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Would you use a dummy?


Dummies are one of those contentious subjects that everyone has opinions on –¬† whether they are a parent or not, and something people tend to ‘overshare’ their opinions on. In our NCT classes, we were provided with some questions to discuss as a couple before our new bundle of joy arrived, and one of them was: ‘Would you give your…

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Survival tips for working mums


Being a working mum is no walk in the park………! Sometimes I think i’m mad for going back full time, especially on the days i’m tired and sleep deprived……. BUT, I always try to sleep on it and (usually) always feel much better the next day, remembering why I decided to go back. Whilst on maternity leave, thinking about what…

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The best things about being a working mum


When I went back to work full time after maternity leave, I was apprehensive, and hoped it was the best thing to do for our family. It gives me great pleasure now, 6 months later, saying it absolutely was! I have loved going back to work, especially in a more senior role, and to make it even better, the little…

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2017 – a reflection


2017, You were a busy old year for me. You were the first full year I spent with my little boy, you were the year where I spent half of the year on maternity leave and the other half back at work, you were the year where my stress levels got to levels they hadn’t reached before, and in the…

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Starting nursery soon? How to make it a success!


Having been through it, and worrying about it for so long, I thought i’d share some of things that I feel have made¬†starting nursery easier for us……. the things I feel like you all need to know! Try to control your emotions As well as being tough for your baby, the emotions we go through at that point are immensely…

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Returning to work after maternity leave (full time!!!)


“You’re crazy” “But why?” “Are you sure?!” “Really?” “Oh!” Just some of the comments I received when I told people I was returning to work after maternity leave – full time. For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll know that I was offered a new job whilst on mat leave, which was a really exciting opportunity for me.…

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Nursery – the first few weeks……


Little one due to start nursery soon? Read on…….. I couldn’t believe how quickly the start of nursery came about…… just a few months before, I had felt as though my maternity leave was dragging a little, and then the last few months just flew by!! We had picked our nursery when he was just 3 months old (which I…

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A letter to my firstborn at the end of maternity leave


My gorgeous baby boy, I can’t believe a year has come to an end already. Everyone told me that it would go quickly, but I don’t think I appreciated just HOW quickly it would disappear.  This really has been an extraordinary year for us both! At the beginning, it was about us both getting to know each other, and now…

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Maternity leave – expectations vs reality


Now that i’m coming to the end of my first maternity leave, it’s safe to say that some of the expectations I had for my “year off” were VERY unrealistic and dreamy!   Expectation: Lots of time to watch box sets Reality: I think I have managed one box set in the early days after giving birth, whilst breastfeeding *constantly*,…

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Healthy Snacks – thank you Organix!


Since we started weaning 5 months ago, the one thing I was adamant about was that I wanted to make sure the little man’s diet was better than ours! We LOVE crisps in our household, a bit too much! But, I don’t want him growing up the same way. However, when we eat lunch together and have sandwiches, it’s nice…

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