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Baby weaning – Boob not Food

Letting go  – Our booby weaning journey at 8 months

You would be forgiven for thinking that I had a ‘problem’ child, a ‘bad’ boy who didn’t ‘sleep through’ – but you would be wrong. I actually don’t care that he didn’t sleep through. I never really cared, yes sometimes you could stand a spoon up in my coffee and yes sometimes I would apply three layers of under eye concealer, but ultimately it really never bothered me that he didn’t fit in with our archaic western ideals of a baby, the baby that would sleep through. This is why I (or we as parents) haven’t announced to anybody that we have now weaned our little boy off the boob. The milk bar is closed, the jugs are empty, my massive mammaries are minimising. Read More »

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Baby development vs. parent development

Leap 6: Wonder weeks developmental leap

And how as they develop so do we

Leap 6 has come at me from all angles, add on top the fact he started commando crawling like an army veteran at 7 and a half months and all my precious time has evaporated. I think there was one point last month when I wrote quite the smug blog post about how my brain had started to return to normal (post baby fog) and how I thought I might be writing lots of consistent blog posts. Well hey, I tempted fate didn’t I!?Read More »

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Myths, truths and lessons learnt

The Postpartum Special

We all know the pregnancy symptoms, we all had apps simultaneously telling you how dismal its going to get towards the end. But what we don’t always think to google is the postpartum symptoms. Now i’m not talking the 6 week symptoms (Chinese burns, sweaty bettys, toilet worries, sleep deprivation and hormonal hell (you know, I know you know)) i’m talking about the long game… let me share with you my ten 6 months postpartum myths, truths and lessons learntRead More »

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I know what I did last summer

I’m not one for nostalgia. I like to look forward and embrace the new, new days, fresh starts. However, through the power of my smart phone, and the suggestion from social media Thursdays have become throwbacks where we are encouraged to delve back through time to the past… and thus I find myself indulging in a little throwback this July Thursday. Oti is asleep next to me have an incredibly early morning nap (7:45am) and Mr B is off out the door to go earn the bacon. So I’m staying put for now, unlike me to lounge in bed, but I’m stealing sometime to share with you July 2016.Read More »

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Why you should embrace a developmental week

I’m sitting in semi dark, blackout blinds pulled down, lights off. It’s early on a July Saturday, it’s sunny outside (I think) but I need to stay in this gloom. Mr B is sleeping soundly next to me and the cat has found his spot in the nursery. And where is the baby at 8:00am on a Saturday morning? He’s asleep in my arms as I awkwardly type this blog on my phone. He’s had a rough night, waking 5 times screaming, not a whimper, not a gurgle, a blood curdling scream from the bottom of his heart. Mr B has helped me out and gone to get him and brought him to me all night. Not much but booby would comfort him, only mumma can help. Read More »

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Planning a Staycation with a Baby

The Do’s and Dont’s of a family Staycation with a Baby

On a Budget!

Lets face facts, maternity pay doesn’t get you very far especially when you spent all your savings renovating your new house before you had the baby. Which makes a staycation the only summer holiday option. I’m not complaining because we enjoy our home, and last year we went to Ibiza and the South of France – so I will stop you there before you get the violins out.Read More »

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The Four Month Perfect Storm

The Four Month Perfect Storm

We’re going to need more coffee

 

So the fourth trimester is over, you’ve settled in to a nice routine. You know what time to feed your baby, change your baby, pop your baby down for a nap. You are getting housework done, you are brushing your hair and enjoying hot coffee. You’re contemplating updating that yoga app on your iPad and you have even started a craft project… but guess what… don’t get too comfortable…welcome to the four-month perfect storm; let me give you a rundown of all the things that will upset the day to day bliss of a happy homeRead More »

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Parenthood – Myths, truths, lessons learnt 

Parenthood – Myths, truths, lessons learnt

10 THINGS WE HAVE LEARNT IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS

1.FIRST SIGHT Its easy to imagine the first time you see your baby, come on we have all watched one born every minute… I know what i’m supposed to do – i’m supposed to burst into tears at the site of this pink little screaming bundle of joy… What nobody told me was that pushing a baby out is the most ridiculous and absurd thing you will ever do. And when the midwife told me to look down all I could do was laugh! Now it might have something to do with the copious amounts of gas and air – but my god I found seeing him for the first time funnier than Michael McIntyre’s wobbly hair.Read More »

An owed to instagram

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An owed to instagram

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I will admit this blog post might be alienating if you are not obsessed with instagram, but please try to read until the end because this rambling does have a point

December 2016, 32 weeks pregnant and I was signed off work with stress, work related stress, pregnancy related stress, general life stress! Half my first trimester symptoms had come back and even though I thought I could just carry on until the end it turns out I couldn’t – I was done. And I was bored …there is only so much call the midwife one can catch up on.Read More »