Reading to our One Year Old – The Birthday Thief 

I have always loved reading, from a young age I could be found with my head buried in a book. Having a parent who was a teacher, I was read to a lot as a child and I try and read as much as possible to my children as well.  Cameron and Carly love to snuggle up with a book before bed, but reading to Benjamin has been a little...

Mummy Mondays – Making Mealtimes a Doddle with Doddl Cutlery 

As Benjamin was baby led weaned, he has always been very hands on at meal times, wanting to feed himself rather than letting us help. Up until recently he was grabbing the food in his fists and using his hands to feed himself.  A little while ago we were sent over a Doddl cutlery set from the lovely people at Media Snug. This set is suitable for children aged from...

Mummy Mondays – The Only Items We Consistently Used in our Baby’s 1st Year

Babies. They’re expensive, right? There’s no avoiding the fact that having a baby is going to have some level of financial strain on your family, but having now had three children, I’ve come to realise that you can get by as a parent without some of those ‘must have’ baby products.  Benjamin is coming up to one (crazy how fast this year has gone) and I’ve been looking back at...

Mummy Mondays – A Baby Birthday on a Budget 

Benjamin’s birthday is coming up in a few weeks and although I’m majorly excited, I’m also well aware that we have to be careful with the pennies now that Ed is doing his teacher training course and I’ve handed in my notice at work (argh!). I have also ended up with three children whose birthdays fall in September, October and November, shortly followed by Christmas, so autumn is a season...

Mummy Mondays – Benjamin at 11 Months 

I’m not even going to go there, but 11 months… what?! Next month my baby boy turns one (which is absolutely mental), but for now, here’s an update on what he’s been achieving over the last month… Moving  Benjamin is still refusing to walk, despite us having caught him on more than one occasion stood completely unaided, only to plop back onto his bottom as soon as he realised we...

Food & Fitness Friday – My Post Baby Weight Loss 

I’ve already covered some of my weight loss techniques in my breastfeeding alongside weight loss post but I wanted to share the end result.  When I was pregnant with Benjamin, I went up to around 12 stone. After I gave birth, I was around 11 stone and feeling very self conscious with how my body shape had changed during my third pregnancy.  When I had Carly back in 2012, I...

Mummy Mondays – Benjamin at 10 Months 

I have a 10 month old baby! It seems crazy that just over 10 months ago Benjamin was still inside me as I can’t imagine our life without him, but at the same time these last ten months have gone by in a blur.  Benjamin had his developmental check up a couple of weeks ago and, apart from the health visitor upsetting me by telling me I should no longer...

Mummy Mondays – The Milk Genie from Pumpables Review 

One of the things I thought about when I set myself the goal of breastfeeding Benjamin until a year old, having struggled to make it to six months with his older sister, was how I would still be able to go out and live my life around feeding. One of the things I found frustrating when breastfeeding my older two was how limiting it was at times.  Expressing is not...

Mummy Mondays – Making a Splash – The Happy Nappy from Splash About 

When Carly was a baby, I took her to swimming lessons with a local franchise of Turtle Tots. It was brilliant and I was confident enough, even after leaving the classes, to continue helping her to swim and even go under water (something I still can’t master myself at the grand old age of 28!).  With Benjamin I had high hopes of doing the same, but with a wedding to...

The Great Baby Boom of 2017 – Am I Finished Having Babies?

It seems that every time I scroll through social media lately I come across another pregnancy announcement. Is there some sort of conspiracy? Did everybody plan to have a baby in early 2018 and I missed the memo? Or, is it more likely that the reason it feels like the world and his wife is expecting all of a sudden is down to the fact that I’m not sure whether...