10 good things about going back to work after maternity leave

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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 ...

20 tips for travelling with a baby

Travelling with a baby: Lake Como, Italy | Angel In The North

In his first six months my baby has been to nine countries, travelled roughly 6,000 miles and spent around 50 nights away from his own home (though always with us). We've stayed in a cottage in Yorkshire, been camping in Wales and in Dorset and most recently took a month-long road trip round Europe where we ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

A year on from dreaded diagnosis

Dealing with a diagnosis of a seriously ill child. When I was told my child had Alagille syndrome | www.angelinthenorth.com

Last May, Alex wrote this piece about our dear friend Emma who had been told her baby son has chronic liver disease. A year on from the diagnosis, and as a tribute to her sons, her inspiration, Emma wanted to write this piece about how she dealt with the news no mother ever wants to ...

Bringing my nephew into the world

On 18 August at 12:08am I witnessed a pretty amazing thing. The birth of my nephew Jack Edward Cook. For a while I have sat trying to find the right way to sum up the experience for this blog post but I’m a little stuck for words. I’ve typed, deleted and re-typed. How do you describe the ...