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,…

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….

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…

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!…

34 & 35 Weeks Update

It’s definitely different being in the late stage of pregnancy with a toddler in comparison to the first time, when all I had to think about was myself and my comfort. I can’t even begin to describe how tired I feel and also how bad I feel for my little girl, who is the opposite…

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…

15 Months – update on toddler A

As much as I love watching A grow and learn and become increasingly independent, it’s also a little sad. She’s not my baby anymore. I mean she’ll always be my baby but she’s not 100% dependent on me and although in my current condition that’s helpful, when I think of the reality of time and…

32 weeks – 2 hospital appointments and a teething toddler…

Maybe I’ve blocked out the negative memories of my first pregnancy but I don’t remember feeling so terrible at 32 weeks with A. I was still working at this point and was most definitely bigger but don’t recall feeling so exhausted! This week got off to a bad start with an unusually long day at…

Nightmare hospital visit

Yesterday I had my 31 week midwife appointment at the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel. Our appointment was at 11.30am and as suggested we turned up 15 minutes early, parking our car for 90 minutes assuming that would give us sufficient time to return… how wrong we were! I usually work from Monday to Wednesday,…

31 weeks – our first family road trip

This week has been crazy fun/busy. We set off to Pembrokeshire, Wales on Saturday, which is around 5 hours from London and we were both really dreading the journey. Hubby because of the long driveNs me due to my back and we were both concerned about A and how she’d cope with being cooped up…