We’re Only Having One Child… And That’s Absolutely Fine!

It seems like my social media feeds are full of pregnancy and newborn babies at the moment and I am reading loads of blog posts about second children. I love seeing other blogger’s huge announcements and squishy new babies but at the same time it makes me realise that the questions about us having another child probably aren’t going to stop any time soon. The thing is, we won’t be having any more children and we’re more than happy just to have Erin. People seem to think that a family isn’t complete until children have siblings to play with but

Should Bounty Reps Be Banned From Maternity Wards?

Over the last week or so there has been a lot of talk in the media about Bounty Reps and whether or not they should be allowed on maternity wards and I have heard quite a lot of opinions on either side. Erin was born at 7:56am on 1st January 2016 after what felt like a really long induction (admitted on 30th December). I ended up having an emergency section and I don’t remember most of it. I remember being half awake in my room and having a couple of family members there. I also remember the EDP (local newspaper)

Things I Have Learned Since Becoming A Parent

It only seems like yesterday that we were FINALLY bringing Erin home from the hospital and really starting our life as a family of 3. Erin is 3 in just a couple of months and it’s coming around a lot quicker than I’m happy with. Becoming a parent has definitely been a learning curve and I have learned so much, not just since Erin was born but from the minute I found out I was pregnant. Newborns are easy I wish someone had told me that even with the issues I had to start with, the newborn time was really

The Toddler With A Million Questions

As soon as Erin could talk it became clear very quickly that she was going to be a chatterbox… just like her mother. Over the past couple of months though Erin has really seemed to grasp questions and loves to ask them. I’m not sure when she learned certain questions but the flavours of the week are ‘Mummy, what happened?’ and ‘Mummy, what’s that?’ You might think that hearing these questions over and over again are annoying but for me they’re really not. Even when I was pregnant I thought about what Erin would be like when she could talk

When Parenting Gets Tough

If anyone ever tells you that parenting is easy then they are lying through their teeth. Some people are lucky to have wonderful pregnancies, stress-free births and take to it quite naturally but that doesn’t mean that they won’t have hard times later down the line. I don’t feel as though I took to motherhood naturally at all. That started with my pregnancy being hard due to a lot of illness followed by a very traumatic birth. I found everything so difficult for the first couple of months thanks to 2 surgeries and missing most of the first week of

It’s Not Okay For You To Touch My Child

Last month we went on a family holiday to Haven. We chose to stay at the Caister-on-Sea park as it was easy enough for us to get to by bus. Being a family that doesn’t drive we tend to try to make things as easy as possible and the bus dropped us off pretty much right outside. Anyway, while we were on the bus a quite large group of older ladies got on part way as what I can only imagine was a regular shopping trip to a nearby town. Erin, being Erin, was her loud and cheeky self and

What Are Your Rights As A Working Parent?

The end of maternity or paternity leave is sometimes a stressful time for new parents. Knowing what you are and aren’t entitled to when you step back into the workplace is confusing, but it could make the difference between a stress-free return to work and one littered with worry and uncertainty. When I was due to go back to work to the job I was in when I fell pregnant I had no idea what my options were and even, what John’s options were. Babythingz, a leading supplier of cosytoes and footmuffs, is here to map out your rights as

Things I Want My Daughter To Know

I don’t really think it matters whether you have a son, daughter or a mix of both, there will always be things you want to tell them as they get older. It got me thinking about some of the things I want Erin to know as she grows up and what life lessons I want to teach her. I think there are lots of things I wish I knew and I wish someone had talked to me about more. It’s okay to make mistakes Believe me, I made a million mistakes growing up. However, I think I was extremely hard