Kora’s birth story

I’ve been meaning to write and share with you all Kora’s birth story for so long. Having already documented Kory’s birth story I figured it was finally time to get round to documenting hers too because if not now, then when? At this rate she’s going to be 18 years old before I even publish it.

So here goes…

On the week leading up to my labour with Kora, I was having irregular contractions, regularly. I wouldn’t experience any contractions throughout the day but every night for a week, when I would be lay in bed the contractions would start and they would always get closer together and stronger too but each night I would eventually fall asleep and when I’d wake, the contractions would have stopped. It was quite frustrating. Each night thinking ‘oh this is it!’ To then realising actually, no it’s not.

Little miss sass pants has been keeping us on our toes since before she was even born!

Anyways, back to the story.

On Kora’s due date I happened to already have an appointment with my midwife scheduled that day who I mentioned the contractions to and who in turn then offered me a sweep at my appointment. I accepted. As I lay down and waited for my midwife to do the sweep I kept thinking to myself ‘I wonder if she’s gonna be born on her due date, I wonder if she’s gonna look like her big brother…’ the midwife had a look around but the sweep wasn’t required. I can remember the words my midwife said to me as clear as day, she turned and she said ‘you don’t need a sweep sweetheart, you’re already 6cm dilated and your waters look like they’re about the burst. You need to get yourself to hospital as soon as you can.’

I don’t know how I wasn’t aware of this but from there it all starts to get very real, very fast.

In shock, I walked home from the clinic, well, waddled home, and as I waddled I phoned R and my mum to let them know that I didn’t need a sweep and that actually I was already in the early stages of labour and that I needed to get to the hospital. Me and R dropped the big-brother-to-be, Kory, at his nannies and then made our way to the hospital.

On the drive there I remember thinking, very soon I’m going to have our baby in my arms and the next time I see Kory he’s going to be a big brother. I was so excited, bricking it but excited.

Once we arrived at the hospital, I was taken straight to a delivery suite and from there monitored. My midwife (who get this! Was called Cora! Like what are the odds that my midwife who was going to be delivering my daughter would share the same name as her?!) started to get everything and myself prepared for Kora’s birth. As she did this I was pacing the room backwards and forwards, I was bouncing on the birthing ball but still nothing was happening. After a while, I was still just sat through all my contractions and it seemed things weren’t progressing any further. So my midwife checked me over and I was still just 6cm dilated. So she offered to break my waters for me as they still hadn’t broken in the hope that this would speed things along. I won’t go into too much detail but I had my waters broke (ouch!) My waters never broke like they do in the movies when I was having Kory, my waters just kept leaking but with Kora, there wasn’t a lot of water but what water there was all came gushing out at once and it felt like I’d p!ssed myself! Yay

Once my waters had finally gone, the midwife said to me ‘I’m going to leave you here for a short while now and I’ll come back to check on you later to see if you’ve dilated any further.’ And I kid you not, she had barely even closed the delivery suite door behind her when I started screaming at R to tell her to come back. R ran after her and when she came back in the room she asked me if I was okay and I said (well more like screamed) ‘NO I NEED TO PUSH!’ And she said in disbelief ‘you need to push? Are you sure? Let me check you over.’ She took one look at me and she said ‘yes you need to push I can see your baby’s head.’ And within half an hour Kora Robyn Lonsdale was born weighing 6lb 3oz of pure beautiful.

The final stage of her birth all happened so fast. There was no time for any pain relief and it still all feels like a crazy blur to me. Nothing at all like my labour with Kory that was much slower and more nerve wrecking with him being premature. As soon as Kora was born she was placed straight on my chest and I finally got to have those precious first skin to skin snuggles that I dreamt of having with Kory but never got to have. I am so grateful that I got to experience birth for a second time, although agonisingly painful, equally as amazing and I got to have the birth experience I’ve always wanted. No NICU, no complications, just us and our baby. I am so thankful that I got to experience a less terrifying birth with Kora.

The most beautiful part of all of this for me though was when I got to see both of my children together for the very first time. Kory took to being a big brother like a duck takes to water, instantly the protective, amazing big brother I always knew he would be.

On the 13th of September 2019 at 5:37pm, Kora Robyn was born and she completed our family.

