Me and mine (April 2016)

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These months photos are coming straight from Graves Park this morning, one of K’s favourite destinations in the world it appears. We must go here AT LEAST once a week. This morning I realised that although we had done quite a bit as a family this month and had a few days out I’d not taken any photos of the four of us together (naughty naughty!) So off we went with my camera and my tripod and poised ourselves in front of the lambs to take a photo. I do feel really disappointed when I don’t get many photos of us all together. It’s annoying because I genuinely have my camera on me at all times, whether that be on my phone or my big camera and I’m always taking pictures of my family (I’m seriously snap happy) but because I’m behind the camera lense I’m never in them therefore we rarely get pictures all together. This is what I love so much about the me and mine project, it forces you to take the photos you would have otherwise missed.  So as per usual, next month I promise to take more photos as a family throughout the month! (I fear that is a goal I will be making each and every month)

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The weather has been a funny one this month. Annoying as that is. Firstly we have the sun so hot that we all get sunburn then it quickly turns into rain and then snow. The joys of living in the UK I guess! It does make it really difficult though to make family plans as you never know what it’s going to be like. Like I mentioned, we have had a few weekends where we’ve done a fair bit together including a trip to a wildlife park earlier this month and a trip to the bowling alley. Plus the usual park/picnic and swimming trips. D is becoming more aware of his surroundings now which is lovely so I feel like he is really taking in what we are doing and enjoying it to a certain extent (as much as a 7 month old can do, anyway). I do love March, April and May as they are the months with the most bank holidays what with Easter and May day so it means extra family time and the hubby not being at work as much.

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May is particularly quite in our household but the hubby’s birthday ensures that we will have a few family days. Let’s just hope the weather picks up for the next upcoming month!

This month we are loving

Daddy being off work more for the bank holidays

Picnics (when the weather holds out)

Visiting the animals at the park and at the zoo

Waking up to sunshine

Lighter nights

K using her scuttle bug or scooter

That’s it from us this month. If you want to see more of what we get up to as a family then head over to Instagram where you can find my daily pictures and musings.

XOXOXO

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Yes mum cards, Game of Thrones and Weddings

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How is it Friday again already!? This week has gone ridiculously fast! Lots of soft play centres for me this week to try and keep K entertained as the weather has been awful. Someone needs to have a word with mother nature and remind her that it’s nearly May not December! Anyway, I digress. Here are my little loves of this week:

Read

I’ve been making an effort to read my Yes mum cards this week. I try to read one every morning and apply the affirmation to the rest of the day.

It really helps me stay focused. I really do love these yes mum cards, there’s something about them that really helps me. When D was poorly in hospital as a newborn I found comfort in them and they kept me in perspective. Pretty big order for a card so small. I can’t recommend them enough.

Watched

Game of Thrones is back people!!! I repeat, Game of Thrones is BACK. Such a great episode that certainly disappoint.

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You can find it on catch up if you missed it so I won’t disclose anything. I also finished the last in the series of Line of Duty last night too. Wow! That was bloody brilliant! Such good drama! Me and the hubby were literally on the edges of our seats! Thankfully it is coming back for a new series but I’m not sure how long we will have to wait for it.

Made

This week I am making my home more organised and catching up with household chores that have been building up for weeks. Yes, I am the one with the ironing pile up to the ceiling! Not for much longer though.

Wore

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I have been living in my “Mother” t-shirts from Selfish mother. I am obsessed with them. I have 3 at the minute and I am hoping to buy a jumper in the next few days, I’m just deciding which one I want! I love them because they are cool, casual and dead comfy when your just being mummy plus the profits go to a good cause! What can be better than that!?

Heard

This week I have been listening to toddler nursery rhymes! K has had quite a few CDs bought for her over the last 2 years with nursery rhymes and actions songs on them but we’ve never really listened to them because we didn’t have a CD player. I bought one the other day specifically so we can listen and sing along to the music. It gets annoying after you’ve heard humpty dumpty 5+ times but she loves it.

And Lastly

It’s one of my best friends weddings this Sunday and I am one of her bridesmaids so this week has been particularly busy making sure that all our dresses and clothes are ready for the big day plus any grooming that needs to be done 😉 I am really looking forward to it, it should be such a lovely day. I’m just hoping the weather stays dry for the occasion!

That’s it from me this week. Don’t forget to follow me over on Instagram if you want to see more of what I’m up to and loving during the week!

XOXOXO

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Top 5 most annoying kids TV programmes (As voted by me)

Childrens TV – I have a serious love/hate relationship with it. I love it because it gives me 5 minutes (OK, half an hour) break to either sit and have a cup of tea or get some much needed house chores done and for that, I am forever grateful for but I also hate it because there are some programmes which K loves that literally drive me up the wall. I’ll be honest, I’ve labelled this my top 5 most annoying programmes but I could easily label it my top 20 most annoying programmes but lets not be too harsh! In no particular order…

Peppa Pig

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Jesus that pig is bossy! And mardy! (northern term) and lets not forget a little bit cheeky. The bing bong song gets stuck in your child’s head and they end up singing it for the rest of eternity!  Also, Daddy Pig is a useless baffoon. Hats off to Miss Rabbit though, that woman is a grafter!

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Two words: Justin Fletcher. Is it just me that thinks he’s creepy!? Especially when Mr Tumble appears. *shudders*

In the night garden

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Why does no one speak properly in it? What is Macca Pacca? and why he is so obsessed with cleaning? Also, why do the tomblyboos kiss each other and pull their trousers down?? Strange, strange programme.

Topsy and Tim

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Not a programme I completely despise except for one minor thing – Topsy and Tims mum and all of her perfectly twintastic smugness. Patience of a saint and not at all realistic.

