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...

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 – 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 – Knowledge is Power – Learning Life Saving Skills with Daisy First Aid 

I did a first aid course when Carly was a baby. That was only four years ago and yet I can’t remember barely anything I learnt. As it’s suggested you refresh your first aid knowledge every few years, when I was offered the chance to attend a paediatric first aid day course with Daisy First Aid, I happily went along.  The courses are run locally by Kerry, a former police...

Mummy Mondays – To Dummy or Not to Dummy, Is That the Question? 

For some people, pregnancy is a time to make plans, to come up with strategies on how they will parent, to stock up on all the essentials.  Pregnancy with Benjamin was different. I had already had two children previously, gone through two pregnancies and births, been that kind of parent, the one who tries to have a plan.  This time round I was different, I knew that whatever I planned...

Our Beautiful Baby Benjamin’s Newborn Shoot with Hey Little You Studios 

You may have seen my post about my maternity photo shoot with Hey Little You Studios just a few days before Benjamin was born. Once he was a few weeks old, it was time for his newborn photo shoot and luckily for me, it fell on one of his more sleepy days.  Benjamin is generally really well behaved so I wasn’t too concerned about the shoot, but any fears I...

Fofolino Luxury Muslin Review 

Benjamin has reached the age where he’s either spitting up his milk or dribbling where his teeth seem to already be coming through. For this reason, it’s vital we have a muslin cloth to hand at all times. Fofolino was created by a mother of four young children aged 2-5 who wanted something a little more luxurious from the burping cloths she had experienced so far.  The muslin squares are...

Mummy Monday – New Mum Style 

I was so excited whilst I was pregnant for after I’d had the baby to be able to wear my clothes again that I kind of forgot that your body doesn’t necessarily ping back into shape straight away, especially when you were living on curries and chocolate doughnuts for the last month of pregnancy.  After Benjamin was born I did kind of expect too much of myself and became frustrated...

My Birth Story – Baby Benjamin Octavius James Longden

So if you read my latest Monday Musings post you will have seen me pre-empt going overdue… Ever one to be proven wrong, later that morning I had to go in for an emergency scan after reduced movements over the weekend and when the scan showed that the baby appeared to have stopped growing, I was booked in for an induction the next morning, on my due date.  It was...

Foodie Friday – Snacks for Labour 

So with labour now something I can’t really avoid, I’ve been preparing for it in every way I know how.  As I’m planning a home birth, I’ve been able to stock my cupboards rather than just a birth bag with snacks for during the big event.  I’ve tried to go for snacks which aren’t too fatty or full of flavour – it’s best to stick to fairly bland snacks that...