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The nitty gritty of a C-Section

My son was delivered by c-section. It was a planned operation that was scheduled for 39 weeks. However, I went into labour at 36 weeks plus 4… so he was a little earlier than expected. If you’re thinking about having a caesarean, here’s some things about the operation and recovery that I can share: Be […]

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what not to say to a pregnant lady

What not to say to a pregnant lady…

I think we’ve all experienced most of these. TBH the list is endless… here are the most common annoyances said to me: Sleep now. You’re not going to get much for the next [insert number] years Yes I am fully aware of the commitments of raising a baby and child. Our generations and generations before […]

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Flying with a baby

Flying with a baby

As an expat, it’s inevitable that you fly a lot. This can be exhausting at the best of times, let alone with a baby. Before Baby O was even one year old he had travelled on an aeroplane with us TEN TIMES! So here are my tips and tricks for flying with a baby: Book […]

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Pregnant body

Society expectations and losing baby weight

Most women at some point in their lives have been unhappy with their bodies. I don’t have a single friend who is 100 per cent happy with theirs. We always just want to lose a bit here and tone up there. But if there is one time when you really should be kinder to yourself, […]

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Confessions of a working mum…

I don’t always give Baby O a bath everyday I hold back the tears as I drive to work most days I pretend I already know about O’s “firsts” (standing up etc) when the nanny tells me I eat Baby O’s food as I’m batch cooking it (salmon with leeks and butter is amazing) He […]

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Six Senses Zighy Bay

Will I ever be able to switch off?

A few weekends ago we had a mini-break at Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman with the out-laws. As an ex-pat one of my priorities is making sure that Baby O sees his grandparents as much as possible, and it was wonderful seeing them all interact so much together. At eight months he’s already developing quite a little character […]

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Husband S and Baby O

Responsibiliy free (for four days)

As I write this latest blog I am sitting on an aeroplane on a Saturday on the way to Frankfurt in Germany for work. I have pretty mixed feelings and emotions about this trip, but as Sheryl Sanberg of Lean In says: “don’t leave before you leave.” This is a great opportunity for me on […]

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Three, two, one…. BUNGEEEEEE

Last week both Baby O and I took a dive. His leap was, thank goodness, rather lower than mine. Baby O fell off the bed. I didn’t ever think I would be one of “those mums.” I am more ashamed of my pre-judgement compared to what actually happened. I was kidding myself that I would […]

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What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

This blog isn’t about being a working mum, but something I have been meaning to write about for a while. I have been pregnant twice, but only have one baby. I was reading a blog the other day that referred to ectopic pregnancies as being taboo. After suffering from an ectopic in 2011 I was horrified that it was classed […]

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Hyatt Capital Gate sunset

Heaven at Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel

Last weekend myself, Baby O and Husband S stayed at Abu Dhabi’s 5* Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel. You may have heard of it. It’s renowned for it’s incredible lean of 18 degrees – it’s actually in the Guinness Book of World Records for it’s record lean! I am a firm believer in working hard and […]

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