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.


Who has been enjoying the return of Line of Duty to our screens? Detective dramas and crime thrillers are my absolute favourite thing to read and watch, and the latest book to hit my shelf is Let the Dead Speak by award-winning crime writer, Jane Casey, which was sent to me to review.


Review: Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

Who has been enjoying the return of Line of Duty to our screens? Detective dramas and crime thrillers are my absolute favourite thing to read and watch, and the latest book to hit my shelf is Let the Dead Speak by award-winning crime writer, Jane Casey, which was sent to me to review.


I've just realised that I never got around to sharing photos from my baby shower! It was way back at the start of March, a month before my due date. The very lovely Katy brought her camera along and between her and Lucy they managed to capture some memories for me. Thank you girls!

My Baby Shower

I've just realised that I never got around to sharing photos from my baby shower! It was way back at the start of March, a month before my due date. The very lovely Katy brought her camera along and between her and Lucy they managed to capture some memories for me. Thank you girls!

I'm a total sucker for mama merch but have never been one to get drawn in by blogger merch. I've often seen other bloggers' children wearing tops saying "blogger" on them and they're cute, but they've just not been to my taste. These leggings from Lottie & Lysh however, are way more subtle and totally awesome. If you're a blogger, Instagrammer or just a snap-happy parent, your child needs something in this wicked camera print!

Mini Style: Lottie & Lysh Snapper Leggings - a blogger must-have!

I'm a total sucker for mama merch but have never been one to get drawn in by blogger merch. I've often seen other bloggers' children wearing tops saying "blogger" on them and they're cute, but they've just not been to my taste. These leggings from Lottie & Lysh however, are way more subtle and totally awesome. If you're a blogger, Instagrammer or just a snap-happy parent, your child needs something in this wicked camera print!

6th April 2017

I was not expecting to be writing a 40 week update! With Noah arriving pretty much on time and Jude arriving a week early I really thought I wouldn't reach my due date this time. Yet here I am!

At 40 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. Here's what's been going on during my 40th week of pregnancy with baby number three.


Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 40 Weeks

6th April 2017

I was not expecting to be writing a 40 week update! With Noah arriving pretty much on time and Jude arriving a week early I really thought I wouldn't reach my due date this time. Yet here I am!

At 40 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. Here's what's been going on during my 40th week of pregnancy with baby number three.


Last month I told you all about the launch of the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (ZSH) and last weekend was the official launch of the charity. Incorporating the award winning Paradise Wildlife Park brand, ZSH will focus on education and animal conservation. I wasn't able to make the launch, with it being so close to my due date I needed to stay close to home! I was really pleased to hear that the launch was a success with over 300 guests from the world of conservation, business, music and TV rubbing shoulders with Paradise Wildlife Park’s friends, family, supporters and animals, and even the sun made an appearance!

Paradise Wildlife Park Charity Launch

Last month I told you all about the launch of the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (ZSH) and last weekend was the official launch of the charity. Incorporating the award winning Paradise Wildlife Park brand, ZSH will focus on education and animal conservation. I wasn't able to make the launch, with it being so close to my due date I needed to stay close to home! I was really pleased to hear that the launch was a success with over 300 guests from the world of conservation, business, music and TV rubbing shoulders with Paradise Wildlife Park’s friends, family, supporters and animals, and even the sun made an appearance!

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


Happy Days: Nesting & Celebrating

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


31st March 2017

At 39 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 7-8lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 39th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 39 Weeks

31st March 2017

At 39 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 7-8lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 39th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

I have always been someone who loves to cook and nine times out of ten I cook completely from scratch. I rarely use ready-made sauces and when I'm not cooking from scratch it's because we've ordered a takeaway! However, with a new baby due any day now, and a hungry brood to feed, I have been thinking of ways I can make life in the kitchen a little easier. So when I was offered the chance to receive a hamper of ingredients to come up with some mid-week family meals using Dolmio Bolognese sauce the timing could not have been more perfect!


