Life

My ‘Postnatal Mental Health’: Navigating new parenthood in the context of Postpartum Thyroiditis. How this affected my mental health and why the mantra ‘no one birth is ever the same’ should be acknowledged throughout the postaprtum period (and beyond).

Postnatal mental health 'Postnatal mental health' is in inverted commas because this term is too broad, what I was dealing with was trauma in the context of having just given birth and as a result of a postnatal illness - Postpartum Thyroiditis. It also became postnatal depression and postnatal anxiety, but not in the way… Continue reading My ‘Postnatal Mental Health’: Navigating new parenthood in the context of Postpartum Thyroiditis. How this affected my mental health and why the mantra ‘no one birth is ever the same’ should be acknowledged throughout the postaprtum period (and beyond).

Life

Part 2 of My On-going Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis, Suspected Graves and Thyroid Eye Disease: Nearly two years after giving birth and I continued the battle to be heard.

It's Complicated I'm finding it gradually harder to write about my experience with Postpartum Thyroiditis, namely because I am no longer postpartum. It’s been over twenty-four months since I gave birth to my daughter, and my health has still not fully recovered. The weight of the information in my head, my exhaustion from my ever-changing… Continue reading Part 2 of My On-going Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis, Suspected Graves and Thyroid Eye Disease: Nearly two years after giving birth and I continued the battle to be heard.

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85 affirmations for coping with a thyroid problem: When my body and mind were at their weakest, I had to be my strongest and this is what I told myself.

Hypnobirthing and positive affirmations Before I gave birth to my daughter I practiced hypnobirthing and a part of this was to recite positive thoughts and affirmations. I littered the walls of our house with affirmations in preparation for birth, giving little thought to their usefulness beyond. Postpartum Thyroiditis Three months following the birth of my… Continue reading 85 affirmations for coping with a thyroid problem: When my body and mind were at their weakest, I had to be my strongest and this is what I told myself.

Loves

Adopting a Cat: Things to consider before introducing a furry feline friend to your home.

In recent months we lost a lovely cat - Nutmeg, who we adopted from the RSPCA. This was the first time we had ever homed a cat and Nutmeg quickly became a big love of mine. Before adopting a cat we took lots of practicalities into consideration, having the added responsibility of a pet was… Continue reading Adopting a Cat: Things to consider before introducing a furry feline friend to your home.

Learning

Another Top 10 Supply Bag Books: 10 more books to promote a love of reading and cover (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)

After writing my first list of top 10 supply bag books, there were so many I was sad not to include, so here they are. Ten more books that provide a wealth of opportunity and lots of enjoyment when teaching and learning in the EYFS. When I travel around I try to carry books that… Continue reading Another Top 10 Supply Bag Books: 10 more books to promote a love of reading and cover (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)

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Top Ten Supply Bag Books: My favourite books to promote a love of reading whilst covering (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)

I really struggled with this because my top 10 is really a top 20 (at least) but the 10 books below are always in my bag when I visit schools to teach in the EYFS. When I travel around I try to carry books that the children may not have read, that's the only reason… Continue reading Top Ten Supply Bag Books: My favourite books to promote a love of reading whilst covering (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)

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Little Hens Cook Together: A fun class in Rochdale where children and toddlers, create, cook and enjoy freshly prepared food.

I was lucky enough to find this gem of a cooking class through a recommendation from a friend. Babe, (now 22 months) and I, attended a Little Hens holiday session and enjoyed it so much that we signed up for more. Like a perfectly prepared meal the 'Little Cooks' class brings fun and learning together… Continue reading Little Hens Cook Together: A fun class in Rochdale where children and toddlers, create, cook and enjoy freshly prepared food.