Thursday, 29 April 2010

The Gallery - Portraits

I decided to join in the photographic fun!
This post is inspired by my lovely Twitter friends @debcw (who blogs here) and by @B4kersgirl (who blogs here), who were in turn inspired by Tara Cain's weekly Gallery here who "launched it to showcase all the amazing photographs I see dotted around the blogs I visit".

My Portrait
A Portrait of Pregnancy
I really miss being pregnant. Morning sickness and tiredness aside, I was fortunate enough to have a very easy pregnancy - completely textbook. I can't wait to be pregnant again, I loved it. I loved my changing body. I loved learning about fetal development . 
One thing I know for sure though is next time I don't want to go it alone. I want to share it with a husband. I want someone to lay their hands on my belly and talk to our baby.

I was 40 weeks + 3 days in this photo (Ffion was born three days later). I was tired and anxious and spent every waking hour on my feet in an effort to get things going - even watching TV.

(I also have selected this photo as my dad is an excellent portrait painter and photographer, and collector of art, which you can see on the wall behind me.)

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Quote of the Day

"My mother had morning sickness after I was born." 
Rodney Dangerfield

Couldn't live without...

I know people have mixed opinions on Baby Bjorn carriers and they certainly don't work for everyone. But I couldn't have lived without mine.
Before having Ffion I was totally unaware how 'big' babywearing was and the choice of carriers, slings etc out there! All I knew was that I loved the idea of having Ffion close to me, especially in those early days.

I first took her out in it a couple of days after I left the birthing centre, she was just five days old!
Look how tiny she was (!):

Those early weeks were so precious. She would sleep while I carried her on long walks, round town, met with friends. Fast forward 6 months and she was facing outwards, spilling out and trying to jump out getting excited about seeing the world! At 9.5 months she is too big for it now, only just. And I find her too heavy so I am on the look out for another carrier. I'm fancying a Rose & Rebellion one, as recommended by @B4kersgirl.

Baby Bjorns new can be expensive - I won mine on ebay for some ridiculously low price. And it has been worth it's weight in gold. The material is soft and well padded, it's very simple to put on and put the baby in.
It really came into it's own on a trip to Brighton (from Wales) as I managed to load our bags into and onto the pushchair (yes we have one of those too, more on that another time) and push that while carrying Ffion close to me, keeping her safe at crowded stations and on busy public transport- much more important than the safety of our baggage! I even discreetly breastfed her in it on a busy London train.

I will miss using it but am excited about our next 'babywearing' purchase.
Do you babywear? If so, what are your favourite carriers?

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Quote of the Day

"Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate."  Charlotte Gray

Yesterday @KirstieMAllsopp twittered "Does it make me a coward that I can only bare to watch a very few minutes of the Great Ormond Street show?" and it reminded me of this quote.

And surely it's the same for every Mother. We ache deeper than we ever ached before watching those charity adverts or the videos from Africa during sports/comic relief,  we wait with baited breath on the results of babies in real life programs such as One Born Every Minute and Great Ormond Street, because we've reached a landmark point in our lives, we'll never be the same again, we now carry our hearts outside our bodies.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Quote of the Day

"The joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until the children are in bed" 
Author Unknown

Site Highlite - Adventures in Babywearing

I first stumbled across this site when @MrTweet suggested I follow @babysteph on Twitter.

And I'm glad he did.

Adventures in Babywearing is the lovely blog from writer, Stephanie Precourt and documents her life with her 4 beautiful children.

I read her daily post (and am guilty of never commenting, sorry!) and they always bring a smile to my face. They are a showcase of real, everyday parenting.

You will fall in love with her children, you will fall in love with her.
You will love her photographs, you will love her style, you will love her honesty.

See for yourself at

Couldn't live without...

There's things Ffion and I can't live without... (and lots we could but are lovely to have anyway) and we'd love to share them with you.

Anything you see recommended on this blog hasn't been sponsored or paid for, but is just something I think may be worth your time and perhaps money.

I'd love to know what things you couldn't live without either... products you love, clothes you treated your little one to, sites that make you smile, sites you spend far too much money on, life saving, patience saving items...!