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Mar 18

Share your nursery: Hannah & Busby

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 18, 2014

Welcome to this week’s “Share your nursery,” the feature where mummies and daddies offer parenting hints and tips and tell us all about their little ones’ haven! This week we have Hannah from Make, Do & Push!

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Hi, I’m Hannah and I’m a freelance Writer living just outside of Brighton in Sussex. I live with my daughter “Busby” and my husband-to-be, Nick. I’m a huge fan of cheese, prosecco and dinosaurs.

Being a mummy

I love being a Mummy! It’s so cliche but I really feel that I’ve found my place in life. I find coping on limited sleep hard though but luckily Busby has been a pretty good sleeper.

Has becoming a mummy changed you at all?  

Um… I’m definitely more patient than I was before! And a lot more selfless.

The question on all new parents’ lips – how do you cope with the lack of sleep? 

As I’ve said above, Busby is a pretty good sleeper on the whole, but caffeine is my friend on the days where I have to cope on limited sleep. A few cups of tea and a can of coca cola is just the ticket!

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Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Life Love Laura Share your  nursery Make Do and Push

Where did you get the inspiration for Busby’s nursery? 

Our Nursery theme is “woodland” and I think I originally got the idea from some fabric I found at IKEA when I was pregnant.  On the whole, it is DIYed by my very own hands! I wish I could have painted the tree on the wall, but as we’re renting I had to settle for paper and wall stickers.

Did you decorate whilst you were expecting or did you wait until Busby arrived? 

A bit of both really. We only moved in 3 weeks before Busby arrived, but I settled my nesting urges by making the bunting when I was pregnant. I did the rest when she was a teeny baby and still sleeping in our room.

Which is your favourite part of the nursery? 

My favourite part of her bedroom is the picture wall, which echoes our one in the living room – I made most of the wall hangings myself. 

Which items in your nursery have you found to be the most useful?

The cot! And the three chest of drawers… I know that’s four items, but she has a lot of clothes!

Is there anything in Busby’s nursery that you can live without?

We were given a second hand cot bumper, but I’ve never put it on after reading some horror stories.

If you could have one dream nursery item, what would it be?

An overnight childminder??!

Thank you Hannah and Busby! We decided not to go with a cut bumper either, the stories freaked me out! P.S. I love the picture wall, it’s so pretty. Well… it’s all so pretty! You can follow Hannah on Twitter at @theREALjeevesy. Don’t forget to stop by Make, Do and Push! too!

Laura x

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Mar 11

Share your nursery: Elaine & Angus

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 11, 2014

Oh how I love Tuesdays as it’s “Share your nursery” day! This week we have the lovely Elaine and Angus…

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Hiya, I’m Elaine and I have a wee boy called Angus who is 6 months old now. We live in Central Scotland  along with our devoted slave Andrew, AKA daddy and hubby.

Becoming a mummy

After 5 years of trying, we were blessed with Angus. Things were really difficult for the first couple of months and due to the problems we had with him not sleeping at all in his moses basket initially, we bought a Toddle Pod which you can see in the picture placed inside the cot which I covered with an extra layer of super cosy fleece as it is winter here in Scotland so gets quite chilly! He has been in that since he was 3 weeks old & I think really helped. I breastfed for 9 weeks & as soon as I changed to formula Angus was like a different baby much more relaxed & happy thank goodness.

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I have found parenting so very hard at times & have recently been diagnosed with post natal depression. I really don’t know what the hardest thing about it is so far but I would have to say the unknown & learning, oh there’s so much to learn all the time! Not to mention all the differing opinions on how things should be done it’s very overwhelming trying to decide on what’s best for you and your baby! The one thing I was not prepared for at all was TEETHING, it is absolute hell. I wish I had known so I could have known what to expect but it hit me really hard. Angus just cannot cope with it at all – you name it, I’ve tried it!!

Has becoming a parent changed you at all?

I feel that becoming a parent has changed me in that my life revolves around Angus now. Instead of online window shopping for me I’m always buying things for him! I’m also a bit more laid back about life in general and for the first time ever I am usually late for everything now whereas before I was always on time, organised & efficient haha!!

The question on every new parents’ lips – how do you cope with the lack of sleep?

I have been so lucky with Angus. After our initial problems, with guidance from a lovely lady called Lisa Clegg at Blissful Baby Expert (you can find Lisa on Twitter here) we started loosely on a bit of routine which Angus and I both thrived on and he has been sleeping through the night 7pm-7am from around 12 weeks old.  I am so grateful for that!

