• Mother and Child pointing to the sky for Mother's Day post

    From Childhood to Motherhood – What Mother’s Day Means to Me

    Celebrated at Church My earliest memory of Mother’s Day is doing something at church for all mothers. The service usually involved well-rehearsed plays by kids, singing, and giving out a few trophies to mums. Every denomination marked it on a different Sunday so it wasn’t really a country-wide holiday but it was certainly orchestrated by the Church. I didn’t have to do anything special for my mum outside of that (well nothing I can remember anyway). My mum certainly didn’t demand it so it was all fairly easy-going. Celebrated by Text I only learnt about Mothering Sunday as “holiday” after moving to a different country. It really struck me how…

  • Picture of The Growing Mum's bump around 30 weeks - third trimester

    Third Trimester Pregnancy Update (Week 30)- Has the Countdown Begun?

    Can’t quite believe I’m in the third trimester already. 30 weeks! The countdown should be well underway but that would highlight how unprepared I am – emotionally, mentally and physically. What’s changed since the halfway update? Wriggly Baby I started feeling baby move quite early on which was lovely. I was dreading the kicking and jumping on bladder phase but baby is more of a wriggler than a kicker. Movements appear gentler  (for now) or maybe my tolerance levels have increased since first baby. Heavier Bump OK, this may seem like a ‘duh’ observation but the weight issue only hit me at the 30 week mark. Turning in bed suddenly…

  • Lush sleepy body lotion container with it's packaging and receipt

    Lush Sleepy Review – Baby and M-I-L’s Verdict

    Little one was still waking up every 2 hours at night when I returned to work after maternity leave. Let’s just say I had a few lunchtime naps in the breastfeeding room (I was pumping twice a day). I got into work one morning (a couple of months after I’d started) and a colleague excitedly told me about an article claiming that Lush Sleepy Lotion had worked wonders for a toddler. Until now, I didn’t realise how obvious my sleep deprivation was as she offered to go get me some immediately as apparently it was starting to sell out. I wasn’t convinced but I was open to trying *almost* anything…

  • A woman with arms in the arm free from broken chains - representing the lamb breaking us free from chains

    Lion and the Lamb – Music Monday Musings #4

    When Lion and the Lamb by Leeland was introduced in our church, I fell in love with it both musically and lyrically. For the former, it’s quite catchy as it follows the pattern of most modern Christian Music – starting off slow then the tempo takes off in the chorus. The Lion/Lamb contrast is beautifully portrayed in the lyrics. Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals Revelation 5:5 How can Christ be both the Lion and the Lamb? They are distinct opposites. One is a king, a judge, a ruler.…

  • Different social media icons to illustrate social media blackout - facebook, pinterest, youtube, twitter, instagram, google plus, rss feeds

    Why The Temporary Social Media Blackout and Announcement?

    I’ve noticed a growing trend in people giving up* social media for a short period of time, like a month or so, usually because it’s time-consuming and they’re neglecting the real world. To top things off, many make an announcement before their temporary exit leading to lots of interaction which they ignore because it would be ironic spend time responding. *deleting/deactivating their account rather than just not using it I may be revealing too much of my cynical side here but wouldn’t it be more beneficial in the long term to disassociate permanently or make some changes to minimise time spent on it? The term “conscious uncoupling” springs to mind…

  • Weekly meal plan and shopping list from The Growing Mum

    Weekly Meal Plan Featuring Fish – Week 8

    I am not entirely sure why this week’s plan has a fish-theme! I have allowed one last pancake indulgence for now even though I was meant to steer clear of it. What’s on the menu? What are you cooking this week? If you are looking for inspiration, check out my previous Meal Plans. You can also find other awesome meals plan over at Katykicker and The Organised Life Project. To get a free template and weekly meal plan updates please fill out the form below. Don’t worry, no other unwanted emails will come your way and you can unsubscribe at any time. [contact-form to=”thegrowingmumblog@gmail.com” subject=”Thank you for subscribing to the…

  • Toddler pushing a walker outside on the Mother and Son Birthday Weekend on Family Friday 8

    Mother and Son Birthday Weekend – Family Fridays #7

    Baby E’s due date was 2 days away from my birthday so I kept my legs crossed on my birthday! Although everyone kept reminding me that first babies are usually late anyway! He was 3 days late. A part of me was relieved that it wasn’t on the same day but I also think it would have been quite cute. We’d decided to do a joint birthday barbecue on Saturday. Which meant a stressful Friday for me – not that I could do much about it as I had to entertain the little one! The day started with a trip to the great outdoors (aka our back garden) where he…

  • Child going down a slide wearing a tartan little lamb cloth nappy

    Why I Started Using Cloth Nappies

    Before nappies came up in the “which essential baby items do we need” conversation, the husband and I had both independently assumed that we’d be using cloth nappies. After the initial research, it turns out things have moved on quite significantly from the nappies in the days of our parents. I also needed to be sure that it won’t be an unnecessary hassle to me, potential babysitters and nursery. So why did I take the plunge? 1. Save Money Yes, there is the initial outlay which was daunting as I was about to venture into the unknown. With so many brands to choose from, I turned to the Nappy Lady…

  • Weekly meal plan and shopping list from The Growing Mum

    Meal Plan, Shopping List and Evenings Out – Week 7

    Pancake day was earlier on this week but we postponed our indulgence to this weekend. That will require a special shopping trip as we have lots of friends coming round for the occasion. I am hoping to try out a few pancake recipes from around the world too so it’s probably best to steer clear of fried batter this week! What’s on the menu? *The Growing Dad is meeting friends for unlimited ribs at Rancho Steakhouse so I am indulging in a Nigerian meal. The toddler will have something I can quickly rustle up so I can eat later and don’t have to share haha. What are you cooking this week?…

  • Toddler in ball pit on daddy-son day for family friday 6

    A Fun Father And Son Day – Family Fridays #6

    Mr G had a week between jobs so he took over Family Friday responsibilities. Yay! I had to do a full week’s work. Boo! We made sure he had a plan for the day to keep the little one occupied (and Daddy too). There was one obvious choice of activity – Soft play. This would be our first visit into the world of slides, ball pits and other unthinkables. Yes, I had mainly heard the horror stories about soft play. The day started with a look in the Wonder Weeks app at 6am. The current leap indicated that my baby was fast becoming a toddler. Great emotional start to the…