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Katie Hodgkins

Katie Hodgkins
I'm Katie, and I'm a mama, wife, and freelance content creator for Bump, Baby & You. I also help to run our thriving online community over in our Facebook support group, as well as volunteering for my local branch of the National Childbirth Trust. I'm a busy bee and enjoy keeping active, cooking, writing, and fun days out with my little family. My special topics of interest are... autism (as me and my son are both autistic), science, all things parenting and pregnancy related, and The Handmaids Tale!
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Poem: Mother's Heart

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Poem: Mother's Heart

I loved you from the very start, You stole my breath, embraced my heart. Our life together has just begun You’re part of me my...
Poem: A Family Is

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Poem: A Family Is

A FAMILY IS………. A Family is a Place To cry To laugh To vent frustration To ask for help And tease And yell To be...
Poem: These Are The Years

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Poem: These Are The Years

These are the years, the gentle years the soft and sentimental years when wee little fingers reach and touch and little eyes gaze...
Leap Year Birthdays!

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Leap Year Birthdays!

Leap years occur every four years; an extra day is added to the year due to our Gregorian calendar. If we didn’t do this,...
Periods & Breastfeeding

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Periods & Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and periods – this is one of the most talked about topics in our community! A lot of breastfeeding mums enjoy...
Real VBAC Stories

Parents

Real VBAC Stories

If you’re a mum who has experienced a caesarean section, you may have spotted the term ‘VBAC’ – but what...
Contraception Choices

Parents

Contraception Choices

Choosing the right contraception for you can be tricky business! There are so many to choose from, as well as so many things to...
Our Top 3 Baby Carriers

Parents

Our Top 3 Baby Carriers

Expecting a baby? Have you considered investing in a baby sling/carrier? Baby-wearing is becoming more and more popular with...
What is Preeclampsia?

Pregnancy

What is Preeclampsia?

Pregnancy can be a trying time, especially when it comes to potential complications One of these possible complications that an expectant...
Real Rainbow Baby Stories

Parents

Real Rainbow Baby Stories

Baby loss is something that 1 in 4 couples will, very sadly experience in their lifetime. The arrival of a rainbow baby is often...
Our Christmas TV Guide

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Our Christmas TV Guide

Planning on spending time relaxing over Christmas? You might be wondering what to watch on TV! Luckily for you, we’ve put...
No Chimney? No Problem!

Parents

No Chimney? No Problem!

No chimney? No problem! Santa can still find his way indoors… Parents who live in homes without a fireplace, or with an...
Why Mud is So Good!

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Why Mud is So Good!

Mummies, daddies, I’m sure you all groan in despair when your children come in from outdoor play covered in mud. It can be a...
Anti Bullying Week 2019

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Anti Bullying Week 2019

The 11th of November to the 15th of November is Anti-Bullying Week 2019. What is Anti-Bullying Week? Anti-Bullying Week is an...
BBC Children In Need 2019

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BBC Children In Need 2019

The 2019 Children In Need Appeal Show is set to air on BBC One on Friday the 15th of November at 7:30pm. Will you be...
Recall Alert: Aldi Houmous

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Recall Alert: Aldi Houmous

If you or your little ones enjoy Aldi hoummus, there is a recall alert that you need to see! Reason for recall: This is a...
Our Pumpkin Picking Trip

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Our Pumpkin Picking Trip

This weekend, we went on our very first pumpkin patch visit as a family! If you’re keen to get some fabulous pumpkins but...
National Adoption Week

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National Adoption Week

The 14th – 20th of October is National Adoption Week! Are you interested in adoption? Adopted yourself? Or perhaps...
Funny Parenting Fails!

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Funny Parenting Fails!

Parenting is bloomin’ hard, I’m sure we’ll all agree! We all have moments of triumph, as well as moments where...
To My Son

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To My Son

by Katie Hodgkins
You won’t remember the days you made me hide in the bathroom for a few minutes to collect myself. You won’t remember the...
Our Top Kids TV Shows

Parents

Our Top Kids TV Shows

If your child seems to watch the same thing, or is perhaps getting bored of their favourite TV show, there are plenty of other...
World Sepsis Day 2019

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World Sepsis Day 2019

Friday the 13th of September is World Sepsis Day 2019. This is a topic relevant that is very relevant to many of us as parents;...
Organic September 2019

Baby

Organic September 2019

September 2019 is a month long campaign aimed at promoting organic living, and educating the public on organic farming practices...
When Scans Get Spooky...