QuaintBaby Ultrasound Art

I came across Quaintbaby Ultrasound Art on Instagram and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had never seen something so incredibly beautiful.

QuaintBaby Art is a sole trader small art business whose owner hand paints ultrasound paintings to capture the experiences, the magic and baby’s personality for you to be able to visually visit that time in your life time and time again. The time that is entirely unique to every individual but one that can be beautifully captured as a piece of ultrasound art.

After seeing images of QuaintBaby Art and reading more about the business itself, I knew straight away that I wanted to work on a collaboration with Laura who owns QuaintBaby and after exchanging emails with Laura she agreed to collaborating together and I was so excited about this!

To start the process for Laura to hand paint Kory and Kora’s ultrasounds for me. I sent over to her the ultrasound images and from then we kept in touch to discuss the process of the paintings. She kept me informed throughout the entire process and answered any questions I had. The paintings themselves take between 1-10 days for Laura to create as she likes to dedicate lots of time and care into each painting she paints. On completion the painting is then varnished and framed and the original ultrasound image is printed off and attached to the back of the frame. To me, painting ultrasounds is genius and I cant believe that I haven’t seen this done before until now and that I hadn’t heard of QuaintBaby up until working together considering the business has been featured in Vogue UK, HerFamily and Businessinsider but I am so happy that I did come across QuaintBaby Ultrasound Art and that I got to know Laura more through working together on this collaboration. Laura promised to bestow something special to me that I would treasure forever in painting both of my babies ultrasounds and that she most definitely did, she took any expectations I had and blew them out of the water. When I received my paintings in the post, I bawled my eyes out when I opened them. Seeing the paintings and looking at my babies ultrasounds definitely made me look back on both pregnancies with a lot of fond memories. Working on this collaboration with Laura has been a very enjoyable process from start to finish and Laura has been amazing throughout the whole experience.

QuaintBaby Art also creates paintings of pets – because not all babies are human and heartbeat and soundwave paintings. So if you’re looking for a special way to capture and treasure an ultrasound, a heartbeat or a fur baby then I absolutely 100% recommend QuaintBaby Ultrasound Art to you.

To have Laura hand paint a piece of art for you, you can simply fill in an order form by clicking here or you can contact Laura by email to discuss further what it is that you would like her to create for you. Laura aims to respond to all emails within 1-3 days but during busy periods this may take longer. QuaintBaby Ultrasound Art can also be found on Instagram and Facebook and for more information you can head to the QuaintBaby website.

Thank you for reading my review on QuaintBaby and thank you so much to Laura over at QuaintBaby Ultrasound Art for the opportunity to work on this together. It has been an absolute pleasure and I will treasure forever the hand painted ultrasound paintings that you have created for me. What you do and what you create for people is truly special and I wish every success and more for QuaintBaby.

 

* Please note, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own. *

Palmers review

I’ve spoke openly in the past about how I’ve always been image conscious but how I was even more conscious of my body during my pregnancies and how I am even EVEN more conscious of the way my body looks after giving birth to two children.

I never took or shared any pictures of my bump when I was pregnant with Kory, I just didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin and I wasn’t loving my new, bigger body shape but looking back, it makes me sad that I didn’t embrace having a bump and I wish I had took more photos of my bump to look back at. I wish I had loved my body more because it gave me my son.

Which is why when I was pregnant with Kora, even though my pregnancy was a lot harder, a lot more tiring and just all round different, I made a promise to myself that I was going to take photos of my bump and that this time I was going to embrace my new body shape. My body has given me two beautiful children, that’s pretty amazing.

It’s because of this that I decided I want to take better care of my body. So when Emma’s Diary Parent Squad sent me these Palmer’s tummy butter and massage lotions to try out I couldn’t wait to use them! For the past few weeks I have been using these products and I have already noticed that any stretch marks I had have drastically reduced in appearance and using the creams has also helped to improve the elasticity of my skin. I love that the products are made from ingredients such as: pure cocoa butter, Shea butter, natural oils, collagen, elastic and lutein which are great at keeping skin moisturised and smell amazing.

I highly recommend these products for anyone who’s pregnant, recently had a baby or for weight loss and just see for yourself the difference using Palmer’s makes to your skin.

Thanks for reading my review. Please do let me know your thoughts in the comments!

