D – You are 11 months old

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My beautiful happy little boy,

I feel like I start every letter with the sentence ” I can not believe you are this old” but this month it really is true and I can not believe you are 11 months old. Your 1st year is nearly up and in many ways it has gone by in a flash and in other ways it feels like you have always been here with us.

You are such a beautiful little soul. You have come a long way in the last 2 months since I documented your 9 month update. You are desperately trying to crawl which is the main difference. You find it so frustrating that you can’t get your arms and legs to synchronise at the same time and it’s also frustrating to watch you as you are so close to doing it. I’m pretty confident you will grasp the concept in the next month or so and we can all get ready when it happens as there will be no stopping you.

You are still the happy,cheeky chappy that we know and love but this last month we have seen you have some enormous tantrums which I didn’t think were even possible at your age. If you become frustrated or something is taken away from you (mainly by your sister) or you’re not entirely happy with a situation, you scream and cry and kick till the situation changes! My goodness, it is a show! Sometimes it is difficult to settle you down afterwards. I don’t remember your sister doing this (unless I blocked it all out) so I can’t work out whether it’s a little boy thing, your age or just your personality. You cheeky little monkey! I’m sure there are more fun and games in the upcoming months, so we had better brace ourselves.

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Food for you isn’t an issue anymore. Your moto seems to be “the more food the better” you are a really good eater now and I can’t believe I ever had a worry that I wouldn’t be able to wean you. You did it in your own time just like everything else you’ve achieved.

Clapping and blowing kisses are your new motor skills for this month and you can also wave hello and goodbye.  It is so nice to interact with you on a different level now and you are showing more understanding each day of things we are saying to you.

You still only have 2 bottom teeth. You are dribbling and chewing ever such a lot these last few weeks so I do believe your top two teeth will be here with you very soon.

Sleeping is getting better, you sometimes have a morning nap depending on what time you woke up at that morning and you always have 2-3hrs in an afternoon. Bedtime is still 7:30pm and you sleep until around 5:30-6am with one wake during the night for a bottle of milk.

Your favourite person is still your sister and you both have a great time together. She is the one that instantly gets the laughs and kisses from you. I do believe as much as Daddy and I try to teach you new skills, it is your sister that is learning you the most. She is amazing at interacting with you and meeting your needs. You adore her.

You continue to have regular check ups with the liver specialists. You had one this week and continue to have them every 3-4 months until you are 2 years old. They are so pleased with your progress. We are reminded all the time on how critically ill you were and we genuinely thank our lucky stars daily that you are here with us today. My little miracle boy.

We all love you so much.

Here’s to another amazing month ahead.

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XOXOXO

 

Is it acceptable for parents to kiss their children on the lips?

A few weeks ago Victoria Beckham came under fire when she posted a seemingly innocent birthday photo of herself and her 5 year old daughter kissing on the lips. I personally thought the photo was lovely and endearing and I was absolutely horrified to read that there was so much criticism for it! I read comments that under no circumstances should you kiss your children on the lips as it isn’t appropriate and there were some utter bell ends that went as far as to say it was perverted and too sexual!? Seriously, what the hell!? I bring this story up because even though it was nearly 3 weeks ago I am still reading comments across the internet about it today! I can’t believe an innocent picture has caused so much controversy!

What was it that caused the world to go in to melt down? It was a kiss. On a child’s lips!! Not just any child – her own child. That she carried inside her for 9 months. I find it very strange that people felt the need to comment so negatively! A simple kiss on the lips shows love and affection and shows the child that they are cared for. In my family we kiss on the lips all the time. It’s common practice where I am from and completely normal.

Children need to be cherished and loved. They grow up so fast and one day they won’t want to be kissed so you need to get them in whilst you can before you become the embarrassing parent! I have no qualms in telling the world that I kiss my children on the lips daily. Heck, I kiss them on their lips, their nose, their arms, their legs and even their bum! I kiss them wherever I can and whenever I can. Does this make me strange and perverted? I think not.

To the kiss haters of the world, try turning your hate energy in to something more productive.

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XOXOXO

 

The one where I haven’t written in a while

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I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately. I’ve been in and around social media daily, especially Instagram which is my favourite of all apps but on the writing front, I’ve not done any. None. Nada. For nearly four weeks! In the blogging world that’s at least 2 centuries, right!?

My reasons? Well I could very easily blame busy daily life. July was super busy for us with lots of social things going on and D had his baptism which took up a lot of my time planning. But in all honesty I’m not sure it was just being busy that made me stop writing.  If we are being completely truthful I think I was just bored of the blogging dog eat dog world. I was fed up of writing, promoting and trying endlessly to get my content out there for me to get 2-3 views per day. I was also getting fed up of receiving followers for my Instagram and Twitter only to be unfollowed again the next day. It was like I was taking part in a social media game that I’d not asked to be a player in. It was exhausting. It was infuriating. I became very despondent with the whole thing and a sense of the CBA’s (Can’t be arsed) came into motion. It’s only when my husband pointed out to me the other day that I’d been quiet on my blog that I’d even thought about it.

