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How To Have The Best Pancake Day Ever With Our Three-Course Pancake Recipes
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How To Have The Best Pancake Day Ever With Our Three-Course Pancake Recipes

Why is it that pancake day gives me the sweats? Do other Mums up and down the country feel entirely incompetent and well below average, or is it just me? For the past 8 years, I continuously look at the calendar as that fateful day looms closer and closer until BAMM it's here, and I'm sweating into my batter. It's the dreaded pancake day morning, and I peer from the bathroom after my shower hoping that I can make it through the kitchen, to the hallway, and up the stairs before any little people even catch a glimpse of me (and well before they mention 'that day' again)... My marine style escape route looks achievable. I make a dash for it, but in my haste, I haven't properly dried and slip across the tiled kitchen floor in what I thought wasn't too dissimilar to a Torvill & Dean routine but in retrospect, perhaps a tad less graceful. I clatter into the dog's bed and somehow inadvertently manage to trap my finger behind the kitchen door, but with my full weight closing the door tighter onto the said inquisitive finger. I howl like a banshee, and then the little people all come out from the crevices...
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What’s It Like Having An 8 Week Old Baby? It’s Like Waking Up and Getting A Brick In The Face
Parenting

What’s It Like Having An 8 Week Old Baby? It’s Like Waking Up and Getting A Brick In The Face

So your baby reaches 8 weeks old, and their new squishy baby looks are now a distant memory - time has gone so quickly, and you can't believe they are 2 months old already. The journey so far has been hard but magical all the same, and you've learnt so much, but if you haven't made the 8-week stage yet, I have compiled a list of both useful and useless facts; some of them I'm sure you'll be able to relate to now, or indeed in the coming weeks... 1. You've learned to reverse walk out of the room silently. Your newfound photographic memory knows every creaking floorboard, each misplaced rattle and where all furniture is. You are creeping like a cat burglar and backing up out of the nursery dodging everything in your path seamlessly. Well, they do say "Mum has eyes in the back of her head". 2. Your clever little one has now developed skills you didn't even know would be possible. Your baby is a ninja warrior who could take on Jackie Chan, judo chopping air and karate kicking nothing, the entire time they are awake as their random reflexes go crazy. Hidden under that baby blubber is a 6...
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What It’s Really Like Shopping In Lidl
Food Just For Fun

What It’s Really Like Shopping In Lidl

Quite a few years ago, I reprimanded my Dad for shopping in Lidl and explicitly expressed that he should never use Lidl produce when inviting us over for dinner. However, to say times have changed is an understatement. I am now a Lidl convert, and while I couldn't do a weekly shop there, I do look forward to Thursdays. Needless to say, I get that little bit excited because of being able to buy a cucumber AND a chainsaw in one shop and put them both in the same trolley. My mind is blown! Do I need a chainsaw? No. But it's there and it's on offer so I'm getting it. When I first started shopping in Lidl, the kids were embarrassed and thought we were there because we were skint. I reassured them it wasn't because of that, but secretly, at the time, it was. However, now, I'm just addicted. Needless to say, shopping in Lidl is not for the faint-hearted. You're in a whole new world. A world where you can't buy a tin of spaghetti in tomato sauce! I dare you to try! Impossible... More importantly, the people who work there hate you. They genuinely hate you....
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The Real Reason Why I’m Loving The Big Age Gap Between Our Kids
Family Parenting

The Real Reason Why I’m Loving The Big Age Gap Between Our Kids

We have a bit of an age gap between our children; Josh was born August 2005, Finn December 2007 and we now have Austyn, December 2015, and it's only once you see them all together that you realise just how grown up the older ones are. As everyone is aware, when we first found out about our perfect mistake it was a tough pill to swallow; having another baby wasn't something we had ever thought would happen and while I always wanted baby number 3, we didn't know we were financially, or personally able to bring another little one into the world. Beard was scared and I was worried about how I would cope with being a stay at home Mum while continuing to run a business... but when you are put in a situation where the decision is taken away from you - you deal with it, and everything simply has to fall into place otherwise you will land on your arse and fail. No one wants to fail. (more…)
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Breastfeeding Or Formula? It Doesn’t Matter. It’s All About BESTfeeding
Breastfeeding Newborn Parenting

