My second birth story – quick, dramatic, and amazing!

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It was two days before my due date and it felt like I had been pregnant forever. The past few weeks had been so uncomfortable, and the last week I'd been having on/off contractions which had me thinking "this is it!" every time. But they'd never build up to anything and I was starting to be convinced that I'd be going way past my due date. It was a Saturday morning, and I was so pleased to have John home with us. He works in London, and is at least an hour and a half away, so I'd been really concerned that if things kicked off quickly then he might not make it. And those last few weeks of pregnancy with ...

Living Arrows 25/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   Last Friday was the last day of my husband's paternity leave, so we decided to pull Max out of nursery and head out for the day. He'd requested a trip to a 'big garden', so we got in the car and made the trip down to Mottisfont to see the roses in full bloom. But the absolute highlight for Max was throwing stones into this little pond in the middle of the rose garden. If that's not a face of pure joy I don't know what is!    

10 Cheap Summer Things to Do in Surrey with a Toddler

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I'm so grateful to live in Surrey - there are so many wonderful spots to explore right on your doorstep. When the summer hits it's amazing to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but there's no need for it to cost lots of money - there are so many great places which cost nothing (or very little) to enjoy.   Stoke Park Paddling Pool, Guildford   When the heat ramps up there's no better place than a paddling pool, and the one at Stoke Park in Guildford is great - lovely and clean, and newly refurbished last year. Perfect for toddlers, as there are no deep bits at all, and with a good area around it for parents to sit and chill out. Arrive ...

Teach your child to tolerate delay… out in the garden… amongst the fairies!

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I'm really pleased to welcome Carly from In the Flower Shop I Saw for my guest post today. If you've not seen her Instagram account, please do check it out - if you're a floral fan it'll be right up your street! Carly is talking about ways to get your children outside and involved in the garden, and has some beautiful ideas....   As a child I remember playing outside...playing outside a LOT! As old as this makes me sound I can think back to the days where entertainment was created by simply looking for that lucky three leaf clover in the grass, picking daisies to make a simple, yet enchanting chain and dead-heading roses (sorry Mum!) to squish and squash and make a ...

Living Arrows 23/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   When it comes to key moments of childhood, is there anything bigger than meeting your younger brother for the first time? I have to admit I was more than a bit nervous about how Max would handle a little brother, but he has been an absolute star the last couple of days and he is already so good with him - his favourite phrase is "sooo cute!", and he is being such a great help in fetching nappies, trying to calm Ben down when he's upset, and is (almost) managing not to shout all the time! I heard him walking down the landing this morning to ...

Welcome to the World Baby Ben!

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I'm so pleased to introduce you all to our newest family member - baby Ben! Ben arrived with us at 14.54 on Saturday 3rd June and we couldn't be happier to meet our newest family member. I'm sure I'll be sharing more on the blog shortly, but for now, just a brief photo of those squishy baby cheeks!

The Pregnancy Diaries: Week 38

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38 weeks pregnant and I think it's fair to say I'm so ready for this baby to arrive now! What's going on with the baby He's pretty much fully formed at this point and is just putting on weight now ready to make his arrival. All his organs are working, and his lungs will just be making their final developments ready for birth. His eye colour at birth will be decided now, although blue eyed babies can still often change to brown within their first year. It's strange, but it's one of the things that I'm most curious about with this baby - Max is such a blond, blue eyed boy, while me and his Dad are dark, so I wonder what his ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #47

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove! It's my last week of hosting this week as I'll be taking a little break while the baby arrives and we settle into life as a new family. But I'm so pleased to let you know that I'll be passing the reins to the lovely and more than capable hands of Laura Dove (Five Little Doves) and I'm sure the two Laura's will make a great hosting team. Thank you so much to Laura for agreeing to hold the fort for a few weeks, and I'm sure be checking in on your posts at some point during those late night feeds!   What's #SharingtheBlogLove all about? If you are new to Sharing the Blog Love it is a weekly showcase of our ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 47

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Blogger Showcase - and my last showcase for a little while as I'm taking a bit of a break due to our new arrival! If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys!   Life, Motherhood and Everything This is one I think all parents to toddlers will be able to relate ...

Me and Mine: A Family Portrait in May

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I'm sat here writing this post at the very end of May, knowing that very soon our time as a family of three is coming to an end and we will be joined by our newest family member. It's such an exciting but nerve wracking time too - everything is so unknown. I wonder what he'll look like, who he'll take after. Will he be dark like me and his Dad, or will he be a carbon copy of his older brother, all blond hair and blue eyes? Will he be the same child of extremes as his brother, or, like so many younger siblings I see, will he be more laid back, more adventurous? And how will we all ...