A Life Update

Hello readers!

I just wanted to write this post to firstly thank you all for the wonderful support that's been given to me throughout the lifespan of this blog so far. I originally started the blog to help and support those with autism on their journey to becoming parents but the blog has blossomed into more of an online diary of my time as a parent. Whether you've found the blog as a helpful resource throughout your pregnancy or you've joined in following our families adventures I hope you've found this space useful and/or entertaining.

I'll be changing the pace of  the blog until the new year as we're in the process of moving house! Our new house is a definite fixer upper and the plan was to be in and cracking on with it well before Christmas but as everyone knows things don't always go to plan so we're only just arranging completion dates almost 8 months after our initial offer was accepted! It's been a tough few months living out of boxes so to avoid getting too stressed i'm going to take a step back from some things so I can throw myself into the house and get it clean and livable for the festive period.

I'll be trying to keep up with my regular Living Arrows posts if possible as I love writing those and pouring over the hundreds of photos of Iris we take in a week and choosing just one!

Thank you for all your support, 
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Me and Mine | October 2018

Me and Mine October 2018 autistic and pregnant autistic mum life sharing pregnancy and parenting experiences from the autism spectrum

The photo above was taken as we strolled through our home town. The gorilla was promoting a local costume and character hire company and he was making quite an impression! There were lots of children (and adults!) that were afraid of this very lifelike beast but Iris astounded me with how keen she was to get near the gorilla, squealing and laughing and reaching out for a high 5! She amazes me with her bravery, she is absolutely fearless.

Most Used Items | 0-12 Month

Most Used Items | 0-12 Month Tried and Tested Review autistic and pregnant autistic mum life sharing pregnancy and parenting experiences from the autism spectrum

As first time parents we were easily convinced that we needed so many different things for our little bundle. Despite doing my research there were things that worked and things that didn't. It's largely to do with trial and error. Some babies will take to certain things and not others but these are the things that we found most useful in our first 12 months with Iris.

Living Arrows | Finger (and face, arms, body and toe) Painting!

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'You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth' Khalil Gibran. 

In my mind this was going to be a lovely Pinterest worthy parenting moment. In reality the photo above shows Iris gagging from the paint she just ate. It's made a good photo but ultimately this wasn't the calm, methodical painting session I imagined, partly due to Iris being a little young and partly due to my completely unrealistic expectation!  

Travel | 72 Hours in Amsterdam (Child Free!)

 Travel 72 Hours in Amsterdam Child Free autistic and pregnant autistic mum life sharing pregnancy and parenting experiences from the autism spectrum

We visited Amsterdam for a very specific reason and that was to Ed Sheeran. We'd tried for hours to get tickets to any UK venue but it just wasn't happening so when we found tickets for Amsterdam that were cheaper and readily available we dived right in and decided to make a weekend of it. We flew from our local airport that is just 20 minutes away and we stayed at NH Museum Quarter. The hotel was in the perfect location, just a five minute walk from the beautiful Museum quarter and we were lucky enough to have a room with a canal view. The rooms were light and spacious and thankfully offered guest controlled air conditioning as we stayed during the summer heatwave.

Review | Lily and The Polar Bears by Jion Sheibani*

Tried and Tested Toppsta Book Review Lily and The Polar Bears by Jion Sheibani autistic and pregnant autistic mum life sharing pregnancy and parenting experiences from the autism spectrum


Lily and Grandpa are having a lovely day at the beach but who's that floating on the ocean? 

Lily and the Polar Bears tells the tale of how Lily brings home a whole bunch of polar bears and how after some fish fingers and a bedtime story those sometimes scary and often misunderstood polar bears become part of everyday life.