We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?

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We have joined the rest...

A very happy birthday to my first furbaby, Rambo. He is 13 today. I can’t believe he’s been in my life for 13 years, we’ve done so much and seen so many places. It’s gone so quickly.

He is so good, his temperament is just perfect. He’s not a yappy dog. He barks to mark his territory but that’s it. When the kids were toddlers, they would pull his fur out in clumps and he would just lay there. He cleans the other pets in the house and always makes sure the kids are safe at night time. It’s so cute. He’s such a loving, fatherly dog.

This little man is my follower at the moment; more so than normal. He follows me everywhere. If I’m on the loo, he will sit at the bathroom door staring at me. When I’m in the bath, he pushes the door open and sits next to me and stares. Right now, he’s currently snuggling under the duvet.

Let’s hope we can go and explore somewhere new in the summer, with amazing views and miles of countryside. Our favourite.

Thanks for all the adventures Rambo 🐾 and the snuggles! We love you lots.

A very happy birthday to...

I wonder what is going through their tiny minds right now? Do you think they consider things like we do? Do you think they #dream of what’s going on? The kids seem to be taking it all in their stride and albeit they are sad they can’t see their friends, they seem to be just getting on with it.

Whereas, I go through waves of different feelings. I’ve discovered I’m at my best when I just take each day as it comes. When I start to think about things globally, or the time period of lockdowns and when the kids are going back to school... that’s when I start to feel worried and glum.

I worry that my employer will soon say “sorry Sonia we’re not paying you anymore as you’re homeschooling”, or the worry that I’m not teaching my kids correctly and they’re missing too much of their education. Or the impact of isolation on the kiddies at this age, making friendships and building rapport with people.

I hope these are worries over nothing. And I know all of the kiddies in the world are in the same boat. But, as a parent you can’t help but worry.

So for now I’m trying not to think negatively. Trying not to think more than 1 day ahead (except maybe planning Easter Sunday dinner) and I’m trying to keep smiling. So my babies keep smiling.

Keep calm and carry on. Isn’t that the saying!

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I wonder what is going...

This afternoons activity with Daddy looked like lots of fun: they gathered sticks and the kiddies built their own pile of firewood for a camp fire. They then sat around the fire pit to test whose camp fire would flame up the best!

Isla created a very structured camp fire, logical and a pattern to where she placed her sticks. Noahs looked more sporadic but covered a wider area.

Neither camp fires took fire, it was quite windy. So the kiddies enjoyed a hot chocolate and marshmallow around their piles of sticks.

They had fun though and that’s the main thing. I’m loving all of these practical tasks they’re doing with Daddy.

I’ve been waiting, all day, for someone to tell me it’s all a dream and we are still going to Dubai. But, unfortunately, no one jumped out screaming April #fool and alas, we are still at home. I’m gutted.

Lots to look forward to though and right now it’s about focussing on our main objective: stay at home at all times, unless to buy essential food & walk the dogs! I have actually loved being at home everyday. It’s my favourite place.

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This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“We are very excited to try out this new food from Forthglade, it smells woofing delicious” 🐾 Straight from the doggies mouth!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for @forthglade. What does that mean? Well, I get to try out the products and tell you all how good they are and get special offers and discounts for my followers too!

It’s such a strange time with lockdown, however finding out about Forthglade couldn’t have come at a better time. When I went to get our usual dog foods in the supermarket it had all sold out. So, resorting to online orders seemed a very natural thing to do to ensure our furbabies are fed.

This food is a minimum of 75% meat or fish and is free from junk. With Snoopy, he has a tummy condition which means we have to be careful what he eats, it’s perfect. We will keep you posted on what they thought! 🐾 #gifted

“We are very excited to...

🌼 April is here and along with it comes another set of photo keywords for #MummyPhotoADay photo challenge.

We should have been flying to Dubai today, so my insta squares would have been very different to what they now will be. I’m expecting to see lots of Spring colours and stay at home families instead this month.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can comment and share my favourites throughout the month.

Does anyone have any creative stay at home plans for April?

🌼 April is here and...

My favourite pics from March #MummyPhotoADay - a massive thank you to everyone that took part. We have had a lot of new members this month and it’s been really hard picking my favourite 9! There are now over 4,000 photos to choose from.

All photos are tagged, but from left right:
📷 @cultivatingdelight
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @confessionsofacrummymummy
📷 @houseofbaughs
📷 @sahrazade
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @_lisaslife_
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @descendants_of_war

I’ve really loved seeing photos from @anywaytostayathome, @the_mummy_editorial, @freyalexandra, @becsbrewtifullife & @canonjacq.

All you have to do to join in is add #mummyphotoaday to your caption and the keyword of the day... I’m very excited to see what April has in store for us. Lots of fun “Stay at #Home” themed photos!

Thank you to everyone that joins in 📷

My favourite pics from March...

The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

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The kiddies had a lot...

Where did I find my breastfeeding support?

