The End of an Era

 It’s the end of an era. There will be no more babies in this household. 

I’ve thrown out the expired ovulation kits, the clunky old fertility monitor, the countless pee cups and even the stash of IVF medications living in my back fridge that I was too superstitious to discard until now.

This week marks the official end of our journey to parenthood. Now, it’s all about the journey THROUGH parenthood.

To those still struggling, hoping, grieving or worrying, you are strong. I’ll never forget this phase of our lives - where it taught us to be bigger, stronger, wiser, kinder on a path that nobody should have to face.

To those who supported me over the years, the excitement, the frustration, the jealousy. Through the darkest days of my life. Through the most joyous days of my life. To the ones who sobbed with me after we lost our babies. To the ones who cheered on a positive ovulation stick, who picked me up after yet another failed cycle. To the ones who celebrated our pregnancies even while going through their own journeys. You are the strong ones.

I will hug my girls tight every single day, and know that I’m going to raise them into their own strong warrior women, who will know how much we fought for them, and how much we love them.

Wacom Intuos: a review

Do your kids love to draw? If you've got a Creative Kid like Georgia, you need to check out the Wacom Intous - it's the perfect tool to get those imaginations running! We've been playing with it this past week, and it's been an absolute breeze to use.  

All you need to do is connect your Intuos pen tablet to your PC or Mac, get your kiddos all set up, and you're good to go! It's a great, visual way for your kiddos to create, draw and explore, and really encourages creativity. 

You can start simple with younger kids, and take it to the next levels when your children are older - the options are endless! Georgia decided to draw up her own pamphlet on looking after the ocean... completely of her own accord. It was a great conversation starter too! 

I love seeing how their minds work when they have the creative freedom, and the resources, to do what they love!

Did you know you can use your $100 Creative Kids Voucher on a Wacom Intuos of your own? 

Now's the perfect time to redeem it before the year runs out. Make sure you visit Wacom Australia and snap one up today - what will your tiny humans create on theirs?

Need some ideas on how to keep the kids entertained while at home - perhaps over the upcoming school holidays? Visit the Wacom Blog to read more!

Breathe Gently was provided with a complimentary Intuos from Wacom Australia for review - all reviews are my own. If you are interested in a product review appearing on Breathe Gently, please email me. #gifted #sponsored

You can also get in touch with me via my @mamajags Instagram page.

Pregnancy in a Pandemic

 Hi baby girl!
Being pregnant in a lockdown isn't something I've experienced before. Amelia was a new baby when our first Covid wave hit last year, and that was hard enough. I missed my village, people missed her growing up, she missed out on having a Meet & Greet, a Christening AND a first birthday because of the constant outbreaks that popped up.
Now here we are, over a year later, and this newest outbreak is just as brutal, if not more. It's hard being pregnant with not a lot of support. Every visit alone. Every ultrasound alone. Feeling worried for the birth, for the restrictions, for the limitations. Seeing stories of new mother's birthing alone, away from their support partners. It's just brutal.
But every kick, every nudge, every wiggle... I'm so grateful for every single one. This is my last pregnancy, and I'm soaking it all up and so, so grateful to be here. Be safe and be well, friends. xx

elves in the wardrobe: a review

There are lots of baby and kids brands out there, and it can be hard to know where to start when you're looking to throw your support towards a small business. Elves in the Wardrobe is a one stop shop for organic clothing and accessories, and contain goodies from some of the most eco-friendly international and Australian labels. They're all about sustainability, ethical practices, and the softest organic cotton you'll find!
We have been gifted two beautiful items, and I'm thrilled to share them with you today.

This gorgeous Baby Rabbit Soft Toy would make the sweetest new baby gift or comforter - it's lovely and neutral, and oh so soft. Amelia took one look at it and claimed it as her own, now I don't have the heart to tell her it was a present for new baby! Made from natural, sustainable materials and organic cotton, it's the perfect size for little hands to hold. Isn't he sweet? 

Speaking of new baby, this stunning Knitted Cocoon is absolutely exquisite. Made from 100% merino wool, it will keep your baby warm, safe, snug and comfortable without overheating. The Sand colour is perfectly neutral and it is designed to grow with your little one - with arms either in or out. Simply knot the bottom for a comfortable cocoon that will help keep your baby safe and sound from birth to approx 4 months of age.
I have my eyes on some more of their beautiful baby blankets and comforters, and I just know that you're going to love them too. Make sure you pop by and get browsing, but I warn you - there is so much to choose from, it might be best to grab a cuppa and put your feet up before you start!

You can sign up to the newsletter to receive 10% off your first order. Did I mention they have Afterpay available as well as free Australia-wide shipping for orders over $100? 
Breathe Gently was provided with a complimentary cocoon wrap and bunny toy from Elves in the Wardrobe for review - all reviews are my own. If you are interested in a product review appearing on Breathe Gently, please email me. #gifted 

You can also get in touch with me via my @mamajags Instagram page.