Breastfeeding Or Formula? It Doesn’t Matter. It’s All About BESTfeeding

Yes. BESTfeeding. Not BREASTfeeding not FORMULAfeeding. BESTfeeding is about what works for you and your baby. Not what your midwife tells you is the best thing to do. Not what the health visitor says you must do to give your baby the best start in life. Not what your family and friends think you should do. It's about you, your partner, your children and your lifestyle; as always, Bounty has excellent articles and advice surrounding parenting and their post regarding breastfeeding is equally significant. (more…)
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Why It’s OK To Think Your Baby Isn’t As Beautiful As Everyone Is Saying
Labour Newborn Parenting

Why It’s OK To Think Your Baby Isn’t As Beautiful As Everyone Is Saying

Wow. It's true what people say, even third time around - as soon as your baby is placed in your arms, you really do forget all about the pain you've just gone through. It instantly disappears. I would love to be one of those Mums who gushes and exclaims how perfect and how beautiful their baby is. I am not one of those Mums. I am mesmerised at how my body has nurtured this tiny alien person inside me and that he is 50% me and 50% Beard. I am amazed that we can create life, and I am dumbfounded at how this happens and how magical that is. The fact that these weird swimming frogfish shoot out of a nob and then have a bit of an adventure in a woman's body, in search of the elusive egg of dreams. And then one, just one lucky tadpole finds it and just dives in headfirst. It's a little bit like my dog sniffing out the crumbs from a bag of crisps, but a bit more incredible. And of course, creates life. Although the new life created, that I simply cannot comprehend, what I am more concerned about is that my newborn son...
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Part 12: The Real Reason My Water Birth Is The Best Gift I Have Ever Been Given
Labour Parenting Pregnancy

Part 12: The Real Reason My Water Birth Is The Best Gift I Have Ever Been Given

We take the advice of the midwife (see previous post) and get ready to make our way into the hospital, but instead of being in labour, we are going in not knowing if our unborn child is ok. It's a horrible feeling. As we arrive at 10pm we find that the department is short-staffed and we have to wait an hour to be monitored; waiting is agonising, not being in control is soul-destroying and not knowing the outcome makes us feel helpless. Eventually, we are called through to be monitored, and finally, the wait is over. Within a few minutes, our fears are a distant memory as we can see and hear our little mans beating heart. After an hour, we are eventually told we can go home, but we need to wait outside while my maternity file is updated. Coincidentally, no sooner do I step one foot out of the door, my contractions start up again. Meanwhile, my belly visibly drops what feels like 3 feet, and I instantly grab the wall and claw at it uncontrollably, as the other pregnant women in the waiting room look on in horror. (more…)
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Part 11: Why You Should Always Be Aware Of Your Baby’s Movements In Pregnancy
Christmas Labour Pregnancy

Part 11: Why You Should Always Be Aware Of Your Baby’s Movements In Pregnancy

We are six days from Christmas now, and I'm getting worried. Despite all the excitement, little man didn't make an appearance. The midwife told me to now opt for sex to bring on labour. I've done pineapple, I have done curry and spice, I have attempted raspberry leaf tea, walking. Everything except that. Because the problem is (as you know from this post), Beard will not go near me with a barge pole. He won't even look me in the eye through fear of making me pregnant again! With the pelvic pain, the impending Christmas cheer, and my severe need for Prosecco, I beg him for 1 minute (for medicinal purposes only) but am informed, a categoric no, because it borders on paedophilia, according to Beard. To get my own back on his unwillingness, I refuse to make him lunch and do not say goodbye as he goes off to work. Instead, I eat cake and stomp around the house, cleaning everything. An hour later, oooohhh what is that? Eeeek. 8 minutes later. 30 seconds of ouch. 8 minutes later... And so it continues. This is it. The stage is set - this is go go go. I call Beard and tell him to...
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Top Tips For Bringing On Labour
Christmas Pregnancy

Top Tips For Bringing On Labour

With one son due Christmas Day and arriving Christmas Eve and our new arrival due 13th December with the potential of being overdue by two weeks, we are panicking. I do not need, require, nor want another baby Jesus on the horizon. To add to the previous concerns of low iron and goodness knows what, it is time to get serious and dose up with Floradix and bouncing around like a crazy lady on my fitness ball whenever I get the chance; apparently it can encourage little one to turn and avoid a slightly more complicated labour by being back to back. People must wonder what on earth is going on as I hop from room to room and even on one occasion answer the door to our lovely postman while still kangarooing around. It's turned into quite a habit. I think I might miss this. At my last antenatal appointment on 9th December, I find out it's all paid off. Iron levels are back to normal, and little man has moved. Success. The downside is my Girdle (yes, I did just use the word "girdle") is not good. The pelvic pains are now getting worse and preventing me from sleeping. How cruel can...
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The Ultimate Guide To Birth Plans And Hospital Bags
Pregnancy

