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HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY | A LETTER TO IRIS


Dear little Iris, 

You're two. My tiny 6lb 15oz baby girl is now TWO. Two years ago you literally flew into the world at 9:15pm and I got to finally see what you looked like and learnt all about your personality. Fast forward we completed a year of exclusive breastfeeding, you learnt to walk a week after Mummy and Daddy's wedding and you learnt to talk... a lot! 

32 & 33 WEEK UPDATE - I FAINTED AND HAD SOME JABS | BABY NUMBER THREE


This pregnancy is seriously flying by! I only have 8 and a half more shifts left at work! 4 weeks left until maternity leave! Its absolutely crazy! I am slowly getting more and more exhausted and i'm sore as hell. Whatever my spine is doing there is something going on with my nerves for sure. I have the worse pain under my left bum cheek, it goes down my thigh too and it hurts so bad and that's whats causing my waddle at the moment. I don't know how to stop that pain either. It's the thing that's driving me most mad because I just cannot soothe it, cannot get comfy and pain killers don't touch it, it's so weird. I can hack the heartburn and heaviness but I am struggling with that uncomfortable pain.

PUMPKIN PICKING AT PICKWELL FARM | A FAMILY TRADITION


It's that time of year again folks, PUMPKIN PICKING TIME! The time, that everyone heads off to a pick-your-own farm and stands and takes photos with the lovely orange coloured backdrop, picks some Pumpkins and if you're anything like us, they are used as decoration on our front door steps before they go squashy and manky and get put in the bin. I am not a fan of carving them, we've tried in the past and I just found it so stressful with the kids, I am not a fan of the smell of the pulp and actually, here's a little fact about me, I don't always like the taste of pumpkin! I mean, I am not lying when I say I love Pumpkin spice, I do adore Pumpkin spice lattes, Pumpkin spice porridge and so on but Pumpkin soup and Pumpkin pie aren't for me. It has to have the spice. I am not sure why I don't like pumpkin pie, I wonder if it's because the only time i've tried it was when I made it myself? I love pumpkin spiced cakes but i'm too faffy to make it out of the proper pulp, I usually buy it in a tin. Basically, apart from Pumpkin pie, I don't like savoury Pumpkin dishes, I like the unhealthy, cake, biscuits and coffee.

28-31 WEEK UPDATE - A MATERNITY SHOOT | BABY NUMBER THREE


I am so incredibly behind with these updates and for a while I felt rubbish about it but in all honesty I am just plodding along, making sure this pregnancy goes smooth sailing, counting those kicks and looking after myself. I've had a kidney infection, three weddings since that infection and also been hit with a stinking cold thats lingering and lingering and STILL lingering! So, in all honesty, i've been enjoying sleeping as much as I can, being a Mum, going to my "doesn't include a camera" job and being a wife; as well as making sure my house doesn't look like the kids have hired a bulldozer and driven it through it.

Anyway, last Sunday when I was 30 weeks pregnant, we headed out, all suited and booted to take some maternity photos. It's a bit early, but then I take bump photos every week anyway and wanted to get them done whilst the weather is still not too bitter and the rain isn't pouring daily.

A NOSTALGIC CARE BOX WITH CARE BEARS | AD


Since having children I find nostalgic things and throwbacks so exciting. I love showing my littles the shows I used to watch and letting them play with toys I used to play with as a child too. I love seeing my children’s faces light up when I’m showing them things Mummy or Daddy used to love when we were little - I just love nostalgia. When there was mention of working with Care Bears on their care box campaign I just couldn’t walk away. I remember sitting there reading the stacks of Care bear comics in my cupboard and having a huge love for these colourful bears.

A BODY SHOP EVENT & IDEAS FOR YOUR HOSPITAL BAG!


Last week I headed to an event at the Body Shop with Southampton Bloggers and whilst checking out their new range I had a great thought about some of their smaller sized products which would be perfect for your hospital bag. I'm currently unsure until next week whether i'll need to be packing one or not as I need to speak to a consultant Midwife to decide whether the home birth idea is best for us. 
I haven't purchased all these items, but from scents and testing in store I have picked out some of my favourites. Once I have a plan for my birth, if I end up packing a hospital bag i'll be sure to update you all on what I actually put in mine and baby's bags.