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Quick & Easy Beauty Routine For Mums On-The-Go.

Friday, 21 July 2017

It's no secret that life as a parent is extremely hectic! People warned me that I wouldn't have much free time once Teddy arrived and I just laughed and thought *bollocks*, how can a tiny human being take up 24 hours of the day?!

Silly Rachael...

Turns out, those people were right! I don't know how they do it, but babies really do take up every free minute of your time. 'Me' time is officially over and that excessive skincare & makeup routine is a thing of the past. You barely have time to pee, let alone take twenty minutes trying to do your winged eyeliner! My nice twenty minute showering days are gone, it's literally a case of deciding whether you wash your hair or shave your legs & armpits, because you don't have time to do both!


In the early days of motherhood, everything I used to do as part of my daily routine went out the window. Cleanse, tone & moisturise?! Yeah, alright pal. You try doing that with a baby hanging from one boob whilst the other drips milk all over the floor. Too much information? I'm not even sorry! However, since Teddy has got older and can now spend a maximum of fifteen minutes by himself with the help of his cot mobile for a distraction, I've started sorting myself out and I've finally got a skincare routine that works for us and also benefits my skin.

Liz Earle is my all time favourite skincare brand and I've used their Cleanse & Polish and Skin Tonic religiously for about 3 years. If I am having a shower (I tend to do this when Aaron's home either in a morning or evening depending what shift he is on) I will take my cleanser and muslin cloth in the shower with me and kill two birds with one stone. I then come out and quickly spritz on my toner before applying a generous amount of the Simple hydrating moisturiser to my face and neck.


I used to love wearing makeup. Not everyday mind, but on my days off or when I was off out, I used to love sitting at my dressing table and applying my favourite products. I think I've possibly worn makeup...twice, since having Teddy almost 10 weeks ago. By makeup, I no longer mean a full face but more of a, you have five minutes until the cot mobile stops playing it's sweet tune and you'll have a very angry Teddy on your hands. 

Concealer is a must for obvious reasons, sleepless nights don't do good things to your skin let me tell ya. The Collection Lasting Perfection is my favourite and does the job without spending a small fortune. I apply a quick lashing of mascara to make it seem like I am more awake than I actually am and if i'm really pushing my luck, i'll apply some eyeshadow with the help of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo! A quick run through with an eyebrow pencil or palette, I use Benefit's Browzing which I LOVE and then to finish it all off I apply a bit of tinted lip balm! Gone are the days of applying a bold lipstick as I tend to forget I have it on and end up giving Teddy a giant lipstick mark on his face! I have been using the Maybelline Baby Lips as they are really moisturising and just give a slight tint of colour to your lips.

As I said before, I have only managed to wear makeup twice since having Teddy because lets face it, if it's a choice of extra time in bed or applying makeup? Sleep wins every single time.

How do you manage to have 'me' time? Is it just me that struggles with self care and feeding a hangry baby?

Teddy's Two Month Update.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

I can't believe Teddy has been here for two months already! It has gone by so quickly yet I can't remember life before him. What did we do with all our free time? What are lie-ins again? Where has my tiny newborn baby gone?!

He seems to have changed and grown so much over the past month, both in size and mentally! He seems to have gone from a tiny baby to a real little boy in the blink of an eye. Everyday his personality is really shining through, his cheeky personality and gorgeous smile are my absolute favourite thing! We have just about survived a huge developmental leap, where I honestly thought I was going to have a mental breakdown I am not gonna' lie and also his first lot of jabs! I feel like this month we've finally found our feet and I don't feel quite so overwhelmed by my tiny human.

He has been gaining weight quickly and has really filled out, his little face has become more rounded and he has little rolls, I just wanna' squish him! He is such a smiley baby, especially first thing in the morning when we wake up.

Teddy's Second Month


Teddy is still exclusively breast fed, woohoo! I'm still really enjoying it and it would seem he is to. We actually introduced a bottle a couple of weeks ago with some expressed breast milk, just to see if he would take one and what he would make of it. I fed him myself first so he wasn't starving and then got Aaron to give him the bottle. We actually only owned one bottle from MAM, that I got free as part of the Boots Parenting Club, as I didn't see the point in buying loads when I was pregnant because; firstly I was planning on breastfeeding and secondly, because some babies are really fussy and will only take certain types of bottles.
He took to it like a champ! He did just play around with the teat for a little while but we expected that as obviously it's a new texture for him but once he got the hang of it, he guzzled down 4oz that I had managed to express. We've been giving him a bottle a couple of times a week just to make sure that he definitely will take one and it wasn't just a fluke the first time! We got him weighed last Tuesday and he weighed 12lb 5, the 75th percentile. I love our little chunk!


Following on from last month when he would only sleep in our bed, we have actually made some progress! He now goes down in his crib from 10ish until his first feed which can vary depending what mood he's in, usually around 1/1:30a.m, although one night last week he slept through until 4! After his feed, he decides he doesn't actually like the crib and ends up in bed with us. It's so nice to have those few hours of star fishing before I get my snuggly baby back who takes up more of the bed than we do! I'm not going to push him to sleep in his crib all night until he is ready to. As I said in his last update, that you can read here, there are worse things that could be happening than my little boy wanting night time cuddles!


Teddy Loves:

His hand! He has finally discovered that he can suck his fist and if he isn't feeding or sleeping, you'll hear him chomping away on his little hand. It is unbelievably cute! He also loves being naked. He could be screaming his head off but as soon as you take his clothes and nappy off, he'll instantly stop and turn into the happiest little boy again.

Teddy Hates:

Sitting down when being held! If he is over tired or worked up, you have to stand up with him over your shoulder. It's like he has a sensor as soon as your ass approaches a surface to sit down and he'll instantly turn on the water works.

As sad as I am that the time is going so quickly, i'm also really excited to see what new and exciting things Teddy will learn and discover next!

Lessons I've learnt Since Becoming A Mummy | Guest Blogger Series | MyGirls&Me

Monday, 17 July 2017

Hi Everyone, my name is Rebecca and I have two gorgeous babies. Rosie who is 4 years old and Miyah who is four months. I am the proud owner of my blog,

I never thought I would become a parent. My family had enough children and I was always surrounded by little tiny feet, and I was happy about that. Then in March 2013 I found out I was pregnant at the age of 14. It was not how I ever imagined and I knew I had to step up. 


