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    fertility,  pregnancy

    Debbie Garland: First Time Pregnancy Advice and Surprises

    I am SO happy to be able to introduce you to Debbie Garland, my oldest friend, from before I even knew what friends were! Unbelievably, we are nearing our 30th year of friendship, having been introduced as babies living opposite each other in a quiet English cul-de-sac. As our Mums bonded over their adorable first-borns, and then later second-borns, and finally third-borns, Debbie and I caught butterflies, played dress-up, picked our flower gardens to bits to make perfumes, and mostly argued about who got to be “The Mum” in our games. This year, we’ll hopefully be able to introduce our own babies, due just four months apart! I can’t believe…

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    birth,  pregnancy

    Best Gifts for Pregnant Women – Spoil an Expectant Mother

    Growing a baby can be an exhausting, overwhelming and even thankless task, so when a friend announces she’s pregnant, we all want to spoil her. While it’s easiest, and often cutest gifts for a pregnant woman are for baby, it’s less often an expectant mother gets any gifts to spoil just her during her pregnancy. Here are some ideas on the best gifts for pregnant women, so you can spoil an expectant mother. made with love Being unable to find pregnancy journal which documented my entire pregnancy journey, from pre-conception to post-natal care, I created made with love – the perfect gift for an expectant mother or a friend who’s trying to conceive. While baby…

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    birth,  parenting,  pregnancy

    Two Complicated Births & Two Beautiful Boys: Courtney Purdom

    Being the first among most of my friends to get pregnant, and without a sister who’s had children, having my sister-in-law Courtney (Mum of two boys!) to totally harass during my pregnancy has been amazing. Between texting when she started to feel her baby move, to asking about scars from her stitches (over dinner, with our husbands wide-eyed beside us), I’ve felt so lucky to be able to ask the tough questions. As Courtney didn’t have the easiest labour with her first baby, and then had a small complication with her second, her experience has also encouraged me to work on my own birth-plan early on. I’m so excited for Courtney to…