Breast is best… but where is the breastfeeding support?

Breast is best… but where is the breastfeeding support?

The last 2 weeks have been a roller coaster. I have done a lot of soul searching and am still not 100% happy with my conclusion but I guess even your third child is as much of a learning curve as your first child was. In order to fully understand I will start with the oldest first. At 19, I had Boyo. I was young, naive, had no idea what having a baby entailed but instinctively knew I wanted to breastfeed my baby. It was the reason I have...

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Comma’s Birth Story

Comma’s Birth Story

My due date came and went… and with each passing day my homebirth got further away.  I was booked in for an induction on Wednesday 5th March at 3pm and was 12 days passed due date. I turned up and was put on the monitor and was getting some minor irregular contractions.  The midwife inserted the Propess at 6.20 and left me on the monitor “for another 20 minutes”.  I was still on it at 8pm… for no other reason than they...

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Baby Comma has arrived!

I’ve not posted anything for quite some time – the reason… I’ve been getting to know my newborn and even now I’m using my phone while I feed the little man. Baby Comma arrived safely into the world on 7th March, at 6.06am.  He was 14 days “late” but did not appear to be late. He weighed a rather small 8lb 7oz (when compared with my 9lb 1oz Princess Pants). He wasn’t too keen to begin his...

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Gum Disease and Pregnancy

Gum Disease and Pregnancy

Gum disease… it’s horrible and isn’t just about the pain, discomfort and bleeding gums for me but it has caused my gum-line to recede quite dramatically over the years.  It has reached the point where I do worry about a future with no teeth and any tips and information on gum health is very much appreciated. I started suffering from Gum Disease during my first pregnancy, 9 years ago.  I was partly to blame for the start of the receding gums...

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A letter to our baby – 35 weeks

A letter to our baby – 35 weeks

Baby Comma, Ahh, little one… we have begun counting down the days until your predicted date of arrival… not that Mummy holds much hope that you will arrive nice and neatly on that day. 33 days left… 33 days to feel your wriggles and hiccups.  In reality, I know anytime from 1 day to 47 days you could put in an appearance and that in itself excites me. The last week has mainly consisted of preparing for your arrival, your crib is set up in the...

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Planning a homebirth

Planning a homebirth

I’ve hit 35 weeks today and so long as we make it through the next fortnight with no high blood pressure, pre-term labour or anything else adverse; we are looking at having our homebirth.  Throughout this pregnancy, I have ummed and arrred about every aspect of a homebirth and the potential implications of my decision. My labour and birth experiences with Boyo and Princess Pants in hospital were far from horrendous; in fact they were...

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A letter to our Baby – 33 weeks

A letter to our Baby – 33 weeks

Baby Comma, 33 weeks and 5 days! Wowsers! The reason I’m writing to you on such a random day is because we saw you on Saturday and the experience was amazing but more about that later. New Year’s Eve saw a midwife appointment.  One that I knew was never going to go well because my regular midwife was back and to be honest, I really don’t feel comfortable with her.  Thankfully, though, I don’t have to have that much to do with her.  Mummy’s...

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Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Who can believe it?  We’re a week in to 2014 already.  New Year is pretty much a non-event in our house as we sit and watch the fireworks and are in bed by 12.15am.  We said goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014 with a bitter sweet cheer… What did 2013 bring for me? To briefly sum up 2013… I lost over 2 stone following Weight Watchers in preparation for my wedding; but that came to an abrupt end when, in June, we got a positive pregnancy test. I...

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How can you make your room cosier this winter?

How can you make your room cosier this winter?

This post has been written for the Blogger Challenge from HomeServe and I have received a voucher to participate. I love winter… cosy nights in front of the television wrapped up in cosy pj’s and a hug (to people outside our little family that is a dressing gown) waiting for Christmas to arrive.  This year though I have been struggling to get into the Christmas spirit… I have had an assignment to complete and I have been a bit of an Ebenezer...

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Bonnie and Pearl… Lovely Dolls for Lovely Girls

What does almost every little girl want for Christmas? Or just because? A doll. I was invited to the opening of Bonnie and Pearl‘s shop in Cardiff back last month but I couldn’t attend because of prior commitments, so they offered to send me, umm I mean Princess Pants, one of their gorgeous dolls to review. With PP’s birthday coming up it was gratefully received and made a wonderful addition to her birthday gifts. Bonnie and...

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The Joys of F&F Clothing…

The Joys of F&F Clothing…

Winter is the perfect time to cwtch up on the sofa wearing jimmy jammies and hugs (or dressing gowns) and watch cheesy films; especially in the lead up to Christmas.  There really is nothing better than a new pair of pyjamas to help you settle down. This winter, Boyo and Princess Pants were sent some lovely pyjamas to test for comfort by F&F at Tesco.  Now, given the number of pj days we have during school holidays, I don’t think F&F...

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A letter to bump – 29 weeks

A letter to bump – 29 weeks

Baby Comma, There are only 11 weeks until our due date.  I can assure you this pregnancy is flying by; however, I am not allowing myself to think about your arrival until the Christmas festivities are over with. At 29 weeks pregnant I am feeling tired and drained but also so excited that we will be meeting you before we know it.  The PGP (pelvic girdle pain) has started to flare up, particularly in the morning after waking up.  Although I am...

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The Christmas Toy List.

The Christmas Toy List.

All the words, thoughts and expressions are my own however this post has been written to help me purchase a few things on ‘the list’. I don’t know about you but I have been sat next to a lovely long list written by my precious 8 year old for a few days…  It started off with just 3 items on it, but has gradually grown to incorporate more and more… No, I am not talking about a ‘to do’ list; I am talking about a certain list that good boys and...

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Understaffed and overworked?

Understaffed and overworked?

This post has been written as a PR collaboration. I’m heading to the dentist tomorrow… for that delightful experience of a scale and polish and I am really not looking forward to the weeks of feeling like my teeth are not mine, not to mention looking like a vampire when I leave the room.   We pay for our dental care privately because there are not enough NHS dentists in our area (which is probably quite common throughout the UK).  Fortunately,...

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Which Leapfrog toys are on your Christmas list this year?

Which Leapfrog toys are on your Christmas list this year?

6 weeks tomorrow, a jolly man with a white beard and dressed in red will be arriving down our chimneys and I am currently dealing with endless questions about how he will get into our house considering we have no fire place… and why do we let a stranger into the house on one night of the year.  However, there seems to be a significant lack of “I want, I want, I want”.  While I am grateful for this, I am finding it difficult to buy my children...

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