She’s here!

My daughter is 3 weeks old.  It still feels so strange to be saying those words, my daughter, my little girl.  Mara came barreling into our lives on the 1st June and it already feels strange to think there was a time when she wasn’t here. The whole experience of birth and the first few weeks has been very different this time, much more relaxed …

Change is coming…

So, this is it, the third trimester and days away from meeting our daughter.  It still doesn’t seem real to say those words…our daughter, my boy’s sister, crazy!  I’m excited, scared and really curious to see what she is like, will she be like my son? Will I feel the same way I felt last time?  This may be my second time around but there …

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week this week, something we feel very strongly about, for all parents, not just mothers.  Perinatal mental health issues affect around 10% of new mothers and research from the NCT found that more than 1 in 3 new fathers (38%) are also concerned about their own mental health.  This week the hashtag #maternalmhmatters will be used to raise awareness and to …

JoJo Maman Bebe maternity event

I was recently very kindly invited to the very first JoJo Maman Bebe maternity event. These events took place in selected stores and offered an appointment with a store advisor to walk through the maternity range, bra fitting, a 15% discount on the maternity / nursing range and a goody bag. I was looked after by the lovely Nyree at the Nottingham City Centre Store. …

The second, second trimester.

It’s all going so fast! Here I am already at the end of the second trimester with baby number two, I can still hardly believe we are about to become a family of four and that the adults will no longer outnumber the kids. So far this pregnancy has been pretty similar to my first, I’ve been very lucky to dodge any major sickness and …

Time to talk – speaking out about mental health

So what’s this Time to Talk day business all about?  It’s about us, all of us, every last one of us.  1 in 4 people will directly experience mental health issues in their lifetime, so the chances are if you don’t experience it personally, someone close to you will. Time to Talk day is about raising awareness, breaking down the stigma and supporting one another. …

It’s the new year post…

Well, we made it people! We didn’t disappear under the mountain of cardboard or the hill of sweetie wrappers, we got through Christmas in one piece. There were however 2 minor disasters in our household this year, the oven blew up on christmas eve and a leg fell off the dining table, I know right?! But, there’s nothing like a true first world problem to …

Someone new is moving in….

I’ve been away for a wee while but I’m back with some big changes. Life has been pretty busy recently with finishing up work, starting to retrain for a new career and this… So 2017 is going to be busier than we could have imagined.  I still can’t quite believe that we will be a family of 4 and that my little baby will be …