• Notebook and pen for Letter to First Time Mum post - The Growing Mum

    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…

  • 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…

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    General Survival Tips for New Mums and Mums-to-be

    I was completely thrown when a friend, who is expecting, asked for my ultimate tip for a new mum. I quickly scanned the memories of the last year in an effort to come up with one advice but there were just too many to choose from. I ended up rambling and saying something like: You’ll be given lots of advice on every aspect of parenting. If there’s anything you don’t agree with, listen, smile then follow your instincts in your own home. Back home, I replayed the conversation in my head and thought of different things I could have said as is always the case. Curious as to what other…

  • Black Friday Sale 2017 Wishlist for Toddler - The Growing Mum

    Black Friday Sale Wishlist for Toddler – 2017

    In previous years, I haven’t been attracted by the Black Friday sales as I’ve never found the deals to be that great. It appears to be gaining more momentum in the UK and this year I am struggling to find some child-free shopping time so I decided to make a list and watch out for the items I need during the sale. This way, I already know the prices beforehand so I can spot a good deal. Also there’s the added bonus of blissfully shopping online without having to chase a toddler who has decided to run out of the shop mid-payment :O My 2017 Black Friday Wishlist Gro Egg…