Category: Pregnancy & Newborns

24 Hours with a Newborn Baby

I wrote this post when Clara was just under 5 weeks old, and had planned to type it up into a blog post soon after. In my sleep deprived state I forgot about it, until I recently came across it in an old notebook (almost 3 years later!). This is my account of 24 hours as a Mum to a 5 week old and a 3 year old… it involves sick in my bra, 12 breastfeeds in 18 hours and a good old dose of mum guilt.

3:45am – Woken up by Clara crying for a feed. I’ve had 3.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep which is something of a record, probably the most I’ve had since before she was born.

4:35am – Wake up suddenly, realising I’ve fallen asleep feeding Clara, who herself is now happily asleep in my arms. Put her back in her moses basket, hoping I won’t see her again until 7am.

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A Guide for Dads: Surviving Labour

During pregnancy, much of the focus is on the mum-to-be. And that’s fair enough – I mean, no offence boys but your role pretty much extends to going out at 3am for supplies of the latest craving and telling your partner she definitely does not look fat.  Except, it doesn’t. As amazing as pregnancy is, its really hard sometimes, and scary, and having someone around who can support you through it makes all the difference. This is especially true during labour. So here are some tips, from one woman who has been through it, for Dads-to-be.

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10 Post-Pregnancy Surprises You Don’t Expect

You’ve read the books. You’ve gone to the antenatal classes. You’ve politely listened to unsolicited advice from strangers at the bus stop. You’re prepared, right?

You have an idea what to expect during pregnancy and labour, and are pretty sure you will know how to change and bathe the baby. But what about you? After the birth you don’t just go back to being the pre-pregnancy you overnight. Aside from the fact that you have a teeny tiny human relying on you to fulfil their every need, your body – and mind – goes through some pretty weird things.

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8 things I’m looking forward to when I stop breastfeeding

Following on from my post ‘8 reasons I’m in no rush to stop breastfeeding‘, there are also some things I’m really looking forward to once we move on to follow-on milk.

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8 reasons why I’m in no rush to stop breastfeeding

There are lots of things I like about breastfeeding – and here are eight reasons why I’m in no rush to stop. Of course there are also some drawbacks (leaky boobs are never a good look!) and it’s not for everyone, but I have had a positive experience so far. I’m not getting into any breast milk vs formula debate – I’m pro-doing-whatever-works-for-you – so there is no offence intended, this is just a light hearted post about my experience of breastfeeding. Please share your own breastfeeding benefits in the comments below! (more…)

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