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life love laura share your nursery elaine and angus

life love laura share your nursery elaine and angus

life love laura share your nursery elaine and angus

life love laura share your nursery elaine and angus

Did you decorate whilst you were expecting or did you wait until Angus arrived?

Strangely I wasn’t one of those mums to be that obsessed over nursery decor. Our nursery was always a spare room which had plain lilac wallpaper & carpet & some old furniture to store bits in.  The plan was when Angus is a bit bigger we will swap rooms with him so we didn’t really see the point in going to the expense of decorating the nursery we would rather save the money and decorate it when he’s a toddler and has a favourite cartoon character etc. We are very short on storage space so I got one of those hooks that goes over the door & I hang his jackets & snow suits on there, which is handy. We had to put Angus in his cot really early and it wouldn’t fit in our room so we have a single bed in his nursery that I sleep in.

I love tatty teddy so I bought a few wall stickers & light switch cover sticker just to baby up the room a wee bit.

What is your favourite part of the nursery?

The main thing I wanted was a nursing chair as I planned to spend a lot of time in it with baby and I’m so glad I did. It has become part of our routine, we cuddle up in it  and he knows it’s feed/sleep time and it’s also comfortable for me.

What are the most useful items in the nursery?

I love our Gro-egg. Just a glance lets me know if I should be going to put the heating on or an extra blanket. We got the KUB Madera set of furniture which I absolutely love & I couldn’t live without my changing unit! The undercot drawer is perfect for extra storage also but I’d say my three must have items are my nursing chair, changing unit & the toddle pod!

Is there anything in the nursery that you haven’t used?

The one thing we got that we could’ve done without is his cot mobile although now he likes to look at it for a minute it really serves no purpose as we don’t use it to get him to sleep and he’s not interested in the music either.

If you could have one dream nursery item, what would it be?

My dream nursery item would be a nursing chair but I have it so yay! I really can’t think of anything else I would dream of having. Oh actually yes it would be a video monitor! For some reason I didn’t think it would be necessary but I’ve since changed my mind when I imagine him being able to stand himself up etc!

Thank you Elaine and little sweetie Angus. The Toddle Pod is a fab idea, I may have to look into one of those for our next baby (whenever that may be!!) You can follow Elaine and Angus on Twitter at @MRSMPGD.

Would you like to take part in “Share your nursery”? If so, please get in touch via Facebook or Twitter, I’d love to hear from you!

Laura x

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Mar 4

Share your nursery: Louise & Luke

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 4, 2014

Welcome to “Share your nursery,” the feature where mummies and daddies give other parents and parents to be tips, experiences and nursery decor inspiration! This week we have the lovely Louise and Luke from Tattooed Lady with a Baby.

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Hello, my name is Louise and I am mum to Luke. I love everything to do with tattoos (8 so far and counting!), photography, baking cakes (but never actually eat them after all my effort!) and cleaning, yes I did say cleaning! I would love to own my own business in the future. Luke loves his plastic toy train, making us put the bricks in it just so he can throw them out and being on his feet. His little face lights up when we hold his hands and he can “walk” a few steps…he’s going to be a right independent little mister I think!

Being a mummy

When people say being a parent is the hardest job in the world, they aren’t lying. The crying and not knowing why, the trying everything to entertain them but they still aren’t happy, the refusal to either eat or drink (this makes me want to tear my hair out!), teething… are all hard parts of this “job”. However, they are out done by the wonderful love I feel for my little boy, I never thought I would ever feel like this. The smallest smile lights up my heart so much and when we are snuggled in bed in the mornings or at nap time, there’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather be.

Has being a mummy changed you at all?

Most definitely! I was never the most patient person but that changes when a baby comes along. You HAVE to be patient, these tiny humans don’t yet understand the ways of the world and they need you to show and teach them. I never realised how good I was at baby talk either! I’m fluent in “googoo gaagaa” these days! Multi tasking using only one hand while I’ve a baby on my hip is another valuable skill I never knew I had.

How do you cope with the lack of sleep?

I’m not entirely sure how we do it but we just do! Luke wasn’t the best sleeper from day one but he’s improving. We just had to adjust and do what worked for us as a family. This is how we came about having a “Family Bed” situation. To benefit all of us Luke comes into our bed most mornings around 5am where we can all catch a few extra Zzz’s before starting our day around 7.30am. I’ve resigned myself to the fact I may never have a full night’s sleep again…well that’s what it feels like at the moment, let’s hope that changes.

