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Motherhood, Pregnancy

Finding Out The Gender

I have lost count of how many times I have been asked whether or not we’ll be finding out the sex of our first born child, and I’ve certainly got an endless list of people thinking their opinion is gospel. “You’ll regret not having the surprise,” “you need to plan.”

As cliche as it may sound, all I honestly care about is my baby being happy and healthy, whatever gender they might be. And no matter what I may think, right now, the gender decision has already been made. It’s 100% out of our hands.

I toy between the idea of both sexes. How nice it would be to dress my little girl up in all the costumes I loved wearing as a child. Or creating such a dapper little chap in the cute smart outfits for little boys. I honestly am not fussed either way.

I think it would be fair to say that before falling pregnant I would have favoured having a little girl. I think all women want someone they can talk to and relate to. But since learning I was pregnant I honestly have no preference.

Chris and I made a decision on our way to our early scan – if it’s twins we will find out the sex when we can, and if it’s one, we won’t. And as baby number one is growing happily and healthily in there on its own our decision was made.

My mam tells me all the time of the surprise of finding out that I was a girl when so many people were convinced she was having a boy.

Don’t get me wrong, a part of me thinks ‘well it would be a lot easier to find out, for planning sake,’ but we love neutral clothes and accessories regardless so that doesn’t matter, and well we have one name for each sex, so we’re pretty settled on that front.

Did you find out the gender, or did you want the surprise? I would love to hear your stories!

Baby Names, Motherhood, Pregnancy

Baby Names Inspired By Nature

There’s nothing quite so beautiful as mother nature, so why not invite it into your home and pick one of these inspirational names for your little one?

Baby girl names

Autumn

Blossom

Clover

Coral

Dawn

Fawn

Fern

Flora

Gale

Hazel

Holly

Ivy

Maple

Meadow

Misty

Petal

Venus

Willow

Wren

Baby boy names

Ash

Aspen

Birch

Clay

Dale

Flint

Leo

Linden

North

Orion

Rain

River

 

Baby Names, Motherhood, Pregnancy

Baby Names Inspired By Places

If you’ve globe-trotted around the world or just fancy the idea of fleeting from one city to the next then these wanderlust names will take your child on the best journey yet!

Baby girl names

Adelaide

Alexandria

America

Asia

Carolina

Charlotte

Chelsea

Dakota

Florence

Geneva

Georgia

Helena

India

Montana

Regina

Sahara

Savannah

Sierra

Sydney

Valencia

Verona

Vienna

Virginia

Baby boy names

Austin

Bailey

Brooklyn

Carson

Cody

Indiana

Jackson

Jordan

Lincoln

Orlando

Peyton

Phoenix

 

 

Baby Names, Motherhood, Pregnancy

Baby Names Inspired By Fairytales

You’re never too old to give up on fairytales and that’s why choosing a magical name for your little one could be the best way of never growing up (well, not too much anyway)! Let your little princess or prince shine with these fairytale inspired names.

Girl’s names

Aurora

Belle

Jasmine

Giselle

Snow

Anastasia

Anna

Elsa

Boy’s names

George

Flynn

Eric

Philip

Peter

Crafting, Motherhood, Pregnancy

Baby’s First Handmade Gift

At any given opportunity I will always choose handmade over shop bought. I love creating something from scratch or buying something that carries a story from the person who made it. Since finding out I was pregnant, my creative juices have been sent into overdrive and I already have so many ideas buzzing around my head as to what I will make for baby bear. My mother has been the same, and so she set about making our little one’s very first handmade gift – a pair of knitted booties.

I’m in love with these adorable little slippers and can’t wait to try them on when little one arrives. Because we don’t obviously know the sex just yet, we opted for a neutral colour, although I think this will be our scheme throughout. Now time to get started on the rest of the handmade items!

What was the first handmade item you made for your little one?

Motherhood, Pregnancy

Dad And Baby Bonding Tips

I hate the misconception that you have to be a woman to care for your child properly. A child does not only need its mum but it’s important that a baby connects with their father too. Growing up I had an amazing relationship with both of my parents which I am so grateful for today and there’s nothing I’m looking forward to more than seeing my baby have that same bond with Chris. I know he’s going to be the most fantastic dad and it’s going to be fantastic see the bond between them grow.

Repetition is what helps a baby understand a constant figure in their life and so it’s important that a daddy-to-be is involved in every day tasks. I believe it’s true that a baby builds bonds even before it’s born so there is nothing more vital than it getting to know both parents.

1 Feeding

Even mothers who decide to breastfeed can still opt to express which allows dads to feed the baby too. This causes an extreme bond between the two of them. As soon as baby starts to eat solid foods, get dad involved in this too.

2 Leave them to bond

Go and do things you want to do. As a mum-to-be it can be daunting leaving your baby but there should be no one you trust more in this world to look after your baby than their father.

3 Bath time

Most babies love bath time and so this makes it the perfect opportunity for bonding time between dad and baby.

4 Nappy changes

The dirty work shouldn’t be all down to the mother anyway, but this is also a great time for dad and baby to spend quality time together. Babies love when someone cares for them and this action couldn’t express that more.

5 Play time

No doubt your partner is a kid at heart and he’ll love nothing more than play time with your baby. Whether it’s a game of peek-a-boo or just chilling, it’s vital that they get this time together. As the mother you’re likely to spend more time with them in the early years due to maternity leave, so it’s important that dad gets fun time with your little one too.

 

What are your top tips for baby and dad bonding?