The Ultimate Guide To Birth Plans And Hospital Bags

Some women get their birthing plan together months before their due date to be organised and feel content on the run-up to labour. I like to live life on the edge and have decided to leave it until just a couple of weeks before; to my midwife's disgust. Both my previous labours were very different, therefore I have no way to judge what this one will be like. All I do know is that my first labour was 12 hours, my second 6 hours. Therefore, I would politely request this one to be 3 hours - and painless. Thanks, birthing plan. (more…)
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Part 9: 6 Medical Conditions That Greeted Me Towards The End Of My Pregnancy
Halloween Pregnancy

Part 9: 6 Medical Conditions That Greeted Me Towards The End Of My Pregnancy

The belly is multiplying now, but thankfully the back pain has eased, so it is only the pelvic pain to worry about.  It is technically known as Pelvic Girdle Pain, and you do not need to just endure it, you can make the pain a little more bearable by 1. taking comfort in the knowledge that your little one is happy and content (so I am told by my midwife) and 2. by bopping around on one of those fitness balls. After seeing a physiotherapist, I've been advised to stretch and exercise my pelvis at least 6 times a day - wherever I am, including in the busy local country pub after waddling/walking the dog while hubby has a healing Guinness. (more…)
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Part 8: Why Pregnancy Makes You Realise How Precious Life Is… And A Baby Called Roy and Elvis
Pregnancy

Part 8: Why Pregnancy Makes You Realise How Precious Life Is… And A Baby Called Roy and Elvis

Naming your baby is an arduous task. It's highly likely that they will grow up to despise their name and you will get a 50/50 divide on who likes the name you have chosen. Chances are the person who dislikes a name has a neighbour whose aunts cousin is a horrible spotty cretin with a bad attitude, and they have the same name as your baby. Of course, that then makes your child a horrible spotty cretin with a bad attitude, and they aren't even born yet. Poor sod. (more…)
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Part 7: What It’s Really Like To Travel When Pregnant
Pregnancy Travel

Part 7: What It’s Really Like To Travel When Pregnant

It's now the height of Summer, and I am currently 24 weeks pregnant - officially over halfway there now, and after our recent scan, I am still finding it incredible to think that a little person is growing inside my belly that has totally defied nature. I have been told that the Merina Coil is 99.7% effective. Well, I suppose someone has to be that 0.3% (more…)
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Part 6: The Truth About How Potatoes Are Scientifically Proven To Bring Happiness (& Sadness) To Families
Food Pregnancy

Part 6: The Truth About How Potatoes Are Scientifically Proven To Bring Happiness (& Sadness) To Families

With each pregnancy, you become more emotionally unstable. While I have no scientific evidence to back up this statement I believe it to be accurate and at the moment, in my 6 months pregnant state, no one will question this as there are two ways it could go; 1. The opposing person is shut down immediately with a blast from my fragrant tongue and a look similar to a laser gun 2. I burst into tears and throw my arms around them in a pincer grip declaring my undying love for them while begging for them to hold me tighter (more…)
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Part 5: How It Really Feels To Have A Pregnancy Not Go To Plan
Pregnancy

Part 5: How It Really Feels To Have A Pregnancy Not Go To Plan

It's been a while since I last wrote and that is mainly because it was all a little bit too painful to do. The not knowing is a horrible place to be. Let's start from where we left off. Head over to the start of the story here. At 7 weeks pregnant I was starting to feel the early signs of pregnancy; all the crap parts. My morning sickness went from bad to worse and got to a point where I couldn't eat anything because it was morning, noon and night. I struggled to even enter the kitchen, and the smell of anything (except cake) was enough to turn me green. Luckily this subsided by week 14 just as I was starting to think I was going to do a Kate Middleton and go on chundering for the duration of my pregnancy. No sooner had the morning sickness finished, the bleeding started. I was told to contact my midwife immediately for an appointment and saw her within the hour. She seemed happy with the progress, but on hearing my symptoms, her face turned to a look, you would give a puppy in RSPCA. She splurged the jelly on my belly and rammed that phallic...
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Part 4: An Unexpected Journey At 7 Weeks Pregnant
Pregnancy