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Life Love Laura Share your nursery Tattooed lady with a baby

Life Love Laura Share your nursery Tattooed lady with a baby

Our nursery is a warm and cosy place filled with lots (and lots!) of clothes and teddy bears. I’ve always been a fan of Winnie the Pooh so I thought what better theme for Luke’s bedroom.

Did you decorate whilst you were pregnant or did you wait until Luke arrived?

We decorated whilst I was expecting but ended up having to move Luke to the other bedroom as it was much warmer, I don’t know why we didn’t do this from the start as it’s a much cosier room anyway.

What is your favourite part of your nursery?

My favourite part of this room is the feeding chair next to the cot, its where me and Luke wind down every night before he goes to bed. He sleepily drinks his bottle and I get to have some quality cuddle time with him which I treasure these days now that I am back at work. Also we recently got some wall letter to spell out Luke’s name and I just love them! They are hanging next to his cot.

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Which items have been the most useful?

The most useful things in our nursery would be a turtle glo light we got in Aldi, it leaves off a subtle light in the room as well changing to a different colour if the room is too hot or too cold. We had a changing table attached to the end of the cot at the start which was very handy for middle of the night nappy changing which was quite frequent at the start! We also have a wipe clean large play mat on the floor of the room, this is so handy as we have wooden floors and it just makes the room that bit quieter. Luke loves to play down there too.

Is there anything in your nursery that you haven’t used?

I think we have used everything in the nursery at some point, whether it was for weeks or months so didn’t find anything we had went to waste.

If you could have one dream nursery item, what would it be?

I’d love a canopy for Luke’s cot but his Dad isn’t so keen on the idea, he thinks it might too girly! I think it would just be cosy!

Thank you so much Louise. I adore Luke’s bedding so much! You can follow Louise on Twitter at @tattooedmumsy.

If you would like to take part in “Share your nursery” please contact me via Facebook or Twitter. I’d love to hear from you!

Laura x

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Feb 25

Share your nursery: Polly & Archie

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by LifeLoveLaura on February 25, 2014

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s “Share your nursery” day! This week we have the lovely Polly from Polly’s Little World and her beautiful little man, Archie.

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My name’s Polly and I have a little boy called Archie who was born in October 2013. I am currently enjoying maternity leave from my job in Accounts. I love going to festivals, reading blogs, eating cheese, looking through car boots, vintage markets and trying my hand at up-cycling.

Being a mummy

I love being a parent more than I could ever imagine, there are so many proud moments but the hardest for me has to be the unpredictability. I like to be as organised as possible but Archie usually has other ideas.

Has becoming a parent changed you at all?

I like to think parenting has changed me in a huge way, my pregnancy was not planned and we were both in our early twenties living carelessly. We had always talked about having babies in the future but we lived in a tiny flat and were not financially ready. Now I wouldn’t change anything for the world, I love my little family to bits.

The question on every new parents’ lips, how do you cope with the lack of sleep?

I have always been quite good at functioning with no sleep as I used to work night shifts a few years ago. Archie is a very good sleeper but my top tip has to be to take it in turns, at least then your not both completely useless the next day. I am also a massive believer in routines, its hard work at first but we managed to get Archie into a routine at 2 weeks old and its worked wonders for us all.

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Where did you get the inspiration for your nursery decor?

I am not a massive fan of themed rooms and I love shabby-chic white furniture so that was an inspiration for the room. I just wanted to fill it with pieces as we went along. We didn’t have much money at the time so the whole room we managed to source for around £180! The chair (which I am looking to cover) is from my old room/the guest room at my Mums house, the changing table somebody was getting rid of so that was free & the cot was just £60 from IKEA. I love Ikea, the furniture is such great designs at such a small price. We picked up a few baby things from there and other bits like the Beatrix Potter cushion I found at an Antique’s market. I think our nursery just shows that you can do it on a small budget. Archie’s nursery is re-cycled, simple and usable. 

Did you decorate whilst you were expecting or did you wait until Archie arrived?

Even though Archie doesn’t sleep in his cot just yet we got everything ready before he arrived- thank god we did as I don’t think I would have the time now. I also wanted a “project” while on maternity leave so I up-cycled the changing table.

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Which is your favourite part of the nursery?

I am really happy with the whole nursery but my favourite two pieces would have to be; the “Archie” bunting my friend brought us when he arrived and the memory box I made him. I love looking back over keepsakes and through all the memories. 

Which items have been the most useful?

The three item’s we cant live without have to be, the changing table, the comfy chair (which I have napped in on a few evenings) and the mobile/pram arches to keep him entertained.

Is there anything in your nursery that you haven’t really used?

Thinking about it there isn’t much we haven’t used in the nursery!!