Five Things I've Learnt Since Becoming A Mummy

  1. All babies are different. I watched my sisters and cousins grow, thinking that having a baby would be easy. Oh how wrong was I?!

2. It isn't all about you anymore. I thought I would still have all my friends and I could still be the person I was before. I wasn't at all. My life was devoted to keeping this little human safe.

3. You can learn to go a whole day on only two hours sleep, and you can do it well!

4. You soon learn to know the difference between cries, from hungry to pain and you know exactly which one it is.

5. You can do everything one handed, it's a parenting skill! Baby in one hand and baking a cake in the other!

How Is Motherhood Different?
Motherhood is so different to how I expected. To be honest I never though I was going to be a mum so this is strange. It is so difficult from a stroppy 4 year old to a crying newborn but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I get amazing cuddles and lovely smiles everyday from them both. Being a mum has taken its toll, I don’t have much of a social life neither do i ever think of anything I could buy for myself. Everything is about kids but that is what happens when you become a parent. Everything is about your kids, and that’s the way I love it!

You can find Becca here:


My Top New Mummy Essentials.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Teddy will be two months old tomorrow and in those two months I feel like I have learnt A LOT! From the fact that babies really enjoy shitting as soon as they have a nice clean nappy on, to how you can never have too many breast pads. It has definitely been a big learning curve but two months in and I think I have found my favourite things that make the madness a little easier to deal with.

Fire Stick- I actually bought Aaron a Fire stick for Christmas last year and we used it on and off when we fancied, but since I've been on maternity and Teddy arrived, I have used it almost everyday. It keeps all the on demand channels in one place, along with Netflix and Amazon video. Nothing gets you through the cluster feeds like binge watching a new TV series. Netflix especially has been a god-send, they've recently added some new films and it's also home to lots of true crime programmes which I love!

Snacks- All the food. All of it. I don't know if it's the breastfeeding or the fact that I am a greedy bitch..but I am always so hungry! Whenever I place a food order online now I always make sure there are plenty of snacks to fill my cupboards and fridge with. Not gonna' lie, the majority aren't healthy but hey. Can't win them all.

Comfy Clothes- I pretty much live in loungewear at the minute. If we aren't out & about and just enjoying a chilled day at home, I guarantee you will find me in a comfy pair of jogging bottoms and baggy, booby accessible t-shirt. That is if I've managed to change out of my PJ's...

Amazon Prime- You think you've bought everything you could possibly need for your baby before they arrive? Think again. Next day delivery has been a god send! There is nothing like realising you are down to your last pack of nappies and they'll only last a day or two (at a push) due to the fact your kid loves nothing more than explosive thunder shits!

Kindle- Mine is the original kindle so the screen doesn't light up, so I have actually been making use of the Kindle app on my phone! I love reading but find it hard to find the time during the day so to pass the time during the night feeds, I've been catching up!

Large Water Bottle- Especially during the night feeds! I fill it to the brim with my beverage of choice, usually vimto *yum* before we head up to bed and drink it throughout the night. I get so thirsty, particularly at night and I don't want to waste time whilst Teddy is sleeping, running downstairs to make a drink.

I'd love to know your mummy essentials?! What got you through the early days?

Milk Monster Review | Baby Bottle Timer.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Teddy has been exclusively breastfed since he was born and as much as I absolutely love it, I aint gonna' nipples could do with the occasional break. When Teddy turned 7 weeks old we decided to try him with a bottle of expressed milk, just to see if he would take it and what he would think. I am going to a concert in October and have a Christmas do planned in December, which I know are months away, but I really didn't want to be panicking nearer the time about whether he would take a bottle or not. So we figured it wouldn't hurt to introduce him to the idea of taking a bottle and get him used to it.

We only had one bottle that I received free with the Boots Parenting Club, which is a small MAM bottle and luckily Teddy has taken to it like a champ! The Health Visitor advised us to sit him up when we give him the bottle as it makes sure that he still has to work for the milk, like he would on the boob, rather than the milk just dripping into his mouth.


It wasn't until looking into bottles and how they are made up, that I realised that milk for babies has a very short life span! Formula only being safe for 2-3 hours and breastmilk around 5-6 hours. The longer formula or breastmilk is left out, the nutritional value decreases and results in the increase of harmful bacteria. Life with a newborn baby is extremely hectic and it's so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind going on around you, that keeping track of when your bottle was made is really the last thing on your mind!

The Milk Monster* is the perfect gadget for every parent! They are a group of four different coloured monsters (Piim, Tej, Susu & Meiko, all meaning milk in four different languages!) that attach to any bottle of any size using the rubber band attached to the outer shell. You can set the timer yourself to select the safe duration that suits your milk, as you know baby best and can take in all the important factors, e.g. the outside temperature or any vulnerabilities your baby has.


Throughout the night, I actually breastfeed as it's much easier but on the Milk Monster there is also the useful feature of a glow-in-the-dark and backlit screen feature to help allow you to locate the bottle and read the timer in the dark. The fact that you can also put the outer shell in the dishwasher to clean is a life saver!

We absolutely love using our Milk Monster and will continue to use it on every bottle that Teddy has. It's brilliant for ensuring that no milk goes to waste, because lets face it, pumping aint' fun! Nothing pisses a breastfeeding mum off more than having all that good stuff in a bottle, only to have to throw it away because you can't remember how long it has been out the fridge.

Do you pump or bottle feed? I'd love some tips!

Lessons I've Learnt Since Becoming A Mummy | Guest Blogger Series | Mummy&Lissy

Monday, 10 July 2017
Hi everyone, I’m Zoe. Young Mummy to Alyssia who is now nearly 1 and a half. I run a blog over at and we are based in Somerset.

