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Our Relaxing Holiday to QLD. Not.

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It’s amazing how holidays change when you have kids… this is the second one we have been on since our little one was born and I have been looking forward to it since we booked it one week before we actually left. Yep, u heard me. One. Week. Before. We. Left. Cutting it fine, coz thats how we role you know? Livin’ life by the seat of our pants and all that. Sigh, I only WISH we were that cool. (more…)

How to travel with Kids

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We are travelling with our son in the morning. For the second time in his little life, we are heading to the airport, hopping onto a plane, and flying away to a warm and tropical destination…and I am both super excited AND absurdly terrified. (more…)

My Real Birth Story – Part 3 – Kate Noppert

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Here is the conclusion to the amazing seventh instalment in our Real Birth Story Series, contributed by the lovely Kate Noppert! As you may know, Kate has kindly contributed not one, but THREE incredibly raw stories which I have been absolutely priviledged to be able to publish for you over the last week. If you haven’t read the first part’s to Kate’s story, then you can read them here. Click here for part one and here for part two xxx.  This lovely conclusion outlines the birth of Kate’s final beautiful daughter Sylvie, and shows us that it can be possible to achieve the birth you hope for with the right support during and after birth.  I am so thrilled to be able to present this final chapter to you all, and I hope that you enjoy the conclusion to Kate’s very raw and honest journey into parenthood as much as I did… xxx (more…)

My Real Birth Story- Kate Noppert- Post Birth & the Inbetween

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Welcome to the second installment in our special three-part contribution, written by the lovely Kate Noppert as part of our monthly Real Birth Story Series! Over the weekend, Kate shared the incredible story of the birth of her first daughter, and if you missed it, you can read it here!  This second contribution sees Kate bravely tell the story of her battle with PND after her first birth. She shares her experience with one of the hardest and darkest times that a mother can go through with us in a real, raw, and painful way. (more…)

My Real Birth Story – Part 1 – Kate Noppert

Ellyn Shepherd / Bloggity Blog, Mumma, My Real Birth Story Series / / 0 comments

Here is the seventh instalment in our Real Birth Story Series, contributed by the lovely Kate Noppert! Kate has kindly contributed not one, but THREE amazing stories and I feel so incredibly privileged to be able to publish them all for you over the next coming week. Today I am honoured to present to you the first incredible part of Kate’s three-part contribution, which relates to the birth of her first beautiful daughter – Astrid. It outlines the struggles that Kate was forced to face when labouring with Astrid, and the complete loss of control over her own body and birth outcome.  I hope that you enjoy the first part of this very raw and honest account of Kate’s journey into parenthood as much as I did… xxx (more…)

Why Mummas Gotta Get A Life

Ellyn Shepherd / Bloggity Blog, Mumma / / 0 comments

I went out for dinner with a friend last week. I know, right?! I’m shocked too. Shocked that I am doing something that resembles having my own grown up kinda life again… Yep, mummas gotta get a life, however in the year and a half since my little one was born I have lived every day weighed down by an immense sense of guilt… It’s constantly nagging at me and wont bugger off. Stupid jerky guilt. (more…)

My Happiness Bucket List

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Recently I had “one of those days”. Or more so, “one of those weeks”. Actually now that I think about it, it actually occurred smack bang in the middle of “one of those months”. One of those months where I walked through each day questioning why I am here. Why Am I Here? What the hell is it all for?? How can I grab hold of my own happiness and live it? Sigh. I bloody wish I knew the answers, but at that time I was really just going through the motions of life feeling…well…lost. And the more that I pondered those questions, the louder they got and the more confused and lost I felt. (more…)

My Real Birth Story – Cesarina Hughes

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Hooray! Its my birthday! And to celebrate in style, I would like to present to you the extra special story of MY birth. Yep, me. Being born. Into this world. So, without further ado, here is the sixth instalment in our Real Birth Story Series! It was written by MY OWN lovely mother Cesarina and tells the story about my crazy (and very early) entry into this world. Things were pretty different 35 years ago. But I think I turned out relatively ok. Could have done with a smaller nose though. Sigh.  So sit back, relax, and I hope you enjoy reading this story as much as I enjoyed living it, lol. xxxx (more…)

