Rediscovering ‘Me’ Post Baby and Being Braver

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I remember one of the things I wanted to achieve 2 years ago was to be more present in photos, both on the blog and off it. I think I did really well through pregnancy, but since having Ben nearly a year ago now, I've definitely fallen back into obscurity. I looked back over my Instagram feed the other day and realised there were barely any photos of me, just of the boys. That first year after you have a baby is such a difficult one for a woman and I think my confidence really took a knock. It's understandable - your body emerges from pregnancy looking so different than it did before. Even aside from the body hangups, you're left ...

Cows Milk Protein Allergy: It’s Not As Rare As You Think!

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I hesitated to write this post, as I actually feel that a lot has been written about Cows Milk Protein Allergy elsewhere and there is a lot of information out there which is really helpful for anyone whose baby suffers with CMPA. But it took us a very long time to diagnose Ben with CMPA, and the primary reason for that is that most of what I read said that it was very rare for breastfed babies to react adversely to cows milk when it was ingested through breastmilk - I would read stats that said something like 1%. But in my experience it's far more common than that would lead you to believe - I think the current diagnosis ...

Me and Mine: April 2018

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We're at the end of April, and it's the first month this year that we've finished the month and I've looked back and thought what a great month it's been. All of the others seem to have been plagued by illness and bad weather, but April has treated us really well and been the most wonderful month. It was the month when Max turned 4, and we had a wonderful time celebrating, with a little party with family and his nursery friends at our local soft play. It's hard to believe my little baby is now 4 years old and will be starting school soon, but it's so wonderful to see him blossoming and growing in confidence. We've had trips to Chessington, ...

Rainy Day Activities for Preschoolers in Surrey… {That Aren’t Soft Play!}

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All this rain we've been having lately has forced me to have a good think about what we can do to get out of the house on a rainy day. Crafts and baking are all very well, but there comes a time when you all need to get out of the house! Here are our favourite rainy day activities for kids in Surrey...   Mercedes-Benz World {Weybridge} This one is a well kept secret! Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands in Weybridge have a wonderful Little Learners activity for ages 3-5, where they can learn all about road safety and driving. They get to drive small motorised cars around a track, with an instructor to help them, and even get their own little driving licence ...

Riding a Bike! The Ordinary Moments

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Riding a bike has to be one of those big childhood milestones - I can still remember learning to ride myself and whizzing around. I'd really wanted Max to start learning on a balance bike, but he was insistent for a long time that he couldn't ride a bike as he was "too little". But a few months ago, he became obsessed with bikes and couldn't stop asking about getting a bike for his birthday - "one with pedals". I researched a lot, as if he was going to have a bike with stabilisers, I wanted it to be as lightweight as possible to make getting the hang of pedalling easier. Max can be easily off-put if he finds something difficult, ...

Dear Max… Now You Are 4!

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As I sit down to write this letter to you on your fourth birthday, I can't quite believe where the last 4 years have gone. It seems like only a few months ago that I held you in my hands as a tiny baby, and yet so much has changed in that time, and especially in this last year. This has been the year that you've gone from a toddler to a little boy - almost imperceptible changes, but when I look at you now, you are so much a little boy that I'm still a bit taken aback at times.     This has been the year that you've become a big brother, and it's a role that I couldn't have ever ...

Ben at 9 Months

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Ben, you're 9 months old! It's hard to believe that you were growing in my tummy for the same length of time you've been with us on the outside world - it seems crazy to imagine a time when you weren't part of our lives now. 9 months has been a real turning point for you Ben. After confirming your Cows Milk Protein Allergy last month, you've become almost a different baby this month - back to the laid back and chilled little baby we brought home from the hospital all those months ago. You really are such a little smiler, and you're so easy to keep amused. I just need to pop you down with a toy in front of ...

Embracing Spontaneity – The Ordinary Moments

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When it comes to my daily life, I'm all about routine. I like to plan, and I find it difficult to drop everything and change track. I've never been a spontaneous person, and I've learnt that I find the unexpected very stressful. During the week, we tend to stay at the house after it hits 4pm, as that's when both boys tend to get grumpy, and I always feel that you're just on the downward slope to bedtime by that point. But this week I decided to turn that on it's head. Max asked at 3pm if we could go to the scooter park that afternoon. My usual response to that would be no; we'd been out to RHS Wisley that ...

The Lazy Days At Home – The Ordinary Moments

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I've been determined to make the most of the time Max and I have together before he starts school in September. I love our adventures together and exploring new places, and it tends to be our days out that I have the fondest memories of. But over the last few weeks he's been quite under the weather. I think he's been struggling with a virus, because he's not had many outward signs of being ill - no sickness, just a bit of a cough. But he's not been his usual energetic self at all - he's been quite listless, preferring to stay at home, and he's crashed out on the sofa nearly every day for the past 3 weeks. He's ...

To Myself As A First Time Mum

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Becoming a parent was the most life changing event in my life. It quite literally turned my life upside down - I'd always considered myself to be quite a selfish person, and yet suddenly I had this little being, entirely dependent on me, who I was desperate to do the best for. It's a really scary time. It's crammed to the brim with emotions, and you're trying to learn things you've never done before with next to nothing in the way of an instruction manual. There is so much that I'd want to tell myself as a first time parent...   Trust Your Instincts As a first time mum, I scoffed at the phrase 'mother's intuition'. I'd never done this before, how could ...