Miscarriage. Beat the taboo and help others get through…

Another day, another heartbroken news of another baby loss from a loved one… The saddening fact that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss appears to be a true statistic amongst so many in our worlds who long for a baby or even to grow on their existing broods.

With the shattering recent news of more loss in my circles has finally triggered me to put fingers to type. Not about my own woes necessarily but just to try and help fight the taboo on such a sensitive subject. Miscarriage does affect us ALL – even those amongst us that aren’t even trying for a baby or have ever endured loss. The likelihood is that we all know someone who has or will suffer a miscarriage at some stage, and with the matter being of such taboo hasn’t helped any of us (myself included probably) with what to say, what not to say or how to react.

I’ve been wanting to speak of the subject of baby loss and miscarriage for some time now. By speaking out about it can only help,  because taboo subjects don’t allow us to feel informed, comfortable or relaxed in our actions towards others who might be suffering…

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Hello, it’s me. 

I started writing this post after having a much needed summer off from a difficult first few months of 2018. But as I wrote the word ‘summer’ I realised it’s mid November, and then when I came back to edit I realised the Christmas lights are up in my town, the heating is on and I’ve taken my almost 2 year old to visit Father Christmas for the first time. It’s now December.

Where has the time gone, so many of us ask ourselves and on a regular basis? 

It’s no secret, as I wish for an open forum in life, to enable transparency, trust, positivity and more, but late 2017-spring 2018 came with it’s challenges and after juggling too many balls I wanted and needed to focus my energy on myself and my purposes. As we all do from time to time, right?

However, I can see rainbow for 2019…

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Car Seats: Interview with Mothercare and my travel car seat choice

Car seats! (*face palm*) It’s a minefield for all parents-to be right the way through their children’s entire childhood. With regulations often changing, different opinions from various brands and other parents you know AND with so much choice available it’s a daunting experience shopping for probably one of (if not) THE most safety-conscious item you’ll ever buy for your children, right through until their early adulthood.

I remember feeling incredibly overwhelmed and asking lots of friends what car seats they had purchased. I felt uneasy with the responses from those that had bought the most expensive seat on the market (way out of my price range) and also incredibly confused that so many of my mummy friends had opted for a variety of brands and models, there wasn’t a clear ‘winner’ amongst anyone I knew…

I’ve bought all of Henry’s car seats from Mothercare. Our first being the Maxi-Cosi Pebble, then when Henry turned one we chose on the Joie 360 (the rotation on this is just blissful to use!) which we still use everyday – and we also have another car seat – a recent addition which we take on holidays and also for Henry’s Grandma to use on days she looks after him for me. Besides, it’s always useful to have a spare car seat too – more on this later.

For this blog post, I interviewed Mothercare’s head office car buying team, to answer everything you need to know about shopping for a car seat – for any age (and weight of) children.

Afterwards, I share recent details and photos of my latest car seat addition, a Mothercare own branded product, which I absolutely love and highly recommend to have as a second car seat – to use for travel, or for childminders and grandparents – and even for when you’re sharing car journeys with other children etc. It’s actually proven to be really useful…

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Fertility and Pregnancy Diets. Interview with Esca Nutrition and Dietetics

Having a baby isn’t the easiest of rides – even from the struggles of trying to conceive through to delivery. No one said it was going to be easy (although if you’ve had an easy ride of both falling pregnant through to the birth of your healthy little bundles then COUNT YOURSELF VERY FORTUNATE!).

However, I have always believed that what we can do to help ourselves along the way really does count. In recent times I’ve got to know Sarah Farren, a registered dietician for the NHS and also founder of Esca Nutrition & Dietetics, offering simple, evidence based dietary advice for a variety of concerns and individual needs.

Sarah offers private appointments with home visits and she also runs group workshops too. Pregnancy is a popular subject she is requested for, from pre-conception and fertility diets and what to eat during pregnancy too and here she shares her insight in to why yours (and your partners) food intake is important for when trying for a baby…

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My top tips for travelling with a toddler…

Preparing for a holiday with a baby is one thing. Travelling with a toddler is a whole other ball game I’ve recently found out for myself.

On our recently holiday to Spain, just before Henry’s 18 month birthday, I referred back to my posts Flying With A Baby For The First Time and What To Pack for a Holiday With a Baby posts for help and to view my checklist.

Most of it was still relevant, but I wanted to share a few new and updated points to consider when travelling with an early stage toddler…

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Henry’s summer wardrobe from Next (and packing tips)

While I dusted down some of my old beach dresses, a couple of one piece and tankini saviours (having chucked all my bikinis away – because no one wants to see this midrift) and a few colourful pairs of flip flops and pom pom sandals that make an annual appearance, Henry was loving life on our family holiday to Spain wearing a fabulous summer 2018 wardrobe from Next.*

In this post I’m sharing Henry’s holiday fashion on our recent trip to Spain and also some tips about what clothing to pack for your toddler/kids when travelling abroad during the warmer months.

Having to select just a small number of fun, natural and memorable photos from around 500 I took,  (whilst sifting out about 200 blurry shots – because toddlers don’t sit still for photos) has been a difficult task to say the least…

I’ve linked all of the outfits, including mine, at the end of the post…

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