All posts filed under: Mason + Rose

I Have Postnatal Depression and Anxiety

I have the worst case of writers block, I’m not necessarily a real writer, but regardless I feel trapped with words in my head and nothing but blank pages. I’ve been suppressing and denying the real reason I feel so uninspired, so I turned inward and really thought about what’s been going on in my life, what is it that I feel needs to be given a voice, turns out it’s the one thing that has been consuming me as a person, the one thing I have been so reluctant to talk about to anyone, and that is my diagnosis and the process of recovery of postnatal anxiety and depression. It seems this day and age it so is common, whether you have one child, three small children like myself or a multitude of other combinations, postnatal depression doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t matter if you have what seems like the perfect child, the most amazing support, it’s unexpected, its debilitating but most importantly it’s not you. You are not your depression, you are not your …

Survival Tips for the Stay at Home Mum

Through this whole process, of learning to firstly adapt to being a parent, to learning to balance motherhood, social life, personal time, couple time, and juggling the wants and needs of three small children I feel I have learnt a thing or two at how to manage all of the crazy whilst still keeping your shit together and even managing to be happy. Whilst some mothers absolutely thrive on being a stay at home mother, I unfortunately do not! I don’t completely hate it but I do struggle. Some days are good and some days are bad. The role of stay at home mum wasn’t really a conscious choice I made but was rather inadvertently thrown on me due to our financial circumstances and having our children in quick succession. It can be quite frustrating and limiting to realise that you actually can’t afford (financially) to work! A statement which sounds completely crazy to me, that thing that people do every week ( and sometimes hate) where they go out into the world mingle with …

The Mummy Diaries | A Typical Morning

After what feels like a really long break away from my little world here on the blog, I am finally feeling motivated and energised enough after the birth of my son, who came by yet another C-section (my third one) that had a recovery period that was a little longer and harder than I expected, to get back into the swing of things. I’ve been having lots of ideas for my blog popping into my head but with three kids three years and under I’m finding myself a little time poor, so I thought the easiest way for me to get back into blogging would be to share what I’ve been up to lately and where my headspace has been, delving into what its really like having three kids ages three and younger. If you’re just stumbling across my blog, or have found me though a Google search, search  title reading something along the lines of ‘stressed out with three kids’, ‘what its really like to raise three young children’ or the ever popular ‘the …

Baby Products Worth Buying

  Besides the obvious essentials like nappies, cot, car seat and pram there are a few items that I found really made life just that little bit easier amidst what seemed like an endless amount of nappy changes and sleepless nights (not to mention the almost continuous attachment to the milk dispensers otherwise known as my breasts). I found when researching what baby products I really needed with my first to be a bit overwhelming, with a myriad of products and endorsements thrown in your face, it became at times difficult to filter through what was hype, what was pure marketing and what I was really going to use. There are some products out there too that although came highly recommended and made their way on to the majority of baby essential items that I just never used, such as a mobile for the crib (great for entertaining an awake baby, but an unwanted distraction when trying to get a baby to settle), so keep that in mind and buy what is right for you …

What I Love About Being A Mum… And What I Don’t

It’s undeniably a life changing event, bringing life..? Little terrors..? Or loved ones even, into the world, and more importantly into your life. There are days that I am absolutely in love with every little aspect of my choice to be a stay at home mum and just mum in general, and other days, even the smallest annoyances sends me bat shit crazy. So I thought I would compile a list that helps sum up what I personally love, and (let’s say) don’t love, about being a mum. Cause let’s face it we all have good days and bad, but days aside I really believe I am blessed to have them in my life. Things I Love They have the ability to make you smile and feel elated over the smallest things, like when they say “I love you” for the first time or even just “Mama”. Their innocence is adorable, pure and at times incredibly funny. Watching them grow, reach milestones and develop as a person. I’ve learnt to never underestimate what they can …

What’s In My Nappy Bag…? For Two Toddlers

With baby number three’s due date getting closer and closer and the days of having just two little ones to take care of fewer and fewer, I thought I would share what I currently keep in my nappy bag as its contents is soon to change. It’s probably worth noting that I like to be organised and prepared, a personality trait that comes in handy when you have a crying toddler, or an explosive snotty nose that connects nose to taste buds, that I find my bag full of tricks helps me sort the kids out and keep screaming and tantrums to a minimum. I’ve learnt, after a few disastrous outings in the beginning when rose was still a little bubba, that being unprepared gave me incredible anxiety, having other mums passing me by giving me that look (that I can’t believe she forgot baby wipes look or the parenting is not your thing look). So to minimise the anxiety, avoid (some) tantrums, and just to be prepared in general this is what my baby …

Pregnancy Update 27 Weeks

So I’ve hit my third trimester and thought it was about time for another update on how my pregnancy was progressing! Still pregnant! A relief of course, I still find it funny how the feeling that something might happen to your precious little bundle growing in your belly is still present, (you think that would subside sometime after 12 weeks when your pregnancy is least likely to fail). Maybe it has something to do with this pregnancy following closely after two previous emergency C-sections making it a risky pregnancy. It could also have a lot to do with my little fall I had last week, last week being week 26, (wet tiles + unbalanced pregnant woman = bad combination) baby is absolutely fine, I was lucky to have fallen backwards so nothing came in contact with my belly, my elbow and foot were not so luckily spared. Just to give you a mental picture, the kids were in the bath being watched by my partner, I was relaxing on the couch (having had a bad day …

Pregnancy Update 23 Weeks | Mason + Rose

I hesitate to write this post as there tends to be a lot judgement and pressure surrounding mothers to be to have perfect little round bellies. I am not one of those mothers to be, having two previous emergency C-sections, my tummy is a little worse for wear. However counter to that worry is the fact that I am having my third baby and am so very excited about it, to the point of being completely impatient awaiting his (yes we are having a baby boy!)arrival. I am currently 23 weeks pregnant, so according to my pregnancy app (which I highly recommend, especially to first time mums) tells me that baby weighs a little over 500grams and measures around 29cm from crown to rump. We had our 20 week scan a couple of weeks ago and everything is going really well with bubs development. I am definitely feeling baby kicking, although compared to my last two pregnancies, this one seems to be a little more on the chill side, hopefully a trait that transfers to his personality …

Mason’s Party | Star Wars Themed Party

My little man has turned two, and like all mothers say “he is growing up so fast” is such a true statement. Over the weekend we had his party, just a home party that I decided to theme out. I got lots of inspiration from Pinterest and altered it to suit our little family. Recently I found out that my son has an anaphylactic allergic reaction to tree nuts, which of course I found out a mere two weeks before his party, turning most of my food ideas on their head. It was actually really difficult trying to put together a nut free party, especially as I am new to the whole concept, on such short noticed. But with carefully consideration and a lot of research and family advice I managed just fine. The Party Food I made little signs to accompany the party food myself using an online editor Pixlr, which was quite time consuming but I thought it really gave the party food a cool Star Wars edge. The food and drinks we …