10 things I’ve Learnt Since Becoming A Mum

  • The World Is a Scary Place – Everything affects you when you’re a parent, you worry for your children more than ever & you will do all that you can to keep them safe. 
  • Being a mum is bloody hard work – Its not easy, and anybody who says it is (is lying) Whether you’re a mum of one, two or even ten… parenting is hard!  
  • Never Underestimate the healing power of a hug – If you’re ever feeling down, a hug from your little one will make everything better. There has been a few times where I have just broken down in tears & a cuddle from my little girl has made the world such a better place to be. Parenting isn’t easy, so don’t be so hard on yourself. 
  • Parenting is not all sunshine & rainbows –  I hate to say it but quite often its shitty nappies, sweat and tears.. There will be days where you just don’t want to parent anymore, you will be running round the house like a crazy lady packing bags & getting everything ready to go to baby group for your child to do the biggest poonami ever which not only means that they’ve ruined their brand new outfit, but its also made you late for babygroup.. Sometimes its just easier not to bother, have a pyjama day & chill out! 
  • You will probably find yourself crying over the most ridiculous things – But that’s okay, parenting isnt easy. 
  • You need to take wetwipes everywhere you go – We’ve all done it, we’ve all braved it and gone out without the changing bag.. Note to all new mums – Don’t do it! It is 99.9% guaranteed that the one time you don’t take it because its just a ‘quick pop to the shops’ your child will leak through their nappy and you will wish you had taken the changing bag in the first place. 
  • The Mum guilt is unreal – You will worry that you haven’t spent enough time with your little ones even though you’ve given them your full attention for most of the day. This happens to me all the time, I will spend a whole day entertaining my 1 year old but as soon as she’s gone to bed, I miss her like crazy and start to wonder if I’ve spent enough time with her.  
  • You will love more intensely than you ever thought was possible. – This is true, so very true. I have never felt a love like this before it really is amazing. 
  • When your child spills something on the floor, don’t shout & scream - just say ‘uh oh’ mop it up and carry on.. even if you did just spend all morning cleaning those floors. There has been a few times now where I have steam mopped the floors, blitzed the kitchen etc & my daughter has thrown a yoghurt on the floor or poured a drink everywhere.. It’s almost like they do it to test you. 
  • You probably won’t pee in peace ever again - Sorry, but its true. When your baby is young, good luck trying to leave the room without them screaming – the amount of times I used to have to take the bouncer into the bathroom with me just so that I could have a wee without my child screaming the house down. And I hate to say it but when they grow into a toddler you still won’t be peeing in peace, they’ll follow you everywhere.. and even if you close the door behind you I can assure you that they will be their banging on the door waiting for you to finish..

Is parenthood different to what you imagined?

Yes definitely, I don’t think you can ever really prepare yourself for becoming a parent.. You can try but nothing will prepare you completely. I have always wanted to be a mummy, growing up I was surrounded by baby dolls and I always loved looking after the other children in the family. Before I had my little girl all I ever saw pregnancy as was cute and exciting.. in which it is, but its not that easy. When I had my daughter I soon realised that the reality of being a mum is actually quite different to what I had thought.  

Absolutely nothing goes to plan, pregnancy being one of them. There’s not really much point in a birth plan if you progress as quickly as I did (I was 10cm and already pushing when I arrived at the hospital) Weaning being another, I thought it would be plain sailing but Alyssia was diagnosed with a CMPA which made things 1000% harder. I was naïve, I thought that being a mum would be easy (lol) but in actual fact its bloody hard work.. I appreciate my own mum a lot more now. I thought that having children would make relationships so much better and we would be ‘family goals’.. I mean yeah, It has made us stronger in the long run and I love him more than ever now but at first I resented him so much and the tension between us at times has been unreal. If you want to learn about somebody else’s flaws – have a baby with them. Don’t have a good nights sleep for maybe a year? And If you are still in love after that, you know its real haha. Your sweet baby wont always be sweet, they’ll grow up one day and have a meltdown in the middle of a shopping centre. Parenting is hard work at times and anybody that says it isn’t is lying..

Zoe x

You can find Zoe here:

Five Things That Are Making Me Happy Right Now.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

The past few weeks with a new baby have been pretty hectic and it has definitely taken me some time to adapt to the changes. I've got so caught up in the whirlwind of motherhood, that I have found myself feeling really overwhelmed and my anxiety had started rearing its ugly head again. I was lucky enough that my anxiety actually calmed down during pregnancy which I was quite surprised about as your hormones are all over the place.

However since Teddy has arrived, along with the sleepless nights and breastfeeding demands, it seems to have made a slight comeback. I have spoke to my Health Visitor about this and she's been really helpful and supportive! It isn't anything worrying but it has reminded me to just take five minutes each day to concentrate on the things that are making me happy, OUTSIDE of motherhood.I need to remember that although being a mummy is my favourite thing and my main priority, it is okay to put myself first for a few minutes each day. 

Mummy Friends// I honestly don't know what I would do without my Mummy Club. There are four of us in an Instagram group; Myself, another Rachel, Chelsie & Terri and by chance we have all had little boys! We actually met through sharing our pregnancies on Instagram, a few months ago, and we started a group chat and I think we've spoke everyday since! Sharing our struggles through pregnancies, giving them a play by play of our labours AS they happened and now all being in the early weeks of motherhood. They have been such an amazing support network and I don't know how I would have survived without them! They never judge when I tell them that Teddy has been a bit of a fucker or when I'm having a down day and struggling with being a mummy. They are always there to share advice or let me know that their child is also being a fucker. It's nice to know you aren't alone.

Love Island// Praise the lord, Love Island is back! I absolutely LOVE it! It's such trash TV but I can't help being addicted. I never watched the first series as I didn't actually know it existed. Last series was my absolute favourite and I routed for Cara & Nathan from the beginning so I literally fangirl screamed when they won! This year is good and I will continue to watch it religiously every night, it just doesn't have the same feel as last years. 

Ben & Jerry's// Ice cream..cookie dough..brownie..all that delicious goodness..need I say more?!

Home Comforts// Nothing makes me happier than being at home with my family. I love my one on one time with Teddy during the day whilst Aaron is at work but my absolute favourite time is when we are all at home together as a family in the evenings. I love nothing more than lighting all my candles, turning on the fairy lights dotted around the house and snuggling up on the sofa watching whatever crap is on TV, because lets be real, there's very rarely anything decent on these days...

Blogging// I have completely fallen back in love with blogging these past few weeks! I've been blogging on and off for about six years (which is crazy) & sometimes during that time I've had to force myself to blog which I hate and ends up with me not blogging for months at a time. However, recently I actually really look forward to writing new content and sharing my ramblings. I have struggled for so long finding out where I fitted into the blogging world and what I really felt passionate writing about and I've definitely found that in lifestyle and parenting. I feel like i'm finally writing content that I love!

