Lets talk breastfeeding essentials! Whilst pregnant I figured that I would ‘give it a go‘ when it came to breastfeeding, and quite literally did not give it any further consideration. I just thought I would whack the baby on the boob, they would feed merrily and I would get on with my life. Wow, did I get a rude shock! I did not enjoy the experience at all and recall desperately wanting to give it up. Unfortunately for me, my daughter refused to take a bottle, whether it was expressed milk or formula. And whilst I am pro-breastfeeding, I also very strongly believe that fed is best. Because happy mum = happy baby. So if you want or need to stop breastfeeding for WHATEVER reason, that is okay too.Continue Reading
Recently Mackenzie and I had the pleasure of participating in a mummy daughter photo shoot in York City Center with the lovely Framed by Laurie. Laurie was looking for some ‘models‘ for her portfolio and I thought it was an excellent opportunity for Mackenzie and I to have some photographs to help us remember our time in York (and where she was born!). The results are beautiful and I wanted to share my favorite captures with you all. They are very special to us and as my husband put it, they have captured ‘every emotion‘ of our little girl.Continue Reading
This year has already seen us take several flights with our toddler, both short haul and long haul. Whilst I love traveling and exploring as a family of three, I also always slightly dread the flight with my toddler whom is 21 months old. We have been fortunate enough to fly Business Class on the long haul flights so that does give us a bit more room and comfort, however it is still very difficult to entertain a little one who is incredibly active but cant quite yet communicate. As such, I have spent a lot of time scouting Amazon for toddler friendly toys and activities. I pack them into our carry-on luggage to keep her entertained during the flight and then use them throughout the holiday. Here are the top 10 toys that I have opted for to help keep my very busy toddler occupied.Continue Reading
Recently I attended the Bump & Baby Expo in York where I was very kindly given my first ever ‘Blogger Access’ to the expo. This event, which was organised in collaboration with Avocado Events, featured over 60 exhibitors with ‘bump and beyond’ products and services. We were gifted a very generous gift bag full of lots of lovely items – many of which are from local or small female mum businesses. I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the things I received so that you can look them up and perhaps try them out for yourself. I am all for finding new amazing products as well as supporting small businesses where possible. Everything is linked below so you can find it easily online.Continue Reading
Easter is obviously a religious holiday and not one for traditionally giving gifts other than chocolate. However as the world becomes ever more commercialized and people look for an excuse to celebrate literally anything, I thought I would put together a gift guide for your little ones if you don’t want to buy chocolate, either because they are too young or you don’t want them on a sugar rush for days to come. If you are traveling over the Easter period then a few of these items might also be useful distractions for your plane, train or car journey – wrap them up and give them to your children whilst en-route.Continue Reading
It sounds rather gruesome and barbaric doesn’t it … eating ones placenta post childbirth. However don’t be too alarmed – I didn’t fry it up in my kitchen or turn it into a smoothie – I had my placenta encapsulated. So okay, that sounds a little more humane and easily digestible but the question is WHY did I do it? And the reason I did ingest my placenta is simple – I was terrified of suffering from post natal depression after the birth of my daughter. I have experienced small amounts of anxiety in the past – I think this has mainly been a side effect from taking the contraceptive pill and stresses such as work. Its never been quite bad enough to seek any kind of professional help for it but I was really worried of post natal depression from very early on in my pregnancy.Continue Reading
Recently we found ourselves flying with a toddler to attend two very important weddings. It was an incredibly long journey from York, England to Perth, Australia and it was made to feel even longer with a toddler in tow. Pre-baby we would have settled into our seats, watched endless movies and drunk copious amounts of wine to survive the flights. Nowadays we have to stay (relatively) sober and alert enough to tend to our toddler’s every need. Its definitely not ideal flying long haul and across multiple time zones with a toddler – everyone has asked how the flights were and my standard response is ‘it was okay.’ We survived, but it wasn’t great. My personal recommendation would be to avoid flying this far with a young mobile child whom struggles to be entertained for more than 5 minutes if you can. A trip closer to home and in the same time zone will be far more enjoyable for the whole family. But obviously there are many reasons why you might need to, such as two epic weddings, so I have prepared a few tips to help you survive flying with a toddler should you find yourself in the same situation.
You have peed on the stick (or 10) and it is positive. You have been to the doctors and weed (again) and its confirmed – your pregnant! Now what do you do after the initial excitement, fear, shock, morning sickness wears off? There is an abundance of information out there for expectant mums and everyone (I mean everyone) will want to give you their two cents worth. Many of my girlfriends are now falling pregnant too and just like I did with my dear friend who had a baby a year before me, they are reaching out for some realistic advice. She was definitely not one to sugar coat it and I greatly appreciated the valuable advice on pregnancy and motherhood that she gave me. I have never been overly maternal – I did not rush out and buy a wardrobe full of pink frilly dresses when we found out we were having a girl. I packed my hospital bag the morning I went into labor and over a year later, my daughter’s bedroom is still only half finished – Sorry Mack. So if you are anything like me i.e. somewhat in denial and have no idea what you should be doing, here are my top 10 tips towards enjoying a happy and healthy pregnancy.Continue Reading