Having 2 kids can be a challenge at times. You try splitting yourself in half but it doesn't always work. One wants to do craft or lego whilst the other one is trying to eat shoes, or pull over the shoe rack. When Ellie was a new baby I felt guilty as all I felt like I was saying to Poppy was, "I can't right now, I'm feeding Ellie" and flipping it, I have also felt guilt towards Ellie when I haven't been able to give her my full attention the way I could with poppy when she was first born. It's a juggling act. In the 9 months that Ellie's been here, we've only had two episodes of "I hate having a baby sister" from Poppy, two in 9 months, I can't complain, she's been so understanding & patient. This summer holiday, I'm trying to do something with Poppy, without Ellie or Gaz, so she's has me all to herself. Last week was fairyland, this week she wanted to go to @fishydelishy - so we went out on a little dinner date and it was lovely. I'm going to try and continue this when I'm back at work, maybe once a month #mummydaughtertime#firstborn#beggedtogotofishydelishyandorderedasausage
Impromptu lunch / pub date with this lot
5 mins before this was taken.... "I don't need you to do my sun cream, I can do it all by myself" #isitseptemberyet
#repeatafterme#sleepisfortheweak no idea what's going on tonight, but I've been awake with Ellie since 23.30 - I was so tired last night that I actually slept from 21.00-23.30 - so pleased I managed to bank a couple of hours! Hoping I'll get another 2 in before I hear "can I come in your room now?" from Poppy. #tiredmummy#bringmeallthecoffee
9 months old! How is that possible?! Everyday I am so thankful for this little lady & the beautiful family I have. I have been #exclusivelybreastfeeding for 9 months. It hasn't been easy, it is hard work & took a long time to establish & know what I was doing! The most natural thing in the world does not come naturally to everyone! And even though I'm a 2nd time mummy, I didn't breastfeed my 1st, so it was all very new to me!! Without the support of some special people I would have given up for sure! @emma_jayne1982 my best friend (and a midwife) was brilliant, and was quite happy to take a look at my baps and the latch and give me some pointers, her mum, whose also a midwife, was also brilliant and sat with me whilst I fed, showing me different positions to try. Most of all, Gary has been amazing!! For the first 2 weeks he slept on the sofa, he let Ellie and me establish breastfeeding and then would let me sleep in the day whilst Ellie slept and he did EVERYTHING! I pretty much was in bed for 2 weeks just getting to grips with breastfeeding, and sleepless nights, while he provided me with baths, toast, tea & daytime naps!
He isn't on social media, so won't see this (unless I show him), he is one in a million, and has made the last 9 months so enjoyable, and I'm so lucky to have him. He's a brilliant dad, brilliant stepdad and an amazing partner! I have only 35 days left of maternity leave and then I am back to work, that will be a new challenge for us as a family, going back to shifts but I know he'll be just as supportive with that too! #9monthsold#breastfeedingawarenessweek