Lessons I've learnt Since Becoming A Mummy | Guest Blogger Series.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Nothing can prepare you for life with a baby, especially your first. You may have read all the books, spent hours browsing the internet for tips and spoke to all your relatives or friends with children, but nothing will give you a true representative of what it's like. I had this idea in my head of what it would be like and naively thought 'how hard can it actually be?!'

It turns is actually really fucking hard! Your whole life is completely turned upside down and on its head. Everything you thought you knew goes out the window and I've lost count of the amount of times I've just stared at Teddy wondering what the bloody hell I've let myself in for.

I've spoke to so many other Mummy's that feel the same so I thought it would be really exciting to start a new series on my blog where we all share the things we've learnt since becoming parents and how it actually differs to what we all thought it would be like! Not all of the lessons we've learnt will be positive ones and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Some people will make out like parenting is a breeze and the most wonderful thing in the world all of the time, which more often than not, it is! However there are the days where you just want to shut yourself in a dark room and you aren't sure whether you want to cry or sleep first!

Every Monday there will be a new post from different Mums sharing their journey through parenting, so I thought it was only fair that I share mine first!

  • Not all babies sleep where they are supposed to! I learnt this the hard way when we first brought Teddy home. On our first night I put him into his crib next to my bed expecting him to sleep until his next feed. He hates the crib. He hates the moses basket. What he does love, is sleeping in bed with Mummy and Daddy! I never thought I would co-sleep and it didn't really occur to me that we might end up doing, however it's possibly the best thing we've done, for all our sakes!
  • You really don't get 5 minutes to yourself. If you aren't feeding, burping, changing or entertaining a baby, you are catching up on all the clothes washing that has suddenly come from nowhere, washing the pots or trying to shower like a ninja whilst the baby naps. What i'd give for just 10 minutes to sit and read a book..
  • You'll cry at the littlest things and it's completely normal! Parenting is hard work and it can sometimes feel so overwhelming that you just need five minutes to have a good cry.
  • You look at the world in a whole different light. Over the past couple of months there have been some really horrific things happening all over the country and although they have always affected me, since becoming a Mum, they have affected me in a whole different way. I worry about the world that Teddy is growing up in and we can only hope that it does get better.
  • Babies shit a lot. They also like shitting in a freshly changed nappy. I'm sure he does it on purpose.
  • You might not feel that overwhelming rush of love for your baby as soon as they are born, and that's nothing to worry about! You've just been through labour and wondering what the bloody hell has just happened. But when that love does come, and it will, it'll be like nothing else you've ever felt. It's so intense that when you really sit and think about it, it completely consumes you and there is nothing you wouldn't do for them.
  • You'll see your partner in a whole other light. Watching Aaron be a Daddy to our little boy is my absolute favourite thing in the world. I've really lucked out with Aaron and I don't know what I would have done without him. Teddy & I are so lucky to have him.
These are just a few of the things I have learnt and will definitely be sharing more in the future! If you are interested in sharing your posts on my blog then please email me or message me on Twitter! 

My Breastfeeding Essentials.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

When I got pregnant I knew I wanted to give breastfeeding a try and although I know it isn't for everyone and in some cases it doesn't work out, I was determined to give it my best go. We are currently 7 weeks into our journey of exclusively breast feeding and I am so proud of both me & Teddy. Don't get me wrong, it's possibly one of the hardest, most demanding things I've ever done, but I absolutely love it. It is such a special bonding time for us and I love knowing that it is something that is just mine & his.

I thought I would put together a list of all the things that have made our journey that little bit easier and helped us along the way.

Nipple Cream or Balm- I have been applying this since day one & although I am lucky enough to not have suffered from sore or cracked nipples, I still apply this at least once a day usually when I get in bed. In the early days I applied it more often, usually after every couple of feeds. When buying a nipple cream make sure it is one that doesn't need to be removed for feeding, just as it's something that is easily forgotten. My favourites are the Boots Maternity Lanolin Nipple Cream and the Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream.

Nursing Pillow- During the early days and growth spurts it literally feels like you are constantly feeding and your arms can really begin to ache! I use my nursing pillow during the day and in the night as it just makes things that little bit comfier. I picked mine up during the baby event at Asda and although I don't think they have it in stock all through the year, they have the same pillow on Amazon for £12.99!

Night Time Vest Tops- One thing I've found since starting to breastfeed is that comfort is so important! At bedtime my favourite top to wear are the Primark pyjama vest tops with built in elasticated support underneath. I don't like wearing a bra to bed so I can put my breast pads inside the support and they are held in place by the elasticated band. They are super stretchy so I just pull them down to feed him and also super cheap!

Breast Pads- Stocking up on breast pads was my Sisters main piece of advice when I was buying things ready for breastfeeding! I didn't realise how much your boobs can leak! I am quite lucky that I don't leak much, but when I do, I know about it! Breast pads give you that added security and protect all your clothes from the dreaded wet patches that suddenly appear! I recently had a slight breast pad disaster in the middle of M&S café where I had my breast pad stuck to my shoe...I must have put it in my pocket, it fell out and I stood on it. I dread to think how long it had been there..

Nursing Bras- One thing that I struggled in finding was nice nursing bras, they only tend to come in white, black or nude and some of them are really ugly, i'm not gonna' lie. I spent hours browsing websites trying to find ones that I liked and that would be comfy on my swollen milk filled titties! JoJo Maman Bebe have an amazing range of bras in all different styles. My go to bra is the JoJo Cotton Maternity & Nursing Bra which is a sports bra style and super comfy! They offer amazing support and the clips on the front are really easy to clip and unclip with one hand.

Breast Pump- I have been using the NatureBond Silicone Breast Pump and it is just amazing! I was so sceptical at first and wasn't sure how it could possibly work, but I figured before I invested in a proper manual or electric pump I would try out the NatureBond and ordered one off Amazon for £11.99. It is a silicone pump that you suction onto your breast whilst your baby is feeding off the other, and it catches your let down and any leaks. On my first go I managed to collect about 4oz in ten to fifteen minutes! Keep your eyes out for my full review.

Milk Storage Bottles- This week we have introduced Teddy to a bottle, which we will be giving him a few times a week just to get him used to them. I will still be exclusively breastfeeding but it's nice to have the option there. I wanted to make sure that he would take one without much fuss so I had piece of mind. I am pumping with my NatureBond and then tipping the milk I collect into the storage cups and putting them in the fridge. I picked up four Lasinoh Breastmilk Storage Bottles off Amazon for £9.07, they are great because you can store them in the fridge or freezer.

