D – You are 1 year old (A letter to my son)

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To my beautiful baby boy – a boy that will always be my baby, no matter what age you become.

You are now 1 years old. What a wonderful, amazing, challenging, stressful, emotional quick year it has been.

I know I say every month passes in a blink of an eye, I know your fed up of hearing me say “I can’t believe your this age already” – But I really can’t! Your sisters first year went by ever so quickly but this year seems to have gone by at lightening speed.

You became so dreadfully poorly when you were 10 days old and it was the most horrendous thing we’ve ever gone through and I never believed for a second that I’d ever get over it. And although the memories of it are still there, I feel like we have got over it and it is just a distant memory because you have just filled our lives with 10 months of pure happiness.

It’s so hard as a parent to find the balance of not wanting to wish your life away and hoping that you will stay a baby forever to being excited about the future and the milestones that you will reach.

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You have hit a big milestone this month which seems to have been a long time coming – You are now crawling! All the built up frustration that you were feeling about not being able to get anywhere has now subsided and you can move. My goodness don’t we know about it. You definitely keep us on our toes now! You are becoming faster and faster every day and you are starting to bump into things and now bruises are starting to appear! The newest one being on your cheek where you bumped a TV stand on holiday! Over the last 24hrs your confidence and skills have grown again and you are now using furniture to pull up on. It won’t be long before you are cruising around the room using the furniture as a guide.

I go back to work next week and it is bitter sweet. I have felt so blessed and lucky to have been able to spend a full year with you, watching you grow, being there when you reach your milestones and making memories with you but I will be glad to do something for me again. I only work two days a week so the days that I’m at work you and your sister will go to your grandparents for the day. They will take good care of you whilst me and Daddy are working.

You now have 4 teeth. Two at the top and two at the bottom. I can only assume that you are cutting another one this week as your usual happy smiley self has been replaced with a grouchy, irritable, restless little monster. Lot’s of cuddles, kisses and Calpol usually does the trick. Lets hope the pain doesn’t go on for too long.

Your birthday was such a lovely day. It was Sunday. We had a small family party for you on the Saturday teatime. Nothing fancy just a little celebration surrounded by the people that love you. We woke up on the Sunday morning and opened all your presents with you. You were very very spoilt! We then spent the morning at Graves Park as the weather was glorious and you got to test out your new SmartTrike that Mummy and Daddy bought you. You really love it! We then spent the afternoon at your cousins house as it’s his birthday the same day as yours and he had a 3rd birthday party there. It was such a great day and you were very happy.

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I’m so glad I am able to write you these letters every month to let you know what we get up to and how you are progressing. I hope your able to look back on them one day and feel that you were loved very much. Both you and your sister!

For now darling, keep smiling!

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XOXOXO

 

 

 

Siblings (September 2016)

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September. A month of back to school and new beginnings. A month of new chapters and even crazier schedules. September is the parenting equivalent of January 1st!

My little ones seem to have grown up this last month. K has now started pre-school and attends there Mon-Fri 9-12pm and D is just growing at a rapid rate and is learning new skills every day. I imagined September was going to be the start of a slower pace in life for our household especially since I didn’t need to entertain K for as long during the day but actually, with the nursery drop off/pick up, preparing for my return to work following mat-leave (more on that to follow) and D learning to crawl and having to be next to him constantly I appear to have less time than before. No, I don’t get it either! Parenting is such a hard and demanding job which is exhausting and stressful but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Now that D has learnt to crawl, the dynamic of his and K’s relationship has changed dramatically. D is no longer the baby to kiss and cuddle and to protect but an actual interactive playmate and K is absolutely loving it! There’s nothing finer as a parent than to watch your children play and giggle together. Although I am coming to realise that it’s not all sweetness and light – there have been a few hairy moments over the last week or so where boundaries have been pushed between them and they’ve ended up scraping and falling out a bit but they are quick to make up. I think with K it’s learning that fine line between her having to still be gentle and remind her that he’s still a baby but also encouraging her to play with him and explaining to her that D’s actions (however “mean” they may feel to her) don’t mean much to him at the minute (and not to take the hair pulling personally!). It won’t be long before D starts to walk and the dynamic of their relationship will change yet again. Having a 3 year old and a 1 year old is a blessing but it sure isn’t easy!

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XOXOXO

The Me and Mine Project

Me and Mine (August 2016)

This months photo isn’t the best. August has been so busy we haven’t had much time to take photos of us all together. We spent the day at White post farm on Bank Holiday Monday so I took along my camera but couldn’t take my tripod so I had to ask a willing stranger to take our photo. This was the end result! Ha! Hopefully we will win more next month!

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Mummy is loving

Exercising/Running

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Reading new books

Daddy is loving

The football season restarting

Golf

Game of thrones (season 1)

K is loving

Her caterpillar’s/butterfly garden

Days out in the sunshine

Learning to write

D is loving

Waving and clapping

Mobile phones (!)

Dance and wiggle dog

Being on the swings

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Siblings (August 2016)

I am super late with this post. It seems to be the story of my life lately. Last week I wrote about how I’d lost my blogging mojo so I didn’t do the siblings post for July and I was so annoyed with myself!! So, even though this isn’t on time, it’s still here and it’s still in August so it still counts!

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Wow! This month we definitely know we have two children! They are thick as thieves. D is obviously leaning to do more so, encouraged by K he is as mischievous as ever so with them both together daily activities such as meal times and bath times become quite a hectic time.  If D isn’t throwing food across the room or on the floor (encouraged by his sister who is laughing and egging him on) it’s the pair of them having a “splash off” in the bath. Their relationship is still so strong and they are very very cute together. K is enjoying the fact that D can participate in more things now he is getting older so feels like she has more of a playmate than a baby brother. We still have to warn her not to be so rough with him though. K has been learning to share a lot more with him this month whether that be sharing her food and drink or sharing her toys. She is great with it though and loves to let her brother have whatever he wants.

The photos of my two have been taken over the last month and have mostly been taken whilst they have been playing together outside. The weather has been so lovely lately that I’ve got some pretty cute pictures of them together.

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XOXOXO

D – You are 11 months old (A letter to my son)

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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