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Why being a step-parent is harder than being a parent...

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When I met my husband, he already had a 3 year old daughter. It was never a problem for me - even though I had only just turned 18, I was possibly more maternal then than I am now after having my own daughter! However, the minute I mentioned our relationship to, well, anyone, I was told not to go near him, he had baggage, blah blah blah! I'm pretty sure my "baggage" is worse, and it doesn't come in anywhere near as cute packaging as Kiera - how can a child be "baggage"?

I'd always grown up around children (being the eldest of 5); I had an almost maternal bond with my youngest siblings, too. But even that could not have prepared me for the absolute shit storm that came hand in hand with becoming a step-parent.

Kiera was possibly the most adorable little 3 year old I'd ever met - that's probably why Jamie knew that he could get me to go out with them both if he just sent her my way asking me to take her to the park with…

Tips and tricks for tummy bug troubles

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Unfortunately, it's the time of year where stomach bugs are rife. I was recently in the hospital twice in the space of two days, as my little one had a severe case of gastroenteritis. While I was there, I had many in depth conversations with paediatricians, nurses and the matron, who gave me many materials and ideas about the prevention and management of gastroenteritis, and how to recognise the signs of dehydration.


Gastroenteritis (or more commonly known as the 'tummy bug') is an infection of the intestines and stomach which causes vomiting and diarrhoea (D&V). It is often caused by infections like the norovirus, or rotavirus, though it can also be bacterial.
D&V caused by tummy bugs is common in children younger than 5, however lots of diarrhoea and vomiting can cause dehydration, which is a serious complication. This is unusual, and most children can be cared for at home following advice from a qualified healthcare provider.  In most cases, diarrhoea usually la…

Leah's Birth Story and One Week PostPartum Update!

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❤25th September!❤

[3am]
I woke up and rushed to the loo thinking I'd pee'd myself (something I hadn't done throughout the entire pregnancy)
There was a small trickle but it didn't smell like urine our have the normal yellow tinge - it was clear and in all honesty smelt like a mix of bleach and semen. I put on a pad just in case it happened again and headed back to bed. 
[4am]
Low and behold a slightly bigger gush in the exact same scent and colour so I changed the pad again and decided to wake Ben for advice - he said to put on a pad and call triage if I got any contractions (worse than the ones I'd been getting since the 9th) or got a bigger gush. Disclaimer; I didn't call triage due to us having an appointment at 9am at the hospital anyway. 
[5, 630 and 730am]
Repeated the pad change with a little less fluid than at the 4am change. 
[8am]
Left home for the growth scan with contractions slowly getting more intense, and with Ben starting to be…

Frank Fridays : the realities of being a disabled parent

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I'm honest with my friends about my health struggles, and I also write for The Mighty about some of my experiences. Now I feel it's time to open up to you, the Mummykind family.

The truth is that my health is often poor, but I don't make a habit of advertising it. Honestly, I find it so difficult to be honest about my struggles as a disabled mum, because so often people hit me with 'if you're disabled, don't you think it was selfish to have a baby?'. It stings because they don't understand that I'm a good mum, only that I have difficulties and that must mean I'm a bad parent, right?

Newsflash. EVERYONE has difficulties. It's how you deal with it that matters.

I'll try and keep the medical jargon to a minimum while explaining some of what I have to deal with day to day - having dealt with some of my conditions since birth I've been told that I sound like I ate a medical textbook!

I currently have seven conditions…

Organix Snacks for Babies and Toddlers!

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We were recently sent a big box of goodies from Organix to review! Included inside were a number of baby and toddler snacks which are all vegetarian and some even suitable for vegans and children with cows' milk protein allergies (CMPA).


Part of the bundle of goodies we were sent were these new pea-based snacks:



The pea puffs on the left are suitable for vegans and CMPA, and the other two packets are suitable for veggies and a huge win with Olivia! Her favourites are the cheese and onion lentil hoops, but whenever she eats them I have to sit her away from me because the cheese and onion smell is quite strong! 
These packets are great for taking out and about with you and even for packed lunches, and are a fab alternative to just having unhealthy crisps in the kids' lunch bags. Organix have a no junk promise, ensuring that these are pretty much as good for your children as you can get. I love that these have hidden veggies in them but are marketed as