I'd love to know whether you breastfeed and what has helped make your experience that little bit easier?

What's In My Changing Bag? | BabyMel 'Robyn' Convertible Backpack.

Monday, 3 July 2017

One of the first things I started researching into and browsing for when I found out I was expecting Teddy, was different changing bags and I was quite shocked at how picky I was!

I knew I wanted a rucksack style or one that could convert into a rucksack and that it be unisex so Aaron could wear it as well without feeling like a prat. I mainly wanted a rucksack style as I know how quickly your hands can become full when juggling a baby and everything else you have going on, so it's important to have your hands free when possible. I also didn't want anything too mumsy as that just isn't my style, you wouldn't look at this bag and instantly think it was a changing bag.


I spent countless hours looking online for the perfect changing bag and really struggled to find one that I really liked due to me being so fussy and also not wanting to spend over the odds, until my Sister recommended BabyMel as  a brand. I decided to have a nosy at their website and what they had to offer when I came across the Robyn Convertible Backpack in navy stripe. I instantly fell in love, however it was coming up as out of stock! Luckily I found out that JoJo Maman Bebe also stocked the bag and I could pre-order it to be delivered within two weeks!

As soon as it arrived I started filling it with all the essentials I thought the baby would need when we were out and about, little did I know how much crap they ACTUALLY need! Luckily for us the Robyn changing bag is like a tardis and can fit so much more in than you would think. It is definitely a lot roomier than it looks. It has six internal and external pockets so plenty of space for your nappies, nappy sacks and spare clothes. The different compartments are really useful as it helps you keep all the essentials organised and in the same place and accessible within seconds.

One thing I love about this bag is that you can carry it four different ways using the convertible strap that include as a backpack, a shoulder bag, cross body or hand held using the small straps. You can also hang the bag on your pram using the velcro pram straps.


The bag also has an easy-wipes pocket with a dispenser slot and velcro flap so you have easy access to your wipes and they won't dry out! We use Waterwipes in ours and they honestly stay just as wet in the bags pocket as they do when sealed in their packaging. The fabric of the bag is water resistant with coated canvas so it's practical for any spills and spillages that may occur.

Included in the bag is a padded changing mat that is machine washable (important for all the poo-splosions that seem to occur!) and a insulated bottle holder that will keep your liquids warm or cool for up to four hours! I am actually exclusively breastfeeding at the minute but we are soon going to introducing a bottle once or twice a week just so Teddy will get used to taking one when he needs to so we will make good use of this bottle holder then.

What Is In My Changing Bag?

  • Nappies- We love Aldi's Mamia range and also Morrison's own.
  • Wipes- Usually Waterwipes which we pick up in bulk from Amazon as they usually work out cheaper! Although our current pack is the Huggies Pure Baby Wipes.
  • Nappy Sacks- We use these for his dirty nappies and also any clothes that he may have leaked on to keep them separate from everything else in his bag.
  • Dettol Antibacterial Wipes- We use these to wipe down the changing areas and also to wipe his changing mat after each use.
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Barrier Cream- To help prevent any nasty rashes he may get.
  • Large Muslin Cloth- I use this to cover myself whilst I latch him on when I am feeding. We are using the Swaddle Company muslin swaddle blankets and they are the perfect size!
  • Smaller Muslins- These are essential and perfect to use if Teddy dribbles or is sick and also as a light cover.
  • Spare Clothes- I usually have two lots of spare clothes, including vests and babygrows.
  • Lightweight Jacket- The weather is so unpredictable so I always carry a spare jacket for him just incase.

That is everything in our changing bag! I'd love to know what is in yours and if you have anything different?!

A Letter To My Baby's Daddy.

Sunday, 18 June 2017


We have been together for almost 9 years and I always knew you were somebody special.

I've loved you for a long time, but nothing can compare to the love I have for you now.

Watching you love our son is the most amazing thing to witness. As soon as you first held him, my love for you multiplied by an infinite amount. Hearing the joy in your voice when you told me that I had given birth to a baby boy is something I will never forget and seeing the instant love in your eyes. A love you only have, especially for him.

I know you will do everything you can to provide for him and give him the best life he can possibly have. I know that you will show him everyday just how special he his and how much you love him-- even on days when he drives us completely crazy! I know that as he gets older you will help me celebrate all his quirks and the things that make him different. I know you will always give him 110%, even when you don't feel like it.

Because of you I know that Teddy will grow up to be a good man, a good person and eventually a good father. He'll have learnt from the best.

Because of you I am a better Mummy. On the days when I am feeling at my lowest and i'm doubting my abilities as a mum, you are always there to tell me what an amazing job I am doing and how proud you are of me. You are exactly what I need.

I just want to say thank you. Thank you for giving me the greatest gift I could ever imagine.

Our beautiful little Teddy.

You will never know how grateful I am to you for giving me the love of a child for a lifetime.

I love you.

Happy Fathers Day.


Teddy's One Month Update.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Teddy is now one month old and I honestly can't believe how quick it has gone. It's hard to remember a time when he wasn't here. My first month of motherhood has had it's ups and downs for sure. Don't get me wrong I absolutely LOVE being a Mummy and wouldn't change it for the world, but it is probably the hardest thing I have ever done. It feels like your life has gone from 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye. You are suddenly responsible for this tiny human being who is completely dependant on you! I know people say your life will never be the same but I just kind of shrugged it off, little did I know. One day last week I sat sobbing to Aaron whilst feeding Teddy for what felt like the hundredth time that day, just because I felt smothered and suddenly overwhelmed by how much our lives had actually changed. With that being said no matter how crappy I am feeling, just one look at our gorgeous little boy and I am hit with an overwhelming love and happiness.

Teddy's First Month


When Teddy was born he really struggled to latch on which resulted in me having to hand express the colostrum and syringe it into his mouth. We stayed in hospital for two nights where we were visited by a breastfeeding support worker every three hours to encourage him to feed. I was so determined all through my pregnancy that I was going to breastfeed so when he wouldn't latch on I remember feeling really upset and like our breastfeeding journey had ended before it had even begun! Little did I know, he was just being a lazy boy and suddenly at around 12 hours old, he latched straight on and he's stayed there ever since..