Baby

When Scans Get Spooky...

When you think of an ultrasound scan, ‘spooky’ is the last thing you’d think of, right? Well, these mummies beg...
F*ck You Reflux!

Baby

F*ck You Reflux!

This poem about reflux is so powerful, and as a reflux mummy myself, it brings back many dark memories of watching my poor little...
Slime Recall Alert!

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Slime Recall Alert!

This is an important warning for parents with children who love playing with slime… Tobar has urgently recalled two slime...
Poem: Never Enough

Baby

Poem: Never Enough

Poem: Never Enough Sometimes I know the words to say to give thanks for all you’ve done, but then they fly up and away as...
What is a Rainbow Baby?

Baby

What is a Rainbow Baby?

You’ve probably heard the term Rainbow Baby, and possibly wondered what it means. The term doesn’t have an official...
Poem: Daddy's Girl

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Poem: Daddy's Girl

Poem: Daddy’s Girl When you were young, pony-tailed, face full of playful freckles, were you a daddy’s girl? I was. I...
Poem: My Dad

Baby

Poem: My Dad

Poem: My Dad When I was just a tiny kid, Do you remember when, The time you kissed my bruises, Or cleaned by soiled chin? You...
Poem: A Baby's Bath

Baby

Poem: A Baby's Bath

Poem: A Baby’s Bath A baby in a tub is a beautiful site to see, She giggles and she laughs while you make her clean as can...
Poem: Before I Was a Mum

Baby

Poem: Before I Was a Mum

Poem: Before I Was a Mum Before I was a Mum I made and ate hot meals. I had unstained clothing. I had quiet conversations on the...
A Poem About Broodiness

Baby

A Poem About Broodiness

Walking down the highstreet, window shopping (as you do), I can never fail to notice windows filled with baby clothes, Pink,...
DV and Me

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DV and Me

by Katie Hodgkins
Bear and I live in a refuge and have done since June 26th 2017. I was scared and unsure about what to do next, I had so many...
Poem: Nanny Love

Baby

Poem: Nanny Love

Although I’m not their mother, I care for them each day. I cuddle, read and sing to them And watch them as they...
A Mother's Love

Baby

A Mother's Love

Poem: A Mother’s Love Your mother is always with you, She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the...
Me: Mummy, Happy, Autistic

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Me: Mummy, Happy, Autistic

(Disclaimer; autism affects everyone differently. My perspective may not represent your own experience.) When you think of autism,...
To My Grown Up Son

Baby

To My Grown Up Son

My hands were busy through the day, I didn’t have much time to play The little games you asked me to – I didn’t...
A Birthday In The Clouds

Baby

A Birthday In The Clouds

A Birthday in the Clouds Today, somewhere way up high, On a wonderful cloud up in the sky, Sits a great big chocolate birthday...
Presence, Not Presents

Parents

Presence, Not Presents

Worried that you haven’t purchased enough Christmas presents for your little one? Don’t! This time of year, our...
Poem: The Cord

Baby

Poem: The Cord

The Cord This poem about bereavement is beautifully written and completely true – no matter what, you and your angel will...
Life in The In-Between

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Life in The In-Between

We are currently living in purgatory and quite honestly the Catholics played it down. We are one foot in “baby”, one foot in...
Breaking The Cycle

Baby

Breaking The Cycle

How many times have you caught yourself quoting directly from your mum or dad? Perhaps something as simple as the classic ‘why...
The Masterpiece

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The Masterpiece

Dear Mummy To Be, Shitting. Now this is a hugely personal part of your day.  You and your beloved do not mention it or...
I Did Nothing Today

Baby

I Did Nothing Today

When children come home at the end of the day, the question they’re asked as they run out to play is ‘tell me what you...
Hand Print On The Wall

Baby

Hand Print On The Wall

One day as I was picking the toys up off the floor, I noticed a small hand print, on the wall beside the door.   I knew that...
The Worry of Motherhood

Baby

The Worry of Motherhood

When you first find out you’re pregnant you start to worry about all the ‘what if’s?’ What if something...
Poem: My Baby Boy & Me

Baby

Poem: My Baby Boy & Me

The house about us creaks and groans, the clock hands creep around. He snuggles closer to me still and makes his baby...
To My Second Born...