Balamory

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What’s the story in Balamory? No one cares. The singing and dancing is cringe worthy. Thankfully there are no new episodes anymore but the downside is that they just repeat the old ones meaning that we have to endure the weird lad in a kilt awkwardly dance in front of his pink castle.

Are there any childrens TV programmes that really annoy you? Can you relate to this? I’d love to hear from you!!

XOXOXO

 

 

Wildlife Parks, mediocre books and great dramas #littleloves

I haven’t done a #littleloves post for such a long time because I found myself too busy and although this week is no different in terms of busy-ness I decided that I needed to take some time out to write a blog post. Being the procrastinator that I am, I will ALWAYS find something else to do!

So I’m just going to jump right in and start…

Read

If you’ve seen my Instagram lately you will know that I have been trying to read Sophie Kinsella’s latest book in the Shopaholic series – Shopaholic to the rescue. I love love love the shopaholic series especially the 1st ever book as I could really relate to her but this book hasn’t really captured me at all. I feel like it has lost its reasoning and I do believe Sophie Kinsella should have quit whist she was ahead and stopped writing after the 3rd book. It’s such a shame. Having spoke to a few people on social media it appears that I’m not the only one who thinks this. I will continue to read it until it’s finished as I never leave a book unfinished but it’s not been my favourite read.

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Watched

Anyone watching Marcella??? OMG, if your not, you need to be. I feel like our TV has brought us so many great British dramas over the last few months and Marcella is one of them. Anna Friel is fantastic as the lead actress. I won’t spoil it by telling you what it’s about but it is so gripping. It’s still on catch up so go ahead and watch it. I do believe you won’t regret it!

Heard

This week I’ve heard about the sad passings of Victoria Wood and Prince. Both icons in their own genres. 2016 has seen so many people in the public eye pass away it’s really really sad especially as most of them are due to the big C. I just pray that there is no more. Surely that’s enough for one year!

Made

I haven’t made anything this week. Except, maybe a sausage casserole for tea last night. Does that count? ha- it does now.

Wore

I recently purchased a teething necklace for D which I wear round my neck so when I’m holing him (which is 90% of the time) or he’s in the sling he can have a little chew. It’s so good. It cost £10 which I was well impressed with and it’s really colourful so looks great. It’s 100% safe so a winner all round really. I would really recommend buying one if you have a teething baby or they make really good gifts for baby showers/new mums etc.

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And lastly…

The hubby took annual leave from work yesterday and if you know me at all you will know that I LOVE IT when we get to have a day in the week together just the four of us. I literally clear my schedule regardless of what’s on it if I know there’s a chance we can spend some time as a family (cheesy or what!?). We decided to take advantage of the sunny weather and head to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. It’s only 35 minutes away from us and it’s such a great place filled with loads of animals. They have recently built a reserve for polar bears and it’s the only polar bear reserve in the UK so that’s pretty special. K loved seeing all the animals and loved being outdoors so she was in her element. It was such a great day but a long one. We had two overtired little ones by the time we got home. It was so worth it though. I wanted to post the pictures that I took yesterday but for some reason they wont load up. I will leave it for another post real soon!

XOXOXO

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D- You are 7 months old (A letter to my son)

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My darling boy, you are 7 months old today. That’s actually quite painful for me to write. How did you become 7 months old!? It has literally gone in a blink of an eye. I’ve tried to cherish everyday with you as I am aware of how fast the baby year goes but still I’m shocked on how fast it has gone. We’ve had such a good month my little man – lots has happened! You are sitting much better by yourself. You still need Daddy or me as support but you are going longer periods sat up alone. It wont be long before you have fully mastered it and won’t need me or Daddy at all.

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We are still having a few issues with weaning. You haven’t taken much food at all and would much prefer your milk! But unfortunately little one, you can not live of milk forever. You will not let me feed you pureed food at all and just clamp your mouth shut when I come near you with it and when I try you with finger foods you either just throw it on the floor or you make yourself sick. It’s not been a fun time as yet. You have been referred to a speech and language therapist to see if they can understand why you wont take any food but until they see you, I shall just keep trying. I’m sure you will get there with it in your own time just like everything else. Your personality is shining through much more this last month D. You are starting to show an interest in more objects and grabbing everything in sight. You become fustrated and grumble at things if you cannot reach it or it is taken away from you. Nothing is safe around you at the minute, especially your sisters toys. K is really enjoying your company at the minute, you are getting to a stage where she feels she can play with you a bit more and likes to play with her toys with you. Her favourite game is building tower blocks and watching you knock them down. That game is particularly entertaining for her at the minute. You continue to enjoy her company and the attention! You’re still not sleeping right through the night but your night time rountine has become much more tolerable now. You still go to bed at 7.30pm (usually a bit before) and sleep right through until 2-3am when you wake up for a feed. You then sleep right through till around 7am so I really can’t moan at that.  We read you stories before bedtime and you enjoy this alot. I think the mixture of the cuddles and the pictures on the books are faviourites with you but it is becoming a bit of a struggle to stop you from eating the book half way through! I love the mornings with you my gorgeous man, I love the smile on your face when I come to greet you and say good morning. You smell like warm sleepy baby and it’s just lovely. Sometimes when you wake up before I do I hear you singing to yourself in your cot and it really makes me smile. It’s better than any alarm clock! The weather is getting better so we are spending a little bit more time outdoors at the park. I can’t wait for the summer to come so we can spend even more time outside so you can explore your surroundings. We are starting to do a few more activities during the days now you are getting that little bit older. I have taken you to a couple of music classes which you seem to enjoy and I hope to start a sensory class real soon. Being around you is such a pleasure my little man. I can’t wait to see what the next month brings us!

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XOXOXO