when my, (then boyfriend), husband and I were discussing having children in the future. I just knew that when the time came, I wanted to feed my child myself. After all, breast is best, right?!
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This is a relatively positive birth story about my waterbirth, in which I used hypnobirthing techniques, as well as gas and air and a TENS machine for pain relief.
“See you on Wednesday…possibly!” I said to my Dad as we left my parents’ house on Sunday 18th September. He was free on Wednesday morning to come and swap our old leaking radiator to a new one we’d bought to replace it. Continue reading “My waterbirth story”