Dolmio #ThankGoodness Family Meal Challenge

I have always been someone who loves to cook and nine times out of ten I cook completely from scratch. I rarely use ready-made sauces and when I'm not cooking from scratch it's because we've ordered a takeaway! However, with a new baby due any day now, and a hungry brood to feed, I have been thinking of ways I can make life in the kitchen a little easier. So when I was offered the chance to receive a hamper of ingredients to come up with some mid-week family meals using Dolmio Bolognese sauce the timing could not have been more perfect!


24th March 2017

At 38 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a pumpkin. She (yes, it's a girl!) is over 19.5 inches long and could weigh around 7lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 38th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 38 Weeks

24th March 2017

At 38 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a pumpkin. She (yes, it's a girl!) is over 19.5 inches long and could weigh around 7lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 38th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

Last spring, I featured some children's clothing from a fabulous independent brand, Ted Wears Organic. Vicky is the brains behind the brand and it's been wonderful to watch her business grow over the past year and seeing lots of bloggers and friends showing off TWO clothing on Instagram. We were over the moon to receive another piece from the ever growing gorgeous range to review: the Lioness jumper.


Being a mum herself, Vicky has always understood the need for practical, hardwearing clothes for children and for eco reasons loves working with organic cotton, which the range is all made from. The prints are all bang on trend and very Scandi-style so little ones look good as well as feel good in her clothes.


The Lioness jumper is part of the Ted Wears Organic Pick'n'Mix Wardrobe and can be tailored to what you want, as well as matching up with the harems, leggings, maxaloones, skirts, hats and headbands in the range. It is made with 95% organic cotton and 5% elastane, so it's comfy and cool and has a little stretch to it, too. The fabric of the jumper is ever so slightly thicker than the rest of the range, so it is perfect for cooler days.


The Lioness jumper features a geometric style lioness print on a pale coral pink fabric. The jumper can be paired with all sorts of options for the collar and cuffs: black, white, caramel, pink, mint and grey. Jude's jumper has a grey collar and cuffs and I think it's the perfect combination. Who doesn't love a cool pink with grey?


Having had Ted Wears Organic clothing in the past I know it wears and washes well. In fact, the pieces we had last year for Noah have since been passed on to Jude, and Jude still fits his maxaloones. Sustainable clothing is important to me, not just to save money as a family but because I want to reduce the impact we have on the environment, so anything that can stand the test of my two boys AND be passed down is a winner!


The price of the Lioness jumper starts at £16.00 and it is available from size 3-6 months through to 5-6 years. I find the sizing is true to size with a little room to grow; Jude is 2.5 now and wearing size 2-3 years.

To see the rest of the Ted Wears Organic range head over to the Etsy shop. You can also find Ted Wears Organic on  Instagram and Facebook. And if you use discount code LIONESSMAMA you can get a sweet 15% off!


With thanks to Ted Wears Organic for sending the jumper to feature.

Mini Style: Ted Wears Organic Lioness Jumper

Last spring, I featured some children's clothing from a fabulous independent brand, Ted Wears Organic. Vicky is the brains behind the brand and it's been wonderful to watch her business grow over the past year and seeing lots of bloggers and friends showing off TWO clothing on Instagram. We were over the moon to receive another piece from the ever growing gorgeous range to review: the Lioness jumper.


Being a mum herself, Vicky has always understood the need for practical, hardwearing clothes for children and for eco reasons loves working with organic cotton, which the range is all made from. The prints are all bang on trend and very Scandi-style so little ones look good as well as feel good in her clothes.


The Lioness jumper is part of the Ted Wears Organic Pick'n'Mix Wardrobe and can be tailored to what you want, as well as matching up with the harems, leggings, maxaloones, skirts, hats and headbands in the range. It is made with 95% organic cotton and 5% elastane, so it's comfy and cool and has a little stretch to it, too. The fabric of the jumper is ever so slightly thicker than the rest of the range, so it is perfect for cooler days.


