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To my baby girl,

You’re sleeping so peacefully at my side, dreaming of milk, snuggles and rubber ducks you can chew on. All the while I’m writing, designing, planning and dreaming of what our future could be.

Everything changed on the day you were born. I knew I loved you before I met you, but I never imagined how much. I never imagined how much you would change my life. That day I became a mother but at the same time I vowed to never let go of who I was before.

That’s why I do what I do. That’s why I work when you sleep, I dream when

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you dream and I channel my energy into building my new business.

I do it so you can be proud of me. I want you to grow up and have a mumma you can look up to. I want you to grow up knowing it’s okay to have a dream and knowing that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.

But I also I do it to stay true to me, and that’s okay too. To be the best mother I can for you, I know that I need to do the best I can for me.

I am your mother and you will always come first. But before you came along, I was someone too and if I lose sight of

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that I know I won’t be me anymore. I’m a creative, a maker, a do-er and if I let myself be consumed by you, I’d lose my identity and that wouldn’t help either of us. If I don’t look after me, I won’t be able to look after you in the way that you deserve.

So, please forgive me Maddie. Our house is a mess, there’s clean laundry everywhere and I know I don’t wash my hair as often as I should, but those things can wait. For now, let me focus on you and on me. Let me build a business you can be proud of me for. Let me dream and let me

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create. Let me love you and cuddle you. Let me play peek-a-boo until my belly hurts from laughing.

Let me be me so that I can be here for you.

Your mumma x

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- 2 Feb 19

To my baby girl,

You’re sleeping so peacefully at my side, dreaming of milk, snuggles and rubber ducks you can chew on. All the while I’m writing, designing, planning and dreaming of what our future could be.

Everything changed on the day you were born. I knew I loved you before I met you, but I never imagined how much. I never imagined how much you would change my life. That day I became a mother but at the same time I vowed to never let go of who I was before.

That’s why I do what I do. That’s why I work when you sleep, I dream when you dream and I channel my energy into building my new business.

I do it so you can be proud of me. I want you to grow up and have a mumma you can look up to. I want you to grow up knowing it’s okay to have a dream and knowing that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.

But I also I do it to stay true to me, and that’s okay too. To be the best mother I can for you, I know that I need to do the best I can for me.

I am your mother and you will always come first. But before you came along, I was someone too and if I lose sight of that I know I won’t be me anymore. I’m a creative, a maker, a do-er and if I let myself be consumed by you, I’d lose my identity and that wouldn’t help either of us. If I don’t look after me, I won’t be able to look after you in the way that you deserve.

So, please forgive me Maddie. Our house is a mess, there’s clean laundry everywhere and I know I don’t wash my hair as often as I should, but those things can wait. For now, let me focus on you and on me. Let me build a business you can be proud of me for. Let me dream and let me create. Let me love you and cuddle you. Let me play peek-a-boo until my belly hurts from laughing.

Let me be me so that I can be here for you.

Your mumma x

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I’m Laura, mumma to the little sprout and maker behind Life of Sprout journals. My little one (nicknamed Sprout when I was pregnant) came kicking and gurgling into my life in August 2018 and things have never been the same since. She’s my inspiration and my tiny muse. I spent the first few months of her life looking for the perfect baby journal that’d let me record every little detail of her life right up until she’s all grown up. I love the idea of building a big old record of every moment, memory and milestone. Something that would become a family treasure, something that I could give to her on her 18th birthday. I looked at countless journals but never found anything that I really loved… and that’s where the Life of Sprout began. I believe that every moment of both childhood and parenthood is worth remembering. Whether that’s the sleep deprived days, the squishy newborn snuggles, the glorious giggles and the seemingly ordinary moments that you will one day cherish – each and every moment is a magical milestone that deserves to be treasured and remembered. I also believe that every baby is so beautifully unique and special and so are the memories you make together. That’s why I'm working hard to create a range of baby journals that are just as unique and special as your tiny bundle of joy. Every journey into parenthood is different, and the way we record it should be too. These journals can be as generic or as personal as you wish. Whether you just want to put your little one’s name on the front, or handpick the pages you want to see inside. I want to give you the most beautiful tools I can to record these magical moments in a way that you and your child can treasure forever.

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