My babies are going to be 6 next week 😓. I’ll state the cliche quote and say “I don’t know where the time is gone” – but that is so so true. Children grow so fast before your eyes and it’s nice to always try and cherish all the important moments. Every year, we’ve celebrated… Continue reading Planning your child(ren)’s birthday party
Firstly, what is teething? Teething is the process by which an infant’s first teeth appear by emerging through the gums. Understandably, this will cause your baby some pain and you may notice some unpleasant changes in your baby: swollen gums biting/sucking on fingers or objects restlessness change in appetite high temperature/diarrhea These factors will make your… Continue reading Tips to help cope with a teething baby
We are already more than half way through the year and I’ve been reflecting on our biggest blessing this year. On Saturday April 8th 2017, we welcomed our 3rd child, Ivory. You may know that I previously gave birth to my fraternal twins, Ivan and Ivanna by C-section (you can read about that here) and… Continue reading My natural labour and delivery story (2017)
At some point in your child’s life, they may attend nursery; and it can be daunting at first because there are many different aspects you will need to consider when making your choice. Every nursery will be specific in their procedures and policies, however, my aim is to simplify these aspects so you can get… Continue reading Tips for finding a nursery/daycare
Some mums lose all their belly fat days after giving birth and kudos to them! But we are not.all.like.that. In fact, dare I say it, you may be fat after giving birth. But why do you actually care so much? Because of social media? Because a distant relative said you got fat? Or because you are… Continue reading Not every mum “snaps back”
Let’s start with the basics: What is co-sleeping? Put simply, it’s your baby/ toddler/ child sleeping in your bed, on a regular basis and typically overnight. Personally I don’t practise co-sleeping; there are no children in our bed. But there are valid arguments that support and go against co-sleeping. You may be pregnant and considering… Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Co-Sleeping
The end of “summer” is approaching, and unfortunately the weather has been so disappointing at times. Nevertheless, one purpose of the 6 weeks break is that it is somewhat fun, and not having to worry about school run should help days feel more relaxed. But from the first week of September, it’s straight back to… Continue reading 10 tips to help prepare for “Back to School”
Our children’s brains are like sponges, constantly taking in new information, so as parents it’s important to expose our children to many new experiences and various methods of learning. Learning does not have to be restricted to the classroom and showing an interest in your child’s learning can be very encouraging for them. Specifically in… Continue reading Education outside of School
I personally had my first relaxer in 2009, when I was 17, and therefore was confident that I knew how to care for natural hair. However, the reality was that I only knew about my own hair. My daughter’s texture is nothing like how mine was and I had to take time to learn about… Continue reading My daughter’s natural hair routine
It was my birthday on Monday (24th July) and I’m always reflective around my birthday, but this year more than ever. When we are younger, we tend to set ourselves life goals to achieve by the time we are 21, 25, 30 etc. but I didn’t do it as much when the twins were born.… Continue reading Turning 25…
In the UK, when school is out for summer, children get 6 glorious weeks at home. After the first few well deserved lie-ins, your little ones are likely to get bored. There are so many fun activities for both children and adults to do in and around London, and they are usually open 7 days a week so… Continue reading 15 places to take your children this Summer (London)
Since having my youngest child, I have grown to love some items. Some of them I used with the twins and others were a first time buy. It’s easy to buy into the baby product hype and just purchase everything because you think you need it, but don’t be quick to spend all your money.… Continue reading Mummy must haves!
So you may know by now that my twins were born by c-section, and it was elective (planned) because it was in my best interest to deliver that way. The decision of a c-section was presented to me in my third trimester, so I had a bit of time to research about it; which was… Continue reading 10 things I didn’t know about C-Sections
Children are expensive, and they could run your pockets dry, if you let them. From clothing to toys, toiletries to haircare, we are constantly spending on our little ones and we could be uneccessarily wasting money. There will always be an unexpected cost here and there which is difficult to plan for, but you should… Continue reading Tips to help you save money
Sometimes I can’t believe that I actually have 3 children. As I only have two hands, I’m really outnumbered and gone are the days when I could hold hands with the twins and walk down the street. People always ask me if looking after one newborn is easier than two newborns; and for me, the… Continue reading Welcoming a new child
As I had a elective (sheduled) C-Section with the twins, I never experienced labour pains. With baby 3, my doctors had no reason to suggest a C-Section so I had to mentally prepare for my “first natural labour”. I of course came to find out that nothing prepares you for childbirth. There’s lots of things… Continue reading 10 things I didn’t know about natural labour
I’ll start with an apology for my lack of posts; I completely abandoned this blog for the past few weeks. I’m sure you can understand that adjusting to life with a newborn can take some time. But I’m finally feeling like my normal self now. As of today, Ivory is 9 weeks old and 1… Continue reading Newborn tips to make life easy
Everybody needs a break from the demands of daily living, and mums are no exception. The job of a mum never ends, but it’s important to take time to renew and recharge yourself. An overtired and drained mum cannot compare to a well rested, physically and emotionally healthy mum. You should try to have some frequent… Continue reading 5 easy ways to make the most of your “me time”
I’m 4 weeks in with my third child, but I would say this is my first breastfeeding experience. I didn’t breastfeed my twins for long enough to even post about it. I just remember it being painful and my milk supply being “low”. In hindsight, I probably didn’t try hard enough, but in my own… Continue reading Breastfeeding Basics
Also known as forgetfulness. Pregnancy can be overwhelming; regardless if you’re a first time mum or eighth time mum, and it can literally make you forget things. This could range from forgetting an appointment, to forgetting what you walked into the shop for, to whether you turned off the stove. But I have a few… Continue reading Dealing with “Pregnancy Brain”
This will be one of my shorter posts…I apologise for not posting last week but my reason should make you able to forgive me… I had a baby! On the 8th of April 2017, we welcomed a precious baby girl that we named Ivory. So we now have 3 children: Ivan, Ivanna and Ivory. We… Continue reading Welcome to the world!