And then that’s when it hit me! I realised that the reason I started this blog wasn’t to become some internet blogging sensation or an author (although it would be lovely! ha!), I didn’t do it for views or ratings. I did it because I am all too aware that my life and my loves zoom past in an instant and I wanted to document and remember my life for the future. Don’t get me wrong, I would love other people to read and enjoy what I write! I would love it if I inspired or helped just one person and I will continue to promote my blog as much as possible but ultimately I need to write this blog for me. I need to write for my husband and more importantly I need to write for my children.

Because I was so anti-blogging within the month of July, I never purposefully took any pictures of my little ones or my family together, nor did I do a 10 month update for D and this makes me so sad! I feel angry with myself that I let myself get so caught up in the blogging game. Never again. I will draw a line under July and continue to write as I always have and cherish my tiny little space amongst this big wide web!

XOXOXO

Days out with children in and around South Yorkshire

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The school summer holidays are fast approaching and now is the time to start planning for those 6 long weeks in order to keep your little ones entertained. Here are my top 5 places to take children if you live in or around South Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park

This is by far one of the best wildlife parks I’ve been to (and I’ve been to ALOT). It is constantly being updated and new animals are added regularly. They have recently installed a Polar Bear enclosure which is amazing and one of the only enclosures in the UK which is pretty impressive. They have lots to do and see including Lions, Tigers and Monkeys and there are plenty of food outlets and picnic areas for lunch. Definitely a must see attraction.

Clifton Park

This park situated in Rotherham is an absolute gem in the school holidays, especially if the weather is nice! The park is free to enter with only a small hourly parking charge and hosts a play ground, water park and fair. The rides and waterpark are open daily during the holidays. It also has really nice grounds which you can walk round or let the little ones ride their bikes/scooters. It also has a small café and large grounds for picnics. I advise you get their early-ish in the morning as I imagine it will be fairly busy during the holidays.

Magna Centre

This is a good one for slightly older children and a perfect idea if the weather is rubbish as a lot of it is indoors. Magna is a science centre with over 100 exhibits based on Fire, Water, Air and Earth. It’s a great day out and it also provides a learning experience for your children. I do feel it is slightly pricey to get in especially if you have a few children going, but if it is something you are interested in doing and book your tickets online here you can save yourself 10%

Hollywood bowl

Bowling is great fun for all the family and again, is a perfect idea for when the weather isn’t great (Let’s face it, this summer hasn’t exactly excelled itself has it!?) Hollywood bowl is a large bowling ally based within Valley Centertainment in Sheffield so there are plenty of places to eat if you wanted to make a day of it. It does get really really busy though, especially in the school holidays so booking is advisable. Hollywood bowl is offering it’s customers a family bowling deal for £19.39 (based on 2 adults and 2 children bowling) during the summer holidays which is very reasonable.

Graves Park

This is a park I go to on a weekly basis as it’s very close to where I live and I can’t recommend it enough! The park is situated amongst large grounds which is suitable for bikes and scooters etc and it even has it’s own farm which you can look round and even feed some of the animals! It has a really good playground and sandpit and has a nice café which does reasonably priced food and drink. You can also bring a picnic if you wish. The park and farm is completely free to get into and the hourly parking charge is only 50p! A complete winner if you want to have fun with your children and you’re on a tight budget!

I hope I have given you some good ideas for days out with your children during the holidays if you live near South Yorkshire! What other days out have you got planned with your family? I’d love to hear from you!

XOXOXO

 

 

Me and Mine (June 2016)

 

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Whoops! Where did June go!? Somewhere amongst the birthdays, the milestones, the holiday and the torrential rain we’ve had I completely forgot to post this on the last day of June. Oh well! A day late is better than not at all right?

My photos for the Me and Mine project come from Sunny Cornwall. As most of my pictures from this month have. What can I say!? They were great pictures and we had a great time! Anyway.

As you know, my daughter turned 3 on the 17th June, something I still can’t get my head around! How do we have a three year old? I really feel like we are on borrowed time now before she starts school next September so before I start blubbing into my brew, I’ll swiftly move on.

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June has probably been our most busiest month together. We had father’s day and our holiday together plus K’s birthday and birthday party took up two weekends and just general day to day life. It never slows down does it?

As months go, it’s been a pretty great one but I can’t wait to see the back of it to be honest. The weather has been the worst yet!! What is with this bloody rain!? Seriously, Mother Nature – Have a word.

Here’s hoping that July will bring us some much needed sunshine and brighter days!

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THIS MONTH…

I AM LOVING

Love Island

Joe Wicks’ Lean in 15 book

Reading me before you

DADDY IS LOVING

Football stickers

Watching Euro ’16

Celebrating Father’s Day

K IS LOVING

Riding her bike

Playing hungry hippos

Ballet lessons

D IS LOVING

Eating solid food

Shouting DA-DA

Playing peek-a-boo

Want to see what I get up to on a daily basis? Then head over to Instagram where you can find me at familylifeandme!

Check out my other Me and Mine posts for January , February , March , April and May

XOXOXO

The Me and Mine Project