HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR HANDSOME LITTLE BOY NATHAN 💕
It seems like yesterday that we brought our baby home from hospital and just like that our little boy turns 3 years old. .
You are handsome and cheeky, caring and kind and apart from chocolate you like to share with others. You can be a devil at times, but we love you more than words could ever say. You have grown into a smart "big boy" who loves to socialise and make new friends- if at preschool or while traveling. You like to be outdoors exploring the world and of course your Teddy is always by your side sharing all the adventures. We love to hear you laughing and singing and nothing beats your "wiggly bum" move to the music. Your energy is amazing and even you're only 3 years old - you can talk all day long (at least one thing you got from your mummy 😉).
You are the reason for short nights, lots of dirty laundry and a big grocery bill but we wouldn't have it any other way. We love you to the moon and back and cant wait for all the wonderful things coming your way...
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag unserem kleinen Frosch 😘🐸
My two favourite products at the moment. I absolutely love the method anti bac as it kills 99.9% of bacteria which as a mum gives me peace of mind. Also love the dettol All in One disinfectant spray for the same reason I spray it on everything from door handles to my bathroom keeping all the germs away. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I also see a lot of people not using it right,you don’t wipe it off and it doesn’t clean anything it’s a disinfectant, it kills germs that’s all.
Have you ever wanted to keep enjoying that family day out, but know you’ve used all the packed nappies? Or loving the spontaneous adventure you find yourself on, but didn’t pack nappies or wipes for the day? Fear not, if you’ve got a GoNap, you can keep going. #lifeisbetterwithgonap#gonap
I have just found this photo as i am looking for images for my website.... It's interesting for me looking at this photo and seeing so much love in it... but yet i remember feeling so unloved. Not by the people around me but because i just didn't know how to accept love or fully give it... I had been on antidepressants for about 3 month by this point and no amount of increase was improving this feeling in my heart, this hole that just felt empty. I was celebrating mothers day and just felt like what's the point in celebrating i feel like a shit mum, a shit partner and just a disappointment to myself. I just felt so unfulfilled no matter what was happening in my life the joy and happiness was just short lived and id be back in my slump of negativity and sadness.
The most draining part of it all was putting on the happy face and pretending i was ok and i had my shit together... my life was far from that and don't get me started on what would go through my head from the moment i would wake up to the moment i'd finally go to sleep.. it was so exhausting.
This photo also brings me a sense of happiness as this was a week before i started my journey of transformation.. i attended my first coaching programme and when i stood up infront of the 100 strangers and was asked why i was there i just said ' i just want to be happy' holding back the tears as i said it..and as i write this now! I just wanted to be happy.. not even again because i don't think i can remember a time in my life at that point i'd ever been truely happy... i had always been battling from the age of 13 with this shit and i had finally had enough.
It has been an emotional rollercoaster and don't get me wrong it hasn't been easy.. but to be able to write this now 14 months on and to say i've finally found that happiness that i've been searching for all along, and that for the first time in my life i feel fulfilled with who i am and where im at in life makes all the challenges worthwhile. I was searching for something that was always there inside of me just waiting to be found. I have had to learn how to express my love which is an ongoing challenge and learn to accept it back
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Power in pregnancy. We’ve all heard it and I think we can all agree, there is true power in carrying life.
Power in birth. We’ve all heard it and I think we can all agree, there is true power in bringing life into this world, no matter how it happened!
Power in postpartum. Have you heard it? I don’t think its talked about nearly enough, but there truly is so much power in the postpartum journey a mother goes on. Not only do you find new sources of power, but you experience a power within yourself that is like none other. In the moment I didn’t always recognize the true power in my postpartum journey, but looking back there were so many moments when I demonstrated a power I didn’t even realize I held within me.
Power. When I took those first steps after losing 3 liters of blood during delivery.
Power. When I pumped every 2 hours religiously, and practiced nursing as often as possible in between only to come up dry for the first week.
Power. When I got up with the babies to care for them all throughout the night when my body needed rest too.
Power. When I accepted my own limits.
Power. When I fed, rocked, and got both babies to nap at the same time.
Power. When I persisted through the anxiety, frustration, and feelings of being completely overwhelmed all for the sake of love.
Power. When I let myself break down and be vulnerable.
Power. When I asked for help.
Power. When I decided to love my body.
These are just a few examples from my personal journey when looking back I felt empowered. Your story may be different, but its no less powerful. For all the mothers out there currently in the fog of the fourth trimester, currently battling anxiety or depression, currently mourning loss, currently struggling to love your body, currently feeling like your not enough, whatever you are currently struggling with, I want you to know that you are enough. You are more powerful than you realize. You are a mother. #powerinpostpartum ❤Credit @twinmamanotes
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I’ve been thinking about how much of motherhood is so unseen and unrecognised. Particularly as a single parent - most of the time it’s just me and Belle. There’s very little of motherhood that can be quantified, is there? There’s very little to tangibly show for all that you do as a mum. I know from experience, this can leave me feeling like I haven’t done enough come the end of a day. The laundry pile still lingers. The to do list grows bigger.
But so much of what I do - what all mums do - can’t be measured.
