It’s taken me quite some time to realise the importance of self-care with two young children in tow. Like many other women with young children, I disappeared into Motherhood for quite some time, emerging only now and again for snippets of self-care - a walk here, a coffee date there, a dinner every so often. With one child it was easier not to notice I was neglecting something that had been second nature to me my entire life. However, with the arrival of Louie and more hands
Our wee man is nine months old…where on earth did those months go! With baby number two, I’ve made such a conscious effort to enjoy many more mindful moments because children just grow much too fast! I look at Isabella and can’t believe that not so long ago she was a young baby herself and now a beautiful wee girl is before us. It’s truly magical watching children grow and being part of a world seen through their eyes. It really is one of my favourite things about parenthood.
Both of my babies have been hungry feeders, eating excitedly and gaining rolls by the day! Although Louie scared us with reduced feeding for a short while but more on that later... After a diminished appetite during pregnancy due to nausea, lack of space and a general disinterest in food, I’m relishing my new breastfeeding appetite! Demand feeding a newborn a second time around has made me absolutely ravenous and with the added sleep deprivation and busyness that comes with c
Coming to the end of my second trimester, I’ve been reflecting on the differences I’ve experienced between pregnancy number one and pregnancy number two. The one thing that appears dramatically different is how I have felt for taking the time to look after myself and this growing bebe…when I have had the time! This one major difference for me has been guilt. When I was pregnant with Isabella I didn’t feel guilty at all for going on long walks, taking an evening yoga class, go
We did it! Isabella is now 17 months old and has been successfully weaned for the last four or so weeks. At some points (like the lunch sleep point!) I didn’t think we could do it but we have. So if any other mum out there has a hungry breastfeeding baby then you now have hope because if we can do it…anyone can! I thought it might be nice to share my thoughts on our weaning experience just in case it can offer support or ideas for other families. But before I begin I will say
I thought Mother’s Day was as good a day as any to share my thoughts on becoming a mum…. But first… On this special day when we thank our mums for all that they have done for us and all that they continue you do, my thoughts are with those that aren’t able to celebrate with their mums today. Those that aren’t able to tell their mum they love them and to celebrate by sharing cake or cups of tea or whatever it is that is special to you both. I hope instead you can find some ple