If you could have one dream nursery item, what would it be?

I would love to buy a Poco Baby Hammock, they look amazing.

Thank you so much for taking part Polly. I adore the Archie bunting, it’s such a sweet little touch! I wonder if they make those baby hammocks in adult sizes, they look so cosy! You can follow Polly and Archie on Twitter at @PollysLWorld.

If you’d like to feature on “Share your nursery,” please get in touch via Twitter or Facebook. I’d love to hear from you!

Laura x

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Feb 18

Share your nursery: Aby & Baby

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by LifeLoveLaura on February 18, 2014

It’s “Share your nursery,” where readers give tips, experiences and nursery decor inspiration. Today we have Aby from You Baby Me Mummy and her gorgeous baby girl!

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Hi, I am Aby, Mummy to ‘Baby’ who is 10 months old. We live on the Hampshire/Berkshire border with Mr Hubby and our two little dogs, Lily and Lou Lou, although I am originally from ‘Up North’.

Being a mummy

Being a mum is definitely the best (but hardest) job I have ever had. I think all parents are sleep deprived, but the rewards are amazing. I love seeing the world through my little girls eyes.

Has becoming a mummy changed you at all?

My priorities have completely changed now I am a mum and I have even found a crafty side!

How do you cope with the lack of sleep?

I think you get used to it.  I used to feel awful if I had less than 8 solid hours.  Now 8 hours is a distant memory, you’re tired, but you survive and you’re only awake because your little one needs you and I don’t mind that.

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share your nursery you baby me mummy

share your nursery you baby me mummy

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Where did you get the inspiration for your nursery décor?

It wasn’t from anywhere in particular.  It was just an idea in my head, a vision of how I wanted it to be. I wanted a clean, primarily white look.  Pretty and feminine, but not overly childish.  I think there are enough ‘baby’ things in a nursery without putting teddies all over the walls.  So I made some personalised bunting to put above the window and my mum made the soft furnishings.  We selected white wooden furniture and I added a tree and bird decal (with a few additional crystals) to the one pink wall.  The idea being that Baby can grow up and still love her space.

Did you decorate whilst you were expecting or did you wait until your little one arrived?

Oh no, I am a planner, so it was all done before Baby arrived.

Which is your favourite part of your nursery?

I think it is the decal. Each leaf had to be stuck on individually, so it was a labour of love!

Which items in your nursery have you found to be the most useful?

Our Angel Care monitor, I would find it very hard to relax if I didn’t hear that constant beep.  Our white wooden rocking chair, which I got from ebay (with footstool for £20). Our pink storage cupboard from Ikea, which has shelves and trays, but can be converted to a wardrobe by changing the shelves for a pole.

Which items have you discovered to be something that you don’t really need?

We don’t actually use the footstool, mainly because the nursery is small and so it cannot be placed near the chair.

If you could have one dream nursery item, what would it be?

It wouldn’t be a specific item, it would be a larger space so we could spread her things out a little more and make it more of a fun space, maybe with the odd teepee thrown in!

Oh Aby, I would LOVE a teepee. If only I could pretend it was for Little T…! haha. Thank you for sharing Baby’s nursery.

As well as You Baby Me Mummy, you can follow Aby and Baby on Twitter at @youbabymemummy.

If you would like to take part in “Share your nursery,” please get in touch via Twitter or Facebook. I’d love to hear from you!

Laura x

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Feb 11

Share your nursery: The L’s Mum

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by LifeLoveLaura on February 11, 2014

It’s “Share your nursery” time again, where parents take over Life Love Laura for the day with their little ones’ beautiful nurseries, tips and experiences. This week we have The L’s mum!

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Hi I’m The L’s Mum and I am delighted to be involved in the “Share your nursery” series. My little one is known as Baby L and he is 8 months old. I’m a first time mum and also a Step Mum to Little L who is 9 Years old.

Being a mummy

We are probably like any normal mummy and baby, we love our cuddles and I especially like to be able to drink a cup of tea without it going cold. Baby L is currently transitioning on to solids and I am enjoying learning something new about my gorgeous little one on a daily basis. I am lucky enough to be not going back to work but I have started my own business in baby and kids clothing so that, amongst being a mummy, is keeping me busy. I absolutely love being a mummy it is the best job in the world and nothing quite prepares you for it. I think the hardest part for me is having that right balance and to not worry if I don’t get the hoover round etc.

Has becoming a mummy changed you at all?

