Pregnancy the second time round

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So I’ve reached that point. That point in pregnancy where I’m ready for the baby to come. I’m big, I’m tired, I can’t move around as easily and I’m ready to meet the new addition to our family. But, exactly as last time (and for almost every other woman in the world) I’m just having to wait. I like to think I’m coping better than last time. For starters I do have some memory of what it feels like once

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Do you look after your pelvic floor?

The first time I ever heard the term ‘Pelvic Floor’ was when I was about 15 years old. During my teens I made some rather feeble attempts to get fit and one of those was doing a Lorraine Kelly exercise video my mum had. Part way through was an abs section and the trainer, Jenni, started by getting us to do some pelvic floor exercises. Her instructions were to contract the muscles you’d use to stop weeing mid-flow. I just

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That was the year that was 2015 – a summary

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2015 has been another challenging year, but more for happy reasons that sad, especially when compared against last year. Whilst the losses of 2014 are still very much felt, the arrival of H at the start of the year brought a bit of sunshine back in to life again. It’s pushed me to many extremes but it’s ultimately been a wonderful year so here is the summary!

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Time to re-find my fitness. But how?!

In the past my fitness levels were really quite high, especially compared to Jo Average. Even when I stepped back from rowing and started training less, I was still doing an above average amount. During my pregnancy I remained as active as I could; I was able to do quite a bit of cardio in the early days and as it progressed I made sure to walk as much as I was able. It was quite common when rowing that

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You may think I’m crazy, but I kind of miss work…

Let me be clear, I love being able to spend so much time with my daughter. It is a joy to be able to watch her development, which is happening so fast. However, it’s a difficult transition to make from being a commuting professional to a full time mother; They are both difficult in different ways, but it’s the former that I have been used to for the last decade. When Sam went back to work after his two weeks

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What’s with all the noise?

I am well aware that before becoming a parent I was naive to many things it would entail. After 5 weeks I still am! However, I was prepared for crying; To an extent I was prepared for more crying than we’ve had to endure so far. What I hadn’t realised is how much babies snuffle and grunt when they are sleeping. The last few nights, H has been going back to sleep after her 4am-ish feed but then spends the

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Too many cooks…

I always swore that when I had a child I didn’t want to become one of those people that only talks about child-related matters. That still holds true but with H only 5 weeks old, I do very little other than baby-related things at present. So, for now, many of my blog posts are probably going to be centred around the topic! One thing I have come to realise during the last month (which I expected would be the case

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The power of touch

One of the things you hear again and again and again before you have your baby is the importance of ‘skin to skin’ both as soon as possible after the baby is born and as it grows. It helps to build the bond between a baby and it’s parents, as well as providing it comfort. I never disputed this advice but nothing I was ever told made me understand the power of skin to skin contact until I saw this

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Who needs sleep anyway?

Whenever people decide to have a baby, they are always told about how they will never sleep again. It’s the thing everyone likes to tell you about, the thing most associated with having a young child. However much you hear about it though, nothing can prepare you for the reality of it! Most people I’m sure have had a phase of their life, however long or short, where they have suffered from some form of insomnia or similar. I have

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Then there were three…

So not long after my last blog post about tiring of waiting for Mini Watling, Mini Watling decided it was time to put me out of my waiting misery by making me endure almost 20 hours of pain! But at the end of it the perfect Mini revealed herself as a she who will, henceforth, be referred to as H. After everything I had read and been told, nothing still prepared me for the massive change that happened the moment

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (4 & 1). I'm a Gardener, am houseplant obsessed and addicted to tea. By day I work in tech and also look after my littles. I'm trying to get our family to live a more sustainable life. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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