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The Story of our Son – a very personal journey through Infertility by Dina Honour

As soon as I read this beautiful post by Dina Honour, the ex-pat, Copenhagen-based blogger behind Wine & Cheese (Doodles), I knew that I wanted to share it. The road to motherhood can be a difficult, lonely and long one and as Dina says “I honestly believe it’s important for people who have been through the experience to know that the trauma of it does fade, but more importantly no one should feel shame about the way they chose to start or grow their family. Women (and men to a degree) shouldn’t feel lessened simply because they may have needed help conceiving or indeed, may not have been able to conceive at all.” Here she shares her experiences of medicated IUI (inuterine insemination), pregnancy and the story of her son……

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How to massage your baby

A few weeks ago little A and I had a baby massage how-to session with the wonderful Caroline Barber. As a doula and baby massage expert, she has the magic touch; just being in her presence makes mamas and babies feel calm. She is full of wonderful tips and advice: from calming crying babies to dealing with common issues (wind, teething…) with massage. She also runs baby yoga classes from her home. Both my friend and I found the class super-helpful for wind and tummy-related issues – and I’ve made a daily massage part of the bath and bed ritual (sometimes the three-year-old ‘helps’ or accompanies me on a teddy). So I asked Caroline to share some of her top tips with us here……

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The One-Stop Baby Shop

Okay, I’m in that zone at the moment, but did you know that good old M&S have launched a new dedicated one-stop baby shop? I know: genius. Alex was in M&S the other week and was Instagramming like mad. “Have you seen their new baby shop?” she emailed me. Quite right, too. It’s an edited collection of, well,  everything you need for your baby (bar a live-in nanny who’s happy to do the night shift. Come on, M&S, surely you can manage this?). Not simply their own brand, but all the best baby brands in the business: Skip Hop, Baby Bjorn (I’ve just bought one of their excellent soft lip bibs – planning ahead, you see), Avent bath thermometers, a plethora of bottle options and everything you need for weaning – including stylish high chairs, travel cots and carriers…. Essentially, you could kit out your little one for the first years of his life right here. And the clothes… Oh, there is almost too much cuteness. I confess: I could not have enjoyed putting this post together any more. (Moreover, there are discounts ahoy going on right now – so get your bump/baby in the action.…

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Dear Kate… 10 Things to Know About Having Baby Number Two

Dear Kate, We’re thrilled for you. Not so much the severe morning sickness, but the spare to the heir. New babies are delicious. I’m also pretty impressed that you’re in for round two when round one is so young. But – as a friend commented when I remarked upon this – you probably have a little more help than most people (should you wish it. And you’d be crazy not to, in our humble, non-regal opinion). And not that you need our advice, but just in case……

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Top Three New Baby Essentials

One month in and the little chap is settling in nicely. His big sister is his biggest fan thus far: result. We’re still getting used to being a family of four (it’s had its moments), and I still have no idea whatsoever how to get two children bathed and in bed when one of them takes for-ev-er to feed and sometimes goes to bed at 7pm like a perfect poppet and sometimes decides he’d quite like to stay up and chat, if that’s all the same to you, thanks very much mama. (This bit gets easier, right? I keep repeating, ‘We’re only a month in’ and ‘he’s only a month old’ like a slightly malfunctioning robot.) But we’re finding our way. Here’s what I absolutely could not live without right now (aside from chocolate (specifically: Giant Chocolate Buttons) and flowers.…

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Styling the Nursery (and a little announcement)

Our nursery space is teeny. As in almost a New York style nursery-in-a-cupboard small. This did not prevent me from having big plans… I started (of course) a board on Pinterest in order to collate my ideas (which is where I found the gorgeous nursery above). I knew I wanted something calming and neutral (with a pop of one colour to save it from being too neutral); that felt like a child’s room without being twee or babyish; and which was a starting point – so it can be personalise as the mini grows and a proper little personality starts to emerge.…

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Happy Memories

The first year of your baby’s life is one of the most exciting – and fast moving. It only seems like yesterday that my youngest was born, all spindly limbs, scrunched up face and deliciously-smelling head. Seven months on and he’s a little chubster feasting on an array of purees, rolling around on his mat and kicking out his legs threatening to commando crawl. Before I know it it’ll be Christmas, he’ll be one year old and I’ll be thinking ‘wow’, that went fast. Obviously we’ve taken photos (ok not quite so many as with our first-born, poor no. 3), but still, there are a lot of pics. A lot of pics and a lot of plans to get them printed, but let’s face it making it to Boots with a memory stick of images to download is pretty low on the desperate ‘must do today’ list. Which is kind of what Angus Piggott and Alice Cowen, the founders of First Take Baby thought after having their first baby Indigo.…

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Object of Lust

Getting yourself one of these? Then read on… A little addendum to my pregnancy post. Having said I didn’t need a changing bag this time, I may just have changed my mind… Idly perusing the web last night, I chanced across this wonder by Storksak. And. I. Love. It. It might just be the best changing bag I’ve seen yet. Why?…

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Dressing the Bump: Part 3

By the time you get to your third trimester you will be craving comfort, support and anything which fits. (And, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be pretty keen to “get this baby OUT” as my daughter puts it.) But you still don’t need to go crazy shopping (unless of course you want to and have limitless funds to do so – in which case, be my guest). Here’s my final instalment of dressing the bump rules.…

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Here’s the Juice

You’ve probably read a lot about juicing recently. It being the New Year! New You! New Diet! season and all that. But, to paraphrase that famous saying, juicing is for life, not just for post-Christmas detoxes. In fact, juicing needn’t be part of some all or nothing fasting cleanse (although, actually, when I’m out of the new baby, give-me-carbs-now phase, I’ll be all over that). It can be a brilliant way to give your body an instant health boost and maybe inspire you to get your arse in gear and start juicing yourself (although let’s just ignore my recent attempt at making a kale, blueberry and almond smoothie, which can only be described as interesting at best….)…