Broodiness, Bonding and Brand New Babies

A couple of weeks ago I had a the pleasure of having a proper natter about all things newborn with my friend Lyndsay. We met through blogging before I had my children and she’s just had a baby of her own, though she was pregnant when we got together. I don’t think there are any more babies on the horizon for me, as my youngest approaches his second birthday and all the challenges that toddler-hood brings (the terrible twos and potty training, anyone?) it was so nice to sit and chat about those first few weeks of having a new baby, and all the associated ups and downs! You can read more about her IVF journey on her blog, Fizzy Peaches. Talking to Lyndsay, and other first time mums it…

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A Letter to My Past Pregnant Self

Dear Past, Pregnant Me, Your life is about to change, in ways you’d find hard to believe. You spent so much time worrying about how this baby is going to actually appear that you’ve not really thought about what life will be like when you’re a mum, with a tiny little human completely dependent on you for everything! Here are some things you should know…

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Pregnancy: Project B Box – Arrive

    My final Project B Box arrived the day after Arlo did, perfect timing! The final box is full of things to help you get settled with your new arrival, hence the title! In it are a full size Seascape & Halos N Horns body lotions, both of which smell divine! Arlo is so small that a little goes a long way so I can see these both lasting forever! Seascape is a brand I was familiar with but Halos n Horns is new to me, and is another ‘nasties free’ brand, so perfect for little ones with delicate skin! I also got a NUK bottle, which will come in handy when I start expressing so that Sam can share feeds, and a pack of water wipes along with…

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A Natural Caesarean section birth story

Arlo’s Birth story – A natural Caesarean section. You can read why I chose to have a 2nd C section here.  After having our original C-section date postponed by four days (the longest days of my life, seemingly) we arrived at hospital at 7am only to be sat waiting until half past eight to be taken onto the ward to be prepared! The midwife double checked that I had taken the anti sickness tablets, the antacids and had been nil by mouth since the night before. I was then fitted with a lovely pair of green compression stockings (which I didn’t get in my first C section!) and then it was just a case of waiting… and waiting. The doctor popped in around 11am to check that I was okay…

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What’s in the hospital bag for baby!

  It’s much more fun packing the baby bag than the mama bag (but you can see what’s in my bag for a C section here) and I think I’ve re packed it about 3 times now! I’m using a lovely big Stokke nursing bag to fit it all in and am probably packing more than we’ll need but better to over than under pack! Here’s what I’ve packed: 7  vests (some long sleeved with fold over bits and some short sleeved) 2 sleep suits with no feet (Athena had super long legs and we had to cut the feet off the first size sleepsuits! 2 bundlers (like nighties with elasticated bottoms for easy changing hats & scratch mitts (which I doubt will get worn, they didn’t with Athena!) Pack of…

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Pregnancy : Third trimester essentials and win 1of 3 Pregnancy pillow sets

Now I’m heading towards the end of my pregnancy (38 weeks today, hurrah!) I thought I’d put together a list of my third trimester pregnancy essentials for anyone heading in that direction A nice smelling bump oil & pampering goodies – Okay, the second part may not be an essential as such but definitely something nice to have! So many things I have read have informed me that stretch marks are more genetic than avoidable by slathering creams on your belly, but that said I do love rubbing lotions and potions into the bump and the rest of me, especially when they smell good! I love the Cowshed range and the Cussons Bump & Me bits too, Sam got me a few miniatures of them for Mothers day, including the…

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What’s in My hospital bag for a caesarean section

This is my second C-section so I have more of an idea of what to expect this time round, and to be honest there are only a few extra additions because I am having a C Section rather than a vaginal birth.   The caesarean section essentials: High rise cotton knickers & over the bump leggings for going home in. You don’t want anything rubbing on your scar, so last time I bought 2 multi packs of granny pants from Primark in an extra big size, in black. Thankfully I didn’t chuck them out so I am re using this time! Arnica Tablets to help reduce swelling, though I’ve read that you should start taking these a couple of days before the birth and for around 10 days after. No idea…

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