Stress, anxiety and motherhood

I’ve been MIA for a few weeks due to some health issues but hopefully I’m back now and will be able to commit to blogging as often as I want rather than when my health permits. I really want to share with you all what’s been happening and some of my epiphanies over the last…

6 months postpartum

Getting to the 6 month mark post-baby feels like such an achievement. Idris is doing really well Allhumdulillah, we’ve started to wean and he’s generally a really fun and happy baby to be around. That’s all about the baby, the rest of this post will be all about me. Heads-up, I’m going to over-share, so…

Life with 2 under 2

I often get asked about how “difficult” it is having two small children, how I cope and what advice I’d give someone in a similar situation or someone thinking about having another baby. The truth is no two situations or children are the same. There are so many variables: how involved your partner is, what’s…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…