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….

33 Weeks – Eid Preparations and Celebrations

Having felt so atrocious in the last couple of weeks I’ve been determined to make the most of anytime I feel remotely “normal”. This last week I woke up on the Bank Holiday and told myself to shake it off and make the most of the week ahead. It was Eid on Friday (a 3…

30 Weeks

This week started off much like last week. I felt unwell and dizzy at work on Monday so came home and rested. I was taking 2 iron tablets and a sachet of spatone, so the low energy and dizzy spells really threw me as I'd expected to be feeling much better after a week of…

29 Weeks – Pregnancy update.

This week has been especially hard. I had a midwife appointment on Monday morning where I found out my iron levels were really low. I've been worried about this for a while now as I haven't been taking iron supplements but trying to eat food with a high iron content. In my last pregnancy I…

Update on Baby A: 14 Months

I always thought I'd enjoy the 'baby' stage of my daughters life the most; when their just entirely dependent upon you and everything is new and adorable. It turns out the toddler stage is even more fun (and exhausting!) The toddler stage, considered from 12 to 36 months, is a time of great learning and…

Gluscose Tolerance Test (GTT)

9.15am Why is it that you have the best and deepest sleep for the shortest time before you have to wake up early? I've been fasting since 8pm last night & went to bed early hoping to wake up at 7am to give us plenty of time to get ready and arrive at the hospital….

The baby shower 

The graph of pregnancy has many peaks and troughs (mostly the latter!). One certain high is the baby shower. It’s so lovely to get together with friends and family and just celebrate your pregnancy with laughter, fun and games, especially in the last 3 months of pregnancy when no doubt you’ll be feeling exhausted and…

Midwives & Vaccinations 

Yesterday was a crazy busy day which started and ended with appointments. I had my 25 week midwife appointment at the Royal London in the morning and baby A had her 1 year vaccinations in the evening at our local policlinic.  I’ve opted to have my second baby at the Royal London in Whitechapel, which…

Styling the Bump

One of the best things about retuning to work was the commute: leaving the house and getting on a bus without a baby felt so refreshing. No need for special seats or any assistance, just me, myself and I, merging in with the other early morning commuters felt so empowering. To be seen as a…