Me and Mine (March 2016)

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What a wonderful month March has been! It doesn’t matter which month Easter falls in whether its March or April we always have a busy time as it’s a 4 day bank holiday weekend. We’ve really made the most of this Easter weekend especially as the weather on Good Friday was glorious where we were (No coats people, no coats!) We spent Friday at Chatsworth house in Derbyshire doing an egg hunt and Easter filled activities plus they have a lovely farm to walk round so K really enjoyed doing that. Not to mention that Chatsworth House is on stunning grounds so you could spend the day literally walking round them. Saturday was a swimming day. D is FINALLY starting to enjoy swimming now and lasted much longer than the 7 minutes he’s previously lasted (Hurrah!) It helped that I ran to the shops on Saturday morning to buy an inflatable chair for him to sit in the water with so I think it made him feel more secure. Why I haven’t bought him one of those chairs before now I’ll never know as we got K one when she first started swimming at 8 weeks old!! Oh well, he has it now and loves it. Sunday was the busiest day as we had all our family round for food and drink. There were 15 of us (18 if you include little ones!!) so it was a hectic day but it really was lovely to catch up with family. If your anything like us, it takes a military operation to get us all together at one time as we all have super busy schedules but usually special occasions tend to bring us together. K was exhausted by the time everyone left as she had been running round so giddy all day. Monday ended up being a bit of a chill day as the weather was cold and gloomy. If any of you saw my Instagram you will have seen that I queued for an hour and 10 minutes at our local shopping centre so K could meet and greet Bing and Flopp from Cbeebies (Yes, you heard right – 1hr and 10 minutes!! Madness, I know) She was so happy about it though and I guess it was better than a morning in front of the TV. The afternoon dried up a bit but was still really cold and windy but we managed to go to one of our local parks where our picture was taken this month. Literally the quickest photo I have ever taken on a tripod as 1. it was absolutely freezing and windy 2. it had started to rain and 3. D was furious that I had got him out of his warm pram just so I could take a photo and was about to cry. (never work with children or animals)

 

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It’s so nice that we can say that spring is finally here. It’s such a wonderful time when all our surroundings are waking up from the winter months and new animals are being born. It’s officially a good bye to the winter gloomy weather. The clocks going forward means that the nights are lighter and the mornings are lighter. It also means it’s one step closer to summer time. Hurrah!

This month we are loving…

Lighter nights

Spring flowers

Park trips after tea time

New animals being born and living close by to see them

Going out without our big coats and hats

Easter eggs and chocolate

Crafts

K’s scuttle bug and scooter

XOXOXO

The Me and Mine Project

K’s Easter basket

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I thought I would do a post this week on the Easter basket we made up for K in the run up to Easter as it may give you some inspiration on what to put in your own basket if you choose to do one. This is the first year that I have made up a basket for K as I feel she is now old enough to appreciate it and make the most out of it and she has absolutely loved it. It will definitely become part of our Easter tradition from now on. I have made sure that I put craft items in it that we could do together in the afternoons whilst her baby brother sleeps as I sometimes find this the hardest time of the day to keep her entertained. I have made sure that there has been something to do/make/bake every day for the whole of the week running up to Easter. So let’s jump in and see what’s in there..

We’re going on an egg hunt book

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I picked this book up whilst I was shopping in Asda for £3.99 and K absolutely loves it. You have to find the Easter Eggs under the lift up flaps. The story is a sing-song type rhyme and it’s a nice book that keeps her attention well.

Easter bonnet decorating kit

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I included an Easter bonnet and a decorating kit for K to make her own bonnet with as she loves craft activities. I also  let her glue the shredded ribbon which was in the basket on the bonnet too but this isn’t shown in the picture. You can pick bonnets and decorating kits up from most supermarkets and pound shops. They are super cheap but really effective.

Chocolate

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This is self explanatory. No Easter basket would be complete without an actual Easter egg and chocolate!! Although I’ve had to hide the chocolate in the cupboard until Sunday to stop both me and her from eating it too soon!!

Egg decorating kit

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This is another really good craft activity. I bought polystyrene eggs to decorate but you could also just hard boil a couple of real eggs and decorate them that way. I also bought a simple stencil kit to use on the eggs but you could use different paints/glitter/glue/feathers etc and really go to town with it!!

Lamb shaped mini basket

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I picked this up because I thought it was really cute and I knew K would love it. We are going to an organised Easter egg hunt at a local farm over the Easter weekend so I thought this would come in handy to bring with us to put her eggs in that we find. It is made from felt so can be reused for dressing up props etc after Easter.

