Mummy & Me | June 2015

A photo of me and Sophie on the day of her 2nd birthday party, just after she blew out her candles


What Is Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)?

Sickness in pregnancy is very common, infact 7 out of every 10 women experience nausea and/or vomiting in pregnancy. It's often called morning sickness - but unfortunately, it can happen anytime, day or night.

"Some pregnant women experience excessive nausea and vomiting. They might be sick many times a day and be unable to keep food or drink down, which can have a negative effect on their daily life." - NHS

So what is it?
Hyperemesis Gravidarum in short, is 'excessive nausea and vomiting'. It often needs hospital treatment as if you're unable to keep food or water down there is a risk you can become dehydrated.

My experience
When I found out I was pregnant, I downloaded a number of pregnancy apps, most of which said that morning sickness usually subsides at around 12-14 weeks but unfortunately that didn't happen for me.. Infact it got worse! My pregnancy with Sophie was pretty straight forward and luckily their were no complications, I just struggled terribly with sickness! 

I remember feeling very nauseous from around 6/7 weeks but I wasn't sick very often until I was 20 weeks+ (which I believe is actually quite late) where I was throwing up on a daily basis. I'd visited the doctors previously but the anti-sickness tablets didn't help so there wasn't much point in taking them. Luckily on the most part, I managed to keep water down so I didn't get dehydrated which is why I didn't need to be admitted to hospital. I was working in retail at the time and it got so bad that I was signed off work up until my Maternity Leave date. I was throwing up around 2/3 times a day and I couldn't return when I was always feeling like I'm going to be sick but not knowing if/when it would happen.

I also hated not being able to eat properly as it would just come back up but I felt even worse if I didn't eat anything at all. I found eating bland foods helped, as well as eating little and often. If I remember rightly, it was worse in the mornings especially as I used to have to get up quite early for work; I was sick in the kitchen sink once.. and outside the front door (disgusting I know!) but it really is a horrible illness and is so draining! In my case, I had it quite mild as some women can be sick up to 50 times a day.

I hope next time around I don't suffer with it again as I think it will be even harder having a toddler to look after too. If you want to read more about Hyperemesis Gravidarum then you can do so on the NHS website


Toddler Essentials

I thought I would put together a list of basic items we use now that Sophie is a toddler. Obviously they aren't all essential but they are products we use on a regular basis which we personally think are great and couldn't live without.

1. LittleLife Backpack & Reins
These are a lifesaver when out and about as Sophie has the freedom she wants but it's also so much safer when we're in busy places.

2. Cotbed
We chose a cotbed rather than a cot as it converts to a toddler bed, which saves the expense of buying a new bed once she had outgrown her cot.

3. BabyDan Wooden Bed Guard
We chose this as it matches her cot and prevents her from falling out of bed. It made the transition from cot to bed a lot easier too.

4. Rucksack
We use a rucksack instead of changing bag and they're so handy for days out. We usually include nappies, wipes, drink, snacks and toys etc.

5/6. Pillow & Duvet
I chose the ones from Silent Night as I knew they would be good quality. It's also good to get a spare set too in case of any accidents or sickness. 

7. Cot bedding
We have a few different duvet sets so we can switch them around while the other is in the wash.

8. Tangle Teezer

This is technically mine, but I use it to brush Sophie's hair everyday. If your child is anything like mine and hates their hair being brushed - then I would definitely recommend you investing in one of these!

Please let me know if this post has been useful.


6 Month Blogiversary

It's can't believe it's been exactly six months to the day since I plucked up the courage to start writing this blog. It's my own little space on the internet where I can share my journey through motherhood and watch Sophie grow.

I've never really had a hobby that I've stuck to, but I think I've finally found it and I don't think I ever want to stop! I really enjoy blogging; from Sophie's updates, family days out, shopping hauls, bedroom tours, reviews etc. I have loved every minute! There is also such a lovely blogging community which I didn't even know existed and I have made some good friends too which is just amazing and so unexpected.

I honestly didn't even think people would read this blog; other than Toby haha! So I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads my blog and takes the time to comment.. I really appreciate it! 


Sophie's 2nd Birthday: Part 2

Following on from Sophie's Birthday: Part 1 yesterday, today was the day of Sophie's party. We decided to have the party on the Sunday rather than her actual birthday so we could make it a weekend of celebrating instead of trying to cram everything into one day as it would just be too much.

Unfortunately, the weather wasn't on our side as it was raining but there's not a lot you can do about the weather, so we had to make do. Luckily, my parents have a conservatory, so most of the time Sophie and her little friends played in there.. It's always nice when they're all together! 

We mainly spent the day catching up with everyone, eating a ridiculous amount of party food, opening presents and playing pass the parcel. We've all had a wonderful day and if any of you are reading this; thank you so much for making Sophie's day so special. She's a very lucky little girl and received so many lovely cards and gifts! Also, thanks to my Mum for taking the photos!

That's it for another year and I can't believe we now have a two year old haha! 

Sophie's Outfit Of The Day: 2nd Birthday Party!

I just had a to write a quick and separate post on Sophie's Birthday outfit as it's just so beautiful and she had so many compliments on it.

Dress - The White Company, Shoes - Next, Socks - Next (not pictured), Bow - Roses & Bows

You can see more pictures from her 2nd birthday here and her birthday party here.


Sophie's 2nd Birthday: Part 1

Today we celebrated Sophie's second birthday! We've all had such a wonderful day so I thought I would share how we spent it. We're having a little party for her tomorrow with friends and family which I will write a separate post on.

I took the photo above once Sophie had gone to bed so I had chance to set everything up. She was so tired, she went to bed at 7pm and slept right through until 10am! (she's been waking in the night recently for some reason) so we chilled in bed for a while and Sophie had her morning bottle of milk.

She was so excited, bless her! She definitely knew something was going on. She had a big grin on her face when she saw everything as she came down the stairs and ran straight for a balloon haha! We then opened her presents and played with them for a while. Around 11.30am we went to my parents house, which is around the corner from us and she opened her presents there.. She got a little quad bike which she absolutely loves, a colouring book with stickers etc. In the afternoon we went to Toby's parents as they also wanted to see her. Toby's Dad took her for a walk for an hour or so, we stayed there and chilled for the afternoon and then we took her home. She fell asleep in the car on the way back so she was full of energy so she had her dinner and played with her new toys and then went to bed around 8pm; ready for her birthday party tomorrow!

I've attached some photos below to show you. She absolutely adores her Baby Annabell doll! She won't leave her alone and puts her dummy in or feeds her the bottle. It's so sweet to watch and I just know that one day she will make a great big sister!


I can't believe our beautiful little girl turns two today! It doesn't seem like five minutes ago that she was born and our lives changed forever!

The past two years have flown by and it's been amazing to watch Sophie grow and learn new things and watch her develop her own little personality. She's so sweet, funny and cheeky and the most beautiful little girl we could ever ask for! Although she has her fair share of tantrums, on the most part she is a delight to be around.

Happy 2nd Birthday baby girl, we love you so much and we hope you have the best day!

Lots of Love
Mummy & Daddy xxx


Father's Day Gift Guide 2015

With Father's Day less than 2 weeks away (Sunday 21st June), I thought I would put together a little gift guide in case you were looking for ideas or needed a little inspiration.


What We Did Today: Paddling Pool Fun!

Over the past few weeks the weather has been pretty miserable but we finally had some sunshine today and it was lovely! I decided to get her new paddling pool out so we could make the most of the beautiful weather! 

She absolutely loved it and she really enjoyed splashing around. I managed to get some photos on my camera which I thought I would share with you.

I hope you've all enjoyed the sunshine today too!


Being A Young Mum

Toby and I were both 18 years old and had been together for a year when we found out we were expecting. Our family and friends were shocked when we told them.. but fast forward two years and I don't think any of us could imagine our lives without Sophie.

I'll be honest, we didn't have a clue what to expect. No matter what people told us and the advice they gave, nothing can really prepare you for what's to come and what life is like adjusting with a newborn baby. The first few weeks (and months) are by far the hardest; I don't think we've ever been so sleep deprived. Although, you just learn to cope and things do get easier in time. Sophie suffered with colic (you can read more about it here) so the first two/three months of her life are all a bit of a blur to be honest but those days are long behind us and we now have an almost 2 year old to run around after!

I find it quite annoying when people judge and look down on young mums. Surely age is just a number and doesn't define how good of a parent you will be.. Whether you are 17 or 37 it makes no difference when you have a baby. At the end of the day, all first time parents are in the same boat and are joining parenthood which is something completely new to them.

The quote above pretty much sums up how I feel about being a young parent and I don't regret anything. I'm so proud of my beautiful little girl and I don't know what I would do without her.

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