A few of the things I’ve done today: helped my child through her anxiety several times over, given her medicine and a massage for pains in her legs, sat and brainstormed with her on things we could try that’d encourage her to drink more (she doesn’t drink much at all and I’m concerned about dehydration), sent an email to school about an issue she’d come to me about, read books to her, taught her new words, sorted her clothes to wear tomorrow, cooked her tea, cleaned the kitchen from her “helping” with tea when she scattered cheese everywhere, had a talk about how we can express frustration in safe ways (ie- NOT throwing a remote 🤦♀️), sang her to sleep with a song about how much I love her, washed her, caught a spider when she freaked out, planned a girls day with her for the weekend cos I’m always conscious that she gets enough one on one time.. the list goes on and on. And she’s only been home since 3.30pm and she went to bed at 7.30pm.
Can any of that list really be quantified? Is it really the kinda stuff we’d put on a to do list? Nope.
But is it really any less important than the lingering laundry pile? No. What we do matters. And what we do, is a lot. Even on the days it doesn’t feel like it ❤️
🏀 That face you make when you realise its not quite Friday yet...🏀
Last lunchbox before holidays and it's left overs. My favourite. 😂😂 .
Packed in our @lovemaestudio Floral Tiger lunch box. .
Lunch: Gold Kiwifruit, left over rustic italian chicken tacos, pretzels and grapes.
there has been zero breeze today, none! So I was easily persuaded to take L out but a slush, any excuse to be in an air conditioned car for 10 minutes and go to a shop selling cold things 😂😂
He did deserve his slush though, he'd performed in a special class assembly this morning and tried out karate at school today.
These girls really know how to keep me on my toes! Today I had to take a penny out of Ariel’s mouth 😳. I have lost track of the amount of times I have had to remove choking hazards from their hands and mouths.
Thank God for protecting them from my own clumsiness. Even today Seraphina was telling me off about my clumsiness today.
I remember having a conversation with a Mum while I was pregnant with Seraphina and I told her I was scared that I might drop the baby. She then said “Sometimes...you drop the baby”. We need these Mum confessions.
Sisters 👯♀️ controversial: I really wanted to have two babies of the same gender so their bond is stronger, so that they are best friends and really care for each other. I wouldn’t have been bothered if I didn’t get that, as long as they were healthy, but I can say I got beyond lucky with these two 💕 So when people ask if I want to have a third to have a boy - I already got what I wanted in these two 🥰 Did you have a preference of gender? Do people constantly ask if you’re going to have more kids?! 🙋🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️🙅♀️ photo by @dazephotography_ #whyisthatalwaysthefirstquestion#bespokebabyco
P R O U D M A M A 💛
Cannot get over my sweet boy. This right here is so much more important than any marks, grades, or assessments. Feeling super proud of my kind little Pops.
My whole world. Someone please explain how can she get cuter and cuter every day!
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Back home from a lovely ten days in Portugal where we managed to escape the awful June UK weather 🌧 plus side looks like it’s brightening up now ⛅️.⠀
Top tip.. take your in-laws with you for much needed toddler help 💤.
I wish I had a happy photo to share but I’m in so much pain.
Last night was rough.
My 10th sinus surgery I believe and 5th or 6th this year.
It was so much harder than I had anticipated Mentally and physically
It was the most painful surgery I have been through so far; it felt like somebody had stuck a hot poker into my forehead and my temples.
I was struggling in recovery and got maxed out on all the drugs then I’ve Been having couple of hour pain relief here in ICU.
When I got back here and at about 8:30 I could feel a swift liquid swallowing down the back of my throat I thought it was left over rinse I was a bit out of it.
I looked over at Kiree and she calmly got a doctor as I realized the copious amounts of liquid was actually thick blood and my heart rate had dropped to 39.
They sat me up let me spit out all the blood then made me have ice chips to try and stop the bleeding and lucky it worked fast- I was okay.
I think I have PTSD from being in surgeries from the moment I put on the blue gown now I try and focus on my breathing not of the cold table in the operating room or waking up in agony in the recovery.
Or the stay over in ICU because I’m considered high risk ( I really try not to think about alll of it but it flashes in my mind like. Familiar movie)
My head is pounding.
But all the crap is gone i can feel that.
I won’t feel great for a few days.
Here’s to a speedy recovery
Thanks for being around guys.
For sending me lovely messages and cards and gifts.
You are honestly the kindest friends and followers a girl could ask for.
I’ll definitely keep you posted.
Thanks for being you!
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Overdue with you 🖤 #40weekspregnant
After days of alternating between one tracksuit and Ads T-shirt’s and boxers I hardly recognise myself 🧐 also, nice to give the girls a little show off before they go again 👋 🍳 sooooo pleased with this little bargain buy from @asos ! Super comfy & stretchy and currently £21 in the sale! Perfect for post natal & feeding too (tactical croppage of my swollen dinousaur feet..& if you saw me from the front I look like an actual cabbage patch doll...infact, if this was a tagged photo on Facebook I probably wouldn’t look anything like this 😂 truuuuuth ✌️#fakeittillyoumakeit (will stick the print screen of the dress in my story)
L I T T L E M A G I C M A N .
We had a great day at @thesensorysessions so sad we only have 2 classes left! 😫