Friday, 29 July 2016

PARENTING: Advice for new mums, from real mums

The first few weeks of parenthood are a huge learning curve. You spend a lot of the time in a warm fuzz of love, sleepily googling everything under the sun. Or at least you should be. Well maybe not the Google thing.
Before I had Henry I knew I would want lots of advice from people who had been there and brought the proverbial t-shirt.

I'm lucky. I have a wonderful sister in law who not only has her own daughters, but is also a trained neo-natal nurse so knows a thing or two about babies. I also have a number of friends with little ones who have brought their children up beautifully and are a beacon of knowledge. I've also connected with a great group of mummy bloggers, who I've spoken to almost daily since Henry arrived to share the midnight feeds on twitter or just chat and get advice.

Without them all I think I'd feel very alone.

So I wanted to try and help out my readers and collect on this knowledge and share it.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

LIFESTYLE: A thank you

Starting a family is a wonderful thing. Adding to your circle of love. Creating a new life. Sharing the responsibility.
It's also incredibly hard and insanely rewarding. It's singularly the most difficult thing I've ever done (though luckily I haven't met much hardship in my life I will admit, thankfully) and I honestly could not have done it alone.

This post is basically a really long thank you to my husband and father of my child Dann because without him I don't think I would have survived the first few weeks with our family.

Monday, 25 July 2016

LIFESTYLE: By the sea at Victoria Country Park

I'm really loving summer right now. Yes it is a little hit and miss with the UK weather but when it's nice it really is nice. 

Since having Henry we've been out exploring our local area a lot more. Henry settles really well in the carrycot of our pushchair especially in the evenings when he is a little trickier to put to sleep. Dann has kindly been taking him out for a walk so I can sleep on several evenings each week, and then we've done a few family walks in the afternoons to get out and about. 

We are really loving exploring our local area and discovering all the outside spaces that Henry is going to love when he is older.  

The other weekend we went on a walk from our house through Hamble to the Royal Victoria Country Park and then back home via Netley Abbey. We decided to take the camera with us and get a few photos whilst out and enjoying the sunshine. 

Sunday, 24 July 2016

PARENTING: the first few weeks

Newborns are hard work. There's no denying it. You're warned about the ups and downs. The sleepless nights. The endless nappies. But it still doesn't quite prepare you for the emotional rollercoaster that the first few weeks puts you through.

I've never been more physically and emotionally drained than I have since having Henry. The most amount of sleep I've gotten in one go is three hours. Even four lots of 2-3 hours isn't enough because it's so broken. And I've often woken completely confused on the time and when I last fed him as I've dreamt about feeding too!

Friday, 22 July 2016

LIFESTYLE: Searching out Marwell's Zany Zebras

Last Saturday we finally started to see some of that elusive British summer and hasn't it been glorious? There's not much I love more than proper British sun, it just brings out the best in people, and we really don't need much of it to get a great feeling.

So to make the most of the sunshine myself and fellow blogger Alice and her fiance Arran took a stroll around Southampton on Marwell's Zany Zebra trail.
The trail is made up of 47 resin decorated zebras dotted around the city to create awareness for Marwell's conservation  effort for the Grevy Zebras. The zebras are sponsored by local businesses in the community and decorated by local artists in different themes, with some matched to the sponsor. The zebras follow the hugely successful Go Rhino! campaign that Marwell ran in 2013, where you can still see some of the Rhinos across the city after they were auctioned off (there's one at the Hythe Ferry Terminal in Town Quay).