DOGS & BABIES | TOP TIPS FOR A HARMONIOUS HOME

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen our two pups pop up regularly in my stories and pictures. I have had quite a few messages and comments over the past few months about the dogs and how they get on with Freddie. Also, what we did to prepare them for Freddie’s arrival and how they have adjusted to Freddie being mobile (and chasing them around…).

I have compiled the top tips I think you need to know for helping your dog adapt to your new baby. Most of these will apply if you buy/adopt a dog post-baby as well.

(Please be aware that I am not a dog trainer and every dog is different. With a rescue dog/puppy it is best to seek advice from the rescue or your vet. You know your dog best so please adapt the tips below to suit your pet!).

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baby boy in grey pom pom hat, Nine month update. sleep regression

Just three months until Freddie turns one which is a little too much for my heart to handle. This month was very challenging with Freddie going through his sixth leap. The leap started with an explosion of new skills and it was obvious that he was going through something developmentally because of how rapidly he was learning. Unfortunately, this also made Freddie cranky, easily upset and very restless at night. It also coincided with the peak of some serious separation anxiety, a chesty cough and a pretty bad bout of teething too. All in all, this month has been a bit of a rollercoaster. Whilst it has been fascinating to see Freddie learning so many new skills, the crankiness, nap refusing and sleepless nights have been really tough. However, the last couple of days Freddie has seemed a lot more settled and much happier so I am really hoping things are on the up!

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Motherhood is a funny, old thing. In one way it makes us fearless, protective and strong but the self doubt can be crippling sometimes and I think it is important to acknowledge that. We all doubt ourselves – well at least I hope so and I’m not just speaking for myself here! I thought I would share the six honest questions I have asked myself, can you relate to any of these?

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Ever since Freddie arrived, I have marvelled that he is a part of me and a part of my husband. When I was pregnant I used to dream about what he would look like and now that he is here I love watching his appearance gradually change and his features start to resemble a mix of us both. Having a baby has undoubtedly changed our relationship and it has introduced new highs and lows that I had not really anticipated. I thought it would be interesting to list some of the way here to see if any other Mama’s can relate to them too!

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I spent the first few months of Freddie’s life in survival mode. He was quite an unhappy, little baby with Silent Reflux tainting quite a lot of our time together. I was hanging on for the magical three-month mark when every book, blog and person had told me that things would suddenly get easier. And then they didn’t. Of course I loved Freddie as soon as I met him, all tiny and wrinkly and brand new. Of course we had many special moments together where I laughed and snuggled him and I felt- and still do feel- like the luckiest Mama in the world. But for those first few months, I found motherhood a real struggle and when it wasn’t suddenly easier I had some pretty low moments.

Having said that, at around five and half/six months everything did suddenly become so much easier. Freddie had a much more predictable routine, he began to nap at roughly the same time, his sleep improved again, he was content to play on his own for longer periods and he seemed to learn something new everyday. Since then, it seems to get better and more enjoyable and I genuinely enjoy each day with him. He is my little pal, he’s hilarious, stubborn, mischievous, affectionate and intelligent all wrapped up in an adorable bundle of big blue eyes and tufts of curly, blonde hair. This post is for any other Mama’s out there who have felt the way I did, who have found the first few months really tough and wondered or are wondering when it gets easier. Here are seven things I love about my seven month old. View Full Post