Monthly Archives: March 2014

Why My MAD Blog Awards Nomination Means More to Me Than You Could Imagine…

Last week, the finalists of the MAD Blog Awards were announced and I was absolutely blown away to find out that Mum’s the Word had been shortlisted in the ‘Best Pregnancy Blog’ category. This meant that not only had people read my posts about being pregnant with BB but they’d enjoyed them enough to nominate me for an award. That, in itself, is incredible and I can honestly say that I’m grateful to have even …

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Things My Mother (in-law) Taught Me

I’m pretty lucky in that I have two mothers-in-law and that I get on really well with both of them. I’m not in contact with my own mum, but these two have been like mums to me over the last few years and I’ve learned a lot from both of them. They’re both brilliant cooks, in totally different ways; one cooks the best homey dishes, like stews and Shepherds Pie while the other is from …

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The Pronoun Game

The Pronoun Game

We’re still at that stage where we can’t walk more than 10 feet without someone sticking their head into the pram and cooing over BB, which obviously becomes exponentially worse in Waitrose because the main demographic of shoppers is already drawing a pension and therefore are drawn to small babies like a fly to the proverbial ‘you know what’. It’s sweet that people are so nice and want to pass on that positivity, even if …

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Going From One to Two

Going From One to Two

Before we decided to have another child, it took a long time for me to come around to the idea. I couldn’t imagine having the capacity to love anyone as much as I loved Sausage and the trauma of her birth added to my fears. Eventually, I realised two things; firstly, that I wouldn’t be a ‘first timer’ when it came to maternity care this time, which meant that it was possible for me to …

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More than a Mummy: Finding Yourself Again

There’s no doubt about it, life changes in so many ways – most of them wonderful – once you have children. But along with the huge rewards that come with experiencing life once more through a child’s eyes, come a raft of responsibilities which can, some days, make you feel like a cross between a nanny and a cleaner. Permanent feelings of guilt pretty much come with the territory when you have little ones, whether …

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Useful Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

Many parents rely on coffee to give them that jolt of energy to see them through the day; but most just chuck the used coffee beans and coffee grounds away and think nothing off it. However there are a few surprising ways you can reuse coffee beans, recycling and benefits, it’s a win win. Use Coffee Grounds In your Garden Keep Cats Out of Your Garden Does your neighbours cat like to hang out in your …

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Newborn Essentials – Our Reviews

Newborn Essentials – Our Reviews

Burrito Baby is a very lucky girl – she’s already being sent things to try out and review! Given that she has such a busy schedule of sleeping and milk-drinking, I thought I’d condense a few things down into one post of products that we’ve tried and loved in the last 5 weeks. Aden+Anais Swaddling Muslins (£44.95 for a pack of 4) When the lovely people at Aden+Anais found out how much Burrito Baby liked to be swaddled, …

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The Curse of Infant Reflux

The Curse of Infant Reflux

During the first couple of weeks of her life, Burrito Baby seemed to have no problem drinking as much milk a she could get her mitts on, in fact the first bottle she ever took was 90ml (3oz, for those of us who still work in old money!), which is a mammoth amount for a newborn. However, things soon started to change. We noticed that she was vomiting a lot more after each feed and …

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Night Feeds – Finding Our Rhythm

Night Feeds – Finding Our Rhythm

Since Burrito Baby and I came home from hospital, we’ve been settling back into family life and trying to find a rhythm that suits us. As I mentioned in this post, I struggled with tiredness for the first couple of weeks, but with Husband’s help I managed to start to feel human again. We were feeding on demand at first, allowing BB to tell us when she was ready for a feed, but that posed …

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Asking for Help

Asking for Help

When I first came home from hospital after having Burrito Baby, I have to admit, I was exhausted. In the days leading up to her birth, I’d been on a ward having a course of steroids to mature her lungs because my unstable blood sugars meant that she had to be delivered at 36 weeks and 6 days. In the entire three nights that I was there, I managed a total of about 7 hours …

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