Parenting

A New Kind of Normal

I needn’t have worried. Its true what they say. When you go from one to two, becoming a family of three to four. Your family grows, and just like that your heart expands and you find a new capacity for love. The change is subtle, not earth shattering or overwhelming and suddenly you find a new kind of normal. My days are blissful. Full of a happiness and a contentment that could only come from fuzzy newborn days filled with…

Food

Quick & Easy Toddler Friendly Meals: Salmon & Asparagus Tagliatelle

One of the joys of being on maternity leave is having more time and energy to cook in the evenings. The little lady is a huge fan of pasta, and I am a huge fan of quick and easy meals. With baby number two’s arrival due any day now, I know I’ll need to have lots of meals like these that I can throw together under my sleeve. The first time round when I was on maternity leave I cooked…

#BreastfeedingStories

#BreastfeedingStories Featuring 2 Brides 2 Mums

As Parents There Is Nothing More Powerful Than The Stories We Share.. Welcome back to the #BreastfeedingStories guest post series, an opportunity to bring together stories from other mums who have breastfeeding experiences that they would like to share. This weeks guest post features Sarah and Lauren from 2 Brides 2 Mums who share their story having a baby with jaundice and the significant challenges it can cause for breastfeeding in the early days.   Breastfeeding our baby was a…

Lifestyle

June Favourites

June has been a bit of a homeware month as a result of my current obsession with styling my new blogging and home office space. Its fair to say that I am very much curating my new space, with every single piece being very thoughfully and carefully selected. I want it to be a space that I love and love being in, so its really important to me that every piece has meaning, has a story to it or is…

Baby No.2

Happy Due Date Baby! The Final Pregnancy Update: Weeks 38 – 40

So here we are, week 40 and what will be my final bump update for this pregnancy. Over the last few weeks I have been convinced that we wouldn’t see week 40 and baby would arrive early. But after an overdue first baby, I’m not quite so sure why I have been so convinced that baby would arrive early. I guess the one nice thing about getting to week 40 is getting to write this final update and really reflect…

Baby No.2

Things You Say You Won’t Do In Your 2nd Pregnancy …

I remember during my first pregnancy getting to the last two weeks and trying everything to get the baby to come early. You name it, I tried it and yet she still decided to come four days late. On reflection it was hardly surprising. Around only 5% of babies arrive on their due date and pretty much everyone that I know has had a late first baby. So having learnt from my first experience, I promised myself that this time…

#BreastfeedingStories

#BreastfeedingStories Featuring Sarah Tai

As Parents There Is Nothing More Powerful Than The Stories We Share.. Welcome back to the #BreastfeedingStories guest post series, an opportunity to bring together stories from other mums who have breastfeeding experiences that they would like to share. This weeks guest post features @Sarah_Tai who shares her story about the challenges of breastfeeding in the critical first few weeks, and just how important it is to get the right support. At 01.39am on 2nd May 2012, Y arrived after…

Reviews

What’s In The Box: Fit Bump Box

Everyone always says that your first pregnancy is a luxury, but you never truly appreciate exactly what that means until your second pregnancy when you have a toddler running around. I rarely get to sit down and relax for more than five minutes these days, even whilst I’ve been on maternity leave. There is just always something to do and a little one to always entertain or see to. During my first pregnancy I had nothing but time. Time to…

Baby No.2

Preparing Toddlers For Siblings

A few weeks ago the nursery spoke to us about the little lady not using her “listening ears”, in other words not doing good listening. Something that we have also been experiencing at home recently too, and whilst its nothing to be particularly concerned about behaviourally it is something that had sent little warning flags up for us. It could of course just be a case of the terrible twos at their peak, but I suspect it may be more…

Baby No.2

Whats In My Hospital Bag?

Finally, at 37 weeks pregnant I packed our hospital bags. Over the last few weeks its been niggling in the back of my mind that I needed to get these packed, and the reminder by my midwife at our 36 week check coupled with the start of maternity leave at 37 weeks meant that I finally had the time to actually get this done. Hugh sigh of relief and massive tick off the to do list! The first time round…