As I’m writing this I’m having yet another suspected miscarriage. Last Wednesday I found the courage to take a pregnancy test. I was 4 days late, I knew something was up as I had been feeling rubbish for the past few days.
If you don’t know my history I had 3 miscarriages before baby girl was born in 2016. So I know exactly what it’s like to miscarry. I have spent the last few years wondering why I’m unlucky at conceiving.
The test last Wednesday was what I call a strong positive test. The lines were very strong and not faint at all.
For a few days we were so excited that baby girl was going to get a sibling. Then Saturday happened. I was at work for 5:30am felt a bit rough all day, but by the afternoon I felt cold and shivery. I knew straight away that it was happening again. On all 3 of my previous miscarriages I got cold and shivery which I’m guessing is my body rejecting what is not meant to be.
As a breastfeeding mum, this week is a special week – World Breastfeeding Week running from the 1st – 7th August. This time last year I was in the full swing of breastfeeding a 6 month old, now 12 months down the line I’m still breastfeeding baby girl, but only once a day now and I’m sure that won’t be for much longer as she’s weaning herself off.
Breast Pumps Direct have launched an innovative new program called Chance to Choose. This program allows mums to “trade-up” their insurance-provided breast pump so they can get a premium pump that works best for them at a special discounted price. In addition, their traded in pump will be re-serviced and donated to a mum in need. Many mums across the globe do not have access to a breast pump and are often left to mix formula with unsafe drinking water. This program gives mums the chance to choose breastfeeding and give their baby the health benefits that come with breastfeeding.
As you know I’m always up for trying out new products and this past weekend we have been trying out these great bamboo disposable nappies, (or diapers if you prefer!) from a wonderful little family orientated company called Andy Pandy based in the US. They specialise in eco-friendly baby products. They are on sale in the UK at the moment so accessible to everyone.
Baby girl is growing quite big now, so having a standard size changing mat is not as useful as it used to be. When Bibetta asked me if I would like to try out their Star Changing Mat which is on the larger side to normal, I thought why not?
My first impressions was that it’s very soft and warm to touch and of course being made from neoprene (wetsuit material) that it will be waterproof. Perfect for those little wee accidents!
I love to give baby girl fruit puree’s. We started on them on our weaning journey many months ago. They gave me a piece of mind knowing she couldn’t choke, and also that she was getting her daily intake of fruit. I can honestly say we have probably tried most puree’s on sale, until we were offered to try out the ones from the Goodness Gracious Food Company. These were ones I had never heard of!
You won’t believe how quickly the time goes after you have your newborn. It feels like you are pregnant forever, but when your baby arrives, the time can zoom by. After all, you are getting to know your newborn and trying to adjust to your new life. By the time you manage to get into some form of routine, it’s time to go back to work. If you ask any mum, they will tell you how difficult it can be when maternity leave is over. After all, you need the money, but you don’t want to leave your baby for long. But there are some ways you can make it as painless as possible.
Here is how you can make going back to work tear-free after having a baby!