The Lioness jumper features a geometric style lioness print on a pale coral pink fabric. The jumper can be paired with all sorts of options for the collar and cuffs: black, white, caramel, pink, mint and grey. Jude's jumper has a grey collar and cuffs and I think it's the perfect combination. Who doesn't love a cool pink with grey?


Having had Ted Wears Organic clothing in the past I know it wears and washes well. In fact, the pieces we had last year for Noah have since been passed on to Jude, and Jude still fits his maxaloones. Sustainable clothing is important to me, not just to save money as a family but because I want to reduce the impact we have on the environment, so anything that can stand the test of my two boys AND be passed down is a winner!


The price of the Lioness jumper starts at £16.00 and it is available from size 3-6 months through to 5-6 years. I find the sizing is true to size with a little room to grow; Jude is 2.5 now and wearing size 2-3 years.

To see the rest of the Ted Wears Organic range head over to the Etsy shop. You can also find Ted Wears Organic on  Instagram and Facebook. And if you use discount code LIONESSMAMA you can get a sweet 15% off!


With thanks to Ted Wears Organic for sending the jumper to feature.
17th March 2017

At 37 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the length of a bunch of Swiss chard. She (yes, it's a girl!) is about 19 inches long and weighs well over 6lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 37th week of pregnancy with baby number three.


Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 37 Weeks

17th March 2017

At 37 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the length of a bunch of Swiss chard. She (yes, it's a girl!) is about 19 inches long and weighs well over 6lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 37th week of pregnancy with baby number three.


For the past four months I have been using the Secret Saviours anti-stretch mark band, day gel and night cream after being sent them to trial as a blog ambassador. As the weeks passed, I have been taking bump photos to show how my bump is growing and to see if any stretch marks have developed across my skin. If you want to see if Secret Saviours secretly saved me from stretch marks, then carry on reading!

Review: Secret Saviours - did it help to prevent stretch marks?

For the past four months I have been using the Secret Saviours anti-stretch mark band, day gel and night cream after being sent them to trial as a blog ambassador. As the weeks passed, I have been taking bump photos to show how my bump is growing and to see if any stretch marks have developed across my skin. If you want to see if Secret Saviours secretly saved me from stretch marks, then carry on reading!

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


Happy Days: Playing, Boxes & Red Noses

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


10th March 2017

At 36 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a papaya. She (yes, it's a girl!) is about 19 inches long and weighs well over 6lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 36th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 36 Weeks

10th March 2017

At 36 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a papaya. She (yes, it's a girl!) is about 19 inches long and weighs well over 6lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 36th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

On Sunday it's Mother's Day here in the UK and to celebrate PacaPod are giving you the chance to win one of their gorgeous new Richmond baby changing bags in dusty pink - which is the same one that I have and love!

PacaPod Mother's Day Giveaway

On Sunday it's Mother's Day here in the UK and to celebrate PacaPod are giving you the chance to win one of their gorgeous new Richmond baby changing bags in dusty pink - which is the same one that I have and love!

Have you ever heard of Group B Streptococcus (Group B Strep or GBS)? Whilst I had briefly seen it mentioned in a magazine once during my first pregnancy, I didn't really know much about it. I've never been told about it by my midwives or consultants, yet up to 1 in 4 of all pregnant women are carriers of Group B Strep.

Why I tested for Group B Strep during pregnancy - and think you should too

Have you ever heard of Group B Streptococcus (Group B Strep or GBS)? Whilst I had briefly seen it mentioned in a magazine once during my first pregnancy, I didn't really know much about it. I've never been told about it by my midwives or consultants, yet up to 1 in 4 of all pregnant women are carriers of Group B Strep.

3rd March 2017

At 35 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a bunch of carrots. She (yes, it's a girl!) is nearly 19 inches long and weighs over 5lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 35th week of pregnancy with baby number three.


Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 35 Weeks

3rd March 2017

At 35 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a bunch of carrots. She (yes, it's a girl!) is nearly 19 inches long and weighs over 5lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 35th week of pregnancy with baby number three.


For the past few months I have been working my way through Natal Hypnotherapy's online hypnobirthing course. I had used Natal Hypnotherapy's VBAC tracks when I was preparing for Jude's birth and they alone were very effective, so when I was offered the chance to review the online course I couldn't say no! Not all parents have the option to attend physical workshops, perhaps due to location, timings or, like me, unable to fit classes around children. So the online hypnobirthing class offered by Natal Hypnotherapy sounded ideal. I could benefit from all of Maggie Howell's knowledge and wisdom, from the comfort of my bedroom and at a time to suit me.

Review: Natal Hypnotherapy Online Hypnobirthing Course

For the past few months I have been working my way through Natal Hypnotherapy's online hypnobirthing course. I had used Natal Hypnotherapy's VBAC tracks when I was preparing for Jude's birth and they alone were very effective, so when I was offered the chance to review the online course I couldn't say no! Not all parents have the option to attend physical workshops, perhaps due to location, timings or, like me, unable to fit classes around children. So the online hypnobirthing class offered by Natal Hypnotherapy sounded ideal. I could benefit from all of Maggie Howell's knowledge and wisdom, from the comfort of my bedroom and at a time to suit me.

Pregnancy is such an exciting and busy time! I always thought I'd have all the time in the world to relish and enjoy it, but the truth is the weeks and months can pass so quickly that often I forget a lot of what has gone on. Documenting your pregnancy week-by-week or even month-by-month is a great way to be able to look back and remember it. It's a special time, so here are five lovely, fun and creative ways to document your pregnancy.

5 Fun & Creative Ways to Document Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy is such an exciting and busy time! I always thought I'd have all the time in the world to relish and enjoy it, but the truth is the weeks and months can pass so quickly that often I forget a lot of what has gone on. Documenting your pregnancy week-by-week or even month-by-month is a great way to be able to look back and remember it. It's a special time, so here are five lovely, fun and creative ways to document your pregnancy.

Welcome to #SundayBest! Hayley from Sparkles & Stretchmarks and I host this weekly linky to show off your favourite posts. We want to keep things nice and simple, there are very few rules and if we all play nicely then everybody benefits!

Sunday Best #24

Welcome to #SundayBest! Hayley from Sparkles & Stretchmarks and I host this weekly linky to show off your favourite posts. We want to keep things nice and simple, there are very few rules and if we all play nicely then everybody benefits!

Since the start of winter, I have been one of Paradise Wildlife Park's blog ambassadors. The zoo based in Hertfordshire has a long history of doing incredible conservation work over the past three decades and I was delighted to hear the news that they have this year secured charity status! They will be celebrating the launch of the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (ZSH) on April 1st with the opening of a new state-of- the-art ‘Penguin Falls’ enclosure for critically endangered African Penguins.

Paradise Wildlife Park becomes a charity!

Since the start of winter, I have been one of Paradise Wildlife Park's blog ambassadors. The zoo based in Hertfordshire has a long history of doing incredible conservation work over the past three decades and I was delighted to hear the news that they have this year secured charity status! They will be celebrating the launch of the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (ZSH) on April 1st with the opening of a new state-of- the-art ‘Penguin Falls’ enclosure for critically endangered African Penguins.

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


Happy Days: Days Out, A Movie & Baby Things

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


Like most children, my boys are crazy about toy cars and trucks and were over the moon when they were sent the Disney Cars Mack Truck Playset to review and some Disney Cars vehicles of the characters Lightning McQueen and Tex to play with it. And with the baby's arrival just a few weeks away it was great timing for me, as it will be a fab toy to keep them occupied when I am busy feeding or settling the baby when she is here!

