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Harriet's Birthing Plan

I wanted to be sure that I had a concrete copy of my birthing plan, I thought that they'd be no better place to keep it than our 'Mummykind' blog . A plan is just that, rough guidelines of what we wish and for what we want to happen. Even if I didn't get all of my birthing plan, I found that having one was good for my anxiety, especially in regards to being Strep B positive. You might even find this helpful as a template for your own birthing plan! 
Birthing Plan
Important things to note- I am due to have my baby on the 02/02/16.I am a high risk pregnancy, due to SPD, increased blood pressure, hypothyroidism, PCOS, weight fluctuation and spinal injury (1 x herniated and 2 x prolapsed spinal discs)I am STREP B POSITIVE. Please treat me during my labour to prevent this from making my baby unwell.  Environment-  I plan to give birth in the William Harvey Hospital on the labour ward.I am expecting to have to stay in overnight.Where it is possible, I would like to be in a priv…

15 Minute Vegetable Rice

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Before we get to the nitty gritty let me just say this; I HATE recipes. They always have some obscure thing that isn't sat in your cupboards or one ingredient that’s crazy expensive and occasionally require you to have a very large piece of equipment that can only be used to do one very specific task. So, this isn’t a recipe as such - it’s an idea. A beautiful, lazy dinner idea that you can feel great about.

You will need:
A chopping boardA knifeA saucepan with a lidA hobRunning waterMaybe a cheese graterA measuring jug (and yes, you can use a baby bottle to measure, no judgement)Kitchen scales or cup measuresSieve or muslinRice (I recommend basmati but long grain is fine)Assorted vegetablesHerbs and spices of your choosingStock cube
You can put any vegetables you like in this, if they have a longer cooking time like most root veg then grate them and if they’re fast cooking then chopping is fine. I like to buy onions, cabbage and carrots, prep them and freeze them so they can just be…

The ups and downs of baby led weaning

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Our weaning journey began what feels like a million years ago, but it was actually only 10 months ago.

My experience of weaning Olivia may have been very different to others' experiences, but I think that some of the worries and concerns would be the same as any other mum starting to wean their little monster!

At four and a half months old, Olivia was so interested in everyone's food. She was rolling and pulling herself along the floor, and could sit up all by herself. She also had a habit of putting EVERYTHING in her mouth, and trying ever so hard to pinch my food and eat it, so her hand eye coordination was good enough for weaning too. But I didn't feel ready.

My baby was giving me all of the signs to say that she was ready to wean, and so the day before she was 5 months old, she had her first rusk. I watched her like a hawk, terrified that she would choke on a bit of it, but she was absolutely fine and she loved it.

That was the beginning, and it started relatively well…

Bleeding in pregnancy

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So my post today is about Bleeding in pregnancy (sometimes referred to as PV bleeds), around 20-25% of women will experience PV bleeds in their first trimester, where as bleeding in the second and third trimester is less common.
The most common bleed is known as an “implantation bleed” which is when the fertilized egg implants itself into the lining of a uterus. An implantation bleed is discharge or spotting and is usually pinkish or dark brown, implantation bleeding tends to only happen will the egg is attaching itself into the uterus, it may last anything from a few hours or 1-2 days.
I was 27 weeks pregnant when I was admitted to hospital with abdominal cramps and PV bleeds, my little boys chance of making it to his due date was cut short as the doctor told me the SCBU at our hospital was full and I was being prepped to be transferred to another hospital where I would face delivering my little boy early when he was weighing just 2lb 2oz.
It was a magical moment when the bleeding …

Baby Bonding Guilt

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When you're pregnant, people try to prepare you for the birth. They tell you about their birth stories, some of which may be more like horror stories to a first time pregnant mum! They ask you your birthing plan. They even tell you that you won't sleep properly again, or at least for 18 years...

But no one prepares you for what I found a real struggle
...the bonding.

You spend your 9 months of pregnancy preparing. You buy all the bits you're going to need, you stock up on what feels like, (but never is), more than enough nappies and baby wipes. You plan and sort out a welcoming nursery. You prepare the hospital bag and write your plan with the midwife. You get excited! This little baby is going to complete you!
But what if no matter how much you want this baby, no matter how much you have planned and no matter how much you want to love this baby.
What if when they're born you don't feel anything?

I hope that by talking about  it I can encourage mothers and fathers …

Vegan/Veggie curry recipe

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As a mummy who was given a huge kick up the bum by her partner to finally go vegan as I've been threatening for years, I thought I would share my favourite vegan recipe for any other undecided people out there.
This one is fab, because you can get so many vegetables into it, and it's even a hit with my little 15 month old (today) Olivia.
INGREDIENTS
A tin of chopped tomatoes
Vegetable stock
Tomato puree
1x brown onion
1x butternut squash
A tin of chickpeas
Oil
Basil
Mild vegan curry paste
A handful of spinach
Enough brown rice for whoever is eating
RICE METHOD
1. Add 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of cold water and put the pan on a low heat. Do not let the rice boil, and keep it moving to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan.
2. Rice takes a while to cook, so keep checking back with it. When it's ready, drain it and cover over with a teatowel to absorb the excess moisture.
CURRY METHOD
1. Pour roughly a tablespoon of oil into a large frying pan and set the pan on a medium …

An open letter to every mum…

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If you haven’t seen my personal blog, it’s full of letters to Olivia, so you could say that these are what I do best.
This one, however, has a twist. Not to Olivia, but to you, the one reading this. 
Mums, mamas, mummies, I beg you all to be your best. Not the best mother, the best cook, the best anything, but just the best version of yourself. 
What do I mean? I mean, get that help, use that support, it’s okay not to be okay all of the time. In fact, it’s normal. But sometimes it might be slightly worse than normal, all that means is that you are vulnerable and you need a little bit extra. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s DEPRESSION. And that is NOT a dirty word. It’s a feeling, a battle, a setback, but with the right help, you will come through the other side a stronger person, and you will be a better version of yourself having done so.
Sometimes you may feel like you're sinking, and when you do it's so hard to come up for air. But you will. And here is my little checklist o…