I fear I’m going to become an uncool, really overprotective mum that doesn’t let her kid do anything fun for fear of them getting themselves hurt. After all, I grew her perfect little body for the best part of a year and will spend the rest of my life nurturing her mind and spirit. Surely it’s completely normal not to want any harm to come to her and to prevent that at all costs? My daughter, Anya, is almost 6 months and one of the things that scares me the… View Post

All About That Space…

All About That Space…

When I was pregnant with Honey, we wondered if we’d be able to fit a baby in our two-bedroom end of terrace and set about purging and reconfiguring the spare room so it could accommodate nursery furniture. Then Honey came along and as she grew, we slowly but surely changed everything about our house in order to create a calm, stress free environment for us all to live in.  We had sold our house while I was pregnant with Ace but after two different houses we had offers accepted on… View Post

September will be where it’s at

September will be where it’s at

Some of you may remember that I blogged about Cowley Manor on a day that was 29 degrees in early July and joked that the second the school holidays arrived the heavens would open and the weather would turn sh**. Ha! Sorry about that! BUT….. wouldn’t it be funny if on the 4th September when (my) kids go back to school we saw the start of an Indian summer and just as those of us who have tiny people to entertain start to feel sad that summer is over we… View Post

Birth Preferences with The Bump to Baby Chapter

Birth Preferences with The Bump to Baby Chapter

I think birth plans are over rated. Birth involves a mother and a baby and when babies have their own idea of what’s going to happen it can be difficult to predict how the birth will pan out. What I have learnt from being a midwife and from having 3 (very different) births myself is that it is important to be well informed, have birth preferences and also to control your birth environment. Here are a few suggestions for your own birth preferences. It is split into 2 parts, the… View Post

How Will I Love my Second Child as …

How Will I Love my Second Child as Much as the First?

Life was good. Our first born was doing well and we were starting to feel like we were nailing this parenting malarky – we had our evenings  back and she was sleeping through. Then, like many others in our situation we had the should we or shouldn’t we debate. Not surprisingly (with the chance of a bit of intimacy on the cards) my husband was strongly in favour of adding a new team member and thankfully after a few months of trying it happened again… two lines on the stick.… View Post