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Mental Health Monday: Anxiety about having more children after PND

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When I was a 14 year old, my dream for my family life was to have twin girls (Lily and Olivia) and then a boy (Henry). I don't think i need to go into the whys and wherefores about how that changed, but it certainly did.

Following the birth of Olivia, I suffered with Postnatal Depression for the majority of her first year. Having also had antenatal depression and just not being in the best mental state generally, I sort of knew that I would suffer with PND, though I didn't expect it to be as bad as it was or to last as long as it did. Whenever I think back to her being a baby, it makes me sad. I didn't enjoy her being a little baby because I was under so much mental stress at the time. Of course, I can think back to happy times as well as times when I was in the middle of a breakdown, but on the whole, reflecting on her baby stage just makes me feel angry at myself, and terrified it will happen again.

Like I said, I no longer want twin girls and…

Life of an Army Wife - Why We Need a Routine!

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If you've followed my stories before on this blog, you will know that my husband is a serving member of the Grenadier Guards, and he has recently completed a tour of Afghanistan.

Don't get too excited, by a 'tour', I mean, literally, he went to a 5* resort with a 24/7 restaurant, gym, cinema room... etc. etc. You name it, the American camp he was on had it! Gone are the days where our soldiers were on the front lines out there! It's still dangerous, of course, however just for context, before he went away, his many, MANY briefings indicated that his biggest threat to life would be a road traffic accident.

Now, that probably sounds like I'm downplaying it a lot, but really, there wasn't all that much to worry about with him overseas. There were some scary moments where a couple of bombs went off in the city, or his vehicle broke down in the middle of Kabul and they had to wait out in the open for it to be fixed, but on the whole, …

Children's Dental Health - Preventing Gum Abcess

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We have been fortunate enough to have special contributions on serious topics of parent's and children's health in the past from Chrissy, and this post is another very important factual piece in conjunction with RnR Dental on how to keep our children's gum's healthy!

What Parents Should Know About Gum Abscess in ChildrenOver the last four years, the number of hospital operations to remove teeth in children in the UK has gone up by nearly 20%, according to statistics obtained by the Local Government Association. A gum abscess is one of the contributing factors for tooth loss in children that parents should know about. However, good oral care and healthy eating habits in children, especially following Christmas and during the upcoming Easter holidays, can help to curb this problem.


In this article, you will learn more information on the causes, symptoms, treatment and preventive measures for gum abscess in children:
What is a Gum Abscess?
With the…

Disneyland at Christmas

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Oh my lord. We've been away for Christmas this year, and not just to anywhere, but to the place where magic really happens - DISNEYLAND PARIS.
If you are thinking of going at all, you simply have to, but Christmas time is just incredible. We've been saying for ages that we wanted to go away for Christmas so that we didn't have to do anything at home on Christmas Day. No mess, no plates to wash up, no hundreds of presents! It was great. The Highlights:
Christmas dinner with the princessesOlivia's face on the parachute rideMeeting Mickey Mouse and Père NoëlAll you can eat breakfastOur Disney Christmas tree
The Not-So-Highlights: It was bitterly, bitterly coldWe all came down with coldsThe meal plans are a bit more confusing nowBeing tricked into getting on Space Mountain

As a family, we DO Disney. This is our third time going together (Jamie has gone an additional 3 times with Kiera, and Kiera went another time with her mum... that makes 7 times…

Steps I am taking to be a 'Sex Positive' Parent to my Toddler...

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Like most of us at Mummykind, you may have grown up in a family environment where not even a word about sex was ever uttered- leading you to experience feelings of shame, guilt or discomfort about a wide range of completely natural sexual subjects. Sex positivity and awareness of sex isn't exclusive to contraception and the big talks that we may have once had as a teenager. Sex Positivity is all about embracing sexuality and understanding that sex and everything relating to it, is a natural part of life as a human being.


I stumbled across a fantastic page on Instagram @sexpositive_families(some of their infographics and quotes are featured on this post!) several months ago- it promoted the importance of sex positivity in families, especially in parenting and since then I have made a conscious effort to be the most sex positive Mummy I can be! We all want our children to be happy and healthy,  I think its massively important to remember that raising heal…

Where can I get "good quality slime"?

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A friend of mine at work recently made me laugh with the words of her 9 year old niece...

"Georgia," she said. "For Christmas, I want good quality slime."
To any mum or dad, you probably don't think there's a difference in qualities of slime - they all make the same mess and require the same effort to clean up! But actually, Slime Baff and Gelli Baff are not only great quality slime, but they're so easy to clean up (given that all the mess is made in the bathtub!)
We've been asked to review the Slime and Gelli Baff products from Zimpli Kids and these are the products we have been sent...

2 lots of Slime Baff and 2 lots of Gelli Baff in some amazingly bright colours!

Olivia was so excited to see these and get stuck in - her favourite activities at playgroup are always messy play so that was no surprise!

I've heard of Gelli Baff before and have seen it
advertised a lot, however the Slime Baff is completely new to me, so …