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  1. I remember asking a lot of mum friends how it was having two when I still just had the one.  It was clear everyone has a different experience with their second child. A big factor that came in to play was the age gap between babies but regardless there were still lots of similarities with what people said, things I can now identify with having two myself with a two year age gap.

    Everything was unknown first time round
    First time round everything was new to us as parents. Each week or month it felt like there was a new milestone or development we needed to be supporting our child with and each seemed to require hours of Google research before we could make a decision on how to tackle it. I felt like I was always worrying if I was doing the right thing. Second time round you have the benefit of experience and hindsight, you know what works for you and your family whether it be sleep routines, weaning or simple logistics of the best way to get from A to B.  It's a good feeling to finally realise just how much you have learnt from your first child.

    Time 
    Looking after one baby was a full time job, everything was carefully scheduled around naps, mealtimes and bedtime. When I had my second it was very different as number 2 just had to slot in around my first's routine and actually that worked fine, especially in the early days when you really appreciate just how much they sleep to begin with! Yes it's hectic with two, there were certainly times when I looked back and wondered what on earth I was doing all day with just one especially when I hit that magical period with one child who always took a two hour afternoon nap - those were the glory days!  Also with two I really learnt how to juggle lots of plates at once, whether it be entertaining a toddler while breastfeeding, keeping two entertained in the supermarket trolley or pottytraining one while dealing with a newborn.  Multitasking became second nature and baby wearing was a total lifesaver to free up my hands!

    Clothes 
    First time around we bought clothes as and when we needed them and carefully washed and stored them when they had been grown out of.  Second time round we seem to have endless stashes of clothes in various sizes: Things for child 1 to grow in to, things  child 1 wears, things child 1 has grown out of but are still too big for child 2, things for child 2, plus all of the things child 2 has grown out of that you can't bear to part with or are saving just incase you have a third.  Every spare cupboard or drawer is crammed full with clothing that doesn't currently fit either of your children but cannot possibly be parted with at the moment.  

    Photos 
    First time around I had photos that probably captured every single day of my baby's first year thanks to the convenience of camera phones. Second baby has significantly less photos.  I suppose I can't spend hours snuggling and photographing my little one while they nap so I have a lot less 'sleeping' baby photos but also the speed of daily life means I just don't mange to take nearly as many as I'd like.

    Sibling love
    Sibling love is amazing.  I worried they wouldn't bond or that number 1 would feel left out when number 2 arrived.  I know every family is different but we've been really lucky, watching their little bond grow each day has been one of my favourite parts of parenting and makes the madness all worth it.

     

    xx

  2. Lactation Cookies, recipe, blog, breastfeeding blog, parenting blog, new mu

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    These are great snack for a breastfeeding mum as they will give mum a much needed energy boost and  contain many milk-boosting ingredients.

    Top Milk Boosting Ingredients

    You can substitute out some of the ingredients for alternatives but to ensure you get the best chance to give your milk a boost these are the ingredients not to be messed with:

    -Brewers yeast: Contains vitamin B and the minerals chromium and selenium. B vitamins which are great for breastfeeding mums.

    - Flaxseed:  This contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are healthy fats which are great for us mums and can be passed on to your breastmilk for a nutritional boost for baby. 

    - Oats: They contain a high concentration of saponins, an immune-stimulating compound that may help increase levels of prolactin, a key hormone for milk production. Oats are also packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals, which makes them a healthy choice regardless of whether or not you're breastfeeding as they'll release energy slowly to ensure you don't have a sugar crash!

    Lactation Cookies, recipe, blog, breastfeeding blog, parenting blog, new mu

     

    Ingredients

    •  65g coconut oil
    •  100g cup brown sugar
    •  1 egg
    •  1 tsp vanilla
    •  2 tbsp milled flaxseed
    •  3 tbsp water
    •  130g cup whole wheat flour
    •  2 tbsp brewer's yeast
    •  1 tsp cinnamon
    •  1/2 tsp salt
    •  180g cups oats
    •  60g cup raisins
    •  2 tbsp whole flaxseed 

    Instructions

      1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celcius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit

      2. In a mixing bowl, mix the coconut oil and sugar until soft. Add the egg and vanilla and mix.
      3. Combine the milled flaxseed and water in a separate bowl and then add to the mixing bowl.

      4. Add the flour, brewer's yeast, cinnamon and salt to the mixing bowl and mix again.

      5. By hand, mix in the oats, raisins and whole flaxseed.

      6. Scoop out the batter onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Flatten the cookies slightly. Recipe will make 12 cookies.

      7. Bake for 12 minutes.

      8. Eat and enjoy!

     

    Lactation Cookies, recipe, blog, breastfeeding blog, parenting blog, new mu

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
    • 1 1/2 cups Flour
    • 5 Tbsp Brewers Yeast
    • 3 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed
    • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
    • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
    • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp Salt
    • 16 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, Cubed (2 sticks)
    • 4 Tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
    • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar (feel free to reduce by 1/4 cup)
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
    • 1 1/2 cups Semi-Sweet or Dark Chocolate Chips/Chunks
    • 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
    • 1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts *optional*

    DIRECTIONS:

    1.  Preheat the oven the 160 degrees celcius or 350 degrees F.

    2.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt. Next, add in the oats and combine.

    3.  In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter and coconut oil on medium speed until creamy, about 1-2 minutes.

    4.  Add in the sugar and beat on medium to high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed.

    5.  Add in the egg and egg yolk, beating until combined, about 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure you scrape the bowl to make sure that it is all evenly mixed.

    6.  Add in the vanilla extract and beat until combined again. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined and mixed.

    7.  Stir in the chocolate chips, coconut and nuts, until combined.

    8.  Scoop the dough into 1-inch rounds, or use a large cookie scoop to make them uniform, and place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until the bottoms are just golden. Let cool completely before storing in a sealed container.

     

    Lactation Cookies, recipe, blog, breastfeeding blog, parenting blog, new mu

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup 150g wholemeal flour
    • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
    • 125 g butter
    • 3 tablespoons of flaxseed meal
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 3 tablespoons of water
    • 1 tablespoonvanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons of brewers yeast
    • 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats
    • 100 g of flaked almonds
    • 1/2 cup of dried apricots, roughly chopped
    • 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips

     

    Instructions

    1. Line two trays with baking paper and preheat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade.

    2. Place the butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on a high speed for 8 - 10 minutes or until the mixture is pale and smooth.

    3. Add the vanilla and egg and mix on a low speed to combine.

    4. Add the wholemeal flour, baking powder, flaxseed meal and brewers yeast and water to the bowl and mix on a low speed to combine.

    5. Remove the bowl from the stand and add the rolled oats, flaked almonds, white chocolate chips and dried cranberries and stir through to combine.

    6. Use a tablespoon to scoop up the mixture and roll it into balls before placing on the prepared baking trays. Repeat until you have used all of the mixture.

    7. Lightly flatten the Cranberry Almond and White Chocolate Lactation Biscuits with the palm of your hand and place into the oven to bake for 12 minutes.

    8. Leave the biscuits to cool on the trays for 10 minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rack to completely cool.

    9. Store in an airtight container for up to a week