• Baby lying down with cushion aid for maternity - expectation versus reality post

    Maternity Leave: Expectation vs Reality

    I worked up till a week before my due date, in the height of summer, so I was more than ready to start my maternity leave. I was looking forward to having more time to spend on me, baby and those projects I have been putting off. I had no close mummy friends yet for the “real” experience so phrases like ‘Bet you can’t wait to be on holiday for a year’ just fuelled my excitement. Oh the naivety! Expectation: Regular meet up with friends Reality: Leaving the house became a monumental task. On the rare occasion I made it on time, I felt I deserved a medal. In the…

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    Walking With Two Under 2 – Double Buggy vs Baby Carrier vs Buggy Board

    As a first-time mum-to-be, I did my fair share of pram-watching, making a mental note of brand names and imagined myself pushing my precious little bundle in them. Turns out there are a trillion options available which made the actual pram shopping experience a bit traumatic. I had to buy a stroller 10 months later as a travel system is just too faffy for a toddler. The fun doesn’t stop there, as I’ll have 2 under 2 soon so I’ll need a means of transporting them both. Or maybe I’ll just stay at home till the toddler can walk safely! So what are my options? Baby Carrier First child didn’t…

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    The Easter Song in My Head – This I Believe (The Creed)

    The first Easter songs that pop into my head tend to begin with the cross or the blood – essentially the death of Jesus. Of course there is a lot more to Jesus’ death than the crucifixion but for non-believers looking in, a dead Saviour is not really extraordinary news. But the resurrection changes all that. It is the heart of Christianity. It gives hope for the future as we have a Messiah who not only died, but rose again and is alive! So yes, the resurrection is quite a big deal for the message of Easter and the Christian faith. This is where the song, This I Believe, comes…

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    Dear First Time Mum – The Cold Season Won’t Last Forever

    I can just about remember the first time my baby had a cold. I felt utterly helpless as he struggled to breathe, especially at night. Now we’ve been through several weather seasons and still surviving the nursery germs, what will I do differently with baby number 2? Hello there, I bet you’re reading this during the 2am feed. However, the little one is off his food because he’s got the sniffles. He can’t breathe through his nose properly and you have no way of telling him to use his mouth. A cough had started too. It’s it tickly or chesty? Either way, it’s disrupting hours sleep and you weren’t getting…

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    Ways We Try to do Food Shopping Quickly and More Efficiently

    Food shopping is my least favourite type of shopping. I really dread it but alas we must eat so I am always looking for ways to make it quicker, easier and maybe more fun (Is that even possible?) Shopping List Creating a shopping list is a no-brainer. It focuses my mind as I move through the aisle so I am less distracted by the tempting offers around. I take it a step further and organise it into little sections – grouping similar ingredients together. It also acts as a prompt for the next shopping list. I thought about organising it logically by aisle order but the supermarkets are forever keeping…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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.…

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    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…