* Please note, I received these products in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own. *

Deep Freeze review

Since having Kora and having two children to take care of and run around after now, I’ve been rushed off my feet and I’ve found that I’ve been having a bit of lower back ache at the end of each day.

I don’t really like to take pain killers if I can help it so I was looking for an alternative to help with my back pain. That was when I decided to get in touch with Deep Freeze, who then so very kindly agreed to send me some of their Deep Freeze pain relief cold patch samples to try out.

After receiving my samples, I put them straight to the test…

I have to say, the Deep Freeze cold patches worked like a miracle on my lower back, with a menthol scent and easy application, after applying the cold patch I could feel it start to work instantly and it provided me with long lasting relief.

I highly recommend the Deep Freeze pain relief cold patches to anyone suffering with any sort of pain and/or muscle problems. These Deep Freeze products offer fast acting pain relief that is drug free which means that they are also suitable for use during pregnancy at a time when you are unable to take pain killers and certain medication which is very useful and I only wish I had used the cold patches myself when I was pregnant!

The Deep Freeze cold patches are available to buy from Boots, Superdrug, local pharmacies and all major supermarkets. They cost £4.99 for a pack of 4.

Thank you for reading my review and thank you to Deep Freeze once again for agreeing to send me some of their samples.

 

* Please note, I received these products in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own. *

Freedome Trampoline Park @ Cheshire Oaks review

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I was so excited when I was contacted by Emma’s Diary Parent Squad asking me if I would be interested in a gifted family pass to visit and review Freedome Trampoline Park in exchange for an honest review of our experience.

Of course I said yes!

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We were given a family pass to Freedome for 2 adults and 2 children which allowed us to attend for 90 minutes. With Kory only being 3 years old, we were advised to attend one of the FreeBees toddler sessions that are available for under 5’s. These sessions take place between 9:30am and 12pm midweek during term time and at 9:00am and 10:00am on weekends and during the school holidays. FreeBees toddler time sessions are only £5 for 2 hours and include 1 hour of toddler trampoline time where your little ones have the whole park to themselves, 1 hour’s access to the soft play area that is located upstairs by the cafe, time in one of the party rooms for colouring and drawing, toddler jump socks and 2 FREE adults. These sessions are available to book online.

www.freedomeparks.com

Upon arriving at Freedome Trampoline Park, we were greeted by a very friendly and helpful lady on reception who made the check in process very quick and easy for us. I simply showed her the tickets I had been given and she went on to provide Kory with his jump socks and me with a bit more information on Freedome and the different activities that are available throughout our session as I had never visited before.

Then we got straight to the fun part… The trampolining!

At Freedome there is a Freestyle court that has sprung walls and a massive interlaced trampoline bed that creates a continuous space meaning that Kory was free to just run round like crazy! There is a dodge ball court, set out a bit similar to the Freestyle court except there are soft balls for you to throw and hula hoops too. There is a Free Slam area for you to practice your slam-duck skills and there is Lexi’s Ladder. A wobbly rope ladder where you can practice your balancing skills above a super soft, deep foam pit knowing you can safely fall.

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As I am currently 37 weeks pregnant, I was unable to jump on the trampolines myself but I felt comfortable enough to let Kory jump by himself whilst I closely watched as safety at Freedome is paramount. There are ‘Free Guards’ that keep a close eye on everything that is going on around them and their job is to observe and to make sure that everyone has fun whilst also staying safe. Freedome believe fun starts and ends with safety and so I knew Kory was playing in a safe environment.

Freedome is an unforgettable experience! Kory absolutely loved just being able to run and jump freely and we would definitely visit again. And maybe next time we visit i’ll be able to have a jump on the trampolines too!

 

* Please note, I was gifted tickets to visit Freedome Trampoline Park in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own. *

 

My child doesn’t leave me alone

As a boy mum, I am used to the fact that my days consist of Kory wanting to wrestle, who can shout the loudest contests, farts and mud. And when he’s not wrestling me, he wants to cuddle me or sleep with me and that’s nice but some days when I’ve not stopped tidying, i’ve done the food shopping, unpacked and put it away and entertained him all morning (all before even having a second for myself!) it would be nice to be able to just sit down with a cup of tea and to just have a moment. But usually the second I sit down Kory will want to show me something or ask me for something and sometimes I feel like my child doesn’t leave me alone.

