• Six months old

    March 17, 2017 Hels

    Today Dougie is six months old. I still can’t quite believe I have a six-month-old son. He is the most beautiful, exhausting, entertaining, inquisitive, adorable baby – in my completely unbiased opinion, of course. Since he was born, I’ve not slept for more than four consecutive hours; I’ve cried, I’ve felt beaten, I’ve panicked and despaired, and yet I’ve never been happier. I’ve learnt to function on cold tea and no sleep, and I know that when he smiles his…

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  • Pregnancy & childbirth: expectation vs. reality

    February 24, 2017 Hels

    In my first antenatal class, we were asked to write down what we expected from labour and childbirth based on what we’ve ever heard or seen in films, tv shows etc. While we knew that expectation would be very different from reality, I didn’t realise quite how much. I know every woman has her own unique experience and so will be completely different to mine, but I thought I’d share just how much my reality differed from expectations…

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  • Hello four months, goodbye sleep

    January 9, 2017 Hels

    Here we are, four months into parenting. I can’t believe how quickly time is flying, and how much he is growing and changing on a daily basis. Everyday is a learning curve, and just as I think I know what I’m doing, something will inevitably change! I wanted to write about something that we’re going through at the moment…

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  • 2016

    December 30, 2016 Hels

    Merriam-Webster’s word of 2016 was “surreal” and that definitely sums up my year. At the beginning of 2016, I was flying to New York with my boyfriend which had been his 30th birthday present from me. Fast forward 12 months and I’m currently in Leicester with my family, fiancé and our three-month old son.

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  • Eight Weeks: A-Z

    November 11, 2016 Hels

    I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here, but every time I sit down to write anything, Dougie decides that’s the time he’s hungry or needs a change or just wants to be walked and jiggled and cuddled, and so this blog has had to take a bit of a backseat. However, he’s now gotten better at having a sleep in his cot or being content just gurgling away to himself for a few minutes so I…

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  • He’s finally here…

    October 1, 2016 Hels

    So, I’ve been a little slack on this blog for the last month or so, but I’ve had an excellent reason… Arriving nine days late, Douglas Harry Baker was born at 2:17pm on Saturday 17th September 2016. He is a little chubs, and weighed 9lb4 🙂 I’ll do a proper post and update when I have a little more energy, but this is something I wanted to share for the time being. Sam and I thought it would be fun…

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  • Nursery tour

    September 12, 2016 Hels

    Planning the nursery was one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy, I had a whale of a time putting together a board on my Pinterest, and Sam and I had really similar ideas of what we wanted. Sam wanted to put the nursery together as a surprise for me and so I had absolutely no idea what it was going to look like or what was in it. He did the most incredible job, and I finally got to see…

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