My First Few Months as a Mum of Two
How To Get Your Kids to Play With All of Their Christmas Toys
While I was pregnant with Jacob I wasn’t too worried about life with two kids. So many people say the hardest adjustment comes with your first born, so while I knew there would be an adjustment period I thought that we’d all manage just fine.
And while overall it’s been a positive time, filled with so much love. It’s also been so much harder than I thought it would be.
What My Kids Are Getting For Christmas
We all know what it’s like at Christmas time. Absolutely everyone spoils your children, buying them more than they could ever possibly need.
No matter how many times you tell people not to buy too much, they still do. And while it can be overwhelming, you can’t really complain about the generousity of your family or friends.
Thankfully, with a little bit of thought, you can help your kids get the most use out of their new gifts.
What's On My Christmas Wish List
Christmas doesn’t have to mean frivolous spending or giving your kids so many presents that they can’t even remember everything they got.
This is the first Christmas where my 2.5 year old son understands that Santa will bring presents. But he doesn’t yet know about asking Santa for lots and lots, and I want to keep it that way.
10 Easy & Free Christmas Family Traditions
I always struggle with an answer when asked what I want for Christmas. If I want something I buy it myself and most of the things I do want but haven't bought, are too expensive to be gifted. Which is part of the reason why I haven't yet bought them.
If you have the same problem, here's a peek into what's on my Christmas Wish List.
5 Nappy Bag Essentials
Not all traditions have to be expensive, like an annual family trip to the beach or buying everyone pyjamas for Christmas Eve. It’s totally possible to create Christmas traditions that are cheap (even free!), easy and fun for the whole family.
We’ve got 10 easy and cheap traditions you can start this year. And none of them include putting up the Christmas tree together or leaving cookies out for Santa. Because I’m sure you’ve already got those two covered.
My Accidental Home Birth Story
A well-stocked nappy bag is crucial to any mum. Once you've had a baby your nappy bag will go everywhere with you - and if ever try leaving without one, your little one is almost guaranteed to have the biggest poonami ever. Seriously.
But you can easily avoid disaster by making sure you pack the essentials every time you leave the house.
Baby Number 2 - The Third Trimester
The day I went into labour was a really special day. Rory was at daycare and my partner Luke had the day off from work. We went out for a leisurely breakfast and then went out for lunch too. We don't get to spend much one-on-one time together so it was a real treat to enjoy two meals together without being on parenting duties. I think it might have been all the extra happy-vibes and oxytocin that made my labour progress so quickly.
Baby Number 2 - The Second Trimester
Maybe I’m a little weird but I love the third trimester. In fact, for the most part, it’s been my favourite trimester of this pregnancy.
Sure, I had some aches and pains, and was sometimes uncomfortable, but I wasn’t too tired and I love having a big bump.
Ahh, the sweet promised land of the second trimester. When the morning sickness will end. When your energy will return. And when you can feel safe about announcing your pregnancy.
In those early weeks of pregnancy I think we all count down to the second trimester. There’s so much hope for how good you’ll feel and it’s also exciting to know you can soon share your news with everyone.