British Red Cross: Free Baby and Child First Aid App

In my teenage years I was a frequent babysitter for a number of local families. I used to look after one little boy at least monthly, and I was often asked to babysit him during the day. On this particular day, we were eating lunch in the lounge when he began to choke on a piece of banana. He went purple, and thankfully, I was rather clued up on my first aid (thanks to my Mum who’s a Nurse and the recent First Aid course I’d attended for my Duke of Edinburgh award) so I managed to dislodge the banana by getting him to kneel forwards while I patted his back with some force. It was a very scary experience, and I was so thankful I had the knowledge to deal with the situation, as it could have been a very different story otherwise.

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First Aid is an essential life skill for every parent; we have a duty to our children to learn the basics of First Aid, in case of injury or emergency. Continue reading

Motherhood // Flying Solo Day Two… A contrasting day

On Monday evening I wrote about how my first day solo parenting two children had gone. I was feeling pretty darn smug, as it had gone swimmingly; I’d even managed to do some chores around the house. 

Go me. 

However, I thought it only fair to write about how day two panned out, because it was quite the contrast:

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The faces of three very resigned individuals…

It was always going to be ambitious, making plans to be somewhere at a certain time on my second day of solo parenting two children. Especially if those plans involve being somewhere before lunchtime, and meeting up with a friend you’ve chatted to online for three years, but have never met in the flesh.

No pressure then.

Add rain, a tantruming Toddler, and a cluster feeding newborn to the equation and I really should have thrown in the towel, bundled us back upstairs and declared it a Duvet Day. Continue reading

Motherhood // Flying Solo…again

I wrote this post back when Busby was around five weeks old, following my first day of flying solo with her.

Well, yesterday marked my first day of flying solo with two children!

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And I survived! Without crying, and without requiring any form of alcoholic beverage by lunchtime, or even 6pm 5pm! In fact, by the time both children were fed, watered, bathed and the eldest in bed, all I wanted was a large glass of water and a huge bowl of ice cream.  Continue reading

Breastfeeding // One month in

Breastfeeding // One month inI’m writing this post with Indy munching away… again! It’s been quite a difficult few nights, but I’m feeling over the moon that I’ve reached a month (almost five weeks, in fact) of breastfeeding.

You can read my early days of breastfeeding post here.

Every week I think to myself “if I just get to the end of this week I’ll be happy”, and at the end of that week I give myself a big pat on the back and a large slice of cake.

It’s not been easy; he is eating a lot. And I mean a lot. He seems to be permanently attached to my breast…! Continue reading

The Week That Was: Captured #105

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

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I couldn’t not give a mention to Chelle this week, as she found out that Bump #3 is another boy!! I’m so excited for her! Continue reading

Review // Orla Kiely Bobbie Shoes from Cloggs.co.uk

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Before Children (BC), I was something of a shoe addict… My collection was vast and eclectic – heels a-plenty – and I was known for my quirky, colourful taste in shoes in the workplace (“Hannah? Oh, the girl with the shoes!”) but since having Busby I haven’t really had the opportunity, nor desire, to totter around in heels, so when the lovely folk at Cloggs.co.uk got in touch and asked whether I’d be interested in reviewing a pair of shoes I got very excited to check out their collection… Also, it’s not often I’m asked to review something that’s 100% for me on the blog, so happy days!

As I mentioned above, my days of high heels are pretty much behind me, with this in mind whilst perusing the Cloggs website, I was on the lookout for a pair of colourful, flat shoes. I’ve got a bit of a thing for orange and coral at the moment, so when I found these stunning Orla Kiely Bobbie Shoes from Clarks, I knew I’d found my pair! Continue reading

Review // The My FREE 2C 4-in-1 Globber Scooter

Review // The My FREE 2C 4-in-1 Globber ScooterBusby is something of an adrenalin junkie; she loves nothing more than going at top speed, no matter what she’s up to! So when we were offered a My FREE 2C 4-in-1 Globber Scooter to review I knew she would love it.

The My FREE 2C 4-in-1 Scooter from Globber is a fantastic concept; a scooter that grows with your child:

  • Stage 1: Designed for riders 12 months+, the scooter begins life as a balance bicycle with a handle for parental pushing or guiding with power-assisted steering.
  • Stage 2: Handle off from 15 months (or whenever you feel ready), your Little One now has free range in balance bike mode.
  • Stage 3: Seat off from 15 months (or, again,  whenever you feel ready) you can convert the balance bike into a mini scooter.
  • Stage 4: The height-adjustable handlebars mean that the scooter grows with your child until they’re approximately 6 years of age (50kg).

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Motherhood // The 10 Newborn Commandments

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1. I am the Baby, thy priority. Parents shall have no other priorities before me. Especially not in the form of another sibling.

2. Thou shalt sleep all day in arms of Parent, but awake as soon as thous head touches mattress of crib. Food consumption, hot tea and toilet breaks are forbidden for Parent.

3. Thou shalt begin cluster feed ten minutes prior to leaving the house.

4. Thou shalt then require a nappy (and full outfit) change prior to leaving the house. Continue reading

Indy // One Month

I can’t quite believe I’m writing this post already!?! Needless to say it has been a very quick month… but at the same time, it’s like Indy has always been a part of our family. He’s fitted in wonderfully and I can’t imagine life without him. I am completely smitten. Even at 4am. After a two hour cluster feed.

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At one month, Indy is now having longer periods of alert time. We’ve found Busby’s gym matt, so Indy has been having some kick around time lying on it. He doesn’t really enjoy lying on his back, as suffers from rather painful wind and a gripey tummy, but he’s got a very strong neck and has enjoyed some tummy time… whilst partaking in one of his favourite activities; looking around for food, or “Boob Lady” as I’m now called in our household. Continue reading

Review // Gro-snug from The Gro Company

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Swaddling is one of those magical midwifery mad skills that I’m yet to master… even two children down the line, I’m fairly hopeless at it! So, a few weeks ago, when we were offered a Gro-snug (a brand new product from The Gro Company) to review, I was intrigued and excited to give it a whirl!

We were sent the Light Gro-snug in Grey Marl, which is made from super soft, stretchy cotton (95% cotton, 5% elastane); it’s absolutely perfect against newborn skin. The Gro-snug comes in either a Light or Cosy version depending on the time of year your baby is born, and the Light version is ideal for our summer baby! Continue reading