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7am
Wake up, change bum, play, give bottle, get dressed
8.15 / 8.30 
Nap time
10.00
Wake up, Bottle, play, bum change
12.30
Nap time 
2.00 
Wake up, bum changed, bottle, play time
4.00 / 4.15 
Nap time ( No longer than til’ 5)
5.00
Wake up, bum change, bottle given, play time
6.30
Bath time, bed time routine
7.30
Asleep!!
10.00 / 11.00 
Dream feed
AND
Repeat! 
I find this routine works perfectly and almost on cue for Daisy! I know it’s hard to stick exactly to a routine but having a rough little idea is definitely really handy. I feel like Daisy knows what’s coming next and responds to it perfectly! 
Share with me your routine!

7am

Wake up, change bum, play, give bottle, get dressed

8.15 / 8.30 

Nap time

10.00

Wake up, Bottle, play, bum change

12.30

Nap time 

2.00 

Wake up, bum changed, bottle, play time

4.00 / 4.15 

Nap time ( No longer than til’ 5)

5.00

Wake up, bum change, bottle given, play time

6.30

Bath time, bed time routine

7.30

Asleep!!

10.00 / 11.00 

Dream feed

AND

Repeat! 

I find this routine works perfectly and almost on cue for Daisy! I know it’s hard to stick exactly to a routine but having a rough little idea is definitely really handy. I feel like Daisy knows what’s coming next and responds to it perfectly! 

Share with me your routine!

Saving those memories

One thing I’ve always been is a little bit of a hoarder when it comes to memories. I hate throwing things away that hold a certain sentimental value. And so because of this I have a good few boxes of old photos, train tickets, cinema tickets, little souvenirs from holidays and so on. Daisy is only four months old but I’ve already kept so much of her baby things to show her when she’s older and already have tons of photo albums! you can never have too many. I think it’s so sweet to look back at those special moments and really remember what it was like in that moment. It’s the little things that count. 

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Good luck money from elderly strangers - One of Daisy’s first outings into town she earn herself £1. We were sat in a coffee shop and my cousin was having a cuddle with Daisy. An elderly lady came over and rubbed 50p onto her hand and told me how it was good luck. So we kept that 50p as a little memory! About half an hour later another elderly woman came over and did the same. I thought it was so sweet, I just love elderly people. So we’ve kept it as Daisy’s lucky money!

The belly button cord and clip - This could be seen as a little bit disgusting, especially as it has still got a bit of skin on (ew). I haven’t dared to smell it yet! But I just couldn’t help myself. I may clean it later on down the line if it does start to smell, but I’ll definitely keep the clip anyways. It’s something different for Daisy to look back on when she’s older. 

The straps they used to monitor her heart beat - I’ll always remember a few days before she was born, when they took me into hospital and monitored her heart beat. They strapped these little straps onto my stomach and hooked some monitors into a machine that traced her heart beat. Andrew was there and we got the giggles over something silly - as I laughed it made the loudest and strangest noise, which set our laughter of even more, I couldn’t stop laughing. People around us must of thought we were so strange haha. 

Daisies - These little Daisies were given to me by an elderly gentleman at work. He is such a little sweetheart and was so interested in how my pregnancy was going. He is very thoughtful and I just couldn’t throw these away. He had been out in the garden looking for the prettiest of Daisies for our little Daisy. What a cutie! 

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Her hospital blanket and hospital hat I just love. It was what the midwives/doctors put her in at first and wrapped her up nice and warm. The first things she was ever wrapped in. I just love how much they remind me of her as a tiny newborn! They have both been washed but the hat still has remainders of the blood that was on her head when she was born. (haha, again this is a little disgusting maybe?) 

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The 4d scans! I’ve kept all the scans that we ever had of Daisy and we had quite a few! These two are my favourite though. We had one at about 12 weeks which you can see on the left - she looks like little sausages! Then we had one (on the right) done at about 28 weeks. I love how in both scan photos she’s covering her face with her hands. And she still does that to this day. Below is a super cute box I got given when she was born from my aunty and uncle. It has little draws to put her keep sakes in. I love it! And obviously her hospital bracelet!

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Share with me your most precious and favourite keep sakes!

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That first A&E trip

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Thursday 15th August. 

Your first trip in an ambulance (Hopefully your last), our first major worry and our first night in accidents and emergencies! 

The heart wrenching, terrifying feeling that blasts around your body when your mother’s instinct tells you something is wrong with your tiny little baby. I sat down after Daisy had gone to sleep to watch TV and put my feet up, but my sister came in and said after going in to check up on Daisy for me that she seemed like she was struggling to breathe. I looked at her and she was blotchy, red, and really struggling to catch her breath. I didn’t know what to do and my instinct told me to call an ambulance as everyone who drove was out so we couldn’t get to the hospital. I wasn’t sure if it was something serious but she was distressed and I always say it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. So after calling an ambulance and waiting 10 minutes for them to arrive Daisy was still crying and struggling to breathe. 

It’s completely typical that when the crew got here she seemed absolutely fine! Just a little red in the face. They were lovely though and checked her out explaining that she seemed fine. They said they would take me and her to the hospital though to check up and ensure she definitely was okay. So we got a little ride in an ambulance to the accident and emergency department. After waiting in there for 3 and a half hours we were told she was absolutely fine and it could of been something as simple as a little bit of saliva went down the wrong way and she choked. 

It’s such a panic when something like this happens. Being a mother is terrifying because your heart is outside your body and there’s nothing you can do when things are wrong. All you can do is trust your instincts and do what you feel is the appropriate approach. It’s frightening but we should all be prepared for those long nights and dragging hours in A&E waiting rooms. Because it’s only natural that as our little ones can’t speak we worry about scary things that may not necessarily be anything dangerous.

So I thank my lucky stars she was perfectly fine and put it down to the fact she just felt like a little ride in an ambulance!

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Dear little Daisy,

You’re such a big little girl now! Yesterday you had your first chuckle! The cutest little belly laugh you could ever imagine. I was beaming with pride and really could of cried with happy tears at how cute and excited you looked. I feel like I’ve gotten better at motherhood. We’ve mastered our little routine and it works like a charm. You nap when you’re meant to (even if it’s only for half an hour) and you go to sleep straight after your bedtime routine. We had a fussy week a few weeks back but you seem to be making up for it now with a lovely little happy week! I guess that’s what babies do though. I always tend to say ‘oh this is definitely the best age you’ve been so far’ at every age you’ve been. But I love this 4 month stage! It’s fun! You’re learning new things at such a rapid pace I can’t keep up sometimes. The laughing, the almost sitting up on your own, so much each and every day. You teach me how to wake up happy every morning! Some days you will just sit contently on my lap and watch an almost whole movie with me! Even if it’s not a children’s movie. You’re such a content little person and seem to happily take whatever the day brings you. Not long now until we can design, paint and decorate your nursery. I’m so excited to move out and have our own little home. A place that we can call ours and ours only. I love living with your nana and papa because they are amazing to us, but we do need our own little space. I can’t wait to make your room perfect for you. 

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You now have a draw full of pretty little headbands! You look absolutely gorgeous in them. 

All my love, 

Mama 

A personal post: Dealing with depression

When I woke up on the 12th August 2014 to the news that the great comedy actor, Robin Williams, had passed away having supposedly taken his own life due to severe depression, I felt quite saddened. When I logged onto facebook later that day I saw a moronic comment from a friend about how they have no sympathy for the man. They expressed how they felt Robbin Williams was selfish for taking his own life. Seeing that comment angered me. How can you have no sympathy for a man (probably with everything in life he could possibly ask for) that got so caught up in a dark web of depression that he felt as though the only way out was to take his own life. This happens on a day to day basis and yet people still don’t understand how traumatic and horrible depression is. It is a disease. It’s not choice. It takes over your thoughts, it takes over your life and sometimes, in severe cases, it takes your life completely from you.

I write this as I’m just about to take my antidepressants.  

Now, I’m nervous just writing this. It’s such a hard subject. More and more people suffer with depression every single day, and the more people that talk out about it, the less alone we can feel. Because I’ve been there. I’ve been on the edge. I’ve woken up months on end and pretended to everyone around me that I just feel ill or tired. When in reality I don’t want to face life. I had nothing to be sad about - i had it all. But I didn’t want to get up. It effected my whole life. I felt as though I had absolutely nothing to live for. Life was merely something going on around me and I was barely living. 

I remember my lowest moment like it was just yesterday. It’s a feeling that I can’t forget, a feeling that I avoid on a day to day basis. It’s a feeling that I thank god for every day for overcoming. I was living with my then current boyfriend, we had been out to do our weekly grocery shopping. It was late on a monday night. I remember driving back and him chatting away but I completely zoned out. He drove on the motorway and I just wanted him to drive faster. I remember watching all the lights pass by at full speed and wanting to just open the car door, jump out, curl up in a ball and die. But I carried on because I had to. I carried on because I knew right then in that moment that I needed help. 

I had help. I had tablets and I had therapy. If it wasn’t for that sudden realisation that this was beyond ‘being sad for a while’ then I honestly can say I do not think I would be here today. Depression is more than just feeling sad. It’s a mental illness that can quite easily over rule and take your life in an instant. 

Please.. If ever you get to that point when your suffering is too much and you feel as though your only option is to take your own life. Get help. Because it’s there. There is help around the corner and you can turn yourself and your life around. So many people are suffering and the first step to a happier life is to speak out. I’m stable and happy where I am now. Just like everyone, I have sad days or sad weeks, but it’s a completely different feeling. I know that it’s just sad-ness and not depression. I know that it will pass and it always does. My life is amazing and to think back to how I felt at my lowest makes me considerably proud that I got to where I am today. I’m stronger than I’ll ever be because of it. 

Please, just talk. 

DIY baby headband

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I absolutely love these baby turbans I always see! I think little baby girls look absolutely adorable in cute chunky headbands. The ones I like aren’t too expensive but I feel like I would benefit from making my own in a little bit of a budget kind of style. I’m not very good at sewing, I’ve never really done anything like this before (apart from make a few baby bandana bibs which I’ll share the tutorial soon for). But this is SO easy! My first attempt was a little rushed because Daisy was napping, but with a bit of time and a bit of patience anyone can do this! All you need is an old jersey t-shirt, some thread and a needle, some scissors and that’s pretty much it. 

First things first, you need an old Jersey t-shirt. This one I bought from Primark for £3.

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As you can see from my photo the way I sewed the outside last little bit up isn’t so good. But next time when I have more time and aren’t too rushed it will be a lot neater! If you want to make a turban as opposed to a headband with a bow, sew the end together completely and then go ahead and do the next step (below). 

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This is your bow option: 

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& this is your turban option. I think the turban option can look a lot neater and is also a little bit easier. 

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Enjoy! And don’t forget to share with me any that you make yourselves. 

How do you relax as a mama?

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With a baby you are always on demand. You are on call 24/7 hours. Even when you are away from your child you are still worrying and still sometimes stressing over what they are doing and if they are okay. I’ve personally found it a little hard to fully relax since being a new mama. I’m not sure if this just comes and will go but I’ve found it a little difficult. I’m a very relaxed and chilled out person in general and so when I’m finding it hard to relax I guess it’s a little stressful. There are a few things I do recently to relax fully and I thought I’d share my little ways with you lovely readers. Feel free to please comment back and share your perfectly relaxing days with me too.

Reality escape: If baby is asleep

Find a nice quiet space and grab a book/kindle or a magazine. Sit down, turn off all technology that allows you to use social media and just read. Get out of the current situation and the current moment. I love to just step out of reality and into a little dream-like land. I love reading and tend to get swept in completely. I forget where I am, who I’m with and what I could be doing. I start to feel like I’m the characters - it may sound silly but I do! I feel like their life is my life. It feels so strange to then put the book down and get back to my own little (and lovely) reality. 

Reality escape: (Alternative) If baby is awake

Again, find a nice quiet space and bring a little baby book. Turn off any distractions and just read to your child. No matter what age they are I really personally feel like it helps them relax. Make sure your surroundings are nice and cosy and just enjoy being together. This is one of my favourite ways to relax

Rubbish but good TV: If baby is awake or asleep

Now I have to say I’m a sucker for rubbish TV. In particular I love rubbish reality TV. I know it’s not exactly educational to watch but I love watching how different other lives are to my own. My favourites? Teen Mom, Keeping up with the Kardashians! I know, I know. But in a way it is just a little escape from my own life. I can get comfortable with a nice cup of tea and forget about my own realities for a while. 

Go for a walk: without baby

If someone has offered to have Daisy for a while I love to just go out for a walk on my own. I love to put in my headphones, perhaps take my camera and then walk through a particular part of my hometown that’s a little trickier with a pram. There’s a lovely wood situated behind my house and ever since I was younger I’ve always found that kind of surrounding really relaxing and I feel at home almost. (haha I sound like a hippy!) 

Go for a walk: with baby

I love just walking with Daisy. I love facing her pram outwards so she can see everything that’s going on and just walking - even if it’s walking without a purpose. She loves to see what’s going on! I try take her for a walk or get out the house every single day just because I feel the fresh air is really good for her. Plus she just loves being outside! It’s a lovely relaxing thing to do together.

Coffee date: with baby

This is probably my most relaxing thing to do with Daisy. We walk over into our local village and get a nice cup of tea of coffee. Well, I get tea she has milk (obviously). I sometimes take my laptop and we just find a nice little quiet space in a little coffee shop and just relax. Daisy is either always asleep or just very content. I think we both love the atmosphere of a coffee shop there’s always such a lovely relaxed feel.

How do you relax with a baby? 

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Make driving with a baby a little bit easier

I don’t drive at the moment, I’m just learning. But Andrew (Daisy’s Dada) drives and sometimes Daisy can make it a very stressful occasion. Even when I am just a passenger It can be so stressful and off-putting having a little one in the back of your car screaming their head off. It makes it even more distressing when you know there’s not much you can do about it! I tend to make sure before we go on car journeys that Daisy has been fed and changed recently and ensure she’s wearing the correct amount of clothing so she won’t over-heat. It’s not necessarily always the case though so here are 5 little things to try make the journey a little more stress-free. 

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1. Buy a little baby mirror 

You can arrange it in the car so that the little one can see you. Even if they are screaming or crying it may make it less stressful for you to know that at least they are ok and it may calm them down a little bit as they can see your face too (if you can get their attention!) Sometimes Daisy will just stare at whoever can see her in the mirror pretty much the whole car journey which is pretty darn cute. A mirror is also a good way to check that they are actually okay and that they don’t seem as though they are in pain. I had a ‘bad mum’ moment a while back before we had the mirror. She was screaming and screaming and I just kept talking to her to calm her down - it wasn’t until we got out of the car that I realised her headband had fallen down over her eyes!! Poor little love. Luckily it was only a 5 minute car journey. 

2. Music (or singing!)

We usually talk to Daisy but in singing. She loves it and it surprisingly actually calms her down. A lot of the time it is literal gibberish and we thank god that no one can actually hear us at the time. But if it works then it works! Anything to make it just that little bit less stressful. We also turn the music up quite loud and that will sometimes help. She loves certain songs at the moment and hates others! (She loves a bit of ‘Sam Smith’!)

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3. A mobile or toy

We’ve found that especially on longer car journeys Daisy might get a little bit bored, so to make it a bit more interesting we put toys around her and maybe hang a little mobile up from the top of her car seat. We can hear her playing away with her toys. I also put Daisy’s little comfort blanket down the side of her a little so she can cuddle that if need be. 

4. Remind her you are there

At traffic lights or in traffic one of us (usually me, being the passenger) will lean my arm behind the chair and just stroke her hand or try find her dummy to put back in. Just letting her know that we are there and she’s not alone really can help. I’ll also try and jiggle the car seat a tiny bit because it’s the movement she loves. Either that, or I’ll shake her toys and distract her with little things! 

5. Pull over

It can be so unbearable hearing your baby scream without being able to soothe them. If they really aren’t stopping and you are not able to listen to them much longer, pull up to the nearest service station or somewhere safe where you are able to get out the car and check what is wrong. They might be hungry or too hot or just need a nappy change. 

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Headband : H&M
Vest - Word on Baby
We were kindly sent a few vest from a lovely company called Word on Baby! Do check our their site as they do some wonderful little designs! Here, Daisy is modelling her lovely personalised vest top! I think she looks pretty darn cute if I don’t say so myself? 

Headband : H&M

Vest - Word on Baby

We were kindly sent a few vest from a lovely company called Word on Baby! Do check our their site as they do some wonderful little designs! Here, Daisy is modelling her lovely personalised vest top! I think she looks pretty darn cute if I don’t say so myself?