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“It was traumatic for all involved”

It is just totally upsetting to watch toe exclusively breastfed 8 week old daughter scream, squirm and be so unsettled from her night feeds. This is what happened last night. P3 normally wakes in the evenings from 6ish to 10ish. She’ll usually take a quick 5 minutes or so, we’ll head upstairs where she gets changed and swaddled, she then …

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“P3 has smiled!”

On the 20th November 2014, at 7 weeks and 3 days old, P3 has smiled! It’s isn’t wind, although I was dubious at first, she’s actually smiling. Little smiles at the moment and I don’t think she has much control over it at the moment. That was the first one I managed to capture on camera, it’s slightly wonky and …

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World Prematurity Day 2014 – My Premature Birth Story

Today is World Prematurity Day. Around the world each year 15 million babies are born too soon. In 2008, I was part of that statistic when I welcomed P1 7 weeks early. In that same year the idea came to raise awareness of the serious issues that these babies and their families face and so World Prematurity Day was born. …

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“I was meeting new people and could be whoever I wanted to be”

When P1 was born I didn’t attend any antenatal or baby groups, I was shy and very self conscious about being a teenage mum. With P2 I wanted to be different, I didn’t attend any antenatal groups but when she arrived I made sure I went to baby groups. We enjoyed a weekly session of baby yoga, I went to …

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6 Week Check Up and Body Image Problems

We had our six week check up today. I was asked whether my bleeding had stopped, which it has about two days ago, apparently it takes longer for a breastfeeding mother to finish the post-partum bleeding which I found quite interesting to know. I was asked how the feeding was going and how my breasts are, well I think my …

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To My Princess 2 – 1 Year 9 Months

To Princess 2, I blinked and you grew over night!! Literally. This month has seen you grow out of aged 12-18month clothes, wear some 18-24 but mainly you’re in 2-3years which are your big sister’s hand-downs. It’s just crazy! With this growth spurt has come a new attitude. There’s times when I really think you are quite nasty, hitting and …

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“Trying the controlled crying method”

I changed our bedtime routine exactly 7 nights ago today. I was really beginning to feel my body shutting itself down and not functioning properly with the extent of my exhaustion. My mood has been awful and I just couldn’t wait until the new year to change things like the Health Visitor advised. The new routine goes as follows; 6:40pm …

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“It took six attempts to get the cannula into a vein”

Our stay in hospital was cut short thank goodness, although our visits are not over. p3 needs antibiotics intravenously, hence the cannula, for a minimum of five days whilst they await her urine results. Potentially she may not even have an infection but due to the high temperature she had and her age they give it as a precaution. Yesterday, …

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“we have to stay in hospital for the next 48hours”

Up until the evening, yesterday had been a good day! We’d all gone on the school run and then hubby, P2, P3 and I headed to Bluewater shopping to have a look around. We ended up spending money on the Disney Store and in Superdry. P1 was at her after school club until 6pm and then P1 & P2 went …

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“Infacol has certainly saved my sanity!”

I’ve felt completely useless every time I hear my beautiful newborn cry. She’s my third daughter and you’d think I’d be a pro at consoling my girls and I am with P1 and P2, I pretty much instantly understand each cry and know when and how to react to it. Whether it be food, a cuddle, changing P2s nappy or …

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October Half Term 2014

We always seem to suck when it comes to organising things to do over the school holidays. I tend to plan in my head but never put those plans into action. This October half term has been completely different to our usual school holidays. It feels like we haven’t stopped! It started on Saturday with P1 going away for the …

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“It’s not just a phase anymore, it’s a habit”

There’s no doubt about it that I am sleep deprived. It’s the main focus of my blog posts at the moment and I apologise for that. The health visitor came last week to weigh and check up on P3, at the same time she asked questions about P2 and things about her development. The time before that she focused on …

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A Third Child “Brings No Extra Joy” Is this true?

A new study by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) shows that the birth of a first and a second child briefly increases the level of their parents’ happiness, but a third does not. I read the article several times over the social media platforms. Having just given birth to my third it got me thinking. Am …

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Coping With Crying

“I need a doctors appointment for my daughter” “Ok, what’s wrong?” “This is going to sound silly, but she’s my third daughter so I know I’m not being stupid but she won’t stop crying and I just need to get her checked” That was the conversation I had last Monday with the doctor receptionist after we’d experienced two or three …

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To My Princess 3 – 1 Month

To my Princess 3, I’ve been writing letters to your sisters for a while now and so of course it’s time to start yours. I want you to be able to read back on your childhood, your life and to know who you are and what has shaped you to be the person you are when you finally read this. …

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