Broken hearts and goodbyes #HLHS #CHDAwareness

I have to start this post by confessing I’m not entirely sure if it’s the right thing to do. But, it equally felt so wrong to publish the first post after this weekend with a review of the latest in kids umbrellas, or the top annoying habits of our household. I need to stop and pay tribute to a very special little girl, and her Mummy Louise who I have come to think of as a friend and a pivotal member of our #coolmumclub community.  more “Broken hearts and goodbyes #HLHS #CHDAwareness”

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Changing nappies, Changing times: A Bepanthen giveaway – Win £50 John Lewis voucher & 6 months supply of Bepanthen

Before we had the kids, I’d say my nappy changing skills were, along with my parenting skills, pretty basic. I guess I kind of had a head start, as I have four younger siblings who were all born after my teenage years, so although I probably didn’t jump at every opportunity, there must have been the odd nappy change in there in all my babysitting stints. But, nothing prepared me for the onslaught that the nappy changing days would bring to our finances, our technique and our squeamishness. I mean, you really know you’re a mum when you’re openly describing the colour and texture of your newborn’s bowel movement openly and with gusto. more “Changing nappies, Changing times: A Bepanthen giveaway – Win £50 John Lewis voucher & 6 months supply of Bepanthen”

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First Time Parent

In the last few weeks there have been babies babies everywhere in my world. It’s so lovely to see and hear of all the scrumptious new bubbas arriving, and to fall in love with some new little people who will be such a big part of our lives.  more “First Time Parent”

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Parenting: The ‘two hour window’ stage

Once upon a time, I was a new Mum, at home on maternity leave. Free from the ties of any particular schedule, and the landmarks of the early days centred around the time my husband left for work, and came home again.  Those days seemed to last forever, and on occasion the days when the dreaded text would come in ‘stuck at work’ or ‘trains are screwed’ were pretty much the worst. more “Parenting: The ‘two hour window’ stage”

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Guest Post: How to end bedtime battles with your toddler

There’s something about bedtime that creates the perfect battle of wills. On one side, parents who love their children, but who also need sleep for their sanity. On the other, toddlers who bitterly fight against getting the rest that they need to grow and learn properly. There’s no one method that works to end every bedtime battle. Rather, it’s a process of figuring out what works for you and your toddler. more “Guest Post: How to end bedtime battles with your toddler”

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The tooth fairy; Modern day problems for an old school fairytale

Milestones don’t come thick and fast as your children morph into small people, not like they did in the baby days anyway. I suppose you could count things like ‘The first time my daughter slammed a door in my face’ or ‘first time she wanted to walk a few steps ahead of me’, milestones which we are yet to reach, thank god.  more “The tooth fairy; Modern day problems for an old school fairytale”

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When the kids are sleeping and you are awake #Insomnia #Icantgetnosleep

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As a parent, lack of sleep is often part of the job description. But broken nights and early starts aren’t forever. As the sleep fairies return (it does happen) does that mean that blissful slumber will return to the house once more? Often, it’s just not that simple. There are loads of reasons why you just might find yourself lying in the dark getting increasingly frustrated at the sound of silence, but your lack of being able to join the sleep party. more “When the kids are sleeping and you are awake #Insomnia #Icantgetnosleep”

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Time to talk PANTS

The whole PANTS campaign for children has been in the background of our lives a while now. On the wall outside the midwife office,  posters up in the hallway at nursery and on the pin boards at the children centre where we spent many years at play groups. more “Time to talk PANTS”

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Guest Post: Want to Lose Pregnancy Weight? Here’s How You Can Do It Safely

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After having a baby, it’s true that many of us might reach a point we want to touch base with our pre-pregnancy jeans. Regardless to what you may see in the media, for most of us, this isn’t going to happen overnight, and nor should anybody feel under pressure to rush into any crazy diet. The fourth trimester is a time to recover, bond and adapt to motherhood and it’s incredibly important to let go of any unrealistic expectations. more “Guest Post: Want to Lose Pregnancy Weight? Here’s How You Can Do It Safely”

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Mums Not Hot ; When you don’t do cold

“I think I was born in the wrong country” is my usual response when discussing who likes Summer or Winter best – you know those small talk chats, often in a queue, which never tire on us Brits. more “Mums Not Hot ; When you don’t do cold”

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