Orla on your First Birthday

A letter to our little Orla on your 1st Birthday

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As I sit here on the eve of your 1st big birthday, I can’t quite believe that 12 months has gone by since you entered our lives and made our family and our hearts grow.

This time a year ago, I was having pretty strong contractions. We did not know if you would be a boy or girl or how you would change our family dynamic, but from the moment you took your first breath, we knew we would love you forever and that our hearts had just doubled in size.

You are such a mischievous and funny little lady. I only have to look at you and say “what you up to?” and the impish smile that comes across your face says it all.

From the moment you were born you knew your own mind. No one was going to tell you what to do and although it can be quite hard battling your wills at times, I can’t help but love this side of you.

You have a strong personality wanting to run before you can walk (literally). You have no fear and will climb, walk, and balance on anything going.

I can already see the special bond you have growing with your sister although I can see my future breaking up many a fight. To be fair though I can see Evelyn giving in and you winning most of them.

So all that’s left to say is that you have made our lives even fuller than they were before and we did not think that could be possible. You bring us so much joy and we can’t wait to see what life has in store for you.

Love you with all our hearts

Mummy and Daddy


P.s. If you could start sleeping through the night that would be great!




Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) – My Story



Orla Two Weeks Old 

Firstly, if you are suffering from HG my heart goes out to you – I’ve been there and it’s so debilitating. At a time when you should be most happy, all I could do was cry.

So I want to take it back to the beginning. In my first longed for pregnancy the sickness started around 5-6 weeks. At first, I almost welcomed this symptom as they say it’s a sign things are going well – boy did I regret that thought!

I was being sick every hour, sometimes every few minutes. You know that relief you get after being sick? Well that does not happen with HG!

I struggled through the first 10 weeks thinking it’s just morning sickness it will go soon, but I do remember the point that enough was enough. It was my brother’s birthday and I had taken one bite of pizza and had to run to the bathroom. I sat on the floor crying my eyes out when my mum came in and said “you need to go to the doctors now Hannah”. That Monday I called up and was seen within the hour. They were so good! They told me I had HG and discussed different medications that were safe to take. Needless to say, none of it worked and my sickness continues until I gave birth.

My low points  

A few weeks after being diagnosed I hit a wall. I had lost over a stone in weight and could not even keep water down. The doctor signed me off work for 3 weeks and wanted me to stay off longer but with only being paid statutory sick pay (£60 odd a week) there was no way I could afford to be off any longer. I was working in a hair salon at the time and would have to leave clients midway through to go and be sick. This was when I was rock bottom. I would come home, try to eat something, throw it all back up again, sob my heart out to my husband then go to bed as it was the only thing that made to pain go away. Then I would get back up and do the whole thing all over again the next day.

My fears 

The whole time I feared for my unborn baby that I had waited 3 long years and countless fertility treatments to conceive. I felt so guilty for feeling so low when I was so lucky to be carrying this beautiful baby. I cannot praise my hospital and GP enough for the care attention and extra scans they gave me to put my mind at ease. Through it all she showed no signs of it effecting her growth. Sadly for me my sickness never went away but eased as the pregnancy progressed.


Dairy – I really found dairy to be a big trigger for me, which is so strange as normally dairy does not affect me. Whenever I had it I would throw up straight away.

Certain smells – I remember the smell of the toilet fresher at my workplace would make me gag – probably because I spent so much time with my head down there. Still to this day I can’t stand the smell, it’s a stark reminder of a horrible time for me.

Cutting up raw meat – Even looking at raw meat made me gag. My poor husband didn’t get a proper cooked meal for months as even the smell was too much to handle.

Giving birth to my baby

I had done so much research on HG and heard people say that once the baby is born it just vanishes and it is so true. All through my labor I was vomiting and as soon as she was born like a flick of a switch it was gone. 9 months of feeling nauseous and vomiting just disappeared. The next day while in hospital they came around to ask me what I would like to eat – dare I say a cheese sandwich? 24hrs previous it would have made me vomit instantly, but here I was holding my brand-new baby munching my way through a cheese sandwich and feeling nothing but pure joy.

The fear of falling pregnant again 

As I mentioned before, to fall pregnant with Evelyn we went through three grueling years and many fertility treatments. After having her, we decided that we would let nature take its course and if we were lucky enough to fall pregnant again then it was meant to be. But I have to say the fear of going through it all again was quite overwhelming.

When I did fall pregnant 14months after giving birth to Evelyn I was just waiting, waiting for it to happen all over again and it did! It was later this time at around 8-9 weeks and was gone by 20 weeks but I remember the first time I vomited, I looked at my husband and said “I don’t think I can do this again!”

But the thing with HG is you have no other option but to carry on. I mean what other option do you have??? John used to say to me “I’m so proud of you” and I used to say “for what? Believe me if I could give it away I would”

So all that’s left to say is, if you are going through this then stay strong! These little humans that our bodies have grown are well worth the pain and hey it’s a story to tell them when they are older.


Our Elf on the Shelf Experience

Elf on a shelf………Eek excited much?????

I seen this everywhere last year and could not wait till Evelyn was old enough that we could join in on this brilliant family tradition.

So our little Elf will come to visit us from the North Pole on the 1st December and will get up to all sorts of things while we are sleeping, each morning we have to find where she is. Every night she fly’s back to Santa to report on all the things our family has been up to that day and if we have been naughty or nice.

Each day in December we are going to share all the mischief our Elf gets upto, so make sure to check out our YouTube channel to keep up to date.

Please find the link to the full December Elf on the Shelf playlist. 24 days of fun 🙂

Merry Christmas!!!

Meeting Father Christmas at Chessington Garden Centres Grotto

We have been so excited about this day. HO! HO! HO! 🙂

We recently took our girls to see Father Christmas at a Grotto, and Chessingtons wonderful theme did not disappoint as you can see from Evelyn’s reaction. We had such good fun and have some great memories of the visit.

We hope you enjoy watching our visit.

It was also our first attempt at car vlogging with a Go Pro Hero 5. We think it went ok :-S lol!!!

Top Ten Newborn Essentials

Here are my top 10, (well there is actually 11 but had to add the last one in there) newborn essential items.

Chicco next to me


Feeding Pillow

Medela Breast Pump

Water Wipes

Braun Thermometer

Swaddle Blanket

Breastfeeding Cover

5ml Syringes

Bath Support

ISO FIX Car seat base

Christmas is Coming | Putting up our Tree

Christmas is coming…….

So it has always been tradition in our house to put our tree up the first week in December. I love decorating our tree and myself and John have collected decorations from different parts of the world and places we have traveled, so each year when we sit down and gaze at our tree we can relive all the wonderful memories we have created in these amazing places.

I always make John put on the Christmas music and we (ok maybe just me) have a little dance and sing along. This year it seemed extra special as Evelyn is at an age where she is really starting to get Christmas and the excitement of it all.

Check out the video below to see us getting all festive

Breastfeeding Advice and Tips

Having breastfed two babies, I thought I would make a video on things that I have learnt.

I nursed my first daughter for 13 months and am currently exclusively breastfeeding my second daughter currently 15 weeks.

Hope this video gives some of you some helpful advice and support.

Babies 12 Week Update

We can’t believe our baby girl is 12 weeks old already, (where has the time gone).

Some days we feel like she has been here forever and always been part of our life and other days it feels like yesterday i gave birth.

So here is her 12 Week Update. Hope you enjoy!!! 🙂

Whats in my Babies Hospital Bag?

My friends that become pregnant all have the same question, what shall I pack in my hospital bags?

So I thought I would make a video of exactly what I packed in my babies bag.