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The Dilemma of more Children

I always knew I wanted kids, always, and when my step son came in to my life when he was just 1 it was a very surreal and new experience for me. He was a wonderful little boy and it gave me a chance to realise the fun side of ‘step-motherhood’ without all the physical pain that went with it. Fast forward 7 years and he has just turned 8! It has gone so incredibly quick. Now we also have a 1 year old too and it is like I can never remember the pain that I went through. Everyone  ...

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Staying Organised | A Busy Mums Guide

I feel like I am on the go dawn until dusk every single day. I literally have my diary with every single place I go. If it’s not in the diary, it ain’t happenin’. I obviously use a smart phone but I cannot get on with using the calendar on my phone. I think when it’s in black and white and you can strike it off you have a sense of achievement- maybe that’s why? I don’t know. Either way I know that I have to use a diary every single year. I’ve been  ...

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We Started Weaning Vol. 3 | Raising Evelyn

I never thought in a million years when I first wrote ‘We Started Weaning Vol.1‘ there would be a vol.2 or a vol.3, but life has a funny way of showing you who’s boss and how to test your patience, so here we are… Volume 3. Evelyn is Nearly 13 Months. Is she weaned yet… no she is not. In Vol.2 we were really struggling with Evelyn. She is a contrary little madam and her food intake is minimal still. I had flagged this up with Health Visitors at 7 months, 8  ...

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Cybex Sirona S i-Size Car Seat | Raising Evelyn

A few weeks ago Evelyn was diagnosed with severe Hypermobility. Being hypermobile basically means your joints are more flexible than others. Evelyn has had a lot of pain with hers and now is on a waiting list for 6 months of Physiotherapy. We have lots of exercises that we are currently doing with her to help her gain strength but as soon as she is old enough we have been advised to enroll her in Ballet and Gymnastics and the such like. However, Rugby and Trampolining are a definite no no  ...

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I Have a 1 Year Old | Raising Evelyn

I am shocked. I can not understand how my diddy little sass ball is 1! Everyone tells you it goes by so fast and you don’t realise how quick until it’s happening and you can’t keep up with the speed. Evelyn is such a tiny sausage and still fits into her 6-9 month old clothes. She weighs only 17lbs 10oz and is the sassiest, cheekiest little girl I know. A few weeks ago Evelyn was diagnosed with extreme hyper mobility and we were told to prepare for a lot of dislocations,  ...

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6 Things you have to Learn to Deal With as a Mum That WILL Gross You Out| Raising Evelyn

There are many many things we say and hope we never have to deal as an adult. In reality you are going to be doing probably all those things if you want to be or are already a mum. Things like wiping your child’s bogey with your own finger quickly before a photo, or peeling their caked poo vest off their back whilst trying not to spread it in their hair more than they already have, or even swirling your mouth with endless mouthwash because your child has been sick in your mouth! You  ...

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What defines a ‘Good Mum’? | Raising Evelyn

What defines you as being a ‘Good Mum’? Is it the healthy diet? or the endless gifts? or what about the attendance to every single school play? or the time you spend with your children? Well really, it is a combination of all of these and finding a happy medium. I have recently been asking myself this question. I am pretty good at thinking of all the things I should be doing like giving Evelyn more varieties of foods or maybe she should be socialising more. But what does being  ...

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Evelyn’s First Christmas | Raising Evelyn

I’d been looking forward to Evelyn’s first Christmas for so long. Her cousin was born 6 months after her so to have the two of them together on the 25th was going to be so extra special. Christmas is a mix of rushing round to see all the families. It seems that we have Thomas for Christmas Day one year and Boxing Day the next. So this year, as it was our turn for Boxing Day, we spent the 25th with my family. I love Christmas so incredibly much. It is my most favourite time of  ...

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5 Golden Rules for Working Mums | Raising Evelyn

No matter where you are online, be it Facebook, a blog you follow or a forum for mothers and fathers the world over, you will always see debates happening. Boob or bottle. Disposable nappy or cloth. Pushchairs or babywearing. You could be the best possible parent, and someone, somewhere, will find a way to pick at your decision that you have made for your child. The one big debate that goes on everywhere is this one: Should you go back to work or stay at home? It’s a big question and any  ...

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2018| What a Bloody Year!

As 2019 starts I have found myself assessing how much life has changed in the past 12 months. 2018 has been a very dramatic year in the Ritson household and quite frankly I am super glad to see the back of it. For me, 2018 started heavily pregnant with a tonne of aches and pains but swimming on the high of a new gorgeous diamond and sapphire engagement ring on my finger. I was a whirlwind of mixed emotion yet emotionally so ready for the year ahead. Evelyn arrived on her due date of 19th  ...

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