A friend of mine recently had a baby and I am now in full blown brood mode thinking about all the exciting things that happen when you bring a new life into the world and it got me wondering about why exactly do I adore newborns so much so I wanted to share with you what I have come up with and just see how many more out there have this addiction to tiny little humans in all their wrinkly glory.

Newborns have the best skin, its all smooth but yet so wrinkly, they always look like little pink baked potatoes and I just love it, they’re little saggy skin not fitting their body just yet. my favorite part of all of mine has always been the little folds at the back of their necks, just where their soft hair over hangs I used to love stroking it when she was on my lap.

Regardless of how you feed your baby, newborns make this delightful little sound when they gulp their milk, their little snuffly noses or gentle moans as they enjoy their meal is something that when I hear it I instantly feel this rush, its amazing what this little sound can do to someone who has heard it before, complete brood mode!

You’ll miss these days when your now 6/7 month old attempts to follow you out of the room, or when your toddler rips another book up, they do nothing of importance besides growing, feeding, pooping and sleeping, Robin is now two and is a demonic wild animal.. enjoy those do nothing says when they last.

While many many women suffer from post natal depression and it is such a serious subject that needs to be addressed more than what they say, a lot of women experience a almost delirious happiness after birth, it only really lasts a few days, I believe its hormone related like all moods that occur after birth, my mum has mentioned that I came home after having Robin in such a good mood and then two days later it was back to business as a mother of now three and full of stress.. if you do experience it, it is the most amazing feeling but please keep in mind that if you are feeling low, weepy or just not coping at all to make sure you tell a health professional or anyone and get help.

This one is mainly just me, but I make sure that after any birth I remain at home in my lazy clothes and let my husband do all the pick ups and drop offs at school, I stupidly did everything after I had Amelia and I hurt for days afterwards, but with Robin I just didn’t want to go anywhere or do anything and it was the best two weeks of my life!

Those are my top five favorite things about newborns, what are yours? or if you don’t have children yet, what bits are you excited about for when you become a parent.

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A while back I won some of these wonderful Piccolo pouches from a competition that my beautiful blogging friend Becca at My Girls and Me ran, we got given loads of these wonderful pouches, but Robin is now a little bit to old for some of them, she does enjoy the fruity ones and my creativity has turned a few of the savory ones into pasta sauces but I wanted to try something a little different and with the help of some puff pastry that I forgot I had in the fridge, I made these.

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  • Puff Pastry
  • Piccolo pouches of your choice
  • egg or milk

Its a pretty simple recipe so there isn’t much to it, roll out the puff pastry to a size that you want, depending on how much you want to make, roll out more.. spread the pouches contents onto the puff pastry, making sure that you are covering it and leaving a little space at the edges to help prevent spillage, roll up into a cylinder shape and cut that up into inch wide wheels.

Place into a preheated oven at 180 for about 20 minutes, depending on how crispy you want them to be …

and ta dah!

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Its embarrassing how bad they actually look but they are much enjoyed by not only Robin but Kai and Amelia too, which is always nice to know when something you make goes down well with others, I am going to get myself a few more puff pastry rolls and see if I can repeat the process to make some fruity ones too..

I love how they are just perfect for using up all the pouches I haven’t had the chance to use yet and are also perfect with that the easter holiday is coming up shortly with three very hungry monsters to feed!

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Gitte Winter Graugaard’s wonderful book The Children’s Meditation’s In My Heart, which was recently translated from Danish into English is a collection of short meditation’s that help bring more love into a child’s life, to help create an ability to switch off at the end of a busy manic and highly stimulative day and to teach them to take time to love themselves because that is one of the hardest things to do in this world.


The Book itself contains four short stories to share with your child, both Kai and Amelia have really enjoyed the story telling and the almost calm illustrations that open on each story at the end of each story there is two different endings to create one which is for day time, back to play and with hearts full of love and bed time, time for sleep and dream of wonderful things full of love.

It also has little reflections for you to do with your child, much like if its bed time and they’re already fast asleep, spend a little but longer just enjoying the closeness with your child.

Mr S is a little bit of a skeptic with this sort of thing, a little too ‘new age’ for him but I believe that in this day of age that even children need to learn to turn in on themselves and reflect on things and thoughts to create a positive mind and mood.

I have to say my favorite meditation of the book has to be the very last one, With the Universe I Share my Love, it teaches children to look beyond themselves and think of those who might not have the same life they have and teaches them to have empathy for others which is also so important in this world, it creates a little calm and a respect for others that some lack these days.

