Mum Life

Dear New Mummy

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Dear New Mummy,

You won’t believe me, but I know how you are feeling. I know that you’ve never felt a love like this before to the point that you can’t even understand how you ever existed before this beautiful little bundle came into your life and nestled into your arms. But you are also tired, so tired, and so overwhelmed. You probably don’t believe me when I say that I know how you are feeling, because no one has ever loved a baby as much as you love your baby. And no one has every felt as tired as you do now. Continue reading “Dear New Mummy”

Mum Life

Being Me, Being Mum

IMG_2534 (2)Since writing my post Confidence in Motherhood// Getting Personal, I’ve had a complete turnaround in how I’m feeling about myself and motherhood in general. I can honestly say I feel like a different person. When I wrote that post, I just needed to get it off my chest that I had been feeling that way. I’ve said many times before that this blog really is like therapy and that session definitely worked. I had so many lovely comments from you all, some expressing concern for me (seriously, I’m fine!) and a lot saying that they had been feeling exactly the same way. Since then I have been making a conscious effort to focus on myself a bit more and that in turn has brought my confidence back up. When I became a Mum I wrongly assumed that to be the best Mother I could possibly be meant that I had to sacrifice every other part of my personality and give up everything else that I loved in the process. It’s that ‘all or nothing’ side of my personality that sometimes leads me to great things but other times causes me to crash and burn. Continue reading “Being Me, Being Mum”

Days Out

Strawberry Picking at Pickwell Farm

e9254d42-caf5-402e-8a13-b94731874bdaI didn’t ever quite get around to posting my Summer Bucket List Post, but one thing that I’ve had in my mind that I wanted to do with Darcie was to go strawberry picking. I don’t think I’ve ever been specifically to strawberry fields before but I’ve always thought it seemed like a lovely family outing so wanted to make sure we made it happen and maybe it will even become a family tradition. We live quite close to Pickwell Farm where you can go and pick your own strawberries among many other fruits and vegetables so it seemed like too good of an opportunity to miss.  Continue reading “Strawberry Picking at Pickwell Farm”

Mum Life · Occasions & Milestones

On Father’s Day

This feels like Dan’s first Father’s Day, we hardly celebrated the day last year as we were still very much in the frazzled newborn haze. I managed to organise a card for him but I think that’s where the festivities began and ended. So this year I want to do it properly, I want him to know how much we appreciate his hard work and commitment to his role as Darcie’s Daddy. So this ones for you Dan, maybe this will be the first of my posts that you read to the end… Continue reading “On Father’s Day”

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Why I Love Being A Stay At Home Mum

IMG_7897I’ll be the first to admit that some days I don’t want to be a stay at home Mum, it’s definitely not the easy ride that a lot of people perceive it to be and nothing grinds my gears more than when stay at home mums are talked about in a derogatory way. There are days when I would love to swan off to work in the morning, wear smart clothes, drink hot coffee and talk to adults and then come home to my beautiful daughter who has been worn out all day by somebody else. Ninety percent of the time though, I absolutely love being a stay at home Mum and these are some of the reasons why. Continue reading “Why I Love Being A Stay At Home Mum”

Mum Life · Occasions & Milestones

Proud Mum

IMG_2742Darcie had her 10-12 month review with the health visitor this morning and I’m pleased to say she passed with flying colours. There was a tick list of things that she should be doing by now and different grades like ‘satisfactory’, ‘problem’ and ‘not achieved’. I was so happy for her to have all top marks and it made me feels so proud of the little person that she is. Continue reading “Proud Mum”

Mum Life · Occasions & Milestones

What I Really Want for Mother’s Day 

IMG_5049.JPGI’ve seen a lot of ‘Mothers Day Gift Guides’ over the past week or so, and yes they are full of lovely things that I would definitely like to receive. However it got me thinking about what would actually be top of my wish list for Mothers Day. Assuming that a two week spa holiday in the Maldives is out of the question, this is what I came up with.

A full night’s sleep. I’m talking a full twelve hours please. I think this should be the two nights surrounding Mother’s Day. Continue reading “What I Really Want for Mother’s Day “

Mum Life · Occasions & Milestones

International Women’s Day// The Things I Want to Teach My Daughter

IMG_0380_Moment(2)It is International Women’s Day today and it got me thinking all about the little woman that I am raising, my daughter. It’s hard to imagine Darcie as a 5 year old let along a 25 year old but I know that the person she becomes will be heavily influenced by the way that we choose to raise her. There are so many things I want to teach her, while always encouraging her to think for herself and to know her own mind. I can’t wait to see the glimmer of excitement in her eyes as she tells me about something she loves and in turn teaches me things that I have never known. Continue reading “International Women’s Day// The Things I Want to Teach My Daughter”

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Things I’ve Learned About Myself Since Becoming a Mum

I don’t care about my appearance as much as I thought.
Sure it’s nice to look nice but sometimes it’s even nicer to be comfortable or to have ten minutes spent watching telly not straightening my hair.

Nobody else really cares either.
The days when I make an effort are the same as days when I don’t. Nobody heckles me in the street for not wearing make up and I have never been shunned at a baby group for my messy hair. Continue reading “Things I’ve Learned About Myself Since Becoming a Mum”

Days Out · Mum Life · Reviews

A Day at the Farm

We did something a bit different this morning and went to a new baby group that is held on a small farm nearby. This was only it’s second week running (I meant to go last week but completely forgot, blame the baby brain!) and I really enjoyed it. For anyone reading this in Southampton it was at the Oasis Down to Earth Farm, the group is called Little Lambs and is held on Fridays 10-12am.

It takes Darcie a little while to warm up to new groups but I think for our first time going it was a complete success. They have an indoor area that is turned into a soft play and you can wander around the farm as you please, for only £3 I think it’s a bargain compared to what you pay for some baby groups! When we first arrived we could only see the small animals like the rabbits and guinea pigs but after a bit more exploring we found the real farm animals. There were sheep, goats and at least one cow. They also have chickens but they are on lockdown for bird flu at the moment so we couldn’t see them.

Considering that Darcie can be very aloof to anything out of the ordinary like a trip to the farm, she seemed quite interested in some of the bigger animals and even got quite excited at some points, kicking her little legs around in her adorable Pocahontas boots. It was a very cold day so she was well wrapped up in her fluffy coat and hat, shame she objects to the mittens so much as her hands were freezing by the time we went inside. It will be even better to go there in the summer!

The indoor soft play was pretty good too, with a good selection of toys for the little ones as well as for the older children. The group is aimed at 0-4 years old so is a really good one for all the family. We actually went with Dan’s Mum (hi Sarah!) and it was a really lovely outing for us to have together. Equally there were a lot of mums there just with their children so it’s a great place to meet other mums too. I will definitely be going again and would really recommend it to anyone in the area.

Here are a couple more pictures from the day mainly because I’m so pleased that Sarah got some nice photos of Darcie and I! Do any other Mums have so many good pictures of everyone else with your baby but hardly any with you?