10 good things about going back to work after maternity leave

Baby feet

I can't quite believe it, but my maternity leave is over and I go back to work next week. Nine, glorious months with my baby, gone - almost in a flash. 'Sh*t got real' about going back about a month ago, when I went in to talk to my boss and set a return date. At that ...

Eight months on: what kind of parents are we?

Parenting - eight month old update | Angel In The North

Before our baby arrived, we spent a lot of time thinking and talking about the type of parents we thought we would be, and wanted to be. It's safe to say we both doubted ourselves. At times we thought we might be clueless, or somehow fall short. Looking back, I think this meant that we were ...

Review: Lifft baby sling

Review of the Lifft baby sling | Angel In The North

Since Sam was a newborn, I've taken to wearing him in a sling. Babywearing suits me because I'm quite active and don't like being restricted about where I go, and it has seemed to suit Sam who usually spends most of his time in his sling asleep. I've had a jersey wrap sling which has served ...

Our European road trip

Europe road trip | Yorkshire to London

As I've mentioned in passing a couple of times on the blog, we're planning a road trip around Europe this summer. It's safe to say we've ummed and ahhed about whether it's the right thing to do, with a baby who will be five months old when we depart. But my husband has qualified for an eight ...

How to go camping with a baby

What you need for camping with a baby

We're keen campers, and basically we usually spend as much time as possible in a tent during the summer months. So it was quite an important test for us to see how the baby would cope with camp. We've just returned from his first camping holiday - nearly a week on the Dorset coast. He was three-and-a-half ...

A new ‘mum’ wardrobe?

New mum wardrobe! Zara pink stripe patch shirt, white jeans, geometric shoes

The other day I opened my wardrobe doors and decided I hated pretty much everything inside. When I was pregnant I didn't buy much or pay a great deal of attention to what I was wearing: I had a few necessities and work and casual outfits that I wore in circulation (and was completely bored of ...

Baby boy’s wedding outfit

baby boy wedding clothes

Buying clothes for your baby is one of the most fun things about being a new parent. I haven't actually bought very much yet because we've been gifted and given so many outfits. This generosity means baby probably has enough clothes to keep him going until he's at least one. But this summer we have a ...

Life lately…

walk with pram in sunshine

Of course, life lately has been mostly taken up with meeting the needs of the new little person in our lives. Last week I blogged about Sam being a month old already. As scary as it is how quickly time is passing, it's fascinating watching him grow and become more alert, responsive and playful. ...

One month old

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Before you have a baby nearly everyone says, "Enjoy every minute, it goes so fast." It's a cliché because it's true. At the weekend, our son had been in the world for a month. Already. Sometimes savouring the moment is hard. Days can be filled with nothing much. His feeding and sleeping habits are pretty much everything in my ...

Our baby boy has arrived

New baby boy

The day we'd been waiting for for about nine months arrived a week early. It started in the early hours, as I lay in bed wondering if that was the sensation of my waters breaking. For the next 16 hours, nothing much happened. Four hours after that, I was bringing our son into the world. People talk about this ...