In May I published this post to announce my fourth pregnancy. I was 14 weeks pregnant and already weeks into the horrendous sickness that debilitated me for so long.

I was happy to be pregnant. I was excited; I’d always wanted four children and that dream was becoming reality at last!

But the sickness was horrific. The medication helped, but it never really went away. The emotional scars of feeling so desperate, too scared to leave the house incase I was sick all over people I didn’t know, hating the sight of the kitchen because it meant food, lying on the floor at 7pm every night while my eldest daughter helped to put her brother and sister to bed… the emotional scars of all of that run deep, even now.

I stopped taking my medication at 27 weeks pregnant, and give or take a few sick days here and there I was lucky enough not to need any more at all.

My Positive Pregnancy

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A few essentials to have before baby arrives: with Shnuggle, Medela, Snuzpod, Doona and Stokke

Before Elsie was born, before I was admitted to hospital, a little post sat in draft on my computer, detailing all the lovely baby things I had ready for our new baby. Not so new any more! Now she is three weeks old, this post is written retrospectively and perhaps with a little more certainty too. The original post was intended to be all about the things had ready for the new baby; things I felt were essential to buy ahead of the big day. And although it’s not vastly different, it is now a collection of things I know  are essential to have before baby arrives. With a luxury item from Stokke for good measure…


Sleep is important! And with a newborn you don’t get much of it all in one go either. But newborns do sleep a lot, and you need somewhere for them to do it in, both day and night. For each of our babies we’ve always had a moses basket for daytime sleeps downstairs. The School Boy and The Toddler both used the same basket in fact, so much so that the wicker basket is now frayed a little and the stand completely snapped when we were packing it away… so we were over the moon to be asked to review the wonderful Shnuggle basket.

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Frugi Explorer coat: a review

We love Frugi! We’re part of the Frugi family, and feel so honoured to be reviewing one of their wonderful Explorer coats! The School Boy was more than delighted when the weather turned and it was cold enough to wear to school!

Frugi Explorer coat_ a review~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

Like all Frugi clothes that we’ve reviewed so far (like this top and these bits for older kids), the Explorer coat is wonderfully made. The fabric is soft to touch and incredibly lightweight too, despite the insulation it provides. It has a gorgeous fleecy inside and a water resistant outside and we LOVE the fact that it’s made from 100% recycled fibres! Continue reading

Those last few weeks #WPD2014

Elsie Rose is three weeks and 3 days old. For each of the 24 days that she has been alive, we have been thankful for her. For her strength and her courage, and her stamina too. We are thankful that we were given a few extra weeks of a stressful pregnancy. We know that things could have been so different for her, and for us. Those last few weeks made a huge difference.

those last few weeks_ wpd2014~Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

The first time the doctors told us they wanted to deliver our baby prematurely was a huge shock.

We were used to pregnancies that lasted at least 41 weeks, if not 42 and a couple of extra days on top. I was prepared for a baby in late November, even entertained ideas of sharing my birthday. A baby delivered at 34 weeks terrified us. Continue reading