Unmumsy mum, laughing and summer holidays #Littleloves

Hurrah! It’s Friday! I’m usually gutted when Friday comes around as it means the end of another fast week but our house has been plagued with illness this week with K having slapped cheek and D teething. Plus, I’ve been feeling pretty run down and generally fed up too (must be the weather) so I am looking forward to the weekend and some much needed family time/RnR.

We have a nice family weekend planned this week and Mothers day comes early for me this year as I am away for a hen du next week – A really sad time for me as it’s my 1st Mothers day with D, but we were unaware that it was Mothers day when we booked the trip to Centre Parcs mid last year. So now my family are spoiling me a week early and we are doing our Mothers day this Sunday instead. That said, I will be spending the 6th March on a spa day so it’s not all bad ha!

Things I am loving this week…

Read

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I’ve just started reading the Unmumsy mum book. I’ve followed her blog for a while and was really excited when I heard she was writing a book. I love it, it is hilarious and so true to life. I feel like everyone can relate to her no matter how much of a perfect parent you think you are. She keeps it real. The book keeps me sane and makes me realise in times of doubt, that actually we are all doing a great job at parenting no matter who you are.

Heard

This week I have been hearing my son laugh more and more. It is absolutely blissful. The one thing in life that truly makes me happy is the sound of my children laughing! D is getting to that stage now where he really giggles at any little thing and it’s so lovely. I aim to hear more of it in the coming weeks.

Such a giggly little man

Such a giggly little man

Watched

I’ve been watching the new episodes of the X Files. I used to love that programme when I was younger and now Mulder and Scully are back again in a new series. I’ll be honest, some of it confused me slightly (I’m obviously tired ha!) but I’m sticking with it for now. The hubby wasn’t keen at all despite him enjoying it when he was younger so he’s leaving it for me to watch on my own. I’ll let you know how I get on.

Wore

It’s been a week of comfy casuals for me this week and outfits that I daren’t photograph due to the sheer scruffiness of them. Am I the only one who refuses to wear their “nice gear” whilst just chilling out at home? I hate it. I’d much rather wear my nice clothes when I’m out and about and people can actually see them haha. I’m a bit strange like that. So leggings and t- shirts have been my thing this week.

Made

I have been cooking some comforting stodge in the shape of spaghetti bolognaise and chilli this week. I love using my slow cooker or my crock pot as I find it easy and I can just put it on in the morning and leave it cooking. Very little effort needed on my part and I know my family are getting a good meal at the end of the day. Every one wins!

 

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And lastly

We booked our summer holiday this week for the start of June. I am so excited and cannot wait for a full week of sunshine (hopefully) fun on the beach and time with my family making memories. It will be D’s first holiday so I am keen to document it (just like I did with K, but without the blog). Roll on the summer…

XOXOXO

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D – You are five months old (A letter to my son)

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My beautiful boy. Where have the last 5 months gone? It’s a question I’ll probably ask each and every month as time with you and your sister goes so fast. I love being a mummy to you both but I think being a mummy to you has taught me more about myself than what it did with your sister. I was a sea of unsurety with K but I am stronger, smarter and more confident this time round and I think it has rubbed off on you. You are such an easy going baby. We got off to a bumpy start when you were born and our idea of a happy family of 4 didn’t quite get going straight away, but you are strong, you are a fighter and you were determined you were to become a part of our family and I’m so blessed that it turned out that way. You are my hero and my survivor. We will always have a special bond because of that. Your such a happy little baby D, forever smiling and giggling. Your sister can make you smile and giggle the best. Your bond is so strong and I know you will grow up to be really close. She loves you so much, as we all do. K spends time with your grandparents on Mondays and Fridays, this has been her routine since I went back to work when she was 1 years old so Mondays and Fridays are “our time”. Just you and me. Together. I love this time. It’s my time to shower you with attention and do things just for Mummy and son. But don’t worry, you will get your grandparent time too. Just when you’re a bit older and Mummy goes back to work. But for now, I will cherish you. You moved in to your own bedroom around 2 weeks ago. We wanted to keep you in our bedroom by our side for as long as possible but my darling boy, you’ve found your voice and you aren’t afraid to use it…even if it is 3am! For that son, it was time for you to move as Mummy and Daddy needed to sleep. I felt sad by this, but excited that we are moving on to a new chapter.  You’re starting to wriggle a lot more now D. Before, when you were a tiny baby, I would lay you down and you would still be in the same spot as I left you but now you are twisting and turning and stretching over on to your right side. It wont be long before you can roll on to your tummy!