Even writing this blog post was a challenge!

I don’t mean to sound like a ‘bad’ mum and some of you may think I’m selfish for feeling this way but when you’ve been stepped on, heard ‘mum’ shouted for the 100th time, been pushed and accidentally run over by a bike all before dinner time as well as feeling like everything is getting on top of you, sometimes the demands and lack of space can all just get a bit too much.

I feel like as mums we’re not allowed to complain about being tired or wanting space from our children without someone saying something along the lines of ‘oh but you’ll miss this when they’re older’ or ‘make the most of your time with them’ those people need to listen up! I’m sure I will miss this when he’s older but right now, I’m exhausted and I do make the most of my time with my kid, I spend my life raising him! As mums we are allowed to feel things and we’re allowed to complain, it doesn’t mean we don’t love our children!

It just means we’re human.

I feel like my child doesn’t leave me alone because he doesn’t. Some days I can handle that, some days I can’t, some days I feel like supermum and some days I feel like I wanna cry. That’s what being a mum is.

My child doesn’t leave me alone.

Everyone always says ‘you will lose your friends when you have a baby’

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Or ‘you will find out who your true friends are when you’ve had a baby’ and whilst that may be true, I’ve been lucky enough to still have a few close friends stick around.

I certainly did realise who my true friends were. I did lose friends after having a baby, some friends did leave. Some were around throughout the pregnancy but never visited us after Kory was born, some friends visited once but then the novelty must have just worn off and other friends stayed and I’m thankful for those few.

I’m thankful that I did learn who my true friends are after having a baby.

The friends that have stuck around are the same friends that have always been there for me.

Us.

The same friends I know I could always turn to, the friends that have been there for every birthday, when we moved out, when we got engaged, when we found out we were pregnant for the first time and now for the second, when we found out we were having a baby boy, when we found out we were having a baby girl, when we had the baby and they’re still by our side today.

And now they’re right beside Kory every step of the way too and I know they will be great with baby K as well.

They love Kory just as much as we do and I couldn’t of wished for a better group of friends or godparents to be a part of Kory’s life and baby K’s once she’s here.

Kory turned 3!

I’m sorry this blog post is a little late but we have had a busy couple of days.

Kory turned 3 years old on Thursday and I definitely had mixed feelings about this. If you’re a parent yourself then you will already know that it is so bittersweet watching your kids grow up because as amazing as it is to watch them learn and grow into their own little person, time just seems to go nowhere and I find myself wishing he could stay my little boy forever. I can’t believe 3 years have gone by already, why do they have to grow up so fast?! (Yes I have cried about this multiple times on the days leading up to his birthday, on his birthday and even on the days afterwards.) I am just so proud of him. Kory has brought us nothing but happiness from the day he was born.

I think it’s safe to say that Kory had the best day on his birthday and so did we celebrating with him. Kory was bought lots of lovely presents from us and all of our family and friends which included his first big boy bike and a new trampoline! After he had finished opening all of his presents in the morning, we got ready and we took him to Blackpool Zoo for the day and whilst at Blackpool we took Kory to Coral Island (his favorite place) before heading back home and having birthday cake! Kory has been well and truly spoiled, he is one very lucky little boy and we feel lucky to be his parents.

Kory’s birthday was such a busy, busy day that he didn’t have much time at all that day to actually play with any of the presents that he’d been bought because by the time we got home from Blackpool it was pretty late and Kory was so tired that not long after blowing out the candles on his birthday cake he went straight to bed. So the next day we just had a day spent at home, we stayed in our pyjamas and we just played with all of his new toys all day!

So that was Kory’s 3rd birthday, it still feels strange to me that he is a whole 3 years old even as I am typing this out and that has been our weekend so far.

If anyone wants me i’ll just be over in the corner crying while looking through all Kory’s old pictures from when he was baby…

Mummy and daddy love you all the world, Kory George.

Child’s Farm review; 2

Having tried Child’s Farm products before and being really pleased by them, I was so happy when Emma’s Diary Parent Squad offered to send me a Child’s Farm Baby Bath & Bedtime case in exchange for a review.