This is everything in K’s Easter basket. She’s had so much fun this last week doing all the crafts. We have also been making Easter Rise Krispy buns which is basically melted chocolate and Rice Krispy cereal mixed together and left to set in the fridge. Very simple to do but really exciting for toddlers to make. Especially when they get to lick the bowl afterwards!

Are you doing an Easter basket this year? What is in yours? I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Easter!

XOXOXO

Breast feeding Vs Bottle feeding – The debate….and why it really doesn’t matter

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The whole breast feeding Vs bottle feeding debate is something that has gone on for many many years and a debate which every mum has an opinion on. It’s a subject that can rattle even the most placid of people. But my question for you is WHY!? Why is it a “debate”? Why does it cause so much controversy? Why does it make people feel like they have a right to judge mothers for the way they feed THEIR baby? There are pros and cons to both methods of feeding.

We all know that breast feeding is classed as being the best source of nutrients to provide to our baby. Breast feeding is such a wonderfully natural thing. It is “classed” as the best way to bond with your baby and most of all – it’s free of charge. Now I genuinely would have loved to breast feed both of my children, it was my choice of feeding for my babies. But sadly, due to a number of reasons that choice was out of my hands and I couldn’t breast feed either of them. Therefore I fed my babies with formula via a bottle. Does that make me any less of a good mother than the mum in the next bed to me in the hospital who was breast feeding her baby? – No. Have I bonded any less with my babies because I couldn’t breast feed? – Absolutely not. Should I be judged for feeding my baby via a bottle? – Hell no. Do you know the reasons why I’m feeding my baby from a bottle? – You really don’t. Is my baby thriving, happy, cared for and loved? – More than anything.

To those mothers who are breast feeding – You are amazing for giving up your body for your child. The pressure that you have for exclusively breast feeding is immense. Only you can do those night feeds and it’s only you that is knackered. For that, I salute you. No one should judge you for breast feeding. Please don’t feel ashamed to breast feed in public. It is natural, it’s such a beautiful thing to see. If people have an issue with it, it is THEIR issue not yours. Don’t ever feel embarrassed about the fact that your baby needs his lunch. Well done for being able to breast feed. It doesn’t come natural to some people. You are awesome.

To those mothers that chose (or don’t have a choice) to bottle feed –  I understand your reasons for choosing to feed your baby via formula. I also understand the dread you feel when you tell people of your choice. Don’t feel that dread. There is no shame in bottle feeding. There is no need to justify why you are feeding him formula. I understand the faffing of having to make up a bottle during the night, and having to make sure the bottles and teats are sterilised. I also understand the glory of how amazing the Tommy Tippee prep machine is! I understand that Daddy can help feed the baby during the night so you can get some rest. Well done for formula feeding. You are awesome.

What I am trying to say is –  whether it’s breast or bottle, ultimately we are still feeding our baby. We are all doing a fantastic job regardless. Motherhood is such a tough job as it is and we need the support of other mums not judgement from them. We should be a sisterhood and stick together. Milk is milk. 30 years down the line our children wont perform any differently because of how they were fed as a baby. C’mon ladies, lets drop the debate and celebrate that we love our babies. Who cares how they are fed!

XOXOXO

 

 

D – You are 6 months old (A letter to my son)

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My beautiful boy. Yet another month has passed by in the blink of an eye. You are 6 months old. What a milestone! It is so weird that the last 6 months have flown by yet it feels like you have always been apart of our lives. It’s this month that I feel your personality is REALLY shining through. You are such a laid back baby, nothing seems to faze you. This last week in particular you have started to progess a little more and are now reaching out for objects confidently and turning your body more. You’ve not quite mastered the art of sitting up yet but you are trying so I do feel like your not far off from that. You are continuing to practice your vocals and particularly like shouting and screeching at 5am every morning. It doesn’t matter what time it is though you still have a smile for us when we greet you.

You’ve had a few “firsts” this last month. It was your first time sitting in a highchair. Watching you view the world in a completely different way was so special. You are mesmerised by your surroundings. This last week I have started to give you your first ever tastes of food. Both pureed and finger foods. I remember so vividly weaning your sister and how well she took to food and weaning but you my darling boy are proving to be a slight challenge. I can’t get you to open your mouth for the food to go in! You are quite happy with your milk so for now I won’t push it too much but will continue to offer you food slowly. We shall see where that road takes us. I got you weighed today, you are 17lb 71/2oz (the half an ounce counts). I love to see your weight soar, you were so poorly as a newborn and weighed less at 6 weeks old than you did when you were born so the fact that you are now thriving and a chunky monkey makes us all so happy. We all love you so much, our special little hero.