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Your teeth having been causing you some pain for the last few weeks. You’ve been dribbling a lot and you love to chew on your fist. You are not a massive fan of Calpol and refuse to open your mouth when Mummy or Daddy give it you. So for now, we have to use only teething gel. I’m pretty sure I felt one of your top side teeth cutting through the other day. We bought you Sophie La Giraffe as a Christmas present and you are currently learning to grasp and chew that. It’s really funny because K has a Sophie from when she was a baby too and now she carries hers around everywhere just so she can be like her baby brother! You sleep reasonably well for a 5 month old. We can’t really complain. You usually have a feed around midnight then again at around 4-5am. It’s a bit hit and miss at the minute whether you go back to sleep after that last bottle or whether you just shout and babble until me or daddy take you downstairs. We can’t be cross with you when we are up watching TV at 5am as you just smile away. You are so content. Weekend is our family time and we look forward to that as Daddy works all week. We try to do as many activities with you and your sister as possible. Swimming is a keen favourite of K’s and we’ve took you swimming 3 times so far. Honestly, it’s probably not your favourite past time at the minute as you find it cold and noisy but we are hoping you will soon change your mind and become a water baby just like your sister. The last 5 months have been amazing D, you’ve slotted in to our family. It’s like you’ve always been here. We are so blessed to have you. Here’s to another great month ahead!

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XOXOXO

Siblings (February 2016)

This is my first ever month of the siblings project and I am so excited to get documenting and photographing my babies lives together. Ok, slight disclaimer: I was excited to do it last month…then I forgot. Shameful, I know. As usual life just got in the way! But I decided that life could get in the way for every situation and every memory and before I know it my children will have grown and I will have nothing to look back on. That makes me very sad. So here I am!

It’s February now. I’m not sure how that happened. It feels like yesterday that K was born never mind D, and now she is 2.5yrs old and he is 21 weeks. It really is scary how fast time is going. Our lives are full of things we need to get done and things we need to tick off our list, it will be nice when life slows down a little bit. But when that will happen I’m not sure. One good thing about it being February, is that we are that little bit closer to spring time and the lighter nights. We are definitely in need of them. K is very much an outdoor girl and spends a lot of her time outside burning her energy off but with winter comes cold days and dark early nights so that stops us going out as much. Spring and summer will see us at the parks in the late afternoon rather than on the sofa watching TV. We can’t wait!

My siblings in February

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From the minute D was born, K has absolutely adored him. There was an instant bond between them that no one could break. She was so understanding when we had to leave her for a few weeks when D was poorly as a newborn. It was like she knew we had to do whatever it took to get her brother back to her as quickly as possible. For that, I will be forever proud of her for. Although D is still a young baby and can’t do very much the connection they already have is amazing. K is the one person that can make D laugh, she relishes in that fact. His face lights up the minute she walks in to the room or he can hear her voice. He is mesmerised by her. K is so loving of her little brother, always wanting to hold him, kiss him, cuddle him and play him. We just have to be careful as she can be a little bit rough with him without her knowing. But D doesn’t seem to mind one bit. She is fiercely protective of her little brother, especially around strangers but loves to show him off when people stop to look at him. She is quick to remind them that it is HER brother. I am so grateful that I was lucky enough to have my babies so close in age because now they will grow up together and continue to grow that bond. I am excited to see their love and relationship grown over the next few months.

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XOXOXO

The Me and Mine Project

5 things I wish I could tell myself as a first time mum

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Having a baby is the most wonderful, stressful, exhausting and mind blowing thing ever to happen in your life. I am one of those people who genuinely loves being a mummy and everything that comes with mummy territory (soft play and everything) but how I am now with D is completely different to how I was when I had K. The whole “second baby, second nature” quote really rings true and I wish I could almost rewind back to when I had K and give myself the advice that I know now. Second time round you are a lot more flexible, a lot more relaxed and you do what you want to do.

