The Fourth Trimester

Ah, friends, this is such a bittersweet post to write! We have well and truly emerged from the ‘fourth trimester’; those sweet first hazy months of out-of-womb but not-quite-fully-in-the-world sweetness…and I can’t believe what a marked difference there already is in our wee 6 month-old chap who is more independent, curious and hilarious by theContinue reading “The Fourth Trimester”

My 5 Newborn Essentials

When I was pregnant, I trawled through countless articles and videos claiming to be the “only newborn essentials list you’ll ever need”…but found it all a bit overwhelming and confusing. I really wanted to be well-prepared, but also wanted to avoid gathering lots of stuff and cluttering the house/hurting my bank balance! If you areContinue reading “My 5 Newborn Essentials”

Six ways to support new parents

I asked on Instagram what kinds of post-partum posts you’d like to read and so many of you said you’d like some tips for friends and family of newborns (and their parents). 2 months into life with our little love means we have had lots of family and friends over to visit and have beenContinue reading “Six ways to support new parents”

Gift guide for new mums and mamas-to-be 

Well, I can’t quite believe it: I’m just weeks away from meeting my BABY! I’ve come to know so many lovely expectant and new mums over the last while, and our chats inspired me to put together a gift guide for pregnant mums and those in the newborn bubble who might just need a treat!Continue reading “Gift guide for new mums and mamas-to-be “

Waiting 

31 weeks! Each week is a celebration – there have been times when I’ve not been sure we’d make it this far. But we have, and Baby Brown is growing tall (?!) and strong. I live a strange paradox: this complicated pregnancy has brought me to my knees and there are elements of it thatContinue reading “Waiting “

4 ways to look after your mental health in pregnancy 

She embarks on her journey, she – the one in the boat, leaving her safe shore for the unknown. She carries precious cargo across deep waters. Some days are peaceful, and the anticipation of arrival fills her heart with gladness. On other days, the water wails and rises up higher than the boat, threatening toContinue reading “4 ways to look after your mental health in pregnancy “

Summer 2017 Reading List

When you’re signed off work for 6 weeks in the middle of summer (however abstract a term that is in Northern Ireland!) you really need to find something to do.  I have always loved reading and find a special kind of comfort in reading when going through difficult or uncertain times: my choices here reflectContinue reading “Summer 2017 Reading List”

#Pregnancy (on being pregnant in the digital age)

Pregnancy in a digital society is a new-ish phenomenon that we’re all still learning to navigate. Not only is pregnancy a rollercoaster of terrific and terrifying things that happen at lightening speed ahead of one of the biggest changes in your life, being pregnant and online means that we are the recipients of a whirlwindContinue reading “#Pregnancy (on being pregnant in the digital age)”

Halfway there (and definitely living on a prayer)

There they were: those little purple lines on my tummy. I didn’t know what kind of preggo lady I was going to be, but I certainly had some ideas: and they’ve been totally quashed. I actually got excited when I saw my stretch marks (do Stretch Mark Parties exist?) because they mean growth, and progress,Continue reading “Halfway there (and definitely living on a prayer)”

Interruption

“And she said gently – that they believe when a lot of things start to go wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born – and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly asContinue reading “Interruption”