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Your bond with your sister continues to grow and the love she has for you is so fierce. You are the first thing on her mind when she wakes up in a morning. She loves to kiss and cuddle you. She is so full on with you sometimes and myself and Daddy remind her to be gentle with you but you don’t seem to mind one bit. You love the attention from her and you gaze at her with such love it makes my heart melt. The way you two giggle together is so lovely I can’t wait for you to get older so you can play together. I hope you are both so close. You have been teething for the last few months really but this month seems to be the worst so far. You dribble ever such a lot and everything you touch goes in to your mouth. You are still loving your Sophie la giraffe teether and you enjoy chewing on a toothbrush now. I think you like the feel of it on your gums. Your sleeping routine is pretty much the same as the last few months. You usually have a 30 minute nap at around 10am, then a longer 2-3hr nap at around 1pm then an evening nap of 30 minutes at around 5.30pm. You go to bed after your bath and feed at around 7:30pm and wake once for a feed during the night. You can wake anytime between midnight and 3am for your feed then you are usually up for the morning anytime from 5am -7am. Mummy isn’t very fond of the early starts especially if the night feed was a couple of hours previous but for you my gorgeous boy I will happily get up. I am half way through my maternity leave with you. I feel so blessed that I am able to take a year off with you just like I did with your sister. I am so happy that I get to be with you when you accomplish your milestones and your “firsts”.  It’s also really lovely that not only do I get the time with you but I get the time with your sister as well and the both of you together. When Daddy is home from work and at the weekends I feel like we are a team. Like it’s us against the world. I love that we get to make our memories all together. As a family. We love you our precious boy. Here’s to another great month!

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XOXOXO

Siblings (March 2016)

March. Finally I think we can say that spring is here! Hurrah! I feel like we have been waiting for it forever. The nights are starting to get ever so lighter and we are finally eating our tea whilst it’s still light rather than it being dark outside and all the lights in the house on. There’s something about spring that makes me feel fresh and ready to start a new beginning. Finally, I feel motivated to start that diet that was supposed to have commenced in January and I feel more inclined to have a walk to the park with K and D after tea instead of slumping out in front of the TV.  The mornings are lighter so it doesn’t seem as horrific when D wakes me up at 6am ready to get up for the day! K really benefits from the nights being lighter and the weather being better. She is such an outdoors girl so she is thriving now we can actually fit a park run in our day or take a day out to the farm. It also means she sleeps better at nap time and bedtime as the fresh air has tired her out. Surely there’s a win-win in that!? ha!. Our life is a super jam packed one this March so having time to photograph my two together has been a bit tricky but we managed to do it – just.

My siblings in March

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I mentioned last month that the bond between K and D was so fierce and so strong and I can only comment that this month has seen it go from strength to strength! They absolutely adore one another. The look of love that D gives to K is so amazing, it makes my heart melt.

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K is an amazing big sister and I am finding this month that she is desperate to help out with him a little bit more even if it’s something as simple as fetching me a clean nappy or a clean dummy. The help is always appreciated and it makes her feel like she has a purpose. D is the first thing on K’s mind from the minute she wakes up and is desperate to see where he is and what he is doing. She is particularly fond of sitting next to him whilst he is in his bouncing chair and watching baby TV with him. It’s the one thing they can do “together” at the moment.

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D is getting to the age now (nearly 6 months old) where he is paying attention to a lot more stuff and reaching out to grab items such as toys and teethers so K “plays” with them with D. He is also trying to sit up and lift his head up more and every time he does it K shouts “Good boy D” or “Well done little fella” (she copies her Mummy and Daddy a lot haha) It’s so great that she is there to encourage him and cheer him on. I hope she continues to be his cheerleader when they are older and I hope he does the same for her.

It’s so lovely as a mummy to hear your children giggling together. I mentioned last month that K is the one person that can make D laugh and this is very much the same this month. She’s currently at a stage where she’s learning to share a little bit more and is enjoying sharing her toys with D (whether he can play with them or not – he is having them).

 

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I feel excited about the future and look forward to seeing over the coming months how my sibling’s relationship grows.

XOXOXO

The Me and Mine Project