Despite Darcie only being two years old, I have to admit that the world of newborn still seems a little alien to me. Her newborn days feel like a distant memory and as much as some elements have come flooding back, I’m also having to relearn some things. One of the things I’d forgotten was just how hard it can be to entertain a new baby. When they start to be more awake in the daytime, you have to find ways to keep them stimulated and entertained without also accidentally overstimulating them in the process. As Ernie is more awake now, we’ve been trying out the Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym and it’s been a hit so far.
You may have read about the fantastic day out we had at The Watercress Line at The War on The Line Event back in June. It was such a fun day and so I was thrilled when we were invited back to review a Day Out With Thomas. The Watercress Line is one of the few places in the country where you can still ride on Steam Trains all year round. Once a year they hold a very popular event called a Day Out With Thomas which is totally centred around the ever popular Thomas The Tank Engine. We went along on Thursday and we weren’t disappointed! Darcie didn’t really know about Thomas the Tank Engine prior to the event but by the end of the day she was excitedly yelling for Thomas every time he came into the station. If you have a little Thomas fan at home, this isn’t an event to miss! Continue reading “The Watercress Line | Day Out With Thomas”
I think we can all agree that getting a good night’s sleep becomes even more important when you are a parent. Gone are the days of lying in bed until noon on a Saturday or treating yourself to an early evening watching Netflix from the comfort of your blankets and pillows. These days sleep is scarce so I want to make sure that the hours we do get are quality even if they’re not a great quantity! Up until recently, we had been sleeping on the same mattress for around five years, it had suffered four house moves, two pregnancies and one toddler – let’s just say it had seen better days. It wasn’t a great quality mattress to begin with and time had not been kind to it. This is where Leesa came in!
Following the success of my post on Preparing for a Newborn I thought I would put together a similar list of some of the products that I have for myself once Ernie is born. A lot of these will be breastfeeding related and also there are just some general postpartum items on here that will hopefully be useful to someone reading this. It’s so important to remember to look after yourself when you’ve just had a baby. Yes, your priority will be on the baby, but be kind to yourself too. Your body has just undergone one of the most traumatic experiences and it’s important to take care of yourself as a priority too. So these are some of the things that I am hoping will ease me into postpartum life:
As D-Day approaches, I am finally getting myself sorted for the arrival of my baby boy. With my first baby I would say I was physically ready for her to arrive from around 34 weeks but never really mentally or emotionally ready. This time around it’s been the complete opposite! I’ve been much more mentally and emotionally prepared for him but probably still couldn’t call myself physically ready even at 39 weeks. I’ve been a lot more selective with buying things for my second child as I now know from experience how much money we wasted on baby paraphernalia the first time around. I’ve picked up a lot of tips and recommendations since becoming a mum and I think that has definitely led to me being fussier with what we get this time around. Rather than having a load of tat that we will never use, we’ve got a smaller selection of really good quality products that I am genuinely excited to use for our newborn. I’m sure I’ll be sharing a lot more product recommendations both on here and on Instagram once he arrives, but for now, these are some of the products I can’t wait to use.
It’s certainly no secret that being pregnant whilst also looking after a toddler, is hard work. Having good energy levels is pretty much essential when it comes to being a toddler mum, so when pregnancy fatigue hits – life can become quite difficult quite quickly. I generally am somebody that has pretty good energy levels, we’re always on the go and I love being able to take Darcie out for adventures every day. However in this later stage of pregnancy, I won’t pretend that I haven’t begun to struggle. I’ll often find myself feeling dizzy and exhausted after doing even the simplest of everyday tasks. It was really starting to get me down as it became more and more difficult to keep up with Darcie throughout the day. Continue reading “Using Spatone During Pregnancy | A Review”
Recently something has been driving me crazy. At nearly 39 weeks pregnant, the nesting instinct has kicked in in a big way, it’s totally insatiable and persistent and to be honest it’s driving me mad. Since having Darcie and becoming the stay at home parent, I have naturally become quite house proud. If we have visitors and the house is untidy or unclean, we all know who is going to get the blame! To be honest, I also don’t think I’ve actually stopped nesting since Darcie was born. My house is in no way pristine but I do make an effort to keep it presentable as much as I can around the demands of a toddler. Continue reading “The Nesting Instinct & A Giveaway With ACE”
You may have noticed there has been quite a theme with some of my posts recently, I’m determinedly making our house a home one room at a time. Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones and just an extreme form of ‘nesting’ but recently I’m just loving making little changes and improvements to the house to really make it somewhere that I love to be. One of my favourite ways to add character and personality to a room is by introducing prints and wall art to the space. Our whole house is painted white which I love as it is very airy and bright but I also love colour and pattern so I’ve been using wall art to introduce this all around the house. Continue reading “Adding Character To The Children’s Bedrooms With Posterlounge & A Giveaway”
It still seems alien to me to refer to myself as a ‘work from home mum’. This must mainly be due to the fact that primarily I see myself as a ‘stay at home mum’ and also that I genuinely love my job so much that it often doesn’t seem like work. But still the fact remains, I am self employed, I earn money, I work from home. Being able to stay at home to raise my children whilst earning my own income on the side is a dream come true for me, but that doesn’t mean that it is always plain sailing. It’s not the ‘easy life’ people could assume that it is. Over the past six months or so of being officially self employed I have certainly learnt the juggling act and gradually over time I’ve found a rhythm and a routine that works for me and my family. My priority is always Darcie (and Ernie when he arrives) so as much as I can I try to do the bulk of my work while she is asleep or entertained by other people. I stayed at home to look after her not to become a blogger and that is always at the forefront of my mind. Continue reading “How To Make Being A ‘Work From Home Mum’ Work For You”
Ahh, changing bags. When I became a mum I morphed into this new person who looks at prams the same way some people look at cars. I also became so nosy as to which changing bag people have and I’m always wondering ‘what they hell do they have in that massive bag anyway?’. When Dan and I were first shopping for baby bits while I was pregnant with our daughter I was adamant on the sort of bag I wanted. I’d done my research, by which I mean I had had a good look at what all the mums my age seemed to be carrying, and I had decided that I had to have a massive tote style bag to hang from my buggy that would tell all the world that I was a ‘yummy mummy’. Oh wow, I cringe at that now. But at the time I was convinced that I wouldn’t be happy unless we splashed out close to a hundred pounds for one of these bags. You probably know the ones I mean, sorry if you have one. Dan was less convinced and thought we should go for a more practical style like a rucksack, and something a bit less ‘yummy mummy’ so that he could carry it and keep his pride intact. We argued and argued and in the end we compromised and bought a cheaper, less girly tote bag. Within a month of having Darcie, I went out and bought a rucksack. Continue reading “Idaho Jones Gallivant Baby Changing Backpack Review”