Your Own Room – The Ordinary Moments

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That moment when you walk out of the hospital, carrying your newborn baby, is such a hugely emotional one in every parent's life. The realisation that this precious little squirmy bundle is yours to take home. Your heart is swelling with pride, and love, and also fear. Fear, because this little creature is so tiny, so vulnerable, and is dependent on you for everything. They need you to feed them, to coax them to sleep, to dress them, to bathe them. You feel that weight of responsibility so strongly, and it's overwhelming in those early days. And then, little by little, they start to become more independent. At first it's just rolling over, then sitting up on their own, starting to ...

The Emotion of The School Application

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After much deliberation, we've finally decided on our school application list for Max, and it's finally hit me - we have less than a year before he starts school. Whenever I heard parents saying "I can't believe how quickly it's gone" when the time arrived for their child to start school I always felt a bit baffled. It's 3 and a half years, that's a reasonable length of time in anyone's book. But now I completely understand!  It feels like only a month or so ago that I can remember Max as a toddler, staggering around, unsteady on his feet. How can he be ready to start school, he still can't put his own shoes on! But I know that by ...

My Life is a Series of Unfinished Projects…

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Last weekend I achieved a major milestone. It may not seem much to you, but this little bookend DIY has been looming over me for months. We've been redoing Max's room to make it more of a little boy's room and this is one of the finishing touches. I've had all the parts ready and waiting - I bought the bookends from eBay, they just needed assembling, painting, and the little dinosaur figures put onto them. As DIYs go, it's not exactly the most demanding or time consuming. But it's taken until last weekend for me to have a spare minute to get around to painting them. And that's just one of the numerous unfinished projects that I have going on ...

From a toddler to a little boy…

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Do you ever feel like life has just shifted up a gear and suddenly everything is just whizzing by? Since Ben has come along, I swear Max has changed into a little boy right before my eyes. I've missed all those little changes and all of a sudden he's all little boy and there's nothing remotely toddler-like about him. It hit me full in the face this week when we visited a local soft play that I've been meaning to take him to for ages. Like most sane people, I'm not normally a fan of soft play. It's just something that you sometimes have to endure on a rainy day, when the memory of the previous awfulness has faded and you ...

Sleep Tight with Ollie the Owl from The Gro Company

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I've been a big fan of The Gro Company products since we first started using their Grobags with Max, so when I was offered the opportunity to road test their latest product, Ollie the Owl, I was really keen to see what it had to offer. It's a well known fact that white noise often acts as a calming influence on babies, replicating the sounds that they would have heard in the womb. White noise was one of the only things that calmed Max, so we rarely went anywhere without our white noise app on our phone, or Ewan the Dream Sheep. But the unique and innovative feature of Ollie the Owl that ranks him above any of these other products is ...

The Hazy Newborn Days

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It's been four weeks since Ben arrived and despite having been through the baby rollercoaster before, it still turns your world upside down. One minute your baby is just a concept, and the next he's here and he's a real being. Just like that your heart is filled with so much love for this tiny person that feels like both a complete stranger and like someone who's always been part of your life. People will tell you it's an emotional rollercoaster, and I can't think of any other word that describes it quite so well. At no other point in my life have I been so happy and contented one minute, and in floods of tears the next. We've struggled with ...

When your high needs baby turns into a pretty awesome toddler

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I've said so many times how difficult I found that first year of motherhood. I remember coming home from the hospital, dazed and pretty terrified at having a brand new baby that we were responsible for. And that daze pretty much continued for the first six months in the same way - a blur of sleep deprivation and crying (both from me and from Max). He would cry when he was hungry, he'd cry when he was put down, he'd cry when you were changing his nappy, and he'd cry when he was tired (which was most of the time, as he didn't exactly embrace the concept of sleep). I'd spend those lonely nighttime hours desperately searching on my phone to ...

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 ...

Introducing British Baby Box & Baby Annabell

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I'm sure you've heard of the Finnish tradition where new mothers are gifted a Baby Box by the government, filled with all kinds of goodies that their baby will need in the first few months, bed which will serve as the baby's first bed. Not just a lovely idea, but a very practical and safety focused one; Finland now has the 5th lowest infant mortality rate in the world, and the Baby Box programme is believed to have played a significant role in that. Apparently Finland even sent one to Prince George when he was born as a gift - if it's good enough for Prince George...! The idea has become very popular with Nicola Sturgeon championing the scheme in Scotland, and following ...

Potty Training on the go with My Carry Potty – Review

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Potty training is one of those things that I dreaded - you never quite know how it's going to go! I count ourselves very lucky that Max took to it without any problems and was so proud of himself to be a 'big boy' now. But one thing that we've still struggled with is when we're out and about, a long way from a toilet. We love being outdoors. A visit to a big garden, a National Trust, picnics in the summer - we love to feel the sunshine on our faces! But my experience of National Trusts and large gardens in general is that the toilets tend to be located near the entrance and it'll be once you reach the ...