Romance on hold – Parents at Work!

TiredParents

    The dynamic has changed with the arrival of E and me and husband are so exhausted the mere thought of a date night it sometimes makes us even sleepier. ‘Want the kids overnight mum? Sure!’ Then our plans for a wild night, to go out and paint the town red slowly fizzle out and we end up at the cinema scoffing sugary treats to stay awake and watch a film like ‘normal’ couples. Ahhhh  those 1st dates we used to have – remember them?   We secretly hope we have enough energy to get home and….well you know. We now retire to bed as soon as the house looks vaguely tidy (I can’t see this changing for another 15… Read More →

Lesson’s learned

BALLON

Sending a big virtual hug to you all…… After a brief hello and I am back, I am sorry to say I disappeared again into the fog of motherhood. Combined with a few personal upheavals, this year certainly has been one of the most enjoyable, saddest, hardest and fulfilling years I have had. I have loved every second of it and it has been one learning curve after another So….I wanted to start again and say HELLOOOO, I am STILL surviving motherhood 2nd time around and its been a crazy old year! Actually, I shouldn’t really say surviving, I should say enjoying – loving – embracing – happily living. All those worries I had, all those doubts about myself and… Read More →

2.4 Children

kls-young-family-silhouette

I remember when we told some mutual friends we were expecting again, the looks that were exchanged between various couples. I immediately picked up on the glance and asked what was that look, giggle or knowing ‘hmmmmmm’ for?   In short, we were told quickly how great expanding your family is. How having a 2nd, 3rd etc baby somehow cements you as a family and it is great fun. The 1st now finally has a playmate and you will both marvel at your genius baby making skills…..”darling didn’t we do well producing the most beautiful children – how clever and amazing are we?” Then comes the ugly truth – ‘oh yes, we definitely row more now and about anything – the… Read More →

Im Back! Mum of 2 and surviving (just)

IMG_2790

Hell dear dear MIW’S MIMS (Thats Miss Independent Woman’s Miss Independent Mum’s!) I am back with you…now complete with a daughter who is 5 months old and has the makings of a true Miss Independent Woman herself! 2 weeks late and born via Induction (although this time no pre-eclampisa, forceps or vontouse needed hurrrahh!) she popped out into the world with a big yell and scream surprising myself and the bearded one. Again we never found out the sex of baby 2 and what an absolutely amazing surprise it was to finally meet her. Having un aided birth this time was just amazing. Having watched her come out with my own eyes, I was back at my home town hospital… Read More →

Healthy Happy Fit Mums – Introducing Lucy Miller

Lucy-Miller

MIW Welcomes you LUCY MILLER! As the resident ‘mum’ on the panel of girls that make up Miss Independent Women – The Ultimate Girls Site; I wanted to share some of Lucy’s brilliant tips for keeping fit and healthy throughout pregnancy. For those of you who don’t know, Lucy is a Freelance Fitness & Nutrition Editor for Health & Fitness Mag, Mail Online, Weight Watchers, Fertility Road,  Glamour magazine & founder of Fitness and the Bump In between juggling a family life of her own, she manages her busy schedule of working with her clients as a Personal Trainer and is also working with children to keep fit as a trained level 2 Children’s Fitness Specialist. So I took some time out from heavily pregnant… Read More →

Baby Bottles and BPA

AVENT_Nat_bott_LS

Since 2011 I am sure there are so many new bottles around and innovative feeding systems! I was recommended to a certain brand as I was planning on a mix of bottle and breast(and to be fair Tommee Tippee worked great for us) but I know there are huge choices out there! I went on recommendation but I know many parents who have gone through many brands to find the right one I know that new (ish) to the market are the Mothercare Innosence Bottle Feeding Range. Lots of advice on the website and it looks like lots of research has been done into these bottles! Im really impressed and they seem to have already been shorlisted for lots of… Read More →

2nd Baby syndrome?

FEET-second-child

I woke up in a bit of a panic yesterday – 12 weeks left till this little addition to our family arrive and we are so unorganised. Is this 2nd child syndrome or me being totally lax about the whole thing? I remember having the nursery done and full of lovely baby things and packs of nappies etc etc all ready in plenty of time 3 years ago. I even think I had the beginnings of a hospital bag. I was slightly more neurotic then – more time on my hands and more job stress so being super-duper organised was the only way we could cope with the imminent arrival of baby 1! Now we are trying to get Fin… Read More →

The ‘B’ word

breastfeeding-prolonged

Ahh the old Breasfeeding debate rumbles on. I really wish there was more help and positivity regarding feeding in general out there. Pro boob OR Pro bottle – PRO MUM I say! With my blossoming bump comes blooming boobs and I can safely say, these guys are getting bigger and bigger each day. I still haven’t got round to getting measured for some new maternity bras (NAUGHTY I KNOW!). These bad boys are already producing milk (sorrryyyyyyy) and giving me serious back ache.     I loved using this 1st time so will be getting a new batch ASAP along with some of their other products for mum and babe (Love Boo). There are lots of amazing skin care products… Read More →

Easter Fun

easteregghunt

Ahhh I love Easter. Especially now as I can get away (a little) by asking for chocolate The last few years I have not had an Easter Egg trying to shift weight so this year I have decided to ask for one I quite fancy these stunning eggs from Fortnum and Mason – have a look here !                     I have never really entertained Easter with fin but this year we have decided to really celebrate the occasion. He is already asking questions about flowers, baby lambs and bunnies (I think the marketing campaigns are working haha!) and obviously many of you may be celebrating Easter in a religious sense – either… Read More →

Tantrums, tears and three year olds!

2504941256_d252746e55_o

Luckily for us mums with 3 years old’s, life is getting easier. Communication is strong, you can have a good chat about things (and the little tots understand you more than they did a year ago) and you can normally break the episode with laughter or distraction. This has to be – BY FAR – my favorite age. We really belly laugh together, make jokes, role play, express our love (and he means it) and show affection in huge ways I never thought possible. Now don’t get me wrong, there is the flip side which started at 2 (ish) and is continuing. I saw this on Facebook from Scary Mommy (A really funny and cute US website that I love)… Read More →