Historically, it was unheard of for a mother to commit herself to any job other than looking after the home. But times have changed, and there are many opportunities for both the single mum, the semi-married mum and the married mum. If you opted to take maternity leave, you may have limited choice in whether… Continue reading The Working Mum
In honour of Mother’s Day in the UK, I thought it would be fitting to share my twin pregnancy and labour story; the day I became a mum to two babies. So here goes… 19 years old, expecting twins, and scared. In the UK, only 2-3% of births every year are multiples (i.e. more than… Continue reading My twin pregnancy and labour story (2011)
At some point, during the first years of your child’s life, or maybe later on, you might find yourself playing the stay-at-home mum. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the “easy” option, as we should have gathered by now that all aspects of motherhood involve some difficulty. For some mothers, they have the option… Continue reading The Stay-at-Home mum
Touchy subject. Nobody can tell you how to discipline your child. But we can all agree that when it comes to behaviour, we want our children to be polite and respectful. It’s much easier to show your child lots of love and affection, but they also need to learn right from wrong, and you will… Continue reading How should I discipline my child?
At first, no way. Definitely not. I feared that I had massively disappointed myself and my family. However, you’d be surprised how quickly people change their tune when they realise you are handling motherhood so well. If you didn’t know, I was 18 when I fell pregnant with my twins, and gave birth to them… Continue reading Happy to be a young mum?
For years 2 and 3 of my degree, I was a mum, and I had to adapt a whole new approach to my studying. Gone were the days of last minute essay writing. As both a parent and student, it’s easy to get swamped with work, but if you plan well, you should be able […]
Becoming a parent often puts a strain on relationships, and part of the problem is that you’re tired and have less time to spend with each other. It becomes much harder to go out together and enjoy the things you used to do. But just as you make time for your child, you should make time… Continue reading Making time for Mum and Dad
I recently hosted my baby shower, for the second time. Why? Because I’m a self-proclaimed control freak and like to do things by myself. My first baby shower was early September 2011, and my second was late January 2017. Both baby showers were pretty similar: games, food and presents. I had friends and family who… Continue reading Planning your own baby shower
Admittedly, I struggled with this. But once my children got the hang of it, it was a big weight off my shoulders. It’s easy to compare your children to their age mates, especially when it comes to reaching milestones. Some children are potty trained as early as 18months. Others, however may take longer. It is… Continue reading Potty Training Tips
The end of your pregnancy is approaching and your bundle of joy(s) will soon be here. If you plan to deliver your baby in the hospital, there are some essential items you should take with you to make your birthing experience run a little more smoothly. For mum: Maternity notes – you’ve needed them for… Continue reading What should I pack in my hospital bag?
Yay! A long awaited family break is on the way. Traveling with your child(ren) can simply not be compared to traveling alone or with other adults. Whether it be a sunny getaway, or a 2 hour drive to another city, you need to be well prepared. Long trips by car: Pack lots of snacks and… Continue reading Traveling with young children
When preparing for a new baby, it can be overwhelming whilst deciding what items to buy. The UK baby industry makes millions of pounds every year, partially because all mums (especially first time mums) want to be well prepared. Whilst there are lots of things that your bundle of joy will need, there are also… Continue reading Smart Pregnancy Shopping
Please note: It is NOT your fault if your child is a fussy eater. There are many factors that contribute to why your child may not eat as much or as frequently as you would like. Despite this, your child cannot stay hungry. Keep mealtimes stress free – your child is clever. If you are… Continue reading Dealing with a fussy eater
Congratulations, you’re pregnant! Your skin will glow and you will feel amazing for the next 9 months. Or maybe not. The truth is, you may not find that your entire pregnancy is a walk in the park. My pregnancies certainly haven’t been. It is taboo to mention the not-so-happy aspects of pregnancy, but I don’t… Continue reading The truth about pregnancy
The beauty in every child is that they are so unique, but all babies do one thing: wake up in the middle of the night! The challenge is getting your baby to stop doing this as soon as possible. Thankfully, there are hundreds of books and websites that offer advice on this matter. I’d like… Continue reading Why won’t my baby sleep?
Did it bother you that you saw a mum on Instagram balance her child on her head, and you don’t know how to do that? Comparison is the thief of joy. You were chosen by a higher power to be the mother to your child. Some days are hard, but some days are not. I’m… Continue reading Am I a good mum?
As stated in a previous post, I was 4 months pregnant when I completed my first year of University. I decided to take one year off and resumed my second year of University when my children were just 10months old. At the time, their dad and I did not think they were ready for nursery… Continue reading Further Education
I take pride in being a mum of twins; I really do wear it as a badge of honour, but that was not always the case. My entire pregnancy, I was mortified at the thought of having two dependent children! However, I quickly realised that a healthy mental, emotional and physical wellbeing was the only… Continue reading Pregnant at 18 with TWINS!
I’ve been fortunate enough to see many aspects of motherhood, and I’m more than happy to share my experiences with those who may be expecting, have children already, or are looking for some useful information that may help them in the future. First, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Leandra, I’m 24 years… Continue reading WELCOME