Hmmmm I think it has in a way. I wasn’t a selfish person but I did think about myself and now I don’t remember the last time I put my needs first. Baby L and my family are the most important things to me. My parents emigrated to Australia when I was pregnant so I have found it very difficult adjusting to life without having my own mummy there for guidance but I’m lucky to have a very supportive man in my life.

The question on every new parents’ lips – how do you cope with lack of sleep?

I don’t! A strong black coffee when the day begins is my little trick but it won’t work for everyone. 

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Life Love Laura Share your nursery The L's Mum

Life Love Laura Share your nursery The L's Mum

Baby L’s nursery was a slightly rushed affair. At the time we were living in a different house, and our only option was for Baby L to share with Little L. As we only have Little L every other weekend it wasn’t going to be a problem however, when my parents moved they wanted me to live in their house instead, which meant that Baby L had his own room. So we started again with only a few months to go.

I wanted quite a neutral theme, even though I knew I was having a little Boy I didn’t want it all to be blue blue blue. I found a lovely bedding set from Babies R Us and pretty much based our decoration around that. 

The nursery has a Winnie The Pooh theme. We bought our cot from Tesco Direct and our wardrobe and draws set is from Mothercare. The L’s Papa bought me the chair as a surprise and some good friends of ours bought us the cushion. The colour scheme is cream on all the walls apart from one feature wall.

What is your favourite part of the nursery?

I have two little features I love. One being our Aussie Rules football in the team Grandma and Granddad Australia follow, The Hawthorn based in Melbourne.  Just a little Australian touch.

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I also love my feature wall, which is the work of The L’s Papa with a little help from me. The L’s Papa designed it and drew it on to the wall by hand and then we both painted it. Was two solid days of hard work but we got there and I absolutely Love it. What do you think?

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Is there anything you could live without in Baby L’s Nursery?

I’m not sure there is actually as with moving towards the end of my pregnancy and designing the nursery in a short space of time I didn’t buy that much and bought as I needed really. I suppose the only thing we haven’t used is his cot mobile and to be honest I am not sure why. He always tends to be asleep before he goes into his cot so I haven’t had a need for it yet, but it matches the bedding and looks great in the room. Hopefully we will get a chance to use it soon.

Now that we have the room as it is I wouldn’t change it for the world and when another Baby comes along they will get to experience the Winnie the Pooh room to, and we’ll have to organize a big boys room for Baby L.

You can follow me @thelsmum and also on my blog, thelsmum.wordpress.com. 

Thanks for reading, The L’s Mum

Thank you The L’s Mum, Baby L is such a sweetie. I absolutely adore the Winnie the Pooh wall, it’s so cute!

If you would like to take part in “Share your nursery,” please get in touch via Twitter or Facebook. I’d love to hear from you!

Laura x

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Feb 4

Share your nursery: Jessica & Bea

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by LifeLoveLaura on February 4, 2014

It’s “Share your nursery” time again! This week I am lucky to be featuring my beautiful Goddaughter and Little T’s best bud, Bea. It’s now over to Bea’s mummy and my best bud, Jessica.

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Hi, my name’s Jessica & 10 months ago I became a mummy for the first time when we had our gorgeous little girl Bea. I have been married to my husband Tom for three years this summer & we also have an extremely hyper black Labrador called Noah who is proving to be a great big brother to Bea!

Being a mummy

I have loved everything about being a mummy so far, I am under no illusion though that we have been very lucky. Bea is the most laid back baby, who loves nothing more than sleeping, (unless she is eating)! The hardest part so far for me is having to recently go back to work in the new year. I have only gone back part time so know I am quite lucky, but today I missed her crawling for the first time & I was devastated!

Has becoming a mummy changed you at all?

I don’t think I have changed a great deal since having Bea, although I do seem to sing everything now. We have a song for just about every event in the day, when we get dressed, when we brush our teeth, when we get in the bath & out the bath… I think even Bea thinks I’m a little crazy!

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Did you decorate whilst you were pregnant or did you wait?

When we were pregnant we always knew we wanted to find out if we were having a boy or girl, we wanted to feel as prepared as possible. At our 20 week scan they told us they could only give us a 70% chance of our baby being girl! My first thought was “I need to know how to decorate my nursery!” So we went for a 4D scan & got the news confirmed, we were definitely having a little lady! As soon as we knew for sure the decorating began.

Our spare room was already painted a baby blue so to give us less work we decided to just add a feature wall in dusky pink, that way it would be girly but not a pink overload which I wanted to avoid! Painting done we found the most gorgeous furniture set from Next which had a vintage style & we thought would even last her until when she demands her first big girl room & we have to redecorate.

