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Making a Safe, Accessible Space: Tips for Disabled Parents

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This post is something which is very important to me having witnessed my mother-in-law's daily struggles with her disabled daughter - it's easy to think of disabled children and I can bet we all know one person with a disabled child, but how many disabled parents do we know? Paige and Amy have previously both shared posts on their disabilities and how it has affected their lives (see the thumbnails at the bottom of this post to read more!).

Parenting is a scary thing for all of us, but for disabled parents there are even more factors that need to be taken into account.

Here is a fantastic piece from Ashley at disabled parents.org on things that can make parenthood that little bit less daunting for disabled parents in the US.

Thank you Ashley!

Tips for Disabled Parents 
Disabled individuals make excellent parents by learning to adapt their physical capabilities and
living environment to the needs of a newborn. Preparation is the key - address accessi…

The Truth About Your Sex Life After Kids...

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Okay, family members - gonna pre-warn you now...

DO NOT READ THIS.
Disclaimer over and done with, let's get down to the dirty business ;) 

You may hear a lot of people tell you that you'll never have sex after having kids, in the same way that people tell you that 'everything changes when you get married'. 
In my opinion, they're both a load of bollocks!
The truth is, yeah stuff changes, but it's just part of getting older. 
I won't lie, our sex lives were pretty bloody amazing (and still are)... But I mean, sometimes it would be 3 times a day or more, and while that's awesome, it's not really sustainable when you have little people climbing into bed with you in the middle of the night! Nothing changed when we got married, but we already had Olivia by that point.
After I had her, it wasn't long before we started trying to get down to it again - I think the first attempt was 4 weeks postpartum, but it was still too sor…

Reviewing 2018

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Recently it's safe to say  my life has been a whirlwind, after all...I wouldn't be me if my life was drama free, and as 2018 approaches an end I've looked back at everything this year has thrown at me. Friendships, Relationships, Illness, Drama the list is endless.

Lets start with the friendships. I've lost some, I've made some. I've wrecked some, I've earned some but the loyalty of my friends this year has kept me sane. The ones that have stayed awake messaging me till late at night, the ones that helped me find me when I couldn't. The ones who still messaged me while on holiday because they knew I was at a low point, or the one who drove 80 miles to pick me up for the weekend, how about the ones who visited me in hospital. They have helped me more than ever this year, and for them. I am eternally grateful.

Relationships? Pffft, after nearly a year of being single I've discovered so much and learned so much about myself,…

Underwater Swimming - Yay or Nay?

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You may have seen my post a little while back about getting your children into clubs and hobbies as early as possible... Well, following on from that, the latest club we have joined is Tadpole Tots Swimming Lessons.

I know, I know, Olivia is only 2. She can't really be taught to swim, right?

WRONG.

Today we had our first lesson and it was amazing. Her confidence in the water at first wasn't great, and she gripped onto me like there was no tomorrow, but by the end of the half an hour session, she was diving off the side of the pool into me, rolling off of a big float into the water, and more happily went underwater with me.

I won't lie, going underwater with her terrified me... A LOT. I'm pretty sure she inhaled/drank a fair amount of pool water...

I'm not a confident swimmer - I'll be the first to hold my hands up to that! Jamie on the other hand is a pretty good swimmer and goes quite often. Kiera, my stepdaughter, had swimming less…

Midwives- The unsung heroes

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It's true what they say, you never forget your midwife. I remember nearly every midwife I had with Oliver. My community midwife was the most understanding woman I had ever come across. Even before I met her, I was texting her at 4/5 weeks pregnant, explaining I couldn't eat or drink, and if it wasn't for her care I wouldn't have been diagnosed with Hyperemises Gravidarum as soon as I did, and I was extremely dehydrated when I was admitted the first time.

'Before Labour'/Pregnancy Midwives
Throughout my pregnancy, my community midwife was there every step of the way. Hyperemises, bleeding, high blood pressure scares and just general hormones. Nothing was too much trouble for her, and honestly when the time came to say goodbye to her I was heartbroken. She understood me, the journey I had been on to get Oliver. She knew how much he meant to me and my family and she was a real angel. She knew how desperate I was to have a water birth, b…

Taking Care Of Toddler Skin In Winter

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You may remember that Chrissy wrote a post on spotting the early signs of lung cancer for us last year, and today, she is sharing her top 3 tips for taking care of toddler skin in the winter time!
Lots of children suffer with eczema and I know how dry even my skin gets during the winter - I hope that these tips will help someone who's little one is suffering in the cold weather!

Thank you Chrissy!

3 TOP TIPS TO HELP YOUR TODDLER'S SKIN DURING THE WINTER
British winters can be freezing - last winter’s average temperature was at 3.6 degrees - but they can also be magical and full of exciting new experiences for your toddler. That said, raising toddlers in the chilly climate has its own set of challenges. Between helping them battle inevitable colds to keeping them warm and occupied, making sure their skin remains healthy and soft should be the least of your worries. Here are the basics for keeping their young complexions happy and smooth as you introduce y…