Real Talk

30/03/2020

KEEPING LITTLE ONES GERM FREE HAS NEVER BEEN SO IMPORTANT!

Right now, life has changed pretty much overnight! The uncertainty & anxiety we are all feeling due to the Corona Virus is so real and trying to keep our little ones safe & protected against the world has never been more important than it is right now. We are being advised to keep washing our hands, use sanitiser gels & stay away from any germs as much as possible.  I am constantly wiping surfaces and floors but let’s face it, when little ones are running about, they soon need doing... Read More

27/03/2020

DADDY DOES DOODLES – MAKING THE BEST USE OF OUR TIME & KEEPING BUSY DURING COVID-19

I always find you stumble across a new idea on a chance moment. A snatched conversation, a picture in a magazine or for me on this occasion, it was a Whatsapp chat with a former colleague. In an attempt to identify a creative outlet for me, my friend Allyson @teachlearnwonder (she’s a reading coach so check her out for ideas) suggested the idea of using Doodle Notes in education. As a teacher, who’s always on the lookout for trying something new to help engage students, and being a regular doodler,... Read More

26/03/2020

GOING OUTSIDE WITH A BABY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

Right now, life as we know it has changed and no one can say for certain what impact this change will have on our future. Trying to keep a positive attitude for our children is so tough, especially when we don’t know the certainty of what is going on and all we want to do is protect them from this surreal outside world at the moment. Then of course with the schools closed we have that added pressure of home schooling! I think it is so important to support each... Read More

16/03/2020

KEEPING MY TODDLER HYDRATED!

My baby is growing up, and growing up fast it seems. Once the baby stage has gone all of the new stages seem to come along quickly! Penny is talking a lot more, copying everything & she’s into everything too! When it comes to our babies and their health & well-being it can be so tough as a parent to worry that we are doing everything right, can’t it? One of the main things I try to maintain for Penny is keeping her hydrated. Toddlers can be so full on... Read More

16/03/2020

BUILDING BLOCKS TO A HEALTHY & HAPPY FOOD FUTURE

Weaning is challenging! There is a plethora of information out there and no one size fits all for getting your baby started on solids. Add that we live in a world where highly processed foods, additives and artificial flavourings are fast becoming the norm, so what we feed our children needs to be centred around promoting their health and well-being without compromising on flavour and taste. A broad and varied diet coupled with exposure to a range of flavours from the early years will encourage life-long enjoyment of real food.... Read More

05/03/2020

HOW DO I STOP BREASTFEEDING?

First things first if you’re reading this for advice, I just want to say a massive well done on your breastfeeding journey, whether it’s been 3 days or 3 years you have done amazingly!  I’ve been there, done it and can’t help but tell other mums just how amazing they are because it’s what helped me feel good about it too when others told me the same thing! For what you hear about being the most natural job in the world, for me it certainly didn’t feel natural sometimes. The... Read More

05/03/2020

PREGNANCY DIARY

Week 4 – 8 Firstly, what I didn’t know was that once you find out you are pregnant you are actually not 1 week; you are 4 weeks pregnant as it counted from the first day of your last period! Bonus! Never underestimate how well you know your own body. I had just arrived home from honeymoon and told my husband I just didn’t feel right and he told me that it was just jet lag and to not be silly. When I even mentioned getting a pregnancy test, he... Read More

Alex with baby Rosie 30/01/2020
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Breastfeeding, expressing and helping with feeds at night through the eyes of a new dad…!

I think being a parent is one of the hardest things you do even though it’s also one of the best and most rewarding things.  There’s a lot of pressure to do things ‘right’ and ‘perfectly’ and I know it can be especially hard from new mums learning how to breast feed and express milk too.  It’s not like you can prepare yourself for it and although it’s natural and me and my mates have no issues if Holly needs to breastfeed when we’re out, there are still people out... Read More

30/01/2020

To breastfeed or not breastfeed…? To express using a breast pump or not…? Just two of the questions I never thought I’d be asking myself…

I started breastfeeding Mya as soon a she was born.  She had her first feed when she was around 50 mins old.  When I was in recovery from my C-section one of the nurses showed me how to get her to latch on. I wouldn’t say the support was amazing in my hospital but when I asked for help I received it.  I was absolutely terrified – from having Mya in my tummy for 9 months to meeting her and then feeding her pretty much straight away was pretty overwhelming.... Read More

20/01/2020

BOTTLE OR BREAST? THE QUESTION IS, WHICH IS BEST?

BOTTLE OR BREAST, THE QUESTION IS, WHICH IS BEST? Controversial subject or what? I honestly underestimated how passionate both teams were until I was expecting our first born, Hugo and it came to light that it is a very spoken about subject in the world of mothers!