I was so excited to receive our package in the post and couldn’t wait to open it! Once opened, inside there was a Child’s Farm baby bath thermometer, baby moisturiser, baby bedtime bubbles, baby wash and a Child’s Farm nappy cream.

Kory loves bath time! Especially bubbles so he was really impressed by the Child’s Farm bedtime bubbles product and how many bubbles he had to play with, it made bath time lots of fun for him and I was really impressed by how delicious it smells! It smells lovely and zesty!

Next up we tried out the Child’s Farm baby wash. Kory doesn’t particularly suffer from any sort of skin condition that requires any extra care as such but I quite liked how gentle the baby wash was on his skin anyway and how soft it felt afterwards.

Lastly, we finished off by using the Child’s Farm baby moisturiser. Once Kory was out of the bath and dried, it was time to apply the baby moisturiser to his body. And if he didn’t smell good and feel soft enough already this moisturiser definitely finished bath time off nicely. I couldn’t stop smelling him and his skin was left feeling so smooth!

Inside our Child’s Farm Baby Bath & Bedtime case we also received a Child’s Farm nappy cream. Since Kory is potty trained I haven’t had much use for this but I have reviewed this product previously and I really liked the quality of it so I have put it away and kept it to use on baby K once she is here. I trust this nappy cream which is why I will be more than happy to use it on my newborn baby’s skin.

I definitely recommend the Child’s Farm range to any parent. Especially parents who’s children suffer from eczema or have sensitive skin as these products are all so gentle on skin. Not to mention how gorgeous they smell too!

The Child’s Farm products can be found in stores such as Boots, Asda, LLoyds Pharmacy, Superdrug or directly from the Child’s Farm website.

This particular Child’s Farm Baby Bath & Bedtime case retails at £20.00

 

* Please note, I recieved these products in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own. *

It’s okay to do nothing

I don’t know who else needs to hear this but I definitely need reminding that sometimes it’s okay to do nothing. So here is a reminder from me to you, from one mum to another.

It’s okay to not have plans, it’s okay to not have planned lots of activities for you and your child to do together, it’s okay to stay at home and it’s okay to do just that, absolutely nothing.

Sometimes me and Kory stay home, we don’t go out and we may not do anything in particular or do anything much at all really and this is when I usually make myself feel really bad for that. I often feel guilty and tell myself that Kory is bored and that I should make more of an effort. Even if he isn’t. When in fact, those days when we stay home and just hang out, are the days that Kory enjoys the most!

And today was one of those days.

I hadn’t made any plans for me and Kory and I had no idea where the day was going to take us. We ended up just staying at home, I did some sorting out and some tidying in the morning whilst Kory played with his toys and then me and Kory played together in the garden for the rest of the day and that was it. That’s all we did.

Kory helped tidy the garden with his garden tools, he played with a big bowl of water and some toy cars and he was so excited when he found a slug and a snail too! Which I know might not sound like much – that’s because it isn’t but for a 2 year old, it is enough. Kory actually had a really fun day today.

And do you know what? Sometimes it’s actually quite nice to do nothing.

Life as a mum can get so busy, it would be impossible to do something or go somewhere every day, all of the time. So it’s not that I choose to do nothing because I can’t be bothered, sometimes it’s hard to even find the time to do anything. Most of the time I’m run ragged anyway. I’m taking Kory here or there, I’m trying to make it through my never ending to-do-list as well as taking care of Kory, the pets and the house and not to mention how much it would cost if we were to go out somewhere every day. It just isn’t practical but saying that, it wouldn’t make me a bad parent for choosing to do nothing because I simply felt like I needed to take it easy.

So don’t feel bad if you and your child stay home, don’t punish yourself once they’ve gone to bed because you feel like you could have done more. Use that time to just hang out with each other, with no pressure or expectations and take time to be un-busy. I can promise you that your kids won’t be bored, they’ll appreciate the time that they get to spend with you. Our lives are crazy enough as it is without demanding even more from ourselves.

I’m glad that I wrote this blog post, I catch myself feeling like this quite often whenever me and Kory haven’t done much but the next time that I do feel that way, I’m gonna read this back to myself and remind myself that it’s okay to do nothing! Kory is okay with us doing ‘nothing’ and I need to remember that it’s okay for us to do nothing.