“She’s a stubborn little thing, isn’t she?” my Grandpa observed over lunch last week. My Mum and I looked at each other and smiled, “It’s a family trait.” we replied.

Busby’s personality has always been very apparent; she was incredibly strong-willed even as a Bump, but it’s certainly coming into its own more and more as the months pass. There’s a very apt Shakespeare quote that I feel sums her up completely:

“Though she be but little, she is fierce.”

The photos below were taken during our week in Sussex last week; I feel like they epitomise the above quote. They also reminded me of this amazing Huffington Post article that a friend shared on Facebook a few days ago. It really struck a chord with me; we try to encourage Busby to be herself – to be strong, to be independent. As you can see!
wild toddler Busby loves nothing more than being outdoors, building something and getting very muddy! In the photos taken at Nymans (below), she had just involved herself in a game of building mounds with bark with an older boy (5ish) – it was one of those heart-in-mouth moments, where you never know whether she’ll be rejected by the other child, but he was so good with her! Continue reading


Project B is a monthly subscription box suitable for ladies from week 12 of pregnancy. Each box has a theme, and contains a variety of different products, from pampering to super tasty, healthy snacks. The boxes also contain cards detailing expert advice for that period of your pregnancy.

I’m very excited to be working with Project B throughout my pregnancy – this is my fifth box, and has the theme of “Prepare” (eek)! You can read my first four reviews here. I’m certainly feeling like I need to start preparing for Peppercorn’s arrival, so I couldn’t wait to see what was inside the box!
project b box 5 Contents:
Lansinoh Feeding Bottle with NaturalWave Teat: I’m hoping to breastfeed for longer with Peppercorn, so this bottle will be ideal for Nick to be able to feed Peppercorn with pumped milk during night feeds or when I need a snooze!
Pukka Teabags (sample): Yum! I’m always looking for new tea to try and this is delicious. Continue reading


positive inspiration for childbirth I discussed birth quite frequently when we were down in Sussex last week. My almost-definite decision to home birth Peppercorn has been met with lots of questions from friends and family – and they’re not the only ones – I can’t wait to meet the midwives of East Yorkshire so I can work through my many questions. Continue reading


Now that I’m in the third trimester we’re starting to think about essentials we need for our next bundle of fun. We still have a lot of essentials left over from when Busby was a baby, but there are a few things I’d like to do differently this time, such as have a bedside crib to make night feeds easier, own a carseat that actually fits onto our pushchair, and perhaps invest in a video monitor for sleeping baby ogling!

Obligatory newborn snoozing photo

Obligatory newborn snoozing photo

Those of you who read Make, Do & Push! regularly will also know that we’re about to move house in the next few weeks – it’s our first owned home together, and we’re looking forward to decorating the house to our taste, so some of the things we had for Busby first time round might not necessarily fit in with our new colour schemes and theme ideas. I have Pinterest boards bursting full of beautiful room ideas, and I can’t wait to get stuck in de-wallpapering, ripping up carpet and making our new house ours. Continue reading


29 weeks pregnantI feel like I’ve swallowed a bowling ball this week; my Bump has definitely increased in size again and looks rounder than previous weeks! I’m carrying Peppercorn so differently to Busby – he’s all in front and I’m feeling very full of baby already.
29 weeks pregnant Peppercorn should be around 39cm now, and weighs about the same as a butternut squash or small cabbage. He’s taking around 250mg of calcium from me per day, which would explain why I’ve been having very sudden, intense milkshake cravings this week! 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
I apologise – I’ve been massively rubbish at catching up with everyone’s posts this week – I’m so sorry! We’ve been down in Sussex visiting family and haven’t stopped… By the time we arrived back in Yorkshire on Saturday evening, all I was ready for was a bath, dinner and bed. Please forgive me; the third trimester is well and truly here! I’ll be extra attentive this week!

Our week
As I mentioned above, we’ve been in Sussex this week. It’s been wonderful catching up with family and friends again… plus the weather has been awesome most of the week.

We had a lovely Easter egg hunt around my Mum’s house on Sunday morning. We visited my Aunt for a lovely lunch and had a very chilled out afternoon at her house.

TWTWC

1. The start of the Easter egg hunt! (Sunday) // 2. The end of the hunt! (Sunday) // 3. My nap was thwarted (Sunday) // 4. Turning 29 weeks pregnant (Monday)

My Mum hosted an Easter roast on Monday, which Nick cooked beautifully! I caught up with one set of Grandparents over lunch, and ate far too much. Nick, Busby, Basil the dog and I had a lovely post-lunch wander around Lindfield in the sunshine to work off some of the food! I also turned 29 weeks pregnant! Eek! Continue reading


My lovely friend Becky, who runs wonderful handmade children’s clothing line Magnificent Stanley, sent Busby a gorgeous tee for her birthday back in December. I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to feature it on the blog, and when we returned to wonderful Lewes for a picnic on Tuesday I knew the moment had come!

Magnificent Stanley

Tee: Magnificent Stanley // Trousers: H&M // Shoes: Little Bird at Mothercare

Busby’s Magnificent Stanley tee is beautiful and is regularly a first choice (from both parent and Toddler) in the morning. It’s made of super soft cotton and has a gorgeous appliquéd Liberty print number on the front. It’s classic, simple and perfectly practical for Toddler fun! Continue reading


positive inspiration for childbirth
This week I’ve been focussing on what would help me relax during labour. I never created a playlist for Busby’s birth as wasn’t sure whether it would be allowed in hospital, and foolishly never thought to ask. Music is such a huge part of my life, and it’s one thing that really helps me relax. I’ve been thinking about the atmosphere I want to create during my next labour, and which songs I’d love to be playing when I meet our next bundle. Continue reading


28 weeks pregnantI started the third trimester this week, and wow have I felt it! Early evening baths with a good book have been my favourite indulgence, and I’ve partaken in a nap or two this week. It’s fair to say that I’ve been feeling rather shattered!

This week Peppercorn is around 38cm long and weighs as much as a cauliflower or aubergine. He’s been enjoying kicking my bladder and hanging out in my lower abdomen which has been fun…!

We ended up in Maternity Triage on Friday night as Peppercorn was being a pickle and I hadn’t felt him move during the day. I spent three hours prior to this lying in bed, drinking ice water and eating sugar, in an attempt to get him going… with no results! The Midwives were amazing – we were seen immediately and strapped up to a foetal monitor. Everything was fine, which as you can imagine was a great relief!!!  Continue reading


Hello! Welcome to The Week That Was: Captured! Have you had a fun and fabulous 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
modern mummyI really enjoyed reading about Katy’s (Modern Mummy) week; it sounds like she had so much fun with her girls, and I loved the photos of van piano playing! Continue reading