Is there another baby in there?

Baby Yo is 9 weeks, and I am still very much in the depths of running on little sleep and relying heavily on my diary to remind me of what I’m meant to be doing! I was lay in the bath last night, a pure luxury soaking quietly, when in burst my 3 year old. He bursts in with such huge excitement just to tell me that Daddy is making a big lego garage. He stops and perches on the stool next to the bath, and dangles his fingers in the water talking about how funny it is that Mummy is in the bath before he is in bed (it was about 6.30!). It’s all very sweet, and I smile that even though my peaceful bath has been disrupted, he really is cute. Continue reading →

Pet stress – Fireworks night.

Fireworks night is lots of fun for most of the family, but for pets it can be a terrifying time causing them terrible stress. The RSPCA estimate 45% of all dogs in the UK are distressed by fireworks, and I know that our family dog gets terribly distressed so we have to ensure we take measures such as enable her to get into her safe place easily. Her safe place is under the dining table, so we always make sure the chairs are pulled out so she can get under it easily, and we she’s left home alone the radio gets left on incase she hears fireworks. Our cat is more of a problem, as he goes out and about and isn’t always keen to come back in when we call him, meaning that to avoid stress for him requires a little more planning! We’ve started a routine to try to get him to come inside a little earlier than usual and put his litter tray down so we can shut him in the house over night. Continue reading →

Delight in Angel Delight – Bubblegum Flavour!

Growing up,  I remember Angel Delight was reserved for special days when I was in charge of desert, I used to adore the butterscotch flavoured mix  so it was usually that flavour I would choose to make! I would be  handed the sachet a bowl, jug of milk and usually a fork instead of a whisk. I would stand and diligently whisk the mix with my fork until the mixture was smooth, and then carefully spoon it into small ice-cream dishes before licking the spoon clean! It gave my parents a quiet 10 minutes while I concentrated on creating the perfect desert! I remember once attempting to layer chocolate angel delight with butterscotch angel delight, I was only about 8 at the time, and while my efforts were not beautiful they certainly tasted divine. Continue reading →

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Do you make time to read?

Do you get time to read? I was asked today as I was attempting to comfort my 8 week old daughter who was crying and flustered post 8 week immunisations. My face must have answered the question, as I then heard the phrase “Oh I guess you don’t at the moment..” and I sighed and replied that no I haven’t read in a while. I then thought about it, and thought about the fact that I haven’t sat down to read in a long time. Continue reading →

Family Autumn Walks – Our Perfect Sunday

Sunday’s have resorted back to some form of normality for us, they’re all about getting out and about in the great outdoors. This weekend we set out for a family adventure in the great outdoors, our first proper one since baby Yo arrived. E was incredibly excited as he pulled on his wellington boots and announced that he was ready for puddles – being 3 really is all about the simple pleasures! Continue reading →

Breastfeeding.. First weeks..

Baby Yo is 7 weeks old (where has time flown?!) and I’m still breastfeeding her – hooray!  Breastfeeding is now comfortable, I’ll be honest it hurt for the first 4 weeks this time and I had at least 3 days of wanting to give it all up. Every threw suggestions at me for what was wrong, but there wasn’t anything wrong, it just..hurt. Pain, exhaustion and a hungry baby who is fussing around your nipples bringing tears to your eyes is enough to make you wonder what you are doing attempting to do this ludicrous breastfeeding thing. But sticking at it by crying to a friend that “my tits hurt” and eating my own body weight in chocolate has seen us come out of the unhappy, uncomfortable stage and I’m finally starting to enjoy being able to have cuddles with my baby daughter! Continue reading →

Baby car seat shade – SnoozeShade for Infant Carrier

I was sent a SnoozeShade for an infant car seat while I was still pregnant, I remember thinking it’d be fabulous to protect my tiny newborn from the heat of the summer. Then of course the weather quickly broke, the rain and wind began and it was rapidly Autumn. The snoozeshade became invaluable as soon as Autumn began, and here’s why!

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First weeks with a newborn and Snuzpod

While baby Yo is our third child, and we are gleefully referred to as “experienced parents” we still have to go through the same trial and error processes to discover what works for the new member of our family – and us to! We’ve still had the nights where nothing works to settle baby and the days when you suddenly discover she likes to look at lamp shades (she does, especially frilly ones!) to learn about how to bond well with our new baby!

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