What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?


What a lovely chilled #bankholiday...

This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?


This evening we had a...

Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?


Would you believe me when...

A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?


A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

We are very excited to...

I had precisely 30 minutes of sunshine this evening to test out my new iPhone camera. I absolutely love it.

The photos I have taken are stunning. The quality of the colour and the light, the fun angles of the new lens. I took this photo by accident, I adore it.

It’s world #bee day today and when I was taking this photo all of a sudden I noticed 5 or 6 buzzing around me collecting the pollen. 🐝 They fascinate me.

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this new phone... Anyone else have any cool tips for the new iPhone?


I had precisely 30 minutes...

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this week, and the topic is KINDNESS. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but the effects of being kind to someone can have many benefits. I would definitely say cost vs value, value wins every time! 🤣 I think that kindness is more important at the moment as everyone needs that extra lift to make them smile.

Smiling releases hormones, endorphins, which makes us feel happy and also helps to reduce stress. So, it’s a good circle: be kind to someone - make them smile - make yourself feel happy in the process.

On Sunday Hubby showed me kindness when he took the kiddies out for a bike ride and gave me some time on my own. I needed the headspace as I’ve felt frazzled over the last 2 months. He knew that, subconsciously, and knew that taking the kiddies out would make a difference to my day. It did.

I smiled. I painted. I chilled. I felt happier.

In honour of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - I want to spread a little kindness in my teeny square part of the world!

Comment on this photo and I will reply to you with kind words, which will hopefully make you smile.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.


It’s Mental Health Awareness Week,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

#mummyphotoaday #eagrammers

I find I spend most...

My Birthing Story – Isla Rae Constant

Our appointment was 8am but until we got there we didn’t know that they do not induce you until at least 24 hours after your waters break, just in case you do go into labour naturally. I am sure there are other reasons for this, but I am not 100% what they are! Hinchingbrooke have a policy now where if your waters break you are left no longer than 24 hours before they induce you, due to risk of infection, I was told this has very recently changed from 48 hours. My midwife said that it was new to them seeing someone like me in hospital as usually mums go into labour naturally.

So there we were, ready to be induced, little did we know that we would have a long wait on our hands that morning. The first thing our midwife, Sharon, wanted to do was to check the baby’s heartbeat for an hour. So we were hooked up to the baby heart monitor machine and left for an hour, you could also see on the machine my braxton hicks. They were coming every 15mins, they weren’t painful as such, more uncomfortable, so Sharon was confident they weren’t contractions! After an hour, Sharon said she wanted to leave me on the monitor for another 30 mins because baby had gone to sleep and she wanted to get at least half hour of activity, it also meant a little more time for things to progress naturally…which they didn’t! At 11am, Sharon told us to go and grab some lunch and go for a walk t see if it starts things off, so off we went to KFC and a little walk and back to the hospital for midday, 12 hours after my waters broke.

When we returned to hospital Sharon had to do an internal examination to see how ready my body was for labour, I had no signs of going into labour on my own, so it looked like being induced was the only option. Sharon told us my body was showing absolutely no signs of labour, my cervix was still long which meant no dilating or anything had been happening all this time! I was feeling really deflated by this to be honest, what with the contractions in the week and all the braxton hicks I was certain it must have been doing something! My only option was “gel” which is put behind the cervix, which can hopefully start labour off, I was advised that some women do not react to it and if I am one of those women they just put more on in 6 hours time. I was ready for another 6 hours of waiting… It was about 12:45pm by now and we were lying there with the heart monitor on waiting to see how my body would react to the gel.

Within 5 mins my braxton hicks felt more powerful, I had a burning period pain too, which came on as soon as the gel had been applied. I would say that over 20 mins or so the braxton hicks were no longer and they were definitely contractions. I could feel them coming on, and that Chinese burn feeling at their height and then wearing off again. I was dealing with the pain by squeezing very tightly to the bedside rail and pillow (hubby’s hand had a break this time) and Sharon gave me 2 paracetamol and codeine. She wasn’t totally convinced they were contractions for labour because some people react to the gel in this way and when she told me this my heart sank! The pains were stronger each time, I was lying there trying to deal with them, telling hubby that it WAS hurting so surely it isn’t just a reaction and then I was told it might not actually be labour!