Play Time: Disney Cars Mack Truck Playset Review

Like most children, my boys are crazy about toy cars and trucks and were over the moon when they were sent the Disney Cars Mack Truck Playset to review and some Disney Cars vehicles of the characters Lightning McQueen and Tex to play with it. And with the baby's arrival just a few weeks away it was great timing for me, as it will be a fab toy to keep them occupied when I am busy feeding or settling the baby when she is here!

24th February 2017

At 34 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a cabbage. She (yes, it's a girl!) is nearly 19 inches long and weighs nearly 5lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 34th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 34 Weeks

24th February 2017

At 34 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a cabbage. She (yes, it's a girl!) is nearly 19 inches long and weighs nearly 5lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 34th week of pregnancy with baby number three.

I mentioned in my last Mama Style post that I had ripped one of the pairs of my maternity jeans. I have been trying to get away with wearing them still and hoping that nobody notices, because it's been quite chilly and my poor legs get cold! On warmer days though, which we've had a few of, I am really loving wearing dresses. It's so nice to wear something other than jeans, and before I had children I was always in dresses! Once this baby is here I am making it my mission to make dresses a staple feature of my wardrobe.

Mama Style: Tiffany Rose Josephine Maternity Dress in Moroccan Print

I mentioned in my last Mama Style post that I had ripped one of the pairs of my maternity jeans. I have been trying to get away with wearing them still and hoping that nobody notices, because it's been quite chilly and my poor legs get cold! On warmer days though, which we've had a few of, I am really loving wearing dresses. It's so nice to wear something other than jeans, and before I had children I was always in dresses! Once this baby is here I am making it my mission to make dresses a staple feature of my wardrobe.

Choosing a travel system can be a bit of a minefield; there are so many different types and models available to choose from nowadays, let alone styles, patterns and colours! With my boys I played it safe with a black travel system. Robust and practical, yes... but rather boring, I have to admit. This time around I wanted something fun and stylish, as well functional. This is my last baby, so I want something special. Something that will turn heads. And when you think of fun and colourful brands, Cosatto is the first to come to mind!


Having a lie-flat buggy or pushchair while babies are under six months old is really important, as they don't have an S shaped spine like adults. Instead their spines are curved in a long C shape when they are born, and later when they're able to sit and move around, their spines start to lengthen and change. Newborn babies need to lie flat in their prams or pushchairs for at least the first three months, so that their back is supported and protected, and also to help their breathing which can be compromised if they are scrunched up.


With my boys I used a separate carrycot attachment for my travel system so that they could lie flat, but they quickly outgrew it, so I had to use the seat unit and completely recline it. This time we have travel system from the fabulously stylish, British brand Cosatto. 

Cosatto's award-winning Woop is their streamlined 2-in-1 travel system suitable from birth to 15kgs, so lasts right into toddlerhood. Instead of a separate carrycot, the clever seat unit can be fully reclined and by simply unclipping a strap, adding in the headhugger, and attaching the cosytoes (which come with it) it turns into a snug, lie-flat cocoon, perfect for a newborn. It also has adapters to attach their carseat, making it a complete from-birth system for getting out and about.


I chose our Woop in Cosatto's beautiful Fjord pattern. I first saw this pattern when I was looking at prams and pushchairs at The Baby to Toddler Show in November. I fell in love with it immediately. It's part of the Understated Collection, created for people who love colour and patterns and love the ethos of the brand, but prefer something a little subtler. I also have the Cosatto Port car seat in the Fjord pattern and I will be showing you that soon. And you get a free changing bag with the travel system so even I can match too!


Jude and I took the travel system out for a spin the other day and had a good go at clipping and unclipping, switching the seat around and trying it out in it's various positions. It is so easy to do! The seat unit can be attached both parent-facing and world-facing and has four different recline settings. Of course, while my baby is little she'll stay facing us, even once she is old enough to sit up in her seat. Once she becomes a more curious and inquisitive toddler we can switch her to world-facing so she can take in everything around her.


