The skincare edit: Caring for your skin as a mum 

When we’re pregnant, our skin goes through amazing stages to compete with those crazy hormones and can sometimes take its toll on our skin. And then our gorgeous bundle of joy arrives and yet more craziness happens. Trying to cope with little sleep, and up and down diet, feeling stressed and getting used to a…

What I’ve learnt in the year since Emily was born

Since Emily was born so many things have happened. Amazing things, wonderful things, crazy things. It’s been a brilliant journey and we’re only 15 months in. The past 15 months has flown by at a ridiculous rate. How did we make it through this time without killing each other? But although there’s been moments, it’s…

We went to Giovanni Fletcher’s book signing in Canterbury

If you don’t know much about Giovanna, she grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario (he was on TOWIE), and with family playing such a big part of her life it was only natural that she had always dreamed of having children of her…

An assisted birth isn’t as bad as you might think. 

My labour was an intense one. With tiredness and no more physical strength and the definite acknowledgement that I wouldn’t be allowed an epidural during labour originally, when the option of an assisted birth was offered, I took it. As the midwife constantly told me to push, I physically couldn’t. I was exhausted, there was…

Labour is never how you imagine it will be… 

You know labour wasn’t how I imagined it. You know when you think you know how something is going to be and constantly convince yourself that that’s how it’s gonna be, that no other way will be that way, well labour wasn’t like that, it was different, very different. Wait, don’t log off just yet,…

Dear Daddy… 

Dear Daddy, I may only  be a few months old but I’m so thankful you’re my daddy. From the moment I came into world you were there helping mummy be strong and showed her love like never before. You were there when I was brought into this world, carried to the table, watched me as…

Things that happen in an induction 

I was induced. I had to be so I didn’t really have a choice in the matter but in a sense I was pleased as I don’t think I could have waited till her due date to pray she come out. I thought they were pretty straightforward but until I knew the facts I didn’t…

Hospital bag- what I didn’t need 

I followed every guideline, researched on every website and took every single bit of advice from family and friends of what I needed for my hospital bag. And I didn’t need it all. In the maternity ward, I walked in with Jane (my mother in law) with all my bags and immediately felt embarrassed with…

I was induced, 11 days early…

Wednesday 30th November 2016:  So here I am, sitting in the maternity ward, waiting for little Missy to show face. After a chat with my consultant on Tuesday, an induction was scheduled in for today, exactly 11 days before my snuggle pop was due to arrive. This post, by the time it goes out, Missy…

What you should pack for the birth

Everyone and every shop will tell you or give you a rough idea of what you need for your hospital bag. But here are some things that you should definitely pack as recommended by new mothers. Jo says “Bring a bottle of Eau Thermale Avene spring water with you. A 150ml bottle is £7 at Boots, it’s…

The birth brick wall 

Anyone else had or felt it? You know, the birth brick wall feeling? OK, OK, so it’s not an actual term used by anyone and I’ve Googled it and can’t find the right term for it, but it’s real, because I’ve asked around and it seems that I’m not the only one who is feeling…

Inducing labour – do you know all the facts?

Being induced is quite common and one that is started artificially, in fact it’s pretty common for it to happen with 1 in 5 labours are induced in the UK. There’s 3 main reasons why you can get induced: Your baby is overdue Your waters may have broken but no labour has started There is…