Here is the advice I wish I had given myself two years ago…

  1. Pay absolutely no attention to Google or Netmums. I don’t think it mattered what K did as a baby, whether it be spitting up after her milk (obviously reflux or a milk allergy!- cheers Google) or how old they should be when they hit a certain milestone. I looked for reassurance in one of the above websites on the internet. I’ve come to realise that actually, Google nor Netmums doesn’t hold the answer you are looking for. Usually the answer lies within your instinct. They don’t look too well? they probably aren’t -take them to a dr. They haven’t sat up yet? They will in their own time. It really is hard as a first time mum not to search the internet for answers to everything as these little humans don’t come with an instruction manual but if your unsure of something use your instinct or ask a professional.
  2. Savour every tiny little second of that newborn stage as it really really goes in the blink of an eye. Something that I didn’t quite realise with K. I was forever wishing her life away in one respect or another. “oh I can’t wait for her to sit up” “oh I can’t wait for her to walk” “oh it will be amazing when she talks”. Little did I know, all those stages come super duper fast and before I knew it, my little newborn is a stomping two and a half year old. Please – cherish it whilst you can. Let them lie on your chest just that little bit longer.
  3. The night feeds suck…really suck – but you wont be doing them forever. As hard as it is to imagine, this little milk machine WILL stop wanting feeds during the night at some point. Get through it by whatever means possible (a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit helps *ahem*)
  4. Sleep when they sleep. This is the biggest piece of advice I give to new mums now because when they are asleep we feel that’s our chance to catch up with TV/housework/whatever….NO, NO, NO, NO, NO! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, SLEEP!!! I never took that advice 1st time round but I would kill for it now. Having your second baby means you can never sleep when they sleep because you have a toddler to look after and some times it’s painstakingly exhausting. I sometimes long to go back to the one baby days so I can sleep when they sleep! – Please, let the cobwebs lie and get some rest.
  5. You’re doing OK. You are a kick ass woman that has grown a tiny human being in your womb for 9 months then got them out again (by whatever means possible). They’ve tipped your world upside down, left you sleep deprived, probably a stone or two heavier, made your nipples bleed and they’ve made you question your sanity. But at the end of the day when the night draws in, you are both here to tell the tale, your baby is safe and happy and they are loved. YOU ARE AWSOME. High five yourself.

What advice would you give to yourself as a first time mum? I’d love to hear from you!

XOXOXO

 

 

My bedroom lust with discount bedding and more

It’s no secret that I love home décor and anything to do with textiles. I love how you can change up a room by simply adding photos, ornaments, plants or soft furnishings. One particular room I love to change up is my bedroom. A room that is just for me and my husband. A room that I am dying to get into at the end of a busy day, a room that has no toys in and room that has strictly grown up decoration within it. I’m forever seeking out new ways to make my bedroom cosy and lustrous and one way to do that is to have cosy bedding. I love how perfect your bedroom can look and feel with the right bedroom textiles. Given that we have two children and I’m currently on Maternity leave our spare household pennies can sometimes be quite restricted so discount bedding is perfect as I spend less money without compromising on quality. Yorkshire Linen has discount bedding and a lot of great value bedding ranges which can help make your bedroom cosy and lustrous especially with Valentines day just around the corner.  TJ Hughes also offer a wide range of discount bedding which could suit your style. They even provide designer and celebrity ranges. My two must have items to make my bed inviting are cushions – lots of cushions! and a throw. These make a bed look cosy and complete and make you look forward to getting in to bed at night.

My bedroom is very neutral in tones. I like gold, creams and whites to help create a calming atmosphere. These are my favourite bedding products that I lust for in my bedroom

Odette linen quilt set

Odette linen quilt set – Yorkshire Linen

Warwick gold quilt set

Warwick gold quilt set- Yorkshire Linen

Classique cream cushions

Classique cream cushions – Yorkshire Linen

le-sites natural cushion

le-sites natural cushion – Yorkshire Linen

Honeycomb cream and gold quilt set

Honeycomb cream and gold quilt set – Yorkshire Linen

Catherine Lansfield Les Sites De Paris Natural Duvet Set - TJHughes

Catherine Lansfield Les Sites De Paris Natural Duvet Set – TJHughes

Everdean cream duvet set - TJHughes

Everdean cream duvet set – TJHughes

 

Are you as crazy about soft furnishings as I am? What do you lust for in your bedroom? I’d love to hear from you!

XOXOXO

*Collaboration with Yorkshire Linen