This is such a beautiful book, in a world full of bad things, finding the time to meditate with your child and help them find love in themselves and for the world is such an important thing to do.

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The one thing my husband and I have problems with is picking a name we can both agree on, when we first met we chatted about future children and names that we both liked, I know that sounds really weird but it was a long time ago and I am not 100% sure how the conversation came up but when the time came to it, our first boy was always going to be Malachi (pronounced Mala-Kai) and after much disagreement from family members who kept calling him by his middle name of ‘Frederick’ Kai finally stuck and he suits his name..

With Amelia things were a bit different, during my pregnancy with Kai we decided and found out the gender.. but with Amelia, we did want to know and they tried to see but she had her legs crossed.. I was kinda glad we didn’t know because I worry a little about gender bias with certain people and was scared that if she was a girl, people would forget Kai existed so we sat for ages trying to figure out a girl name just in case.. and .. well she was a girl, around two weeks before the birth I was sitting on Wikipedia.. as you do.. and I was reading about a certain female aviator and suggested the name of Amelia and it stuck.

We then spent a good few years not even thinking about future names, our next boy was always planned to be called Dominic which I have always wanted to use as a name since I worked in a nursery and there was this sweet little boy with the name who really left a mark on my heart after all these years.. but we still had no name for a girl, after discovering we was expecting Robin and just after we found out her gender we settled on the name of Ruby, but there was a slight problem.. I started to hate the way people said it, something just didn’t sit right with me so I suggested to change it, keep with a R name and just not share it with anyone but the only problem was that there aren’t many R names that we liked..

While at a family dinner Mr S and I stood at the patio doors looking out at some birds hopping around in my aunts garden, those birds happen to have been robins, and it was decided a good month before her birth that the newest member of our family would be called Robin.

You plan and prep for this new tiny human to enter the world and often find like me that the hardest decision is just finding a name that’s perfect, I never liked my name, I still don’t.. I also hated the fact that my first name and second name share the same start letter, While we have Dominic for a boy, we are still stuck on any future girl names.. we cannot agree on anything but I guess that’s one of the fun things about being a parent… indecisiveness

What names do you have picked out for any future children, or are you a little like me and are completely stumped!

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Welcome to this brand new tag, I love tags, I find them fantastic for getting to know other bloggers and learning new things about each other and this one is for the parent bloggers of the world, because lets face it, there aren’t many of these floating about that are for us lonely parent bloggers trying to make some waves in the world..

The tag has been created by The Mulberry Bush which is a fantastic little shop full of wonderful wooden toys and who support and love parent bloggers too.. but enough of my ramblings..

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1. What were you not expecting/not prepared for before becoming a parent?– I honestly wasn’t expecting just how exhausted I was going to be, you are always told that its hard work and that you will be tired but I have been in tears over how tired I have felt and also just how lonely and isolated it can be.

2. What is your main piece of advice for new parents? – Just to not listen to anyone elses advice, parenting is a journey that you must make your own mistakes and paths and should never listen to what anyone says regardless of how good their intentions are.

3. How do you encourage family time at home? – I don’t think I do encourage it, it just sort of happens.. I feel like making them do something only causes arguments.

4. How do you balance being a blogger with parental duties? – I manage to fit it around nap times and quiet times which is few and far between haha.

5. What was your favourite toy growing up? – I had this stuffed cat called Twinkle that I won at a country fayre thing when I was 7, she came with me everywhere

6. Have you kept any of your toys from childhood? – I have kept two actually, one is a blanket that I have had since birth and the other is this bunny that has been stitched up more times than I can count.

7. What are your children’s favourite toys? – Amelia loves anything to do with my little pony, Kai is addicted to cars and planes and Robin just likes anything, although she does have a cute cuddly toy robin called Bob that goes everywhere with her.

8. Do you actively limit the amount of screen time your kids have? – At the end of a school day I do let them veg in front of the tv for a bit but at weekends I do try and limit their time watching anything.

9. How do you reduce plastic waste in your home? – Reusable bottles, buying wooden toys, avoiding excessive food packaging, etc.? – this is one of the hardest things to do, because there simply is so much of it, we try and reuse any bottles we buy.

10. What advice would you give to parents who want to start blogging? – Dont do it if you are only out to get money and be popular, make sure you are blogging for YOU and no one else!

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Becca

Vicki

Maria

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