Monday, 16 October 2017

For Lucas | Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Week

I wanted to mark Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness week by joining many others and writing a post about our experience.  This post is in many respects the easiest I could ever write, however, I've found myself putting it off for months, started and deleted it numerous times and left it as an untitled draft.  The last week, as most of you will know, I have been in hospital due to premature labour (which thankfully, has settled, for now).  I had my laptop with me and began to write what Brett and I went through, but nothing seems appropriate, I'm a pretty open book, I can and have talked openly about what happened and what we went through. For some reason I have really struggled to write it down in a blog post, sharing the intimate details just doesn't feel natural in this instance, for me. 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Pregnancy Update | 18 - 20 Weeks & Gender Reveal

I'm actually 21 weeks but the last couple of weeks have been nice and hectic as usual so I'm a little out of sync! In terms of the baby, everything is OK.  Things with me haven't been great but that's just ongoing issues which we were semi aware of.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Weaning Oscar | With HiPP Organic

Weaning can be daunting for any parent, whether it's your first or third child, it certainly has been for me. When it was Emelia's turn it was so easy, she began showing an interest and tasting foods at 4 months, whereas Oscar has been the polar opposite, even at 6 months he showed no interest what so ever. I was beginning to feel quite deflated, health visitors and other professionals were telling me what he should be having but no matter what I tried nothing worked, he just refused. I tried both bought and home made purees, finger foods, foods we eat, baby rice - everything.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Day Out | Hope Nature Centre & Animal Park

Hope Nature Centre and Animal Park is a charity run by young people with learning disabilities in Southwick, Wiltshire. The charity was founded in 2000, in May 2006 after six years of fundraising the tea room opened.  The following year chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, goats and a pony all found a new home in the nature centre and May 2008 saw the opening of the animal park.  The park is now home to may more animals and has approximately 700 visitors a week. 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Staying Cool During Pregnancy | Cool It Mama Spritz

I had my eye on the Cool It Mama spritz for a while before purchasing it and having used it constantly over the last few months I have to ask myself why I didn’t pick it up before.  To be honest, probably as I was sceptical about a product that is meant to cool you down, but it really does work and not only that, it smells beautiful. 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Tuesday 10 | Baby Names We Love But Won't Be Using

Choosing a baby name is to me, one the most important and overwhelming task you're faced with as a parent. We've never been particularly bothered about choosing a name that's trendy and standing out and being different has never been in the forefront of our minds. To us it's about the child and their future.  Regardless of how we may think our society act, people seem to be judged on their names, so we have always taken this into account.  I think it's important to imagine a name you like on an adult as well as a child, to me some names are absolutely fitting for a baby but maybe not so much for an adult, and vice versa. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Maternity Style Top Picks | Autumn/Winter Edition

I am a HUGE fan of clothes shopping, but I have to be honest, maternity clothes don't really do it for me!  I find a lot of them to frumpy and ill fitting - for me anyway.  I wouldn't call myself a style icon or even particularly fashionable, especially during pregnancy.  At the moment it's hot, so I've been living in shorts and vests (pyjamas at home!), but as I getting bigger Autumn/Winter will arrive, my least favourite seasons which isn't a great time to be struggling for outfit ideas! My go to maternity clothes are leggings, a long vest and cardigan or jumper.  I have some maternity jeans but I'm yet to find a pair that I really love. I also don't think you need to invest in a great deal of maternity clothes, but I do like to have a few staple items which I can mix in with my normal clothes.