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A (short) guide to Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

Our daughter Penny was diagnosed with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip {DDH} when she was one day old.  Following our experience I became passionate about not only raising awareness of DDH but to also help and support other families by sharing our experience and stories of other families.  I hope that this guest post can offer a small insight into what DDH is, what signs and symptoms to look out for, how the condition can be treated and where to find support.

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A day in the life with my two kids - my survival strategies!

By Guest Blogger, Vicky Lloyd. Vicky is a mum to 2 young children and is a qualified Children's Occupational Therapist. When I had my first baby, I would spend hours every day playing with her. But when number 2 came along…well, I discovered that it’s a completely different ball game! I soon found out that trying to make quality time for my toddler, while juggling feeding the baby and nap times (why do babies hate napping so much?!), is so tricky. Of course, the toddler needs a wee or a snack at the *exact* time the baby is just closing her eyes, and the minute I put her down, she’s wide awake and we have to start all over again!...

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Products we use for our little one - an honest review

Please let me start off by saying that in no way has this post or any of the reviews been endorsed by any of the brands/companies mentioned. This is an honest review of the products we use and purchases we’ve made both before and after our baby was born to help other mums-to-be or new mums.  When I found out I was pregnant I was so excited to shop for baby. Especially when going on maternity leave in the weeks leading up to her birth. I spent a small fortune on cute little grows and those socks that were just too adorable to leave behind in the shop! Now she’s 7 months old most of my shopping is from Tesco...

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Preparing for a positive birth experience

Before I had my baby, every new mother I came across would grimace when asked what the birth of their child was like. Words like ‘horrendous’, ‘terrible’ and ‘exhausting’ and things like ’the worst pain you’ve ever experienced’ and ‘like giving birth to a watermelon’ would be repeated over and over. So when I found out I was pregnant I was naturally quite apprehensive about the thought of giving birth, but tried to put it to the back of my mind for the time being. This is my story of how I achieved a positive birth experience. I’ve shared this in the hope that other women will be able to benefit.

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A motherless mother

Yesterday was bittersweet. My first Mother’s Day as a mum. Isn’t it lovely to have a day dedicated to mums and the amazing job they do every day?! Me and my little family spent the day at the Norfolk coast, wandering around the independent shops and eating ice cream on the beach. But there were moments throughout the day, and leading up to yesterday, when my thoughts would turn to something else. My own mother, who passed away when I was just a child.

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