positive inspiration for childbirth
Lying in the bath the other night, I realised that I need to change my mindset when I think about childbirth for a second time. I’ve been feeling increasingly more anxious about labour; my memories of those six(ish) hours just over two years ago are pretty hazy, but I’ve been able to reach in and pluck out a few key moments and emotions… and what I can remember is a combination of terror, pain, mis-communication and judgement, but also a huge sense of empowerment during pushing.

I don’t want to spend the rest of my pregnancy fearing the worst.

I don’t want to spend labour fearing the pain.

I want to enjoy it. Well, as best as I can!

I need to enhance the empowering feeling once more.

So I’m going to be embracing the positive. Continue reading

I have a great giveaway for Make, Do and Push! Readers today; I have one Tree Fu Tom – Tom Saves the Day DVD to give away to one lucky reader!
TFT_Tom Saves the Day DVD Busby loves Tree Fu Tom – she really enjoys taking part in the programme and doing the moves to “make the magic”… and I have to admit that Nick and I join in too!

Tree Fu Tom returns to save the day in a brand new DVD release, on sale Monday 6th April 2015; join Tom and his friends in Treetopolis for Six Magical Action-Packed Adventures! Continue reading

A few weeks ago, the lovely folk at Theraline sent me a new Maternity and Nursing pillow to try. Knowing I had quite a few visits to Sussex planned over the next few months, I opted for the Plushy Moon pillow, which is smaller than the Original pillow I reviewed a few months ago. I chose a smaller pillow as thought it would be a good size for transporting on the train and comfortable to use in the car. A pregnancy travel pillow, if you will.
plushy moon pillow review
I wasn’t disappointed. The Plushy Moon fitted perfectly in a bag underneath the pushchair, and made it there and back from Sussex without any issues. As predicted, it’s super comfy to use in the car as both a head pillow for snoozing, and for back support after prolonged sitting. Continue reading

27 weeks pregnantThis week has been another good one! Despite feeling bone-numbingly exhausted again as the third trimester starts to creep into the forefront, I still feel like I’m blooming! My hair is full of life, and if you ignore my back, my skin is almost looking radiant. The exhaustion is mostly down to Busby, who has decided that sleep is for the weak, which has been oodles of fun, as you can imagine – especially as we have been so busy down in Sussex for the first part of the week. But heigh-ho, it’s all preparation for when the baby arrives…

At 27 weeks Peppercorn weighs as much as a cauliflower (nom) or cucumber, and is about 37cm long. I have felt him hiccuping away this week on quite a few occasions. I’ve also felt his foot in my ribs a few times, and am starting to find it more difficult to get comfortable when sitting. Continue reading

Hallo! Welcome to The Week That Was: Captured! Have you had a lovely week?

The rules for #TWTWC are simple; link up one post about your week (it doesn’t have to be the whole week – it can just be one day, or your weekend)! It can be photographed, Instagrammed, written, videoed… basically in any format you wish! This linky is about capturing memories and I treat it a bit like an online diary. Please only link up relevant posts. Also, if you fancy commenting on other people’s posts that would be super too – everyone loves a comment!

Last week
23 weeksI loved Louise’s (23 Week Socks) post last week about anxiety, depression and understanding. It completely resonated with me and it made me feel so fortunate to also have some very understanding people in my life. Continue reading

The Sip & Learn Wine Tasting box is a new monthly subscription box for wine lovers. Each month you receive two bottles of carefully selected wine, accompanied with a tasting booklet (which is more of a mini-magazine!).

The business is the brain-child of Marie-Anne, a marketing expert, and Sylvain, a wine expert, who decided that a monthly wine tasting box was a great idea for those who wanted to taste and learn more about wine from the comfort of their own home.
sip & learn review 2
We reviewed Box #1 on the blog last month in this post here, and had lots of fun trying the beautiful white wines. I’ve found the perfect white wine for (post-pregnancy) summer evening drinking once the children are in bed! Continue reading

kids cook french review Kids Cook French is a beautiful recipe book written by Claudine Pépin and illustrated by Jacques Pépin.

The classic French recipes are written in both English and French, which is such a wonderful way to introduce another language into the house. Most of Nick’s side of the family can speak French, so this is something we’d like to encourage Busby to learn too. Continue reading

Comfortable tops and jeans have become a staple in my maternity wardrobe during this pregnancy, so when Heavenly Bump asked me to choose a few more items from their gorgeous online range, I thought I’d deviate from the dresses and have a look at their range of tops and tunics.

heavenly bump review

Sunglasses: H&M // Cardigan: H&M // Tunic: Heavenly Bump // Jeans: H&M // Shoes: New Look

I came across this gorgeous nautical tunic, which I immediately fell in love with and knew it would go well with the rest of my maternity wear. Continue reading

birth planI remember writing a fairly tongue-in-cheek birth plan in my first pregnancy; my wonderful community midwife had told me to try and get my personality across in the few paragraphs I was required to pen, so I gave it a go. I asked for pain relief involving a bottle of champagne and a straw, and as many drugs as possible… I also let the midwives know that I wasn’t hugely comfortable with nudity and apologised for my initial prudeness. I thought about writing a few lines on how I really didn’t fancy sh*tting in front of my Husband, but in the end went with something along the lines of “Nick will stay at the top end”.

I’ve always found birth plans to be rather oxymoronic; giving birth is unpredictable, and I’ve read enough birth stories and listened to enough anecdotes to grasp the fact that birth might not go exactly to plan.

I never did get my bottle of champagne with a straw, for example. Continue reading

26 weeks pregnantI feel like I’ve bloomed this week. Hurrah! I don’t know whether it’s a combination of sunshine, warmth and that I’ve been feeling a lot happier, but I’m certain my hair is fuller, my skin is looking better and (despite the very busy week) I’ve been feeling more energised.

My bump has popped out even more this week and is looking rounder. I met up with my best friend on Wednesday night for dinner, and although we’d only seen each other 10 days previously, she was so surprised at how much my bump had increased and how pregnant I looked in our few days apart. Continue reading