Super Skye, the superhero – #VertbaudetHeroes

Super Skye, the superhero – #VertbaudetHeroes

Little Miss H has an amazing imagination and is brilliant at independent play. She happily bounces around her room pretending to be a mermaid, princess, Octonaut or superhero. She pretends that her My Little Pony toys are in trouble and that she needs to leap to their rescue In fact, only this morning she was Super Princess Mermaid Ariel and she had to rescue Rainbow Dash. Who had got stuck down a crevice (the side of Mummy and Daddy’s bed). “Awwww, poor Rainbow Dash. Don’t be sad. Super Princess Mermaid Ariel will rescue you.” She gets really absorbed in this pretend play and it is adorable. It often means that any adults around have to spend hours with a blanket cape wrapped around them or being given medical check-ups. And Mr H and I are no longer allowed to refer to ourselves as Mummy and Daddy. We are Cinderella and Belle (ha ha – poor Mr H)! Little Miss H is Snow White and her baby brother has recently been named Rapunzel. #VertbaudetHeroes – our superhero When Vertbaudet asked me if Little Miss H wanted to enter their competition #VertbaudetHeroes, I knew that it would be perfect for our imaginative daughter. #VertbaudetHeroes wants to encourage children to use their imagination and creativity to design and craft their own secret superhero identity. By making their very own superhero costume our children will learn that they can express themselves fully in their everyday adventures. Mr H and I are keen that our children learn to be themselves at all times. And we want them to know that they can be whatever they want to be. Even a superhero! Little Miss H...
Mrs H’s 10 favourite things – May/ June/ July 2016

Mrs H’s 10 favourite things – May/ June/ July 2016

Well hello and welcome to the first “Mrs H’s 10 favourite things” post. I have been meaning to start writing these posts for a while now. I often discover fabulous Netflix programmes, a gorgeous new lipstick, a beautiful dress for Little Miss H or a cute babygrow for Little Mister H. And I have nowhere to rave about them. That is why I am starting this monthly post. A post where I share my favourite things. This month I am being a little sneaky and including some pregnancy items from May and June in my July round up. And I am sorry that the post is late. Who would have thought that having a 5 week old baby and a 3 year old would be so time consuming?! My 10 favourite things – May/ June/ July  1. Little Mister H Obviously, my favourite thing from the past few months has been the arrival of Little Mister H. He turned up 11 days early and is now almost 6 weeks old. He is completely scrumptious and we all adore him. 2. Bambini & Me Bamboo Bunny Romper Suit and Swaddling Blanket* Before Little Mister H was born we were lucky enough to be sent some gorgeous products from Bambini & Me (the Crystal Blue Bamboo Swaddle Blanket*, Bamboo Romper Suit* and some reusable Bamboo Breast and nursing pads*). I have totally fallen in love with these products and this brand. Both the swaddle blanket and the romper suit come in the most gorgeous fabrics. I adore the beautiful pastel colours and the cute animal patterns. These products are made from bamboo which...
Little Mister H at one month old

Little Mister H at one month old

Little Mister H is one month old. It is hard to believe that our sweet boy has been in our lives for only one month. I can’t remember what life was like before Little Mister H was part of our family. I was sad that I never completed a baby book or made a record of Little Miss H’s development. So I have decided to record how Little Mister H changes from month to month. Starting at the very beginning with Little Mister H at one month old. Little Mister H at one month old The birth After struggling in pregnancy, I was relieved when I went into labour 11 days early. Little Mister H was in a hurry to meet us and the midwife was taken by surprise at his sudden appearance on the scene. He was born in a birthing pool and his arrival was beautiful. Lifting our baby boy out of the water and onto my chest was one of the most wonderful and emotional moments of my life. As this little man nestled into my shoulder, all the anxiety, fear and uncertainty of the past few years disappeared and I cried tears of joy. The first few days Before Little Mister H was born I produced a vlog about my depression. In the video I discuss why I took anti-depressants during pregnancy and what this meant for the baby. I take 200mg of sertraline daily. It is the safest anti-depressant to take in pregnancy but there is still a chance that the baby can suffer from withdrawal. Once born Little Mister H needed to be checked for symptoms. This meant that we stayed in hospital for 48 hours...
A heart full of love – The Siblings Project – July 2016

A heart full of love – The Siblings Project – July 2016

I always knew that Little Miss H would be an amazing sister. That she would be kind and gentle to her sibling. She would be concerned for their welfare and look out for them. She would also boss her baby brother or sister about. Demanding that they play with her. Telling them which character they were playing in her imaginary games. Probably a Disney Princess or a My Little Pony. She would read them stories, show them how to paint and teach them how to dance to “Shake it off.” She would help me choose the clothes they would wear and bring me their nappies and milk when needed. Then when they were older, I would find them in a corner of the house, chatting and laughing together. Or rolling their eyes over something their embarrassing parents had done. I knew that they would bicker and squabble, as all siblings do.  But ultimately they would love one another and they would be there for each other. But after having three miscarriages in a row I became convinced that Little Miss H would be an only child. And as each miscarriage passed I couldn’t allow myself to imagine what it would be like to give our darling daughter a sibling. A playmate. A pal. A chum. A best friend forever. And this broke my heart. But now my heart is full of love because Little Mister H is in our lives. And Little Miss is, at last, the wonderful big sister that I had known she would be. The Siblings Project – July 2016 A heart full of love Two...
Introducing Little Mister H

Introducing Little Mister H

On Sunday, 10th July I was 38 weeks and three days pregnant. Although I still had 11 days until my due date I was beginning to wonder if Little Mister H was ever going to arrive. Over the weeks my anxiety levels had grown. And I could not see the pregnancy ending happily. And that weekend, I had begun to talk to Mr H about asking my midwife for a stretch and sweep. I was worried about how apprehensive I was beginning to feel and I didn’t want to go into labour in a heightened state of anxiety. But on Sunday, 10th July I felt more relaxed. Mr H had taken Little Miss H out for the morning and I got on with some cleaning. I cleaned rooms. Put the washing on. Cleaned all the upstairs windows. And generally pottered around the house organising. That afternoon, Little Miss H and I settled on to the sofa to watch Andy Murray beat Milos Raonic in the final of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. During the match I began to get period like pains and suspect that something might be starting. At 18.30 Mr H was serving up a dinner of roast pork, spinach and roast potatoes. I poked my head around the kitchen door and mentioned that there was a small possibility/ probability/ likelihood that I could be/ possibly/ may be in labour. We decided to sit down and have our dinner and see how I felt afterwards. After the last forkful, I rushed upstairs to the bathroom. I came back downstairs and confirmed that what I suspected was actually happening....

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