All of Bea’s bedding & accessories came from Joules which I adore and since she was born I have also got some of my favourite clothes of hers from there! I chose the Madhatter range which his soooo gorgeous! It is pink and has rabbits and tea party things on but is still subtle, I wanted to avoid lots of cartoon like characters that would soon seem babyish! From some of the additional bedding my mum and I also made some bunting and lettering to spell Bea’s name over her cot.

What is your favourite part of Bea’s nursery?

My favourite & most special part of the nursery for me are the nursery rhyme jigsaws that I had framed & put on the wall. They were jigsaws my sister and I had when we were small and we loved playing with them. I also have a wooden chair which was given to me by my grandma and was the chair she had for my dad when he was little.

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Is there anything in Bea’s nursery that you haven’t used and what can’t you live without?

We never use her cot mobile because its quite loud, however I don’t regret getting it because it is very pretty. The one thing we couldn’t do without in our nursery now though is Bea’s pal, Ewan the Dreamsheep. He never fails to sing her to sleep!

Ten months on I still love Bea’s nursery so much and it is by far my favourite room in the house. I find it so relaxing and peaceful in there. I’m pretty sure she likes it too because she loves bedtime and often enjoys a little lie in!

Thank you so much Jess and Bea. I adore Bea’s nursery so much, I’m not surprised it’s your favourite room in the house! You can follow Jess and Bea on Twitter at @ThorpJessica.

If you would like to take part in “Share your nursery,” please contact me via Facebook or Twitter. I’d love to hear from you!

Laura x

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Jan 28

Share your nursery: Sharon & Ellis

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by LifeLoveLaura on January 28, 2014

It’s “Share your nursery” day once again! This week we have another of Little T’s fab Twitter aunties, Sharon and her beautiful little fella Ellis. Take a look at this swish nursery, it’s fit for a prince!

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I’m Sharon, mummy to little E & wife of super-Dan. I’m a wannabe stay at home mum who has just gone back to work full time so am currently getting my head around this new life & desperately trying to find some balance. 

Being a mummy

Becoming a parent has been both the easiest and the hardest job for me (cliche klaxon!). We thought it would take us a while but were fortunate that it didn’t take too long at all. We thought we were clued up but we weren’t even close! Despite thinking we were prepared for anything we were pretty shellshocked by E’s arrival which was very traumatic to say the least. When I tell people about it (including my post birth post traumatic stress counsellor) they ask about post natal depression and how it affected bonding but thankfully I’ve never felt that this suffered. Somehow I avoided post natal depression (I say ‘somehow’ but quite frankly I reckon it was solely down to having an awesome husband). It’s just always felt natural and easy really. Of course there have been nights when he just never stopped crying (and some when we haven’t stopped crying either!) but thankfully these have been pretty rare. 

Has becoming a mummy changed you at all?

Parenting has taught me the importance of the role we have to bring up our children. I don’t have a good relationship with my parents & they didn’t ever really make me feel like they trusted me or had any kind of faith in me and my abilities. I watch programmes like ‘Wanted Down Under’ and get furious with the parents who use emotional blackmail to stop their kids from moving away. So selfish. I like to think that if E ever wanted to move to the other side of the world that this would be my response; “yes it will break my heart but what would break my heart even more is knowing that you haven’t followed your dreams. If it’s your dream to go then you get on that plane right now my boy & go live your life to the full. (And get a job that pays well enough for you to pay for my flights every six months!)”

The question on every new parents’ lips – how do you cope with the lack of sleep?

The first six weeks were the worst in terms of sleep but we didn’t really have it that bad. The hardest but was because it took me 12 weeks to really fully recover. I was definitely very poorly for the first 3-4weeks so lack of sleep was just one more thing to handle. We just got on with trying to establish a very clear day/night routine and regular 4 hour feeds as much as possible. That worked well for us and Ellis slept 7pm-7am (or thereabouts) from about 20 weeks.

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Where did you find the inspiration for Ellis’ nursery?

Our nursery decoration is largely inspired by not wanting to do too much when I was pregnant!! Our colour scheme stayed the same, we just added wall stickers on the main purple wall and around the changing table area. We knew E was a boy so were happy to stay with purple. I think it would have been the same if we had been having a girl to be honest! Our scheme is a little odd-we like to think of it as the crazy robot circus zoo theme. We’ll probably change it when E is a little older & can help decide but for now it works. I’m not a fan of pink/blue themes at all so his room was never going to be a pastel haven!

What is your favourite part of the nursery?

My favourite part is the feeding chair as its where I do E’s bedtime story and bottle before bed. We have some lovely cuddles there & it’s pretty comfy too. It was just a cheap Ikea seat but you can’t put a price on sleepy snuggles.

