• Dexters bedroom – monochrome, yellow & mint

    The idea for Dexter’s room started long before he was born. I knew that whatever gender baby I had I wanted a colour pallet of mint green, yellow and grey with some monochrome. When we did Freddie’s nursery it was very generic, beige and baby ready but always meant we would have to update when he got older. As it turned out we moved house and so came up with his London themed room anyway, but I didn’t want this with my second babies room. I wanted something with a little more longevity and also a little different.   I’m so pleased with how Dexter’s room has turned out and…

  • Five early pregnancy symptoms that I experienced

    Pregnancy is long for me, as with both my pregnancies I knew pretty much immediately that I was pregnant. That’s one long wait whilst cooking a baby! Apart from the obvious little blue line or “1-2 weeks”  with both boys I had some other tell tale signs hat I was expecting before a test would show positive. I always wondered just how people “knew” when they fell pregnant because they had “a feeling in their water” as my mom would say. Here is what I experienced Sore boobs Not just sore boobs, it was bloody excruciating. It felt so obvious and like they were literally going to snap off! Going…

  • Newborn & New mum must haves 

    Dexter is almost 6 months old and so lots of the newborn stage items have been packed away. I was ruthless this time and only kept what I knew made those newborn days a whole lot easier, rather than having everything just in case. Here’s our low down on what we loved.. Snuzpod– we used a one of these bedside sleepers with Freddie and it was fabulous, so naturally I carried this on for Dex as we liked it so much. Being three in one makes it really versatile and it rocks too! It’s so easy to have baby safely so close next to you and it helped so much…

  • Bye bye cradle cap thanks to Childs Farm

    Dexter has been plagued with cradle cap since day one. We had mild success with coconut oil to soothe this when he was a few weeks old but then he became allergic to it and it made his scalp inflammed. I tried washing his hair more frequently, less frequently, using just water, using shampoo and conditioner, using petroleum jelly, olive oil – you name it I tried it. To add insult to injury Freddie even developed a patch too..at three years old!! Both boys had it excessively thick on their scalps and with Dexter his crusty head was massively noticeable. I have been reviewing some Childs Farm products and asked…

  • The scream of Silent Reflux

    Ironic really. The grunts, whines, screams and chokes we have heard form this “silent” affliction have never been on the quiet side. In fact, even when my baby is sleeping I can still hear acid rise up his throat and him gulp it back down most nights. Dexter like his brother has cows milk protein allergy. We got this sorted pretty early after trying a couple of milks and thickeners. This however didn’t alleviate the constant grind of being awake from 2am onwards until breakfast time, of Dexter fighting a losing battle against his body producing acid whilst last propped on my shoulder. I felt guilty every time I fed…

  • Which Hyperemesis tips NOT to offer Princess Kate

    So, the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant for the third time and suffering with her third bout of Hyperemesis Gravardium (HG). Having been there twice with both pregnancies I do completely empathise with her, it’s horrendous. There are still a few nuggets of wisdom that people like to offer which drive me up the wall when it comes to HG. Mostly by people who have never suffered from it! Here are my top five. “Most people get some morning sickness” Nope. No. NOT EVEN. It’s 24 hours a day, every five minutes and it DRAINS YOUR SOUL. This is NOT morning sickness. It’s constant, debilitating vomiting that’s actually very dangerous…

  • Peace of mind with a little Hero

    We have had a long and tough battle with Dexter suffering from Silent Reflux. It has been more scary than I ever imagined as he has had a few episodes where he chokes on the thick acid, one time needing an ambulance because he stopped breathing and responding. My husband managed to eventually clear his airway and bring him back but it made me feel very ill for a while and experience a wave of parenting paranoia that I don’t think will leave me. Freddie was a straightforward baby and So this experience turned parenting on its head for Dexter, I have been constantly worried. Silent reflux is worse for…

  • Dexter- two month update 

    So now Dexter is (already!!) 11 weeks old I thought it best to get a move on with his two month update and what stick out between weeks 4-8. The the last few weeks have flown by in a crazy haze, most importantly for us the reflux and CMPA are starting to settle after visits to peadeatrician and emergency hospital visits. He is much happy baby now that he doesn't have horrid acid burning his throat all night long and is thriving well. Dexters smile has some on leaps and bounds, I had almost forgot those early corner of mouth creased up efforts that little babies do and those moments…

  • Freddie is 3.

    1095 days ago I was holding you in my arms and I was finally a mommy. You had a bent up little “boxers” nose is how I described you and as you were born your daddy told me you were a boy, and I said your name “Freddie” before I even held you. We didn’t find out what sex you were but I knew you were a boy. Today, you are three and I am just trying to fathom how and where the time has gone so quickly.  You have had a another tough year really, just as I was up and about walking and back at work after slipping…

  • A handmade fathers day

    This year for Father’s Day I wanted to capture the boys when they were both little and Dexter still had tiny hands and feet! I decided to do some foot and handprint art and with the help of Freddie we decided on a super hero picture! Freddie choose a teenage mutant ninja turtle and a flying captain America to create. I chose for Dexter..cute teeny baby feet! We are really pleased with how it came out and will be making some more for sure! Please follow and like us: