12 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Having A Baby

Preparing to be a new mum is a mixture of excitement and nervousness. With so much needed to prepare for your new bundle of joy it can be overwhelming. People start giving advice before the baby’s even been born- do this, don’t do that. It all becomes a bit confusing. With this in mind I have written a list of things I wished I’d been told before I had Lily. I’m sure there’s loads more things it would have been good to know, but these are the main ones. I’d love to hear other mum’s words of wisdom in the […]

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Mum Guilt- What is it & Why do we get it?

Mum guilt. We all suffer it, mine hits me with a good wallop in the evenings usually. Just as I sit down to relax the little niggles start to creep in: “Was I a good mum today?” “I shouldn’t have shouted earlier.” “Lily really should eat more veg, I’m going to start planning her meals better.” “Is she getting enough social engagement with other kids? Maybe I should start taking her to more groups.” I could go on and on to be honest. Mum guilt- what a b***h. But what exactly is “Mum guilt”, what causes it? I asked Joe, […]

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Valentine’s Biscuits: Toddler Friendly Baking

As Lily and I have ventured in to the sparkly and colourful world of arts and crafts in recent months, baking has still been an absolute no go. I can throw together a few meals, but baking is a whole other thing. Every attempt I have ever made at baking has resulted in inedible rock like things, I am no Mary Berry. But when I started thinking about Valentine’s Day and some fun love themed things Lily and I could do together, I kept coming back to baking. Surely I could muster together some half decent Valentine’s biscuits? Low and […]

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The Sunshine Blogger Awards

I must confess I love these question and tag posts. I love getting to know other bloggers, and I think it shakes up the usual type of day to day post! I’ve been nominated by the lovely Hayley over at Devon Mama to answer the 10 questions she came up with for The Sunshine Blogger Awards! Here goes.. How did you come up with the name of your blog? A Blonde And A Baby was one of the first names I thought of when I was trying to decide on the name of my blog. However I wasn’t sure about […]

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Unplanned Does Not Mean Unwanted

You’ll hear it said that unplanned pregnancies are “accidents” perhaps even “mistakes”. The result of two people who didn’t want to fall pregnant, getting pregnant. People who are unprepared for parenthood, maybe they haven’t been together long, perhaps their finances aren’t fantastic. But I am a parent of an “unplanned” child, and an unplanned child most certainly does not mean unwanted. When I was 17 years old I met my then boyfriend, we were at college together and when it came to university even decided to go to the same one together. Things were fine for a long time but […]

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Why My Blog Is Making Me A Better Mum

As I mention in my first post introducing myself, this is my third attempt at writing the A Blonde And A Baby blog. However unlike the previous attempts I am so much more committed this time, and actually I am really enjoying it. It’s slotted in to my life now and I almost can’t imagine not blogging, I think I’m hooked! Not only is it fun to write my blog, but I truly believe it is making me a better mother. Here’s why: 1. It allows me to vent. There are times when you just need to let go of all the tangled […]

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Toddler Valentine’s Craft: “I love you…this much!”

Love is in the air! It’s February finally..hasn’t January dragged on! We had a quiet month of crafting after December’s Christmas crafts galore. We have done some crafting but I haven’t got round to posting them yet. So here we are approaching Valentine’s day, and who else would a little girl make a Valentine’s present for other than her Daddy. It isn’t our smartest craft, but I think it’s the sweetest. Joe said it’s the nicest present he has ever received. Here’s how we did it: What You Need: 1x sheet of craft paper (any colour but we went for […]

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Microprolactinoma & Me: When Are You Having Another Baby?

Microprolactinoma definition (I found here): A prolactinoma is a benign tumour (non-cancerous swelling) in the pituitary gland. Prolactinomas make large amounts of a hormone called prolactin. The pituitary gland lies just below the brain. It makes several hormones, including a hormone called prolactin. (A hormone is a chemical which is made in one part of the body, but passes into the bloodstream and has effects on other parts of the body.) Prolactin helps the body to produce milk when a woman breast-feeds. It also has effects on other hormones in the body. Small prolactinomas (less than 10 mm) are called […]

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bakerdays Valentine’s Postal Cake Review

It’s February 1st today, which means it is the month of luurve. Whether you’ve been married for 50 years or have just started a relationship, you better be getting your partner a present. Otherwise you could be seriously in the dog house. With money tight from Christmas, Joe and I have decided to keep things low key this year and exchange small presents. For his gift I have given him this delicious postal cake from bakerdays. Joe doesn’t read my blog so I can be honest, ordering the cake is so straight forward, it really requires minimal effort. But it’s […]

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A Newborn and A Marriage: The Strain of a Baby on a Relationship

People tell you about the surge of love you will feel when you have a baby. They will tell you how your baby will become your whole world. The worries that come with it as you want to protect this precious little human. And that is all totally true. But what nobody seems to talk about, is that having a newborn can also cause a massive strain on your relationship.     This is something I experienced, and actually I think most people experience but don’t want to admit. When Lily was born I felt all those normal emotions: love, a lioness […]

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