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Why I feel so empowered as a thirty-something mum

As a thirty-something mum, I always wondered if it would be any different if I had a baby when I was younger. Would I have coped better with sleep deprivation, or had more energy, or found it easier to go back to work full time? Perhaps ... As soon as I became a mother I… Continue reading Why I feel so empowered as a thirty-something mum

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Pregnancy peeves… 12 annoying habits of strangers

I loved being pregnant. I was lucky enough to be feeling pretty well all the way through and enjoyed having that gorgeous huge bump (please don't hate me). I revelled in talking to my friends and family about anything and everything relating to my pregnancy and baby. A self-confessed baby bore! Although my hormones were… Continue reading Pregnancy peeves… 12 annoying habits of strangers

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Valentine’s Day… is it just me?

I admit... I'm just not that into valentines day... is it just me? We don't even buy each other a card anymore. We used to (before child) for the first 5 or 6 years together. It was lovely and exciting and we enjoyed it. It felt romantic. Then it became a bit of a drag… Continue reading Valentine’s Day… is it just me?

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10 reasons you should become a parent

1. For the sheer experienceFrom the very first scan to watching my child grow into a little boy, I found the whole experience of being pregnant, giving birth and looking after a child quite amazing. To grow a baby from a tiny cell into a fully developed human is incredible. There's so many wonderful experiences… Continue reading 10 reasons you should become a parent

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I’ve wanted it for ages… then I got that new role!

Can you imagine getting that dream job that you think you have all the qualifications for? The new role that was so perfect for you, that it seemed too good to be true? I did! My application was successful and I finally got the chance to go for something new. In my interview I put on… Continue reading I’ve wanted it for ages… then I got that new role!

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Why sleep training my baby saved me

Swaying from side to side and feeling sick due to exhaustion was a regular feature of my night. My beautiful baby was pretty bad at sleeping from the start. I put it down to being a newborn and getting settled into the world. I was exhausted but optimistic it would soon get better. Then his… Continue reading Why sleep training my baby saved me

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Working mum – what are the choices?

I’m a proud working mum. I went back to work when my little one was 10 months old. It was a difficult to leave him and work full time - but it is achievable. I work because I want to, I'm here to support my family as much as they support me. I like to… Continue reading Working mum – what are the choices?

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10 reasons to put you off parenting

I'm sure you've heard that parenting completely changes your life. What may have mattered before, no longer has any relevance! Kids bring new meaning to the world. Yes it's those old stereotypes! The belief that kids won't change you, life will be just as it was before and being a parent is so natural and… Continue reading 10 reasons to put you off parenting

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10 potty training tips including my favourite links

Looking back on my experience of potty training, I clearly remember the sheer dread I felt as I was about to embark on tackling this huge milestone! Before I started potty training, I spent quite a lot of time reading about it to try and get a head-start. To give you a brief overview, I… Continue reading 10 potty training tips including my favourite links

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Normal service must resume Rachel

"Normal service must resume Rachel". I couldn't agree more.  After eating and drinking my way through Christmas and New Year, I feel like a big blob - I’m definitely ready for normality. I have loved being off with the boy and spending some quality time with him and the family. This is my first year having… Continue reading Normal service must resume Rachel