Jokes. Although that is what it feels like sometimes!

He is now exclusively breastfed and loving life! We got him weighed last week at just over three weeks old and he weighed 9lb 8oz, (his birth weight was 7lb 11). The health visitor was really complimentary & told me what an amazing job I am doing! It gives you such a boost when you know your baby is gaining weight and feeding well. It's hard when breastfeeding as you can't judge how much milk they are getting, so hearing that he's gaining lots of weight is just what I needed to hear for piece of mind!


Sleeping was a struggle at first! He would only sleep in my arms during the day, throwing himself awake if we tried putting him in his moses basket! We eventually purchased a Poddle Pod on the recommendation of other mummies and my god! What a revelation. He now sleeps during the day like a little trooper, giving Mummy chance to do things around the house & write this blog post!
At night time he co-sleeps with us and I know it isn't ideal & trust me it isn't what we had planned for him. He has a lovely crib right there to use, but he spent the first week screaming for hours whilst we tried settling him, until finally falling asleep on me around 5 in the morning. I have done lots of research on co-sleeping and spoke to so many other Mums who are in the exact same position. I've had the obvious comments about it not being safe and how we're making a rod for our own back. Fuck em'. Teddy is happy and sleeping 3 hours at a time, only waking for feeds, from 10 until around 8 (although one day last week he went back to sleep until 10 which resulted in a very happy Mummy and Daddy). We have just purchased a PurFlo Nest to use for an even safer co-sleeping experience and once he is used to it being in our bed, we will move in to his crib and fingers crossed he'll begin to sleep in there. If he doesn't, that is fine. There are worse things that could be happening than my little boy wanting to sleep with me!


Teddy Loves:

One of Teddy's favourite things is his bath time! The first time we bathed him he screamed bloody murder and I have to admit, I never wanted to bath him again. We left it a few days and on my Sisters advice we made his bath water a little warmer than recommended (only by a few degrees) and he now absolutely loves it! He smiles away whilst having his hair washed and when we use a small jug to pour the warm water over his belly. We only bath him two times a week for the time being just to get him used to it and we don't want to use too many products on his baby soft skin.

Teddy Dislikes:

I took Teddy out in his pram around town and at first he was absolutely fine. Then suddenly something switched and he was screaming in the middle of Primark, until my Mum picked him up and he instantly stopped and went to sleep. Little bugger. He loves sleeping in his car seat and when that is attached to the pram he's fine, but as soon as he is in his carry cot.. he hates it! I'm going to persevere and keep putting him in it, hoping he will get used to it.

10 Tips For Surviving An Overdue Pregnancy.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

*I wrote this post on the day I went into labour and never got around to posting it. This is why I am still talking about being pregnant, little did I know that Teddy was on his way!

D-Day has officially been and gone! I am currently 41+2 weeks and it doesn't seem that Baby C is going to be making an appearance anytime soon. I'm taking comfort in the fact that it must be because I have an extremely comfy womb. I saw my midwife on Wednesday when I was 5 days overdue and she did try to perform a stretch & sweep but my cervix was too far back for her to do anything. TYPICAL. I asked if this meant that I was going to be waiting a while for Baby to arrive and she said definitely not and that your cervix can move forward very quickly.

I am also officially booked in for an induction at the hospital on Wednesday the 17th, taking me 12 days over (which is how far they let you go over before inducing you). At first I was really disheartened at the idea of being induced but since taking time to think about it and talking to other women who have been in the same position, I am now completely fine with it and accepted that it will probably will be the case. If I happen to go naturally before then, then that is a lovely little bonus. Either way by next weekend, my gorgeous baby will be here!

Here are some tips and tricks that I have been using since going overdue and they've really helped me deal with it a lot better than I thought I would. I'm not the most patient person usually...

1. Do something nice for yourself, whether that be getting your haircut or getting a pedicure. Enjoy these extra days. If Baby isn't playing ball and keeping you waiting, you deserve an extra little treat!

2. Keep Busy!! This is something I have been doing a lot of and it also makes the days go a lot quicker than they would if I was just sat at home feeling sorry for myself. Go out shopping, go for meals or just sit and read a book. I've also been giving the house a really good deep clean in preparation for the new arrival!

3. Try natural labour inducers if you really want to. I've been going for walks and also spending an hour or so in the evening on my gym ball. I also tried the ol' hanky panky but we will NOT go you know how hard it is to get comfy with a 9 month pregnant belly in the way? VERY. Just remember that none of the natural inducers are proven to work.

4. Sleep & rest as much as you can! Labour could come on any day and the last thing you need is to be absolutely shattered. I know how hard it is to get comfy at the end of pregnancy, constantly tossing and turning, waking up for pee breaks. Even if you are awake at daft o'clock in the morning. Lounge in bed, read a book. Relax. When the baby is here, you will wish you had taken advantage of lazy days with your feet up.

5. Look out for signs of labour. Whether that be losing your 'show' or mucus plug, period like pains coming on at more of a pattern rather than just sporadic or pelvic achiness. These are all signs that your body is getting ready for labour. Some women find comfort in experiencing signs of labour and knowing it's close. I got to the point where I was fed up of second guessing every ache or twinge.

6. Remind yourself that being overdue is completely normal. It is so hard not to get caught up on your 'due date' especially when you are feeling completely over the back ache, constant toilet breaks and swollen cankles..but just remember it will all soon be over and you'll have your baby in your arms. Only 4% of babies arrive on their actual due date!

7. Spend as much time with your other half as you can. Go to the cinema or go out for a lovely meal, it'll be the last time for a while that it will just be the two of you! Soon your whole life will become about your new little baby, so spending some quality time with your partner, in the run up, is so important.

8. Don't be scared to ask for help, whether that be physical help or emotional. Talk to your partner, family or friends. Even your midwife! It's perfectly normal to feel fed up and disheartened when your due date has been and gone.

9. It's okay to be fed up. I am. You've waited for this baby for so long and it has the cheek to keep you waiting even longer! I remember one day feeling really down and absolutely shattered due to no sleep & eventually I just had a little cry to Aaron and instantly felt better.

10. Remember, it's just a date! You have your whole life with your baby. In hind sight, what is an extra two weeks? Easier said than done, trust me I know, but whatever the wait is, just remember it's completely worth it!

My Labour & Delivery Story.

