Notes of Hope to struggling new mums

Nancy Gibbs, Lobella Loves, #WhatKatyDid

Making a difference: Not just beautiful brands
Picture by: Nancy Gibbs, http://www.nancyhgibbsphotography.co.uk

Here’s a frightening fact, suicide is the leading direct cause of death for mums within the first year after their child is born, a recent report showed.

One in seven of the women who died during pregnancy or up to a year after giving birth killed themselves, according to data compiled by MBRRACE-UK.

Which is why – this Mental Health Awareness Week – I’m so excited about Lobella Loves’ Notes of Hope campaign.

The new online destination for the most beautiful baby and toddler brands has teamed up with Cocoon Family Support, a charity supporting families suffering from pre and postnatal mental health issues. Continue reading

A letter to my midwife

#whatkatydid, International day of the midwife, #IDM2017You probably won’t remember me. Though I’m sure there’s no such thing as a typical birth, my little boy’s was happily uneventful in the medical sense. There was no real drama. He was safely delivered just as your shift was ending, after a fairly long labour. He was healthy. And I was well. There was and is no real reason for you to remember me.

But we will never forget you.

Larissa. I’m sorry, I can’t remember your surname. It’s on the record of Sonny Jim’s birth, along with his weight and time he was born. That record is tucked away in a little memory box in his bedroom.

But anyway. Larissa. I first met you when you came on shift that morning. I’d already been in hospital for a few hours. I was, if I’m honest, just starting to get a bit panicked by all this giving birth malarkey. I was in pain. I felt out of control. I wasn’t sure I could actually do it anymore. Continue reading

13 things the first 13 months of motherhood has taught me

Sonny Jim, Katy Pearson, What Katy Did, motherhood

Sweet boy: Sonny Jim has taught me a lot

First things first. I’m not one of those mums who, when asked how old their child is, replies with something like 47 weeks, or 22 months.

My maths isn’t good enough for that. I stopped with the weeks things when I got muddled up at around 14 weeks (or was it 15 weeks?)

Anyway. Sonny Jim is one. BUT as I have 13 points, it kinda wraps things up nicely to tie that in with the fact he is almost 13 months.

Right. That’s that cleared up.

Here are the 13 things that motherhood has taught me so far: (Obviously there are a lot more than this – some big, some small – but these are the ones my damn-that-sleep-regression-or-is-it-teeth muddled brain can bring to mind right at this moment.) Continue reading

I’m loving… this limited edition Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

Katy Pearson, limited edition, Champagne

The stuff summer is made of: I’m loving this limited edition Champagne

It’s no secret that I’m a big (*huge*) fan of Champagne. Nor is it a secret that I love flowers (yes, it’s true my husband has a bouquet delivered to me every month…)

So this lovely new limited edition floral sleeve on bottles of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte for spring/summer at John Lewis (£28) is ticking all my boxes.

Available while stocks last throughout Spring and Summer 2017, the Brut Reserve (the booze inside the pretty sleeve) is a delicate, structured Champagne, with elegance and finesse.

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Super sweet Easter egg recipes

Katy Pearson, British Lion Eggs, Easter, recipe

Super cute: Chicks on a plate

When it comes to cooking, I’m not the greatest. However, I *am* a total sucker for recipes that look so lovely they make you smile. And these from British Lion Eggs (www.eggrecipes.co.uk), ahead of Easter, certainly do that.

Hands up who is feeling inspired to hold an Easter Sunday gathering, after looking at these? Yep, me too…

Little egg chicks

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
• 8 British Lion eggs
• 3tbsp Greek yogurt
• 2tsp Dijon mustard
• ½ carrot, sliced thinly into rounds
• Chives or green peppercorns to decorate Continue reading

Win a Do It Like A Mother pin!

Win, competition, Do It Like A Mother, pin

Win this pin!

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Ahead of Mother’s Day, I’ve teamed up with Do It Like A Mother to give away one of these lovely enamel pins with rose gold plating on white background.

Ten per cent of the profits from sales of this inspiring £6 pin (which I totally need in my life!) go to PANDAS UK, supporting families through perinatal mental health issues.

Do It Like A Mother empowers couples for positive birth via hypnobirthing that makes total sense, in Southend and Upminster. So if you’re expecting, you need to check them out!

For your chance to win this pin, simply share this post on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram and tag yourself – or another a mama that inspires you. Continue reading

Today I’m loving… birdhouses!

Spring is certainly sprung and finches and song sparrows are starting to arrive in our Essex gardens… meaning it’s totally time to update your birdhouse (or treat yourself to one if your plot is currently house or feeder-less!)

Mr and Mrs Birdee Birdhouse

Mr and Mrs Birdee Birdhouse, £9.95, Furnish

We have two birdhomes and one house-style feeder here at High Tide – as of yet no feathered friends have taken up residence, but I’m living in hope that this spring (our second here) things will be different. Continue reading