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To My Princess 2 – 1 Year 10 Months

To my Princess 2, For a while now we’ve been saying “she’s nearly two” or “aged 2-3” or “terrible twos come early”. Writing your age again has hit me just how grown up you really are for it. You’re only a year! Not two. You are cheeky. Each day you do the most hilarious things like faces, actions and words. …

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“Christmas is all wrapped up”

Last year P1 was very ungrateful for her birthday and Christmas presents. We’d forked out a lot of money to get her a Schleich farm house and various accessories – anyone who knows what I’m talking about will know that a tiny animal costs around £4. At 5 years old, children just don’t understand value. This year we vowed to …

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“It seems the issues we have at home are also issues she has at school”

We’ve had to rearrange appointments to see P1s teacher several times due to illnesses, births and hospital visits but finally we managed to see the teacher with the SENCO yesterday afternoon. We had a few things on our list to discuss. Concentration, BEAM (physiotherapy she was meant to be having during school) and coordination. We also needed an update on …

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“The only positive is that it’s a gain and not a loss”

I felt so nervous waking up this morning. P3 was due to get weighed again to check the weight gain situation. I’ve been trying really hard to get more feeds into one day, I’ve been eating and drinking better too. I woke the poor little lady up from her nice cosy slumber in her Doona and took her inside the …

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“During the day we have no issues”

I didn’t expect to have problems feeding this time round. With P2 it had all gone pretty smoothly but with the weight gain falling heavy on my mind the past few days I’ve been questioning my ability. I’ve done a lot of Googling and the support I’ve had via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook has been astounding but I still can’t …

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To My Princess 3 – 2 Months

To my Princess 3, It’s just zooming past. I think that your rough start may have slowed down some of your development things but you’re finally getting there. You’ve been smiling for about a week now and it’s so cute. It’s a very odd smile, one side goes up and then the other side but the happiness and joy in …

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“P3s weight gain is not good, in fact it’s awful!”

At the 6 week checkup P3s weight had dipped slightly. It wasn’t a huge concern because she’d just been ill and on antibiotics. Then today, we visited the health clinic for a weigh in and to see the health visitor. That’s when it smacked us right in the face. P3s weight gain is not good, in fact it’s awful! This …

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To My Princess 1 – 5 Years 11 Months

To my Princess 1, I’ve been so proud of you this month. I had a phone call from the school to say you had been chosen to go and visit Leeds Castle to have your photo taken for the newspaper because your class had won the Walk on Wednesday competition. You are one of only two going from your whole …

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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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