Which would you say are your most useful nursery items?

Three most useful items – fairly boring but true: 

1. Cot bed for obvious reasons. Ours was in sale in Babies’R'Us and will last four years. Bargain.

2. Fisher Price Seahorse.  Plays soothing music to E when he sleeps. I swear by this toy. It’s amazing.

3. Changing mat. We just got a cheap one from Mothercare and its great. Does the job and is easy to move if needed.

And I wouldn’t be without the following: 

1. A big bin for nappies – we use a recycling bin. Those buggers stink. We also use air freshening/odour eliminating things nearby to combat said stench. I know there are special ‘disposal systems’ but friends who have them don’t rate them so I’m glad we never bothered. 

2. Angelcare monitor. This has sound and movement sensor and I think it’s great.

3. Feeding chair. At the start you spend such a long time glued to that seat. It pays to get a comfy one!!

4. A speaker/ipod combo – we have a list on Spotify of songs by ‘Rockabye Baby’ they are lullaby versions of pop and rock anthems. When we’re done with reading a story and drinking our milk we have a little chill out hugging and listening to tunes. E seems to particularly like Coldplay, The Beatles and The Beach Boys. 

If you could have one dream nursery item, what would it be?

I’m not sure what my one dream item would be – now that E has decided he doesn’t want to stay still when doing nappy changes I would love a way to get him to stop getting up! I don’t think such a thing exists though!! We’ve definitely found sleeping bags are the best sleeping aid especially when it’s chilly so maybe a never ending supply of those!

Sharon, you have such a fab approach to parenting! Your Wanted Down Under comment made me chuckle. If E does go and takes you along, can I hide in your suitcase please? You can follow Sharon and Ellis’ adventures on Twitter at @MrsSWoodward.

If you would like to take part in “Share your nursery,” please get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Laura x

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Jan 21

Share your nursery: Lisa & Lottie

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by LifeLoveLaura on January 21, 2014

A very belated Happy New Year everybody! “Share your nursery” is back for 2014 and first up this year I have one of Little T’s Twitter aunties, Lisa and her gorgeous little lady Lottie.

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Hi, I’m Lisa and mummy to Charlotte (or Lottie) who is now the grand old age of 6 months! We live in Aldershot with our lovely husband/daddy Stu, but I’m originally from a little village near Romsey, in Hampshire.

Being a mummy
After almost 20 years as a childrens nanny, being a mum is everything I dreamed it would be & more. I’m blessed with a very happy baby, who has settled into our lives beautifully. Even when she has to be woken at 6am to go to work with me and we don’t get home until 9pm some nights. She’s a little star!

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Lottie only has a little corner of our bedroom at present, but as babies do, she has taken over our little flat in the best way! Lottie’s cot is a space saver cot from Kiddiecare as we are very limited on space. The theme was decided after her lovely Aunty Nikki @nikniknan) bought a gorgeous multicoloured mamas & papas blanket (the one in Lottie’s pics!).

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Is there anything in your nursery that you couldn’t live without?
Things I couldn’t live without are our GroEgg & Angelcare monitor. Lottie sleeps through from around 9pm until 7am, but I wake frequently & these things mean I don’t have to get up & disturb her. I can just squint through bleary eyes to check all is well. Who knew motherhood would make me such a worrier?!

Motherhood brings out the worrier in even the most level headed person I think Lisa, I worry like mad at the tiniest thing! Thank you so much for taking part in “Share your nursery,” Lottie’s ‘room’ is gorgeous and is a perfect example of how to create a little baby haven for your little one in the smallest of spaces.

You can follow Lisa and Lottie on twitter at the Twitter handle @lisajbee.

If you would like to take part in “Share your nursery” please contact me via Twitter or Facebook, I’d love to hear from you and your little ones. Thank you!

Laura x

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Dec 17

Share your nursery: Lauren & Seren

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by LifeLoveLaura on December 17, 2013

It’s time for this week’s “Share your nursery” where I’m handing over to the lovely Lauren, also known as Pretty Star Designs. Have a look Lauren’s shop, she doesn’t half make some pretties!

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Hi, I’m Lauren, and my daughter is Babystar, we live in Wales. I’m 24 and Babystar is almost 2!

Being a mummy
Being a parent can be a little bit challenging at times for anybody, and for me, also now being a single parent and having a special needs baby can be quite stressful (all the appointments, operations etc) to go with the normal things having a toddler brings – teething, colds, feeding and lack of sleep. Babystar has been a miracle baby all along and continues to be, the strength and fight in her is very inspiring to see!

