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A couple of months ago I gave you an advanced look at the travel system we had got for Essie: the Cosatto Woop in the gorgeous Fjord pattern, which had very kindly been sent to us for review by the fab team at Cosatto HQ, along with the matching Port car seat. Now that Essie is here and we have been using the travel system for a few weeks now in the "newborn" mode, I thought it was about time to let you know what we think of it so far!

Using the Cosatto Woop with a newborn baby

A couple of months ago I gave you an advanced look at the travel system we had got for Essie: the Cosatto Woop in the gorgeous Fjord pattern, which had very kindly been sent to us for review by the fab team at Cosatto HQ, along with the matching Port car seat. Now that Essie is here and we have been using the travel system for a few weeks now in the "newborn" mode, I thought it was about time to let you know what we think of it so far!

I absolutely love reading birth stories as every experience is so unique, and after sharing my own two very different birth experiences [emergency c-section and natural VBAC] I decided to ask other mums and dads to share their beautiful birth stories with me, too. If you’d like to share your birth story, send me an email or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Today Nadine from Then I Became Mum is sharing her birth experience. It is quite an adventure!

Beautiful Births #24 - Nadine's Hospital Birth Story

I absolutely love reading birth stories as every experience is so unique, and after sharing my own two very different birth experiences [emergency c-section and natural VBAC] I decided to ask other mums and dads to share their beautiful birth stories with me, too. If you’d like to share your birth story, send me an email or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Today Nadine from Then I Became Mum is sharing her birth experience. It is quite an adventure!

Back in autumn I received a beautiful unique watch to review from JORD, who create gorgeous wooden timepieces for people who value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. Ian loves watches and was a little envious of mine, so when JORD offered to send a piece from their range of men's watches for him I just had to say yes!

a close up of a dark wooden watch sitting in a wooden presentation case. there is a succulent in the background

Review & Giveaway: JORD Conway Wood Watch

Back in autumn I received a beautiful unique watch to review from JORD, who create gorgeous wooden timepieces for people who value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. Ian loves watches and was a little envious of mine, so when JORD offered to send a piece from their range of men's watches for him I just had to say yes!

a close up of a dark wooden watch sitting in a wooden presentation case. there is a succulent in the background
Pregnant with my first baby, I envisioned an organised home with a play area for him, full of brightly coloured, wooden toys that would last for years to come and be passed down through to his siblings. Fast forward five years and two more children later, my home has become full of plastic. Noisy plastic toys. Which for the most part I'm not that adverse to. But what has happened is we've amassed so many toys, given by well-meaning relatives, that the house is overrun and the boys are overwhelmed by choice. And I am overwhelmed with picking them up everyday.

Decluttering Our Play Space + Kiddimoto Wooden Fire Engine Ride On Review

Pregnant with my first baby, I envisioned an organised home with a play area for him, full of brightly coloured, wooden toys that would last for years to come and be passed down through to his siblings. Fast forward five years and two more children later, my home has become full of plastic. Noisy plastic toys. Which for the most part I'm not that adverse to. But what has happened is we've amassed so many toys, given by well-meaning relatives, that the house is overrun and the boys are overwhelmed by choice. And I am overwhelmed with picking them up everyday.

Those of you who follow me on my social media channels (links at the bottom if you don't!) will know that on Monday our beautiful baby girl finally made her arrival, in my living room, quickly and easily. She waited until 11 days past her due date so that she could share my birthday! And dodged a c-section by less than 24 hours. Talk about leaving it until the last minute! I hope this laid-back nature of hers continues now that she is finally earthside.


Say hello to...

Those of you who follow me on my social media channels (links at the bottom if you don't!) will know that on Monday our beautiful baby girl finally made her arrival, in my living room, quickly and easily. She waited until 11 days past her due date so that she could share my birthday! And dodged a c-section by less than 24 hours. Talk about leaving it until the last minute! I hope this laid-back nature of hers continues now that she is finally earthside.


During the last month of my pregnancy I was contacted about trying a new range of pre- and post-natal products from My Expert Midwife. Developed by midwife and mum duo, Lesley and Claire, the range was developed to ease some of the less desirable physical side effects of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. The side effects that tend not to get talked about much, but really should! The four products in the range are: Spritz for Bits, No Harm Nipple Balm, Fantastic Skin Elastic and Peri Prep Your Bits. They have been specially developed to prevent and heal side effects like itchy, stretched skin, sore nipples and vaginal discomfort such as tears, bruising and episiotomies.

Review: My Expert Midwife Pre- & Post-Natal Products

During the last month of my pregnancy I was contacted about trying a new range of pre- and post-natal products from My Expert Midwife. Developed by midwife and mum duo, Lesley and Claire, the range was developed to ease some of the less desirable physical side effects of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. The side effects that tend not to get talked about much, but really should! The four products in the range are: Spritz for Bits, No Harm Nipple Balm, Fantastic Skin Elastic and Peri Prep Your Bits. They have been specially developed to prevent and heal side effects like itchy, stretched skin, sore nipples and vaginal discomfort such as tears, bruising and episiotomies.

We're coming up to the end of the Easter holidays and boy, do I feel guilty. Every day on Facebook I see friends taking their children out to do all these amazing things. Noah will return to school next week and no doubt his friends will have tales of all the fun things they have been doing over the Easter break. Whereas us, we've not done much at all. And not because we don't want to.


Precious Time

We're coming up to the end of the Easter holidays and boy, do I feel guilty. Every day on Facebook I see friends taking their children out to do all these amazing things. Noah will return to school next week and no doubt his friends will have tales of all the fun things they have been doing over the Easter break. Whereas us, we've not done much at all. And not because we don't want to.



Well, if writing a 40 week update was a surprise then this is a total shock! 41 weeks, whoever would have thought I'd get this far! I know in my last update I had talked about having an elective C-section at 40+5, but all that has changed. I'll explain more further on. 

At 41 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a watermelon. She (yes, it's a girl!) is between 19-21 inches long and could weigh between 7-9lbs now. I do hope it's not much more than that! Here's what's been going on during my 41st week of pregnancy with baby number three.


Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 41 Weeks


Well, if writing a 40 week update was a surprise then this is a total shock! 41 weeks, whoever would have thought I'd get this far! I know in my last update I had talked about having an elective C-section at 40+5, but all that has changed. I'll explain more further on. 

At 41 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a watermelon. She (yes, it's a girl!) is between 19-21 inches long and could weigh between 7-9lbs now. I do hope it's not much more than that! Here's what's been going on during my 41st week of pregnancy with baby number three.


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