As well as the convenience of only needing once seat unit, the other things I love about the Woop are its lightweight chassis. It can be collapsed with the seat unit attached, which is a huge plus over my last travel system, and the adjustable handlebar and removeable wheels means it can probably fit in the smallest of car boots. Boot space isn't usually an issue for me, as I have a Peugeot 5008, but with two boys and all their stuff, plus the shopping for example, being able to fit things in easily, quickly and neatly is a must!


I have always loved three-wheel systems; I find them so much easier to handle and they're great for nipping through busy crowds and are especially good for getting around small shops like we have in the town I live in. Even Jude found it easy to push! He can't wait to be a big brother, I'm sure he will want to help pushing the baby along. The basket underneath is a decent size, ideal for putting a few groceries when I have to pop to the shops or for the boys to put their things. And of course it comes with its own raincover; a must if you live in the UK!


I'll be updating you on how we get on with our Woop at various stages of use once the baby is here so do come back to see what we think - and make sure you're following me on Instagram as there will be a lot  of babyspam coming up in a few weeks, eek!

- The Cosatto Woop is £444.95 and during March you can get a free Hold car seat!

What travel system do you have and why did you choose it?


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With thanks to Cosatto for sending us the Woop travel system - what a lucky baby!

Preparing for Baby: Our Cosatto Woop + the importance of choosing the right travel system

Choosing a travel system can be a bit of a minefield; there are so many different types and models available to choose from nowadays, let alone styles, patterns and colours! With my boys I played it safe with a black travel system. Robust and practical, yes... but rather boring, I have to admit. This time around I wanted something fun and stylish, as well functional. This is my last baby, so I want something special. Something that will turn heads. And when you think of fun and colourful brands, Cosatto is the first to come to mind!


Having a lie-flat buggy or pushchair while babies are under six months old is really important, as they don't have an S shaped spine like adults. Instead their spines are curved in a long C shape when they are born, and later when they're able to sit and move around, their spines start to lengthen and change. Newborn babies need to lie flat in their prams or pushchairs for at least the first three months, so that their back is supported and protected, and also to help their breathing which can be compromised if they are scrunched up.


With my boys I used a separate carrycot attachment for my travel system so that they could lie flat, but they quickly outgrew it, so I had to use the seat unit and completely recline it. This time we have travel system from the fabulously stylish, British brand Cosatto. 

Cosatto's award-winning Woop is their streamlined 2-in-1 travel system suitable from birth to 15kgs, so lasts right into toddlerhood. Instead of a separate carrycot, the clever seat unit can be fully reclined and by simply unclipping a strap, adding in the headhugger, and attaching the cosytoes (which come with it) it turns into a snug, lie-flat cocoon, perfect for a newborn. It also has adapters to attach their carseat, making it a complete from-birth system for getting out and about.


I chose our Woop in Cosatto's beautiful Fjord pattern. I first saw this pattern when I was looking at prams and pushchairs at The Baby to Toddler Show in November. I fell in love with it immediately. It's part of the Understated Collection, created for people who love colour and patterns and love the ethos of the brand, but prefer something a little subtler. I also have the Cosatto Port car seat in the Fjord pattern and I will be showing you that soon. And you get a free changing bag with the travel system so even I can match too!


Jude and I took the travel system out for a spin the other day and had a good go at clipping and unclipping, switching the seat around and trying it out in it's various positions. It is so easy to do! The seat unit can be attached both parent-facing and world-facing and has four different recline settings. Of course, while my baby is little she'll stay facing us, even once she is old enough to sit up in her seat. Once she becomes a more curious and inquisitive toddler we can switch her to world-facing so she can take in everything around her.


As well as the convenience of only needing once seat unit, the other things I love about the Woop are its lightweight chassis. It can be collapsed with the seat unit attached, which is a huge plus over my last travel system, and the adjustable handlebar and removeable wheels means it can probably fit in the smallest of car boots. Boot space isn't usually an issue for me, as I have a Peugeot 5008, but with two boys and all their stuff, plus the shopping for example, being able to fit things in easily, quickly and neatly is a must!


