Parenting

Flying with a baby in the wave of a pandemic

Over the past decade I have travelled very frequently, taking some 30 flights per year at my peak. Flying has always felt like the norm to me. Like getting a bus. Then I had a baby, and things slowed down a bit. However, we did manage to take our first flight with her in March 2020. Then there was a pandemic and no one was flying for a while. As I started my...

The first flight with our baby

Just like with our first experience of travelling with our newborn, our first experience of air travel with our baby gave us mixed feelings. Excitement at the fact that she would be going on her first flight, but nerves at how it would go. Normally I love air travel and airports (even those early morning flights). I love getting there and sitting in departures...

Messy eating: Our weaning journey

As with many stages of parenthood, I dived into the weaning stage with a mix of anxiety and excitement. I remember saying months ago that I couldn’t wait for our little one to try ‘real food’ mainly as I had hoped she would need less milk feeds, and therefore reduce the amount I would need to express milk for her. Starting to wean Initially we had...

Self isolation with a baby

Self-isolation with a baby. What a title for a blog post, and one which I had never thought I would be writing.  4 weeks ago, I was in Mallorca and excited to be writing things such as “flying with a baby” and “Mallorca, Spain: our first family holiday”.  Hopefully, I will write those posts one day. Somehow it doesn’t feel that appropriate to be writing about travel...

My baby essentials

Before having a baby, my daily essential items would more or less consist of my phone, purse, keys and a bottle of water. If travelling I’d also have my camera and passport. When preparing to have a baby, we looked at a number of lists of so called baby essentials (google it, and you’ll get one hundred and one different lists). We also talked to friends...

I’m I doing this right? Surviving the fourth trimester

The fourth trimester; that period of time (of approx. 12 weeks) after you’ve given birth to your baby and are thrown into the wonderful world of parenting and you have absoultely no idea what you are doing. Although we planned to have our baby I am adamant that nothing will ever prepare you for one coming into your life. Unless that is, you have on average 2...

Travelling with a newborn baby

Prior to the birth of our baby girl, my husband and I had no hestiation in travelling anywhere. Often I would discover a cheap flight and equally affordable accommodation, and would then figure out the rest as the time approached, or even when we got there. During my pregnancy, we travelled a lot and in preparing to have our baby, we discussed about how we would like...

Exclusively expressing: My breastfeeding journey

Throughout my pregnancy I hadn’t given much consideration as to how I would feed my baby. I knew what the options were: breastfeeding and bottle feeding with formula.  I assumed that I would naturally breastfeed. I assumed because you know, “breast is best”.  It’s what ‘they’ say. They say it in the antenatal classes, your midwife...

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