For My Husband 

Three years ago we had just bought our first home, both returned to University to follow our dreams and you had proposed to me in the middle of our rubble filled kitchen. Everything was exciting and a little scary but we had each other and it was amazing. At the start of Winter I found out I was pregnant, it was fantastic news that added to the chaos and excitement of everything else that was going on in our lives. You quietened my anxieties with your calm, positive outlook on everything. Telling me, all we needed was each other, together we are strong. You knew that we could do this. 

Just before Christmas you collected me from a placement that I had at a school in Manchester. It was cold and it had been raining, at the time we had a second hand electric blue Peugeot 206, I loved that car. I was so tired but Christmas was nearly here and everyone was coming to us for Christmas dinner. I don’t remember much about the car crash, I remember being hysterical, I remember a lady taking me into the back of her car out of the rain, I remember sitting in a waiting room full of pregnant women waiting for a scan only to be told that our baby was no longer there. But you held me, you told me everything was going to be ok, we have each other and together we are strong.

The following months were hell. I was broken, nothing prepared me for the emotional hell that follows a miscarriage. I couldn’t function, but you were strong despite your pain. You were strong for me, you looked after me for months. A depression took over me, but you were there, you were my rock.

Now we are married, we have a beautiful baby boy, life is wonderful, hard and tiring but wonderful still. You have been there through everything, all the weirdness of pregnancy, the beauty of birth and the drama of breast feeding. You have supported my every decision and every idea and allowed me to be the mother I wanted to be to our little boy. 

You have supported, listened and cared for me even though at times you have been broken and in pain. Together we are strong and we’ll always have each other. 

Hubertine Joséphine B. En Jean

A very good friend of mine sent me to The Wrap Show with some words of advice, pick up a Hubertine. I had heard of the brand before but I had never tried any Hubertine wraps, so I was unsure. Stupidly I didn’t follow the advice of my good friend and came away Hubertine-less.

Luckily a wonderful lady contacted me online to let me know that she had managed to get herself Josèphine B. En Jean and would I like to borrow it for a few weeks. Obviously I couldn’t say no.

Hubertine is a French company, it was originally established by two mothers with a love and passion for babywearing and textiles. Atelier 
Hubertine wraps are created by French craftspeople at every step of production. The wraps are woven in a family run workshop using traditional jacquard weaving techniques. Hubertine maintains the highest standards, demanding the best and most beautiful products. 

Joséphine B. en Jean does not disappoint, it is the most beautiful wrap that I have ever used. The blend 84% cotton and 16% merino is perfect, the wrap weighs 300gsm, feels thin in hand but is supportive and has a strength like nothing I’ve seen before. 

The colours shine and glow, and the intricate and detailed trade mark design looks exquisite in this colour way. The wrap glides into place and holds like a bandage. The blend combined with the relief from the design, ensures that the wrap stays in place. 

The weather has been so beautiful but very hot over the past week. I found En Jean cool and breathable, which for me is an important factor when considering which wraps I will use over the Summer. Cass gets hot very quickly and easily becomes agitated and upset when even slightly warm. He remained cool on my back in a double Hammock, and dozed off immediately. 

I am so glad that I got to try Hubertine, especially En Jean. If I get chance, one of these fantastic wraps will definitely be coming to live with us. I have been blown away by the quality and beauty of Hubertine, I understand why this beautiful French company is so popular. Thank you Hubertine, we love you! 

Hygge Linen

This wrap has had me curious for quite sometime and I honestly thought that it would pass me by. However, this weekend was full of wonderful surprises and a little patience was rewarded. Hygge Mono Linen is an 82% cotton, 18% Linen, double weave and weighs 242 g/sm. 
Initially I thought that Linen was visually identical to Cotton Mono but I was wrong. Linen is raw. The white side has an air of imperfection, with black flecks glinting through the white weave, creating perfect grey tones and giving the wrap a scrunched linen look. In direct contrast the black side is neat and tight, with the trade mark Hygge design looking much bolder and punchy than Mono cotton. The mono tones in Linen feel cool and icey, where as Cotton seemed to have a warmer look and feel to it. Linen feels like a true mono, I find it much easier to wear but this may be down to my skin tone.

As usual we were running late to meet some friends at the park and the first time I wrapped with Linen it was a rushed job. It didn’t matter, Linen wraps with ease, the passes glided into place and it held tight. For a wrap that feels so thin in hand and a less than perfect Double Hammock, Cass was weightless. This grippy wrap held with no digging at all and what amazed me the most was how cool and breathable it is. Even in the heat, Cass napped on my back for over two hours. 

Another absolute triumph for Ali Dover, this beautiful wrap does not disappoint. I wonder what the future will bring for lovers of this fantastic designer.