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Instagram post 2155867021082852308_2224857444 * S U C H  F A A A S H I O N ! *
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So there was that time (like, a whole month ago) when my son got asked to model for (or... um... more accurately run around in and try not to rip a hole near his butt cheek... ) for the incredible clothing brand @frankie_and_roy .
And while he was taking a break from doing that, we were kindly asked to get in the photo with him. 🙌🏻
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Whhhhhhaaaaaaat? We feigned humble surprise. Uuuuusssssss?!
*Gets excited coz we obviously love a photo*
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Over we strolled, sat on the log and as a family we all tried to look a little saner and less covered in dirt (or food) than we usually do.
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This was the result. 😂
And even though the only one looking at the camera in the end was my clearly-unimpressed-with-life-that-day Sweet Girl (though she was comfy AF in her brothers @frankie_and_roy jumper that she stole on a lark, the cheeky rascal), it is a photo we will treasure always. ❤️
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It will remind me always of the best day out, the most gorgeous location for an afternoon photo shoot, and of the cheeky wine Jess from @frankie_and_roy threw into my mouth at days end. .
Life is good people. And you have to embrace those beautiful moments while you can. ❤️❤️
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Thanks @nataliedaviesphotography for the gorgeous pic ❤️❤️
Instagram post 2150807180525999961_2224857444 * T H I S  W E E  F A C E ❤️ *
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*Takes a deep breath*... Kay. I’m-a just gonna say it.... Tiny girls are crazy. Yes, you heard me... They are reeeeally bleeping coo-coo. 🥴🥴
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Don’t let this sweet face fool you, no sir... This girl is usually the happiest girl in the world but when she is mad BOY is she as mad as a hatter. 😂
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Example? You got it sista!! .
So, she spent a good 20 minutes tonight crying over the fact that I tried to read her a book that SHE ASKED ME TO READ! 😂 Yasss, SHE asked ME to read it. And then when I actually started to read it, she threw it across the other side of the room. 😫
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She wailed like a Banshee. She tried to whack my face, but her arms were too short #SuckedInTinyPerson . 😂
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Then The Hairy Husband leant in and whispered quietly in my ear that he didn’t think she’d had a sleep today (which by the way explained EVERYTHING, and I may be the same but I can’t confirm or deny) 🙄
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So I tried to put her to bed early for all of our sanity’s sake, but the sneaky little vixen turned into a piece of uncooperative spaghetti in my arms. 🤦🏻‍♀️ She flopped down and basically army rolled under the couch trying to prevent the inevitable conclusion of ACTUALLY HAVING A GREAT NIGHTS REST IN FREAKING BED AND BEING IN A GOOD MOOD! .
But good sense prevailed (mine for making sure she went the fruit truck to bed), and she went to sleep. #winning🏆 .
Sigh. It’s nothing that a glass of wine, The Bachelorette, and the husband grabbing ice creams from the shops so we could stress eat on the couch together couldn’t fix.
And everyone is happy. 😂
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Have you had a night like this? What normal things did your tiny person go crazy over? Leave a comment below as I would love to hear all about it! Xxx
Instagram post 2147224862909618098_2224857444 * S M O O C H E S *
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Dem lips. Dat face. Zee girl. Much sass.
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She has perfected the pout perfectly, in a way that I could never have imagined the pout COULD be perfected.
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I could stare at this little face for hours. And sometimes I have to.
Because she loves nothing more than to be carried around like a princess, arms thrown around my neck, legs dangling, and face smooshed against my face.
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My little wildling love. My heart is so grateful for her. Even while it needs the occasional vay-cay 😂😂😂
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Have you subscribed to my monthly newsletter as yet? You go in the draw to win monthly goodies, so get on it my friendy-friend! Head to the link in my bio, hit the subscribe buttons and be in it to win it!! Oh, and then come back there and give me a big 🤪 to know you have subscribed! ❤️❤️❤️
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Ps - rad 📸 by the previously subscribed @jessworrallphotography .
The babes headband and leggings by @luluandmilly . The babes shirt by @jamiekay
Instagram post 2145017608324098911_2224857444 * A C T  C O O L , D U D E ! *
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Ermagawd. So, we recently were invited to participate in the new @frankie_and_roy spring/summer photo shoot down at the incredible #shorehambeach 😍😍😍
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We were so excited, and set out to make a day of it.
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We left at lunch time, had the best afternoon exploring the Penninsula, and then headed to the beach to kick off the shoot. ❤️❤️
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First mistake - letting the husband do The Boys hair. He used sooo much wax that The Boy totally looked like Ross from Friends. Sigh. .
Second mistake - Buying him sandles at the last minute without backs on them, which allowed him to kick them off at random intervals throughout the shoot in the most ridiculous ways. 🤦🏻‍♀️
#SorryJessForTheOneShoedShots .
And then the Third Mistake - asking him to just ACT COOL, DUDE! Because it led him to pull this 👆🏻face way too often 😂😂😂
#ISectretlyLoveThisFaceThough
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Overall the afternoon, AND the shoot was so much fun! And let me tell you, the Frankie and Roy clothes The Boy got to wear were of such high quality and were so so comfy, that even after putting each piece through its paces by running through the brambles and climbing up and over fallen trees and rocks they truly stood up to the test!! .
So if you are looking for great quality clothing for your boisterous babe, then head over to the @frankie_and_roy website and check out their range STAT mumma! ❤️
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Gorgeous 📸 by @nataliedaviesphotography .
*The Boys clothing kindly gifted*
Instagram post 2143549369500925058_2224857444 * B L O G  T I M E ! *
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Ermagawd, gastro.
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The most vile, disgusting, exhausting, revolting, sickening (literally) and terrifying sickness in the whole wide world.
Well, maybe not the MOST terrifying to most people, but the most terrifying for me. *shudders*.
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I mean, I HATE spewing. I hate everything about it and I actually think I have a phobia of it, because it scares the bejeesus out of me and I will do everything I can to avoid doing it or being anywhere near it.
I hate doing it, seeing someone else do it, thinking about it, seeing any leftovers, or smelling anything that remotely resembles spew.
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The hard thing is, when you have kids - not only will it be impossible to avoid it in any way, usually YOU will be the one that is spewed on. Sigh. .
Sah disgusting. .
Recently the kids were struck down with a nasty case of gastro. #ThanksInLawsIStillLoveYouThough
And it left the husband and I scrambling between the 2 sick kids terrified that we would cop it ourselves.
At one point we’d had so many clothing changes from the spews that were directed over our bodies, that I was afraid that we would run out of clothes.
And towels. And bedding. We just didn’t have enough to keep everyone clean.
We also ran out of hot water at various intervals, though I still managed to wash my hair 4 times in a 15 hour period to get the spew out of my hair. .
But it’s over now. The kids are better and I managed to be the only member of our family to get through it unscathed #IBloodyHopeAnyway
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So, if you have a strong stomach, then head to the link in my bio and read all about our experience with the family being struck down by gastro, and then come back here and tell me - have you been through this yourself? How did you SURVIVE? Any top tips for getting through without getting sick? Leave a comment below as I would love to hear all about it xx
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Ps - Rad 📸 by the non-spewy @jessworrallphotography

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