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To My Second Born...

To my second born: I’m sorry we don’t get to have much one to one time, just you and me. You don’t get my...
When The Milk Runs Out...

Parents

When The Milk Runs Out...

When my son was born I was so excited to breastfeed him. Two weeks of tears (from both of us), scabbed and bleeding nipples and...
The Terrifying Twos

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The Terrifying Twos

We often hear of the ‘terrible twos’, occasionally we read rebuttals about how the twos are actually...
The Ice Cream Man Lie

Parents

The Ice Cream Man Lie

Ever found yourself saying, “Sorry darling that’s far too spicy, you won’t like it”, about a cold slab of...
Rota Mum, My Experiences

Parents

Rota Mum, My Experiences

When my children were attending pre-school , there used to be a system known as rota-mum. This was where the mums (or dads) of the...
My Son, The Escape Artist

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My Son, The Escape Artist

I swear, my son is the reincarnation of Harry frigging Houdini. Why am I even surprised? The apple doesn’t fall far from the...
You Know You Are a Mum When

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You Know You Are a Mum When

You know you are a mum when… Everything in life revolves around sleep! Something that I used to take for granted has now become...
Am I Ready?

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Am I Ready?

by Katie Hodgkins
Now that I am a proud mum of one. I often get asked the question…‘how will I know when I’m ready to have a baby?’ Firstly,...
Our Co-Sleeping Journey

Baby

Our Co-Sleeping Journey

Before Tristan was born I’d rearranged his Moses basket to look at more times than I could count. I’d put in his little...
Perfect

Parents

Perfect

Dear Joseph Today you reached double figures, the grand old age of ten. Everyone says it, but where has the time gone? A while...
The Sleep Thief

Parents

The Sleep Thief

It’s been a while since I dedicated a whole post to my favourite subject, lack of sleep. So this post comes hot off the press...
The Keeper

Parents

The Keeper

I knew I had come across that one in a million when not long after we had started going out (I think I am still young enough to...
The Day I Broke

Parents

The Day I Broke

I’ve decided to write this post, but if I’m honest, I’m not even sure I’m going to publish it… I just need to get it...
Helsinki With Kids

Parents

Helsinki With Kids

I’m half Finnish and I love going to Finland to visit my relatives. I absolutely love Helsinki and I have had the best times...
Tough Love

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Tough Love

Tough love. The squire learnt a little lesson today through the means of this thing that is tough love. Though my baby still be a...
Matching Jumpers

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Matching Jumpers

Buying matching jumpers: The moment I tried to convince myself to get excited for Oscar’s new brother or sister. The moment that...
Dummy or No Dummy?

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Dummy or No Dummy?

During my time as a childminder I was asked; on a few occasions (usually by first time parents) what were my feelings towards...
More Than a Milestone...

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More Than a Milestone...

I’ve just spent the last 10 minutes googling “what measurement is bigger than a mile” because I wanted to try and describe...
Buggy Bus Rage!

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Buggy Bus Rage!

This week is all about what we have been up to the last week. A bit late due to a terrible cold taking over the house…. It...
Expect The Unexpected

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Expect The Unexpected

Hair loss… aaaghr! Pregnancy, labour and newborn stages are sugarcoated. When the bad parts are mentioned, we are given a...
I Don't Love You...

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I Don't Love You...

It’s exactly 2 months today until Isla turns 2. I’ve kept her alive for 22 months. Most months that’s all it feels...
Absent Parents

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Absent Parents

Thanks to Tina for the suggestion of an absent parent, a difficult subject; but one I have had a little experience of. My boys,...
PND... The Turning Point

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PND... The Turning Point

Written by Emma for her blog, Mummy Cookie. Dear Mama, I knew I was on a downward spiral, I felt empty, dis-engaged, my anxiety...
Before & After Kids

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Before & After Kids

Written by Kim Thursfield for her blog, Kim T Mum of 3. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter! I want to talk about the...
Behaviour Management

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Behaviour Management

Written by Karen Dennis for her blog, The Next Best Thing To Mummy. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and...