welcome to the world, noah gabriel!

welcome to the world, noah gabriel!

Noah Gabriel Smith joined us on Wednesday morning, 12 April, at 9.21am by planned caesarean section, weighing a chunky 3.91kg. He’s calm, content, and feeding and sleeping like a dream. We feel incredibly blessed. We were discharged from hospital on Easter...
an exclusive offer from henry & bear

an exclusive offer from henry & bear

So, while I’ve been mainly concentrating on being massively pregnant (7 weeks to go!) and settling Henry into the local ecole maternelle, my super-talented OH has been busy launching our new business, Henry & Bear. We’re specialising in what we think...
making the decision to have a child is momentous…

making the decision to have a child is momentous…

This beautiful Elizabeth Stone quote has always resonated deeply with me, and has even more meaning now my little one has started pre-school and he’s away from us for chunks of time during the day, for the first time. We knew it meant a big adjustment for him,...
a new way of getting children to sleep

a new way of getting children to sleep

Henry has never been a great sleeper. He didn’t sleep through the night until he was 18 months, and even now, at almost 3 1/2, even a small change to his routine can make it difficult for him to drift off peacefully. We stopped extended breastfeeding just before...
it’s a boy!

it’s a boy!

We feel so blessed to be adding another little boy to our growing family! Funnily enough, Henry has always been adamant that we had a little boy in there, and the gynacologue confirmed this during my first scan. Henry came with us and was so cool about the environment...
my birth story

my birth story

Just recently Melanie at The Not So Hoity Toity Life got in touch and asked me to share my birth story for a new feature she had planned for her blog – during November she is recounting birth stories from mothers around the globe. These women’s stories are...
making bliss balls

making bliss balls

Like all mamas, nutrition is something I think about a lot, and I’m massively conscious of what I’m putting into Henry’s little body. We made the decision not to give him refined sugar until he was 18 months, and today we tend not to keep salty or...
maternity fashion

maternity fashion

I love the moment in pregnancy when the awful (well, for me anyway) first trimester has passed, you can tell the world your exciting news, and you finally have something to show for the months of sickness and mood swings – a little bump! I started wearing my old...
keepsake jewellery

keepsake jewellery

I have a few pieces of what I would call ‘special’ jewellery. My first (and only) pair of diamond earrings, my engagement ring, and my gold Alex Monroe Baby Bee necklace, that was my very first Mother’s Day  gift. That’s the thing with special...
genius parenting products for your baby

genius parenting products for your baby

Now we’re expecting another baby, I’ve been thinking about the things that helped so much in the early days; products we discovered by accident, or that were recommended by friends, that aren’t necessarily the most obvious. There’s also a...

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