I have always loved three-wheel systems; I find them so much easier to handle and they're great for nipping through busy crowds and are especially good for getting around small shops like we have in the town I live in. Even Jude found it easy to push! He can't wait to be a big brother, I'm sure he will want to help pushing the baby along. The basket underneath is a decent size, ideal for putting a few groceries when I have to pop to the shops or for the boys to put their things. And of course it comes with its own raincover; a must if you live in the UK!


I'll be updating you on how we get on with our Woop at various stages of use once the baby is here so do come back to see what we think - and make sure you're following me on Instagram as there will be a lot  of babyspam coming up in a few weeks, eek!

- The Cosatto Woop is £444.95 and during March you can get a free Hold car seat!

What travel system do you have and why did you choose it?


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With thanks to Cosatto for sending us the Woop travel system - what a lucky baby!
17th February 2017

At 33 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a cauliflower. She (yes, it's a girl!) is nearly 19 inches long and weighs around 4.5lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 33rd week of pregnancy with baby number three.

Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 33 Weeks

17th February 2017

At 33 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a cauliflower. She (yes, it's a girl!) is nearly 19 inches long and weighs around 4.5lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 33rd week of pregnancy with baby number three.

Welcome to #SundayBest! Hayley from Sparkles & Stretchmarks and I host this weekly linky to show off your favourite posts. We want to keep things nice and simple, there are very few rules and if we all play nicely then everybody benefits!

Sunday Best #23

Welcome to #SundayBest! Hayley from Sparkles & Stretchmarks and I host this weekly linky to show off your favourite posts. We want to keep things nice and simple, there are very few rules and if we all play nicely then everybody benefits!

Today has been a really fun day. The boys had two parties to attend today: one for their friend's 5th birthday and the other to celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground at Willows Activity Farm in Hertfordshire! Willows, or the "Peter Rabbit farm" as Noah calls it, is one of the boys' absolute favourite places to visit and every time we go there is always something new to see.

Days Out: Fun at the Willows Farm Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground anniversary party!

Today has been a really fun day. The boys had two parties to attend today: one for their friend's 5th birthday and the other to celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground at Willows Activity Farm in Hertfordshire! Willows, or the "Peter Rabbit farm" as Noah calls it, is one of the boys' absolute favourite places to visit and every time we go there is always something new to see.

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


Happy Days: Cake, Friends & Good News

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy.


When the weather is as gloomy and damp as it has been lately, we end up spending a lot of time at home. With Noah at nursery school and us stuck indoors, it's a good chance for me to spend a bit more quality time with Jude. He's really taken a shine to learning about colours and numbers lately, which is quite clever for a two year old I think, so I really want to encourage this. I've always been keen on learning through play, as I'm not someone who has the patience to sit teaching my children with flashcards and I don't think it's fun for them anyway, so Orchard Toys are games that we really enjoy.

Play Time: Orchard Toys Smelly Wellies Game

When the weather is as gloomy and damp as it has been lately, we end up spending a lot of time at home. With Noah at nursery school and us stuck indoors, it's a good chance for me to spend a bit more quality time with Jude. He's really taken a shine to learning about colours and numbers lately, which is quite clever for a two year old I think, so I really want to encourage this. I've always been keen on learning through play, as I'm not someone who has the patience to sit teaching my children with flashcards and I don't think it's fun for them anyway, so Orchard Toys are games that we really enjoy.

10th February 2017

At 32 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a honeydew melon. She (yes, it's a girl!) is nearly 18 inches long and weighs around 4lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 32nd week of pregnancy with baby number three.

Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester - 32 Weeks

10th February 2017

At 32 weeks pregnant my little Pip is about the size of a honeydew melon. She (yes, it's a girl!) is nearly 18 inches long and weighs around 4lbs now. Here's what's been going on during my 32nd week of pregnancy with baby number three.

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