Part 4: An Unexpected Journey At 7 Weeks Pregnant

Screw the hype of The Hobbit, the roller coaster of emotions we have just been on really has been "An Unexpected Journey" of a lifetime, but now everything seems to be coming together. Fingers crossed. After speaking with BAT (Burgess Autistic Trust) we decided that the boys needed to know our potential pending arrival sooner rather than later, so we planned an early family meal with lots of time for talking, questions and maybe even a breakdown from Josh. For some people, this is a big no-no; announcing a pregnancy before the 3-month mark. Yet, for others announcing the possibility of welcoming a little person into the world is too exciting to hold in. It's a personal preference. Of course, as soon as the kids knew, EVERYONE knew because it spread around the playground like wildfire so standing outside the school I was greeted by unsavoury glances and equal measures of gushing, happy good wishes and that SUPER ANNOYING tummy stroking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With all three of our pregnancies, we have announced them from the start because we want family and friends to share our journey and understand the ups and downs. Plus, should the worse happen, we know we have a support network around us...
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Part 3: If You Are Pregnant And Feeling Lost, You Are Not Alone
Pregnancy

Part 3: If You Are Pregnant And Feeling Lost, You Are Not Alone

I still can't quite believe what I heard yesterday. I keep repeating the words in my head. I. Am. Pregnant. I. Am. Pregnant. Beard is so drained with mixed emotions and feels like life has betrayed him by "this terrible thing happening to us" - now of all times. Pregnancy is something we have discussed before and we decided that two boys were enough for us. Although this wasn't planned and I now categorically know it isn't the right time in his mind, how could he think this is terrible? A little life could potentially be here and what right do we have to stop that little life from blooming? There are thousands of people out there desperate for a baby. Therefore, what gives us the right to jeopardise such a beautiful thing based on his "bad feeling about this"? I have nothing against someone terminating a pregnancy - abortion is a very personal choice and something that no woman takes lightly, but I believe you need to be 100% sure you are doing the right thing. Personally, I just do not know what the right thing to do is. (more…)
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Part 2: When Seeing That Blue Line Isn’t The Pregnancy You Wanted
Pregnancy

Part 2: When Seeing That Blue Line Isn’t The Pregnancy You Wanted

So far, my entire world has crumbled around me. If you don't know why head on back to the start of the story. I feel numb, scared, confused, and I don't know where to turn or what to do. I want to be happy because I have always wanted baby number 3, but not like this. Not now. Not with Beard struggling to come to terms with it. He won't even look at me, let alone talk to me about the situation we've been thrown into. I know he isn't cross with me. I know he's worried. Then I look at him; he's not worried at all, he's terrified. So many questions. How the feck can I be pregnant when I have the coil? HOW?! I then make the worse decision ever and look it up on the internet and am bombarded with horror stories of ectopic pregnancies, deformities, death of the mother, diseases, infections. Oh. My. Goodness. Why has this happened to us when we were so happy. Maybe this is my fault. (more…)
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Part 1: I Have The Mirena Coil, How Can I Be Pregnant?
Pregnancy

Part 1: I Have The Mirena Coil, How Can I Be Pregnant?

I'm home after a hectic couple of days at a branding meeting in Leicester for my kid's clothing company, Quack Quack Moo. It was fantastic but I'm exhausted. I had a banging headache the whole tedious trip of the M25 while being cut up by Audi drivers who obviously pay a unique road tax that allows them to drive like imbeciles.  The journey was then made even more glorious by feeling dizzy every now and then; probably due to my glasses. In fact, I really need to get my eyes tested because this prescription is definitely wrong. I finally get home after what feels like an eternity & the enormity of the branding meeting suddenly hits me and I feel sick with all the work I need to do in preparation for the big launch... BUT my lovely husband has cooked a delicious gammon dinner with my favourite honey and mustard glaze, so at least I can relax now I'm home and forget about all of that until later this evening. Once the kids are in bed, I start to go through my diary to work out my business meetings for the rest of the week, but shit, what!? Looking...
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