Tag Archives : parenting

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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Nursery – is it really that bad?!


In 6 weeks time, it’ll be all change again! I’ll have just had a year off work for the first time, and have gone through more emotions than I ever knew were possible! Plus, I managed to bag myself a promotion that I didn’t think would happen for at least 5 years. So, all in all, it’s been a busy…

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When did I become invisible?


I’m not exactly sure when it happened, and it took me a few weeks to realise, but suddenly, as soon as I had pushed a baby out, people didn’t want to know about ME anymore. Family and friends who used to call me for a chat, ask me to go to dinner / shopping, all of a sudden didn’t want to know about…

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8 months into being a mum – how do I feel?


The last 8 months have been an absolute whirlwind, so it’s rare that I get to actually sit down and think about how I actually feel. I can’t believe that in the last 8 months I have given birth, looked after a newborn (and he’s still ok!), and now have an infant who is clapping, squealing and trying to crawl!…

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Summer Holidays: 10 things to pack for baby


As I found out a few weeks ago, going on holiday has a whole different meaning once a baby comes along! Gone are the relaxing, lazy days by the pool snoozing and reading at your leisure, it’s more making sure that you have enough entertainment for your baby so you can soak up at least a little bit of that…

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Yes, i’m planning to return to work – FULL TIME…….


Halfway into my maternity leave I was approached by my boss about an opportunity that was coming up – someone was leaving to do a long term secondment, and they had thought of me as a potential candidate. I was made up that they’d thought of me, especially seeing as I was on maternity leave! The job would be a promotion,…

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Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit – Review and GIVEAWAY


For anyone who has read my post the-dreaded-4-month-sleep-regression, you will know exactly what I was up against – wake ups every hour or two throughout the night, which were starting to take their toll. So, when the lovely Maureen, creator of the Magic Sleepsuit got in touch after seeing my blog post, I was very excited. I had briefly heard about the…

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The Bedtime Tag


Thank you to Grumpy Mum Reviews for passing on the bedtime tag! I’m currently sat in bed with a baby sleeping in the next room……so, the perfect time to write this! 1. Describe your usual bedtime routine  Our bedtime routine is still a work in progress. It starts between 6.30pm-7pm depending on just how grumpy the little man is, and…

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