When I was pregnant with Noah I wasn’t sure about breastfeeding, I didn’t “feel” like I wanted to breastfeed and I can’t explain why! It might be because I had never been around people that breastfed, or that were breastfeeding in front of me – I really don’t know! All I do know is that I tried to breastfeed and I know in my heart of hearts (because of how well Isla is doing) that I didn’t give it a proper chance with Noah and I should have persevered. If I had of given it a few more days then I am sure that I would have breastfed Noah for a lot longer than I did.

I didn’t realise that for the first couple of weeks they use you to get your body into a routine of what milk they need and this means that they might feed a little more often than the “4” hour routine. I didn’t realise many things to be honest and I now know it was all down to the support that I had, or didn’t have.

It’s not that I wasn’t offered support, I remember my antenatal classes and they tell you about support groups (BRA’s) and they did talk about breastfeeding for a little while, but to be honest it didn’t help me! I didn’t realise what I needed to know about before I had Noah and it’s only now that I have been through it (for the past 6 weeks) with Isla that I understand what I didn’t before… that sounds a little gobbled doesn’t it? What I mean is, I was told about a support group and I was told about leaflets, but that didn’t explain to me WHY I needed a support group. At that time, I simply thought – you have a baby and it feeds! I remember thinking to myself when expressing that I could just express once in the morning and once at night and I will always have enough for Noah for the day and night. Which is completely not the case, I didn’t think about the 4 hour routine and that if I didn’t express enough milk throughout that 24 hour period then my milk will stop.

Since having Noah and being pregnant with Isla, I came across many other mums and friends that were having babies and that were breastfeeding and I gained a lot of support and advice from them. Friends that would literally feed without question or hesitation, no matter where they were; that would be ready to fight for their right to breastfeed in public and that would be there to talk to me whenever I needed it.

I feel 100% different about breastfeeding this time around, I am not afraid to feed and I feel like I know what I am doing this time. I do regret not breastfeeding Noah for longer and I do wish that I knew more about it. I suppose the main thing for me is that if I had known what I do now, I would have gone to the groups and I would have made a lot more effort with Noah… my advice to anyone out there who isn’t sure about breastfeeding, please do speak to friends and family and do ask how it works.

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

 http://www.thegothicmommy.wordpress.com
http://www.blog.cumming.me.uk
http://www.petrah.co.uk
http://www.lifeloveandlivingwithboys.wordpress.com
http://www.betterbirthing.blog.com

Check out the Theraline competition that I am running on my blog: http://mummyconstant.com/theraline-mamma-pads-competition/ to win some Mamma Pads and also take a look at the Theraline website for more great breastfeeding products.

 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 to win some fabulous prizes, please comment below on where you found your breastfeeding support?

For extra points follow @mummyconstant on Twitter and @KeepBritainBF. Tweet the following: “I’m on the @KeepBritainBF Scavenger Hunt with @mummyconstant and I want to #win lots of fab prizes http://wp.me/p2923n-EP” and leave another comment telling me you have done so along with your Twitter name.

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8 Comments
  • I went to a breastfeeding support group every week from four weeks onwards and at times it was my lifeline. Being around other mummies with such a positive attitude to breastfeeding definitely rubs off, and I went from aiming for 3 months of feeding, to aiming for 6 months of feeding, to going the whole 12 months at which point the little guy weaned himself (probably because I was pregnant and my milk tasted different). I am such a huge fan of breastfeeding now that one of my biggest worries now is that I won’t make it work for us this time around. I’m pretty determined too though so I’m hoping I can have the great experience again that I had first time around. I’ll definitely be back at my group and I’ve recently applied to be a peer supporter so fingers crossed.
    So glad to hear how fantastic your experience is this time with the right support. I do think it makes all the difference. X

  • esther james
    June 19, 2012

    My health visitor Ruth was so suppportive. Many a time I felt like giving up but she was alway there to help me along! @esthermate

  • esther james
    June 19, 2012

    tweeted https://twitter.com/esthermate/status/214978443023097858 @esthermate

  • Marie Pearce
    June 19, 2012

    I’m finding support from my fantastic local breastfeeding clinic (run at our local maternity unit by lactation consultant midwives), and will start going to a peer-support bf group. Even though it’s my 3rd baby (now 3 weeks old) I still need support as she had a tongue tie and is only just learning to latch!

  • Hannah
    June 19, 2012

    I found my support from my mum she was absolutely brilliant at always saying the right thing and making good suggestions. Books are great beforehand in what they fail to help you understand are all of the variations for each baby and you are right that’s why support is so important because let’s face it there is no such thing as a text book baby!

  • Hannah
    June 19, 2012

    Also following on twitter @h_igoe

  • Claire Willmer
    June 27, 2012

    I found my support from my husband he is amazing always knowing just what to say to reassure me and offering help in anyway he can even if its just making a drink 🙂 this time around wil be fun when bump decides to arrive as we will have a toddler to entertain too lol but i know he will be great again!

  • Claire Willmer
    June 27, 2012

    Following and tweeted @cwillmer

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