Redsbaby Connect Plus: A Review

We are thrilled to have been one of the first families in Australia to use the brand new CONNECT™ PLUS Baby Carrier recently released by Redsbaby.

This collection has been thoughtfully crafted to nurture a connection between parent and child, and is so comfy to wear. It has a versatile tri-layer system that keeps it at an ideal comfort level for both warm and cooler weather, the only carrier to seamlessly convert between three layers within moments and it's lovely and breathable. The padding is perforated to provide airflow and comfort, and it stops you from getting sweaty under the straps while baby-wearing. And... did I mention it has POCKETS? You can slip your hands in to cradle baby skin-to-skin and provide soothing/comfort as you're wearing them.

Can you spy the beginnings of a new baby bump here? :)

Best of all, they are endorsed and certified by Healthy Hips Australia, which as you know is very important to me with Amelia's ongoing Hip Dysplasia issues. They are ideal for babies both with and without hip dysplasia, as they promote the safe positioning of baby's legs in the M-Position.

The CONNECT™ PLUS can be worn until your child is 3 years old. It has four carry options (inward facing-newborn, inward facing, outward facing and back carry) depending on your baby/toddler's preferences. It suits Amelia now, and we can also use from birth when our new bay arrives later this year.

Make sure you check out the entire range of carriers, high chairs and prams on the Redsbaby website. We can't wait to come back and look for a newborn-suitable pram when Baby #4 arrives!

Are you a fan of baby wearing? 

Breathe Gently was provided with a complimentary Connect Plus from Redsbaby for review - all reviews are my own. If you are interested in a product review appearing on Breathe Gently, please email me. #gifted 

You can also get in touch with me via my @mamajags Instagram page.

Girl Mama!

Baby #4 is....

I couldn't be happier to welcome another little lady into our crazy family. We are VERY excited! 

One More to Adore

We are so pleased to share that we have one final member of our family on their way.
Coming late 2021: watch this space! 

Eleven Months

Ten Months


Redsbaby Skip Stroller: a review

Having a baby with hip dysplasia has had its challenges - especially as our journey hasn't been a short one. Finding baby products that are hip-harness friendly has been a huge learning curve for us. Amelia has always worn a Rhino Brace, which keeps her hips abducted by splaying them widely in the correct position - which means that she doesn't necessarily fit into the things the way a regular baby of her age does.

That rang true for her bassinet (which she could not fit comfortably in with the harness on) as well as most regular sleeping bags, and even certain high chairs and prams. 

We were recently sent a Redsbaby Skip Stroller to test drive, especially for those times when Amelia is out and about in her harness. Her current regime is to wear it for all sleeps, including day naps. If we are headed out for the day, it's important that she can still wear it while she is sleeping, to ensure she has the maximum amount of harnessed time as she can. The great news? She fits SO well in this little stroller!

The stroller itself is pretty nifty. It folds and unfolds so easily, and it can literally be carried over your shoulder - it's compact, lightweight and user friendly. This is the perfect travel companion, great for when you don't want your full-sized pram taking up loads of space. And when I say lightweight, I mean lightweight: it only weighs 6.5kg! 

All of the little details are fantastic - beautiful embossed handlebars, stunning fabric on the hood and seat liner, plus a carry handle for when you fold it up and pop it over your shoulder. The hood is extendable with a zipper, and the basket is easy to access and holds up to 5kg weight.

So now you've seen it up close... how about seeing it in action? Amelia and I went for a walk to our local duck pond and gave it a good whirl! She is quite flexible while wearing her harness, so while her legs stay splayed outwards, she is also able to bend them at the knees - so the test was going to be how well she fit into the Skip Stroller while braced.
It worked SO well! She has fallen asleep in this pram on a few occasions now and if you know Amelia... you'll know that sleep is a miracle! Sign that she's comfy, I'd say. :) 

I adjusted the footrest to be up and flat, so her lower limbs were better supported. The seat was reclined to a position that she was comfortable with - something that was as easy as squeezing and pulling. Did I mention that the Skip Stroller has a flat recline option? Perfect for babies of all ages and stages.

If you're after a lightweight option, or a second pram, I highly recommend the Skip. It ticked all of our boxes, and it's the perfect throw-in-the-boot option for all new parents!

EXCITING NEWS: Redsbaby are having a MASSIVE sale on prams and selected items as part of the Spring Frenzy, with 20% off until the 12th November. Grab a bargain while you can! 

Check out their website: Redsbaby

Breathe Gently was provided with a complimentary Skip Stroller from Redsbaby for review - all reviews are my own. If you are interested in a product review appearing on Breathe Gently, please email me. #gifted 

You can also get in touch with me via my @mamajags Instagram page.

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