23 weeks pregnant
It’s a little bit scary (and very very exciting) to think that Peppercorn will be with us in around four months time! This week he is the size of a large mango or papaya, and should be approximately 29cm long (almost as much as a school ruler!). Nick saw him move and kick my tummy for the first time on Monday night, which produced many smiles.
23 weeks pregnantPeppercorn has been reacting to sounds this week; he loves the sound of the hairdryer, and it’s almost always guaranteed to make him move. I’ve been really enjoying some of the new The Prodigy tracks, and I’m hoping he might like the bass as Busby did when I was pregnant with her! Continue reading


Hullo! Welcome to The Week That Was: Captured! Have you had a wonderful 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
Screen Shot 2015-02-28 at 17.51.43Polly’s post (Tantrums and Tailoring) had me salivating last week! So many delicious treats, and some beautiful flowers too; lovely photos! Continue reading


Successful maternity wear is all about comfort; you don’t want clothing digging in, cutting you or restricting your movement. Pregnancy is uncomfortable enough! The lovely folk at Cantaloop offered to send me one of their Pregnancy/Nursing Tank Tops to try, and as I’m always looking for new ways to improve my maternity wardrobe, I said yes.
cantaloop pregnancy/nursing top review
I didn’t really know what to expect when the top first arrived; initially I thought it would just be another tank top to wear, and I have to admit that I was a little dubious of the inbuilt bra! As someone with an ample bosom, I’m always worried that inbuilt bras a) won’t fit sufficiently and b) won’t be supportive.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. Continue reading


I haven’t blogged about our new (but still pending) house much, as haven’t wanted to curse the sale, or get too excited as I did last time with the house that fell through… We’re taking Busby to see it today for the first time, and I can’t wait to see her reaction! What I will say about the house, is that it has an amazing kitchen. In fact it’s Nick and I’s dream kitchen (almost – it’s just missing the AGA), and after our appalling kitchen in Lewes, we cannot wait to get stuck in and make!

Oh, and it has a pull-out pantry. Oooh yes!

We both love hosting dinner parties, and this isn’t something we could do in our last house, so we can’t wait to have friends up from Sussex and West Yorkshire for the weekend, and make new friends in East Yorkshire, just so we can cook for them!

Busby has caught our baking bug, and one of her favourite activities is to “mix mix”. Baking with a Toddler can be a little bit testing at times – especially as she likes to put her hand on the scales and eat flour from the bowl – but it’s great fun, and we’ve really been enjoying making together!
baking with toddler Continue reading


Bath time is one of Busby’s favourite times of the day. We have a fun pre-bath routine which involves running the length of the landing into my arms; each cuddle ends with another piece of clothing being removed until her bare bottom is visible! Then I have to “throw” her into the bath, sometimes whilst talking in a pirate voice (don’t ask). Finally, Nick takes over the actual bath. He loves this time of day too, as he’s usually spent the day at work and hasn’t seen her all day.
bath times are #somuchmore
Busby likes to spend a good 20-30 minutes in the bath playing with her toys, making bubble beards “just like Daddy’s” and singing songs. I’ve mentioned previously about how an amazing gift from a friend resulted in Busby’s language and knowledge developing further, and you can read that post here. Continue reading


This week Peppercorn is the size of a spaghetti squash and he’s about 28cm long! February has flown past, and as I put dates in my diary and plan to meet up with friends, I can see that he will be here before we know it… which is both exciting and terrifying in equal measure. I can’t wait to meet him! We should be in our new house by mid-April, if not before, which is excellent news, as we’ll hopefully have a couple of months to settle, get Busby into a Nursery and decorate the house before he arrives and we don’t want to do anything but snooze for 6 months…
22 weeks pregnant
I’ve been suffering from nightmares this week, and incredibly vivid ones at that! I haven’t been getting the best nights sleep, and a change in Busby’s routine means that she has been waking up at 6.45-7am some mornings, so by the time she goes to bed I’m feeling fairly shattered too. Something about her energy is infectious, and (on the whole) it keeps me buoyant during the day… well, Toddler energy and cake. Continue reading


I have a lovely giveaway for you today! I was a huge Sooty fan when I was little, in fact I’m pretty certain I saw the great bear in the fur once, so I’m very excited about this prize; one lucky reader could win a Sooty ABC – Learn the Alphabet DVD!
sooty abc dvd giveaway Join Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Richard in their Alphabet Adventure, a perfect way to introduce little ones to the alphabet. This special direct-to-DVD programme, produced by Redan Publishing’s Fun To Learn brand, Tvoli Entertainment and Abbey Home Media who are also distributing the title, features all the fun, mayhem and slapstick capers fans have come to know and love from Sooty and his pals, while engaging children and helping them develop early literacy skills. Continue reading


Hullo! Welcome to The Week That Was: Captured! Have you had a wonderful 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
dustyI loved reading Anna’s (The Dusty Attic) post last week – and it turns out I’ve found another Bump Buddy! Hurrah! Congratulations Anna! Continue reading


Wednesday was a day of household chores; catching up with washing, the Sainsbury’s delivery, changing the bedding etc. Before Children (BC), I hated these days as they’d usually fall on the weekend, and in reality all I wanted to be doing was relaxing after a busy week at work… I quite enjoy these days now I’m not working full-time, as it gives us a chance to potter around the house; we don’t have to rush off anywhere and we can spend some quality one-on-one time together without having to interact with the outside world.

Busby loves to help on these days, and I’m making the most of this as I know it won’t last! She loves helping the Sainsbury’s delivery driver with the bags, she relishes pressing the go button on the washing machine, and she’s a seriously good pillow plumper!

The whole changing the bed experience has changed with a toddler in tow; it’s actually fun these days!
busby jumping Continue reading


Well here we are at 26 months! In around 4 months time, Busby’s only child status will have expired and she’ll be a big sister! That’s a scary thought… We’ve had a glimpse of what life is going to be like for Baby Peppercorn, and he’s going to have to be a super chilled out chap to put up with his bossy older sister!
busby 26 months This month Busby’s conversational skills have gone from strength to strength, and she’s picking up new words every day! Her favourite words this month have been “probably”, “no” and “now”. Continue reading