• What not to say to a NICU mum - photo of baby holding onto Mum's finger
    Parenting

    What Not to Say to a NICU Mum – 9 Things to Avoid

    Having had two premature babies, each needing weeks of neonatal care, I thought I was just about qualified to write a list of what not to say to a NICU mum or dad. Hopefully this will help if you have a friend or family member who is going through this tough experience. 1. “When will you get home?” This is a tricky one to answer. Do you mean when will I get home or do you mean when will baby get home, because the chances are I will get home much sooner than baby. In the worst cases, mum and dad might not actually be sure baby is going to…

  • Breastfeeding baby wearing blue at looking up at mum
    Parenting

    Breastfeeding With IGT – Heartbreaking but Fulfilling

    What is IGT? IGT stands for insufficient glandular tissue and is a condition where a woman’s breasts have not got enough tissue to produce a full milk supply to sustain her baby. It is difficult to diagnose as there are so many other factors which might cause low milk supply. Breastfeeding with IGT is not necessarily impossible but it can be extremely challenging both physically and mentally. You can get more information here on the Kellymom website. Breastfeeding Dylan I never managed to get to a full supply with Dylan. I had lots of complications during my pregnancy and birth, plus Dylan was premature. All of these factors can be…

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    Parenting

    Harris’ Arrival – Having A Premature Baby During A Global Pandemic

    Having a premature baby is hard, but having one during a global pandemic was on another level. Harris arrived 9 weeks early. He just had to do one better than his big brother by arriving even earlier and during the coronavirus pandemic. During my pregnancy with Dylan, I developed pre-eclampsia which led to him being born ahead of schedule. This meant that when I was pregnant with Harris, I had extra monitoring and was seen by the consultant throughout my pregnancy. Aside from a bit of sickness early on and some back/hip pain as the pregnancy progressed, my blood pressure was behaving and everything seemed to be going really well…

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    Parenting

    A New Arrival

    On March 15th 2020 we welcomed our second little boy into the world. Harris Finn 3lb 13oz Harris was born 9 weeks early so it was all a bit of a suprise to say the least. He spent just over 5 weeks in hospital until he was strong enough to come home. Having him home is the best feeling and Dylan loves being a big brother. Our house is full of love, cuddles and so many nappies!

  • Baby eating spaghetti
    Kitchen,  Parenting

    Favourite Recipes To Share With Baby

    I love food, Mik loves food and we are so pleased that Dylan also loves food. I thought I would put together a list of our favourite recipes to share with baby. We still love to eat these meals together even though Dylan is definitely now a toddler, not a baby any more. Banana oak pikelets These are great for breakfast, as a snack while out and about or as a quick lunch when defrosted from the freezer. We’ve tried lots of flavours and our favourites are banana and cinnamon, cheese and tomato or cheese and pea. Porridge with plums and almond This recipe isn’t officially a baby/toddler recipe but…

  • Bookshelf,  Parenting

    Magical Personalised Christmas Books for Kids

    This year I’ve come across two completely magical personalised Christmas books for kids and I can’t wait to see how much they are enjoyed. Reading with Dylan is one of my favourite things, especially now that he’s starting to understand and match pictures to words. When I was little, my dad used to read The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey to us every Christmas Eve and I really can’t wait to start some Christmas reading traditions with Dylan. My sisters and I used to look forward to the Christmas story and we even read it together the last time we all stayed with Dad on Christmas Eve which was just…

  • Parenting

    A Little Announcement

    As of May next year, we will become a family of four. Dylan is going to be a big brother! We are all very excited and now that I’m finally starting to get past the morning sickness (which has in no way been limited to the morning), I’m feeling like I can finally start looking forward to and planning for baby number 2. First step is to turn our spare room into Dylan’s new bedroom. We’d like him to be settled in there before baby arrives so will be starting work on that asap!

  • Toddler playing with dad in autumn leaves
    Parenting

    Being a Stay-at-Home Mum

    A few months ago, I made the massive decision to give up the job I loved to stay at home and look after Dylan. It took me so long to come to that decision as I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am but ultimately I just couldn’t see myself leaving Dylan in childcare for a minimum of three full days a week. Since handing in my notice I’ve definitely had some wobbles where I’ve wondered if I’ve done the right thing, but most of the time I do feel really lucky that I’m able to be a stay-at-home mum and look after him while he is still…

  • Toddler looking at duck pond
    Life,  Parenting

    Adventures With A Toddler

    Every day with a toddler is an adventure. Dylan seems to have never-ending energy nowadays and loves getting outside to explore. In The Woods Last week we pulled on our wellies and headed outside into the woods which back onto our house. Now that the weather is turning, Dylan had lots of fun watching the leaves falling off the trees and squishing the soggy leaves on the ground. We spent a long time exploring a puddle. We both splashed, he fished for twigs under the water and he fell on his bottom where he stayed for a good few minutes. After that we bailed home, both covered in mud and…

  • Parenting

    One

    And then he was one. Our tiny little baby boy is now a cheeky toddler. Happy first birthday Dylan. It feels like yesterday that we met you but it also feels like we’ve known you forever. You’ve come so far in the past year and have turned into such a happy boy. You are an adventurer and are becoming so confident with walking. Emptying out the sock drawer is one of your favourite things to do. Let’s hope you learn how to put the socks back soon! You smile and wave at everyone you meet which can make a quick trip to the shops take much longer than planned as…