Hypnobirthing made me do it

I’ve been off radar (again) as 6 weeks ago I gave birth to my second little pot of gold. Florence Louise flew in to the world In a rather speedy fashion on 17th May 2019. She’s obviously adorable (I am biased) and Henry is such a proud big brother. How blessed do I feel right now!

After my ‘far-from-desired’ birth experience with my son Henry, whereby I endured a 3 day induction process, resulting in the (dreaded) hormone drip, an epidural, a catheter… (have I missed anything?) and making the whole process very ‘medical’ and completely out of my control. When I was expecting this time round, I REALLY wanted a natural birth. I was desperate to experience what it felt like to spontaneously go in to labour, and to feel/connect with my birth, to give me the option to ‘cope’ without unneeded intervention and to look forward to meeting my little bundle with every contraction that passed by…

As some say, “be careful what you wish for”. A spontaneous labour? No. A natural labour? Yes.

I want to share my birth story, partly as it was with huge thanks to the birth preparation classes I attended which allowed me to stay in control of my decisions and contributed to my birth experience. I believe it really helps to inform each other of how things can pan out. No matter what kind of labour you have, we’re all heroes! 

Henry, the proudest big bother to his new sister Florecnce

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A savvy changing bag idea for stylish mums

When I was pregnant, shopping for a changing bag was one of the hardest tasks. Like many fellow handbag lovers out there, finding a changing bag that doesn’t scream “THIS BAG CONTAINS NAPPIES AND OTHER BABY STUFF” is hard to find – they’re not always stylish.

Granted – a lot of changing bags are very handy – including changing mats, insulated pockets for bottles etc etc – and a lot of them probably do stay in the car, on the pram, indoors etc until needed.

I wanted a changing bag that fitted in with my own lifestyle and style for handbags, especially if I was going to be carrying it out and about everyday.

Then, one day, during one of my frequent window-shopping-browses on Instagram (searching with hashtags of course), I discovered the perfect solution for carrying around my baby essentials…

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A crafty gift from your little ones to your loved ones

For Mother’s Day weekend just gone I *thought* it would be a good idea to branch my fairly new ‘mummy self’ out in to the world of arts and craft to make Henry’s Grandma (my Mum) and Nana (my Mother in Law) a personalised gift.

On a recent shopping trip to Waitrose, in the wine section I spotted plain wooden (single) wine boxes and ‘ding’ – an invincible light bulb shone above my head!

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The 3 month postpartum reality check

Baby Henry is now 12 weeks old, yet my labour seems like a lifetime ago and I can’t imagine life without my little lad in it.

He’s smiling and giggling, chatting away (albeit in baby language) and desperate to sit up and know what’s going on. He’s been sleeping 10-12 hours a night since 8/9 weeks old (I thought it was a phase at first!) and we are generally having a positive time of it so far.

We play together, go on walks together (the Baby Bjorn carrier is brilliant – and it helps you to work up a sweat carrying that baby’s weight on you!), go shopping together, have sofa snuggles together, go to groups such as Baby Sensory and Caterpillar Music, we go swimming, see our mummy and baby friends, see family together – Henry has become my little buddy and we have a lovely time…

Enjoying some fresh air together – anyone else LOVE their Baby Bjorn carrier!?

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