My Birth Experience

We are all just a little apprehensive about giving birth – aren’t we?Especially for the first time. So, women want to hear real birth stories, right? All blood, placenta and episiotomies, yeah? (But then again, I wanted to bury my head in the sand and go into labour with my comfort blanket made of naivety and optimism.) Anyway, for those of you (crazy people) who want to hear real – this is my birth experience.

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Guest Post -What you really need in your hospital bag!

I’m delighted to be able to share with you my first ever collaboration and guest post by the lovely Lucy at miss_mummy_life   (blog link here). She’s done a fabulous post giving out much needed advice for mums-to-be about What you really need in your hospital bag!

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Surviving without sleep

(This post first appeared on www.meetothermums.com)

I was a lover of sleep.

It had to be dark, not even a slight crack in the curtains.

It had to be silent, no ticking clocks or traffic noises.

It had to be flat out on my stomach in full starfish pose.

It most definitely was MY side of the bed (so back off!)

Now it’s a completely different story. But every now and then, I dare to think back to the good old days – or more specifically – nights. Where sleep was exactly that – sleep. Simple. Calm. Relaxing. I still am a great lover of sleep – but it’s not dark; it’s not silent; it’s not starfish and it most definitely is NOT my side. Just where did it all go wrong? A long, long time ago we decided to have a baby…

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Those first three months… the fourth trimester

As F is nearing five months old, it’s time to sit back and take stock of all that’s happened in that time. The expectations, the advice, the highs, the lows; has it been all I thought it would be or not? Here’s my experience of the fourth trimester – the bits no one warns you about.

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Give yourself some post-baby body image slack in 2017

Am I joining the hordes of people in the gym this January? No. Am I going to let my extra belly roll or bit of saggier skin here and there bother me? No. Read on to find out why I’m choosing to give myself a bit of body image slack in 2017.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Is it really New Years Resolution time? Maybe going to the gym at least 3 times a week? No. Not eating as much chocolate? Definitely not. This year my only resolution is to have no New Years Resolutions. Why? Because I know that it’d get to the second week of January and they’d already have fallen by the wayside.

Neither will I spend Christmas looking back over 2016, worrying about how fast the time is flying, how I’m yet another year older with extra wrinkles seemingly appearing every day. So what I’ve decided to do instead is think of my Top 5 reasons for looking forward to 2017…

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Why all I want for Christmas is … poop!

This time last year, all I wanted for Christmas was a baby cooking nicely inside my tummy; and wonderfully I found out on the 30th of December 2015 that there was. However, way back then, the pre-baby me had no idea how much my motherhood life would be ruled by bodily functions. Did I ever envisage myself taking a picture of my baby’s poo filled nappy to show the health visitor? Or Googling the words ‘baby’s green poo’? Or being delighted to hear a burp multiple times a day? No! My pre-baby self is thinking, ‘What kind of weirdo have you turned into? Stop it right now!’

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Baby without boundaries – our first family holiday abroad

Along with the obligatory sun, sea and sand, pre-baby holidays for me and my hubby were all about adventure, tanning time, a book or two, and of course sampling of the local tipples – but was that all about to change? I knew post-baby travel was bound to be different, but how? Here’s my 5 top tips for travelling abroad with a little one.

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Feeding baby – Is breast always best?

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There’s no arguing about the scientific benefits of breastmilk for babies. What I want to know is whether it is always best for mummies and what affect can it have on their mental health? What is it like to deal with the pressures of feeding baby all by yourself? And what are the consequences when it just doesn’t work out?

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Rothko Clothing

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