Being a new mum is the best job in the world. I do honestly feel like I have been waiting to become a mum for a long time. I did quite a lot of 'research' before having my little boy and listened to a lot of advice. Some of it I took on and is now a part of my parenting, some I politely listened to but decided it wasn't for me. So with that in mind here are my top tips as a new momma feel free to ignore or take on!
Heading out and about with a baby can be daunting and cause a lot of anxiety. But for me, not going out isn’t the option, Reggie and I do not cope well being inside all day, it makes us both unbearable! I think the best thing to always do is arm yourself, so being out and about with a baby is as simple and as lovely as possible.
So you want to be tidy? I want to let you know that I I feel you. I am 26 and I have only just realised the benefits of being a tidy person and I wish I had known sooner! Let me set the scene - growing up I was very messy, infuriatingly messy, over flowingly messy. It was a constant battle and this poor habit followed me to university and beyond.
I used to think it was too much hard work to keep things tidy - oh how wrong I was! Because the truth is - once you are a 'tidy person' it is so EASY to keep things tidy!
This day is very important to my husband and I. It is the day our lives changed forever. Five years ago on this date my, then boyfriend of a year, had a bleed on the brain. He almost died and the prognosis was not good at all. Since then we have been fighting to regain some sense of normality back into our lives and he has documented it on his blog.
Isn't it amazing that not too long ago there was a time where my son could have voted but I could not. It is crazy to think that this once was the norm. I am so grateful to all those brave women who stood up and fought for our right to vote.
I feel very lucky to have grown up around men who never let me feel like I couldn't do something just because I was a female. I also have an amazing husband who joined me and supported me by combining our names instead of me sacrificing mine. This felt like my small act of rebellion against a world I know to be unequal.
I feel ashamed that I do not know enough about the women who have made my life possible or the women still fighting for our rights even today. This is definitely something I hope to change this year.
I know our fight is not over. I know one of my roles is to educate and bring up my son in the knowledge that women are equal to men.
Welcome to the new January - February. As today is the first Sunday in February I thought it would be a great time to share this exercise to help you become 'So Happy.' I thought it would be nice to have a whole part of the website dedicated to having a 'So Lovely, So Simple, So Happy' mind. One thing I have learned over the last few years is - in order to be happy you have to understand yourself and what makes you happy.
Welcome to the new home! This has been in the making for a long time and even longer as just a distant dream. This is my new name - which represents a new me - well the best version of me. The aim for So Lovely, So Simple is for women just like me who like things to be lovely but they have to be simple.
Nap times are a precious thing. My little Reggie hasn't yet got the hang of a nap 'routine' in the day and seems to just like to be wide awake with pockets of sleep which last just long enough to make a cup of tea (and then inevitably drink it cold). However, if he does look like he might be down for about about an hour - I try and use that time wisely. The other day I decided to use the time to make myself feel better with a quick and easy but oh so effective manicure.
I am now a mum! It's amazing and I am absolutely in love with my little boy Reggie. He is now two months old and I just love talking all things baby. So I thought it was about time I shared on here save me boring everyone else!
I have found sharing on Instagram really therapeutic, especially all things motherhood. The other day I asked Will to take some photos of Reggie and I showing my new mum tum. I was really missing my bump but feeling a little bit upset about my now sad tummy. But when I look at the picture above I don't see my stretch marks or a swollen tummy - I see Reggie.
I have already been showered with so much love as a mum-to-be and feel extraordinarily lucky to have so many friends and colleagues who have shared in my joy of becoming a mum. One thing I am conscious of is making sure I am always thankful and showing my thanks in a unique and meaningful way.