Willow Olive: A birth story

“With you being overdue and having reduced movements we would like to induce on Friday this week…” My heart sank. I had been induced with my first baby, and things had not gone well. I’d ended up with an infected episiotomy, a painful third degree tear and a postpartum haemorrhage which caused me to need…

Rose Audrey: A birth story

As I lay my hand on my blooming belly I grinned at myself in the mirror and pressed the photo button on my phone. I was ready for my aqua natal class and really hoped it would be the last one before I met our baby daughter. It was Friday 7th June 2013 and although…

The Christmas Crazies

“SERIOUSLY?! It’s not even December yet!!” – Bloody ‘Christmas Crazies’…  … You know the ones: they have eggnog-induced grins on their faces as soon as November arrives, they sneak glitter into their outfits at every given opportunity (novelty elf earrings, anyone?!), Mariah’s ‘All I want for Xmas’ blares out of their car speakers and they…

Freedom of choice – a helping hand with toddler behaviour…

  “Would you like a satsuma or a banana?” “Would you like to put your arms through your (car seat) straps, or shall I?” “Would you like Mummy to check your teeth, or Daddy?” These are just three of the MANY questions I have asked our toddler in the last few days. I used to…

We survived the newborn stage!

We survived!! (the twelve week newborn stage)  Our beautiful Willow is twelve weeks old tomorrow. For many reasons, twelve weeks is a big milestone – mostly because she will no longer be classed as a ‘newborn’. Many parents mourn the loss of the newborn phase however I am not one of them and neither is…

From basket to bed – easing the painĀ 

One Sunday night a few weeks ago, Willow’s Moses basket to cot transition happened. It was kind of an accident as her late evening nap just carried on into the small hours, which I think was a good thing, as I recently had a ‘I’m not ready’ freak-out when I clocked that there was no…

Tips for a growing family: hello baby #2

Making the transition from parenting one child to parenting two is tricky – and often how well things go is dependent on the temperament and ages of your two children – here are some tips which have helped us leap into becoming a family of four. I’m far from being an ‘expert’ and I’m very…

Parenthood: expect the unexpected

Parenthood changes you, that’s no surprise. Here are some of the things I DIDN’T see coming: 1. Pride – obviously I knew I would feel proud of my children’s achievements but never did I expect to find myself whooping like I’d won the lottery in response to a poo in the potty or an independently-adorned…

A miscarriage of justice: the brutal unfairness of losing a baby

(Written on Nov 6th 2015) One year ago today, we went to see a firework display with our then 16 month old daughter, Rose. It was our first month of trying for our second baby and as we walked into the local school’s playground I got a stomach ache and instantly felt disappointed – I…

When breast isn’t best

I have two beautiful daughters, both of whom are happy, healthy and thriving. I am truly blessed. One is 28 months old, the other is 9 weeks. I have spent a combined total of 9 days of their lives breastfeeding. When Rose was born I was planning to exclusively breastfeed, in fact I was quite…

Fifteen to One (Mummy-to-be): My tricks of the trade…

Not all pregnant women enjoy the experience, but I personally found being an expectant mother a wonderful and fulfilling time in my life, on both occasions. Of course, along with the magic and wonder of the life growing inside you comes advice. TRUCKLOADS of it. It’ll come at you like your female work colleagues hands…