Pregnancy: Comparing Co Sleepers

I wish we’d used a co-sleeper with Athena, it would have made life so much easier especially after a C-section. However I had no idea they even existed when I was pregnant the first time round! We had a moses basket (but it rocked from head to foot, and as babies have heavy heads it seems a bit daft, she was always head down!) and then a swinging crib (that you could put pegs in to stop the swing) but she grew out of that quickly as she was so…

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Why I’m choosing a second Cesarean Section

Athena was born via an elective C section (you can read her birth story here) because of ‘maternal anxiety’ according to my hospital notes. In brief, my husband was a big baby (11’7lbs) and was born via an eventual C section, I was a very small baby 5’11lbs but my mum had a difficult labour and birth and required an operation after I arrived. Sam’s brother was also born with a brain that hadn’t formed properly during pregnancy, and although he lived till he was 18 he needed constant care…

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Preparing to Breastfeed a second baby

I will breastfeeding baby boy when he arrives, I’m teaming up with Medela, the worlds leading producer of breast pumps and accessories and I and plan to  document my journey for prosperity and in the hopes that my experience will help someone else. I do want to point out though that although I believe that everyone should try (and then try a bit more!) to breastfeed that if for whatever reason it doesn’t work for you and you and/or your baby isn’t happy then don’t beat yourself up if you can’t continue…

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Babywearing when pregnant–& win a Kanga Wrap! [ended]

  Sometimes life is just easier without a pushchair, short trips to the shop or home from nursery for example. Although I’m almost 6 months pregnant it hasn’t stopped me from having Athena in a carrier. This week we’ve been using a new wrap from KangaWraps as a change from our mei-tai or buckled carrier, which is getting a bit tight round the bump these days! Some tips for wearing your baby when pregnant: If you didn’t babywear before pregnancy it may not be the best time to start, as…

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My Breastfeeding story

Hopefully you’ll have read my post on Top 10 breastfeeding tips and Breastfeeding past a year already, but I also wanted to write about my story from the start, so that when it is over I can look back and remind myself of how it worked for us. The first few weeks: In hospital Athena latched on (albeit painfully!) right away, and started getting the colostrum that about 4 different Midwives called ‘liquid gold’ (as if trying to persuade me, I’d already made it clear I wanted to breastfeed!) and…

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Breastfeeding past a year

I never really thought about when we would stop breastfeeding. We got to six months, all was fine and dandy so we carried on (hey, saves money on formula!) and then we got to twelve months and we’re still going… with no plans to stop just yet. We still feed in public when needed although these times are few and far between now as we’ve dropped down to one or two feeds a day normally. I am also happy knowing that I am lowering my risk of ovarian and breast…

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Thoughts: My Parenting Style

  I wanted to do a post about my parenting ‘style’ for a few months now, or rather lack of. Once Athena arrived I didn’t read any books although I’d been given a few, I just followed my instinct. However you become aware of different types of parenting on websites/peoples blogs/forums etc it looks like I fall into the ‘AP’ category to a certain degree. I’d only really been aware of attachment parenting for a little while, and a couple of weeks ago Peaches Geldof highlighted it in the press…

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