My hopes for motherhood second time around

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With just 4 weeks to go now until my due date, I'm very conscious that our new arrival will finally be arriving very soon! And that's got me thinking a lot about what I want to do differently this time around. I found the adjustment to being a mum very difficult to deal with. No-one can prepare you for that rush of love that just overwhelms you, but also the intense worry, guilt, and anxiety that accompanies it. As a first time mum, you are so concerned with 'getting it right', and it takes some time for the realisation to sink in that there is no 'right', just what's right for you and your baby. Although I don't think there are many ...

A Visit to Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park

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I have to admit that until the other week I had never heard of the Isabella Plantation, despite having lived pretty close to Richmond Park for a few years now. But it started appearing on my Instagram feed a few weeks ago with the most stunning azaleas in bloom and I was surprised when I looked it up how close it was to us - just 30 minutes drive! So once it got to the weekend, we jumped in the car and headed down the A3 towards Richmond. Car parking in Richmond Park is free, and the best car park for the Isabella Plantation is the Broomfield Hill Car Park, a little way inside the park itself. It's still about a 5-10 ...

Living Arrows 21/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   There aren't many moments when I spot Max totally still and absorbed in something, but this was a rare exception! We made a visit to the Isabella Plantation at Richmond Park last week, and it was stunning - the azaleas were in bloom and the colour everywhere was stunning. I loved this moment where Max had seen a bird up in one of the trees and just stopped still to watch it. Of course, if you look really closely, you'll note that he's also holding a snack, which may have also contributed to the unusually still photo of him!  

The Pregnancy Diaries: Week 36

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Today marks the end of week 36 and I've reached full term! And let me tell you, I feel every inch of it. But the end is in sight!   What's going on with the baby At 36 weeks pregnant, he's pretty much fully formed at this point and is just putting on weight now ready to make his arrival. He'll be shedding the downy hair that's covered him, as well as the vernix caseosa - the wax that will have covered him as protection.   What's going on with me   Despite all the general aches and pains of pregnancy, it's actually been a much better week than last week! Max and I managed to get out for a trip to Greys Court, which was a ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #45

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove! I hope you've all had a good week. This week is my last week at work before going on maternity leave, which feels like a huge milestone. If those last few weeks of pregnancy are anything like I remember though, I'll definitely be wanting things to occupy my time, so I'm really looking forward to reading all your posts over the next few days! But, on with the linky!   What's #SharingtheBlogLove all about? If you are new to Sharing the Blog Love it is a weekly showcase of our favourite posts that have linked up. It's a chance to introduce you to new blogs and to share the wonderful writing that exists in the blogging world. All you have to do is ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 45

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Blogger Showcase! 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!   Musings of a Tired Mummy There are some things that are just part of growing up and learning to ride a bike is definitely one of them. But Laura's post, I have turned my son into a criminal, gave me ...

Testing for Group B Strep in pregnancy with Strepelle

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Have you heard of Group B Strep? It wasn't something that I'd heard of at all during my first pregnancy, but about a year ago now I read Fiona Paddon's story and campaign to raise awareness of Group B Strep and the importance of testing during pregnancy. Fiona sadly lost her son, Edward Gili just 9 days after his birth as a result of contracting the Group B Strep infection. I signed her petition and tracked it's progress through parliament, and was very disappointed when it was decided that the NHS would not be making these tests a regular part of pregnancy testing.   What is Group B Strep? Group B Strep is a common, natural bacteria carried by around 1 in 4 ...

A Visit to Greys Court National Trust

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We visited Greys Court for the first time in May last year, and I was absolutely wowed by the wisteria. So much so that I made a diary note to visit to see it again this year! So last week Max and I headed over towards Henley, and I told him all about the wonderful purple flower we were hunting for. I really love the gardens at Greys Court - they're not huge, but they're a series of walled rooms, and that moment when you open the door to the next room definitely has something of The Secret Garden about it.     One part of the gardens we've not discovered before was this little sundial 'maze'. With no actual maze planted, Max loved ...

Living Arrows 20/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   I can't believe I missed last week's Living Arrows, but sadly it was a week of illness and a weekend spent at the hospital, so we just didn't manage to get out and about and take any photos. But we're back on it this week - there were so many photos I could have chosen for this week from our trip to Greys Court last Tuesday, but this one is one of my favourite photos I've taken of Max recently. He's absolutely obsessed with dandelion clocks at the moment - at first he loved to present me with the yellow dandelion flowers (and loved that I ...

The Pregnancy Diaries: Week 35

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Well week 35 was definitely a tough one for me! A mix of the mundane to start with, and then lots of unexpected drama to round off the week.   What's going on with the baby The baby is now about the size of a honeydew melon and should be getting in position ready for birth. He's pretty much fully formed at this point and is just putting on weight now ready to make his arrival.   What's going on with me I am so so sore in almost every part of my body! Getting up is a struggle, sitting down is a struggle, lying down is no better - the only comfortable place right now is sitting on my birthing ball! I had my 34 week ...