Saturday, 10 June 2017
After a very hectic and completely surreal (almost) 4 weeks, it's time to share the story of how our little Teddy arrived in the world. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I became obsessed with reading everyone's birth stories and their experience. They all the shared the same piece of advice which is not to have your heart set on a certain birth plan and I wish I had taken that on board a little more. I definitely didn't have the birth I imagined and had planned. At the time I was really upset about how Teddy entered the world, but looking back now I would do it all again. He arrived perfectly safe, happy and healthy which is all that matters! (The pictures aren't the greatest because they were taken on my phone. I was too busy trying to push a human out of my vagina to take decent pictures, haha!)

When It Started...

On Saturday the 13th May I was having a lazy morning in bed, catching up on YouTube videos when I noticed that I was getting quite bad period pains every 40 minutes or so. I was 8 days overdue at this point so didn't really think anything of it. I was booked in for an induction on the 17th and had kind of accepted that I would be waiting until then for Baby C to arrive. I decided to get up and start scrubbing the kitchen from top to bottom to keep myself busy and distracted! At about 10:30a.m I noticed the pains had increased to every 25-30 minutes and were gradually getting worse, especially in my back (nothing unmanageable at this point) and text my Sister to tell her that something was beginning to happen but not to get her hopes up. Aaron was at work but only on a short shift until 12p.m so decided to wait until he got home to let him know that anything was happening, I knew he'd be really distracted otherwise. 
Once the kitchen was scrubbed within an inch of its life, I decided to get onto my birthing ball and watch some telly. However as soon as I got a contraction I had to literally jump off the ball as it made the pains so much worse. Being sat down was the worst, as I noticed through the whole labour! Every time a contraction came I would stand up and walk to the kitchen, breathing through the pains. I also downloaded a contraction timer app just to monitor how close together they were and how long they were lasting. Aaron was home at this point, encouraging me to eat plenty and drink lots. 
This went on until about 6p.m, when my Sister text to say she would come around and keep me company for a little while and also help distract me as the pains had got quite intense! Having her there definitely helped, especially with her having three children of her own, she knew exactly how I was feeling and the right things to say or do. We eventually phoned the hospital once the contractions were every 5 minutes or so and they told us to come in!

To The Hospital...

The drive to the hospital was fucking horrific. Being sat down and confined to a seat was the worst part of the whole labour. We only live about 20 minutes away from the hospital, thank god, but it was possibly the longest 20 minutes of my life. I was literally gripping the handles on the roof of the car and pulling myself up off the seat with every contraction. We went straight through to Triage and luckily got examined straight away. I was 2cm!!!! I felt so disheartened and it was a massive kick in the teeth. The pain was almost unbearable and I still had a long way to go. Longer than I thought possible..
The midwife told me that because I wasn't in established labour I would have to go home and come back when they were closer together. My community midwife had told me to go to hospital when they were 5 minutes apart and lasting a minute, which I did, however I quickly came to realise that every midwife has their own set of rules and completely contradict each other. Which for a first time mum, isn't ideal! The midwife at the hospital said to come back when they were every three minutes, lasting a minute OR my waters broke. She then offered me some codeine to 'knock me out and help me get some sleep'..I popped the little bad boys like smarties. I don't know why I bothered because they did absolutely nothing!!!! We then had to make the dreaded drive home and just wait it out. Aaron managed to get some sleep whilst I spent the whole night pacing around the bedroom, breathing through every contraction. At about 4a.m on Sunday morning I went to the bathroom and suddenly felt a popping sensation and a trickle of water. I wasn't 100% sure if that was my waters going, as I always imagined a huge, dramatic gush but I woke Aaron up and we rang the hospital back. They told us to come in and get examined just to double check whether it was my waters or not.

I love Baths...

After being examined again it was confirmed that my waters had gone but I was still only 2cm, ALMOST a 3. I remember bursting into tears and telling Aaron how fucked off I was. It had been almost 24 hours since the pains had started and I felt like a failure that I hadn't progressed at all. The midwife was really lovely and said that I could stay in and have a bath in one of the birthing suites for four hours (when I would be examined next), she brought us some juice and toast, turned the radio on and left us to it. I absolutely LOVED being in the water and it helped so much. Every time I had a contraction, Aaron would use the jug to pour hot water over my bump and it felt amazing. I had planned for a water birth and knew it was the best decision! Flash forward four hours and as I got out of the bath...I experienced the gush that was my waters breaking! It went everywhere! I also didn't know that once your waters go, they just keep on bloody coming! The midwife re-examined me and I was ALMOST a four. Still not established labour! Baring in mind that it was 10o'clock Sunday morning now so I had been in slow labour for over 24 hours. Aaron rang my Mum and updated her on what was going on and asked if we could come round to use her bath as we don't have one yet in our house. I reluctantly got dressed and they told me to come back in two hours. 
As soon as I saw my Mum I just burst into tears, telling her I couldn't do it and it bloody hurt! Who would willingly do this to themselves?! Who thought this was a good idea?! Who wanted a baby anyway?!! 

Four hours later (about 3p.m Sunday afternoon), resembling a prune, I dragged myself out of my Mums bath and headed back off to the hospital. I was still not QUITE a four. I literally cried to the midwife telling her I couldn't do another car journey home, I also realised that I really wanted my Mum and wanted her there at the birth as well as Aaron so we rang her and she came straight away. Turns out that because my waters had gone in the early hours, they wouldn't let me go home anyway and I was booked in for an induction on Monday morning. The worse part of this was that Aaron and my Mum would have to leave until the morning when I went downstairs to delivery. Little did I know my plan of a water birth in the birthing centre were now out of the window. I honestly didn't think I would manage the pain without Aaron there for support and getting me through it. I burst into even more tears, which set him off because he felt so guilty. However looking back, it was the best thing to do so he could get some sleep ready for the next day when Baby would be making their appearance.

All By Myself...

