This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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🌾 I adore this photo!...

Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

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We went out with a...

Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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What a great #friyay it’s...

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Did you know that when breastfeeding, your body releases a hormone called Oxytocin? This hormone is otherwise known as the “LOVE” hormone, it helps to make the bond between you and your baby even deeper. I must admit that when breastfeeding Isla I feel so amazingly close to her, not just proximity wise but I feel like I am learning more and more about her every time she feeds. To me, this is the best benefit of breastfeeding as I get to spend that quality time with my little baby that no one else can provide for her, as that is what my body is made to do- especially for her!

The whole time Isla is feeding I stare at her, in awe mainly, watching her facial expressions, watching her body and the way she moves when she is feeding. I love the way that she strokes me when she is feeding. Her little fingers and hands are so delicate, she has such a gentle touch, its really quite relaxing.

When I was feeding her, on her first evening in this world, she was stroking me and I said to the midwife how sweet I thought it was. The midwife told me that she is stroking me because that is her way of “getting” me to love her, this made me feel so overwhelmed. She doesn’t need to get me to love her anymore than I do already, but then there still seems to be more room each day that passes for her (and my little man too). In the past 3 weeks, I have learnt more about her facial expressions, different cries, posture and noises just from the time spent breastfeeding Isla. I find it amazing that I have such a perfect little tutor, she is teaching me about herself incredibly well and feeding very well.

Other benefits of breastfeeding, besides the bonding, are that I know Isla is getting the “best” milk, her mummy’s milk! I know that by breastfeeding with Isla, she will be better protected against infections/diseases, it is the only natural source of food designed for Isla, gives her better health benefits and me too, its with me everywhere I go and not forgetting its free. Which for us mums can be a huge benefit as the alternatives can be quite costly.

There are some other mummy bloggers that are writing about their experiences with breastfeeding too, please take a look at their blogs:

http://www.twinklemummy.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.lifeloveandlivingwithboys.wordpress.com
http://www.bumps-2-babies.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.edspire.co.uk
http://www.mymummyspennies.blogspot.co.uk

Check out the breastvest website: http://www.breastvest.co.uk/ to see how the fabulous breastvest’s turn any top into a breastfeeding top and gives you more confidence when feeding your baby.

You have found a Keep Britain Breastfeeding logo, congratulations! This means you can be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes. Why not take a peek at the Boobiemilk blog to find out what is going on with all this Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt talk and how to take part: http://www.keepbritainbreastfeeding.co.uk/and also on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/KeepBritainBreastfeedingScavengerHunt and Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/KeepBritainBF.

To enter in to the Grand Prize from my blog post, please comment below on what you love about breastfeeding? If you are expecting, if you are planning on breastfeeding and why? Or if you are a father, grandparent of a recent newborn, how it makes you feel to see your partner/family member breastfeeding?

For extra points follow @mummyconstant on Twitter and @KeepBritainBF. Tweet the following: “I’m on the @KeepBritainBF Scavenger Hunt with @mummyconstant http://wp.me/p2923n-Bq and leave another comment telling me you have done so along with your Twitter name.

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13 Comments
  • Zaria (aka George's mum!)
    June 3, 2012

    A beautiful blog Mrs Constant! Aren’t you a super mum! I breastfeed for all the reasons you’ve mentioned – it’s cheap, portable, the health benefits to both of us etc. but also because George and I found it relatively easy in the beginning, where others find they can struggle.
    I think it is a lot easier to breastfeed if you know someone who has brestfed their baby successfully – I had Lucy, who I had seen breastfeeding Charlotte all over the place. I remember when I went to a cafe with a very tiny George and I was thinking ‘Should I get my boobs out in front of all these people? What if he takes ages and is faffing and everyone is looking?’ and then I looked over the table and Lucy already had hers out and was feeding Emmy – I just hadn’t noticed as she had kept talking and not missed a beat. That made it a lot easier for me to gain confidence in my breastfeeding. And I also have friends who have given birth after me and said they kept going through the tough times because they’d seen me feeding George and knew it could be done and it gets easier! I think it’s nice the way we’re beginning to learn from one another – the more people breastfeed, the more others will in the future. Mother’s in developing countries have been learning this way for years and finally the western world seems to be realising that’s the best way to go!
    Lots of love to Isla and big brother Noah xxxxxx

  • Sonia Matthews
    June 3, 2012

    A lovely read. I always said I’d breastfeed till my little man was six months old but that came and went and we are still going. Just looking at how content he is while feeding – there’s nothing like it!

  • Bex
    June 3, 2012

    I loved the cuddles that came with breastfeeding, the closeness and no matter where you were and how many people wanted to see the little dude, as soon as he cried, I got him back to feed him!

  • Donna McP
    June 4, 2012

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 I really enjoyed reading your post….. oxytocin is wonderful!
    My favourite thing is when my little man wakes me at night by stroking my face, he’s only 5 months. we have lovely calm quiet nights cos everything is right there where we need it

  • Shoshanah
    June 5, 2012

    I love the fact that it is the biologically normal way to feed my daughter and she deserves no less.

  • Laz
    June 5, 2012

    Lovely blog post. I love how I know it’s me growing my baby. Everytime she puts on weight that’s because of me 🙂 x

  • Hannah Moody
    June 7, 2012

    I love the look in my baby’s eyes as I Breastfeed him! It’s soooo magical! Truly amazing! 🙂
    @hannahmdy

  • Hannah Moody
    June 7, 2012

    I follow you and @keepbritanbf and I have tweeted as @hannahmdy 🙂

  • esther james
    June 8, 2012

    There is so much that I love but the thing I love most is knowing that I am giving my baby the best start in life

  • esther james
    June 8, 2012

    followed both on twitter and tweeted https://twitter.com/esthermate/status/211208310752411648

    • esther james
      June 8, 2012

      @esthermate

  • Claire Willmer
    June 11, 2012

    I loved the special time i had with my little girl knowing that i had made her grow and gave her all of that nutritien! It made me feel so proud! I am now expecting our second little girl and i am soooo looking forward to experiencing that special bond and time only you two will ever experience together it truely is amazing and a blessing!(when she decides to arrive lol)

  • Claire Willmer
    June 11, 2012

    following and tweeted @cwillmer

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