Has being a mummy changed you at all?
Being a mother has definitely changed me, having to be strong for her with all the things she’s gone through and learning masses of medical and technical things has been a steep learning curve. I knew from 20 weeks pregnant that she had medical problems so I thankfully had time to prepare and start reading up on things! I’ve always been a bit kooky so fit in perfectly with a crazy baby/toddler, we have so much fun together every day!

The question on all new parents’ lips – how do you cope with the lack of sleep?
Babystar is a pretty good sleeper luckily, she does have her moments like all children but the majority of the time sleeps in the cotbed in her nursery all night long until 8am. Taking the side off her cotbed at 19 months was a big step and it took a good few months for her to re-learn her sleeping routine, not escaping and staying in her bed not mine! Occasionally she runs into my bed in the middle of the night or the morning if I’m still asleep and cuddles up to me, which is so cute!

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Where did you find the inspiration for Seren’s nursery?
I spent many years dreaming up how my future child’s nursery would look and how I would paint it but I haven’t really done anything I had planned on! I had planned on decorating, but being as we only had the keys to our new build flat a few weeks before she arrived. It was basically a shell with no flooring and builders were in and out making a big mess. We still lived with my parents luckily and ended up not moving in until she was over 17 weeks old. I knew that when it was done I wanted it to feature lots of stars though, I bought some Mamas & Papas creamy brown star wallpaper but still haven’t put it up!!

I had a big pink star mirror from my parents in 2004 so that was the first thing to go up in Babystar’s room. All of her cupboards were passed down from a family member and they were bright purple but had begun life as yellow so I spent many weeks when she was a few weeks old sanding them and painting them all white. 

When I was 31 weeks pregnant and having my last baby heart ultrasound before birth I went to Ikea that afternoon and bought the big white hanging star for her ceiling from their Christmas 2011 range. I remember having to sit down in the warehouse section thinking “baby please don’t come now, not in the middle of Ikea!” I’d been in slow labour since 29 weeks and I knew I was getting ill too, developing pre-eclampsia, so trying to keep her inside when I knew she was ill and most definitely needed the extra time was tough!! 

All of her little trinkets are my old belongings, 20+ year old Disney music boxes on her windowsill, the blackout blinds are from Tesco, the cloud canopy is Ikea, mobile and photo frames are Mamas and Papas. Now that I’ve taken the side off the cot I’ve put a little yellow chair as her bedside table for her water bottle, the chair was mine as a toddler!

The letters are from Mamas and Papas, it took many months to get the complete set! I had a gender scan at 16 weeks, and we went straight to the shop to buy some star things. I saw the S and that’s how we decided to tell people, everyone knew that if we ever had a girl she’d be called Seren (Welsh for star) so afterwards, we drove back to my parents house, my mum was standing at the door eagerly waiting and I couldn’t wait, just grabbed the S out of the bag in the middle of the street! Pretty sure one of us screamed and think both of us cried!

What is your favourite part of Seren’s nursery?
My favourite items in the nursery are her big cot bed, now that the side is off we often just sit in there before bedtime. I love the fact it has so many different options from full cot to a toddler bed and day bed. Why spend money on different cots, small beds, kids beds when a cot bed can last for years? I also love her Saplings Katie crib from ToysRUs which is now full of teddies!

Which is your most useful nursery item?
The video baby monitor!

Are there any items that you have discovered you can live without?
The cot mobile is far too loud to ever be used to send her to sleep. I only bought the few basics you need the first few weeks and then bought stuff as we went along so didn’t really end up having anything we didn’t need gladly, living in a flat so space is in demand! It can be a bit stressful not having everything ready for baby but her early arrival was very stressful, we had the basics and a car seat (husband had to go buy her crib and tiny baby clothes whist I was in hospital though!!) so we managed fine, you need far less than all the baby shopping catalogues make you believe!

If you could have one dream nursery item what would it be?
It would either be a Stokke Sleepi cot (I’m a big Stokke fan!), or a bigger room for her. I’d love to have a huge wall to decorate and space for her toys in there too. I love the long wall hung book rails on Pinterest, so having a big nursery/playroom with a built in cupboard for all the clothes out of the way and books all around is the dream!

Thank you so much for sharing Seren’s nursery with us Lauren. It’s fit for a princess and I love that you have passed down a lot of your things to her, it’s so sweet! Lauren is on Twitter and you can follow her here.

If you would like to take part in “Share your nursery” I’d love to hear from you. You can contact me on my Twitter or Facebook pages.

Laura x

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