It got to 2pm and Jane, the student midwife who was with sharon for the day, came in and she said that my contractions were very short, they were frequent though and blinking painful by this point. I was sweating, I’d pulled every muscle in my back where I’d been tensing up to deal with the pain and I needed a wee, ha ha. The midwives decided that maybe it was time to go to the delivery suite, so they put my nightie over me (I’d taken layers off as I was sweating you see) and I had to walk to the delivery suite. Now it was only 3 doors down but it took me 5 minutes to get there because with every contraction I had to stop, but now I was standing up the pain changed – it was much lower down now. It felt like the Chinese burn feeling had travelled deep into my pelvis area now. I reached the delivery suite and managed a wee in between contractions, it was about 2:10pm now…

Sharon had the birthing ball ready for me and the gas and air, which I really felt like I needed now! I had 2 contractions on the ball, with each of them I used the ball to dig my bum into, bounce and squeeze it hard between my knees, which really helped with my pain control and also my posture – my back was really hurting at this point from the tensing I had been doing. I used the gas and air on these 2 contractions too, which I’m sure helped but on the 3rd contraction it all changed….

I dug my bum into the ball and bounced like I had been doing, but as I hit the ball an uncontrollable urge to dive right back up again came over me, it was like baby had punched it to say “I’m here, hello”… I lept on to the bed like lightening and gave out an almighty scream as it was hurting, something was different now, very different. I felt a very deep burning sensation as far down my pelvis as you could possibly reach, the contraction pain was right to the back of my mind at this point because of the burning sensation and overwhelming need to push! Surely not, surely it was not that time already, 10 minutes ago I was being told it might be a reaction to the gel and now I’m on the bed wanting to push out my baby.

The midwives spun me into a sideway position as they needed to assess me and as they spun me around they said they could see some mucus, the next contraction came and the burning sensation got worse and all I could hear was the baby’s head is here and hubby disappeared, he had gone to see that it was real, he came back to my face and said the same, “the baby’s head is out Sonia come on you’re nearly there”.

The feeling of the head coming out was totally surreal, the water gushing out with it makes it almost feel like a “fish” flopping out, as gross as that sounds! The pressure of the water was now released and Jane was saying to me “Don’t push Sonia until we tell you…..” my next contraction came and Jane said to push now, I did, with an almighty scream and out she came, our daughter.

The next hour was amazing, Isla Rae Constant was not only perfect, she was tiny and breastfed straight away. Something that I didn’t get the chance to do with Noah and I really wanted with Isla, was to have that skin to skin moment when she was first born and we did get that moment. Isla was feeding and daddy cut her cord, it was a magical moment and I am so glad we got that chance to bond with her.

At about 3:30pm Jane came back in the room with some information that completely changed my amazing birthing story into a bit of a nightmare…

Other posts about the birth of Isla Rae:

Introducing baby Isla Rae Constant



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  • ChocOrangeCityMum
    May 16, 2012

    It does sound like a fab birth story, my contractions were very short and frequent too so I barely had time in between them.

    I am now waiting for part two, your cliffhanger has left me very curious!

    Congratulations 🙂

  • Lynne Smith
    May 16, 2012

    It was quick in the end. Kirsty and Ben were both born in under an hour, start to finish. Induced with both as I had pre-eclampsia (55mins for Kirsty and 50mins for Ben – both induced with a pessary). They were both born on a Saturday, before 7 so their dad could get down the pub!!

    Love to you all x

  • Lynne Smith
    May 16, 2012

    Oh! and they both had the cord wrapped around their arm!! The only difference between the two births really was 31/2 years and about 2lbs!

  • Kelly Surtees
    May 17, 2012

    Oh Sonia, what a fab birthing story! Thank you for sharing! I’m so sorry to hear about the afterbirth and the fact you were so poorly 🙁
    I’ve just shared your blog with my birthing group on Babycenter.co.uk! Hope you don’t mind but I think its amazeballs!
    Lots of love to you all! Can’t wait to meet Isla xx

  • Donna Bird
    May 18, 2012

    Fab birth story, so glad it went this way for you, as was so different from Noahs birth. Gutted about the next bit though. Its funny you call Isla Dinky donut, thats what I called Little Bird for the first year of his life. I bet Dean couldn’t wait to get Isla in the photography studio. lol

  • Fab birth story! Really should get round to publishing mine soon xxx

  • Kate
    May 28, 2012

    Wow my pelvis just clenched reading that hun. How intense and well written babe. Im so proud of you for handling it all so well 🙂 xx

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