At 9p.m I was taken through to the ward where I would be spending the night until it was time for my induction, which they said would be about 3a.m MONDAY morning, due to my waters having been broken for 24 hours and the risk of infection. Luckily there was only one other woman in my room so it was really chilled. They also offered me some Pethidine which I originally didn't want but at this point, I would do anything for some sleep so eventually said yes. Yet again, it did absolutely NOTHING. My body must be immune to pain relief! I spent the whole night pacing around the room whilst the woman opposite me snored her little head off. Lucky cow. As soon as it got to 3a.m I was buzzing, waiting for them to come and get me. Only for them to come and tell me that there were lots of emergencies happening downstairs so I would have to wait, which I really didn't mind knowing their were women who were having a much rougher time than I was. I remember at the point I was feeling lots of pressure down below and it didn't feel right, but I continued to breath through the contractions and walk around my little section of the ward, also mooching up and down the corridor a couple of times. At 7a.m it was finally my turn! I rang Aaron and my Mum and told them what was happening and where I would be. When I got to the room I would be giving birth in, I was greeted by a lovely midwife who hooked me up to the monitors which I would be on for half an hour to see how Baby was doing, before they would start the induction. Unfortunately the midwife was finishing her shift and would be changing over. I was dreaded her being swapped for some sort of battle axe midwife! However I had absolutely nothing to worry about! The midwife and student midwife who arrived were absolutely amazing and so lovely. Once they took me off the monitors it was time to be examined and get the induction process started. 

Or not...

I had somehow got to 8c.m overnight, after being stuck at 2cm for two days, and would no longer be needing the induction! Hooray. I can't tell you how happy I was and it literally gave me a massive surge of energy. I went into the bathroom and had a shower, brushed my teeth and got my nightie on. All of a sudden I felt the urge to push, I shouted for my Mum and told her that I felt strange and something wasn't right. Obviously it was fine, but when your body suddenly takes over and you have no idea what is going was the most surreal feeling ever. I spent the next god knows how many hours in every position you can imagine! Squatting, on all fours, legs in stirrups. You name it, I tried it. Pushing was the strangest feeling ever. My body literally took over and pushed for me and the sounds I made were like weird grunts. I thought I would be a screamer but I hardly made a sound! I also pooped. A lot. People said I probably would because your pushing into your bum so it's natural that it would make you poo. I did warn the midwives in advance. "I think i'm going to poo, i'm definitely going to poo, i'm pooing. Oops, I've pooped!" They were very professional and cleaned me up. Which I honestly didn't give a shit about. Pun not intended. Honestly, you leave your dignity at the door. Turns out Baby's head was slightly tilted and was not for coming out. I was dilating to a 9 & a half cm, but that last half cm was not for budging. Before I knew it the surgeon and doctors arrived to figure out a plan of action. All the while Baby was being monitored and stayed happy as bloody Larry! They decided that I would be going through the theatre to try for a forceps delivery and if that wouldn't work they would be going straight into a C-section. Before I knew it I was signing consent forms, being changed into a gown and being wheeled the theatre. I was disappointed that my Mum wouldn't be there to see her grandchild being born as I had hoped but was also unbelievably excited that our baby was FINALLY on the way. My mum worked out that I had been in labour for 55 hours! I know they say your first can take a while but bloody hell, I expected 24 hours at most. Silly me..


Whilst Aaron was getting his scrubs on, I was being prepped in theatre. I was having a spinal anaesthetic and they explained how it works and what would be happening. By this point i'd kind of presumed that I would the forceps wouldn't work and i'd be having a section which I had accepted and was fine with. I was adamant that I wanted Aaron to announce the sex to me, skin to skin as soon as possible and also delayed cord clamping. These are the only things on my birth plan that I was determined to have. I had kissed my relaxing water birth goodbye, I wasn't giving these up as well. 
The theatre was soon full of people, my midwives stayed with me up near my head on one side, talking me through what was going on and Aaron was sat on the other holding my hand. The spinal anaesthetic was an absolute godsend and I remember asking where it had been for the last three days!? At 16:43 with a FORCEPS delivery, our baby boy finally entered the world! Hearing him cry was the best sound in the world. When Aaron told me we had had a boy, I was completely shocked and didn't really take it in. Teddy was taken away to be weighed and checked over due to his long ass delivery and then brought straight over for skin to skin. it felt so surreal to finally have our baby in my arms. I had to be cut to get him out and bled quite a lot after but I didn't really take any of it in, I just couldn't stop staring at his face. Not quite accepting the fact that our baby was here. After 9 months of pregnancy, 10 days overdue, 55 hours of labour, having to go into theatre.. It was all completely worth it. It had all led to this moment. One that I'll never ever forget. 

Now It's All Over...

After we came out of theatre I was taken to the recovery room, just to keep an eye on my bleeding but luckily it calmed down straight away and everything was fine. We tried to get Teddy to feed but he was having trouble latching on, I think it was down to him being so tired! You and me both kid...

I was then taken back through the room where I had gone to be induced and it honestly felt like a million years since I had last been in there. I was back there as someone's Mummy! My mum came back in, followed by my Sister & Dad who I had rang on the way to recovery to share the news. I was so happy to see everyone and for them to finally meet our gorgeous son! I had to stay in overnight due to my waters having been broken for over 24 hours and the fact that I had had the spinal anaesthetic and couldn't feel anything from my boobs down *praise the lord!*. I was taken up to a private room but unfortunately Aaron couldn't stay (visiting for your designated person is 9a.m-9p.m) so we said our goodbyes which I did feel a little wheepy about as we had not long been a family! Then it was just the two of us, we had the loveliest snuggles and skin to skin. I had to hand express my colostrum as he still wasn't latching and then the midwives would syringe it into his mouth. We wanted to make sure he got all the good stuff! The midwives were so lovely and came in every three hours to help try and get him to latch. I remember panicking in case he never got it and our breastfeeding journey would be over before it had even begun. Little did I know that he would become a little milk monster and feed just fine! We ended up staying in for two nights just to make sure that he was feeding well and i'm so glad we had those nights in hospital with the midwives support.

After Thoughts...

We are almost four weeks on and it feels like a lifetime ago. I can't remember life before him, what did I do with all my free time?! He has slotted so perfectly into our lives and whilst I do sometimes feel like a milk making machine, I wouldn't have it any other way. There is honestly nothing that I would change. My midwives were so lovely and the doctors & surgeons in theatre were incredible and really put me at ease. Talking about our love for Harry Potter and how much our partners don't appreciate it. Actually, the only thing I would change is the length of my labour! Hopefully baby number 2 won't take as long. Fingers crossed. I can't believe that Baby C is actually here and we made something so unbelievably perfect. 

Theodore Atlas David Cope//7lb 11oz - 15th May 2017