Toddler Update – 18 months

It’s been a testing month for little Aasiya, there have been a lot of changes with the arrival of baby Idris which she seems to have taken it all in her stride. This stage is very exciting with a lot of changes in behaviour, speech, physical and cognitive development. Some of it is quite challenging,…

1 month postpartum update

I had really hoped by this point I’d be in some sort of routine and have nailed being a mum of two. Of course that isn’t the case. I’m struggling with managing both of them and I can’t describe a typical day as so far no two days have been the same. My measure for…

3 weeks postpartum – my husband, my hero

Even though Aasiya is only 18 months I had forgotten how hard life with a newborn can be. My husband and I had a very candid conversation before the baby was born about how we’d cope with two children under 2, hoping to avoid the tears and tantrums from the first time. I suffered from…

Life with a newborn – the first 7 nights

I can’t believe I’m already 1 week postpartum! After all the anticipation about “labour day” it’s already been and gone and our lives are now completely transformed. I’m still a little dazed from the whole thing but there’s nothing more amazing than seeing my two babies and that feeling of being completely madly in love….

40 Weeks … (membrane sweep)

Yesterday we went for our 40 week appointment. I had convinced myself that all second babies come early so we wouldn’t need to attend this appointment so was a little annoyed / upset all morning. We got to the hospital and the receptionists echoed my sentiments with “I was convinced you’d have had the bubba…

Toddler update – 17 months

  Firstly I think I should begin by introducing you all to my daughter formally. Until recently I’ve been reluctant to use her name online, I think as parants its natural for us to want to protect our children from EVERYTHING but at the same time share how wonderous and brilliant they are with the…

Keeping active in pregnancy 

As mentioned in so many of my previous posts, it’s really important to keep as active as you can in your pregnancy. Physical activity early on will help you manage the weight you gain as well as support you in carrying it (think back and joint pains!). It will also help with labour, which is…

Life hacks for the third trimester! 

Pregnancy is wonderful. For most women, even with the sickness and nausea, it’s an amazing experience. Although every experience is individual I find that the first trimester is exciting but nerve wrecking, the second, my favourite, I’m full of energy and really enjoy the changes to my body. It’s also when most mums start to…

What’s in my hospital bag?

I’ve decided to do a short post every day this week, my 40th and hopefully last week of being pregnant. Instead of updates on how I’m feeling, which in reality is just all kinds of fed up, I thought I’d do something useful – like what to pack in your hospital bag. In the UK…

38 and 39 weeks 

I’ve not had much time to post anything in the last couple of weeks as I’ve been busy with Aasiya. She’s become super demanding in the past few weeks and because I know after the baby I won’t be able to give her anywhere near the attention she gets at the moment I’m trying my…

37 Weeks

Woohoo … I’m officially full-term meaning this baby could come at anytime and should be fully ready for life outside the womb. In reality however I could still be pregnant for another 5 weeks! Over the past month I’ve been so eager to get this baby out that every little thing that’s happened to my…

36 Weeks

(Friday 22nd September) I’m typing this while still at the hospital. I had to go in for a growth scan again as the baby was measuring big but fortunately today it’s back to being within the realms of “normal” I’m currently strapped up to a baby heart monitor in triage as I think I’m leaking!…